Saturday, January 29, 2011

The Conscious Universe

The average guy on the street doesn’t think about the “Big Bang”, quantum physics, or what twisted mood the Creator must have been in to whip up the warped little Universe we live in. Frankly, most of us are busy trying to keep enough money in the bank, the government out of our pockets and figuring out why our kid just has to have a nose ring. We haven’t got the time or inclination to speculate technically on why the Universe is the way it is.

Most reason such mental exercise should be reserved for those guys with the huge heads and squinty eyes with coke bottle lens glasses. They get paid to think about "Black Holes", why the dinosaurs disappeared and where God might hang out in his spare time. What we do know is that we have a lot of problems, most of our friends have a lot of problems and nobody really has time to hear about ours because they’re too busy worrying about their own.

So why should anyone care whether the Universe might be conscious, or just a big space with a lot of stuff in it that's too far away to worry about? But what if you were to learn that the Universe is actually only as big as the picture you have of it in your mind? Too crazy you say? And again, why should that matter even if it's true?

Well try this as an example that's a little closer to home. Imagine your entire life, which may end up being more than eighty or so years as an average lifespan, being like a feature length movie you could watch from start to finish in less than a minute? In fact, you could speed it up and view your whole life of experience in less time than it takes to finish this sentence. More interesting, but why is that important?

Well to understand what difference that might make in your quality of life, consider this recent scientific theory that is getting scientists very excited. The Universe and everything we see, or experience around us, might just be a holographic illusion our minds are tuned into and all that space really isn't very big at all. In fact, you could hold it all in the palm of your hand if you could dial your mind to another frequency that allows you to see past the illusion and view the Universe from outside looking in, instead of from inside looking out. Fantastic you say? There is evidence now to suggest we could all simply be inside a big 3D movie of our own making!

"In 1982 a remarkable event took place. At the University of Paris a research team led by physicist Alain Aspect performed what may turn out to be one of the most important experiments of the 20th century. You did not hear about it on the evening news. In fact, unless you are in the habit of reading scientific journals you probably have never even heard Aspect's name, though there are some who believe his discovery may change the face of science. " -- Michael Talbot, from The Universe as a Hologram

What Aspect and his team discovered was that the underlying subatomic particles that make up all the components of our Universe, such as electrons, could communicate with each other instantaneously across any amount of distance separating them. So whether or not they are 10 feet or 10 billion miles apart, what happens to one particle is known about instantly by all other particles everywhere! 
This suggests science has finally discovered a unifying field of some sort, or a pervasive consciousness interacting with the basic fabric of everything we experience as reality in the Universe around us. And that it all just might be an extension of our own consciousness we internalize as our individual perspective, or viewpoint.

Bill Harris, one of the consultants starring in the movie "The Secret" is the CEO of Centerpointe Research. He refers to this phenomenon as our internal representation of the world around us, or our "map of reality". He developed his Holosync® technology to help people become more aware of how they are creating their own personal conceptualization of reality on auto-pilot; so that they can regain control of their lives.

"...your Map of Reality was created for you by outside forces and now simply runs automatically, creating an experience of life that seems like it's happening TO you as a result of those outside forces beyond your control. -- Thresholds of the Mind, by Bill Harris

As science and the metaphysical continue to converge in the future, we may finally learn that the Universe is simply a creation of our own design as living beings through an infinite existence we customize to our own personal taste and preference. Perhaps it is all a grand adventure series we produce and star in for eons to come.

"We were here before the stars began to burn and we will be here yet when they grow dim and leave all the glittering machinery we have created, to the dark and bitter cold of endless space. Many journeys, many lives but always aware at the center of our being that we are uniquely one and still part of a magnificent story of creation far beyond the cosmos." -- A View Beyond the Stars, by DC Musgrove

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