by Nick Andrea
Never in recorded human history have science and spirituality come together like they are now, wherein quantum physics is quickly becoming a rich wellspring of spiritual wisdom. In this post I’d like to briefly discuss the relationship between consciousness and matter, and what that means for our lives.
According to a recent article by Dr. Amit Goswami in “Science of Mind” magazine (December 2012 Vol. 85 No. 12, pp. 26-32), there is no duality between matter and consciousness; but the latter gives rise to the former: “Matter first exists as a possibility within consciousness (p. 29).” In other words, consciousness is the boss that chooses, moment by moment, what form it will take out of endless possibilities. That is surely how some of the great sages and mystics throughout time have been able to do miraculous things like heal incurable diseases, or pull golden rings out of thin air. They understood the world at this quantum level.
Well, why can’t the rest of us do that? I can’t say for sure because I haven’t made any jewelry with my mind recently, however, my theory is that our perception is still too limited. We have born into a world of rules that we have been told govern life – natural rules, social rules, spiritual rules, etc. It’s like the Matrix, and we have accepted this conditioning without question. Yet, there are many clear examples the debunk the absolute truth of many of these so-called truths, like when Shrii Shrii Anandamurti appeared in two places at once, or when Jesus healed lepers, or when various Tibetan masters dissolved their bodies into light. I don’t remember reading about how to do that in my high school physics textbooks. (Future such materials just might have something different to say!)
The point I’d like to drive home is that the material world is just an extension of the spiritual world. They are not two, and what goes on in the latter affects the former. This means we can stop objectifying the material world as something wholly separate from our inner world of consciousness. We who are too unwilling to change the shape of our consciousness cannot blame the world for our problems, therefore. It is as Albert Einstein said, “The consciousness that created a problem cannot be the consciousness that solves it.”
Quantum change is possible on Earth, then, when we wake up to the fact that the very Mind of God lives inside us, as us, and that we have the power to create whatever we need to. So let’s do as Jesus says, “So…don’t worry about the food you need to live. Don’t worry about the clothes you need for your body. Life is more important than food. And the body is more important than clothes (Luke 12 22-26).” Instead, let’s think about the richness we want to experience in life, and realize that it just might be closer than we realize.