by Nick Andrea
As if the invisible hand of God had anything to do with it, I have met three people in the last five days who share my fascination with the intersection between spirituality and quantum physics. *insert gong sound here* Encounters like there are beginning to make me think that in the very near future we will see the emergence of a science-based spirituality. That we are a culture that believes in science and that our science is starting to prove our mysticism is what leads me to this conclusion, and quantum physics lies at the heart of this sacred intersection.
How does it work? Well, that is a lengthy discussion, but the heart of it is that matter does not produce consciousness, consciousness produces matter (see “Does The Brain Produce Consciousness?“). This is proven by the myriad of well documented Near Death Experiences (NDEs) where otherwise brain-dead patients experienced with vivid lucidity that which was occurring in both near and sometimes far proximity to their bodies.
These cases support the idea that we are beings of consciousness having a material experience, not material beings having a conscious experience. To explore this concept a little further, I read an article written by Dr. Amit Goswami, “Can Science and Religion be Integrated?,” where he discusses how the world of matter comes to be. It starts as a possibility of consciousness. It is then “collapsed” out of an endless sea of other possibilities to become the world we experience. How does this happen? By what consciousness chooses to focus on. This was discovered in experiments in which the observed phenomena cannot be separated from the observer of it. When the observer expects to see an electron, the particle behaves like an electron, when she expects to see a photon, it behaves like a photon (retrieved on 1/18/13).
To illustrate with an example, why is this sweater I’m wearing right now blue and not red? Well, in fact, in the quantum field it is actually both blue and red, as well as green, violet, orange and an infinite set of other colors. However, I experience it as blue because that is the possibility that has been chosen by consciousness. A Newtonian physicist would of course say that the sweater is blue because of how light is being refracted and interacting with the physical and chemical nature of the sweater, which is all true. But, it doesn’t answer the question of where the light and the sweater came from.
How consciousness is focused and framed is how it takes shapes as form, as matter, as our lives. So, quantum spirituality is about the answer to the question, “Who causes things to happen?”