What is the nature of consciousness?
Scientists, philosophers, and spiritualists alike are baffled by the mind-wrecking stalemate the questions that the nature of consciousness triggers!
Is reality something tangible or is it just a construct of our minds? If it is intangible then what is it that creates our reality? In the grand scheme of the universe doesn’t our 3-dimensional perspective seem too limited? These are some of the questions that you might wonder when you ponder deep into the nature of reality.
Your reality is a perception, it is an illusion or as the Hindus like to call it, “the Maya”. Your five senses only allow you to perceive a mere figment of reality. The 3-dimensional nature of our world limits your worldview. Think about it, there are no absolute truths in this world, there are only different lenses. The stars you see in the sky are in reality the glimpses of the past. The colors you perceive as red, yellow, blue, etc are only reflections of different wavelengths of lights.
Reality is a perception because your truth is only valid for you. This creates the diversity in perspectives witnessed collectively in the virtues of religion or in the cultures of communities worldwide. It is this diversity of perception that makes the world beautiful. Today with the advent of technology, we are at the forefront of realizing the most fundamental truth that ancient humans instinctively knew. It resonates at the core of all notions of God and consciousness, i.e., “we are all connected.”
The Wonders of the Quantum World
To understand what makes us the smartest in the food chain, scientists sought answers at the tiniest levels of our existence. That is where the mystery of awareness begins.
The quantum world is a world of enigma and wonder, nothing less than a fairy tale but for real! The most challenging part of quantum physics are not its results but the attitude with which we accept them. Their implications are risky because they challenge your sanity, your traditional worldview. Nonetheless, it allows mankind to perceive the world through the lens of possibilities contrary to the concept of destiny.
At the most fundamental level of our existence, reality is far from being objective. Rather reality is analogous to a series of interwoven subjective experiences woven into your awareness. Experiments like the double-slit experiments and Schrodinger’s cat thought experiment challenges the traditional notions of what makes up reality.
The laws of quantum physics are different than the laws of the physical universe. To understand how consciousness creates reality, you have to know how particles behave at the most fundamental level of our being.
The Energy Perspective
Everything in the universe is made up of matter which is made up of atoms containing electrons moving around a nucleus. The electrons are not exclusive to their host atom but share orbits with other atoms to form molecules. They are indivisible. The world of quantum physics starts in the nucleus – the sun of the quantum solar system. In 1964, Gell-Mann and George Zweig independently proposed that the protons and neutrons that make up the nucleus are divisible in sub-atomic particles called quarks. This was revolutionary!
Fundamental Forces of Nature
There are four fundamental forces – the mystery behind what glues the nucleus together. These are the strong and weak nuclear forces, electromagnetism, and gravity.
The strong nuclear force binds the nucleus of an atom together and keeps the electrons spinning around it. The weak nuclear force is responsible for the decay of unstable subatomic particles. It is the same force that initiates the nuclear fusion reaction that fuels the Sun.
The electrical and the magnetic waves interact to form a spectrum of waves that vibrate at different wavelengths. Radio waves, infrared, light, UV, X rays, microwaves, gamma rays, etc are some examples of electromagnetic waves. They also exist as particles.
Gravity is the weakest of all fundamental forces. According to Newton, objects fell back to the surface because gravity pulled them down. According to Einstein however, gravity was not a force that pulled objects to the ground but was the result of the curvature of space-time. His famous theory of relativity proposed in 1915 revolutionized our perceptions of reality. Isn’t it fascinating that your mass determines the amount of space-time you are wrapping around yourself?
String Nature of Particles
After years of diving deep into the gamut of subatomic particles, physicists finally discovered that electrons are not just little dots but are vibrating particles like strings. These strings of energy become different subatomic particles when they interact with the Higgs field.
Thus at the most minuscule level of our existence, we are formless vibrations of energy with the potential to take form. When the vibrating string interacts it acquires meaning and comes into consciousness to become quarks, leptons or gluons, etc.
The ancient Greeks believed that the plethora of diversity we see in our world today can be summarized by music. These subatomic particles are nothing but like different musical notes on a vibrating string. Each particle vibrates at a certain frequency and the dynamics of this frequency change is what gives it form.
Michio Kaku once said,
“What is physics, physics is nothing but the harmonies of these strings; what is chemistry, it is the melody of these strings; what is the universe, it is the symphony of strings; and what is the mind of God? The mind of God is the cosmic music resonating through 11 dimensions of hyperspace.”
The God particle is the Higgs Field developed independently and simultaneously by a group of three scientists in 1964. They believed that certain particles appeared massless until they interacted with a field of energy that permeated the entire universe. The Higgs field gave the particles life, a form, a unique momentum, or a spin. Hence the Higgs Boson was named the “God particle”.
It was theorized that different particles interact differently with the Higgs field. The particles that interacted intensely had a greater mass than the particles that did not. Imagine a fish with a sharp nose and a big block of stone inside an ocean. Which one do you think will move the fastest with the least resistance? The one with the highest resistance interacts most intensely.
The Higgs boson – the field of consciousness is almost like the blueprint of life. It was only a theory until the Large Hydron Collider confirmed its existence in July 2012.
Experiments that prove consciousness creates reality
1. The Double-Slit Experiment
Humans discovered the mysterious world of quantum mechanics, thanks to Thomas Young’s double-slit experiment. He found that particles of matter also behaved like waves, like the waves in an ocean or sound waves.
Imagine minute particles of matter or electrons being passed through a slit on a screen. The screen behind most naturally captures a line after enough particles have passed through the slit. But what happens when you add another slit to the screen? You typically expect two bands of lines on the second screen, right? Well, what physicists get instead is an interference pattern like the ripples in water when waves come into contact with each other. There were several bands of lines on the screen.
This was confusing. So physicists decided to fire one electron at a time through both the slits. Ideally, that should have resolved the possibility of electrons bouncing off each other to create the lines. However, the result was again an interference pattern! The particle interacted with itself resulting in the interference pattern. This implies that the electron exists both as a particle and a wave until it hits the screen. The wave attains mass and becomes a particle after coming into contact with the Higgs field.
Physicists further wondered what mechanisms underplayed behind the electron choosing one slit over the other. So they measured it and went baffled at the results. The electron behaved like a particle and formed a pattern of two bands instead of an interference pattern when measured. The very act of observing collapsed the wave function of all other probabilities and the particle became aware of the two choices in front of it. In other words, the particle became conscious of itself and made a decision when you measured it. This is the most valid evidence that consciousness creates reality.
2. Schrodinger’s Cat Thought Experiment
Austrian physicist, Erwin Schrodinger came up with the most famous thought experiment that challenged the traditional notions of the nature of reality.
He imagined putting a cat into a sealed box with a radioactive material that had a 50% chance of killing the cat within the next one hour. So until you opened the box, in the quantum world the cat was both alive and dead at the same time. This is because “matter” in the quantum world is nothing but probable states of vibrations. All particles also behave as waves and exist in a state of superposition meaning all events are probabilistic at that stage. Your act of observation collapses all other wave functions and you experience just one possible reality.
In spiritual & laymen’s terms, in everyday life you are breaking numerous wave functions with your decisions leading you to your ideal reality. Thus, it is your consciousness then creates your reality. Neville Goddard rightly said, “what you want is already yours”. Since everything is ultimately potential, in the quantum sense your ideal world is quite probabilistic. Who knows, there could indeed be another you in a parallel universe living the life of your dreams.
3. Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle
According to this principle, at any given instant you cannot simultaneously measure the velocity and the position of an electron. This principle is based on the wave-particle duality of matter. Thus, it rules out the existence of different paths or trajectories of an electron. This means that in the quantum world, there are so many infinite paths of an electron that it gets difficult to precisely trace one.
Similarly you have infinite possible realities that only exist as a potential, in your wishes and day-dreams. The principle resonates with the teaching of Neville Goddart. He once said,
“because creation is finished, what you desire already exists. It is excluded from your view because you can only see the contents of your own consciousness.”
Your destiny is in your hands since your consciousness creates your reality. We are nothing but vibrating waves, the potential energy of the various probabilistic wavefunctions. You choose your own vibrations and become the most probable outcome of your choices in your life.
We live in our own bubble of reality
Imagine what life is like for a fish? It can only see and move in 2 directions and is in no capacity to perceive a 3-dimensional world. Its mind simply cannot perceive it. I wonder what myths fill the folklore of fishes about the world above! No matter what it says, the fishes who believ it are surely considered freaks.
There might after all be some truth to the ancient idea that objective reality is merely a reflection of the internal states of consciousness. Your experiences are subjective. You react to the world from your lens of perception and vibrate at your frequency. Your frequency exerts meaning that makes your life real. You become a particle of your vibration.
Beneath the skin of a human, we are the energy that holds the blueprints of our structure. The results of quantum physics have many interpretations but the only truth that prevails is that we are all energy that can neither be created nor destroyed. We exist both as a particle and wave and we have the power in our consciousness to create our own reality.