The ‘Paradox’ is only a conflict between reality and your feeling of what reality ‘ought to be’.
I know that you are surprised to read the title of this post – what has Quantum Physics got to do with the Law of Attraction (LOA?) I also thought so till a few months ago but then I got exposed to the fascinating and elusive world of quantum physics. What we have discussed in the last three posts gets proven by the paradigm of quantum physics. In fact, it is the only scientific explanation to prove the LOA without a doubt. Not only that, the quantum world opens for us vistas to a future in which there is no word called, “impossible.” We realise that we are pure potentialities who can be, do and have whatever we want, and more. Is it too good to be true? Let’s find out.
Quantum Mechanics or Quantum Physics is the branch of physics which deals with the very small – the atoms and the subatomic particles like the electrons. At this level, the paradigm of Classical Physics fails to explain the behaviour of these particles. In other words, Classical Physics can explain that part of the material world that we see with our naked eyes but is unable to explain what we can’t see. If we talk of living beings like humans, we are made of cells – billions of them. These cells join together to form different body parts (LOA at play again) or systems like digestive or reproductive etc. which have their respective functions to make a human body live.
The Classical Physics model will insist that all these organs (which are made of cells) are working together to make the bigger system, the human body live and work. But a Quantum Physicist will talk of a concept called “Holism” meaning that each cell is an intelligent organism in itself and the human body should be looked at as a “whole” made by these “independent and intelligent parts.” Hence, the whole (the human body) is greater than the sum of its individual parts (cells). This concept is not too difficult to imagine as at the beginning of the creation we had only single-cell organism like Amoeba and Paramecium for billions of years. It is much later that these “intelligent” single cells decided to come together (LOA again) in a spirit of “constructive cooperation” which gave rise to more complex life forms.
So, the magic lies at the cellular level
What I am getting at is that the real “life” in any being exists at the cellular level, who in turn join together to form different body parts or systems. If we have a problem in any of the systems say, in Cardiovascular system, we need to look at it as a “Systemic Issue” meaning that this effect (a problem in the Cardiovascular system) has arisen because of a cause which may well lie in another system of the body. Hence the Cause and Effect is not always direct and linear meaning that a fault in one system need not be caused by an issue with only that system. This approach called the “Systems Approach” is gaining wide acceptance today in all the fields like medical and management etc. So, the magic lies at the cellular level, which is made of molecules, which in turn are made of atoms and which are made of sub-atomic particles like Protons, Electrons and Neutrons. Thus, to understand the LOA we need to go to that branch of science that deals with these sub-atomic particles and hence Quantum Physics.
I know that except for the “scientifically oriented” amongst you, it may not be making too much of sense. You would also be curious to know as to how this quantum business can prove the principle of the LOA, so let’s visit a famous experiment called the Double Slit Experiment. This experiment is so profound that the Noble Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman, whom I have quoted at the beginning of this post, calls it, “the only thing you need to know about quantum physics.”
The Double Slit Experiment
Imagine you are a fast bowler in cricket and are asked to bowl at a wall, which has no wickets marked meaning you are free to bowl anywhere at the wall, at random. Obviously, the balls will hit randomly anywhere on this wall. Now let’s create two slits on this wall wide enough to only allow the cricket ball to pass. Now if you continue to ball randomly, few balls will still hit the wall but few will also pass through these two slits and go behind. In the second step, let’s erect another wall behind this double-slitted wall and continue to bowl. What do you expect to see on the rear wall? The marks of the balls which have managed to squeeze past the two slits thus hitting the rear wall. And what pattern these marks on the rear wall will make? Logically it should be a pattern corresponding to the shape of the two slits in the front wall. So the pattern of “ball-hits” on the rear wall should be akin to two “cylinders” which will be of approximate height and width as of the two slits on the front wall.
In the next step, let’s replace the cricket balls with a “Particle Cannon” which is capable of firing electrons at the front wall. The width of the two slits on the front wall has also been adjusted so that only a single electron can squeeze through them. We have also ensured that this experiment takes place in a stimulus-free environment. The Particle Cannon fires electrons through the two slits on the front wall quite akin to a machine-gun firing a burst of bullets. As per the paradigm of Classical Physics, the pattern of these electrons, on the rear wall, should roughly correspond to the shape of the slits in the front wall. But, surprise, surprise- the pattern of the electrons on the rear wall corresponds to wave patterns, making impressions all over the second wall. Initially, it was felt that probably the electrons were hitting each other before they entered the slits thus creating this anomalous pattern. So, the particle cannon was made to fire only a single electron at one time through the slits. However, the pattern on the rear wall was still that of a wave and not corresponding to the shapes of the slits on the front wall. What was it that was making these particles (electrons) not behave as particles but as waves once they went through the slits of the front wall and landed on the rear wall?
To answer this riddle the scientists placed a Photon Emitter just before the slits on the front wall. Once the single electron fired by the Particle Cannon reached close to the slits on the front wall, the Photon Emitter fired a single photon at each electron. The results were staggering and resembled what the classic physicists would expect i.e. the pattern on the rear wall corresponded to the shape of the slits on the front wall. In other words, the electrons stopped behaving as waves as in the first experiment but instead behaved as particles or matter. What the hell was going on here? The answer is profound and contains the scientific proof of the powerful LOA. Here it is.
Till the time the electrons are observed (by firing the photons), they exist both, as a wave (energy) and a particle (matter). They have the potential to be anything – energy or matter or in other words, have “Pure Potentiality.” But once they are observed (by the striking of the photon) they behave as they are expected to behave i.e. like a particle. So, they were fired from the Particle Cannon as particles (electrons), travelled up to the time they were observed (by the photon emitter) in pure potentiality i.e. capable of being both a wave or a particle, but got manifested as particles (electrons) due to the observer. In a way, the electrons behaved as they were expected to behave.
We get back to the immortal equation given by Einstein, E=MC2, which we always found so difficult to intelligently understand. After all, it is one thing to prove an equation and quite another to really believe in it. The energy, something we can’t see but just perceive, is so very different from the matter, which is tangible and can be touched and felt. How can energy and matter be the same? The Double Slit Experiment not only intellectualizes the Einstein’s equation but takes it a step further. The following gets proven by the Double Slit Experiment:
- It gets proven without a doubt that energy and matter are indeed the same and can freely change from one form to the other.
- A particle (electron in the instant case) remains in a state of “pure potentiality” meaning it can be existing simultaneously as energy (wave) or matter (particle.)
- The final shape of the particle is contingent upon the observer– photon in the instant experiment. So, the matter is not manifested till the particle is observed. If you recollect, without the observer (the photons) the particles tended to remain in energy form, which was indicated by the patterns on the rear wall- akin to a wave.
- The particles coalesce (the LOA at work) to form molecules which join together to give rise to life-forms. Hence, what is applicable at the quantum level is also applicable at the macro level. We had started this piece with this premise- that the real magic lies at the cellular level, at the quantum level.
- As a corollary, when we think about an outcome or imagine a particular thing to manifest in our life, we create an observation. This observation has the potential to convert our thought waves (energy) to matter (tangible outcomes that we desire, say a car or a house or a job or a loving partner). The more intense this thought power is, the more it attracts similar thoughts in the universe and the earlier is the manifestation of what we desire.
Yes, anything is what I have just said, and hence one should never be miserly while asking the Universe
Whew, it’s mindboggling, spectacular and breathtaking. I had begun with the averments of successful people who had claimed to benefit from the LOA along with the books which highlight this spiritual concept (or is it a scientific concept or both?) After a journey of four weeks, we finally have the intractable scientific proof through Quantum Physics that the LOA does exist and can be made to manifest anything that we desire to be, do or have. Yes, anything is what I have just said, and hence one should never be miserly while asking the Universe. It is an observation or expectation which creates the manifestation and therefore our observation in the form of positive thoughts, autosuggestions, positive affirmations and creative visualization, must be resolute, consistent and backed by faith and belief. In a way, your expectations create your reality.
There is this tantalising metaphysical question – “if a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it make a sound?” Well, forget about the tree, if there is no observer there is no forest either. We create our own reality, our own world and have the choice to make it any which way. We have the power to manifest and we do manifest our world every day. Phrases like, “If only …”, “I wish I had …”, “I didn’t know …” and many others reflect that we intrinsically understand this power of ours bestowed by the Supreme Power. The problem is that we hesitate to use it. I know the next question you would like to ask is – “How do I use this LOA to manifest reality for me as I want it?” And that will be the topic of a series of posts on this platform very soon. Let’s end this series with this quote from Albert Einstein:
“I’m enough of an artist to draw freely on my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited; imagination encircles the world.”
So keep visualizing, keep imagining, keep asking and have faith – it will all be yours.
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