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Overview Effect

On the 40th anniversary of the “Earth” photograph taken from space, “Planetary Connection” created a short video showing astronauts’s life-changing stories from seeing the Earth from the outside.

“They were realizing at some deep level the interconnectedness with that beautiful blue ball.”

David Lay
Philosopher

“The Earth is one system and we are all part of this system and there is a certain unity and coherence to it.

Frank White
Author

“The experience is of total unity and oneness.”

Edgar Mitchell
Astronaut

Here is the link to another spectacular video about our planet.

 

Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner

Even though I have a separate page that summarizes the most important conceptsSee Quantumphysics under Science about quantum physics that are relevant for this site I decided to create a separate page about this particular book because it is one of the most concise and simplest explanations of various quantum phenomena. I found this it easy to read although I had to go over some passages more than once since I am not a scientist. It covers concepts such as the old Universal Law of Motion based on Newton’s worldview, Schrödinger’s Equation and the new Universal Law of Motion, the Observer Problem, the EPR paradox, Bell’s Theorem and the Copenhagen interpretation.  At the end of the book the authors discuss the link between quantum mechanics and consciousness.

The authors have created a website that includes a book description, a table of content with the quotes they have used for each chapter and a page titled “Enigma in a Nutshell” which I found particularly interesting. In addition the authors address the controversy of this book saying that it is “the mystery beyond the physics, that’s controversial”. The further state:  “One concern is that some people, seeing the solid science of physics linked to the mystery of the conscious mind, might become susceptible to all sorts of pseudo-scientific nonsense. We physicists can also be uncomfortable seeing our discipline involved with anything so “unphysical.”

The authors provide a list of additional readings for both the general reader and advanced student and a detailed index of topics at the end of the book.

 

 

Proof of Heaven

In this book the author recounts his near-death experience (NDE) during a meningitis-induced coma. He says that he was encountering the reality of a world of consciousness that existed completely free of limitation of his physical brain.  He explains that the death of the body and the brain are not the end of consciousness and that human experience continues beyond the grave under the gaze of God who loves and cares about each one of us.

After describing the onset of the illness he continues by sharing what he saw during the seven days in the coma.  He also tells the readers the actions and feelings from family members and friends during this time.

In the ninth chapter he shares that he was able to instantly and effortlessly understand concepts that would have taken him years to grasp and explains concepts and feelings that are explained in works written by theosophists See Theosophy by John Algeo under Philosophysuch as the existence of more than one universe and the existence of higher beings. He further mentions more that once that Love is the basis of everything.

In addition he says that science, to which he has devoted to much of his life – does not contradict what he has learned “up there”.

For him the unconditional love and acceptance that he experienced was the single most important discovery.

In chapter fifteen he discusses the concept of consciousness and why we forget our trans-earthly identities.  He also points out that the physical side of the universe is a speck of dust compared to the invisible and spiritual part. He further explains that free will comes at the cost of a loss or falling-away from the universal love in which the universe is “literally awash” but that our truest, deepest self is completely free.

He adds that our role here is to grow toward the DivineCompare with The Heart of the Soul by Gary Zukov and Linda Francis under Spiritual Development, and that growth is closely watched by the beings in the worlds above.

Our eternal spiritual self is more real than anything we perceive in this physical realm, and has a divine connection to the infinite love of the Creator. In his words, this journey was not only about love,  but it was also about who we are and how connected we all areCompare with Overview Effect under Science – the very meaning of all existence.

 

Overlapping of Science, Religion and Philosophy

James A. Gardner, a complexity theorist and essayist, wrote in his book Biocosm: The New Scientific Theory of Evolution: Intelligent Life is the Architect of the Universe, that the “overlapping domains of science, religion, and philosophy should be regarded as virtual rain forests of cross-pollinating ideas” and that “the messy science/religion/philosophy interface should be treasured as an incredibly fruitful cornucopia of creative ideas”.

This idea of overlap is addressed in the Theosophical Society, where the second objective is “To encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy, and science.” You can find out more about the Society under “Philosophy.See Theosophy by John Algeo”. In the Theosophical view religion, science and philosophy are three different approaches to the truth and when rightly followed are not contradictory. In fact they blend into one another. They are three ways of viewing the truth of the universe, and what at one time is religion or philosophy will be science at another time. As a British scientist, John D. Barrow, has written (Theories of Everything, 4):

Today, physicists accept the atomistic viewpoint that material bodies are at root composed of identical elementary particles, as [that view is] well supported by evidence. It is taught in every university in the world. Yet, this theory of physics began amongst the early Greeks as a philosophical, or even mystical, religion without any supporting observational evidence whatsover… Atomism began life as a philosophical idea that would fail virtually every contemporary test of what should be regarded as “scientific”; yet, eventually, it became the cornerstone of physical science. One suspects that there are ideas of similar groundless status by today’s standards that will in the future take their place within the accepted “scientific” picture of reality.

Carter Phipps refers in his book “Evolutionaries: Unlocking the Spiritual and Conscious to Jean Gebser when he explains that there is “evidence that integrative, cross-disciplinary thinking may not be the latest and greatest idea of the cognoscenti but an actual higher mental function that represents a further step in the evolution of consciousness itself.”

You can find more about Gebser on this website under “PhilosophySee The Ever-Present Origin ”, but in this context it is important to mention that he understood consciousness as “being present”. His major thesis was that human consciousness is in transition, and that these transitions are “mutationsCompare with Initiation by Elisabeth Haich ” and not continuous. Looking back into our human past he distinguished four levels of consciousness: the archaic structure, the magical structure, the mythical structure, and the mental structure.” He describes at great length these levels of consciousness in his work, Ursprung und Gegenwart (The Ever-Present OriginUnder Philosophy on this website). Working from the historical evidence of almost every major field including religion, physics, philosophy and natural sciences he saw traces of the emergence (which he called “efficiency”) and collapse (“deficiency”) of various structures of consciousness throughout.

Gebser saw through the quagmire of “the decline of the West” the emergence of a new structure of consciousness, the integral structure. This structure requires our conscious effort through personal and collective self-transcending practice. In the chapter about integral consciousness of his book “Verfall und TeilhabeThis book was not translated into English” [decay and participaction]  he writes in this context, that the necessary changes in humanity won’t be reached through attempts of making the world a better place.  In his opinion those so-called “do-gooders” are shirking their responsibility to work on and improve themselves. They are playing the game of demanding from others what they are too lazy to do themselves. In his words they are not only betraying themselves but the whole world.

In the same book he explains in the article “Dualismus und Polarität” [dualism and polarity] how the classical view of “either and or” (dualism) which has been valid for thousand of years has to be substituted with the view of “as well as” (polarity).  Based on the scientific discoveries of Max Planck, Albert Einstein, Ernest Rutherford, Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg about Quantum PhysicsSee also Quantum Physics and Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness and the Theory of Relativity we can’t avoid to change our way of thinking. We must integrate these new concepts into our way of live.  With these discoveries our model of the universe expanded rapidly and advanced theoretical physics demonstrated that everything in the universe is subtly dependent upon everything else.

Whereas in dualism opposite views were irreconcilable (e.g. good and bad; the here and now and the afterlife; fear and hope; beautiful and ugly), in polarity you understand that everything is interdepend and can’t fight each other with impunity or exclude each otherSee also Initiation by Haich under Metaphysics (e.g. male and female principles; employer and employee). These “poles” are dependent on each other and build a whole (Yin and Yang).

Quantum Physics

Below are the main ideas that are relevant for this website and that I have gotten from my readings directing us again to the fact that we have to work on ourselves to improve the world.

Quantum Physics is a branch of science that deals with discrete, indivisible units of energy called quanta as described by the Quantum Theory. Fundamental to contemporary Quantum Theory is the notion that there is no phenomenon until it is observed. This effect is known as the ‘Observer Effect’ (see http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/1998/02/980227055013.htm).

According to Alex Paterson (see http://www.vision.net.au/~apaterson/science/observer_effect.htm) the implications of the ‘Observer Effect’ are profound because, if true, it means that before anything can manifest in the physical universe it must first be observed. Presumably observation cannot occur without the pre-existence of some sort of consciousness to the observing and therefore the Observer Effect implies that the physical Universe is the direct result of ‘consciousness‘.

This interpretation is supported by Jim Tucker, the medical director of the Child and Family Psychiatry Clinic, and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. He explains, that because Quantum Physics shows that events involving its smallest particles only occur once they are observed, the material world is derived from consciousness, not the other way around.  He also points out, that this belief has been shared by a number of quantum physicists, including Max Planck, the father of quantum mechanics and Nobel Prize winner in Physics in 1918.

That means, the substance of the universe is not matter but consciousnessSee also Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness under Science. This is extremely important to understand because of most people’s belief today that the substance of the universe is matter and therefore they attempt to accumulate as many material possessions as possible. And if consciousness creates the material world, then it may not be dependent upon that world to exist, meaning that consciousness does not depend on a living brain to exist. So if consciousness does not require a brain, it continues after the brain stops working. Tucker goes even further and bases his hypothesis of how reincarnationYou can find more about this concept in The Gnostic Gospels and the Bhagavad Gita under Religion and Theosophy under Philosophy could exist  on these discoveries.

In addition, Quantum Physics is beginning to realize that the Universe appears to be a dynamic web of interconnected and if we understand that there is a common spiritual bond between all things in the universe and that we are all part of one Divine Intelligence, no phenomena such as telepathy and clairvoyance is unexplainable.

But what does this mean for us? It is further evidence that we are all part of the One, the Whole, the Divine Intelligence – whatever you want to call it – and that it is with our deeds and actions that we can change the world (see also http://www.thespiritedway.com/lifepurpose-quantum-physics.html).