April 2012 - The Third Way (Part 2) ~ another in the "Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times" series
The Third Way (Part 2 of 3)
by Peter Canova
[Part 1 is March 2012.]
Letís begin with the scientific side of the ledger.
Quantum physics demonstrates that material particles do not exist in and of themselves in a fundamental or natural state. What exist are really waves of light smeared across infinity, a cosmic menu of all possible outcomes or choices, if you will. Only when observed by a conscious observer does the possibility wave collapse into an observable point particle and become physical reality.
Other startling phenomena exist at the quantum level:
To understand the astounding and counterintuitive findings of quantum physics, comprehending the role of consciousness is essential.
Letís begin with a definition:
Consciousness is awareness. Specifically ó it is intelligent awareness capable of choice and direction.
The quantum phenomena described above only makes sense if consciousness is the primary source of reality.
Quantum physics says that our reality begins with energetic light waves of possibility.
These possibility waves only collapse into material particles upon observation. Who is doing the observing? Both Max Planck, the founder of quantum physics and the ancient spiritual texts tell us that a single Conscious Intelligent Mind or awareness is doing the observing.
Then what is the nature of this Consciousness? From where does is arise? Does it have a material or non-material origin?
Material science would claim that consciousness arises from matter as a function of the material brain. But quantum physics shows that only conscious observation collapses wave energy into matter, so how can the thing that is bringing matter into existence be created by it? This paradox rules out consciousness being created by matter.
Now letís take a page from Descartesí dualist philosophy. Say that mind (consciousness) and matter are separate and distinct dimensions that somehow interact with one another. So, consciousness is an immaterial force working with matter by some undefined means. Sounds reasonable, even a bit spiritual, right?
And, in order for matter to receive direction from an immaterial consciousness, there has to be an exchange of signals, of information and that means energy. This canít pass the laws of physics which state that energy in the universe is constant. The universe can neither give nor receive energy from another dimension, so we have another paradox.
Now the Third Way comes into play.
All paradoxes are eliminated and all quantum phenomena explained if we see consciousness as the source of all reality.
It is the matrix or energy net that encompasses everything observable and unobservable.
So consciousness is both particle and wave, matter and energy, observer and the thing observed.
We can further refine the operations of consciousness in this manner ó Consciousness with a capital "C" is the fundamental intelligent energy (call it God, higher intelligence, etc.).
This Consciousness manifests itself as different points of consciousness with a lower case "c." That would be you and me and every self-aware being.
In quantum scientific terms, capital "C" and small "c" would be called non-ordinary and ordinary consciousness respectively. Big "C" Consciousness is the fundamental light or energy which ó like using multiple projectors ó projects all reality through us ó small "cís."
Collectively, we participate as the aware observers who draw forth material reality from the quantum light wave.
The astonishing knowledge that quantum physics brings about creation, life and reality were revealed thousands of years ago by the threads of a universal spiritual tradition, the wisdom of which permeated every major religion or philosophy, pagan or modern.
All these wisdom teachings were echoing each other thousands of years ago in the non-technical languages of their day ó every single thing in creation proceeds from conscious intelligence and we as human beings are part of that conscious intelligent awareness.
The limitations of traditional religion and science may now be superseded by a liberating new paradigm.
I say superseded ó not trashed, bashed or discarded ó for this assumes there is nothing good or redeemable in science and religion and thatís just not so.
Letís take the three pillars of traditional science: Newton, Descartes and Darwin.
Quantum physics exposes their theories as incomplete or incorrect in many of their applications and conclusions. Thatís not to say they are categorically wrong.
If true reality is the size of a silver dollar, these theories are like dimes. They explain certain functions accurately within their dimes ó yet they canít explain the whole dollar of which the dimes are part.
Newtonian physics works well in explaining certain functions of the observable world yet it canít account for effects under Einsteinís relativity or the sub-atomic world and it canít come close to explaining the fundamental operations of matter and consciousness. Therefore, its view of a determined universe as a giant machine is incorrect.
Descartes dualism seems to define a working relationship between mind and matter for day to day purposes, and it is also fundamentally incorrect in missing the true underlying unity of the two.
Darwinís theory only explains evolution within species. It never explains the creation or origin of life. It doesnít even demonstrate how one species evolves into another, like ape into human, except as an article of faith.
The fossil record supports a more quantum leap view, that is, that species like human beings came about quite suddenly.
About the Author: Peter Canova is an author and speaker. He has written a novel called Pope Annalisa (popeannalisa.com), the first book in a trilogy called the First Souls. Pope Annalisa is a spiritual thriller about an African nun who becomes the first female pope. It has won numerous awards including the Nautilus Gold Award for visionary fiction formerly bestowed on such authors as Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra and the Dalai Lama.
Our comment: We have met the Peter Canova, taken one of his workshops and are currently re-reading his novel, Pope Annalisa, which keeps our interest from the first page to the last, with surprise after surprise and twist after twist, through very well-developed characters and a unique story premise. In addition to being great fiction, it provides examples of ways that the world could be different - a story of hope when things look the darkest. Peter is an exceptional teacher who writes extremely well. The book has already won quite a number of prestigious awards. It will likely become a best-seller and a movie. No matter your personal belief system, it provides interesting views of many different philosophies and historical events that help to "set the stage" for the world we live in today and how we might live in the future. It's the best book we've read in quite a while. Very well done!
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