Quantum physics is confusing, confounding, and convoluted. It indicates that our universe is inverted, and what we think we see is not reality. Actually, physicists are receiving difficulty determining what reality really is. At the subatomic level, particles may be in two places at one time, can play and out of existence, may be created out of nothing, and can communicate faster than the speed of light, as if they are reading each others’minds.
This is a write-up comparing the ideas of quantum physics with those of A Course in Miracles (ACIM). Pioneer physicist Neils Bohr said, “Anyone not shocked by quantum mechanics hasn’t understood it.” Likewise, students of A Course in Miracles are known for throwing their Course books across the space and swearing about its seemingly ridiculous message. ACIM and physics have a tendency to concur that the type of physical the reality is deceiving. However, they have a tendency to diverge on the ultimate nature of reality, because A Course in Miracles states that physical forms do not even exist and have never existed. For the time being, many physicists remain trying to find a grand unified theory that will explain the way the universe works.
This short article is just a brief breakdown of complex topics, so it will be necessarily incomplete. Leading physicists differ widely within their interpretations of quantum reality and new discoveries are being made constantly. A Course in Miracles can be susceptible to interpretation, therefore, so are the ideas in this article.
To compare concepts, it is very important to tell apart between the way the Course defines “heaven,” as opposed to the earthly degree of form/matter. Heaven is changeless, formless, eternal love. Only God/Love exists and there is no physical universe, no bodies, no planets, no form. It is pure non-duality, oneness with no opposite. However, we perceive that we live in bodies on planet earth, so ACIM speaks to us like those are real, while telling us that ultimately they are not. On earth there is duality, apparent choices to be made among opposites. Separation could be the rule—separate bodies, separate nations, separate time periods, etc. Heaven is outside time and space, and, according to ACIM, time and space do not even exist, because “Reality is ultimately known with out a form, unpictured and unseen.” (T-27.III.5:2)
A Particle or even a Wave?
What Albert Einstein saw in quantum physics experiments upset him so much he spent the remainder of his life trying to figure out the missing puzzle pieces. He never found them, and while physicists continue to search for a grand unified theory, all they keep getting tend to be more and more questions. A Course in Miracles tells us that the ego’s dictum is “Seek and do not find,” (T-12.IV.1:4) which could explain the endless exploration of a universe that doesn’t exist.
Most of us have heard about the proven fact that a photon may be either a particle or even a wave. What this implies is that matter is not stable. The gist of quantum physics is that nothing in the material universe is placed in stone. There’s no fixed reality in our world until we consider it, and no specific basic particle that acts in a predictable way to generate matter. In short, nothing is real until we decide it is by considering it. The basic light photon can act either as a particle or a wave, however not both at the same time. It exists as potential states of being and doesn’t collapse into form until something observes it. Then it becomes a particular particle in a particular space and time.
This bothered Einstein, and he explained, “I love to think the moon will there be even though I’m not considering it.” Einstein can be famously known for saying, “God doesn’t play dice (with the universe).” Stephen Hawking, the present-day Einstein who is promoting theories of black holes, answers, “Not only does God play dice, but….He sometimes throws them where they can’t be seen.”
Just like everything is just a throw of the dice, once we observe a very important factor, other aspects linked to it are up for grabs. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle states that we cannot know the career and momentum of a particle at the same time. Once the career (space) is measured, then the momentum (time/speed) can’t be measured, and vice versa.
A Course in Miracles makes numerous statements in alignment with the particle/wave conundrum. A fundamental premise of the Course is that there surely is no world and we’re getting back together the world. “I’ve invented the world I see.” (W-p.I.32.h) “Projection makes perception. The world you see is that which you gave it…It is the witness to your state of mind, the exterior picture of an inward condition.” (T-21.in.1:1-2;5)
A favorite metaphysical idea is that we create our own reality through the Law of Attraction. The movie What the Bleep Do We Know!? uses the observer principle to suggest that we can decide what we would like in life, visualize it, and it will appear, once we collapse the quantum wave potential. Even although the movie features physicists, most mainstream physicists scoff as of this idea, stating that the observer effect only applies to the subatomic level and to not large things and events.
Some students of A Course in Miracles believe that the Course teaches the Law of Attraction, and cite the statements, “I’m responsible for what I see. And exactly what seems to take place if you ask me I look for, and receive as I’ve asked.” (T-21.II.2:3;5) Other students interpret this differently, stating all events happened previously, (but actually never happened) and we’re only responsible for choosing to see events from the perspective of the Holy Spirit or the ego. In this view, we’re not able to attract specific events into our lives. To choose among images in the world is to decide on among illusions, and the Course advises us to “Seek not to alter the world, but choose to alter your brain about the world.” (T-21.in.1:8) ACIM states, “These days the only remaining freedom could be the freedom of preference; always between two choices or two voices. (C-1.7:1)
Another interpretation of the above mentioned passage is that possible events and scenarios happened in the tiny tick of time in which we dreamed this world. (T-26.V.3:5) You can find an infinite quantity of images that will appear, according to whether we’ve chosen forgiveness and love with the Holy Spirit, or separation and fear with the ego.
Whatever interpretation we choose, what we observe determines what we see. All of the above theories—the Law of Attraction, having an option involving the ego’s or Holy Spirit’s perspective, or seeing different images whenever we forgive—reflect the observer principle.
As physics shows us, and the Course agrees, there is no objective reality. However, the Course states that the world is in our mind, while physics keeps looking to an external physical universe.
Time and Space
Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity showed the period and space are in accordance with the observer and are not fixed, objective realities what is a course in miracles. For instance, if an item is moving at the speed of light, it will not age as fast as an item that is moving slower. If there are two young men within their twenties, and one becomes an astronaut and spends years in space traveling at high speeds, when he returns to earth he will soon be younger than the man who stayed earthbound.
Einstein noted, “The distinction between past, present, and future are only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” A Course in Miracles is in agreement the period and space are relative, and goes further to convey they are completely unreal. “Time is just a trick, a sleight of hand, a vast illusion in which figures come and go like by magic.” The Course says that we are now looking backward over time at events that have already happened, and we just perceive that they are unfolding in time. “For we but begin to see the journey from the point where it ended, looking back about it, imagining we ensure it is once again; reviewing mentally what has gone by.” (W-p.I.158.4:1;5)
One of the Course’s stated goals is always to abolish the requirement for time. (T-5.12.4:1). “The miracle minimizes the requirement for time. The miracle substitutes for learning that will have got tens and thousands of years. The miracle shortens time by collapsing it, thus eliminating certain intervals within it.” (T-1.II.6:1,7,9). “When you perform a miracle, I’ll arrange both time and space to modify to it.” (T-2.V.A.11:3)
Oneness and Bell’s Theorem
A Course in Miracles and quantum physics have been in agreement about the interconnectedness of all things, that the Course calls oneness and physics calls entanglement. The Course states that what we do to your brother we do unto ourselves.
A significant physics principle is Bell’s Theorem, which was designed to try whether particles might be discrete, separate objects, unconnected to the remaining world. The experiments derived from Bell’s Theorem have shown that particles are inextricably interconnected. There’s no separation, which is really a primary principle of A Course in Miracles. For instance, say a particle is split into its twin half, and one half is in New York and another half is in Los Angeles. Once the particle in New York changes the rotation of its spin, the particle in Los Angeles instantly changes its spin correspondingly. So how exactly does the particle in Los Angeles know very well what its New York twin did? This communication is faster than the speed of light and happens without any apparent physical message, like reading each others’minds.
A Course in Miracles states that our only problem could be the belief that we have separated from God. (W-p.I.79) Additionally it states that “minds are joined” (T-18.VI.3:1) and that “all I give is given to myself.” (W-p.I.126.h)
The Big Bang
The same as particles can arise out of nothingness, physicists say the universe arose from nothingness. How is this possible? The Big Bang Theory suggests a dense, hot core of matter underwent a huge explosion that produced the physical universe. While the theory describes what happened, it still doesn’t account for the origin of the situation that exploded.
ACIM says the origin of the seeming big bang matter could be the tiny mad idea, a thought in your head of the Son of God. (T-27.VIII.6:2) Thinking was nothing and the resulting world was nothing. “You may not realize the magnitude of this 1 error. It had been so vast and so completely incredible that from it an environment of total unreality had to emerge.” (T-18.I.5:2-3) Additionally it emerged in a “tiny tick of time,” (T-26.V.3:5) all events happening simultaneously, as opposed to over billions of years as physics tells us.