An Introduction to Reality Shifts
We also notice synchronicities and coincidences in our lives... times when the events happening around us seem orchestrated to bring together ideas, people, and situations.
Take a moment now to consider the possibility that your thoughts and feelings are responsible for creating your experience of reality... that the very way you observe the universe is affecting what you are observing. Just as the most fundamental building blocks of matter and energy are non-locally connected across time and space so that they change their spin simultaneously when they are observed, so too can we notice such "spooky action at a distance" when we make wishes or prayers that come true.
Albert Einstein used the expression spooky action at a distance to convey his doubt that quantum non-locality could exist. Quantum non-locality was experimentally proven in the 1980s in Paris in a series of experiments conducted by Alain Aspect and his colleagues. These experiments measured the polarization of two twin photons... one photon being up and the other down as they traveled in different directions. Aspects experiments dealt with beams of correlated photons (pairs of one up and one down photon), and these experiments showed that as the angle of measurement changed for measuring the first group of photons, the statistical probability of the second group of photons going through the filter at a different angle was changed.
Physicists seeking to prove that the world operates locally (a measurement taken in one place cannot have a remote effect) conducted an experiment in the early 1970s in Berkeley, California. John Clauser, Michael Horne, Abner Shimony and Richard Holt were surprised to find that quantum particles DO change their polarization across distances of space. This experiment was especially significant, because the experimenters set out to prove locality, and were unable to do so.
The connection between spooky action at a distance and wishes and prayers is that everything in this universe is made up of quantum material at its very core. You and I and everything else that exists consist of particles that have twin particles located elsewhere. When changes occur within us, twin particles elsewhere are simultaneously affected. Since quantum particles appear as particles at the point in time and space where they are observed... the very act of observation in one place (wishing or hoping or praying) brings about change elsewhere.
Reality shift experiences have been almost universally ignored or denied until now, when the subject can finally be raised in a non-stigmatizing way with the explanation that these changes are not in violation of the laws of physics, but are a natural part of the way we interact with the world.
Why Reality ShiftsPhysics is a science, and as such, it's answers will be ever-changing. We can find eternal answers in spiritual teachings by enlightened men and women who have understood the basic truths about the nature of reality. In other words, we may think we finally know what's going on according to the latest discoveries in science, yet each new discovery is just a step on a path of ever-greater understanding. Wise spiritual teachers have long known that reality shifts with our thoughts and feelings.
Quantum mechanics does not merely apply to the realm of the very small. Physicists working on finding the theory of everything (TOE) are currently working to unify quantum physics with relativity... so that one theory can explain the physical behavior of everything from the tiniest subatomic particles to the biggest celestial bodies. As physicist David Greene writes from the perspective of a physicist on the front-lines of the TOE quest in his book, The Elegant Universe,
"The strategy of beginning with a theoretical description that is classical
and then subsequently including the features of quantum mechanics has
been extremely fruitful for years. It underlies, for example, the standard
model of quantum physics. But it is possible, and there is growing evidence
that it is likely, that this method is too conservative for dealing with theories
that are as far-reaching as string theory and M-theory. The reason is that
once we realize that the universe is governed by quantum mechanical principles,
our theories really should be quantum mechanical from the start. We have
successfully gotten away with starting from a classical perspective until now
because we have not been probing the universe at a deep enough level for this
coarse approach to mislead us. But with the depth of string/M-theory, we may
well have come to the end of the line for this battle-tested strategy."
These physics pioneers on the cutting edge of finding the TOE believe that our universe most likely consists of many more than the three spatial dimensions we are familiar with... and that many more dimensions lie hidden all around and inside us, curled up.
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