Re: Infinite vs finite possibilities
- Hi Mish,
This article reminds me of those spiritual paths I
explored prior to ECKANKAR. Even the quantum
mechanics/world stuff and spiritual metaphysics
and the hypnosis of past/future life regressions, etc.
It's interesting to a degree, but also subjective.
We certainly have difficulty experiencing the things
beyond our senses that are still measurable by
scientific methods. As humans our eyes and ears
and minds have limited ranges. Therefore, it leads
me to believe that almost everything is finite. There
are not the infinite possibilities as some people would
think... there just aren't methods to measure or to
calculate them, or to even know what they are or know
they even exist.
It could be that eventually the mind's intellectual powers
will be enhanced through science and, therfore, the other
faculties of the mind will be enhanced as well. Until then
people will seek the "Holy Grail" and attempt to become
One with All That Is (or whatever) by contemplating, meditating,
using "charged" words, dreaming, visualizing and doing
everything they can to unlock the mysteries of eternal life
as Soul while hoping for an even greater expansion of
consciousness after this life.
Those that don't have any success with these techniques
will have to rely upon the promises of others to "help" them,
and to be reassured by testimonials of true believers and pseudo-
As I said before... it's subjective and individual. However, what
worked for others like Jesus or Buddha didn't work as well for
their deciples. Maybe it didn't work for them because they remained
"followers." One must take charge of their own life and become
a Master. This was the true message... that everyone should
and can become their own true Master! When? One might ask.
Is time even relevant? Everything, basically, has a life cycle and
these cycles overlap with the cycles of other people and things
during their cycles.
It's all really just a continual consciousness of life that only has
real meaning in our relationships with others. Therefore, our
relationships with others which includes our attitudes (feelings),
our thoughts, our actions and our reactions with one another and
with Self is, as I see it, the real key to Our spiritual existance/
> Hi, Kaye and All!
> The friend who sent the religious memes article, also, forwarded
> the article by Owen Waters on Infinite Possibilities that I have posted
> below. Since Kaye mentioned an interest in exploring Quantum physics
> I thought that some of you would find the article interesting. The
> link to the book list will reveal a list of books many of us are already
> familiar, with perhaps some new suggestions.
> Here's the article:
by Owen Waters
> Quantum physics is more than a century old; yet, people's eyes
> still glaze over when they first hear of its strange ways. In
> the sub-microscopic world of elementary energy particles, the
> universe acts very differently from the one we know in our
> physical world.
> As it turns out, the quantum world actually reveals the true
> nature of the universe, while what we see on the physical level
> is a carefully-created illusion. For example, at any point in
> time, life presents an array of infinite possibilities. When
> you make a decision as to what to do next, then - only then -
> does your immediate future become a reality instead of just
> another possibility. Then, and only then, does the next step in
> your history get written.
> In quantum physics, energetic particles, such as photons of
> light, only become particles of energy when you focus your
> attention upon them. Until then, they remain as fields of
> influence which radiate waves of energy, not particles. These
> waves of energy, rather than traveling as a particle directly
> from A to B, spread out as waves that explore all possible
> paths before them.
> Energy particles live in a world of possibilities, waiting to
> be made manifest by a conscious decision from someone,
> somewhere. In a conscious universe, any form of attention, even
> that of a passive observer, manifests actual particles from the
> waves of potential.
> As a human, you were born to manifest a life from infinite
> possibilities. At each step along the way, you create history
> by deciding which possibility to explore and working your way
> through that action. You choose and create the experience from
> the potential and make it manifest.
> The quantum world gets even stranger when you find that, in
> its natural, unmanifested state, it is free from the
> constraints of time and space. Electrons routinely affect their
> own future, and even their own past. Quantum physicists even
> had to include "negative time" (traveling into the past) in
> their equations in order to include the time travel which is
> exhibited at the quantum level.
> Now, if the quantum world is the real world, the one from
> which our stable reality is constructed, then what does this
> mean for our possibilities? It certainly means that we have
> infinite choices for the future. The burning question is, how
> will the different choices turn out?
> People in research projects have used hypnosis to access
> deeper states of consciousness. In these deeper states of
> awareness, they have examined their own future possibilities
> based on their present-day options. The amazing thing is that
> these future paths are just as real to the exploring
> consciousness as the person's daily reality. It's as though all
> paths already exist, quantum physics-style, as an array of
> possibilities that are very real, just not yet manifested.
> For example, in hypnotherapist Brian Weiss's book, "Same Soul,
> Many Bodies," a patient who was convinced that suicide was his
> only real option was progressed - moved forward in time - to
> see how his suicide would turn out. He expected to find that
> the suicide would provide the desired relief from his crushing
> business problems. Instead, he saw how much grief he would have
> caused his wife and children. Worse still, he saw that his
> family members would take the blame for his death upon
> themselves, feeling that they should have somehow helped him
> and prevented such a tragedy.
> Then, he was progressed into a future where he had decided
> against suicide and, instead, faced up to his crisis of
> personal failure. Instead of being shunned by his family and
> friends, as he had expected, he saw them helping him to work
> through the crisis and recover his standing in the business
> world. As his consciousness moved through this alternative
> life, he saw the effects of following the sense of newfound joy
> that he had allowed into his life. In the light of such
> possibilities, his intended suicide was no longer a viable
> option and he chose the path towards joy.
> I find it fascinating that alternate futures exist in such
> detail, in such vivid reality, for each person. Not only do
> they exist as possibilities, they seem as real as if the person
> had already lived them. Those who view these alternate futures
> are not making them up. In the above example, the person
> considering suicide was so depressed about himself that he
> thought his family would say "Good riddance" when he was gone;
> he could not have made up the scenes of the alternative futures
> that he saw under hypnosis. Instead, people who see these
> future alternatives often learn from situations that they could
> never have imagined.
> In a universe created by Infinite Being, each one of us has,
> by design, infinite possibilities. The question is, what could
> you do today that will make your tomorrow even better than it
> would have been? Following your innermost joy means that you
> are using this inbuilt compass that points unfailingly towards
> greater fulfillment in life.
> You can also gain inspiration by discovering some of today's
> best books on spirituality. You'll find Brian Weiss's
> fascinating book and a careful selection of other outstanding
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