Understanding the Quantum, Part I: Putting the Magic Back Where It Belongs
The Magic Begins...
I remember my joy when playing with chemistry sets as a kid. Mix two clear liquids, and *poof*...they would turn neon green, bubble uncontrollably, or have some other wildly unexpected result that was pure awesomeness. Experimenting was magical and managed to feed that limitless sense of mystery and wonderment we all yearn for as kids.
I didn't necessarily have to know why something happened, and I didn't care. I just knew I had created a cool purple glob of goo, and that's all I wanted. I gave life to something that wasn't there before.
And, it wasn't necessarily about the "science" of it all or my desire to become a scientist when I grew up (well, maybe a tiny part of me wanted to). It was just...well, fun.
...and, it fades...and disappears.
High school chemistry still had a little bit of that old childlike excitement, but still, it was for a grade and required math, extensive studying, long equations, and endless memorization. I could do all that (I was a shameless overachiever), but having no room for error, not to mention the pressure of getting everything correct and so-called right, just failed me. Our teacher did some cool "magic tricks" for the class, but that didn't help me pass a midterm or final exam.
And then...college chemistry. A lab science course was part of the general education requirement, and chemistry was my only choice and my nemesis-to-be. Little did I know the last glimmering particle of magical joy I held would soon be snuffed out.
It also didn't help that I had recently discovered my love of studying philosophy, which fueled my life's quest to question everything we have been taught to accept as "true" and "correct." To constantly push people to think for themselves and not let the "because I/we/they/God said so" get in their way. But that's a discussion for another post altogether...
The Royal...er, Scientific "We"
So, what did I learn in college chemistry?
Well, I learned asking, "Why?" wasn't as welcomed as it was in Greek philosophy and metaphysics. After all, it was Socrates who said, "The unexamined life isn't worth living." This became my mantra, so why not let it apply in other areas?
However, Socrates' approach wasn't as easy to apply as I had assumed. And, even if you don't know much about his life, he did exactly what I intended to do throughout my college classes, but he did not make many friends in Athens (his home) by doing so.
Socrates questioned everyone he met, including influential leaders and influencers in the Greek government, about what they believed to be true about concepts like Justice, the Good, Love, Virtue, etc., which ultimately led to his arrest, imprisonment, trial, and being sentenced to death by drinking hemlock.
Essentially, he discovered or confirmed that people, particularly those in power, prefer the advantage of and comfort in taking things "as is" rather than analyzing what they stand behind and consider factual or correct. (See the book, The Trials of Socrates if you want the whole story and know why he accepted his fate with open arms.)
When I look back on the chemistry course, I did not intentionally ask questions to undermine, embarrass, or frustrate the professor. You probably have known other students, coworkers, friends, and family members who question others for the sake of being, well, annoying and not out of a place of authenticity.
In my case, I was genuinely interested in understanding the "truths" and foundations of chemistry, but he didn't receive it that way. I eventually learned I was asking questions I wasn't supposed to ask in class. Once the professor discovered I was "one of those philosophy students," he saw me like a fly in his ointment, an annoyance that needed to be shooed away or swatted.
I remember the moment when he put up some equation (I wish I could remember what it was!) that used the infinity symbol but was supposed to be treated like zero when used for whatever chemists used it for. I wasn't focused on the result in this case.
I raised my hand and asked, "How do you add something to infinity? If we are supposed to treat it like zero, why not just use zero instead of infinity? Wouldn't infinity plus something be infinity?"
He answered, "We don't use zero because it is infinite."
I said, "OK. So, if something is infinite, how can you use it in an equation and treat it as zero to come up with an answer?"
That was when he stopped, put down the dry erase marker, looked at me with arms crossed, and said, "Jason, out of curiosity, what is your major?"
I responded, "Philosophy."
He nodded and smiled, signaling I had confirmed what he guessed about me.
"Oh OK. It's all clearer now. You're one of those students."
It made me feel incredibly uneasy and as though I had just committed blasphemy.
"Just treat it like zero, and move on. WE don't have time to get into the details. WE accept it as it is meant to be. WE don't question."
I always wondered who the mysterious "we" was that he referred to...we students? We professors? We chemists? We scientists?
It was almost like being in a church or place of worship where you do not question the authority and power of all that is! "Bow down, ye poor souls, and accept that the infinite is zero but still infinite. For we are all-knowing and thy grade-givers!"
OK, maybe that is a bit dramatic, but you're probably wondering why I am talking about chemistry sets, magic and wonder, equations, and science classes if this blog series is supposed to discuss the Quantum that is part of QHHT®.
I would be confused, too.
The Quantum Puts the Magic Back in the Heart
I started with this post and the way it is written to show that, as promised, I would make exploring the Quantum approachable and relatable. I could have laid down the history of science and how quantum mechanics differs from Newtonian physics, blah, blah, blah, and yawn. This is not to say that information is not essential and helpful, but even more important is that we have been taught not to question the powers that enforce and feed off our silence. They need our silence.
You might have picked up on how religious fundamentalism, indoctrination, and associated institutions often expect followers to submit and obey their teachings and words in much the same way that science and other ideologies have functioned for decades.
News Flash: Just because the majority of society or academia believes or claims to proven something is the case does not mean you have to accept it blindly. It is OK to question, and questioning leads the questioner down a road to faith rather than taking the single step through the door to widely accepted societal beliefs.
The magical fire was lost long ago when ancient knowledge was reduced to equations, grades, and feelings of angst, judgment, and condemnation. Nevertheless, the mystical has been and is coming back with the advent of the unfolding and our awakening to the quantum world.
Unlike the origins of so-called modern science (think of Mr. Issac Newton), quantum mechanics shows us the probability and possibilities that the former cannot account for. Traditional science asks questions it already knows the answers to, while the Quantum establishes the foundations of being, consciousness, and the metaphysical, which underlie all things, people, places, locations, and the Universe.
This rapid increase in knowledge about the "quantumness of everything" (my words) has dismissed the foundations of this long-held scientific belief system. And while this growing quantum understanding of all that has been, is, and will be may seem like new revelations, such "discoveries" would be comical to ancient thinkers, societies, and civilizations. In other words, as modern scientists and researchers continue to unveil and unfold the possibilities and probabilities of the quantum world, many are reinventing the wheel. You can almost hear the voices of wise astrologers, mystics, and alchemists of times past unanimously exclaiming, "What took you so long? Welcome back to where we began!"
Essentially, a quantum understanding of ourselves, our spirit, our soul journeys, and Source Energy can explain and account for the totality of our multidimensional experiences more than any rat in a maze or apple falling from a tree ever could. And, it was only a matter of "time" before traditional science realized that it had managed to obliterate the existence of such things as universal consciousness and the infinite possibilities associated with all that is not explainable, knowable, tangible, smell-able, hear-able....you get the idea. The new era where metaphysics and science can reunite once again is now upon us!
Yes, the magic, the wonderment, and the awe of our existence have returned. The fire is blazing bright. So, be sure to bring your questions, sit down to soak in the warmth of the unknown, and we'll continue on this journey together and into a deeper understanding of the Quantum.
Love & Light,