“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” …Albert Einstein
Because of their insight into the nature of this physical dimension, I enjoy quoting people like Albert Einstein. Physicists such as him, Max Planck, Niels Bohr, Erwin Schrodinger and many others, delved deep enough into the nature of things to realize that there’s more to it than they could learn through the physical senses. For fear of jeopardizing their careers they probably didn’t dare speak about it too much in their time – but they knew.
In 1944 Max Planck gave a speech in front of a group of his peers, in which he revealed a conclusion he had reached. He said: “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”
Everything in this world is a matter of perception, and there’s probably not two people who perceive anything the same way. As I perceive his words I believe that he was saying that matter doesn’t really exist; there is no matter as such. He went on to explain how it does exist, only by virtue of a force. And even though it was an assumption, he said; behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. Again in my perspective, I believe he was pretty certain of it, but couldn’t prove it – for he said, we must assume. I think that he had gone as deep into it as humanly possible in his time, and as a result concluded there was no other answer. But you can form your own perceptions and opinions.
“The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us.” …John Archibald Wheeler
Thirty-four years after Planck gave his speech, the American theoretical physicist, John Archibald Wheeler put forth his delayed-choice theory. Through a series of experiments known as Wheeler’s delayed choice experiments, he concluded that without a conscious observer the universe wouldn’t exist. Again, in my perspective, I think that his conscious observer and Planck’s conscious and intelligent mind are the same thing.
“At the quantum level, reality does not exist if you are not looking at it.” …Andrew Truscott
Recently, and with far more advanced technology, Physicist Andrew Truscott and his team of researchers from the Australian National University set out to verify or debunk Wheeler’s conclusion. After extensive experiments Truscott observed: “It proves that measurement is everything. At the quantum level, reality does not exist if you are not looking at it.” In other words, they concluded that Wheeler was right.
“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” …Albert Einstein
Einstein included the above quote in a letter he wrote to a friend’s family after the friend’s death: “Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
There are probably hundreds of explanations out there as to what these scientists meant when they shared what they had concluded from their work. But I take them at their word. I don’t need someone who can’t accept their conclusions to give me their opinions as to what they meant. I believe that they concluded what spiritual teachers have been teaching from the beginning of time. This physical dimension as we perceive it doesn’t exist – it’s an illusion. But again, you can form your own perceptions and opinions.
Plato’s famous parable
The following is taken from Gary Zukav’s 1979 book The Dancing Wu Li Masters: “Plato’s famous parable of the cave describes a group of people who are chained inside a cave in such a way that they can see only the shadows on the wall of the cave. The shadows are the only world that these people know. One day one of these people escapes into the world outside the cave. At first he’s blinded by the sunlight, but when he recovers, he realizes that this is the real world, and what he previously considered to be the real world was, in fact, only the projection of the real world onto the wall of the cave. (Unfortunately, when he returned to the people who still were chained inside the cave, they thought he was mad.)”
The Course seems to concur with this parable with this: “Prisoners bound with heavy chains for years, starved and emaciated, weak and exhausted and with eyes so long cast down in darkness they remember not the light, do not leap up in joy the instant they are made free. It takes a while for them to understand what freedom is.”
“The power of decision is your one remaining freedom as a prisoner of this world.” …ACIM
Throughout these posts I have been stressing the idea that this world and everything in it is an illusion. I adhere to this belief because I cannot accept the idea that what God created can suffer, be sick or die. But this world as we perceive it seems as if it’s made for no other purpose. There’s birth and then somewhere along the way, there’s usually some suffering for many. Then comes sickness and and in the end death, which seems to be all around us. If we tune into any of the news channels everything we hear is either convincing us how sick we are and which medications we need to purchase, or it’s about death in one way or another.
As I see it, if all the diseases, suffering, sickness and death that this world seems to portray is real then God is not. I adhere to the choice that God is Love, and He is the only Reality there is. All the rest of it is illusions – every bit of it. But, as I pointed out in some of my earlier posts: They are not meant to sway, convince, persuade or teach anyone but myself. They’re simply my own perspectives – my own thoughts expressed.
“You see the flesh or recognize the Spirit. There is no compromise between the two. If one is real the other must be false, for what is real denies its opposite.” …ACIM
There’s no other alternative to consider. We are either physical entities trapped in bodies of flesh or we are Spiritual Beings living in Spiritual dimensions. And as the above quote points out; if one is real then the other is false.
In my opening quote Albert Einstein revealed that, there are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. These two ways are completely opposite of one another, and there doesn’t seem to be any room for compromise – it’s either one or the other. I would not, nor could I, even begin to contemplate upon the meaning of Albert Einstein’s thoughts. But that being said, I like to think he was referencing a truth which had revealed itself during his work in physics. I think he had concluded that everything is part of a Source that’s beyond this world. And for those who can see this, everything is a miracle.
For those who see only the flesh, their vision stops at the body and this physical world. They can see no connection to any source other than this. They’re the ones referenced in Plato’s parable mentioned above. They believe they’re trapped in physical bodies, and therefore are prisoners of this world. All they can see is shadows (illusions) which they believe are real. As far as they’re concerned miracles don’t exist – nothing is a miracle.
I’m going to close this post with a couple short quotes from the American mythologist, writer and lecturer, Joseph Campbell. He said:
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As much as you can, keep thinking positive – you’ll find that life is better that way.