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How You Create the Universe  


By Deepak Chopra, MD and Menas C. Kafatos, Ph.D.


We all identify with the physical world and would be shocked to discover that this is a mistake. Even in an age of faith like the Middle Ages, when people believed in miracles and attributed creation to an omnipotent God, the physicality of things was totally accepted. Rocks were hard and water was wet, no matter what faith you believed in. If you wandered the stacks of the Library of Congress and pulled books off the shelf at random, you’d discover no serious challenge to physicalism except for one book out of a million written by mystics, sages, Eastern philosophers, and other members of a motley crew who were detached from everyday reality.

Even so, it is undeniable that we’re mistaken when we identify with the physical world, and correcting the mistake has enormous implications–it would be like waking up from a dream. The fact that the dream of physicalism is supported by many modern scientists science gives it weight and authority, but scientists, with very few exceptions, promote physicalism because they haven’t really examined its faulty assumptions. Like the rest of us, they tacitly assume that the world “out there” is real and dependable. In last week’s post Deepak Chopra argued against that assumption; this follow-up will attempt to answer the inevitable question, “So what?” Unless the end of physicalism makes a difference in our everyday lives, arguing over it seems arcane and abstract. In fact, the very opposite is true.

If we stop accepting the basic tenet of physicalism–that everything in existence is explainable by exploring the matter and energy that compose the universe–a huge shift is possible. Already the role of mind is central in orthodox quantum mechanics, which does not accept a physical reality devoid of observation. Despite the obvious triumphs of science and technology, one has to abandon the traditional scientific worldview, expanding instead on what quantum theories state, if we want to explain the following mysteries:

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Euphonious Apophenia

Unsolicited, reality streams.
If your ear’s already trained to the sound of reality, you hear nothing but random noise.
If, however, your ear is existentially (epistemologically*) still new, you hear marvelous melodies of meaning.
We all start out as equal.
But then we get preferred, selected, chosen.
In: the beautiful (as the mind’s eye sees it)! Out: the ugly!
We keep trying to maximize the signal-to-noise ratio.
We seek more signal, we seek less noise.
We find more discrimination, we find less harmony.
Reverse the polarity of your preference:
Let the pattern-hunting mind find nothing but noise.
Heal thyself from your euphonious apophenia**.
In: beautiful!
In: ugly!
Out: no difference!


*Epistemology, or theory of knowledge,  is the branch of philosophy concerned with the nature and scope (limitations) of knowledge. (source: wiki). It addresses the questions:

  • What is knowledge?
  • How is knowledge acquired?
  • What do people know?
  • How do we know what we know?

**Apophenia is the experience of seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. The term was coined in 1958 by Klaus Conrad who defined it as the "unmotivated seeing of connections" accompanied by a "specific experience of an abnormal meaningfulness." (wiki)

Where Paths of Compassion Grow- There Walk Goodness and Truth


Michael Jackson August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009
 The Singer Dancing, oil on canvas by artist Daniel Johnson

It is so sad when the public judge even the innocent- for any reason, and accusation… But where the paths of compassion grow, in the end – these paths reveal lives authentically lived. Many lights among us are passing on- We have all have lost so many beloved – Some who touch our lives like a lighthouse shining through all storms… The news today of renowned singer Michael Jackson’s passing leaves many bewildered. Creative icons are as human as each of us.

I am always touched, how in death, so much more is revealed. There is such great beauty in how friends and loved ones are able to come forward to give testimony in grief for the beloved passing.

I wonder also how easy it is for people to judge without knowing any truth, and how easy it is to cling to images that are not true, or to defend after death what some fear to defend in life. The Maya ???? (the illusions of what is seen as duality) of life spins ever tangled webs. Those who live intensely with the core of creativity often suffer this stigma. There is also a phenomena when there is so much light, one can be blinded by its intensity.  I think also, the more light in a life, the more shadows of Maya/controversy pursue a life.

May the true singing of soul ever continue in our hearts.
blessings, love and light,