Well of Light The Gift of Climate Change (part two) Quantum Consciousness and Climate Change
Quantum social science, I believe will be a fundamental rethinking of our relationship with our fellow human beings, and with nature as a whole... The quantum mind is not encased completely within its skull, but connected non-locally to the world around it. Alexander Wendt
This month we invite you to join us in an exploration of the question of what it means to be conscious. Changing our view of consciousness could be the missing link in transforming a 350 year old mechanistic worldview that has kept us from focusing on and effectively addressing climate change; the single most prominent threat to life on our planet.
For a growing number of people, it appears that we are on the precipice of a cultural shift in the fundamental way that we view consciousness and reality. This shift, from a deterministic view of ourselves as objects in a world of objects, to a deeply interconnected and interdependent quantum perception of our relationship to life and living, is emerging in many different disciplines besides physics, including; biology, social science, chemistry, politics, psychology and philosophy.
Evolving our consciousness is not something we do only for ourselves - it is something we also do for others… for all others, and for the earth. Because we open up and let our body and mind feel the ties with others and with nature, we change ourselves, and change others around us… Ervin László
One of the biggest barriers to the evolution of consciousness is that our social sciences are founded on an error! This is the mistaken thinking that the mind and culture only follow the laws of classical mechanistic physics. We relate to ourselves and others as things, like breadbaskets, cars and houses, which are material and measurable. The problem is that we are not simply objects. We possess consciousness, which is fluid, emergent and subjective. This means we need a new model of perception to understand the workings of the mind and consciousness in order to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
What is emerging in the latest thinking in Quantum Social Science is that, as Andrew Wendt states, despite centuries of effort, no one has come up with an even remotely plausible classical solution to the mind-body problem – namely, how the material world described by classical physics and neuroscience could possibly lead to consciousness. How could something that is material be conscious? This is a very intriguing question that has baffled scientists for decades. There is growing evidence that suggests that the mind (physical matter) goes far beyond the physical workings of our brain which is influenced by non-local events. This is evidenced in unexplainable experiences like intuition, telepathy, clairvoyance and clairsentience. Yet, when we look through the lens of Quantum theory, we find a resolution to the mind-body problem. Here the mind occurs as both a producer and a receiver of consciousness, rather than simply the producer. *(I, Michael, am not a physicist and am using quantum terms and concepts metaphorically to support a deepening exploration of consciousness within ourselves and our world).*
To find out what is truly individual in ourselves, profound reflection is needed; and suddenly we realize how uncommonly difficult the discovery of individuality is. C.G. Jung
So why is the exploration of consciousness so important? Because, for the past 350 years we have been relating to ourselves as separate objects; separate from our body, each other, our community and nature. How else can we explain the desecration of our environment, massive global genocide, dropping atomic bombs and a culture that puts money above life? By exploring ourselves through the quantum perception of inseparability, even as a metaphor, we see that everything is connected and affects everything else. We think that we are inhabitors of a body looking out there, but our perception is influencing what we see and how we relate to others and the world. In physics this is called the observer effect, the theory that the mere observation of a phenomenon inevitably shapes what we see and experience.
When we view ourselves as deeply related, both affecting and being affected by others, we move from a stance of “othering” and projecting our views, beliefs and assumptions on others, to a presence of curiosity and wonder towards the views of reality that we are mutually co-creating. In order to step into this perception of what Thich Nhat Hanh has called inter-being, we must be willing to let go of our strongly held beliefs and embrace uncertainty. When nothing is certain, anything is possible. Uncertainty leads us to what physicists might call infinite potentiality.
You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. Jane Goodall
There are no throw-away gestures, everything we do makes a difference and impacts everything else. When we shift our attention away from focusing on what we are against, and become clear on the world we want for ourselves and future generations, we open ourselves to the hidden forces of quantum consciousness. When we see ourselves as interconnected and inseparable from the world, we begin to see that the real work of healing the wounds that separate, alienate and marginalizeis an inside job. The evolution of consciousness begins with challenging our own limiting beliefs and assumptions, recognizing ourselves in others, and being willing to drop the need to be right, to be in control, to be perfect.
When we recognize and accept that climate change is a human induced situation, we realize that, since we created it, we also have the power to shift the direction of our destruction, and create a world that works for all life. The universe is based on harmony, congruence and integrity, or wholeness… There is no separate world out there, in-spite of how it might appear through the outdated perception of the beliefs that have gotten ourselves into this situation. To see the opportunity we must recognize the magnitude of the threat we are facing. Making friends with and allowing what is, to be as it is, we generate the conditions for real change to occur in the present, beyond our remembered past and imagined future.
Time isn’t precious at all, because it is an illusion. What you perceive as precious is not time but the one point that is out of time: the Now. That is precious indeed. The more you are focused on time—past and future—the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is. Eckhart Tolle
We invite us to explore our relationship with time and consciousness. Where are we investing our time? What takes us away from being in a state of presence? What habitual patterns, beliefs and assumptions are shaping the way we see the world? Where and how do we hold ourselves as separate from others and the world? Are we willing to embrace uncertainty and risk what we know, for what could be? If we truly engage and explore these questions, we will begin to see that our present is our future. How we live our lives today is what is shaping tomorrow. Climate change might just be the catalyst for an evolutionary jump in what it means to be human…
We are so grateful for your participation in the Well of Light programs, listening to our radio shows and challenging your own beliefs and assumptions, which inspires us to challenge ours. Please feel free to write and comment on this, and any newsletter or show we produce. We are here to be of service and support in the Great Turning in which we are all engaged…
With infinite love and gratitude, Michael, Meriel and The Well of Light Team
“One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light, but by making the darkness conscious. The latter procedure, however, is disagreeable and therefore not popular.” C.G. Jung