How the emerging quantum worldview is generating a reality revolution!
The classical worldview was atomistic and individualistic; it viewed objects as separate from their environments and people as separate from each other and from their surroundings. The systems view perceives connections and communications between people, and between people and nature, and emphasizes community and integrity in both the natural and the human world. Ervin Laszlo
This month I want to share about the new emerging quantum or whole systems worldview that is calling forth a new possibility for life and living. Our current perception and beliefs have been shaped by a 17th century mechanistic doctrine, which sees all events, including human actions and choices, as determined by preceding events. This past based deterministic view of cause and effect has produced great suffering, stress and anxiety while greatly limiting the possibility of real change and transformation in our lives, culture and the world.
Quantum physics is validating what the mystical traditions have been saying for milenia, that everything is connected, alive and impacts everything else. It presents a world awash in inseparability, uncertainty, and potentiality. From this perspective it appears that the universe—which includes us by the way— is evolving towards ever greater coherence, unity and harmony. This new worldview demonstrates that consciousness itself is the fundamental basis of how we perceive reality. It further suggests that consciousness is not solely a product of the individual brain, but a field of awareness with which we are constantly interacting.
The principles of quantum physics enable us to break free from the past as we may choose. Uncertainty, potentiality, and inseparability provide us with the platform to become masters of our lives. Mel Schwartz
Embracing Uncertainty: The old worldview of cause and effect leaves us striving for certainty, perfection and predictability. It provokes us to attempt to find the right way, insure the outcome, or predict the future before acting. This is not to say that planning, being informed and testing our assumptions are not important aspects of any essential endeavour, especially when working with others. However, reliance on these ways of planning, acting and working can create much unnecessary fear, anxiety and stress.
By embracing uncertainty we free ourselves from the limiting perspective of our outdated mechanistic worldview. This helps us reclaim our natural innate ability to flow with life as it unfolds. It opens us to a whole new world of wonder, curiosity and amazement that leads to enhanced creativity and inspiration... The more we need certainty, predictability and the desire to know the outcome ahead of time, the greater our level of stress and anxiety. Learning to let go of our incessant need to predict outcomes, leads us to greater freedom, satisfaction, ease and peace of mind. It also helps us to recognize how everything is interconnected and affects everything else.
Atoms or elementary particles themselves are not real; they form a world of potentialities or possibilities rather than one of things or facts. Werner Heisenberg
The Observer Effect: One of the most important discoveries of quantum physics came in the early 20th century from physicist Werner Heisenberg. He proved that the observer impacted that which was being observed. This observer effect, as it’s called, showed that the way we view the world influences what we see. This discovery demonstrates that we can never truly have an objective reality. All reality is subjective and our consciousness (beliefs, assumptions, thoughts and feelings) have an impact on and alter our perception of whatever we are observing. Instead of viewing reality as something that is fixed and external to us, we must conclude that rather than an objective, cause and effect world, reality is an ongoing, unfolding and participatory process, which is interdependent with our observations, intention and beliefs.
In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Inseparability: The Newtonian mechanistic concept of separation has become embedded in our language, beliefs and the way we relate to the world. When we see ourselves as objects in a disconnected and separate world of objects we create an imaginary world of disconnection. This explains why we are the only species on earth that soils and destroys its own nest, how we could continue to create war and genocide and why conflict, divisiveness and greed are rampant on our planet. Our beliefs and perception, as well as the way we communicate, continue to support this view of isolation and separation.
To transcend this myth of separation we can begin by deconstructing our habitual and disempowering beliefs and our personal story of self. We have a story, but we are not our story. Similarly, we have a hand, but we are not our hand. When we recognize how our beliefs and thoughts separate us from the world and each other, we can reclaim our sense of connectivity. By realizing that we are not our thoughts, we see can that, between the thought and action, we have a choice. We can choose our actions based on our commitment and intention rather than operating from our unexamined thoughts and beliefs from the past. This starts us on the road from a fixed view of reality to a unified consciousness of inclusion and empathy for all of life. It is from here that we can tap into the unlimited consciousness of the universe.
The potential in you is part of a cosmic potentiality that exists in every particle of the universe. It exists as a field of states of what is possible in the world, and it is as real as gravity. Lothar Schäfer
When we embrace our interconnection with all of life, we begin to recognize the vast potentiality that exists at the very edges of our story. A story that is dictated by events from the past, and is shaping our future. It is here that we begin to see that we always have a choice. When we have the courage to step beyond our strongly held beliefs, assumptions, thoughts and fears, we empower ourselves to think and act from our commitments and intentions, rather than a default existence based on events, experiences and memories from the past. This is where we learn the meaning of true power.
To experience true power is to move with and meet life as it is, rather than resisting what’s wanting to emerge in the moment. To do this we must question and be willing to step away from the known and into the wonder and brilliance of the unknown. When you make the choice to reclaim your power and potential, you are no longer a victim of the circumstances that emanate from the external world. You do not have to be a prisoner of your past and the imagined barriers of the external circumstances. When we embrace our fragmented selves an recognize our profound interconnection with all of life, we begin the journey towards coherence and wholeness. We recognize our profound interconnection with all of life...
Relationships are all there is. Everything in the universe only exists because it is in relationship to everything else. Nothing exists in isolation. We have to stop pretending we are individuals that can go it alone. Margaret J. Wheatley
Coherence is the state of being whole, interconnected and complete. It is about recognizing how deeply we are related to everyone and everything. In physics there is both implicit and explicit coherence. Implicit coherence means that we are in alignment with our innermost genius, that state of being whole and integrous, in which we could say we are operating from our essential inner truth. If we listen closely to our bodies and open all of our senses, we can enter a state of congruence by taking the appropriate actions to heal and connect our fragmented and dissociated parts. Explicit coherence means we are in authentic alignment with the outer world and coordinate our inner knowing and actions with the outer needs and healing of another, a community or the world. It means that we act from the whole and look for unity with nature and all of life. Unity occurs when the whole recognizes and sustains all of its parts!
There is much to consider when a person, organization or culture undertakes the task of cultural transformation, of moving from one paradigm of reality to another. This quantum reality revolution is already here. It is calling to us to wake up, to recognize our deep and profound interconnection with all of life, to embrace uncertainty and escape from the prison of our own unexamined beliefs and assumptions about ourselves and the world. We hope you will join us this month as we explore ourselves as an interconnected and interdependent part of a rapidly changing world.
With love and blessings, michael
Our reality is shifting because the human world has become unstable and is no longer sustainable. But the reality revolution harbours a unique opportunity. This decade is the first in history that offers the choice between being the last decade of a fading, obsolete world or the first of a new and viable one. Ervin Laszlo