Having ascertained that as far as our brain and our neural physiology are concerned, our imagined activities and our dreams are indistinguishable from our every day lives, and that our perception seems to have an influence on the reality it perceives, perhaps the phrase, “living the dream”, may have a more literal interpretation than previously realised.
An idea that favours this possibility is that of quantum superposition, according to which a quantum system such as an atom or photon can exist as a combination of multiple states corresponding to different possible outcomes. Essentially, the particles that make up our reality are in all states and all possible positions until we observe them. At which point they “collapse” into the positions required to form the possible outcome necessary to create our world as we perceive it. There are any number of websites willing to charge you a fortune for a course that will teach you to “co-create” your universe. The truth is, you are already doing it.
I had an interesting experience a few years ago. When I used to smoke tobacco most of my fellow smokers’ main fear was, not surprisingly, of contracting cancer. For some reason I didn’t share that fear but instead had a greater fear of developing COPD. Probably because of something I’d read on the subject. One winter I got a chest infection, not unusual for smokers. However, because of the persistence of it and the pain I was in I was sent for an x-ray. The images showed a shadow on the lung that looked as though it may be sinister, so I was sent for a scan to check for cancer. For several days I had that feeling that many who have been in this position will know only too well. I was Schroedinger’s cat, only even I didn’t know whether the poison had been released and what would be found when they opened the box.
Thankfully, the radiation had behaved itself, the toxin was still in the glass container and I sprang out of the box feeling quite relieved but rather hungry. Incidentally, while I was waiting for the results, in spite of what I’d been told, I still hadn’t really given much credence to the belief I may have a tumor. However, the scans did show something. The disease I had always feared and suspected that I may develop was present. I had COPD.
Thankfully, by this time in my life I had done a fair amount of work on myself and had developed a much more positive mindset, which I have happily retained and further enhanced. Ok, so I had this thing and I had seen it have pretty devastating effects on other people, but I simply could not imagine myself, four or five years later, confined to an armchair and dependent on oxygen. In fact when I looked to the future I could only see myself as active and engaged in life as I was at that moment. That was nine years ago and there has been no deterioration. In fact, due to changes I’ve made to my lifestyle I’m fitter now than I was then and am more physically active than most people I know of my age. Certainly this doesn’t constitute a scientific experiment, but it was enough to inspire me to find out just how powerful our imagination and perception can be, and how far beyond our own bodies we can determine just how and where those particles end up to create the reality we would like to perceive.
Japanese author and researcher, Masaru Emoto , also pondered these questions and decided that since water is so fundamental to our existence, he would create an experiment to see to what extent we may be able to exert an influence on it with only our imagination, perception and intent. He placed water in a number of containers and wrote words representing a variety of emotions on them. He then evoked the appropriate emotion in the presence of each of them. The water was then frozen, and the resulting ice crystals studied. Remarkably the crystals formed differently in the various containers and created patterns that seemed to correlate aesthetically with the words assigned to them. For instance, “love” created beautiful, symmetrical crystalline structures. While “hate” produced the kind of jagged, chaotic ice crystal you wouldn’t want to bump into on a dark night.
Inspired, intrigued and curious as ever, in 2010 my wife, Kae, and I participated in an experiment dubbed the “Water into wine” experiment. While there was no expectation to produce a beverage to rival a Chateaux Le Payrat ’84, the objective was to see if a large number of people, scattered pretty much across the World, could alter the qualities of a beaker of water purely by intention. Somewhere in Tuscon two beakers were filled with water from the same tap. One as a control, the image of the other was uploaded to a web site hosted in India. For ten minutes we were among thousands staring at an image on a screen and fantasising about the perfect glass of wine. An activity for which I’ve no doubt many had inadvertently practiced on many a Monday evening.
On analysis, the results invoked a discernible tingling sensation in the spines of the participants. The pH value of the water in the beaker subjected to the experiment had shifted measurably closer to the pH of wine, while the water in the control had remained unchanged.
Of course I wouldn’t claim that the experiments and observations cited here are proof positive that we have a capacity, either long forgotten or yet to be realised, to truly create our own reality in fine detail through our perception and intention. However, in my mind there is little doubt that there is a great deal to be gained by continuing in these endeavors. We have not yet reached the point where we can claim a new truth, but we have certainly stumbled upon an enthralling mystery that seems to hold awe inspiring potential for the future development of the human mind. An old tv program, “The X-Files” famously made the claim, “The truth is out there”. I’m not sure I would go that far but for me the knowledge that all is not just physical or material and that in fact, the mystery is out there, is far more exciting and inspiring.