Magic of Quantum Self-Transformation: A Dream or Reality?
Law of Attraction---a Spinoff of Quantum Theory
Hovering over the border between science fiction and true science, almost as if not sure where to belong due to its mind-twisting character, is this stuff called quantum mechanics or quantum theory. The very fact that it used to be an intellectual toy of Albert Einstein and other biggies of the field, should suffice to explain my humble ambition to write about it.
However, if such a claim could serve me as an excuse, it may be worth to notice that even those smartest ones that are burning their brain fuses over that material readily admit that "no one can say they understand quantum physics".
Maybe that's what encouraged a whole army of enthusiasts to borrow that name "quantum" for their superficial and only partially correct, or possibly altogether wrong interpretation, as they came up with that ambitious theory which they called the Law of Attraction.
While it may not be anything more than another interpretation of "What goes around---comes around", or "karma", it certainly has its highly promising elegance. Those two movies on the subject: What the Bleep Do We Know, and The Secret caused some ripples in the scientific community, while it didn't take them long to dismiss the tenets of the Law of Attraction as being a "nonsense".
However, by doing that, those fine scholars did shoot themselves in the foot, while first claiming that "no one could understand quantum physics", including themselves---but then debunking Law of Attraction, as if they had any solid standards of comparison between the two.
You know what I mean? We would have to "know" something in order to say that something else has nothing to do with it.
So, here comes yet another, my own, look at the Law of Attraction; but first, let's see a bit about the quantum theory---of course, as superficial as may come from the interpretation of a layman of my small caliber.
Staying Clear of the "Rabbit Hole"
Before it gets possibly a little more interesting, where it will touch its application in our life and our very personality traits, a few words are due to be said about that mind-boggling stuff.
Apparently, the physical aspect of our reality consists of two sets of laws, not only of these well known Newtonian ones which are dealing with solid matter, liquids, and gases and how they interact. This other aspect is the one of quantum. The word itself originates from the Latin language---from where else?---meaning "how much".
How much of what? Well, as we break an atom down into its subatomic particles, we come to a point of breaking when that matter hardly has any mass at all, and seems to be flickering in and out of existence in form of energy waves filling up a field of infinite potentiality.
Then, as the astonishing results of some experimentation revealed, those energy waves are collapsing into a material manifestation while behaving in a fashion---listen to this---depending on who is the observer, and what that observer expecting to happen. Two different observers will make those "how-much?"-particles do two different things.
But then the theory goes into a maddening deep "rabbit hole" (a pet expression of those talking about quantum denoting "realm of the unknown"), and that's where we won't go. Not because we might be lost in there, but because I could not write about it without taking a peek into those smart books, while also making your reading extremely uninteresting in the process.
For our purposes of talking about the Law of Attraction, we can stay at the entrance of that rabbit whole, scratch our curious foreheads together with all those other folks already there---including those returning from the hole--- and being smart over that one phenomenon just mentioned---observer affecting the matter at its tiniest levels.
Even though it's quite needless to say it, remember: we are also made of matter, and we are also observers. And then, what makes the whole story of the Law of Attraction so juicy is another piece of the theory of quantum---the entanglement of everything in the universe on that quantum level.
Mind over Body
What they are trying to tell us is that we, humans, and the whole material world for that matter on our tiniest level are all just a part of a quantum soup of highly organized and "intelligent energy", and ruled by the law of like-attracting-like.
We could as well dismiss it as a nonsense right here and now, if our own lives did not attest to the correctness of that law. A depressed dude is likely to "attract" to himself more "reasons" to be depressed; and a happy-go-lucky one somehow maneuvers through life with a string of favorable happenstances and blessings, oftentimes without even trying much. Hence that expression: "It made my day", or "By its morning is a day recognized" ---as one lousy experience seems to breed a series of others in the course of a day.
Then we come to an aspect of the Law of Attraction where it is manifesting as our good or bad health. There we could apparently replace the whole quantum "mambo-jumbo" with simple bio-chemistry; or, as some new sciences seem to be popping up-- like neuro-chemistry which is telling us how certain chemicals called neuropeptides and neurotransmitters are changing our very biology, our immunity, our model of functioning, and affecting our lifespan.
However, those neuropeptides must be getting their qualitative character from somewhere, right? Looked under the microscope, they may be nothing but a bunch of proteins, similar to some others in the body---and the question is "who told them to be so nasty to our health?"
Which brings us back to the observer. By observer, I mean our mindset consisting of our beliefs, attitudes, and predominant daily emotions and thoughts. Then, we would all become some terrific wizards at changing our health, our looks, and even our "destiny"---if only it was not for one little problem.
It's the problem of the most of those "observing" feats-of-change happening unconsciously, while we are doing nothing consciously to make it different than it has been manifesting itself so far.
The Unconscious Spoiler
Well, here is my little contribution to the whole popular genre of the Law of Attraction: it doesn't work for us because our hardware and software have been programmed with our self-limiting beliefs just enough to spoil any good conscious intentions, while they are working "behind the scene" like that proverbial grey eminence.
Ever since those two movies (What the Bleep Do We Know, and Secret) gave a birth to a whole subculture of hopefuls, those folks have been asking themselves why it doesn't work for them. Well, it does, every single moment of their lives---but not the way they want it.
O.K., we could easily junk the whole thing and replace it with a good book on nutrition to make our lives better. But what if that quantum stuff is really working? What if we even can't escape from its workings---because those good physicists are telling us how this universe of ours is a participatory universe, in which we are taking a part of observers whether we like it or not?
So, let's forget about those nutrition books for a moment, we can always get back to them later on. For, crazy as this stuff is, what if even those good veggies are "vibrating with frequencies that should be matched by our good will to live healthy and happy---in order to work for us at all"?
Have you ever heard of those so called "health nuts" living by the book, measuring their calories, exercising, and loading their bodies with the finest nutrients---and then croaking younger than their smoking and drinking friends?
Really, why is that? Isn't the Newtonian law referring to body's biochemistry enough to keep us well with all those goodies ingested and that gym visited? Could it be that our mechanistic view of ourselves as "biological machines" doesn't work, and merely providing enough of those pills, powders and herbal "elixirs" don't give us any guarantees for a good life ahead of us?
O.K., enough with these question marks; we all know of those folks who seemingly defy the good laws of "healthy living" and outlive everyone else of their generation around them. There must be something in their mental model of functioning that makes them so resilient.
Please, don't anyone tell me about their "good genes". The new science has clearly demonstrated that our mind-style can, and does override our genetic predisposition. Our "bad genes", or "it runs in the family" is only partially correct excuse---if we don't change it, yes, it may play a part.
It Takes Some Conscious Self-Brainwashing
So, what are we ending up with in our quest to get smarter, and healthier, and happier with this quantum lesson? Looking back at my own life, and the lives of many of those people of my past and present---there is no doubt in my mind that the Law of Attraction works.
But, just the same like by "wishing alone" to be thinner we won't lose a single ounce of our body fat---we can't transform ourselves and our lives by a half-hearted effort of "writing our objectives down and reading them aloud every day"---as some instructions go in those "Law of Attraction books.
It gets more complex than that, but not out of our reach. Apparently, our emotions, imagination, and ability to see those objectives as already achieved does it. We usually fail in one of these aspects, and then we wonder why it didn't work for us.
Like, wanting to attract a soulmate, or more money, we can't do it by feeling lonely, and wishing that we could have enough money to pay off our mortgage. When you closely examine both, you see something like inner focusing on a "lack". Then we simply get more of the same that we have been focused on with our thoughts, our dark imagination, and our emotions echoing it.
In my own estimation, we would really have to deceive ourselves with a passion of a schizophrenic that we already live in abundance, and everything around us spells it, proves it, means it; and we should even place an extra pillow on our bed for that desired soulmate to place their handsome/pretty head on it one day.
You know what I mean? Our posture, our choices of words, our amount of daily laughter, our overall positive emoting, thinking and believing will have the power of an "abracadabra" in our life. By the way, that word is not a "fun" word reserved for those magic-filled stories, but a real Arabic expression meaning something like "I think---so I do".
If, by any chance you are inclined to think how it's impossible to maintain a mindset, then look around and in a mirror, and you will be facing the precise reflection of your mental effort to do precisely that. For, whatever you may see is the quantum outcome of your particular mindstyle, your unconscious beliefs about yourself and your life, about your luck and your "deserving".
Ultimately---It's Our Choice
Well, let's face it, folks---for quite a while this world of ours hasn't been in a short supply of good ideas, and we can't blame our "human condition" on a lack of information. It's everywhere, if we would just care to look.
What this world is missing is a healthy willingness to apply some of those ideas. It's one thing to say "I don't know how to change myself and my life", and entirely another to avoid facing that other statement: "I don't feel like doing anything if it doesn't involve just swallowing some life-changing stuff".
For, that first thought has a solution---the other one doesn't, because then we are shutting ourselves in a dungeon of mental laziness, while allowing our spirits to go "fat" similar to our couch-potato daily routine making our bodies fat. Sit and complain, with both mind and body getting the same treatment.
There are many paths towards manifestation of our desired outcomes, and this one with the Law of Attraction could be the common denominator to all of them. It all starts with our mind deciding to observe another reality that's more rewarding, and then sticking to it.
Should it really be hard? No, we only make it hard for ourselves. The moment we decide to make it easy, so it becomes, we implement the factor of flexibility, we pretend that it's all a "piece of cake", we act, talk, and smile as if that has from ever been the only way we could possibly be.
Yes, we brainwash ourselves into a new reality. We have proven our ability to do it, by coming to this point of life with these circumstances, this quality of health, and this level of happiness. Nothing else made us this way. Just think how two siblings can go through exactly the same "traumatic childhood" and, while one may be scarred for life, another one may have taken it as a valuable lesson, his "life being richer and enlightening by those experiences".
But then, at the end of the day, all this may be just another story to be read and forgotten.
Thus, we can junk this Law of Attraction if we wish now, and opt for opening that book on nutrition, or that fashion magazine, or turn the TV on and watch the daily News. Life will get back to normal---whatever "normal" is to us---and our surroundings won't resemble one bit that entrance to the "rabbit hole" where so much is expected from us.
Our choice. Hasn't it been that all along?