“ . . .The creative advance into novelty – is part of the prehension of each and every being in existence, and the creative-part cannot be ripped from the being‑part without severe violence.” – Ken Wilber
We can bend a spoon with really cold ice cream, but we can also affect matter with our brains. When we think, for example, we can actually change how our neurons configure. Some DNA researchers even propose that heart-focused intention can alter DNA, or so says a persevering study at the Heart Math Institute. Is the material world ‘real’ anyhow? If we can change our very atom-centered brains with something as ephemeral as thought, then perhaps everything is illusory, just as the wisdom traditions of the East (and ancient Shaman, the Aztecs, American Indians, etc.) have been trying to tell us. Bending spoons isn’t so far-fetched when you think of the illusory nature of ‘reality.’ All we need is a little creativity. We just need to think differently than we have so far.
The results provide experimental evidence to support the hypothesis that aspects of the DNA molecule can be altered through intentionality,” Rein and McCraty wrote. “To our knowledge, this study was the first to correlate specific electrophysiological modes with the ability to cause changes in a biological target (DNA) external from the body. The data indicate that when individuals are in a heart-focused, loving state and in a more coherent mode of physiological functioning, they have a greater ability to alter the conformation (shape or structure) of DNA.” – Heart Math Institute
If you ask Zvi Schreiber, author of The Nine Lives of Schrödinger’s Cat, the only system that is ruled by quantum mechanics is the material world. “There exist external observers which cannot be treated within quantum mechanics, namely human (and perhaps animal) minds, which perform measurements on the brain causing wave function collapse.” So, the act of looking causes possibilities to collapse into a specific reality. In essence, our curiosity kills the cat in Schrödinger’s thought experiment. Wherever we look we are creating a quantum reality. That sounds like bending matter with thought to me, and even more profoundly than just bending some eating utensils.
So what about the non-material world? This will send some folks who believe in pure materialism into a tizzy. What a nonsensical question. Renee Descartes had enough trouble explaining the material world, after all. He proposed several possibilities:
1. I am a solipsist, and I could be the thing causing the material world to exist. The self is all that can be known to exist.
2. All material objects could be simply ideas in the mind of God.
3. Something besides me (not of good nature at all and quite deceitful) is powerful enough to cause me to have ideas about material form.
Mahayana Buddhists along with many Hindus, Tibetans, and Zen thinkers believe that the material world itself is an illusion, and that all thoughts, ideas, and emotions are transitory. Even the ‘self’ cannot be ‘real.’ Still others believe that this is only one version of an Infinite number of realities and is very real. Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo, founder of the Dongyu Gatsal Ling nunnery, has said, “The Buddha rejected the limited notion of the self, but not the un-separated Self as described in the Upanishads.”
Furthermore, quantum mechanics seems to violate some fundamental principles of classical physics, principles that eventually have become a part of western common sense since the Renaissance. So the aim of any metaphysical interpretation of quantum mechanics is to account for these violations – but also the un-separated Self as the Upanishads details. After all, it shouldn’t be so challenging to change reality, including bending spoons, along with much more complex reality warping, if we are part and parcel of everything around us. What keeps us from changing things, very literally, is our dis-belief that we can.
No matter what you think is causing the underlying pliability of all things – God, quantum law, something like a big piece of taffy, as in the new finding about black holes and gravity – use it to your advantage. Make a reality you want to see, not one you don’t. Be steadfast in learning to focus on positive things, while never ignoring the annihilation of morals evident in modern life around you. Start with your mind, and then act. One internal change leads to one action, and so on, and when enough of us come together we can bend spoons and spit out bullets – literally. Get creative with changing your dis-belief that the world can be different. It can be in innumerable ways.
About the Author
Christina Sarich is a musician, yogi, humanitarian and freelance writer who channels many hours of studying Lao Tzu, Paramahansa Yogananda, Rob Brezny, Miles Davis, and Tom Robbins into interesting tidbits to help you Wake up Your Sleepy Little Head, and See the Big Picture. Her blog is Yoga for the New World. Her latest book is Pharma Sutra: Healing the Body And Mind Through the Art of Yoga.