Four days ago I had a conversation with my five year old niece, Sahara, or Sassy. My brother and his wife had flown in from overseas and had gone to bed early so I was putting the girls to bed. Just before sleeping Olivia, the seven year old, said
“Uncle Z, Sassy has some questions for you.”
Thinking it was a question about field mice, owls, or breakfast I replied
“Absolutely Sassy! What are they?”
Sassy, looked at me, smiled and sweetly said well Uncle Z “What is infinity?”
While I was still in a state of shock, she continued – “and I have another question…”
“Ok” I said …
“Why are there people?” I kept smiling (not knowing, at that moment, what else to do.)
“… And why are there animals?”
“Any more?” I asked.
“Yes … Why are there names?”
It is times like this one can give a stock response, or we can decide to forget the washing up, the emails, and whatever else and engage in dialogue. Generally I find that I learn just as much from the conversation as the child does.
“Do you know when you look at the stars and see the Universe?”
“Yes,” she said attentively.
“Do you think the Universe goes on forever?”
“Yes,” she said.
“Well that is infinity, or at least a part of it.”
I always like to wind these moments back to turning a fact into inspiration, so I added:
“And you are a part of infinity. You are infinite and therefore special in being a part of the Universe.”
“Do you understand? “
“Yes” she said.
Clearly on a roll, I continued: “as for names,” I said, “How would you feel if you could not give a color to a rainbow?”
“And as for animals, just like a rainbow, each person like each animal makes up a unique colour, which makes life. Does that make sense?”
She beamed a “yes” back at me, rolled over and went to sleep.
The questions never change, nor ultimately do the answers.
Sassy’s questions are reflected in our common primal desire to engage the world, and live out the answers we find fully.
Sassy understood the scope of the response, and in her untainted intuition was satisfied. It is no accident that Nietzsche in the prologue to “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” said the “Superwoman” or “Overwoman” is when we return to the state of a child.
The more we abandon our intuition, the more we buttress ourselves with “reason.” As Nietzsche and every mythology and theology try to remind us reason is a wonderful thing in so far as it serves intuition and not the other way around.
Sassy’s intuitive understanding of the universe is no different from the conclusions drawn from quantum mechanics. The universe is infinite and we are an aspect of infinity. There is no separation ultimately in the language of the universe. As every mystic and quantum physicist will tell you tat tvam asi – thou art that.
In our journey to attain reason we have risked this Holy Grail insight. I believe that when we do lose touch with this insight - “thou art that” - as individuals and as communities we lose centeredness, and consequently love and self knowledge. The talk of Christ Consciousness, Quantum Consciousness, Nirvana, Satori, surrender, and enlightenment are all anchored to this wisdom – however a person who is aware of their eternal identity - doesn’t know, they act. It is what a person says and how they make you feel that determines whether they are illuminated. These people can energise a person with a look, a touch, a word, and even a thought.
In addition to space, infinity also relates to time. Contrary to our schoolbook Newtonian education a Master can be holding up the world without ever walking in it. If the world is energy, space and time are only a part of the reality of living. A master who was alive two thousand years ago in the Himalayas can be feeding the world with love today. Thought and intention transcend time and space.
Morphic Resonance: the biology of accelerated development
The current scientific explanation for much of this insight is thanks to the pioneering work of Professor Rupert Sheldrake. Professor Sheldrake, a biologist, coined the expression “morphic resonance” in his groundbreaking article in “Nature” and explained in “A New Science of Life.” He later tested the hypothesis in some worldwide experiments and released those findings in “The Presence and the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature .“ Rupert observed that every species is connected to one another via fields. As one member of the species learns the next member inherits that talent. For example if I am the first human being to learn to ride a bicycle, then the next member will learn a little faster, and then the next, a little faster after that. Naturally, variables, like my skill of balance and learning are taken into account, but overall there is an accelerated rate of learning.
This skill of learning is also anchored to places and experiences. For instance, as Nimmy’s (see Energy post (below) mother observed, a temple holds the resonance of that place which “fires” up her own consciousness and primal (or quantum) memory – that part of her, which transcends time and space. The space in a temple or a scent, like incense, Sheldrake says, can also trigger this primal consciousness. For instance, sandalwood or frankincense, used for eons for meditation and contemplation, has an immediate stilling effect. According to what we know about morphic resonance, this is not only because it has visual and aromatherapeutic appeal, but because millions of people have meditated and contemplated with it.
Most excitingly perhaps is this thought: every time you contemplate, meditate or pray you help others to improve their technique and cultivate a greater sense of stillness in their lives. Next time you sit down to pray or meditate, remember you are not only benefitting yourself but the human species for the rest of its existence.
Entering the quantum field
A physicist can also explain how a skill or learning can be anchored to a place. A thought or feeling is energy. A constant thought or feeling, repeated by people over a long period in a place like a temple will affect the molecular behavior of the matter that makes up the temple. In turn this resonance will affect both the energy of your body and subtle energy fields.
From the perspective of physics, everything is wound into everything else. Everything is connected on a quantum level and resonating at varying frequencies – each inflecting on and influencing everything else. If you saw the movie The Matrix, perhaps you can remember the character Neo, when he resurrects and sees instead of the world a grid of pulsating light. Nothing fixed, everything elastic and vibrating. I suspect if we were to stick on some quantum goggles this is how it would look.
The quantum world reveals that connectedness is beyond space and time. For example, if I take two electrons from an atom, place one on my desk, and the other on the other side of our galaxy, and spin one of them, the other electron will spin simultaneously, irrespective of the distance.
This inter-connectedness also applies to the observer and the observed. For example, if we set up an experiment to measure light as a particle – we will see a particle. Conversely, if we set it up to see a wave we will see a wave. Perception affects outcome. Experiments at Duke University in the 1950s revealed that a pessimistic attitude will negatively impact an outcome while a bright outlook will improve it. The underlying connectedness of apparent random events is a natural part of reality.
What a quantum physicist would say on the behavior of matter a yogi would speak on the nature of consciousness.
The yogis in ancient India said everything is vibration. They break vibration into three frequencies Sattvic, Rajasic, and Tamasic - High, medium, low or to put it another way: pure, tempered and base. Personalities can be applied to this model, including food, music, and architecture. Everything in effect is co-ordinated around this principle of frequency. The yogis were interested in this natural phenomenon because they were passionate about raising their own frequency or consciousness. A high vibration evokes stillness and love – love towards oneself, others, and the world at large, a low vibration, on the other hand, breeds reaction, fear, confusion and lethargy. You may also like to think of it from the notion of communities – what would a high frequency nation look like as opposed to a low frequency nation? A high frequency corporation as opposed to a base corporation? A high frequency relationship as opposed to a low frequency relationship?
Gandhi’s call “to be the change you want to see in the world” relates to our relationships, family, job and community. As you start to behave in a high frequency way the frequency of your relationships, career, and immediate community increase. (There are also other aspects of science relevant to this principle, like systems theory.)
The key question is how do we hold a high frequency? We all know too well how easy it can be in the heat of an argument to drop from holding a “creative” frequency to reactive one. The ability to hold to a higher frequency state is imperative to high frequency living. You literally have to become a habitual attractor.
Every person is an attractor. The question is: what are we attracting? People who are aggressive, attract aggressive people. People who love, attract compassion and sincerity. Depending on our emotional, psychological, intellectual and spiritual state we will create thoughts and beliefs that will optimize our surrounds or erode them. What we say, how we say it, the body language we use, and our silences all determine where our life is and where it is likely to go.
In the journey to create a sattvic or high frequency state of being there is a period in which we need to overhaul our own thoughts, assumptions, beliefs, and aspirations. Meditation is probably the most effective process for doing this. On a practical level you may like to see how meditation lifted the frequency of prisoners in this maximum security jail in India (video below). In my personal case, the teenage aspirations I held to become a lawyer became increasingly dilute as I increased my frequency. My decision to be a lawyer was based on reasons, which as I centered, became redundant. And the world started to reflect my inward change. The yogic term for this is maya – the world as an outward reflection of our inner-selves. This is not unrelated to quantum mechanics if you think about it. How we see determines what we create.
In a language I find useful, the more “metacentered” you become the higher your frequency and the greater your ability to love and be loved. Love implies creativity because we only love when we give something of ourselves to another. When metacentered you become a creative force in your relationships, career, and community.
As we increasingly become conscious creators we increasingly develop an inner quality of detachment. The world, more and more becomes a dance, of which we and every living being and non-living being, plays a part – we enter into a eternity of play – a child’s laugh tickles our spirit, selling a product or helping a customer to use it becomes a moment of pride and service. With our attachment retreated, love emerges as the force of attraction, deflecting all that which is incongruous with it. Participating in the world becomes a decision – every argument, every purchase, every stillness, chosen.
The more metacentered you become the more your silences, thoughts and actions are chosen from a place of infinity. As you start to “choose”, the world responds to your choices, your learning accelerates, and synchronicities increase, all events – the dark and the light - feeding your intellect, emotions, body and spirit with a sense of expansiveness and love. By using the word “metacentered” and applying it to your daily life you learn how to attract what you want into your life.
A return to love
As Sassy’s questions intimated we come into the world wise. Sassy’s questions were by no means unique. Each of us is an inflection of the universe. The more we chose to live in a way aligned with this knowledge the more we will come to reflect and see the beauty and power present in the very fact that we are simply alive.