Wednesday, November 01, 2006



Further Discussion and Implications

Before we move on to the implications of these new quantum theories, let’s look at one more. Karl Pribram, Stanford neophysiologist, working independently in the field of brain research, came to the same conclusions as physicist David Bohm: the holographic nature of reality. From his work Pribram believes “the brain is itself a hologram.” For example, “one of the most amazing things about the human thinking process is that every piece of information seems instantly cross-correlated with every other piece of information--another feature intrinsic to the hologram.” Constantly, one after another of the various research studies going on today seem to build up evidence of the Oneness of the Universe--”a universe in which individual brains are actually indivisible portions of the greater hologram and everything is infinitely interconnected.”

Surely some of the implications of all of this must start to register with us. And the concepts provide concrete models for our behavior, models that likewise reinforce all the significant and basic teachings of the major religions of the world. I wonder if people know, for example, that all the major religions of the world have the Golden Rule--to do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Obviously, all great teachings provide guidance for how we should best behave. But consider the implications IF indeed each individual alive on Earth, each animal, each plant, each mineral, every single atom is a part of the “superhologram” of the Universe! Consider: if we are each an atom, a cell in the “body” of the All That Is--Divine Spirit--God--(whatever term you choose to use, even “Universe“ if you prefer a non-religious word), shouldn’t we be behaving on a much higher level than what we can observe in the world today?

Consider the human body itself. We could actually use it as a perfect model for proper behavior. Think about all the various cells in the body. We have brain cells, blood cells, skin cells, bone cells, muscle cells, lymph cells, and various other cells, all of which optimally communicate with each other instantaneously via electric impulses. When the body is in good health, that is, in balance and acting cooperatively, all the cells support each other, move quickly to correct imbalances (homeostasis), and fully cooperate to support the entire system.
We could say that each cell cooperates with unconditional love and support for every other cell. In the meantime, in any minute, hour, or day, millions of cells die and millions more are born and without difficulty, continue to work together supportively. Whenever the cells get “confused” or “uncooperative,” the body suffers from “dis-ease” and may or may not survive.

Is this a grand model for human behavior, or what? And isn’t it ironic, and tragic, that human beings act quite the opposite to each other in many ways. Instead of cooperating with each other and being supportive and communicative, and spreading unconditional love (as taught by Jesus, Buddha, and other great teachers), we see humans spreading hate, intolerance, competition, antagonism, and emphasizing differences instead of shared values and experiences. But if we only pay attention, the human body can demonstrate how to live life in loving, positive ways in order to honor “the God within.”

As we look back to the original discussion about “World View” we are reminded that any world view, whether it is this one that I relate to, or one quite different, that world view is always the basis for how we live. Where are we going? What is good, moral, ethical? What is our purpose for being? How can I know what is the best way to behave?

In other words, a world view is largely irrelevant if it doesn’t provide some means of guidance for getting along in the world. It doesn’t do us much good if it doesn’t guide us to honor the All That Is and ourselves as well. This thought leads directly to the great commandment taught by Jesus: “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. [And] You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt. 22: 37-39). Another version is: “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12). For me these words are completely understandable when I realize that each individual life (whether human, animal, plant, mineral) is a cell in the super hologram we call God (or for scientists, the “holographic universe”). God is present in everything. We are present in God. We are meant to live in such a way as to respect and honor that.

To reiterate, a world view is always the framework beneath an individual’s way of living. What we see when we look around us is that a great majority of people either don’t know what is driving them to live the way they do, or they think they have a belief frame work that guides them, but so often we don’t see them living that belief in their daily life. In the current cliche, they don’t “walk their talk.”

That is one reason why I wanted to write out this discussion. It is absolutely NOT intended to convince anyone to believe what I believe, or to accept my world view as their framework. It is intended to open a discussion, to open some minds, so that others might self-examine their own world view, and to really do some soul-searching to see if they are indeed, living the life their world view inspires. This may or may not include religious beliefs. It may also surprise some readers to learn that so many serious seekers in many different areas of study and research are pondering the big questions that only religion dealt with in the immediate past.


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