Quantum physics is confusing, confounding, and convoluted. It indicates our universe is inverted, and what we think we see isn’t reality. In reality, physicists are having difficulty determining what reality really is. At the subatomic level, particles may be in two places at one time, can play and out of existence, may be created out of nothing, and can communicate faster compared to speed of light, as if they’re reading each others’minds.
That is articles comparing the ideas of quantum physics with those of A Course in Miracles (ACIM). Pioneer physicist Neils Bohr said, “Anyone not shocked by quantum mechanics hasn’t understood it.” Likewise, students of A Course in Miracles are known for throwing their Course books across the room and swearing about its seemingly ridiculous message. ACIM and physics have a tendency to agree totally that the character of physical the reality is deceiving. However, they have a tendency to diverge on the greatest nature of reality, because A Course in Miracles states that physical forms do not exist and have not existed. In the meantime, many physicists are still looking for a great unified theory that will explain how a universe works.
This article is just a brief breakdown of complex topics, so it will be necessarily incomplete. Leading physicists differ widely inside their interpretations of quantum reality and new discoveries are being made constantly. A Course in Miracles can be at the mercy of interpretation, therefore, so are the ideas in this article.
To compare concepts, it is essential to distinguish between how a Course defines “heaven,” instead of the earthly amount of form/matter. Heaven is changeless, formless, eternal love. Only God/Love exists and there’s no physical universe, no bodies, no planets, no form. It is pure non-duality, oneness with no opposite. However, we perceive that people reside in bodies on planet earth, so ACIM speaks to us as though those are real, while telling us that ultimately they are not. In the world there’s duality, apparent choices to be manufactured among opposites. Separation could be the rule—separate bodies, separate nations, separate time periods, etc. Heaven is outside time and space, and, based on ACIM, time and space do not exist, because “The reality is ultimately known with no form, unpictured and unseen.” (T-27.III.5:2)
A Particle or a Wave?
What Albert Einstein saw in quantum physics experiments upset him so much he spent the rest of his life trying to figure out the missing puzzle pieces. He never found them, and while physicists continue to find a great unified theory, all they keep getting tend to be more and more questions. A Course in Miracles tells us that the ego’s dictum is “Seek and don’t find,” (T-12.IV.1:4) which could explain the endless exploration of a universe that will not exist.
The majority of us have been aware of the proven fact that a photon may be whether particle or a wave. What this means is that matter isn’t stable. The gist of quantum physics is that nothing in the material universe is placed in stone. There is no fixed reality within our world until we consider it, and no specific basic particle that acts in a predictable way to generate matter. In a nutshell, nothing is real until we decide it’s by considering it. The fundamental light photon can act either as a particle or a wave, however, not both at the same time. It exists as potential states to be and doesn’t collapse into form until something observes it. Then it becomes a certain particle in a certain space and time.
This bothered Einstein, and he explained, “I love to believe the moon will there be even if I am not considering it.” Einstein can be famously known for saying, “God doesn’t play dice (with the universe).” Stephen Hawking, the present-day Einstein who is promoting theories of black holes, answers, “Not just does God play dice, but….He sometimes throws them where they can’t be seen.”
Just as everything is just a throw of the dice, once we observe something, other aspects linked to it are up for grabs. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle states that people cannot know the positioning and momentum of a particle at the same time. Once the positioning (space) is measured, then the momentum (time/speed) cannot be measured, and vice versa.
A Course in Miracles makes numerous statements in alignment with the particle/wave conundrum. A simple premise of the Course is that there is no world and we’re getting back together the world. “I’ve invented the planet I see.” (W-p.I.32.h) “Projection makes perception. The entire world you see is everything you gave it…It is the witness to your state of mind, the outside picture of an inward condition.” (T-21.in.1:1-2;5)
A favorite metaphysical idea is that people create our own reality through the Law of Attraction. The movie What the Bleep Do We Know!? uses the observer principle to suggest that people can decide what we wish in life, visualize it, and it’ll show up, as we collapse the quantum wave potential. Even although the movie features physicists, most mainstream physicists scoff only at that idea, stating that the observer effect only pertains to the subatomic level and never to large things and events.
Some students of A Course in Miracles think that the Course teaches the Law of Attraction, and cite the statements, “I am accountable for what I see. And exactly what seems to occur if you ask me I request, and receive as I’ve asked.” (T-21.II.2:3;5) Other students interpret this differently, stating all events happened in the past, (but actually never happened) and we’re only accountable for choosing to see events from the perspective of the Holy Spirit or the ego. In this view, we’re incapable of attract specific events into our lives. To choose among images on earth is to select among illusions, and the Course advises us to “Seek not to improve the planet, but choose to improve your brain concerning the world.” (T-21.in.1:8) ACIM states, “In this world the sole remaining freedom could be the freedom of choice; always between two choices or two voices. (C-1.7:1)
Another interpretation of the aforementioned passage is that most possible events and scenarios happened in the tiny tick of amount of time in which we dreamed this world. (T-26.V.3:5) There are an endless quantity of images that can show up, according to whether we’ve chosen forgiveness and love with the Holy Spirit, or separation and fear with the ego.
Whatever interpretation we choose, what we observe determines what we see. All the above theories—the Law of Attraction, having a choice between the ego’s or Holy Spirit’s perspective, or seeing different images whenever we forgive—reflect the observer principle.
As physics shows us, and the Course agrees, there’s no objective reality. However, the Course states that the planet is within our mind, while physics keeps seeking to an external physical universe.
Time and Space
Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity showed that point and space are in accordance with the observer and are not fixed, objective realities. For instance, if a subject is moving at the speed of light, it will not age as fast as a subject that is moving slower. If you will find two teenage boys inside their twenties, and one becomes an astronaut and spends years in space traveling at high speeds, when he returns to earth he is going to be younger compared to man who stayed earthbound.
Einstein noted, “The distinction between past, present, and future are merely a stubbornly persistent illusion.” A Course in Miracles is in agreement that point and space are relative, and goes further to mention they are completely unreal. “Time is just a trick, a sleight of hand what is a course in miracles, a vast illusion in which figures come and go as though by magic.” The Course says that people are in reality looking backward over time at events that have already happened, and we just perceive they are unfolding in time. “For we but begin to see the journey from the purpose at which it ended, looking back on it, imagining we make it yet again; reviewing mentally what’s gone by.” (W-p.I.158.4:1;5)
One of the Course’s stated goals is to abolish the requirement for time. (T-5.12.4:1). “The miracle minimizes the requirement for time. The miracle substitutes for learning that may have got thousands of years. The miracle shortens time by collapsing it, thus eliminating certain intervals within it.” (T-1.II.6:1,7,9). “When you perform magic, I’ll arrange both time and space to modify to it.” (T-2.V.A.11:3)
Oneness and Bell’s Theorem
A Course in Miracles and quantum physics come in agreement concerning the interconnectedness of things, that the Course calls oneness and physics calls entanglement. The Course states that what we do to the brother we do unto ourselves.
A major physics principle is Bell’s Theorem, that has been designed to test whether particles could possibly be discrete, separate objects, unconnected to the remaining world. The experiments derived from Bell’s Theorem show that particles are inextricably interconnected. There is no separation, which really is a primary principle of A Course in Miracles. For instance, say a particle is split into its twin half, and half is in New York and one other half is in Los Angeles. When the particle in New York changes the rotation of its spin, the particle in Los Angeles instantly changes its spin correspondingly. So how exactly does the particle in Los Angeles understand what its New York twin did? This communication is faster compared to speed of light and happens without any apparent physical message, as though reading each others’minds.
A Course in Miracles states our only problem could be the belief that people have separated from God. (W-p.I.79) It also states that “minds are joined” (T-18.VI.3:1) and that “all I give is fond of myself.” (W-p.I.126.h)
The Big Bang
The same as particles can arise out of nothingness, physicists say the universe arose from nothingness. How is this possible? The Big Bang Theory suggests a dense, hot core of matter underwent a huge explosion that produced the physical universe. While the theory describes what happened, it still doesn’t take into account the origin of the situation that exploded.
ACIM says the origin of the seeming big bang matter could be the tiny mad idea, a thought in your head of the Son of God. (T-27.VIII.6:2) Thinking was nothing and the resulting world was nothing. “You may not realize the magnitude of that certain error. It was so vast and so completely incredible that from it a world of total unreality had to emerge.” (T-18.I.5:2-3) It also emerged in a “tiny tick of time,” (T-26.V.3:5) all events happening simultaneously, rather than over billions of years as physics tells us.