Quantum Physics and ACIM
There has been much discussion among A Course in Miracles students about the oneness of God. Is God just one alone, is he many or what?
Perhaps we can find the answer by exploring the quantum world.
Since the first demonstration with the double slit experiment many years ago scientists have been baffled by its results and have been unable to come up with an agreed upon explanation for the odd behavior of subatomic particles. Here is what they found:
If a particle, such as a photon or electron, is observed it appears as a particle with form and location.
BUT… if it is not observed it is no longer a particle but a wave in many locations at once. It is as if these particles are both matter and spirit/energy all at the same time.
The interesting thing is that scientists cannot see both at once, but have to either see the particles as waves or pieces of matter with form.
This conundrum seems to be explained in the Course which says:
“You cannot see both worlds, for each of them involves a different kind of seeing, and depends on what you cherish. The sight of one is possible because you have denied the other. Both are not true, yet either one will seem as real to you as the amount to which you hold it dear.” T-13.VII.2
This conforms with quantum science as it takes a different kind of seeing to see an electron as a wave than it does a particle.
Even so, the Course tells us we use one type of vision to see this world and then another type to see the universe of Spirit. It says we cannot see them booth at the same time and this applies also to quantum science.
So, is God one or many? The answer is both are correct.
It may aid our understanding to examine an atom such as oxygen, which has eight electrons. When it is observed directly there seems to be eight separate particles in orbit like planets around the sun. But then when we withdraw from physical sight the eight seem to act as one unit where each electron is everywhere in the periphery. They still exhibit the properties of eight, but it is they have blended together beyond physical form as pure energy. Even though they act as one the many are still there.
So, if the behavior of the quantum world reflects the behavior of the universe itself, both sides are right
God is one, but also many. There are many Sons, but one Sonship.
Consider this. Quantum physics tells us that the world we see about us appears as form, but the quantum field that co-exists does not have form as we experience it here. Because the form of sub atomic particles vanish when attention is taken off them some scientists see this world as a corresponding illusion maintained by our attention and if we ceased paying attention to it then it would disappear.
Where have we heard this thinking? Yes, ACIM.
We are told this:
“The real world can actually be perceived. All that is necessary is a willingness to perceive nothing else.” T-11.VII.2 “No one in this distracted world but has seen some glimpses of the other world about him.” T-13.VII.4
If the real world can be perceived then the possibility certainly exists that science can find evidence of it.
Real vision even allows real world seeing in “The smallest leaf becomes a thing of wonder, and a blade of grass a sign of God’s perfection.” T-17.II.6.
How does this happen?
“You will begin to understand it when you have seen little edges of light around the same familiar objects which you see now. That is the beginning of real vision. You can be certain that real vision will come quickly when this has occurred.” W-pI.15.2
Indeed, there is a real world counterpart of light behind all material form and from this springs the great illusion.
And what is light made of?
And what is the quantum world made of?
To say that we are so far removed from God that that we cannot see some effects from the real world that He created to reach us makes no sense.
The Course does not spell out all the details of scientific discoveries, but harmony can be seen by those who look.
Question: How can they know how anything appears if it’s not observed?
Answer: They shoot photons through a slit toward a screen, and when not observing them they register on the screen afterwards as waves, but as soon as anyone looks at the process they appear on the screen as particles.
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