In October of 2010, I began one of the great adventures of my life. I ordered The Feynman Lectures on Physics, and with those few clicks of a mouse, I took the first steps of my thrilling journey into the realm of the quantum.
At first glance you might think I’m exaggerating. What can be so thrilling about reading some lectures on physics? But for me, learning is the great adventure, and as soon as I looked at the three volumes, I knew the lectures were over my head. So I decided to dive into quantum physics and finally learn about the wildest scientific discoveries of the past 100 years.
I also decided to re-learn my high school math so I could understand the equations. But after a month I realized that I wasn’t having any fun, so instead I’m going to let the equations go and read for a more general understanding.
You see, one of the best lessons I’ve learned as a passionate and independent reader is that I don’t have to understand everything I read. How else can I explore new territory? How else can I read poetry? I love a good mystery, and since I can’t handle the violence of novels anymore, why not go for the mysteries of other people’s minds?
And the, of course, there’s the connection between the quantum field and human attention, a.k.a., the law of attraction. And since I’m always deeply and intensely interested in attracting the best life has to offer, the more I learn about quantum physics, the more I’ll learn about creating a great life.
Win, win, eh?
Interestingly enough, the clearest introduction I’ve found to quantum physics is in Deepak Chopra’s very short book, Creating Affluence. He explains how some particles are so small they can only be recognized by the trail they leave. Even wilder, these particles don’t even exist unless someone observes them. Until then, they are part of a wave, called a probability amplitude, that is really only a possibility in a mathematical equation.
So nothing truly exists until it is observed. The Zen koan–If a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it, did it really fall?–takes on a deeper resonance. But what about the earth before intelligent life, capable of observing, evolved? Who saw the first cell emerge? Is the universe itself an intelligent observer? Is the energy field that is the source of all life also an intelligent observer capable of turning energy into matter?
Something’s been going on in me, these questions must have been floating around in my subconscious, because while I’ve been building up my science library, I’ve also been buying theology books. And since I’ve never read the whole Bible, I’m going to have to start there.
What an adventure! Science, religion, the great mysteries of life.