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Living and Enjoying a Quantum Reality
by Tom Stone
Apparently the mathematics of quantum physics indicates that the nature of the past and the future is the same, which is puzzling to scientists since we don’t seem to experience the past and the future in the same way(1). Why, for instance, do we remember the past and not the future? According to the physics, we should be able to remember both equally well.
I believe that we do remember the future, and that we do this all the time. The mathematics of space and time are correct – it is our understanding of human experience that limits our ability to recognize, and utilize, this capacity.
Would you like to learn how to remember the future?
It turns out to be quite easy to remember the future and it is so natural that we don’t think that we are doing it. In reality, human beings are remembeingr the future all the time. However, we are so deeply conditioned to negate and deny that this is happening that our innate capacity to remember the future is not recognized or appreciated, and for most people it is grossly under utilized.
New discoveries about the nature of human experience now make this not only possible, but easy. Anyone can do it because it is part of our natural innate capability as a human being.
The situation is analogous to the development of the ability to read written words silently and understand their meaning. The ability to read written words that are formed out of combinations of individual letters is commonly attributed to the ancient Greeks about 2,500 years ago. This was a major advancement and simplification over the former Egyptian method of using hieroglyphics or pictures to represent spoken words. It made it much easier for people to learn how to read. However, initially all reading was done by speaking the sounds of the letters and words out loud. For centuries most people had to read out loud in order to understand the meaning of words and sentences. The ability to read silently was unusual for most people and only became widely taught and practiced in the 20th century. To quote Robert Wilson, a historian on the teaching of reading:
“Oral reading was usual. St. Augustine, for instance, was perplexed by St. Ambrose’s habit of silent reading (in Confessions). The importance placed on it can still be seen by observing the lip movement of some religious people when they are reading their scriptures. It was only after the invention of the printing press made mass production of books possible, that silent reading became usual, but the recognition and teaching of it as a special skill had to wait until the 20th century.” (2)
Imagine the amazement of the people who could read out loud but not silently when someone started to be able to read words without speaking them out load and know their meaning. It might have seemed to be a miracle! And yet, now we take silent reading for granted. Human being’s have had the capability to read silently all along but didn’t appreciate and utilize this natural capability.
In a similar way, the possibility that we could remember the future seems so far fetched that most people would say that it is not possible. And yet there have always been those extraordinary individuals who dared to be visionaries, prophets, even psychics and fortune-tellers. When someone is able to “tell the future” accurately, it does seem miraculous – perhaps in the same way that the first silent reading seemed miraculous.
What’s the difference between the past and the future?
The new ways of seeing how the universe operates that quantum physics provides for us gives us reason to re-examine the basis of our human experiences. Is it really accurate that we don’t remember the future? Is it possible that we all have the ability to remember the future but are not using it?
We know that people’s experiences are limited by their conditioning. In the movie, “What the Bleep Do We Know?” the story is relayed about natives in the “New World” not being able to see the ships that the European’s arrived in. Because they had no former experience with large sailing ships, there was no reference for what these things could be. The account of this phenomenon is that the natives simply couldn’t see the ships even when they were there. It is not that they lacked the capacity to see the ships; they apparently had no reference basis for being able to see them.
Human conditioning means that certain experiences impact the decisions we make about ourselves and our lives. Our conditioning even affects our perception by determining how we filter all kinds of information. Typically, early childhood experiences and the ensuing decisions that we make about ourselves and about the world occur on the level of feeling. They are direct experiences when they occur but then we make decisions on a “feeling level” that create something like an invisible fish bowl that defines the limits of what we allow ourselves to experience in our life and the world around us.
These feeling level interpretations of life occur in very large part when we are so young that we have not developed language skills. For example, one of the universal experiences that every human child seems to have is the experience of being emotionally overwhelmed. It seems to happen to everyone. And for the vast majority of people, the experience of emotional overwhelm is so awful, so painful, and so unpleasant that we make a feeling level decision that, if we did have words for it, would be something like this:
“It seems that this experience of being emotionally overwhelmed is coming to me through the sense of feeling. Perhaps if I were to try to not feel so much I could avoid this terrible experience of being overwhelmed by the emotion. So I’ll put a lid on accessing my capacity to feel things and just try to not feel things too much. Then perhaps I’ll not have to have this awful experience of being emotionally overwhelmed so often or at all.”
On the basis of this “feeling level decision” we then begin to try to organize our life in such a way as to avoid having experiences of being emotionally overwhelmed as much as possible.
Our mind seems to have the ability to draw on thoughts that are stored in the brain. The mind also seems to be able to perceive things that it also interprets as thoughts but which are actually perceptions of things at a distance from us in time and space. The thought of something that is coming from the use of our intellect is a completely different process than that which is simply a direct experience of our mind and senses.
We have a tendency to think that our sensory experiences are limited to the present moment and to the immediate environment. Let’s examine this more closely. The fact seems to be that all humans have the ability to have thoughts. In fact, just about everyone has lots and lots of thoughts. When we have a memory of something or a thought to do something, we are experiencing these “thoughts” with a subtle form of our sense of hearing (for auditory type of thoughts) or the sense of sight (known as our “mind’s eye” for visual types of thoughts). Where are these thoughts being “heard?” Our typical response would be to say that thoughts are heard in our mind. This is a form of hearing that doesn’t seem to be related to the physical act of hearing with the ears. Rather it would seem that our capacity to “hear” thoughts in our mind may be an indication that the function of hearing, and for that matter all of our senses may not be restricted to what we can perceive with the direct physical contact with the objects of our sensory perception.
Consider your own experiences. Have you sometimes walked into a room and felt that someone was upset before they said anything or before you saw their facial expression or body language. You could just feel it. Or how about having an intuition that it would not be a good idea to take a particular job and doing it anyway, only to be miserable in that job. Everyone has these kinds of experiences. What’s going on?
Could it be that our senses reach outwards in both time and space much more than we normally would acknowledge or recognize? After all, if we are walking outside and see a tree in the distance, we may be ten minutes from the tree but we can still see that there is a tree there. We could say that seeing the tree that we are walking towards if a form of remembering the future. When we are walking toward the tree we are seeing it from a distance in both time and space. We don’t think of that as strange. What if our sense’s ability to feel the various different events of the future was simply like our sense of sight? Why should there be limits to sensing things at a distance in both time and space? Perhaps we are constantly remembering the future but just don’t recognize that this is what is happening.
So if remembering the future is so common, how can we recognize that we are doing it? To understand this, let’s examine what our experience is of remembering the past. If we have a memory of something in the very recent past, we can typically remember it very clearly and in great detail. As the events move further and further into the past, sometimes our memory of the events becomes less detailed and less clear. It is common for someone to be attempting to recall something from the distant past and say, “Oh, it’s so long ago, I’m not sure of the details.” Or, “It’s so long ago, I’ve forgotten most of what really happened.”
Remembering the future appears to be very similar. When we have an intuition, a natural intention, a premonition or even a natural desire, often these experiences may be forms of remembering the future. And they are similar to remembering the past. Sometimes when we have an idea to do, be, or have something, at first it is only the general idea. Let’s take an example where the initial impulse is simply to have a new car. Then as we begin to look for our new car, we check out different makes and models, colors and features. As we are doing this we begin to get more clarity on what we want. When we finally settle on the white Nissan Altima with the moon roof, the 6 CD player and the automatic windows and seats, we can envision it very clearly even before we purchase it and take it home.
So the process of remembering the future is similar to remembering the past in that the nearer we are to the actual direct experience in the “NOW,” the clearer the memory of the experience as a general rule. This is because there is only one time in which we have direct experiences, which is, of course, the present moment. So the distinction between the present moment and the remembering of both the past and future is principally that the present moment experience is a direct sensory experience and the past and future are “sensory” experiences of things distant in space/time.
If we examine the phenomenon of our senses coming into contact with objects of experience, we know that even though we may touch a hot stove and burn our finger, that the molecules of the stove and the molecules of our finger never do in fact actually touch each other. They get extremely close but it is the presence of the energy field of the stove that interacts with the energy field of our finger that causes the burn. So it would appear that we really don’t ever come into contact with any physical object! It’s only a matter of how close we get in time and space. If we get close enough then we have a clearer experience of the energy of the thing that we experience. If we don’t come close to it in time and space then we may still experience it but not with the same degree of clarity and richness as when we are close to it.
When our forefathers were traveling across the American continent in the 1800’s in covered wagons, do you suppose that there was someone who remembered the future of jet planes crossing the country in hours rather than months? Leonardo da Vinci seemed to be remembering the future with his many amazing drawings of futuristic inventions. Writers of science fiction are even having a hard time keeping up with how rapidly the future seems to be arriving. Tales of technologies that 50 or 100 years ago seemed only pipe dreams are now either common place or have even been surpassed by yet more innovative developments.
If one thinks about it, it seems that it is not a question of whether we remember the future or not. Clearly we do. Of greater interest is specifically, how we can cultivate the ability to recognize and trust our remembering of the future so that we can have the benefit of this capability in our lives?
It is certainly well known that human potential is far greater than most of us realize and utilize. As the readers of our newsletter know, for quite some years now, I have been pioneering a new field called Human Software Engineering. In developing this new field, I have discovered that it is now possible to identify the “bugs” in our inner human software that keep us from being able to access and utilize our untapped potential. Even more importantly, we can not only find these inner human software “bugs” but we now have techniques and technologies for “debugging” and “upgrading” our inner human software so that we can begin to utilize these latent capabilities.
It may be that we will find that the only thing preventing our ability to clearly remember the future, trust this kind of remembering, and act according to the wisdom it brings us, is the conditioning to negate such experiences. The primary bug in our inner human software seems to be our over-reliance on our intellect to the exclusion of hearing, trusting and acting on our intuitive knowing. Our intellect quickly rationalizes away our intuitive insights and remembering of the future. This negating is so ingrained in all of us that we don’t realize that we are doing it. Of course, this is the nature of conditioning. We become so used to the conditioned way of being that we believe it is simply all there is to life. In fact, we rarely ever question it.
Now, with Human Software Engineering, we are exploring debugging this kind of conditioning and seeing what kind of results it produces. Researching the possibility of being able to remove the inner barriers to our ability to remember the future could produce some fascinating results. We’ll let you know as we find out – and maybe you already remember what happens!
May your future be delightful and fulfilling in every way.
If you haven’t read it yet you might also enjoy my post about The Illusions of Time, Space and Matter.
If you’d like to begin removing the barriers to being able to remember the future here’s some things you can do:
- Have Coaching sessions with a Core Dynamics Coach or Free to Succeed Facilitator using the Core Dynamics model with special attention to the Core Dynamics of Resisting Feeling Things Fully and Ignoring Your Intuition.
- Take the Core Dynamics of Common Problems seminar by listening to it from the audio CD’s. You can learn the Core Dynamics insights and techniques from the recording of one of my best live seminars taught in San Diego in March 2003. Order the Core Dynamics Audio CD set. This is another great way to learn how to remove the barriers to enjoying your natural ability to remember the future.
- Another powerful way to learn the Core Dynamics is to learn Core Dynamics Coaching. At the following link you will find the details about Core Dynamics Coach Training.
1- Brian Green, Time and Space, The Fabric of Consciousness, and Evan Harris Walker, The Physics of Consciousness
2 – From an article entitled Teaching Reading – a History by Robert McCole Wilson found on the internet athttp://www.zona-pellucida.com/wilson10.html#r3 Author’s address: Robert McCole Wilson, (87 Cottonwood St.) Box 838, Lake Cowichan, B.C., V0R 2G0 Canada. Author’s email address: email@example.com
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Tom Stone is the founder of Great Life Technologies and is an expert in the application of biophysics and changing patterns of energy in the human body. Tom is pioneering the new field of Human Software Engineering.
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I’ve been thinking about the illusory nature of Time, Space and Matter recently and had some insights that I’d like to share with you about how these illusions occur and how they affect us. As I have come to understand the nature of the illusory aspects of Time, Space and Matter I have found it very liberating. Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.
The Subtle Senses
In order to understand the illusions of Time, Space and Matter it may be helpful to understand an aspect of our awareness that could be referred to as our “subtle senses.” In the ancient Vedic literature there are recorded many fascinating insights of the sages of ancient India. Among these there is a description of something called the Tanmatras. This Sanskrit term means the “subtle senses.”
What are the subtle senses? It’s very easy to understand the idea of subtle senses. Consider for a moment the fact that you have thoughts. Also consider that you are probably reading these words without speaking them out loud. Most people read silently most of the time experiencing the thoughts of the words in their awareness.
When you have thoughts or read silently are you hearing the thoughts with your ears? Of course not! You are hearing them in your consciousness. In the same way, if you close your eyes and imagine being in Hawaii, when you see the ocean and the swaying palms, the mountains and the girls in grass skirts doing the hula dance you are envisioning this in your “mind’s eye” not seeing this with your eyes (they are closed after all).
There are also Tanmatras for our senses of touch, taste and smell although these subtle senses are somewhat less developed or less utilized by most people. In fact for most people the distinction between sensing things with the sensory “organs” and sensing things with the Tanmatras or subtle senses is not clear. Also for many people the idea that we even have subtle senses is not something that they have considered or thought about (chuckle). Of course just the fact that they have thoughts and that these thoughts are not heard with the ears proves that we have a capacity of hearing that is not limited to hearing only via the ears. Perhaps hearing is a natural attribute of consciousness itself. Might it be that all of the senses are simply expressions of the nature of Awareness itself and that our sensory organs are simply physical expressions of these natural attributes?
I don’t know about you but I love having sensory organs! They’re great! I would not want to be without all of the wonderful and delicious experiences that I have with them. Is it not Pure Awareness that is having all of these experiences? And is it not Pure Awareness that is experiencing all of our thoughts, inner visions and feelings?
I think it is a question of proximity. If we are close to something in what we call time and space then we get the idea that we are having these experiences through our sensory organs. But the sensing organs are only mechanisms for filtering or amplifying specific bands of frequencies out of all of the frequencies that are in our environment. But the actual experiences of sensing are happening in our Awareness. The organs of sensing are only bringing us the specific amplified frequency information. They are input systems to help us to sort out the proximate experiences from all of the rest of the experiences that exist in all of time and space. Perhaps they are the mechanisms that we have created for the purpose of being able to enjoy one experience after another in this appearance of what we call linear time. Perhaps the organs of sensing are the very mechanisms that allow us to have the experience that we are an individual and therefore allow us to have the richness of our human existence. Perhaps it is the very filtering effect of the organs of sensing that create the illusions of Time, Space and Matter.
This is all well and good until we become so lost to our human sensory experiences that our essential nature as Pure Awareness is so over-shadowed by the sensory experiences that we don’t know who and what we are any more. The illusions created by the senses allow us to play in the appearance of diversity. They also cause the potential for becoming identified with the things that we are sensing. When we get identified with things we lose the foundation of knowing ourselves to be infinite and unbounded and begin to get lost to notions of limitation and suffering.
The concept of Time is of course very useful if you want to show up at the coffee shop to meet your friend at 10:30 AM on Tuesday morning or to have everyone arrive to start your seminar or teleclass at 9:00 AM on the right day.
Time is a notion that we have created with our intellect. It exists only in our mind. All forms of measuring of things are created for very practical reasons and of course there is nothing “wrong” with this in any practical sense. It is exceedingly useful and I am not suggesting that we abandon using the measuring of time at all. What I am interested in is that we not be lost to Time as an illusion, that we not use the concept of time as an unnecessary limitation on our awareness of reality, that the concept of Time not be a barrier to our experience and enjoyment of Pure Awareness. More details on this in a “moment.”
According to quantum physicists the mathematics of the past and the future are the same. Physicists wonder why we can’t remember the future. I would suggest that perhaps we are remembering the future all of the time but we are heavily conditioned to negate these experiences. (See my article on How to Remember the Future).
Typically when we have an intention or desire it doesn’t come naturlaly with a calendar. We may immediately feel that we want that desire fulfilled right now, or surely as soon as possible, but that’s something that we impose on it that didn’t come with it when we “remembered the future” of that experience coming to us. We make Time problematic for ourselves when we unduly impose the calendar and clock onto it instead of allowing for it to simply be as it is.
The notion of Space has to do in part with the limitations of our physical senses. The ideas of direction, distance and size all have to do with locating ourselves in our physical body. The idea that we are localized may indeed be a product of having physical organs of sensing. When we have the notion that we ARE our body it gives us a reference point with which we can juxtapose the physical location of our body with all of the other things in our universe. It seems that the physical senses and the phenomenon of identification are closely linked.
The notion of Matter as being something “solid” is now of course well known to be an illusion from the perspective of physics. The solidity of Matter is again an illusion of the physical senses. We can’t see that the salad that we are eating for lunch is really just a bunch of fast moving densely packed patterns of energy. But apparently it is. And none of the atoms or molecules or subatomic particles, which are themselves densely packed energy patterns, are actually touching each other.
In fact, according to the physicists, nothing is really “touching” anything. So touching something really means just coming very close to it in what we call time and space.
More on the Subtle Senses
So it would appear that we have subtle senses and that we wouldn’t be able to have experiences through our sensory organs if the innate capacity of being able to “sense” things wasn’t there as a natural attribute of Awareness Itself. Not recognizing and utilizing the full capacities of our subtle senses can be very limiting on our experience of being human. Just as in the early days of written words when all reading was done out loud and the ability to read silently (hearing and understanding the “thoughts” of the words in our consciousness) was not widely known, like that it may be that the use of our other subtle senses has been lying dormant as well.
Current status of the development of our use of the subtle senses
In fact I have recently been thinking that the common limitation of the seeming lack of ability to feel and complete the sensations of emotions in our bodies is a similar phenomenon to not being able to read silently. It may also be that the fear of being emotionally overwhelmed is a form of not allowing our consciousness to be fully “embodied.” The reasons for this seem to be the lack of proper guidance in what to do and how to handle the “physicalization” of experiences that come with our consciousness becoming identified with “being in” a human body. Can you imagine a world in which the ability to feel things fully and not accumulate emotional baggage was as wide spread as the ability to read silently? Wow! It would be a very different world!!!
Just as it takes training and practice to use the physical body skillfully to have the experience of excelling in such areas as sports, martial arts, music, etc., perhaps what is needed is training and practice in how to use the subtle senses in order to be able to truly master them and use them to their fullest.
Here’s an example of this kind of thing. Some years ago I was walking in Balboa Park with a friend and we had the idea to see if we could awaken an aspect of our subtle senses so that they would be “always on.” The idea was to be able to always be aware of things that might be potential sources of harm to our physical bodies and to be aware of them so far outward in time and space that by the time such potentially harmful influences could reach us we would simply get out of the way and not be there any more. What a cool idea! It would be like having a radar crew checking the skies for invaders and providing alerts so you could take cover before any surprise attack might catch you off guard.
This was of particular interest to me because of the fact that I had not sensed such an event coming in my own personal life and had opened my front door in 1993 to a deranged stranger who pulled out a .44 caliber hand gun and shot me in the chest. Miraculously and obviously I didn’t die as I am gratefully here writing this article now and enjoying still being in this human body. But you can see why awakening this aspect of the subtle senses could be a topic of interest for me.
So we worked on this using the tools that we had at the time and it seemed to work. I from time to time get a sense about something of possible danger happening at a distance in time and space from me and I can sense whether it is really of any potential impact on me or not. I recall mentioning this at the first Core Dynamics Teacher Training course and saying to the group that as an example I could sense that there was some kind of conflict or fight between some people happening several miles away in a particular direction. The next day, one of the class participants brought in a newspaper article that described a scuffle between the police and some people in the area of San Diego and at right about the time that I had felt and mentioned the day before. These experiences are quite common and on occasion they get confirmed like this.
Awakening the Subtle Senses
It seems to be that the main barriers to the awakening of the subtle senses are various forms of conditioning. We are taught to negate our rememberings of the future. We are taught to negate our perceptions of things happening at a distance in time or space. And we are taught to relate to objects as if they are really solid. It seems to me that all of this education has been given to us from people who have been not fully “embodied” in the sense that they are fearful of such experiences and don’t want to know about them. Our mentors in how to relate to Time, Space and Matter have been people who are or were highly identified with the physical senses and the objects of their experiences. The negating of our experiences that are possible through the subtle senses seems to be created by various forms of conditioning that, as usual, we’ve become so unconsciously competent at them that we are not aware that we even have them.
I have long been fascinated by the exploration of the capacities of the subtle senses and who knows what the limits of them really are. I decided to create a course on mastering the subtle senses and it was one of the most interesting courses I have taught. The recordings of the classes are available now. There were 8 classes and they cover some really extraordinary new forms of using the Pure Awareness Techniques. Some of them provide much deeper experiences of Pure Awareness than you are likely to have had before. This course was designed to see how thoroughly we can debug and upgrade our inner human software to discover the full scope of what the subtle senses are capable of.
The cost of the original class was $1000. For the recorded class access we have a special offer of only $157. If you’d like to take advantage of this special offer for accessing this series of 8 recorded classes click here – Advanced Pure Awareness Techniques – Mastering the Subtle Senses.