Quantum physics is confusing, confounding, and convoluted. It indicates that our universe is upside down, and what we think we see isn’t reality. In reality, physicists are experiencing difficulty determining what reality really is. At the subatomic level, particles may be in two places previously, can play and out of existence, may be created out of nothing, and can communicate faster compared to the speed of light, as if they are reading each others’minds.
That is an article 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 has not understood it.” Likewise, students of A Course in Miracles are known for throwing their Course books across the space and swearing about its seemingly ridiculous message. ACIM and physics often agree totally that the type of physical reality is deceiving. However, they often diverge on the greatest nature of reality, because A Course in Miracles states that physical forms do not really exist and haven’t existed. Meanwhile, many physicists continue to be searching for a grand unified theory that’ll explain how the universe works.
This short article is just a brief breakdown of complex topics, therefore it is necessarily incomplete. Leading physicists differ widely in their interpretations of quantum reality and new discoveries are being made constantly. A Course in Miracles can be susceptible to interpretation, therefore, so are the ideas in this article.
To compare concepts, it is essential to distinguish between how the Course defines “heaven,” instead of the earthly degree of form/matter. Heaven is changeless, formless, eternal love. Only God/Love exists and there is no physical universe, no bodies, no planets, no form. It is pure non-duality, oneness with no opposite. However, we perceive that people live in bodies on planet earth, so ACIM speaks to us as if those are real, while telling us that ultimately they are not. On the planet there is duality, apparent choices to be produced among opposites. Separation is 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 really exist, because “Reality is ultimately known with out a form, unpictured and unseen.” (T-27.III.5:2)
A Particle or even a Wave?
What Albert Einstein saw in quantum physics experiments upset him so much he spent the rest of his life trying to find out the missing puzzle pieces. He never found them, and while physicists continue to search for a grand unified theory, all they keep getting are far more and more questions. A Course in Miracles tells us that the ego’s dictum is “Seek and do not find,” (T-12.IV.1:4) which could explain the endless exploration of a universe that will not exist.
Many of us have been aware of the indisputable fact that a photon may be either a particle or even a wave. What this means is that matter isn’t stable. The gist of quantum physics is that nothing in the material universe is defined 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 create matter. Simply speaking, nothing is real until we decide it is by looking at it. The fundamental light photon can act either as a particle or a trend, however, not both at exactly the same time. It exists as potential states to be and doesn’t collapse into form until something observes it. Then it becomes a specific particle in a specific space and time.
This bothered Einstein, and he explained, “I love to believe the moon is there even though I am not looking at it.” Einstein can be famously known for saying, “God doesn’t play dice (with the universe).” Stephen Hawking, the present-day Einstein who is rolling out theories of black holes, answers, “Not only 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, as we observe a very important factor, other aspects related to it are up for grabs. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle states that people cannot know the career and momentum of a particle at exactly the same time. Once the career (space) is measured, then the momentum (time/speed) can not be measured, and vice versa.
A Course in Miracles makes numerous statements in alignment with the particle/wave conundrum. A fundamental premise of the Course is that there is no world and we are making up the world. “I have invented the entire world I see.” (W-p.I.32.h) “Projection makes perception. The entire world you see is what 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 would like in life, visualize it, and it will show up, even as we collapse the quantum wave potential. Even though the movie features physicists, most mainstream physicists scoff at this idea, stating that the observer effect only applies to the subatomic level and not 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 anything that seems to take place to me I look for, and receive as I have asked.” (T-21.II.2:3;5) Other students interpret this differently, stating all events happened before, (but actually never happened) and we are only accountable for choosing to view events from the perspective of the Holy Spirit or the ego. In this view, we are unable to attract specific events into our lives. To decide on among images in the world is to select among illusions, and the Course advises us to “Seek not to change the entire world, but choose to change the mind concerning the world.” (T-21.in.1:8) ACIM states, “Nowadays the only remaining freedom is the freedom of preference; always between two choices or two voices. (C-1.7:1)
Another interpretation of the aforementioned passage is that all 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 infinite quantity of images that can show up, depending on whether we have 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 of the above theories—the Law of Attraction, having a selection between the ego’s or Holy Spirit’s perspective, or seeing different images when we forgive—reflect the observer principle.
As physics shows us, and the Course agrees, there is no objective reality. However, the Course states that the entire world is within our mind, while physics keeps trying to an external physical universe.
Time and Space
Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity showed that time and space are relative to the observer and aren’t fixed, objective realities. For instance what is a course in miracles, if a thing is moving at the speed of light, it will not age as fast as a thing that is moving slower. If you can find two teenage boys in their twenties, and one becomes an astronaut and spends years in space traveling at high speeds, when he returns to earth he will soon be younger compared to the man who stayed earthbound.
Einstein noted, “The distinction between past, present, and future are just a stubbornly persistent illusion.” A Course in Miracles is in agreement that time and space are relative, and goes further to mention they are completely unreal. “Time is just a trick, a sleight of hand, a vast illusion in which figures come and go as if by magic.” The Course says that people are actually looking backward with time at events which have already happened, and we only perceive that they are unfolding in time. “For we but see the journey from the idea at which it ended, looking back on it, imagining we ensure it is once more; reviewing mentally what has gone by.” (W-p.I.158.4:1;5)
Among the Course’s stated goals is always to abolish the necessity for time. (T-5.12.4:1). “The miracle minimizes the necessity for time. The miracle substitutes for learning that could have taken tens and thousands of years. The miracle shortens time by collapsing it, thus eliminating certain intervals within it.” (T-1.II.6:1,7,9). “Once 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 are in agreement concerning the interconnectedness of things, which the Course calls oneness and physics calls entanglement. The Course states that what we do to the brother we do unto ourselves.
An important physics principle is Bell’s Theorem, that has been designed to check whether particles could possibly be discrete, separate objects, unconnected to the remaining portion of the world. The experiments derived from Bell’s Theorem have shown that particles are inextricably interconnected. There is no separation, which is really a primary principle of A Course in Miracles. For instance, say a particle is split into its twin half, and one half is in New York and another half is in Los Angeles. Once 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 know very well what its New York twin did? This communication is faster compared to the speed of light and happens without any apparent physical message, as if reading each others’minds.
A Course in Miracles states that our only problem is the belief that people have separated from God. (W-p.I.79) Additionally it states that “minds are joined” (T-18.VI.3:1) and that “all I give is directed at 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 that the dense, hot core of matter underwent an enormous explosion that produced the physical universe. Whilst the theory describes what happened, it still doesn’t account for the origin of the situation that exploded.
ACIM says the origin of the seeming big bang matter is 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 don’t realize the magnitude of that certain error. It had been so vast and so completely incredible that as a result a full world of total unreality had to emerge.” (T-18.I.5:2-3) Additionally it emerged in a “tiny tick of time,” (T-26.V.3:5) all events happening at once, as opposed to over billions of years as physics tells us.