More excerpts from
by Robert Lanza, M.D.
and Bob Berman
Chapter 12: Where is the Universe Located?
'.... We have known for a century that light is composed of waves of magnetism along with electrical undulations traveling at right angles to it. Neither magnetism nor electricity have inherent color or brightness, and thus even if there were an independent universe beyond consciousness, it would have to be utterly invisible. This bears repeating: At best, any separate external universe must be blank or black.
'Yet look around. We're imbedded in a world of profound color and beauty. People assumed, until the advent of quantum mechanics a century ago, that our eyes' lenses were like clear glass windows that let us accurately perceive what is 'out there' — and this remains the general public view even today. However, since we know beyond any doubt that 'what's out there' can be no more than invisible magnetic and electrical fields, it's obvious that we ourselves — our neural circuitry — create the colors and patterns.' - pages 117-118
'...What's central here is that the entire house-of-cards separation between me and other, and body interior and exterior, and nature versus ourselves, are relative concepts involving yet more neural connections that impart assumptions about reality. We need to get past them all. We need to see what's baseline, bottom-line real, in our quest for grasping the nature of the cosmos.' - pages 121, 124
'.... Apprehending the cosmos as a single deathless entity synonymous with consciousness may require multiple logical steps, or it can be realized in a single 'Eureka!' moment.' - page 125
"Pure logical thinking cannot yield us any knowledge of the empirical world; all knowledge of reality starts from experience and ends with it." — Albert Einstein, Ideas and Opinions (1954)
'Meanwhile, let's be clear: That the cosmos is suffused with energy... means that this essence of Being — this Nature of All Things, this true Self behind awareness and life itself, this seeming void that appears to be the [natural] matrix, the easel, the backdrop for all our human misadventures — is an unimaginably powerful entity.' [G - natural matrix not to be confused with the artificial matrix of human society] - page 85
'Whatever you think, however your logic works, Eastern sages have always insisted that there exists a direct experience of reality that is nonverbal...' - page 109
A first-hand experience by [co-author] Berman in 2008
Illustration from 'Beyond Biocentrism', pages 122-123,
with my reflection as photographer showing in the glass.
I do find biocentrism interesting but not entirely accurate. It assumes that experimentation with the very small expands to the very large and yet there isn't a single experience or set of experiments that has ever born these effects of quantum mechanics out. The study of quantum particles, quantum field theory and the resulting quantum effects projected onto the macro World. Many scientists have noted this. There is a disconnect between what happens to quantum particles at the smallest scales and what happens to macro structures in the real World. Quantum physicists who believe in the "many worlds" interpretation suggest that the entirety of existence is recreated every time someone makes a decision or something to that effect. At what level of consciousness does this begin? I just thing it's preposterous when you carry it out to its ultimate conclusion.
Now don't get me wrong, I haven't come to this conclusion due to a lack of creative thinking. I just think that some aspects of biocentrism are wrong and this is one of the areas that I believe can be improved upon. And this relationship between the micro and the macro is probably the most important one.
I do believe that consciousness is a tangible thing and is likely a property of a much greater realm than ours--the Multiverse, just our pocket universe, the Higgs field, space-time, dark energy or dark matter. This property is likely imprinted onto other stable pocket universes that come into existence from the unstable quantum fluctuations in the multidimensional hyperspace of the Multiverse. It is through the sheer infinite number of these pocket universes that our amazing, life-supporting Universe exists. This fundamental idea is the most profound insight because it answers the question of why our Universe is "perfectly" tuned the way to is. It isn't because we are special or that life bearing worlds are special, LIFE IS INEVITABLE! Given enough time, enough solar systems that have the right materials, the right properties, the sized terrestrial planets, perhaps even the right sized moon or moons that help to attract asteroids that would otherwise hit the life-bearing planet.
Biocentrism misses the mark by putting too much emphasis on the fact that conscious observation changes the result of the famous slit experiment. Yes indeed, the experiment is real and is accurate, indeed the sheer observation of a human changes the results and forces the experiment to collapse into a wave.
Perhaps consciousness does not exist at the quantum mechanical level but only at a more stable level such as the Higgs field, the same field that gives matter mass perhaps it ALSO gives MATTER consciousness. Therefore ALL stable matter has consciousness, it's not sentient consciousness, however, until that matter reaches a certain complexity. We can only speak from our own personal experience, we simply assume that others like ourselves are experiencing the same thing. The problem with that sentence is "like ourselves". We can't say one way or the other if another life form is sentient or not, conscious or not. We are in the realm of philosophical science so we can make some assumptions based empirical and observational science.
If any reader has experienced unity consciousness, similar to that of Bob Berman, I am interested to read your story. Thank you.
I spontaneously have out-of-body into-another-body experiences — Transpersonal -- share a single body, even though separated by great distances. On occasion, my awareness "leaves" the ordinary reality of time, space and body, and spontaneously merges with another in total empathy... I hear what they hear, see what they see, feel their emotions; think their thoughts, as well as my own.
All too easily, I become the child writhing in pain, his body in shreds. Or I become the grieving mother. Or both.
I've been murdered and told the cops where to find my body. I died as Dana LeAnne Cooper in the nursery of the OK Federal Building when it was bombed; I was Tim McVay, the bomber, and I was also the many children who died. As one, who rose into a higher dimension. Only I looked back. I saw the bombed building from above, then at once, I was in my own body, enfolded in my long hair. Separate. I think of myself as an angel. I wonder, did they know, I was there with them?