QUANTUM PHYSICS AND HEALING
August 27 2015
Quantum physics have shaken up the scientific scene but also provided explanations for the traditional methods of healing and to the possibility of humans and other living things to connect to each other – something that people have known and practiced through all times, but which has generally been disregarded as “hocus pocus” that should not be taken seriously. The new information has widened our perspectives, combined Eastern and Western thinking, opened the door between science and spirituality, and made us realize more than ever our interdependence with all living things and the planet that we live upon.
I am not a scientist myself and this text is a humble attempt to describe the basics of quantum physics and to summarize some of the information that is accessible out there. The sources of the article are Wikipedia, the two films “The Living Matrix – The Science of Healing” and “Quantum Leap – the Fabric of the Cosmos” (the latter by Brian Greene) and to a large extent the book “The Field, The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe” by Lynne McTaggart. This last reference is a fantastic compilation of the studies and experiments that constitute a bank of evidence on how the quantum processes work in our bodies, around us and influence our minds and possibilities to heal. Information about all studies that are mentioned below can be found more extensively in McTaggart’s book, which also contains all the complete references of the studies.
What is Quantum Physics and the Zero Point Field?
For more than 300 years, physics and biology have been ruled by the ideas developed by Isaac Newton, later completed by the electromagnetic theory of Maxwell. The perspective they provided us with was one of a separated world – showing all the elements of the universe as isolated from each other, divisible and self-contained. All matter moved within three-dimensional space and time, never faster than the speed of light, according to certain fixed laws. The universe could be described as a machine. Established and well accepted rules were spelled out in equations – the classical laws of mechanics – and described how planets orbit the sun, how a ball flies through the sky, how ripples move over water, etc. The French philosopher René Descartes had come up with the notion that the human, represented by the mind, was separate from the matter of the body, which was also described as some sort of machine. The world of Newton and Descartes was composed of many separate objects that behaved in a predictable way. The human being was separate from the rest of the world, sitting outside the universe, looking in. The work of Darwin on evolution supported this view of a world full of separateness and solitude, where the best would win and without the notion of sharing or interdependence. These views have dominated our Western thinking since.
The classical laws of physics and mechanics were unquestioned until about 100 years ago. Then a group of scientists, amongst others Max Planck, started making experiments to explain some properties of light in the early 1900th century. They studied the light that glows from gases, when heated. When they looked at the light through a prism, they could see that it formed lines in very specific colors. Not the continuous spectrum that they were expecting to see, but lines, like pencil beams. This was a mystery.
Niels Bohr showed that the explanation lies within the atom. He presented a model of the atom very much like the solar system with electrons circling around a nucleus in fixed orbits. However, unlike the planets of the solar system, Bohr showed that the electrons could leap from one fixed orbit to another. When the atom was heated, the electrons became agitated and started leaping between orbits. Each downward leap met energy in the form of light in very specific wave lights, which explains why atoms produce very specific colors. This is what we call quantum leaps.
Quantum physics spring from this very discovery that light behaves like particles with specific (quantified) amounts of energy. These light particles are called photons. Previously, the scientists were only able to describe light through wave lengths. They now concluded that light has a double-nature and can be described both as a wave and as a particle. In the early 1920s, yet another revolutionary discovery was made. Also material particles, for example electrons, have this double nature, meaning that all fixed particles could be described as waves and had a particular frequency, just like light. Basically, particles can be waves and waves can be particles.
The scientists were at the point of discovering that the world is a place of constant movement where nothing is permanent or certain. In addition to the particle’s double nature where it can be described both as a mass and a wave, it can also appear at alterative locations – in a seemingly random way. It is all about probability. And about measurement. Bohr stated that before you measure the characteristics of a particle, it remains uncertain. This was named the uncertainty principle – developed by Werner Heisenberg. When you measure, one definite location is selected and the particle is forced to release all other possibilities. The fact that the conscious act of measuring something settles its final location and state is called the observer effect. Einstein could not accept this view of the world based on probabilities and uncertainty. He commented upon Bohr’s theories with the statement “God does not play dice”. Bohr's answer was “Stop telling God what to do.”
Einstein continued his efforts to prove Bohr wrong. This led to the presentation of the EPR-paradox in 1935 (Einstein, Podoski and Rosen). They had discovered the most mysterious concept within quantum mechanics – entanglement, described by Einstein as “ghostlike”. Two particles can become entangled if they are close together and their properties become linked. If you then separate those particles and send them apart, no matter how far, they still remain entangled. As all particles behave in a random way until they are measured, measurement is the first step in the process. Let’s say that the possible result of the measurement is blue or red. When the first of the two particles is measured, and delivers the result “red”, that measurement would also affect the entangled partner, no matter how far away, which would then produce the complementary result, in this case “blue”. The conclusion is that when you measure one particle you affect the state of the entangled particle even if they have been separated. Einstein could not accept the result of his own experiment. However, the maths of entanglement were later proven by physicists John Clauser and Alain Aspect. These findings have changed the foundations of physics. Matter could no longer be considered separate and subatomic particles had no purpose in isolation but could only be understood through their relationship.
The equations of quantum physics prove the existence of what is called the Zero Point Field - an ocean of microscopic vibrations in the space between things. Our universe which seems to be full of dark emptiness is in fact the stage of an energy dance where subatomic particles keep popping in and out of existence. Heisenberg’s uncertainty principle and Einstein’s famous equation E=mc2 relating energy to mass have showed how all elementary particles interact with each other by exchanging energy through virtual particles which are believed to appear out of nowhere. They exist only during that exchange – the time of “uncertainty” allowed by the uncertainty principle. The energy that is created during each exchange is only worth about 0,5 watts but the sum of all interactions that are happening constantly represents a huge energy source which could provide the solution of a clean and infinite energy supply until the end of times. This constant background activity is going on even in temperatures of absolute zero, the lowest possible energy state, which has led to the term “zero point field”. We are clearly surrounded by, and part of, a sea of energy – one vast quantum field. Everything is connected to everything like an invisible web. Einstein himself said that “The field is the sole governing agency of the particle.” and “The field is the only reality.”
Ever since the early 19th century there has been a quest to find one underlying theory that explains how the universe and our world function. Even though a lot is still to be explained, Quantum Field Theory has become the backbone of modern theoretical physics. Going to the deepest level currently known, superstring theory attempts to explain all of the particles and fundamental forces of nature in one theory by modeling them as vibrations of tiny supersymmetric strings. Again, we find that everything in universe vibrates.
Quantum Exchange in the Human Body
Also human beings are packets of quantum energy constantly exchanging information within our own systems and with the infinite energy sea around us. The view of the body as a machine, controlled through DNA and chemical reactions, with the brain as the central, coordinating unit, is outmoded. It cannot account for the swift and millions of transmissions that happen in our body all the time. The body is decentralized. Our consciousness does not reside only in the brain but all through the body and explains how cells talk to each other. Field theory is needed to account for the amazing, swift coordination of the human body. Cellular communication, DNA control, our thought processes, feelings and cognitive (mental) processes all function through an information exchange on the quantum level.
The body and its components like the cells and neurons emit weak radiation. Fritz-Albert Popp proved that all living things send out light in the form of biophotons. This is the basis of all biological processes. There are webs of light within our bodies, around each organ (different proven fields), and we emit light. These light structures provide a control system over and above the molecular system. The body is at the centre of an energy field of standing, structured and organized scalar waves containing information. The heart seems to be the conductor of the orchestra. It emits electromagnetic signals to the body and synchronizes the rhythm of the other organs. The brain and the nervous system follow the heart. The pulses from the heart are pressure waves to the brain that synchronize the neurons. Tests where people were presented to pictures of pleasant or scary motives show that the heart receives information before the brain. The body actually responded even before the picture was displayed to the person and the heart responded first.
There is a constant exchange of information going on inside and outside the body. The information fields withhold order. Each cell knows what the other cells are doing. It is not impossible that some of the information actually resides outside of the human body. Brutal studies where the brains of rats where progressively sliced up have proven that the memory is not located in one spot of the brain. It is diffused in different locations and we access it through the field. It’s either delocalized throughout the brain, or possibly even placed out in the field. Again, there is an interaction between us and the field at every moment.
The fact that the human body exchanges information with a quantum field outside us opens up daunting questions and possibilities – what information and knowledge can we actually access, where is the consciousness situated, inside us our out there? How far do our bodies extend? Can we tap into the field to control our own health or even to heal others? And it definitely erases the concept of each living being as separate, since we appear to be so intrinsically interconnected, a fact that many indigenous and eastern cultures have never forgotten even if we had done so in the western parts of the world.
The Power of Consciousness
The findings within quantum physics imply that our observation, the human consciousness, is key to the process of subatomic flux to settle down to a fixed thing. The observer effect means that an electron only settles into a set state and abandons all other possible locations when observed, when influenced by human consciousness. A possible interpretation of this on a large scale is that the physical world only exists in its concrete state when we are involved in it. Or that different versions of the world are possible, maybe parallel universes. Consciousness defines, consciousness creates order and order creates the world.
A logical question that has been investigated is whether we, with our consciousness and connection to the field, can influence an event or course of action? Also, can we read the minds of others or access information in locations physically far from us? The answer to these questions seem to be yes. Scientific experiments have been made where both persons with psychic abilities and ordinary people have been asked to concentrate on a certain result that they wanted to achieve from a random process generated by a machine, like producing heads or tails. Huge amounts of data have been analyzed during many years and they provide support, with statistical certainty, that the test persons were clearly able to influence the outcome from the machines through their will or focused intention.
Important research has been funded by the CIA where persons with psychic abilities have been successfully tested in describing geographical locations only from information about the location coordinates, something that was thought useful in gaining information about military locations in the Soviet sphere of interest during the cold war. In other tests, a psychic test person was able to “connect” to another person who had been sent away to an unknown location, which the psychic test person was able to describe in great detail, sometimes even including features that had been present at the location in the past and no longer were part of it. The experiments indicate that everyone can access this ability, even though certain people seem more skillful in harnessing information from the field. Human beings seem to have a latent capability to see anywhere across any distance and actually also beyond our concept of time. A relaxed atmosphere is important to access this ability, and a little practice. And why wouldn’t we be able to do these things? If subatomic particles can interact across time and space, then so might the larger matter they compose, for example human beings.
Implications for Healing
“The field is the force, rather than germs or genes, that finally determines whether we are healthy or ill, the force which must be tapped in order to heal.” Lynne McTaggart.
All this “new” knowledge of course affects the way we think about wellness and medicine and the role of consciousness in healing. The information about our state of health resides in the field and therefore informational medicine is most likely the future. When we can change the information, correct the distortion of information in the energy field, we can affect wellness. Since information and energy are being transferred over the field and everything is connected, we can heal at a distance. The power of belief and intention in influencing our personal information system is huge. One third of healing has to do with the placebo effect, created through the energy fields.
Many studies have been made on the efficacy of the traditional methods of healing, often at a distance. There have been studies on isolated cells or enzymes, healing of animals, plants or microscopic living systems, and studies on human beings. There has been very convincing results. A typical study involved 96 patients with high blood pressure and a number of healers. Neither the doctors nor the patients knew which patient were being given the healing treatments as they were made at a distance. As a group the healers reached very positive results, with as much as 92% improvement among the test group [R.N. Miller, Study on the effectiveness of remote mental healing].
Another very interesting study was made with AIDS-patients. A group of 20 patients were treated through distant healing by a group of healers with different religious and cultural backgrounds, some were also trained in non-religious healing schools such as the Barbara Brennan School of Healing Light. The study was randomized and held in a very strict and controlled manner. The results were astonishing. After six months, the treatment group were healthier on every parameter – significantly fewer doctor visits, few hospitalizations, fewer days in hospital, fewer new AIDS-defining illnesses, while twelve of the control group, compared to only three of the treated group, had been hospitalized. The treated group also registered significantly improved mood on psychological tests. In total, on six of the eleven medical outcome measures, the group treated with healing had significantly better outcomes. [Sicher and Tart et al., A randomized double-blind study on the effect of distant healing in a population with advance AIDS: report of a small case study].
Experiments have shown that healers have abnormally high electric field patterns during healing sessions. Also the presence of photon (light) emissions and electromagnetic fields have been proven during healing sessions. This may be evidence of the healer’s ability to influence his or her own flux of quantum energy and channel energy to a recipient.
The New Paradigm
I will end this article by this clear and complete summary of the “old” view of physics, biology and even philosophy versus the new perspective provided by quantum theory and all its implications – as compiled by Lynne McTaggart.
The human being is a survival machine largely powered by chemicals and genetic coding.
The brain is a discrete organ and the home of consciousness, which is also largely driven by chemistry – the communication of cells and the coding of DNA.
Man is essentially isolated from the world, and his mind is isolated from his body.
Time and space are finite, universal orders.
Nothing travels faster than the speed of light.
The communication of the world does not occur in the visible realm of Newton, but in the subatomic word of Werner Heisenberg.
Cells and DNA communicate through frequencies.
The brain perceives and makes its own record of the world in pulsating waves.
A substructure underpins the universe that is essentially a recording medium of everything, providing a means for everything to communicate with everything else.
People are indivisible from their environment. Living consciousness is not an isolated entity. It increases order in the rest of the word.
The consciousness of human beings has incredible powers, to heal ourselves, to heal the world – in sense, to make it as we wish it to be.