It’s a quantum thing. That’s what we say around our house. As far as I can tell, it means that the observation of an object affects its condition. This act of observation affects or changes its reality. That means that as a result of what your beliefs are, in combination with your intention and the intensity of both, you can affect the reality of an object or a person or a situation. This is in addition to whatever actions you are taking.
Through rigorous experimentation, this quantum kind of activity has been proven true. This revolutionizes our scientific understanding of reality. Scientists know this stuff, and have for a while, but it is now reaching a wider public. Guys, like myself, whose understanding of physics is based on shooting pool or trying to fix things around the house, are finally becoming acquainted with these ideas. And, about time, my wife says.
It’s wonderful. Just when things were beginning to seem incredibly bleak, dark, and despairing, we find out that each one of us has the power to affect whatever we turn our thoughts to. Saints and sages have told us this from the start, but I always thought it was wishful thinking, a matter of faith, and more than a little beyond my reach. Now, with this scientific corroboration, a wider, more brilliantly lit set of possibilities is revealed.
I’m not going to use this knowledge for trivial things, like toasting bagels or making my television larger. I’m not even going to use it for personal gain. No, I want to use it for the big stuff: the things that affect all of us. The things I have, up to this time, felt were out of my hands – war and peace, disease and poverty, ignorance and disastrous climate change. It has now been proven, by hard-working people in white coats, toiling in cramped office space at our great universities and in garages everywhere, that optimism and directed intense visualization of a desired outcome can actually make things change.
We, each of us, have a part to play in this life, a part that has meaning and actual effects. That is an amazing thing and, understanding it, creates an opportunity and responsibility we never knew we had.
There are many areas and issues that are in need of our attention. The most timely and most crucial, to me, seems to be the state of the Environment, the health of our planet, this wonderful world we all inhabit. It is now generally recognized that we are in a dire situation. To mention just a few areas of concern, we have melting ice caps, air pollution, radical changes in weather patterns, a declining supply of fresh water, and the disappearance of bees. I don’t want to look up at the sky and feel afraid. I want us to have the peace of mind to think about other things like how beautiful the flowers are or how we might help someone not as lucky as we are or how we can assist our kids’ imagination, compassion, and forward momentum.
We can use this quantum stuff as one way to affect the world with our hearts and minds, applying our intention and energy and emotion to make things better for all of us.
This Earth, this big old ball of blue, this beautiful whirling dervish that we live on, needs our help. We’re smarter now. We understand the situation. And, we’re not powerless. That’s the lesson of Earth Day. We can realize a consciousness we didn’t know we had before and end the shortsightedness that has been causing us so much pain.
I’m going to try it out. And, keep trying until I get it right. Happy Earth Day! Go outside. Take a deep breath. Celebrate. It’s difficult to deny reality, but we can change it.