Quantum physics is confusing, confounding, and convoluted. It indicates that our universe is inverted, and what we think we see is not reality. Actually, physicists are experiencing a hard time 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.
This is articles 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 noted for throwing their Course books across the space and swearing about its seemingly ridiculous message. ACIM and physics often concur that the type of physical the reality is deceiving. However, they often diverge on the ultimate nature of reality, because A Course in Miracles states that physical forms do not exist and have not existed. In the meantime, many physicists are still looking for a grand unified theory that will explain how the universe works.
This short article is just a brief summary of complex topics, so it will be necessarily incomplete. Leading physicists differ widely inside their interpretations of quantum reality and new discoveries are increasingly being made constantly. A Course in Miracles can also 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,” rather than the earthly degree of form/matter. Heaven is changeless, formless, eternal love. Nothing but God/Love exists and there’s no physical universe, no bodies, no planets, no form. It’s pure non-duality, oneness without any opposite. However, we perceive that we reside in bodies on planet earth, so ACIM speaks to us as if those are real, while telling us that ultimately they’re not. On earth there’s duality, apparent choices to be produced among opposites. Separation may be the rule—separate bodies, separate nations, separate time periods, etc. Heaven is outside time and space, and, in accordance with ACIM, time and space do not exist, because “The reality is ultimately known without a form, unpictured and unseen.” (T-27.III.5:2)
A Particle or a Wave?
What Albert Einstein saw in quantum physics experiments upset him so much that he spent the others of his life trying to figure out the missing puzzle pieces. He never found them, and while physicists continue to search for a grand unified theory what is a course in miracles, all they keep getting tend to be 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) that may explain the endless exploration of a universe that will not exist.
Most of us have been aware of the indisputable fact that a photon may be whether particle or a wave. What this implies is that matter is not stable. The gist of quantum physics is that nothing in the material universe is placed in stone. There is no fixed reality inside our world until we look at it, and no specific basic particle that acts in a predictable way to produce matter. Simply speaking, nothing is real until we decide it’s by considering it. The essential 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 certain particle in a certain space and time.
This bothered Einstein, and he said, “I like to think the moon will there be even when I am not considering it.” Einstein can also be famously noted for saying, “God doesn’t play dice (with the universe).” Stephen Hawking, the present-day Einstein who has created 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, even as we observe something, other aspects linked to it are up for grabs. The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle states that we cannot know the positioning and momentum of a particle at exactly the same time. Once the positioning (space) is measured, then the momentum (time/speed) cannot be measured, and vice versa.
A Course in Miracles makes numerous statements in alignment with the particle/wave conundrum. A basic premise of the Course is that there’s no world and we’re creating the world. “I have invented the planet I see.” (W-p.I.32.h) “Projection makes perception. The planet you see is what you gave it…It’s the witness to your state of mind, the exterior picture of an inward condition.” (T-21.in.1:1-2;5)
A popular metaphysical idea is that we create our own reality through the Law of Attraction. The movie What the Bleep Do We Know!? uses the observer principle to suggest that we can decide what we wish in life, visualize it, and it’ll show up, even as we collapse the quantum wave potential. Even although 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 believe that the Course teaches the Law of Attraction, and cite the statements, “I am responsible for what I see. And precisely what seems to happen 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 previously, (but actually never happened) and we’re only responsible for choosing to view events from the perspective of the Holy Spirit or the ego. In this view, we’re unable to attract specific events into our lives. To select among images in the world is to select among illusions, and the Course advises us to “Seek not to improve the planet, but choose to improve your mind concerning the world.” (T-21.in.1:8) ACIM states, “These days the only remaining freedom may be the freedom of preference; always between two choices or two voices. (C-1.7:1)
Another interpretation of the aforementioned passage is that most possible events and scenarios happened in the tiny tick of time in which we dreamed this world. (T-26.V.3:5) You can find an infinite number of images that will show up, according to whether we’ve 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. Every one of the above theories—the Law of Attraction, having an option involving 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’s no objective reality. However, the Course states that the planet is inside our mind, while physics keeps trying to an outer physical universe.
Time and Space
Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity showed the period and space are in accordance with the observer and aren’t fixed, objective realities. As an example, if an item is moving at the speed of light, it will not age as fast as an item that is moving slower. If there are two teenage boys inside their twenties, and one becomes an astronaut and spends years in space traveling at high speeds, when he returns to earth he will 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 the period and space are relative, and goes further to mention they’re completely unreal. “Time is just a trick, a sleight of hand, a vast illusion by which figures come and go as if by magic.” The Course says that we 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 point at which it ended, looking back on it, imagining we allow it to be yet again; reviewing mentally what’s gone by.” (W-p.I.158.4:1;5)
One of the Course’s stated goals would be to abolish the requirement for time. (T-5.12.4:1). “The miracle minimizes the requirement for time. The miracle substitutes for learning which may took 1000s of years. The miracle shortens time by collapsing it, thus eliminating certain intervals within it.” (T-1.II.6:1,7,9). “Whenever you perform a miracle, I’ll arrange both time and space to adjust to it.” (T-2.V.A.11:3)
Oneness and Bell’s Theorem
A Course in Miracles and quantum physics have been in agreement concerning the interconnectedness of all things, that the Course calls oneness and physics calls entanglement. The Course states that what we do to the brother we do unto ourselves.
A significant physics principle is Bell’s Theorem, that has been designed to check whether particles might be discrete, separate objects, unconnected to the remaining world. The experiments derived from Bell’s Theorem demonstrate that particles are inextricably interconnected. There is no separation, which is a primary principle of A Course in Miracles. As an example, say a particle is split into its twin half, and one half is in New York and the other half is in Los Angeles. When the particle in New York changes the rotation of its spin, the particle in Los Angeles instantly changes its spin correspondingly. How does the particle in Los Angeles know what its New York twin did? This communication is faster compared to the speed of light and happens without the apparent physical message, as if reading each others’minds.
A Course in Miracles states that our only problem may be the belief that we 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
Just like 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 a huge explosion that produced the physical universe. Whilst the theory describes what happened, it still doesn’t take into account the origin of the problem that exploded.
ACIM says the origin of the seeming big bang matter may be the tiny mad idea, a thought in your brain of the Son of God. (T-27.VIII.6:2) The thought was nothing and the resulting world was nothing. “You don’t realize the magnitude of that one error. It absolutely was 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 simultaneously, as opposed to over billions of years as physics tells us.