I just finished a book by Peter Baksa, “The Point of Power”.
A distinguishing aspect of this book, among the many proffering to teach the LOA, is that the author makes a serious attempt to tie Quantum Physics into the otherwise metaphysical principles. Understand, this is a tall order, and I was originally skeptical. I tend to cast a jaded eye toward the many pseudo-scientific abuses heaped upon scientific terminology by many avid new-age teachers. Not that I see any inherent conflict between science and spirituality, but I insist that the two should not be casually mixed without at least some solid evidence and methodical thinking.
To his credit, Mr. Baksa passed mustard with my standards. He doesn’t claim a scientific background, but displays enough respect for actual the actual science of Quantum Mechanics to engage in a fascinating and rewarding discussion. He demonstrates a better-than-average layman’s understanding of quantum theory, and takes pains to educate the reader on the basics.
Most people are already aware that “spooky” things are known to happen at the quantum level. Particles act like waves, and exist in bands of probability rather than in determinate state. “Entanglement” means that particles can act in complete synchronization, even when separated by vast distance, and apparently share information over a distance. “Virtual” particles pop in and out of existence, seemingly at random. It's difficult to pin down exactly what is going on inside of an atom at a given moment.
The most profound ramification of quantum phenomena is the relationship between subatomic reality and the observer. This is the “spooky” behavior that disturbed Einstein and has made its imprint into mass consciousness – the understanding that events at this most fundamental level of reality do not take place in a linear and predictable manner.
Many metaphysical and spiritual teachers have jumped on the concept of the observer influencing reality, as if this somehow proves the premise that thought can really change physical reality. While I have long suspected as much, it’s a huge leap to claim that science somehow proves it. In particular, research in quantum mechanics only involves reality at the subatomic level. There is a huge order of magnitude between the subatomic scale and the macro scale that we inhabit. To my knowledge, no one has found any scientific link between the behavior of particles at the quantum level and the solid objects that make up our world.
All my disclaimers and hedging aside, Peter Baksa has made a case for quantum effects on the macro level. A couple of new insights struck me while reading his book.
The first involves entanglement. While scientific experiments regarding entanglement deal with individual or small numbers of particles, on a philosophical level it makes sense to assume that every atom in the universe is entangled if everything originated in the Big Bang. And as Bernard Haisch postulates in The God Theory, it makes philosophical and mathematical sense to conclude that a single, unitary consciousness pervades the universe. Spiritual teaching holds that human souls are split off from the “God” entity, but remain connected (or “entangled”).
The second insight involves the observer phenomenon. Quantum particles remain in indistinct or wave pattern state until they are measured by an observer. However, it’s not the laboratory equipment doing the measurement that constitutes the observer – it’s the human mind that is observing the measurement. For agnostic science, which believes that human consciousness is merely chemical and electrical activity in the brain, this represents sort of a philosophical dead end. What would be so special about the human biological “machine” observing, as opposed to a sophisticated computer?
Applying the Hermetic concept of the human soul being part of the field of universal consciousness, it follows that reality is only relevant when observed by human consciousness. This meshes quite well with the spiritual understanding that humans are creators. This is explicitly taught by Seth in The Nature of Personal Reality, and is an inherent assumption in LOA teaching.
The essential LOA concept is as follows:
Physical reality is created and maintained by consciousness. The human incarnational experience allows for an ego-based personality to exist within this physical reality without necessarily being aware that there is any level of reality above it. Thus, we experience causality, the illusion of time, and can work out our karmic paths. Since the ego is unaware of how reality is created and maintained, it’s easy to believe that things can only change by force or manipulation, or that we are victimized by circumstances out of our control.
The LOA teaching can raise our awareness to see that the ego is simply a construct of the soul for the purpose of interfacing with physical reality. Then we can remember who we truly are as souls, which are connected to Source (or God, if you prefer). Since Source contains the energy that created everything in existence, there is nothing about this reality to suggest that there is any need that cannot be fulfilled. Our very existence in the physical world is maintained by our consciousness.
The Point of Power is a great manual for understanding the LOA. Peter Baksa comes across as quite practical and down-to-earth. He shares his journey from hard-luck childhood to successful professional, illustrating how he learned to use the LOA to transform his life. He then breaks down a simple 3-step technique that the reader can easily employ.
The Quantum section is just icing on the cake, from my perspective. I have always been curious as to how things work. Someday, science will expand its frontiers to the point where quantum mechanics and the LOA are simply part of a grand Theory of Everything. For those wanting to begin changing their lives now, there is no need to wait for that. It’s all here.
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