I was born in 1969, six months before man landed on the moon. How things have changed!
My early childhood was without video, watching black and white TV. My teenage years saw the new mobile phone send shockwaves in the way we might communicate. Even my first adult professional years were still without email, let alone a home computer, or the rise of the mighty internet and the world-wide disruption power of social media.
There’s no doubt that the Age of Technology has now arrived. We take for granted stuff that that was once only imagined in science fiction, and we don’t even think about it. For many of us it’s always been there. Impossibilities have become reality…
I’m not an expert on these things at all. But I do have a story to tell, a story of the journey that I’ve been on, unknowingly heading along a path that increasingly focussed on an idea that was completely foreign and off-the-radar at the start of my life.
I want to share some of my real experiences, and I also want to share the results of my research into what today’s scientific community already knows. Since the early days of the twentieth century, there’s been a quiet but massive shift in what we understand of the very small world around us. The subatomic world. The world of quantum physics. In less than a century it’s drawn a clear line, separating itself from 350 years of Sir Isaac Newton’s universally applied classical physics. Today Newton’s physics laws only function in certain situations, but not in others.
Today’s scientists know that all this ‘new’ information about the quantum world is real because they are currently using it, manipulating it, predicting it, applying it. All with stunning accuracy and highly practical, measurable, physical results.
Splitting the atom and nuclear energy may be spectacular but they are not part of everyday life, unlike the humble laser. The fact is that without the seemingly absurd and ridiculous claims of quantum mechanics – the branch of physics that is barely one hundred years old - then creating and utilising laser would not be possible. Quantum mechanics makes laser technology (and therefore CD & DVD players, supermarket barcode scanners, printers, broadband internet, hospital micro-surgery and just about every scientific microscopic research innovation) possible.
The problem for many of us is that, according to the quantum world, the life we see around us is in many ways not possible as we’ve understood it for millennia.
The world is not as it seems. We are all connected. Time, and certainty, are an illusion.
The science of quantum mechanics knows this and can prove it, because these scientists are practically applying this knowledge right now.
So, how does this fit in to my story?
Just as we once thought the Earth was flat, or that Gods could strike us down with bolts of lightning, we humans have continued to grow and learn and share our knowledge.
Instead of simply adding to our current knowledge base, the discoveries in the quantum world are not just applicable in the ‘newly-arrived’ and incredibly tiny subatomic world… They’re also powerfully changing our understanding of the incredibly huge astrophysical world too. Most importantly though, discoveries in the quantum world are bringing changes and a new understanding in the physical world around us that we all see and touch every day; our medium, people-sized world.
Did you know that we’ve actually turned back time? Granted, not by much, but it’s been done. Science has long thought that going forward in time may be possible (faster than we already do, of course!) but the inherent contradictions in going backwards have always been labelled impossible by any right-thinking person.
With the assistance of quantum mechanics, we have now done the impossible.
“Not in my lifetime!” is a phrase that once could be spoken with reasonable certainty. Not anymore.
There is a massive upswell of information exchange happening right now, almost unbelievable in its reach across the globe and providing us with the ability to communicate and connect far beyond our once wildly futuristic dreams.
There are a lot of tall tales, a lot of commercially and financially driven opportunism, and even some clearly deceitful and malicious crimes happening out there, too. We are human after all. The internet has quite simply turbo-charged our natural tendencies, in every direction.
But in the midst of this, if we listen carefully, we can also find normal people telling their stories. Stories of increased perspective. Stories of the realisation that we are all the same (human first, differences second). Acknowledgment that perhaps long-term cultural variations, amplified by geographical physical isolation, may be by far the largest influence to account for the variety of religions practised all around the world. This includes the religion of atheism. The religion of science.
Consider that if you stay indoors and only peer out your front window, you’ll always see only what’s right outside your house. Perhaps new things may come wandering by occasionally, whistling along tunefully, but you’ve got no way of seeing where they’ve come from, or where they’re going.
Now perhaps you might venture out onto your front doorstep, and be able to look left and right, up and down the street. Hooray! Your real-world perspective has increased, you can now see the source of things, the development, progression, likely outcomes…
But how about if things get to the end of your street, and then take a sharp left turn, vanishing out of visible sight? Now what? Have they vanished, ceased to exist, or perhaps never even existed in the first place, as there’s no longer any available proof? All because you can no longer see them?
And what if things turn a bit weird? What if things walk past our house and down the street, turn left and vanish out of sight, then turn another left and carry on down the street behind ours…
Invisible. Vanished. Gone. But what if, as they keep walking and then eventually come passing by the back of our house, they are continuing to whistle a happy tune… And what if some people can still hear them? Completely out of sight, but definitely still there?
As we burst forward, blossoming with courage, discovering and connecting with people once isolated from each other, the internet has brought forth other stories too.
There are stories of spiritual encounters, of life after death communications, of near-death experiences, even stories of the physical manipulation of our ‘real’ world from ‘other’ worlds… The sort of stories that our western scientific world has dismissed and ridiculed for centuries.
This is my story. I was too embarrassed to tell it, until I looked deeper into the reality of the developments in our real-life understanding of quantum mechanics that have rocked the scientific world.
Can I currently prove to you, beyond doubt, that we live on after the death of our physical bodies? No, I cannot.
But can I show that it is possible, reasonable, or even likely? Can I show you that the world we live in is only a small part of the reality that exists around us every day, with every breath?
I will give it a good go… Come with me. This is my true story.