It either is, or it isn’t. Unless it is or it isn’t…
I can understand why physicists who work in the realm of quantum physics get irate when the LOA people start using their theories and concepts to explain how attraction principals work. Quantum Theory is convoluted and bizarre enough without throwing in “New Age mumbo jumbo”. Never the less, it does offer some answers to unanswerable questions. And as a science it is just barely understood enough to be cooptable when attempting to rationalize the weirdness that is intention, attraction, and the role of energy.
I’ve been semi-watching the implosion of Kevin Trudeau and the GIN pyramid scheme he concocted. A friend who gave me some of his audio CD’s is very into the organization and continues to include me in her email chains regarding the evil government plot to destroy the ability of well intentioned people to gain mass wealth without working hard. Every setback is seen as opportunity opening a new path, the Universe setting up the perfect set of circumstances. But not for these people to be lead out of the desert of deception they’ve been stuck in, but rather, every setback is a step further toward validating the GIN program and all that needs to be done is to throw even more energy, good will and powerful thoughts into seeing it restored.
This “any answer is the right answer” philosophy irks me. Be it blind faith in God, or blind trust in the Universe, I have issues with anyone who simply takes every twist of fate or turn of events as a continued sign that they are on the right course.
So it made me think of Shrodinger’s Cat, the famous thought-experiment about a cat, a thingy of radioactive material, a geiger counter, a trip hammer, and a vial of poison, all in a box. There’s a 50/50 chance that an atom of the radioactive material will decay, setting off the geiger counter, which in turn trips the hammer, which breaks the vial, which releases the poison and kills the cat. There is an equal chance that the geiger counter did not go off, and the cat is spared. When the box is closed, any observer cannot determine the situation without opening the box. Once the observer does this, they are affecting the outcome, one way or the other. The idea is that the cat is both alive and dead at the same time until someone makes an observation. The act of observing settles the state, and the question of kitty morbidity.
But does the observer’s intentions or expectations affect what state things settle in? If you open the box expecting to see the cat alive, and it is, then you feel your powers of intention are validated, and if you expect to see the cat dead, and it is, then that just makes common sense. But if you expect to see the cat alive, and it is dead, do you think you were carrying some negative element in your subconscious, some glimmer of doubt that affected your positive vibration and led to the opposite effect you were intending? By focusing on what you expected, did you limit the Universe in delivering what was best in this situation?
People with blind faith in God and blind faith in LOA don’t subscribe to the idea that “stuff just happens”. In fact, they believe everything happens for a reason. Some people source God as the author of all that occurs, and some people source themselves and their intentional vibrations. For people to rationalize events that do not happen the way they want or expect, they have to believe that God was acting in higher wisdom, or that the Universe was a)responding to unconscious vibrations they were not aware they were emitting, or b)is acting in a higher wisdom.
In the movie The Minority Report Tom Cruise rolls a wooden ball across a table. Just as it tumbles off the edge, Colin Farrell catches it. “Why did you catch it?” Tom asks. “Because it was going to fall,” answers Colin. Tom: “You’re certain?” Colin: “Yes.” Tom: “But it didn’t fall, you caught it. The fact that you caught it doesn’t change the fact that is was going to fall.” Meaning? Everything happens with it’s own purpose, until an observer interacts and forces a new purpose.
What am I blundering to say here? Everything happens for a reason. Yes. Without a doubt. A ball rolls, set in motion by a force of momentum. It follows a course set for it by environment, motion, and gravity. It will continue on this course until an observer interacts, expressing intention, to change what would have been an inevitable course; falling. Whether the observer acts, or doesn’t act, he still influences the outcome. He creates the reality of whether the ball is caught or falls. The observer determines the reality of a live cat or a dead one the moment he opens the box. Reality is not what is, until by action it is what is. Reality is determined by actions, not by intentions.
Every day since December I have intended to mail my sister’s Christmas present to her. I have not taken action to do so. My intentions have not opened magic door of postal convenience for me. My intentions have not summoned a mail genie to take the package away. Until I take action, I cannot create the reality of my sister receiving her gift three months late.
And yet… and yet… No action is taken without intention (at least no meaningful action). So, hmmmmm. If intention is required to take action, then there is no action without intention, then reality is a construct of intention…
Why am I thrashing out such ideas, considering outcomes and intentions and quantum physics, when I can generally barely figure out who’s turn it is at a four-way stop? Because I believe I define my reality, I’m not sure how. I’ve been practicing the art of letting go and releasing expectation with very positive results. But sometimes that isn’t good enough, and if I’m just turning things over to the Universe, is that any different that turning it over to God and wouldn’t I get just as much benefit from praying? Also, are my successes really successes or just the inevitable outcomes of a process set in motion? Does releasing expectation do anything more than take the stress off? If the answer comes back in a way that doesn’t seem to mesh with my intentions do I simple shrug it off with the peacefulness of acceptance and gratitude, figuring “if not this, then something better”?
I like getting what I want. I accept that. I don’t like not getting what I want. I accept that, too. What I really don’t like is not knowing if I’m getting what I want or not. That’s hard to accept. The waiting, the trusting, the detachment… it goes against my nature to take action, even when there is no action to take. That is why I am trying to figure out if my intentions set my reality, or if my actions set my reality, or if it is all just a cosmic swirling shitstorm in which cats die unobserved and balls drop uncaught, over which I cannot hope to hold the reins, merely to be swept along in the current.
I’d like to go with what I know works. Unfortunately, I don’t know if it works until I observe that it does… or it doesn’t. Whichever. Or both. Or neither. 4 months ago