The old saying to be careful what you wish for because you might just get it may have some credence to it. According to Dr. Natalie Reid in her book 5 Steps to a Quantum Life, old wishes or agreements we made earlier in life can wreak havoc on the present. For example, you grew up in a large family and had to share a room with your sister, so you wished to be alone and have a lot of space all to yourself. Sure you were only 12 when you made that comment but you really meant it at the time and now, at age 32 or 42, you have your wish. You are all alone is a large townhouse and can’t seem to find someone to share it with. Another example could be that you hated gym class so much in junior high that you swore you would never exercise again once physical education was no longer mandatory in school. Now, you are overweight at age 30 and your doctor tells you that your entire body is in atrophy for being too sedentary. You try to exercise but your motivation is non-existent. Why? Another wish granted. Then there was the time you were 15 and your classmate, who was the star of your Catholic school, got pregnant and was ostracized so severely that her future was ruined and she ended up on welfare. Fearful that you too could lose out on opportunities through a single teenage mistake, you swore you would never get pregnant. That was a smart wish to make back in the 10th grade but at 35 it's causing inexplicable infertility. So what is the solution to outdated wishes that no longer benefit you by coming true? Dr. Reid’s book suggests nullifying those old “contracts” with yourself so you can create new ones that do improve your life. In the following interview she explains how.
What are the 5 steps to a quantum life?
The steps are a process you can use to create what you want in your life: better health, more money, a car, a job – whatever it is you want. Each step is an integral part of this process, which involves first examining and eliminating ideas and beliefs that might get in the way, then using techniques to manifest what you want. It all starts with Step One which is about taking responsibility for your life in a comprehensive way. Step Two gets you started with investigating and eliminating by discovering what is in your subconscious mind, as that is where the patterns of your life are born. Step Three is about crafting what it is you want. In Step Four you actually manifest your desire and Step Five is about making that manifestation real in your life. Throughout the steps are interwoven easy to understand facts about quantum physics that support the process.
How does quantum theory explain how you a person creates their own reality?
Quantum physics is the study of subatomic particles, smaller than the eye can see which make up the physical universe. Observing how these building blocks of our world interact demonstrates that we really do create our reality. In the quantum, for example, if you conduct an experiment and only look at the final results, the subatomic particles behave like a wave of energy. If you conduct the same experiment and observe while it takes place, the subatomic particles become actual bits of physical matter! In the quantum world you cannot observe anything without changing it, in fact. One of the basic tenants of quantum physics is Heisenberg’s Principle, which states that you cannot measure both the speed and the location of a subatomic particle at the same time – that is, once you take the first measurement, the second one is affected and changes – seemingly in reaction to your observation!
Can you explain quantum physics to someone who has never heard of the subject? And how does it play out in re-writing one's reality?
Yes, of course. As a psychologist I researched and studied quantum physics so I could translate it for other non-scientists. The basic principles of quantum physics are not difficult to understand and the book gives details in plain language. What’s exciting is that you don’t even have to understand it – in fact, even if you don’t know a thing about the workings of subatomic particles, you can still create what you want! Interactions in the subatomic world prove that you do create your personal reality. Combining that information with the knowledge that we use the content of our subconscious minds to make what’s real in our lives, we can change the outcome of any given event by changing ourselves.
How is your book distinct from the Law of Attraction and the concepts in The Secret?
The Law of Attraction is about attracting. Quantum physics shows us that we are not attracting something that already exists somewhere in the world; we are actually creating it at the moment we observe. There is no warehouse in the sky with the perfect jobs, relationships, houses, cars, money, etc. from which we like magnets attract what we want. In truth we create what it is we want. The Law of Attraction concerns having the right attitude to create, and that is important. However there are several steps that come before the manifestation techniques. If you jump to these techniques, including visualization, for instance, without first eliminating subconscious obstacles, you may not get the desired result. The concern about not succeeding here is that it will be easy for you to think you’ve done it wrong. In 5 Steps to a Quantum Life, we clear the pathway of obstacles so that you will be successful.
Are there particular ways that a person can overwrite old contracts within themselves that are sabotaging their present moment goals?
Yes, absolutely! Eliminating beliefs and contracts that prohibit your having what you want is part of the five steps, and we go through each of them with exercises and examples in the book. You will be given exercises you can do to make the appropriate changes in your subconscious mind so you can get and have what you want
Describe the most effective way that a reader can use the workbook to implement the exercises in the book?
The workbook follows the book exactly so wherever there are exercises, the workbook has headings and space for your work. It keeps all your notes and answers together and eliminates having a lot of loose pieces of paper, which is helpful to anyone who’s like me. I ended up with two notebooks and an assortment of little scraps of paper with important information written on them. The workbook is a much more elegant solution!
Where does quantum physics end? What I mean by that is that as much as I want to use my thoughts to create reality, I can't make the Earth flat or the moon square, but some Law of Attraction and The Secret followers take the concepts of thoughts creating reality to that extreme. Can you please clarify?
You can create anything you believe you can create. In theory it is possible to make drastic changes but in order to do so you would have to change your belief about the world as we know it. You might work on this idea for many years, and even if you ultimately succeeded, the world would only be different in your personal reality. For the rest of us everything would remain the same. But what would be the point? While you are spending years changing your beliefs about the shape of the planet, the rest of us are having wonderful, happy, productive lives filled with joy and success. Wouldn’t it be a better use of your time to work in improving your own life?
Will using the secrets of quantum physics work for anything I want?
You are creating everything in your world so you can change anything – work, love, where you live, how successful you are, your sex life – anything – since it’s up to you.
Can you prove that using quantum secrets work?
No, you cannot prove it the way you would prove a scientific experiment. The only important person to prove it to is yourself, however, and that you can do. Most of us know that visualization works, but we can’t prove it because we can’t demonstrate to anyone else what we are thinking at any given moment. Even writing it down does not provide scientific proof that you pictured that exact car in your mind, for example, because it’s not possible to scientifically observe your thoughts. The good news is that it doesn’t matter that we can’t prove it to anyone else. What is significant is that you will know – you know what you pictured and you know when you manifest it that it’s exactly what you had in mind, and that’s enough proof!
Can I change something that already happened?
Yes, you can change a “No” to a “Yes,” or a rejection to a job offer! Because there is no time as we know it in the quantum, there is a way to use that fact to make changes in your own world. To reverse something that has happened requires making changes in you, in your beliefs, attitudes, thoughts and feelings. In terms of changing an event that happened long ago, we can change the impact that the event has on us, and by doing so, neutralize it in our reality, and heal the damage that was done.