Ever since watching What the Bleep I have found the idea of quantum physics applied to spiritual concepts fascinating. Cynthia Sue Larson does an excellent job explaining some of the deeper concepts of quantum spirituality in her new book Quantum Jumps, available at Cleveland's Barnes and Nobles.
She writes, “Over 90% of people report noticing synchronicity and coincidences, and more than half of people surveyed report seeing things moving without being touched.” Her book is filled with a number of studies and quotes by physicists who discuss such mind boggling theories as multiple universes and stepping from one reality into another. This idea of stepping from one reality or universe into another by the focus of our conscious thoughts is what she titles ‘quantum jumps’.
A number of scientists postulate the idea that there are an infinite number of ‘you’s’ in existence in an infinite number of universes; the “real” you is manifested where your consciousness lies. So in one universe you may be a carpenter, in another you may be a mechanic. Which one is actually “you” is determined by your focus.
These are lofty, brain expanding ideas. Fortunately Larson has a handy question and answer section to her book where she provides guidance on some of the more difficult theories and how they apply to life. At the heart of her book is the idea that you can “choose” to step into another of the multiple universes.
For those who are looking for more ‘down to earth’ discussions, her book provides one of the most helpful studies about the power of the mind and placebos. As she notes, placebos have even been found affective in animals, suggesting the strong possibility that if someone believes they work the affect can impact another. As Larson shares, “Just the fact that you are involved in a pattern of behavior you associate with healing increases the odds you’ll be successfully healed.”
Her discussion about visualization in sports and in the pursuit of success is also very helpful. As she notes, studies have shown the power of visualization and that visualizing the process of reaching a goal verses visualizing the outcome is a more significant way to condition your subconscious and move you towards your goal. For instance, boxers visualize each round and each move and punch and block instead of simply visualizing holding the championship belt at the end of a match.
Larson also peppers her work with a number of practical exercises to help her readers realize their dreams, including noticing how you feel when you picture a memory or a desired outcome and purposefully directing those emotions to a specific goal. She also includes a number of breathing exercises and suggestions to practicing writing down ‘what went well’ each day to condition your thinking to move towards a place of gratitude.
As a number of studies have shown, great ideas are often discovered simultaneously by different people in different parts of the world. Many studies such as this suggest we are far more connected than we realize, and there is much more at work moment to moment on levels we can’t see with the naked eye, but we can notice their affects. Larson’s book will help connect some of these dots and complicated ideas in a package that can be grasped and used on a practical level for anyone searching for what makes life work.