Quantum foam and the collective unconscious


Our universe isn’t just more complicated than we imagine, it is more complicated than we can imagine. Somebody said this, I don’t recall who. I think it may have been Arthur C. Clarke. But it’s true. We are living through a particularly volatile time. Events could move in a multiplicity of ways. However, I suspect there are ways of navigating through the various possible scenarios. Physicists have speculated about the existence of a quantum foam, consisting of alternating bubbles of existence, with non-existence between each bubble. Or something like that, I may have the analogy wrong. Other physicists have taken this idea and put it onto a macrocosmic scale, speculating about mulitverses, which also exist like bubbles. I speculate that the possible futures facing us, are in fact those quantum bubbles. Which bubble becomes our bubble? I think that depends upon ourselves. Each individual unconsciously directs his or her life. On the macro scale all of mankind does the same. All of us are directed by the collective unconscious. The key, of course, is to bring to light, to consciousness, this unconscious material so that we can direct events consciously.

This is very important, because as I am sure you can tell, our unconscious drives on both an individual and collective level are driving us to self destruction. We need to clearly see what we are doing. These drives are reflected in doomsday scenarios in the popular culture. We need to start painting a more rosy picture, because the simple act of doing so will help to redirect future events. Every thought, but especially every action has a impact upon the quantum foam or multiverse if you will. I’m inclined to think it is the same thing viewed from different perspectives. Therefore dystopian visions can have a self fulfilling affect. We are all connected in a literal, physical way by way of quantum events. Our tendency nowadays to become more and more transparent in our dealings with each other reflects a fundamental transparency, We are each other. No thought or event is truly hidden. Within the unconscious lies a record of all which takes place even on the most personal level. We carry with each of us, our own Wikileaks. The trick is how to access such information.

Ray Kurzweil has hit upon some very important ideas when he writes of the SIngularity. This is the point in which total transparency is achieved and it is clear that we are bubbles within one quantum foam. We are not separate entities. I can see this yearning to be each other in the obsession with sexuality, and the desire to strip away the social veneer, and become more genuine with each other. At the same time there is tremendous resistance to the singularity. People and cultures feel threatened by it. The merging of selves cannot allow for rigid ego structures which stubbornly maintain the illusion of a single self, totally private and inaccessible. They will fight to preserve their individuality. For them the singularity is much like the Borg, the fictional alien hive-mind in the Star Trek Next Gen series and movie. Each of us behaving as one mind, robotic in our behavior, I think this is a misconception.

More and more I discover that my creativity, my emotions and thoughts are not mine alone. They are shared by millions, in fact, billions of other biological units. I am one node in a vast network stretching beyond this planet and galaxy and having a home that is totally outside of the time-space continuum. Sounds a lot like our ideas of God, in fact our consciousness mirrors the only consciousness. This is an illusion however, in fact we are that only consciousness. Operationally we behave as though we are separate units, reinforced by having separate vehicles with specific points of view unique to that vehicle. Our physical reality is, in fact, virtual. The great challenge is to engage with what lies beyond this artificial construciton. Deep within us we know. We created this artificial construction, and inevitably we know how it began and how it will end. We chose to make this knowledge unconscious, we chose to be as we are. At least, this is how I see it, from this fragile mortal frame, speculating with my feeble brain interfacing with a magnificent consciousness which is myself.

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