Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Advanced Studies

David Bohm received his doctorate in theoretical physics from the University of California at Berkeley under the direction of Robert Oppenheimer (no less!). I give a smidgen of his resume to establish his "scientific cred" so you don't think I am trotting out some pseudo-scientist.

"...the general tacit assumption in thought is that its (thought) just telling you the way things are and that its not doing anything--that 'you' are inside there, deciding what to do with the info. But you don't decide what to do with the info. Thought runs you. Thought, however, gives false info that you are running it, that you are the one who controls thought. Whereas actually thought is the one who controls each of us. Thought is creating divisions out of itself and then saying that they are there naturally. This is another major feature of thought. Thought doesn't know it is doing something and then struggles against what it is doing. IT DOESN'T WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT IS DOING. And thought struggles against the results, trying to avoid those unpleasant results while keeping on with that way of thinking. That is what I call sustained incoherence." (emphasis mine)

What I would now ask you to do is substitute the word 'ego' for 'thought' and reread the paragraph. This is as exact a description of ego as one could ever find. And it is the very reason I requested you bring a "dash of mindfulness" to this venture on the web sites HOME page. You need to realize that the ego "doesn't want (you) to know what it is doing," so it can continue its influence and dominance. Once you understand how the ego operates however, the paradigm (belief system) shifts. You can now begin to create the type of world your heart desires. I caution you though, with the words of Churchill; "This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."

Niels Bohr is more a heavyweight than Bohm. Bohr won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. Lets look at a couple of his insights into reality. "Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real." And this; "Isolated material particles are ABSTRACTIONS, their properties being definable and observable only through their interaction with other systems." Last but not least; "Nature likes to keep its options open, and therefore follows EVERY POSSIBLE PATH. Only when observed is nature forced to choose one path, so only one path is taken." (emphasis mine)

What I feel Bohr is saying is that "reality" is what we observe it to be. Through our perceived experiences we define our world. Once we remove (loosen) control from the ego we can consciously direct our thoughts towards any path we choose. What do you choose?

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