Choosing to be happy?
Biologist Lyall Watson, in his book Gifts of Unknown Things, describes his meeting with an Indonesian shaman woman who was able to make a grove of trees vanish into thin air.
I can remember a village in sunny Java where everyone seemed remarkably happy most of the time. The people knew little of modern science, or complicated theology. Their religion was a very simple mixture of animism, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam.
There was no corrupting TV and there were no shopping malls. The village chief and most of the key people in the village seemed to be good guys. People seemed to think happy thoughts and to be happy.
What makes people happy?
I can think of a similar village in Malta where everyone used to appear remarkably happy most of the time. The people were not particularly well educated. Their religion appeared to be a mixture of animism and Catholicism.
In those days there was no corrupting TV and no shopping malls. But times have changed. Malta, like Indonesia, has been invaded by corrupting ideas.
There are a number of scientists who have come to believe in the Holographic Universe.
A Holographic Universe might explain the disappearing trees.
Knowing about the Holographic Universe will not necessarily make you happy, but it may explain why some people are happier than others.
Michael Talbot (http://holographic.l / http://www.youtube.M) is one of the people who have written about the Holographic Universe.
Here are some of the main points:
1. In 1982, at the University of Paris, physicist Alain Aspect and his team discovered that under certain circumstances tiny particles such as electrons are able to instantly communicate with each other regardless of the distance separating them.
2. University of London physicist David Bohm believes Aspect's findings imply that the universe is a hologram.
3. A hologram is a three- dimensional photograph made with the aid of a laser.
If a hologram of a rose is cut in half, and then illuminated by a laser, each half will still be found to contain the entire image of the rose.
Even if the halves are divided again, each snippet of film will always be found to contain a smaller but intact version of the original image.
Unlike normal photographs, every part of a hologram contains all the information possessed by the whole.
4. Bohm believes the reason tiny particles are able to remain in contact with one another, regardless of distance, is not because they are sending some sort of signal back and forth, but because their separateness is an illusion.
He argues that, at some deeper level of reality, such particles are not individual entities, but are actually extensions of the same fundamental something.
5. Ancient traditions and philosophies claim the connectedness of the different parts of the universe.
6. Bohm offers the following illustration:
Imagine an aquarium containing one fish. Your knowledge about the aquarium comes from two television cameras, one directed at the aquarium's front and the other directed at its side.
You might assume that there are two fish. But as you continue to watch, you will eventually become aware that there is a certain relationship between the 'two' fish.
7. If the apparent separateness of tiny particles is illusory, it means that at a deeper level of reality all things in the universe are infinitely interconnected.
The particles in the human brain are connected to the particles that comprise every salmon that swims, every heart that beats, and every star that shimmers in the sky.
All of nature is a seamless web.
8. Concepts such as location break down in a universe in which nothing is truly separate from anything else.
Time and space, like the images of the fish on the TV, would have to be viewed differently.
The past, present, and future all exist simultaneously.
9. The superhologram must be seen as a sort of storehouse of "All That Is."
Bohm suggests the superholographic level of reality may be a "mere stage" beyond which lies "an infinity of further development".
10. Standford neurophysiologist Karl Pribram has also become persuaded of the holographic nature of reality.
Pribram considered the puzzle of how and where memories are stored in the brain. Numerous studies have shown that rather than being confined to a specific location, memories are dispersed throughout the brain.
Pribram believes the brain is itself a hologram.
If a friend asks you to tell him what comes to mind when he says the word "zebra", you do not have to clumsily sort back through some gigantic file. Instead, associations like "striped", "horselike", and "animal native to Africa" all pop into your head instantly.
Every piece of information seems instantly cross-correlated with every other piece of information.
11. The brain is able to translate the mass of frequencies it receives via the senses (light frequencies, sound frequencies, and so on) into the concrete world of our perceptions.
Encoding and decoding frequencies is what a hologram does best.
12. It has been found that each of our senses is sensitive to a much broader range of frequencies than was previously suspected.
Researchers have discovered that our visual systems are sensitive to sound frequencies, and that even the cells in our bodies are sensitive to a broad range of frequencies.
These findings suggest that it is only in the holographic world of consciousness that such frequencies are sorted out and divided up into conventional perceptions.
13. What becomes of objective reality? It ceases to exist.
14. According to the religions of the East, the material world is Maya, an illusion.
We may think we are physical beings moving through a physical world, but this is an illusion.
15. We are really "receivers" floating through a sea of frequency.
What we extract from this sea and turn into physical reality is but one channel from many extracted out of the superhologram.
16. Some researchers, including Bohm and Pribram, have noted that many para-psychological phenomena now become much more understandable.
Telepathy may merely be the accessing of the holographic level.
Stansilov Grof feels the holographic paradigm offers a model for understanding many of the baffling phenomena experienced by individuals during altered states of consciousness.
In the 1950s, Grof had one female patient who suddenly became convinced she had assumed the identity of a female of a species of prehistoric reptile.
During her hallucination, she gave a detailed description of what it felt like to be this reptile.
Grof came across patients regressing and identifying with virtually every species on the evolutionary tree. He found that such experiences frequently contained obscure zoological details which turned out to be accurate.
Patients with little or no education suddenly gave detailed descriptions of Zoroastrian funerary practices and scenes from Hindu mythology.
Patients gave persuasive accounts of out-of-body journeys, of glimpses of the future, of regressions into apparent past-life incarnations.
17. Keith Floyd, a psychologist at Virginia Intermont College, has pointed out that if the concreteness of reality is but a holographic illusion, it would no longer be true to say the brain produces consciousness.
Rather, it is Consciousness that creates the appearance of the brain as well as the body and everything else around us we interpret as physical.
18. If the physical body is a holographic projection of consciousness, then each of us is to some extent responsible for our health.
Miracles may be due to changes in consciousness.
Healing techniques such as visualization may work becuase images are ultimately as real as reality.
19. In his book Gifts of Unknown Things, biologist Lyall Watson describes his meeting with an Indonesian shaman woman who, by performing a ritual dance, was able to make an entire grove of trees instantly vanish into thin air.
Experiences like this become more easy to understand if we believe that reality is only a holographic projection.
20. Perhaps we agree on what is 'there' or 'not there'.
In a holographic universe there are no limits to the extent to which we can alter reality.
What we see as reality is a canvas where we can draw any picture we want.
Synchronicities or meaningful coincidences suddenly make sense.