Mindfulness and Quantum Physics
What is Mindfulness? Mindfulness is a state of mind that involves directing one’s awareness to the present moment. It is a self-therapeutic technique used to calm, acknowledge, and accept one’s feelings, thoughts, and bodily sensations. This practice is often referred to as meditation.
At Quantum Healist, we utilize at least three different types of meditation practices to enhance various aspects of personal growth, including self-confidence, focus, positive attitude, stress release, empathy, clarity, and compassion. These three different types are: Guided meditations based on Pranic healing teachings, Ancient Hawaiian form of meditation, breathwork, imagery, Theta State Meditations, various sound therapy, and of course, stillness meditations.
Engaging in any type of mindfulness practice brings about changes in the brain that result in reduced reactivity and improved ability to perform tasks even when faced with challenging or stressful events. The science behind mindfulness is vast, with numerous supporting studies. In the following pages, we will delve into the fascinating wisdom and scientific explanations behind mindfulness, which also intersect with quantum physics.
Every day, everything starts within our minds. Our minds possess immense power, and they are deeply connected to our hearts, where emotions are profoundly experienced. It is within our minds that we begin the process of creating our reality. Our thoughts, words, and feelings shape our reality, and our minds are in constant communication with the universe. We communicate with our environment through our thoughts, feelings, and words, and in turn, the universe responds to us through events. The universe does not judge our thoughts, feelings, and words; it simply matches the vibrations we emit and creates corresponding experiences. Therefore, our environment is a reflection of our state of mind and heart.
It is important to recognize that what we think directly influences how we feel and behave. If we believe we are failures, we will feel and act like failures, thus reinforcing our negative belief. In other words, once we form a conclusion about ourselves, we tend to seek evidence that confirms our belief and disregard anything that contradicts it. Throughout our lives, with consistent practice, we have become the embodiment of our thoughts, feelings, words, memories, and beliefs. All these experiences and habits become stored in our subconscious mind.
Now, let’s delve into the scientific explanation and demonstration of how our words, thoughts, and feelings shape our reality.
Recent scientific discoveries have shown that everything in our universe is made up of energy rather than matter. This concept was initially proposed by Socrates in Europe in 400 BC and by ancient saints in India thousands of years ago. While medical science still operates under Newtonian concepts, the rest of the world’s scientific community has embraced quantum physics.
Quantum physics reveals that at the atomic level, there is no tangible matter; only energy waves exist. It suggests that an atom is essentially an invisible force field, behaving like a gentle hurricane, emitting waves of electrical energy. These energy waves can be measured, and their effects can be observed. They behave similarly to electricity, just like everything else within our bodies and environment. As a result of these fascinating findings, science now acknowledges that the universe is fundamentally made of energy.
We, as humans, are composed of atoms that continuously emit and absorb light and energy. After an atom splits or undergoes an explosion, what remains are particles of energy. Electrons (-), protons (+), and neutrons (no charge) are all particles of electricity. Each cell in our bodies has atoms arranged in such a way that they possess a negative and positive voltage internally and externally. In other words, every cell in our body functions like a miniature battery, containing volts of energy. With approximately 50 trillion cells in our bodies, we can calculate a total voltage of 700 trillion volts of electricity constantly vibrating within us. This energy can even be measured outside the body within a certain radius, depending on the instrument used. Our minds and hearts possess the strongest electromagnetic energy field.
What’s interesting is that the cells making up our bodies instinctively know what is nourishing and toxic for them. This knowledge arises from the fact that our cells are composed of atoms, and each atom has its own frequency or vibration. When two atomic waves vibrate and meet, they either create a harmonious effect (strong and powerful) if they are in sync, known as constructive impact, or they clash and fail to align (weak) if they are out of sync, known as destructive effect. Quantum physics shows that our atomic waves are constantly interacting and entangling with the waves of our environment, other people, nature, and animals. This means that when our emotions, thoughts, feelings, and physical states are not in harmony, our bodies indicate this misalignment. All animals and plants communicate through vibrations, sensing whether energy is beneficial or harmful. This natural ability also allows us to determine compatibility, connection, and build relationships. Unfortunately, modern conditioning has discouraged us from using our senses to communicate with and understand our body’s energy. Instead, we have become reliant on verbal communication. We have not been trained to listen to and communicate with our bodies’ energy, even though it is our most powerful inner resource. Science has found that practicing mindfulness is one of the most potent and rapid ways to reactivate and reprogram our minds and bodies to reconnect with our sensing abilities. Mindfulness consistently brings awareness to our sensory skills and abilities. At Beyond Development, our quantum mindfulness activities aim to stimulate your senses, balance your energetic vibration, and realign your being.
Remember when we mentioned earlier that our minds and hearts possess the strongest electromagnetic energy field? It is crucial to understand this statement as it makes all the difference in life for you and your teen.
Studies conducted on February 26, 1998, in the journal Nature (Vol.391, pp871-874), revealed that the longer a person observes or watches a situation, the greater their influence on the actual outcome. The findings suggested that physical matter cannot exist or manifest until it receives attention. In simple terms, according to the “observer effect,” the act of observation can completely change the outcome of an event. Matter is continuously transforming, transitioning between matter and energy based on the human mind—a concept known as mind over matter. Moreover, this principle states that energy flows where focus goes. Let’s reiterate: energy flows where focus goes.
Energy does not comprehend or abide by the concept of time. It only functions and operates in the present moment. Furthermore, energy is agnostic to the idea of positive or negative experiences, such as good or bad, sad or happy. Energy simply creates and manifests itself in the present moment based on our demands, observations, thoughts, feelings, and words. The key to achieving a healthier and balanced self lies in aligning our thoughts and emotions. Positive thoughts must be aligned with positive feelings. These findings tie in with everything we have learned so far: (A) atoms emit specific vibrations into our environment, leading to (B) either powerful or weak effects depending on our mental state. Therefore, (C) our state of mind communicates with the environment, and (D) the environment responds by matching our focus and vibration. Once the vibration is matched, (E) we experience everything we have genuinely thought, felt, said, believed, and done.
In quantum physics, matter is described as solid particles, while the immaterial energetic field of information is referred to as a wave. Quantum physics demonstrates that we live in a universe where the subjective (biased) mind influences the objective (unbiased) reality. Everything in the physical universe consists of electrons that exist as pure potential. These particles exist in a wave state when not observed and manifest based on consciousness. In other words, our minds, as observers, can influence the appearance of electrons or any possibility—mind over matter. Energy, which refers to frequency and the speed at which things vibrate, responds to mindful attention and can materialize into matter. The mind has the power to change the outcome of matter, as matter has the propensity to manifest based on our thoughts and feelings.
Further research and data on the subatomic quantum level reveal that (A) the human mind is directly connected to the behavior and appearance of matter, which is referred to as reality or the material world. (B) Matter can act as both a wave and a particle, depending on whether it is being observed. (C) Observation can significantly impact the outcome of events. Ultimately, we communicate with the physical universe through a field of information known as the quantum field, which unites matter and energy. Thus, (D) the thoughts we think emit electrical signals into the quantum field, and the feelings we generate magnetically attract events and experiences based on our thoughts.
To summarize everything we have discussed about quantum mechanics, let’s consider the following model:
- The Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) is an intelligent system that regulates essential bodily functions like heartbeat.
- The ANS is located in the brain.
- The brain consists of specific tissues responsible for maintaining the heartbeat.
- These tissues are made up of cells.
- Cells are composed of molecules.
- Molecules are formed by atoms.
- Atoms consist of subatomic particles.
- Subatomic particles are comprised of energy that carries information.
- Energy flows in the direction where the observer’s focus is placed.
Consequently, we can conclude that our physiological vehicle, our body, is constructed from the same particles as the rest of the universe, representing both personal and universal intelligence. Now, let’s explore the role of the subconscious mind in our daily functioning.
The subconscious mind serves as the repository for all our past life experiences, beliefs, memories, and skills. It controls involuntary actions such as breathing and heartbeat and influences all our emotions. Essentially, the subconscious mind stores our habits. On the other hand, the conscious mind is responsible for logic, reasoning, and voluntary actions that we intentionally undertake while being aware and attentive.
To create a positive experience and bring about change in our state of being, the beliefs stored in our subconscious mind must align with the logic and reasoning of the conscious mind. The subconscious mind naturally filters out beliefs that do not match its existing belief system, which has been conditioned since infancy. However, the conscious mind can introduce new beliefs through logical acceptance. Therefore, to create a positive experience, we must become aware of our language, thoughts, and emotions.
To recap, new experiences can lead to the formation of new beliefs and memories. However, the subconscious mind tends to resist change due to its long history of storing and conditioning habits. Unless the conscious mind consciously accepts and introduces new beliefs, the subconscious mind will persist in maintaining old and potentially unhealthy habits. Therefore, consistent conscious effort is required to break away from old patterns and create new ones, leading to a new version of ourselves.
And so, mindfulness is a powerful practice that allows us to direct our awareness to the present moment. By understanding the principles of quantum physics and the interconnectedness of our thoughts, feelings, and energy, we can shape our reality and create positive experiences. Needless to say, through mindfulness, we can align our conscious and subconscious minds, unlock our innate potential, and foster personal growth and well-being.
How can we surmount the hurdles that life throws at us and make meaningful changes? The answer lies in the practice of mindfulness, as previously discussed. On average, our minds grapple with approximately 60,000 thoughts each day. This constant barrage of thoughts puts us in a continual state of distraction, especially during our waking hours. For instance, from the moment we wake up, we’re making decisions, passing judgments on the road while driving, engaging with news or music, working, or attending school. All the while, we pay scant attention to the present moment as we go about our daily routines.
We previously discussed how our bodies are instinctively equipped to discern what is beneficial or harmful. However, our ability to do so has been dulled due to our perpetual state of distraction. This constant distraction can cause a misalignment of energies between us and our environment. Many of us are tethered to our past narratives and consumed by future plans, despite the fact that the energy of our body and environment operates in the present.
The good news is that meditation can remedy this. The process of meditation creates a serene space, shutting out the clamor of our external physical environment, and heightening our five senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing. Crucially, meditation anchors us in the present moment, where an empty field brimming with potential energy awaits. Science teaches us that energy exists in a wave state, waiting for an observer to direct it and manifest the desired reality. Quantum meditations enable changes in our brains, bodies, and states of being at an accelerated pace, reigniting our natural instincts. This process allows us to transcend our analytical mind and gain access to our subconscious. Upon reaching this meditative state, we can rapidly transform negative habits into healthier, productive, and positive ones. This meditative state also regenerates DNA and revives healthy cells, facilitating rapid formation of healthy habits and behaviors.
The human brain emits five distinct electromagnetic waves, each corresponding to a specific level of brain activity. These waves play a crucial role in improving our emotional state, strengthening our minds, inducing tranquility, and instilling peace. They also play an instrumental role in reprogramming a traumatized brain and repairing DNA.
Let’s delve deeper into these brain waves to better comprehend the power of meditation:
- Gamma waves (39-100Hz): These exist when our minds are actively learning, alert, and hyperactive.
- Beta waves (13-38Hz): These occur when we’re alert and engaged in daily tasks. In this state, the door between consciousness and sub-consciousness is closed.
- Alpha waves (9-13Hz): These occur when our minds and bodies are relaxed. In this state, we connect with our inner and outer selves.
- Theta waves (4-7Hz): These are associated with deep relaxation and the subconscious state. This is the most preferred meditation state, where wavelengths are much slower and visualization is much clearer. In the Theta state, our minds transition from thinking to visual (meditative), becoming hyper-aware of all our senses—a state often referred to as “lucid.”
- Delta waves (below 4Hz): These are present during sleep for most people, but in the meditative state for seasoned practitioners like Tibetan monks.
The Theta state facilitates the transition from your old self to your new self through the harnessing of thoughts and feelings. Consistent meditation practice can lead to increased attention, empathy, compassion, peace, and a sense of rejuvenation. Areas of the brain associated with fear, anxiety, and stress start to shrink due to an increase in dopamine production during meditation.
How does this transition from the old self to the new self occur? The creation of a new self involves taking conscious control over previously unconscious processes of being. This transformation is facilitated by replacing old habits with new patterns through consistent meditation practice. This process first necessitates a change in your thoughts and emotions, followed by undertaking a new action or creating a new habit. Why a new experience? Change demands a novel experience, a fresh action, a different thought, a new perspective, a different approach, a fresh state. These new experiences exercise your brain to stay in the present state. Since most old habits no longer serve a healthy or definite purpose, it is essential to introduce new and positive experiences that will evolve into new habits. A new experience yields a new feeling, and this new feeling must be ingrained in your system until it becomes a natural state of being: the NEW SELF! This transformation involves three different parts of your brain:
The neocortex, located in the top layer of the cerebral hemisphere of the brain, accounts for 76% of our gray matter. It governs consciousness, language, sensory perception, motor commands, spatial reasoning, and conscious thought, among other things. The neocortex processes knowledge and experience and prompts you to live what you’ve learned.
The limbic system of the brain comprises the amygdala, hippocampus, thalamus, hypothalamus, basal ganglia, and cingulate gyrus. The amygdala serves as the emotion center of the brain, while the hippocampus plays a vital role in forming new memories about past experiences. When the neocortex generates a novel thought and consciously experiences it, a new network of neurons fire up, activating the limbic system—the emotional brain. This activation produces and releases chemicals in the form of peptides, signaling the body to chemically record the event. As new memories form, you start to embody your new thought, emotion, and experience.
The cerebellum, located behind the top region of the brain stem, processes information from the sensory system and the spinal cord to regulate motor movements. It stores specific types of skills, emotional reactions, repeated actions, conditioned behaviors, and unconscious reflexes. One of its essential functions is to download various forms of newly learned information into programmed states of mind and body.
In conclusion, the practice of mindfulness, particularly through meditation, is a powerful tool for personal transformation. It not only enhances our mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing but also empowers us to take control of our lives and pave the way for a more fulfilling future.
Dr. Joe Dispenza does a great job at explaining the entire process in his words in his book Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself:
“….First, we’ll see how through conscious mental rehearsal, the thinking brain (neocortex) uses knowledge to activate new circuits in new ways to make a new mind. Then, our thought creates an experience, and via the emotional (limbic) brain, that produces a new emotion. Our thinking and feeling brains condition the body to a new mind. Finally, if we reach the point where mind and body are working as one, the cerebellum enables us to memorize a new neurochemical self, and our new state of being is now an innate program in our subconscious.”
During the meditative process, the neurological and chemical changes that have been produced by the new thoughts and feelings will show physical changes in the brain and body: confirming the new state of being – the NEW SELF!