Nonlocality & Universal Consciousness

Holographic Reality of Being: The Nonlocal Universal Mind


We experience material reality in the form of separate objects.  However, modern physics is developing a conceptual understanding of the physical universe as an interconnected whole.  New scientific insights concerning the nature of reality in relation to quantum theory are beginning to produce a new understanding in which nothing is separable from anything else.  We are beginning to find that although this perceived separation between material objects is experientially real, it is not ultimately real.

Quantum Crystalizations of the Non-local Universal Mind
Let us begin with the classical misconception by addressing the fundamental assumptions of Newtonian physics.  In a very general sense, it was thought that science could be used to lift the veil of man’s ignorance to reveal the ultimate reality that existed out there.  It was assumed that physical objects existed separate from each other.  They were also seen as existing separate from space.  The classical conception of the relationship between physical reality and space is analogous to the relationship of billiard balls to a pool table.  The behavior of physical reality was described as the interactions of the billiard balls.  The table itself was seen as completely separate from what occurred on it.  In this way, classical physics viewed space as nothing more than an arena where the interactions of physical objects took place.With the advent of Einstein’s theory of relativity, new relationships were taken into account.  Specifically, it was observed that physical reality was inseparable from the spatial structure.  In relativistic physics, material reality was still described as separately existent objects interacting like billiard balls.  However, the connection was made between the structure of the billiard balls and the structure of the pool table on which the game was played.  Ultimately, time and space, which were previously considered independent of each other, were now seen to be relative or related to each other through the underlying spatial structure of space-time.

It wasn’t long after Einstein’s insight into the interconnectedness of space and time that a new science began to emerge which we call quantum physics.  This strange new science, which physicists encountered as they peered deeper and deeper in the structure of the atom, revealed a reality that was everything but consistent with common sense.  By this I mean that the predictions the theory makes about the nature of reality do not correspond to our usual sensory perception of physical reality.  However, quantum theory is the most accurate method physicists have for predicting the behavior of physical reality.

One startling feature of the quantum model is that electrons, as well as other subatomic particles, are not really objects at all.  In addition, an electron can manifest as either a wave or a particle.  An electron can be fired at a screen to reveal a tiny point of light, thus clearly revealing the particle-like side of its nature.  However, the electron can also behave as a blurry cloud of energy.  If fired at a barrier, in which two slits have been cut, the electron can go through both slits simultaneously.

A popular interpretation of the evidence suggests that the electron manifests as a particle only when it is being observed.  For example, when an electron isn’t being looked at, experimental findings suggest that it is always a wave.  In another slightly different interpretation, it is the method of observation that determines which aspect of the electrons nature will manifest.  Conceptually, we could say that what we experience as physical reality does not exist in a defined or definite state prior to the act of observation.  Similarly, it is the act of observation itself which somehow defines the state of physical reality.  This line of thought represents a radical break from classical physics in that there is no longer any reality out there which we are struggling to uncover.  For indeed, any interaction we make somehow effects that which we are trying to observe.

Quantum theory also predicts another fascinating phenomena which is known as non-locality.  It is quite obvious to our sensory perception of physical reality that things have specific locations.  However, David Bohm, a protégé of Einstein and one of the world’s most respected quantum physicists, held the view that at the quantum level, location ceased to exist.  In other words, all points in space became equal to all other points in space, and it was meaningless to speak of anything as being separate from anything else.  A non-local interaction links up one location with another without crossing space, without decay, and without delay.  Simply put, a non-local interaction is unmediated, unmitigated, and immediate.

Bohm’s conception of non-locality enabled him to give an explanation for what is known as the Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen paradox, or EPR paradox.  In short, the paradox describes the problem of how two twin particles can seemingly communicate instantaneously which each other.  The problem is that, according to Einstein’s theory of relativity, nothing can travel faster than the speed of light, let alone instantaneously.  Bohm’s interpretation of the EPR paradox is that the twin particles are not separate, but non-locally connected.

In 1964, a theoretical physicist named John Stewart Bell devised a simple and elegant mathematical proof which demonstrated how non-locality could be experimentally verified.  This proof is known as Bell’s theorem.  The only problem was that the testing of his theorem required a level of technological precision that was not yet available. It wasn’t until 1982 that physicists Alain Aspect, Jean Dalibard and Gerard Roger of the Institute of Optics at the University of Paris succeeded in verifying the twin particle test that had been outlined by Bell.

In what is now known as the Aspect experiments, the non-local effect was demonstrated by producing a series of twin particles, allowing them to travel in opposite directions, and then measuring certain characteristics of the particles.  Quantum particles, when observed, display what is known as a spin state.  In general, this characteristic comes in complementary pairs, such as an up or down spin state.  In order to understand the type of experiments performed by Aspect and his team, let’s consider the following simple variation.  Imagine two particles which together have a zero net spin state.   That is they each have opposite spin states relative the other, thus cancelling when they are combined.  However, according to quantum theory, the precise state of each particle’s spin characteristic is undefined until it is observed.  Since the two particles must have opposite spin states, determining the spin state of one of the particles through observation determines the spin state of the other particle.

In quantum theory, the spin states do not just exist to be revealed by observation.  The spin states are in some way the product of observation.  So, the observation and determination of one spin state then gives the other particle a spin state.  Prior to the initial observation, each particle has only a potential spin state, which when determined, has to be the opposite of the other.  In the experiments led by Aspect, the particles fly away from each other at the speed of light and are allowed to travel a relatively great distance.   Then, a primary measurement is made to determine the spin of one of the particles.  After this measurement has been made, the spin state of the second particle is measured and is always observed to be in the opposite spin state relative to the first.  For a more rigorous explanation of the actual way this experiment would be conducted, please refer to the text of Quantum Dynamics of Morphing Psy ~ Trance ~ Formations.

The amazing thing is that the observation of one particle instantaneously determines the spin state of the other particle regardless of the distance separating them.   It doesn’t matter if they’re ten feet apart or ten billion miles apart.  The question could be stated, how is information transferred between two apparently separate particles faster than the speed of light?  A number of theories have arisen which attempt to account for hidden variables that somehow facilitate the unseen cause and effect relationship whereby one particle affects the other.  However, these theories avoid the most obvious conclusion, which is that the apparent separateness of the particles is itself an illusion.  The separateness is not ultimately real.  Non-locality is simply a manifestation of the ultimate unity underlying what we experience as separate physical objects.

Holographic Mental Interference
Artwork by Cameron Gray

As we shall see, these ideas are very consistent with concepts which describe the universe in terms of holographic principles.  Before we proceed further into our exploration of unity, it is necessary to understand some of the basic ideas of holograms.  A hologram is produced when a single laser beam is split into two separate beams.  The first beam is bounced off the object whose image is to be recorded.  The second beam is reflected off a mirror and allowed to collide with the reflected light of the first.  When this happens, the two parts of the beam create an interference pattern that is recorded on a piece of film called a holographic plate.

It is this phenomena of interference which makes holography possible.  Interference is simply a pattern that is created when waves move through each other.  Consider what happens when if you drop two pebbles in a pond.  Each pebble will produce a set of waves that form concentric circles which radiate outward from the point of impact.  As the waves from each pebble expand, they will at some point collide, and the pattern that results is known as the interference pattern.

The pattern that is recorded on the holographic plate looks absolutely nothing like the object which was used to make the recording.  Basically, it looks like a bunch of chaotic swirl’s and concentric rings.  However, once another laser beam is used to illuminate the film, a three-dimensional image of the original object reappears.  You can walk around the image and view it from different angles, but if you attempt to grab it, you’ll find that there is really nothing there.

The most striking property of holograms is that the whole image is contained in each part of the film.  If you take the original film, on which the interference pattern is recorded, and cut it in half, you will find that the entire image can be projected by illuminating only half of the whole.  In fact, you can cut the holographic plate into as many pieces as you want and you’ll find that each piece, when illuminated, produces smaller versions of the whole image.

At this point, we can easily begin to draw some very interesting connections between the concepts we’ve addressed.  In the holographic model, we say that the information of the whole is contained in each part.  This is the same thing as saying that the information is distributed non-locally. We have also found that, at the quantum level, all particles are also waves.  Thus, all of physical reality is essentially nothing but interference patterns.

It might be a good idea for us to contemplate the meaning of this last statement for a moment.  Imagine an endless web of energy patterns.  Science has discovered that, at the quantum level, these waves of energy are connected non-locally.  This means that every portion of the pattern is infinitely interconnected with every other portion.  It is essential to remember that we are not objective observers to this field of crisscrossing frequency patterns.  We are it.

David Bohm suggests the possibility that this underlying unity of existence produces the physical world in the same way as a holographic plate produces a hologram.  Could it be that our experiential perception of separateness is nothing more than a holographic illusion?  Bohm describes the deeper level of reality as the “implicate”, or enfolded, order.  He refers to the level of reality of our everyday experience, as the “explicate”, or unfolded, order. This is not to say that our physical existence is unreal.  However, it is helpful to understand it simply as a secondary reality.

Let us consider what we are really observing when we perceive a physical object.  Consider the paper you are reading and words on the page.  What you see out there is not what exists directly where it seems to be.  You are perceiving a holographic blur of frequency patterns that are translated into a pattern of neural stimulation, which in turn is experienced as the object out there.  In fact, the process of determining that the object exists out there occurs only in your mind’s interpretation of the neural stimulation.  When you look up at the stars, you are seeing light that left the stars millions and perhaps billions of years ago.  Again, we are not seeing what is there directly; we are seeing a pattern of neural stimulation created by our interpretation of the light.  “The same holds true for all the physical senses.

What you see, hear, taste, touch, and smell are all ultimately patterns of neuronal stimulation that in some way correlates with what is out there, but still are not really that.” The frequencies that are translated into neural stimulation are, in and of themselves, colorless, textureless, and tasteless.  The qualities we experience through sensory perception are created by the mind and represent an “explicate” order or secondary reality.

Our material reality is but a filtered version of the ultimate unity which connects everything.  This filtered version creates separateness because it only perceives bits and pieces of the whole at a time.  If we could remove the filter, we would experience reality directly as an interference pattern where all information is distributed non-locally.  Again, let’s not forget that we are this pattern.  Your hands, this paper, the trees outside the window, our solar system, the entire universe; it’s all a seamless, unbroken extension of everything else.  It is one thing.  If this is true, then there can be no objective reality because the observer, the process of observing, and the observed become one thing.

Morphogenesis & Dynamic Relativity  

Let us contemplate and consider how the uncut fundamental wholeness of all reality became the differentiated reality of our experience.  Firstly, we’ll begin by introducing the concept of absolute existence.  Absolute existence is the uncut whole from which the pieces of reality emerge.  Conceptually, absolute existence is undefined and un-bordered existence.  As we will see, absolute existence is equivalent to existent nothingness.  Nothing does not mean non-existence.  It simply means that what does exist is not definable as this or that, and therefore, no-thing.  Absolute existence has no structure, and thus, contains no boundaries that could be used to define here in relation to there.  “Physical reality is the reality of objects, the reality of things.We hear things, we see things, we feel things, we taste things, we smell things. Throughout life we have assumed that all those things exist as defined things independent of our experience of them as those things.” However, as noted in our discussion of quantum theory, science has found that this may not be the case.  The defined thing-ness of those things we experience cannot exist except in relation to our experience of them.

In fact, any thing that can be experienced only exists in relation to something else.  We may experience up and think that up is independently up; however, up can only be up in relation to down.  Likewise, we experience hot and think that hot is independently hot, not aware that hot can only be hot in relation to cold.  “The same is true for everything that we experience, in that whatever we experience something to be, it can only be that in relation to some other aspect of existence that is not-that.” This form of existence can be termed relational existence: existence that is what it is in relationship to some other aspect of existence.

While absolute existence is structureless, relational existence has structure.  In order to get from the uncut boundless non-structure of absolute existence to the structure of relational existence, the system must undergo some transformation or process.  In order for the one thing to become two things, the one thing must polarize itself.  It is this process of dualization whereby absolute existence forms a relationship with itself.  Thus, some relational existence is defined in terms of some other relational existence.  “Once relative realities exist, there exists a level of structure within existence.  The existence of this relational structure allows existence to form other relationships with itself.”

In other words, absolute existence does not dualize just once, but does so over and over again, repeatedly and progressively.  What this means is that the relational realities produced by each level of dualization themselves undergo the process of dualization, resulting in the creation of two new relational realities within each preceding level of relational existence.  This process of repeated and progressive dualization creates an interconnected structure of relational realities which we can call a relational matrix.

Regardless of how many times existence dualizes, the underlying reality will always be that of unity and interconnectedness.  Although we experience reality as seemingly separate pieces, the fundamental reality form which that perception arises is that of oneness, whereby nothing is separable from anything else.  Each part of the structure, each reality cell, contains some of the existence of all the other reality cells.  Thus, each part of the structure is a reflection of the whole.

Since any localized area of existence has the quality of a-where-ness, then a non-localized area of existence, which would be everywhere, would not have a-where-ness, but would have the quality of every-where-ness or no-where-ness.  This unbordered every-where-ness is consciousness.  Consciousness exists everywhere, and thus no-where.  Absolute existence, as we’ve defined it, can be considered as existent nothingness, because it exists without the borders which define a thing.  It is no-thing and no-where, because it is everywhere.  Absolute existence is consciousness.

Any attempt to transcend the duality of existence inherent to our experience can seem hopeless until one realizes that they are an inseparable part of whatever it is that exists.  Therefore, we have access to whatever it is that exists directly because of the inescapable fact that we are that.  At the deeper “implicate” level of reality, you are infinitely connected to everything else that is.  You are connected to every other person, organism, and atom in the universe; thus, you are all these things.  Similarly, your thoughts are infinitely connected to all thoughts.  Being that the image of the whole is contained within each part, the whole universe is within you.  The information of the whole is distributed non-locally, and therefore you have access to all of it.  Your mind is the Universal Mind.

All relative realities are created by consciousness existing in relation to itself.  “We are that consciousness.  We are that consciousness existing in relation to itself and interacting with itself.”  There is nothing else.  None of the things we perceive as separate have an independent existence, as all are in actuality relational extensions of the underlying unity of consciousness.  “Physical reality is a product of consciousness.  Consciousness is not a product of physical reality. Physical reality does not interact with itself in some unknown fashion to cause consciousness to come into existence. Consciousness in the process of repeated and progressive self-relation becomes the awareness of experience, and thus creates physical reality.”

We have seen that we cannot directly experience the true texture of quantum reality because everything we look at crystallizes into matter.  For the same reason, we can never experience consciousness as consciousness.  When the unbordered, structureless-ness of consciousness attempts to look at itself, it creates a relational structure or frame of reference, experienced as a relative state of awareness.  Consciousness can only experience itself through its creation.  This a wonderful thing because here we are, armed with the understanding that nothing is truly separable from anything else, and experiencing ourselves as all that is.  Separateness is an illusion.  Fundamentally, your true self is not other than the indestructible, unbordered, structruless-ness of consciousness.  To put it another way, you are the Source.  The Universe is your body.  The understanding of this truth gives rise to the experience of unconditional love for all frequencies because they all exist within you.


The Master Key System — Part 1

Part One of a classic written by Charles F. Haanel in 1912, speaking of personal power, control, abundance, and potential:


1. That much gathers more is true on every plane of existence and that loss leads to greater loss is equally true.

2. Mind is creative, and conditions, environment and all experiences in life are the result of our habitual or predominant mental attitude.

3. The attitude of mind necessarily depends upon what we think. Therefore, the secret of all power, all achievement and all possession depends upon our method of thinking.

4. This is true because we must “be” before we can “do,” and we can “do” only to the extent which we “are,” and what we “are” depends upon what we “think.”

5. We cannot express powers that we do not possess. The only way by which we may secure possession of power is to become conscious of power, and we can never become conscious of power until we learn that all power is from within.

6. There is a world within – a world of thought and feeling and power; of light and life and beauty and, although invisible, its forces are mighty.

7. The world within is governed by mind. When we discover this world we shall find the solution for every problem, the cause for every effect; and since the world within is subject to our control, all laws of power and possession are also within our control.

8. The world without is a reflection of the world within. What appears without is what has been found within. In the world within may be found infinite Wisdom, infinite Power, infinite Supply of all that is necessary, waiting for unfoldment, development and expression. If we recognize these potentialities in the world within they will take form in the world without.

9. Harmony in the world within will be reflected in the world without by harmonious conditions, agreeable surroundings, the best of everything. It is the foundation of health and a necessary essential to all greatness, all power, all attainment, all achievement and all success.

10. Harmony in the world within means the ability to control our thoughts, and to determine for ourselves how any experience is to affect us.

11. Harmony in the world within results in optimism and affluence; affluence within results in affluence without.

12. The world without reflects the circumstances and the conditions of the consciousness within.

13. If we find wisdom in the world within, we shall have the understanding to discern the marvelous possibilities that are latent in this world within, and we shall be given the power to make these possibilities manifest in the world without.

14. As we become conscious of the wisdom in the world within, we mentally take possession of this wisdom, and by taking mental possession we come into actual possession of the power and wisdom necessary to bring into manifestation the essentials necessary for our most complete and harmonious development.

15. The world within is the practical world in which the men and women of power generate courage, hope, enthusiasm, confidence, trust and faith, by which they are given the fine intelligence to see the vision and the practical skill to make the vision real.

16. Life is an unfoldment, not accretion. What comes to us in the world without is what we already possess in the world within.

17. All possession is based on consciousness. All gain is the result of an accumulative consciousness. All loss is the result of a scattering consciousness.

18. Mental efficiency is contingent upon harmony; discord means confusion; therefore, he who would acquire power must be in harmony with Natural Law.

19. We are related to the world without by the objective mind. The brain is the organ of this mind and the cerebro-spinal system of nerves puts us in conscious communication with every part of the body. This system of nerves responds to every sensation of light, heat, odor, sound and taste.

20. When this mind thinks correctly, when it understands the truth, when the thoughts sent through the cerebro-spinal nervous system to the body are constructive, these sensations are pleasant, harmonious.

21. The result is that we build strength, vitality and all constructive forces into our body, but it is through this same objective mind that all distress, sickness, lack, limitation and every form of discord and inharmony is admitted to our lives. It is therefore through the objective mind, by wrong thinking, that we are related to all destructive forces.

22. We are related to the world within by the subconscious mind. The solar plexus is the organ of this mind; the sympathetic system of nerves presides over all subjective sensations, such as joy, fear, love, emotion, respiration, imagination and all other subconscious phenomena. It is through the subconscious that we are connected with the Universal Mind and brought into relation with the Infinite constructive forces of the Universe.

23. It is the coordination of these two centers of our being, and the understanding of their functions, which is the great secret of life. With this knowledge we can bring the objective and subjective minds into conscious cooperation and thus coordinate the finite and the infinite. Our future is entirely within our own control. It is not at the mercy of any capricious or uncertain external power.

24. All agree that there is but one Principle or Consciousness pervading the entire Universe, occupying all space, and being essentially the same in kind at every point of its presence. It is all powerful, all wisdom and always present. All thoughts and things are within Itself. It is all in all.

25. There is but one consciousness in the universe able to think; and when it thinks, its thoughts become objective things to it. As this Consciousness is omnipresent, it must be present within every individual; each individual must be a manifestation of that Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent Consciousness.

26. As there is only one Consciousness in the Universe that is able to think it necessarily follows that your consciousness is identical with the Universal Consciousness, or, in other words, all mind is one mind. There is no dodging this conclusion.

27. The consciousness that focuses in your brain cells is the same consciousness which focuses in the brain cells of every other individual. Each individual is but the individualization of the Universal, the Cosmic Mind.

28. The Universal Mind is static or potential energy; it simply is; it can manifest only through the individual, and the individual can manifest only through the Universal. They are one.

29. The ability of the individual to think is his ability to act on the Universal and bring it into manifestation. Human consciousness consists only in the ability of man to think. Mind in itself is believed to be a subtle form of static energy, from which arises the activities called ‘thought,’ which is the dynamic phase of mind. Mind is static energy, thought is dynamic energy – the two phases of the same thing. Thought is therefore the vibratory force formed by converting static mind into dynamic mind.

30. As the sum of all attributes are contained in the Universal Mind, which is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent, these attributes must be present at all times in their potential form in every individual. Therefore, when the individual thinks, the thought is compelled by its nature to embody itself in an objectivity or condition which will correspond with its origin.

31. Every thought therefore is a cause and every condition an effect; for this reason it is absolutely essential that you control your thoughts so as to bring forth only desirable conditions.

32. All power is from within, and is absolutely under your control; it comes through exact knowledge and by the voluntary exercises of exact principles.

33. It should be plain that when you acquire a thorough understanding of this law, and are able to control your thought processes, you can apply it to any condition; in other words, you will have come into conscious cooperation with Omnipotent law which is the fundamental basis of all things.

34. The Universal Mind is the life principle of every atom which is in existence; every atom is continually striving to manifest more life; all are intelligent, and all are seeking to carry out the purpose for which they were created.

35. A majority of mankind lives in the world without; few have found the world within, and yet it is the world within that makes the world without; it is therefore creative and everything which you find in your world without has been created by you in the world within.

36. This system will bring you into a realization of power which will be yours when you understand this relation between the world without and the world within. The world within is the cause, the world without the effect; to change the effect you must change the cause.

37. You will at once see that this is a radically new and different idea; most men try to change effects by working with effects. They fail to see that this is simply changing one form of distress for another. To remove discord, we must remove the cause, and this cause can be found only in the world within.

38. All growth is from within. This is evident in all nature. Every plant, every animal, every human is a living testimony to this great law, and the error of the ages is in looking for strength or power from without.

39. The world within is the Universal fountain of supply, and the world without is the outlet to the stream. Our ability to receive depends upon our recognition of this Universal Fountain, this Infinite Energy of which each individual is an outlet, and so is one with every other individual.

40. Recognition is a mental process, mental action is therefore the interaction of the individual upon the Universal Mind, and as the Universal Mind is the intelligence which pervades all space and animates all living things, this mental action and reaction is the law of causation, but the principle of causation does not obtain in the individual but in the Universal Mind. It is not an objective faculty but a subjective process, and the results are seen in an infinite variety of conditions and experiences.

41. In order to express life there must be mind; nothing can exist without mind. Everything which exists is some manifestation of this one basic substance from which and by which all things have been created and are continually being recreated.

42. We live in a fathomless sea of plastic mind substance. This substance is ever alive and active. It is sensitive to the highest degree. It takes form according to the mental demand. Thought forms the mold or matrix from which the substance expresses.

43. Remember that it is in the application alone that the value consists, and that a practical understanding of this law will substitute abundance for poverty, wisdom for ignorance, harmony for discord and freedom for tyranny, and certainly there can be no greater blessing than these from a material and social standpoint.

44. Now make the application: Select a room where you can be alone and undisturbed; sit erect, comfortably, but do not lounge; let your thoughts roam where they will but be perfectly still for from fifteen minutes to half an hour; continue this for three or four days or for a week until you secure full control of your physical being.

45. Many will find this extremely difficult; others will conquer with ease, but it is absolutely essential to secure complete control of the body before you are ready to progress. Next week you will receive instructions for the next step; in the meantime you must have mastered this one.

41. In order to express life there must be mind; nothing can exist without mind. Everything which exists is some manifestation of this one basic substance from which and by which all things have been created and are continually being recreated.

42. We live in a fathomless sea of plastic mind substance. This substance is ever alive and active. It is sensitive to the highest degree. It takes form according to the mental demand. Thought forms the mold or matrix from which the substance expresses.

43. Remember that it is in the application alone that the value consists, and that a practical understanding of this law will substitute abundance for poverty, wisdom for ignorance, harmony for discord and freedom for tyranny, and certainly there can be no greater blessing than these from a material and social standpoint.

44. Now make the application: Select a room where you can be alone and undisturbed; sit erect, comfortably, but do not lounge; let your thoughts roam where they will but be perfectly still for from fifteen minutes to half an hour; continue this for three or four days or for a week until you secure full control of your physical being.

45. Many will find this extremely difficult; others will conquer with ease, but it is absolutely essential to secure complete control of the body before you are ready to progress. Next week you will receive instructions for the next step; in the meantime you must have mastered this one.