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Melding quantum physics with eastern motivational thoughts
Reviewed in the United States on December 20, 2013
Old is gold. The wisdom of ancient yoga, Buddhism, and Taoism - and to some extent, Greek philosophy - is tapped into by this book by Gregg Braden. He shows how these Eastern belief systems are being confirmed by modern discoveries in quantum physics.
He says that the discoveries of quantum physics are astonishing. However, because they do not seem to have important implications for our personal lives, these discoveries have not made great waves in the public imagination. Therefore, he seeks to find a bridge that might make these discoveries more meaningful.
He feels that he has discovered such a bridge. (Of course many other authors such as Deepak Chopra have been doing this since the 80s and write about the same thing – a field of ‘endless possibilities’ in nature and how you can change your future). However, Braden is a little more technical in his explanations. He points to several ‘groundbreaking’ experiments. I looked up their references and found that none of the experiments have been published in mainstream journals. Apparently, mainstream science does not accept these claims. But there is nothing new in that.
Braden calls the bridge he has discovered the ‘divine matrix.’ However, unlike the Eastern faiths he refers to, he describes the matrix as physical, material. It is the material energy of the physical universe. It seems odd that he should call it divine, since divinity usually implies the transcendent, nonmaterial, and spiritual.
He believes that this physical energy of the universe can be touched and communicated with through human emotions. We can use our emotions to change not just ourselves, but simultaneously the whole universe with which we are interconnected in a divine net.
We are not just observers in this universe, but participators. This is what quantum physics says about our world on the subatomic level - not the physical level of our everyday lives. However, Braden seeks to challenge this and says that our thoughts and dreams come true because of our connection with the divine matrix. As such, our whole lives as we see them are simply a result of our thoughts. Our lives are like a non-judgmental cinema screen. It reveals to us what we are projecting. Braden says we can change our lives by changing the thoughts we project.
Of course, this is the golden wisdom of ancient yogis and other spiritual masters of various faiths. Braden has attempted to package and explain it in terms of quantum physics.
Full disclosure: I’m a peer-reviewed researcher and author on this subject and also emerging new connections between ancient yoga, the Bible, and science.