This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. -Morpheus, The Matrix
I posted a video a couple posts down about quantum physics, and it seems to have inspired my good friend kenelwood to post about what he calls “The Matrix” which is, I suppose, as apt an analogy as one can make. He says;
I think it’s a mistake to put consciousness at the center and trust it absolutely, and brush off reality as just illusion or hologram. Saying we are all connected at the most fundamental level is designed more to be inspirational than helpful, like it is now! And in practice people and the Matrix make exceptions, like they do now! I like the idea that there is something deeper, forever and always, and there is no end to change or trouble or opportunity.
Which I think somewhat misses the point, unless I am completely misunderstanding something (if so set me straight ken). So since I made the faux pas of posting a video without any substantive description of it, or even my take other than, “Oh wows! I likes!” I thought it would be good to elaborate.
WARNING: I am far from being a physicist (in fact I was really bad at science) so please be kind if I completely boff something up.
What the video (I think) was saying is that, at the fundamental level of the basic building blocks of the universe, we are all made up of the same thing, which is pure consciousness or pure potentiality. And not just people, but trees and rocks, and cars and oil rigs, and the moon and sun and stars, all are “potentially” connected.
That doesn’t mean that you and I are the same person. Individuality exists in the “classical” Newtonian world of our experience, but what string theory seems to say is that spirit exists as well, and that “pure conciousness,” “pure potentiality,” “the unified field” is the One Taste of the Buddhist, the Face of God of western religion.
It is the source code of the Matrix.
What does that mean exactly? Our observable world, the world we experience through our senses, is the world of Newtonian Physics, made up of bodies in motion, cause and effect, gravitational force. It is a world of solid objects; mountains, forests, fields, houses, people, all real, all can be seen, and felt, smelt, heard or tasted. But what are all these things made of? Well atoms right? We all learned about the elements, but now when we go down to the the scale of atoms, we’re in the world of Nuclear Physics, and things get weird. The atoms are mostly vacuum, nothing but space. Their mass comes almost entirely from their nucleus of protons and neutrons. And orbiting that are the electrons, an elementary particle with almost no mass at all, simultaneously everywhere, until the moment we try to look at them. And what are protons and neutrons made of? Quarks, which are another elementary particle. And these elementary particles, which include the forces like electromagnetism and gravity and so on, well what are they made of?
That’s where string theory comes in. String theory says that the elementary particles are all made of strings and these strings vibrate at different frequencies and the frequencies at which they vibrate determine what type of particle they are. Their vibration determines whether they will be a quark, or an electron or a graviton, or any of the other elementary particles. But now what are these strings then, what are they made of?
One theory is that they are pure mathematical potentiality. In other words they are the essence of choice. A sort of primordial consciousness. And so at the fundamental basis of the Universe we have just an ocean of pure consciousness, and everything we know; matter and energy is a manifestation of it.
Almost all religious traditions around the world reference this source. Some call it God, or gods, some call it Enlightenment. What ever you call it, one thing is clear; the human mind can access this source via meditation, and in doing so can expand consciousness. And this comes back to Integral Theory, all things have their correlates in the other quadrants. The subjective consciousness is represented in the physical world by the strings described in string theory. That is why I found the video so exciting.
In a world dominated by objective scientific flatland, some scientists are beginning to see references to Spirit in the very fabric of the Universe.