The Spiritual Implications of Entanglement

AtomsIn 2005, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Boulder, Colorado, coaxed six atoms into spinning together in opposite directions at the same time.  This event represented a successful Schrodinger-cat scenario as well as obvious evidence for quantum entanglement.  Then scientists at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena were able to produce an experiment in which two groups of 100,000 atoms 10 feet apart became entangled, showing that larger more complicated systems can also become entangled.

What is entanglement?  It’s when two particles are separated by some distance, and stimulating one of the atoms in some way produces the same effect in the other atom even though they are not in contact nor in close proximity.  It proves that there is some unseen force that connects all subatomic particles, and by inference, all things that exist.

Admittedly, experiments that investigate this phenomenon are still going on and there is much still to learn.  But the possible situations that this explains are phenomenal and very exciting.  It means things that we used to credit with being “supernatural” are simply quantum physics at work.

Our universe is made up on the most fundamental level by an energy system that is within our control. We can manipulate it ourselves and produce changes previously thought to be in the realm of miracles, science fiction or magic.  But it’s not magic, and it is not controlled by gods or spirits.  It’s perfectly explainable, and soon will be within our grasp.

This situation produces within me excitement on so many different levels. First of all, it tells me that we are not at the mercy of forces which are uncontrollable and which we cannot understand.  True, we are still learning, but we can see that understanding everything about our universe is within our grasp, given enough time.  We do not need to feel that we live in a universe that does not make sense. When our lives are out of control, there is a reason. And we can fix it.

It is true that perhaps at this moment you are not personally in possession of the tools you need to fix the problems in your life that seem out of control, but you can take heart that the tools do exist or are being developed. We are only now starting to understand exactly how to manipulate energy in our bodies and in our personal environment to our own advantage.  Bruce Lipton, in “The Biology of Belief” showed how that the surface of every cell in our bodies contain little signaling devices for receiving and transmitting signals to other cells, thereby allowing us to control and manipulate our bodies functions with our thoughts and beliefs.  Many techniques, such as Psych-K, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and the Accu-Balancing Technique from my own book, “Own Your Life Again” can be used to manipulate the body’s energy system to produce the desired results in one’s life.  As time goes on, other techniques will be developed, and we will learn how to produce entanglement on larger and larger scales.

All supernatural events, such as prophetic or psychic ability and miracles, now have an explanation. No gods or spirits are necessary to produce such effects.  No belief in ancient spiritual texts are necessary, and adherence to a religious system is not important.  There is no reason for one religion to be pitted against another as they are all simply ancient man’s way of explaining scientific phenomenon he did not understand. Quantum mechanics, energy psychology and energy medicine, and other systems for understanding and manipulating energy and matter are the important areas of study now.

Where does that leave spirituality?  Spirituality is simply the search for meaning in everyday life.  There is a vast ocean of meaning when you apply quantum mechanics to our world.  Nature is a beautiful and enigmatic place, but the fact that we are now discovering what makes it tick does not take away the fabulous and wondrous nature of it.  Realizing there is an energetic connection between humans, the elements, the animals, the plants, the stars, the planets, the very dark matter that makes up so-called “empty” space….this is all very meaningful and makes us appreciate ourselves and our place in the universe.  Our universe is full of fantastic variety and diversity, which makes us appreciate life all the more.

What is our purpose for being here?  To discover how everything works, and to appreciate our connection to it all.  To live with passion and joy.  To make the world a better place for others. What other meaning do we need?


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7-Year Depression Sufferer Gets Relief in 10 Minutes

At a recent party I attended I met a woman we’ll call Margaret, a friend of the hostess who had been suffering from severe long-term depression for over seven years. In an attempt to help Margaret stop focusing on her depression, the hostess had persuaded her to come to this party, but she was obviously sad, preoccupied and very ill at ease. After talking with Margaret for a while, I learned that she had been to therapy and taken antidepressant medication, but was not able to get significant relief. She had spent so much time in therapy that she was aware of her emotional issues, but was unable to believe that any treatment would help her since nothing she had tried so far had been effective.

I pulled out a folded up copy of a handout that I use in my classes which just happened to still be in my purse from the last class I had taught. I outlined the Five-Step Process, briefly explained it to her, and asked her if she would be willing to try it when she got home that night. She agreed, but added that she didn’t have much hope that it would help. I asked her if I could call her the next day to see how she did. I also gave her my phone number in case she needed my help while she was going through the process.

First thing the next morning she called me before I could call her. She was exuberant! I could hear the excitement in her voice.

“It’s gone” she shouted into the phone.  I can’t believe it. It’s gone!”

 Margaret recounted enthusiastically how she had gone through the process once and had felt significant improvement the first time. She went through it several more times until suddenly, as she described it, “It was like the sun came out.” Suddenly she knew she was getting better. What seven years of therapy had not been able to accomplish, Margaret did on her own in less than 10 minutes.

Does this surprise you?

 The “traditional” treatments for depression and anxiety are weeks or years of counseling or “talk therapy” and/or medication. These treatments often fail because they don’t address the root cause of the illness. “One of the most challenging problems in depression research and clinical practice is refractory — hard to treat — depression. While approximately 80 percent of people with depression respond very positively to treatment, a significant number of individuals remain treatment refractory. Even among treatment responders, many do not have complete or lasting improvement, and adverse side effects are common. Thus, an important goal of NIMH research is to advance the development of more effective treatments for depression — especially treatment-refractory depression — that also have fewer side effects than currently available treatments” (1).

The Accu-Balancing Technique is just one of the many new tools in our mental health toolbox.  Components of the technique have just been approved by the American Psychological Association as an evidence-based treatment modality because of their ease of use and statistically significant improvement in patients using the technique.  The great thing is, it’s a technique you can learn to do yourself and use in the privacy of your own home, or anywhere, to get results.

When I had depression, I used this tool to control my symptoms, improve my mental outlook, achieve goals and totally change my life.  The great thing about it is, it works for many of those people mentioned above – people for whom other treatments have not worked or have been only partially or temporarily effective.  The Vetern’s Administration is currently using it successfully to treat patients with PTSD.

If you have depression, anxiety, PTSD, or some other emotional condition, I hope you will look into this. You can even use it for physical symptoms too.  It often works when nothing else will.

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Natural Spirituality

As I sit next to the creek and hear the soft rushing water sounds, listen to the doves cooing and feel the gentle breeze brush against my cheek, it’s hard to imagine living without this natural spirituality. There is no way to prove that there is or is not a God, and the supposed “truth” in ancient books and manuscripts just doesn’t ring true. What is a person to do who still feels spiritual even though traditional religion and the fundamentalist beliefs about God are not satisfying?   The best place to turn is to nature.

When experiencing nature, one is able to find a primal awareness.  We  experience the same natural forces that our ancestors millions of years ago experienced.  We participate in a connection to our ancestors through this awareness.  We feel the hugeness and are inspired with awe and wonder at the vastness and majesty of nature.  We exult in it’s wondrous variety and still find comfort in recognizing our small but significant place in the order of things.  No belief in unseen forces is necessary to appreciate and benefit from this insightful connection.

On the other hand, if you wish to be inspired by the realm of unseen forces, there are plenty to appreciate.  The ever expanding field of quantum physics is making more clear to us all the time that the vast majority of what exists in our universe is unseen.  This does not mean there is a supernatural realm governed by spirits or gods.  It means that the forces which make our universe work – neutrinos, quarks, black holes, dark matter, the weak force, the strong force, the Higgs particle – are all too small to see or are invisible. But that does not mean they do not exist. Their existence had been proved mathematically, and we are able to see the effects of their existence if not their actual bodies.  Just as you see the effects of the wind but cannot see the wind itself, so you can see the effects of unseen quantum particles. Quantum physics also predicts the existence of other dimensions, parallel universes and alternate realities.  Time as it exists in our observable universe is an illusion. The universe which you observe with your eyes is not the real universe at all. And that’s magical!

In even the worst of daily circumstances, I am able to take a step back and remind myself that my daily circumstances are temporary and not reality.  They are a perception of my brain, and I can change that perception.  There is really no reason for me to be unhappy unless I allow my perceptions to be manipulated by others.

The next time you feel angry or under stress, realize that your perceptions are being manipulated. Step back into your natural spirituality.  Be present in the very moment you are standing in.   The rocks, the trees, the sunshine – those are real!  Economic disaster, ideological disagreements and political power struggles are non-physical, theoretical constructs. If you don’t believe in them, they cease to exist.  Now there’s the real power!

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Down the Long and Winding Road of Therapeutic Journaling

Journaling Prompts for August, 2012:

August 1 – If your eyesight was suddenly not good enough to pass the driving test, how would you get around for the rest of your life?

August 2 – If you suddenly were unable to work at your present job for a month, did not have much savings and did not qualify for food stamps, how would you feed yourself?

August 3 – If you needed $20 in the next four hours, what could you do to get it?

August 4 – Sit quietly.  Close your eyes.  Find your center. Allow the best and most advantageous path to unfold before you.  Write about it.

August 5 – “When I look up at the sky, I feel….”

August 6 – Choose somebody who you don’t really like or don’t really feel comfortable around right now.  Write a letter to them without using the words “I” or “You.”

August 7 – If you wanted to go where nobody you know would find you today, where would it be?

August 8 – What do you love to create?  Write about it.

August 9 – Do you realize that right now, at this very moment, you are creating a new you?  Write about it.

August 10 – I want you to realize this is only an exercise, and it can do no possible harm to simply consider this possibility.  I want you to write down your most cherished belief here.   ______________________________________________________________

Now, I want you to write at length about what would happen if you had irrevocable proof that your belief was wrong.  What would you have to do?  Why does that scare you?

August 11 – There is a verse in the Bible that speaks about Thomas the Apostle doubting Jesus.  Jesus gave him proof so that he could believe, indicating that doubting is good and asking for proof is acceptable.  Is there something you have always doubted that you’ve been afraid to ask for proof about?  What is it and why are you afraid to ask for proof?

August 12 – Write about what you believe makes you an intelligent person.

August 13 – Do we believe what we want to believe, because it’s too painful to believe the truth?  Write about it.

August 14 – Name something you believe that runs counter to what your belief system teaches.  Write about it.

August 15 – Copy this statement in your own handwriting:  “I am worthy of honor, respect, acceptance and unconditional love, without any help from anyone.”  How did you feel writing this statement?  Even if you don’t believe it, close your eyes and make this statement your anchor.  When other thoughts come into your mind, simply release those thoughts and go back to the anchor.  Spend just a few minutes with this anchor every single day.

August 16 – Why do you allow yourself to believe that it’s OK to accept other people’s statements of your unworthiness? Write about it.

August 17 – How can you stand up for your right to your own worthiness?

August 18 – What do you think will influence people to listen to you more…..if you express right beliefs or perform loving actions?  Elaborate.

August 19 – Confused?……Elaborate.

August 20 – Pick something you have been told is wrong but that you would like to do.  Why do you want to do it?  Elaborate.  Would it really be so wrong if you did?

 August 21 – How can you really know if someone is telling you the truth if you can’t verify their statements?

August 22 – You were asked this earlier in the year, but it needs to be asked again….do you support the status quo?  Why or why not?

August 23 – If you start learning to play the piano, you aren’t expected to be good overnight. It’s expected that over a period of time, you will learn what to do and what not to do by practicing.  Let’s apply that reasoning to your belief system.  It’s not important whether or not you were right in the beginning.  It’s only important that, as time goes on, you learn through practice, what works and what doesn’t. True growth involves throwing away what doesn’t work and embracing what does, no matter what you’ve been taught. Choose a belief that you were taught that doesn’t work for you any longer.  Elaborate.

August 24 – All your life you have been told the sky is blue.  Now someone comes along and tells you it’s purple.  How do you know who’s right?  Does it make any difference to your life right now, in the present moment, whether it’s blue or purple?  Your choice might disagree with others, but this does not actually affect your life in any concrete way. So what does it matter?

August 25 – What are your limitations?  Write about the way your limitations are self-imposed.

August 26 – Describe the first time you drove a car.  What was it like?

August 27 – Take your description from yesterday and take out the phrase “drove a car” and insert the issue you wrote about on August 20.  Are there similarities between how you felt driving a car for the first time and how you would feel about learning to live with this new belief or practice? Over time, you became more comfortable with driving the car.  Could you also become comfortable with a new belief or practice over time?

August 28 – What’s the worst that could happen?

August 29 – Does anyone in your life trust you to make a decision for yourself? Who?  Why do you think they trust you?

August 30 – Are you sad?  Why?

August 31 – Everything happens for a reason.  Right?

If you enjoyed these prompts, let me know if they were helpful.  Thanks for reading!


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Mindfulness During Disagreements

CandlesHave you ever wondered how to be in a discussion with someone who you disagree with, and remain calm? People don’t tend to like disagreement or conflict, but don’t know how to keep the dialogue open and keep themselves from reacting in a negative way that encourages conflict and argument.

Mindfulness is a technique that is helpful in achieving intelligent, thoughtful dialogue, and is a great technique for helping a person be non-judgmental.  The problem is, people who are judgmental often feel they have the right to be judgmental, and don’t WANT to develop or cultivate non-judgmentalism.  For those who do see some value in this, mindfulness would be helpful.

Mindfulness is a technique you can quietly practice at home to help prepare you for those times when you are in discussion with other people and don’t find yourself in agreement with them.  To practice,

Sit in a quiet place and close your eyes. Relax your body. Feel the quietness and the stillness within you. Listen to your breathing. Your goal is to sit quietly with NOTHING in your mind. But as you will soon find, that is impossible. Thoughts are always floating through your mind, and you can’t stop them.  But what you CAN do is notice the thought, release it, and go back to just observing your breathing and sitting quietly.  Don’t berate yourself for not being able to keep your mind blank.  It’s not possible.

Now, why would I give you a goal that is not possible?  So you can learn to not judge yourself for not being able to achieve the goal.  And so you can learn to let those judgmental thoughts go.  Give yourself an anchor: something to focus on, like a candle flame or your breathing or a repetitive movement. When you get a thought in your mind, release it without judgment. Don’t berate yourself for not being able to keep a blank mind. Just notice whatever the thought is that comes into your mind, then release it and go back to focusing on your anchor. Do this as many times as a thought arises.

The true goal is not to keep a blank mind, but to learn to notice thoughts and release them without feeling bad about the content of the thought, or the fact that you couldn’t achieve the goal.  Don’t feel bad. Don’t judge yourself. Just notice and release. If judgmental thoughts do come up, just release them just as you do the others. They are no different.

Practice this daily and you will have an incredible tool at your disposal when you find yourself in a disagreement with someone. You will be able to notice that you don’t agree with them, and release that thought without judgment of yourself or them. You will be able to hear statements come out of their mouths that you don’t agree with, bu you can just release them and let them go. You won’t feel it necessary to tear into them about what they believe.

Why not?  Whats wrong with expressing what I believe?

Nothing.  Except that it causes you to be in constant turmoil and a defensive posture. You can’t have inner peace that way. When the stakes are really high, stand up for what you believe. But you can do that without denigrating another person and tearing them up for having the opposite opinion. What will that accomplish? YTou will very rarely ever change somebody’s mind about their opinion. So the goal is simply for you to be able to tolerate other opinions wihtout judgmentalism, and with the ability to let go of the attachment you feel to being right.

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The World, Micro and Macro

Your Inner WorldWe live in a wonderful, ever-changing world full of beautiful experiences and terrible injustices. It is easy to get bogged down in the terrible things, and think “What can I do to change this?” It’s good to get involved, but if you spend all your time wrapped in the world of injustice, you can become obsessed with all the negative things happening in the world and this is not a good balance to your life. You must balance the negative with the positive.

Sit for 15 minutes and just be quiet. Listen to your breathing, feel the beautiful calmness of inactivity. Observe the random thoughts that flit in and out of your mind. Notice them and let them fall away. Give yourself permission to indulge in and enjoy your alone time. Get in touch with your feelings, even the painful ones. You will find that you have more positive energy to attack those social injustices than you did before.

Dance in the moonlight.  Sing in the shower.  Adopt a stray cat.

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The Beauty of Disagreement

DiscussionMost people don’t like to be disagreed with, and most people would like to avoid conflict wherever they can. If you engage in a conversation with someone and they start postulating ideas you don’t agree with, you immediately stop listening and your mind races ahead to what your next argument is going to be. You are no longer hearing them,  you are becoming defensive, because you must be right at all costs.


What’s wrong with the ambiguity of not knowing for sure?  Are we so sure of our superiority that we must prove to others that we couldn’t be wrong?  Why must we try to convince everyone else?

I am perfectly comfortable with ambiguity.  For instance, most people have a very definite opinion about whether or not there is or is not a God. I don’t feel the need to know for sure either way.  There is no way to prove there is a God, and there is no way to prove there is not one. So I don’t feel the need to know for sure one way or the other.  If there is no way to prove it, it would just be opinion, and one person’s opinion is good as another’s.  A lot of people would like to argue that there IS proof, but there is nothing that can be verified.  All the evidence is subjective.

How about cholesterol?  Don’t we know that cholesterol is bad for us?  No, we don’t.  There have been studies but these only produce correlations, not proof.  Half the studies show a correlation and the other half don’t. It depends on how the studies are structured.  Half of all the people who have heart attacks don’t have high cholesterol. So some other mechanism is at fault.  But you will continue to see medical people spouting the nonsense that cholesterol is bad for you.  I don’t feel the need to confirm this at all. Cholesterol is a natural substance that is in our food, so we were meant to consume it.

People want us to take a stand and change our opinion based on NO PROOF.  I am much more comfortable with the ambiguity of saying, “I don’t know, and I don’t need to know.”

The beauty of disagreement is, it gives you a lot to think about, if you keep on listening and don’t stop to defend yourself. We want to be sure that people KNOW we don’t agree with them, and we think our silence will imply that we agree.  Who cares?  Since it’s all opinion anyway.

Being willing to engage in dialogue with people without the need to be right is a huge step forward in our intellectual, emotional, and spiritual evolution.  Welcome the diversity of different opinions, and don’t hide from it.  Don’t leave the person you are talking to with the feeling that you think they are wrong for disagreeing with you.  There does not have to be a right or wrong. There are just diverse viewpoints.  There is no prize for being “right.”

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