“What’s it all about, Alfie?” This is the first line of the title song from the 1966 movie: Alfie. What a wonderfully stated question! To me, it encompasses several other important questions. Like: Why are we all here on this earth just at this time? Is there a purpose to creation? Where did everything come from and is there a goal that it is all designed to accomplish?
The second line in the song is another wonderful and evocative question: “Is it just for the moment we live?” Further important questions are implied here. Like: Is there something beyond this physical universe where we find ourselves at the moment? And: When our body dies, will the essence of who we are, our consciousness, live on in some other form?
I believe these concerns have captivated our imaginations since we, as a species, started asking our first questions. Cave paintings from over thirty thousand years ago depict symbolically rendered scenes and animals in a way that suggests a spiritual view of the world. Anthropologists have uncovered even more ancient human burials with the corpses in ritualistic postures and often accompanied by symbolic artifacts that suggest a belief in an afterlife. Once early civilizations developed writing, we have clear evidence from the dialogues and philosophies of the great minds of the time. Their writings explored these questions extensively.
Over these millennia, the myriad of answers to these questions have produced the huge variety of religious beliefs, philosophies and even scientific theories we have today. Why so many, though? If there is just one truth, shouldn’t we all have a similar system of beliefs? Could it be that the explanation is that we have lacked any definitive way to decide what is true and what isn’t true in answering these abstract questions? If you take a broad, objective view of the world’s populations, you will find that most of us believe pretty much what we were taught by our parents and teachers in childhood. Our beliefs are predominantly shaped by the societies into which we were born.
This circumstance arises because we have lacked compelling means to mutually verify any of these kinds of beliefs. I am not referring, of course, to beliefs about physical events in themselves. These are easily verified and form the basis for the enormous power of our present sciences. It is the belief in realm of spirit and non-physical action where this problem becomes acute, since most of our religions and philosophies and systems of belief postulate such a realm in addition to the physical. Of necessity, our great teachers have arrived at their understanding through the private, individual experience of revelation, the only way such a realm has appeared to be accessible. This has resulted in our present great proliferation of human systems of belief.
For perhaps the first time in our history, we are developing a way out of this uncertainty. We are learning to use out physical tools to probe questions that involve a non-physical reality. Probably the clearest example of this new technology involves the revolutionary changes in the science of physics over the last century, particularly the physics of sub-atomic particles. The data produced in our physics labs have led to the theories of quantum mechanics. On the one hand, these theories have been abundantly verified to be reliable and accurate, on the other hand, they show that there must be non-physical connections and relationships that dramatically transcend the previous limits we believed governed the actions of matter and energy. By and large, our scientists have been at a loss to explain what their experiments show and the theories successfully predict. However, we have now discovered that physical interactions can be used in certain ways as a window into the non-physical.
This same situation has also developed in other areas of science such as engineering, psychology and even research into healing methods. These research studies have uncovered anomalies that also violate some of the most important and fundamental assumptions of accepted science. Because they have violated accepted assumptions the research reports have generally just sat on library shelves and gathered dust. But if you take them out and shake them off and compare them to one another, they show powerful and remarkable similarities. This is reliable evidence of their accuracy, since if these anomalies were erroneous reports, you would expect them to be chaotically different from each other, not remarkably similar. They are also remarkably reproducible, yet another indication of their reliability.
If we keep finding the same patterns over and over in the physics lab and the “anomalies” of different scientific fields, why do we have such a hard time accepting them? I think the difficulty involves the inability to visualize the mechanisms involved. There just are not any physical mechanisms that can explain these findings. We are so used to interpreting everything within a materialistic framework that we get badly hung up when we need to interpret data that do not fit this framework. The physical metaphors that have been so helpful in the development of our physical sciences do not provide useful insights, in fact, they are usually very misleading.
What I have described for you so far, is basically the outline of a book I am writing. I have seven chapters in rough draft form that present the scientific findings which will form the heart of the book. I have yet to write the drafts of the first few chapters, discussed above, that will lead up to the presentation of these research findings. The final section of the book will be chapters that interpret these findings and show how they are relevant to our individual lives.
The book will have certain clear conclusions. It will present evidence of a hidden structure that lies beneath the physical world and impacts its actions. It will also describe the existence of connections that tie together every particle of physical reality with every other particle, connections that ignore the time and distance of the interactions. And it will provide strong evidence for the existence of an over-riding purpose that guides all of this and which also remains hidden from our view. The end result of all this is a picture of human consciousness as much more powerful, and a universe designed much more in support of our needs, than we ever imagined.
When you see these messages in their entirety, I think you will see that they are profoundly optimistic and encouraging. Even more important, the data that support them are remarkably consistent and produced by some of our best trained and most successful scientists.
I am very interested in the input of interested readers as I develop this book. I have considered placing the rough draft of each chapter on this blog for input as it is completed. Also, I am not sure how much of my available free time to devote to this book project and how much to allocate to this blog. I would be very interested in the opinion of readers concerning this decision.
Thanks for taking the time to consider these ideas,