Thanks to Dr. Alexandra Vassiliou for making us aware of these enjoyable extra dimensional theories in animation form. They would be good background for Arny’s Quantum Mind.

For Flatland click: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWyTxCsIXE4

For the Double Slit Experiment click: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfPeprQ7oGc

God, Physics, Psychology and Self-Reflection

Thanks to Dr. Gary Reiss for pointing us to the astrophysicist Bernard Haisch’s book, the “God Theory”, and Haisch’s interview with Tikkun Magazine about that book.

We are thankful to Prof Haisch for trying to connect mainstream scientific thinking with the “God” hypothesis; namely that there is some “intelligence” and “purpose” behind the creation of the present universe –which at present is believed to be about 13 billion years old. Haisch suggests that God is an intelligence that wants “to know itself” and “pre-existed” this universe.

In the “The Quantum Mind,” Arny suggests that a way of understanding the self-reflecting nature of the universe (suggested originally by John Wheeler in the 1950’s) is to examine a central mathematical characteristic of the universe, namely the quantum wave function. Quantum theory produces highly accurate empirical answers about physical “reality”. No scientist today knows where this self-reflecting mathematical property comes from. In “Quantum Mind”, Arny suggests there is no “reason” for this self-reflecting property; he simply accepts it as a basic property of the universe we live in.

What is the purpose or reason the universe wishes to self-reflect? Why do those equations of quantum theory work so well? We don’t know.  As therapists however, we respect a given individual’s or community’s belief system about “why the universe may self-reflect.” If a given belief system enriches the lives of the people concerned, it is a valuable belief.

As far as we are concerned however, we know from observing thousands of people the world over, that the self-reflection “property” of the equations of quantum theory (and the nature of the universe) leads to useful psychologies, group and organizational methods. Focusing on the awareness process, that is, noticing experiences, and becoming aware of awareness allows one to follow one’s own deepest nature. This focus almost always leads to a richer life experience. Individuals, partners and groups that self reflect, experience more interest in diversity, in one another, and in life.

We don’t understand where the self-reflecting properties of the universe come from, but because they work so well with kids, adults and people near death, we believe in them. (See, for example, the actions and last words of Dr. Sara Halprin.)

Synaesthesia

We are studying synaesthesia because it plays a crucial role in practice—especially working in states of consciousness where experience is difficult to clearly verbalize. We find this area most challenging!  Some definitions follow for the synaesthesia in physiology and psychology.

Synesthesia, or syn·aes·the·sia  in physiology refers to sensations felt elsewhere in body: the feeling of sensation in one part of the body when another part is stimulated. For example, you are touched in the foot, but feel it in the stomach. Or you are touched in the air near your body, and feel that in a part of the body.

Synesthesia in psychology is the stimulation of one sense alongside another: the evocation of one kind of sense impression when another sense is stimulated, e.g. the sensation of color when a sound is heard, or the sense of geometrical form, when certain tastes appear. These experiences lie at the root of the dreamingbody concept, the dreamland level to body experience where dream images overlap with body sensations. This is like the quantum or “essence” level of psychology, where sensed, yet nonverbal experiences may be equated with the Tao that proverbially, according to the “Tao Te Ching,”  “cannot be said”.

Apparently synaesthesia comes from the late 19th century. < modern Latin < syn- (< Greek sun “together”) + stem of Greek aisthesis “sensation,” after anesthesia.