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Everyday meaning for a difficult scientific concept,
This review is from: Quantum Jumps: An Extraordinary Science of Happiness and Prosperity (Paperback)
Quantum Jumps: an extraordinary science of happiness and prosperity, by Cynthia Sue Larson, 2013, 286 ff.
The opening paragraph of Larson's book presents us with a profound truism - one that an increasing number of people are embracing but also one that so many people either ignore or are too apprehensive to acknowledge: `A new Quantum Age is upon us . . . In this new Quantum Age, our experience of reality is transformed when we acknowledge that we are all connected - and that at any given moment, there exists an infinite number of possibilities'.
There is in science an idea that there might exist `many worlds' - a whole galaxy of universes. I have long believed that these `many worlds' are virtual, that is, they consist of the realm of all the possibilities of thoughts and actions that humankind had available to them though human history - a kind of cosmic akashic field or, to put it another way, an assemblage in fact of `quantum jumps'. This is the author's message here. At the outset Cynthia, who has a degree in physics from the University of California at Berkeley, describes a similar picture using two of the fundamental principles of quantum physics - potentiality and interconnection.
The opening chapters of the book explain in completely non-technical language the relevance and application of these ideas from quantum physics in our everyday lives - we don't have to be quantum physicists or working in a laboratory to see and feel these ideas in practice. Technical ideas like coherence, tunnelling, entanglement and superposition are all explained with their everyday relevance to us. We can begin to improve our health instantaneously by focussing our minds - what medics describe as the placebo effect. Spiritual healers do not have to be at the bedside of their patients but are able to transmit their beneficent thoughts to their patients remotely - just as the interactions of the subatomic entities of matter are able to transgress the restrictions of space and time.
To the creative writer or composer - or scientist or mathematician - the `quantum jump' is that moment of inspiration when the subconscious mind tunes in to the cosmic energy and a great new book, poem, symphony or theory comes into physical existence. After the simplified scientific stuff, the author goes on to suggest ways these ideas can be used to change the present and future of our lives. Larson echoes the importance of the power of intention that several other authors have written about in the last two decades. Each chapter of the book describes a number of exercises that readers can carry out by applying the principles of what has just been described.
I have read many technical papers and popular books about quantum physics. Unfortunately, as Larry Dossey has pointed out, the word `quantum' has become hackneyed because in recent years it has been overused by `New Age' gurus who clearly had no real understanding of its significance. But here, we have a book that is precisely about quantum jumps in our everyday lives - but it has taken a physicist to use the term in its entirely proper context. That she is also blessed with a spiritual outlook makes the book doubly valuable.
Howard Jones is the author of Evolution of Consciousness, and other books
One Mind: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters
You Can Heal Your Life
The Power Of Intention: Change The Way You Look At Things And The Things You Look At Will Change: Learning to Co-create Your World Your Way