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Playing the Quantum Field
How Changing Your Choices Can Change Your Life
By Brenda Anderson
New World LibraryCopyright © 2006 Brenda Anderson
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Have you ever experienced a sudden breakthrough? You know that feeling, when what you picture in your head actually happens and you want to pinch yourself because you can't believe it's real? Or when you have one of those moments of clarity, and your biggest problem suddenly disappears because you look at it differently, or when the perfect solution presents itself out of the blue? That's when you're playing the quantum field.
When I was an undergraduate, I had a particularly wonderful experience of playing the Field. During my last two years of college I had the good fortune to study abroad in England and Germany. As it was for many young people at that time, hitchhiking was my main mode of transportation outside the cities. During one semester break my friend Mary and I decided to visit the Lake District, north of London. We caught rides on the M-5, a major highway, and found ourselves on a small country road later in the day than we'd hoped.
We walked for hours in the rain and fog, and the few cars that passed by didn't stop. Darkness began to settle in. We couldn't see twenty feet in front of us and felt scared. I had learned from severe asthma attacks in early childhood that if I focused on my fear I would only feel even more desperate than I already was. I told Mary this, and we agreed to put our fear aside. We both let out a sigh. As we continued walking, we talked about how much fun we were having exploring Europe and immediately felt better. We told ourselves we'd find a ride and would be safe.
The fog was settling in about ten minutes later, when out of nowhere two headlights emerged. Timothy, an elderly Englishman around fifty (well, that looked "elderly" then!) drove up in his camper and rolled down his window. "Have you two ladies lost your way?" he asked kindly. We admitted we had. He said he was on holiday and didn't generally drive this way, and didn't know why he had turned down that particular road, but was glad he had. Then he took us to a campground and made dinner while we dried off and warmed ourselves by the fire. That night he slept in the cab and let us sleep in his camper.
Instead of letting fear dominate our thoughts and actions, sending us into panic and ineffectiveness, Mary and I chose to connect to the power of the Field by making our intentions very clear. Timothy's appearance that cold, rainy night might seem like luck or coincidence, but what exactly does that mean? Even Timothy had said he didn't understand why he had turned down that road. When your intention is clear, the Field quickly starts pulling things together. Some people call this synchronicity. I call it playing the quantum field.
Why can't we create these magical outcomes all the time? Now, more than ever, we need the ability to create breakthrough results at will. The world is changing, and we need some new operating instructions. Life continues to accelerate, and we find ourselves at a new frontier as we realize our world is filled with more change, more danger, and less integrity than we'd ever thought possible. We're over stimulated and maxed out. Something's got to give.
And it has. In a way you may not have imagined.
Science is on the verge of proving that everything is dynamic and connected. What was once considered the New A gefringe thinking of renegade physicists has been embraced by more and more people as a probability. This new worldview is reflected in key scientific discoveries, kicked off by Einstein a century ago, and is becoming so widely accepted that it was celebrated by the World Year of Physics in 2005. The quantum field is showing itself up close and personal for increasing numbers of us. Look at how awareness of the Field is expressing itself in our culture: the vernacular of personl-growth classes and spiritual practices help people "ground" and "get centered." TV audiences are fascinated with the numerous shows about kids and adults tapping into special powers. Advertising for cellular phone services promise to help us "get connected," and the Internet itself is a metaphor for the interconnected web that more and more people are experiencing.
Even the practice of law is reflecting this connection. In South Africa, Nelson Mandela supports the Promotion of National Unity and Reconciliation Act of 1995. This "truth and reconciliation process" is based on ubuntu, a Zulu or Xhosa word that means "humanity to others." If you keep hurting the people who hurt you, the situation will never end. We are all connected. In medicine, more and more holistic health practices are acknowledging that the body is not separate from the mind and spirit. They all work together. Major global economic powers are realizing they cannot ignore the plight of entire nations because of the interconnectedness of all nations and the consequent effects on the stock market. In addition, world religions that have traditionally been closed to other perspectives are reaching out to each other to explore a connecting reality they can all respect and honor. Nondenominational churches are thriving.
These provocative glimpses into different areas of life are imperfect metaphors for what much of the world is beginning to recognize: that there is a larger reality out there than we have ever imagined. We are on the brink of a huge shift in awareness that will absolutely change how we live.
In plain English, every person and every thing is operating in a single energy field, and we each have much more power to create our lives than we ever imagined. According to Merriam-Webster, a field is a "region or space in which a given effect exists." You've probably heard of magnetic fields, like those around your microwave. Or you may have felt the fields of sacred places like the pyramids, Stonehenge, and the Holy Land. People have personal fields. Have you ever noticed how some people feel warm and inviting, while others seem to radiate a kind of "stay away" energy? Even though you experience the Field in small glimpses and in different areas of life, the epiphany for most of us is that these glimpses are all connected and part of the same field. Imagine it as one big grid that everything is a part of. No one is "off the grid," even if they think they are or want to be.
In the old thinking, the cab you take to the airport is one field. The plane you take to your destination is another. That kind of thinking limits us. In the new thinking, the cab, the plane, the sky, and the universe are all one Field. The power of the Field is that you can tap into this collective. And the better equipped we become at embracing this new worldview, the more we will be able to usher in this new way of living.
What we are really talking about with the quantum field is possibility. Think of the quantum field as all possibility and potential, which you can consciously access — if you know how. Anyone who studies quantum physics knows that your thoughts connect you to this field of possibility. In the words of noted physicist Fred Alan Wolf, "Reality depends upon our choices of what and how we choose to observe. These choices, in turn, depend upon our minds or, more specifically, the content of our thoughts." For the purpose of this book, I am going to focus on your choices so that you can discover the quantum field of possibility organically for yourself. I will translate this concept into simple language and day-to-day examples you can learn and practice so that by the end of this book, you will have experienced first-hand the power of the quantum field.
THE AGE OF ACCOUNTABILITY
A lot of emphasis is put on personal accountability today. Upheavals in religion, politics, business, and culture are demanding that we take more responsibility for the choices we make and the results we create. Now that lifetime employment with one company is no longer the norm, we've taken responsibility for our careers. With changes in medical care and insurance, we've had to become responsible for our health. Because we can't count on Social Security benefits, we've assumed responsibility for our retirement.
It's time to expand this sense of accountability into every moment and every choice we make. By playing the Field, it is possible to become more accountable for our decisions. Although none of us want to be slaves to any system or person, we still end up enslaving ours elves with some of our thinking and actions. We no longer want to feel as if we're powerless to affect our lives. And we will realize we won't be powerless if we learn to play.
Playing the Field is the responsible way to live and to use your energy. When you choose not to tap the Field, you more easily feel like a victim, forgetting that your choices have power. In the past, when we have tapped the quantum field, we've sometimes performed miracles, persuading masses of people to change their minds, or loving a teen back into the fold. At other times we've chosen manipulation or control — choices that perhaps made sense in those circumstances. Now we can come into our real power and stay there more of the time — if we're shown how.
The Field is an equal-opportunity provider. It doesn't matter if you are a stay-at-home parent, a CEO, or someone whoserves customers across a counter or across the world everyday. It's up to you to make the choices that will optimize your life. In the Field everything is possible. Yes, you can meet your family's needs and your own as well. You just have to approach life differently. The time is ripe for a new way that will allow us to take personal power and accountability to higher levels.
Lynne McTaggart, an award-winning investigative journalist, reports that many prominent leading-edge scientists still agree with Einstein about his unified field theory. On the most fundamental level, the human mind and body are not distinct and separate from their environment but are bundles of pulsating energy that constantly interact with this vast energy field. "These subatomic particles have no meaning in isolation but only in relationship with everything else," reports McTaggart.
In other words, we're all connected. The very atoms that make up everything are interdependent, always interacting with one another. The events of 9/11 and global natural disasters in recent years have made this connection tangible. Worldwide differences fell away when nearly everyone on the planet felt linked in their shock and grief.
Though in the Field this connection is always at work, it often takes great stress or loss or catastrophic events to remind us of how interdependent we all are. In the Field we are energetically connected — to each other, to the results of our choices, and to our futures. The very next choice you make directly affects what will happen to you next. Even if you don't relate to physics, you can probably relate to this: you have far more power than you ever thought possible because you are part of what's happening, not just an observer of it. Instead of working harder to achieve your goals, you can choose to consciously tap this energy field and create what you want.
This is what people commonly refer to as being "in the zone," that space where you break through into synchronicity and everything clicks. Doors open. Obstacles melt away. Golden opportunities materialize. But on those other days, when nothing works, you can't seem to do anything right, and you descend into what feels like the Black Hole, you're also playing the Field. You're just making choices that amplify that reality.
So, you may be asking, why can't we operate "in the zone" at will? Well, we can. And I can show you how. We need to remember that the Field is always there, whether or not we pay attention to it. It reminds me of the year I left for a trip to Australia on September 7 and arrived on September 9. My birthday happens to fall on September 8. Technically, September 8 didn't happen for me. Did I turn a year older? Of course. And to presume otherwise would be a bit ridiculous, because time did pass. It's the same thing with the Field. It is always there, whether or not you recognize it. If you choose to stay conscious and play the Field, you can change your life in the very next moment.
Twentieth-century technology focused on mundane forms of energy, even as twentieth-century scientists (like Einstein and others) grappled with the Field. In communications, for example, we have evolved from rotary telephones to satellites, to wireless Internet connections. This is nothing compared to the power of the Field. In the twenty-first century we are groping for a usable Field technology, and movies like the 2004 What the Bleep Do We Know!? are beginning to bring these ideas into popular culture. Galileo knew that the sun, and not the earth, was the center of our solar system before the rest of the world accepted this truth. Columbus knew the world was round. The Egyptians and Greeks had proven both these facts more than a millennium before, but most people of Galileo's and Columbus's times denied these fundamental truths of nature.
The Field is another fundamental truth of nature, but it's not yet visible or measurable. You've no doubt experienced this connection in the Field that transcends time and space. You think about someone in another state, and minutes later they call, or you know something is wrong with your child before he says a word. Homes and businesses have energy too. You can feel it the moment you walk in the door. You also feel energy in music. As the research on the Mozart Effect has proven, our brain functions differently depending on the music we hear. In Japan Dr. Masaru Emoto has demonstrated that water changes its crystalline form when researchers change their thoughts or expose the water to various types of music or photographs. The implications of this interconnectedness are stunning, and we don't need to understand all the scientific studies to experience it and reap its benefits. It's a lot like the Internet. I can send an email from the middle of the United Arab Emirates on my wireless handheld Blackberry, and a friend in Chicago receives it within minutes. We don't have to know exactly how this works to enjoy the advantages of this new tool.
In some ways, women are particularly equipped to take this leap. Like the quantum field, women have always been dynamic, their moods and chemistry fluctuating with lunarcycles, sensitive to even slight changes in their environments. Many women are in tune with what's happening right now. Their default state is connectedness, and they don't naturally tend to use force to create outcomes. The Field validates what women have always known on some level: that the softer, "feminine" yin skills have as much, or more, power as the charging ahead yang ways. Women know the Field's energy and connection. The way they respond to various environments, or to another person, is an energetic experience. In fact, most women have experienced the Field in the form of intuition, but they've been unaware that it's always available to them.
In the Field everything is created, including all the possibilities that stretch before you right now. When I refer to the "energy" of the Field, I do not mean whether you feel tired or refreshed in the morning or if you have the stamina to get through your day or if you feel strong enough to take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. Energy refers to this invisible connection. Have you ever seen a zoom-in from a satellite that first focuses on the earth, then your continent, then your state, then your city, then your neighborhood, all the way to your house? Tapping into the bigger energy of the Field is like the reverse: instead of focusing on our one little reality, we expand dramatically into multiple realities and possibilities, most of which allow us to live large r, more fulfilling lives.
Everyone has had these experiences. Most of us just don't know how to live like this daily. The potential of the Field is the elephant in the room that no one is talking about in everyday language. Energy is present in every transaction and interaction. It's in the email you just wrote. It's in the article you just read. It's also in the laundry you didn't fold and in the checkbook you didn't have time to balance. It's in how you feel about the dirty dishes in your sink. It's in your intention for the staff meeting or family vacation. It's in the review you just gave. It's in the thought you just had about your significant other. It's in everything you say or do.
GETTING A HIGH RETURN ON ENERGY
If you can set aside the old belief that we are each trudging through life alone and instead tap into the powerful energy that's all around you, you will be able to transcend circumstances that normally would pull you down. We all have access to the Field. How you choose to tap into it is up to you. Even when you feel depleted and think you have no choice, you always do.
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