Wholeness and Science
Last month's article dealt with wholeness as it relates to the human psyche. This month I want to talk about wholeness as it relates to science.
Fragmentation in life comes from fragmented, separate thinking. This is inevitable if we consider ourselves to be composed of psychic compartments like ego, inner child, subconscious, conscious, and even terms like Higher self, Lower self, and inner being.
A whole person knows himself or herself as whatever they have chosen to BE. Such a person experiences a feeling of integrity and strength. This knowing is self–created, however! In order to be truly whole, we must make our own decisions about how we want to live our lives.
Integrity, or wholeness, is just a well-defined statement of being, which leads to a feeling of self–confidence.
Why? because you know who you are, and where you are going. That eliminates indecision and vacillation. Confident people are certain people. Certainty follows from making firm decisions about what is wanted in life, and how to get there.
The current pantheon of psychological "boxes" is very similar to the classical physics model of the universe. Classical physics is committed to the idea that the world around us is mechanistic; composed entirely of separately existing, indivisible and unchanging particles, which are supposed to be the fundamental building blocks of the universe. This idea is proudly encapsulated in the Standard Model of Particle Physics.
Einstein's theory of relativity and quantum mechanics have seriously questioned the mechanical view of the universe, however, and have brought us much closer to a scientific conception of wholeness.
Einstein proposed that the particle model is not primary, and that instead, reality is composed of fields. He proposed a "unified field theory," which he was never able to get working.
Quantum mechanics went even further in questioning a fragmented, mechanistic theory of the universe, for it proposes that:
1) Movement is discontinuous. An electron, for example, can move from one energy state to another without going through any states in between. In other words, an electron is here and then, in no time, is there. This is a remarkable notion, for it implies that actions can occur instantaneously.
2) Particles can demonstrate dual properties. Light, for example, is at once a wave and a particle, depending upon how it is observed.
3) Non–locality. Perhaps the most disturbing aspect of quantum mechanics to the fragmented and mechanistic approach is the phenomenon of correlated or entangled particles, something first proposed by Einstein, Rosen and Podolsky, and known as the EPR Paradox.
Basically, what happens is that if two particles with opposite spins are combined and then the two particles are separated, it is possible to know the spin of one by measuring the spin of the other, no matter how far apart they are! Somehow, information gets "transmitted" from one particle to the other instantaneously, and regardless of the distance between them.
This phenomenon is known as non–locality and has been confirmed by experiment. It was considered a paradox in Einstein's day, because it violates the principle that nothing can travel faster than light.
We now know that no signal can travel faster than light, but that somehow, through an unknown substrate, information can be passed instantaneously from one point to another in space. This makes no sense, unless we consider that the universe, and all particles and all movement within it, is an unbroken, connected whole, and that the phenomena we observe are just those aspects which we can see with our human senses and our instruments.
Quantum physicist David Bohm, in his book "Wholeness and the Implicate Order," says
"if all actions are in the form of discrete quanta [the quantum in quantum mechanics] the interactions between different entities…constitutes a single structure of indivisible links, so that the entire universe has to be thought of as an unbroken whole."
This concept is not new! Krishnamurthy, referring to the ancient Hindu text called the Vedas, describes the material universe as coming forth from Brahman, the unmanifested potential.
Brahman, according to Wikipedia,
"is the unchanging, infinite, immanent, and transcendent reality which is the Divine Ground of all matter, energy, time, space, being, and everything beyond in this Universe."
The fact that science is coming around to these views is a closing of the circle, and yet another indication that humanity is nearing the end of a cycle of fragmented planetary consciousness, and is beginning to embrace a new paradigm of thought based on wholeness.
This idea of wholeness is also reflected in the hologram, which, if you cut off a tiny piece, still contains all of the information of the whole. Karl Pribham has shown that memories are not stored in cells or localized areas of the brain, but are enfolded over the whole of the brain.
Scientific thinking first created a mechanistic universe in which every thing in it had a separate existence. In the 20th century, science advanced our conception of the universe away from the ideas of fragmentation and separation, to one much more consistent with wholeness.
Science and spirituality are becoming closer and closer, but on a much higher level of awareness and insight!