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Quantum Physics

Law (or theory?) of Attraction

One of the most popular things I have seen appear in recent years within metaphysical communities is what people call The Law of Attraction. There is a good chance you’ve heard of it even if you don’t know what it is. It became mainstream around 2006 with the release of a book called The Secret by Rhonda Byrne although many others have written about it. One of the older documentations of this is How to Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill from 1937. 

So what is the Law of Attraction (LOA)? How does it work? Why should I care?

The principle behind the LOA is the idea that your mind creates your reality to the Nth degree, and I don’t just mean your perceptions of how the world works. In theory, if all an individual’s limiting beliefs about themselves, how the universe worked, what was possible and impossible, etc., were removed, then they could create anything they wanted with the power of thought alone. Sounds crazy I know, but that’s because there is a limiting belief in the way. 

A lot goes into the science behind LOA, so I’ll start with something most people would be familiar with; a psychological phenomena called Self-fulfilling Prophecy. In 1948, psychologist Robert K. Merton developed a theory about how our expectations will influence a situation through our actions. If I am preparing to take a test in a subject I struggle in, it’s likely my inner monologue is saying “I’ve never really done well in this class, I’d be lucky just to get a passing grade.” My belief about how likely I am to pass the test will influence my ability to take the test. I may forget things. I may not sleep well and have low energy. I may be so disheartened I don’t study. Strong believers in LOA may even suggest I would manifest a more difficult test! The first thing I want to highlight here is our belief systems directly influence our actions. 

“If you think you can do a thing or think you can’t do a thing, you’re right.” -Henry Ford

Here is the tricky part about belief systems. Pretty much every limiting belief we have stems from our childhood or early adolescence. When we are very young, our brains absorb information with zero filtering of the information and that information becomes the basis of our belief system. If growing up I observed my parents always worrying about money, it is very likely I will worry about money as an adult even if I have a seven figure income. These beliefs branch out to every area of our lives and our thinking. If you had a lot of problems growing up, it may seem like you got screwed over, but don’t go blaming others just yet.

The good news is we can change these belief systems.

The second part of LOA deals with neurology, particularly neuroplasticity. Our brains are composed of billions of neurons which communicate with one another by sending electrical signals. These neural pathways will either grow or shrink depending on how often it is used to send a signal. Oftentimes this process is dictated by our environment, however humans are special in that we can choose our thoughts. LOA highlights our ability to change our neural pathways by consciously choosing what we think about.

It is no small order to choose your thoughts every moment of the day. The cool thing though is that with neuroplasticity, it becomes easier. In the beginning, most of us will struggle. We may even fall back into old patterns of playing the victim or entertaining negative outcomes. It may be down right hard to look for positive things to think about. However, every time we choose the thoughts we want we are telling our brain “I like this, give me more of this”. The neural pathway for positive thinking becomes stronger. What starts as a conscious thought we chose, gradually becomes a working part of our subconscious thinking. 

Now for the seemingly unrelated part of LOA and what many believe is the crux of manifestation, quantum physics! There are a few important theories that work within LOA and I will do my best for belief explanations but check out the hyperlinks if you’re confused. 

The first is quantum entanglement. Entanglement theory suggests that every particle in the universe is linked to one another. If there is an influence on one particle, the same influence will affect the other particle. Also, it isn’t a one to one link, nor is it linear per se. So particle one may affect particle two which then affects particle three which changes the state of particle six, so on and so on. You’re probably wondering what starts off this chain reaction, which leads us to the next theory, the observer effect.

The observer effect states the functioning of a particle will change based on an observer. Many experiments have tested this theory, the most famous being the double-slit experiment, and essentially what they discovered is subatomic particles can switch between acting like a particle and acting like a wavelength based on the observation of consciousness. The ironic part of this is with no conscious observer, then we have no idea what is happening otherwise.

In comes Heisenberg’s Uncertainty principle. This principle is a bunch of complicated mathematical equations that show we can’t predict the velocity and the position of a subatomic particle at the same time. This principle may seem unimportant compared to the other two when talking about LOA but in many ways, it connects them to each other. The particle can move anywhere, anytime, anyway, and the only time they seem to stop is when consciousness is watching them.

In LOA we are using our thoughts to observe the outcomes we want to happen which influences how these particles act. Entanglement is then causing those particles to affect others in a similar way. After prolonged exposure, we reach the conclusion which people commonly refer to as manifestation.

Manifestation
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When you combine these ideas from psychology, neurology and quantum physics, as well as many first hand reports from highly successful people, it becomes pretty clear your thinking is having an impact. Many people feel as if they don’t have much control in their life and things just “happen” to them. One of the philosophies around LOA is recognizing that you create a lot more of the situations you encounter than you think. Arguably ALL of the situations. There is a saying, “If everyone you encounter is an asshole, then maybe you’re the asshole.” 

Whether you want to believe things will appear out of thin air, or you just have to work hard enough to achieve them, it all comes back to your thinking. People who become obsessed with a sport or project and spend all their time working on it are still thinking about it all the time. It would be impossible to play basketball everyday and not think about basketball. Likewise, if you think about basketball nonstop, you’re probably gonna shoot a lot of hoops.

I am very much a pragmatist. Is it realistic for me to sit around watching TV thinking about earning a million dollars while not working? In my mind, no, and that could be a limiting belief I have. For me, I like to do both. I use my thoughts to guide my actions. This way, regardless of what is going on, I got my bases covered. I will end with one of my favorite quotes: 

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

I hope this brief article helped with whatever rabbit hole you’re digging in right now. For more info, check out my other posts or videos and make sure to link up with me on YouTube, Instagram or Twitter!

May your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful! 

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Astrology

The How and Why of Astrology

In today’s world, a lot of people discredit Astrology as hocus-pocus or charlatanism. After all, why would the location of Saturn which is 854 million miles away have anything to do with me?! Well, the answer to this question may or may not be as complex as you’re expecting.

When we look at the universe by Newtonian Laws, which are the traditional laws of physics, we would likely all agree there is minimal or no influence. From this perspective, particles can only travel so far before they stop moving because they constantly bump into other objects. This is what we call friction and is a characteristic of the Third Spatial Dimension.

However, if we look at this question from the perspective of Universal Wave Function, then we can see the distance the other planets are from us does not hold as much importance. This theory states that everything takes place in the form of a wavelength and everything in the universe is vibrating. In fact, matter is just an extremely slow and dense vibration that causes it to appear “stationary” in the third dimension. 

For example, I can still pick up a rock and throw it, but shining a flashlight on it won’t cause the rock to move. My body is of a similar wavelength to interact with the rock, however the light is a much faster vibration. This causes the light to simply “move” through the rock. If the rock has holes then the light will easily pass through to the other side but my finger might not fit. Large bodies like planets have very strong fields of energy which are not being slowed by fiction.

Another important part of understanding this question is knowing these wavelengths are constantly vibrating. Just like the Sun is always beaming light at the planet, these wavelengths are always hitting our planet. It would be nearly impossible for someone born on Earth to not have the energetic imprint of the planets on their psyche, however some planets hold more influence for certain people. These energies are always present and the biggest difference in them is their expression

Now let’s talk about the astrology. 

Saturn

Each of the planets holds an energetic signature which is representative of psychological archetypes. Since I already mentioned Saturn I will continue on that vein of thought. An archetype of this planet is the Law-Maker. Saturn represents order, structure, and organization. It seeks to build discipline and perseverance. It requires certain rules to be followed and this is all for the betterment of the individual and whole. It is the school of hard knocks, and if need be, it will dish out a little punishment. 

Each of the zodiac constellations represents an expression of this archetype. Sometimes a cop pulls you over and he lets you off with a warning. Sometimes a cop pulls you over and on top of giving you a ticket for being 5 over, he also brings up the unpaid parking ticket you forgot about. Each zodiac sign is like a marker on a map telling us how this archetype is being expressed. 

Some people in life seem to skirt by the rules and we feel as if they could get away with murder. Some of us seem to have any and every obstacle pop up in life despite how hard we try. And still, most of us fall in the middle, learning the lessons of life and building strength of character along the way. Each of these are examples of the prominence, or degree of influence, Saturn may hold in a person’s life.

Now let’s tie it all together.

As was mentioned earlier with universal wave function, everything has a wavelength. So too, our consciousness is expressed in the form of wavelengths. So much so that even our different states of thinking have different wavelengths associated with them. When I am physically active in my environment I am functioning in Beta Wavelength. If I am feeling relaxed and watching TV then I am likely in Alpha wavelength. The full spectrum of brain function from fastest to shortest is Gamma, Beta, Alpha, Theta, Delta.

This is where the wavelength of the stars merge with the wavelength of our soul.

When we first leave the womb, the energetic qualities of the stars become imprinted on our soul like a carnival stamp. At the beginning of our life we are more likely to be acting unconscious and display the energies we have been stamped with. As we age, the hope is we become more aware of ourselves and behaviors and can then choose how we wish to act. By the end of our life we may only display a portion of the qualities we had but we still carry the experience of our life. Thus the carnival stamp is faded, but we know which rides we like and don’t like.

However, for this type of change to take place it is important we become aware of our behaviors. I can’t expect to solve a problem if I don’t first know there is a problem. Likewise, I can’t choose which behaviors are good if I am not reflecting on those behaviors. A flamboyant Aries in his 20s may still act like a flamboyant Aries in his 60s. The difference would likely be when, where, and with whom, he chooses to be the center of attention. Although, maturity looks a little different for everyone.

In summary, astrology influences us because it is a projection of energetic signals. Each planet holds an energetic signature that can be expressed in different ways and even though we grow and change in life, some qualities always stay with us.

To truly understand how astrology influences someone, it is important to look at the whole natal chart, not just the Sun Sign. Only then are we able to get an understanding of what energetic signatures have been imprinted on their psyche during this incarnation. 

I hope this brief article helped with whatever rabbit hole you’re digging in right now. For more info, check out my other posts or videos and make sure to link up with me on YouTube, Instagram or Twitter!

May your seeking be fruitful and your findings bountiful!