The science behind visualization meditation is beyond the realm of Classical Physics, which deals with objects and forces that we see and touch in everyday life.
We are familiar with the Newton's three laws of motion and their representation in our surroundings makes perfect sense to us.
But, there is another more basic representation, in the form of Quantum Reality, which we can't see or perceive with any of our senses.
Quantum physics deals with this alternate reality that pervades everything, but lies beneath the surface and hidden from our view.
In the early 20th century, Erwin Schrodinger devised a thought experiment to show the odd nature of what quantum physics implies. The thought experiment is known as 'Schrodinger's Cat.'
The question is after one half-life has elapsed, is the cat alive or is it dead?
Since there is a 50% chance that the atom has decayed in one half-life, our "logical" answer must be that the cat has a 50% chance of being alive or dead. No other answer in our (Classical Reality) experience makes any sense.
We cannot say with certainty if the cat is either alive or dead.
However, we are asking a question that requires a specific answer. Is the cat alive, or is it dead?
Quantum Physics gives us a third, and actually the only valid, answer to this problem.
The cat is in a mixed quantum state of being both alive and dead as far as anyone outside the sealed box is concerned. That is, the cat is only in a specific state of alive or dead when someone looks inside the box to determine the state of the cat.
This representation of the result of the Schrodinger's cat experiment does not make any sense as far as Classical Reality is concerned. Nevertheless, it has good basis in Physics.
Physicists of the time solved the problem by arriving at a consensus as to the nature of a quantum system: if a system is not measured or observed, it exists in a superposition of all possible quantum states. When the system is measured or observed, it falls into one specific state.
Schrodinger's cat is both alive and dead until someone opens the box to look.
What this implies is that the universe around us is teeming with infinite possibilities until we choose and decide to pick one amongst them. Only when we, as observer, make that decision does the universe then reflect that choice as our reality from the set of countless other possibilities.
In the years after Schrodinger's thought experiment, scientists realized that all subatomic particles have both wave and particle properties. They are neither a particle nor a wave!
Thomas Young conducted an experiment to study the behavior of light. Known as the double slit experiment, it assumed light was going to behave as a wave.
Without boring you with the details, let's just dive into what is of interest (if you are keen to know more, google 'double slit experiment').
When the experiment was set-up to measure light as a wave, it resulted in an interference pattern, which is a characteristic of waves. So far so good.
The real surprise was when the experiment was modified a bit to presume that light is made of particles and detectors were installed to see which path the photons or light particles take.
What kind of pattern do we get now?
According to Classical Physics, it had better be an interference pattern again.
We get two little points of light.
Because we were thinking of light as particles, so we detected the particles, and particles cannot interfere with each other like waves do.
When we run an experiment that assumes light is a particle, light behaves as if it were made of particles; when we run an experiment that assumes light is a wave, light behaves as if it were a wave.
Can you see where this is going?
The experiment clearly tells us that what we sense is what is contained in our universe. The universe only shows us the face we want to see. Our reality is merely a reflection of what we hold inside as our thoughts, beliefs and attitudes.
When we do visualization meditation, we actually feel what it is that we visualize. Quantum physics says that what we feel makes up our reality.
And so what we visualize becomes real in our universe.
Visualization meditation is a powerful tool to effect change in your life. You may find it hard to sit and meditate, but what if I told you an easy way (The laziest way to do visualization meditation).
Go on. Get on with it.
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