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By Gregg Braden
An excerpt from “Gregg Braden Bridges Time, Space, Miracles, and Belief “
The existence of a primal web of energy that connects our bodies, the world, and everything in the universe opens the door to a powerful and mysterious possibility, and suggests that we may be much more than simply observers passing through a brief moment of time in a creation that already exists.
As far-fetched as this idea might sound to many people, it is precisely at the crux of the greatest controversies among many of the most brilliant minds in recent history. In a quote from his autobiographical notes, Albert Einstein shared his belief that we’re essentially passive observers living in a universe already in place, one in which we seem to have little influence: “Out yonder there was this huge world,” he said, “which exists independently of us human beings and which stands before us like a great, eternal riddle, at least partially accessible to our inspection and thinking.”
In contrast to Einstein’s perspective, which is still widely held by many scientists today, John Wheeler, a Princeton physicist and colleague of Einstein, offers his radically different view of our role in creation. In terms that are bold, clear, and graphic, Wheeler says, “We had this old idea, that there was a universe out there, and here is man, the
observer, safely protected from the universe by a six-inch slab of plate glass.” Referring to the late 20th century experiments that show us how simply looking at something changes that something, Wheeler continues, “Now we learn from the quantum world that even to observe so minuscule an object as an electron we have to shatter that plate glass: we have to reach in there . . . . So the old word observer simply has to be crossed off the books, and we must put in the new word – participator.”
What a shift! In a radically different interpretation of our relationship to the world we live in, Wheeler states that it’s impossible for us to simply watch the universe happen around us. Experiments in quantum physics, in fact, do show that simply looking at something as tiny as an electron – just focusing our awareness upon what it’s doing for even an instance in time – changes its properties while we’re watching it. The experiments suggest that the very act of observation is an act of creation. These findings seem to support Wheeler’s proposition that we can no longer consider ourselves merely onlookers who have no effect on the world that we’re observing.
Perhaps things are able to travel faster than the speed of light, and maybe they can be in two places at once! And if things have this ability, what about us?