from PsychologyToday Website
Alas! The mass of accumulating evidence calls our individual separateness into question.
Space and time aren't the walls we think. Experiments suggest the distinction between past and future - and between here and there - are an illusion.
This won't surprise those who, contemplating the works of men such as Plato, Socrates, and Kant, and of Buddha and other great spiritual teachers, kept wondering about the relationship between the universe and the mind of man.
Indeed, even Einstein told us
that space and time only exist relative to the observer.
Scientists have traced all of this life back to some single-celled organism in the Archean sea. Indeed, even the matter and energy that makes us up can be traced back in space and time to a singularity.
Clearly, we're all interrelated, but are
we part of a single individuality? Perhaps we're like the cells in
our body, constantly dying and being replaced, part of a complex
entity greater than ourselves.
For instance, the cells in leaves produce food for a plant, converting sunlight into chemical energy that it can use as food. The cells in its stems and branches transport food and water from the leaves and roots to the whole organism.
Of course, instead of branches, we vertebrates have bones for support, and muscles that give us the ability to locomote and hunt for food.
This dynamic interrelationship occurs
between species as well, not only in our gut but on a planet-wide
scale. We oxygen-breathing life-forms inhale oxygen and then exhale
carbon dioxide; plants then take in the CO2 and
use it in their photosynthesis process and in turn give off or
Our individual separateness in space and time (as, for instance, you and I, or Alice, Ada and Mabel) is, in a sense, illusory.
Life is a complex play of cells, some around when you're young, some around when you're old, but they are all, regardless of species, ephemeral forms of an entity that transcends the walls of space and time.
At first glance, it seems bizarre that a frog in the rain forest or a dolphin in the ocean should be directly connected to us.
But the double-slit experiment - as well as others - have repeatedly shown that a single particle can be in more than one place at the same time. See the loon in the pond or the dandelion in the field.
How deceptive is the space that
separates them and makes them solitary. They're the subjects of the
same reality that interested John Bell, who proposed the
experiment that answered the question of whether what happens
locally is affected by nonlocal events.
Physicist Nicolas Gisin sent entangled particles zooming along optical fibers until they were seven miles apart. But whatever action they took, the communication between them happened instantaneously. Today no one doubts the connectedness between bits of light or matter, or even entire clusters of atoms.
They're intimately linked in a manner suggesting there's no space between them, and no time influencing their behavior.
In fact, just this month a team of
researchers published a paper in the prestigious journal Nature (Yin
et al, 488, 185, 2012) extending this distance to unprecedented
lengths - they achieved
quantum teleportation across
Qinghai Lake in China, a distance of 97 kilometers, roughly
equivalent to the distance between New York City and Philadelphia.
As parts of such a whole we are all one.
Heinz Pagels, the esteemed theoretical physicist, once stated:
Pagels' conclusion is right, except it's not your consciousness that is the only one, it's ours.
According to biocentrism, our individual separateness may be an illusion.
Remember the old Hindu poem:
That consciousness which was behind the youth you once were, may also be behind the mind of every animal and person existing in space and time.
There is more to life than dreamed of in our science and religions.
John Haldane, British-born geneticist and evolutionary biologist, once said,
Biocentrism suggests space and time aren't the only tools that can be used to construct reality.
Although our destiny is to live and die in the everyday world of up and down, these algorithms could be changed so that instead of time being linear, it was three-dimensional-like space. We'd be able to walk through time just like we walk through space.
Life would be able to escape from its
corporeal cage. Indeed, our destiny likely lies in realities that
exist outside of the known universe.