The Illusion of Matter: Our Physical Material World Isn’t Really Physical At All

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theoneNiels Bohr, a Danish Physicist who made significant contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory once said: “if quantum mechanics hasn’t profoundly shocked you, you haven’t understood it yet.” Quantum physics has left scientists all over the world baffled, especially with the discovery that our physical material reality, isn’t really physical at all. “Everything we call real is made of things that cannot be regarded as real.” It seems philosophers of our ancient past were right, our senses really do deceive us.

Again, our physical material reality really ISN’T physical at all. The meaning, significance and implications of these findings within our quantum world have led to a plethora of ideas and theories, some of which lay inside the label of “pseudo-science.”  This article will present scientific evidence that clearly show the connections between consciousness and what we call reality and how these can no longer be denied. It will also ponder the implications of this knowing, and how this realization plays an important role in the potential transformation of our planet, at a time when we need it the most.

Scientific understandings change continuously throughout human history.  Old “knowings” are constantly dismissed as we come across new ones. Even with our current understanding about the laws of physics, it could have some loopholes, especially with the recent disclosure of the black budget. We now know that trillions of dollars are going towards projects that the human race knows nothing about. Other phenomenon, like zero-point energy, extracting energy and heat from electromagnetic zero-point radiation via the Casimir force have shown to be correct and conclusive -for more information on these sources, please click here. (1)(9)(10)(11)(12)(13) Some of these ideas threaten our current understanding of physics, but how can we even have an understanding of physics when what we call ‘matter’ isn’t even real? How can we understand it if when we observe an atom at its tiniest level the behavior of that atom changes? The quantum world is definitely a weird one, and it’s safe to say that we don’t understand it, but we do recognize the significance and potential it has to help transform our world. We are starting to recognize that non-physical properties govern the universe, and we are turning our attention towards consciousness and the role it plays with regards to the physical make up of our reality.

The notion that the atom was the smallest particle in the universe fell with the discovery that the atom itself is made up of even smaller, subatomic elements. What was even more shocking was the revelation that these subatomic particles emit various “strange energies.”(0) Proponents would argue that the findings within quantum physics only apply and are significant at the subatomic level, but to those I say, are we not all existing at the subatomic level? When we observe ourselves and our physical environment at the smallest level, are we not made up of atoms? Are we not made up of subatomic particles? Are we not what we observe?

At the turn of the ninetieth century, physicists started to explore the relationship between energy and the structure of matter. In doing so, the belief that a physical, Newtonian material universe that was at the very heart of scientific knowing was dropped, and the realization that matter is nothing but an illusion replaced it. Scientists began to recognize that everything in the Universe is made out of energy.

Quantum physicists discovered that physical atoms are made up of vortices of energy that are constantly spinning and vibrating, each one radiating its own unique energy signature. Therefore, if we really want to observe ourselves and find out what we are, we are really beings of energy and vibration, radiating our own unique energy signature -this is fact and is what quantum physics has shown us time and time again. We are much more than what we perceive ourselves to be, and it’s time we begin to see ourselves in that light. If you observed the composition of an atom with a microscope, you would see a small, invisible tornado like vortex, with a number of infinitely small energy vortices called quarks and photons. These are what make up the structure of the atom. As you focused in closer and closer on the structure of the atom, you would see nothing, you would observe a physical void.(0) The atom has no physical structure, we have no physical structure, physical things really don’t have any physical structure! Atoms are made out of invisible energy, not tangible matter.

It’s quite the conundrum, isn’t it? Our experience tells us that our reality is made up of physical material things, and that our world is an independently existing objective one. Again, what quantum mechanics reveals is that there is no true “physicality” in the universe, that atoms are made of focused vorticies of energy-miniature tornadoes that are constantly popping into and out of existence.  The revelation that the universe is not an assembly of physical parts, suggested by Newtonian physics, and instead comes from a holistic entanglement of immaterial energy waves stems from the work of Albert Einstein, Max Planck, and Werner Heisenberg, among others. (0)

Despite the findings of quantum physics many scientists today still cling onto the prevailing matter-oriented worldview, for no good reason at all. As mentioned earlier, these scientists restrict quantum theory’s validity to the subatomic world. If we know that matter isn’t physical, how can we further our scientific discovery by treating it as physical?

Despite the unrivaled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension and even anger. (T. Folger, “Quantum Shmantum”; Discover 22:37-43, 2001)

What Does This Mean?

What does it mean that our physical material reality isn’t really physical at all? It could mean a number of things, and concepts such as this cannot be explored if scientists remain within the boundaries of the only perceived world existing, the world we see. Fortunately, many scientists have already taken the leap, and have already questioned the meaning and implications of what we’ve discovered with quantum physics. One of these potential revelations is that “the observer creates the reality.”

A fundamental conclusion of the new physics also acknowledges that the observer creates the reality. As observers, we are personally involved with the creation of our own reality. Physicists are being forced to admit that the universe is a “mental” construction. Pioneering physicist Sir James Jeans wrote: “The stream of knowledge is heading toward a non-mechanical reality; the universe begins to look more like a great thought than like a great machine. Mind no longer appears to be an accidental intruder into the realm of matter, we ought rather hail it as the creator and governor of the realm of matter. (R. C. Henry, “The Mental Universe”; Nature 436:29, 2005) (14)

 We can no longer ignore the fact that our beliefs, perceptions and attitudes (consciousness) create the world.

Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual (14)

One great example that illustrates the role of consciousness within the physical material world (which we know not to be so physical) is the double slit experiment. This experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality. (2)

A double-slit optical system was used to test the possible role of consciousness in the collapse of the quantum wave-function.(2) The ratio of the interference pattern’s double-slit spectral power to its single-slit spectral power was predicted to decrease when attention was focused toward the double-slit as compared to away from it.(2) The study found that factors associated with consciousness, such as meditation, experience, electrocortical markers of focused attention and psychological factors such as openness and absorption, significantly correlated in predicted ways with perturbations in the double-slit interference pattern.(2)

Below is a video that demonstrates the double slit experiment from the film “What the bleep do we know.”

The problem presented in this experiment is called the quantum measurement problem (QMP). It refers to (as seen in the video) the intriguing effect whereby quantum objects appear to behave differently when observed than when unobserved.(2) Scientists only view it as a problem because it disregards what our senses tell us, that the world is completely independent of observation. This problem has led to the study of the role of observation and measurement -which many believe to be one aspect of consciousness due to our mind-like capacity of awareness, attention and intention.

Observation not only disturb what has to be measured, they produce it. We compel the electron to assume a definite position. We ourselves produce the results of the measurement. (2)

These types of experiments are not the only ones available that show consciousness does play a role, and is interconnected with our physical material reality in some way. The possible influence of human consciousness on the behavior of physical or biological systems has been subject to rigorous research and documentation for a number of years by several researches. Many of the experiments that use the role of human consciousness and how it affects our physical material world have been done so under the Department of Defense and military agencies, thus remaining classified -hidden science kept from the eyes of the mainstream public world. (3)

One example of this is the 24-year government-sponsored program to investigate ESP and its potential use within the Intelligence Community. This operation was called STAR GATE , and most of its research and findings remain classified to this day. (4) Another example is the research conducted by the CIA and NSA in conjunction with Stanford University. (5)(6)(7).

Personally, I am compelled to believe that much of the science that deals with the “weirdness” of the quantum world, and many of its technological applications remains within the realm of the classified world. A world so secretive that it could be thousands, if not millions of years ahead of the mainstream world.

What Level Of Consciousness Do You Operate From?

Now that we’ve established that our physical makeup is one that is not physical at all, where do we go from here? We are atoms, made up of subatomic particles, that are actually a bunch of energy vibrating at a certain frequency. Us, these vibrational beings of energy exhibit consciousness, which has been shown to manifest, create and correlate to our physical material world. The next question to ask ourselves is: what level of consciousness/ state of being do we individually, and more importantly, collectively operate from?

Studies have shown that positive emotions and operating from a place of peace within oneself can lead to a very different experience for the person emitting those emotions and for those around them. At our subatomic level, does the vibrational frequency change the manifestation of physical reality? If so, in what way? We know that when an atom changes it’s state, it absorbs or emits electromagnetic frequencies, which are responsible for changing it’s state. (15) Do different states of emotion, perception and feelings result in different electromagnetic frequencies? Yes! This has been proven. (8)

Below is a video that uses the example of the heart, and sheds some light on some facts you may not have known.

The non-physical world is weird, isn’t it? The fact that material substances (matter) appear out of thin air, with lots of evidence to point to consciousness as that which is creating it, is pretty intriguing. One minute we are holding a physical object in our hand, like a coin, and then the next minute we realize that if we were to focus in on the coins material substance with an atomic microscope, we would see that we are actually holding nothing.

The best we can do for now is understand that the human race must operate from a place of peace, a place of co-operation and understanding. We must realize that we are all interconnected, that we can solve our problems here easily, given the fact that we have a number of solutions. The only way we will be able to implement and utilize these solutions is through a shift in consciousness. The world is indeed waking up. My soul knows the significance of these findings, it is difficult for the mind to explain. Hopefully I did a decent job.

Related CE Article: 10 Scientific Studies That Prove Consciousness Can Alter Our Physical Material World


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One example of this is the 24-year government-sponsored program to investigate ESP and its potential use within the Intelligence Community.  The final report was released in 1995, and the CIA concluded that a statistically significant effect had been demonstrated in the laboratory. This operation was called STAR GATE, and most of its research and findings remain classified.(3) The Department of Defence suppressed a large amount of data from this 24 year study. – See more at:

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  1. Yes, you did do a good job! It’s so fascinating, isn’t it?!

    • - Collective Evolution

      Thanks Inogen, and yes, it is very fascinating!

  2. Wagner Boccaldi

    dude what a great job you did, this is so impressive, and I know it’s a fact. Congrats. I’m look forward to read your next article. Regards from Brazil!!

  3. owadac

    Amazing article! I’m really glad that you have great format and citations for your references. I am new to CE, but that’s one thing that I have found a little frustrating. I like the ease of knowing that the information I’m reading has been peer reviewed and at least holds some validity and not just a scare story that has little scientific backing. I’ve honestly been thinking about this subject for some time. The universe is an amazing and intriguing place indeed!

  4. Amazing, peace of mind is key.

  5. Leo

    One of the most cohesive articles on this subject matter that I have read in quite a while. Thank you so much for this. I await your next article with utmost anticipation.

  6. Lewis

    Well done sir, makes me feel good about the nature of reality

  7. Kerri

    Well written and presented. Thank you for assisting in the wake-up call.
    Goodjuju to you… and to us all… as we explore our collective universal consciousness.

  8. Gianfranco Fronzi

    Good article on old news . If the experiments are so simple yet the results so diverse , do you think a scientist can’t give a simple explanation ? One thing is right , the universe we live in is mechanical in nature , mathematics only can cover part of it . Math doesn’t include free actions that aren’t predictable . Having said that , imagine what’s out there , forms of life and realities that will astound you .

  9. Allow me to direct you to a Vedic science called Sankhya, that gives the mathematical derivations based on axioms. It removes any speculation about matter, consciuosness or whatever. IRhe enetire process of manifestation is mathematically precise, logically consistent and undisputable . Please visit

  10. Gro Sorby

    Thank you for an amazing article. I love how you link science and consciousness, important information that should be comprehensible for a large group of people. A good contribution to rising collective consciousness and inspiration to further exploration of consciousness.

  11. If the intention is peace, how can schizophrenia, tsunamis, car accidents, or a death in the family result? We know it’s illusion, but there are more forces at work than just our own will power, and that’s why bad things happen to good people. So let’s not get carried away by the words of New Age physicists and gurus who would have you believe that you can manifest anything at all (if only you pay your five dollars to the organization, first). There’s more to life.

    • Maeve

      I’ll try to explain from how I read your comment, please don’t think I’m giving you a hard time. :) I just have a few ideas about it.
      That’s polarising experiences into good and bad. It’s your attitude that determines how you see them – from your own thoughts about how you consider them. You’re probably right, there’s more to Life OR there is MORE to understand about the theory as I don’t believe personally that we know everything 😉
      It may be the experiences are from Karmic lessons and it’s a shunt to get you to be peaceful as you can only control yourself because admit it, how many truly positive and peaceful are out there that haven’t gone through what they would call Hell first before they decided that they are in their driver’s seat and voila, their world is transformed by how they respond to it. Sorry if I’ve convoluted it up a bit, I don’t believe I’ve ever been great at explaining things. :)
      They are things that happen and another way I guess of explaining it is: What is Good for the Spider is Chaos for the Fly.

  12. bravo :)

  13. Thanks this is very well written. I am actually amazed you could put it in to words as if I try to explain my thoughts to others I can’t get them in to words.

  14. Jo

    You did a great job friend, the conclusion made me smile, and collective-evolution has made a great impact in my life.
    Thanks Arjun Walia, Joe Martino and everyone contributing to a better (and more conscious) world.

  15. Ben

    Sounds to me like science is coming close to God. And in the end, the things use advise for the world, is what He has wanted for us from the moment He had the idea of us in His mind :)

  16. Aaron Wilhide

    although I applaud any thinking that is outside of the box I have some major issues with parts of it. mostly the Dr Quantum video from “What the Bleep do we know” first off an electron doesnt decide to act differently when it is “observed” the way we observe it, since they cant be seen with the naked eye is to disturb its momentum therefore changing its trajectory and collapsing the wave function. that is why it goes back to acting like a particle and you only get 2 lines. there is no way currently to passively observe single photons. the “physical atoms are made up of vortices” assertion was a theory proposed by William Thomson (later elevated to Lord Kelvin) in 1867 and was discarded with the discovery of the electron in 1897 by J.J. Thomas. this is merely a layman’s pontification on quantum mechanics,. and making baseless assertions based on a poor understanding of quantum physics. If you would like to know more about what quantum physics actually shows I would suggest taking a course at a university or contacting a PhD. quantum physicist.

  17. Drake

    Don’t worry, you’ve done an excellent job explaining the topic. Thank you for the amazing read, you’re a fantastic writer.


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