Numerous scientists over many years have studied the role of consciousness and how it can directly influence our physical material world, and a lot of research has been published clearly demonstrating that consciousness and what we perceive to be our physical material world are directly intertwined. I will provide more examples of this toward the end of the article, but for now we are going to take a look at one.
We’ve written about it numerous times. Called the quantum double slit experiment, it’s a great example of how consciousness can affect our physical material world. A paper published in the peer-reviewed journal Physics Essays explains how this experiment has been used multiple times to explore the role of consciousness in shaping the nature of physical reality.
The experiment uses a double-slit optical system to test the possible role of consciousness in the collapse of the quantum wave-function. Scientists predicted the ratio of the interference pattern’s double slit spectral power to its single slit spectral power would decrease when attention was focused onto the double slit as compared to away from it. The study found that factors associated with consciousness significantly correlated in predicted ways with perturbations in the double slit interference pattern.
“Observations 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 measurement.”
A number of experiments were conducted to measure perturbations in the wave function. In the first experiment, participants were instructed to direct their attention toward the double-slit apparatus or to withdraw their attention away and onto another task. At certain times, a computerized voice instructed them, saying “Please influence the beam now” when they were to focus on it and “You may now relax” when they were to look at something else. This first experiment was modestly designed in accordance with the consciousness collapse hypothesis (perturbations in the double slit interference pattern).
The second experiment was conducted at a Zen Buddhist temple, which was a great place to recruit meditators for the experiment. This time:
For audio feedback, during attention-away periods the computer played a soft, continuous drone tone, and during attention-toward periods it played a musical note that changed pitch to reflect the real-time value of R. Participants were instructed to direct their attention toward the double-slit device as in the initial study. If they were successful, then the double-slit spectral power was predicted to decline, and in turn the pitch of the musical note would also decline.
This test finished after 19 participants engaged in 31 sessions. At the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) laboratory, 3 meditators contributed 11 sessions and 4 non-meditators contributed 7 sessions. At the Zen Buddhist temple, 12 meditators contributed 13 sessions. The tests were supervised, and a double-slit apparatus was presented.
This experiment provided more evidence, and in the IONS laboratory the meditators showed “superior performance” as compared to the non-meditators.
A third experiment was then conducted, using 33 sessions where 6 meditators contributed to 22 sessions and 7 non-meditators contributed to 11 sessions. The 22 meditator sessions resulted in “a significant decline” in the ration of the interference pattern. The meditators here had “an especially strong statistical effect.” This experiment clearly supported the hypothesis.
In the fourth experiment, 31 people contributed 51 sessions, and the experimental effect size observed in this study was three times greater than that observed in the first four experiments.
The study goes on, and consistently outlines a number of factors associated with consciousness (I focused on the ones using meditation, but there are more in the study) to collapse the quantum wave function, or interfere with its pattern.
“The study found that factors associated with consciousness significantly correlated in predicted ways with perturbations in the double slit interference pattern.”
Below is a visual demonstration of the quantum double slit experiment.
This experiment is one out of many that prove consciousness and our physical material world are intertwined. We recently published a study titled “10 Scientific Studies That Prove Consciousness Can Alter Our Physical Material World,” which you can read here
“A fundamental conclusion of 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. Get over it, and accept the inarguable conclusion. The universe is immaterial-mental and spiritual.”
— R.C. Henry (“The Mental Universe” ; Nature 436:29, 2005.)
Science is quickly catching up to ancient wisdom. Changing our world requires action, yes, but that action must come from a place of peace, love, cooperation, and understanding. Who is to say that meditation, and directing intention toward what we would like to change, is not the base of action? If you change within, manifestation without will begin to unfold, and that’s exactly what’s happening on our planet right now. If our hearts are in the right place, and our intentions are pure, we will be provided with the necessary opportunities using action to implement change. This is why the role of consciousness, and recognition of its role, is so important. It plays a large factor in creating global change on a mass scale.
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
– Albert Einstein
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