Well, you may ask, what do I REALLY think of this whole Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon?
The short answer is I have no answer.
But I do have some ideas:
- Something is going on in our skies, and perhaps in our oceans, and perhaps on our ground.
- Something difficult to assess due to the high noise generated by hoaxes, confabulations, misdirections, conspiracy theorists and lack of official transparency.
- Something that may have the potential to impact humanity as a whole and our cultures individually in ways not seen (or remembered) in our history.
- Something that might forever change our preexisting containers of science, philosophy, religion and arts in ways that could be unexpected, fascinating, confrontational, converging and unimaginable to us right now.
Why do I feel this way?
That I have an answer for.
I believe (as the Zen saying goes) things are not as they seem. Nor are they otherwise.
I think science is already moving us in unexpected directions. Things are getting scientifically weird right now. The field of quantum physics is already dealing with emerging likelihood’s that:
- Space and time do not exist other than in our minds.
- Things can directly influence other things instantaneously over large distances (quantum entanglement)
- Things in the universe may not exist as we believe them to when we are not looking at them (quantum superposition & collapse of the wave function).
- Our consciousness may be non-local. That is, our brains may simply be like radio receivers for consciousness. Perhaps a single consciousness.
- There may be an infinite number of ‘you’ living an infinite number of different lives in an infinite number of universes. Yes, I am president of the USA (and I’m doing a damn good job at it).
This is not new-age woo-woo, this is hardcore science. So it seems science is priming me for some sort of quantum leap in appreciating the world.
The second reason is that my Zen meditation practice has taken me to some places that make me 100% certain that the reality that most people experience is but a sliver of what is actually unfolding and expressing itself both around us and within us.
For anyone interested in looking at some of the container stretching science, here is a list of 3 books that I can recommend. Some of them are difficult to read at times. But even when I get a little lost in the explanations (I am not the smartest crayon in the toolbox to mix metaphors) I feel the information still ‘goes in’ somewhere and that it helps me get an appreciation of the world in richer and, dare I say it, more beautiful ways.
Lastly, I give a book recommendation for anyone interested in not just reading the map, but in actually exploring the territory.
What is Real? Adam Becker.
A super interesting journey through the history and concepts of quantum physics. Easy explanations of concepts. Covers all the key players as they battle to get their brilliant minds around what is going on around here. Clearly shows the professional and interpersonal perils faced by people willing to shatter the status quo as they search for (their) truth.
Something Deeply Hidden. Sean Carroll.
Another deep (but totally accessible) dive into the strangeness of quantum reality. Written by a theoretical physicist, this book unfolds the theory of multiverses or ‘many-worlds’ and breaks open the container separating ideas and theory from our lived experience.
Requires slow and thoughtful reading.
The Grand Biocentric Design: How Life Creates Reality. Robert Lanza.
Looks at the topic of non-localised consciousness through the lens of quantum physics.
Explores the field of quantum reality with easy to understand concepts and nil maths.
Although written for lay readers, a modicum of familiarity with basic quantum physics concepts will be a helpful primer before reading this book. Highly recommend.
Touching the Infinite. Rodney Smith
A thorough examination and guide to mindfulness meditative practice as expounded in the Buddhist Satipatthana Sutra. Do not be put off if you are not a Buddhist, this is a deep dive into the contemplative practices of realising who you are and how you fit into the universe.
I HIGHLY (in all caps!) recommend this book for anyone who has an existing mindfulness practice and is ready to take it beyond simple stress reduction and productivity benefits. Some of the concepts may be a bit of a stretch for new meditators. This is a book you must actually practice rather than simply read.