A quantum ramble

It’s become a bit of a habit to pop out on a Saturday morning for a cup of coffee, and sometimes that also means I have a moment to write my blog.
This morning is a particularly inspiring one because the sun is shining brilliantly. It’s cool but definitely going to warm up in time for Kelly’s wedding. My friend Kelly is getting married to the love of her life, Dan, today. It sounds like a wonderful affair, set in Brighton, with a bus for the guests and a whole lot of fun to be had.
On Thursday, I sent her my best wishes and promised her that we would have sun for the day, and I was right. I didn’t doubt it for a minute. I have always had direct control over the weather – (yes folks, it’s my fault).
The thing is, so does everybody.
According to quantum theory – the advanced branch of physics which absolutely nobody understands fully, including me – every thing that is possible actually does happen, in one of many parallel universes. It sounds like something out of a science fiction novel, and in fact it was a common premise in science fiction before the scientists pinched it. (Scientists get all their best ideas from science fiction). However the thing about quantum theory is that an awful lot of it is now better described as quantum fact.
There are multiple universes and all possibilities really do exist. Therefore, in this particular version of the universe, the sun is shining, if not especially for Kelly’s wedding, at least under the influence of my thoughts for Kelly’s wedding.
I believe that the choice of which universe is ‘real’ at any given time is the one that we attract. What we think of, whether in a positive or in a negative way, is what we get. If I had thought that there would be rain, we would probably have had rain (if I thought it strongly enough). If I had thought of it not raining, we would still probably have had rain in this universe – how can you create ‘not’ something? So I chose to positively think of sun for Kelly, and as an added bonus, a lot of people in this version of the universe will get to have a barbecue this afternoon.
It all sounds a bit barmy and unlikely, doesn’t it? But it is a view of life which is becoming increasingly popular and there are many books about it, such as the very successful but slightly dumbed down ‘The Secret’ by Rhonda Byrne and the more in depth but challenging ‘The Law of Attraction’ by Esther and Jerry Hicks. My take on it is that it is a construct. It is not necessary for it to be true for it to work for you. If you believe that what you experience you attract then it becomes much easier not to blame others for your problems. And if you don’t blame others then that gives you far greater control of how you experience the world. It means that you take responsibility for what you do and how you feel about it. That can be hard sometimes, but gradually you become better at choosing a new way to respond. This can give you tremendous power over your life.
This may sound a bit heathen or atheistic, but it doesn’t need to be. For those who believe or have faith in God, this is the power of prayer. In the same way that I chose to attract sunlight, others will have prayed for it. By their prayer they are 100% responsible for the sunshine. They can say God did it, but if he did it because of their prayer, then it was their prayer that brought the sunshine.
And getting back to the multiple universe concept, the fact that I am writing this blog in this universe means that in another universe there has been no sun, I did not attract it and I may even have stayed in bed this morning. So when we are enjoying our day in the sun we can remember humbly that other form of us struggling to get the charcoal lit.
It also means that there is a version of me out there, in a parallel plane who has actually managed to get a decent cup of coffee in Cafe Nerd.
I did warn you it was a ramble.

Robert Sanders is a therapist and life coach, supporting people in their present and helping them create their future.

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