Scientists are becoming increasingly aware that our bodies and minds are interconnected in multiple ways. Some of these mechanisms are well understood while others remain a mystery. For example, decades ago science revealed the interaction mechanisms of molecules and atoms, which today we call Chemistry. Social sciences study interactions between people. Economics is the study of trades and exchanges (usually monetary) for goods and services. Meteorology is the study of weather patterns arising from interactions of pressure fronts, humidity and temperature. All of these are mostly described by mathematical and physical theories, concepts and laws. However, many interactions occur below the level of direct observation and with mysterious mechanisms.
In quantum physics the most studied, yet still poorly understood is entanglement. Repeated studies reveal that entities as small as photons on up to macromolecules can be “entangled”. What this means is that when you interact with one of the entangled partners, the other partner will react in an equal and opposite manner, instantly. In fact, repeated studies have shown the speed of this connection to be superluminal, or faster than the speed of light, what Albert Einstein called “Spooky action at a distance.” This is known as non-local interactions. Furthermore, psychology research has shown similar results of possible “entanglement” between minds of interacting people, particularly couples or partners that are routinely around one another.
A typical experiment is to place a pair of subjects in rooms that are sound proof and electromagnetically isolated so that classical physical phenomena, such as sound and electromagnetic waves cannot be sent back and forth. Next, both subjects’ brain waves are monitored using separate electroencephalogram (EEG) equipment. Then we stimulate one subject with light pulses to a single eye to evoke a potential in their visual cortex. As we would expect, the patient with the direct stimulus has a measurable response. What completely confounds researchers is the fact that the partner, in the isolated room, also has a response in the same area of the visual cortex, albeit unconscious. Even more amazing is the isolated partner shows a response a fraction of a second BEFORE the actual stimulus has taken place.
Stepping back from all of these areas of science we can logically conclude that all matter and perhaps ‘minds’ as well, are interconnected. The nature of these connections varies across the board from global events down to the quantum level. This insight suggests that not only do your actions have consequences in the world around you, but also perhaps your thoughts and intentions. The next time you get angry over a car cutting you off on the highway, your spouse, child or best friend may unconsciously pick up on part of your emotions, and may react negatively in their environment causing another to get upset and so on. Now imagine that same car was on the way to the emergency room because a mother-to-be was being hurried to the emergency room. Changing your thoughts, to ones of compassion and empathy for her and the unborn child to make it to the hospital safely, transmits to your partner, who inexplicably feels inclined to help an elderly individual find their way to their doctors office. The elderly person treats their nurse beater and so on. The power of our thoughts, intentions and actions in everyday life are just now beginning to be understood in this cutting edge science. It places ultimate responsibility of our thoughts and actions with ourselves and also reveals that logic can be used to screen our emotions to prevent “knee jerk” reactions.
If we are aware that emotions can be picked up from our local and non-local surroundings, we can always check our emotions before we respond to a sensitive situation. For example, if you have angry feelings, that do not have any local source, you can choose to not react to these emotions, and instead choose to act differently. This idea has been known for centuries under many names such as being ‘centered’, ‘balanced’, etc. In my book Spiritual Evolution, I call it the Core Path. The basic idea is to keep your internal world balanced so that you can consciously choose how to interact with the world around you rather than be constantly reacting to situations.
In short, when we expand our worldview to the reality that we are globally connected we begin to transform our behavior. We do affect the local and non-local environments around us with our thoughts, intentions and actions and thus contribute to this interconnected universe. Begin to ask the questions, ‘What do I wish to accomplish in this world?’ ‘How do I want to contribute?’ ‘Am I going to continually take from the world or give something back?’ Recognize that your worldview either closes you off or opens you up to the possibilities, wonders and universal interconnectedness that we all share, whether we believe in it or not.