How Consciousness WorksHeisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle - Many realities exist simultaneously until the act of observation “selects” the reality then experienced - Our focus selects the reality we perceive, and other “realities” fadeDouble-slit Experiment - waves versus particleshttp://www.whatthebleep.com/download/ 1
How the Past Affects the Present• How we define our past, or our definitions of our experiences – Leads to continued reactions to experience – Can lead to missing new ways of responding – Strengthens the neural nets – Keeps us locked into habitual ways of behaving
How Consciousness Works• Emotions as addictions – Neural Nets • Neurons that fire together, wire together • Hormones, neurotransmitters released in a specific chemical cocktail - Becoming the observer of our emotions Breaks the neural connections Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) Tapping on acupuncture points to break disconnect the emotions from the stimuli 3
Constructed Reality Boeree• “The perceiver does not construct reality itself; rather the perceiver constructs an understanding of reality.”• Social reality is constructed by our culture – Common cultural traditions• We use words to construct our interpretation of reality – The constructs can take on a life of their own
Memes• Meme (as opposed to gene) that is “inherited” in a society (Boeree).• Cultural beliefs that are passed onto the next generation – “Celibacy is to be valued” – “Obey your elders” – “This is how you do it”
Constructing Our Reality Words as symbols– Language creates “boundaries” to our consciousness– Definitions of our words create the reality we construct– We use words to describe which create boundaries through dichotomous thinking • Up/down; in/out; me/not me (you) • Creates preferences • Creates separation that is an illusion“The map is not the territory”
Hope What The Bleep Do We Know?!?!?!? What is Reality? Do we create our own O Holy Night (song) reality?
Transpersonal• Instruments of measurement not yet discovered can impede our knowledge• Designing appropriate research design protocols to measure the effectiveness of subtle energy changes need to be reconsidered (acupuncture effectiveness)• Kirlian photography measures energy signature or corona discharge – High voltage field interacting with an object 8