Embracing the Immaterial Universe

BY Bruce Lipton
Embracing the Immaterial Universe
How the Creative Force of Consciousness Shapes our Reality

For over four hundred years, Western civilization has chosen science as its source of truths and wisdom about the mysteries of life. Allegorically, we may picture the wisdom of the universe as resembling a large mountain. We scale the mountain as we acquire knowledge. Our drive to reach the top of that mountain is fueled by the notion that with knowledge we may become ‘masters’ of our universe. Conjure the image of the all-knowing guru seated atop the mountain.

Scientists are professional seekers, forging the path up the “mountain of knowledge.” Their search takes them into the uncharted unknowns of the universe. With each scientific discovery, humanity gains a better foothold in scaling the mountain. Ascension is paved one scientific discovery at a time. Along its path, science occasionally encounters a fork in the road. Do they take the left turn or the right? When confronted with this dilemma, the direction chosen by science is determined by the consensus of scientists interpreting the acquired facts, as they are understood at the time.

Occasionally, scientists embark in a direction that ultimately leads to an apparent dead end. When that happens, we are faced with two choices: Continue to plod forward with the hope that science will eventually discover a way around the impediment, or return to the fork and reconsider the alternate path. Unfortunately, the more science invests in a particular path, the more difficult it is for science to let go of beliefs that keep it on that path. As historian Arnold Toynbee suggested, the cultural–which includes the scientific–mainstream inevitably clings to fixed ideas and rigid patterns in the face of imposing challenges. And yet from among their ranks arise creative minorities that resolve the threatening challenges with more viable responses.

Creative minorities are active agents that transform old, outdated philosophical ‘truths’ into new, life-sustaining cultural beliefs.

From Reductionism to Holism

The path that science is currently navigating has inadvertently brought us to our current moment of global crisis. Since the modern scientific revolution, starting with the publication of Copernicus’s observation in 1543, science has perceived the universe as a physical machine operating on the mechanical principles later defined by Newton. In the Newtonian worldview, the universe is defined by its material reality and its operation understood through reductionism–the process of taking matter apart and studying its bits and pieces. Knowledge of the universe’s parts and their interaction would allow science to predict and control nature. This notion of control is contained within determinism–the belief that with knowledge of something’s parts, we can predict its behavior.

ReductionismThe process of taking matter apart and studying its bits and pieces. Image: National Cancer Institute

The reductionist approach to understanding the nature of the universe has provided valuable knowledge, enabling us to fly to the moon, transplant artificial hearts, and read the genetic code. However, applying this science to world problems has hastened our apparent demise. It’s a simple fact that society cannot sustain itself by continuing to adhere to its current worldview. So leading-edge research is questioning fundamental assumptions long held as dogma by conventional science.

In contrast to conventional reductionism, the new noetic science is based upon holism, the belief that an understanding of nature and the human experience requires that we transcend the parts to see the whole.

Materialism and reductionism engender the idea that humans are disconnected from, and above, nature. The noetic vision emphasizes that life is derived from an integration and coordination of both the physical and the immaterial parts of the universe. The resolution of our global crisis requires the integration of reductionist and holistic perspectives. This revisioning of conventional science is seeding creative minorities who will rescue us from extinction.

Over the centuries, the accumulated knowledge of scientists has been assembled into a hierarchical construction resembling a multi-tiered building. Each level of the building is built upon the scientific foundation provided by the supporting lower levels. Each floor of the building is distinguished as a scientific subspecialty. The foundation for the ‘Science’ building is math. Upon math is assembled the building’s second level, physics. Built upon physics is chemistry, the building’s third level. Chemistry serves as the platform for the fourth tier, biology. Built upon biology is the building’s fifth and current top floor, psychology.

First Floor: A Foundation of Fractals and Chaos

Fundamental to this new noetic curriculum is the foundation offered by math. Mathematical laws are absolute, certain, and indisputable. For centuries those laws have been used to isolate and divide the universe into separate measurable components. Future science will be built upon emerging new math that emphasizes the disciplines of fractal geometry and chaos theory.

Fractals are a modern version of geometry, officially defined in 1983 by IBM scientist Benoit Mandelbrot. They are actually a simple mathematics based upon an equation involving addition and multiplication, in which the result is entered back into the original equation and solved again. Repetition of the equation inherently provides for a geometry expressing self-similar objects that appear at higher or lower levels of the equation’s magnitude. Organization at any level of nature, like nested Russian dolls, reflects a self-similar pattern to organization found at higher or lower levels of reality. For example, the structure and behavior of a human cell is self-similar to the structure and behavior of a human, which in turn is self-similar to the structure and behavior of humanity. In short, “As above, so below.” Fractal geometry emphasizes that the observable physical universe is derived from the integration and interconnectivity of all of its parts.

Rather than endorsing a Darwinian evolution based upon random mutations and a struggle for survival, fractal geometry reveals that the biosphere is a structured cooperative venture comprised of all living organisms. Instead of invoking competition as a means of survival, the new view of nature is one driven by cooperation among species living in harmony with their physical environment. We must own that every human being counts, for each is a member of a single organism. When we war, we are warring against ourselves.

Fractal earthFractal geometry reveals that the biosphere is a structured cooperative venture comprised of all living organisms. Image: David Clode

Through mathematical equations, fractal geometry derives structures resembling those of the natural world, such as mountains, clouds, plants, and animals. The dynamics of those fractal structures are directly influenced by chaos theory, a math that is concerned with the nature by which small changes may cause unexpected final effects. Chaos theory defines the processes by which the flap of a butterfly’s wing in Asia may influence the formation of a tornado in Oklahoma. When chaos theory is combined with fractal geometry, the math further predicts the behavioral dynamics observed in our physical reality, from weather patterns to human physiology, from social patterns to market prices on the stock exchange.

Second Floor: Energy Physics

A century ago, a group of creative minorities launched a radical new view of how the universe works. Albert Einstein, Max Planck, and Werner Heisenberg, among others, formulated new theories concerning the underlying mechanics of the universe. Their work on quantum mechanics revealed that the universe is not an assembly of physical parts as suggested by Newtonian physics but is derived from a holistic entanglement of immaterial energy waves. Quantum mechanics shockingly reveals that there is no true ‘physicality’ in the universe; atoms are made of focused vortices of energy–miniature tornados that are constantly popping into and out of existence. Atoms as energy fields interact with the full spectrum of invisible energy fields that comprise the universe, intimately entangled with one another and the field in which they are immersed.

A fundamental conclusion of the 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 nonmechanical 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. – R. C. Henry, ‘The Mental Universe’ Nature 436:29, 2005

Although quantum mechanics was acknowledged eighty years ago as the best scientific description of the mechanisms creating our universe, most scientists rigidly cling to the prevailing matter-oriented worldview simply because it ‘seems’ to make better sense out of our existence. To grapple with the contradictions, the majority of physicists have chosen an easy way out: they restrict quantum theory’s validity to the subatomic world. Renowned theoretical physicist David Deutsch wrote:

Despite the unrivalled empirical success of quantum theory, the very suggestion that it may be literally true as a description of nature is still greeted with cynicism, incomprehension, and even anger. – T. Folger, ‘Quantum Shmantum’ Discover 22:37-43, 2001

However, quantum laws must hold at every level of reality. We can no longer afford to ignore that fact. We must learn that our beliefs, perceptions, and attitudes about the world create the world. Recently, Johns Hopkins physicist professor R. C. Henry suggested that we “get over it” and accept the inarguable conclusion:

The universe is immaterial–mental and spiritual. – R. C. Henry, ‘The Mental Universe’

Quantum entanglementThe universe is derived from a holistic entanglement of immaterial energy waves. Image: Federico Beccari

Third Floor: Vibrational Chemistry

While conventional chemistry has focused on the atomic elements as miniature Newtonian solar systems composed of solid electrons, protons, and neutrons, vibrational chemistry, based upon quantum mechanics, emphasizes that atoms are made of spinning immaterial energy vortices, such as quarks. The new chemistry is concerned with the role of vibration in creating molecular bonds and driving molecular interactions. Energy fields, such as those derived from cell phones or from thoughts, interact with and influence chemical reactions.

Vibrational chemistry defines the mechanisms that mediate the mind-body connection. The body is structurally derived from over a hundred thousand different protein molecules. Proteins change shape in response to signals–harmonic vibrations in the field. The collective movement of proteins generates the behaviors we observe as ‘life.’ Life-controlling signals originate from both physical chemicals and immaterial energy waves. The energy-protein interface is the junction of the mind-body connection. Via a process called electro-conformational coupling, protein behaviors can be influenced by neural vibrational fields derived from conscious processes (T. Y. Tsong, ‘Deciphering the Language of Cells’ Trends in Biochemical Sciences 14:89, 1989).

Fourth Floor: The New Biology

Traditional biology, like traditional chemistry, has also been investigated using a reductionist philosophy–organisms are dissected into cells, and cells into molecular parts–to gain understanding of how they work. The new curriculum perceives of cells and organisms as integrated communities that are physically and energetically entangled within their environment. The new biological holism endorses James Lovelock’s hypothesis that the Earth and the biosphere represent a single living and breathing entity known as Gaia. The study of Gaian physiology, emphasizing the participation and integration of all the Earth’s organisms, would reacquaint us with our connection to the planet and to our ancient role as the Garden’s caretakers.

A noetic biology will also embrace the power of epigenetics. Epigenetics, which literally translates as “control above the genes,” a newly recognized second genetic code that controls the activity and programming of an organism’s DNA. This new hereditary mechanism reveals how behavior and gene activity is controlled by an organism’s perception of its environment. The fundamental difference between the old DNA genetic code and the new epigenetics is that the former notion endorses genetic determinism–the belief that genes predetermine and control our physiological and behavioral traits–while epigenetics recognizes that our perceptions of the environment, including our consciousness, actively control our genes. Through epigenetic mechanisms, applied consciousness can be used to shape our biology and make us ‘masters’ of our own lives.

Fifth Floor: Energy Psychology

Holistic revisions in the supporting sciences of physics, chemistry, and biology provide for a radically remodeled fifth tier, psychology. For centuries, our materialistic perspective dismissed the immaterial mind and consciousness as an epiphenomenon of the mechanical body. We perceived that the action of genes and neurochemicals–the hardware of the central nervous system–were responsible for our behaviors and our dysfunctions. The foundation of quantum mechanics, vibrational chemistry, and epigenetic control mechanisms, however, provide for a profound new understanding of psychology: The environment along with the perceptions of the mind controls behavior and the genetics of biology. Rather than being ‘programmed’ by our genes, our lives are controlled by our perceptions of life experiences!

GenesRather than being ‘programmed’ by our genes, our lives are controlled by our perceptions of life experiences. Image: Anthony Tran

The switch from Newtonian to quantum mechanics changes the focus of psychology from physiochemical mechanisms to the role of energy fields. Energy psychology would focus on the software of programming consciousness rather than the physiochemical hardware that mechanistically expresses behavior. Energy psychology directly impacts subconscious programming rather than trying to manipulate genetics, physiology, and behavior. This new understanding will also help parents to recognize the power that fundamental perceptions have on programming the subconscious mind. This recognition can then lead to developmental experiences that will enhance the health, intelligence, and happiness of our children.

Penthouse: Noetic Science, A View from the Top

Such renovations to each floor of traditional science not only strengthen the building but also support a new tier, an all-encompassing field known as noetic science. Noetic science emphasizes that the structure of the universe is made in the image of its underlying field. The physical character of atoms, proteins, cells, and people are controlled by immaterial energies that collectively form that field. The cellular community comprising each human responds to a unique spectrum of the universe’s energy field. This unique spectrum, referred to by many as soul or spirit, represents an invisible moving force that is in harmonic resonance with our physical bodies. This is the creative force behind the consciousness that shapes our physical reality.

Noetic consciousness reveals that collectively we are the ‘field’ incarnate. Each of us is ‘information’ manifesting and experiencing a physical reality. Integrating and balancing the awareness of our noetic consciousness into our physical consciousness will empower us to become true creators of our life experiences. When such an understanding reigns, we and the Earth will once again have the opportunity to create the Garden of Eden.

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1 year ago

This is such a great resource that you are providing and you give it away for free. I love seeing blogs that understand the value of providing a quality resource for free.

2 years ago

Great article no doubt there is an unseen topic that you can cover next in the future about the universe after reading complete your post keep posting …

Mario Mathews
2 years ago

Good on you for making content that educates during this time. Being productive during rough times is a good trait.

2 years ago

wonderful post Bruce, looking for more research on it

Donald Ross
2 years ago

No, they are reaching, just trying to get an audiance

Marry Olsen
3 years ago

Universe’s parts and their interaction would allow science to predict and control nature.

3 years ago

Love this but Bruce has still not incorporated The Electric Universe and the necessity to recognize the significance of the role of aether and plasma. There are phenomenon within the purview of The Electric Universe model which disprove some of the basic theories of quantum physics. A wealth of information is available in The Energy Times Newsletter. Also Eileen McKusick’s talk at The Electric Universe meeting and her work with biofield tuning is informative. Also check out the Consciousness Health Initiative, CHI, for a wealth of articles supporting biofield technologies.

Sunderrajan s
3 years ago

I have been following Bruce for quite some time on face book. It’s about quantum world, so very true, as science unfolds ,entanglement ,we will get close to nothing and nothing is everything, in indian myth called zero,Bindu ,we end up bindu

Our women have red bindi on forehead it is Bindu the creation and destruction.where it started,where it ends.life is large existence of physical and non.physical being.

Helen Fatr
3 years ago

Fantastic article, thank you. Over many years I have come to understand in my own way, much of what the article discusses. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it from a scientific/spiritual perspective, which is so rich.

Terry Pearce
4 years ago

Not too sure about the ordering of the sciences into heirachies or that we were the gardeners of eden but I did enjoy the bit about epigenetics because I asked a bio chemist that since we are an expression of our genes, could it be that our genes are an expression of us? And he instantly dismissed the idea.

4 years ago

Thank you for a very good article. What perhaps is not understood in all the arguments between the so- called materialists and those of a spiritial disposition is that what matters is not so much what you are looking at but where you are looking from.
Your view of so-called reality depends on the state of your own body mind/emotion instrument. Which ‘I’ do we start with? If it is a separate ego embedded in past impressions and habitual modes and ways of thinking as ‘me’ or ‘my’then the viewpoint will be literally limited and partial. Earth bound. Seeing all in terms of the so-called reality of the physical world. A physical world that is now known to be entirely illusory in termd of its apparent substantiality.

This ultimately can be seen in vibrational terms. When ‘we’ are angry and agitated for instance we “see red”. We experience profound separation as our reality. We identify with mind and its movements. In the process forgetting and ignoring our true identity in that moment.

Our view of ‘ourselves’ and of the ‘world’is conditioned by the capacities of our body/mind instrument and the states of consciousness available to us at any moment.Is our ,’normal’ experience through the senses any more valid than that of a bat which experiences the ‘world’ through its own unique experiential equipment? Which picture created is correct?

The materialistic story has been hardwired into us in modern times. It takes partial truths based on this specific perspective as absolute and ignores, discounts and mocks any other perspective that incorporates metaphysical perspectives backed by thousands of years of recorded experience and insight. This I would suggest is based on both arrogance and fear.

The brain, we know, creates an image of reality. Our eyes and ears tune into vibrational inputs and create an image of reality. But the body, itself vibrational in nature, is not what we are but a tool or instrument for Our use. Through true self-enquiry’I’ or ‘I am’ can be discovered to be the eternal witness of all and although entirely still and at rest, the source and interpenetrating substance and substratum of all vibrational and informational fields that underly all ‘experience.

Law and Love govern the universe.”We are such stuff as dreams are made on”. And these dreams or images of reality that are experienced are finely measured , finely tuned to produce a great drama on all scales and in all dimensions of experience. But ‘I’ do nothing at all. Awe inspiring, brilliant but ultimately simply the nature of True Nature, our nature if we can awaken to It.

Andie Ross
4 years ago

While I have not always understood the mechanisms behind this, I have always known that we are one looking like we are separate. I love the article and hope that more of us get on board with the deep understanding of our universe.

Aliaa Rafea
4 years ago

I am impressed. We need this new world view to spread widely

Lyn Geeson
4 years ago

Thank you Bruce for this beautifully ordered picture of reality.

4 years ago

Unless we endorse this and live this, we have no future!

Frances Mahan
4 years ago

This should be in all the news front pages globally. What an eye awakening for those who need to learn about life and its deep profound meanings as they are. Thank You! Frances Mahan

christine mustow
4 years ago

very interesting and informative. thanks x

Merelyn Lobe
4 years ago

Thank you Bruce. Our capabilities to change our lives and communities is beyond our imagination!!!

João Cavalaria
4 years ago

Unfortunately this is what the truly spiritualized people have been saying all their lives. And even the great minds of the scientific community said and say.
Currently we are living in a material organized world and we are confused. Cause we love objects and use people.
When should we be capable of trying to reverse this situation and start to belive that our thougs and attitudes to other human beings are the main cause of our Suffering, that is also responsable of the decay of our civilization, and the destruction of the world.
Everithing is frequency, and we are the materialization of energy.
If we vibrate in a negative form we will create a negative impact on our society.
We need to reverse this, and the only way is if each other do an effort to start loving one another.
When we act in a negative way to each other we are creating a negative universe and world arrond us.
I belive that this new principles reach by science are going to help us understand what all the truly spiritualized been have been saying all along.

4 years ago

It couldn’t have been said easier and better than this. Bruce, you are a crown on the head of the humanity.

Sumadi Bambang Oetomo
4 years ago

This Article hinges to much on the idea that there is one Phisical Reality still. Also it adopts a lot of scientific understanding. This scientific understanding has brought us were we are now. To wrap a Noetic shell around it is a half baked approach, which will not get us out of the death clamp of the removed scientific world view. Science is considered to be the tool of finding the truth. As I see it science can find out what the relationship is between our human consciousness and the fundamentaly unknown world from which our senses receive input only. The idea that the phisical gives rise to consciousness has set us up for disaster. Anything we become aware of through our senses, is through our experience made real only in our subjective consciousness. In other words objective reality is a construst of our consciousness. In this world of subjective consciousness only, from a liniar perspective that everybody is lonly locked in. However what I have noticed, is that consciousness wants to be seen. Through each other consciousness is becoming aware of itself. This is happening when we listen to and respesct each other. So when we sincerely do this something miraculas is happening. Consciousness starts to move by itself. And a new truth between the participants emerges. This truth is uterly human and connected to the planet and the cosmos as well. This must be Noetic Consciousness.

Britten Clark-Huyck
4 years ago

Very interesting article and also very interesting comments after the article. I enjoyed both for the article and the comment above gave me much to think about. I would be interested in hearing more comments from others.

Oscar Corbiere
4 years ago

Thought provoking article however it is wrong….we are but a minute part of the whole, our reality a reflection of the forces that drive us in ever changing directions…the idea that we can change our reality is but a bogus claim, as billions experience the hostility of their environments and physical issues…billions spend hours of every day petitioning for better conditions and are met with an ever hardening environment exactly opposite what the petitioner wants….there is a solidity to our universe regardless of quantum physics that we cannot influence…we must look directly into the abyss of the reality we are faced with….we live on a space rock that has limited life sustaining materials and no amount of wishful thinking is going to change that…our minds cannot overpower the laws of the universe, even if we all thought as a collective,similar to an ant could never will the bulldozer to not destroy it’s home…the molecules do not shape the wave…it is shaped by the outside influences, the sea floor, the wind and gravity…we are but molecules…our only power is to mold our own destinies within the framework of our realities… love the life we have now, embrace and care for the environment we live in, and work to solve human problems together, and forget petty personal alliances that only drives humanity in destructive hives… accept life as it is and work to sustain it….

tim dunk
4 years ago

Such a provoking and compelling article. It functionally clarifies why our current belief blueprint is no longer practical, given our current evolutionary crossroad. Furthermore, it defines and compliments many points made by the Seers of ancient Mexico.

4 years ago

Very interesting shift in paradigm about life and the different sciences. Noetic Science. Thanks!

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