I had hard time starting off this article. After my introductory article last week, I simply could not figure out where to begin describing this connection between quantum physics and counseling. Quantum physics is so vast and complicated that it creates a cycle of understanding and knowledge, which is hard to break to begin at a certain point. You have to have some basic understanding in order to understand complexity of it, at the same time you need to have some depth understanding of what quantum theory is about in order to understand even the most basic application. So, I decided to take one step at a time to introduce difference aspects of quantum theory and how it can be applicable to counseling. The first principle of quantum physics we need to know and understand is that solidity does not exist at quantum level.
Everything is energy. Whether it is your computer screen, table, chair, body, thoughts, emotions, and everything else your senses tell you is solid. According to quantum physics findings, the matter is a very tiny fraction of all the energy present in the Universe. Arntz, Chasse, and Vicente (2005) say the following in their book “What the Bleep Do We Know?:” “One of the first cracks in the structure of Newtonian physics was the discovery that atoms, the supposedly solid building blocks of the physical universe, were mostly made up of empty space. How empty? If we use a basketball to represent the nucleus of a hydrogen atom, the electron circling it would be about twenty miles away—and everything in between would be empty space. So as you look around, remember that what really is there are tiny, tiny points of matter surrounded by nothing.”
This empty space is not really empty, but full of subtle energy. This subtle energy is called quantum soup, which is the field of all possibilities present at all times waiting to be materialized. It may also be referred by quantum field, consciousness, matrix, or anything you like it to be. Name does not matter. What matters is that everything in the universe is energy. This quantum soup is governed by laws/mechanics that are totally different than Newtonian physics. These quantum mechanics include non-locality, role of the observer, collapse into consciousness, space-time, empty space, wave-particle phenomenon, the uncertainty principle, etc. Einstein gave us one of greatest truths that science can give us: E=mc2. That is Energy and mass or matter are the same thing. The question here is that if energy and matter are the same thing, then why they cannot communicate with each other? The answer is that they can and they do all the time whether we know it or not.
We have to know what we are made of and what is around us in order to better understand our environment and our choices we make everyday. Quantum soup is infinite possibilities already existing that we and our clients choose from everyday. If we can understand how and what we are choosing effects us and those around us, we can learn to make different and better choices for ourselves. According to the findings of quantum physics, we are in control of what is happening in our world. We can manipulate our world if and when we know and understand the laws of quantum theory. You need nothing else, except what you already have, to co-create the desires of your heart with nature. How do we do that then? Next week, I will talk about the role we play (as humans) in creation according to quantum physics and the effect it has on our clients. Stay tuned….
Gurpreet Kaur is a counselor who works at an outpatient clinic and also has a private practice. She is a doctoral student with professional interests in quantum physics, spirituality, self-actualization, and mindfulness practices as they all relate to counseling.