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Quantum Reality and Transpersonal Therapy – Richard Stammler (Is.27)

By Richard Stammler, Ph.D.

The theory of quantum physics has been around for nearly a century, although its principles have been used to measure our reality with unprecedented precision, the description of mass reality and personal reality is, seemingly, so bizarre that science has been slow to fully accept the implications. This is also true for transpersonal therapy. As the theory becomes increasingly mainstream in many disciplines, a more complete attempt is made to describe the theory and the impact on transpersonal therapy.

“Well, let me quote from Newton about this, even though we’re talking quantum physics. Literally, I feel like a child at a sea shore, when it comes to seeing where quantum physics is pointing. I feel like we’re on the verge of a gigantic discovery—maybe the nature of God, maybe the nature of the human spirit. Something of that sort is going to emerge from this, because our normal notions—in fact the notions upon which we think science makes any sense at all, the notions of space and time and matter—they just are breaking down, they’re just falling apart, like tissue paper before our eyes. Wet tissue paper; it isn’t even good tissue paper. It doesn’t hold anything up anymore”.
(Wolf, n.d.)

What physicist Fred Alan Wolf has to say is not hyperbole. Quantum theory represents the most profound set of observations to come to human understanding since the species appeared on Earth. The impact this understanding can bring to therapists’ personal life and his/her treatment of clients cannot be overestimated.[1]

Introduction – Do we have Free Will?

Our world was very cozy and predictable (well—predictable) with Newton’s carefully calculated outcomes. Every action has an equal and opposite reaction, and with these strictly local effects all can be explained. Even in behaviorist psychology it was felt; if we only know all the past stimulus and response training of the organism, we can with certainty predict the response to any future stimulus. Thus, when applied to the human organism a serious problem arose and many subscribe to it today; the human organism lost its free will. Past stimuli and its attendant responses predict completely the response of the individual to any future stimulus. The modern scientific materialist still staunchly defends this. For example, Richard Dawkins states, “What on earth do you think you are, if not a robot, albeit a very complicated one?” (Dawkins,1999, pp. 270 – 271).

And artificial intelligence researcher, Marvin Minsky,

According to the modern scientific view, there is simply no room at all for “freedom of the human will.” Everything that happens in our universe is either completely determined by what’s already happened in the past or else depends, in part, on random chance. Everything, including that which happens in our brains, depends on these and only on these: A set of fixed deterministic laws. A purely random set of accidents.
There is no room on either side for any third alternative [emphasis in original]. (Minsky, 1985, pp. 306-307)

In the ultimate act of reductionism and echoing the same notion of determinism, the late Nobel laureate Sir Francis Crick (1994) states in his book, The Astonishing Hypothesis:

[Science has shown you that] ‘you,’ your joys and your sorrows, your memories and your ambitions, your sense of identity and free will, are in fact no more than the behaviour (sic) of a vast assembly of nerve cells and their associated molecules. as Lewis Carroll’s Alice might have phrased it: ‘You’re nothing but a pack of neurons.’ (p. 3)

During an interview Amit Goswami explained it this way:

This is the belief—all cause moves from the elementary particles. This is what we call “upward causation.” So in this view, what human beings—you and I—think of as our free will does not really exist. It is only an epiphenomenon or secondary phenomenon, secondary to the causal power of matter. And any causal power that we seem to be able to exert on matter is just an illusion. This is the current paradigm [emphasis in original]. (Hamilton, n.d., para. 4)

And so it is in a Newtonian universe.

Enter Quantum Mechanics (QM)

This neatly predictable apple cart was turned over with the advent of QM. It has been said that the science of the 21st century, QM, accidentally appeared in the 20th century and it came about with great consternation and puzzlement. Physicists Bryce DeWitt and Neil Graham,

No development of modern science has had a more profound impact on human thinking than the advent of quantum theory. Wrenched out of centuries-old thought patterns, physicists of a generation ago found themselves compelled to embrace a new metaphysics. The distress which this reorientation caused continues to the present day. Basically physicists have suffered a severe loss: their hold on reality. (Dewitt, & Graham, in Herbert, 1985, p. 7)

As expected, many theoretical physicists were the first to embrace the implications of this new theory of reality. It is taking many years to supplant the Newtonian-Cartesian view of reality but it is inexorably happening. Nobel prize winner Richard Feynman says that we have never had a more accurate prediction of our reality (Feynman, 1995, p. 7). Although he warns, “I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics”(Feynman, 1965a, p. 127–128). That being said, many of our most useful technologies and consumer products are possible because of this theory. Increasingly more academic disciplines are teaching, if not embracing, QM. For example, there are now courses in quantum biology and quantum chemistry, and there is even the beginnings of the theory of quantum psychology (e.g., Wolinsky & Wilson, 1993).

There has been strong resistance (understandable) to abandon the theory of Newtonian reality. Physicist David Deutsch, “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” (Deutsch, 2001).

Quantum Regression?

In the field of transpersonal psychology and avant-garde metaphysical healing, many of the principles of so-called past-life regression go well beyond a Newtonian-Cartesian reality. One would expect members of this fertile field to exhibit out-of-the-box thinking and therefore explore the revolutionary aspects of QM, and this is indeed the case. Even so, the author believes that the impact has been greatly underestimated. This theory is paradox-laden, and if one is tightly logical (left-brained) there will be problems embracing these concepts.

The word quantum comes up approximately 120 times in the past 26 issues of this Journal during the last 29 years, but nearly half are generic uses of the term such as in quantum leap. There are four articles that attempt to describe QM but fall short of describing the full impact on transpersonal therapy. It is expected that past-life regressionists are sensitive to the elephant in the therapists office—time. As the professional regressionist develops a conception of past-lives he/she forms a concomitant theoretical notion of time. Theoretical physicists have struggled with the concept since the inception of science. For example see physicist Julian Barbour’s (1999) The End of Time.

Two Journal articles explore an associated concept to QM, that of simultaneous time. The idea is mentioned in several articles but Bruce Goldberg (1990, 1993) is one of the few to employ it in therapy and write about it. Psychiatrist Brian Weiss (2005) was also an early pioneer (after Goldberg, 1988). Goldberg uses this technique to move into future lives, sometimes to find the source (!) of the problem and sometimes to explore and select probable future lives. Weiss tended to use it to look forward in time to determine if a healing result is permanent in the current life, as do other regressionists.

Simultaneous time

Simultaneous time is a concept that states the past, present, and future are all occurring in the expansive ‘now’ and it is our minds that stitch moments together to create linear time. Outside of this mental construct it is all happening now. We filter out of our reality what does not fit into the illusion of linear time.

Most therapists easily accepts the notion that the past has a causal connection with the present and future (to be further discussed below but if time is simultaneous then the future should also have a causal connection with the present and past. There are many experiments that demonstrate retro causal experiences (the future acting on the past). See, for instance, the many retro causal experiments by Daryl Bem of Colgate University (Bem, n.d., more recent articles). These results would be expected if time were simultaneous. Fred Alan Wolf,

What about the future influencing the present? Is such an idea just an idea that comes about through parapsychology, or through mystical insight? Quantum physics says no, it says that definitely there is a real mathematical basis for saying actions in the future can have an effect on the probability patterns that exist in the present. (Wolf, n.d.)

The government’s intelligence community’s remote viewing (RV) experiments also point to this kind of ultimate reality (e.g., McMoneagle, 1993).  That research, conducted for the Central Intelligence Agency, proved that the properly trained mind could remotely access any information, anywhere and anywhen. It was a surprise to the researchers that for the properly trained person, RV capabilities were not mitigated by distance or time. The protocol for RV is remarkably similar to past-life regression utilizing a period of time to dissociate (the practitioners call it the cool-down phase) and then a strict protocol to keep the left-brain, the logical mind, out of it. RV also proves the mind, if not tethered by limiting beliefs, is non-local (discussed below) (Targ & Katra, 1998, p.2, pp. 27 – 62). All this echoes what regressionists experience in their office regularly.


Although he contributed to QM theory, Einstein was unsettled by it and argued that it was either wrong or, at best, incomplete. He formalized his thoughts in an article authored by Einstein and collaborators Boris Podolski and Nathan Rosen (1935). They proposed a thought experiment, since called the EPR paradox, that tests the theory. This experiment could not be physically completed until later, but when the experiment was executed, it showed that two quantum particles exchanged information about their quantum states many times faster than the speed of light, essentially instantaneously. Ironically, for Einstein, his effort to bring quantum theory into question resulted in demonstrating non-local communication—information transferring at speeds faster than light, which is not possible in a Newtonian universe. But, if there is no space or time, then information travel has no speed limit and is instantaneous. As a matter of fact, regression/progression can be seen as remote viewing other aspects of the self in other dimensions of existence. Non-locality fits in not only with the principles of QM but also the regression experience. (Although from the perspective of QM, regression-progression are  misnomers, the author will stick to the conventional terminology).

The Science

Ever since the wave/particle duality of light was discovered, quantum theorists attempted to explain the nature of the shift from a wave action of the quantum particles to the particle action, also called the quantum wave (QW) collapse. The double slit experiment most clearly demonstrates the QM effect (Feynman, 1965b, pp. 1.1–1.8) and, since then, the debate has intensified about the implication of all possible outcomes of the QW resolving to one outcome and what this means about reality. Some try to avoid the whole quantum issue by believing that these strange characteristics only apply to quantum particles and not to our everyday world. This however is not the case. In his dissertation, DeBroglie (1924) proved these effects apply to the macro world as well, and this has been reaffirmed ever since.

Getting back to the collapse of the wave function, which reduces an infinity of potential outcomes to one outcome experienced in material reality, an additional point, how often does this happen? How often do we correlate with one outcome of all possibilities? Theoretical physicists say that the QW is collapsed at the Plank time interval, which is 5.39106(32) × 1044 s.[2] To state this in shorthand: 1044 seconds, or approximately every fraction of a second that is a decimal followed by 44 zeros followed by some number. We are talking many, many billions of times a second. QM says this is a basic feature of our reality.

Ever since the discovery of the so-called collapse of the QW of all possibilities[3] to a single event, its meaning was hotly debated by quantum theorists and the likes of Einstein. It appears that looking—making a measurement—collapsed the wave into one instance, one outcome from many.[4] This observation disturbed physicists because the conclusion appears to be that consciousness collapses the wave of all possibilities. And the very annoying thing for conventional science is that many scientists don’t agree that consciousness exists, and those that do can’t define what it is. Until more recently, this collapse of the QW was handled by the head-in-the-sand Copenhagen interpretation quite cleanly; the wave is a mathematical description and not a description of reality, reality begins after the collapse of the quantum wave (Deutsch, 1997, p. 342; Herbert, 1985, p. 144). This was largely the theoretical solution until the work of Hugh Everett III.

The Many Worlds Theory of Quantum Mechanics

In 1957, working under the mentorship of a famous quantum theorist John Wheeler, Hugh Everett III proposed a novel solution to this dilemma. He proposed that it is not that the QW (the probability function of all possibilities) collapses into one event but that we correlate with only one outcome, and all other outcomes—this is crucial—are manifested in separate, parallel realities (Everett III, 1957). This happens on the small scale. When we see a flower, for example, there are also other versions of that flower—all possible versions each in separate realities. And it works on the largest possible scale—the universe. Our universe started as a quantum event (Tryon, in Guth, 1997, p.12) and as such there is a wave function of the universe, which requires an infinity of universes, each with its own unique physics. Everett’s solution to the quantum collapse became popularly known as the many worlds theory.

Today the many worlds interpretation of the collapse of the QW is gaining traction and we are rapidly moving to a majority of quantum physicists supporting this theory, such as physicist David Deutsch.

If, aside from variants of me in other universes, there are also multiple identical copies of me, which one am I? I am, of course, all of them. Each of them just asked that question, ‘which one am I?’, and any true way of answering that question must give each of them the same answer. (Deutsch, 1997, p. 279)

Our logical mind is likely to recoil from this description of reality. Even the famous quantum physicist Werner Heisenberg noted:

I remember discussions with Bohr [another of the early quantum physicists] which went through many hours till very late at night and ended almost in despair, and when at the end of the discussion I went alone for a walk in the neighboring park I repeated to myself again and again the question: “Can nature possibly be as absurd as it seemed to us in these atomic experiments?” (Heisenberg, in Herbert, 1985, p. 55)

We recoil especially if we are rooted in the old Newtonian-Cartesian view of reality that says it is all fixed, material, and ‘real’. But what if it is really, mostly ‘mental?’ The famous astrophysicist, Sir Arthur Eddington, says exactly that: “The ultimate stuff of the universe is mind-stuff” (Eddington, 1928, pp. 276-281). More recently Johns Hopkins University physics and astronomy professor, Richard Henry, echoes those thoughts, “The Universe is entirely mental.” and,  “The Universe is immaterial — mental and spiritual” (Henry, 2005, last para.). So, if it is mostly mental, there is plenty of ‘space’ in which to have the dizzying numbers of parallel realities that split off at every decision point. There is a version of you, that takes the alternative that you, in this reality, didn’t take.

British physicist David Deutsch,

That is what quantum theory does. The quantum theory of parallel universes is not the problem, it is the solution. It is not some troublesome, optional interpretation emerging from arcane theoretical consideration. It is the explanation–the only one that is tenable–of a remarkable and counter-intuitive reality. (1997, p. 51)

Stem cell researcher Robert Lanza is an example of a researcher in another key discipline embracing the many worlds theory. He proposes another intriguing implication.

One mainstream explanation, the “many-worlds” interpretation, states that each of these possible observations corresponds to a different universe (the ‘multiverse’). A new scientific theory—called biocentrism—refines these ideas. There are an infinite number of universes, and everything that could possibly happen occurs in some universe. Death does not exist in any real sense in these scenarios. All possible universes exist simultaneously, regardless of what happens in any of them. (Lanza, n.d.)

Note that he calls it a ‘mainstream’ explanation and the new scientific theory of biocentrism is Lanza’s.

The Transpersonal Extension of the Many Worlds Theory

Here we must step beyond current theoretical physics. Most physicists, even quantum physicists, will not wander into this territory of the significance of QM for personal reality but many do, such as Amit Goswami, Fred Alan Wolf, David Deutsch, and many more. From reading the personal musings of the early quantum physicists it is obvious that what they learned made many of them quite mystical in their thinking (Chopra, in Goswami, 2004, Forward, p. x). Given the shocking implications of QM for physics, little has been systematically written to describe what QM means to personal reality and therefore to transpersonal therapy.

To step even further into the abyss, if channeled material fits into the reader’s worldview, much quality channeled material describes personal reality in QM terms (this is why the Seth material, in part, is so hard for some to grasp). Two favorites are Seth, channeled by Jane Roberts (e.g., Roberts, 1972, chap. 5) and his modern counterpart, Bashar, channeled by Darryl Anka (e.g., 2014). The author is keenly aware that many prominent scientists and other modern thinkers have digested the Seth material, some admit doing so, some don’t.

Beliefs, thoughts, and ideas determine where the QW collapses. If the client believes the world is dog-eat-dog and one can’t trust the next guy, then the client’s QW will have a high probability of collapsing in areas that prove that reality. If the client has adopted (unconsciously or consciously) the script from caregivers that states, “You will never amount to anything,” “You can’t do anything right,” then the client will likely collapse the QW where he/she is unsuccessful in any endeavor. The QW will be skewed to a high probability for failure. Success, as are all possible outcomes, are represented in that person’s QW, but the probability of their occurrence will be low.

It is true the QW is probabilistic prompting a protesting Einstein to utter his famous quote, “As I have said so many times, God doesn’t play dice with the world” (Einstein, 1943, in Hermann 1987, p. 58). But, what creates the probabilities? They shift according to the thoughts and belief structures of the individual. Consciousness not only collapses the QW but also determines the probability of any outcome. This is not appreciated by mainstream science, but this power of consciousness is one explanation for the experimenter effect. With this effect, two experimenters follow the same protocols in identical experiments and end with opposite results. Careful examination will show that the results mirror the expectations of the experimenter.

We can now understand the ancient sage’s basis for asserting that object and subject are one. Material reality does not emerge until consciousness observes it (Wigner & Margenau, 1967).  When it does so, what emerges is intimately connected with the ideas and beliefs of the observer. In this way reality is a perfect mirror of the ideas, thoughts and beliefs of the observer and, as the ancient sages stated, the observer and the observed are one. So in this sense we do create our reality, or, more correctly, select from an infinite set of options.

There is an important nuance here. We correlate with one of an infinite number of probable results contained in the QW of all possible outcomes. The question then is: Can another person or energy collapse the QW for you[5] or force you to correlate with a specific instance of the QW? The answer is a resounding no! Someone else cannot force on anyone else, a correlation of a specific outcome in the quantum wave of all possibilities unless that self agrees to it. This means, among other important conclusions, there is no such thing as a victim and no such thing as an accident. Each individual’s QW outcome is different, and the therapist must accept that the client lives in his or her personal reality. In the therapeutic setting, therapist and client share the same reality, but when separated, each lives in their own reality. Normally both are very similar so we never question a common reality, but they can also be very different.

Thus, an artist looking at a coffee table may see one that is more ornate or artistically interesting than one a non-artist sees. They both see the table and assume it is the same one; QM says it isn’t. Get it—there is no one fixed reality. We can choose to correlate our collapse with someone else but that is not mandatory. Those that correlate with consensus reality are called normal and those that refuse to correlate with consensus reality are labeled pathological, even psychotic. This example is important because the many worlds theory not only applies to objects (including our bodies) but applies to events as well.

There is an additional key nuance here. At the collapse of the QW, an entire new reality forms for the individual and any shift in that reality shifts not only the future events but also what we call the past.

We need to recreate the past. I mentioned this in an article I wrote about time, saying that the past is not fixed, that there’s no absolute past…: I’m talking about that interpretation is equivalent to creation—that there really is no fixed, solid past, and that when you go back and look at the past, what you’re doing is making an interpretation which will best rationalize the present position you’re now holding.… So what you can do, is you can create that past so that it serves your purposes now. In other words, that past is not fixed. It’s not an absolute past. (Wolf, n.d.)

Each moment contains with it, its own past and future. One physicist made the following analogy. When driving a car, and a turn is made down another street, the scene ahead changes. However, looking in the rear-view mirror, so does the scene behind the vehicle.

Normally, the ego wants to think it is in charge, so most shifts in probable reality are very small to create the illusion that the reality is the same. But all change is, in fact, created via the movement through new probable realities. Additionally, each moment is unique and not dependent on another moment. Therefore, if each moment is unique and not dependent on another, then in Newtonian terms, there cannot be cause and effect.  Deutsch, talking about Einstein’s concept of spacetime,

Thus when spacetime physics denies the reality of the flow of time, it logically cannot accommodate the common-sense of cause and effect either. For in the block universe nothing is changeable: one part of spacetime can no more change another than one part of a fixed three-dimensional object can change another. (1997, p. 270)

We create the events to string together effects that follow causes. (How is that for turning determinism on its head?) There are no accidents and in Newtonian terms, no cause and effect. What about shared assumptions we take for granted like aging, death and taxes? These and many other beliefs are powerful culturally held beliefs that are shared and form individual reality. The implication is that there is a spot on the QW where those conditions do not exist.

Transpersonal Therapy and QM

Given that the reality for the client is so intimately his/hers, it is perfectly permissible for the therapist to look at the events that occur for the client, a series of personal accidents, repeated instances of victimhood, illnesses, and ask the question “What must be the thinking, the ideas in the client’s mind, that produced the correlation with those events in the QW?” Or, to interpret the client’s significant experiences as a therapist might interpret the symbols in a dream and ask the question: “What does this have to say about the structure of the client’s consciousness?” Then these structures of consciousness and beliefs form the basis for therapeutic change. The task then, for the therapist, is to help the client alter their beliefs in order to shift the location of the collapse of their QW to a more beneficial outcome. It is not that today’s therapy and therapeutic techniques don’t work, it is that they work for different reasons than is supposed.

Time – All time is in the now of each moment in its own reality. There are all variations of alternate realities for the past, the present and the future. All therapeutic change (as indeed all change) is a shift in probable realities brought about by a rethinking—a reframing of the trauma or negative events in the client’s past—which then brings about a more positive state in the client, in the present and so-called future.

Some implications of simultaneous time for transpersonal therapy are as follows:

  • Except where beliefs prevent it (either by the client or therapist), it is just as easy to access a future life as it is a past life.
  • Because each life happens in its own space and time, the lives should not be viewed as linear, as one happening after the other. Lives can overlap in time and a succeeding life can predate a previous life (in linear time). There is no chronological requirement for one to follow another in order.
  • Regression and progression are misnomers, there is not re- or pro-. All that happens is in the expansive ‘now.’– other life. In this vein the term “other life” or “transpersonal experience” may be better terms. (Ritchey, 1993, p. 80)
  • Non-local mind The mind can travel to anywhere and anywhen and get reliable information. It is non-local and is not limited to the conventional laws of physics. This is familiar to any therapist that believes the client is retrieving ‘real’ lives during regressions.
  • Dream experiences have the characteristics they do because they occur outside space and time.

Change – Since all change is movement through probable realities, the debate about reframing verses rescripting is irrelevant. These therapeutic processes are all shifts in probable reality, one maintains a strong memory of an event or certain events and the other will have weak or no memory. At each collapse of the QW a new present is captured with its own past and its own future. Belief in positive change attracts the reality (we correlate with that reality) that manifests that change. In essence and in that manner, there is no such thing as change, there is only the movement into a probable reality where that change already exists.

Finally, you have to recognize that what you think not only affects the world-it is the world. There is no world outside of your thought perceptions of that world. . . Accept that you create the world. There’s no way to avoid that power. (Wolf, in Decarlo, 1996, p. 64)

Neurologically we cannot see the flicker of a light switching on and off beyond a certain frequency (called the critical flicker fusion) and this way we mentally smooth out the changes in reality at each QW collapse. Normally we keep the changes small because normally, the ego doesn’t like big changes—it wants to think it is in charge, not some thoughts and ideas, not some structures of consciousness mostly in the unconscious.

What about early childhood trauma, did the child correlate with that outcome? No and yes. The child at that level of development didn’t, but the soul, prior to the entry into physical life, chose the characteristics of the body, the family that will provide the experiences that the soul wants to live and the problems that will be created so they can be solved. Why does the soul do this? Past-life regressionists answer this question every day by taking the client into the time “when this problem started” to answer the question: “Why have I manifested this trauma in my life?”  But in the view of QM whatever other life answers this question, that life is occurring now.

Why is reality like that? – As you can see from Heisenberg’s quote and Feynman’s musings, the physicists that have taken this seriously all ask the soul searching question; “why?” Why is reality like that? The author believes that transpersonalists have a better chance of answering that question.

Are the individual pasts that we move through lost? No, all probable reality and all probable selves are retained by the soul. As such it represents the most powerful potential for learning (by the soul) since all alternatives are explored. Therefore, to be teleological, the physical reality system as described by QM and the many worlds theory is optimally designed for free will and maximum learning by the soul.

Healing – How does healing occur?  This, of course, can be any change for the individual, increased abundance, health, resolving an illness, or reframing a trauma. Healing occurs by a shift to a probable reality where that healing outcome already exists.  Whatever the client wants to see changed in his/her reality, there is a probable reality where that state already exists and a version of the client is in it. By changing the beliefs, ideas, and thoughts, a shift into that reality can occur very quickly and bring about the change desired by the client and therapist. Therefore, a shift in perception caused by a shift in thinking can instantly correlate the client with that reality. If the belief by the client or therapist is that change is slow, such as for addiction, then the shift will take the time expected, but it doesn’t have to.

There is nothing that cannot be healed, or nothing that cannot be changed—the limitation is only what the mind is able to believe can happen and does not set up barriers to its manifestation. We are fully subject to the suggestions, mass beliefs, and assumptions of the culture in which we live (but don’t have to be). Those assumptions about reality form the structure of the beliefs that form the limitations. Modern society is problematic because of its many negative suggestions for disease and illness in popular media. The main reason, the author believes, the Eastern guru moved to the cave or the forest is to remove themselves from this aspect of mass consciousness and literally separate themselves from conventional reality and its set of worldviews and limitations.

  • Normally the shift is very small and like individual frames of an analog movie, the switch between frames is so fast we are unaware that they are unique and not continuous. We don’t perceive the movement, the shift, and assume that it is the same reality.[6] But, it isn’t.
  • Most people don’t make dramatic shifts because the ego can’t handle it – it wants to maintain the illusion of being in control, and that may require a stable reality. Therefore the shifts will appear small—except for the adventuresome or for those who have a true epiphany, which brings about a dramatic change in thinking. For example, those clients with character disorders have great difficulty in shifting their beliefs, and therefore are the most difficult to help therapeutically.
  • Understand that the popular notion of manifesting or drawing a reality to you misses the mark. It is not about drawing a particular future to you or attempting to create a manifestation. It is simply working to perceive a reality that is already there. It is one of the ‘real’ outcomes of the QW that exists in a parallel realty and the intent is to make the shift, call it a vibrational shift, to perceive that reality. Your client does that by changing beliefs.
  • The concept of reframing as is commonly considered in therapy is a misnomer. The picture (or event) isn’t reframed, the picture itself is changed.
  • Note also that the QW collapse includes the individual’s body and can explain spontaneous cures (or remissions). This sheds new light on the placebo (or nocebo) effect and clearly centers the persistence of a chronic illness (indeed, all illness) in the client’s belief system.[7]

Whether mainstream medicine and its chief ally, big pharma, like it or not, the human body is controlled by the mind. In at least four thousand cases of spontaneous remission from cancer, a petient’s desire to get well led to a cure, sometimes overnight, without the intervention of drugs and surgery. (Chopra, in Goswami, 2004, Forward, p. xii)

  • Healing an ‘other life’ is possible because it is occurring in the expansive now and, therefore, is happening in that now. If that life is occurring now, then it can be altered for the benefit of the client. Regressionists demonstrate the expansive now routinely because the strength of the regression does not vary if, historically, it happened 100 or 10,000 years ago.

Attachments and Evil Energy – Since no one, no thing, other than the self can collapse the QW, nothing can force an outcome on the self. This does not mean that outcomes cannot be negative. What are correlated with the collapse of the QW are the fears, idea structures, and thoughts about reality (including the body) that very often emanate from childhood. The beliefs about reality will faithfully be represented by where the QW collapses. Negative or pessimistic personalities are at a distinct disadvantage and will find themselves in the world they expect to find.

  • Normally beliefs and worldviews come from childhood when the values of the dominant social group and broader cultural values and beliefs are instilled in the young mind. Investigate these ideas and beliefs to see what is driving the selection of realities. Often it is a constellation of ideas and assumptions about reality that drives an outcome. Sometimes this is difficult to uncover and change depending on the strength of the beliefs associated with the outcome.
  • Attachments and negative entities cannot force themselves on the client but if the client’s ego is weak, or the client feels he/she has no power and is at the mercy of outside forces, then the client will correlate with the location of the QW where that reality is represented.
  • In this view of reality energy attachments can still impact the client, but the power always resides within the client to change it because it is the client him/herself that created the condition.

As usual, the poet has an intuitive grasp of QM as, for example, in the song, No Such Thing, written by John Mayer and Clay Cook. The chorus of that song:

They love to tell you
Stay inside the lines
But something’s better
On the other side
I wanna run through the halls of my high school
I wanna scream at the top of my lungs
I just found out there’s no such thing as the real world
Just a lie you’ve got to rise above
(Mayer & Cook, 2009)


Table. Characteristics of Reality, as Described by Classic Physics and Quantum Mechanics

Item Newtonian-Cartesian Reality Quantum Mechanical Reality Notes
Time Flows inexorably from past to future and is segmented into equal intervals All time is available now—past, present and future— human consciousness connects moments in a linear string. Time is created by consciousness moving through probable realities Einstein proved that time is not fixed but arises out of the frame of reference
Motion Movement occurs and is measured by fixed intervals of time and space There is no such thing— apparent movement occurs by stringing together frames of probable realities analogous to frames of an analog film
Material Reality There is only one and it is real. Personal reality may interpret the real events differently but at any moment only one real event takes place An infinite number of realities are available in every split second and that choice is completely individual and subjective. Group reality occurs by mental agreement and common thoughts and beliefs
Free will Not possible in a fixed material reality Free will is total with consciousness able to choose realities and outcomes at every split second (but normally this is unconscious)
Cause & Effect Every effect is preceded by a cause locally transmitted by a force or object There is no cause and effect except as that generated by belief in an outcome and selection of a probable reality with that outcome
Local vs. nonlocal effects Non-local effects are not possible. Non-local effects are a-causal connections that occur without the direct effect of an object or force. Since, in QM there is no direct cause and effect, non-local effects may be the way all effects occur, even so-called direct causal effects Einstein didn’t like non-locality and called it “spooky action at a distance.” (Born, 1971)
Mind as cause Not possible Mind, consciousness, creates all by selecting an outcome from infinite choices in the quantum wave
Psychic abilities, paranormal psychology Not possible Mandatory




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[1] The second half of this article and the more interesting for the transpersonal therapist is an extension of the many worlds theory of quantum collapse.  The information in the second half of this paper comes largely from quantum physicists, the author’s conclusions, and material (and confirmation) from channeled sources, mostly Seth and Bashar.

[2]  tP º √ of the product hG/c5 ≈ 5.39106(32) × 1044 s. By the way, this is derived by calculating the time it takes light to travel the Plank length in a vacuum. The Plank length is ≈ 1.616 199(97) x 10-35 m. These numbers have been marginally revised recently.

[3] The QW is a wave not like an ocean wave nor of a frequency wave but of probabilities.

[4] For a very nice animation showing this effect go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1YqgPAtzho This animation is produced by Fred Alan Wolf who was one of the physicists in What the Bleep? (Arntz, 2004), a movie introducing the many worlds theory to the general public.

[5] For ease of discussion the author will use the term wave function collapse but will mean correlation to one instant of all possibilities on the quantum wave.

[6] Some have said that it is this movement of consciousness through probable realities that produces the experience of time.

[7] When a dramatic positive change in illness occurs or there is spontaneous remission, the conventional medical community handles this in almost humorous ways. They are not beyond saying that the diagnosis was false or the dark spot on the x-ray, which is now gone, never was there or it was a smudge on the x-ray. For an interesting case like this see the book written by laser physicist and co-director of the government RV research program, Russell Targ, who was diagnosed with liver cancer (Targ et. al., 1998, pp. 192 – 196).