Brown Paint: Quantum Potentialities
“When we peer under the foundational plancks1 of the space-time continuum, we find the consciousness that is God.”
What we observe to be the world, our life or our physical reality, is an illusion. As Einstein said, “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” Or as Elon Musk recently said, " ... the reality we think we’re living in may not even be basic reality." And no, he wasn't commenting on Tesla. The implication of this is similar to Einstein's observation whose comment is based on the way our universe is constructed at the quantum level as it manifests itself in our everyday, 4-D “real” world. Our four dimensional physical universe, three dimensions of space, and only one of time, is fundamentally much different than what we perceive it to be.2 [Reality?].
It’s somewhat of an ironic juxtaposition, then, that the eternal life force, which originates outside our 4-D world, is the true reality. [See the Feature article, The Good News Colour Revolution, v. 48 commentary]. It's why the meaning of life is so elusive. As integrated observers, we experience and, in fact, affect our everyday 4-D illusion, but it is of no lasting consequential value for us. But the one we can’t directly observe, the one accessed by faith, the conviction of the truth, has eternal value. It's all part of the plan. [See the Feature article, Three Temple Ages Make A Plan].
This is what Christ is telling us when he says, "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on Earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal [even in the Egyptian pyramids]; but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.” [Mat. 6:19, 20; it helps greatly not to think of Heaven as the harp playing angels hang out. Rather it exists in dimensions other than our familiar 4-D reality]. In the aftermath of the rippling effects of Wall Street greed, the international banking fiasco, trade wars and the ongoing dicey derivatives market, one would be hard pressed to find greater financial motivation for following this advice. [See the Sneakers article, One World Peace And Security].
Our modern day concept of Heaven is one formed primarily by the Roman church and Dante's Paradiso. It is steeped in so much fantasy and churchy terminology that it has warped our perception. It is not the Heaven of the Biblical record. The language of quantum physics gives us a truer picture. Heaven as it is used in the Biblical record for the residence of our Creator exists in other dimensions not accessible, nor understood by those of us in this 4-D world. [See the animated short, Dr. Quantum And Flatland; also the Feature article Heaven Can Wait, and the Sneakers article, Flying Saucers In The Bible ... Really?].
Rather than heed this wise counsel to "lay up for ourselves treasures in Heaven [dimensions not of this illusion]," however, most of us are so steeped in the acquisition of material goods or ego driven in pursuit of the power and wealth of our 4-D Earth, living the deceptive illusion of the “good life” rather than seeking the spiritual sovereign power of God, we fail to grasp that our chosen "reality" path is a lifelong fruitless pursuit of a mirage. It’s literally a dead-end. [Mat. 6:21-24].
Solomon, a king who had incomparable power and riches while experiencing this illusion, asked the question, “What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the Sun?” His conclusion, "I have seen all the works that are done under the Sun; and indeed, all is vanity and chasing after the wind." [Ecc. 1:3, 14; see the Sneakers article, All That Is Done Under The Sun]. How truly valuable, then, are the power and riches of this illusion we call reality if they vanish in a breath and are of no transcendent benefit? And why do we vainly spend so much effort in their pursuit? Despite their monumental efforts, the pharaohs didn’t manage to take their earthly wealth or power with them. Even their mummified bodies are still here. They left with nothing more than that with which they arrived. This aptly qualifies as chasing the wind.
In our classical state of existence, “reallusion” is made up of quantum potentialities, which, when observed, become particles at the collapse of the wave function. By way of analogy, think of a summer stock theater stage. You arrive to see a play one evening. When the actors appear on stage, you observe a forest behind them, though you know this is not a “real” forest. It is an illusion made to represent a forest. The forest is comprised of trees painted on paper attached to a lightweight wooden frame that can be easily hauled onto or off the stage by stagehands.
If the next scene takes place in the king’s treasure room of his castle, the forest props are quickly removed, replaced by others depicting a castle with a room full of treasure chests. Would we consider these stage props as real king’s treasure? Of course not, but we perceive it as such for the sake of theater.
If the next scene is in a meadow with horses grazing in the background, would we consider these prop horses “real?" No. They are painted onto the prop as background.
Now we know that the trees in the forest, the treasure chests in the castle, and the horses in the meadow are not “real,” but are merely painted props. And in our case they are all brown. So we know that in the workshop, the prop makers built the props and consciously set out to paint trees, treasure chests, and horses using brown paint.
Before the props become trees or treasure chests or horses ready to be observed on stage, they exist off-stage in their quantum wave state as brown paint. Brown paint in the can is a quantum universe of potentialities be they horses or treasure chests or trees or dirt roads or plowed fields or just about any other potential we choose them to be for the sake of theater. [Our Can Of Brown Paint?].
Speaking of theater, the apostle Paul wrote of our "reality, "For I think that God has set forth us apostles last, as it were appointed to death; for we are made theater [Greek, theatron] to the world [kosmos], to the angels and to men." [1 Cor. 4:9]. The Biblical prophecies are glimpses into the pages of the script, the big picture of life we have yet to live. Therefore, the brown paint that we perceive in the theater of life, what we commonly call a "real" tree or a "real" horse or "real" treasure on our Earthly stage, is the brown paint of quantum potentialities formed, or perhaps vibrated up the sub-atomic scale into observed particles, making the amino acids that in toto are perceived to be a "real" horse or tree. The truth is, however, that both the summer stock theater stage and our ephemeral Earthly stage are comprised of nothing more than illusions, one of no more meaningful value than the other just as the Word of God, and Einstein too, pointed out.
From our Creator’s perspective outside our 4-D universe, what we observe to be our reality, this Earth that we inhabit, is nothing more than a temporary summer stock theater stage, which will be taken down at the conclusion of the production. [See Rev. 21:1]. We are its actors. But as its actors we are observers who are integrated into this illusion through our costumes, our natural bodies. What we observe to be “real” trees or horses or treasure or any other aspects of our daily lives are merely observations of the wave function collapse, potentialities made up of those, according to string theory, tiny quantum vibrations or waviness that is our brown paint in the can.
What we know as conscious human life is the spirit of man interfacing with manifested quantum potentials. It is the brown paint becoming you or me or whatever else. It’s just a matter of which potential. What did the brown paint become at the collapse of the wave function?
The quantum state bottom line is that our universe, metaphorically speaking, is all brown paint. That which exists at the quantum level in turn only becomes “real” trees, treasure and horses in our classical state of existence when we observe them. At the death of our human bodies, we are no longer integrated conscious observers of what we commonly call our 4-D space-time reality. We’ve exited this earthly stage just like the pharaohs. From this perspective, the illusion, our life and all the so-called riches and power we piled up as observers on Earth, vanishes. It all ceases to exist for us. Thus, it is not "us" who cease to exist at the death of the natural body, but our status as conscious observers in this 4-D illusion we called life in this kosmos. [See 1 Ths. 4:14].
Our consciousness, life, is tied to our human bodies made from the "dust" of this reality. In this sense, we are avatars. The Sanskrit word avatar, which has entered into mainstream awareness largely due to the movie of the same name, is the manifestation of an extra-dimensional spirit consciousness, the spirit of man, in a physical body form on Earth. Our physical bodies are 3-D vehicles that our spiritual selves occupy during the 1-D time we play out the game of life as created in the space-time continuum. As Einstein wrote about his friend's death, “Now he has departed this strange world a little ahead of me. That signifies nothing. For us believing physicists, the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
So man’s physical body, too, is of the brown paint. But, we have that avatar quality that differentiates us from horses or trees. Our spiritual consciousness, the spirit of man, returns to God who gave it [See Ecc. 12:7] because its existence originates off-stage, as it were, in dimensions different than our space-time dimensions that were created as the result of the Big Bang. [See the Sneakers article, Darwin: God Created Life]. This aspect of mankind is not of the brown paint. It is of the spirit God gave to mankind that sets us apart from creatures and everything else in the universe. [See Gen. 1:27; also chapter one in The Blind Man’s Elephant, now a complimentary PDF on our Home page]. Therefore, as long as our physical bodies have the breath of life in them, our spiritual consciousness inhabits them. And when the breath of life leaves the body at death, our spirit returns to God. [See the Feature article, Life In The 'hood].
What is this life all about? It’s about not getting sucked into believing the illusion in and of itself has tangible, meaningful value for our ultimate purpose in experiencing this consciousness. What we see is not what we get. [Luke 17:33]. It goes back to that ironic juxtaposition. There is a real treasure hidden in the illusion. It takes grasping the idea that what appears as the real treasure we see everyday in front of our faces, on television, on the Internet or in magazines and ads is spurious. It's chasing the wind. And what is not seen and intangible in our 4-D life is the real thing. It boils down to this, are we spiritually savvy enough, being bound in a physical body that is of the illusion, to get it? [See the Sneakers article, The Parable Of The Smokin' Hot Princess].
Christ gave us lots of hints as to which we should pursue including, "Again, the kingdom [Greek, basileia, not a place, but the sovereign power and authority of God] of Heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and hid; and for joy over it he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.” [Mat. 13:44]. The pharaohs would have been incomparably richer had they sold off everything they owned of this illusion, repented, been baptized and received the Spirit of God, the good faith promise of eternal life, if it had been available to them in their age. Who of us in this age has the power and the riches of the pharaohs? And yet, true riches far greater than anything the pharaohs imagined are available to those who repent, are baptized and receive the Spirit of God. Even so, only a few put forth the effort in faith to love and accept the truth of the word of God that would save us. "For many are called, but few are chosen." [Read Mat. 22:1-14; 2 Ths. 2:10].
All that we see and observe around us is just an illusion as Einstein said. Access to the true power and riches lie outside the space-time continuum and are accessible through faith. As the apostle Paul so accurately pointed out, “Now faith [Greek, pistis, conviction of the truth] is the substance [Greek, hypostasis, foundation] of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” [Heb. 11:1]. In quantum terms, we can state that faith is the conviction of things not observed, or not of this space-time illusion.
And faith, a conviction of the truth, translates into a love for the truth, not for the illusion. [See the Feature article, The Love Of The Truth]. Therefore, it’s not what we amass in terms of fortune and fame that is of any lasting value. The one who dies with the most toys has been the least wise of all. Their time here well wasted for "the deceitfulness of riches has made them unfruitful" in contrast to the fruits of the spirit, which are of eternal benefit. [Mat. 13:22; also see Mark 10:25 and the Sneakers article, Do You Have The Right Stuff?].
When we examine all the works that are done under the Sun, Solomon was right to conclude that all is vanity and a chasing after the wind. Our world, the kosmos that we consider to be reality is just the temporary illusion of nothing more than brown paint originating from its quantum state. Consequently, the power and riches of this world that we hold in such high esteem and after which we so diligently chase are nothing more than the persistent illusion of brown paint on the quantum props of life. This is where atheists really get it wrong. They totally miss the point. For them, the illusion is their only reality when, in fact, it's just the opposite. They're serving the wrong god. [See the Sneakers article, The Church Of No God].
What is real is the eternal life force of the Spirit of God. This is what is of true and ultimate worth for each of us, which is accessible by faith. This is why Christ told us very plainly, "You cannot serve God and mammon.” [Mat. 6:24]. The point is when we chase after the power and riches of this persistent illusion, by definition we are going away from the sovereign power and authority that is the kingdom of God. The two are polar opposites and mutually exclusive. We have to choose which one we believe in. Do we have the conviction of this truth to follow the words of Christ or do we fall prey to the temporary illusion? With which power and wealth do we choose to clothe ourselves? "For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life." [Gal. 6:8]. Our life on this stage is about choices. We either choose the way of the flesh or the way of the Spirit. There is no middle ground, and neither can there be. [Mat. 12:30]. It's either the perishable illusion or the eternal reality of the Word of God. [See Mat. 24:35; Luke 11:23; James 1:11].
If we are truly wise and trust the word of Christ through our actions, the way of the Spirit, then we will reap its rewards. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? … But seek first the kingdom of God [God’s royal power and sovereign authority] and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Bottom line, the power and authority of God, whereby the universe we exist in was created, is the singular reality. Everything else is the illusion. This is the key to understanding life on Earth. [Mat. 6:25, 33]. The insights Christ gave us are not merely dainty religious platitudes suited to Sunday morning pulpit preachers. Rather they are vigorous fundamental tenets of the quantum/classical universe as we live it daily, once we get past the churchy terminology.
Therefore, “Listen, my beloved brethren, has not God chosen the poor of this world, rich in faith [the conviction of truth], and heirs of the kingdom [the sovereign power and authority of God], which he has promised to them that love him?” [Jam. 2:5]. The answer is yes. This sort of leaves the adherents of the "prosperity gospel" on the wrong side of the illusion. [See the Feature article, Is The Kingdom Of Heaven Here Yet?].
The power and riches of this illusion are nothing more than vanity that disappears in a breath. It’s all brown paint, a chasing of the wind. Being rich in faith, the conviction of the truth, and with the Spirit of God dwelling in us, we will inherit the eternal royal power and sovereign authority of God. Understanding this, we stand to gain the true reward, with the passing away of this illusion, in the generations and ages to come. “… [Christ] has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever.” [Rev. 1:6; 5:10; see the Feature article, Heaven Can Wait II].
1 Planck Length and Time are the results of calculations made by physicist Max Planck. Planck length is the smallest mathematical measurement of length that has any validity for us. And Planck time is the time it would take a photon traveling at the speed of light to cross that distance making it the smallest amount of time that has any validity. Not that it really will make it any easier to comprehend, but Planck length is about 10 trillion trillion times smaller than the smallest atom, hydrogen. And 125 million hydrogen atoms, give or take, could fit onto the period at the end of this sentence. It is at these points that our classical reference of space-time and gravity break down and quantum physics takes over. See The Blind Man's Elephant, chapter four, Creation In Six Days, But Who's Counting?, now a complimentary PDF on our Home page.
2 Einstein or not, there may be more than a few people who will have a hard time believing that the world we see everyday is an illusion, rather than the "reality" we perceive it to be. Some may even dub this as being “one of the most ridiculous ideas we’ve ever heard.” Yet, about 500 years ago, to someone who really believed the Earth was flat, how strange and unbelievable would it have been for them to comprehend that you could sail a ship from the top of the round Earth all the way around to the bottom, where the ship and the crew would be “upside down,” and the whole lot would not fall off the planet. Undoubtedly, they would have claimed it to be “one of the most ridiculous ideas we’ve ever heard.” But as we know, it turned out to be true. And so it is with our illusion of "reality." For an explanation of how this works, see the animated Quantum Double Slit Experiment explaining the Wave-Particle Duality from the movie, "What The Bleep!?" [Quantum Link]
The entire movie, What the Bleep!? Down the Rabbit Hole is available in a 3-disc DVD Quantum Edition.
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