How Does Emptiness Become Human Beings?
Ninety years after they began to emerge, the insights of quantum physics remain a total mystery to most people. Yet, once you understand what the discovery of neuro-peptides means, then understanding the quantum is only a step further. The discovery of neuro-peptides was so significant because it showed that the body is fluid enough to match the mind.
Thanks to messenger molecules, events that seem totally unconnected – such as a thought and a bodily reaction – are now seen to be consistent. The neuro-peptide isn’t a thought, but it moves with thought, serving as a point of transformation. The quantum does exactly the same thing, except that the body in question is the universe, or nature as a whole.
We need to consult the quantum to really understand how the mind pivots on the turning point of a molecule. A neuro-peptide springs into existence at the touch of a thought, but where does it spring from? A thought of fear and the neuro-chemical that it turns into are somehow connected in a hidden process, a transformation of nonmatter into matter.
The same thing happens everywhere in nature, except that we do not call it thinking. When you get to the level of atoms, the landscape is not one of solid objects moving around each other like partners in dance, following predictable steps. Subatomic particles are separated by huge gaps, making every atom more than 99.999 percent empty space. This holds true for hydrogen atoms in the air and carbon atoms in the wood that tables are made of, as well as all the “solid” atoms in our cells.
How could such vast reaches of emptiness, dotted at faraway intervals by specks of matter, turn into human beings? To answer that question requires a quantum perspective. By understanding the quantum, we enter into a vaster reality, spanning from quarks to galaxies. At the same time, the behavior of quantum reality turns out to be very intimate to us.
Adapted from Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, by Deepak Chopra (Bantam Books, 1990).