Nowhere And Everywhere

Not just scientists but all of us are comfortable with things we can see and touch. The history of modern medicine consists largely of tracking down solid objects that cause disease, although most of them dwell in the realm of the invisible, beyond anything the naked eye can perceive.

Without a microscope, what would a bacterium be? Something invisible to the eye and yet as big as the world, since it reaches every locale on Earth, even the poles. It would come and go like smoke, penetrating the tightest sealed doors and windows–if you believed only in your sense, the ability of such an organism to be nowhere and everywhere at the same time would seem fantastic.

In essence, the quantum world is but another step down the scale of invisibility. Unlike the tiniest bacteria or viruses, a single photon, electron, or any other object in the quantum world can never be seen using any extension of sight and touch. They are truly everywhere and nowhere at the same time.

Quantum physics has taken responsibility for measuring things that are as small as possible. We experience the subatomic void every time we think. Just as in the universe at large, something material–the neuro-peptide–springs out of nowhere. It is not the atoms of the neuro-peptide that are created, because the necessary hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, and so forth are already present in the glucose that the brain uses as fuel. What is created out of nowhere is the configuration of the neuro-peptide, but that is magical enough.

At the very instant that you think, I am happy, a chemical messenger translates your emotion, which has no solid existence whatever in the material world, into a bit of matter so perfectly attuned to your desire that literally every cell in your body learns of your happiness and joins in.

The fact that you can instantly talk to 50 trillion cells in their own language is just as inexplicable as the moment when nature created the first photon out of empty space.


Adapted from Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, by Deepak Chopra (Bantam Books, 1990).


Dot A.
Dot A4 years ago

@ Mary S. -
The finite age of the universe and the existence of cosmological horizons provides a strong argument that the observable universe represents a finite causal region with finite material and informational resources. A similar conclusion follows from the holographic principle. In this paper I address the question of whether the cosmological information bound has implications for fundamental physics. Orthodox physics is based on Platonism: the laws are treated as infinitely precise, perfect, immutable mathematical relationships that transcend the physical universe and remain totally unchanged by physical processes, however extreme. If instead the laws of physics are regarded as akin to computer software, with the physical universe as the corresponding hardware, then the finite computational capacity of the universe imposes a fundamental limit on the precision of the laws and the specifiability of physical states. That limit depends on the age of the universe. I examine how the imprecision of the laws impacts on the evolution of highly entangled states and on the problem of dark energy.

Mary S.
Mary S4 years ago

While the sentiment is one I share, it seems the authour has not heard of the electrom microscope. We have indeed reached the time when we can see an electron. That for me is also almost magical.

Dot A.
Dot A4 years ago

If we can comprehend God as too indescribable as to be: 'no thing' - for God is not grasped by intellect nor mathematical measurements, then this post takes on all the wisdom of spiritual teachings which Deepak is bringing to us in his blog this day! God: not even Quantum Physics has a way of getting at God's reality. No wonder humans have floundered with science and arithmetic to 'describe' the indescribable 'no thing' of The Divine. This is where our mind can tune into this healing source of thinking:- wellness,- happiness,- good-will, and make things 'really' happen. Believe. if you will.

Gaby D.
Gaby D4 years ago

continued... The image of the scientist and the spiritual leader shaking hands.......with a big smile on their faces when they realize that all along they have been after the same thing.....that moment of recognition....Aah, isn't that a sweet moment in time indeed!! Thank you Deepak! Namaste!

Gaby D.
Gaby D4 years ago

Goodday Deepak and all other soular Energy members gathered here. Now there's food for thought today - and in reading the comments (btw, who decided which parts of former responses are posted and which not??) I see that back in 2009 a lively discussion ensued.
The kind of discussion that puts a big, fat smile on my face - the kind of smile that really makes your entire body smile - a smile of recognition and excitement. For the longest time I have suspected and hoped that one day the scientist (physics) and the spiritual leader will meet each other on top of the mountain, the summit of all knowledge.......after a long long journey up in the search of the ultimate knowledge ....I suspect they will meet on that mountain top......and realize, that the ultimate truth of both 'disciplines' is one and the same.
What the great spiritual teachers such as Jesus, Buddha, the Rishi's, etc have been telling us throughout the ages will turn out to be the same truth that the scientist will find to be at the 'root' of all that is!! What a glorious day that will be, and I along with Uma and many others here believe that this day is getting nearer everyday. What's more......more and more people are becoming aware, are hearing about it, feel it and are opening up to different ways of me a hopeless optimist, that's fine! I know that I feel happy goosebumps all over my body I write this down. A day of realization.....and yes I am happy! The image of the scientist and

Harsha Vardhana R
Harsha Vardhana4 years ago

Great advice to feel happy!. Thank you, Deepak

I am happy NOW!

Lynn C.
Lynn C4 years ago

This was fascinating! Thank you Deepak.

Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider4 years ago

I love your work Dr. Chopra! Thankyou.

Kath R.
Kath P4 years ago

One of the best examples of why its important to keep a positive attitude.

Bob Stuart
Bob Stuart4 years ago

I'm getting better - checked the author's name before I'd read all the way to his inevitable mouthful of feathers conclusion today.