Suddenly the unseen has become incredibly more powerful than the seen. In what way is the “field of fields” like a mind?
Thinking, the basic operation of the mind, organizes reality to make sense. The universe does this physically. It forms complex systems. DNA is one example, but genes didn’t create life simply by stringing simple molecules along a double helix. There are spaces between each genetic bit, and this sequencing is all-important.
An amoeba differs from a human being in the sequence of carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen along its genes, not in the atoms themselves. The fact that empty spaces, or gaps, between genetic material are so important brings us back to the void, where something is arranging random events so that they are meaningful.
Once a form has been created, it has to be remembered in order to stay together. The universe remembers what it has created and meshes it with older systems. The Earth’s ecosystem is a good example. Life-forms constantly relate to each other in exquisite balance. The oxygen given off by plants during photosynthesis, for example, would eventually poison the entire atmosphere, killing off all vegetation that needs carbon dioxide, were it not for the evolution of animals, which consume the oxygen and return carbon dioxide back to plants.
This extremely complex balance can be traced back to the void, where every single fluctuation of virtual energy is passed along and absorbed by a virtual particle in need of energy.
The basic pattern is very simple, but when trillions of energy exchanges are involved every second, as they are with life on Earth, the ecosystem’s ability to keep one form separate from another, yet in dynamic relationship, is mind-boggling.
Adapted from Life After Death: The Burden of Proof, by Deepak Chopra (Harmony Books, 2006).