Where is this quantum, mechanical (spiritual) body? One can answer that that it lies in a gap that unfortunately is rather difficult to picture, since it is silent, has no thickness, and exists everywhere.
Finding the silent gap that flashes in between our thoughts seems relatively easy, but because it flashes by, a tiny gap is not a doorway. The quantum body is not separate from us–it is us–yet we are not experiencing it right now. Sitting here, we are thinking, reading, talking breathing, digesting, and so on, all of which happens above the line.
Here is an analogy that brings the quantum mechanical body into focus: Take a bar magnet and place a piece of paper over it. Next, sprinkle iron filings on the paper and jostle it slightly. What will emerge is a pattern of curving lines, one inside the other, that arch from the magnet’s north to south pole and back again. The overall design you have made represents a map of the magnetic lines of force that otherwise would be invisible, except that the iron particles automatically align themselves to bring out the image.
We see all mind-body activity above the paper and the hidden field of intelligence below. The iron filings moving around are mind-body activity, automatically aligning with the magnetic field, which is intelligence. The field is completely invisible and unknowable until it shows its hand by moving some bits of matter around. The piece of paper is the quantum mechanical body, a thin screen that shows exactly what patterns of intelligence are being manifested at the moment.
There you have a picture of how the body-mind actually relates to the field of intelligence. The two remain separated, but the division is invisible and has no thickness whatever. It is just a gap. The only way one knows that the quantum level even exists is that images and patterns keep cropping up everywhere in the body.
To dive into the field of intelligence appears easy now: It requires only a trip across a gap. But even though the gap has no thickness, it forms a barrier no steel door could possibly match. To solve the mystery of the gap, we need to consult the ones who have been there.
Adapted from Quantum Healing, by Deepak Chopra (A Bantam Book, 1990).