As long as you are surrounded by the input of life, there is no stopping the rush of events that makes us what we are. On the other hand, our nature may go deeper than the things we see and hear. There may be a zero point in us, like the point of zero vibration which gives rise to the entire spectrum of light.
If you stepped outside our thoughts, senses, and emotions, you would be left with the equivalent of empty space. But like the empty space of quantum physics, our “inner space” may not be empty at all. I would argue that our inner space is a rich field of silent intelligence, and that it exerts a powerful influence on us.
Intelligence is easily located and yet impossible to find. The body’s know-how seems to be the result of a complexity of parts, broken down according to functions–digestion, respiration, metabolism, and so on.
Although this division of labor is real enough, intelligence remains everywhere the same despite it, just as a drop of sea water shares the saltiness of the whole ocean.
The physical structure of the body mirrors intelligence and gives it a projected form, but intelligence is not trapped inside this framework of flesh and bones. Every impulse of intelligence is equally intelligent, opening up endless possible projections of mind into body.
The silent gap between thoughts turns out to be a central player, however, if you are interested in what lies beyond the thought. Every fraction of a second we are permitted a glimpse into another world, one that is inside us and yet obscurely out of reach.
The fascinating thing about intelligence is that it is like an arrow: you can use intelligence to shape a molecule, but if you look at the molecule, you cannot take the intelligence back out of it.
Adapted from Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, by Deepak Chopra (Bantam Books, 1990).