Hall of Mirrors
Superposition is a situation wherein one thing can be two things at once. Or, two things are required to make one thing. Quantum superposition plainly puts the wave equation at the top of its sample file, since this is scientifically the most obvious visible example of something (a photon or electron) being two things at once (a wave and a particle). We are of course much bigger than the photons / electrons stuffed into our bodily framework, and scientists tend to think that this factor precludes us from experiencing quantum effects. Size matters, to a positivist. The larger you are, the less likely you are to be applied to the Uncertainty Principle. However, you can always enter a state of superposition, even if you're an elephant, for it all depends on the way you look at something as to whether it's one or two things being whatever they are at once.
We find it really difficult to see ourselves. We are often guilty of believing we're right about things. When it comes to the way people behave, we often feel justified in behaving as we do and that the other party has behaved in such a way as to 'make' us do or say certain things. Cause and effect, seen from this perspective, puts the cause in someone else's camp and places us in the position of Recipient, the one being affected. This is victim mentality, and we all fall victim to this mentality some of the time. Unless we live atop a Tibetan mountain with tigers as friends and very small bowls of food.
In the hall of mirrors, the other party would be equally justified in harbouring a belief that they are affected by the way we do things. Where both parties in this scenario are missing the point is that we are our own singularity. In a spin, we only have ourselves to pull us out of it. Others can be kind, which is helpful. They can be moderate, which we might or might not like. And they can be horrible, which puts us back in the spin again but doesn't preclude us from the superposition.
The most obvious example of this superposed state existing in social media circles currently is the Empath v. Narcissist war, waged by empaths (loudly) against their oppressors (usually silent) Behaving Badly in close relationships. Narcissistic behaviour apparently excludes people from being spiritual, 'Awake', or qualified to Love, the irony of which lies in the definition of Empathy (just type it in and you'll find this):
the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
synonyms: affinity with, rapport with, sympathy with, understanding of, sensitivity towards, sensibility to, identification with, awareness of, fellowship with, fellow feeling for, like-mindedness, togetherness, closeness to;
Therefore it stands to reason that an Empath doing battle with anyone would preclude the Empath, at the time of conflict, from being an Empath. What about the Narcissist? Well, the dictionary will explain that the Narcissist is:
having or showing an excessive interest in or admiration of oneself and one's physical appearance.
synonyms: vain, in love with oneself, self-loving, self-admiring, wrapped up in oneself, self-absorbed, self-obsessed, conceited, self-centred, self-regarding, egotistic, egotistical, egoistic,egocentric, egomaniac
In the war of words across all sites, advocacy of Self-Love abounds among the 'Awakened'. You have to love yourself, they say, before you can hope to love anyone else/attract the right kind of love/give love. So effectively, you should be so in love with yourself that you centre yourself in the setting of your own boundaries, right? Your self-worth should be such that you are able to wrap yourself up with confidence. Self-regard, it would seem, is pretty essential. And you are strongly advised to admire your version of personal achievement. But ego is a big no-no. You can't have one of those, for if you do, you are in danger of being a... a... yes you could turn into a Narcissist. And that would never do.
Whatever these words mean to you, please try to temper the desire to jump on a bandwagon from which to throw stones at other people. In the Hall of Mirrors, the learning curve is no joke. We have to take responsibility for the most bizarre aspects of our lives, even if only as observers. We can observe without fostering hatred or resentment, if we really want to. We can train ourselves out of boiling in our own thoughts. And if we work on this, who knows? They do say it's the thought that counts. Perhaps we can find time enough for counting, when the dealing's done.
The Remonstration of Now
Moments pass, l spend them contemplatively while shadows of the past flit across my future. Whichever way I look, there's history to it. Those histories can do things, they can leave their taste on the tongue many, many years after their moment is gone.
Desire, despair, desire, so many monsters....
With all I've learned, I surely should be good at this by now. But me, I'm on my own, as all things can be said to be; like the little flock of egrets on the landing bar above (which might not even be there if you're looking at a phone), life can freeze into a snapshot of experience that is non-existent, having been and gone save only the traces set upon it by the mind, the mind that files as it flies.
Retrocausality gives us room for manoeuvre in all those perspectives we hold so dear, but it doesn't change the circumstance we once were called to face. The future holding as much sway as the past only means that our doorway to it is less nebulous than one might think; 'feeling our way' into a future we might want means letting go of the history rope just enough to move forward. The next point of arrival will probably prove us right - the number of times I've been through a phase only to surmise that in order to reach the milestone I got to, that phase was necessary. Freedom or entrapment may be cast into doubt either way, for who are we to question the orchestration of planetary destiny?
Not to say we didn't have a hand in it collectively - a million species on the list of extinctions laid squarely at our door is nothing to be proud of. Yet still there are some who want nothing more than a head on a wall to be proud of, never mind their contribution to global desecration. We all have our own course to follow.
But hey, there's no fun in that - it's just a sobering situation we need to be aware of in laying claim to any sense of responsibility at all. The weight of these impacts on Earth is going to have a bearing on us - no getting away from being part of the planet. While doing our damndest to beat off negativity, we might find that the horrors being inflicted on the world are pushing waves at us with the power of the moon over tides, for we are living at a time when Apocalyptic change is imminent and it isn't sensible to assume we're going to bypass the effects, whoever we are and however much we think we've got.
Your life, my life, their lives all depend on energy for the way in which they're lived, the best energy being hard to find and positivity perpetually challenged by negativity's penchant for turning a perspective on a sixpence. The Now isn't holding a banner over your head to single you out in any way, it's here for you, for your eyes only, just as the synchronicities flitting across your timeline relate only to your thought track, nobody else's, and we still have no idea how synchronicity operates. Working with what we have, with what we know, there is space to consider our given time anew, and find appreciation of Now more often, whatever we happen to be doing with it. There's no-one keeping score on your positivity ticks. While you taste the difference, though, those you love will be glad of it too.
When the value we can place on the Now equals the value we place on the things we have, perhaps we can begin - that's an anagram for Being and I've only just noticed, in all my 56 years of being alive it's never occurred to me that Begin and Being share all their letters ...
- Perhaps we can begin being true to more than the sum of collectable parts.
Kathy is the author of Quantumology. She met up with quantum mechanics in 1997, pledging allegiance to its sources thereafter. These are her personal thoughts and testimonies.