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.
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.