BE and BECOME (The Principle of One and All)

This section of this website ( provides edited excerpts of the book Be and Become (publ. 2000)1, and related manuscripts archived in the National Library of Australia and the American Library of Congress.The Theory of One and All - Table 2 of 10

The materials are centred around The Table of One and All (variously called the Theory of One and All, the TAO of One and All, the Truth of One and All and The Pairadox Rule).

The Table of One and All encompasses and includes all aspects of life, and all phenomena into one framework of understanding - it effectively integrates all branches of science, religion, spirituality, psychology, sociology and politics (and all other experiences, fields, disciplines and insights).

In view of its 'infinitely-inclusive' framework, it is able to be used in all areas of experience to reveal deeper insights into life.

Why the 'Theory of One and All'?

The Theory of One and All - Table 3 of 10There are many elements of Taoist philosophy which has parallels with the foundation philosophy of The Toa (The Table of One and All) - that life involves the simultaneity of one and all, of physical and spiritual, of conscious and unconscious, or individual and collective.

However, many Eastern traditions (Taoism, communism) overly affirm the role of the collective (and spiritual) at the expense of individuality, conscious ego, individual choice and personal freedom (aka 'human rights').The Theory of One and All - Table 4 of 10

Conversely, Western cultures (particularly American) are generally biased towards Individuality, personal freedom and private ownership at the expense of community (local, national and global). Witness the "right to bear arms" against fellow community members (amounting to 'community-rights abuse').

The Toa addresses the bias of both Western philosophies towards Individuality and Eastern philosophies towards collectivism.

The TOA, Table 5 of 10The Toa affirms the validity and importance of conscious ego, individuality, reasoning, thought, physicality and private ownership. It also affirms the validity and importance of unconscious, collective, intuition, feelings, spirituality and public ownership.

The subtleties of bias of both Western and Eastern cultural belief-systems -- as may be observed when Western media report the 'abuse of human rights' by collectivist cultures -- can be more fully appreciated and understood by application of the Toa. The Theory of One and All - Table 6 of 10The Toa affirms the at-once validity of both personal freedom, and social responsibility, and that denial of either involves denial and diminution of the other.

The Toa does not affirm the validity of separate states of perfection or ultimate bliss, or separate 'spiritual entities' such as God, or Evil, for to do so requires exceptions, exclusions and disconnects ... between present reality  || and || some idealised 'other' state, or entity.2

The Toa encompasses the paradoxes (the 'inseparable dualities') of part and whole, of wave and particle, of future and past, of one and all.


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  • 1. Be and Become was published in limited quantities in Australia in December, 2000. It is presently out of print
  • 2. See in more detail how belief in separate spiritual entities such as God, involve fundamental disconnects that can be recognised as being incoherent superstitions).


Reviews of "The Dynamics of Gender and Life: Timeless principles of Quantum, Fractal and Natural Phenomena, and Human Social Dynamics."

Stephen is an independent thinker, and his book is subtitled ‘timeless principles of quantum, fractal and natural phenomena, and human social dynamics’ representing as such the distillation of a worldview based on complementarity.

The central concept is the universe as a self-organising system (SOS) where everything in it is ‘engaged in an ongoing, dynamic, cyclical, interactive conversation’ forming a dance between unity and individuality masculine and feminine, boson and fermion, particle and wave, separateness and togetherness, Yang and Yin, possibility and actuality. The elaboration of these polarities is extraordinarily fruitful as the book unfolds into considerations relating to types of creativity, identity politics, personality structure, the relationship between belief systems (central command centres) and habit. Stephen develops two original new terms – the right hemisphere ‘Wego’, contrasting with the left hemisphere ‘Igo’.

Life consists of possibilities represented by waves becoming actualities as particles, corresponding to the implicate manifesting into the explicate. We also try to balance an active masculine focus with a feminine receptivity and openness. All this is embodied at the end of the book in a series of Tables of One and All (TOA) providing an amazing visual summary. Readers will find this an expansive and insightful journey that is sure to enhance their philosophy of life.

David Lorimer
Scientific and Medical Network

The Dynamics of Gender and Life. Just consider the title; it is almost grandiose in its scope, yet the book itself does not disappoint. Stephen Pirie has delineated a whole new paradigm for reality within 150 pages. That in itself is a remarkable achievement.

In the first two sections Pirie repeatedly drew aside curtain after curtain to reveal unexpected wonders. This created a feeling of anticipation as well as suspense. I was eager to read the next page, which always led to further discoveries. I had fun.

Then, in section 3, he began "fleshing out" what had been revealed in the preceding sections. This did not reach the same level of expectation as did the first two sections, but it was necessary for fuller comprehension.

All in all, a wonderful piece of work, which I earnestly hope will reach a vast multitude of readers because, in all sincerity, they sure as hell need it.

Frank Juszczyk, PhD
Professor Emeritus of English, Western New Mexico University

I enjoyed reading Stephens book and found his perspective refreshing and revealing on how to achieve deeper understanding of the masculine and feminine. His explanations using quantum physics and the butterfly diagrams made compelling reading.

From everyday examples of behaviors to exploring the metaphysical, Stephen clearly defines the part that each polarity plays and elucidates their importance in the whole continuum. This is an important issue as dominance of one over the other leads to an imbalance and disharmony. What the world so deeply needs now is the balance of the feminine and masculine and the recognition of diversity in Unity.

Anna Parker
Celebrant, Interfaith Minister, Homeopath, Naturopath

I have known Stephen and followed his work for decades. Initially it centered on Quantum Theory and its implications on everyday life. As his understanding evolved, it has come to include other disciplines, e.g. Neuroscience, in a coherent framework elucidating the nature of life and the nature of decision-making process.

The Dynamics of Gender and Life is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I recommend it to anyone with inquisitive mind and anyone wishing to expand their understanding of our world.

Uros Dresevic
Software Development Manager

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Simple Tools for Clarity, Understanding and BettermentReviews of Stephen's book "Simple Tools for Clarity, Understanding and Betterment"

"This book by Stephen Pirie is a masterpiece. It is a magnificent guide to help one think outside the box with the issues we experience in life. This book is small in size but big in ideas. It is a brilliant book full of intelligent humour for the thinking, open-minded  person. Stephen demonstrates incisive observations of human behaviour and traditions and shows how in casting aside old myths one is guided to understand and overcome difficult or interesting times in one's life."
Robert Colquhoun
Barrister and Philosopher (Sydney, Australia)
Stephen condenses a lifetime of research and experience into less than 50 pages – each part a tool that will result in immediate clarity regarding our beliefs, what we can do to both understand and change these beliefs and pre-emptively live the future. Recommended reading.
Steven Lesser
Managing Director
InfoWorks International Pty Ltd
"Even though I was familiar with Stephen Pirie's body of work, the fresh exposition and vivid examples (in Simple Tools) had an immediate impact. With a sense of urgency, my family and I re-evaluated our goals and the means to achieve them. A big thank you to Stephen."
Uros Dresevic
Team Leader
"Stephen's work is helping me to identify who I really am and get me on the way to being that person. Simple tools is an apt name for these simple yet powerful concepts."
Brian Cox

"Stephen Pirie’s is a playful nature, full of a mischievous verve that compliments his very considerable intelligence. What he has done in his Simple Tools for Clarity, Understanding and Betterment, is create a practical quantum handbook for those floundering in an outdated conception of what constitutes “reality”. Stephen’s presentation is lively, humorous, and conversational, free of mind-numbing disquisitions on quantum mechanics theory in the abstract. Most physicists chunder on about physics as an objectified body of knowledge that has no immediate relevance to the feelings and kinesthetics of getting on with life. Stephen simply grabs what is immediately useful and applies it to what is needed to get the job done. Simple Tools is exactly what it calls itself, a service manual for fixing broken belief systems. It is the right tool for a very specific job. What Stephen is promoting is the application of what he calls the “Big Now” tool. This is a much larger, more open conception of reality than has been employed in so-called modern and progressive cultures to date. As Stephen observes, “These tools if used well should feel like you’re base-jumping off a cliff, bungee-jumping, or falling in love. The initial free-fall is exactly what is needed to step beyond old habits.” Stephen describes the preparation for the jump, reviews the necessary elements of the procedure, outlines the benefits of the jump experience, leads the reader to the jump-off point, and emphasizes the importance of having trust in what happens once the fall begins. It is left to the reader whether or not to take the jump.

Stephen also provides explanatory graphic illustrations for all the key principles of Simple Tools, making the fundamentals of changing outmoded beliefs quicker and easier to grasp. He covers all the essential quantum turn-abouts required for basic perceptual revision, including the transcendance of dualistic thinking, the negative effects of perfectionism, the phase conjugate aspect of time, which allows access to your future, balancing the masculine and feminine functions of the brain, the emotional component of placing intent, and the absolute necessity of “letting go” to allow possibilities to take tangible form. He also explores the dynamic of intuitive perception, calling it “The Make-Like-Einstein Tool”, which extols the benefits of being single-minded, odd, and following your bliss.

That’s a lot for the Belief Doctor to encompass in a short fifty or so pages, but the book’s brevity gives it an impact that might otherwise be dissipated in pointless equivocation, timorous hedging, and overly scrupulous concern over potential critical skepticism.

Stephen's book is a guide to action in the present, which promises to alter what that present means in a completely transfigurative and lasting way. It is a transformative work much needed during this increasingly compelling, ever-widening transition in human consciousness."

Frank Juszczyk, Ph.D
[Emeritus Prof. English, Western New Mexico University]
Author, WAYVionics Mindset Eradicator (PDF) (html)

Simple Tools for Clarity, Understanding and Betterment is a marvelous piece of work demonstrating an enormous distillation of complexity into simple meaningful tools to improve one's everyday interactions with life.

Well done, Stephen.

Reminds me of an old Sufi saying... "Because you understand 1 you think you understand 2 because 1 and 1 is 2. But first you must understand AND."

Gene Bellinger
Systems Thinking World (LinkedIn)

Stephen Pirie has put together a very succinct volume here. Tools for betterment are precisely what you'll get from this book. The tools help us not only in reframing experience and seeing things in a new light, but in helping us tap into the intuitive mind. The latter incorporates non-local awareness, an important expansion of human intelligence, and part of what Pirie calls The Big Now. The author implores us to be adventurous, bold, and honour hunches and explore future possibilities. His view is to balance left and right-brain thinking, the masculine and the feminine dimensions of mind. It is a noble quest, and one well worth embarking upon!

"Simple Tools" combines quantum physics with common-sense to reveal timeless processes of life, creativity, intuition, health and wellbeing.


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Reviews of Stephen Pirie's book:"Be and Become"

Stephen Pirie's Be and Become, is a very comprehensive work, encompassing a breadth of deep insight into the nature of life."
Rev. Dr. Margaret Yee
University of Oxford
"The book Be and Become is a significant contribution to the burgeoning field of self-development and spiritual awareness."
Deepak Chopra
Author, How to Know God
The book Be and Become is an amazing and awesome intellectual effort."
Professor Emeritus Giovanni Carsaniga
Department of Italian
Sydney University
"... an excellent piece of work in reconciling/synergizing seemingly opposed viewpoints and philosophies."
Dr. Win Wenger
Project Renaissance
Stephen's book Be and Become has given me greater insights into the mystery of life. I am now able to use Stephen's ideas with my personal coaching of business executives."
Vic Lindal
Personal coach for Greatness
BC Sports Hall of Fame
Victoria Sports Hall of Fame
Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame
Toastmasters International Hall of Fame

Stephen Pirie's book, Be and Become, provides valuable insights and guidance principles for those of us who realize that "doing business as usual," simply won't work in the 21st century. Be and Become is not just a sit down and read book but a workbook designed for you and the problems you will surely face in this new century and, taking some of the ideas found in it in mind, this millennium.

Borrowing from the quantum metaphors of the previous century, Pirie demolishes the old Darwinian saw and replaces it with a shining and hopeful spiritual vision.

Dr. Fred Alan Wolf
author, Taking The Quantum Leap
The Table of One and All (TOA) is arguably the most profound and pragmatic philosophical insight of the last 100 years.
Uros Dresevic
Poet, author of A Manifold World
In his landmark text, The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge argues for great models for thinking. Stephen Pirie is brilliant at offering models to give insight and interpretation to many disciplines in a complex world. Stephen's representations of phenomena in the personal arena for example, support the success principles of thought leaders such as Napoleon Hill
Dr. George McMaster
Professor of Business and Computer Science
Brandon University, Canada
Stephen's work (and his book Be and Become) is the most outrageous, but rational material I've encountered. It certainly caused me to rethink my management philosophies."
Mehmet Yousouf,
Managing Director
Auslin Pty Ltd
Sydney, Australia
"... an excellent work with much insight and astute observations ... before its time."
Jeevan Sivasubramaniam
Managing Editor
Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
San Francisco
" ... a well researched, insightful, highly pragmatic and interesting book."
Elizabeth Whitelock
Corporate training and development
Sydney, Australia
When you take the time to study it, the Table of One and All makes sense. It's quite simple. I don't know why no-one thought of it sooner. It's helped me appreciate the need to balance the 'masculine' and the 'feminine' in my life. I've used it to be more active and assertive."
Ronda Johnson
NLP Practitioner
Sydney, Australia

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Reviews of Stephen Pirie's book "Awkward Truths":

Awkward Truths

Awkward Truths is a brilliant book. It's all the more so when read aloud to a friend or group and the many ideas within it are discussed. Great fun. Great insights -- and that's just on first reading. On subsequent reads I've received many additional, valuable insights, all highly pertinent to, and useful for, everyday life.


If this book does not get you thinking, then nothing will. I can't wait for the next one.

Vic Lindal
Personal coach for Greatness
BC Sports Hall of Fame
Victoria Sports Hall of Fame
Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame
Toastmasters International Hall of Fame

The book Awkward Truths challenges scientific theories, religious doctrines and new-age beliefs. It makes you think, it provides answers and it gives you confidence to embrace uncertainties and explore alternatives without fear.

Though it deals with heavy issues, it is light reading - very funny at times. A great book for anyone with an inquisitive mind.

Uros Dresevic
Poet, author of A Manifold World

Stephen Pirie's new book "Awkward Truths" lives up to its title by corralling a herd of sacred cows let loose by science, religion, and new age philosophy, and then subjecting each to intensive delousing.

With unassailable logic and ironic humour he exposes flaws in their arguments, with special emphasis on how and why the findings of quantum physics keeps the streets of our minds free of these meandering quadrupeds.

Derek Strahan
BA Cantab
Awkward Truths is a very thought-provoking book that rattles the cage of conventional thinkers. Stephen Pirie cuts through some traditional 'Truths' like a hot knife through butter.


Reading this book has been an empowering experience for me and I thoroughly recommend it. I'm looking forward to Book II.

Steve McDonald
Executive Officer [-2005]
Spirituality, Leadership and Management Network

Stephen Pirie's Awkward Truths is, as the cover says, beyond the dogmas of science, religion and new age philosophies. It is a book for the intelligent, the enlightened...especially the skeptical.

The book is provocative. It challenges the reader to examine the pope's authority; heaven's existence and many other dogmas. It is irreverent but funny.

In this book the author plays with philosophy; flirts with science; and challenges religion. It is a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable read for someone with an open mind and a sense of adventure.

Stephen Pirie has found the right mix of humour and dare in tackling many of today's "truths" which we take as gospel. Through well thought-out reasoning, Stephen challenges even the most concrete theories, consistently proving the "Pairadoxical" nature of life and how this can be used beneficially in any area of experience, circumstance or field of inquiry -- be it science, religion, politics or new-age.

Awkward truths goes to the heart of what we today can only describe as an awakening -- a rebirth of humanity's natural ability to ask why and seek truth.

Hooray! Stephen has opted to get off the fence and ask questions that so few dare think, let alone speak! A must read for anyone seeking deeper awareness and clarity of thought.

Costa Sfetsos
Mortgage Manager
Sydney, Australia

This is a development from a more comprehensive book, 'Be and Become', which is currently out of print and which contains an extraordinary Table of One and All, some of whose insights are reproduced here. The awkward truth of the title is the inherently paradoxical nature of life and the human being, which Pirie explores with relish.

He begins with the observation that life is a paradox of security and surprise, which means that the unilateral pursuit of security must be self-defeating. In addition, 'whatever we know is always partnered with what we don't know'. Hence such pairings as known and unknowable, certainty and uncertainty, order and chaos. This also means that any one-sided statement by a scientist or religious leader is inherently incomplete as life is based on inseparable dualities.

Philosophically, according to this view, it is impossible to separate determinism from free will, choice from fate. By the time the reader has finished perusing these dichotomies, a new way of thinking is born and one ceases to try to reduce one side to the other.

The style of the book is informal (sometimes almost too colloquial!) and direct, but this makes the book all the more accessible.

David Lorimer
Gibliston Mill, Colinsburgh,
Leven, Fife KY9 1JS
01333 340490

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Reviews Stephen Pirie's latest book:

Hi Steve,

I finished your manuscript "Maya Sends Her Love" last night.

It's a very good book. It made me think a lot; I woke up thinking of it this morning and will surely think of it in days to come.

You asked me to be critical about it ... I find it hard to do so.

The work is prophetic in a way, but also idealistic. The reader can't tell where the prophecy ends and where the vision of the beautiful world - the one that we should strive for - begins. This is a very good thing. The reader has a lot of room for manoeuvring - they'll get enough hints but there is plenty for them to think about.

I don't think you should change anything in your book - it is a parable after all, and it offers a vision of something we should strive for.

Given present ecological and world difficulties and challenges, you are presenting the way forward in a very nice way.

Once again, I liked the book very much.

Uros Dresevic
(May, 2006)

Hi Stephen,

I am very impressed with your book "Maya Sends Her Love." It provides a very easy introduction to many of the “mysteries” of quantum physics in a very readable little story.

I certainly encourage you to seek a wide audience for the book – the message it contains is important.

Dr. Patrick Bradbery
Professional Development Unit
Faculty of Business
Charles Sturt University
Dear Stephen,
Congratulations on the book Maya Sends Her Love – I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The contents of the book are the ideas I talk about on a daily basis with people. It was wonderful to see you entwine the Knowledge into such a wonderful tale around such mythical and yet familiar characters – beautifully done.
Tim Brown
The Meditation Centre
80 Paddington St
Paddington NSW 2021
02 9327 7825
Dear Stephen,
I really enjoyed reading your book Maya Sends her love. I found myself overwhelmed with joy as I connected with young Maya and her Grandfather ... Beautiful example of how to live and the imagery stays with me now always.
I am happy to recommend this to my clients and students as a guide book and inspiration to all who read it. Congratulations and thank you for the opportunity.
Kind regards,
Simonette Vaja
~ Simonette Vaja & Associates ~
Creativity. Meditation. Therapeutic Hypnosis
Consulting Psychologist - Creativity Facilitator M.A.P.S.

Maya Sends Her Love: A Parable For Our Times is in the form of a story told by a grandfather to his granddaugher about the troubling times in which we are currently living. The central metaphor is that of the fall, but this time the fall is redefined as falling into love, peace and understanding rather than a fall 'from heart and harmony to numbers, names and notions.'

He introduces Zeno's paradox into the narrative, commenting that we might have come to know that 'we are all interconnected, nurtured and renewed in Zeno's timeless gaps.'

For the profound thinking about overcoming duality behind this touching story see

David Lorimer
Review of Maya Sends Her Love (A parable for out times)
2006 Summer Edition of the Scientific and Medical Network Review
The Scientific and Medical Network
Hi Stephen,
I very much enjoyed reading your book. It touches many wisdoms.
It's an important message to be sent out into our out-of-balance world. Your parable comes at a perfect point in time.
Marianne Hallupp
Research Scientist
Sydney, Australia
Hi Stephen,
I really enjoyed your little book Maya Sends Her Love. I started reading it and I didn't want to put it down until I finished it. It left me with a good feeling, but I was a bit sad it ended. I would love to share this book with my children, young and adult alike. It's a great way to open up a discussion. Thanks!
Julie Bagnall
Cairns, Australia
Hi Stephen,
l loved your little book "Maya Sends Her Love." I was very moved by your story.
Deryl Robertson
West Ryde, Sydney, Australia
[4th July, 2006]


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Preparing for our 21st

It has been suggested in the media that, due mainly to the influence of the Internet, we will see more change in the next 20 years than has occurred in the previous 200. But a far more reaching and profound “innernet” revolution is likely to herald more change in the next 20 years than has occurred in the last 2000.

If we look to the development of the human race as being analogous to that of a child we can observe many striking parallels in behavior with those of children and adolescents the world over. The destructive, warring tendency of tribes, communities and nations over the last few millennia has been (in an analogous sense) the behavior of unruly adolescents in a dysfunctional family. It has been the stage of development at which the adolescent becomes assertive, independent and objective (pre-occupied with technological, material development). The wars that we have observed have been, by and large, fights among siblings in a global family. As a race we have had frequent fights in the “school playground” and on a few occasions those fights have involved the whole “school” (planet).

We are now on the threshold of adulthood, marked by the acceptance of individual and collective responsibility for the world that we experience. We are on the verge of taking an active role in building a better, more cooperative “neighborhood.” Using the global communications infrastructure (Internet, mobile telephony etc.) we are now able to keep abreast of latest developments in our “global village.” We are increasingly required (either directly or indirectly) to participate in the day to day commercial and political concerns of this “global village.”

The use of technology has been much like learning to drive a motor-vehicle. We haven’t really understood what makes the car run. Instead we have been primarily concerned with operating the vehicle and using it for our convenience. In an analogous sense, we have depressed some pedals, pushed some levers and marvelled at the result. We’ve even had time and sufficient skill to sit back and admire the passing scenery as we travel in the latest model, ever more powerful and sophisticated.

But now we’re driving powerful vehicles at such a speed that the passing scenery is becoming blurred — we’re no longer taking the time to admire the world around. Worse, we may well be careening out of control, not fully aware of where the vehicle is headed.

Despite all our technological conveniences, many people feel a lack of purpose and fulfillment. Depression (when recognized as being a contributing factor in heart disease) is now acknowledged by the World Health Organization as being the number one cause of disability. Many are realizing that technology cannot save us from our own demons.

Throughout the ages, there have been those (spiritual leaders, prophets, poets and writers) who have understood and explained, to those interested, the “inner workings” of our “motor-vehicle” and the surrounding countryside. They have taken an active role in sharing their insights by suggesting that we might have more to do with the passing scenery than simply being a back-seat passenger—that we might not only be the driver of the “car” but the car itself. And that the passing scenery is in our control. We can apply the brakes if so needed or hit the accelerator to move into new, more interesting enriching “neighborhoods.”

This book shares some of those insights. As with any teachings, they are able to be applied for real effect. They are applicable in the everyday world. However, just like learning to drive, the initial learning can be taxing. But as many of us who drive vehicles can appreciate, the initial difficulties we experience with learning are, in the end, very much worth the ensuing freedom and control.

Stephen Pirie
April 29, 2000

Part I: Consideration

[ Edited excerpts of Be and Become, ISBN 978-0-9578537-0-6, ProCreative Pty Ltd, Sydney 2000 ]

Consideration of world-views, personal experience and objective reality.

Chapter 1 - Asking questions

Chapter 2 - Gathering the jigsaw pieces


Chapter One: Asking Questions

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Key Concepts: 

  1. To what degree can we accept responsibility for our lives?
  2. We appear to be distinctly “separate" from the world around us. The physical world and natural phenomena - atoms, viruses, storms - seem to have their own agenda and machinery, independent of our beliefs, plans or expectations.
  3. Even our own bodies can become old, diseased or disabled, despite strong desire to live a healthy, vibrant lives.
  4. We accept that many who suffer death, disease, robbery, physical assault and murder do so without wishing it upon themselves - that they are genuinely victim to crime, disease or misfortune.
  5. Despite the world appearing to go its own way independent of our wishes or desires we do gain responsibility (and effectiveness) as we gain greater awareness, skill and maturity.
  6. As children we are 'innocent' and vulnerable, with scant responsibility or authority. As we enter adulthood, we greatly increase our ability to fulfil our expectations, desires and dreams. Indeed, we are told by many self-development gurus that we can take "full responsibility" for our lives and that we can have whatever we want. We are told, “There are no victims. There are no coincidences. You create your reality.”
  7. But what is the actual limit of our control over our lives?
  8. How much can we know?
  9. How much can we accomplish?
  10. How well can we know ourselves?
  11. If we were to take "full responsibility" for our lives, wouldn't that require an ability to pre-know the future, so that we could avoid unpleasant situations, disease and misfortune?
  12. If we able to take full responsibility, how can we explain the world that we live in? Why would people choose to experience horrendous acts against them, or commit them against others?
  13. And what about animals and disabled adults—do they have full responsibility for their lives and, if not, at what exact I.Q. and functionality can we say “reality-creating sentient life”?

Taking responsibility

[Excerpt Be and Become, Chapter One. Comment: This section largely contains personal reflections and experiences of the author, Stephen Pirie]

When we believe ourselves to be predominantly separate from the world around us, we take the view that things “out there” happen to us, seemingly independent of us.

When we introduce our mind into the mix we see that we can raise our percentage responsibility quite significantly. In other words, we reduce the seemingly random effects of the outside world upon our lives. But to what extent can you continue building the degree of choice (control) in your life? What is the theoretical maximum possible degree to which you can take responsibility for everything that you experience? Where do you draw the line, between that which is your responsibility or doing, and that which isn’t? At what point do you look out upon the world and say it has nothing to do with you?

Getting connected

This was generally the line of thinking and questioning that I was following (a few years ago) when I had the good fortune to attend a workshop on meditation. During the workshop the lecturer informed the audience that we control1 100% of our experiences. Until that workshop I had easily accepted 90-95% responsibility, having by then realized the connection between one’s attitude and one’s subsequent successes and failures. This is not to suggest that I had succeeded in eradicating my insecurity and negativity. I had simply recognized the need for self-development, hence the attendance at the workshop.

Despite my insecurity and doubts, upon hearing the lecturer assert that we choose 100% of our experiences, I took it upon myself to challenge the lecturer by explaining to him that it could only be a maximum of around 95% or maybe even 98 or 99% but certainly not 100%. After all, how could I be responsible for a completely chance event such as a falling meteorite slamming through the ceiling and taking off my right arm?

He answered that it was 100% and after repeated objections from me explained that on some level of my awareness I would have been aware of the impending disaster and yet despite such awareness I would have for my own reasons chosen to participate in that event.

Apparently, in the example of the meteorite, I would have been either subconsciously or unconsciously “aware” of the impending disaster, but due to my subconscious or unconscious “agenda” I would have “decided” to experience the event for my own personal learning and growth.

Now this was hard to argue with because, let’s face it, if we knew the content of our subconscious and unconscious minds then it wouldn’t remain sub (below) conscious or un (not) conscious. It seems self-evident that what we don’t know, we don’t know. So I tentatively accepted the logic of the idea that perhaps there was somewhere deep within me a whole stack of “programs” that were quietly controlling my life, much like a computer program can control a robot or motor-vehicle. After all, by the time I had come to sit that lecture I had become well acquainted with the idea that by changing my attitude and developing new skills I could create more beneficial results in both my personal and business life. Accordingly, the objective of the workshop was to get to know and therefore be able to change the detrimental or harmful “programs” that were causing the workshop attendees their problems or lack of results.

And it made sense, at least from a mathematical perspective, in that if one extrapolates the increasing degree of control which accompanies increasing awareness then ultimately the end-point to the extrapolation must be 100%.

The turning point

Now, this was one of the major turning points in my life, for I had been presented with an idea which appealed to my ardent “black or white” logical, sceptical, atheistic, “cut and dried” nature.

The idea that I had 100% responsibility for my life did have a certain purity and symmetry. It was concrete and absolute. It was somehow compelling and appealing. The idea also had a simple validity in that the one and only common element in all my experiences, without exception, was me! No matter who or what might have shared my experiences, when all else was considered, the only guaranteed common element in every bit of my life was me. Or more correctly when dreaming and unconscious states are included my awareness or my “mind” was the only consistent common element throughout my entire life.

If the reports of continued awareness after short periods of clinical death are valid, then I can’t even expect that my physical body will necessarily be a part of everything “I” experience. My awareness is, was and will be the only guaranteed common element for everything in my past, present and future. There is not one ingredient of my physical reality that can be guaranteed to be always there with me to share my experiences. Not one. Every person, thing or event in my physical experience was like an accoutrement for my mind, like changeable fashion accessories that changed from moment to moment.

Given the changeable nature of these physical accoutrements which accompanied my personal experiences it seemed reasonable that I might have more to do with my circumstances than given credit by science or religion. Since “I” was the only guaranteed mainstay in my entire existence it seemed reasonable that “I” must have something to do with it. As you read the foregoing you may also have recognized that the one element that has remained consistent throughout all your experiences has been your awareness.

The idea that I had 100% responsibility for all my experiences allowed me to feel vaguely secure for some reason and yet ... it was an idea pregnant with phenomenal implications.

Almost immediately those implications started to become apparent. If I choose 100% of my circumstances then that means that I must be the originator of all my experiences.

Somehow I must unknowingly (subconsciously or unconsciously) attract or choose to encounter everything I experience? If I run late for work or an appointment because the trains or buses were running behind schedule, or because there was a traffic jam, then it could only be because I didn’t foresee these difficulties and take alternative measures to avoid running late.

Any of the countless such similar situations which caused me undesired experiences would all reduce down to me not being aware of impending events. But the foregoing examples require that I be aware of things outside my immediate awareness and of events prior to their happening! To take full responsibility for our circumstances requires that we utilize “extra-sensory” abilities such as telepathy and precognition.

We must expect that:

If we do actually “choose” 100% of our circumstances it is a necessary requirement that telepathy, precognition and clairvoyance (“remote viewing”) be real senses.

I must somehow be able to be intuitively and precognitively aware of things outside my immediate environment and of things about to happen (i.e. pre-know the future). After all how else could I be aware of the meteorite prior to it crashing through the roof and causing me harm, or of a traffic accident a few blocks ahead about to occur which will block traffic for hours causing me to run late for work?

Either such senses are valid and real or I am reduced to having to blame the external environment for some of my circumstances. We then find ourselves back in the swampy vague mush of not being sure if we created our circumstances or if some entirely chance event or external agency applied its influence to determine our fate. We must doubt the very fabric of our existence and our safety in it.

If we do not have full control over our lives then we must live life with fear, being vulnerable to accident and randomness. Living must inherently be seen as unsafe and hard.

When we believe and experience ourselves to be distinctly separate from the outside exterior world, we cannot but feel that life is fraught with danger, uncertainty and mishap. With this perspective and belief we will agree that “life was not meant to be easy.”

Clearly the degree to which we feel fear is the degree to which we feel disconnected from (or out of control of) the exterior physical world of “things”—people, animals, weather conditions. When we believe ourselves to be distinctly separate from the outside physical system we must doubt our safety. We must feel victims to exterior circumstances.


If we had perfect control of (or complete connection with) some aspect of reality we would not fear it.

The acceptance that we are ultimately at the mercy of chance in an obviously hostile world was the less appealing of the two alternatives to me. I wanted less fear and doubt in my life, not more of it through acceptance that I was some sort of cosmic victim, awaiting chance or fate to ruin anything or everything that was dear to me.

I believe that we take for granted our innate awareness that we are not victims of chance in a meaningless world. I believe that if we were truly subject to chance, we would not feel confident to get out of bed or even to take breath. We trust the billions of cells in our organs and the organs themselves to cooperate, moment by moment, to create a functioning responsive body.

We trust the Sun to rise, the seasons to follow one another and the various physical laws such as gravity to continue behaving as they do. As children we take steps, occasionally falling—would we do so if we were entirely sure that life and learning was just a matter of luck?

  • 1. Instead of using the word “control” it may be helpful for you to substitute words such as “allow” “attract” “create” or “choose.” For example, you may prefer “ ... we subconsciously attract ...”

Chapter Two: Gathering the jigsaw pieces

[ Edited excerpt of the book Be and Become ]

Key Concepts:

  1. The idea that we might have full responsibility for our circumstances is big. It must rate as the biggest idea we can contemplate.
  2. If we create all our circumstances, then being in touch with, or effectively directing that which is beyond our limited conscious knowledge would be of primary importance.
  3. Taking full responsibility implies an ability to be 'intuitively-aware' of future circumstances, for otherwise we would or could remain 'victims' to unforseen events.
  4. The conscious mind is necessarily the director of unconscious connectivity and influence.
  5. The recognition of intuitive, precognitive abilities is not simply a matter of intellectual acceptance but one that must be felt (experienced) to be believed, trusted and acted upon to create desired reality.
  6. Creativity is necessarily central to "creating one's reality" using inventiveness, problem solving, intuition and precognition.
  7. Creativity comes through strengthening a “relaxed expectedness.” It's a paradoxical process, an "inseparable-duality" of forcefulness and attraction; of head and heart; of attachment (to outcomes) while letting go the moment-by-moment details (detachment).
  8. The creative process (the art of invention and problem solving) is found to be common to inventive scientists and successful business people.
  9. American architect Buckminster Fuller's extensive research revealed that the single most important element in scientific discovery is intuition.
  10. Research indicates that 'pre-cognition' is initially perceived through feelings which occur in the solar plexus region, hence the term “gut feelings.”
  11. But if such abilities exist, and we have unlimited inner potential, why don’t we utilise our potentials more effectively?
  12. What stops us from living life to the full?

Creativity and consequences

[Excerpt of Be and Become, Chapter Two - copyright Stephen Pirie, 2008]

Sorting priorities

I have heard it said on numerous occasions that Benjamin Franklin would often deliberately drift off into sleep by holding a rock above a metal bucket, so that as soon as he nodded off he would drop the rock, wake and recall his creative intuitive thoughts.

That would also explain why, before drifting off to sleep, I could imagine the most eloquent, rational dialogue with all sorts of people, entirely contrary to my normal waking experience of not being able to voice my opinions easily, unencumbered by self doubt.

It would also explain why new and creative ideas and solutions to problems often came to me during my morning shower when I would often drift off into a reverie under the gentle massage of warm water. In recent years I have come to learn that many people experience a heightened creativity when relaxing or showering such as highly successful author Arthur Hailey who admitted “There’s something about that hot water that makes thinking easy.”1

It appeared that by relaxing (either via meditation, daydreaming, or some activity which engenders a relaxed state) we become more open to intuitive, precognitive thoughts. It was almost as if the more diffused my focus of attention (thoughts) the more open I was to creative ideas. Maybe in being relaxed and diffused, my thoughts somehow spread themselves out into the cosmos, connecting me with other places, people, ideas and times?

In addition, I learned that dreaming during sleep was also a valuable source for intuitive thoughts and solutions to problems. In one series of meditation workshops I had learned to recall and program dreams to provide solutions to problems. I learned how to recall all my dreams throughout the night by waking after each sleep cycle and noting down my dreams in a book I had placed beside the bed.2

This tendency towards activities that enable the mind to relax and be creative is common to many great scientists and successful people. Einstein was renowned for his avid pursuit of sailing and music, both of which helped his creative thinking.

“Whenever he felt that he had come to the end of the road or into a difficult  situation in his work” his eldest son has said, “he would take refuge in music, and that would usually resolve all his difficulties.”3

And in reference to his liking for sailing:

“He needed this kind of relaxation from his intense work,” says his eldest son. And with relaxation there would often come the solution.4

Along with Einstein, other famous scientists also appeared to be creative and inventive when relaxed:

... Einstein has reported that his profound generalization connecting space and time occurred to him while he was sick in bed. Descartes is said to have made his discoveries while lying in bed in the morning and both Cannon and Poincaré report having got bright ideas when lying in bed unable to sleep—the only good thing to be said for insomnia! It is said that James Bradley, the great engineer, when up against a difficult problem, would go to bed for several days till it was solved. Walter Scott wrote to a friend: “... The half-hour between waking and rising has all my life proved propitious to any task which was exercising my invention ... It was always when I first opened my eyes that the desired ideas thronged upon me.”5

Arthur Koestler (having forgotten the source/author) wrote in his book “The Act of Creation”:

Thou seekest hard and findest not. Seek not and thou wilst find. (and ...) The introspective reports of artists and scientists on their sources of inspiration and methods of work often display the same contradiction. “Saturate yourself through and through with your subject... and wait” was Lloyd Morgan’s advice.6

In his book, The Achievement Factors,Eugene Griessman relates how Nobel Laureate Francis Crick went about being creative:

It’s well documented that the best way to have ideas is first of all to immerse yourself in a subject for longish periods—like months or more—in which you study intensely, and then step away and do something else—go for a holiday, go out dancing, or something like that. Very often ideas come in this sort of incubation period.7

Victor Frankl, well known psychotherapist and survivor of Nazi concentration camps observed:

Don’t aim at success—the more you aim at it and make it a target, the more you are going to miss it. For success, like happiness, cannot be pursued; it must ensue ... as the unintended side-effect of one’s personal dedication to a course greater than oneself.8

In a similar manner, Griessman makes the observation that:

some achievers openly admit to what seems to be goofing off, to be less than rigorous in managing their time. 9

Letting go of the desired outcome seems to be a key component to creativity and success. I expect this is the origin of the saying that a watched kettle does not boil. Somehow things seemed to happen best when I didn’t dwell upon them. The creative process seemed very much a matter of forgetting about the desired outcome. This “forgetting” could not be feigned by deliberately thinking of something else if in the background one kept worrying about the problem. The creative process seemed to require a genuine confidence and ease—there was a certain “relaxed expectedness” required. The more I focused on the desired outcome, goal, answer or solution the more I seemed to push it away from me.

My creativity, and that of the famous scientists, appeared to be the result of a process of invitation and never the result of a request or demand. It did no good pushing myself to be creative.

This creative process also occurred, as one might expect, in the business world.

Don Wallace, in his review of work done by Steve Devore of SyberVision studying successful entrepreneurs, noted:

Here’s how a typical high achiever faces a major problem: First, he uses the problem to create motivation; he gathers information; next, he consciously releases the problem, relaxes, turns his attention to other areas; then his thoughts shift and realign; finally, he feels a surge of illumination, with feelings of joy that accompany the moment of discovery.10

So it appeared, at least according to some research, that successful business people also managed to straddle this strange paradox of desiring certain outcomes and then letting go of those desired outcomes.

I began to understand the many examples of Eastern sages’ advice about the need to give up desire although, in fundamental terms, I couldn’t reconcile this advice with life’s great thrust of desire and enthusiasm. Nevertheless, there did seem to be a sort of paradoxical duality to life—desire, but non-desire.

Life seemed to be a continual process of having to focus then relax or to desire then “letgo.” And it appeared that this “letting go” somehow encouraged one’s intuitive awareness (“gut feelings”). From my research it appears that many great scientists, inventors and successful business people rely upon this “sideways” inventiveness.

The process of intensely focusing on the problem and then relaxing to await the solution appeared to be common to successful business people, inventive scientists and creative artists.

Intuition seems to work through such mechanisms (in a similar manner in which you don’t directly stare at a star in the night sky in order to better see it). It’s interesting to note that the value of intuition is frequently undervalued, if not entirely dismissed, by modern science and mainstream Western society. And yet it shouldn’t be for it seems to be an integral part of any new idea or solution to a problem. In his book, “The Conscious Universe,” Dean Radin noted that:

Architect Buckminster Fuller once examined the diaries of great scientists and inventors, looking for common denominators. The single element he found in common was “that their diaries declared spontaneously that the most important item in connection with their great discovery of a principle that nobody else had been able to discover, was intuition."11

Koestler came to similar conclusions about the central role of intuition in inventiveness:

Max Planck, the father of quantum theory, wrote in his autobiography that the pioneer scientist must have a “vivid intuitive imagination for new ideas not generated by deduction, but by artistically creative imagination.”  The quotations could be continued indefinitely, yet I cannot recall any explicit statement to the contrary by an eminent mathematician or physicist. Here, then, is the apparent paradox. A branch of knowledge ... whose entire rationale and credo are objectivity, verificability, logicality, turns out to be dependent on mental processes which are subjective, irrational, and verifiable only after the event.12

If “subjective, irrational” feelings such as intuition (gut feelings) are such a key component to the discovery of new ideas, inventions, theories, products and services, why does there appear to be no concerted effort among the populace to develop these processes, senses or feelings? Why aren't we taught how to be intuitive in school or in our universities?

In my business training experience there are few brave souls who venture such training for fear of ridicule and being perceived as being “space cadets.” Such abilities as intuition and precognition are not generally considered “real” by such pillars of mainstream Western society as science, the media and our educational institutions.

My reading, research and personal experienced revealed a common thread -- that intuitive information comes first through one’s feelings. During the “remote viewing” research conducted at the Stanford Research Institute in the seventies by physicist Harold Puthoff, Puthoff observed that:

Good data tends to come first at the feeling level, and only then develops into a visual image. If, for instance, a subject starts out saying he got a flash of Manhattan Island, you can almost be sure that’s noise.13


  • 1. Jenny Tabakoff, “Hailey’s flight to success,” The Sydney Morning Herald, John Fairfax Holdings Ltd, Sydney, 31 January 1998, Spectrum section page 11.
  • 2. A sleep cycle is the transition from waking consciousness (beta brain wave frequency) through the various phases of sleep. A complete cycle typically lasts around 90 minutes.
  • 3. Ronald W. Clark Einstein, The Life and Times, Hodder and Stoughton London 1979, page 115.
  • 4. Clark, page 115.
  • 5. Arthur Koestler, The Act of Creation, Pan Books (Picador Edition) London 1978, page 211, quoting Beverage, W.I.B., The Art of Scientific Investigation, Heinemann, London 1950, pages 73- 74.
  • 6. Koestler, The Act of Creation, page 145.
  • 7. B. Eugene Griessman, The Achievement Factors, Avant Books, San Marcos, CA 1990, page 75.
  • 8. Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi, Flow: The Psychology of Happiness, Rider London 1992, page 2 (citing Victor Frankl, Man’s Search For Meaning).
  • 9. Griessman, page 75.
  • 10. Success Magazine, Success Magazine Company, August 1989, Hal Holdings Corporation, New York, page 63.
  • 11. Dean Radin, The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena, HarperCollins Publishers, New York 1997, page 200.
  • 12. Koestler, The Act of Creation, page 147.
  • 13. Omega Science Digest, Magazine Promotions, Sydney 1994, page 55 (Omega Science Digest published by Magazine Promotions by permission of The Hearst Corporation, New York).

Part II: The Framework

Part II: Chapters 3, 4 and 5

This section (Part II) introduces basic principles that can be applied in all areas of life. Advanced insights into quantum theory, systems theory, fractals and their interactions and relevance to everyday life are introduced.


Stephen Pirie's book, Be and Become, provides valuable insights and guidance principles for those of us who realize that "doing business as usual," simply won't work in the 21st century. Be and Become is not just a sit down and read book but a workbook designed for you and the problems you will surely face in this new century and, taking some of the ideas found in it in mind, this millennium.

Borrowing from the quantum metaphors of the previous century, Pirie demolishes the old Darwinian saw and replaces it with a shining and hopeful spiritual vision.

Dr. Fred Alan Wolf
author, Taking The Quantum Leap

Chapter Three: Business before pleasure

This chapter works from the most elemental aspect of life - what we know and don't know - to build a philosophical view that embraces certainty and uncertainty, possible and actual, real and imagined.

These universal concepts are used to reveal a deeper understanding of love, humour and creativity.

The basis for The Table of One and All is introduced, leading into the study and appreciation of advanced quantum physics principles in Chapter Four.

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Key Concepts:

  1. Feelings generally follow beliefs. If, for example, we believe in religious perfection, we’ll continue to feel inadequate, by way of comparison. If we believe in science’s mechanistic theories we’ll fear 'random' forces, influences and causes that are, by definition, beyond our present knowledge.

    It’s therefore prudent to carefully consider what we believe—to see if those beliefs are a good “map” of reality, for otherwise we’ll unnecessarily upset or limit ourselves.

  2. We begin our journey by starting with the most fundamental truth—there is a duality to life: That which is Known (or Knowable) and all else (Infinite and Unknowable).
  3. The Known is finite, 'factual', measurable, definable and discrete, while the Unknowable remains Mysterious.
  4. That which is Known (fact, finite, discrete and measured) is observed or verified via time-delayed perception (physical senses). Thus, all that is Known (fact, finite, physical and real) is embedded in the Past.
  5. We can never quite get to see, hear, smell, touch or taste the immediate now moment. In literal terms, it is immeasurable. The immediate now-moment, by being immeasurable is thus Unknowable.
  6. That which is Known is Local (i.e. localized in time and space). “Local” means confined to “here” rather than being “everywhere-at-once.”  Local forces and influences take “time” to get from “there” to “here” to affect us.
  7. The Known world is like a cocoon. We feel safely ensconced within its walls of space and time. Time forms a comforting buffer between “here” and “there.”
  8. Our DNA, cultural traditions, rules and regulations together with such physical constraints as gravity and the speed of light, all form the walls (boundaries) of the cocoon, within which we feel sufficiently safe to play our parts.
  9. Since that which is Known (Finite, Fact, Physical) is Past, we have been habituated to look backwards into the past (via experience, evidence and fact) as we back our way into the future.
  10. The Known physical world of things and facts is, and will remain, an after-effect of some Unknowable (Immeasurable and Unprovable) Cause. Ipso facto, science will not find the root Cause for (or be able to fully control) physical phenomena, facts or events.

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Inside infinity

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

To begin the journey into a truer understanding of reality requires that we begin on common ground. We need a starting point which is unquestionably universal to everyone.

As was covered in the first chapter, the one and only mainstay of personal experience, above and beyond all else is our own individual awareness. That awareness is composed of all that is consciously known to us, and all else (whatever “that” is) which is unknown to us.

So, let’s begin by considering what we know1

Our view of the world is a complex assortment of what we have been taught (from both religious and scientific sources) and what we have deduced for ourselves, usually by making our own observations of life. We can categorize our personal experience as being a duality of that which is KNOWN and UNKNOWN. Once again, this is the most fundamental principle which could be expected to be common to all. (Refer Table 3.1)

Table 3.1
Unknown -> Known

Now, we can observe that life is a process of converting the unknown into the known. Or that life is the process of expanding the Known by encroaching upon the previously Unknown. Lets encapsulate this as shown in Table 3.2.

Table 3.2
Uknown -> Known
Undefined -> Defined

 The arrow reflects this continual process of conversion from the unknown into the known. For example we learn to walk, talk and live life. At first much is unknown, and through learning we come to know that which was previously unknown.

Learning is another name for the process of defining that which has not previously been defined. When we define something we make it definite, which is to say, finite. Anything which is known is finite. Dictionaries define the word “definite” as meaning something which is precise and bounded. Something which is bounded is limited—if it wasn’t we would not be able to place bounds around it, define it, or Know it. Before something becomes known it is vague, nonspecific, general and undifferentiated. Accordingly, some of the qualities of the Unknown are that it is “general, vague, non-specific and undifferentiated.”

Refer Table 3.3 below.

Table 3.3. Learning to Differentiate
Unknowable -> Known
Infinite -> Finite
Indefinite -> Defined
Unlimited -> Limited
Vague -> Specific
General -> Precise
Unbounded -> Bounded
Open -> Closed

Getting to know something is a process of differentiation and definition. In simplistic terms, our experience of life is a process of growing or expanding circles (of knowledge). If we talk in terms of boxes, instead of circles, then learning is the process of “thinking outside the box” (of the known). Inside the box (or circle) is the known. Outside is the unknown.

As will be covered more fully in the next section, what we don’t know, i.e the full extent of our Unknowing, is infinite in scope. So we might say that our personal experiences could be seen as being an island of knowing within an infinite sea of unknowing. Our personal existence then is a combination of the Known and the Infinite-Unknown (Unknowable)2.

We can express this more meaningfully by observing that our personal experience of existence is a duality of the known and the unknowable.

In view of the foregoing, learning is a process of establishing finite, bounded boxes of awareness within an unbounded, infinite “unknowableness.”

Learning is the process of categorizing, defining, labelling and limiting. Learning is, if you will allow the term, the paradoxical process of “finitisation” of an infinite-unknown. Once again, Table 3.3 helps illustrate this basic duality.

Now, a distinction needs to be made at this point between that which is unknown (but can become Known) and that which will forever remain unknown (i.e. the infinite) and is thus Unknowable. We could say that there are three levels to existence: the known, the knowable and the unknowable. In other words, there are two forms of Unknown: The finite-unknown, which is knowable and the infinite-unknown, which is Unknowable. Both the Known and the Knowable are finite. The Knowable is defined as being able to be Known (defined and differentiated). In other words, to be able to decide if something is knowable we first must decide or discern if it is finite. It might be helpful to think in terms of the bucket of sand, mentioned in the definition of Knowable in the glossary. We may not immediately know the quantity of grains of sand in the bucket, but we do know that it is possible to get to know their quantity, given sufficient time and determination. Accordingly, the Known and the Knowable are “lumped” together (at this point) as being finite and defined. They are both quantified or quantifiable, whereas that which is infinite is beyond knowing, measurement and differentiation.

Let’s summarize the last few paragraphs by saying that our entire existence can be seen to be an island of finite knowledge and dimension within an Infinite-Unknown (the Unknowable).

In addition, our perception of the measured and the physical is via time-delyed (speed-of-light) physical senses. Accordingly, all that is known, measured, real and physical is in the past (right-wing of Table 3.4 - see section Fluid futures, specific pasts, below)

Table 3.4. Converting Infinite to Finite

 Life involves the Known and the Unknowable

It is the process of converting the Infinite (Future-Possibility) into the Finite (Past)

© Stephen Pirie
1996 - 2008

Known, Knowable
Immeasurable  Measured, Real
Future  Past
Uncertainty  Certainty, Surety
Unpredictable  Predictable
Indefinite  Definite
Unlimited  Limited,
Boundless  Constrained, Contained
Vague, General  Specific, Precise
Unspeakable  Named,
Indescribable  Labeled, Identified
'Cause'  Physical Effect
'Spiritual' 3  Physical

Fluid futures, specific pasts

From our own experiences we can accept the correlation of the future with being Unknowable, while the past is Known. As well, while the past is known it is also certain, while the future is uncertain. We can therefore include the correlation of Uncertainty with the Unknowable, while Certainty is Known.

I suggest that the past is Known, because we perceive the past to be over and done and to be fixed in terms of what occurred. In other words, we perceive the past to be well-defined (known). Archeological teams, for example, excavate historical digs to determine what happened millions of years ago. While debate may continue over the precise interpretation of which dinosaur lived when and how, the assumption is invariably made that only one past occurred, in which certain definite, real events transpired.

The past is perceived to be “set in concrete.” The future on the other hand is perceived to be fluid with possibility, pliable, not yet solidified into solid fact and experience. If this were not true (that the future is fluid with possibility) we would have no freedom of choice. In fact, we’d have no awareness of choice. The future would be perfectly predictable and entirely unsurprising.

Now, despite the past appearing fixed (known), and the future fluid (unknowable and unpredictable), it is necessary to keep in mind that the associations of past with known and the future with unknown are correlations—the past is not perfectly Known, nor is the future perfectly unknowable.

At this point, I’ll also include the correlation of unpredictability with the future, and the past while appearing fixed, finite and known is deemed to be predictable, in the sense that it is predictably the same tomorrow as it is today.

Once again, these correlations are not meant to suggest that the future is perfectly unpredictable. I use the term predictable in its raw literal meaning, which is that to Predict is to “pre-say.”4 That is, a prediction means that we totally and precisely know what the future holds.

  1. 1. The terms “Known” and “Knowable” have, within this book, a strict definition in that they pertain to only that which can be measured, defined and bounded
  2. 2. The term “infinite-unknown” is used synonymously with the term “unknowable.” Both terms are meant to convey the idea that there are aspects to existence which cannot ever be known (defined, named, labelled, measured or proven)
  3. 3. The term “spiritual” is, at this point, defined to mean that which is unknowable (immeasurable and beyond definition, i.e. infinite). See also the glossary.
  4. 4. The origin of the word “predict” is the Latin word praedicere, fr. prae- pre- + dicere to say.

Prisoners of light

[Excerpt Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Earlier, the model of existence as being the inseparable-duality of the physical (finite and known) and the “spiritual” (infinite and unknowable) was introduced.

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Parting with the past

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

It should be reasonably straight forward to recognise that anything which is being observed is already in the past. Light travels at a speed of around 300 million metres per second. Anything we see has required a certain amount of time for the light to bounce off the object and travel to our eyes, which then forwards the signal to our brains for it to be interpreted.

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The Unspeakable

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

In view of the fact that our very lives are dependent upon definitions and limits, it is to be expected that consideration of the extent of these limits invokes fear within many. Such consideration, in light of our reliance upon modern scientific limited perspectives, strikes at the core of our sense of security and survival.

Nevertheless, it behooves us to reflect deeply upon such matters of limitation and constraint.

We take for granted many aspects of everyday life which are both known and unknowable, such as our intimate experience of the past (known) and the future (Unknowable). And yet there was a time in our history when merely speaking of irrational (“Unknowable”) numbers, for example, was sufficient cause for one’s death. As the late Arthur Koestler wrote in his book The Sleepwalkers: A History of Man’s Changing Vision of the Universe:

It is said that the Pythagoreans kept the discovery of irrational numbers—they called them arrhétos, unspeakable—a secret, and that Hippasos, the disciple who let the scandal leak out, was put to death.1

Koestler cites another source in support of this idea as being Proclos who wrote:

It is told that those who first bought out the irrationals from concealment into the open perished in shipwreck, to a man. For the unutterable and the formless must needs be concealed. And those who uncovered and touched this image of life were instantly destroyed and shall remain forever exposed to the play of the eternal waves.2

These are examples of how people throughout history have feared aspects of our reality which cannot be defined or limited. Aspects of our existence which are open, limitless and without bounds have been known to frighten many people to the degree where they seek to kill those who openly speak of such matters. One example of this penchant for killing those who speak the unspeakable was the execution of the Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno in the year 1600.

Bruno believed that the universe is infinite, that God is the universal world-soul, and that all particular material things are manifestations of the one infinite principle3

Bruno was imprisoned in 1592 on charges of heresy. He faced eight years of questioning, but in refusing to recant his heretical beliefs was burnt alive at the stake in Campo dei Fiori on February 17, 1600.

The persecution of those who speak of ideas concerning the infinite is a recurring theme throughout history, and one that is still evident in the world today. Or put another way, societies generally persecute those who speak the Unspeakable (ideas concerning the Infinite, the Unknowable).

The idea that we have historically deeply feared the infinite (the spiritual) is evident when we observe the history of the introduction and use of “zero” (the equally unknowable and immeasurable conjugate of infinity). India, an Eastern culture orientated towards the spiritual and the void (see next section), embraced the use of zero over 500 years before Western societies.

The Western fear of the infinite and the unknowable is evidenced by the fact that many religious people openly describe themselves as being “God-fearing.” When we correlate God with the infinite (the nameless and the unknowable), we can understand, in certain terms, the origin of such fear. To be “God-fearing” means, in part, to be in fear of that which is infinite, unbounded and unknowable4

For each succeeding generation, there will always be ideas presented by societal “black sheep” who push the envelope in terms of what is possible (Knowable). Those who gently push the envelope in socially acceptable ways (e.g. in sports or business performance) will be showered with accolades and generous financial rewards. But those who do so in substantial ways which unsettle the general populace will receive a commensurate degree of condemnation or persecution. The ideas they present push people outside their personal “comfort zones.” Schopenhauer observed that grand new ideas were generally subjected to a three-step process of ridicule, opposition and eventual acceptance. Generally speaking then, the introduction of bold new ideas which lay welloutside the societal comfort zone can be expected to be faced with the following three step process:

  1. The idea is ignored or ridiculed, and evidence supporting the idea is ignored or denied validity.
  2. With increasing evidence in support of the idea comes a corresponding increase in the vehemence against the idea: the idea can be violently, sometimes lethally opposed.
  3. It is accepted as self-evident.
  • 1. Arthur Koestler, The Sleepwalkers: A History of man’s changing vision of the Universe, ARKANA Penguin Books, London 1989, p 40.
  • 2. Koestler, The Sleepwalkers, p 41.
  • 3. Excerpt of text on “Bruno, Giordano,” The Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia (Electronic Edition), Funk & Wagnalls Corporation, 1994.
  • 4. Such fear has its origin in ignorance (born of immaturity), as is more fully covered in The Evolution of the Human Psyche.

The Measure of God

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

As suggested earlier in this chapter, the distinction of reality being physical (Finite, Knowable and measurable) and "spiritual" (Infinite, Non-physical, Unknowable and Immeasurable) may not at first appear significant, but as will be more fully explained throughout this book, a bias towards either the physical (Knowable) or the Unknowable explains basically all of human behavior.

For example, Eastern societies have traditionally leaned towards accentuating and experiencing the Unknowable to the extent that they regard the spiritual (Unknowable) as being the “primary reality” while our everyday world of people, cars and trees is considered an off-shoot, or secondary reality. As David Bohm, the late physicist and protege of Einstein observed ...

In the prevailing philosophy in the Orient the immeasurable (i.e that which cannot be named, described, or understood through any form of reason) is regarded as the primary reality.1

In other words, while our Western culture is orientated towards believing that the physical universe is a primary component of existence, Eastern (Oriental) cultures are orientated towards believing that the spiritual (Unknowable) is primary. Aspects of our reality which are spiritual (Unknowable) lay in the realm of the mysterious. As a result, we can readily observe that Eastern cultures celebrate mystery, while we (in the West) celebrate facts. Hence our educational institutions being "fact-factories."

In view of the foregoing, we can add “Eastern culture,” and “Western culture” as the heading to TOA9 for the Unknowable and Known columns (resp.). With the inclusion of these two perspectives, it needs to be remembered at this point that Western cultures are not entirely “KNOWN,” limited or lacking in mystery. Western cultures lean towards exemplifying KNOWN qualities, such as being definitive, “factual” cultures which lack tolerance of mysterious (inexplicable) events.

Eastern cultures do not embody all things Unknowable and are not unlimited, but instead lean towards exemplifying the qualities of the unknowable and the mysterious in their cultures. As David Bohm once observed:

It is clear that the different ways the two societies have developed fit in with their different attitudes to measure. Thus, in the West, society has mainly emphasized the development of science and technology (dependent on measure) while in the East, the main emphasis has gone to religion and philosophy (what are directed ultimately towards the immeasurable).2

In being biased towards proof, fact and technology, Western cultures discount or downplay the role of intuition, mystery and imagination.

We are so very much more comfortable with facts and reason (the Finite-Known) than we are with mystery, emotion and the spiritual (the Infinite and the Unknowable). As the late physicist David Bohm wrote

One reason why we do not generally notice the primacy of the implicate order is that we have become so habituated to the explicate order, and have emphasized it is so much in our thought and language, that we tend to strongly feel that our primary experience is of that which is explicate and manifest.3
  1. 1. David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, Routledge, London 1995, page 22
  2. 2. Bohm, page 23
  3. 3. Bohm, page 206.

Chapter Four: Stepping out of time

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Key Concepts (overview of Chapter Four):

  1. Reliance upon science (via our time-delayed physical senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell) has biased Western cultures towards believing that the physical, material world is the prime reality.
  2. We have largely been “blind” to glaring inconsistencies in our thinking for around 2,300 years (since the time of Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea).
  3. Zeno questioned how movement was possible (assuming time and space to be infinitely divisible - 'perfectly continuous').
  4. By relying on the theory of limits Western philosophers and scientists have skirted the implications of Zeno’s paradoxes.
  5. Reconsideration of Zeno’s paradoxes in light of the experimental evidence of quantum physics leads us one to recognise that our (Western /mechanistic /scientific) 'clock-work universe' models no longer fit observable reality.
  6. Similar to Galilean times (telescope /new cosmology) recent discoveries, experiments and technologies (quantum physics /double-slit experiment) have revealed our prevailing scientific cosmology/world views are "flat" (useful and correct only within small, limited and relatively superficial contexts).
  7. Reconsideration of Zeno’s paradoxes leads to the realisation that the “space-time continuum” in which we exist cannot be a perfectly continuous, smooth,  infinitely-divisible “continuum.”
  8. Time must be discontinuous. Physical reality (and everything within it) must repeatedly be cycling into form at very high rates.
  9. The immeasurably fast cycling into physical form gives the appearance of smooth motion, much like the projection of a many-frames-per-second film through a film projector gives the illusion of continuous movement and action. Some engineers and scientists estimate our physical universe is newly cycling into form somewhere around around 18.5 x 1042 times per second (the inverse of the Planck time)
  10. Quantum research shows all matter and energy exhibits a “wave-particle” duality.
  11. The wave is representative of the particle’s possible futures. There is an infinity of possible futures for each particle (and hence each physical system).
  12. The wave is immeasurable, in that as soon as a wave-particle quantum has been measured (observed) it collapses from wave into particle—that is to say, “it” collapses from infinite possibility into finite actuality.
  13. All matter and energy exhibits the inseparable duality (“toality”) of the Known (measured-particle) and the Unknowable (immeasurable-wave).
  14. A quantum wave is the pattern (map) of the collective potential and behavior of particles.
  15. Quantum research confirms via the Uncertainty Principle that physical matter must fundamentally remain Unknowable (“spiritual”).
  16. There can be no complete perfect Knowing (definition, measurement, observation) of matter and energy.
  17. Quantum physics shows that reality has an in-built unknowable mysteriousness which cannot be fully known.
  18. Physical reality is probabilistic, in that there is no perfect determinism.
  19. Since physical reality (and everything and everyone within it) is rapidly and repeatedly emerging into physical form, the Cause (source) for all that is experienced cannot be physical. i.e.the Cause (or source) for physical reality must be “spiritual” (non-physical and nonlocal).
  20. For an ordered reality to occur, everyone and everything must be “nonlocally” interconnected.
  21. The theoretical and experimental proof of nonlocality (Bell’s Theorem) forms a scientific basis for accepting that everything and everyone is instantaneously interconnected on an unconscious, non-physical level.
  22. There must be a collective (instinctive, systemic) intent for all matter and energy to cooperatively emerge into form (in unison) to form this seemingly stable, predictable, fixed, world.
  23. Since we are nonlocally interconnected with all else, we cannot completely and categorically divide or separate ourselves from all else. Some unknowable “part” of us is, in some sense, all of everything.
  24. The unknowable essence within each of us must be the totality of all. Hence physical reality is holographic—the part within the whole and the whole within the part.
  25. We are each individual (partial) representations of this “undivided wholeness.”
  26. Concerning precognition: since all is interconnected, we must be unconsciously (nonlocally) aware of other now moments in space and time.
  27. With the benefit of quantum physics research (namely, delayed choice experiments), we can appreciate that unconscious and conscious awareness ("precognition") of future possibilities is a necessary mechanism that helps determine present reality.
  28. (... see book text for more detail. )

Quantum shifts

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

The observation of anomalies is an excellent fillip for suspecting that our current view of reality is incomplete.

The high degree to which we have biased our perceptions in terms of our local physical senses (sight, hearing, touch, smell and taste) has blinded our consideration of some glaring anomalies in our thinking—anomalies (theoretical paradoxes) which have persisted for nearly two and a half thousand years.

Broken Arrows

Around 450 B.C. Greek philosopher Zeno of Elea introduced a number of paradoxes that revealed how motion (of any kind) was theoretically impossible. What he managed through straight-forward reasoning was to show that our theoretical perception of reality didn’t match our experience of it. And that mis-match between theory and practical experience has persisted ever since. In fact, it has become all the more entrenched in the last few hundreds years since the on-set of the industrial revolution.

The first paradox established that the commencement of movement is theoretically impossible.

Consider a runner, ready to run the 100 metres at the Olympics. She’s a top athlete, but, according to Zeno’s paradox, she can not only never run the race, she can’t ever start it. For the athlete to run the 100 metres, she must first get to the halfway (50 metre) mark. But before she gets there, she must get to the quarter-way (25 metre) mark. And before that, she has to get to the “one-eighth way” (12.5 metre) mark and so on, ad infinitum. And this is were the paradox arises, for in taking time (albeit ever smaller portions of it) to traverse an infinite number of increasingly smaller and smaller initial points in the race, the runner can never (as in ever) get started. Each halfway point is a finite number, requiring finite time to traverse and since there are infinite such traversals required to run a race, the runner requires infinite time to run the race.

Basically, the paradox is that before we move anywhere, we have to first get through or beyond infinity.

The second paradox involved Achilles’s attempt to overtake the tortoise in the classic hare and the tortoise race. Even though Achilles is much more fleet of foot than the tortoise, he can never catch up to and overtake the head start initially given to the tortoise. Essentially, the same problem as the Olympic runner is involved—taking infinite smaller and smaller bits of time to traverse infinite smaller bits of space. It would take anyone forever to traverse infinite small bits of time (no matter how small). The head start cannot ever be beaten now matter how fast Achilles runs or how slow the tortoise crawls (so long as the tortoise does not stop completely).

The third paradox is more helpful in understanding how the paradoxes can be resolved, in that it introduces ideas which are crucial to resolving all three paradoxes. The third paradox involves the motion of an arrow through the air. At any point in time, an arrow (or indeed any object) flying through space must be at rest in that space. The arrow, in real terms, must be completely at rest in some specified section of space at some specified time, for otherwise the arrow could not be said to be anywhere specifically in space. The arrow would not be real—it would instead be some ghost-like apparition, not real-enough or solid enough to pierce armor or its intended target. We can better visualize this by imagining that we have a very fast movie camera taking consecutive snapshots of the arrow in flight. In each frame, the arrow will appear stationary, i.e. it will appear entirely real, simply because it is real (it has a fixed positioned in space). As physicist Fred Alan Wolf explained,

... if it (the arrow) is occupying a place, it must be at rest there. The arrow must be at rest the instant we picture, and since the instant we have chosen is any instant, the arrow cannot be moving at any instant. Thus the arrow is always at rest and cannot fly.1

To get around this paradox, philosophers and scientists have imagined that reality could be broken down into infinite minutely-small time-frames, each with its own slightly different “snapshot” of reality. This is another way of treating time as being infinitely divisible. When all these frames are run consecutively, just like a movie-film through a projector, we get the sense and experience of motion. When we have infinite such frames, they end up blending together into the perfectly continuous flowing reality that we normally take for granted. However, this line of thinking does not resolve the paradox, it merely introduces another set of paradoxesi.

Wolf explains:

by assuming that the arrow’s motion was continuous, it was natural to imagine continuity as “made up” of an infinite number of still frames, even though we would never attempt to make such a motion picture. We just believed that “in principle” it was possible.2

The theorists believed that “in principle” we could span the infinite, even though in practice it would be impossible. The reason for the acceptance of such theories was that as the time-frame becomes infinitely short or small, we could “in principle” span or traverse them in finite time. As the frame became infinitely small, we could thus reasonably ignore specific consideration of it. In a sense, the mathematicians performed theoretical leaps of reason and logic by jumping over the intervening infinitely small spaces and times. In other words, it became convenient to ignore the spiritual (infinite, immeasurable and unknowable). And this is the crux of the dilemma that has persisted for the last 2.3 millennia.

Mathematicians invented the generic term “infinitesimals” to conveniently label quantities which were infinitely small, but which were still some value greater than zero. They were paradoxically real, in that they were numbers of some size greater than zero, but also, they were unreal, in the sense that no-one could measure or define them. They weren’t able to be defined as being some specific size.

These “infinitesimal” quantities, with their realness having evaporated in the unknowable mist of infinity, were nonetheless paradoxically still considered real, or at least real enough to be used to effectively explain reality. Consequently the scientists’ standard tool for mapping reality became the accepted confluence of real and unreal measures. These unreal measures were soon expanded to include imaginary quantities (based on the square root of -1) which were even less real, in that they were even less able to be meaningfully related to the real world.

  1. 1. Fred Alan Wolf, Taking the Quantum Leap, Harper & Row New York 1989, page17
  2. 2. Wolf, page 21

Running through Infinity

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Historically, the mathematicians’ use of unreal, immeasurable numbers to explain real phenomena was initially developed by Aristotle to resolve Zeno’s troubling paradoxes.

Scientists, in the intervening 2,300 years, have further refied the use of such unknowable numbers. Of particular note were Newton and Leibniz who developed (independently of each other) differential calculus in the latter half of the 17thcentury. Differential calculus greatly refined the use of these unknowable infinitesimals to such an extent that it became the mathematical foundation of the industrial revolution.

As physicist and science writer Richard Morris noted:

The calculus represented a great advance because it gave scientists a method for dealing with the behavior of bodies, such as falling weights or orbiting planets, that did not move at constant velocities. Furthermore, it could be used to describe the behavior of any quantity that varied in time..... (and) the calculus can be used to describe quantities that vary in space as well.1

As a result, calculus is not only used to resounding effect by the physical sciences, but also by the biological and social sciences.

It is used, for example, in the physical sciences to study the speed of a falling body, the rates of change in a chemical reaction, or the rate of decay of a radioactive material. In the biological sciences a problem such as the rate of growth of a colony of bacteria as a function of time is easily solved using calculus. In the social sciences calculus is widely used in the study of statistics and probability.2

Differential and integral calculusii has become an indispensable tool in our modern technological society. In fact, physicist Richard Morris claimed that

The invention of differential calculus must be considered to be one of the greatest mathematical discoveries of all time.3

The tremendous success of calculus (and the use of infinitesimals

in general) exacerbated the contrast between the practical real world and the theoretical use of unreal measures. So it is not surprising that with the advent of calculus came those who were at odds with the idea of using unreal measures in order to explain real phenomena.

Richard Morris, in his book “Achilles in the Quantum Universe,” cites one such example.
In 1734, British philosopher Bishop George Berkeley published a book in which he argued that

the calculus was based on illogical foundations. Speaking of infinitesimals, he (Berkeley) said, “They are neither finite quantities, nor quantities infinitely small, nor yet nothing. May we not call them the ghosts of departed quantities....?” When one examined expositions of the calculus, Berkeley said, it was to discover “much emptiness, darkness and confusion; nay, if I mistake not, direct impossibilities and contradictions.”4


  1. 1. Richard Morris, Achilles in the quantum universe: the definitive history of infinity, Souvenir Press, London 1998, page 63
  2. 2. “Calculus,” The Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, (Electronic Edition), Funk & Wagnalls Corporation, 1994.
  3. 3. Morris, page 63.
  4. 4. Morris, page 65 (citing Bishop George Berkeley, The Analyst Or a Discourse Addressed to an Infidel Mathematician....)

Our unblinking faith

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

In our normal, everyday world we take for granted the ease with which we can observe the strict correspondence between cause and effect. For example, when we shoot a projectile, such as Zeno’s arrow mentioned earlier, we know that it will basically travel in a straight line, save for the curve of trajectory due to gravity or cross wind.

Overall, when we experience the world of macro-sized things—i.e. the normal physical world, things behave as Newton predicted. As covered in the previous chapter in the section “Prisoners of Light” up to the speed of light, things remain pretty much ordinary.

There appears an upper limit to physical reality in terms of how fast things can go. But what about a lower limit? What happens as we examine smaller and smaller segments of both space and time? What do we find as we come closer and closer to the evasive now-moment? Might we start to see the discontinuity of the space-time continuum, as might be expected from consideration of Zeno’s paradox? The study of things microscopic is where quantum research is largely focused. And it is the observation of things at the microscopic level which has shaken, perplexed and indeed shocked scientists the world over for nearly 80 years.

As can be expected from consideration of the flight of Zeno’s arrow, when particles of microscopic size are fired at a target and we attempt to observe their flight, the particles don’t appear to travel a continuous, predictable trajectory. What initially startled the physicists was that the moment-by-moment detailed trajectory of a particle is in fundamental and unavoidable terms, discontinuous and unpredictable.

To appreciate what happens, let’s first consider what happens in our normal everyday world when we shoot an arrow, or throw a ball. As the ball leaves our hand, or the arrow leaves the bow, we can easily observe the trajectory of the ball or arrow. We do so by focussing our eyes, for example, on the light which is reflected off the travelling ball or arrow. The absence of the reflected light makes observations rather difficult, as you will no doubt appreciate if you’ve ever wondered around in the pitch dark without the aid of a flashlight. But in the world of electrons and atoms, when we attempt to “see” the trajectory of the particle, by bouncing light off the particle, we observe bizarre behavior indeed. Behavior which is so bizarre in fact, that one of the pioneers of quantum physics research, Niels Bohr, as mentioned earlier, once made the rather frank admission that he considered the observed behavior and the implications of that behavior as “shocking.”

It seems that we are generally insulated from observing such shocking behavior because we are, in relative terms, big slow dullards, cocooned within the limited perceptions of our local senses (tuned as they are to the macro-sized world of bears, balls and battle-ships). You might say that the world appears as it does due to our unblinking faith in it. If perhaps we were to blink our eyes fast enough, we might be shocked by what we saw (or didn’t see).

What then specifically are these so-called “shocking” behaviors?

Duelling with destiny

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

As mentioned in the previous section, when physicists attempt to follow or observe the detailed trajectory of say an electron, things are not so deterministic or certain as in our normal everyday world of balls or arrows. When we throw a ball, for example we can predict quite precisely with mathematics (calculus) the trajectory of the ball. We can do so because the macro-sized world we inhabit appears to be continuous and predictable.

Newton’s laws of physics, for example, are continuously and predictably applicable to the real world of things (putting aside Zeno and his troublesome paradoxes). However, in the world of the quantum, things are not so continuous, predictable or certain.

Perhaps the most significant observation that first began to upset Newton’s mechanistic and predictable model of the world was the observation, around the turn of this century, of the photo-electric effect. The photo-electric effect could not be explained by any of science’s existing schools of factualisms—factualisms which all required continuity and predictability as a necessary condition. In essence, the photo-electric effect occurs when electrons are ejected from a metallic surface when it is irradiated with light (or any electromagnetic energy, such as x-rays and radio waves). The odd thing about the photoelectric effect is that different colored light ejects electrons with different velocity (energy). Brighter light simply ejects more electrons, not faster electrons. This is counter-intuitive to what we might expect—a brighter, more intense light might be expected to burn off an electron more vigorously, perhaps in a similar manner in which normal sunlight focused through a magnifying glass can vigorously burn wood and paper.

The photo-electric effect could in the end only be explained by accepting that light waves were quantized, i.e. discontinuous. Einstein received the Nobel Prize in Physics for ultimately solving the dilemma of the photo-electric effect by proposing that light behaved, in such situations, as discrete particles. Up until that time, light was commonly accepted to be a continuous wave. Such wave-like behavior was well established around the turn of the century.

This new development by Einstein was quite revolutionary—light somehow was both wave and/or particle, depending upon how and when it was observed. Unlike previously when light was thought to be wavelike, with Einstein’s development came the uncertainty of how to conceptualize energy (light). What did it really mean for light to behave as either a wave or a particle?

As if that wasn’t enough to upset the deterministic scientists, in 1923 Louis de Broglie submitted his Ph.D. thesis to his physics professors suggesting that electrons (matter) in an atomic orbit were associated with a wave. Not only did light seem to behave as both wave and particle, but here was a young physicist proposing that matter behaved as both wave and particle. His idea was that the observed behavior of an electron in an atomic orbit could be explained by the use of a wave equation.

"Roughly speaking, the electrons in the atom must fit around the nucleus as some sort of standing wave analogous to the waves on a plucked violin or guitar string. As the fit determines the wavelength of the quantum wave, it necessarily determines its energy state. Consequently, atomic systems are restricted to certain discrete, or quantized, energies."11

As physicist Fred Alan Wolf noted

"Each orbit was a standing wave pattern. The lowest orbit had two nodes. The next one had to have four nodes, since an orbit with three nodes would cancel itself out. The third orbit had to have six nodes, and so on."12

Scientists subsequently realized that

"The atom was a tiny tuned instrument. These mathematical relations balanced the tiny electron into a tuned standing wave pattern. Orbits had determined and fixed sizes in order that these distinct, “quantized” wave patterns could exist."13
When de Broglie presented his thesis it was initially rejected as being too absurd. However Einstein was consulted and he subsequently endorsed the idea by noting that “It may look crazy but it is really sound!”14

For his bold thesis, de Broglie was to eventually receive the Nobel Prize in Physics. It is very important to realize that the electron does not wiggle around the nucleus in a wave-like manner, but that its range of possible characteristics (such as position and velocity) prior to it actually being observed (or measured by some device) as a discrete particle, will be given by a wave function.

As Norman Friedman explained:

"In essence, for every formation of matter there is a corresponding wave function, which contains all its probabilities of activity. But the wave function is essentially passive; mathematically speaking, it is linear. It cannot stimulate action from within itself. It requires an agenti to make a choice among its probabilities for the three-dimensional world to be formed."15

Now, the wave function is one of the cornerstones of quantum physics, so it behoves us to better appreciate its nature. Let’s begin by considering the analogy of the “Mexican wave.” Perhaps you have seen a “Mexican wave” at a football match, whereby various members of the crowd raise their arms in a timely manner to produce a ripple, or wave of hands which “travels” around the stadium. The people don’t travel, only the “wave” travels around the stadium. Assume for the purposes of this analogy that you are quite distant from (or above) the stadium such that you cannot see individual people, only the seamless crowd and the “Mexican wave” rippling around the stadium. Assume further that in being so distant we need to use some mechanical or electronic apparatus (such as a fixed aperture telescope) in order to see individual spectators.

This analogy for it demonstrates the important characteristics of the quantum physical wave. And that is that the wave is comprised of individual “particles”i e.g. electrons) joining together to form the appearance of a wave. The Mexican wave also suggests that each particle (or “spectator-participant”) which forms the wave is aware of the behavior of each other particle (“spectator-participant”) and that the wave is a cooperative process amongst individual particles (“spectator-participants”).

In other words, the “Mexican wave” shows how the wave is comprised of discontinuous, separate parts (particles, “spectators”, anti-particles) joining together with other parts to produce the wave. This analogy is, I believe, of crucial importance in understanding key aspects of quantum physics.

Let’s get back to the historical developments in quantum physics. Additional experimental evidence was soon to show all matter and energy exhibited this strange duality of behaving as either a wave or as a particle, depending again on when and how it was observed. In quantum physics, this phenomena is called the Wave-Particle Duality. There are no exceptions to this Wave-Particle Duality of matter and energy.

In recent years, experimental evidence has shown that matter and energy behave as both waves and particles at the same time. The significance of this Wave-Particle Duality is perhaps at first difficult to appreciate.

Quantum physics demolishes the idea that the world is able to be defined in terms of deterministic, continuous, predictable mechanisms.

Much of science is still based on deterministic mechanisms in which atoms, electrons and photons are believed to act as discrete separate things, much like colliding billiard balls. As a wave, the particle is not anywhere specifically, but is instead spread out or “smeared” across space. This was one of the first “shocking” developments of quantum physics—namely, that when we are not actually watching (measuring) something, it is “everywhere at once.” That is to say, it is everywhere it can be at the same time (i.e. it is “smeared” out in space). However the particle is not diminished, flattened or in any way thinned out, while it is “smeared” around space. It always remains a complete particle in experiments where the wave-particle nature is being investigated—for example, no one has observed half an electron.

As for being “everywhere at once”, Richard Morris explains:

"... an electron in a hydrogen atom can be viewed, in some sense, as being in an infinite number of different places at the same time ... (and) Not only is an electron in many places at once, it can simultaneously occupy an infinite number of different energy states."Ref 16

It is helpful here to consider the foregoing in terms of the “Mexican wave” analogy mentioned previously. When we focus our sight or field of view on only one spectator via the telescope, we will be unaware of the wave which travels around the stadium. All that you will observe through the telescope is the spectator raising his or her arms momentarily. Since we are quite distant from the stadium it is only when we look through our fixed aperture telescope that we see individual people. When we turn away from the telescope and look at the stadium with our naked eyes we see a seamless circle of humanity with (in the event of a Mexican wave) a strange ripple proceeding around the stadium.

When we are looking through the telescope at only one spectator, we could say, in a sense, that the other spectators aren’t real—you only get to confirm their reality (or presence) by focussing on each of them in turn.

Collective spirit, Individual truth
Immeasurable | Measured, Real, Observed
Collective-Wave | Individual-Particle
Continuous | Discontinuous
"Everywhere-at-once" | Quantized, Separate, Pulse

Chapter Five: Pilot to autopilot

Chapter Five of Be and Become analyses how individuals interact with, and are 'constrained' by the peer-group, community or collective of which they are part.

Concepts including 'downward causation', interconnections within gestalts, and the range of possibilities therein, and the nature of individuality and responsibility with the context of groups are covered in detail.

[Excerpt  Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Key Concepts (Overview of Chapter Five):

  1. Deep reality and experience is a 'dynamic holomovement.' Humanity’s maturation is nearing adulthood, at which time we can expect that the interconnecting (nonlocal) potentials from which physical reality continually unfolds (collapsing possibility into actuality), will be acknowledged and beneficially accommodated.
  2. The physical world and all events that we individually and collectively experience is due to our individual and collective beliefs (thoughts and emotions).
  3. The part (conscious individual) helps form the whole (gestalt, community) within which the part is active.
  4. The whole determines the constraints for each of the parts.
  5. The unconscious-collective forms the overall framework for individual activity.
  6. The unconscious-collective is a higher-order process which forms a “downward causation” upon individual behavior (including physical laws, societal rules, etiquette, peer-approval).
  7. Since all is nonlocally interconnected (through space and time), all activity at the level of the individual is part of the gestalt’s (collective) “plan.” Atrocities, disease and warfare are a result of the collective framework and reflect individual and collective beliefs, fears and expectations.
  8. The unconscious-collective forms agreed-upon frameworks (e.g. societal rules, etiquette) which define in general terms the bounds of what is “possible” (acceptable, expected) for individuals. It is possible to do the impossible, but any such activities are fraught with societal disapproval. Hence schopenhauer's 3-stage process of collectives ignoring, resisting then accepting new truths.
  9. The range of collective possible futures (unconscious agreed frameworks) forms a downward causation which guides individual conscious choice, desire, action and development.
  10. The past forms a platform for stability and order. The future provides the freedom for creativity and invention.
  11. Imagination (feminine-creativity) ‘pulls’ from the Future. Knowledge (masculine-fact) ‘pushes’ from the Past.
  12. Precognition (“gut feelings”) is an unbounded, unlimited parallel “computational process.”
  13. Intellectual reasoning is a limited, bounded serial “computational process.”
  14. Current Western scientific and religious theory is inadequate in explaining reality.
  15. Darwinian theory does not, and cannot account for current (or past) bio-diversity. Evolutionary psychology does not, and cannot account for human behavior.
  16. Individual creativity forms an “upward causation” which changes the nature of the gestalt (e.g. society). This in turn changes the constraints upon the individual. Thus to “change the world” requires change within the individual.
  17. In real terms, the relationship of the (individual) conscious mind to the (collective) unconscious mind is that of the individual citizen to the community, nation, planet and universe.
  18. The conscious mind development changes the nature of the unconscious “soul” which in turn invokes new potentials and capabilities within the individual (all of which happens "at-once").
  19. The health and vibrancy of a gestalt (e.g. society) is directly dependent upon each of the parts (e.g. people) within it.
  20. Since all is interconnected, “Chaos” is simply an Unknowable form of Order. Disorder is unconstrained (unbounded, 'free-wheeling') Individuality.
  21. The Western cultural bias towards the scientific—the physical, the factual and the finite, forms a downward causation constraining those who would otherwise perform “miracles” -- healing, creating, intuiting.
  22. Within unconscious collective frameworks, each and everyone is able to tap nonlocal fields of potential, such that:

    What things soever ye desire
    When ye pray (visualize)
    Believe that ye receive them
    And ye shall have them.1

(... see book text for more detail. )

  • 1. Jesus, Bible, King James Version, Mark 11:24

How can it be?

The idea that we create our reality and that we are each part of some infinite “undivided whole” can seem so utterly divorced from our normal experiences of everyday life.

For many people the idea can seem entirely unreal, even absurd. For those who realize the consistency and validity of the ideas presented thus far, it is likely it all remains rather academic and hypothetical. There can seem such a large gap between our intellectual understanding that we “create our own reality” and actually moving mountains, so to speak. Hence my disclosures in Chapter Two, concerning how even though I may understand how I create my reality, experiencing effective manipulation, movement or creation of it is another matter altogether.

Our bodies for example seem to have their own agendas, which often seem to be unrelated or independent of our desires. According to a number of recent studies a majority of women in both Australia and the United States believe themselves to be overweight. Their overweight condition would seem to be attributable to factors beyond their conscious control, for if it were simply a matter of conscious control then women would not be choosing to be overweight.

As we age we seem to inevitably show signs of wear and tear by growing grey hair and wrinkles; we get slower and more restrained in our physical movements and so forth.

In a broader context, often during our modern busy work schedules and the increasingly hectic and complex world we live in, we can often feel so utterly separate and disconnected from things “out there.” Many, many times in recent years, as I would walk down a busy street, I would reflect on the applicability of the wave-particle model to everyday life. I would look upon the buildings, roads, pavement, motor vehicles and all manner of manufactured objects and think “how can the atoms and molecules in all this be somehow “pulsing On” to form the concrete, steel and plastics of our man-made world?” I pick up a cup and I feel its texture, its realness and reflect upon the simple objective nature of its existence—it seems to be simply a “thing,” an inanimate object devoid of any living qualities ... but according to quantum theory it’s “choosing” to be a cup.

At least the natural world of plants and animals has a readily identifiable “aliveness” which at least allows us to stretch our imaginations to recognize some form of lower order intelligence in operation. But it can be difficult to sense some form of elemental mind in rocks and other naturally “inanimate material” (as do native peoples).

And yet, the quantum theories in the previous chapter (together with the resolution to Zeno’s Paradoxes), present a viable foundation for understanding that we do indeed create our circumstances and that we are profoundly intertwined with everything that exists. The ideas do form a highly consistent basis by which to explain reality. And from my own limited experience, some of which was mentioned in Chapter Two, such ideas when applied to our intimate relationship with the animate and inanimate world around us do indeed yield results consistent with the ideas.

How then can we reconcile our obvious and profound sense of separation from the world around us, with the idea that we are in fact part of an “undivided whole?” How can we begin to accept that the atoms and molecules which compose the everyday objects in our reality, such as televisions, tables, chairs, books, computers, motor vehicles are all colluding to form the objects we so readily enjoy using or abusing?

How can we begin to delve into the unspeakable and unknowable profundity of the idea that the entire universe is somehow “self-aware,” somehow “alive”? That as I sit at my computer writing this book the computer is choosing to be a computer? That the chair upon which I sit is, thankfully, continuing to “choose” to be a chair? How can I stop from feeling overwhelmed by the enormity of this realization—how can I begin to accept its relevance in my life?

First things first

[Excerpt  Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

One of the difficulties in relating to the ideas presented in this book is that they need to be felt, rather than simply thought. In Western societies we are more “objectively” orientated than native or traditional Eastern cultures. As explained in Chapter Three, we therefore bias our perceptions in terms of objective facts, while we discount the validity of mystery, magic and feelings. As a result much of this book may not be believable or acceptable from an objective, scientific perspective, even though the ideas presented are, I believe, consistent and rational.

Unless we feel them we will not believe in them, irrespective of the efficacy, rationality or validity of the ideas. In view of the fact that our emotions (feelings) largely follow our beliefs, it becomes particularly important to gain a truer understanding of our reality.

The realization that we feel in response to how we think is vitally important if we seek to come to terms with the idea that the universe and everything within it is a self-organising system.

In view of the foregoing, it is not surprising that many people prefer to build a credible understanding of how things work before they will allow themselves the courage to explore the spiritual (unknowable). In Western societies it is generally necessary for our rational-thinking ego awareness to develop before we can expect our physical and emotional senses to tune into new spheres of experience. Our emotions (via urges, inklings, leanings, gut feelings, yearnings) may motivate us to explore new experiences, but if our conscious reasoning mind is not able to make some sense of the ensuring experiences then we invariably witness stress and dis-ease within the individual. For example, without a philosophical framework which teaches us that living is inherently safe, we will not be spontaneous and free to be ourselves.

Without a congruent philosophical framework, we can expect to observe (as we do) people attempting to squeeze their intuitive emotional experiences into illogical, unreasonable outmoded cultural frameworks. In particular, I refer here to the subject of superstition. Superstition develops when the conscious-reasoning mind cannot translate intuitive feelings into a viable rational understanding. The rise of fundamentalist religious cults throughout the world is due in part to people’s burgeoning intuitive awareness not being able to be squeezed into outmoded cultural and scientific frameworksi. With quantum physics having shown reality to be fundamentally nonlocal, the cat has been well and truly, and irreversibly, let out of the box, so to speak:

Our burgeoning unconscious, intuitive (nonlocal) senses can no longer be framed within the constraints of the old mechanistic “world-as-local” paradigms.

Only by recognizing that reality is innately nonlocal (infinitely interconnected) can we begin to make sense of feelings such as intuition and precognition.

As covered in the previous chapter, many sense there is “something in the air” and that something is the realization that reality is nonlocal (infinitely interconnected). We must recognize that through intuitive, precognitive, nonlocal senses everyone is already (subconsciously) aware of these developments in physics and of what will be made of them in the future. Great change is coming and deep down, people intuitively feel it.

To better prepare and engage this change, it behoves us to come to a fuller understanding of how reality actually functions. Otherwise, superstitious irrational fundamentalist cultures will grow in relevance and influence with subsequent adverse effects upon all of us.

From my observations of the present state of the world, I believe the need for a more congruent rational understanding of how reality works to be a profoundly important one. We still observe large numbers of people who routinely behave poorly towards others. We observe that they invariably use religion or some other cultural framework to justify their actions. Even in extreme cases of genocide the perpetrators invariably find justification for their actions. The leader of the Khmer Rouge, Pol Pot under whose command up to 2 million Cambodians were tortured and murdered said after his arrest that “My conscience is clear.”1

Throughout history, as indeed within present cultures, we observe that morality and ethics have been largely driven by the prevailing cultural beliefs. For example, slavery, which is generally considered in modern times to be unjust, immoral and a denial of basic human rights was widely practised throughout nearly all cultures for much of recorded history. What we find objectionable and immoral today was often considered normal and just in previous generations.

Conversely what we (generally) find acceptable in modern society, such as homosexuality was often illegal and considered immoral by our forebears.

In many of the group discussions I have attended I invariably find that the course of discussion is driven by deeply held beliefs and feelings. Feelings which are, once again, from my experience, based on flawed beliefs. It is my experience that a great deal of energy is wasted by people who subscribe to beliefs which are incongruent with the deeper aspects of our shared reality. The shifting sands of morality and ethics will continue to shift and change in accord with the changes in cultural awareness and technological development. I believe that any concerted, productive discussion on morals and ethics needs to be preceded by an in-depth understanding of how reality actually works. Otherwise we will continue to observe people such as Pol Pot finding justification for any number of violations against the integrity and well-being of others.

Another reason that one might have difficulty relating to the ideas in this book is that the words I have used are normally associated with human behavior. For example, I suggested that chairs are somehow “choosing” to be chairs, but the word “choice” has many connotations associated with human intelligence. Perhaps if I used words such as “field,” or “energy” we might then get a better feel for the ideas. For example, we might prefer to say that chairs have a certain energy about them, or they are surrounded by a certain field. But by using such words we can skirt the central issue which is that atoms and molecules and other bits of inanimate matter do in fact have some form of limited volition (as indicated by quantum theory).

  • 1. “Sayings of the Year,” Sydney Morning Herald, December 27, 1997, page 14 News Review.

A separate angst

[Excerpt  Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Despite the reasonable expectation mentioned earlier that the universe is somehow self-aware, the idea can remain so utterly foreign to many of us1 simply because we have never learned to expect that it might indeed be “self-aware.” It follows that if the universe is as suggested by the physicists, then our lack of awareness of such is because we have not yet developed our awareness and understanding sufficiently to recognize it.

The degree to which we believe the world is composed of “inanimate objects” is the degree to which we remain “separate from” it.

The degree to which we remain separate from the world, is the degree to which we lean towards or consciously identify with being “particle orientated.” The particle nature is the quality of being “separate from” other things, people, events and feelings. The particle-physical nature, as shown in the TOA in the next chapter, is about definition, exclusiveness, objectivity, separateness, boundaries, measurement etc. Its about quantifying objects, things, particles and events—in short, it’s all about the discrete, measurable bits and pieces of space and time (events).

The wave nature, on the other hand is about the emotional gaps between things—the subjective, indefinable emotional relationships between objects, people and events. The wave nature is about how we connect with others and the world around us. The wave nature is an inclusive, open, unlimited interrelatedness. The wave nature is not able to be quantified or measured. Try for example putting a “measure” on friendships and observe how long those friendships remain intact. Such things as friendships and relationships are matters of the heart and cannot be quantified. Quantification, definition and measurement are aspects of “separateness.” In the table of One and All, I have correlated “separateness” with science, objectivity and definition. As already mentioned in Chapter Three, science is the objective discipline of measurement and is not in any way able to meaningfully deal with subjective feelings and emotions. It is simply not possible to define that which is indefinable. As soon as the indefinable is defined, it is no longer indefinable. This is why sciences such as psychiatry and psychology are largely ineffective for they are sciences applied to a subjective realm, which by definition is beyond the reach of objective science. Whenever you attempt to limit or define that which is subjective and unlimited, you end up with something which is objective, quantified and limited.

In the film “Dead Poets Society” we saw a powerful portrayal of this realization when Mr Keats (played by Robin Williams) ordered his students to rip out sections of a text book which taught we can measure and quantify a poem. He then knelt down and with his students in a hushed huddle around him, urged them to feel the juiciness and mystery of life, not its metric, measurable qualities. Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge said that “the best art internalizes the external, and externalizes the internal.” Science also needs to marry the External-Known (Intellect) and the Internal-Unknowable (Emotions) if it is to gain a deeper relevancy.

When we overly identify with the particle nature, we downplay our wave nature. For example, usually the more logical and intellectual one is (refer the table of One and All, lines 14 and 60 resp.), the less intuitive and emotional the person. The more you use, or are able to abuse an object, person or event, generally the less you relate to it.

A strong identification with the particle nature often leads to an almost complete disregard for the well-being of others and is the reason behind the countless atrocities inflicted upon man by man throughout the ages.

People, in such circumstances are seen as things, objects to be mistreated, abused or disposed of at will. As indicated earlier, almost universally throughout the animal kingdom and human society, males have been the aggressors. As author Francis Fukuyama noted:

In every known culture, and from what we know of virtually all historical periods, the vast majority of crimes, particularly violet crimes, are committed by men.2

The angst in modern society is largely due to the over-identification with the particle (objective-factual-known) nature of existence while discounting the spiritual (infinite, mysterious, unknowable). As covered earlier, the spiritual (Mysterious-Uncertain-Unknowable) is a vital component to be welcomed and “mastered” if one is to find happiness.

  1. 1. I need to include a footnote here that the “us” I refer to is meant as a general reference to those who were raised within modern “Western” technological cultures. It should be recognized that it generally excludes those who have been raised within native cultures, most of who maintain a sense of “oneness” with the world around them. In Australian aboriginal culture, trees and rocks, for example, are treated like people with abilities to communicate with, and relate to, their environment.
  2. 2. The Weekend Australian, News Ltd, Sydney, September 19, 1998 page 23, Focus Section. {Edited excerpt of an essay by Francis Fukuyama in the September Issue of Foreign Affairs journal}.

Limited ego, unlimited unconscious

This section 'Limited ego, unlimited unconscious' analyses and tables the polarities of individuality and the deeper 'spiritual' connectedness, and potentials of the human psyche.

[Excerpt  Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Throughout the last few thousand years, overall people have been (particularly in Western cultures) predominantly particle orientated—concerned mostly with increasing their physical manipulation and use of the exterior physical world. Technology is a particularly beneficial and effective result of that particle focus.

Within such a strong cultural bias towards the particle-technological nature, our wave nature or more correctly, our awareness of it has been ignored—were it not it would give many of us an awareness of being deeply interconnected with nature and the world at large. Recall from the previous chapter’s analogy of the wave-at-a-beach, that when you become the wave your awareness connects with all the wave encounters as it approaches the beach.

In regards to our true nonlocal wave nature we are connected with everything and everyone, across space and time. This of course leads us to recognize that just as the universe is infinite, so too are our psyches: infinite in depth and scope. In practical day-to-day terms we identify with only a small portion of our potential awareness: an identification which we call the ego. It is often said that we use only 10% of our brains, which implies the brain (and by this line of thinking, our mind) is limited by the other 90%.

Very few scientists have yet suggested that we use only a finite (limited) portion of our unlimited unknowable minds. Attempting to quantify our abilities simply limits our unlimited potential. Refer Table 5.1.

Table 5.1. Small ego, endless spirit
“together with” "separate from"
Source-Cause Physical Reality
Unlimited Limited
Unconscious Conscious
Mind (Gestalt) Mind (Ego)
Meta-physical Physical
Immeasurable Quantified

The identification with the ego is to a certain extent a necessary function of physical survival. But as I will show later in this book it is time to move beyond the limited identification with the Western local version of the ego which sees the world “out-there” as being entirely separate from oneself.

In this respect, and in reference to the holographic model, overall the human race is still largely in the stage of child-adolescent, not yet having sufficiently established its own identity, uniqueness and sense of self. The race as a whole is still in the stage of exploring its separateness.

If we reflect upon the normal development of a human child into adolescence and then into
adulthood, we recognize that the child needs to develop its own identity separate from its parents. Where that separation from is inhibited by immature and insecure parents, then we generally observe rebelliousness in the child. Intuitively, a child knows that it is supposed to develop its own unique, independent sense of self.

As a race we have been developing our sense of self and separation from our parent source (Father-spirit and Mother-Earth) for the last few millennia. As mentioned above, we have done so by being technologically focused, a focus which profoundly separates us from our spiritual, non-material sources. Once again, in terms of the “spiritual” (infinite, Unknowable, Wave) vs. the physical (Finite, Known, Particle) model, technology is a result of being particle orientated.

The foregoing has important implications in the present competitive business world.

There is no script

[Excerpt  Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Personnel departments and consultancies almost invariably attempt to categorize and define people according to certain personality traits which are then matched to the required traits of a particular position. To some extent, definition of skills, competencies and character is important for effective placement of people. But present attempts to write more effective computer programs or questionnaires to help determine character are misguided.

People can and do adapt and change to meet desired objectives. An employee's ability to creatively find new, different and more efficient ways of producing results is not able to be predicted. In fundamental terms, any attempt to predict either individual or collective behavior is simply not possible. Attempting to perfectly categorize people via various psychological tests limits them and goes towards dis-empowering them. It disallows our mysterious creative side that is the origin of all our modern technology.

Modern business supposedly operates on facts, figures and research but most CEO’s and effective managers, when you get right down to it, trust their gut feelings when making the hard decisions, irrespective of the facts.

Even defining illnesses largely locks people into the expected symptoms. In any event, attempting to predict people’s or prospective employee’s behavior would be an attempt to completely know the unknowable. And it would contravene the Uncertainty Principle of Quantum Physics. Our focus on the physical (the local and the limited) has engendered a mindset steeped in the scientific method of measurement, continuity, predictability and strict mechanism.

A strong physical orientation has led us to focus on mastery while largely ignoring the mystery out of which mastery arises.

In particular, our strong particle orientation over the last few centuries has almost completely inhibited the sense of wonder and mystery inherent in existence. We have inhibited our sense of magic and oneness with the world (primitive cultures excepted).

A masculine-particle orientation also biases us towards being focused in the past. Being past orientated has meant observance of tradition, culture and hierarchy. As we emerge from being so acutely particle orientated, we will see greater emphasis upon the future and less emphasis upon tradition and hierarchical structures, such as organized religions. We will observe increasing change (e.g. old traditions being discarded) and more emphasis upon creativity and new ideas. And as the world “shrinks” into a smaller and smaller global village through more pervasive telecommunications, we can expect that people will become more considerate and compassionate towards others and the world around us. We can expect to hear in business circles more about the importance of “vision” and “purpose” for both of these aspects are concerned with where we are headed, not where we have been (as per tradition or one’s qualifications). Interestingly, we can expect that contrary to the recent emphasis upon business people gaining higher and higher qualifications (past orientated), there will be more emphasis upon executives taking risks and delivering results (future orientated). In fact, in one recent report, in recognition that society is becoming more and more complex and fast paced, leading executive placement firms decided that

Only two criteria will now be used to evaluate performance—effectiveness and risk taking ... This makes redundant the previous competencies—school attended, family connections, prowess in sailing and golf...1

Many CEO’s are beginning to recognize the importance of shifting their reliance upon past
structure, tradition and performance, towards new ideas, creativity and potential. As Robert Shapiro noted:

Today in most fields I know, the struggle is about creativity and innovation. There is no script.2

“There is no script” is testimony to the idea that we are continually recreating our present circumstances and that we can no longer solely rely upon tradition, certainty and “facts.” We are entering an era in which many more people will appreciate George Bernard Shaw’s remarks “You see things; and you say, ‘Why?’ But I dream things that never were; and I say, ‘Why not?’”

  • 1. Les Coleman, The Weekend Australian, News Ltd, Sydney, December 27-28, 1998, page 22.
  • 2. Henry Ehrlich, The Wiley Book of Business Quotations, John Wiley and Sons, New York 1998, page 189 {Robert B. Shapiro, CEO of the chemical firm Monsanto, interviewed in Harvard Business Review, Jan-Feb 1997}.

From the beginning

This section 'From the beginning' begins to tie together the seemingly unrelated aspect of quantum mechanics, intuition, responsibility, mind and the deeper nature of consciousness.

[Excerpt  Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Up to this point in the book, I have focused on how we each might be 100% responsible for our circumstances. Notwithstanding the undeniable universality of the known-unknowable duality, I have introduced quantum physical facts and theories which I believe go a long way towards explaining the broad framework of how we do indeed create, or attract all our circumstances.

The phenomenon of nonlocality is part of a framework of understanding which can be used to explain how reality works from any perspective. I believe the mathematical and experimental verification of nonlocality will inevitably emerge as being one of the most significant scientific developments of any era. Some physicists certainly believe it is. It provides a scientific basis to accept such phenomena as intuition, precognition and remote viewing (clairvoyance). More significantly however, is that it forms the basis for understanding how all things (including animate and inanimate matter) are able to form their experiences.

Having said that, it is appropriate at this point to consider how nonlocality in conjunction with the wave-particle duality model can begin to be meaningfully used to explain the broad field of existence.

In Chapter Four, I suggested that we are continually cycling in phase in conjunction with the reality that we experience. I also suggested that we would need to be somehow “aware” of all the possibilities for us to be able to consistently and meaningfully “choose” any one particular reality. Also, everything else that forms our physical reality—the rocks, plants, trees, houses and fax machines would also need to somehow be meaningfully “choosing” to coexist with us.

Otherwise, reality would be a random chaotic mess—nothing would exist in stable form. Also suggested in previous chapters was the idea that the reality we experience is a result of our own emotional and intellectual makeup.

The questions to consider at this point then are how it is that the world happens to be so stable and well-coordinated. If reality functions as I’ve explained then it is a profoundly cooperative one. But how does everything “know” what to do and how to do it?

Perhaps we can begin by remembering that all aspects of physical reality are the aftereffects of consciousness1..As American scientist Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris recently admitted:

Our physicists and our astronomers are now bumping into data that is forcing them to see the cosmos as primarily conscious. Consciousness as the source of evolution rather than the product of evolution. This has been creeping up in science for 50 years since quantum theory was first proposed and now we have 50 years of evidence that life is intelligent from its initial bacterial stages and that the universe is permeated by non-material energies which are actually causing the creation of the physical world.2

Science as mentioned in Chapter Three is generally concerned with effective manipulations of these after-effects. Science if you like generally limits its study to how to more effectively “control” physical Effects to produce other physical Effects. Scientists for example manipulate the physical Effect called “light” to create another physical Effect called “lasers.” Scientists would say the cause for lasers (the effect) was coherent light. But coherent light is an effect of some deeper Cause. I would not suggest that scientists don’t ever find physical causes for the physical effects in our everyday world—rather that they cannot know the absolute fundamental Cause for anything.

The Cause for the physical reality (Effect) we experience is largely in the Unknowable realm(s). So it is prudent to feel beyond physical reality to gain some sense of how we do indeed create our reality. I say feel, because as suggested in the previous chapter it is our emotions which tie us in with our wave nature, which as you will recall, “interconnects” us with all else and thus guides us to meaningfully and consistently “harmonise” with existing reality.

In light of my earlier statements that business executives will be required to focus more on where they are headed, rather than on where they have been, we can expect to see a greater emphasis upon “gut feelings” rather than an emphasis upon more and more complex analyses of the existing business world circumstances. In other words,

In an increasingly fast-paced world, it is not simply a matter of thinking faster or working harder, but also of feeling deeper.

The foregoing idea that we need to feel deeper is in recognition of the fact that the future can only be felt, it cannot be predicted or intellectually analyzed. Once again it is our emotions (gut feelings) which tie us in with the wide (infinite) range of future possibilities. We can better appreciate the differences between rational reasoning abilities to those of intuitive abilities by recognizing that:

Precognition (gut feeling) is an unbounded, unlimited, parallel“computational process.”
Intellectual reasoning is a limited, bounded serial “computational process.”

 It should be readily appreciated that intuition is far superior to the serial step-by-step intellectual consideration of future possibilities. In fact, in view of the infinite range of possibilities ahead of us at each point, one can never succeed by attempting to intellectually analyze the future. This is an exceptionally important point to realize for it provides the seeds for understanding how business leaders, and indeed everyone, can more confidently deal with the future. In order to better negotiate the increasingly fast-paced and complex world, we have no alternative but to learn how to “feel” ahead in time. By better using our intuition, we can “feel” the possibilities ahead and choose those which will lead to the successful solidification of our desires and goals.

It needs to be said that it is our conscious reasoning abilities and physical action which solidifies possibility into actuality. Successful reality creation requires a complementary utilization of both intuition and reason. In view of the foregoing, it should come as no surprise to learn that

surveys of thousands of successful executives, managers and entrepreneurs indicate that the majority of them have, for years, counted on gut hunches ... in nearly all important decisions and interactions.3

As was pointed out in Chapter Two, the use of intuition is of primary importance in making new discoveries and in developing new theories and ideas. Business managers and leaders simply cannot afford to avoid trusting their gut feelings—as Peter Senge observed:

People with high levels of personal mastery ... cannot afford to choose between reason and intuition, or head and heart, any more than they would choose to walk on one leg or see with one eye.4

A very meaningful consideration at this point becomes that of how consciousness in itsvarious forms, combines to create the reality we experience. What is the “divide” or interplay between the unconscious, subconscious and conscious minds? Once again, recall that physical reality is the after-effect of mind. Refer Table 5.2.

Table 5.2. Congealing consciousness
Female-Wave Male-Particle
Pre-Physical Physical Reality
Unconscious Conscious
Mind Matter
Intuition Reason, Logic
At-once, everywhere Here, localised

Physical matter, including our bodies is congealed consciousness (thoughts and feelings). It is therefore beneficial to consider how the various “portions” of our mind interact to form reality, rather than considering which physical Effects are producing other physical Effects. In other words, looking for a particular gene (physical Effect) which might explain alcoholism, for example, is to me a secondary or ancillary investigation of how reality functions.

Alcoholics might have a gene (physical Effect) which predisposes them to drink, but the Cause for them having that gene in the first place must reside in their consciousness, for otherwise they would not be 100% responsible for their existence. Therefore any meaningful search would concern their consciousness—what is it about their beliefs which causes them to be dependent upon a drug (alcohol)? What is the Cause of the emotional void in their lives which motivates them to attempt to fill it with a physical Effect (alcohol). Once again, I have correlated Cause with Consciousness, and Effect with physical reality. It needs to be remembered that the “toality” of the Known and the Unknowable requires that the Cause (Consciousness) will be both Known (egoconscious awareness) and Unknowable (unconscious, collective unconscious, spirit, soul, higher self etc.).

  • 1. The term “Consciousness” is used throughout this book to mean a mental/emotional energy, which includes our thoughts and feelings. Consciousness is an indivisible combination of conscious, subconscious and deeply unconscious processes (including what we might call our soul, the collective unconscious and God. Hence the affirmation by Jesus that “The Kingdom of God is within you”)
  • 2. Excerpt of an interview with Dr. Elizabet Sahtouris, conducted during the Earthbeat program on Australian Broadcasting Commission’s (ABC’s) Radio National station. Saturday, 13 March 1999.
  • 3. Robert Cooper and Ayman Sawaf, Executive EQ, Orion Business Books, London 1997, page 2.
  • 4. Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Discipline, Random House Australia, Sydney 1992, page 168.

Downward causation

This section 'Downward Causation' analyses the role of upwards and downwards causation - that of the role and influence of individuality (upwards causation) within a group, and 'downwards causation' - the role and influence of the group (peer-group pressure) upon individuality, and choice.

Free will and fate is analysed from a holistic, systems perspective.

[Excerpt  Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

As mentioned earlier, for reality to be so stable and ordered requires everything in it to cycle into physicality, coherently. But what determines when and how everything and everyone so effectively and consistently harmonises? How can the ordered, organized universe be explained?

What is the mechanism that drives the extraordinary display of order that we see around us? If the universe started with the big bang as most scientists believe, then how do they explain the immense order that now exists within the universe. As physicist Paul Davies rightly observed

The universe began in featureless simplicity, and grows ever more elaborate with time.1

As suggested previously, Consciousness, or some higher-order, non-physical process must be the source of all matter and energy. Once again, the solution to Zeno’s Paradoxes requires us to acknowledge that reality must be continuously cycling into physicality at a very high rate.

Consequently we can reasonably conclude concede that:

... whatever the process which urges physical matter to actualise, it must be non-physical (and nonlocal). No physical (local) process can account for the origin (Cause) of physical reality. The Cause for the physical universe and everything within it must be a higher-order, non-physical “process” which we can arguably assign as being of a spiritual or mental nature.

The source or Cause for our physical reality (including everything and everyone within it) cannot be within the physical system. We could say that consciousness “solidifies” into physical reality as matter and energy. Consciousness (or some very similar higher-order process) precedes matter, and indeed is the cause of matter. We can understand then that the chain of structure of existence follows the track of Consciousness (or some higher-order process) => Energy => Matter.

Scientists readily understand that matter is simply congealed energy. Perhaps we can hope that the majority of scientists will one day in the foreseeable future follow the lead of the few such as Freeman Dysan, who have, it would seem, come to the realization that energy (in all its forms including heat and light) is congealed consciousness. Once again, I am careful here with the use of the word “consciousness” for it is easy to fall into the habit of thinking that atoms “think” much like we do. It is helpful to assign an elemental Unknowable form of consciousness to matter. But here again, if we apply the holographic model we must conclude that all matter and energy has some elemental form of “emotional choice.” The “toality” of the Known and the Unknowable includes the duality of Intellect (Known) and Emotion (Unknowable), which together could be considered “emotional choice.” It is meaningless to say we can have choice and intellect without emotion. Once again, this would be analogous to a circle not having a diameter, or a future without any past.

With regards to the idea that matter and energy forms from invisible unseeable consciousness, it is helpful to note that some scientists readily accept that

evidently, physical processes exist that can turn a void—or something close to it—into stars, planets, crystals, clouds and people.2

As physicist Paul Davies noted:

The universe is progressing—through the steady growth of structure, organization and complexity—to ever more developed and elaborate states of matter and energy.3

and that

Research in areas as diverse as fluid turbulence, crystal growth and neural networks is revealing the extraordinary propensity for physical systems to generate new states of order spontaneously. It is clear that there exist self-organizing processes in every branch of science.4

Self-organizing systems clearly require a mechanism to enable self-organization, for otherwise things would remain chaotic and dis-ordered. As mentioned in the previous chapter, atoms and molecules and “inanimate” things in general must somehow “know” when to actualise in order to create or be a part of an ordered reality. This is all the more extraordinary when we remember that total unpredictability rules at the root level of existence. In other words, there really is no bottom to the proverbial abyss.

[[edited excerpt ]]

Quantum physics has shown us that it is impossible to derive the laws of quantum physics
without reference to consciousness. Jane Roberts in her Seth series of books explained the
foregoing subject of how consciousness within matter cooperates as follows:

Molecules and atoms and even smaller particles have a condensed consciousness. They form into cells and form an individual cellular consciousness. This combination results in a consciousness that is capable of much more experience and fulfillment than would be possible for the isolated atom or molecule alone. This goes on ad form the physical body mechanism. Even the lowest particle retains its individuality, and its abilities [through this cooperation] are multiplied a millionfold.”5

This individual-mass consciousness interconnection occurs across and within all gestalts. Depending on the level of congregate matter (or energy) there are mutually agreed upon frameworks in which matter and energy operate. The simpler the congregate, the simpler the laws by which they are bounded. For example, an electron has, relatively speaking, a simpler description of its probable movement in space-time than a complex organic molecule. There are self-abiding systems of behavior for all forms of matter and energy. That is why our world and indeed the entire universe can seem so predictable—because it chooses to be within the freedoms given to it by “higher order” systems.

Clearly, the range of choice of an electron, while still being infinite, is different to our range of choices. Electrons for example make choices within the context of their existence within “electronhood.” As we progress up the ladder of order or consciousness, we find increasing diversity of choice. Or more correctly, we find increasing ability to affect the environment in which that consciousness exists. In fundamental terms:

There is increasing responsibility with increasing awareness.

A dog for example has more control over its environment then say a plant or tree. A dog may dig up a plant and destroy it. A plant or tree will control raw materials (composed of atoms and electrons) for its own ends. A man may control both plants and dogs for his/her own ends, but even man is limited in his physical abilities. Everything that exists has infinite choice, but those choices are bounded by the parameters of its existence. Once again we find the applicability of the model of an inseparable duality of the constrained-known within an infinite, unknowable realm of choice.

This top-level influence of higher entities upon lower level entities is universal throughout existence. According to Davies, the term “downward causation” was first coined by psychologist Donald Campbell who noted that:

all processes at the lower levels of hierarchy are restrained by and act in conformity to the laws of the higher levels.6

As previously suggested, in the instance of my mind and the hand, my mind is the higher entity which directs and constrains the lower entity “the hand” and the hand, in yet another cause and effect loop, could be considered the higher entity from the perspective of the individual cells within the hand and so on. Everything is interconnected, so once again it is meaningless to consider the hand without reference to some greater whole.

We can surmise that the constraints imposed upon us come from higher order systems of which we are unaware.

  1. 1. Paul Davies, The Cosmic Blueprint: Order and Complexity at the Edge of Chaos, Penguin Books, London, 1989, page 190.
  2. 2. Davies, page I (preface).
  3. 3. Davies, page 20.
  4. 4. Davies, page I (preface).
  5. 5. Jane Roberts, The Seth Material, Prentice Hall Press, New York, 1987, page 113.
  6. 6. Davies, page 149.

Our push-pull reality

This section 'Our push-pull reality' further analyses and Tables (Tables 5.8 and 5.9) the nature of imagination, freedom, ego, choice, boundaries, past and future and how they all inter-relate and affect each other.

[Excerpt Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

If we reflect upon the role of “vision” in our lives, we can more fully appreciate the means by which reality functions. As mentioned earlier, the whole (gestalt) sets the overall constraints within which the parts then cooperate to bring about the desired results or goals. When we inject the element of time into these considerations, we begin to gain a firm awareness of the intimate operation of reality.

We can understand that the future (being as it is correlated with the Unknowable-Whole) is the downward causation upon our present reality. In other words, where we are going helps determine how we behave in the present. Refer Table 5.8

Table 5.8. Future freedom, past perimeters
Unconscious Conscious
Collective-Unconscious Ego, Choice
Higher-Self Individuality
Future Past
Goals, Vision Experience, Habit
Emotions Thoughts, Ideas
Unpredictable End-product reality

This idea that the end product reality (emerges from an unpredictable ground) -- that what we experience cannot be predicted from the outset is of fundamental importance in understanding how reality works. Physicist Davies parallels these considerations in his book The Cosmic Blueprint, in part by quoting science writer Louise Young:

Louise Young, for example, in lyrical style, refers to the universe as ‘unfinished’, and elaborates Popper’s theme: ‘I postulate that we are witnessing—and indeed participating in—a creative act that is taking place through time. As in all such endeavours, the finished product could not have been clearly foreseen in the beginning’. She compares the unfolding organization of the cosmos with the creative act of an artist: ‘...involving change and growth, it proceeds by trial and error, rejecting and reformulating the materials at hand as new potentialities emerge’.1

In a similar manner, the Scottish Himalayan Expedition embellished Goethe’s work to offer
their perspective:

Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.2

This is not unexpected in view of the Uncertainty Principle introduced in the previous chapter. The future must remain fundamentally unpredictable, so attempting to perfectly define or predict it is indeed misguided and futile. In terms of downward causation, the future is guiding the present. In other words, the “toality” (inseparable duality) of existence is that the future helps drive or guide the present. The present also determines which future we will ultimately attract, allow or create.

The interplay between the past, present and future (i.e the now-moment) is where and how surprise and magic solidifies into practical experience. Up to this point however, I haven’t made mention of the role of the past in our reality creation. The past serves to mould our unimaginative expectations. Refer Table 5.9.

Table 5.9. The Importance of Imagination
Feminine Masculine
Imagination Knowledge
Left-wing (politicians) Right-Wing (Politicians)
Visonary Ordered, Unimaginative
Creative Predictable, Reliable
Future-orientated Past-orientated

If we review the Table of One and All we can appreciate why right-wing materialistic politicians are usually conservative and a bit dull—they (being past orientated) seek to conserve that which has been (the past). On the other hand, left-wing politicians are often visionary, being as they are orientated towards the future. We can further appreciate that conservative politicians are better at running the nation’s economy because they are more focused on structure and order. Left-wing politicians (and artists) have often been inept when it comes to matters financial.

We are “pushed” into the present moment by our remembered past, together with being “pulled” into it by our desired imagined future.
  • 1. Paul Davies, The Cosmic Blueprint: Order and Complexity at the Edge of Chaos, Penguin Books, London, 1989, page 149.
  • 2. Susan Hayward, A Guide for the Advanced Soul, In-Tune Books, Sydney, 1990.

Part III: The TOA

Includes Chapter Six: The Tao of One and All

This chapter analyses in greater detail the dimensions and basis for The TOA.

Apparent contradictions are covered.


Chapter Six: The TAO of One and All

Posted 14 October 2008, 11:30am

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

The Table of One and All encompasses and includes all aspects of life into one framework of understanding. In view of its 'infinitely-inclusive' framework, it is able to be used in all areas of experience to reveal deeper insights into life.

The TOA provides deeper context and understanding of relationships, religious ideals, scientific facts, disease, wellbeing, happiness, politics, sociology, psychology etc.

Key Concepts:

  1. Since all is interconnected, the individual exists within a greater “oneness.”
  2. Existence is the 'inseparable duality' of being Known, Defined and Individual while being Unknowable, Indefinite “Whole.”
  3. We are, in a deeper sense, “Undivided Wholeness” experiencing existence as ourselves.
  4. Existence is the unfathomable paradox of Diversity within an Indivisible Unity.
  5. The wave-particle duality of matter and energy, separateness-within-oneness, or diversity-within-unity, has two attributes: the quality of being and the function of doing.
  6. Human cultures (particularly Western cultures) have largely focused on exploring the physical, technological dimension of existence. This has alienated many from their 'spiritual' roots (nonlocal awareness and potentials).
  7. In respect of the dynamic holomovement, we can readily appreciate that humanity is nearing adulthood, having played enough “outside” with the technology and the toys.
  8. The Finite within the Infinite is a universal principle .
  1. The Table of One and All presents in tabular form how human societies, plants, animals and inanimate matter have embodied the indivisible duality of One and All.
  2. Traditionally, males have leant towards being “separate from” (hence the masculine tendency towards the isolated, competitive, combative suitor).
  3. Females have leant towards being “together with” (hence the feminine tendency towards communities, families and herds).
  4. The “left-wing” of the TOA is correlated with community, socialism and the immeasurable (spiritual).
  5. The “right-wing” of the TOA is correlated with individuality, capitalism (the getting of personal wealth, possessions) and the measurable (physical).
  6. The left-wing (of the TOA) is not opposite the right-wing. It makes no sense to say that the individual is opposite the community.
  7. The Tao of One and All (TOA) provides the framework with which to understand all aspects of life.
  8. Apparent contradictions within the Table of One and All (TOA) are fundamentally due to the inability to perfectly separate the part from the “undivided whole.”

Diversity within unity

Posted 19 October, 2008, 4:53am

[Excerpt Chapter Six, Be and Become © 2000]

We can readily confirm that the idea of Individuality (Diversity) within Unity is everywhere apparent.

We see examples in terms of our bodies—cooperation of billions upon billions of cells to form skin, organs, bones and other body parts. All such body parts then cooperate to form a functioning body.

We see how many such bodies form families or social groups and how many such families and social groups form communities, nations, global networks and so on.

When we take a step back and look out upon the myriad forms of life on this planet we see complex inderdependent relationships. And yet within that complexity is a simplicity and order which becomes more recognizable the more one compares it with the idea that all exists as “separateness within oneness.”

We can begin to appreciate this sense of separateness-within-oneness by realizing that each are simultaneously necessary to existence. We cannot exist in absolute isolation -- a community would make no sense without individuals (that is, any whole would have no validity without its parts). AS Maharishi Mahesh Yogi observed:

there is one hundred percent diversity and one hundred percent unity, both performing their work at the same time. That is the nature of the work of creation—this is true reality. To us, one seems real and the other unreal. The reality is that both are real at the same time ...1

As pointed out in Chapter Three, we in the West take the measurable world of things —trees, trucks and tables, as being the primary reality. Once again, in terms of traditional Western society, the external physical world of things seems real, while the unknowable-spiritual world seems unreal. In the above quote, Maharishi acknowledged the validity of both the known and the unknown, with neither being more important, real or primary than the other.

All in all, wherever we look, we can see the validity of

  • Diversity within Unity
  • Separateness within Oneness
  • Individuality within Communityl
  • The Known within the Unknown
  • Independence within togetherness
  • One within All

The concepts provided at this site shows how nonlocal fields of potential unfold into everday lived experiences, via 'one within all' frameworks.

  • 1. Deepak Chopra, Quantum Healing: Exploring The frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine, Bantam Books New York 1989, page 228.

Fractals: the visible interface of physical and 'spiritual'

Posted 19 October 2008, 5:23am

This section analyses the nature of the interface between finite and infinite, 'spiritual' and physical, as revealed by the deeper fractal nature of life.


[Excerpt Chapter Six, Be and Become, 2000 Sydney]

We can reasonably expect that if the whole-as-the-part model is universal, we will see the model universally apparent in nature.

That is to say, we should expect that the inseparable-duality of the Finite within the Infinite is also readily observable. We should be able to “see” the boundary between the physical and the 'spiritual.'

Perhaps in an analogous sense to those “magic eye” 3-D pictures, we might expect that as we look more closely at the world we will see this inseparable duality.

With the discovery of fractal geometry (the Mandelbrot Set), we have one method by which to recognize how the transition to thingness (physical reality) from no-thingness from whence it comes, occurs.

The Mandelbrot Set (and the general field of fractal geometry) could be considered to be the mathematician’s holographic model of the physical within the spiritual (infinite). For within any section of the Mandelbrot Set’s boundary lies, literally, infinite depth of detail, with each  succeeding layer being a holographic model of the former.

While each succeeding branch or layer of the Mandelbrot Set is new and unique, each one is made in the “image of the father.”

Fractals represent the 'latticework' along which and within which the complex forms of nature naturally incline or unfold. As potentials and possibilities congeal into actuality, the solidification proceeds along certain lines of probabilities, all based on fractal geometry. Remember that individuality allows uncertain, irregular actualization, so fractal geometry is more representative of group behavior rather than individual behavior.

Fractal geometry can be used to 'see' the latticework by which the complex forms of nature naturally incline or unfold.

The geometric patterns given form by fractal geometry intimately imitate many complex forms in nature including inanimate objects, flora and fauna. In other words, fractal geometry can be thought of as the draftsmen’s drawings or blueprints by which nature in its infinite complexity seems to construct itself. And these draftsmen’s drawings are all variants of the one simple formula which maps the interface between the infinite and the finite. As James Gleick observed 'At the boundary life blossoms.'

Fractal geometry helps map or chart the process of solidification of 'infiniteness' into localized matter and energy - in effect, fractal geometry maps the interface between the 'spiritual' and the physical.

Fractal geometry can be used to create images which mimic the images of nature, some examples of which include trees, fern leaves (Figure 6.1), cliffs, capillary beds and entire mountain ranges complete with snow capped peaks.

"Once you develop a fractal geometer’s eye you can’t but help see them everywhere."1

John Briggs similarly noted that

"Trees and plants can be simulated by recursive programs which contain instructions for drawing repeated shapes to create twigs, stems, leaves and flowers, while randomly rotating them or bending them, and changing their thickness after a certain number of iterations. By carefully adjusting parameters and randomness, Przemyslaw Prusinkiewicz of the University of Calgary, Canada, has been able to generate imitations of specific botanical forms, such as the plant Mycelis Muralis."2

Professor Ian Stewart of the Mathematics Institute, University of Warwick noted that with the aid of fractal geometry:

“You see islands of order in a sea of chaos.”3

Scientists are finding that the entire universe is one large fractal. As Francesco Sylos Labini, an astronomer at the University of Geneva, suggested

"... studies we have done show that the distribution of matter is fractal, just like a tree or a cloud. ... our tests show that the Universe never becomes homogeneous in the available galaxy samples. It remains hierarchically clustered. It remains fractal."4 
  • 1. Film documentary: The Colours Of Infinite, Gordon Films, 1995.
  • 2. John Briggs, Fractals: The Patterns of Chaos, Thames and Hudson Ltd, London 1994, page 85.
  • 3. From the documentary, The Colours Of Infinite, Gordon Films, 1995.
  • 4. New Scientist, Reed Business Information, London, August 21, 1999.

Understanding the TOA

Posted 30 October 2008, 8:53am

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

For over 70 years scientists have been observing exceedingly strange behavior of very small bits (quanta) of matter and energy. The core principle of the TOA is based on the results of such research.

As is explained in detail at this website, one of the key experimental observations of quantum physics research is that all matter and energy exhibits a “wave-particle” duality of behavior. That duality of behavior is linked to the fundamental One-within-All principle mentioned earlier.

Given the universal applicability of the principle of One-and-All, the seemingly strange wave-particle behavior of quanta is simply another variant of this principle. In other words,

the wave-particle duality, in being a ubiquitous characteristic of matter and energy, "spins out" (unfolds) as various forms in everyday lived experience.

The Table of One and All reflects the preponderance of nature towards either the masculine-particle qualities of Definition, Individuality and Exclusivity, or the feminine-wave qualities of the Indefinable, Togetherness and Inclusivity.

Western culture has been correlated with the masculine-particle nature. This is not to suggest that Western culture is completely devoid of traditional feminine qualities of nurturing and community, but that it has a leaning towards the expression of individuality (as demonstrated by the American emphasis upon personal liberty and 'human rights'). On the other hand, Eastern cultures lean towards the ideals of community responsibility often at the expense of individuality.

The particle characteristic has been correlated with being individualistic, masculine, singular, decisive, controlled and predictable. The Table shows that masculine gender roles have traditionally leant towards these “masculine-material” characteristics.

The feminine has been correlated with being intuitive, passive, open, flexible and spontaneous. The Table shows that feminine gender roles have traditionally leant towards these “feminine-mysterious” characteristics. Hence the often heard and used phrases "feminine mystique," "women's intuition" and "it's a woman's prerogative to change her mind."

None of these correlations are meant to suggest that females are lacking characteristically “masculine” qualities of decisiveness and objectivity (refer table). Or that males lack intuitive, emotional, subjective qualities. Gender roles have been chosen (consciously and subconsciously) by the sexes as a means in the past for effective survival in physical reality.

"a stone, while still attached to a mountainside or the bedrock, is female. It becomes a male stone when it is moved away from its quarry place and set up by itself. The Easter Island stones, then are male, and the Stonehenge rocks also."1
See below for Table One (of Ten) of the Table of One and All.
 Table of One and All, Toa 1 of 10
  1. 1. Robert Bly, Iron John, Element Books, Brisbane Australia 1993, page 120 (quoting John Layard's report of old traditions).

Apparent Contradictions within the TOA

Posted 30 October 2008, 9:10am

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

The correlations provided in the TOA (Tao of One and All) appear to be contradictory.

For example, females (women, female animals, plants) are correlated with the mysterious and the non-physical ('spiritual') even though women and kind are obviously physical (while physicality has been correlated with masculine, known, real and measured).

The apparent contradictions in the Table of One and All arise entirely as a result of the fundamental inability to meaningfully categorise reality as either strictly 'Real' (Physical, Known and Local) or 'Spiritual' (Non-physical, Unknowable and Nonlocal).

Reality comprises 'both at-once,' and there can be no segregation or separation of parts from each other, or from their respective 'gestalts' without degradation of meaning of both One and All.

The golden rule to remember when analysing the Table of One and All is that the 'Western' or right-wing of the Table is anything to do with Difference and Individuality i.e. anything which can be 'measured,' identified or conceptualised to produce descriptions, labels, names, evidence, fact, proof.

The left wing is to do with 'everything' else which is not able to be measured, defined or differentiated. Structure, Order and Hierarchy are all based upon measure (or ratio) and are therefore deemed 'Western' or 'Masculine.' As well, anything which is able to be related to, contrasted or compared with, or differentiated from Order-Structure-Hierarchy such as rebelliousness and individuality is also 'Masculine.'

It is a common misconception that feminine Yin is opposite masculine Yang (as would appear to be implied by the layout of the opposing wings of the TOA). However,

within the broader framework and context of the TOA,
Yin is not opposite Yang -- it makes no sense to say
that the hand (part/Yang) is opposite the (whole) body,
or that the individual is opposite to the community.

Another apparent contradiction is the correlation of the future with the infinite. This has been done in deference to the Western habit of perceiving existence to be strictly local (physical, defined and limited). In other words, the validity of the correlation of the future with the immeasurable and the infinite is due to our serial experience of time even though the future, the present and the past all exist “at-once.”

Science: seriously serial
Immeasurable || Measured, Real, Observed
Collective || Individual
 Feminine-Wave || Masculine-Particle
Parallel Future || Serial Past
Boundless Possibilities || Finite Actuality
Nonlocally Connected || Local, Disconnected
Left-wing Yin || Right-wing Yang


TOAs 1 - 10

Posted 20 October 2008, 7:03am

The TOAn Archives

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Tables 1 - 10 of The Table of One and All
TOA 1 of 10 -> click to enlarge  Toa 2 of 10 -> click to enlarge
 Toa 3 of 10 -> Click to enlarge  Toa 4c -> click to enlarge
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 Toa 7 of 10, Table of One and All  Table 8 of 10, -> click to enlarge
 Table 9 of 10 -> Click to enlarge  Toa 10 of 10 -> click to enlarge


Table 1 of 10

Posted 12 November 2008, 6:45pm

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Table One of Ten, The Tao of One and All

Table 2 of 10

Posted 12 November 2008, 6:49pm

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Table two of ten, The Tao of One and All

Table 3 of 10

Posted 12 November 2008, 6:56pm

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Table three of ten, The Tao of One and All

Table 4 of 10

Posted 12 November 2008, 7:00pm

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Table four of ten, The Tao of One and All

Table 5 of 10

Posted 12 November 2008, 7:18pm

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Table five of ten, The Tao of One and All

Table 6 of 10

Posted 12 November 2008, 7:24pm

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

TOA 6 of 10

Table 7 of 10

Posted 12 November 2008, 7:26pm

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Table seven of ten, The Tao of One and All

Table 8 of 10

Posted 12 November 2008, 7:30pm

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Table eight of ten, the Tao of One and All

Table 9 of 10

Posted 12 November 2008, 7:32pm

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Table nine of ten, The Tao of One and All

Table 10 of 10

Posted 12 November 2008, 7:36pm

[Excerpt  Be and Become, ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Table ten of ten, The Tao of One and All

Part IV: Application

Part IV: Application of the TOA.

Chapters 7, 8  & 9

This section applies the key principles to various dimensions of life, including dispelling and correcting limiting beliefs in the fields of religion, politics, science and psychology.

The key principles are used to provide a deeper, more coherent and vibrant world-view, one that balances masculine and feminine, physical and spiritual, possible and actual.

The deeper impetuses towards differences in gender behaviour are covered in Chapter Nine.

Chapter Seven: Dispelling the myths

[Excerpt  Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Key Concepts:

  1. The belief in “separateness” (i.e. that everything and everyone is separate, local and limited) is the root cause for the world’s ills. In an analogous sense, we are children, not yet having learned how to relate to others (other species, other races, “inanimate” objects and ourselves).
  2. The belief in “separateness” causes humanity to focus on loss, pain and limitation. It separates (denies and ignores) our potentials for an inner-spiritual awareness and creativity, causing unnecessary upset, turmoil and difficulty.
  3. This belief-system fuels competitive, combative behavior. It fuels the mechanistic scientific view that we are merely a lucky coincidence of molecules.
  4. The belief in “separateness” allows the development of the belief in spiritual perfection (reliant on a separation between 'here and now,' and some ideal 'other' state).
  5. Similarly, this philosophy leads to a belief in scientific certainty (reliant on perfection of knowledge and measurement) in which matter, energy, people, plants and planets can be fully understood by analysing the component parts (reductionism).
  6. The belief in “separateness” is due to humanity’s immaturity. In terms of human development, we are in late adolescence, nearing adulthood. For the last few hundred years (during the industrial era) we have overly focused on the “masculine” qualities of difference, technology, objectivity and individuality, much as many adolescent males do. Hence Western science’s dismissal of the “feminine” aspects such as cooperation, interconnectedness and the “spiritual.”

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A separate reality

[Excerpt  Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

One of the major reasons for dis-ease and the deep degree of anxiety, angst and violence in the world today is that we still abide by the idea that physical reality is strictly  particle-natured (finite, local, real and knowable). Recall that the perception of reality being strictly local allows one to believe that we are each distinctly and qualitatively “separate from” all else, be it other physical objects (such as people) or deeper nonlocal fields of potential.

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An imperfect ideal

[Excerpt  Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

In view of the ideas presented in this book, we might appreciate that we have been unduly fixated on our limited, local physical existence. But simply beginning to believe or recognize that reality is innately nonlocal will not, of itself, allow us to more freely examine the deeper aspects to our psyches.

It will not simply be a matter of believing that we are more able to access and control our subconscious and unconscious thoughts and bodily processes unless we also believe that it is safe to do so. We won’t begin to hate others less, or diminish our prejudices unless we begin to believe that it is safe to more thoroughly know ourselves. And we won’t accept that it is safe to know ourselves, and thus our fellow man until we discard some misconceptions which have had a deep influence upon mankind.

The belief in the ideal of perfection is perhaps the most pernicious by-product of the belief in “separateness” (locality). However, before I begin to explain why a belief in the ideal of perfection is so detrimental, let’s first consider just what is meant by the word “perfection.”

We begin by recognizing that a state of perfection is one that cannot be improved upon. If it could be improved it would not be perfect. Something which is perfect is ideal, complete, finished, pure, absolute, utter. Perhaps most importantly, a state of perfection is also faultless. Few religious people would consider God to have fault, or that He was somehow incomplete or unfinished. The Pope (God’s official representative here on Earth, at least according to the Roman Catholics) is also considered or believed to be infallible. In other words, he is deemed perfect. This belief in the Pope being perfect is, at the time of writing, still a central doctrine of the Catholic Church. Recently an article in a leading Sydney newspaper reported that:

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Circles in the sand

[Excerpt  Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

The belief in perfection ultimately translates into the belief that we are all bastard beings, innately soiled with shame and guilt that hampers our expression of our deeply innate loving and compassionate characters.

Put simply, because we believe in the existence of perfection, we feel unworthy to freely express our energy. We feel constrained. In an analogous sense we operate our lives much like driving a motor vehicle with the hand-brake on.

Religious doctrine has it that the human race has sinned and that we need forgiveness.

It’s reasonably straight forward to recognize that this “sin” which has been committed was simply the adoption of “free choice”—the evolvement of the conscious mind. Refer Figure 7.1.

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Chapter Eight: The importance of Endividuality

[Extract  Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

Key Concepts:

  1. Realizing the error and detrimental consequences of believing in “separateness” (inc. objective sciences, and religious perfection) is only half the challenge. We need to develop a new philosophical framework which is congruent with how reality functions.
  2. Who is more important: the individual or the community? Are they of equal importance?
  3. The importance of individual versus community well-being has been played out by a good deal of humanity (witness the rise and influence of “masculine” democratic and “feminine” communist societies). Given the millions who live within such societies, this consideration is of direct relevance and impact to many.
  4. We will not solve our individual and collective (social) problems until we each recognise the integrated, interconnecting nature of the reality we experience. This will then open the space to invite wise and strong politicians and leaders, to assist change towards a saner world environment.
  5. We need an expanded philosophical framework which forms a nurturing, tolerant “downward causality,” such that individuals are given greater scope to be expressive—to thus become coherent “parts” in a healthy, vibrant gestalt (cohesive community, society, nation, planet).

A criminal denial

[Excerpt  Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

In an earlier section in this chapter it was suggested that to be at-one with others and the world around us requires that we be more ourselves. That we be more individual and that we need to honour our deepest desires and goals.

Perhaps we can more clearly see the reverse of this principle in operation by considering the many serious detrimental effects arising out of the denial of Endividuality (expanded, empathic, enthusiastic individuality).

In many cultures, politicians believe that “getting tough on crime” is a solution to the perceived increase in crime. We need only observe how the United States has some of the most severe penalties for criminal behavior (including the death penalty) of all the Western democracies and yet

the US now has the highest rate of incarceration in the Western world—four times that of Australian and most European countries. In 1990, the US prison population was 300,000. Federal and State jails in America today (1997) hold more than 1.2 million inmates’.1

On a broader scale,

research into the use of imprisonment over time and in different countries has failed to demonstrate any positive correlation between increasing the rate of imprisonment and reducing the rate of crime.2

In fact,

neither the lash nor the executioner, neither the psychiatrist nor the psychologist—and certainly not the prison—has been shown to provide measurable increments of crime control.3

And yet, despite this,

Generations of research have failed to disturb the commonsensical but false view that increased severity of punishment will produce less crime, that increased reliance on imprisonment is to be preferred to other nonincarcerative punishments.3

Clearly, despite the long history of imprisonment and punishment, research has so far failed to establish a link between punishment and the deterrence of criminal activity. Getting “tough on crime” is clearly not the solution to the increasing rate of crime. Yet we still see legislators and politicians ignorantly introducing pernicious “zero-tolerance” laws—laws which inevitably must breed greater dis-ease, lawlessness and alienation.

Lets consider some aspects of American culture so that we can come to understand the root cause for the high rate of crime in their society.

If we look down the right side of the Table of One and All, under the heading “Western culture” we can readily see that the United States qualifies for being the epitome of “maleness.”

It is a society which sees reality as being strictly local. It is a highly individualistic, competitive, free-market, business-orientated right-wing society with a strong adherence to fundamentalist religious doctrine. Hence the noticeable influence of the ultra conservative Moral Majority in American politics.

Out of this strong bias towards “maleness” comes a clear and unavoidable emphasis upon right and wrong. The culture has a clearly defined division between what is considered Good and Evil. (As an aside, it is not a coincidence that traditionally it was the man of the household who was usually the strict disciplinarian).

Recall from previous material in this book that such a strict delineation of Right versus Wrong (Evil) ultimately results in a denial of individuality. Which in turn leads to criminal behavior. When we recognize that criminals are in fact in a state of emotional dis-ease, we can more readily understand why increasing the severity of penalties only goes to increase the crime rate. If this is still not easily seen, consider this analogy: Imagine a child who is sick, someone who is feeling poorly. With this analogy it follows that:

The idea of increasing the severity of penalties for criminal behavior is analogous to feeding a sick child with poison.
  • 1. David Hay, “A Time Bomb Ticks Behind Prison Bars,” The Sydney Morning Herald, August 16, 1997, page 28.
  • 2. Norval Morris and David J. Rothman, The Oxford History Of The Prison: The Practice of Punishment in Western Society, Oxford University Press, Oxford 1995.
  • 3. a. b. Morris and Rothman, page 257.

A sick denial

As mentioned earlier, our unconscious potentials emerge into our ego-awareness in the form of deep-felt desire and passion. That energy is converted into useful results and form (the arts, sciences, humanities etc.) through the agency of action. When we deny that energy by foregoing the achievement of our dreams, we do harm to ourselves and the society as a whole. And of course, in line with the ideas presented in the section “Downward causation,” cultures which do not allow free expression of that potential (of converting dreams into reality) suffer the consequences. Constrain the individual and you’ll find an economically-impoverished society.

A deep sense of fulfillment requires that we fulfil our deep-felt sense of purpose.

On a more immediate level for many people however, is simply being able to find solutions to everyday problems. Many people engaged in the daily struggle of life have little time to consider their deepest desires. Their first priority might be to pay an overdue bill, or to meet some arduous work deadline. As mentioned earlier, someone starving to death will give little thought to their purpose in life, other than to survive their immediate difficulties.

Within the minutia of daily living, then, we are often faced with the trials of needing to find solutions to pressing problems. Many people simply don’t have the time to consider what they would ideally like to do in their lives. I’ve asked many people what they would do with their lives if they had no financial worries. I usually ask what they would do if they had say, $20 million nett sitting in the bank, with no outstanding bills to pay, or houses, cars and boats to buy. Most people usually can’t answer that question in any meaningful way.

Many people, it seems from my experience, are so focused on daily living that such considerations are never seriously entertained. In other words, most people are so distracted by the demands of physical existence they give little thought to feeding their spiritual needs.

In Chapter Three, the idea was introduced that to be happy (and healthy) requires that we find a balance between "order" (e.g. financial stability, job security) and "chaos" (creativity, growth, freedom of choice, spontaneity, surprise and change).

Our ability to meaningfully materialize order in our lives directly affects our health. In other words, as mentioned in Chapter One, being able to effectively and easily find solutions to the problems which beset us as we go about life is of primary importance to our well-being. Or, put simply:

The ability to “create our own reality” (destiny), is the
fundamental determinant of health, wealth and happiness.

It should come as no surprise therefore, in view of the material in this book, that health professionals who have conducted decades of extensive research have

"come to the conclusion that the key factor in determining our wellbeing is control of our destiny, whether that be at work or at home."1

When considering the causes for disease, most people think in terms of external physical causes, such as smoking, obesity, over-exposure to the sun, carcinogenic chemicals etc. But according to extensive research by Professor Michael Marmot at University College, London, such physical factors (as diet, smoking, blood pressure, physical exercise and social support)

explain something like 25%-35% of the (variance in ill-health) ... the rest is unexplained by those factors.”2

Which is to say, in line with the ideas presented in Chapter Four, perceived “physical causes” can’t be the core reason for the physical effects of disease.

Within the context of the material presented in this book, the foregoing is obvious—our spiritual unconsciousness manifests into physical reality, in the form of our personal, intimate circumstances. Poor health means some internal emotional experience is causing that physical dis-ease.

Research conducted by Professor Len Syme and Marmot has shown that the higher the social status, the greater the emotional well-being of the individual, with a corresponding lower rate of disease for those individuals. In other words,

social disadvantage is bad for your health ... The evidence ... demonstrates how poor social and economic circumstances can affect health throughout life.3

According to Dr. Richard Wilkinson of the University of Sussex:

the poorer health of people with lower socio-economic status is explained not by their lesser (material) means but by their lower social status. ... it’s not material factors such as poor diet, bad housing or greater exposure to air pollution that do most to explain their poorer health, but rather their lower standing in the social pecking order.4

In independent, prior research, Dr. Michael Jelinek, a Melbourne cardiologist found:

The more poor and powerless and under educated you are, the more likely you are to get heart disease and then to do badly.5

From a World Health Organization report:

People further down the social ladder usually run at least twice the risk of serious illness and premature death of those near the top. Between the top and bottom, health standards show a continuous social gradient, so even junior office staff tend to suffer much more disease and earlier death than more senior staff. Most diseases and causes of death are more common lower down the social hierarchy. The social gradient in health reflects material disadvantage and the effects of insecurity, anxiety and lack of social integration.6

And, as far as work roles are concerned,

people who have very high demands at work and very little latitude in discretion for dealing with those demands, have the very highest rates of disease.7

The linking of lower social status with poor health is fairly direct. According to Syme,

“the lower down you are in social class standing, the less opportunity and training you have to influence the events that impinge on your life.”8

The ability to control personal destiny directly affects the degree of ease (and its negative conjugate: dis-ease) in people’s lives. As Professor Syme explained:

When I interview people in lower social class circumstances, and present them with (a difficult life challenge), you can watch their shoulders slump with another life problem that they don’t know how to deal with. It’s not a question of intelligence, it’s a question of knowing that you can work it out.9

The degree of well-being is inversely proportional to the degree that people feel themselves to be victims. In short, a “victim mentality” engenders ill-health. Our well-being is directly related to how well we can master our lives. It is not lower social status or material disadvantage per se that causes ill-health but the attitudes that are endemic with lower social status.

It is our attitudes towards life, and our relative self-worth through comparison to others in our immediate cultural environment which determines our health.

Part of this connection between social status and health can be understood when we realize that there is an over-emphasis upon hierarchy and order within Western societies. In other words, the translation of inner-potential and self-determination in Western societies is geared to one’s position within the hierarchy (social status). In essence, the lower the hierarchical position, the less choice and freedom to fulfill hopes and aspirations.

Getting “to the top” is considered the “holy grail” for most people, whether it be in one’s social group, or work environment. Once again, our Western culture is based upon competition with others within our community, generally at the expense of cooperation (refer to the Table of One and All). Other studies have shown that people from cultures in which great importance is placed upon family and community (e.g. Eastern cultures) suffer when they emigrate to Western individualistic cultures. Expatriate Japanese and Greeks who emigrate to Western societies suffer higher rates of disease than their native country folk. The higher rates of disease are not able to be solely attributable to change of diet. The higher rates of dis-ease are attributed to the lowering of community ties and support typical within western cultures.

In being biased towards “separateness” (“small i” individuality, structure, hierarchy, order) our culture rewards “winners” and basically ignores “losers.” We can easily determine how much we adore “winners” by observing the enthusiasm (and media coverage) of sporting events (in which there is always a “winner” and a “loser”). In our Western society there is a pervading sense that if one is not a “winner” one is worthless and undeserving of societal blessing. It should come as no surprise to learn that around half of those who commit suicide are unemployed.

High social status affords an individual greater opportunity to exercise greater personal control over their lives, and personal control enables one to live with more ease.

Low self-esteem, social isolation, poor job satisfaction or employment insecurity are sources of stress, and the lack of control over work and home life has powerful effects on health. Once again, these are cumulative through life and eventually result in poor mental health, often physical disability and premature mortality.10
  1. 1. Norman Swan on ABC’s Radio National program “The Health Report: Mastering the Control Factor: Part Two”, introducing research conducted by Professor Len Syme of the University of California, Berkeley, 16 November, 1998.
  2. 2. Professor Len Syme, ABC’s Radio National program “The Health Report: Mastering the Control Factor: Part One,” 9 November, 1998.
  3. 3. Frederick Ehrlich, “In sickness and in wealth,” The Sydney Morning Herald, September 21, page 17.
  4. 4. Ross Gittins, “The sickening state of social status,” The Sydney Morning Herald, March 25, 1998, page 17.
  5. 5. Melissa Sweet, “The Heart of the matter,” The Sydney Morning Herald, November 15, 1997, page 36 News Review section.
  6. 6. “The Social Determinants of Health: The Solid Facts,” World Health Organization, Europe.1998.
  7. 7. Syme, 9 November, 1998
  8. 8. Syme, 9 November, 1998
  9. 9. Syme, 9 November, 1998
  10. 10. Ehrlich, “In sickness and in wealth,” page 17.

Chapter Nine: Men, women, waves and particles

[Extract  Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000, Previously, from "Mastering the Mystery"; Chapter Nine: "Men are Particles, Women are Waves" © Stephen Pirie 1996-2000. Library of Congres TXu 1-573-730]

Key Concepts:

  1. Men (and males in general) lean towards the embodiment of the physical (objective, material) nature of 'separateness'—competitiveness, building and control (of) structure, order, status and hierarchy.
  2. Women (and females in general) lean towards the embodiment of the spiritual (subjective-wave) nature of 'togetherness'—cooperativeness, relationships and the development of non-hierarchical communities (herds).

    This leaning towards individual-particle or collective-wave behaviour provides the framework for understanding the differences and similarities of gender, irrespective of culture, time or circumstance. It provides the framework to understand why:

    • women tend to live longer
    • men tend more to engage risk, and the extremes in behaviour (murderers and musicians; adventurers and autistics)
    • women are better at interpersonal/communications skills
    • the origin of the dichotomy of perfect Madonna (and religious virgin birth) or damned whore
    • (Western) men are around nine times more likely to commit suicide after a relationship breakup
    • (Western) women were traditionally (and still are) perceived and expected to be more refined ("they don't fart"), gentler and less competitive than men.
    • women have been seen to be more intuitive and spontaneous (hence 'feminine mystique' and 'women's intuition')
    • the preponderance of males involved in wars, paedophilia, atheism and the sciences.

      in more detail ...

  1. Women have traditionally lived longer due to the deeper embodiment of a supportive collective-wave nature, emotional expression, and intuitive awareness.
  2. Men, in being more objectively orientated (i.e. preoccupied with things) are less able to deal with life’s emotional and relationship demands. Western men are aournd nine times more likely than women to commit suicide as a result of a relationship break up.
  3. Due to the belief in 'separateness' (and spiritual perfection) women have been traditionally) perceived in Western societies as being more virtuous and innocent than men, and held in higher esteem (are “placed on pedestals”).
  4. When women step down or fall from their exalted position of virtue and goodness, they are perceived to have plunged into the depths of depravity. Hence the dichotomy of the perfect virginal Madonna or damned whore,  the double-standard in sex, and other observed differences.
  5. Due to the bias towards 'separateness', physical survival becomes primary - hence the protection of "women and children," in wars and natural disasters.
  6. Men, in being objectively orientated—biased towards seeing the world in terms of “things”— remain stuck to some extent in adolescence (the phase of development which focuses on independence, objectivity and differences). Hence 'boys and their toys'.
  7. The bias towards 'separateness' results in males engaging the extremes of behaviour - the greatest scientists, artists and the worst murderers and despots.  
  8. Due to our cultural immaturity and the prevailing (Western) belief in, and behaviours based on, 'separateness', we have (traditionally) seen women and children as victims, pure and innocent and men as violent, aggressive and responsible.
  9. The dichotomy of the sexes is due to the habit of overly separating the physical (the masculine) from the spiritual (the feminine).
  10. Western societies (in becoming more 'masculine' - greater reliance on objectivity, technology, science, computers) will invite and cause increasing rates of autism and related 'extreme masculine' behaviours.
  11. The masculine bias towards 'things' enables the overt objectification of reality, and everyone within it (incl. women, children and other males) - hence the preponderance of males involved in wars, paedophilia, atheism, sciences.

Head and Heart

[Excerpt  Be and Become, © ProCreative, Sydney 2000]

With the assistance of the Table Of One and All (TOA), we can now begin to understand in deeper terms the ways in which gender roles have been allocated within our culture and why those roles are so rapidly changing.

The Table enables one to get a sense of where these changes are heading and what changes in generational beheviours we can expect in the future.

As covered in Chapters Three and Four, the Wave-Particle Duality (the inseparable duality of the Immeasurable and the Known-Physical) is a universal quality of all matter and energy. We can therefore expect to see Feminine-Wave <=> Masculine-Material qualities reflected in all aspects to our lives.

Life is, if you like, the inseparable duality of the material and the mysterious (refer Table 9.1).

Table 9.1. Awe vs ore
Feminine Masculine
Wonderment, Awe Science, Fact, Proof
Mystery Mastery
Open, Unbounded (Finite) Material

If we review the Table of One and All in which mind is correlated with wave, and body (physical reality) with the particle, we can appreciate physicist Danah Zohar’s observation that:

"The mind/body (mind/brain) duality in man is a reflection of the wave/particle duality which underlies all that is. In this way, human being is a tiny microcosm of cosmic being." 1

Recall that any distinct allocation of “femaleness” or “maleness” is simply a leaning towards those qualities. Contrary to the appearance of the split wings of the TOA,  men who might be perceived as being very materialistic (“masculine”) are never entirely devoid of some feminine characteristics, such as emotion and cooperativeness. Similarly, women who are very feminine are never entirely devoid of some masculine qualities such as being objective, active and knowledgeable. Females lean towards the wave-collective qualities. Males lean towards the physical (objective, material, individualistic) qualities. Refer to Table 9.2.

Table 9.2. Western male
Masculine (Particle)

It is also highly pertinent to remember that

The prevailing belief in “separateness” with its emphasis upon differences, is the major cause for overly biased “masculine” and “feminine” behavior.

Accordingly, we can expect that many of the still-clearly observable differences between the sexes will disappear as societies mature—when we recognize the fundamentally nonlocal, interconnectedness of life. We can expect that as women become more ‘masculine, and men expand their emotional boundaries, cultural roles, such as fatherhood and motherhood, will blend and blur.

However, while we might expect that the marked differences between the sexes will diminish as we gain greater awareness, a basic “masculine- feminine” duality will continue. As Zohar noted:

"The particle aspect of quantum matter gives rise to individuals, to things which, however briefly, can be somewhat pinned down and assigned an identity. The wave aspect gives rise to relationships between these individuals"2

The basic inseparable-duality of “separateness” and “oneness” will continue to manifest in varying ways. Once again any distinct gender biases are mainly due to humanity’s fundamental belief in “separateness” (strict locality, distinctions, definition and fixed boundaries). A belief which began most significantly around the time of Plato (Refer Table 9.3.)

In other words, the term “traditional” is a reference to the relatively modern industrial,technological era of humanity and in particular the Industrial Revolution.

Table 9.3. Proof-orientated West
Eastern Cultures Western culture
Immeasurable Measurable
Faith  Fact
Freedom Control
Future Past
Providence Proof
 Expectation Evidence
Intent Object
Observer Observed

Overall however, we observe that this learning towards either maleness-individualism or femaleness-collectivism occurs not just in humans but almost universally in animal and plant species. Historically the difference in the roles of the sexes has been quite marked.

This ‘leaning towards’ is to varying degrees dependent upon conscious, subconscious and unconscious mechanisms. The genetic determination of femaleness (bodily characteristics such as breasts, ovary glands etc.) can readily be accepted at this point in history as being an unconscious one.

Cultural gender roles are increasingly becoming consciously available having hereto remained subconscious for most people.

Additional notes (updated November, 2011)

Continuing research confirms the above gender stereotypes, particularly in the workplace:

According to the 2011 Bain/Chief Executive Women survey, "What stops women from reaching the top?"1,

Men were two more likely to rate other men as good problem solvers than women. This may come as a surprise to many women working in senior roles in business -- it certaintly did to CBW president, QBE chairman and director-elect of AGL, Belinda Hutchison, who fundamentally rejects the assessment.

Women go about problem solving differently and don't necessarily take credit for the solution in the way men often do, she says.

Wom tend to be more collaborative whil men are often much better at self-promotion.


  1. 1. Danah Zohar, The Quantum Self, Flamingo (HarperCollins Publishers) London 1991, page 83.
  2. 2. Danah Zohar, The Quantum Self, Flamingo (HarperCollins Publishers) London 1991, page 113.
  • 1. Catherine Fox, "Gender parity will pay off .. now to sell it", The Australian Financial Review, Tuesday, 22 November, 2011.


Edited (and/or revised) except of the Be and Become1 Glossary:

"Separateness", philosophy of, belief in

The prevailing (Western) belief that physical reality is composed of separate, finite, measurable particles of matter (electrons, atoms, molecules, dna, genes) which together form our physical world, including our bodies. The philosophy of 'separateness' holds that we are distinctly separate, isolated, functionally-independent individuals.

The philosophy of separateness is rooted in strict localism, determinism, predictability, limitation, fixed boundaries and scientific method.

A belief in ‘separateness’ underlies (and is required for) the belief in perfection, good versus bad, Original Sin, Evil, scientific determinism and certainty.

A philosophy of 'Separateness' does not accommodate or allow the existence of all-pervasive (ubiquitous) nonlocal fields of potential, an interconnected spirituality, or collective unconscious.

The belief in 'Separateness' is chiefly the result of humanity’s immaturity (late adolescence—the phase of development focused on aggressive independence, individuality, identity, objectivity and difference).

Detachment, philosophy of, belief in

(Eastern) philosophy of transcending (giving up) the ego and conscious choice; of being emotionally detached from body, mind and desire, and related desires for material things and physical pleasures.

See the section “Detaching yourself from detachment” why the philosophy of detatchment is as limiting and detrimental as the overt Western attachment to physical reality, ego, individuality, identity (and material possessions).


Strict correspondence between a physical cause and a physical effect. The (typically Western) belief that our physical reality (or any part thereof) can be fully explained by a deterministic model is false, as are all theories reliant on strict determinism (e.g. evolutionary “survival of the fittest” theories).


Term introduced to avoid ambiguity with “small i” individualism. “Endividuality” is used to emphasize an Expanded, Emotional, Excited, ExuberantEnlightened and Empathic Individuality, one that is simultaneously “masculine” (assertive, objective) while being “feminine” (cooperative, emotional and considerate). The term “Endividual” can be applied to someone who intuitively appreciates the need for an “end to divisiveness” together with the need for greater personal responsibility (Individuality).

The term has been coined in deference to the fundamentally nonlocal (non-divisible, at-once) unity which exists at the root level of physical reality.

The use of the term “Endividuality” does not imply the ideal of “giving up the ego” or of "transcending the ego" but of expanding the ego (to include previously underdeveloped empathy, energy and enlightened awareness). 

Full, 100% (implicit and explicit) responsibility

The degree of (conscious and spiritual) responsibility naturally inherent within an infinitely-interconnected (nonlocal) existence.

Due to limited religious, scientific and cultural perspectives, many remain largely unaware of the extent to which intimate beliefs cause (attract, make, force, allow) present circumstances. In an interconnected existence it makes no sense to believe that we are entirely independent of that which is, in a deeper sense, “us” — the environment, our culture, our enemies, saints, sinners, God, the universe at large.

Implicit (integral) systems thinking


The bias towards the collective-wave nature ... ephemeral, immeasurable, unknowable, mysterious. Women (female plants, animals and boson particles) tend towards the embodiment of 'togetherness' (relationships: groups, communities, families, herds; intuitive, emotional) and the attractive ('spiritual').

Holodynamic systems

A holodynamic systems world-view is effectively a synonym for many theories which in effect propose that we live within a self-organising sentient, participatory universe that evolves with intent. A holodynamic systems world-view accommodates the inherently "radically interdependent and interconnected" nature of life. It is synonym for "The Theory of One and All". Other variants include "Process Physics" and "Process Theology"

Known, knowable

That which is or can be defined, labeled, differentiated and measured. Associated with (subset of) that which is Knowable - able to be Known (measured, defined, differentiated) at some finite point in time. Finite Unknown. Example: the number of grains in a bucket of sand, while being vast in number, is nonetheless able to be known (counted), given sufficient time and determination.


Bounded by space-time. “Local” means 'separated by' space-time. Within strict locality, all causes take time to produce an effect. Deterministic sciences and theories. E.g. Theory of Relativity. Reductionism (attempted reduction of physical phenomena /effect to physical component parts /cause).


The bias towards the objective-particle nature ... measurable, definable, knowable, independent. Different, apart from all else (Individual). Men (male plants, animals, fermion particles) tend towards the embodiment of 'separateness' (things, individuality, exclusivity; logical, objective) and the active (physical).


An exalted, hypothetical state in which all individuality is relinquished for the sake of some ideal, perfect “oneness.”

Erroneous Eastern philosophical concept which is as limiting and detrimental as overt Western individualism (materialism). See “Endividuality.” See also "Perfection."

Nonlocal Awareness

Intuitive, felt awareness of the deeper rhythms, processes and possibilities of life that operate nonlocally (instant, at-once interconnectedeness - see Nonlocality, below).


'Instant, at-once interconnectedness.'

  • Spatial nonlocality (instant influences & connections across space - verified experimentally by Clauser, Aspect et al.)
  • Temporal nonlocality (influence /interconnectedness across time, verified by Wheeler's Delayed Choice experiments).

A nonlocal influence occurs instantaneously across space (and time), without delay and without any diminution (experimentally tested across 144 kilometres between two of the Canary Islands). [Scientific American report] ).

"Nonlocality” (Bell's Theorem) is considered the 'most profound discovery of science.' 1

"immediate, unmediated (nonlocal) connections are present not only in rare and exotic circumstances, but underlie all the events of everyday life. Non-local connections are ubiquitous because reality." itself is non-local. [Nick Herbert, Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics]

See also 'Congruent Solutions to Zeno's Paradoxes", particularly the section on Nonlocality.

Perfection, belief in

The belief in some ideal perfect, faultless spiritual state which is “separated” from physical existence. The belief in perfection is due to the belief in “separateness,” reliant on a disconnect between "here" and some other ideal "perfect" state (not-here). It is reliant on a disconnect betweeen 'now' and some future ideal (not-now).

The belief in “separateness” is due to racial immaturity. (See in particular "The Evolution of the Human Psyche" )


All that is “real”, manifested, Known (knowable), defined and measurable. David Bohm's Explicate Order. [One].


Term used to acknowledge the deeper plasticity of physical matter, objects and energy, as evidenced by the experimental phenomenon of quantum superpositions of atoms, and larger objects; the awareness and enjoyment of possibility, choice, surprise, learning and growth. More at 'brains and beliefs'. See also (tba)


Infinite, indefinable, non-physical, Nonlocal, immeasurable, 'immathematical', unknowable, indescribable, essence, whole. David Bohm's Implicate Order. [All].

Uncertainty Principle

Foundation principle of quantum physics which holds that it is impossible to completely know (measure, define, quantify, predict) any particle of matter (or energy). The Uncertainty Principle disallows perfect cause-effect determinism (upon which much of modern science, e.g. biological sciences, is still based).


That which cannot ever be measured, constrained, differentiated, counted or defined. Inexpressible. The Infinite. Unutterable. Non-physical, Spiritual. Bohm's Implicate Order.


Belief Institute The Theory of One and All
  1. 1. Henry Stapp, “Bell's Theorem and World Process” Nuovo Cimento, 29B, 270-276 (1975)
  • 1. © 2000, proCreative Pty Ltd, Sydney Australia