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How Alice in Wonderland Can Teach Us to Develop a Quantum Mindset & the New Paradigm

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by Theresa Bullard, Ph.D.

 

When Alice first meets the Queen in Wonderland, she is instructed to believe something impossible.

Alice laughs, and says, “There’s no use trying. One can’t believe impossible things.

To which the Queen responds: “I daresay you haven’t had much practice. When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast!”

 

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This statement by the Queen is a great example of the kind of breakthrough thinking that becomes possible when you are tapped in to a Quantum Mindset.

 

A Quantum Mindset is a way of thinking and perceiving that is based upon a framework of key principles revealed to us by quantum physics, namely: the Observer Effect, Entanglement, Uncertainty, Complementarity, and Contextuality.

 

By Cultivating a Quantum Mindset it opens you up to a much more adaptable way of being, and taps you into the quantum sea of potential, where you can believe “as many as 6 impossible things before breakfast”. From this place, you are then empowered to start harnessing the forces of change and consciously participate in directing their course.

 

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It does take practice, but when you spend just “half an hour a day” (like the Queen), then the impossible becomes not only possible, it becomes probable. And that is the strange and wonderful truth of tapping in to the Quantum domain.

 

Alice in Wonderland has often been used as an analogy of what it is like to enter into the strange and wonderful world of quantum physics. In this realm we find that everything we thought of as “common sense logic” of the world we know, gets turned upside-down and inside-out.

 

What is it that we have been taught to believe that informs our Old Paradigm?

 

Our Old Paradigm of “common sense logic” is rooted in the classical physics philosophy attributed to Isaac Newton from almost 330 years ago. Through our conditioning into a Newtonian-based philosophy, we have come to view the world and “reality” as a Rational, Predictable, Material, and Mechanical world that works like a ‘Great Machine’!!! Can you see the problems and the results this mindset has created in our world? 

 

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Now, we are faced with many global challenges to overcome that are direct results of this type of mechanistic and materialistic thinking.

 

Plus, with the pace of change that we are experiencing today, this old paradigm is getting in the way of our ongoing progress. It has led to a way of thinking and problem solving that is slow, linear, controlling, and sets rigid parameters, reducing our creative options and ability to even see potential solutions to the challenges we face.

 

Einstein famously said: “we can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when created them.

 

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The old materialist paradigm is the thinking we have been using for over 300 years, and it has gotten us where we are today. Now, if we want to solve the problems of today we must leap to a new, higher level of thinking.

 

If the old paradigm is no longer serving us, then what is an alternative that will help us to evolve our thinking to the next level? I, among others, propose that a new paradigm based on quantum principles is what is now needed to transform our world into a more sustainable and harmonious one.

 

What is this Quantum Mindset?

 

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Through quantum physics, scientists have discovered that everything we once thought to be the true and definitive answer about how the universe works, is actually not the deepest truth. Instead quantum physics turns it all on its head.

 

In the table below you will see the four principles of the old-paradigm, or Newtonian mindset, contrasted with the new framework for the Quantum Mindset or the New Paradigm approach:

 

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This table shows the kind of shift that is needed to leap from the old paradigm framework into a Quantum Mindset. As a way to help you remember these 4 keys, just think of this simple mnemonic formula, Q = C4.

 

Quantum physics is the most successful physics theory to date: all attempts to disprove it have failed, while all attempts to verify it have succeeded.

 

So many of our newer technologies resulted as innovative advancements due to this branch of science. For example, atomic lasers which require electrons to quantum jump in their orbitals; nanotechnologies where the interactions take place at very small scales; superconducting magnets result from quantum phenomenon; as do the transistors and semiconductor microchips that made the electronic computer industry possible; MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) devices that have revolutionized medical science; even the Flash memory chips in your USB sticks use quantum tunneling to erase memory, and much more. On the horizons for quantum technology are also quantum computers, quantum cryptology, and possibly even quantum teleportation…“Beam me up Scotty!”

 

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Rather than the universe being a rational, predictable, material, mechanistic, separated reality, we find instead that it is a vast interconnected field full of possibilities, uncertainties, and mysteries.

 

Rather than being rigid and pre-determined, “reality” is very malleable and responsive to how we choose to view it or interact with it. Our conscious choice and participation with the quantum field, in any moment, heavily influences what results we get.

 

Quantum principles underlie everything in our Universe. We live in a Quantum Universe, from the smallest particles to the largest structures of inter-galactic space. We too are quantum beings!

 

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In the Quantum Mindset, we begin to believe in these principles as not just applying to the very small world of sub-atomic particles, but also to our lives and how we interface with “reality”. Just like over 300 years ago, when Newtonian Physics was extrapolated beyond science and applied to every facet of life, business, society, etc., so too can Quantum Physics inform a new view of our world and become a model for how we can transform our society and our lives for the better.

 

Some recent examples of people who started tapping in to elements of a Quantum Mindset, a mindset that is Contextual, Complementary, Conscious, and Connected, include innovators like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerburg, and Elon Musk.

 

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These innovators managed to look at problems and see solutions that weren’t there before. They could see many more possibilities than what an old paradigm mindset would have allowed for.

 

Instead, they tapped into a broader range of possibilities and had the foresight or intuition to see the bigger picture of our interconnected world. By doing so, they each have made their mark in our global culture and helped contribute to changing our world.  We are at a time now where all of humanity is being asked to make such evolutionary leaps.

 

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Never in the history of humanity have so many critical tipping points converged. Even just one tipping point is enough to drive some level of evolution, but now we face multiple crises.

 

Some futurists say that if we do not make some major leaps and breakthroughs within the next 10 to 20 years, humanity may not be around in another 100 years.  While the situation on Earth is beyond critical now, the good news is that all the solutions and new pathways that we need to make these leaps are already available to us.

 

The biggest challenge we face is to make a leap in the way we think, quickly enough, so that we can shift our perceptions and behaviors in time to successfully implement the solutions that are available.

 

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This leap must be done first on the inner planes of the self before it can be done in the outer world as a collective. Making such a leap at a personal level is accomplished through experiencing what I call Quantum Transformation.

 

A radical inner transformation and rise to a new level of consciousness might be the only real hope we have in the current global crisis brought on by the dominance of the Western mechanistic paradigm.” – Stanislov Graf

 

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Like Alice, we are now being asked to go through the Rabbit Hole into a whole new way of thinking, which leads to a new world. A world full of possibility, imagination, and creative opportunity that will transform us and evolve us.

 

Like Alice, we are being asked to “believe impossible things” and turn our world-view inside-out. Like Alice, we are being asked to take a leap, find our strength, and slay the Jabberwocky of the Old Paradigm, so that we can restore the land to peace, joy, and prosperity again.

 

In the last 15 years we have finally started to see a shift in our world-view. Due to today’s highly connected world and resurgence of popular interest in quantum physics, many people have begun making the leap to a mental framework that aligns more with quantum principles. Since about the turn of the new millennium, people are finally starting to accept and embrace the possibilities and the new way of looking at things that it presents us with. Yet, we are still not fully there when it comes to our day-to-day experience of the world around us.

 

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When I lecture on this subject to general audiences, I often hear from many people saying that while they sense it is important, they often find themselves mystified by quantum physics. That’s understandable…

 

Even many scientists are mystified by quantum physics, especially when it comes to how we might apply it to our lives and the “real world.” Alice, too, was initially mystified by Wonderland. Yet her experiences there transformed her such that she was able to come back to the “real world” and face her problems in a more creative, courageous, and mature way.

 

The Quantum mindset gives you access to a thought process that is creative, insightful, intuitive, and able to make breakthroughs or leaps.

 

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With quantum thinking you can more easily challenge assumptions, create new categories, change structures, transform thought patterns, and leap out of old habits.

 

This is exactly the kind of thinking we need now to face the problems of today and transform our world into a more balanced one.We have to make a shift and we have to make it now. I invite you to venture down the Rabbit Hole and transform into the new paradigm of embracing a Quantum Mindset. When you do, you too may find yourself in a magical new reality, just like Alice.

 

 

 

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Alchemy & Breakthrough Creativity

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

 

In alchemy there is a saying that when it comes to creating or transforming things, it must “ascend from earth to heaven and again descend to earth.” In so doing, we “revive the strength of both the superior and inferior realms.”

 

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This means that we have to first lift our consciousness up to higher planes, up to a higher way of perceiving, in order to truly access new ideas, insights, and breakthrough creativity.

 

Then we must bring it back down into the very practical world to manifest it, and bring it into tangible form. Then we repeat this process.  We raise up to a higher plane again and we bring it back down again.

 

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The more we can continue this cycle of raising up to higher planes of consciousness and then bring the new ideas back down to the tangible, material realm, that is when we can successfully combine the strength of both consciousness as well as material, physical form.

 

Essentially, we are combining these powers of our inner and our outer, of above and below.  This is the fundamental approach we train people in for accessing breakthrough creativity and quantum consciousness.

 

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This is very different from how most traditional approaches to problem solving operate today.  Most people have been conditioned to approach problem solving from the Industrial mindset of: what is practical, what is logical, and what makes physical sense? This pattern of thinking stems from the old paradigm of Newtonian Mechanics.

 

While it is practical and certainly has its place in the flow of making things happen, when it comes to accessing breakthrough creativity, this approach is too limited and linear.  It assumes that the only realm to operate in is the physical, material, practical world. You may enjoy reading more about this Old Paradigm approach in my blog Let Your Brain Out of the Box.

 

The problem we have now is that our way of thinking has been conditioned by these old assumptions.  Quantum Physics today shows us a different approach, one that engages our participation and where consciousness plays a key role.

 

We live in a participatory universe.  What we experience and create is really based on what and how we are choosing to perceive.

 

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In other words, what we focus on and how we set up our patterns of behavior largely influence our experience of the world.

 

 

So how does this work?

 

Last week, we explored alchemy and the four elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire which are used as symbols to represent aspects of ourselves, as well as stages of transformation.

 

These 4 elements can be used to help us to not only access different states of our consciousness but also to drive the transformational process.

 

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Lets say for example, you are stuck in an old pattern, behavior, or way of thinking, and you want to make a breakthrough.  The first step is to break down the old pattern in order to catalyze the breakthrough.  When we are stuck, in alchemy we would call this a fixed position and we want to make it volatile.

 

We want to start breaking that up and changing it.  So the element that we would work with is Fire.  Remember, Fire is the most active part of our imagination and consciousness, so we use Fire to make the breakthrough.

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On the other hand, lets say that things are getting a little too erratic, chaotic, and unformed.  You want to contain all of this into some form so that things can settle down and crystallize into something you can really work with at a practical level.

 

In this case, we want to use the element of Earth. Remember Earth is all about grounding into the physical form and putting it into action.

 

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In alchemy, we work between Fire, Water, Air and Earth, in that sequence, to keep shifting the energy dynamic and to help harness it according to what our purpose is. Alchemy gives us a 7-step formula for applying these elements in sequence to drive the transformational process all the way through from starting point to final result. This is why alchemy is so essential to mastering the creative breakthrough process.

 

The more you can learn to work with these tools and access higher states of consciousness, the faster and easier it will become to make these creative breakthroughs.

 

Stay tuned for our next blogs in this series, where we will start to explore the 7-steps of the Alchemical Formula for Transformation.

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Creative Transformation: Alchemy & The Four Elements

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

 

Deepak Chopra says, “The secrets of alchemy exist to transform mortals from a state of suffering and ignorance to a state of enlightenment and bliss.”

 

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How many of us suffer because we are not able to access our full potential? How many struggle at work to create or to complete projects?  How may of us feel this tension in our lives?

 

Alchemy reveals to us a different way.  It shows us how to harness this tension and use it towards our advantage.

 

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In last week’s blog, we looked at alchemy and polarity. For the next two weeks,  we will explore alchemy and the 4 elements and how they can be used to harness transformation and access breakthrough creativity.

 

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In alchemy, the 4 elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire are used as symbols to represent aspects of ourselves, as well as stages of transformation.

 

These 4 elements can be used to help us to access different states of our consciousness and also to drive the transformational process.

 

Fire:

 

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Fire represents the creative spark.  It is our passion and desire.  Fire stimulates original ideas and breakthroughs. The element of Fire is the most active part of our imagination and consciousness.

 

We can use the symbol of fire anytime we want to access creativity, originality, and excitement. We can also use it to break through an old form that has become too rigid or is blocking us from progression, because fire is the most dynamic element that can burn away the densest forms. Fire usually is invoked to initiate or catalyze a new transformational cycle in Alchemy.

 

Air:

 

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Air symbolizes and gives access to thought patterns of the mind.  Like the thoughts in our mind, air is constantly moving, expanding, and reaching out.  The symbol of air thus invokes reason and logic, yet in an expansive way rather than a limiting way.

 

Since air is constantly moving it symbolizes allowing our thoughts to flow more freely, like a jet-stream of thought that is moving in the directions we send it in. When we can really harness the element of Air, we can clear away the clouds so to speak and bring more clarity to the mind.

 

In Alchemy, air is used to help us use discernment and get clear about what is what – what to separate out or discard, and what to keep. It is also used to help us raise our awareness to higher levels of consciousness and subtlety.

 

Water:

 

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Water symbolizes our emotional energy and our creative intuition.  Water is about our ability to flow and be flexible and keep the stream of creativity flowing all the way through to its destination.  Water will also take on the shape of whatever container you put it in, so it is malleable and encourages us to be adaptable.

 

In Alchemy, water is used for purification and cleansing or dissolving away any impurities or imbalances in a system. Water also has a great capacity for memory, something that has been scientifically verified, thus it serves as a great medium for storing or containing information and energy, in order to help it integrate into a more tangible and physical level.

 

Earth:

 

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Earth symbolizes solidity and is therefore about grounding higher energies and ideas into physical form. Earth brings things into the tangible, practical world where we can put them into application and action.

 

Taking action is ultimately what produces results. We can think and be creative all day long, but without action, nothing happens. These steps of getting grounded and practical are what the element of Earth helps us to access. When it comes to earth and bringing things to a physical level, we must also engage the body and its system of feelings through the five senses in order to make it more real and tangible, so that we will have a sense of what it will feel like once the transformation is complete. Earth is therefore where we get more measurable, tangible, and specific in our creative process.

 

So now that we understand the symbology of each element,  how can we then use the 4 elements  to harness transformation and access breakthrough creativity. Stay tuned next week for part two of our blog.

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From Tension to Transformation: The Alchemy of Harnessing Differences

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

The process of alchemy reveals to us how transformation unfolds.  How it works, at its core, is through harnessing differences.

 

 

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In Alchemy these differences are often represented as “polarities”.

 

Many of us are already familiar with the concept of polarity in the body.  For example, left and right sides of the body, which are governed by the right and left hemispheres of the brain, respectively.

 

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The left hemisphere is generally more logical, detail-oriented, language-based, numbers, rules, and abstract thinking such as is required for doing math.  The right hemisphere is more creative, gestault, non-linear, intuitive, social, relationship-oriented, and artistic.

So we have polarity at work within ourselves all the time, in addition to it showing up in our relationships and interactions with others.

 

 

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We can also talk about this inner polarity in terms of conscious mind and sub-conscious mind.

 

The sub-conscious is the part of us that operates beneath the surface of our awareness. About 90% of our brain capacity is being used for sub-conscious activity.  This sub-conscious part of us largely dictates what we accomplish, what we perceive, how we behave, our habits, and how we respond or react to things.

 

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Then there is the other 10% of our brain capacity that we are consciously aware of. This is that part of us that is activity choosing what to do and how to approach certain situations.

 

When applying alchemy to our conscious and sub-conscious sides, we learn to harness more of our brain capacity for conscious awareness, balancing and harmonizing these two aspects of our selves, and therefore becoming more self-aware and in control of our decisions and actions, rather than sub-consciously controlled.

 

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When talking about polarity, the discussion would not be complete without addressing one of the biggest polarities in our world, that of masculine and feminine.

 

In ancient traditions these have been represented as the sun and the moon, with the moon being feminine and the sun being masculine.  In Eastern traditions, this polarity is also referred to as the yin and the yang, with the yin being feminine and the yang being masculine.

 

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The masculine is about active, dynamic, expansive energy. It is that driven nature that wants to reach out and accomplish something in the world.  The feminine, on the other hand, is the part of us that is more inwardly directed, introspective, reflective, and nurturing.  The feminine is about taking time to be quiet and still, and to rest.

 

Essentially we want to learn how to balance and create an active, dynamic yet harmonious flow between both these sides of ourselves, as well as in our relationships between men and women. This too is what alchemy is all about.

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The ultimate goal of alchemy is to harness, balance, and unite the power and qualities inherent within these two natures of feminine and masculine, sub-conscious and conscious, right hemisphere and left hemisphere. In so doing, we can operate at a much more masterful level and become self-realized.

 

So how do we do this process of harnessing differences? Alchemy says the way to balance the two sides is by mediating with 4 elements. These 4 elements are symbolically represented as Earth, Water, Air and Fire.

 

 

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Alchemy heavily uses metaphorical language and symbols to convey its universal principles and methods. In our Free Webinar on Accessing Creativity, I discussed the importance of symbols, especially for helping us harness our faculty of creative imagination. These 4 elements of Alchemy are symbols that help us access different states of consciousness and different stages in the creative and transformative process.

 

Stay tuned next week as we go deeper into the 4 elements and their role in transformation and accessing breakthrough creativity.

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Play With Me Says the Universe

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By Dr. Theresa Bullard

 

While quantum physics can be rather complex mathematically, the core principles are now widely accepted.   When we look into the quantum domain there are really profound insights to be discovered!

 

 

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We can now see how this relates to our experience of the world, and how we can use it to improve our everyday lives. By analyzing the historical development of quantum theory, I’ve realized that there are 4 principles that give us a new conceptual view of reality.

 

Once we adopt this quantum framework we can more clearly shift our mindset and perceptions out of the old and into a new paradigm view of reality.  Below is a chart that compares the old classical view, and the new view of quantum physics.

 

From Newtonian to Quantum (A comparison between old-paradigm and new-paradigm principles)

 

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Realism/Materialism  Consciousness
Determinism/Certainty Complementarity/Uncertainty
Separatism Connectivity
Reductionism Contextuality

 

Here are some characteristics of these 4 Key Quantum Principles:

 

#1 Consciousness

 

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It is from consciousness that all else springs. From the smallest and most basic unit, everything is co-creative, observer-based, and participatory.

 

Choice reigns supreme. It is in this first principle that connection to ancient monistic wisdom systems becomes evident.

 

#2 Complementarity

 

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There are NO absolutes; uncertainty is implicit.

 

The Quantum view is a “both-and” kind of mindset that allows for multiple truths.  Simultaneous possibilities and probabilities always exist.  Everything observable has a complement (opposite) – example: Is the state a wave or a particle?  The more you focus on one variable, the more uncertain you will be about its complement.  Embrace uncertainty, rather than trying to control all variables or thinking that things can be pre-determined.

 

#3 Connectivity

 

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The part contains the whole, and the whole reflects the part.

All things:

-Are influenced by interconnected relationships;

-Emerge from interacting parts of a system; and

-Tend to seek union or bonding in order to create more stable systems.

 

#4 Contextuality

 

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From context comes meaning.  Meaning is determined by the conditions we give through our participation.

 

By the very act of observing or making a measurement we alter the state of the quantum possibilities. In our assumptions, choices, and decisions to interact with or measure a quantum phenomenon, we create the context for that quantum thing to emerge from potential to actual.

 

In other words, through our participation with the quantum field, we co-create and give meaning to the Universe’s existence.

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