(This is part of my notes from “Magical Mind, Magical body" of Dr. Deepak Chopra.)
Good health is not mere absence of disease. It is a state of positive wellbeing which includes emotional, psychological wellbeing besides physical wellbeing. Our body is not a frozen sculpture fixed in space and time, a physical machine that has learnt to think. It is a river of information and energy and thought is a fluctuation of information and energy in the body. Greek philosopher Heraclitus said “In a river, you cannot step into the same water twice.” Every second of our experience, the body undergoes change. With every breadth we take in 1022 atoms that end up as our cells. When we breathe out, we are breathing out bits and pieces of tissues and this we are exchanging with others in the planet. That means we are exchanging our body with the body of the universe. Isotope study reveals that we replace 98% of atoms in our body in one year. We make a new liver once in six weeks, a new skeleton once in six months. Our body at the current moment is of 2014 model much different internally from 2004 model. There is a deeper reality behind this changing body which does not undergo any change while the body continuously undergoes change.
Our body is made of atoms and atoms are made up of subatomic particles like leptons, mesons etc. which are moving at lightning speed. 99% of our body is empty space and out of this empty space come these particles as in the space outside. These particles are fluctuations of energy and information. A quantum unit of electricity is electron, of light is photon and of gravity is graviton. Similarly a quantum unit of mind is thought. A thought at basic level is an impulse of information. When we have a thought we make in our brain a set of chemicals called neuropeptides, neuro standing for nervous energy and peptides for protein-like molecules. This is the means for brain cells communicating with one another. When one brain cell wants to communicate with another brain cell, it manufactures the neuropeptides that latches on to the receptors in the other cell.
These receptors exist in other systems of the body like immune system. That means immune system can think and also knows what goes on in our body all the time. When the body encounters bacteria, our immune system tries to figure it out and manufacture the antibody to counter it. The body can do a million things simultaneously and correlate them as well. So it is a thinking system. In other parts of the body like intestines and colon also we have cells that have receptors. That means they are also thinking systems and so our mind cannot be confined to the heart or brain alone. We have a thinking body that has mind all through the body. So our human body is body-mind at the same time.
Universe is a non-local field of energy and information with which this local field of information & energy called physical body is exchanging energy and information unconsciously continuously. Our body’s biological rhythms, circadian rhythms, are in tune with earth’s rhythms, which in turn are affected by planetary movements. Universe out there is a chaos of energy soup while the deeper reality behind the body and thought is a silent witness that does not change and is beyond Time and Space. The chaos of energy soup we take into our physical system through the five senses and inject a sense of reality to it unconsciously. But our senses are not a true test of reality. Because of our conditioned response, conditioning caused by socio economic conditions, belief and value systems, and upbringing etc., each one of us structure a certain type of physical reality. In complete silence of thought only, mano-nasa, we recognise we are not the thoughts but the one who is witness to the thoughts. The witness is the pure Consciousness, called Unified field. Physical body, feelings, psychological makeup does not affect the Consciousness.
This quantum mechanical body is made up of particles like leptons, mesons etc. These particles are not material objects. They give us the experience of matter through our senses but they are really fluctuations of energy in a void of energy and information. 99% of body is empty space, and this empty space is not an emptiness of nothing but fullness of non-material intelligence that is responsible for the material expression of body and mind. The field of non-material intelligence is called Unified Field or Morpho-genetic Field by scientists. Morpho-genetic means that which gives rise to form, give birth to the variety and diversity that the body is. The essential I,the 'I', is not the body or mind but its source, the non-material intelligence. As it is not matter the 'I',is not subject to the laws of matter, which are valid only in a field of time, space and causation. ‘I’ is basically Consciousness which conceives, constructs and governs the body. That means 'We' are not physical machines that have learnt how to think, but the impulses of intelligence that have learnt how to create physical machines and thoughts are impulses of intelligence. 'We' are the quantum events in that Field which has learnt how to create both the mind and the body.
We are shifting to a new paradigm not only of the body but also of the interpretation of the world. The old paradigm said that there is an objective world outside which is completely independent of the perceiver. The new paradigm says we live in a participatory world where as observer we create that outside world. The old paradigm says world consists of clumps of matter separated by time and space. The new paradigm says that world is non-material and is composed of energy fields that come from one underlying unmanifest Field. The old paradigm says mind and matter are independent and separate entities. The new paradigm says mind and matter are the same. The Field experienced subjectively is mind; experienced objectively is material objects. The old paradigm said the mind is trapped in brain and intelligence is localized in the nervous system or in the body. The new paradigm says mind is unbounded and infinite, though it finds expression in localized forms and phenomenon. The old paradigm said Consciousness is epiphenomenon of matter. The new paradigm says matter is epiphenomenon of Consciousness. The old paradigm said human beings are self-contained independent entities. The new paradigm says they are only focal points of intelligence in the Field. The old paradigm said perception is an automatic phenomenon. The new paradigm says we learn how to interpret and that brings about perceptual changes. And today we are moving into a new era where there is a shift in perception.
(As audio-book this is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23TtddwIWeg)