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spike bullet April 2012 - The Third Way (Part 2) ~ another in the "Ancient Wisdom for Modern Times" series

Quantum Physics
The Third Way
The Spiritual Wisdom Tradition
The Revision of Traditional Science and Religions
Resources (links, books, articles, the lighter side)
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color bulletThe Third Way (Part 2 of 3)

by Peter Canova

[Part 1 is March 2012.]


Letís begin with the scientific side of the ledger.  

Quantum physics is turning traditional science on its head ó the same way materialist science turned traditional religion upside down.

Quantum physics demonstrates that material particles do not exist in and of themselves in a fundamental or natural state.  What exist are really waves of light smeared across infinity, a cosmic menu of all possible outcomes or choices, if you will.  Only when observed by a conscious observer does the possibility wave collapse into an observable point particle and become physical reality.

Other startling phenomena exist at the quantum level:

  • Particles are able to communicate with one another instantaneously over vast distances in a non-local manner, meaning with no apparent connective medium or signal between them.  Einstein called this process "spooky."
  • Particles can also make quantum leaps where an electron disappears at one level of energy or orbit and reappears at a higher level without any intervening movement.  That would be like the earth disappearing and suddenly popping into the sun without passing through Mercury, Venus or Mars.
  • Quantum physics is showing that the particles on which materialist science is based do not behave at all like the classic Newtonian model.
  • It is showing that mind or consciousness does not behave at all like the Descartesí dualist philosophy states.  
  • It is shooting holes in Darwinís version of human origins and creation.
  • Most importantly, it indicates that creation was not a bottom-up process of particles-to molecules-to organisms-to brains-to consciousness.  Rather it was a top-down process beginning with consciousness.


To understand the astounding and counterintuitive findings of quantum physics, comprehending the role of consciousness is essential.

Letís begin with a definition: 

    Consciousness is awareness.  Specifically ó it is intelligent awareness capable of choice and direction.

The quantum phenomena described above only makes sense if consciousness is the primary source of reality.

Quantum physics says that our reality begins with energetic light waves of possibility.

These possibility waves only collapse into material particles upon observation.  Who is doing the observing?  Both Max Planck, the founder of quantum physics and the ancient spiritual texts tell us that a single Conscious Intelligent Mind or awareness is doing the observing.

Then what is the nature of this Consciousness?  From where does is arise?  Does it have a material or non-material origin?

Material science would claim that consciousness arises from matter as a function of the material brain.  But quantum physics shows that only conscious observation collapses wave energy into matter, so how can the thing that is bringing matter into existence be created by it?  This paradox rules out consciousness being created by matter.

Now letís take a page from Descartesí dualist philosophy.  Say that mind (consciousness) and matter are separate and distinct dimensions that somehow interact with one another.  So, consciousness is an immaterial force working with matter by some undefined means.  Sounds reasonable, even a bit spiritual, right?  

And, in order for matter to receive direction from an immaterial consciousness, there has to be an exchange of signals, of information and that means energy.  This canít pass the laws of physics which state that energy in the universe is constant.  The universe can neither give nor receive energy from another dimension, so we have another paradox.


Now the Third Way comes into play.  

The Third Way is a spiritual path to realms beyond the dead ends of materialistic science and traditional religion.

All paradoxes are eliminated and all quantum phenomena explained if we see consciousness as the source of all reality.

It is the matrix or energy net that encompasses everything observable and unobservable.

So consciousness is both particle and wave, matter and energy, observer and the thing observed.

  1. This means that when consciousness chooses and collapses a possibility into reality, it chooses from within itself, not from some outside immaterial dimension, hence no paradox.
  2. This explains how particles far removed in space instantly communicate with one another. They are both the same energy manifesting at different points.
  3. It explains quantum leaps as an instant transfer of universal mindís focus from one point to another, the way a man might look at a new car then suddenly fixate on a beautiful woman.

We can further refine the operations of consciousness in this manner ó Consciousness with a capital "C" is the fundamental intelligent energy (call it God, higher intelligence, etc.).

This Consciousness manifests itself as different points of consciousness with a lower case "c."  That would be you and me and every self-aware being.

In quantum scientific terms, capital "C" and small "c" would be called non-ordinary and ordinary consciousness respectively.  Big "C" Consciousness is the fundamental light or energy which ó like using multiple projectors ó projects all reality through us ó small "cís."

Collectively, we participate as the aware observers who draw forth material reality from the quantum light wave.

The Spiritual Wisdom Tradition

The astonishing knowledge that quantum physics brings about creation, life and reality were revealed thousands of years ago by the threads of a universal spiritual tradition, the wisdom of which permeated every major religion or philosophy, pagan or modern.

The Lord thy God is one; 
The one appears as many; 
The kingdom is within you; 
Know thyself; 
The spark of the divine is within you; 
You are made in the image of God; 
As it is above, so it is below; 
Do unto others as you would do unto yourself; 
God is everything, everything is God.

All these wisdom teachings were echoing each other thousands of years ago in the non-technical languages of their day ó every single thing in creation proceeds from conscious intelligence and we as human beings are part of that conscious intelligent awareness.

The Revision of traditional science and religion

The limitations of traditional religion and science may now be superseded by a liberating new paradigm.  

I say superseded ó not trashed, bashed or discarded ó for this assumes there is nothing good or redeemable in science and religion and thatís just not so.

Letís take the three pillars of traditional science: Newton, Descartes and Darwin.

Quantum physics exposes their theories as incomplete or incorrect in many of their applications and conclusions.  Thatís not to say they are categorically wrong.  

If true reality is the size of a silver dollar, these theories are like dimes.  They explain certain functions accurately within their dimes ó yet they canít explain the whole dollar of which the dimes are part.

Newtonian physics works well in explaining certain functions of the observable world yet it canít account for effects under Einsteinís relativity or the sub-atomic world and it canít come close to explaining the fundamental operations of matter and consciousness.  Therefore, its view of a determined universe as a giant machine is incorrect.

Descartes dualism seems to define a working relationship between mind and matter for day to day purposes, and it is also fundamentally incorrect in missing the true underlying unity of the two.

Darwinís theory only explains evolution within species.  It never explains the creation or origin of life.  It doesnít even demonstrate how one species evolves into another, like ape into human, except as an article of faith.  

The fossil record supports a more quantum leap view, that is, that species like human beings came about quite suddenly.


. . .  Concludes next month in Part 3 . . .  There are 3 parts to this essay, which we will use for our March, April and May 2012 monthly newsletters.  

© Peter Canova, 2012, all rights reserved.  Used by permission of the author.  Thank you, Peter!Pope Annalisa - book cover

About the Author: Peter Canova is an author and speaker.  He has written a novel called Pope Annalisa (, the first book in a trilogy called the First Souls.  Pope Annalisa is a spiritual thriller about an African nun who becomes the first female pope.  It has won numerous awards including the Nautilus Gold Award for visionary fiction formerly bestowed on such authors as Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra and the Dalai Lama.

Our comment: We have met the Peter Canova, taken one of his workshops and are currently re-reading his novel, Pope Annalisa, which keeps our interest from the first page to the last, with surprise after surprise and twist after twist, through very well-developed characters and a unique story premise.  In addition to being great fiction, it provides examples of ways that the world could be different - a story of hope when things look the darkest.  Peter is an exceptional teacher who writes extremely well.  The book has already won quite a number of prestigious awards.  It will likely become a best-seller and a movie.  No matter your personal belief system, it provides interesting views of many different philosophies and historical events that help to "set the stage" for the world we live in today and how we might live in the future.  It's the best book we've read in quite a while.  Very well done!

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Related newsletter articles:
    March 2012 - The Third Way (part 1)
    Seven Principles of Spirituality in the Workplace
    February 2007 - Visioning for the Future
    June 2009 - Imagine a Vision and Make It Real
    April 1998 - Vision: Expanding Your Thinking
    August 2006 - Leadership Vision
    March 1996 - Laws of Life

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