Parapsychology Journalism: The People, The Theory, The Science, The Skeptics
I’ve just read a book by Cynthia Sue Larson that should certainly appeal to my readers who are psychically inclined. Larson has an excellent grasp of quantum physics and uses this in her book “Quantum Jumps” to demonstrate that the universe is set in a way that facilitates change, provided we’re willing and able to embrace it. Her book provides an interpretation of consciousness that takes advantage of the ubiquitous uncertainty present in quantum physics. She argues that this uncertainty, a fundamental part of our universe, allows us to move out of old patterns and into new ones, essentially “jumping” from one reality to another.
The idea isn’t new. It’s along the same lines as “believe and receive” and of course “The Secret.” It’s the idea that you can change your physical reality by changing your thinking. What Larson brings to the party however, is an understanding of quantum physics and why it supports this type of thinking. In addition she relies on a number of studies into how our thinking patterns affect our lives and how we can change them. It’s this grounding in science that separates Larson’s work from so many new ages texts saying many of the same things. While she necessarily deals in generalities, there is always enough specific information to let us know that she is actually competent in this area.
Of Particular interest to me was her adaptation of the “Many Universes” ideas that are currently popular in physics. (I say “ideas” because these are not technically theories, being completely unprovable.) She writes:
This book, Quantum Jumps, presents a radical new paradigm -that we exist in a holographic multiverse in which we can literally jump from one parallel universe to another. Supported by distinguished source from the fields of physics, biology, psychology, sociology and medicine, Quantum Jumps provides you with the means to make an immediate shift to be the change you which to see in the world.
It’s the idea that we are literally shifting between different realities that already exist all the time. To my knowledge, this idea was first put forth by Jane Roberts in 1978 in her “Seth” books: The “Unknown” Reality, vol.’s 1 and 2. (Although in the Seth books, this was not tied to existing quantum physics.) In the Seth version, we affect all the other realities around us when we make changes. Larson does not address this concept.
The idea is that there are an infinite number of realities existing all at once and we can jump from one to another effortlessly. Let’s say for example that “Joe” has failed at love and never had a girlfriend. But over time he changed his thinking so significantly that he “jumped” to a new reality. He has memories of having failed at love and not being good at it, but in this reality he isn’t that way anymore. Not only that, no one else remembers him as being that way either. His past, as well as his present and future have changed as this part of his life has opened up. Joe no longer has the emotional baggage that he once did and finds dating much easier.
At the subatomic level, it’s been observed that energy states do not gradually change. Rather they make tiny discrete jumps up and down. These are known as quanta, and what Larson has done is applied this principle to changes in our lives. That is to say, change is not necessarily gradual, but can come in the form of discrete jumps, and when that happens we are actually jumping to a different reality.
Whether you will like this book depends on what you’re looking for. I definitely recommend it for those that prefer to be given the facts in a straightforward way without the heavy technical or philosophical discussions. In other words, the book is an easy read. The book is more geared towards intuitive creative types rather than intellectuals. Because I do both, I found the book lacking in the kind of detail I’m accustomed to from an intellectual standpoint, but still very good at getting the basic message across.
I think it’s a good book for the many psychic and intuitive people who visit my site. The book has some very solid ideas about the nature of reality that can help you visualize how thinking differently can have a positive effect on your life. The book presents a view of the universe as a fluid and dynamic place where the ability to change is built in. Seeing the universe this way can help in visualizing and creating change in your life.