In Part 1 of this post, we introduced the idea of probable selves. Next we will explore details from both quantum mechanics and Seth.
What is the “vast bank of probabilities” from which Seth says all realities arise? Quantum theorists have called it the implicate order (theoretical physicist, David Bohm) or the zero point field (theoretical physicist, Max Planck) or the holographic reality (psychologist and neuroscientist, Karl Pribram); metaphysicians and new scientists call it the Akashic field (Hindu mystic, Sri Aurobindo; philosopher of science, Ervin Laszlo); Seth calls it Framework 2. Basically, it is a field of all probabilities out of which our reality is formed.
All I can do in this blog post is point you toward some of the areas of science that correlate with Seth’s ideas. The main point is that strong correlations exist. I’ll keep the science to a minimum, however.
Framework 2 is not in physical reality, although all versions of reality (probable realities) interact with it. This field of probabilities can be equated with the quantum wave function of quantum mechanics. This is a complicated topic but I just want to make a couple of points. First, for about a hundred years now, physicists have known that electrons are both particles and waves. Until you take a measurement to determine where exactly an electron is, it seems to be spread out over a portion of space and there are only probabilities that you will find it in any one location in that space when you look. The wave function just describes that probabilistic situation.
Second, physicists also know that the underlying reality, by whichever name you call it, is teeming with particle interactions happening at tremendously fast speeds. During these interactions, so-called virtual particles and anti-particles are created and annihilated and tiny wormholes are formed. In physics, the result has been called quantum foam (If interested, you can read more here: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/blogs/physics/2012/10/quantum-foam-virtual-particles-and-other-curiosities
Seth says that tiny black and white holes do indeed exist and they are responsible for energy entering and leaving our physical world. He refers to this as “blinking on and off.” Since we are made up of quantum particles ourselves, Seth claims that we are also blinking on and off.
Accordingly, when we blink off we are dipping back into the field of all knowledge, where all probabilities exist and our consciousness looks in another direction, as Seth would say. These other directions may be other probable realities.
When we blink back on, our consciousness is focused once again in the physical world. We get the impression that our existence is continuous; but there are actually these pulsations of energy going on all the time. It all happens far too quickly for us to notice.
What directs all this activity? Seth claims that it is the intensity of our thoughts and emotions. Depending on our intentions, with each blink we have the potential to change by actualizing a new probability.
This process chooses significances . . . around which experience is built, and around which ‘life’ is felt. The very sensations of one kind of life then automatically set up barriers against other such ‘world-schemes’ that do not correlate with their own. (The ‘Unknown’ Reality, Volume One, Session 684, p. 60)
What Seth is saying here is that we form the patterns of our lives through our intents and desires, every time we follow what is significant to us. The other probable realities are all around us, but we don’t experience them because they follow a different pattern; they appear in different dimensions. All of these dimensions, including our own, are interconnected with the larger field, Framework 2.
You move through probabilities in much the same way that you navigate in space. As you do not consciously bother with the calculations necessary in the process of walking down the street, so you also ignore the mechanisms that involve motion through probable realities. (The ‘Unknown’ Reality, Volume Two, Amber-Allen, 1996/1979, Session 741, p. 629)
So, what is the point of probable realities? What do we get from the probable reality system? The way I understand it, this is all part of our soul development or evolution. Our soul or higher self shares in the knowledge that each probable self acquires. And each individual self can benefit from all the probable selves. Seth says that during our dreams we enter spiritual domains where we interact with probable selves. If we have choices to make in one probable life, we can work them out in another and see how that goes.
One event can be actualized by more than one probable self, however, and you will resemble some probable selves more than others. Because you are involved in an intricate psychological gestalt such as this. . . you can avail yourself to some extent of abilities and knowledge possessed by these other probable portions of your personality. (Seth Speaks, Amber-Allen, 1994/1972, Session 566, p. 231)
You may, for example, have a career or hobbies that seem to define you in your early life; then, for some reason, later, you may develop completely different interests and pursue them with passion and maybe even a bit of skill you never knew you had. This, according to Seth, is because a probable you has chosen to develop in those directions you did not choose.
You can draw then from your own bank of probable abilities, for there will be traces of them in you. They are being developed in another reality; therefore, in this one they can be utilized far easier than you might suppose. (The ‘Unknown’ Reality, Volume One, Session 682, p. 44)
In my own life, I developed strong interests in both science and art only after mid-life. These interests seemed to crop up out of nowhere, but I took to both of them quite naturally. Perhaps there are probable versions of me who are scientists or artists.
You will find all of these concepts explored in The Versions of Us. I hope you will read it. What I liked the most about the book was that, at the end, I had a sense that none of the lives were better than the others; things that from one viewpoint seemed sad, appeared to work out all right in a broader sense. I could see that the poignancy of life is okay. We will always have a way to get back to our true selves. There is no right or wrong way and no time limit.
NOTE: The Many Worlds Interpretation of quantum physics, first posited by Hugh Everett, has recently been gaining acceptance in the physics community after decades when it was not taken very seriously. This interpretation of quantum mechanics correlates well with Seth’s explanation of probable realities. To learn more, here are a few interesting links: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzKWfw68M5U&list=PLjsbMrce-hu2i0dgbkZy15DYWRd7WP5d2&index=1 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9Tsk0Efa_o