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Eight Key Ideas in Quantum Physics and Indigenous Philosophy

2022-02-03 Cynthia pink

What can we learn about reality when comparing notes between quantum physicists and indigenous language and philosophy?

Some deep insights regarding wisdom with respect to the nature of reality comes from Indigenous elders, who emphasize that everything that can be created already exists–and this existence is an intrinsic, core quality of Nature.  Some of these ideas are beautifully described in the book, Original Thinking, by Glenn Aparicio Parry, which I experienced firsthand when attending some dialogues described in this book with scientists, indigenous elders, and linguists.  Physicist David Bohm and Harvard-educated Blackfood elder Leroy Little Bear attended the first such dialogue, hosted by the Fetzer Institute in Michigan in 1992.  Also in attendance was linguist Dan Moonhawk Alford, who helped illuminate shared areas of agreement between quantum physics and indigenous wisdom. David Bohm, once an associate of Einstein, had been the key instigator behind this first meeting–and this had been a dream of his for decades, ever since reading what Benjamin Lee Whorf comments about Native American languages being verb-dominated.  Linguist Dan Moonhawk Alford describes what this verb-centric quality suggests:

Whereas every sentence in English must properly have a subject, a noun or noun phrase, and a verb, many if not most Native American languages can have sentences with no nouns at all. ‘Rehpi,’ a full
sentence in Hopi referring to a celestial event, means ‘flashed,’ where we have to say ‘the lightning flashed.’ But this goes much further: sa’ke’j says that when he’s speaking mi’kmaq back on the reserve, he can go all day long without ever uttering a single noun.  This statement is mind-boggling to most English speakers.  So much of our facts and knowledge are wrapped up in nouns, so what would all that knowledge look like in a language that doesn’t value nouns in the same way? This includes all concepts, all the way to ‘god’.

Dan Moonhawk Alford documented eight key areas of agreement between the quantum physicists and the Native Americans.  These include:

1. Everything that exists vibrates
This point of agreement is important because it moves beyond our usual ‘thingy’ or particle notion of existence based on raw sensory impressions, which is favored in the indo-european language family, and allows a justification on the part of Native Americans for the existence of spirits.
2. Everything is in flux
(Sa’ke’j:) The only constant is change–constant change, transformations; everything naturally friendly, trying to reach a more stable state instead of bullying each other around. That kind of process the English language doesn’t allow you to talk about too much, but most Native American languages are based on capturing the motions of nature, the rhythms, the vibrations, the relationships, that you can form with all these elements, just like a periodic table in a different way: relationships rather than a game of billiards,
where you only count the ones that go in–all of their motion doesn’t count.
3. The Part Enfolds the Whole:
… not just whole is more than the sum of its parts.  (Sa’ke’j:) When we wear leathers and beads and eagle thongs and things like that, it’s not seen as totally ludicrous, as decoration – it’s seen as containing something you want to have a relationship with.
4. There is an implicate order to the universe
(Sa’ke’j:) This implicate order holds everything together whether we want it to or not, and exists independently of our beliefs, our perceptions, or our linguistic categories. It exists totally independently of the methods or rules that people use to arrive at what it is, and David Bohm’s captured that with the great phrase the implicate order, versus the explicate order of things that they can explain quite concretely, such as a rock falling out of a window. This also agrees with the lakhota phrase ‘skan skan,’ which points to the motion behind the motion.
5. This ecosphere is basically friendly
Sa’ke’j maintains that the planet, and especially the Americas as well as the physical universe, are basically gentle and friendly: You don’t have an electron jumping and bullying into other(s) unless it knows it’s missing a stable state and knows it can reach that stable state and increase its own stability.
6. Nature can be taught new tricks

(Sa’ke’j:) We also agreed that that world out there that exists–that reality, not imaginality–can be taught new tricks with the cyclotron; and what was raised in the meeting was, are these new tricks beneficial, or will they create a hostile universe on their own, independent of scientists, once they teach electrons how to jump and how to amass the energy to jump, and it becomes a bullying, hostile biological world. Reminds me of Alan Watts talking about how the universe has had to learn how to get ever smaller and ever larger as we probe it with microscopes and telescopes, receding ever further in the distance as self observes itself.
7. Quantum Potential and Spirit
After listening to the physicists and American Indians talk for a few days, it struck me that the way physicists use the term potential, or quantum potential, is nearly identical to the way Native Americans use the term spirit. They all agreed there was something similar going on.
8. The principle of complementarity
Physicists for all this century have realized that our usual notion of bipolar or black & white opposites was insufficient when working with nature. The first clue came when they asked incoming light, ‘Are you particle?’ and it answered Yes; ‘Are you wave?’ and it answered Yes. This is equivalent to asking whether something is a noun or a verb and getting a yes answer to both–which is exactly how Native American language nouns are made up: as verbs with suffixes that make them temporarily into nouns for discussion sake. this yes-yes complementarity is foreign to Indo-European languages, but quite
common in other language families (such as the Chinese notion of Yin-Yang), and represents a higher level of formal operations, in Piaget’s terms, referred to by some as post-formal operations–that which lies beyond normal Western Indo-European development.

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Alford, Dan Moonhawk. “Dialogues Between Western and Indigenous Scientists.” Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. (1993).
Parry, Glenn Aparicio. Original thinking: A radical revisioning of time, humanity, and nature. North Atlantic Books, 2015.

You can watch the companion video to this blog here:


QuantumJumps300x150adCynthia Sue Larson is the best-selling author of six books, including Quantum Jumps.  Cynthia has a degree in physics from UC Berkeley, an MBA degree, a Doctor of Divinity, and a second degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won. Cynthia is the founder of RealityShifters, and is president of the International Mandela Effect Conference. Cynthia hosts “Living the Quantum Dream” on the DreamVisions7 radio network, and has been featured in numerous shows including Gaia, the History Channel, Coast to Coast AM, One World with Deepak Chopra, and BBC. Cynthia reminds us to ask in every situation, “How good can it get?” Subscribe to her free monthly ezine at:

Choosing Timelines, Shifting Timelines

2022-02-03 Cynthia purple

In this time when we may feel we have limited choices, awareness that we can choose and jump between Timelines can be priceless.  There is advantage in working in collaboration with our higher consciousness when making such jumps, which is why I recommend asking the question: “How good can it get?” rather than overly micro-managing the manifestation details.

Timeline Questions

I recently received questions about Timelines:

“On a metaphysical level, what is a timeline, how are they created, and do we create them, or are they already in existence, because you teach about quantum jumping. I presume we can jump timelines, correct? But how were they created so we are able to jump them? I mean, can an individual create a timeline, or is it just the collective. I guess I wonder who created the dimensions as well?”

The basic definition of metaphysical Timelines starts out corresponding fairly well with conventional Timelines, which is that we recall sequences of events that we experience in the form of ordered events in linear time.  For example, we might recognize the sequence of events in our typical day, starting with waking up and doing our usual morning activities.  Such sequences of events are generally taken for granted as being part of a linear, unchanging timeline.

In this time when many people feel we do not have the level of choices we used to have, the awareness that we can jump and shift between timelines is very exciting.  Such timeline jumps usually happen between levels of consciousness.  Typically, timeline jumps happen at a subconscious level that we’re not consciously aware of.  We might be focusing primarily on a to-do list, with activities we intend to complete for the day.  When we choose to allow our intuitive higher self to run the show today, then we are giving ourselves permission to set down the to-do list in favor of new opportunities that we might sense arising, accompanied by synchronicity, a sense of deja-vu, or goosebumps.  With such awareness, we are thus acknowledging that we can make a Timeline jump at any given point.  Our self awareness benefits from our accepting higher levels of emotions such as: gratitude, thankfulness, forgiveness, respect, reverence and ecstasy–and being in love with being alive.  Even asking a simple question such as, “How good can it get?” is enough to activate this internal process.

Metaphysical Timelines are different from the linear quality of conventional Timelines.  We might recognize a divergence between conventional and metaphysical Timelines any time we sense a perception of being adjacent to parallel possible realities.  We can experience these other possible realities when we notice reality shifts and Mandela Effects, where we notice that a past sequence of historical, recorded events does not match what we remember.  We can also experience these other realities when we make a choice to make a quantum jump.

We are now witnessing shared experiences of Timeline quantum jumps in the form of the Mandela Effect, where groups of people have shared memories that are different from historical records.  We thus may find others who remember, for example, that the term “kidney punch” used to have meaning and significance when the kidneys were actually situated in our lower backs, and were thus vulnerable to injury if struck.

When we consider the idea that the reality each of us observes is continually in a state of ‘collapsing’ out of having been smeared in a blur of quantum probability wave functions–then we can start to appreciate that we are each ‘creating’ the reality we experience in the way we make a choice of what and how we are observing.  Our individual observations may not necessarily always agree with the subjective observations of others, and this is very much at the core of the quantum paradigm.  All possibilities might thus be considered to already exist in the form of pure potentiality–only to be experienced in the form of reality when we invest our observational attention and energy in a particular choice of what we are focusing on, and how we are focusing.  Wisdom keepers from indigenous traditions appreciate the concept of original thought being that all ideas already exist–and there is an excellent book, Original Thinking, by Glenn Aparicio Parry that delves into this concept.

Individual Timeline Shifts

Individuals can choose and select Timelines, and to the degree that we are choosing Timelines that are aligned with our higher dimensional levels of consciousness, we can sometimes witness instantaneous positive results. It can help to know that there have been physics experiments that challenge objective reality, demonstrating that two observers at the same place and time can witness completely different observations.  These versions of the double split experiment were conducted with six entangled photons and two experimental recording devices in a collaborative project involving scientists Physicists at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh and the University of Vienna in Austria.  They succeeded in conducting the Wigner’s friend classic Gedankenexperiment (thought experiment)–meaning there is an observer who is watching another observer.

The philosopher Leibniz originally defined consciousness as involving a second order awareness of a primary, first order perception–such that there exist levels of awareness providing one with a sense of individual consciousness.  As a fascinating side-note, both Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz and Sir Isaac Newton independently ‘invented’ Calculus at the same time, providing us with a glimpse of how the Indigenous concept of all ideas already existing might operate.

Leibniz’s concept of consciousness can be viewed as working a bit like dimensional consciousness, from the sense that we gain levels of instant understanding when viewing “Flatland” on a piece of paper from our usual 3-dimensional perspective.  If there was something concealed or hidden from view to “Flatlanders” living in 2-dimensional space on the flat plane of a piece of paper, they would not easily be able to know what else was depicted on their 2-dimensional space that any person living in a 3D world could easily view at a glance.  When we acknowledge that we can gain additional levels of information and awareness via higher dimensional levels of ourselves, we similarly can effortlessly “think outside of limitations” including linear time.

The ability to experience individual Timeline Shifts often starts by first feeling a close proximity to an adjacent reality–one that we feel attuned to and affiliated with.  This awareness might come through awareness of seeing a possible future reality in a dream or daydream, or it might appear as a knowingness. Some of the best ways to practice such conscious Timeline Jumps is to make a jump to a reality that feels within close reach–something that feels possible to your subconscious mind.

You can start asking questions like, “How good can it get?” as you are sensing that there might be a reality where you have more prosperity, better health, and better relationships.  I recommend starting with focusing on what truly matters most to you, and that you feel are attainable, for best results.  Then you can start experiencing the sort of reality shifts I describe in my books, Reality Shifts and Quantum Jumps.  Then you can have experiences such as the one I had where I ran out of nutmeg in my kitchen cupboard–it wasn’t there.  Since I knew I could experience a reality where the nutmeg was in my cupboard, I shut the cupboard door, walked down the hall, and came back to the kitchen and looked again.  I knew if I kept doing that, I might see it.  This is an example of quantum jumping, of timeline jumping.  When I walked down my hallway, I was aware that I can literally walk into another reality in my own home, so that when I come back to that cupboard on the fourth or fifth try, I can open the cupboard and there will be what I need and what I was looking for.

To start playing with Timeline Jumps I recommend going for things that your subconscious can believe might happen.  You can prompt your subconscious to be more open-minded with regard to what kind of Timeline Jumps are possible by reading first-hand reports of people making quantum jumps, as reported in the Your Stories section of RealityShifters.

Collective Timeline Shifts

Each and every one of us is constantly quantum jumping and reality shifting, as this is the way Nature operates.  Each time we make a choice, based on what we feel we truly need, we are experiencing a slightly different version of reality than we had been just a moment before.  Sometimes on a collective level, we may notice that groups of us are remembering things differently than the official version of history.

Groups of people can join together with shared observational attention and energy–for such things as prayer or meditation groups, for example.  The International Mandela Effect Conference (IMEC) has been tracking some such positive collective Timeline Shifts in the form of “mandanimals” that have returned from extinction (noted as “Lazarus” species), or are Golden or Rainbow or White colored, or have other remarkable qualities.

As to the source of Timelines and Dimensions, this becomes a philosophical question.  Some of my favorite book sources to address these matters are philosopher Nicholas Rescher’s book, Axiogenesis, and Tarthang Tulku’s book Space, Time, and Knowledge.

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Larson, Cynthia.  Quantum Jumps:  An Extraordinary Science of Happiness and Prosperity.  2013.
Parry, Glenn Aparicio. Original thinking: A radical revisioning of time, humanity, and nature. North Atlantic Books, 2015.
Rescher, Nicholas. Axiogenesis: An essay in metaphysical optimalism. Lexington Books, 2010.
Tulku, Tarthang. “Space, time and knowledge.” Emeryville, CA: Dharma (1977).
Weissmann, George, and Cynthia Sue Larson. “The quantum paradigm and challenging the objectivity assumption.” Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy 13, no. 2 (2017): 281-297.

You can watch the companion video to this blog here:


QuantumJumps300x150adCynthia Sue Larson is the best-selling author of six books, including Quantum Jumps.  Cynthia has a degree in physics from UC Berkeley, an MBA degree, a Doctor of Divinity, and a second degree black belt in Kuk Sool Won. Cynthia is the founder of RealityShifters, and is president of the International Mandela Effect Conference. Cynthia hosts “Living the Quantum Dream” on the DreamVisions7 radio network, and has been featured in numerous shows including Gaia, the History Channel, Coast to Coast AM, One World with Deepak Chopra, and BBC. Cynthia reminds us to ask in every situation, “How good can it get?” Subscribe to her free monthly ezine at:

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