Peter Russell is a physicist I mention occasionally. We met at the SAND conference, but in less than desirable circumstances. On the plaza, he was confronted by someone seeking “The Answer” to all their suffering drama from “The Expert”. I stepped in and directly answered their question. But because they believed in their pain, they couldn’t accept the answer. Progress happens when we’re ready to hear. But that’s another story.
Recently, I ran into an essay of Dr. Russell’s on our perception of reality, told from the context of the Alice in Wonderland story: Alice in Quantum Land. Only Alice is discussing things with a quanta of light.
Not just a physics lesson, the story gives an interesting way of talking about how life can be experienced as fully here and now, as if space and time are just ways of seeing. I particularly like the quote:
“What you observe as the speed of light can be thought of as the ratio of manifestation of time and space. For every 186,000 miles of space, there appears 1 second of time. It is this ratio that is fixed. This is why the so-called ‘speed’ of light in your world is always the same.”
The only change I’d make is reversing this. It is the process of experience that gives rise to our perception of time. When we distinguish a progression of events as time, we experience them unfolding into the space of consciousness.
The story may give you an inkling of how reality changes when our relationship with consciousness changes. Where we’re looking from makes a big difference.
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