The Observer Effect

by Dani Katz

This article is an excerpt from a longer piece by Dani Katz. We here at Z Living appreciate and welcome different perspectives on health & wellness and the individual journeys we all take toward/through both. The below represents Dani's personal perspective, and one we think is pretty interesting. We hope it opens a dialogue on emotional and mental well-being and what we can do to shape our own reality.

Quantum Physics purports that we create reality by simply observing it. Our attention actually affects how time/space organizes itself; just as our beliefs shape our realities according to the vibrational frequencies infusing our underlying attitudes. What this means is that there is no empirical reality.

Sure, there are fundamental laws that govern this dimensional plane – gravity, boogers, impermanence, that sort of thing - and there are aspects of shared reality in which we all participate, but my personal perspective on reality and on how it all works will likely differ from yours, and that doesn’t necessarily mean that either of us is wrong. It simply means we are interpreting the data through different lenses, each one palpably affecting those worlds we seek to define.

We won’t know the Truth in our lifetime.

The smallest known elementary particle, the Higgs Boson, was only discovered in 2012, after more than 40 years spent setting up the very experiment that proved its existence. And, despite the epic implications of the discovery, physicists are still in the dark as to whether the nature of the Universe is that of chaos or order.

We’re going with order. In the face of all of zero proof to the contrary, why wouldn’t we choose a fundamental model of reality that makes us feel good, and that shapes our attitudes for the very best, given that those attitudes are the very things creating our every experience?

In choosing to trust in the benevolence of what is, especially when faced with uncertainty, we get to choose the best possible outcome. Again, why not? What’s the alternative?

In the absence of concrete proof, when the only clues we have as to what someone may or may not have meant by that throwaway comment that may or may not have been an insult, why would we choose to torture ourselves by opting to think it was a dig? So, we can feel crummy? So, we can decide the person speaking to us is an asshole? So, we can be the victim of imaginary criticism? So, we can hate our lives? Um…no, thank you.

Given that none of it is predetermined, and it’s all unfolding moment-to-moment-to-moment, the only logical choice – as far as life strategies go – is to frame our every experience as perfect and aligned so as to set up our future moments accordingly.

Critics would call this mindset “magical thinking,” and deride those engaging it as intellectual lightweights, banking their futures on eyelash-blown wishes and dandelion fluff. And yet, given that the fundamental nature of this very reality is wholly subjective, isn’t this the wisest and most logical approach we can take?


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