Book Review: The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot

You will find my book review covers the revised paperback edition with a new foreword by Lynne McTaggart. Reading the front cover you see: The Holographic Universe, The revolutionary theory of reality that explains the latest frontiers of physics, the paranormal abilities of the mind, the unsolved riddles of brain and body. Author: Michael Talbot, and a review by Jean Houston, Ph.D.: “A subtle but thrilling remaking of the mind. One comes to the end of it living in a larger universe, gifted with talents one never knew one had.”

In my review, I make reference to the first paragraph of the foreword which seems like a good introduction. Here it is:¬†“Like any good science fiction writer with a taste for journalism, Michael Talbot liked to trawl through frontier science for ideas. In the 1980s, Talbot chanced upon an obscure French experiment carried out by a junior lecturer for his doctoral dissertation. It had been an audacious project; Alain Aspect, a Ph.D. candidate at the Ecole normale sup√©rieure de Cachan outside of Paris, set out to demonstrate that, in at least one regard, Albert Einstein had been wrong.”

My complete review is found here.

Spiritual Structure of the Universe

Spiritual Structure of the Universe

To understand the spiritual structure of the universe, you need to begin with an inquiring and unprejudiced perspective. This is the basis of the scientific method where investigation overcomes belief held for centuries.

spiritual universeConsider this example. The other day, carrying Arrowhead 2.5 gallon distilled water bottles from the car during rainy weather I wondered how water is held up in the sky. It is clearly heavier than air, and the two and one half gallon containers are a lot heavier than air, yet considerably more than a couple of gallons falls during rains.

The next morning my question was answered. I drove through a tranquil valley where the mountain tops on the far side were hidden in clouds. Rain clouds are like fog with moisture sufficiently fine to hover in the atmosphere like dust. The phenomenon is subtle. When water in liquid form evaporates it is as much a gas in the form of water vapor, as is nitrogen or oxygen. Nitrogen and oxygen also liquify under the right conditions of temperature and pressure, but it is far easier for us to observe water condensing under common circumstances, and this gradual migration from liquid to gas and back to liquid again is a subtle dance which becomes mysterious only when we miss the subtlety.

Ever wonder how oxygen and carbon dioxide exchange in the lungs? How can you inhale oxygen and at the very same time be exhaling carbon dioxide? There must be an overlap, right? In other words, both are happening together, but how can that be? How can you be taking in oxygen while at the exact same time releasing carbon dioxide? What is the mechanism of this exchange? It’s got to be one or the other but not both, right? Not so. Continue reading

How Do You Meditate? – Meditation is Simple

If you’re wondering how to meditate, consider this. You’ve heard the expression “lost in thought.” How often does that describe your experience? You can realize you’re not lost when you reclaim the simple role of observer.

Unencumbered By Rational Thought

Often, every thought that arises in consciousness can seem so enthralling that you feel you must follow it. There is another way. Your natural insight and presence, as Click and Clack like to say is “unencumbered by rational thought.”

Clearly, rational thought has its uses and value, yet surprisingly, it can also be an encumbrance. Here’s why. Just as classical Newtonian physics accurately described the world for centuries, when more sophisticated instrumentation appeared, a deeper level of reality was discovered.

The limitation of rational thought says Alan Watts, is that we are always reasoning from the known to the known. Rational thought is a construct. When we read or say the word “red” we understand we are representing the color. As Shakespeare remarked, a rose by any name smells as sweet. So we need to dissociate language and reality to perceive and experience directly.

The Direct Experience

The direct wordless experience of an idea or problem reveals vistas heretofore unknown. Continue reading

Sub Atomic Physics and Daily Life – A Practical Guide

Sub Atomic Physics and Daily Life – A Practical Guide

The implications of modern physics can seem puzzling because the phenomena they observe are far removed from your daily experience. The joy of Science is that it’s a window into reality that irrevocably alters our perception of life in ways that often have far reaching significance.

The heart of modern subatomic or theoretical physics apart from fermions and pions is that the mathematical constructs used to describe reality, illuminate a non physical realm as the foundation of all that exists, as matter melts into probability waves in the mind of the observer.

Here’s an interesting parallel. In the Bible, St. Paul remarks that things which are seen are made of things which do not appear. Here again, the idea of something solid behind and beneath the seeming solidity we perceive – isn’t solid at all.

Let’s hasten to add, this in no way diminishes substantiality, it only means Reality is not finite.

What actually holds up the moon? Surely it’s heavier than a large shovel full of dirt, and the answer is not an invisible string. We know the earth revolves around the sun, but why doesn’t it feel that way when we see the sunrise?

There’s an extraordinary way of answering questions that seem incomprehensible. Alan Watts posed the idea that if a question persists in being unanswerable, it may be the wrong question. Once you have the right question, there is an aspect of your Mind often overlooked that you can access directly.

In its simplest use for example, Thomas A. Edison would take catnaps and ideas would come to him. We’ve all experienced a “Eureka” epiphany when conscious thought had been stymied. We can access this faculty directly with guidance.

Often, in early childhood, our minds are trained to be incessantly in action. In Eastern thought, the mind is likened to a monkey constantly jumping from one branch to another. Meditation occurs when the mind is still. It’s like finding the “off” switch for random thought.

Christmas Humphreys authored a book called Concentration, Contemplation, Meditation and this progression in the title provides a useful framework to understanding the progressively deeper thought that leads to the meditative state where previously unseen aspects are revealed, and we probe beneath labels to direct knowledge and the heart of Reality.

For more detailed information go to and search for “How do I find inner peace?” to find my electronic book which you can purchase or borrow.

The Incredible Power of Stillness and How You Can Use It

The Incredible Power of Stillness and How You Can Use It

The incredible power of stillness belongs to you, and yet, you may live your entire life without finding it and all the while it is your simplest and most useful power. Here is what you need to know.

The Nature of Your Own Being

You have different aspects to the nature of your own being. This is clear to you when you realize that focus and perception alter your attention and consciousness all the time. Continue reading

Nimbus – How To Find Yours

Nimbus – How To Find Yours

Your nimbus or halo is an innate quality of life reflecting an exalted state of being that is accessible to you now. This is traditionally associated with religious icons in art, but represents something real that you can feel when you know how.

Allowing Your Light To Shine

You have energy that can be mental, emotional, or spiritual in its expression. See if you can feel this like a current flow subject to resistance or being shunted off in another direction.

Have you ever seen an infant sleeping peacefully and then wake up and smile at you? That’s your native being. I saw something similar in a tortoise awaking from hibernation, and it reflected innocence and purity and tranquility.

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What Is Meditation?

What Is Meditation?

What is meditation? You have a way of understanding your own life and the world that opens new up new vistas and unplumbed depth. It is called meditation and you should understand something about this amazing innate faculty without having to study for years, join a special group, or learn difficult practices.

What Is Meditation?

There is a depth and breadth and beauty to life which you often may miss. Abraham Maslow coined the term peak experience for that exceptional, joyful, self actualized trans personal special moment. Zen describes an experience known as Satori, which is seeing your essential nature. The Armenian philosopher Gurdjieff talked about how we need to wake up. Yogis speak of a non dualistic awareness known as Samadhi. Nirvana relates to moksha or liberation. All of these wonderful and exalted states actually point back to our essential nature of being. That which you are and remain, when you are not identifying with limited concepts about yourself.

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