Though the concept of Mind over Matter has been around for a long time, and often used in the context of yoga, our understanding of it has remained mystical and in the realm of magic and legendary fantasies. It has recently come back to light through research and discoveries in quantum physics, where the scientists doing the research have clearly seen that their powers of observation influence the outcome of their experiments. Since this has become very apparent at the level of quantum energies within the molecular structures, which are the building blocks of matter, it can only lead us to conclude that matter also is influenced by the observer. In short then, we are not just observers but also partly directing what we are observing. How mush is "partly" depends on the level of developement of the individual mind.
It has now become a reality accepted by the scientific community that our mind and consciousness are responsible for creating our "expected" experiences. Yoga has been stating this for thousands of years, and now that millions of people are practicing Hatha yoga as a fitness exercise there is an awakening curiosity about just what role our mind plays in the overall scheme of things.
Much more to be said here... stepping out from the world of Merlin, Gandalf and Harry Potter, there is a movie called: "What the Bleep Do We Know" which brings the reality of quantum physics to the public eye. If you have not yet seen this movie, Go for it.
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What the Bleep Do We Know? says that science and spirituality are not different modes of thought, but are in fact describing the same thing. And it brings the power back to the individual man and woman as it demonstrates creation as the god-like capacity of every individual.
It has been called by some theater goers The Handbook to The Matrix. Like The Matrix it shows you a greater reality behind the one we all accept as true, and you have the ability to create absolutely anything from your own thought while laughing all the way!
What the Bleep Do We Know!? is a wake-up call to the hundreds of thousands of people who are searching for a voice somewhere in this fragmented culture who have been awaiting a catalyst.
It has arrived!
This bold, funny, unique work goes to the heart of the human dilemma. It challenges and lays waste the old paradigms of thought and places responsibility squarely where it belongs - on individual human consciousness.
Most of the scientists and researchers seen in the film are renown in their fields and have done amazing work in the area of mind/body connections, or mind over matter phenomena.