November 15, 2018

How to Join the Universe.


When your mind and heart are truly open abundance will flow to you effortlessly and easily.

By Deepak Chopra, MD, Menas Kafatos, PhD, Bernardo Kastrup, PhD, Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD

The universe is sending us a message we can’t afford to ignore any longer. The message is a shock to our everyday beliefs. It overturns our perceptions and beliefs. But if we heed the message, human beings will begin to participate in the real universe. The message is simple: You are the universe. In other words, the cosmos is a mental construct, not a collection of stars and galaxies “out there.” The universe we should be living in obeys far more nuanced rules from what traditional science currently holds true. It is, however, in agreement with the quantum view of the universe and the role of the observer, as the architects of quantum mechanics understood a century ago.

The full message is covered completely in a new book, Deepak and Menas have recently written, You Are the Universe, but here we will give you the gist. 

Science concerns itself with reality, in the form of “real particles”, “real organisms”, and the “real universe”. The tacit assumption is that science can answer the question of reality itself. If this weren’t the case, science would have a hard time explaining why it holds a special place as a human activity. So one must grant that science concerns itself with the reality of “objects out there”. What this assumes, of course, is that objects exist independent of conscious experience. What we call physical things and events, as it turns out, do not exist in the same form independently of our observations as quantum mechanics states and, therefore, subjective experience engendered by our species-specific nervous system. The same must be said for a fruit fly or bacterium. 

If they did, how would one even prove such existence? Conscious experience is the only way that reality can be known. The implications of this increasingly unavoidable conclusion—that the universe must be approached as fundamentally a mental construct—are often misunderstood. For this reason, the vast majority of scientists cling to the belief in materialism, regarding anything else as metaphysics and not science. This somewhat naïve view is despite the great advances of quantum mechanics which placed the role of observation as central—the quantum view that the universe is a participatory one. The goal of the present article is to address some of these misunderstandings which we claim don’t even agree with the most successful modern scientific world view, the quantum view.

To begin with, we aren’t proposing that human mental activity is necessary for the world to exist, i.e., for it to be real. Or to put it another way, reality can be independent of the human mind, but not necessarily of mind or consciousness in general. When we say that the universe is a mental construct, many people interpret this to mean that reality is in our heads or that it is tied to a specific human being or even many human beings together. Precisely the opposite is the case: if all reality is a mental construct, then our heads and bodies, as parts of reality, are in the mind. This may sound surprising at first, but it is entirely consistent with everyday experience. There is nothing to our bodies but our felt perceptions of them. A body is what a particular swirl in a transpersonal flow of experiences looks like, just like a whirlpool is what a particular swirl in a stream of water looks like.

Indeed, to say that the universe is a mental construct does not mean that it exists only within the limited minds of humans. Instead, the universe is the expression of a universal mind that transcends personal awareness. This is what we call fundamental conscious awareness. Our seemingly separate human minds could be considered inter-related personalities of this universal mind, akin to the multiple facets of one’s own personality. We are of course immersed in the universal mind and our experiences are human experiences. We are a species in a vast array of species here on Earth, and likely in almost countless planets populating the cosmos. The ideas and emotions experienced by the universal mind—within which we are all immersed—are presented to us in the form of the empirical world we see, hear, touch, taste and smell. This is analogous to how the ideas and emotions of another person are presented to us in the form of the person’s brain activity, which we can also perceive through fMRIs and other instrumentation.

Many argue that the fact that the universe obeys stable and predictable laws implies that it cannot be a mental construct. The motivation for this argument is that our human imagination seems rather unstable and unpredictable. However, as argued above, the universe is the expression of a universal mind, not of human imagination, not of collective human minds. The cognitive activity in this universal mind—the universal conscious awareness—may very well unfold according to predictable regularities, such as what we’ve come to call the laws of nature. As a matter of fact, even our human minds, when analyzed in depth, reveal stable, collective patterns of behavior called archetypes. The laws of nature are simply the archetypes of the universal mind. And the language we use to express our scientific views of the universe is mathematics.

Quantum mechanics has thrust upon us a totally different sense of reality than the everyday reality we infer from our senses. Everyday reality is essentially the reality described by classical physics, the world of the senses: Quantum mechanics fundamentally states that the world and everything it contains is not independent of acts of measurement, i.e., measuring something is how physics derives all “physical” properties.

In the quantum universe, where reality is already mental in the above sense, the usual assumption held by modern neuroscience, that the brain creates the mind, cannot work. Of course, without the physical brain, human mental processes of the waking and sleep states would not be possible, awareness of the cosmos as given to us in the waking state could not exist. But this does not imply that the mentally constructed realm ends here, in the physical brain. Such a claim is like saying that without a physical radio, broadcasts consisting of electromagnetic waves cease to exist. What ceases to exist is the reception of these waves. The brain does not create the sense of mentally constructed reality but is necessary for human cognition and human experience to take on their specific human attributes.

One can rightfully ask, if reality is quantum, how come we have what appears to be a classical world with definite objects, boundaries between objects, and the lack of quantum effects like entanglement and non-locality? This is a serious question which deserves detailed discussion. Here, we’ll only address the overarching issue of quantum reality. In a recent published work, building on the fact that quantum non-locality is inferred (the so-called veiled non-locality) and naked singularities inside black holes cannot be perceived (known as cosmic censorship), Kafatos and Kak present the view that general relativity and quantum mechanics will be unified only when consciousness is brought into the picture. The sense of reality that one obtains, wherein perception, quantum mechanics and consciousness are all at interplay, is examined by Kak, Chopra and Kafatos.

A consequence of this mentally constructed reality is that attempts to account for consciousness in terms of existing physical theories, “tweaking” a theory to account for consciousness, misplaced and ultimately fail. The past one hundred years of trying to get around the consequences of the quantum universe will continue to persist. What needs to happen, as we argued before, is to develop a framework of qualia science, which will extend the quantum universe to the rightful place of the participatory, conscious universe.


Further Reading:

Kafatos, M.C., Kak, S. (2015). Veiled Nonlocality and Cosmic Censorship, Physics Essays, 28: 182-187

Kak, S., Chopra, D., Kafatos, M.C. (2014). Perceived Reality, Quantum Mechanics, and Consciousness. Cosmology, 18:231-245



Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, Clinical Professor UCSD Medical School, researcher, Neurology and Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. The World Post and The Huffington Post global internet survey ranked Chopra #17 influential thinker in the world and #1 in Medicine. Chopra is the author of more than 85 books translated into over 43 languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. His latest books are Super Genes co-authored with Rudolph Tanzi, PhD  and Quantum Healing (Revised and Updated): Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine.


Menas C. Kafatos is the Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics, at Chapman University. He is a quantum physicist, cosmologist, and climate change researcher and works extensively on consciousness. He holds seminars and workshops for individuals and corporations on the natural laws that apply everywhere and are the foundations of the universe, for well-being and success. His doctoral thesis advisor was the renowned M.I.T. professor Philip Morrison who studied under J. Robert Oppenheimer. He has authored 315+ articles, is author or editor of 15 books, including The Conscious Universe (Springer), Looking In, Seeing Out (Theosophical Publishing House), and is co-author with Deepak Chopra of the forthcoming book, You Are the Universe (Harmony). He maintains a Huffington Post blog. You can learn more at 


Bernardo Kastrup has a Ph.D. in computer engineering with specializations in artificial intelligence and reconfigurable computing. He has worked as a scientist in some of the world’s foremost research laboratories, including the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and the Philips Research Laboratories (where the “Casimir Effect” of Quantum Field Theory was discovered). Bernardo has authored many scientific papers and six philosophy books: Rationalist Spirituality, Dreamed up Reality, Meaning in Absurdity, Why Materialism Is Baloney, Brief Peeks Beyond and More Than Allegory. He has also been an entrepreneur and founder of a successful high-tech start-up. Next to a managerial position in the high-tech industry, Bernardo maintains a philosophy blog, a video interview series, and continues to develop his ideas about the nature of reality. He has lived and worked in four different countries across continents, currently residing in the Netherlands.


Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D. is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University and Vice Chair of Neurology at Mass. General Hospital. Dr. Tanzi is the co-author with Deepak Chopra of the international bestsellers, Super Brain and Super Genes. Dr. Tanzi is an internationally acclaimed expert on Alzheimer disease and other neurological disorders and helped pioneer the field of neurogenetics. He is the author of over 450 refereed research publications and has received numerous awards for his research, the highest in his field. In 2015, he received the prestigious Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award and was included in TIME Magazine’s “TIME 100 Most Influential People in the World”.


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