The Physical Body

One other thing needs to be noted. The physical body has particular, organic, biological functioning. To put it more bluntly, I'll quote an Indian teacher of mine who said, "All our time is spent eating, sleeping, shitting, and fucking, or how to make more money so you have a better place to do it in." Bodily responses are not processible. The body needs to eat, sleep, shit and fuck. Problems arise when sex becomes a substitute for feeling a lack of love, or food becomes a substitute for security or comfort. Sleep or tiredness can be a depression or a way of resisting feeling. This process, whereby, an individual sublimates or substitutes food for a lack of self-esteem is processible. Quantum Psychology does not, like many spiritual disciplines, talk about abstinence or resisting a bodily function like food, sex, or sleep. Rather, Quantum Psychology suggests that the sublimation or substitution of wanting love for food as a compulsion can be de-constructed by recognizing its origin, the emptiness. The bodily functions will continue, while the self-defeating tendency of sublimation leaves people not feeling free or getting what they really want. It is the resistance to a bodily function, or abstinence, that causes problems. Why? Because it is labeled as "unholy" or "not godly" to feel sexual. It is something to be resisted. Those feelings must be kept there so that you can always know what you're not suppose to have. Furthermore, it causes sublimation or substitution.

Noted psychiatrist Dr. Wilhelm Reich suggests further that abstinence from sexual orgasm closes the natural ability the body has to discharge energy. This energy, rather than going out through the genitals, must go somewhere. Where does it go? Reich suggests that the energy moves upward toward the head, causing more thoughts. Consequently, the sexual abstinence, professed by Eastern spiritual disciplines to promote a "quite, calm, peaceful" mind, might yield opposite results. Certainly, this was true in my case because the energy did not go out but went to my head and into more thoughts.

Furthermore, Reich suggests strongly that forced sexual abstinence (celibacy) forces the energy upward into fantasy causing the fantasized mystification of the world. This is why members of the celibate, spiritual community, I was involved with, along with myself, tended to mystify everything into the fantasy of gods and goddesses as part of the "magical thinking" of our daily experiences. This would also explain the mystification of the teachers or guru. Imposed celibacy in the community I lived in caused mystification of the "power" of the man or woman Guru. Often times devotees would project such magical qualities onto the teacher making statements like, "he knows exactly what I need," or he knows my every thought or desire." This "magical" mystification of a teacher can be traced back to age-regressed childhood states, where Mommy and Daddy are responsible for you and many times stayed vigilant to fulfill your needs.*

Often times, parents will say, "if you need it, I'll give it to you." The child takes this idealized and spiritualized parent and projects it on the guru or god. Children believe that pleasing the parent gets them what they need from the parent; this too is projected on the outer teacher or god.

Parallels between pleasing the guru, or God, and pleasing Mom and Dad can be drawn. The co-dependence or necessary dependence of the child on the parents for survival can carry through in an age-regressed ego state within the adult, as he/she projects his/ her Mommy and Daddy on an "idealized" teacher. In the middle seventies, I used to call this process "transpersonal transference", whereby god, Guru, or teacher is attributed magical powers by the adult/child. The paths, so often given as the only solution, are simply parent to child trances. For example, a child is told, "if you're good, you'll get love." The mystified teacher/projected idealized parent says, "be good, follow my rules, and you'll get liberation, bliss, love, etc. My father's enlightenment was a house in the suburbs and two kids. Many teacher's heaven is ... fill in the blanks. I mention this because Quantum Psychology does not claim to be the only way.

Quantum Psychology does not suggest good or bad. While in an Indian monastery my friends and I were always waiting for the "divine meat axe" for doing something we should not be doing or thinking, just as in my house as a child. One teacher said people are much smarter than God. People know all about good and bad, right and wrong, high and low, sin and virtue. God doesn't know anything about these. GOD JUST IS."

One workshop participant said, "I am left with nothing. I feel empty and a little depressed."

I read a quote from noted physicist John Wheeler.

"The nothingness of space can be seen as composed of fundamental building blocks. If we could examine it microscopically we would find that the fabric of space-time or

*This trance of spiritualization is discussed in depth in The Trances of the Inner Child: The Dark Side, Chapter 14. Bramble Books, Publication date: Fall 1993.

'superspace' is composed of a turbulent sea of bubbles." (DeWitt and Wheeler, 1968)

This can further be appreciated in the context of Chinese Philosophy and more specifically Taoism. The Chinese use the word Chi to denote the basic energy emanating from this living breathing emptiness. Chi can condense into objects or thin-out into emptiness.

"When the Chi condenses, its visibility becomes apparent so that there are then the shapes of individual things, when it disperses, its visibility is no longer apparent and there are no shapes. The Great Void cannot but consist of Chi; this Chi cannot but condense to form all things; and these things cannot but become dispersed, so as to form (once more) the Great Void." (Fung,1958:279-228)

In terms of physics, Wheeler says these bubbles are the warp and weft of empty space and comprise, what Wheeler calls, the "Quantum foam." He states, "The space of quantum geometro-dynamics can be compared to a carpet of foam spread over a slowly undulating landscape"...The continual microscopic changes in the carpet of foam, as new bubbles appear and old ones disappear, symbolize the quantum fluctuations in geometry." (DeWitt and Wheeler, 1968).

This understanding in physics must be experienced and known directly, however. The purpose of the exercises and all the trainings and seminars we give called Quantum Psychology® is not to add another belief system, but rather to make available approaches that provide an experiential knowingness of what physics has already proven.

Furthermore, the bubbles mentioned by Wheeler are likened to, and similar to, the part-(icles) or I-dentities. Often people in workshops experience these I-dentities as bubbles floating in emptiness. Once the emptiness and the bubble or part-(icle) are seen as the same, the nothingness or what Wheeler calls the "building block" of existence remains. The nothing becomes a something (when condensed), the something (condensed nothing) becomes nothing when thinned-out or de-constructed. This is talked about by Lama Goumda,

"The relationship of form and emptiness cannot be conceived as a state of mutually exclusive opposites, but only as two aspects of the same reality, which coexist and are in continual cooperation." (Govinda, 1974:223)

What Wheeler says is, "nothingness is the building blocks of the universe." The emptiness is made of the same substance as particles be it a feeling or thought or emotion, etc. They are all one and the same. Now to go back to the comment, "I feel empty and depressed." People put judgements, evaluations, and decisions on what the experience of emptiness means, like it is "not good" or it means "I'm empty or depressed." These are labels that are tacked on to pure emptiness. Without a judgment or decision as to what the emptiness means, only ISNESS remains .

Recently, I was working with a client who was continually trying to fill up the empty void she felt inside, she labeled it "unwanted". By trying to fill up this empty void, she was resisting that empty space. As we began to "do therapy," she began to experience that the emptiness was always there and it was what everything came from and went back to. In her words, "My whole perception has changed. I feel comfortable and at peace." A week later she said, "Where were you twenty years ago when I was taking drugs. This is tetter than drugs." Another client complained of compulsive over-eating. I saw that she was resisting emptiness and was trying to "fill it up" with food. This is very common for over-eaters, the resistance to emptiness. Interestingly enough, Buddhists often say that our greatest resistance is to "nothing."*

If you are feeling the emptiness is "not okay," then notice the label or judgment you have about it, and realize that it is just a label, not who you really are. Then see the label and the part-icle and the emptiness as made of the same substance.

The other day, I was working with a depressed man. I asked him, "How do you experience the depression?" He said, "As empty, void, nothingness." The client labeled the void as depression. A week later a Buddhist friend of mine said, "I just want to experience the bliss of the VOID." He labeled the void as bliss. I laughed because I realized that half of the people I know are trying to get into

♦This will be discussed in my next book. The Too of Chaos: Quantum Consciousness Vol. II., i.e., the personality types of the enneagram organizes around essence in the body.

the void, the other half are trying to get out of the void. It's all in the labeling.

Another workshop participant said, "What about enlightenment?" I replied by saying, "In Buddhist terms, the ultimate is called Nirvana, and this world is called samsara. Buddha realized, that since the emptiness was the same as the form that surrounds us, or as Einstein said, "Everything is emptiness and form is condensed emptiness," then to see one as different from the other, would be to not see what was there. To paraphrase the Buddha, a person seeking the ultimate (Nirvana) is ignorant; a person seeking the world (samsara) is ignorant.

Since emptiness and form are the same, then to seek one and oppose the other, would be not to understand the nature of the universe; or to see only the explicate order of separation and not the implicate or quantum unity. This leads to Buddha's historic statement,

"Nirvana (the ultimate) is samsara,

Samsara (the world) is nirvana."

Whittaker, a noted physicist says it this way,

"In Einstein's conception, space is no longer the stage on which the drama of physics is performed; it is itself one of the performers." (Whittaker, 1948)

Where then does that leave enlightenment? Possibly, it is just another concept surrounded by emptiness.

Finally, one student remarked, "This leaves me with no model, nothing to find out who I am."

I responded by quoting an Indian teacher I worked with: "In order to find out who you are, I must liken it to a pole vaulter going over the bar, in order to go over to the other side, you must let go of the pole, in the same way, you must let go of your concepts and models of reality."

This leads us into the next chapter. Now that we have the emptiness in front of us, who are we?


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