Living in a Metaphorical World
“In scientific research, a great deal of our thinking is in terms of theories... Thus, it might be said that a theory is primarily a form of insight, i.e. a way of looking at the world, and not a form of knowledge of how the world is.” ― David Bohm, Quantum Physicist, Wholeness and the Implicate Order
We Live in a World of Metaphors ... and Some Notes about Our Work
When one of our mentors described a particular therapeutic modality as a metaphor it set us to thinking about the concept.
He was making the point that the tools of the particular modality were only related to the actual client effect through some intermediate mechanisms. That is, the intended therapeutic action was not direct but rather indirect, and that the intermediate mechanisms of change were not clearly understood. However, this observation, it seemed to us, could apply to just about any existing approach to health and wellness. We understand, for example, that activation of acupressure points are said to relate to the health of organs and tissue systems. There are theoretical frameworks but we do not know exactly how this system works. The Chinese learned over millennia of practice to assist one’s health by addressing their concept of acupoints, chakra energy centers and meridian channels but their descriptions of the associated functions strike one as mystical in nature and do not really explain (at least not to the Western mind) what is actually going on…that is, except in what might be described as metaphorical terms. Though we hasten to add here that this does not mean that such approaches have no value or do not work.
However, one might logically pose the question: Does anyone really know what is going on in the medical world or even the larger physical world? Do we in the West really understand the underlying mechanisms of health and disease? As it turns out, we don’t even have a good solid (pun intended) enduring definition of the physical world and how it works. Quantum physics proposes the latest understanding and it is so counter-intuitive as to boggle the mind. And since modern day science consists mainly of a growing set of observations of physical phenomenon rather than a true understanding of them, we must conclude that science is itself a metaphor. And though there is overlap and they are certainly related to each other, science and physics are not the same thing, and mathematics is something else yet. And mathematics, though pure in itself, is unfortunately too often the instrument of skewed conclusions and erroneous correlations.
Classical Newtonian physics has turned out to be just a special case within quantum physics and, remarkably, after 350 years since its description by Isaac Newton we still do not understand things like gravity or magnetism. We simply observe and make calculations and predictions derived from the observations—and, interestingly, this essentially describes modern science.
Can modern science actually explain our world?
This is not to take away the tremendous accomplishments of science but the idea that it is explaining our world in a comprehensive manner is now not even debatable. And even though quantum physics has taken over some realms of serious science, it has made little inroads into western medicine where Newtonian physics still occupies center stage, with transistors and MRI machines representing a slender quantum contribution to the field. A surgeon, guided by Newtonian cause and effect, may remove a tumor successfully but likely has little idea of how it got there and no idea of its energetic signature and informational roots—roots that may extend into patient childhood and beyond.
The brilliant mathematician, Dr. Morris Kline, points out that science is actually “rationalized fiction” and that our most modern physics “leaves us with the incredible conclusion that essentially there is no solid matter in the external world and raises the question, of what substance are we human beings composed.”  He points out that all we really have to describe things is mathematics, and a great deal of scientific descriptions and conclusions hinges on seeming correlations, the probability of events and apparent cause and effect relationships. Thanks to the pioneering work of quantum physicists, such as John Archibald Wheeler,  who proposed that information is the very essence of existence, many physicists are now moving towards the conclusion that matter is just a form of energy, which seems to be what Einstein's formula was telling us all along with his E=mc2 (Energy = mass x the speed of light [c] squared). Mass is made of energy and that is what is liberated in an atomic explosion. And energy is a storage medium and conduit of the Universe's basic building block, information.
In order to obtain a better perspective, if we look at the physical world up close, like really close (e.g. at the molecular level), we see that the apparently solid physical world is actually almost all open space. In fact, over 99% of apparently physical solids is actually open space occupied mainly by force fields. It is really the molecular force fields that are impacting our physical senses (and our own personal force fields and sensory preceptors) that give us our very limited experience of the physical world. The fact is that, our sensory perception is a very crude and constrained subset of the real world.
Electronic and scientific instruments give us peepholes into this larger world but, from the perspective of the whole of existence, still constitute hardly more than random samples. Could we see this larger world with perfect full-spectrum eyes we would see a kaleidoscopic scene of swirling, spinning, oscillating, vibrating forms of energies and their various connections, entanglements and relationships. If we could see the world and our surroundings with these full-spectrum super-human eyes, this more actual world of energy would make much more sense to us. This is, in fact, the real world in which our therapeutic work operates.
The mentor, mentioned at the beginning of this article, was indirectly making the point that his own modality (or metaphor) was more accurate—that is, closer in concept to an effective reality then his competition. Whereas our own work has not settled entirely on any of our various mentors' metaphors, but has actually taken its own path to realization based on our particular understandings of the real world and through empirical feedback from clinical results. Our work has ever striven to achieve not only the most accurate conceptualization of what is really going on and what is really possible, but also an exhaustive attempt to identify all the pertinent factors or levers that can be leveraged for success. In other words, the more accurate the metaphor the more effective and powerful the result. This includes a heavy relationship with neurological science, quantum physics and our belief in a Higher Being’s beneficial disposition towards His children and the existence of master information templates that can also be referenced.
The relationaship of consciousness to the physical world
With respect to quantum physics and making an even longer story necessarily somewhat shorter, quantum mechanics (as it is also known) emerged when some brilliant minds realized they were witnessing certain phenomena that could not be explained by classical physics — which newer physics has since been proven beyond any doubt and is now the gold standard. However, it is a gold standard that few people really understand and that has had limited impact due to this fact. The rather notorious and mind-bending metaphysical implications emerging out of quantum physics have energized some sectors of alternative medicine but do not extend much beyond application of some jargon.
What is troubling to the scientist and fascinating to the non-scientist is the newly revealed undeniable relationship between consciousness and the physical world. Furthermore, the brilliant theoretical physicist, David Bohm, one of the early quantum pioneers, concluded that even quantum physics was not the ultimate but just another level of representation (e.g. another metaphor) of a more basic and fundamental “implicit order” behind or underscoring everything that exists. 3 Though we rely heavily on quantum principles in our work including quantum entanglement and the so-called observer effect, we also agree with Bohm’s conclusion.
A Summary of Relevant Principles
We suggest here that there are certain facts related to the above commentary that lend themselves to and inform the work we do. Consequently, if we are to have a more effective understanding of the world that has been created for us and, therefore, a greater ability to interact successfully with it, we suggest it is helpful to understand the following:
1) Everything in existence has its own level of built-in intelligence to which it adheres
2) Everything in existence has its own associated and intrinsic energy fields.
3) These energy fields are governed by the information and intelligence they contain and this information is never destroyed.
4) At various levels everything that exists communicates with everything else (including through ubiquitous energy fields such as the Zero Point and Higgs fields and in some cases scalar waves).
5) Whether it be a kidney, a tumor, an electron or a quark, everything that exists vibrates, oscillates, spins or all of the above.
6) In order to adequately address optimum health a human being must be comprehended as a composite of oscillating systems and their entanglements, connections and relationships to each other and to other systems.
7) Everything that exists has an informational/energetic "signature" including any human dysfunction (for example, a pain, a diseased organ or a tumor each has an informational energetic signature which includes an associated frequency).
8) The information content of energy fields and signatures are both accessible and potentially re-programmable through utilization of the natural human and universal energetic fields and the data and intelligence contained therein.
9) Every human disease or dysfunction has a historical record that can be traced and audited and without this information being addressed systemic imbalances will persist in some form.
10) This energetic/informational record will also usually include relevant and related data associated with the energetic/ informational family field and at least one or more ancestors.
11) We also take as a given that there is in existence within the mind of God and the Universal Information Field (Zero Point Field) a set of divine mind/body templates available for therapeutic reference.
We believe that it is safe to say that the future of human health may be referred to as vibrational medicine and that energy and information are the building blocks of the universe, with information (e.g. “the Word”) being the most fundamental.
The innate intelligence in everything and the implicit order (or Higher Consciousness) is what governs the Universe. In our work we acknowledge a personal, collective and a higher consciousness and work to articulate with each in a manner that makes both scientific and metaphysical sense. It is a unique form of intercession empowered by several levels and types of knowledge and experience. And the proof of these assertions is that it usually works.
If we are to cure or at least relieve disease and dysfunction we must first understand the full energetic and informational context of any malady, and that context may include multiple client generations. Though we may rightfully look to environmental toxins and other adverse conditions in the environment, we have found that these are as much triggers to latent and inherited dispositions as they are explainable causes in and of themselves. Dysfunction is always a message, and its optimum and lasting resolution requires deciphering the information in the message and then dealing with it appropriately. Also see:
1) Morris Kline, Mathematics and the Search for Knowledge, Oxford University Press, 1985, p.198
2) See: Meijer D.K.F., NeuroQuantology, Mar 2015, Vol. 13, Issue 1, pp 57-78, John Wheeler’s world revisited
3) David Bohm, Wholeness and the Implicate Order, Routledge, 2005, p.4