Quantum Mechanics, Causality & Everyday Life

If you study Quantum Mechanics, it discusses the notion of probability in relation to determining the position of waves or particles. Waves and particles are what all phenomena are made of at the macroscopic scale. You and I, when broken down to our fundamental level are made up of waves and particles as is everything else. This is obviously a simplistic way of describing a very complex notion, but it will do for our purposes here. Anyway, physicists have been trying to predict the future motion of a particle by knowing its present position and momentum and all the forces acting upon it. This is important to all of us, because this knowledge could be applied to our quest to achieve our specific goals in our everyday lives. Quantum Mechanics has taught us that exact results cannot be determined and only probable outcomes are possible. This is known as the uncertainty principle.

Cause and effect is widely understood in the western world in a linear sense; for every cause a corresponding effect results. This is only partially true, since we cannot predict that specific causes or choices will produce exact outcomes or effects (Quantum Mechanics). Now, that does not mean a specific cause won’t result in our intended specific effect. It could, we just can’t count on such luck every time. In dealing with causality, the challenge is to learn how to be openly specific with detached engagement. This is no easy task for the linear mind that seeks to control every outcome in its quest for control. This quest for control is an attempt by the mind to find happiness, and yet, ironically, such a quest will always result in suffering, the antithesis of happiness. This Law (causality) of the Universe is constantly and forever vibrating phenomena into our physical reality and pulsating life into every aspect of everything. If we engage with this Law in our everyday lives in the correct way, with detached engagement while being openly specific we can achieve all our goals and find ultimate happiness.

Open Specificity

Now the fun begins. In order to engage in the Universal Law of Causality correctly, one must first understand that they are responsible for everything in their life, “good” and “bad.” No matter how dire your situation, no one can get you out of it but yourself. That doesn’t mean you won’t get help along the way for you will, but in the end it is your responsibility to create any change you wish to have in your life. The purpose of being specific and open is so that you don’t take the notion of openness to mean avoidance. Each of us is filled with desires that must be fulfilled. Make no mistake, it is hardly spiritual to not want things like money, lovers, husbands, good jobs, etc. Our purpose on the planet is to fulfill our desires without hurting or burdening others while we do it. Spirituality is the manifestation of our desires in this lifetime so that we can experience the divinity that resides within our lives. How else could we understand our divinity or power if not through challenging ourselves to break through our doubts and fears in the pursuit of manifesting our dreams and desires.

We must be specific about what we want to create so that we don’t fall into the snares of escapism by pretending that we don’t really want something when in reality we doubt our ability to actually get what we choose. Being specific offers us the opportunity to test the waters of this wonderful Law and our divine ability to engage with it on many levels. The openness has to do with allowing it to look differently than what we planned. When I say different I don’t mean other than what we chose. For example, a person may desire to be a grade school teacher but is having trouble finding a job. During their job search process they are offered a job at a tutoring center with more pay and better work hours. This center offers classroom tutoring and individual tutoring. Do they take the job or keep searching for a position as a grade school teacher? There is no right or wrong answer, but if you believe that we are all being given, in the moment, the best possible opportunity for our lives, which I believe is true, then taking the tutoring position would work. It is still a position in education with better pay and hours. As was discussed in the last newsletter, we have an internal Daimon that is running the show and we have to trust that what shows up is its call to expression. If this person were to stay attached to the grade school teaching position, he/she might end up forcing something that was not meant to be at that particular time or was not intended by their Daimon. Now, if this person was offered a job as a sales assistant at Morgan Stanley, I would say turn it down because it is not in the specific “realm” of teaching. This way of going about things offers specificity without rigidity and control, which ultimately is more fun, free from stress and fulfilling!


About Shawn Athanasios

A little bit about me. I received my BA from California State University, Northridge in Speech Communication and my MA in Culture and Communication from New York University (NYU). My Master’s degree was within the field of Interpersonal Communication and Conflict Management and my thesis topic was Meta-Cognition and Human Defensiveness. I wrote about the importance of individuals learning how to understand their defensiveness and negative thinking habits as a way to improve the overall cohesiveness within their human relationships. Curerently, I am an Adjunct Professor at SAE Institute, and my pasrt teaching experience includes several of the top Universities in the U.S. (NYU, LIM College, Pace University, Manhattan College & Georgia State University). My teaching experience includes the following courses: Interviewing Strategies, Intro to Human Communication and Culture, Interpersonal Communication, Small Group Communication, Principals and Theories of Communication, Public Speaking and Theories of Speech Communication I decided to create my own Coaching Business (JAAS Coaching) under the umbrella of Personal and Career Development for those looking to enhance their current profession, change careers, discover their deepest passions, communicate and manage conflict more effectively, achieve high levels of motivation, and find balance with their total self by offering a holistic approach to career and personal development. My eBook, "The Soul Search Before the Job Search," encompasses all of my work as a Personal and Executive Coach. My website/blog is www.JAAScoaching.comLinks to an external site. I have had many fulfilling experiences that include being raised in Laos, Ghana, India & Egypt by parents of the U.S. Foreign Service and Diplomatic community, teaching ESL in South Korea, serving as a Primary Counselor for kids out of Juvenile Hall, and mentoring grade school children through a Psychologist’s referred program. In addition, I am proud to have received a full scholarship for my Masters Degree at NYU, to have been the sole recipient of the Rosenberg scholarship and for graduating Magna Cum Laude upon completion of my graduate degree. I also presented two papers at the New York Speech Communication Association (NYSCA) conference while at Graduate School where I discussed the importance of taking full ownership of one’s shortcomings as essential to inducing change within oneself and one’s environment and how to be an effective interpersonal communicator. And finally, I was voted Faculty of The Year and Georgia State University after just one semester on the job! The article can be found on my website/blog. My volunteer work is reflected through participating in Buddhist Activities as a member of the Soka Gakkai International, the largest Buddhist lay organization in the world. Previously, I was the Young Men’s Division Leader for Houston District, I transcribed the World Tribune to audiotapes for the blind Buddhist members, I published an article in the Soka Gakkai’s Living Buddhism magazine and was a volunteer staff writer for the organization’s newspaper (The World Tribune). I continues to lead group discussions on Nichiren Buddhist Theory.
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