“Observations not only disturb what is to be measured, they produce it.”
Pascual Jordan, German physicist
This is a story about a speck and infinity. Since infinity is a rather difficult concept to grasp, I’m going to use the metaphor of this familiar painting:
For the sake of argument, let’s pretend Mona Lisa here is infinity.
So here’s the speck:
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It should be pretty obvious, even to the untrained eye, that Da Vinci’s famous painting is a heck of a lot bigger than this itty, bitty speck.
(Notice, you practically have to strain your eyes to see it)
Yet the speck is what we have spent the last two days (and indeed most of our lives) focusing on. The speck is the anomaly of recent events in Boston. While most of the world is perfectly fine (the sun’s still rising, spring flowers are still growing, the school crossing guards are still directing hand-holding kindergartners across the street) and 99.999999 percent of its inhabitants are safe and alive and still breathing fresh, clean air, we’ve glued all our attention to the speck.
Herein, lie the challenge of our times. We manifest into our lives whatever we focus on. This is a spiritual law and a certainty of quantum physics.
The world we see on television is nothing but what we’ve chosen to focus upon. Sadly, up until now, that has been mayhem, problems and unsightly bath tub scum.
We’ve drawn out of the magnificent Field of Infinite Potentiality a speck of seeming disaster and we’re staring at it like it’s a 16-plex movie cinema.
I compare it to the job review where the boss gives high marks in 16 areas. Yet we focus on that one slight aberration that “still needs improvement.”
It’s time for all of us to start bringing our attention back to beauty, to Truth, to what’s working. A friend of mine even healed her sprained right foot by taking her focus off the pain and concentrating on how wonderful her left foot felt.
Once something grabs our attention (a headache, a thought of unworthiness, an unfortunate world event), we devote every waking moment to worrying about it, to getting the latest twitter updates. And as long as we keep looking at the speck, it will only grow.
If you can see even a tiny glimpse of goodness, of peace, of kind, well-meaning fellow humans, place your attention on that. This simple truth is what will ultimately save the world.
We draw into our lives whatever it is we focus upon. Isn’t it time to take our battery-powered headlamps off the speck and focus on the beauty, the depth and the Truth of Mona Lisa?
Pam Grout is the author of E-Squared: 9 Do-it-Yourself Energy Experiments that Prove Your Thoughts Create Your Reality.