Chi and the Quantum Field
The investigation into the nature of the quantum field — also known under the terms unified field, super-string field, zero-point field, or quantum vacuum — versus the older term ether is one of the primary research topics of modern science. And then we are talking only about our own science tradition, while in the East, in China, Japan, India, or Tibet, the notion of chi or ki presents an even older erudite and sophisticated concept that is part and parcel of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Ayurveda, and Tibetan Medicine.
While Rupert Sheldrake speaks of morphogenetic resonance to explain what Einstein called ‘spooky action at a distance,’ the greater part of researchers now speak about the human energy field as a unified field or quantum field. As this universal energy field was not recognized formerly by modern science, avant-garde scientist William Tiller coined the term ‘psychoenergetic science’ as the hanger-term for his extraordinary and mind-blowing research on the impact of human intention on matter.
This is definitely different by now; science has now the instrumentarium to measure the human energy field, something that just some decades back only clairvoyants were speaking about. — See, for example, William A. Tiller, Psychoenergetic Science (2007).
Western science thus become much closer to the universal truth, acknowledging the existence of a universal bioplasmatic, subtle energy that is the prime creational force in the universe. This is a welcome development as it narrows the gap that formerly existed between Western and Eastern science traditions. It is without a doubt that the acceptance of acupuncture in the occidental medical sciences, from about the 1970s has significantly contributed to the integration of the human energy field into modern science and medicine.
It is by all means a leap forward in an area that was long occulted through the knowledge prohibition of the Christian Church, before the onset of the scientific revolution by Galilei, Newton and Descartes.
The sophisticated Huna knowledge tradition is perhaps the most convincing example for the fact that a spiritual-minded and enlightened culture will see science and religion as a unique field that inclines toward rationalism, as it inclines toward mysticism, and here I use the term mysticism deliberately to connote the fact that we always will face a black wall in front of the immense complexity of the universe.
Here is precisely where religion comes in, that is, at the point where we stand in the gap between knowledge and belief, and must give up our search because we have now developed a unified field theory or string theory but they are but two of two dozens of theories that quantum mechanics offers us for explaining the mystery of the universe. Here is where faith sets in.
As Amit Goswami explains in his book The Self-Aware Universe (1995), part of this black wall is that mechanistic science can’t explain subjective phenomena, while we humans are, after all, subjects, and not objects in our science. We are the observers of nature, not the observed, hence we are the subjects of our scientific scrutiny or voyage. And as such we are entangled with our observation, which means that we cannot honestly claim that we can achieve one hundred percent of objectiveness in any kind of scientific research endeavor.
That means that a part of the field will always remain black, and if we complain about that, it won’t change the fact.
Quantum physics has taught us a hard lesson here, it taught us that there is no way out of this maze, other than religion, that is, contemplation of what-is — without judging, without fitting observations to our mental drawers of past knowledge and tradition. It means we have to remain open for novelty, when we are real scientists, and systemliterate ones at that!