"The Explicate Order, weakest of all energy systems, resonates out of and is an expression of an infinitely more powerful order of energy called the Implicate order. It is the precursor of the Explicate, the dreamlike vision or the ideal presentation of that which is to become manifest as a physical object. The Implicate order implies within it all physical universes. However, it resonates from an energy field which is yet greater, the realm of pure potential. It is pure potential because nothing is implied within it; implications form in the implicate order and then express themselves in the explicate order. Bohm goes on to postulate a final state of infinite [zero point] energy which he calls the realm of insight intelligence. The creative process springs from this realm. Energy is generated there, gathers its pure potential, and implies within its eventual expression as the explicate order."
Will Keepin, David Bohm,
Noetic Science Journal
- David Bohm, _Wholeness and the Implicate Order_
As with any dogma, what was
once a useful guideline became a stifling limitation. Negating the ability
of the human intellect alone to fathom ultimate reality,
Bohm, then, challenged the scientific world to adopt a more profound understanding.
Reality, Bohmís work suggests, has a more subtle nature than that which
can be defined by linear, human thinking, the province of modern science
and the intellect. Within the fabric of reality, Bohm found not just the
wave/particle duality phenomenon, as described above, but an interconnectedness,
a Non-Space or Non-Local reality where only the appearance of waves
also being particles exists. He saw, perhaps intuitively, that it is ultimately
meaningless to see the universe as composed of parts, or disconnected,
since everything is joined, space and time being composed of the same essence
as matter. A subatomic particle, then, does not suddenly change into a
wave (at velocities that would have to be beyond the speed of light,
as Bohmís mentor, Einstein,
suggested), it already is a wave sharing the same Non-Space as the particle. Reality,
then, is not material in any common sense of the word. It is something
far more ineffable. Physicists call this Non-Locality. Mystics call it
In spite of those who disagreed, Bohm evolved a yet more profound understanding, that of an interconnected whole with a conscious essence, where all matter and events interact with one another, because time, space and distance are an illusion relative to perspective. He developed, in fact, holographic model of the universe, where the whole can be found in the most minute part, a blade of grass, an atom, and where matter, circumstance and dimension result from holographic projections of subtle, but powerful, conscious energy. Actual location and, by extension, the shape-shifting of particles, all manifest reality, in fact, exist only in the context of relative appearances. Bohm discovered that every thing is connected to everything else, past, present and future, as well as time, space and distance, because it all occupies the same Non-Space and Non-Time.
David Bohm brought to physics
and the scientific world the understanding that has propelled mystics and sages
since the dawn of time.
Rejecting the idea that particles do not exist until they are observed,
he, like Noble laureate and renowned physicist Brian Josephson, saw that
physics must see the nature of subatomic reality
in a new way. It is not simply that conscious perspective effects the nature
of the subatomic quanta, Bohm revealed, but that the subatomic quanta is
conscious, which means that everything is conscious, even inanimate objects
and seemingly empty space, the very definition, if one were possible, of
mystical or spiritual reality.
Bohm: It may well be. That's one way of looking at it. As I've suggested the mind has two-dimensional and three-dimensional modes of operation. It may be able to operate directly in the depths of the implicate order where this (timeless state) is the primary actuality. Then we could see the ordinary actuality as a secondary structure that emerges as an overtone of the primary structure...
Bohm: Light is what enfolds all the universe as well. For example, if you're looking at this room, the whole room is enfolded into light which enters the pupil of your eye and unfolds into the image and into your brain. Light in its generalized sense (not just ordinary light) is the means by which the entire universe unfolds into itself.
Weber: Is this a metaphor for you or an actual state?
Bohm: It's an actuality. At least as far as physics is concerned.
Weber: Light is energy, of course.
Bohm: It's energy and it's also information-content,
form, and structure. It's the potential of everything.
Weber: Physicists are not satisfied that they have understood light up to now because of the particle-wave paradox, right?
Bohm: Yes, I think that to understand light we'll have to understand the structure underlying time and space more deeply. you can see that these issues are related in the sense that light transcends the present structure of time and space and we will never understand it properly in that present structure.
Weber: How would implicate order philosophy handle light?
Bohm: It could handle it more naturally, mathematically speaking, because it doesn't commit itself to the idea of seperate points in space; but it may say that the underlying reality is something which is not localized. One view says that light also moves from one place to another through a series of positions, and the other view says it doesn't do that at all. Rather, light exists, it just simply IS.
This dialogue between Renee Weber and David Bohm is from Weber's book
_Dialogues with Scientists and Sages: The Search for Unity_
Dr. David Bohm argues that
the best way of understanding the non-local connection in modern physics
- Herbert's "cosmic glue" - is to regard both Mind and Universe as holograms.
In a hologram, any part contains the information
of the whole, as any page of _Finnegans Wake_, fully analyzed, seems to
contain the information of the whole - "the park is gracer than the whole"
K. Dick writes in VALIS:
Trismegistos... said "that which is above is that which is below."
By this he meant to tell us that our universe is a hologram, but he lacked
the term." - VALIS means Vast Active Living Information System, or Joyce's
- "The task above are as the flasks below, saith the emerald canticle of
Hermes, " FW, 263, - note the backward (Alice through
the looking glass) initials of the dreamer,
Humphrey Chimpden Earwicker - Joyces's enthusiasm for Giordano
Bruno began in adolescense and lasted his lifetime, and if you
read Frances Yates's Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition and Frances
Boldereff's Hermes to his son Thoth:
Joyce's Use of Giordano Bruno in _Finnegans Wake_, you will see that Bruno
was also trying to tell us our universe is a hologram, and Joyce understood
him that way.
- _Coincidance_ by Robert Anton Wilson off of _Semiotext USA_
Michael Talbot and David Bohm (in quotes) in Talbot's
_The Holographic Universe_, Chapter 2:
The Cosmos as Hologram, p.51
According to our current understanding of physics, every region of space is awash with different kinds of fields composed of waves of varying lengths. Each wave always has at least some energy. When physicists calculate the minimum amount of energy a wave can possess, they find that every cubic centimeter of empty space contains more energy than the total energy of all the matter in the known universe!
Space is not empty. It is full, a plenum as opposed to a vacuum, and is the ground for the existence of everything, including ourselves. The universe is not separate from this cosmic sea of energy, it is a ripple on its surface, a comparatively small "pattern of excitation" in the midst of an unimaginably vast ocean. "This excitation pattern is relatively autonomous and gives rise to approximately recurrent, stable and separable projections into a three-dimensional explicate order of manifestation," states Bohm. In other words, despite its apparent materiality and enormous size, the universe does not exist in and of itself, but is the stepchild of something far vaster and more ineffable. More than that, it is not even a major production of this vaster something, but is only a passing shadow, a mere hiccup in the greater scheme of things.
 Bohm, _Wholeness_, p.192
_Causality & Chance in
Modern Physics_ - David Bohm
Science, Myth, and The Trickster_ by
Allan Combs & Mark Holland
In other words, Bohm believes that an electron is not only mindlike, but is a highly complex entity, a far cry from the standard view that an electron is a simple, structureless point. The active use of information by electrons, and indeed by all subatomic particles, indicates that the ability to respond to meaning is a characteristic not only of consciousness but of all matter. It is this intrinsic commonality, says Bohm, that offers a possible explanation for PK. He states, "On this basis, psychokinesis could arise if the mental processes of one or more people were refocused on meanings that were in harmony with those guiding basic processes of the material systems in which this psychokineseis was to be brought about."
It is important to note that this kind of psychokinesis would not be due to a causal process, that is, a cause-and-effect relationship involving any of the known forces in physics. Instead, it would be the result of a kind of nonlocal "resonance of meanings," or a kind of nonlocal interaction similar to, but not the same as, the nonlocal interconnection that allows a pair of twin photons to manifest the same angle of polarization which we saw in chapter 2 (for technical reasons Bohm believes mere quantum nonlocality cannot account for either PK or telepathy, and only a deeper form of nonlocality, a kind of "super" nonlocality, would offer such an explanation).
- Michael Talbot - _The