This 5-minute cartoon (you don’t have to watch it to read this post but it is so very interesting) illustrates how the behaviour of matter changes when it is observed/measured. This has implications for how we see truth, how we make decisions and choices, and how we respond in our relationships.
T he experiment in the video shows that electrons (or any fundamental particles) will change their behaviour when being observed. Individual electrons will turn into a wave until someone or something observes them, when they then decide to become a specific particle.
Considering this in terms of who you are, and in terms of how you interact with the world, try this process:
Rules for Private and Public Behaviour
Imagine you’re alone, maybe sitting at your desk or on the sofa, doing something like working on a project on your computer, reading a book, or simply resting.
Your mind wanders and you look out the window, or at the wall, or at a picture on the wall. Various thoughts arise, maybe feelings, and memories.
Something you read or remember makes you react so you express that reaction in your facial expression, or in how your body tenses, or verbally. You might notice your leg is going numb from how you are sitting so you move it and stretch. You might feel thirsty so you either decide to get up and get a drink or you ignore your thirst. You scratch an itch. Your mind wanders, you click your mouse, you look back at your book or computer screen. You sneeze or cough without worrying about how it sounds or even whether you put your hand over your mouth.
You get the picture… you are alone and you don’t have to censor your actions, reactions or your thoughts.
Now imagine if you had been sitting there in the same situation but were aware that you were being observed, either by a person or a camera on the wall. Would you behave differently?
Most people would. Most of us have a different set of rules for ourselves when we are in private and when we are in public.
When you know that you are being watched, your primary self is activated. All its rules start to shape and constrain how you behave.
If, for example, you are at your computer because you are meant to be working, then simply by knowing that someone is observing you will make you behave according to the rules you have that are relevant for that situation.
Your Behaviour is Affected by Who is Observing You
How you behave will also be determined by who is watching you.
If you are meant to be working on a project, your behaviour will vary depending on if it is your boss, partner, or friend observing you. For instance, if you are resting on the couch and you know your mother is the person watching you, you will most likely behave differently to if it were your 2-year-old child in the room with you, and you would behave differently again if it were a very close friend.
So when you are alone, it is like you are the probability waves of the experiment. There are particular probabilities present – your own mix of primary selves, archetypes, genetic and other influences, and disowned and unconscious selves – and then when you are being observed, the probability shapes into specifics.
This supports the idea that the way we express ourselves is not set in stone – who we are is relational. It depends on who else is there.
It also shows us that we can become, with intention, into something other than we have been.
When we are a ‘probability wave’ and have not committed to become something in particular, we still have a choice. Or, more accurately, there exists the potential for choice. We may not have choice yet because without another aspect to this picture – the aware ego – all we can do is respond/react to whatever observer appears before us.
The experiment in the cartoon has as the observer a measuring device, so it is more like the witnessing, awareness level of consciousness rather than like a person identified with selves.
Because the selves have an energetic reality that affects other people, when we are being observed by another person, the effect on our behaviour/choices is stronger than if we were being observed by a non-judgemental witness-like machine.
But then, in the experiment there are people behind the machine, observing the machine to see what the results are, so does their energetic field come through the machine and affect the behaviour of the electrons?
Maybe that’s the next stage in these types of science experiments: to determine if there is a difference in how probability waves and particles behave when the machine observing the waves and particles is itself observed, and to see how the probability waves behave differently with different observers, and how that is different to if the observing machine is unobserved.