Thursday, November 29, 2007

Spooky action at a distance

All things by immortal power,
Near or far,
To each other linked are,
That thou canst not stir a flower
Without troubling of a star.

Francis Thompson

I ran across this poem three times on the Internet today, first at the bottom of the preface to Dean Radin's book Entangled Minds, then in reference to the recent popular movie, Stardust, and in a novel by Madeline L'Engle. I can see how it has captured the imagination, but what does it mean?

In a nutsell, the universe is all connected at the microscopic level of elementary particles. And for more information about that, click on the link under the title of this post. I'm reminded of a book I read many years ago about the healing power of light being based on the fact that when you get down to the subatomic level we are all light. The whole universe is light. When God said, let their be light, he was saying let there be everything!

What does this all have to do with ghosts? It's all about being connected, about, as the poem says, being linked together and being beings of energy. Perhaps for this reason our loved ones who have passed on are sometimes able to make themselves known to us, poltergeists are able to rattle the pans, and events from long ago are able to reenact themselves with us as their new audience.

The title of this post comes from Albert Einstein, who once referred to quantum physics as "spooky action at a distance."

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