Physicist John Wheeler suggests that notonly do we play a role in what he calls a“participatory universe,” but we fulfillthe primary role. The key to Wheeler’sproposition is the word participatory. Inthis type of universe, you and I are partof the equation. We are both catalysts for the events of our lives, as well as the “experiencers” of what we create . . . these things arehappening at the same time! We are “partof a universe that is a work in progress.”In this unfinished creation, “we are tiny patches of the universe looking at itself – and building itself.”
In a participatory universe, the act of focusing our consciousness – of us
Are We Passive Observers or
From The Divine Matrix
By Gregg Braden
What Does It Mean to “Participate” in the Universe?
looking somewhere and examining the world – is an act of creation in and of itself. We are the ones observing andstudying our world. We are the mind (orat least part of a greater mind), as Planck described. Everywhere we look, ourconsciousness makes something for usto look at. A participatory universe . . . exactly what would that entail? If consciousness really creates, then how much power do weactually have to change our world? Theanswer may surprise you. The 20th-century visionary from Barbados knownsimply by the name of Neville perhapsbest described our ability to make ourdreams a reality and bring imaginationto life. Through his numerous books andlectures, in terms that are simple yetdirect, he shared the great secret of howto navigate the many possibilities of theDivine Matrix. From Neville’sperspective, all that we experience –literally everything that happens to usor is done by us – is the product of our consciousness and absolutely nothing else.He believed that our ability to apply this understanding through the powerof imagination is all that standsbetween us and the miracles of ourlives. Just as the Divine Matrixprovides the container for theuniverse, Neville suggested that it isimpossible for anything to happenoutside the container of consciousness.
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