Quantum Physics


Fig. 6. The five bodies of consciousness.

The physical is the grossest level, the vital a higher category, the mental a still higher category, and then comes the supramental (which healers do not usually invoke, categorizing it with the spiritual). If you are familiar with Platonic thinking, you can identify the supramental as the domain of what Plato called archetypes. In Jung’s vision, this is the domain that we access by intuition. And finally, there is the spiritual, which is the whole—the ground of being, which we cannot experience in subject-object split awareness.

This picture of five “bodies” of consciousness is very old. It was discovered in India as part of the Vedanta literature (as in the story related earlier in this chapter) and in the Judaic tradition as part of the Kabbala. Once you see the entire cosmology—world picture—in these terms, a veil lifts. You readily see that the different paradigms employed by different health practitioners are but a way of talking about different levels of disease and healing. And then you begin to see a way of integrating the different models to give you the ultimate holistic health paradigm, which is what Integral Medicine is about.

The physical level of disease seems easy to talk about: It is the body’s normal physics and chemistry gone awry. The causes can be both external and internal. Examples of an external cause in the materialist paradigm are things like germs, viruses, and physical injuries.

Internal causes of a physical disease are more subtle, but an obvious one is a genetic defect. Deficiency of a gene or a combination of genes translates into the body’s incapacity to make particular proteins for proper organ functioning—hence the disease.

But such an analysis as to the cause of the disease is not always possible. Take the case of cancer, for example. Both germ theory and gene deficiency have been considered as a cause, but not with much success. So the question, “What causes cancer?” is quite open to theories at the vital and mental levels.

What causes disease at the vital level? At the physical level, we have the physical body representations subject to the usual physics and chemistry; at the vital level we have body plans—the morphogenetic fields. An individual physical body is unique because of its structure. An individual’s vital body is also unique but for a different reason—because of conditioning. Certain vital blueprints are used more than others, a group of propensities that then becomes a pattern of functional personality.

Such an individual vital body:

(1) may have certain imbalances built into it (internal cause);

(2) may acquire imbalances due to interactions with (a) the physical, (b) the vital, and (c) the mental environment (external cause).

Such an environment may consist of food, nature and animals, and other people. Note that the interactions of the vital with the physical and mental environment are indirect. Physical environment affects the physical body organs, but the latter are correlated with the vital body blueprints and so the effect propagates. Of course, consciousness makes the ultimate connection.

Similarly, the mental environment affects the correlated brain. The brain is connected to the various organs of the physical body through the nervous system and also through the newly discovered psychoneuroimmunology connections. Finally, these organs are correlated with the vital body blueprints at the appropriate chakra. And consciousness again makes the connection.

These imbalances in the use of the vital body blueprints (the morphogenetic fields) then produce imbalances in the physical organ representations as well.

At the mental level, negative mental meaning may be attributed to external input occurring at all three levels:

At the physical level. For example, an injury causing mental anguish, “Why do these things always happen to me?”

The vital feeling level (the sight of a tiger producing fear and also fantasy fear).

At the mental level (words of insult).

The negative mental meaning affects the body through its representation in the brain, and subsequently through the brain’s connection to the body via the nervous system and the psycho neuro immunological molecules. Mental meaning affects the vital body blueprints directly at the crown chakra (top of the head) and indirectly through the physical body at the other chakras.

Additionally, the mind of an individual may also have built-in internal imbalances. Both internal and external imbalances of the mind are able to produce vital as well as physical imbalances.

Since the archetypal supramental level is not directly represented in the physical, there is no disease that can be said to be supramental in origin as such. But our lack of ongoing connection to the supramental and bliss bodies may manifest as ignorance that is the root cause of all suffering. The East Indian sage Patanjali (Taimni 1961) has said that ignorance gives rise to the ego, the ego develops likes and dislikes (a process I call mentalization of feeling), and these likes and dislikes eventually give rise to physical disease and fear of death.

Thus, physical disease can be caused at all the levels, in all five bodies. The strict materialist assumes that all disease is caused at the physical level, and that is the most profound mistake of conventional medicine. But the alternative healing professionals make the same mistake if they attribute disease to any one level, as due to malfunction in any one body. In many cases, one must examine the cause of disease at more than one level.

Take the case of a physical injury. Materialists think this is a physical level problem. But the surgeons do their thing, and the wound does not heal. Now is the time to realize that the vital blueprints that assist the regeneration of the affected organ are not working properly. And this is the time to consult an acupuncturist.

The same holds for healing that must also be considered at more than one level. A disease comes with certain symptoms at the physical level, certain feelings of illness at the vital level, certain wrongness of meaning at the mental level, and a certain sense of separateness from the supramental and bliss levels. A complete healing is holistic healing—we should always try a multilevel approach, if compatible approaches for the different levels can be found.

Here is how it works. At the lowest level are conventional medicine and its materialist cures (of symptoms): drugs, surgery, and radiation. If the disease is entirely physical (which is seldom the case), then a material cure is the end of the story.

At the next level, the vital level, the disease has recognizable vital components as well as the obvious physical ones. If we treat only the vital components of the disease, as the Eastern practitioners of Ayurveda and traditional Chinese medicine do or as the homeopaths tend to do also, we have an exclusive paradigm. It is true that the treatment at the vital level is more fundamental and encompasses the physical level, but it takes time. So it is also true that in some cases when there is an urgency, the complementary use of the physical cure is clearly called for. The point is to focus on the compatibility of the two cures; then everything is moving in the right direction.

At the next level, the role of the mind is recognized; it is now mind-body disease and mind-body healing. Yes, at this level mind can be said to create the disease, but is it necessary to insist that mind alone heals, that it is all mind doing the healing at the mental level and that healing is percolating down to the physical? Instead, why not continue compatible vital level and physical level healing as well?

In fact, one of the major points I make in this book is that mind-body healing is sometimes a misnomer. When mind creates the disease, sometimes the healing cannot be found at the level of the mind. One has to take a quantum leap to the supramental for healing. Of course, supramental healing does not exclude the mind; neither does it exclude the physical and the vital. A leap to the supramental fixes the wrongness of mental meaning; fixing the mental meaning fixes the vital feeling, signifying the healing of the morphogenetic programs so the latter can restore the biological functions of the organs at the physical level.

At the next level of spiritual healing, healing is recovery of wholeness (etymologically, healing and whole come from the same root) or what spiritual traditions call enlightenment. Some confusion arises here. If spiritual enlightenment is also the highest level of healing, why do supposedly enlightened people die of diseases such as cancer (so much so that Andrew Weil jokingly calls enlightenment an invitation to cancer). Why can’t these enlightened people heal themselves?

It is a fact that two great enlightened mystics of recent times, Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi, both died of cancer. But the confusion dissolves when you recognize that the discovery of wholeness heals the mind of the ego-separateness; the healing of the ego gets rid of vital imbalances due to emotional preferences, and no emotional preference means no fear of death at the physical level.

So, there is nobody there either to suffer or be afraid of death due to the disease. Who, then, needs to heal it? In other words, the enlightened perspective may not make sense to perspectives from any of the lower levels!

What is Integral Medicine Science?

Practitioners of conventional medicine may still hesitate to embrace an Integral Medicine that integrates alternative medicine and conventional medicine. If medicine is generalized to involve nonphysical domains of reality (even conceding that they exist), would medicine still be a science? Science depends on consensus experimental data. Since we cannot observe the nonphysical with our physical instruments, how can we build a consensus science?

The answer to this kind of concern is not difficult. Our individualized nonphysical bodies, the vital and the mental, are not susceptible to direct physical measurements, true, but they have correlated effects in the physical that are available for laboratory experimentation. Moreover, we as conscious beings can directly feel, think, and intuit; these are our direct connections to the vital, the mental, and the supramental, respectively. If the doctrine of strong objectivity—namely, that science should be independent of subjects—is replaced by a doctrine of weak objectivity—namely, that science should be invariant from subject to subject—then medicine can be subjective and yet scientific.

The conventionalist may still hesitate:

Suppose the so-called anomalous data of alternative medicine, mind-body healing, pain management by acupuncture, Ayurvedic doshas, homeopathic cures without physical medicine, spontaneous healing, prayer healing at a distance, all are real, but their nonphysical explanations are faulty and unnecessary. What makes you think that in some future time all these data will not find a perfectly material explanation?

After all, we almost succeeded in showing that homeopathy is placebo healing (healing by sugar pills with doctor’s blessing to enhance belief) and that acupuncture works through our nervous system (see later for details). The philosopher Karl Popper has called this attitude promissory materialism. Promissory materialism consists of vain promises that materialists make for solving a paradoxical problem or an anomaly in some future day with the help of additional materialist ideas that the future will bring.

For decades, promissory materialists have looked to replace the mind with nothing but the brain, but nobody has succeeded in building a computer that processes meaning. No biologist has succeeded in proving that the source of the programs of morphogenesis is contained within the genes or the cytoplasm (Lewontin 2000). Nobody can explain creativity without assuming quantum leaps to the supramental (Goswami 1999). And nobody has found a materialist explanation of the subject-object split of conscious awareness either. So, these nonphysical bodies of consciousness are here to stay, and we may as well use them to resolve the anomalies of conventional science and medicine.

The plight of the materialist reminds me of a story. A woman goes to a clothing store and wants to buy 50 yards of fabric for a wedding dress. The shopkeeper is surprised. “You don’t need that much fabric, madam,” he insists. “You don’t understand,” says our heroine, “my fiancé is a believer in promissory materialism. He likes to search, not find.”

To summarize, the following comprise the modus operandi of Integral Medicine:

Integral Medicine is based on a paradigm that most diseases occur simultaneously in more than one of the five bodies of consciousness—physical, vital, mental, supramental, and spiritual. However, the disease may originate in one level and spread to other levels.

The goal of Integral Medicine is not to treat disease by targeting one level (the material) as in allopathy, but to target, as necessary, all the movements of all five bodies of consciousness as the field of healing.

Specifically, both the mind and vital energies are accepted as places where disease can originate, and healing may take place. Healing at a higher plane of consciousness heals the lower planes automatically, although it takes time.

Naturally, the crude and invasive techniques of physical body medicine, at least in part, give way to subtler techniques.

Illness and disease are clearly distinguished from each other.

The idea of self-healing is accepted as part of the potency of downward causation of consciousness. Other healing is accommodated as an example of nonlocality

Physicians, therefore, once again, become co-healers with the patient.

You can see that many of these ideas are already being practiced in alternative medicine schools such as in naturopathy. What is new here is quantum thinking, a conscious application of quantum principles to develop a thorough and workable system of healing. To their credit, many health practitioners have already intuited the importance of quantum thinking in medicine; they are already quantum doctors. This is the subject of the next chapter.

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Author  Amit Goswami PhD

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