Every now and then someone tells me I have to read this book or see that movie because it’s absolutely going to change my life. In every case, the experience was underwhelming. A couple of years ago a friend told me I had to watch a movie called “What the Bleep Do We Know.” He swore it would change my life. He was actually right.
I remember starting the film with skepticism. It began with a cartoon and then proceeded to mix a fictional story with expert commentary. I wondered what I had gotten into, but fortunately kept watching.
What the Bleep Do We Know (released 2004) follows the life of heavily stressed (and heavily medicated) photographer Amanda (played by Marlee Matlin) who, finding her old way of life failing her, tries to experience the world from a new perspective.
Throughout the telling of her story, many experts weigh in on the connection between quantum physics and consciousness. Ultimately, the movie focuses on how quantum physics allows for the possibility that we, through our own intention, can create our own reality.
Yes, you read that right. What the Bleep is based on the premise that the principles of quantum mechanics allow humans to create our own reality. And, it’s not just how we personally react to objective reality (i.e. perspective). The film’s producers and experts promote the position that we can actually alter objective reality.
Quantum physics teaches that all reality (at the atomic level) is made up of waves of possibility that exist at once. Those waves are “collapsed” into concrete particles (the reality we experience) with one particular location, make up, etc. So, all possibilities or outcomes exist until the waves are collapsed into reality.
However, all of this happens at the quantum level. The scientists and thinkers in What the Bleep argue that this applies on a macro level as well (our everyday reality). And, the ability to determine how the wave function collapses comes from human consciousness.
Here’s an example. You want a particular outcome. All the outcomes exist in superposition to each other. If you want your result to happen, through positive thought and other techniques, it’s possible (even if not completely likely) that you can influence the outcome to achieve your result through your mind.
This belief is very controversial, but the movie does a nice job of showing how it could very well be possible. Distinguished scientists like Amit Goswami and Candace Pert are included along with other experts like Dr. Jeffrey Satinover and Lynne McTaggart. They all do a good job of explaining how science at least allows the possibility of manipulating objective reality.
The movie explores the possibility of changing the nature of objects with positive or negative thoughts, the potential manipulation of objective reality by our minds, the mysterious behavior of quantum particles, how we can become addicted to negative emotions, and much more. The scientific commentary follows the fictional movie quite closely and is explained clearly.
Perhaps the most fascinating aspect of the film (present in the later editions) is the work of Dr. Fred Alan Wolf. His commentary and Dr. Quantum cartoons do a fine job of explaining the famous double slit experiment (one of the most revolutionary observations I’ve ever read about; video of cartoon is below) and other mind boggling aspects of quantum physics.
I’m not going to get mired down in the scientific debates surrounding the specifics. We do know that the mind is very mysterious and that we have harnessed very little of its power. We also know that certain phenomena (premonitions, psychic events, etc.) exist, even if they’re misunderstood and abused by charlatans. What the Bleep at least explores these topics and tries to find answers.
As fascinating as the movie is, it wasn’t the debate over quantum physics and consciousness that changed my life. Rather, What the Bleep Do We Know convinced me the power for change lies in one place: my mind.
I had always believed, both consciously and subconsciously, that I was controlled by external factors. I looked to others for my goals, identity, and guidance. I felt that if I just went with the flow and trusted in other people (and institutions) that everything would work out.
Except, it didn’t. I was unfairly treated at a teaching job at a Catholic school. I’d been told to find comfort in God and the Church. Yet, a group associated with the Church was causing me suffering. My only tools were to hope for external forces to help me, the same forces that were trying to bring me down!
What the Bleep offered me the tools and the hope that I had an alternative. I could take the bull by the horns and create my own reality. While other people and groups could be good (and certainly being negative towards others is unhelpful), I had to take responsibility for my life and create my own reality.
I’m not trying to negative towards religion here. There are many ways we cede creation of reality to others: schools, corporations, governments, friends, etc. However, the way to live the life we want is actually not external, but inside of us. We are only limited by our minds and our willingness to create reality for ourselves.
This mentality has liberated me in many ways. It allowed me to recover from being let go from my job. It also allowed me to pursue my current path of starting my own business and pursuing my passion for helping guys better themselves. Honestly, without What the Bleep, there’s no way I’d be doing any of this today. And, I doubt I could’ve recovered from the negative experience with my job.
So, this isn’t just a What the Bleep Do We Know review. You can get the movie details elsewhere. It’s more of a testimony about how the movie changed my very way of looking at the world, especially my role in the world. I’d highly recommend you watch it with an open mind.
Although it’s sadly unavailable for a reasonable price, the best edition is the “sequel” “Down the Rabbit Hole.” The original is great, but the three disc version simply has the most material, which is ideal for anyone wanting all that What the Bleep Do We Know has to offer.
Whatever edition you get, let it change your world.