Back in 2010, I was having a rough time in life. I was in a crappy job with a micromanaging, unhappy boss who wanted to bring everyone down to her level. A friend knew I was having a hard time and told me I had to watch a movie called “What the Bleep Do We Know.” I’ve blown off movie recommendations before, but he asked me to give it a chance and swore it would change my life. He was actually right.
The film 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 in spite of my skepticism.
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.
The movie is a mixture of storytelling through acting and documentary, with many experts weighing in on the connection between quantum physics and consciousness between scenes. 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 (i.e. at the same time). 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.
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) 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 taught at Catholic school under oppressive circumstances. When I was let go from my job, the only answers I heard were to find comfort in God and the Church. In other words, I was supposed to find answers in the same institution that had created my problems. My only tools were to look to others for help, the same people who hadn’t helped me in the past.
What the Bleep offered me the tools and the hope that I had an alternative to be happy, one within me. I could 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 picking on religion since every group has bad apples. And, I have great respect for Catholicism and other religions. 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 new mentality has liberated me. 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.
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. Above all, it liberated me to be happy.
I’d highly recommend you watch it with an open mind. 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.