Welcome back for Part Two of Quantum Physics, Essential Oils & the Mind-Body Connection! We’re doing SCIENCE! and I LOVE IT!!
Today continues a five part series based on Dr David Stewart’s article from The Raindrop Messenger.
Part Two gives a brief history and overview of the difference between Classical and Quantum Physics.
In our last post, we looked at the chemistry of oils and learned how each essential oil is made up of hundreds if not thousands of compounds, most of which have not even been identified! We also learned about how essential oils exists as both matter and energy. Today we will learn some basics of classical and quantum physics! –DT
Quantum Physics 101
Now, let’s talk about quantum physics and show how essential oils employ the laws of both chemistry and modern physics, not just chemistry.
As a science, there are two fundamental forms of physics. There is “Classical physics” and there is “Quantum physics.” Both are necessary to describe the world around us and the ways in which essential oils work. The principal laws of classical physics were first articulated by Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727). Classical physics has to do with things large enough to experience or measure with our five senses. Classical physics provides the laws by which engineers can build bridges across rivers, design cars to ride in, and send rockets into outer space. Classical physics deals with phenomena involving dimensions the size of an atom or larger. The principles of quantum physics were first articulated at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th by men such as Max Planck (1858–1947), Erwin Schroedinger (1887-1961), and Werner Heisenberg (1901-1976). Quantum physics has to do with things too small to experience or measure with our five senses. Quantum physics explains things like electric eyes, solar panels, and spectrometers and how they work. Quantum physics deals with the behavior of things with dimensions smaller than an atom. These include electrons, protons, neutrons, quarks, neutrinos, mesons, and other subatomic particles.
As human experimenters, we can study the objects of classical physics as objective observers, separated and apart from the phenomena we study. This is not so in quantum physics, where the experimenter is always part of the experiment.
For example, light is known to manifest is either a wave, described by frequency, amplitude, and phase, or it can manifest as a stream of particles with properties of discrete quanta described by size, momentum, and mass. These quantum particles are called photons. While light can appear as either a continuous wave or a stream of discrete photons in any given situation, it can never be both at the same time. It was in 1900 that Max Planck discovered the minimum unit of energy for a photon, expressed as a “quantum” and measured by Planck’s constant.
An interesting series of experiments were performed during the 1980s, by scientists working independently in Germany and the United States. They sought to explore the relationship, if any, between certain observed phenomena and the observers. These were the so-called “Double Slit, Delayed Choice” experiments. Scientists were able to show by releasing a light beam from a common source, aiming it through a pair of vertical slits, that as the light traveled to targets where it was to be recorded or observed, they could make a decision as to whether it would show up as a wave or a series of particles. Their decision, made while the beam was passing between its source and its recording point, determined the outcome of the experiment. If their decision were for the light to manifest as a continuous wave, it would record as a wave on the photographic plate. If their decision were for the light to manifest as discrete particles, it would record as particles.
The question arose, “What is light beam in flight on its way to being observed? Is it a wave or is it a stream of particles?” The answer scientists came to conclude is that a light beam in transit is neither a wave nor a particle. It does not exist as light until it is recorded or observed. As a beam travels the distance between its source and its target, it is not yet light, but only “a bundle of possibilities” or “a packet of probabilities” as yet unmanifested. Which possibility it will manifest at the recording site is up to the decision of the observer. In other words, the experimenter is unavoidably a part of the experiment and a determining element of the recorded outcome.
Come back for Part Three when we explore the nature of light, it’s properties as both energy and matter,a nd how that relates to essential oils! –DT
Today’s post was written by David Stewart, PhD, author of Healing Oils Of The Bible, Chemistry Of Essential Oils Made Simple: GOD’S LOVE MANIFEST IN MOLECULES, and many many other books on essential oils, science, theology, earthquakes, breastfeeding and other varied topics. It first appeared in it’s entirety in Volume 7, Number 1 Jan – Feb 2009 issue of The Raindrop Messenger, and is reprinted here with permission from Dr. Stewart. To subscribe or download back issues, visit www.RaindropTraining.com.
To purchase Young Living’s Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils or enroll as a distributor, visit my website!