The Universe

Posted by Roberta Grimes • July 22, 2023 • 31 Comments
Quantum Physics, Understanding Reality

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup.
They slither wildly as they slip away across the universe.
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my opened mind,
Possessing and caressing me.
Jai guru deva, om.
Nothing’s gonna change my world!
Nothing’s gonna change my world!

Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes,
They call me on and on across the universe!
Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letterbox,
They tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe!
Jai guru deva, om.
Nothing’s gonna change my world!
Nothing’s gonna change my world!
– Paul McCartney & John Lennon (1940-1980) from “Across the Universe” (1970)

The wonderfully entertaining and delightfully eccentric billionaire who apparently lives just up the road from my family has now decided to figure out the universe. And, what the heck, if that idea amuses him, then there is no harm in his trying to do that. Although he seems to be going about it wrong, as the godfather of his electric car company would have been the first to let him know, had that noble genius not died so many years ago now.  Like so much of what deludes us by appearing to be solid, this whole universe is not solid at all. And as that astoundingly brilliant polymath after whom our local polymath named the world’s first really successful electric car company so wisely said a hundred years ago: “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

What Nikola Tesla was talking about when he made that remark about non-physical phenomena was consciousness. Tesla was born in 1856, and he died in 1943, so he lived through the end of what we might call the last dying gasps of the Age of Materialism, which technically ended in the first third of the twentieth century. That Age really did end in the 1930s or thereabouts, although mainstream science took little notice of its ending at the time. Nikola Tesla was well acquainted with the work of Max Planck and the other physicists who were then developing quantum theory, and who discovered that, confoundingly, what we each experience as consciousness is somehow at the base of all reality. Max Planck won the 1918 Nobel Prize in Physics as the father of Quantum Mechanics. In 1931 he said, “I regard consciousness as fundamental. I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness! Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing, postulates consciousness.” 

Max Planck went on to say in 1944, “As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear-headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter.”

So the first half of the twentieth century was a time of supreme scientific tumult. And while some of the aging physics greats, in particular Albert Einstein, were reluctant at first to accept the more profound implications of quantum mechanics, eventually even he accepted its conclusions. Toward the end of his life Einstein said, “Concerning matter, we have been all wrong. What we have called matter is energy, whose vibration has been so lowered as to be perceptible to the senses. There is no matter.”  And Nikola Tesla understood that this was true, in spades! What we experience as consciousness does indeed underlie it all. But for the mainstream scientific gatekeepers, for the university departments and the peer-reviewed journals, recognizing consciousness as a primary force seems to be too much like finding (gasp!) a religious God. So for the past several decades, an intensive and well-funded research program has been underway to find a source for what we experience as consciousness inside the human brain. Oh, yes indeed. Scientists are wasting time, effort, and considerable sums of money (more than a billion dollars, and counting) as they treat consciousness as if it must be just an artifact produced inside each individual brain, from which it must somehow then emanate, and mingle like an evanescent vapor in the air. And that, my dear friends, is the literal definition of human folly and wasteful futility.

And we know that all of that is futile, because the human genome demonstrably does not even code for the human mind. When the results of The Human Genome Project were first announced in 2003, there had been found to be only something like twenty-three chromosome pairs in the entire human genome, where at least two hundred thousand pairs had been confidently expected, given the extent and complexity of the human mind. And all over the world, when these results were first announced you could hear a steady patter of little thuds as thousands of scientific jaws hit the floor. Because clearly, the human genome does not code for the human mind, which fact was big scientific news at the time! But twenty years later, it is all covered over in an obfuscating word-fluff. I defy you to find anywhere in the popular science news a single mention of what should be a fundamental point being made freshly for each new generation of science buffs to learn and to wonder about and to marvel over. So we will make that point clearly for you here:

The Human Genome Does Not Code for the Human Mind

Where consciousness is concerned, the human brain is little more than a transmitter and receiver which also does processing. It provides a way for each individual human mind to interact and work with its associated body. But rather than accepting this fact, the mainstream scientific community continues to ignore the abundant evidence that now exists that consciousness is independent of and easily acts apart from its individual human body, because what each of us experiences as human consciousness is indeed primary and universal. Dr. Planck was right, and all is well! Even despite the mainstream scientific community’s determination to maintain an oddly pre-twentieth-century ignorance about what actually is going on, there has been so much evidence now produced that consciousness is primary, and especially including the tens of thousands of well-documented near-death experiences (NDEs) which sometimes include verifiable distance observations, that this is one genie that never can be forced back inside its little bottle. But because this is something fundamental about reality that the university physics departments and the peer-reviewed scientific journals still refuse to accept, it is likely to pose a problem for sincere and open-minded seekers who simply want to know what is objectively true. Like, for example, our wonderfully eccentric neighbor from a few miles up the road. His new website suggests that his primary purpose in undertaking this new planned investigation is simply that he wants to “understand reality.”

Which is such an admirable goal! Ten years ago, my Thomas chose “Seek Reality” as the title for our podcast as well, and that goal has turned out to be broad enough that even without funding, we have been able to figure out so many things. All our afterlife studies, and astral studies, and general reality studies have gone wonderfully well. And with all of that, we also have been able to learn quite a bit about consciousness. Here is a sampling of what we now know is certainly or very likely true:

* Consciousness is a form of energy, so it vibrates. We experience the vibrations of consciousness as emotion. At their lowest and slowest, these emotions are the ishiest vibrations, like fear, anger, and hatred, while at the highest vibrations are the purest and most wonderful emotions, the very highest of which is perfect love.

* Consciousness is also a human-inhabited spectrum, of which matter is the lowest and slowest. Above matter are the astral levels at higher and higher vibratory ranges, dozens of them, many as large and solid-seeming as this universe, and all of them accessible by mind at higher and higher vibrations as we raise our personal consciousness vibrations.

* Matter and all the aspects of conscious are almost entirely empty space. Because of the makeup of atoms, matter is  99.9999999% empty space, and all the many dozens of aspects of reality exist together happily in precisely the same place. You and I believe that we are on this material level of reality only because our minds are tuned to and are picking up this level of reality at the moment; but we can easily “astral travel,” and pick up a different reality in exactly the same place.

* Consciousness may be all of what exists. Our minds are consciousness, and the structure of reality is, as Max Planck put it, also consciousness, so it is impossible for us to get behind consciousness. And it may well be that nothing else but consciousness actually exists.

* Consciousness is the likely source of life. One ongoing puzzler in the scientific community has been the origin of life. And for a number of reasons, consciousness itself looks to be the most likely source of the elusive spark which produces life.  

* All the various energy levels of consciousness and their associated realities work together in un-guessable ways. This remains one of science’s great research frontiers! Consciousness is not distinctly striped in terms of its energy vibrations, but rather it is one continuous energy rainbow. And while nearly all the funding in this area is still committed to nonsense like trying to find a source of consciousness inside the human brain, doing some of what would be genuinely useful research in this area is going to have to wait.

So in short, if anyone wants to truly understand reality, here is a gentle hint. Unless a research project’s mandate includes consciousness as a part of what you intend to study, then it won’t be more than a much too severely limited “garbage in means garbage out” sort of situation, I am sad to say. And adding Artificial Intelligence (AI) as a study tool isn’t going to be of much help, since Nikola Tesla and Max Planck themselves would tell you that unless consciousness is a part of your mandate, you have so severely limited what it is that you are studying that no comprehensive understanding of much of anything really is possible. To again quote the proud namesake of the world’s reigning brand of electric car: “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”

Sounds of laughter shades of life are ringing
Through my open ears, inciting and inviting me.
Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns,
It calls me on and on across the universe!

Jai guru deva, om.
Nothing’s gonna change my world!
Nothing’s gonna change my world!
– Paul McCartney & John Lennon (1940-1980) from “Across the Universe” (1970)


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31 thoughts on “The Universe

  1. Roberta,
    What you have just described sounds wonderful to me,

    I have experienced the certainty of Consciousness is all and we are different only in way Consciousness shines through
    This is a spiritual experience for me and it makes me humble.
    I think years of meditation let me feel-while meditating-
    no borders!
    Jesus says “Be still and know that I am God”
    ps “Silence is golden, golden,…..

    1. Oh my sweet friend, yes! When we realize what we are experiencing, and that we all are part of one vast whole, the sense of sweet contentedness to all things truly is beautiful!

  2. I actually applied for emplyment (at 85) to Musk’s xAI when he publically launched, but have not heard back, and am not waiting–I hope to be ableto be the gremlin who got Musk to realize that AI would be no better at discovering the immaterial source of the world than are devoted materialists.

    The true nature of our material body, and it’s behavior is actually complicated by having two sources of motivation. As you explain, the primary source is our soul/spitit/consciousness, buy it competes with a form of consciousness generated by the body (recall that all that exists is or has a form of consciousness). The body generates needs and wants by functions that Freud had described as the Id and Ego. In trying to be a proper material scientist, he defined the moral function, the soul, to be the Super Ego as also generated by the body/brain. His construct for the Super Ego instead well describes the immaterial soul. (I’ve recently published a paper about research supporting a theory encompassing body and soul titled, Evidence of the Body Possessing a Form of Consciousness Beyond Its Soul).

    1. Hi Jack,

      I still think about that swimmer you told us about. Ever since you posted about two consciousnesses competing within us, I began to address my ego directly. Mainly, “nice try, ego, but it won’t work this time”. It seems to be getting easier to recognize what is happening and making it go away when I acknowledge it.

      I’ve been following Elon Musk since he purchased Twitter. He seems to think it is highly likely that we are in a computer generated simulation or reality. We are basically the SIM’s game. I’ve never seen him talk about consciousness. I doubt he would rule it out, though. The AI stuff he is working on looks to be defensive in nature. With other companies building out AI models so fast now, he talks about the dangers of it learning too fast and making independent decisions that could hurt human kind.

      Scott Adams posted something interesting about AI. He thinks AI will transform the way we think about consciousness. I’m assuming he is defining consciousness as simply being aware. Which it seems to be so much more than simple awareness.

      1. My dear Thomas, almost no one who is thinking about consciousness in the public arena is thinking about it broadly enough or deeply enough. None of them are seeing it as the great physicists did, or as Tesla did. They truly have no idea!

      2. Thomas, Bingo. In fact there is a good book dealing with the extreme form of ego compulsions, termed Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), by By Jeffrey Schwartz, MD and Sharon Begley, The Mind and Brain (2002 ), in which Schwartz describes his successful training to defeat the OCD. The patient is instructed to have prepared one or more constructive thoughts to have at the ready whenever a cumpulsive thought or behavior arises; so when the compulsion erupts, the patient basically says “gotcha, get lost,” and here is what I prefer, such as the thought of enjoying the fragrance of roses, or the sight of dusk or dawn. He reports that the brain physically changes from such corrective thinking. And as you realized, we may theorize that the patient’s soul is thus harnessed to stop its brain’s disorder.

        My predoctoral studies were focused on employing the computer to do the drudge work of identifying key word/phrases in text; later when working as an R&D manager I kept up with programming in AI, and trying to make use of it. The current programs are truly elegant in their rcapability to relate questions posed to them in natural language, and respond with summarizations of text searched for answers–but this AI is not only perfectly unreliable, the current programs have even been caught fabricating references to justify their answers.

        There is no magic here being produced by AI–but there is a huge amount of BS from those trying to sell AI services; although IBM is particulary good at this, as they have been working for years on their version of AI, Watson, and it does work well– but has nothing to do with the intelligence of the brain or soul.

    2. My dear Jack! How delightful it is to see you here! I think our lovely friend Elon’s universe study project is unfortunately being run by clueless materialists, as witness the people who have been selected to work on it so far,which means that it is likely to be yet another miss. But, such is life.

  3. I do hope your shoulder is feeling a little easier dear Roberta. Thankyou for your mind-blowing concepts which certainly stretch my understanding.

    1. Ah, my dear Barbara, and why should we even have minds, if not to blow them on a regular basis?

  4. Dear Roberta,

    Hope your shoulder is getting better.

    You may have forgotten to mention that Nikola Tesla also said: “If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.”

    Last week it seemed that you were talking about a God behind the God we believe in. Having been a graduate student of new religions, it’s interesting to note that the controversial Rev. Sun Myung Moon at the end of his life suddenly started to talk about the “God of Day” and the “God of Night”. Was he onto something or was he delusional (he seemed to suffer from Alzheimers)?

    In NDE’s some people feel embraced by a warm, loving, womb-like “motherly” darkness with purple flickering lights, while others are embraced by a more “fatherly” bright and yet non-blinding white light. According to Dr. P.M.H. Atwater, children who has NDEs talk about and perceive these two lights this way more frequently than adults.

    Aspects of One God, or are we talking something else here? And endless stream of Gods having created the God we believe in?

    If matter is only a super tiny fraction of empty space, then this empty space can accommodate and be filled be filled with (and surely is) with myriads of different vibratory universes. The possibilities must be endless indeed…

    There is also a number of people who speak of sound as a creative energy, as sound has an influence on “matter”. Sound to create mountains, for example.

    Anyways, lots to ponder…


    1. Ah, my dear Adrian, please always remember that while NDEs often involve travel in the astral plane, no NDE include travel to the afterlife so none can be relied upon as evidence of what actually happens after death. Nor is any NDE evidence of anything, really. beyond the fact that the mind easily leaves and returns to the body.

      One consciousness. Each of what are likely many universes where human entities perfect themselves is run by a Godhead of perfected Beings, and high above all is the High God which Jesus called the Father.

  5. What a delightful summary. I especially liked the phrase, “unless consciousness is a part of your mandate, you have so severely limited what it is that you are studying that no comprehensive understanding of much of anything really is possible”. Just wish the really smart but not smart enough scientists I know could see this as clearly as do you.

  6. Hi Roberta!
    In reading your blog, I quickly recalled a Next Level Soul Podcast I recently watched, in which it was discussed that there will be a “truth” discovery in physics or maybe it was quantum physics that, as I listened, seemed to point to what you’ve been teaching-that consciousness is the foundation. I think the gentleman is Geoffrey Hoppe and it was titled “You Can’t Stop The Great Shift”. If I recall correctly, he said it may even be “accidental” but will leave jaws dropped in science. You know more about this than I do, but I found it interesting I’d see that the night before I read the blog about the same thing.

    1. Oh wow, my dear Fran, how truly wonderful that would be! So far, the scientific gatekeepers have been pretty effective at keeping scientists from studying the fundamental role of consciousness in the makeup of reality for what has been a truly astoundingly long time. It really has been amazing! But if the breakthrough really is about to happen now, then hallelujah!

    2. Hello Fran,

      I was happy to see that, thanks to you, Geoffrey Hoppe made it to this blog. He has reincarnated in many manifestations such as Christopher Columbus and Sir Francis Drake, so you can imagine that he is a most fascinating fellow. He is now of an organization he calls the Crimson Circle,
      as Adamus Ste. Germaine who guides a fellowship of spiritually awakening folks. May he make more appearances here.



      1. Oh my dear David, we will have to see! I know of some fairly astonishing people who seem to be reincarnating now, and I wonder sometimes what it means. Quite fascinating.

  7. I have a question that doesn’t really pertain to the blog post.

    I’m mainly hoping for some feedback on this random experience I have been getting.

    Before I found Roberta, I would probably think I was going a little crazy. Heck, maybe I am. haha

    This weird sensation has been happening over a year now.

    I thought it was due to stress of when my dad was sick and died. A year later it is still happening randomly.

    It starts with a weird feeling in my stomach.

    Then I start to see vivid images, within my mind.

    I remember walking into the house and images of me walking into a grand building popped into my head. I’d say roman architecture or similar to it.

    Lately, there is an image of a person that pops into my head.

    I don’t feel like I am outside my body or anything. Just a weird sensation and the images are like a past experiences.

    It doesn’t last for very long. The sensation is really weird. I can’t describe it. Not painful, but also not comfortable. Just an uneasiness in my stomach and then the images appear.

    Mental health wise, I feel good. I am physically active just about every day. In fact, I have never felt better which makes this really weird.

    Has anyone experience something similar or heard of it happening to others?


    1. My dear Thomas, it sounds like a past-life memory trying to find expression, perhaps after having been triggered somehow, perhaps by your having met again someone that you knew in a previous life?

  8. Dear Thomas, a few considerations for you to examine. Under stress, and most especially in the hypnogogic state associated with drifting off to sleep and its awakening, the mind will play tricks; we do have an active imagination that may at times run. On the otherhand, if your experience is based on your consciousness/soul losing its fast grip on the body, so that it enters the realm of consciousness i9n which we connect with other minds, then there are a list of cues for this altered state:

    Time does not seem to exist or run.
    Perception is far more vivid than your normal perception when awake.
    Perception is 360′ and may focus down to an atom or out to the cosmos.
    Everything percieved appears to glow as if made of light.
    Everything perceived emits consciousness, such as grass, trees, rocks…
    There is the feeling of being connected to everything, of being a part of everything, and knowledge is gained as any question comes to mind.

    1. Thanks Jack, I appreciate it.

      I haven’t ruled out stress. I need to try and make some notes on how I’m feeling when it happens. Almost always during the day.

      Nothing I am looking at glows, though the images do have a glow to them. When the images pop up it’s like I see everything around me but can only concentrate on the imagery.

      It feels familiar, like it could be a past life. Most definitely feels like a real place and a real person. The person I see feels like someone I know. Weirdest thing to happen to me beside my grandfather visiting me when he died to tell me goodbye.

      Of course when I tell someone not familiar with everything we discuss they tend to have that confused look that just makes me laugh.

  9. Dear Thomas,
    A really good tell would be how vivid the imagery is. In dreamlike states, the images are unstable and fleeting. In the Out of Body State, that is when connecting with a state of consciousness uninhibited by limitations of brain/body, the images are hyper-real, very vivid, very colorful, and stable.

    1. Dear Thomas,
      I second this. I posted a reply to this blog before reading yours and Jack’s posts, and he’s absolutely right about the hyper-real, vivid experience of the OBE state. (Not that anyone needed my stamp of approval, lol, but I wanted to chime in that this has been my experience as well!)
      Maybe because of your experience with your dad passing recently (my sincerest sympathies to you, btw), you have one foot in this world and one foot in the next. I feel like this in some ways because my boyfriend crossed over literally beside me last November – somewhat unexpectedly. I’ve had to ‘ground’ myself sometimes because I still feel that there are things I need to do down here (mostly helping loved ones get through this life) so I can’t float away just yet!
      Hope this makes sense.
      Much love to you,

      Much love,

  10. Dear Roberta,
    Love this blog! I’ve dabbled in quantum physics and find it fascinating, and it would certainly explain a lot.
    I’ve had a few short OBEs, but you know, when you talk to people about that (I’m MUCH more selective now…. lol) you get “Oh, that was just a vivid dream!”
    Nope, there’s a definite difference. In fact, my mental clarity and status was far more acute and aware during these experiences than in waking life. Hard to explain. I like to think that when we cross over from this life into the next, it’s like just stepping through a doorway- into our REAL life!
    In the meantime, I’m grateful for the experiences I have in this realm, and how we can all learn from each other.
    Much love,

  11. Thanks Jack and Jennifer,

    The images are more dreamlike states as Jack put it. That is why I theorized it may be memories from past lives creeping in or stress beating me up. I’ve been through plenty of stress, in my life, and never had this happen before. Which is why I haven’t been able to put this solely on stress. Besides the feeling of familiarity when I see the images.

    I did some research and all of the disorders I read didn’t really encapsulate what I have been experiencing.

    I’ll keep playing around to see if I can figure out the trigger. Appreciate the help a lot.


    1. My dear Thomas, sometimes meeting someone from a past life or seeing a familiar place can trigger a whole raft of strange experiences similar to what has been happening to you. That is really what this sounds like.

      1. Thanks Roberta,

        I have a feeling you are right. I’m not sure what the trigger was as I don’t remember if I had met someone recently before it started happening. I’m still trying different things to try and get it to happen.


  12. Hi Thomas
    I woke up this morning with weird feelings, so l wrote down (so I wouldn’t forget in case I wanted to write a poem
    about it)
    I wrote down:”Living outside my body”
    I have had this feeling often–as if I’m divorced from my body, divorced from my life! It’s scary to me so I came
    here looking for an answer, found your entry, and
    thought Thank you Thomas! I am not crazy. Feeling the

    1. Hi Erica,

      If you’re crazy, then the rest of us are as well. 🙂

      Hard part is figuring out who to talk to when something like this happens? Talk to a doctor and they automatically want to fix it with drugs.

      Luckily we have each other where we can ask these types of questions and know we won’t be judged.

      For the record, I never said I wasn’t crazy. I like to think it is a good kind of crazy. haha

  13. Dear Thomas,
    You got that right! 🙂
    For the record, I don’t think any of us are crazy. And I did some thinking on what you’ve been experiencing, I get flashes of feelings, thoughts and images that at times feel like how you describe as perhaps memories of past lives. This started maybe 6 years ago? I do not have any accompanying stomach symptoms. These images are NOT clear and vivid, but are more vague and usually have emotions accompanying them, nostalgia, wistfulness, and even some emotions or feelings that I don’t have words for. I’m certainly not trying to dispense medical advice, but maybe there’s nothing wrong with you at all. And I agree about doctors wanting to “fix” everything with drugs. Sometimes there’s not even a problem to begin with.
    Much love,

    1. Hi Jennifer,

      I don’t think anything is wrong with me/us either. I feel pretty good, in general. I just like to figure things out which is why I try and look at all the possibilities. For example, I’ve been trying to stress myself wondering if that is the trigger for these images. No luck so far, but I have a hard time not thinking about something until I figure it out.



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