Leading neuroscientists all agree that the last great frontier in modern quantum physics lies in the area of consciousness.
Two sides of the debate exist between reductionists, who seek to explain consciousness as a product of sufficiently complex systems, such as the brain, and fundamentalists, who assert the idea that consciousness is not the product of physical systems but rather is itself “fundamental.” A new discovery in quantum physics appears to settle the debate by demonstrating consciousness spatially separates from the physical body during the out-of-body state.
Some Words about the History of Quantum Physics
It is difficult to pinpoint the actual beginning of this story, as the discovery itself would not have made sense without the contributions of a great many of the most brilliant minds in history. In the mid-1800’s, from the likes of James Clerk Maxwell, science began to understand the fundamentals of electricity. Around the turn of the 20th century, Max Planck solved the “blackbody radiation problem,” offering his ingenious mathematical solution requiring the quantization of the walls of the blackbody cavity – an idea Albert Einstein would more fully develop in his quantization of not only the walls of the blackbody cavity but the radiation itself. Einstein’s resulting solution to the photo-electric effect earned him the Nobel Prize in 1921. Planck and Einstein are thus each considered a “father” of quantum physics.
However, in 1926, along came Erwin Schrodinger, whose contribution to science is now the fundamental equation on which all of quantum physics is based. Over the remaining years of the early to mid-1900’s, Niels Bohr, Wolfgang Pauley, and Warner Heisenberg each made their own significant contributions, followed by scientists like Peter Higgs, Richard Feynman, and Hideki Yukawa to name just a few. Their contributions, along with those of others, have led to the development of the Standard Model in physics – among the most successful scientific theories ever developed. The discovery entailed here is based on all that quantum physics, and the developers of this science, has revealed about how the universe works. However, this discovery also did not occur without certain explorers who deviated from the beaten path – individuals who have no recorded history in the annals of mainstream science, but rather began building a bridge across the metaphysical divide.
Science and Metaphysics – a Bridge between Worlds
One such individual was Robert Allan Monroe. A businessman and owner of a few radio stations in the early 1950’s, Monroe began unexpectedly experiencing episodes in which his center of awareness was located at a vantage point outside his physical body. In the beginning, Monroe was afraid of these events – not only because he initially thought he was dying but, in light of the fact that doctors could find nothing physically wrong with him, Monroe was left wondering about his own sanity. Eventually, his worries subsided, he began to explore the phenomenon, and then shared his life’s experiences in a trilogy of books, the first of which was titled “Journeys Out-of-the-Body” (Doubleday 1971). Monroe is credited with coining the term “out-of-body experience.”
I discovered Monroe’s book in the early 1990’s soon after I began having my own out-of-body experiences. Unlike Monroe, I voluntarily learned how to leave my body by reading a how-to guide – a book titled “Out-of-Body Adventures: 30 Days to the Most Incredible Experiences of Your Life,” by Rick Stack. Yet, it was Monroe’s account, the method he wrote about in his first book, which would later serve to offer a vital clue.
The critical event happened to me in the spring of 1994, when I stumbled onto a discovery that would forever alter the course of my life and begin a decades-long search for answers. Those answers, it turns out, could only be found in science. To share exactly what occurred, a little background information will help.
The Out-of-Body State – How It Happens
The out-of-body experience is achieved through a specific set of circumstances, some of which are physiological, others of which are metaphysical. The body needs to be in the proper physiological state, what is referred to scientifically as the “hypnagogic state,” in which the mind is awake while the body is asleep. In addition to this requirement, successful entry into the RTZ (real time zone) requires the presence of what is commonly known in the literature as the “vibrational surge.”
Much confusion exists surrounding the vibrational surge, most of which stems from the fact that some reported out-of-body events do not involve projection into the particular plane associated with the physical universe and thus the “RTZ.” Consciousness, in the proper state, apparently has the ability to phase inter-dimensionally, in which case the immediate space/time of the physical universe is not necessarily encountered. This is the world of dreams and higher dimensions – subjects that are considered outside the realm of science and thus are outside the scope of this article.
Add to this the fact that no one seems to know where the vibrations actually come from, or at least that has been the story as told by authors and experts on the subject, and it is clear why the confusion persists. Nonetheless, a great many practitioners have experienced this vibratory sensation, and it is fairly well established in the literature that its presence is a prerequisite.
According to Monroe, as written in his first book, the vibrations can be attained by mentally willing a “point” located approximately six feet above the head down into the body, through the head. If done while in what he refers to as “Focus 10” – the equivalent of the hypnagogic state – this process will cause the onset of the vibrations, from which point the practitioner can easily “will” themselves out of the body.
Discovery of the Vehram Ethereal Array – A Light in the Dark
On a particular spring morning in 1994, I found myself in the hypnagogic state, attempting to leave my body. Like most other occasions, the vibrational surge was not present, and thus leaving my body was virtually impossible. After several attempts, unwilling to give up (on what are indeed the most incredible experiences of one’s life), I finally managed to separate – or at least partially so.
In this particular case, I managed to only separate my left arm. Intrigued by the situation, and quite cognizant of the fact that my physical body was paralyzed and asleep, while my separated ethereal arm was free to move around, I decided to reach out toward my left hand side to see if I could touch the wall, which was several feet away and out of reach from my physical self. As I stretched to about arm’s length, however, I began to feel a slight buzzing in the fingertips of my ethereal hand.
I felt around and could easily discern that the sensation increased around a particular location. Each time I pressed closer, the sensation intensified, and the vibrations began to creep up into my hand and into my arm. Each time I pulled away, the sensation dissipated. As I felt all around this distinct location, it was obvious that the vibrations were most intense near a particular point. I decided to press closer, quite unsure what would happen.
What did happen next was absolutely shocking, literally and figuratively.
As I placed my ethereal hand into the apparent center of where the vibrational sensation was strongest, a flow of ethereal vibrational energy entered through my left arm and into my entire upper torso. The surge of vibrations was so powerful in fact that I could not sustain contact but for the mere fraction of a second it took to realize I was being ethereally electrocuted, whereupon I quickly withdrew my hand!
The surge of energy that had entered my body during this brief instant was enough to fuel a full body separation, which I performed before shortly returning to my body in an effort to mentally digest what had just occurred.
Two things were immediately clear.
1) The energy that entered my body was the same energy I had felt many times previously as “the vibrational surge,” and 2) this source, located to the left, must be connected to the “point” Robert Monroe describes above the head.
Further exploration would reveal not just two, but a total of six points, all of which are located outside the physical body. This system is called the Vehram Ethereal Array, and while it would take many years to fully piece together the significance of what had happened – particularly in terms of the fundamental behaviors governing this system – it would eventually become clear that the Vehram Ethereal Array is the key evidence required to demonstrate consciousness is separate from the physical body and fundamental, that it survives bodily death, and that quantum physics is the key to solving this mystery.
Two decades after my first out-of-body experience, still in search of those answers, I decided to pursue a formal education in physics. I graduated in the spring of 2016 from the University of Texas at Arlington with a B.S. Physics degree. It was during preparation of an assignment given to me by a physics instructor, in which I was to deliver a presentation to the class on the “quantization of the electromagnetic field,” that the epiphany dawned.
Fundamentals of the Vehram Ethereal Array (VEA)
The VEA comprises six spherical/point sources of “ethereal” quantum radiation, forming what is known as an “octahedral” configuration, outside the physical body. (This geometric shape can be imagined as the corners of two, four-sided, pyramids stacked together at their bases). Each of these “extracorporeal chakras” is a source of the vibrational surge and can be independently consciously observed by anyone while in the hypnagogic state, and/or mentally accessed to pull energy into the physical body to onset the vibrational surge. This latter fact demonstrates consciousness’s direct ability to control the underlying field.
One consequence of quantum radiation from a point/spherical source is the generation of a “field effect,” in this case found present surrounding each of the VEA’s centers. Such a field is governed by an inverse power law. The electric field generated by the presence of a charged particle is highly analogous. While physical measurement has not been possible, it is hypothesized that the field generated by the VEA’s centers are each governed by an inverse “squared” power law, just as electromagnetic fields are governed. This would be true (based on a Gaussian mathematical treatment) if the underlying force is “long range” as is the case with both the electromagnetic force and the force of gravity.
Direct contact between the ethereal body and any one of the VEA’s power centers results in a dynamic discharge through the ethereal body.
This is another behavior that has been independently consciously observed and is expected to be universally observed by anyone making such contact. It is also the case, based on numerous independent conscious observations, that such contact is unsustainable by the observer, universally resulting in an ethereal “electrocution.”
The VEA serves as an externally located system of waypoints whose unique location(s) outside the physical body allows independent objective demonstration of consciousness’s ability to achieve spatial separation from the physical body and brain via the ethereal substrate, while the dynamic discharge, as independently consciously observed, demonstrates the necessary existence of a material body composed of ethereal matter. The epiphany that came to me in the course of preparing the presentation on the quantization of the electromagnetic field was simply that the only way to account for the behaviors governing the VEA is if in fact this system is quantum mechanically governed.
Along with this concept came another stark realization – all quantum mechanical systems are “real” and objectively governed aspects of nature!
Specifically, any dynamic discharge through a conductive medium requires quantum physics principles found in both quantum electrodynamics and quantum chromodynamics. These include the existence of charge, both positive and negative (in this case, possibly the yin/yang referenced in eastern philosophies), along with the existence of at least two types of particles to serve as carriers of the fundamental force involved, as well as an additional fundamental “force carrier and exchange particle” to relay that force between such particles – for the electromagnetic force, that particle is the photon.
Additionally, atomic structure, the existence of mass, as well as a disparate mass to volume ratio for the particles, all play a key role in the ability for a discharge through a conductive medium to occur. Mass is given to all particles via the Higgs field, and because the VEA is situated about the ethereal body, which is in turn coupled to the physical body, it is reasonable to conclude that interactions with physical matter are present, although perhaps extremely difficult to physically detect. (Virtually all physical measuring devices are electromagnetic and would encounter the same difficulties as those associated with detecting dark matter).
Consciousness Is Fundamental
The Vehram Ethereal Array represents a game-changer for science and the study of consciousness. It does not counter anything science has thus far revealed, but rather builds upon everything science has uncovered, shining the brilliant light of quantum physics on a previously misunderstood phenomenon. The declarative statements made in this article are based purely, and quite simply, on the laws of quantum physics as stipulated in the Standard Model and quantum field theory. The only addition, (aside from the VEA), is consciousness’s ability to manipulate such “fundamental” forces.
If consciousness is indeed able to exist outside the physical body, possessing the ability to manipulate fundamental fields of reality, consciousness can only be fundamental itself. In fact, consciousness must be more fundamental than the fields permeating the universe, as it cannot be dependent on either of the material bodies it inhabits. The Vehram Ethereal Array shows that
The Vehram Ethereal Array shows that consciousness has the ability to control such fields and to achieve spatial separation from the physical body. It is a small leap toward the idea that consciousness’s ability to make choices and execute decisions within the parameters of the physical body are simply feats of conscious control over quantum elements of physical matter in the brain.
About the Author
Vessen E. Hopkins graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2016 with a B.S. Physics degree. He has been exploring metaphysics and the out-of-body experience for 25 years and has written two previous books on the subject. Hopkins is currently writing a new book detailing the discovery of the Vehram Ethereal Array, the evolving science behind a new theory of consciousness, as well as offering a method others may use to explore this system and the out-of-body state. Hopkins is actively seeking collaboration from scientists and research institutions in an effort to develop physical detection methods. Hopkins has two children and currently resides in the state of Florida. Publishers and research professionals interested in contacting him may do so at [email protected]
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