What does quantum mean, anyway?

When I first started hearing about the word quantum, it sounded complex, confusing, and mysterious. Key words seem to surround and protect it (string theory,  dark energy, particles, unified forces, and much more) like some secrete code that needed to be broken. But if one just looks in any dictionary, one can see that the real meaning is simply the smallest amount possible.  This could mean the smallest physical amount possible, which can not be seen with the human eye, nor the best microscope and so the world’s leading scientists have to build huge, complex machines tey hope are capable of capturing such a state.   This could be mental, or emotional, both of which are vibrational states, like sound waves coming off a guitar string.  What I have found is that it is these quantum states of change that actually have the largest impact upon our physical, mental, and emotional lives.   I call these one degree turns.  

Yet, in actuality, the turn doesn’t even have to equal a full degree.  It’s just our human brain likes whole numbers.  

You see Edward Lorenz, a mathematician and meteorologist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology discovered a concept called “sensitive dependence on initial conditions.”  Simply stated that behavior is dependant upon initial conditions.   Here is how I understand it and apply it to human behavior and our own lives.  Nothing will ever be the same as it was before because everything is changing all the time. We are humans who have free will, and with that free will we are constantly making decisions or choices.  Each thought, no matter how small, is that one degree turn that can change everything.

So the question then becomes, what one degree turn, what one decision, what one action can you take today that could change your whole word around?

Bradley, Larry. “The Butterfly Effect.” The Butterfly Effect – Chaos & Fractals, The Space Telescope Science Institute, 2010, www.stsci.edu/~lbradley/seminar/butterfly.html.

Schuler, Gerald. “TIME TRAVEL: MEETING YOURSELF.” SENSITIVE DEPENDENCE ON INITIAL CONDITIONS, The Wanderling, the-wanderling.com/initial_conditions.html.