Destiny is defined as the predetermined future. There are events that are bound to happen. Physics tells us very clearly that this is necessarily the case. However, in the personal world defined by ‘QBism‘ the situation is radically different. There is a destiny, but it is not fixed. In this kind of personal world, defined solely by the record of observations made, the destiny is defined solely by this record. And it changes with each observation made. Crucially, when this process is biased or modified, this influences which version of the future one is likely to experience. Effectively, in this personal world, these changes tend to alter the destiny of the world, very slightly, with respect to everything.
QBism is the new interpretation of quantum theory put forward by a group of physicists led by Christopher Fuchs. Interactive destiny is the direct and inevitable implication. Interactive destiny means that, in effect, one is able to influence what is likely to happen in reality, very slightly, anywhere in the world. In fact, this is happening all the time, without our being aware of it.
Of course, in objective physical reality, such a thing is quite literally, completely impossible. There is absolutely no way you can influence which version of physical reality is likely to happen. But as QBism makes clear, we do not live in ordinary objective physical reality. Each person lives in a world that is ‘determinate’, meaning physically real and actually so, only where personally observed. And in this kind of world interactive destiny is an inevitable feature of the way the world works.
This world is created by the superposition of all versions of an ordinary physical world in which this individual exists. As a result, this kind of world is defined primarily by information, the record of observations made. And in this kind of reality, information processes have a causality unimaginable in ordinary physical reality.
So what is actually happening? The first thing to get clear is that the world is personal. As Fuchs states:
This means that reality differs from one agent to another. This is not as strange as it may sound. What is real for an agent rests entirely on what that agent experiences, and different agents have different experiences. (2013, p. 3)
It is only the personal world that is influenced by what is experienced and observed. This personal world, however, is the real physical world for this person. We live in personal parallel physical realities. And in each reality the physical world is determinate only where it is observed. Everything else is indeterminate, meaning in a state of physical uncertainty.
At a stroke this solves the central mystery of quantum theory – why observations should be so bizarrely significant. The entire science is based on the effect of observations which is bizarre when this is the science of the fundamentals of physical reality. In the personal world the physical reality is defined by the observations made, so naturally they are hugely significant – which is what the science is really telling us.
How It Works
In this kind of personal world, a funny thing happens to observations on the way to being made. They get edited. ‘Making an observation’ means that the experience of something happening in the world gets recorded in memory. The first part of this, the representation of the events in the world in the sensorium, is the process by which the neural system of the brain takes all the sensory data from eyes ears and so on and turns it into a visual and auditory picture of the world in the mind. We do not like it when things do not turn out as we expect. So the unconscious, ever helpful, tends to modify the result of this process so that it agrees with expectations rather than contradicting them. This is a well-known and all-pervasive phenomenon called confirmation bias. This is the main reason a dozen different people will usually have a dozen different reports of dramatic situations.
Obviously, in an ordinary world, confirmation bias just means we are all fooling ourselves, generating a rose-tinted version of reality that will doubtless lead to disappointment later on if we find out what is actually the case. But in the personal world defined by QBism there is a strange and radical effect. The biased observation becomes part of the definition of the real world. So instead of just deluding ourselves, we are unconsciously causing a jump into a slightly different version of reality, one in which the edited and biased observation defines what is actually so.
Bizarre though this seems given our view of the world as an ordinary physical domain, there is established science that shows this to be the case. As Saibal Mitra explains in technical detail, the alteration of an observation causes one to exist in a different version of the world, a parallel version of reality. This is explained in a bit of detail in Bias The World. It means that the old adage “Be careful what you wish for” is seriously important. If you are expecting the worst, you may well be nudging your reality to bring about exactly what you don’t want. On the other hand, if you expect the best you should be biasing reality toward what you want to experience.
It is not that anything happening in your mind in any way biases or alters what is likely to happen in the ordinary physical world. That is of course completely impossible. What happens is that you bias which path you are likely to take through the infinite possibilities of the quantum universe.
It is remarkably simple to take control of this process. Naturally, the first step is to be well aware of one’s expectations, and whether these are really in one’s best interests. The technology of interactive destiny comes into play when one wants to alter them. This is done using visualisation or affirmation.
Creative visualisation means using the imagination to picture events. Once the visualisation has been formulated, repeatedly bringing this imagery to mind produces increasing expectation. This is a well-known phenomenon. We do this all the time, creating events or situations in the imagination before they actually occur. Looking forward to a holiday or a special event we think about what it will be like, and build up an expectation of how it will be. We may tend to do this with situations we are expecting to go wrong just as much as pleasurable futures, but we can change the expectations with creative visualisation. If you are going for an interview and this kind of thing has often gone wrong, you can change the expectation by visualising how it would go right. This does not happen overnight. It usually requires persistence, doing the visualisation at least twice a day. And there are a number of techniques to make this process highly effective. The classic handbook is Creative Visualisation by Shakti Gawain.
Creative visualisation can be used to increase the expectation of any positive future you would like to experience. Affirmations are another way of doing the same thing. This simply means formulating a positive statement about a future event or situation, and saying this to oneself frequently. This is also highly effective. Visualisation is a more complex phenomenon, and takes more practice and dedication to make it highly effective. The payoff is that the process itself is dynamic, and will often result in a development of the future situation. As you picture the perfect holiday you may notice that something is missing, or would be better if it was a bit different, and the visualisation changes to include this new element. Affirmations are simple and direct, and almost effortless to start using. Frequent repetition drums it into the mind that this is more and more likely, and more and more true.
This may sound a bit improbable if you have not tried it, but it rests on a very simple principle. The unconscious does not distinguish between what is real and what is imagined. This is why visualisation is so effective. By repeatedly presenting the unconscious with the desired future it becomes ever more accepted as the way things are going to be. Thus the expectation builds. The result is that bias confirmation happens more and more often.
The net result is amazing. In a personal reality, defined solely by the record of observations, each biased observation made means that the expected events really are ever more likely to be experienced taking place in reality. And at the same time, as confirmation is received, expectation is further increased. This is happening! Which leads to more confirmation bias. So a cumulative cycle is set up. In technical terms the result is a ‘strange attractor’ in your reality as explained in Strange Attractor. This is the technology of interactive destiny, although it has not exactly been recognised as such until now.
Interactive destiny means that the person is unconsciously influencing which version of physical reality she is likely to experience in the future, not only with every action but even every thought.
This is the stunning implication of QBism. One is vastly more significant than one could possibly have imagined. One can influence which way the whole world is likely to go, in one’s immediate and ongoing experience, simply by visualising what one wants. There are a number of guiding principles to make this process highly successful as described in Gawain’s book and many other resources. A full set of rules is given in Quick Start Guide, but there are two major requirements which are absolutely vital, repetition, and no negation.
Repetition is essential because this is the way you induce the visualisation or the affirmation to be a habit of mind. Then it comes to mind automatically from time to time. In other words, the unconscious starts repeating it back to you. It becomes ingrained, and this makes it into an expectation which is how it acquires influence.
No negation is even more important. This applies more to affirmations than visualisations but is equally important in both contexts. With respect to affirmations, no negation means that the statement must always be phrased solely in terms of what is wanted. So it is vital never to use words such as no, not, stop, don’t and so on. The reason is simple. The unconscious does not recognise negation. So the effect is that the effect of the affirmation is the statement without the negation. “No failure” becomes “failure”! “Stop smoking” becomes “smoking”! It is likely to have the very opposite of the desired effect. Deliberate visualisations do not usually have anything to do with the what one is trying to avoid, but here it is just as vital not to visualise one’s success coming at the expense of others. This is a slightly different kind of issue as described in Quantum Karma, which explains how in effect karma is a real phenomenon.
We do live in an ordinary physical world, and in an ordianry physical world all this is impossible. But one does not just live in one specific ordianry phsyciala world, but in a vast number of worlds all at once. the uinverse is the space of all possible owrlds, as defined by Hugh Everett’s famous many worlds theory, and the world of the invidivial existfs in a great number of these all at once. And the personal world is the result of all these worlds being superposed. This is why all these bizarre effects operate. The personal world is defined by the record of observations, a structure of informatoin. And in this world, information defines the phsycal rather than the other way arouund. This is why it has taken so long to undersatnd the meaning of quantum theory. As the legendary John Wheeler stated:
I think of my lifetime in physics as divided into three periods. In the first period … I was in the grip of the idea that Everything is Particles. … I call my second period Everything is Fields. … Now I am in the grip of a new vision, that Everything is Information. (1998)
In the personal world this is exactly the case. And this means that the reality you encounter is your four-dimensional space-time, matter-and-energy movie of life. Everything you expect and everything you do and observe is biasing the path of this movie. You are the director, and you are constantly editing the script. Be careful what you wish for!