Undivided Wholeness in Flowing Motion
David Bohm‘s concept of “Undivided Wholeness in Flowing Motion.” is so hard to understand for we western-raised psychologists.
David Bohm was a American quantum physicist who got himself into trouble by refusing to testify to the Non-American Activities (McCarthy) hearings. After that he came to live and work in London.
Bohm emphasized that nothing exists in this world except when we pay attention to it.
Did you get that? Touch your computer screen. It doesn’t exist unless you see it and touch it.
No, that’s not what it means, though that’s often what people say it means. He doesn’t mean that it is “all in our mind”. He doesn’t mean that what is in our mind is selective either.
Think of the thought as real. And then think that we are its host, so to speak. The thought is not ours. Nor is it make believe. Nor are things make believe.
But we only see, or perceive the thoughts that arrive, and not everything arrives.
Everything is connected
When a thought arrives, it is not us. Yet is in us. The world has arrived in us. The thought and the world are not separate. And nor are we separate from the world!
We are all interconnected and nothing, not any one of us, or anything, can be interpreted out of its context. Every thing is as much part of is context as it is apart.
Separating the whole into the parts is not universal
Other cultures get this. We are very proud that we don’t. Our science is based on separating things from their context.
Listen outside your tunnel vision
But I want you to try it.
When you are feeling stressed, which is right now, close your eyes and think outside the tunnel vision of your will. Listen. Listen for the furthest sound that you can hear.
I did that this morning for the first time in long time. I heard the birds. I heard the industrial din of the telephone exchange two houses away.
And I felt relaxed.
Imagine as David Bohm the physicist says. Imagine as Alan Watts the philosopher said. Imagine that you are one with the world.
Does the world suddenly seem more possible because you are working with the implicate order rather than against it?