In The Spontaneous Healing of Belief: Shattering the Paradigm of False Limits, Braden, a former computer programmer, likens the universe to a computer. I used to be a programmer too, and I understand his analogy easily, though I have slightly different names. His analogy uses these terms:
- Braden Me Universe
- program input belief
- operating system processing consciousness
- print/display output reality
Braden contends that if we change our belief we can change our reality. Both the new physics (quantum mechanics) and the ancient ways tell us that.
Furthermore, if we understand our beliefs–what he calls the code–we can reprogram them to suit us. Each program, Braden says, begins, does work, and ends. Citing the work of Seth Lloyd, an MIT guy who built the first feasible quantum computer, Braden says the universe is actually a giant computer simulation. By understanding the initial conditions, we can control the results. That is, by changing our beliefs, we change our reality.
High in the Andes, writes Wade Davis in The Wayfarers, is a tribe of people who believe they are the elder brothers, the keepers of reality, and we upstarts are the younger brothers, ignorant of reality because our beliefs are wrong. But I believe those who drank the grape Koolaid in the Jonestown Massacre weren’t Raptured, they just died. But what does it matter how you died, or when, but why. They believe they died for the Rapture, I guess, and that’s what matters.
Prophecies and conspiracies abound. For example, the Anishaanabe prophecize the union and healing of First Nations and European descendants in the prophecy of The 8th Fire, now a four-part CBC documentary and web site. Also, an instance of the Mayan calendar runs out this year, spelling apocalypse for some, or a mysterious wayward planet will strike the earth, or the planet’s magnetic poles will flip, or….
We have been saying the end is near for thousands of years. Now the Nobel-prize winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says we’re near to causing irreversible planetary catastrophe, and I believe them. Why? Because I believe in their science. But am I caught believing doomsday is inevitable? Even in the 21st century, I am the younger brother, seeking truer beliefs, and I can change what I believe, if I can just read the code properly, says Braden. For there is a paradigm shift going on, reversing 300 years of European thinking, from the power of reductionism to the understanding of holism–and maybe the healing, if you believe.