Nerd-alert warning: “quantum locking” is a concept I first came across in the TV show Dr Who, in which a group of alien creatures called the Weeping Angels can only move when they’re not being observed, and when they are being observed by a human or another of their own kind, they lock into place at an atomic level, looking like stone statues.
This idea is based on something from genuine quantum physics called the Zeno Effect in which:
The quantum Zeno effect (also known as the Turing paradox) is a situation in which an unstable particle, if observed continuously, will never decay.
…The name comes from Zeno’s arrow paradox which states that, since an arrow in flight is not seen to move during any single instant, it cannot possibly be moving at all.Wikipedia
Note that I’m using this term “quantum locking” in a more metaphorical sense, as a model for an apparently widely recognised phenomena in magick, rather than saying that this precise concept regarding subatomic particles is at play here.
It’s my proposition that the spacetime perception we inhabit is quantum locked (in the manner of the Weeping Angels) to the extent that any magickal operation defying known physical laws which completely violates probablistic cause and effect can’t happen when it’s being observed by a human being in a regular state of conscious awareness, and that this locking effect increases if the observer is hostile to the outcome, through either honest disbelief or malevolent desire to see the operation fail.
This, I believe, is:
why atheists are very hard to curse;
why some of the oldest rules of magick involve secrecy, aka preventing outsiders from observing your work;
why ceasing to fret over a magickal working once it’s complete is highly recommended, because you’re no longer observing it in a hostile way beset with fears of failure that stem from doubt;
why entheogens are very popular in magick, along with trance, in order to temporarily change the consciousness of the observing magician and remove his or her own locking;
why I believe that initiation originated as a tradition from the need for the student to witness the teacher performing an apparently impossible act, in order to widen their own belief that such a thing was possible (thus preventing the aspiring magician themselves from being the hostile observer of their acts);
and finally, why I believe it’s more difficult to manifest from nowhere any object or event that originates from (and is therefore observed by) another and disinterested human being, such as banknotes or love, without some plausible causal channel being created for those things to arrive. Something that, in other words, wouldn’t put an observer’s belief in reality out of joint, and therefore doesn’t need to break the locking effect created by observation.
The Divine Paradox
It’s my further proposition, since this is something I believe I’ve experienced first-hand, that a person who can alter their consciousness to be sufficiently close to the Source of all consciousness is able to overcome this locking, and to manifest events and material objects into reality by performing “internal observation” of that event/thing by holding a strong emotional impression around it, BUT that this is difficult and unpredictable because the act of having a strong emotion (a form of attachment to the material world and its illusory “good” and “bad” outcomes) almost precludes the possibility of getting to that state of consciousness.
This is discussed in the Kybalion as the Divine Paradox: the infinite All witnesses the universe as a dream; the finite (us) witnesses the universe as real. To think as God is to be in a state of detached “mountain-top consciousness” which is incompatible with everyday life and everyday consciousness with desires, hopes, etc.
The universe is; and is not - these two poles of truth are the Absolute and the Relative - and half-truths, such as when new-agers play “blame the victim” towards someone who’s manifested an illness, are a trap for feeble minds.
The concept that you create your own reality is only useful when you are on the inside, experiencing it as an empowering belief, and should never be used to dismiss someone else’s cry for help (and that works out logically, as well - if you hear their cry, then by that theory you’ve manifested them into your life and arguably have a partial duty towards them for the event and their suffering, which is also your own manifestation. The only way out of that duty is to make the decision that they and their suffering are completely irrelevant, in effect deleting them from your own reality field by ceasing to care, but that’s not a step most new-agers who tell victims of abuse that they must have manifested it for some reason are willing to take).
This seeming paradox regarding what is, and is not real, is an aspect of the Principle of Polarity described in the Kybalion.
This is why the RHP argument “Everything is as it should be/is according to God’s will” is a cop-out, because what’s right for God/the All/Source is a different thing to what matters to us, the finite differentiated beings who have to deal with it at ground-level.
So, it seems to me from both theoretical analysis and also (more importantly) direct experiential knowledge, that this finite relative universe is locked down under specific laws, and that magick of even the strongest kind can only operate within those laws in most circumstances.
I joined this forum a year ago and some of my earliest posts were about wanting to take the ability to desire something strongly enough to manifest it, right up to the boundaries of that Source/merger experience, in order to command literally godlike, miraculous power. I’m not fucking about when I say I actually do intend to become a living god, and it was searching stuff like that which led me to find this site, and at first I thought it was a pisstake when I saw the URL.
I wanted to get my hands on God’s toolbox, on the very materials that form creation BEFORE it becomes subject to too many laws and quantum-locking via the observation of other differentiated and finite beings. That is my definition of my overall goal, “to command the powers of a goddess within my lifetime” - not flying or ceasing to need food, water and air to survive, and toilet paper to wipe my butt and so on.
I’ve been working diligently since then on the operating theory that demonic forces alone contain enough power, which I initially conceptualised as being “fallen” as in, having no ability to return directly to Source through Union, and thus providing a kind of anchor point - I later developed that through first-hand experiences and interactions with demonic beings, as described in my post about the psychology of demons to define them as holding an over-riding love/desire/passion for certain things, but in any event my hoped-for outcome should be the same - to use demonic levels of focus on the Relative aspect of creation in order to be able to keep my differentiated and desire-imbued form right up into the white-heat kind of detached energies of Source, which feels somewhat like a total divestment of differentiated qualitative being.
So, that’s why I’ve done some of the wacked-out stuff I did this year, and the more I plan to do.
I just wanted to make this post as a kind of gnosis dump of what I’ve got going on, what the fruits have been of my many years on the RHP yearning for Union, and then along the LHP aspiring to personal divinity; why I currently believe that certain things are possible with magick and others are more difficult; and to throw some ideas about possible ways to attain literally godlike power out there for the (probably minority) of other people who actually have that as their goal.
All this stuff is still a work in progress, and what’s pretty neat is that I independently came to some conclusions about the nature of the Sun as a result of the planetary Invocation I was doing daily, and the concept of divestment of astral (planetary) raiment talked about in hermetic thought.
Then the stuff in EA’s recent evocation of Sorath resonated with some of that to a high degree, especially the channelled bit at the end of the video, so that combined with the experience of reaching the merger-point earlier this week though a completely new technique made me think it was time to share an overview of my own researches, and see if anyone has experienced anything like it, or has experiential input that could add a new dimension, or challenge something I’ve theorised in a meaningful way?