Pac-Man, Quantum Physics & God
Spirituality and Quantum Physics Meet A Course in Miracles Through the 80s Video Game, Pac-Man
Lucy -As a child of the eighties, I witnessed the birth of the computer game, and of them, all Pac-Man was a firm favorite. Nice and simple. Eat, Eat, Eat. Keep away from the ghosties that chase you and try to eat the special cherries that give you the power to eat the ghosts as well, if only for a while. Complete each maze and you move up a level. Simple right?
Alas no, It could get very frustrating and I would forget that I was playing a game. I became so identified with the Pac-man character that when he died, I felt that I had died too. I was scared of the ghosts that were always trying to get me and trying to get the special cherries got me killed over and over again. When I successfully completed a level, there was always another and another. I forgot that it was supposed to be fun.
One day, before switching on the power, I noticed something about the blank screen. The Pac-man character was on every part of the screen at once- so were the pellets, the ghosts, the cherries, and the maze itself! I recently learned from quantum physics, this is called ‘Superposition’—the ability of a quantum system to be in multiple states at the same time until measured. What does this mean?
The principle of quantum entanglement states that a pair of particles, having the same source, are intimately connected and that the act of measuring (judging) one determines the result of measuring the other, even when they are at distance from each other. A thing only becomes a thing in the mind of the observer.
In A Course in Miracles this is called a holy encounter:
T-8.III.4-8 - When you meet anyone, remember it is a holy encounter. As you see him you will see yourself. As you treat him you will treat yourself. As you think of him you will think of yourself. Never forget this, for in him you will find yourself or lose yourself. Whenever two Sons of God meet, they are given another chance at salvation. Do not leave anyone without giving salvation to him and receiving it yourself. For I am always there with you, in remembrance of you.’
This experience stayed with me from childhood, and with the combination of Quantum Physics and the non-dual teachings from ACIM and David Hoffmeister, this memory came back to me to bring an amazing breakthrough and realization! During this game I kept imagining I was being attacked, forgetting it was just a game. Now I can see how the same way of imagining an outside world where one can be attacked and where one can be a victim, plays out in my day-to-day life. With this, I realize how it is simply coming from a secret, hidden desire in mind to be a victim of something in the world and that attack is real. What I imagine or believe to be real in mind, is what I perceive. This desire to be a victim has actually been covering over my own attack thoughts towards myself, my brothers, and ultimately God.
The game seems complex but the decision to forgive and choose love is simple, and I keep being reminded it is mine to make.
In the following video, David Hoffmeister brings full clarity and depth to this whole subject: "Attack is actually is impossible!"
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