My Big-Toe – Part 1: 15 Things We Learned From Tom Campbell
Tom Campbell is a physicist, who worked as a senior analyst in military technical intelligence, then developed high tech US missile defence systems before becoming an expert consultant generating complex risk analysis for NASA. In parallel with this, he spent over 45 years as a consciousness researcher, researching the properties, boundaries and abilities of consciousness and reality. He wrote My Big Toe (My Big Picture Theory of Everything) unifying philosophy, physics and metaphysics . Tom in 2004 predicted that if the planet suffered much more damage then mark his words Mother Nature would get even!
Here are the top 15 things we learned from Chris interviewing Tom
1. Tom had an innate drive to be a scientist, and also study consciousness. When Tom was a young boy he took flashlights and radios apart. He also felt driven to become a physicist to understand reality. To Tom the core question has always been what is the reality we live in, why is it here and how does it work?
2. At the age of 6 he began having paranormal experiences which questioned reality. Some were like a dream where he would go out of his body and float around his bedroom. He realised with intention, he could go wherever he wanted, slipping out of walls and through bushes without running into them. He knew it was more than a dream as he could see things like the milkman and his truck delivering milk in the dark to their front porch not knowing at that age how milk arrived on the doorstep. He realised it was best not to share this and has since discovered that many young children have spontaneous out of body experiences. ‘I thought it was a dream at first, but it was a dream in which I could see things that actually happened’. These experiences therefore had to be a part of a broader reality both physical and non-physical.
3. Whilst studying physics at University Tom took a transcendental meditation course as he heard it would enable him to get by with less sleep. When he started the meditating, he went right into a meditative state almost instantly and time would go by with no recollection of it. He found out that in a meditative state, he could debug software with errors highlighted in his mind in red and correct code in black. Further confirming that reality was a whole lot bigger than he thought it was. As a physicist, the definition of reality is if you can measure it then it’s real. He could debug software (a hard physical thing) in his mind! He later met Bob Monroe who had a laboratory for studying consciousness and volunteered to be a scientist in his lab starting his career in consciousness research. In parallel he began his physics career.
4. Non-physical experiences are very common phenomena – Many people have experiences of the non-physical world which they cannot explain but when they believe these things conflict with their beliefs they ignore them as nonsense. Including serendipitous experiences, feeling the moods of others and paranormal experiences. An independent survey found that when asked whether people had ever experienced anything paranormal anonymously 80% said ‘yes’! Admitting in public is not so high.
5. Scientists miss the bigger picture – The danger with studying areas likes physics, psychology, chemistry, biology is that viewpoints are very narrow adopting beliefs that are core to that discipline. The unique insights Tom has written about could not have happened in any other way, except from working in both consciousness and physics at the same time.
6. There are so many unsolved paradoxes in physics which Tom’s work solves. If the universe started with the big bang and before that there was nothing where did the molten ball of plasma that started it all come from? Because our physical universe didn’t exist yet! So it couldn’t have been a part of our physical universe. So it was what?
Others include why is the speed of light a constant? Why are probability distributions the best way to describe particles? In quantum physics they don’t talk about particles, little chunks of mass with a charge like an electron. They talk about probability. A particle only exists as probability. And then when we make a measurement, that particle pops into view within this reality. It sounds pretty mystical, but it isn’t. It’s just the nature of reality and how reality works.
Where does space come from and mass and charge? Physics says we don’t know – which is not very helpful. With Tom’s understanding, all of these things can be derived from the first principles of reality. Our particles aren’t really particles, they’re just probability distributions until they’re measured. And of course, the speed of light has to be a constant, it couldn’t be anything else, because that’s the fastest that you can move from one pixel to another within information space. These paradoxes make themselves accessible to deductive logic once you have the right perspective about the nature of reality. Reality is information based, not matter based.
7. Choices have consequences and we are seeing the results of our poor decisions – like our impact on climate.
If we make choices within a small picture of reality we’re going to be blind to most of these consequences. The smallest reality we have is self-centeredness – when it’s all about you. A slightly little bigger picture is your family, then your business or community, your country, your world. You may even care about your solar system and that meteorites that may come through and run into us. Beyond that there’s another whole set of things. That is the realm of consciousness, the inner world. If the physical world is the outer world and consciousness is the inner world, you have things that are objective within it like love, justice, beauty, truth, compassion, empathy, morality, caring, emotion, fear. All of these things exist beyond the objective physical world and are very, very important. They all expand the size of our reality and sense of what’s real.
So, as the reality you operate in grows, your decision space grows, your perspective grows within it and potential to be part of the solution not the problem grows. We are experiencing now the results of our choices that don’t see beyond our own greed, our own need for resources, our own need to survive and succeed. And to stop this, we must expand our understanding of the world and make better choices
8. Reality is representative of the struggle between fear and love. This is the key struggle always at the core of our life. Look at our literature, our movies, our plays, our art, they almost all centre around the struggle between fear and love. If fear is driving our choices, the results will turn out to bite us. They become problematic for everybody. We’re all connected and the choices we make don’t just effect ourselves, they effect other people. Everything we do, has a ripple effect that goes out into this larger world. That’s why we need the bigger picture of this larger world so we can appreciate the consequences. Not just the intended but also the unintended consequences. Fear versus Love is the central ethical struggle in business, art, in family and personal relationships, in the world. Being human is to be a part of the struggle.
9. Accessing more love and less fear is one of the keys to elevating your consciousness.
As you make choices, out of fear, you change yourself as you do when you make choices out of love. Your choices are a part of your growing process and evolution. The choices we make now, turn you little by little into something else. If those choices are based on fear, they move us in a negative direction, where we struggle and feel pain, where we are focused on self as opposed to others. The other choice is to make choices towards love. As we do our lives become happier because we are making choices based on caring, compassion and cooperation. The difference between a life lived in a small reality full of fear and pain, discomfort and negativity, and one lived with joy and happiness and feeling appreciated and satisfied. That is the difference between real success and material success. Material success can be from either one of those two sets of choices. Real success is success as a human being not just success in business.For that you need to care and have this bigger picture.
10. We are all here for a purpose and physical reality is a virtual reality based on consciousness of which we are individuated units of it. Our individual purpose is for us to evolve our quality, which is the purpose of why the physical universe exists. It didn’t just come out of a ball of plasma that came from nowhere. It was part of a much bigger consciousness system. A virtual reality set up for us to experience, for us to make choices and by that evolve the quality of our consciousness. In Tom’s worldview, consciousness is the fundamental thing. Physical reality is a derivative of a virtual reality created by consciousness. A lot of people will find this to be strange and off the charts as far as commonly accepted ideas. But from that viewpoint, we get to solve all these paradoxes and derive a better physics. Understanding who am I? Why am I here? What am I supposed to be doing? And having good solid logical answers to those questions is what can orient us toward true success. Human beings are individuated units of this expansive consciousness.
11. The quality of your being expresses the correctness of your understanding? By understanding this bigger picture and acting according to love not fear our quality as a human beings expands consistently with the consciousness system.
12. The idea we can somehow stop technological evolution or even slow it down doesn’t work. You can’t stop it, you can’t slow it down. As long as technology creates things that are useful to people, people will further the technology. Whether we have the wisdom to use that technology wisely, is another thing. The big race isn’t one technology against the other, it’s technology against our wisdom. So if our technology gets more destructive than our wisdom we are in big trouble as a race and planet.
Technology is neither moral or immoral. It just is. It’s what people do with it that makes it moral or immoral, ethical or unethical. Make the choice to be on the side of cooperation and caring, the love side, then what you do with that technology is going to be wonderful and helpful. If not then it will come and bite us later. Like we’re doing now with global warming, or the fact we could blow up the entire world with nuclear fusion bombs or pollute ourselves into extinction by poisoning the environment. We have all sorts of ways that our poor choices can do us all in. The key thing is to have the wisdom that only comes from a bigger picture understanding of who you are, why you’re here, the nature of our reality and our place in it.
13. Meditation is the best way to get acquainted with your consciousness. The first step is to be aware that we need to find that bigger picture. You’ll never find it until you come to the conclusion that it’s something you can do. That bigger picture reveals itself and unfolds in front of you as you explore inner space. It’s about being and understanding, not about doing. Often people start with meditation, the launchpad for exploring inner space.
14. Another way to greater consciousness is to let go of your beliefs and fear. To look at your life and say is anything in my life negative? Do I get upset? Do I argue? Do I get angry? Do I get annoyed? Do I have stress? Do I feel unappreciated? And if you have any of those negative things, that’s because you have fear. And if you can get rid of that fear, and you can get rid of those beliefs, then you’ve done it. What’s left is love, it’s the fear, beliefs and ego that drag us down. We need to have an intent to grow up and find a bigger picture. An intent to find our purpose, why we’re with intent.
15 – Greater Business Consciousness requires this bigger picture, a conscious plan based on why, a deep understanding of people and the ability to access accurate information through intuition. If you’re in charge it’s not just about the nuts and bolt, getting and fulfilling orders. You need a plan. You need strategic and tactical thinking. Successful businessmen need to cultivate big picture thinking. It needs to not only be concerned with the what, and the possibilities of how, but also the quality of the why, why are we doing this? And what effects it will have on others.
Business is also about people. Businesses are people including the owners, executives, customers, suppliers and employees. So if you have a really good fundamental understanding of people and what makes them tick and why they make the choices they make, then that will be much better for business. So fundamentally, understanding people and caring about people and having a big picture are two things that business needs critically.
The third thing business needs is to develop intuition. To help make that intuition as accurate and reliable as it can be, and it can be very accurate and reliable. A lot of business decisions come down to intuition. What are our markets going to do? What are our customers going to do? What’s going to happen in the future? Well, you can’t read a crystal ball and see what’s happening in the future. But you can understand the possibilities. And you can understand the probability of each possibility. And that information is available to your intuition.
So those are three things, the big picture, understanding people at a fundamental level and developing your intuition are the heart of work if you wish to succeed which we will explore in part 2 on the 25th September.
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About Chris Cooper
Chris Cooper helps organizations to elevate the performance of their leaders and teams whilst building highly engaged workforces. Chris worked for major global branded businesses including Mars Inc, United Biscuits and a major bar and restaurant business tp board level. He sold his share of a very successful consultancy in 2006. Today, he is a business elevation strategist, mentor, facilitator, speaker, author and broadcaster supporting clients typically in the insurance, financial services and hospitality sectors to elevate the performance of their businesses through people via his brand Chris Cooper – Business Elevation. Chris a fellow and former Regional President of the Professional Speaking Association and speaks about his published book ‘The Power to Get Things Done (Whether you Feel Like It or Not) co-written with Dr Stephen Levinson as well as on leadership and engagement topics. His weekly Business Elevation show on Voice America has aired since Sept 2011 and is the most accessed show globally on Voice America the world’s leading live talk radio business network. He lives in Leicestershire with his wife a GP and two boys and in 2019 competed in a Quadrathlon one of Scotland’s toughest one day endurance events.