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The Razor’s Edge

By Frank Conerton

I was talking with a friend about his spiritual practice. He described the goal of his work as “The Razor’s Edge”, a point where two lines cross. The horizontal line is the continuum of positive and negative. The vertical line is the continuum of spirit and matter. The point where these two lines cross is the razor’s edge, where a person is in balance.

It is exciting to think of balancing on a very small point. The skill to maintain this balance would take a great deal of practice. Everything in the world would be acting to pull you off center. Then there is the razor image. A razor is the sharpest of blades, thin and precise. Used correctly, it shaves cleanly. The smallest mistake results in a knick or a cut. A razor is dangerous because of the small amount of force needed to make blood flow. The razor adds excitement to the image. Would it be as exciting to think about balancing on a hair or a silk strand?

The image of a razor’s edge, and the ideas that support it, all rest on the foundation of materialism. In materialism, the world is something to be overcome through hard work and distancing yourself from all of the material attachments which will snare you at a low level, the opposite of enlightened. Also, in materialism things are inherently good or evil. If this happens, it is good. If that happens, it is bad. There is another way to look at things.

The science of quantum physics has produced a new paradigm of the world. This paradigm states that there is only consciousness and energy. The material world that we perceive as so very solid is in essence energy held in a temporary structure by consciousness. This situation has evolved from a more entangled state. Poetically, we can call this more entangled state heaven and the consciousness, God. According to the quantum philosophy, our reality is an unfolding of a more entangled state. This idea tells us that everything came from one and everything is in the process of becoming something more.

Using this new paradigm where everything is part of an unfolding whole made of consciousness and energy, we can envision a different image of this place of balance which materialism calls the razor’s edge. Since everything in the world works together and the universe is supportive of our own evolution, it makes sense that everything can be used to guide and move us to this place of balance. Rather than some unbelievably precarious perch for balance of materialism, in a supportive universe we can imagine our perfect point of balance as the center of a shallow bowl. If we accept the world and appreciate and relax, the world around us guides us to our center. If we stop stirring things up, if we stop jumping around, if we accept and appreciate, we will simply be moved to our center, our place of serene peace.

I can imagine someone reading this and thinking, “What goody-goody claptrap; Pollyanna wearing rose colored glasses. Look at all the atrocious things that happen in the world!” Quantum thinking says that everything exists, but it is our consciousness that labels things good or evil. Yes, there are wars and famine and sickness and death. These are part of the unfolding world. But it is our own thinking, what we believe about these things that pulls us out of our center. It is not the fact that they exist, but rather our reaction or response to things that determines if we are serene in our center or are careening wildly, bouncing like a ping-pong ball batted back and forth by the paddles of all those atrocious things.

We can continue to base our lives on materialism and believe that there is a separation between spirit and matter and things are inherently good or evil. We can strive to stand on the razor’s edge by striving and working hard. Or we can start to accept the quantum philosophy of an unfolding universe of consciousness and energy where everything is related and in the process of becoming. Using this philosophy, we recognize the world and accept the world and appreciate the world. Doing these, we settle into our center, our place of serenity and joy.

Both views exist. It is up to us to choose which will work better for us, which philosophy will produce better results.

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