*My response to a query on this article. (Becoming the Yidam) "Thank you for taking the time to read then respond. I would like to start by saying that this is first and foremost an essay on Yidam meditation, how they differ from archetypes and how it could be that they could exist outside of the mind in the way that has been suggested in teachings and why this type of ’embodiment’ is interesting to us both spiritually and emotionally and not to ‘prove’ anything either way.So whilst I appreciate your train of thought and obvious passion on the topic of QM & spirituality and I do hear what you are saying, the fact is that science has verified an energetic ‘reality’ fleeting in and out of existence and not lego blocks. Though it is not a siting as proof of anything more than their current discovery, it does seem to agree with what spiritual teachers have said is the case for millennium. And this is what makes it interesting rather than making it a pseudo something. The Dalai Lama is a big advocate of scientific research and in fact refers to himself as having more of a scientific mind than not. Many Buddhist teachers appear to feel that QM is very closely related to the nature reality, not just new age philosophers. As for the brilliant Bohr. Yes he was one of the daddies of QM and there have been many an advancement in understanding since, both main stream and fringe. So to Capra’s best seller, naturally one cannot discuss this issue without including all the Fundamental Fysiks group. It may have not been popular with the mainstream at he time, but once ‘uncomfortable’ truths are discovered, they often becomes unpopular with those who prefer the statusquo. The FF made the connections between science, psychology and spirituality for those of us in the west with our closed billiard ball minds. Billiard ball science and your ‘hard science of the material world’ may not apparently have anything to do with meaningfulness as we recognize it, but who knows for sure? I know I don’t. Though the idea of speaking about ‘co existence’ but no ‘mixing’ also suggests the separateness of billiard ball science, (which we know not to be true) as well as anything but a ‘oneness’ that is generally accepted as fact, in both science and spiritual fields. Therefore, it is not a wild step to surmise that everything has meaning, as it is in fact all absolutely connected ? My essay does not purely draw on quantum mechanics either, nor do I say I have all the answers. The 96% unknown (‘dark’) universe is fascinating too and quite possibly intrinsically connected. I have also left the possibility that it is all and only subjective experience and that physics in whatever form has nothing to do with any of it hence Jung and neurology being included in my essay. Though this would be considered ‘gross consciousness’ and not clear awareness, but it is a factor relating to the human experience, and that many teachings are also lessons in psychology and rightful living. I do not however speak of anything being ‘responsible’ nor ‘where’ what becomes experienced as life comes from, the nearest I come is the analogy of air (but that’s another essay you may enjoy Jacob ) however I do address that train of thought in this editorial. Many meditations require one to call in deities. Thoughts like ‘if it is no longer purely imagination, how could they be ‘real’ ? Then to thoughts about those other other-worldly experiences that people have. Ghosts being an obvious one. Are they ‘real’? or purely an internal experience? If they are ‘real’ then ‘where do they reside’? and how does that interact with our known reality? These are the typical questions that have propelled many to research deeply."