(Book Review by Ismini Apostoli)
"Almost universally, we share a sense that there’s more to us than meets the eye. Somewhere deep within the mists of our ancient history, we know we have magic and miraculous powers within us. From the time of childhood, we fantasize about our ability to do things that are beyond the realm of reason and logic. And why not? While we’re children, we have yet to “learn” the rules that say miracles can’t happen in our lives."
Gregg Braden has spent over 20 years studying spiritual and religious texts and is considered by many an inspired spiritual teacher. Most people interested in spirituality are already familiar with his previous works like “The Spontaneous Healing of Belief“, “Awakening to Zero Point“, “The Science of Compassion“, “The Isaiah Effect“, and “The God Code“.
The special message contained in Braden’s new book, The Divine Matrix, is that we are not observers but creators of our own personal worlds, and we have the power to transform our lives by gaining a better understanding of our relationship to all-that-is, learning how to listen to its messages, and learning to communicate with it in its own language.
The Divine Matrix is divided into three parts. Part I, “Discovering the Divine Matrix: The Mystery that Connects All Things” examines and combines ancient wisdom with recent breakthroughs in quantum physics to give us an understanding of this net of energy that contains all.
Part II, “The Bridge Between Imagination and Reality: How the Divine Matrix works”, describes in great detail our ability to connect with and re-program the matrix to mirror more desirable effects on our lives.
Part III, “Messages from the Divine Matrix: Living, Loving, and Healing in Quantum Awareness” teaches us how to listen to the Matrix and how the Matrix reflects our emotions in the relationships we form with others and with our world.
WHAT IS THE DIVINE MATRIX?
Braden describes it as a field of energy, which provides the container as well as a bridge and a mirror for everything that happens between the world within and the world without. He also invites us to look at the Divine Matrix as a cosmic blanket, which is many layers deep and is everywhere and all the time. Braden tells us that from a quantum perspective, everything in existence from an atom to a whole planet can be thought of as a disturbance in the fabric of this space-time blanket. In the Vedas, this blanket is “the unified field of pure consciousness” that bathes and permeates all creation. According to Hsin-Hsin Ming (the Taoist Faith-mind Verses) it’s described as the essence which is the container of all experience and the experience itself.
Combining the wisdom of our oldest traditions with some findings of quantum physics, Braden concludes that there are three principles that govern the Matrix:
1. Everything exists within the Divine Matrix and everything is inter-connected.
2. The Divine Matrix is holographic, which means that any portion of the field contains everything in the field.
3. The past, present and future are intimately joined. As a container of time, the Matrix provides continuity between the choices of our present and the experiences of our future.
OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH THE DIVINE MATRIX
We connect to the Matrix, not by thought, but through the language of emotion. Our feelings of love, hate, fear, forgiveness etc. are actually instructions that program the Divine Matrix. Within this emotional communication and connection to the Matrix lies our power to bring healing, more joy and peace to our lives. According to Braden, the Matrix can be thought of a huge computer into which, through our beliefs, feelings and emotions, we program commands that produce the results we see in our lives.
In Part III, Braden provides us with 20 keys to conscious creation which if studied, understood and applied can help us greatly in getting in touch with our miraculous potential to heal and create joy, love and peace in the world.
THE TWENTY KEYS OF CONSCIOUS CREATION
Key 1: The Divine Matrix is the container that holds the universe, the bridge between all things, and the mirror that shows us what we have created.
Key 2: Everything in our world is connected to everything else.
Key 3: To tap the force of the universe itself, we must see ourselves as part of the world rather as separate from it.
Key 4: Once something is joined, it is always connected, whether it remains physically linked or not.
Key 5: The act of focusing our consciousness is an act of creation. Consciousness creates!
Key 6: We have all the power we need to create all the changes we choose!
Key 7: The focus of our awareness becomes the reality of our world.
Key 8: To simply say that we choose a new reality in not enough!
Key 9: Feeling is the language that “speaks” to the Divine Matrix. Feel as though your goal is accomplished and your prayer is already answered.
Key 10: Not just any feeling will do. The ones that create must be without ego and judgment.
Key 11: We must become in our lives that we choose to experience as our world.
Key 12: We are not bound by the laws of physics as we know them today.
Key 13: In a holographic “something” every piece of the something mirrors the whole something.
Key 14: The universally connected hologram of consciousness promises that the instant we create our good wishes and prayers, they are already received at their destination.
Key 15: Through the hologram of consciousness, a little change in our lives is mirrored everywhere in our world.
Key 16: The minimum number of people required to “jump-start” a change in consciousness is the 1% of the population.
Key 17: The Divine Matrix serves as the mirror in our world of the relationships that we create in our beliefs.
Key 18: The root of our “negative” experiences may be reduced to one of the three universal fears (or a combination of them): abandonment, low self-worth, or lack of trust.
Key 19: Our true beliefs are mirrored in our most intimate relationships.
Key 20: We must become in our lives the very things we choose to experience in our world.
Undoubtedly, Gregg Braden is a great spiritual thinker and visionary of our times. Like many of his contemporaries he also tries to bridge science with spirituality. In part, this is in response to modern man’s need not to take things on faith, but have his faith backed up by scientific evidence. In The Divine Matrix, Braden attempts to link quantum physics to metaphysics and spirituality. Does really such a link exist? The average lay person, would still have to take Braden’s scientific “evidence” on faith. The more scientifically oriented reader would tend to consider the link very tenuous and the evidence presented to prove it, arbitrary and sketchy.
Quantum physics is a highly complex science firmly rooted in reason and logic. Metaphysics, on the other hand, is deeply rooted in feeling, emotion, intuition and faith. Braden attempts to blend reason with intuition in his effort to broaden our understanding of our world. How successful and convincing his attempt is, is up to the discerning reader to decide.
P.S. Ismini Apostoli is a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, practicing in Greece and offering online services throughout the world. She is particularly interested in self- esteem, self-development and self-actualization and helping people uncover their special gifts and talents. You can find out more by visiting http://www.yourempowermenttherapist.com.