Heidi Helgeson, MA, RNC, Colleen Peyerl, MA, RN, NBC-HWC & Marit Solheim-Witt, MA
Quantum physics is the study of the dual, oftentimes simultaneous behavior and interactions of matter and energy waves. Quantum physics states that regardless of how large or small a system is, one part of the system can affect the whole system concurrently and without direct connectivity. Researchers are finding evidence that the science of quantum physics provides the most accurate model of physical reality and that the underlying principles may be useful in a workplace context.
Concepts from quantum physics can be applied to describe dynamic relationships within the human system. Information exchange is vital to all living systems whether the communication is inter- or intra-cellular, organ to organ, brain to body, or individual to individual. Energetic fields of cells provide feedback on cell function like people collaborate to build a society, constantly altering it. There is evidence that these same energetic aspects of the human system impact and are a central component in interpersonal communication and applicable in multiple arenas, including the workplace.
We have explored four phenomena in quantum field theory and their application as principles to interpersonal communication. The principles we identified as relevant to communication within the workplace environment are nonlocality, entanglement, coupling/phase-locking and coherence.
The principle of nonlocality refers to the potential for remote relationships between separate particles. Non-local influences do not diminish with distance and act instantaneously. A perplexing aspect of this phenomenon is that no known form of energy is exchanged in nonlocal connections. According to quantum physics, nonlocality is a fundamental aspect of reality. The principle of nonlocality can be applied to explore prayer and energetic relationships between individuals across space and time. Nonlocality may underlie bioenergetic aspects of human biology and could explain how the mind-body connection is impacted by intuition, intention, social interactions, relationships and communication.
While the principle of nonlocality describes the separateness of distant particles, the principle of entanglement explains the nature of their interconnectedness. For example, nonlocal connections between neurons in the brain can become entangled through an individual’s thoughts, emotions and state of mind. Thoughts are composed of vibrational patterns that can result in biochemical changes within the body. All have the potential to induce entanglement internally, influencing a person’s bioenergetic state, and externally, influencing human relationships. Quantum entanglement could help explain how our minds combine experiences from many different senses into one memory. The well documented psycho-physiological impact of the placebo effect has been associated with the principle of entanglement.
COUPLING & PHASE LOCKING
Coupled states refer to the condition wherein two different kinds of matter or waves interact with each other. Coupling is believed to be a key mechanism in information transfer between the energetic mind and the particulate brain. For example, human emotion initiates biochemical and bioenergetic coupling of physiologic systems within the body. Acupuncture meridians in Chinese medicine and chakras identified in Ayurvedic medicine are believed to be examples of energetic pathways in the body that are already in coupled states. When patterns of coupling occur, physicists refer to them as being phase locked. The electrical activity of neurons oscillating simultaneously at the same frequency in separate parts of the brain is an example of phase locking. An illustration of phase locking in human beings is the fight or flight response of the sympathetic nervous system. For example, the fight or flight response might be aroused during conflict or chronic stress in the workplace.
The principle of coherence refers to the homeostatic balance present in a healthy individual, representing harmonious interactions of the body’s subsystems, external relationships and interactions. Coherence implies a global order, structure, harmony and alignment necessitating awareness within and amongst systems. For example, coherence in the electromagnetic field of the heart can drive coordination of organs and other physiologic systems within the body. Numerous studies document the significant role that a coherent heart has in modulating information and creating cohesion in the body. Other studies document the positive impact of coherence on team-work, creativity and productivity.
© 2018 Heidi Helgeson, Colleen Peyerl & Marit Solheim-Witt
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