Interview with Fred Alan Wolf
Many years ago, when I read Parallel Universes: The Search for Other Worlds by Fred Alan Wolf, it opened up doors of possibilities for me that never closed and indeed invited me into another reality. I think it’s not only important but imperative that we see the world we live in differently and I don’t believe I’m alone in this. As I look around at the world I grew up in and now that I have more than a half century of experience, I see that not much has changed in our worldview as far as most of our traditions go, except for in one area, and that’s the area of science. Historically speaking, science has been at a disadvantage because of undeveloped technology, but this past 100 years had brought the development of technology that has expanded our sensory awareness to the point that we are seeing into the smallest of realities. With that, along with the language of mathematics, we are expanding our awareness of the realities that we find ourselves in. So why is this important? Because we are surrounded by systems that are divisive and polarized in opposition against “others” and even themselves. Even within traditional belief systems we find ourselves in deep contradiction. Our nations have become the collective consciousness of us as individuals and validation is as easy as watching the evening news. Science, on the other hand, is bringing us face- to-face with our own conscious exploration by showing the “oneness” of our physical world and its inner connectedness. From this vantage point we can start to understand and experience for ourselves the importance of all living things on this planet, which includes, of course, human beings. Dhara’s and my goal is to inform you in such a way that you will explore and find out for yourself through “experience,” not just more information. A multitude of information is out there in the way of books, CDs, workshops, and events. Feel free to contact us or visit our website for some of the best and informative information available. Now, enjoy our interview with Fred Alan Wolf, who recently appeared in What the Bleep Do We Know? and Down the Rabbit Hole.
Lotus Guide: I read your book Parallel Universes many years ago and in retrospect I can see the advantage of letting new ideas and thoughts in, because it opened my mind and created what I see as new neural pathways of understanding and perception. Do you think your book, The Yoga of Time Travel: How the Mind Can Defeat Time, will have the same effect on opening minds?
Fred Alan Wolf: Every book I write is filled with ideas to open people’s minds. Lately I have been putting out information in a more fun-loving way. For instance, there are three Dr. Quantum items out there. Two are audio CDs, Dr. Quantum Presents: A User’s Guide to Your Universe, Dr. Quantum Presents: Meet the Real Creator: You, and a little book, Dr. Quantum’s Little Book of Big Ideas. And they’re all intended for the lay mind, for people who have no idea about what’s going on in quantum physics, so when you see the Dr. Quantum series, you can assume it’s meant to get big ideas across in the simplest way so young people can start to wrestle with these ideas.
LG: Actually, that was one of my questions. I was reading that the United States is producing fewer young scientists in recent years than it ever has and I couldn’t help but think that the Dr. Quantum series could help spark young minds.
FAW: I truly think it should, and that’s my greatest hope, to stir minds both young and old. One of my main reasons for doing this is to influence young minds. I have done so in the past, even back when my first book came out, called Taking the Quantum Leap. That influenced a lot of young minds. Kids who were in high school then are now physicists and they’ve told me that they were very influenced by Taking the Quantum Leap. So, the Dr. Quantum series should help along those lines.
LG: Yes. It influenced me. That was one of the first books I read that led me into the metaphysical realms.
FAW: Reading allows you to enter into another realm, another mind, and see life differently.
LG: When we brought the movie What the Bleep Do We Know? to our community, it played for seven weeks and sold out most of that time, so we are ready and open for a paradigm shift and how we see this world. That being said, I also know how deeply ingrained old patterns are and how easy it is to fall into them. What would you suggest that the average person could do to break down old beliefs and open up to a new worldview?
FAW: The first thing to do would be to realize that some of our old beliefs are dysfunctional and no longer work, if indeed they ever did. The desire, if the desire to do that isn’t there, there’s nothing to do. If you don’t want to do that, you’re not going to do it. So there’s no way to take an average person to this experience of awakening without the person having desire first. However, if you have that desire, then there are all kinds of ways to pursue your awakening. And there are many different paths, whether it’s a spiritual path, or a path through science, or a path through yoga, there are many ways of getting there. So my first thought would be, if you haven’t awakened that desire in yourself, then start hanging out with people who have awakened that desire in themselves, and see if that will be contagious enough to get you to get off your butt and do something about it.
LG: That’s great advice. One of the first things I noticed in my life was that most of my friends and acquaintances changed when I decided to take a different path and I now find it very important to be around people who . . . don’t drag me down.
FAW: And they’re out there waiting for you. The main thing is you gotta take action. You can’t sit there and hope it’s going to happen.
LG: Yes, I think that’s the importance of living in communities that are progressive in their thinking. I believe one of the reasons for the Lotus Guide’s success has been the people living in our northern California regions.
FAW: Yes, and it’s important to have a free press where you can express ideas that may not be mainstream or popular.
LG: I think that’s one of the drawbacks of mainstream media. They’re so dependent on their advertisers and most of their ads promote pharmaceuticals, processed foods, alcohol, and the list goes on.
FAW: That’s an important point in today’s world.
LG: Well, Fred, I appreciate your taking the time for this interview.
FAW: You’re very welcome.
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