Sometimes I am astonished at the information that has been available to us for years and years, and how we have to first struggle with our lives before we find the information and things suddenly fall into place . . .

I have been wondering for a very long time about giving people clairvoyant messages and then I tell them that they have choices. Often my messages tell them about various choices and the outcome of each, and at the same time I can give them an overview of the eventual choice they will make. Why is it that I become aware of their options? Why is it that I get information about their final decision? Is that really free will, or is that destiny?

I have often thought that the images of the choices that come to me are like a slideshow and the person can choose which slide they want to live. Somehow I can move into the future and tell them which image they will choose to live.

And how does stuff like reflexology, homeopathy and iridology work, where the entire body and all the organs are supposed to be represented in the foot or cornea? And did you know that auricular acupuncture is based on the premise that the entire human body is represented in the ear? Check out the link on my blog for an example.

And there have been other puzzles as well – for example, how does it happen that a particular stimulus always take you back to a specific experience? For example, why is it that every time I am served pumpkin, I think back to an argument between me and my mother that happened 38 years ago? I can even remember the room we were in at the time. Where do I store that information, and why can I still access it at any time, but mostly when I am served pumpkin? Is it stored in my brain, or do I use my brain to access some kind of library somewhere?

Also, if I ask you to write your name in the air using your left elbow, you will be able to do it, even though you have never done it before. How do you know how to do it?

I have just read a very interesting book called The Holographic Universe by Michael Talbot that explains much of these questions. The book says that the entire Universe is a holographic image, and we live this image.

What is a holographic image? I will keep this simple. Take any object that you want to photograph. Take a source of laser light and split the light into two separate beams. One beam bounces off the object and is reflected away from the object. The other beam collides with the reflected beam. The result is recorded on a special piece of film, called holographic film.

To the naked eye the result looks like the concentric circles you would get when you throw two stones into a pond. But shine another light through the holographic film, and you get a three-dimensional image of the object. This image is so real that you can walk around it, but when you try to touch it, there is nothing, just air.

Now for something that is even more remarkable. Cut off even the tiniest piece of that holographic film and shine a light on it, and what do you get? A three-dimensional image of the object – exactly the same as when you would use the entire film.

Apparently the entire Universe consists of such a holographic image. That would explain things like reflexology, homeopathy and acupuncture – the entire holograph that we call “body” is represented in any other part of the same body.

You say but a body can be touched? Sure. My suspicion is that we cannot put our hands through our bodies because at some point we stopped believing that we can do it. Why do I say this? The same book reports the case of the Sufi mystic Hazrat Inayat Khan who died in 1927. (He taught that blind adherence to any book rendered any religion void of spirit, regardless of its external nature.) Legend has it that he at times gave off so much light that people could actually read by it. Numerous religions depict their saints as people with halos of light above their heads. Maybe we have just forgotten that we are beings of Light, and we chose to become dense in every sense of the word.

Michael Talbot’s book also describes an experiment where a person was placed in a hypnotic trance and told that he would be unable to see his daughter when he wakes up. Indeed, when he woke up from the trance, he could not see his daughter who was standing right in front of him. However, he could read the inscription on a pocket watch that was held behind his “invisible” daughter. The hypnotic state took away the belief that a person was too solid to see through, and as a result he could see through the person.

But how do we explain the choices that people have? We often see how people reach a crisis point in their lives, and suddenly they turn their lives around. This book says that the universe actually consists of a large number of holographic images, and we can choose to jump from one to the next – like being in one scene in a movie and then choosing to be in a different scene in a much happier movie.

Where a particular stimulus (visual, smell or touch) brings back a specific memory, it seems that our brains access the holographic memory outside of ourselves every time. This would also explain why for example the memory of the first house you ever lived in is not in your consciousness, but when I ask you to recall that house, the memory “floods back” and you can access details of the house.

And how do you know to write your name with your elbow or recognise the face of your parent or child on very old photographs? Your brain has taken a holographic picture of the information or skill, and stored these details in a memory bank. It does not matter from which angle you access the information, because your brain recognises the wave and then refines the wave until you can access the detail in any way you want.

On some deep level I have always known that the messages I receive as a medium are true. I have often questioned them, not because of a lack of faith, but because of curiosity.

Now that curiosity is paying off and I am getting some very interesting answers. I would never have thought that the answers would lie in holographic images. Carl Jung said “Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.” This makes more sense to me every day. Meditation and “looking inside” brings fascinating answers.

Author's Bio: 

Elsabe Smit is the author of the soul-touching collection of short stories, A Tapestry of Life and of the blog, Spiritual interpretations of everyday life.