Why quantum physics? NYwitch and I are collaborating on this subject - his Practical Magick column is going to give you some basics on how magic works, and I get the job of trying to explain how quantum physics tells us it DOES work.
According to quantum physics, choice, decision, measurement, and
observation are required for a reality to manifest [manifest=readily
perceived by the senses]. In addition to this, the observed and the
observer are the same. Choices and decisions, while seemingly unimportant
in the day-to-day humdrum of our lives, actually have far-reaching
effects about which we may never know. For example, today I made a
decision to write this article. I could have done it last week or
tomorrow. However, the decision was made to do it now. Now we need
to speculate: Perhaps a new person joins our group today and reads
this ezine. Perhaps this person's life is touched by the words, and
his future choices are colored by what he has read. It could be this
person goes on to discover a cure for cancer, or a new solar system,
or has a better life, or...well you get the picture.
So, each and every action we perform has the same effect as tossing a
pebble in a pond - the waves of action reach out far beyond our "selves".
You may have heard the saying that goes something like "if a tree falls
in a forest and no one is there, does it make any sound?" Well, does it?
Does observation make it so? One of the concepts expressed by quantum
physics is that the act of being observed affects the outcome of the
experiment. And to carry this thought further, the observer and the
observed are the same. Hunh? you say. How does that go again? Well,
let's suppose you are involved in an experiment in a science lab. You
have set up your equipment and set in motion the experiment. You watch
and wait, as the observer. Now, because you are watching (observing),
you are intimately involved in the outcome of the experiment (the
observed). Because you watch, you affect the outcome of the experiment.
So, the observer and observed are the same. You (as the observer)
become an intimate part of the experiment (the observed).
(And, to take it another step, who is observing the observer???)
So in order to manifest a reality, we must make a choice or decision
(perform a spell), measure it (decide what you want the outcome to be)
and observe it.