Glossary

  • Astral projection: Often understood as the soul leaving the body and travelling beyond the biological limits. From this esoteric perspective, when your soul leaves your body, it is attached to a ‘cord’, which becomes detached when you die.
  • Big Bang Theory: The most widely accepted scientific explanation of the origin of the Universe. According to the theory, the early Universe was hot and dense. As time passed, the Universe expanded, cooled, and became less dense.
  • Biocentrism: They theory that before consciousness, the Universe was just shimmering waves of probability. One of those probabilities created the probability of life, which created consciousness, and consciousness collapsed the Universe’s wave state into a physical state.
  • Cell memory phenomenon: The phenomenon whereby patients experience personality changes after undergoing organ transplants. The behaviours and emotions acquired by the recipient from the original donor would be explained as combinatorial memories stored in the neurons of the organ donated.
  • Chakra: Spiritual energy centres within the human body as described by ancient traditions of Hinduism. Each chakra corresponds to specific organs as well as physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual states of being that influence all areas of life.
  • Collective unconscious: A concept proposed by Carl Jung (1875-1961), it refers to the idea that a segment of the deepest unconscious mind is genetically inherited and is not shaped by personal experience. Jung’s theory on the collective unconscious was that it is made up of a collection of knowledge and imagery that every person is born with and is shared by all human beings due to ancestral experience.
  • Cyclic Universe theory: A model of cosmic evolution according to which the Universe undergoes endless cycles of expansion and cooling, each beginning with a “big bang” and ending in a “big crunch”.
  • Epigenetics: The study of the heritable changes in gene expression (active versus inactive genes) that do not involve changes to the underlying DNA sequence – a change in phenotype without a change in genotype – which, in turn, affects how cells read the genes. Epigenetic change is a regular and natural occurrence but can also be influenced by several factors including age, the environment, lifestyle, and disease state.
  • Feng Shui: An ancient art and science thought to be the art of placement – understanding how the placement of yourself, and objects within a space, affect your life in various areas of experience. It is a complex body of knowledge that teaches us how to balance and harmonise with the energies in any given space.
  • Heritability: The proportion of the total variation between individuals in a given population that is due to genetic variation. It refers to the proportion of variability in a particular trait in a population, explained by differences in the genes.
  • Hypnosis: A trance state characterised by extreme suggestibility, relaxation and heightened imagination. It is most often compared to daydreaming, or the feeling of “losing yourself” in a book or movie. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the stimuli around you.
  • Hormones: Chemical messages or signals that coordinate a range of bodily functions. From the bloodstream, the hormones communicate with the body when they reach their target cell and create a particular change or effect in that cell. The hormone can also create changes in the cells of surrounding tissues.
  • Immune system: The body’s defense against infectious organisms and other invaders, through a complex and vital network of cells and organs that protect the body from infection. Through a series of steps, called the immune response, the immune system attacks organisms and substances that invade body systems and cause disease. The immune system, although partly innate, also evolves and adapts throughout life.
  • Interpersonal Entanglement: Strong and profound personal interconnection between two beings, similarly to the entanglement of subatomic particles in that the subjects can share some properties and feelings that go beyond the biological limitations of macroscopic reality.
  • Karma: From a Quantum Psychology perspective, karma can be understood as somewhat of an aggregate of the energetic message we transmit to the world, shaped by our emotions, motivations and happiness. And, just like those, karma is subjective in nature.
  • Linked Chain Theory: A conceptual frame describing how different aspects of our existence affect each other, and how either the improvement or the neglect of some factors has consequences on facets of our life that would appear to be unrelated.
  • Molecular Biology: The study of biology at a molecular level. Molecular biology chiefly concerns itself with understanding the interactions between the various systems of a cell; including the interrelationship of DNA, RNA and protein synthesis, and learning how these interactions are regulated.
  • Multiverse Theory: The idea that our universe may be one of many (perhaps an infinite number) of alternative universes and that different things may simultaneously happen in each. Therefore, technically everything possible and conceivable might be happening in a parallel universe.
  • Neurotransmitters: Chemicals produced by the body that help to coordinate movement and control mood and cognition. They are synthesised by neurons and are stored in vesicles. Neurotransmitters are exchanged in the space between neurons called synapses, and spread out through the nervous system – relaying chemical messages between nerve cells and from neurons to muscles.
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP): The idea that people operate by internal “maps” of the world that they learn through sensory experiences. NLP tries to detect and modify the unconscious biases or limitations of an individual’s map of the world. It operates through the conscious use of language to bring about changes in someone’s thoughts and behaviour.
  • Non-shared environment: Any aspects of the environment and any experiences that can be different between children within the same family, contributing to differences between family members. Non-shared environment accounts for most environmental influence in psychopathology, personality, and cognitive abilities after adolescence.
  • Quantum Chemistry: A branch of chemistry whose primary focus is the application of quantum mechanics in physical models and experiments of chemical systems or molecules.
  • Quantum computing: A quantum computer, rather than representing bits, uses qubits, which can take on the value 0, or 1, or both simultaneously. This parallelism allows a quantum computer to work on a million computations at once, while your desktop computer works on one.
  • Quantum entanglement: The ability of subatomic particles to link their properties with one another. When two quantum objects interact in the right way, the information they contain becomes shared. This can result in a kind of connection between those particles, where an action performed on one will automatically affect the nature of the other, even at great distances – perhaps at opposite ends of the Universe.
  • Quantum tunneling or quantum leap: The quantum mechanical phenomenon whereby a particle passes through a potential barrier that, according to classical mechanics, it cannot surmount.
  • Quantum Physics or Quantum Mechanics: The study of the principles, laws and “behaviours” of the smallest known particles: subatomic particles, which compose and build the entire Universe (from matter, to light, to dark matter, to every single cell in your body).
  • Quantum Psychology:The science and theory that studies the nature, implications, and relationships, between the part of our (sub) consciousness (or Quantum Self) governed by the laws of Quantum Mechanics, and how it retro-influences and interacts with our default sensory, cognitive, neuronal, social, and biological mechanisms, including the rest of our (sub) consciousness, which are ruled by the macroscopic or Newtonian physical laws and limited by our biological and social experience of reality.
  • Quantum realm: All reference to quantum scale phenomena.
  • Quantum Self: The part of your (sub) consciousness ruled by the laws of Quantum Mechanics and shaped as a result of your interaction and retro-influence between the Quantum Realm and your biological reality mind. It differentiates from Quantum Psychology as the latter also explains the relationships between the former and the Quantum Realm, including in the mix the influence from other links or aspects of your reality contained within the Link Chain Theory.
  • Reiki: A Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.
  • Shared environment: Those aspects of an individual’s environment that are necessarily shared with other children in the family, contributing to similarities between family members.
  • Subatomic particle: Those elements that compose and form an atom, such as neutrons, electrons, protons, and photons, amongst others.
  • Uncertainty principle: The fundamental notion that we cannot measure the position and the momentum of a subatomic particle with absolute precision. The more accurately we know one of these values, the less accurately we know the other.
  • WACO personality pattern: The personality tendency composed of four personality traits that highly correlate to one another: subjective Well-being, Attributional styles, Coping strategies and Optimism.