The Ripple Effect is based on the understanding that we are all connected. These connections stretch like an incredibly interwoven and complicated tapestry. Each of us exists within this tapestry. Thoughts and actions are like stones dropped in a pond and they create ripples that travel outward.
Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives and their reactions in turn affect others. The choices you make have far-reaching consequences. Each of us carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways for better or worse. We can use the Principles of the Ripple Effect to magnify our actions and their effects.
The Science behind The Ripple Effect
In a nutshell, physics is the study of matter, energy, and the interaction between them. The core theories of physics are classical (or Newtonian) mechanics, electromagnetism, optics, thermodynamics, quantum mechanics and relativity. Within each of these branches, science has developed theories that have been validated through mathematics and experimentation: for instance, Issac Newton’s famous Three Laws of Motion.
These theories have proven to be accurate models of nature within their respected domains. What has puzzled science is that these theories tend to be inaccurate outside of their respected domains.
For instance, classical mechanics correctly describes the motion of objects in everyday experience, but it breaks down at the atomic scale, where it is superseded by quantum mechanics, and at speeds approaching the speed of light, where relativistic effects become important. Since Albert Einstein first proposed an underlying set of rules in which each branch of physics would be an integrated subset, the Unified Field Theory has become the Holy Grail of science.
Some of the most exciting work has been in the field of Quantum Physics. Researchers have long understood that the basic building block of matter, the atom, could be broken down into its basic components: protons, neutrons and electrons. We have come to understand that these components are not absolute, but can be broken down into even smaller particles, called leptons and quarks, which in turn can be broken down even farther. The theory is that when you go down far enough, there is no finite bit of matter, there is only energy. This has been popularized by two recent movies: What the Bleep Do We Know and The Secret. The concept espoused in these movies is that since everything is energy, our thoughts can be used to interact with that energy to effect changes in our environment.