The paradox of Schrödinger’s cat is indeed weird. It demonstrates that in a hypothetical experiment – in the world of the quantum – a live cat put in a box with radioactive decay that could possibly be released and therefore kill the cat, experiences two different waveforms superimposed on each other.
In other words, there are two possible outcomes for our feline friend.
The cat is both dead and alive until the observer opens the box to find out.
They’re everywhere. But we don’t see them. We ignore them. We shut them out. We deny them.
How? We continue to observe life from a place of limitations, instead of possibility.
No one is putting limits on you. No one sees you as limited, except yourself. You could argue that out in the world you’re constantly being met with people trying to limit you – an agent saying you’re “too old,” or a boyfriend telling you “you’re stupid,” or a well-meaning parent telling you, “it’s a brutal business" – but really, those limitations are projections of their stuff. Their fears. Their insecurities. Their doubts.
Just because someone projects their stuff onto you doesn’t make it real.
You limit yourself by what you put your attention on and what you focus on increases.
So you shut out access to possibility because of the myriad ways you say “no” to something.
You listen to other people’s projected limitations.
It’s a closed system. Saying “no” is incompatible with possibility because in order for possibility to occur you have to experiment. You have to try. You have to play. You have to say “yes.”
You are both the scientist of your life and the experiment. Your life is this gigantic laboratory. There are no rules. There are no directions. You make it up as you go along. But you need to get experimenting. Creating. Exploring.
Without experimentation there is no discovery. Without discovery, there is no possibility.
Stop tethering yourself to the world of “no” and all it’s black and white blandness.
Light up your Bunsen burner, put on your goggles, mix some potions in your beaker and get creating.
Harry Potter had fun doing it in his potions class. Why don’t you?
Anthony Meindl is an award-winning writer, director, producer, and Artistic Director of Anthony Meindl's Actor Workshop (AMAW) in Los Angeles, where it was voted the Best Acting Studio in Los Angeles by Backstage in 2011 and 2012 (Best Scene Study and Best Cold Read). AMAW is also located in New York and Australia.
Meindl's first feature film, “Birds of a Feather,” won the Spirit of the Festival Award at the 2012 Honolulu Rainbow Film Festival, and he won Best Director at the Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. He is a regular contributor to The Daily Love, Backstage, and various spirituality podcasts. He has been featured in ABC News, Daily Variety, LA Weekly, The Hollywood Reporter and the CW KTLA. He is also the author of the new best-selling book, “At Left Brain Turn Right,” which helps artists of all kinds unleash their creative genius within. Check out Meindl's free smartphone app on iTunes. 'Follow Meindl on Twitter @AnthonyMeindl.