The Physics of Encounter suggests explanations for pararmal phemena. It describes the hidden force that generates consciousness and enables our mind to influence physical events. The proposed conceptual model shows that mind and matter are two sides of the same coin and introduces new interpretations of pivotal concepts into the public debate about science and religion. Written for readers of all backgrounds, the book illuminates the controversial views regarding the nature of our universe. Could our minds be imbedded in a field of cosmic consciousness? Was our universe created from thing or is it a pulsating reality, expanding and collapsing? The book examines the issue of consciousness in the light of recently developed theories of vacum fluctuations and oscillating strings. It describes how entanglements with a hidden force give rise to such baffling phemena as Near-Death-Experiences, UFOs, and backward causation. Last t least the book examines fears that have recently resurfaced in the media: could our entire earth be pulled into a black hole? Could the simulation of a big bang in an immensely powerful particle accelerator, like the one at the atomic research lab CERN near Geneva, create such a fateful event? As you read this, the earth is still circling around the sun. The book provides a framework for a rational discussion of fascinating and by means trivial phemena.