In the emerging science of neuroplasticity we’ve come full circle, back to Buddha, who maintained it is our thoughts that reign supreme over the physical brain and body.
If we are convinced that Nature is more than just a “fortuitous concurrence of atoms,” can that belief change how we manage our natural resources?
What if we believed that “everything in the Universe, throughout all its kingdoms, is conscious,” as Theosophy asserts? And that everything is “endowed with a consciousness of its own kind and on its own plane of perception?”
British astronomer, Sir Arthur Eddington, epitomized the scientific controversy, commenting on the Uncertainty Principle in quantum physics, in 1927, when he remarked:
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Noetic consciousness, has to be “regarded as activities of our mind on another and a higher plane,” H. P. Blavatsky maintained—”working through something less substantial than the moving molecules of the brain.” (Psychic & Noetic Action)
“They cannot be explained as the simple resultant of the cerebral physiological processes, [which] only condition them or give them a final form, for purposes of concrete manifestation.”
If life is ultimately purposeless, because we are “nothing but a pack of neurons” in the brain — then nothing we do has any importance — only what we can grab for ourselves ‘now’ has any meaning.
But, if such a selfish view were actually the prevailing sentiment, then no one would care about starving children, the sick or elderly, or animal abuse. Healing a stressed planet, homelessness, and poverty, would be at the bottom of our list.
Yet, people do care, enough to make personal sacrifices in time and resources—even the most skeptical of us. We say one thing, and act another. So… what’s going on here?
Worldviews are compelling, but luckily, there is an generous undercurrent of compassion that drives us humans, no matter what. This is our saving grace.
Sissel Kyrkjebo, “Imagine”
At the core of our being, irrational and illogical as it might be for some, random acts of kindness have always been what ultimately defines us as humans. There exists a common thread of conscience, and a human ethic that always transcends ideology.
Now there are proofs of a global unity, many emerging in studies being done in frontier noetic scientific fields.
The data cannot be dismissed and denied much longer. Ultimately, no dictatorial religion or science can survive Truth—but, as in the violent Crusades, many will fight to their dying breath.
Global Consciousness Project
Dr. Radin Speaks Out
“Note that the comment that they’re ‘just looking for patterns in random data’ is absolutely not true,” Radin says. “See the website for more details on the hypothesis-testing nature of this experiment.”
IONS Senior Scientist, Dean Radin, exhorts his colleagues to “subvert the dominant paradigm.”
In a May 27, 2009 blog entry, Dr. Radin writes:
“Last week the National Public Radio program [NPR] ‘All Things Considered’ mentioned one of the distant intentionality studies that my colleagues and I published last year. […]
“It was predictable that some people would not like the NPR program. One of those comments appeared today in the Huffington Post by someone who was clearly miffed by the very concept that thoughts might influence the world.
“When I see such strong opinions expressed, it is almost always the case that the person offering those opinions doesn’t actually know anything about the underlying empirical data.”
Bruce Lipton: Epigenetics
A few years ago, a series of books by Dr. Masaru Emoto brought to the public’s attention the idea that thoughts could influence the formation of water crystals, causing them to look beautiful or deformed.
This effect was illustrated in a scene from the movie What the Bleep Do We Know!? and helped turn Dr. Emoto into a worldwide celebrity.
Hidden Messages in Water
Many skeptics were angered by the surge of interest in this effect, insisting that any claim that mind influences matter was nonsense.
Contrary to the opinions of uninformed skeptics, however, there is actually plenty of published evidence suggesting that mind influences matter, including water.
For example, the effects of intentionally “treated” water versus untreated control water has been studied on the germination and growth of plants, including barley, wheat, rye, beans, cress, radishes, and lettuce.
Other properties of water that have been investigated include rates of cooling, molecular bonding, surface tension, and pH level. But water crystallization had not yet been studied, so the skeptics’ torment persisted.
Dean Radin: Scientific Taboos
In 2005, Dr. Emoto visited the IONS campus and gave a presentation of his data. IONS senior scientist Dean Radin asked him if he’d be interested in conducting a double-blind test of his claims, and Dr. Emoto agreed.
The results turned out to support the claims, and the two men co-published a report in the journal Explore.
In 2007, a second experiment was conducted, this time under triple-blind conditions, and again the results showed that thoughts had an impact on the formation of water crystals.
That study was published in late 2008 in the Journal of Scientific Exploration.
“While the results of both tests support Dr. Emoto’s claims,” Radin said, “the observed effects were very small and could only be ‘detected’ with the use of statistics.
“Even so, the essence of his underlying hypothesis appears to hold up under tightly controlled conditions and, more importantly, are consistent with the outcomes of many previous studies.”
It’s time to act on our convictions and make a difference in the world.