MAINSTREAM science looking for the source of our consciousness, insist its origin must be located in the physical brain.
Such scientists are certain that all cognition arises from the activity of neurons attached to specific structures, which have fixed locations in the head.
Yet many credible scientific minds today think otherwise, and dispute the idea that our human consciousness arises from physical neuronal structures.
Open minded science should always be willing to pursue truth wherever it leads, even to consider that consciousness itself may be an independent entity from the physiology through which it manifests and operates. It’s only stating the obvious: automation takes us only so far – cars need drivers, and airplanes must have pilots.
But the mainstream clan still labels psi studies, pointing to a stand-alone self, as ‘junk science’ no matter how rigorous the experiments. The results no matter how conclusive, are ignored. They are generally not accepted for publication in prestigious journals which would lend them credibility.
Parapsychologists risk being minimized and shunned — and their careers are often stalled as funding sources dry up.
“We live in an age of prejudice, dissimulation and paradox,” steamed Blavatsky in her article A Paradoxical World, “wherein, like dry leaves caught in a whirlpool, we are tossed helpless, hither and thither, ever struggling between our honest convictions and fear of that cruelest of tyrants—PUBLIC OPINION.”
Yet, poised fearlessly at the frontiers of psi research are scientific groups such as the respected Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in Petaluma, California, and the Institute of HeartMath in Boulder Creek.
These researchers, and others, like NES energy medicine, are willing to take a leap in pursuit of the fast-moving “soul of things” that other scientists prefer ignoring.
Such investigations were formerly the exclusive precinct of ancient, uncanny intuitives and seers. Today there are many qualified scientific investigators on the hunt for answers to the puzzling problems of consciousness that stymie mainstream science.
“Secrets long kept may be revealed; books long forgotten and arts long time lost may be brought out to light again,” H. P. Blavatsky opined in Isis Unveiled (I, 38), her first major work.
“Who knows the possibilities of the future?” she asked insisting that “an era of disenchantment and rebuilding will soon begin. The cycle has almost run its course; a new one is about to begin, and the future pages of history may contain full evidence, and convey full proof” of what the ancient seers knew directly.
“The flashing gaze of those seers penetrated into the very kernel of matter, and recorded the soul of things there.”
Still material science “believes not in the ‘soul of things,'” Blavatsky complained. Today, that materialist view of man and nature may be changing as more scientists are willing to review the data.
In the Field
End of Materialism
Dr. Charles T. Tart has been involved with research and theory in the fields of Hypnosis, Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology, Parapsychology, Consciousness and Mindfulness since 1963. Including his latest, The End of Materialism, he has authored over a dozen books,
Two of his books became widely-used textbooks, and he has had more than 250 articles published in professional journals and books, including lead articles in the prestigious scientific journal Science and Nature. Tart is currently leading workshops on GlideWing, and is regularly tapped for public speaking appearances.
Measuring the Immeasurable
A recent book with the title “Measuring the Immeasurable: The Scientific Case for Spirituality” is a valuable compendium of essays by modern luminaries – they comprise, the publisher says
“…some of the prominent authorities on the new frontier where science and spirit intersect.”
Furthering scientific understanding of the human biofield and body fields are articles written by numerous credible researchers:
Daniel Goleman, Bruce H. Lipton, Candace Pert, Gary Small, Jeanne Achterberg, Lynne McTaggart, Daniel J. Siegel, Andrew Newberg, Peter A. Levine, Larry Dossey, Gregg Braden, Robert Emmons, James Austin, Marilyn Schlitz, Dean Radin, Cassandra Vieten, Tina Amorok, William Tiller, Susanne C. Segerstrom, Les Fehmi, Charles Tart, Owen Flanagan, Kevin Nelson, Dawson Church, Sandra Ingerman, Stanley Krippner, Rick Hanson, Garret Yount, Jim Robbins, Sara Warber, Daniel Brown, Patrick Flanagan, Peter Russell, and Joan H. Hageman.
The traditional foundation of psi phenomenon, clairvoyance and telepathy, are joined in this amazing book by their kissing cousins:
Intentional Healing, the Placebo Effect, Presentiment, Distant Healing, the Intuition Response, Stress Reduction, Coherence, Heart-Brain Interaction, and the Emotional Energetic System.
“Something Unknown is Doing
We Don’t Know What”
“Grounded in a century’s worth of data from psychical research and situated in the entangled realms of quantum theory, this movie will expand your horizons and broaden your worldview. Sit back, secure your seat belt, open your mind, and enjoy a new lens of perception. You won’t want to miss it!”
– Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, PhD
Institute of Noetic Sciences
Leap We Must
“One must not agree with those who teach that it is unphilosophical to enquire into first causes,” H. P. Blavatsky writes in The Mind in Nature, “and that all that we can do is to consider their physical effects.”
“The Theosophist has no desire to play at being a squirrel upon its revolving wheel, he must refuse to follow the lead of the materialists.”
“The field of scientific investigation is bounded by physical nature on every side,” Blavatsky reminds her readers, “hence, once the limits of matter are reached, enquiry must stop and work be re-commenced.”
(Excerpt from The Living Matrix)
In the full-length film, The Living Matrix – The Science of Healing, there are “breakthroughs that will transform your understanding of how to get well and stay well. This is a up-close look at the science of information as medicine. Leading researchers and health practitioners share their discoveries on the ‘miracle cures’ traditional medicine can’t explain.”
“Paracelsus was, perhaps, the only Occultist in Europe, during the last centuries since the Christian era,” Blavatsky wrote in The Secret Doctrine, “who was versed in this mystery.”
“Had not a criminal hand put an end to his life, years before the time allotted him by Nature, physiological Magic would have fewer secrets for the civilized world than it now has.”
For more on Paracelsus, read the Great Theosophists Series:
“The matrix is invisible and no one can see its primal substance,” wrote Paracelsus, “for who can see that which was before him?”
All of us come from the matrix,” he said, “but no one has ever seen it because it existed before man.”
“And even though man comes from it, and men are born from it again and again, Paracelsus wrote, “no one has seen it.”
“The world was born from the matrix, as was man and all other living creatures,” he said — “all this has come out of the matrix.”
“An intriguing example of the mystery surrounding the human nervous system, as currently understood, is found in professional dancers,” says biophysicist and cell biologist James L. Oschman, PhD – who chooses not to “follow the lead” of his reductionist colleagues.
The art and science of dance, says Oschman, “is not describable in terms of nerve impulses.” Instead, he insists, a field theory is required.
This seemed quite similar to the phrase Blavatsky’s uses: “inexpressible in terms of foot-pounds” — when one attempts, she notes in correspondence, to describe the subtle root-essence of “immaterial thought.”
What is required to explain the dancer’s multitasking, acrobatic synchrony, is a tangible but elusive regulatory field, Oschman says.
This field may be what Theosophy calls the “protean or plastic double” described by H. P. Blavatsky, which is both ‘somewhere out there’ — yet inexplicably tethered to the physical body, brain and nervous system.
(Excerpt from The Living Matrix)
No single artifact of modern experimental science and medicine has been more exploited, or more ignored and unexplored, than the mysterious “placebo effect.” This is when a patient is given an inert pill, told that it may improve his/her condition, but not told that it is in fact inert.
In one study, patients with arthritis receiving a “placebo” were pain-free three years later.
“Anything that unleashes more of the body’s self-healing system,” says biologist and morphic resonance pioneer Rupert Sheldrake, in this excerpt from The Living Matrix,
“… is going to be
a better system.”
A group of scientists at Rutgers University and UCLA have published a report in the October 2009 issue of Psychological Science that suggests possible methods for predicting brain activity, and hence “reading” minds.
The findings present a brain model that is much more complex than previously thought.
“What our research shows,” says Rutgers psychology professor Stephen José Hanson,
“… is that if you want to understand human cognitive function, you need to look at system-wide behavior across the entire brain.”
“You can’t do it by looking at single cells or areas,” Hanson says,
“you need to look at many areas of the brain to even understand the simplest of functions.”
Out of Body Healing
The new scientific studies demonstrating the compelling necessity for a field theory are philosophically important proposals for breaking down the current reductionist models that are forcing science into their materialistic holding pattern.
But the healing effects that have been reported, secondary to the biofield theory, are of even greater practical value to humanity in everyday life, especially self-healing.
Law of Love
“But stay, Disciple . . . Yet, one word. Canst thou destroy divine COMPASSION? Compassion is no attribute,” says The Voice of the Silence:
“It is the LAW of LAWS – eternal Harmony — a shoreless universal essence, the light of everlasting Right, and fitness of all things, the law of love eternal.”
“The more thou dost become at one with it, thy being melted in its BEING, the more thy Soul unites with that which IS, the more thou wilt become COMPASSION ABSOLUTE.”
“This ‘compassion’ must not be regarded in the same light as ‘God, the divine love’ of the Theists,” Blavatsky comments in a footnote. “Compassion stands here as
“…an abstract, impersonal law whose nature, being absolute Harmony, is thrown into confusion by discord, suffering and sin.”
“Sow a thought, reap an act,
Sow an act, reap a habit,
Sow a habit, reap a character.”