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The Science Of Entanglement & The Illusion Of Separation – SAND 2014



With great gratitude I found myself with like-minded scientists and thought leaders at this year’s Science and Nonduality Conference (SAND) where a common ground was sought between neuroscientists, physicists and the consciousness community. This year’s theme was “Entanglement” and recognition that “when science drills down into the core of even the most solid-looking object, separateness dissolves, and all that remains are relationships extending throughout and possibly beyond, space and time.”

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What is so interesting about SAND is the confluence of the nondualists who simply attribute EVERYTHING to consciousness without a need for science, and those among us whose minds still seek “answers” and for whom a scientific “explanation” makes things land more deeply.

What is also so extraordinary about this conference is the ability to exchange ideas with so  many different scientific and nondual thinkers (the latter being a necessary contradiction) in a nourishing environment.

A Balance Of Informed Perspectives

I immediately found myself “entangled” with Wolfgang Baer, another attendee who teaches at the graduate level in Monterey and with a PhD in physics from Berkeley who believes he has discovered an energetic basis for consciousness in the binding energy of minute particles. From there I immediately found myself in an amazing panel discussion moderated by Cassandra Vieten, PhD, President and CEO of IONS, the Institute of Noetic Sciences. She first delivered an interesting discourse on the cycle of consciousness changing theories – from being seen as heretical and subversive to eventually either replacing or becoming absorbed into the conventional thought and mainstream of the times.

Neil Theise a researcher in stem cells described how, “at cellular this self doesn’t exist”– suggesting that as neuroscientists have suggested it is a construction of complex neural networks. Dr. Rudi Tanzi, a noted medical researcher and leader of the Alzheimer’s Genome Project described how local consciousness is based on memory, so that his patients will often describe Alzheimer’s as “I’ve lost my self, requires a continuity of Time.” While great strides have been made in his research, Dr. Tanzi says that it is still a mystery how memories are encoded in proteins and neural networks; in other words, again, what constitutes the real “Self.”

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Menas Kafalos, Professor of Computational Physics and Director of Excellence at Chapman University –said that conventional science has it backwards in many respects –that “without events and objects you don’t have space or time” and of course events are an interpretation or manifestation of consciousness. Julia Mossbridge from Northwestern University is studying how time works in perception – and the language that is integral to our experience of “before and after.”  She wonders where insights come from and suggests a “handshake” or “gentle relationship between the conscious and unconscious.”

Insightful Presentations by Renowned Teachers

Bentinho Massaro in his talk, “Each Part contains All of Existence – Living in Fullness” echoed Jed McKenna’s work with an equally clear presentation consciousness as All and Everything arising through or within Consciousness. McKenna calls it “C-REX,” Bentinho uses the analogy of whatever is experienced appearing in some ways as pixels on a TV on the screen of our consciousness. But of course, who is this “our?” Since nothing is left out, Bentinho asserts that this should provide a sense of security or safety –“there is no need to be careful” (because Consciousness is the only true “cause.”

I also attended a discussion between the legendary Adyashanti and Hameed Ali (A. H. Almaas), Founder of the Diamond Approach moderated by Zaya Benazzo, one of the founders and leaders of SAND on “Living Realization.” This was a recurring theme among many speakers and attendees:  reconciling the tangible experience of consciousness with a theoretical “understanding.”

Adya talked about the amazingly paradoxical aspect of “awakening” echoing Dr. Tanzi’s description of Alzheimer’s in that it is not the “I” that awakens. He said that at first it is just a door that opens but that generally one quickly reverts to “normal” life—and one often struggles with trying to recapture the feeling of awakening for the “self.” How to sustain these moments of recognition? Adya said that it requires “fierce amounts of humility”– to be ruthlessly honest with oneself.

The question becomes why does one do “untrue” things? This is the essence of the paradox, because according to Adya, the Ego can hide within its perception or interpretation of “clarity.” He described awakening as the movement of spirit not so much outward, but rather inward to expose the inevitable lies that the Ego tells “itself.”

For Almaas, who exemplifies the approach of many in SAND by having first studied physics and relativity theory before moving to a psychological inquiry due to a recognition that the two fields are intimately connected, he approached the question of awakening, and who does and who doesn’t, with the statement that “reality can awaken or not.” There is room for everything — total Being means ALL – even unconsciousness. When asked about his own experience he replied, “realization is doing well but my body not so much.”  For Almaas all awakening seems to relate to actual experience and is no longer theoretical; he seems to make little distinction between Realization and Actualization.

Rupert Spira seems to be effortlessly making it up as he goes along but his calm and deeply organized clarity shone through in a wonderful talk on “The Disentanglement of the Self.” He described consciousness as self-illuminating and (self-knowing) like the Sun – in that it needs nothing “else.” In typical Rupert Spira fashion he asked the simple question –“could consciousness ever come in contact with anything other than itself?”

There is no I beyond knowing itself. He echoed Cassandra Vieten’s presentation in pointing to Copernicus and saying that we are in a similar revolution in which we are outgrowing the separatism of conventional science to understand the nature of knowing – and discovering a “knowledge that is not known by something other than itself.” He described suffering as “a call from happiness itself” and suggested, again, as an experiential path to “live like everything is god’s infinite being.”

Dr. Jay Kumar invoked the separate but confluent teachings of masters and scientists in his talk on “Cognitive Entanglement:  From the Buddha to Bohr”. He amplified the theme of a practical way to eliminate suffering as a key to the teaching of Buddha, and Jay actually teaches a course on Happiness at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

The Buddha’s three practical principles are:

  • Nothing can be taken in isolation
  • All is impermanent
  • Suffering is dissatisfaction

To me this last point especially echoes the gnostic notion of “sin” which is simply resistance to what is. Jay went on to describe the mathematics of Buddhism equating emptiness to zero, but at the same time for the Buddhist (who knew of the concept of zero), zero was infinity. So that the void and the infinite are complementary. He held up an empty sheet of paper that he said was both blank, and also contained “the potential for the infinite” within itself. For the Buddhist it is also like a balloon which expands in emptiness – it is “full of emptiness.”

These notions resonate powerfully with quantum physics where the complement of the particle and the wave comprise a wholeness that is beyond human comprehension without accounting for an observer. Everything is participatory –nothing is “outside” and the next level of awakening or release of suffering will be on a wider scale, as Jay said that “the next Buddha will be community.”

On The Conference Floor

There were also many sponsors and interesting vendors at SAND. I was intrigued by the True Mirror (“Discover Your True Reflection”) created and exhibited by John Walter. For John, there was an epiphany when he noticed that because of the reversal of left and right in a mirror reflection, the image is “false” so that he created a parallel mirror system which reverses the reversal, showing the “true self.”  The experience of seeing this image is remarkable –one’s smile and facial expressions are “real” and not forced.

What Walter saw was recognition – the person in the mirror looked and felt right, and matched his sense of what others were seeing. In contrast, the flat, traditional mirror felt false and conveyed a host of inner thoughts that were in direct contrast to the way he was feeling. In other words, his real self was present in the true image.

Hard boiled, uncompromising nondual teacher Peter Francis Dziuban presented “The Seeking Stops Here” emphasizing an unrelenting experiential entanglement” that deconstructs seeing oneself as “a part.” For Peter, alive awareness has no border –he asks:  “Can thinking make now not be alive?” Despite one’s habit of talk, talk, talk one is never not entangled and a part of Life. And yet, from this perspective, one’s engagement with Life continues nonstop – one still engages in conversation, at home and in the office – hearing oneself say “hi boss” and so on.

An Appearance By Former Astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell

A highlight for me was the appearance of former astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell via Skype, going full circle in a way as the founder of IONS. Dr. Mitchell compared the “big picture” effect of seeing Earth from space to Samadhi –as a more “complete” perspective shared among humanity  than its terrestrial limitations. I was able to ask a question about Dr. Mitchell’s recent statements about extra-terrestrial contacts and it turned out that he had actually grown up in Roswell.

While Dr. Mitchell acknowledged that he had no personal direct experience of contact, he said that through his connections at the Pentagon, NASA and elsewhere it is known to him that we have been visited, are being visited and will continue to be visited, and he confirmed that UFOs were seen near missile silos during the cold war, rendered them inoperative and in that capacity at least were helping to preserve mankind.

Following Dr. Mitchell’s theories, Russell Targ a longtime exponent and expert in remote viewing at SRI revealed that his initial funding came as a result of experiments with psychics that were so successful that they attracted the interest of the CIA. He said that Werner von Braun was interested in his work because he himself had had a psychic grandmother, and that anyone might increase their capacity for ESP with a consistent practice of a quiet mind.

Other Standout Perspectives

Peter Russell gave a wonderfully scientific overview of the nondual perspective by reinforcing that “all we know is inferred from experience” and “all knowing takes place in consciousness.” Again there is no “green” out there in a physical world, the concept of green is an overlay of the mind. Only brain processes create an experience of “green.”

Amazingly Peter reminded the audience that it was Newton who first said that all color is a product of the mind. Experience is like a “map” of the world – of necessity an abstraction that helps our navigation of reality but is not reality by any means. From this perspective we can now see that “there is just information” or conceptual mind product –our senses respond to and create corresponding patterns expressed as forms in the mind of consciousness.

This makes consciousness primary. What is conscious –is a dog conscious –where do we draw the line, Peter asked. If dogs aren’t conscious then why do we use anesthesia at the vet? Consciousness is more fundamental than matter, space or time. Consciousness is not part of the map—the map is consciousness

The final speaker at SAND was nondual teacher Francis Lucille who engaged in a dialog with the audience identifying the mind as the source of all negative emotions. With respect to suffering Francis compared his practice to conventional therapy which he says looks at only the symptoms or the “small picture.”  He says you can let the Big Picture take care of the small pictures. He used the example of someone who has an olive tree that keeps dropping olives onto his lawn which he finds annoying. He can either address each individual olive by picking it up each year when the tree sheds its fruit, or in one swoop he can cut down the tree –the source of all of his suffering.

He compared this to shedding beliefs that are erroneous at their core—which are ALL beliefs—because only experience is real. “Peace is not a belief.  It’s a home we have never left.” In addressing science he said that at the top is physics and physicists “know they don’t know” — then down the “food chain” are the chemists and biologists, and they have more and more beliefs which take them further and further from truth (of not kowing).

In terms of helping the planet, Francis said that all such efforts begin with oneself.  Similarly with therapy he suggested one find an enlightened guide because, after all, “would you go to a depressed therapist?”

This final dialog was followed by a very emotional closing ceremony in which Maurizio Benazzo and his wife and partner Zaya recalled the germ of their idea which has now grown into this amazing conference, and then called up each member of their team to hug them and show their appreciation. The audience joined in the celebration and it had the feeling of a growing heartfelt tribe of conscious beings –a family in the truest sense of the world. I am privileged to have been part of it for a second year.

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Declassified CIA Document Shows How Astronauts Conducted Telepathy Experiments In Space



In Brief

  • The Facts:

    A document found inside the CIA's electronic reading room goes into detail regarding several telepathic experiments performed successfully, decades ago by both US and Soviet astronauts.

  • Reflect On:

    With decades of statistically strong results in the lab and so many real world examples, why is this topic still shunned by mainstream academia? And why is it studied by at the highest levels of government in multiple countries if it's fake?

“The Soviet Union is well aware of the benefits and applications of parapsychology research. In 1963, a Kremilin edict apparently gave top priority to biological research, which in Russia includes parapsychology. The major impetus behind the Soviet drive to harness the possible capabilities of telepathic communication, telekinetics, and bionics is said to come from the Soviet military and the KGB. Today it is reported that the USSR has twenty or more centres for the study of parapsychological phenomena, with an annual budget estimated in 1967 at over 13 million dollars and reported to be as high as 21 million dollars.

Soviet parapsychology research was actually stimulated by the 1960 French story concerning the US atomic submarine Nautilus. The French journalists splashed the now rather infamous Nautilus story in headlines “US Navy Uses ESP on Atomic Sub!” Ship to shore telepathy, according to the French, blipped along nicely even when the Nautilus was far under water. “Is telepathy a new secret weapon? Will ESP be a deciding factor in future warfare?” The speculating French sensationalized, “Has the American military learned the secret of mind power?” In Leningrad the Nautilus reports went off like a depth charge in the mind of L.L Vasilev.”

The above information comes from this declassified CIA document.

It goes on to mention that in  April of 1960, Dr. Leonid Leonidovich Vasiliev addressed a group of high-ranking soviet scientists stating:

We carried out extensive and until now completely unreported investigations under the Stalin regime. Today the American Navy is testing telepathy on their atomic submarines. Soviet scientists conducted a great many successful telepathy tests over a quarter of a century ago. It’s urgent that we throw off our prejudices. We must again plunge into the exploration of this vital field.

As you can see, telepathy and parapsychology, which include remote viewing, ESP and psychokinesis, have all been studied in-depth within black budget special access programs in multiple countries. These programs are often highly classified, and so whatever has been revealed in official documentation is only the tip of the iceberg. Sometimes, the declassification of documents is used to halt more questioning into the phenomenon. The STARGATE program is a great example of that in the United States. Although the documents that were declassified show some startling findings, like the fact that remote viewing is real and that it was used for intelligence collecting purposes, it’s safe to assume that many details of this program remain highly classified.

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Russel Targ was the co-founder of that program. Here’s a video of him sharing everything he knows about ESP.

The crazy thing about parapsychology is the fact that studies have yielded statistically significant results. I’m talking about hundreds if not thousands of studies that have been conducted worldwide have seen positive results.

There seems to be a deep concern that the whole field will be tarnished by studying a phenomenon that is tainted by its association with superstition, spiritualism and magic. Protecting against this possibility sometimes seems more important than encouraging scientific exploration or protecting academic freedom. But this may be changing. Cassandra Vieten, PhD and President/CEO at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (source)

Many of these results are just as strong, if not stronger, than a lot of the results that come from hard sciences like physics and mechanical engineering. The Department of Defence has openly stated that the phenomena within this realm is real, despite the fact that they are still somewhat inexplicable. As far back as 1999, the head of the statistics department at UC Irvine, Jessica Utts, published a paper showing the results dealing with parapsychology and mind-body connection are a lot stronger than the results used to approve some of our medications!

Again, most of what’s known is still protected and locked up by the black budget world.

The documents referenced above are also decades old, so just imagine what’s happened or what’s been discovered since then!

The documents also outline how these experiments were not limited to earth.

Soviet research into biocommunications phenomena does not appear to be earth-bound and limited to inner space, but apparently extends to outer space as well. The so-called Father of Soviet Rocketry, K.E Tsiolkovsky, stated that:

“In the coming era of space flights, telepathic abilities are necessary. While the space rocket must bring men toward knowledge of the grand secrets in the universe, the study of psychic phenomena can lead us toward knowledge of the mysteries of the human mind. It is precisely the solution of this secret which promises the greatest achievements.” (source)

There are reports that the Soviets are training their cosmonauts in telepathy to back-up their electronic equipment while in outer space. One of these back-up schemes is known to involve coded telepathic messages. This method was previously demonstrated in March 1967, when a coded telepathic message was flashed from Moscow to Leningrad. The involvement of astronauts or cosmonauts in telepathy experiments is not necessarily unprecedented. In February 1971, during the Apollo 14 flight to the moon, astronaut Edgar Mitchell made 150 separate attempts to project his thoughts from inside the space capsule back to an individual on earth. The results of the Apollo 14 experiments have been well-documented in detail and are published in the Journal of Parapsychology. source()

Mitchell used 25 numbered cards in the experiment, in which he attempted to send a thought message to four people regarding the symbols on each card. He said two of the four got 51 of the 200 correct, and the other two were less successful. (source)

Dr. Elizabeth Rauscher, a world-renowned physicist, researcher, and presenter who has done a lot of work for NASA, among several other organizations, has admitted that quantum entanglement experiments have also successfully been carried out from Earth to space.

Much Stronger Examples

Some materialistically inclined scientists and philosophers refuse to acknowledge these phenomena because they are not consistent with their exclusive conception of the world. Rejection of post-materialist investigation of nature or refusal to publish strong science findings supporting a post-materialist framework are antithetical to the true spirit of scientific inquiry, which is that empirical data must always be adequately dealt with. Data which do not fit favored theories and beliefs cannot be dismissed a priori. Such dismissal is the realm of ideology, not science. – Dr. Gary Schwartz, Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery at the University of Arizona (source)

Although the above mentioned phenomena is very intriguing, especially the Soviet part, we have to remember that there is still a lot of information that has not been disclosed yet. This is not really studied openly in mainstream academia yet, it’s only really studied at the highest levels of government.

I published a well-sourced article providing multiple examples from a CIA document that confirm the existence of humans with ‘special abilities’ who are able to do ‘impossible’ things. You can access that here. It’s very interesting and goes to show just how strong results in the field of parapsychology are, and what information may still be kept hidden from us.

Today, hundreds of scientists are coming together to emphasize that physical matter is not our only reality. They’ve created a manifesto, and you can find links and access more information about this initiative, which started a few years ago, in an article we published here.

There is an entire non-physical world out there for us to study.

“The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.” – Nikola Tesla

The point is that this stuff is very real, and has been studied for a long time.

Here’s an interesting quote from the literature regarding remote viewing, one subject within the realm of parapsychology that allows a person to view other people or objects in different locations, regardless of the distance:

Here’s a telling quote from some of the declassified literature:

“To summarize, over the years, the back-and-forth criticism of protocols, refinement of methods, and successful replication of this type of remote viewing in independent laboratories has yielded considerable scientific evidence for the reality of the [remote viewing] phenomenon. Adding to the strength of these results was the discovery that a growing number of individuals could be found to demonstrate high-quality remote viewing, often to their own surprise. . . . The development of this capability at SRI has evolved to the point where visiting CIA personnel with no previous exposure to such concepts have performed well under controlled laboratory conditions.” (source)

One participant of the program, remote viewer Ingo Swann, was tasked with the job of taking a look at what could be going on off the planet.

Dr. Puthoff explains:

“To determine whether it was necessary to have a ‘beacon’ individual at the target site, Swann suggested carrying out an experiment to remote view the planet Jupiter before the upcoming NASA Pioneer 10 flyby. In that case, much to his chagrin (and ours) he found a ring around Jupiter, and wondered if perhaps he had remote viewed Saturn by mistake. Our colleagues in astronomy were quite unimpressed as well, until the flyby revealed that an unanticipated ring did in fact exist.”

The Takeaway

Why do we still ridicule parapsychology? It’s correlated with quantum physics, and it seems to be the next logical step for science. The fact that this type of study is not included within mainstream media is truly a shame, and it’s not fair that government agencies are the only ones who seem to be actively and heavily engaged in this type of study.

At the end of they day, no skeptic can deny the reality of parapsychological phenomena.

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CIA Document Highlights The Reality of “China’s Psychic Children”



In Brief

  • The Facts:

    A document archived in the CIA's electronic reading room written by a University Professor details the reality of children, and adults, who have gifted abilities in the area of parapsychology.

  • Reflect On:

    Why has this kind of phenomenon been ridiculed in the mainstream, yet vigorously and secretively studied at the highest levels of government?

Cassandra Vieten, PhD and current President/CEO at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS), which was founded by astronaut Dr. Edgar Mitchell, could not have put it any better. She said, “There seems to be a deep concern that the whole field (science) will be tarnished by studying phenomenon that is tainted by its association with superstition, spiritualism and magic. Protecting against this possibility sometimes seems more important than encouraging scientific exploration or protecting academic freedom. But this may be changing.”

The statement above is true, for years discoveries have been rejected simply because they are big time paradigm busters. No matter how much truth, validity and scientific backing they have, the simple fact that they conflict with long held belief systems is enough to brush them off. It’s great to see this changing, because it’s important to expand human consciousness, which is done so by pushing the boundaries of what we think we know and discovering new concepts of our reality that we once thought held no validity, but actually do.

How much scientific validity do topics like psychokinesis, clairvoyance, telepathy and remote viewing (all fit under the umbrella of parapsychology) have? Here is a great quote from Dr. Jessica Utts, the Chair of the Department of Statistics at the University of California, Irvine and a professor there since 2008.

“What convinced me was just the evidence, the accumulating evidence as I worked in this field and I got to see more and more of the evidence. I visited the laboratories, even beyond where I was working to see what they were doing and I could see that they had really tight controls…And so I got convinced by the good science that I saw being done. And in fact I will say as a statistician I’ve consulted in a lot of different areas of science; the methodology and the controls on these experiments are tighter than any other area of science where I’ve worked.”  (source)

China’s Psychic Children

Are there psychic children in China? It’s hard to believe that there are not after one dives into the documentation that’s been made available through the long process of declassification, or by Freedom of Information Act (FIOA) requests. One can simply examine the science of parapsychology alone and come to the conclusion that yes, something significant is going on here when it comes to the phenomena within the realm of parapsychology.

Not only is this type of phenomenon being reported today, but it’s been throughout history and across many cultures, this is evident in ancient literature, from the Vedic texts and the yoga sutras, to Jesus, Moses, Milarepa, Mohammed and more. Again, modern day evidence is suggesting that these abilities are much more than folklore.

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One interesting article/document I cam across is titled “China’s Psychic Savants.” I accessed it from the CIA’s electronic reading room. It’s a document that was written by Marcel Truzzi, a former professor at Eastern Michigan University and founding co-chairman of the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP), and a founder of the Society for Scientific Exploration.

The introduction provides a good background of the lore from China regarding this phenomenon,

Eleven-year-old Tang Yu and his friend Chen Xioming were on their way home from school in the remote mountain village of Dazhu County when they began to wrestle. Tang brushed against Chen’s coat pocket, the story goes, and had the sudden vision of two Chinese symbols. He described the vivid symbols to Chen, who pulled a package of Flying Wild Goose cigarettes from his pocket. The label on the side of the package, the boys reported, consisted of the two symbols Tan Yu had “seen.”

Tang Yu was reluctant to share his discovery with Tang Keming, his fifty-year-old peasant father. He knew his claim would sound like a lie. Instead, he began to play guessing games with the villagers. He asked them to write random characters on pieces of paper, crumple the paper into balls, and let him hold each ball in turn next to his ear. Tang then guessed the message within, his guesses, it was said, always proved right. Word of the boy spread beyond his small town to all the Sichuan province in central China.

Soon the region’s science commission and its bureau of education and culture had asked to examine Tang, and researchers there confirmed his ability to identify words and colours on small wads of paper held to his ear. News reporters and awe-struck officials of the Sichuan Provincial Party Committee quickly backed those results, and on March 11, 1979, this remarkable tale was published in Sichuan Daily.

Truzzi goes on,

Reports began coming in about children with powers of telepathy, clairvoyance, X-ray vision, and psychokinesis. The typical child was between the ages of nine and fourteen, but a few were as young as four or as old as twenty-five; and it was estimated by Feng Hua, a traditional Chinese physician, that there were about 2,000 such gifted children within the Chinese population of 1 billion.

By early 1980 these remarkable children had made their way to the pages of China’s prestigious Nature Journal. And that February the surge of interest prompted Nature Journal to sponsor a huge conference – the First Science Symposium on the Extraordinary Function of the Human Body – for participants from more than 20 colleges and medical schools. The proceedings were filmed by the Shanghai Science and Education Studio, and the film, called Do You Believe It? was shown over national television to millions of Chinese.

He then goes on to describe a number of cases and examples, it’s quite interesting, but there are many to choose from beyond this specific document that provide great examples. The facts Truzzi write about here were were also outlined in a declassified US Air Force report on teleportation, which was made available through the Federation of American Scientists. That document also touches upon China’s psychic children, mentioning, in this case, the ones that were able to teleport full objects from one location to another without touching them.

Another one, titled “Research into Paranormal Ability To Break Through Spatial Barriers”  touches upon the same thing, and also provides multiple examples of children and people being video tapped and documented, under double blind conditions, being able to do the same thing. This particular document, which was declassified through a Freedom of Information Act request (FOIA), outlines specific people with very special abilities and how they’ve been studied by thousands of scientists and governments around the world for a very long time.

Pretty intriguing, isn’t it?

The Takeaway

It’s very interesting that studies regarding parapsychological phenomenon have been conducted at the highest levels of government, particularly within the defense department of multiple countries, with successful results. A great example from the United States was the remote viewing program, remote viewing refers to the ability to perceive a remote location other that the one the individual is located in, regardless of distance.

The success of this program is  outlined in a statement made by Dr. Hal Puthoff from a paper published after the program’s declassification in 1995:

“To summarize, over the years, the back-and-forth criticism of protocols, refinement of methods, and successful replication of this type of remote viewing in independent laboratories has yielded considerable scientific evidence for the reality of the [remote viewing] phenomenon. Adding to the strength of these results was the discovery that a growing number of individuals could be found to demonstrate high-quality remote viewing, often to their own surprise. . . . The development of this capability at SRI has evolved to the point where visiting CIA personnel with no previous exposure to such concepts have performed well under controlled laboratory conditions.” (source)(source)

Parapsychology is truly a consciousness expanding field that can really open up our minds to aspects of our reality that have, and continue to go largely ignored. There is much more to us as human beings than we’ve been made to believe, and if we stop, think, and do some research, it’s not hard to see how something significant has been overlooked.

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Neuroplasticity: How To “Carve A New Pathway In Your Brain” & Literally Rewire It



In Brief

  • The Facts:

    Neuroplasticity shows us the ability to change our own brains by altering our perception of our environment through changing our thoughts, feelings, emotions, and actions.

  • Reflect On:

    It's amazing how aspects associated with consciousness can literally change our biology.

The brain is a very complex organ. It has nearly 100 billion neurons that send signals across tiny spaces referred to as synapses, of which you have nearly 40 trillion. This happens at a rate anywhere from 0.1-2 times per second, which means that between 18 and 640 trillion signals are sliding around in your brain every single second. It’s a mind altering thought, isn’t it?

Well, the good news is that you can literally alter your mind, meaning that you can change the structure of your brain and rewire it. Science is progressing, and it’s showing the implications our thoughts, feelings, emotions and actions have on our brains, and how these actually shape our brains in multiple ways.

This is called the science of neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity refers to the human brain and its ability to change itself. Obviously there are many factors that impact our brain–how it works and functions and the pathways that are hindered as well as created–but some of the most impactful factors are our thoughts, feelings and emotions.

Considering the science that is accumulating every year on this subject, it’s amazing how we’ve gone so long, especially from a young age, without learning about the importance of our thoughts, feelings and emotions and the impact they can have on our physical biology. The truth is, we live in a profit-centered world, and when it comes to the medical industry, treatments that greatly impact our biology in a number of ways but do not provide a profit seem to be the ones that get less recognition. That being said, they are extremely interesting and intriguing, which is exactly why concepts like these are capturing the attention of millions of people around the globe.

The idea that the brain is plastic in the sense of being changeable, adaptable and malleable is the single most important change in our understanding of the human brain over the last four hundred years, according to Dr. Norman Doidge, FRCPC, psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and author of The Brain That Changes Itself and The Brain’s Way of Healing. In his books, he explains how neuroplasticity is the property of the brain that allows it to change its structure and its function, it’s a response to sensing and perceiving the world, even in regards to thinking and imagining. Human thoughts and learning actually turn on certain genes in our nerve cells which allow those cells to make new connections between them.

Below is a great little video by Sentis explaining the basics of neuroplasticity. The Sentis Brain Animation Series takes you on a tour of the brain through a series of short and sharp animations. The fourth in the series explains how our most complex organ is capable of changing throughout our lives. This inspiring animation demonstrates how we all have the ability to learn and change by rewiring our brains.

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Does Neuroplasticity Originate In Your Brain, Or In Our Heart?

Obviously, neuroplasticity deals with the brain, but it also deals with our perception, thoughts, emotions, feelings and actions. So, we must ask ourselves: What is the source of our feelings–is it the brain, or is it the heart?

A group of  internationally recognized leaders in physics, biophysics, astrophysics, education, mathematics, engineering, cardiology, biofeedback, and psychology (among other disciplines) have been doing some brilliant work over at the Institute of HeartMath.

Their work, among many others, has proven that when a person is feeling really positive emotions like gratitude, love, or appreciation, the heart beats out a different message, which determines what kind of signals are sent to the brain.

“One important way the heart can speak to and influence the brain is when the heart is coherent – experiencing stable, sine-wavelike pattern in its rhythms. When the heart is coherent, the body, including the brain, begins to experience all sorts of benefits, among them are greater mental clarity and ability, including better decision making.” (source)

In fact, the heart actually sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends in return. What’s even more amusing is the fact that these heart signals (from heart to brain) actually have a significant effect on brain function.

So far, the researchers have discovered that the heart communicates with the brain and body in four ways: neurological communication (nervous system), biophysical communication (pulse wave), biochemical communication (hormones), and energetic communication (electromagnetic fields).

“HeartMath research has demonstrated that different patterns of heart activity (which accompany different emotional states) have distinct effects on cognitive and emotional function. During stress and negative emotions, when the heart rhythm pattern is erratic and disordered, the corresponding pattern of neural signals traveling from the heart to the brain inhibits higher cognitive function. This limits our ability to think clearly, remember, learn, reason, and make effective decisions. In contrast, the more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states has the opposite effect. It facilitates cognitive function and reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability.” (source)

The Bottom Line/Takeaway

At the end of the day, findings in this area really emphasize the point that change starts within. As a society, we’ve been trained to reach out and grab external crutches, like medications or other substances, in order to help us change our brains. Whether it be OCD or ADHD or something else, the power of the self shows great promise, we just have to be willing to put in the time and the work that will help us change our thoughts, feelings, emotions, perceptions and behaviours. It takes willpower and effort, as changing your behaviour isn’t easy, and it requires repetition and constant mental reminders. Self awareness and mindful techniques like meditation can be helpful, but ultimately, if you have the will, there will be a way. I know, because it’s something I have experienced.

For example, if you have a hard time focusing on something or incorporating a better emotional state into your life, you can actually practice gratitude. If you want to change your behaviour and be more active, you simply have to get up and go, be active, and find things to do. There aren’t specific methods or techniques, you simply have to DO. It all starts with you, and that thinking thing inside you, that has to overcome the programmed behaviours that’ve been engrained into your brain that are pulling you in the other direction.

I hope this helps. It’s actually a phenomenon that really shows us that no matter what’s going on around us, we always have the ability to cultivate peace, gratitude and good feelings within us. From that place within us, we can begin manifesting a better experience outside of ourselves. Again, change starts within, and that phrase applies to so many different things, from our own individual lives all the way into the collective human experience.

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