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IONS 16th International Conference: The Science Of Consciousness & Spirit

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 I first became aware of IONS (Institute of Neotic Sciences) through the work of Dr. Charles Tart, who studied altered states and as a noted psychiatrist delved into areas that science finds “irrelevant.” Then I was privileged to meet Cassandra Vieten, the current head of the Institute, at last year’s Science and Nonduality conference.

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Cassi opened this year’s IONS conference by describing some of the amazing attendees and remarking that IONS and the conference attendees “make the paranormal normal.”

By way of background, the Institute of Noetic Sciences, founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, is a nonprofit research, education, and membership organization whose mission is supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, educational outreach, and engaging a global learning community in the realization of our human potential. “Noetic” comes from the Greek word nous, which means “intuitive mind” or “inner knowing.”

Dr. Edgar Mitchell welcomed us on video by describing how the experience of seeing earth from space palpably made him aware that consciousness is primary, and “we are all one.”

Emanuel Kunzelman, President of Greenheart, described the issue in a way that resonated with me: Imagine if a tornado went through a junk yard and blew the parts together and it assembled an airplane, that’s what science would have you believe created the universe (Chance).  The goal of IONS is to “bring consciousness to the forefront of scientific inquiry.”  In speaking with Emanuel later I found out that his example originated with the famed astronomer Fred Hoyle.

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The first person I met socially was Allene Symons, author of the upcoming Aldous Huxley’s Hands; we talked about how Huxley’s other biographers stayed away from his “woo woo” side but her father had known Huxley well and she discovered more and more of his work in the nature of consciousness.

A nice touch to the conference was a small card every attendee got to give to someone whom they met that read: “You Inspire Me!” My first encounter with Ms. Symons earned her my card.

Lou Ferrante gave a rousing presentation about being “freer in prison” than he had been as a high ranking member of the Mafia. “In my cell I felt better about myself even though I had to put tissue in my ears to keep out cockroaches.”

He described a dream where he was told he was finally free to go but said, “no, I’ll pass” because he realized he was terrified of freedom and his cell was a bizarre comfort zone where he was free to do what he loved – he read 18 hours a day.

Dancing in the aisles at IONS 2015.

Dancing in the aisles at IONS 2015.

Upon release he wrote several best-sellers and then decided he wanted to write on what he had discovered through his inner work in a book on Dream Theory, but his agent and publisher balked because he had no credibility in that field. “You can’t write a book about the brain, you’re not a scientist.”

Ferrante said that he deserved his prison chains and this made him sensitive to those who didn’t.  He wrote about his need to accept responsibility for his crimes and how his conscience torments him, and that he became deeply aware of the injustices of the Holocaust and Racism.

Still Ferrante kept true to his inner code, he “never snitched.” His first hit book was about what the Mafia can teach a legitimate businessman and he described the ethics of the mob and how in many ways they transcended the lack of integrity he found when getting a loan on the outside.

“When you strip away the violence the mob had a deep code. For example you couldn’t go into a man’s house and hurt his family.”

Now Ferrante has written about about dreams and brain and his work resonated with that of another speaker, Dean Radin of IONS, in taking into account the possibility that dreams refer to “an external stimulus that the brain actually senses before it happens.”  Check out Three Pound Crystal Ball:  How the Dreaming Brain can Sense the Future.

Sometimes the interludes at such conferences contain amazing surprises.  Two IONS members, Dr. Bob Schwarz and Michael Ray, sang duets based on the songs of Bob Dylan and Don MacLean that made me sing along and brought me to tears. Here are the incredible lyrics and this is a sample of their performance at another conference with similar effect. Sing them in your head…

Don Miguel Ruiz, author of the classic The Four Agreements, was a major highlight and I had the privilege to get not one but three hugs from him.

Speaking without notes or slides Don Miguel spun an amazing analogy of being the protagonist of your own Dream Story but often allowing the “secondary characters” the power to derail your dreams and convince you of illusory beliefs.

He asked with humility for help in achieving his goal for presenting: “Please help me to change the world. You create the reality of your world. Only you can change your world. Try to control secondary characters and learn to love unconditionally.”

Secondary characters will love you if you meet their conditions but “real love is unconditional.”

One of the first things Don Miguel realized that led to awakening was that “I know that I am not what I pretend to be.”

His message is that love is a life force that moves matter. He said, “It’s energy that cannot be destroyed only changed. Truth exists long before humanity; no proof needed.”

We believe we are the body and our fear of death leads us to try to love with conditions. Even Humanity at large tries to love with conditions: nations, states, groups and so on.

His simple but profound message is that we can change ourselves by changing our story – trusting and loving life and ourselves and not paying attention to secondary characters and not fearing death of the body for our “main” character, because All is energy and life.

My most anticipated breakout session was with my friends Maurizio and Zaya Benazzo of the Science and Nonduality Conference and their colleague Nick Day, a “conscious filmmaker.”

Nick opened with a wonderful overview of the history of cinema and its effects on the mass psyche. He described how the very first film attracted crowds to watch fifteen seconds of a locomotive arriving and how crowds fled in terror because they could not distinguish between film and reality – they had no frame of reference.

Nick also showed an incredibly simple 2D animation with no dialogue – just two triangles, a circle and box, onto which audience members project multiple interpretations. From there he traced the history of cinema up to what today is the threshold of virtual reality, and intertwined the mythic and philosophical themes of Jung and Joseph Campbell as well as the Greek philosophers to trace the emergence of storytelling along with our view of the nature of reality and consciousness.

Nick and Maurizio have known one another since their collaboration on the award winning Short Cut to Nirvana.

Maurizio and Zaya provided an in depth preview of the SAND conference and “outtakes” from past conferences which featured physicists, neuroscientists, and philosophers exchanging ideas on the nature of consciousness and reality.

One of the participants, Dr. Rudy Tanzi, is working on Alzheimer’s and approaches his research now from the perspective of the Mind or consciousness NOT being localized anywhere specific in the brain, but rather existing as a “field” of infinite awareness or possibility.

The video and slides presented by Maurizio and Zaya gave a nice flavor of their amazing conference which complements IONS – Science and Nonduality is in San Jose in the fall of 2015.

Federico Faggin designed the world’s first microprocessor, the Intel 4004 (1971), and developed the design methodology and directed the design of all early Intel’s microprocessors. Now this brilliant scientist and mathematician is devoting himself to a scientific inquiry into the nature of consciousness.

Using mathematics and experimentation he has come to the conclusion that the “Universe responded to my desire to know” and that the “Self cannot be known by studying only its outer form. Consciousness is [no thing/nonmaterial] with “the capacity to experience itself.”

According to Faggin we are materialized selves whose purpose is to know [discover] ourselves by interacting with other selves and the environment. The physical universe acts like a Virtual Reality “world” in which objects are temporary illusions.

This “P-Space” is merely a projection of consciousness (P=physical) and “I-Space” (personal ego) exists within P-Space.

Within our own conceptual framework we each “see” a different universe which gives rise to our unique experience and we exist within a conditioned conceptual framework. Faggin is working on mathematical descriptions of how I-Space emerges within consciousness.

According to Faggin, along with I-Space, experience exists in P-Space. This is interpreted through language and its semantic, conditioned “programs,” so that there are hierarchical syntactical rules that govern language – this resonates with The Four Agreements of Don Miguel Ruiz.

“What gives meaning to all existence?” To Faggin, this remains the greatest question.

The audience next heard the poetry and insights of Drew Dellinger, author of A Love Letter to the Milky WayDrew’s message is simply that “we’re living on a planet that is shooting through space and it’s time we acted like it.”

Drew has a unique, almost musical presentation style that blends rhyme and rhythm with unique insights.

Another famed author, Barbara Marx Hubbard described her personal journey from “a housewife in Connecticut” and mother of five to feminist, humanist, and futurist. As I watched this amazing 85 year old dynamo it seemed to me that she literally embodies the Divine Feminine.

To Barbara, “The Universe is a Love Story” and evolution is consciously and lovingly self-organizing – echoing Bruce Lipton she talked about how each cell “evolves” and builds from parts to wholeness.

Her belief is in “Evolutionary Spirituality” – the Christification of Earth – or the evolution toward Christ Consciousness of the Whole Planet but from a secular perspective.

She told the story of how as a young girl she met President Eisenhower and asked him how can this new atomic power be used for good?  The President replied that he did not know and it led her on a journey to discover how the vast power of intellect can be refined for the greatest good.

She went through a description of the “Four E’s”:

  • Eternal
  • Embody
  • Emerge
  • Eros

Which leads to a needed new vocabulary and the word “Telerotic” – combining teleos and eros.

Teleology is akin to Phenomenology in “explaining” phenomena by their outcomes rather than by cause and effect, so that the result of the four E’s, presumably, is a philosophy that sees Love or Eros as the necessary outcome of a fully lived existence.

Ms. Marx-Hubbard suggested that we “shift” from an emphasis on procreation, which was the ethos of when she was a mother and housewife to – “co-creation” and recognition that we are evolving toward a higher purpose in a unity with the planetary consciousness also articulated by astronaut Edgar Mitchell, who founded IONS.

Dean Radin, PhD, is Chief Scientist at IONS and the author of the best-selling books The Conscious Universe, Entangled Minds, and Supernormal.

Dr. Radin described how he had attended a conference on thinking the unthinkable with world leaders in Australia, and they included him because they were focused on diseases like Alzheimers and Ebola and even runaway Artificial Intelligence.

Dr. Radin suggested that the answers lie in a realm where we finally address the reality that consciousness is not in the brain, but some”where” outside of Space/Time.

Two Q’s Of The Next Century For Science Replacing Quantum Physics & Relativity

Qualia – how do we experience

Quantia – quantum – how does observation influence phenomena

We don’t know what we don’t know – the bigger questions

Radin described many of the former psychic “technologies” which were generally drugs but also include medtiation and chanting – “things” that change our state.

Emerging in this area he discussed electro magnetic stimulation of the brain, and especially the temporal lobe which presumably is the home of the “Self.”

He mentioned that when these technologies also get the frontal lobe – the area of analysis and logic – out of the way it also opens up as Huxley said, the “Doors of Perception.”

He went on to talk about methods of inducing psychic ability including  Consciousness Hacking, which is the work of Mikey Siegel and Nootropics – new drugs that may make one smarter.

Interestingly, of the more than 100 psychedelic substances known, more than half are artificial.

One drug he mentioned along with several magnetic technologies was Preacetam, and all of these methods essentially act upon the Mind/Matter relationship which in the “normal” state we deem separate.

He also devoted a great deal of his talk to the mass media and film, and how in most if not all cases these abilities must be hidden by those who possess them (or are possessed) because they can no longer function in normal society.

Radin lamented the fact that so much of the popular mythology around these powers make them dystopian and that the SciFi genre generally is overlapped by horror.

He showed clips from films like Next, Lucy, and of course Star Wars to illustrate how these powers are generally treated in cinema.

Marianne Williamson gave a rousing follow up talk that concluded the major presentations on a huge high. She said that while Consciousness is neutral her belief is that it is the human endeavor that chooses always between fear and love and that this is crucially NOT neutral. True spiritual enlightenment is consciously choosing intentionally to serve Love and not Fear (the ego).

She mentioned her early fascination with the artist Edward Burns Jones who created artistic Angels during the rise of the technical age and said that for “every machine he would create an Angel.” Like Marianne and others at IONS he foresaw how technology is outdistancing the spirit.

Marianne mentioned the film Ex Machina and addressed the underlying assumption currently prevalent that machines will one day become “human” – able to meditate and feel. Like this writer she vehemently opposes this viewpoint and urged the audience to open itself to the forces of life (as opposed to wanting “more” and mechanistically achieving it).

As a proponent of the Course in Miracles her call to action was to awaken each day with the recognition that there is an active, intentional Power of Love not metaphorically but actually at work in the universe – and that this is the true force of Evolution.

Her admonition to keep the human race from becoming like the Titanic and knowingly hitting the iceberg of extinction was for each individual to ask at all times, in the present moment, “how may I be used by the Power of Love.”

Marianne’s presentation (or performance) was a wonderful climax to an amazing weekend which I truly feel privileged to have attended.  I am left with a feeling of hope and immense gratitude.

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Scientists Receive Green Light To “Resurrect The Dead” Using Stem Cells

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  • The Facts:

    Biotech company Bioquark has been given the green light to 'resurrect' the clinically dead using stem cells. They are attempting 'the reversal of death.'

  • Reflect On:

    How do you feel about this? Should we be trying to stay alive forever, in a sense? Do we, as a society, view death in a healthy manner? Should we know what happens at death? What are the implications of 'living forever?'

Death is a controversial subject in the medical field for many reasons. People rely on doctors to save them and their loved ones, but when fate has its way, the whole world can feel out of order. And while the death of a loved one may not feel final at first, we soon come to realize that, at least for the living who remain, it does mark an end.

That’s why it seems like a controversial yet incredible move for a US biotechnology company called Bioquark to have been given permission to recruit 20 clinically dead patients and attempt to bring their central nervous systems back to life. They hope to eliminate patients’ need to rely on machines by reanimating parts of the upper spinal cord, where the lower brain stem is located, to potentially energize vital body functions like breathing and heartbeats.

Trial participants will have been declared certified dead and kept alive solely through life support machines. “This represents the first trial of its kind and another step towards the eventual reversal of death in our lifetime,” said CEO of Bioquark Inc., Ira Pastor. The team, who was granted ethical permission from an Institutional Review Board at the National Institutes of Health in the US and India to begin trials on 20 subjects, is looking to recruit patients for its ReAnima Project as soon as possible.

The team will first complete a phase 1 trial, referred to as a non-randomized, proof-of-concept study. This will determine whether or not they are capable of reversing clinical brain death through drug administration, nerve stimulation, and laser therapy. They’ll also be looking at whether or not they can affect any changes in the meninges of the brain, layers of tissue located between the skull and the surface of the brain. Specifically, the team will be investigating improvements in the patients’ pulse, blood oxygen saturation, blood pressure, and respiration.

The team will first seek permission from the families of the clinically dead, and then will proceed to treat the 20 chosen individuals over a six-week period in Anupam Hospital in Rudrapur, India. These will then be monitored for several months, where the researchers will determine if any changes have been made. “We hope to see results within the first two to three months,” Pastor said.

To attempt to bring the patients back from the dead, Bioquark has administered four different types of treatments, which include:

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  • Injecting simple protein chains called peptides into the patients’ spinal cord on a daily basis.
  • Injecting stem cells into their brains twice weekly.
  • Using the non-invasive treatment called transcranial laser therapy to activate the body’s natural recovery processes.
  • Using another non-invasive technique called nerve stimulation, which involves delivering electrical impulses to the median nerve of the upper limb.

“To undertake such a complex initiative, we are combining biologic regenerative medicine tools with other existing medical devices typically used for stimulation of the central nervous system, in patients with other severe disorders of consciousness,” Pastor noted.

The researchers are hoping that, if they can get patients’ brains to work again, and since many clinically dead can retain certain functions, like processing waste, digesting nutrients, healing wounds, and growing and maturing, people will have the chance to regain some semblance of life. But for now, the team is just trying to take it one step at a time.

“It is a long-term vision of ours that a full recovery in such patients is a possibility, although that is not the focus of this first study – but it is a bridge to that eventuality,” Pastor said

And Sergei Pavlian, founder and president of Bioquark Inc., added:

Through our study, we will gain unique insights into the state of human brain death, which will have important connections to future therapeutic development for other severe disorders of consciousness, such as coma, and the vegetative and minimally conscious states, as well as a range of degenerative CNS conditions, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease,” said Sergei Paylian, the founder and chief science officer of Bioquark.

Check out the trial outline here.

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Scientists Publish A New Study Examining Humans’ Ability To Accurately Predict Future Events

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    A new study outlines the scientific experiments under controlled conditions that have been conducted to see if precognition is actually real.

  • Reflect On:

    The implications of non-material science are huge, what would happen if mainstream academia accepted these results without any bias?

Precognition, is it real? If you examine the research that’s been published in this field, from peer-reviewed publications and controlled experiments, combined with the declassified literature from parapsychology programs from multiple governments around the world, the evidence for the ability of humans to accurately predict future events is overwhelming to the point where I am not sure why it would or could be considered ‘pseudoscience’. But given the current parameters of science, it’s understandable, and from this perspective, the evidence may not be ‘overwhelming,’ but you can decide that for yourself.

So what exactly is precognition? It’s essentially the ability to have a premonition of a future event that could not otherwise be anticipated through any known process.

The current parameters of science definitely need to be changed and adjusted, they allow for an observed phenomenon, although sometimes unexplainable, to be completely disregarded, no matter how many times it’s replicated or performed under controlled experiments. This is a result of scientific dogma, rules and laws of science that have been set in place and seem to stay there due to the fact that new concepts of reality simply disrupt belief systems. Take the concept of metaphysical realms for example, the implications and realizations of these realms, if confirmed, would result in a complete worldview paradigm shift and perhaps the disruption of multiple religious teachings. That being said, a lot of religion and ancient eastern philosophy does not argue against these realms but speak of them too.

“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)

When it comes to precognition, the new study recently published by scientists at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) examines multiple, scientifically controlled experiments that have yielded significant results. They examined multiple areas of research, multiple studies and meta-analysis showing how the scientific evidence for pre-cognition is measurable and continues to grow.

The authors are careful in their writing, pointing out the observed effects:

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If positive empirical evidence continues to accumulate, especially if the methodological recommendations suggested by ourselves and others are followed, then a time may come when we are forced to think the unthinkable. Indeed, the implications of retrocausation are so remote from engrained ways of thinking that the first reaction to this line of research is that it must be flawed. The second reaction may be horror that it represents a previously unaccepted fact about reality. (source)

The authors provide further studies within this one for the reader’s consideration, so be sure to check them out. But the above point is great, perhaps it is our fear of such confirmations that holds us back?

Another interesting concept discussed in the study is time, as you cannot really have a discussion about pre-cognition without the concept of time. When you think about pre-cognition, as with most parapsychological areas of study, you also have to consider quantum physics, because these two disciplines are deeply related to each other. Studies conducted over the years in quantum physics alone has shown how human intention, and other factors associated with consciousness, can and do interact with our physical material reality.

When we talk about future events, and time, if we look at matter on a quantum scale, future events are represented as a wave of possibilities, and don’t really manifest as physical matter until we, the observer, click it into existence with our own consciousness. In 2007 (Science 315, 966, 2007), scientists in France shot photons into an apparatus and showed that their actions could retroactively change something which had already happened.

“If we attempt to attribute an objective meaning to the quantum state of a single system, curious paradoxes appear: quantum effects mimic not only instantaneous action-at-a-distance, but also, as seen here, influence of future actions on past events, even after these events have been irrevocably recorded.” – Asher Peres, a pioneer in quantum information theory (source)(source)(source)

So, the concept of time, which is intertwined with the precognition phenomena, is very important to acknowledge, even if we can’t really understand it because it’s so puzzling. What happened in the past can change the future, and what happens in the future can change the past.

Apart from the scientific literature, I also mentioned the Department of Defence programs. Dr. Paul Smith, one of the army personnel involved in the STARGATE program writes in his book, The Essential Guide to Remote Viewing: The Secret Military Remote Perception Skill Anyone Can Learnabout an event where he was involved in successfully predicting future events for the Department of Defence. This was all part of the remote viewing program, which allows one person to perceive and describe the physical characteristics of a location when they are only given the location coordinates. It’s been used a number of times for intelligence collection, as shown by the declassified literature. In 2014, Smith also published a study in the journal of scientific exploration about stock market prediction using remote viewing. (Smith C. C., Laham D., Moddel J. (2014). Stock market prediction using associative remote viewing by inexperienced remote viewersJ. Sci. Explor28, 7–16). 

So, along with all of the scientifically controlled experiments, it’s also important to consider time, and all of the functions parapsychology has served, and mostly still do serve in the black budget world, especially when we are talking about pre-cognition. This area of government study is something that the peer-reviewed studies don’t really refer to much as a tool of evidence.

I also published an article a few years ago about a study (meta analysis) in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience titled “Predicting the unpredictable: critical analysis and practical implications of predictive anticipatory activity” which examined a number of experiments regarding this phenomenon that were conducted by several different laboratories.

These experiments indicate that the human body can actually detect randomly delivered stimuli that occur 1-10 seconds in advance. In other words, the human body seems to know of an event, and reacts to an event that has yet to occur. What occurs in the human body before these events are physiological changes that are measured regarding the cardiopulmonary, the skin, and the nervous system.

More than 40 experiments investigating this phenomenon in humans have been published over the past 36 years (including: Hartwell, 1978Radin et al., 19952011Bierman and Radin, 1997Radin, 19972004;Don et al., 1998Bierman, 2000Bierman and Scholte, 2002McDonough et al., 2002;Spottiswoode and May, 2003McCraty et al., 2004a,bSartori et al., 2004May et al., 2005;Tressoldi et al., 200520092011Radin and Borges, 2009Bradley et al., 2011). This is what promoted the meta-analysis.

The analysis concluded that:

“The predictive physiological anticipation of a truly randomly selected and thus unpredictable future event, has been under investigation for more than three decades, and a recent conservative meta-analysis suggests that the phenomenon is real.” 

Takeaway

Humans with ‘special abilities’ have been reported throughout history, here’s an example straight from the CIA’s electronic reading room. The point is, we can use these concepts to develop techniques to improve our lives, and the lives of all life on planet Earth. Perhaps we will one day be able to perceive future events that are not in humanities best interest and then take steps to change that potential future. I believe those who possess gifts for perceiving the future might be picking up on potential timelines, sort of like the wave of potentials in the quantum double slit experiment.

The main takeaway is that we have many more abilities that we’ve been made to believe, and still some we have yet to discover. At the end of the day, it’s the consciousness behind these discoveries that determine whether or not they will be used by humanity. It’s just like technology, do we weaponize it or use it for the overall good of humanity?

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Study Reveals ‘Intentionally Treated Water’ Might Change The Growth Rate Of Plants

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  • The Facts:

    Three Buddhist monks focused their intention on commercially bottled water with the goal of improving the growth of seeds; bottled water from the same source served as an untreated control. A significant effect was observed.

  • Reflect On:

    There is a wealth of statistically significant data in this field, this is just one of many examples within quantum physics and parapsychology that show how factors associated with conscious are related with our physical material world.

Human intention experiments have been taking place for decades. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of peer-reviewed publications that have examined the mind-matter connection with some very interesting results. These results lead to interpretations that are usually ignored in the mainstream, simply because they challenge the mind to entertain and accept completely new facts about the true nature of reality that would completely revolutionize our worldview in several different ways.

I recently published an article about how quantum theory and parapsychology are showing us how mind/matter interaction is indeed real, and that the scientific study of human consciousness is an entirely different ball game; it is almost impossible to accurately measure the impact of consciousness if the ‘objective’ model and limiting parameters of modern-day “science” are still being used.

In the lab, the effects of consciousness, although small, are measurable and significant. Phenomena that have come from real life human examples and classified government programs, like the STARGATE project, seem to be of even more significance and represent the next level of ‘evidence’ that shows just how legitimate non-material science is. It truly represents the next scientific revolution and has huge implications, from health to the generation of clean energy. As Nikola Tesla said, “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.”

Study Of Water Treated By Intention

One fairly recent example comes from a study conducted by scientists at National Kaohsiung Normal University, National Taiwan University, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences. They reference a previous experiment which suggested that “consumption of intentionally treated tea influenced subjective mood under double-blind, controlled conditions.” They decided to investigate further, under double-blind, controlled conditions. The study used Arabidopsis thaliana seeds (a commonly used wild type of seed that belongs to the Brassica family, which includes cruciferous vegetables like cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower), and measured differences in hypocotyl length, anthocyanin, and chlorophyll between seeds hydrated with intentionally treated vs. untreated water.

The hypocotyl is the stem of a germinating seed, anthocyanin refers to specific cell biology properties of a plant, and chlorophyll deals with the biology of the green pigment found within plants. The study was designed as follows:

Three Buddhist monks focused their intention on commercially bottled water with the goal of improving the growth of seeds; bottled water from the same source served as an untreated control. Seeds with the following three variations of cryptochrome (CRY) were used: the wild type Arabidopsis (Columbia-4), a gain-of-function mutation (His-CRY2), and a loss-of function mutation (cry1/2), where “gain” and “loss” refer to enhanced and reduced sensitivity to blue light, respectively. Seeds were hydrated with treated or untreated water under blinded conditions, and then placed in random positions in an incubator. The germination process was repeated three times in each experiment, each time using new seeds, and then the entire experiment was repeated four times.

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Building On Past Success

As the authors mention, intention experiments with water have already been conducted and have shown some intriguing results. Water infused with positive intention has shown differences in ice crystal formation (1)(2) infrared spectroscopy (3), and the enhanced germination and growth of lettuce, rye, barley, and several other plants as compared to untreated control water.

If thoughts can have this effect on water, just imagine what they can do to us and the influence they may have on what we call physical reality. While there is a perception that changes that result from conscious intent are only seen at the quantum scale, it’s not true. We have real life human examples.

A study published in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine demonstrated that a woman with special abilities was able to significantly accelerate the germination of specific seeds for the purposes of developing a more robust seed stock. You can read more about that and access the study here. There are also declassified documents that show human beings with these abilities. There are examples from every country, and it’s not just from modern day. Ancient lore from many cultures spoke of people with these same kind of  ‘mystical powers.’

During a visit to remote monasteries in the 1980s, Harvard Professor of Medicine Herbert Benson and his team of researchers studied monks living in the Himalayan Mountains who could, by g Tum-mo (a yoga technique), raise the temperatures of their fingers and toes by as much as 17 degrees. It is still unknown how the monks are able to generate such heat. (source) (You can read more about this here).

Then there is the famous double slit experiment, a great study that has been used a number of times to examine the effect consciousness might have on our physical material world, which I recently wrote about here. In that article, I made it a point of emphasis that we have more evidentiary data for the measurable impact of consciousness than we have for certain concepts we consider as ‘fact.’ It only seems reasonable that non-material science be at the forefront of our scientific explorations. To do this, however, we need to recognize that this represents a significant disruption of old belief systems, and, perhaps even more significantly, that powerful corporate interests vested in the old model may be at the heart of why it’s not really promoted within academia as it should be.

The Results

The results of the Taiwan study showed a significant decrease in hypocotyl length, a significant increase in anthocyanin (treated mean 17.0 ± 0.31 mg, untreated mean, and a “modest” increase in chlorophyll. To see the actual numbers, and more details about the study, you can refer directly to the study.

According to the authors:

These outcomes conformed to the monks’ intentions because a decrease in hypocotyl length and increase in anthocyanin and chlorophyll are associated with enhanced photomorphogenic growth. These experiemnts suggest that the  His-CRY2 mutation of Arabidopsis may be an especially robust “detector” of intention.

The Takeaway 

Proving our ability to generate positive energy to improve the growth of life-forms like plants through intention shows just how important human consciousness is. We are all constantly co-creating this physical human experience here, and we are just really starting to recognize that. Things are changing, our consciousness is changing, our emotions and perceptions about our experience are changing and when we start to look at things in a different light, we can have more of an intentional positive impact.

The most important takeaway here is for all of us to strive for inner peace, do the ‘inner work’ to achieve a higher state of being so we can create a more peaceful world. Our world is simply a reflection of our collective inner being.

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