Before you begin...
The planet Mars is going retrograde on September 9th/10th and will last until November 13th/14th. This occurs every two years, with the previous one happening in the summer of 2018. Some of the themes of this retrograde could have started seeding since late July when the pre-retrograde shadow period began. In the weeks, and especially days, prior to the retrograde its energies and themes can become more obvious.
Retrograde periods are when a planet appears to be moving backwards in the sky due to its position around the Sun relative to Earth’s position. It is a period of re-working how we orientate ourselves with the energies of that specific planet, in the sign it is in, and how it interacts with our personal astrological blueprint (one’s natal chart). The most significant retrogrades are those of the personal planets Mercury, Venus, and Mars.
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Mars: Assertion, Willpower, Courage, Desires, Sex, Aggression, and Anger
Mars is a yang/male planet that is associated with how we apply action. When retrograde, its energies get amplified as it ends up being opposite the Sun and appears at its brightest when looking at the night sky. This is like the ‘Full Moon’ for Mars as it receives the most light from the Sun. It has already been gradually getting brighter in the months leading up to this.
During this retrograde, Mars themes will be highlighted and the circumstances ultimately can help us to facilitate some sort of adjustment in how we express the energies of this planet. This could influence we apply our energy, willpower, motivations, desires, and sexuality, as we all as how we deal with aggression and anger.
Mars is associated with assertiveness, masculinity, competing, fighting, war, muscles, vigor, sex, force, muscles, and physical energy in general. Issues or developments pertaining to these things can get cranked up over these coming months and we may also see more conflicts play out in the world.
This can be a time in which people can get more easily angered, irritated, and aggressive. There can be a build-up of inner tension which eventually can be expressed outwardly, sometimes in a passive-aggressive way. If this applies to you, it would be wise to find a healthy way to release anger and ease tension in a way that is not harmful to you or the people in your life.
Some of the frustrations that occur at this time could be as a result of things not flowing smoothly and wasted efforts. If this happens to you, it would be good to consider that something needs to change with the way you are applying yourself and pay attention to signs from the Universe.
It is usually more probable that this occurs when taking new initiatives, but not in every case. If so, it may be better to revisit old tasks, projects, and efforts and you may find that doing this can be more productive. For many people, it can also be a good time to go more inward. However, this will not make you immune to all of its perceived negative effects which ultimately should help you in your personal development.
Mars Retrograde In Aries, Chiron Also In Aries
Mars will be in its home sign of Aries throughout the entirety of its retrograde. It has been there since late June (before the pre-retrograde shadow began) and will stay until January 6th/7th, eight weeks after the retrograde ends. Aries is an assertive sign and shares much of the same Mars themes mentioned earlier in the article, they are both hot and fiery energies.
Aries is forward, direct, pioneering, initiating, bold, quick, courageous, competitive, and antagonistic. It is associated with the self, individual needs, identity, independence, and leadership. As a fire sign, Aries is a passionate and active energy. It can also be combative, argumentative, impatient, impulsive, selfish, dominating, trigger happy, and one-pointed. The retrograde process itself is a time of recalibration in how we assert ourselves in these Aries ways of expression along with how it is configured with our individual natal charts.
However, with Aries being a very forward moving sign (which is what Mars is and likes) having its ruler moving backwards (or stationary) here can increase the potential of frustration and conflicts in comparison to when this is occurring in other signs. When experiencing this, it is a good idea to take a step back and try to look at the situation objectively. In many cases, the challenges that come up are there to show you that perhaps you need to take a different approach to something.
Chiron has also been in Aries since 2018 and will be there until 2027. This is a longer term period of healing, seeking wholeness, solutions, and the potential for empowerment connected to these Aries areas of life mentioned. This Mars retrograde is contributing to that process as well.
Mars Retrograde Square Saturn In Capricorn
As Mars begins its retrograde it will first return to a square with Saturn which will peak from September 25th to October 3rd. This can reflect obstacles and limitations that can be getting in our way. Our tasks may require extra patience and caution during this time.
We may be faced with resistance, scrutiny, or realism in how we assert ourselves. Aggressiveness could be met with resistance or the need to address anger issues may come up. Conflicts around boundaries or restrictions can play out. This is one of the more important periods of the retrograde that we can learn from. It can help to show us what we need to be doing differently, however, not every issue related to this energy will have that purpose.
Mars made its first exact square with Saturn (during pre-retrograde period) in late August. It is possible that we may see some correlations or developments happen in late September, and/or early October, that are connected to developments that occurred during the first square.
In the news, that was when the Kenosha police shooting of Jacob Blake occurred and it was when we started to see some supposed cases of Covid-19 reinfections discussed in the media. Also, during that period there were massive freedom/anti-lockdown rallies in London and Berlin which didn’t get much media attention.
During this specific square, Saturn will be stationary as it ends its retrograde on September 29th. This puts a strong exclamation mark on the themes mentioned in the above paragraphs. Over the following days and weeks (after September 29th) as Saturn begins to move forward, we can experience some sort of change in dynamics connected to Saturn ruled areas of responsibilities, commitments, duties, structures, and in other ways depending on how it correlates with your personal astrological blueprint. It is also possible to experience some sort of development connected to things that occurred in the first half of May or in early February.
Mars Square Pluto & Jupiter In Capricorn
Following Mars’ square with Saturn, it then moves toward a square with Pluto which is also in Capricorn. This will peak from October 6th-12th, and interestingly similar to the square with Saturn, Pluto will also be stationary when squared by Mars as it will end its retrograde in the days prior on October 4th. This amplifies Pluto’s general themes in the weeks before and after the retrograde ends.
Pluto is associated with power, hidden matters, destruction, abuse, the underworld, subversion, obsessions, compulsive behavior, control, manipulation, jealousy, domination, shadows, darkness, purging, death, fear and viruses. Its energy is deep, transformative, evolutionary, sexual, intense, and regenerating. As Pluto begins to move forward, it is possible that there can be some developments and shifts connected to these things, however, since Mars is in a square with it, we can also expect conflicts connected to these Plutonian themes. .
Mars retrograde in Aries square stationary Pluto is one of the most intense astrological configurations that can happen between two planets and can also be expressed in a highly passionate way as well. Collectively and in geopolitical matters, some of the many issues that have been playing out in the world since spring can be intensified and we will also see different expressions of this energy unfold.
This Mars retrograde period and other happenings of 2020 are playing a significant part in the Pluto in Capricorn process which began in 2008 and will last until 2024. This is a long term period that is facilitating major changes that are ultimately seeding new things pertaining to structures around government, banking/finance, business and power structures. I wrote an article about this back in 2017, you can click here to read it.
Mars then moves towards a square with Jupiter which is strong from October 17th – 22nd. This can play out as conflicts around beliefs, perspectives, opinions, ideals, judgements, media, education, teachers/gurus, or issues pertaining to foreign countries. During the period in which it is strong, the assertive, competitive, and combative energy of Mars can be more excessive. It can be a time in which actions can be misguided due to the overlooking of blindspots.
It is important to note that although the Mars’ aspects to Saturn, Pluto, and Jupiter are strongest in the periods mentioned, these energies are still present throughout the retrograde and in the post shadow period.
Mercury Going Retrograde At Peak of Mars Retrograde, Jupiter Conjunct Pluto As Mars Retrograde Ends
Mercury will be going retrograde on October 13th/14th, primarily in Scorpio yet also partially in Libra. This will be happening as Mars opposes the Sun which is the halfway point of its retrograde. At this time, and in the days surrounding those dates, the potentials of frustrations, conflicts, and fights will be higher. However, there are also some other nice aspects happening then which can be beneficial for certain relationships, spirituality, as well as idealistic and compassionate matters.
Jupiter is moving towards its third and final conjunction with Pluto, which will peak in mid-November, but is also triggered in mid-October due to the Sun and Mars in a square to the midpoint of these two planets. Considering this and the fact that Mercury will be primarily retrograde in Scorpio, this is an energy that can be further revealing of Plutonian issues of shadows, abuse, hidden matters, and darkness.
The first conjunction of Jupiter-Pluto happened in late March and early April, when there was a lot of conspiracy information coming out and also widespread fear which is associated with Pluto. It can also be transformative, empowering, and a time of tremendous growth depending on what we are doing. I will be writing a separate article on this upcoming retrograde, join my mailing list here to ensure that you receive it.
Another thing to note is that Mercury’s retrograde will be ending on November 3rd/4th, the same day as the US Presidential election. I would expect that there will be some issues with the votes, or other aspects of the election, that may take some more time to get clear on. There will probably be some sort of change in gears that week as well.
As Jupiter reaches its exact final conjunction with Pluto, Mars will also be finishing its retrograde at that time which all happens in the 2nd-3rd week of November. It is likely we will see some similar themes as late-March and early-April that I’ve mentioned in the two paragraphs prior to this one, yet this time the energy is more action oriented.
Considering Mars is stationary and changing motion we can expect to see some developments that could be a major ‘next step’, or perhaps some sort of conclusion to things that transpired throughout the retrograde. However, since Mars is returning to a square with Pluto, the energy can still be intense, destructive, and involve power struggles or fighting against abuse, authority, or dark agendas. This can also be a good energy to take on challenges, applying ourselves towards major changes, and assertive ourselves with tremendous focus and determination.
What To Reflect On During This Mars Retrograde?
Do you feel like you need to make adjustments in the way you project and assert yourself or your beliefs? How is the external world responding to you? Is there anything, or an approach to something, that you want to experiment with? What’s important for you as an individual? How do you go about fulfilling your personal needs or what do you need to do to satisfy them?
Do you have anger or aggression issues that you need to address? Are you competing or fighting for the sake of doing so, or are you doing it for good reasons? Do you have any past ideas or initiatives that you’ve been wanting to revisit or experiment with lately? Are you experiencing problems or conflicts pertaining to boundaries, and what do you need to do about it? Are there aspects of your sexuality or sexual relationships that are changing or you may feel like are due for a change?
These are some examples of what to reflect on during this time. The retrograde ends on November 13th/14th. From that point on until early January, we can experience a change in dynamics around some Mars related themes and expressions that have come up for adjustment during the retrograde period.
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Super Moon In Scorpio: Realism & Depth
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We are having a Full Moon in Scorpio on April 26th/27th, which will appear the brightest on the night of the 26th for the majority of the world and on the night of the 27th in the countries furthest East. This is the peak of the Lunar cycle that began with a New Moon in Aries on April 11th/12th. It will also be a ‘Supermoon’, which is when the Moon appears larger and brighter due to its closer proximity to the Earth.
The energies of a Full Moon are strongest in the days surrounding it yet its astrological configurations also play a part over the following two weeks. You may start to see its themes slowly build up after the New Moon prior.
They are a period in which we feel a push-pull between two opposing signs, in this case being the Moon in Scorpio and the Sun in Taurus. It can play out as either a conflict, an integration, or some sort of dynamic between the energies of both signs. The Moon reflects the expression of feeling and emotion while the Sun reflects the expression of ego and conscious self.
We may feel this opposition happening individually within us and/or we can also experience it play out around us with some people (or circumstances) expressing the Scorpio side and others expressing the Taurus side. In some cases, Full Moons can also reflect/trigger some sort of change or release.
Sun In Taurus Opposite Moon In Scorpio
Taurus season began on April 19th/20th and will last until May 20th/21st. It is about practicality, thoroughness, pleasures, food, possessions, beauty, and nature. It is a sensual, tangible, and grounded energy. As a ‘Fixed Earth’ sign, it is like a rock, and is the most invested in the physical/material world in comparison to the rest of the signs. It can also be slow, rigid, habitual, and lazy.
This Full Moon is in its opposite sign of Scorpio, triggering a push-pull or integration effect between both of these signs. Scorpio energy is deep, complex, investigative, passionate, intuitive, driven, powerful, calculated, observant, primal, purging, regenerating, transformational, mysterious, intense, desiring, and sexual. It is associated with fears, shadows, death, secrets, hidden matters, conspiracies, and the extremes of Love and Hate. Scorpio energy can also be controlling, obsessive, jealous, aggressive, savage, vengeful, and manipulative.
While Taurus is more concerned about what is tangible, pleasant, and what’s on the surface, Scorpio likes to dive deep even if it gets ugly, scary, or uncomfortable. Both signs are associated with money, resources, values, and worth; with Taurus’ expression of these things being more ‘self-oriented’ and Scorpio being more ‘relationship/shared oriented.’ Scorpio is associated with taxes, debt, credit, investments, inheritance, which all include more then one party to be involved. Both signs also share qualities of being loyal, stubborn, and possessive.
Pluto Is Stationary, Going Retrograde Shortly After Full Moon
Pluto is going retrograde less than 12 hours following the peak of this Full Moon. It is nearly stopped in the sky (from our geocentric perspective) which is referred to as being ‘stationary’, as it transitions from moving forward to backward. Whenever a planet is in the process of changing motion, its energies become very strong and concentrated. This has been building up in the weeks prior to this Full Moon and will wane in the weeks following.
Some astrologers observe Pluto as the ruler of Scorpio and I personally view it as a sub-ruler or representative of Scorpio energy. Therefore having it stationary at this time amplifies the themes of that sign, mentioned in the above section. This can also be a time of changes pertaining to these themes or perhaps to do with power dynamics, control, hidden matters, obsessions, or things involving sexuality.
Pluto also rules fears, viruses, psychoanalysis, and shadows. The combination of this Scorpio Full Moon combined with Pluto stationary retrograde can be good for initiating a process of deep inner healing, purging, release, or transformation.
Full Moon Part of a T-Square With Saturn, Uranus, Venus, and Mercury
In February, Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus made their first of three exact squares with each other, which will be followed by another in June and the final one in December. However, this energy will be an important part of the astrological backdrop throughout all of 2021 and somewhat in 2022 as they will still be close.
This Full Moon will be triggering this aspect as the Sun will be close to Uranus and this along with the Moon will be in a T-square with Saturn. Saturn themes of restrictions, limitations, tradition, caution, contraction, structure, responsibilities, delays, seriousness, are at odds with Uranus themes of freedom, surprises, progressiveness, rebellion, innovation, science, technology, and metaphysics.
Mercury and Venus are also in Taurus ahead of the Sun in which the Moon will also be opposing and tying in all of these planets together. This configuration can play out as struggles, complications, or restrictions between emotional needs, social life, relationship dynamics, sexual matters, communication, shared values, financial matters, and other ways as well. However, with Saturn serving as the apex of this t-square it could also point to a solution that involves responsibility, discipline, structure, caution, or implementing boundaries.
Things To Consider
Are there any aspects of your life calling for transformation? What do you need to purge? Do you feel like you need to do some shadow work or psychoanalysis? What makes you fearful and why? In what ways do you need to be more responsible, disciplined, structured or cautious? Do you have any attachments or habits getting in the way of feeling free or being your best self? Do you have any financial matters that need to be addressed?
Scorpio Full Moons, and the weeks following during the waning moon, are a great time to initiate different types of cleansing. It can be cleansing of the physical body, clearing/overcoming negative patterns or habits, or purging aspects of our external environment. Scorpio is associated with the colon, excretory system, and reproductive areas of the body, so it can also be good to approach healing modalities connected to those areas.
These are just some examples of themes that could come up or ways to approach this period; however, there may be other variations of this energy playing out as well. If you wish to do any sort of intentional release, it is best to do so after it begins to wane following the peak or during the two weeks afterwards when it is waning before the next New Moon. The exact peak of this Full Moon is at 3:32am Universal Time on April 27th which is the night of the 26th in much of the world. You can click here to see what that is in your time zone.
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A New Media Approach For Improved Sense-Making Through Physiological Coherence
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The simple exercise you were just introduced to is designed to help create a physiological heart brain connection that has been shown to improve memory, learning, problem-solving and discernment.
Since 2009, Collective Evolution has been committed to forging a radically new approach to media and the discussion of current events. Over the years scientific research has come to support the approach we have been taking to help improve the way people consume and synthesize information in order to make meaningful choices in their lives and in society.
Since part of our mission at CE is to observe what is happening in our world from a more neutral point of view, asking what about us and our current human story creates our world, society, ideas, day to day choices, and policies to be the way they are, it was important to us to develop a style that encourages people to be in a state of mind and being where they’re more open to exploring new ideas without bias, cognitive distortions, and immediate resistance.
This discussion is worthy of consideration as most platforms either focus on simple ‘feel good’ or ‘well being’ based content, or focus on news from a purely journalistic sense, often with a political bias. Since our content focus is on both personal transformation and news/current events from a new approach, we have chosen to actually measure whether or not people are having a more positive experience consuming current event information. A recent research survey that will be publicized in March 2021 will show the positive results of CEs approach on audiences well being, emotional state, and development of critical thinking over the 12 years CE has been doing this work.
Coherence & Optimal Function
Decades of research shows that our hearts send more information to our brains than our brains send to our hearts. When our body’s heart is beating in what is called an ‘incoherent rhythm’, it sends a message to our brains and nervous system that produces suboptimal function that leads to a reduction in our ability to learn, make effective decisions, problem-solve, critically think, and self regulate our emotions.
When our heart is beating in a coherent rhythm, it sends coherent signals to the brain and nervous system that then brings each of these systems into synchronization physiologically. The result is opposite of that of incoherent signals. Research shows an improvement in our ability to think clearly, navigate information, make decisions, remember things, and communicate. All of this can come from as little as 60 – 90 seconds of practices like the one we place at the top of each of our articles. Over time, these practices also helps to build self-awareness which helps us see our own bias’ more clearly.
Further research has shown that a connection between thoughtful breathing and the production of a compound in the cerebrum called noradrenaline. This compound goes about as a “mind compost” that is delivered when we are feeling tested, inquisitive, or centered.
Our Unique & Research Backed Style
At CE we have found that the pathway to meaningful and sustainable change in our lives and society comes from being able to self-regulate our emotions, understand and change our habits and patterns, and also from learning how to navigate information in our world in such a way that allows us to carry our personal transformation into the realm of societal change.
In other words, sometimes people can have a spiritual practice or work on personal transformation, but don’t often apply their transformation to questioning or re-imagining things like current events, society, or politics. We are at a critical time in humanity’s history where faith in existing institutions is deteriorating rapidly, typically based on a right intuition people have that these institutions don’t work in their favor. We must begin exploring why our world is in need of change, and at the same time be able to shift our consciousness and thinking enough that we can make societal changes from a new way of thinking and being.
In 2009, we chose to focus our journalistic, video and education content in alignment with these findings. Focusing on a sense of ease, curiosity, and playfulness in our style. We don’t intend on trying to convince people to believe what we are reporting on, instead we encourage them to openly explore and question. This has had a dramatic affect on how people feel when consuming our content, and how they understand what we’re producing.
Commonly reported feedback from our audience includes things like feeling more grounded, hopeful, inspired, clear, and empowered to take action in their personal lives and society. Our readers also report that they tend not to feel a notion of ‘us vs. them’ and division that often occurs when consuming media about current events. Interestingly, readers have also commonly reported that after repeated consumption of our articles, videos, podcasts or courses, they notice a stark difference in how they feel when they consume content from more traditional alternative or mainstream media. This was also a huge discovery for us as it suggests that people’s relationship with other forms of alternative media can bring them new information but does not necessarily help their well being and sense of inspiration to act.
To us, all these suggest that our style not only informs but helps to create a noticeable shift in our audiences state of being. We don’t feel that it is us doing this for our reader, we feel the style and platform invites the reader to, by nature, build their self-awareness, practice emotional regulation, and think more clearly. Imagine how this will ripple out into the world as a result. Imagine how different conversations would be about current events if more had access to this approach.
Controversial Topics & Meaningful Change
At CE, we sometimes cover ‘controversial’ topics that as a society we are often resistant to explore, whether we have a spiritual practice or not. Many of our colleagues and friends in the personal transformation space have chosen not to explore some of these subjects much as they don’t quite align with their brand messaging or line of work, we respect and agree with their choices. However, we saw this as an important challenge to take on in our work as these ‘tough’ conversations need to be had, and we believe they can be done in a way that inspires change and well being.
Culture today is often uncomfortable with uncertainty and thus open inquiry and examination of new evidence has shut off around certain subjects. In our minds, this is causing a very societally impactful sense-making crisis in which we have become divided, distressed, emotional, and unclear as to what is actually going on around us. With this, we are quick to react and are often living on edge. As research shows, when we make decisions within our lives and society based on this state of being, they are often ineffective, suboptimal, and create further disharmony.
Our research has shown that 63% of our audience feels that CE helps them explore tough or controversial subjects while feeling less emotionally charged when compared to when others report on it, whether it’s a mainstream or alternative media source. This was a very inspiring statistic for us as we feel this makes a meaningful contribution towards shifting the way media is told to bring about a better society, without being limited to only focusing on ‘good news’ which has many limitations and, we feel, does not lead to deep societal change.
In our work we have found that combining personal transformation and emotional regulation with the openness to re-imagine society and explore new ideas, even when they are controversial, has created the greater sense of empowerment, clarity and well-being amongst our readers.
In short, our work has helped to provide a path to self-awareness, practice, and the skills to tackle information openly and coherently, thus readers are not triggered by disagreements and different perspectives, and are able to synthesize information into meaningful practice, solutions, and actions steps.
We’re at a critical time for developing a greater sense of self awareness, openness, and increased critical thinking so that we can better explore information without our emotions, biases, and pre-conceived notions getting in the way and shutting down our inquiry.
At Collective Evolution we feel that the journey to creating collective change is one founded upon personal transformation, what might be called a shift in consciousness, which is to say: we must generate a greater conscious awareness of ourselves, how we function, how to regulate our emotions, and think more clearly about what is going on around us. When we make this shift, our perception about life, society and what is possible dramatically shifts, and we begin to tap into a new story about humanity and what we want to create.
With this new story, coherence, and connection to self, we have found that people are inspired to work towards creating a greater sense of harmony and coherence in their lives and society as well. Effectively being able to see how new and emerging ideas can build a new foundation for society, instead of making small adjustments to our current society that’s built on an old and outdated story.
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Researchers Outline Reality of Psychic Ability & Explore Whether It May ‘Run In The Family’
- The Facts:
It is commonly believed that psychic ability, like many mental and physical traits, runs in families. This suggests the presence of a genetic component. Researchers recently decided to search for one among people with psychic abilities.
- Reflect On:
Can special abilities, or psychic abilities be passed down? Are these abilities innate and lying dormant within all of us?
Before you begin...
‘Psychic ability’ comes in many different forms, from telepathy to clairvoyance or remote viewing, there are a number of phenomena that have been demonstrated under strict scientific controls that have yielded statistically significant and repeatable results. There are also multiple declassified documents that have been archived by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) via their electronic reading room, for example, pertaining to individuals with “special abilities” who are able to perform feats like telekinesis, or healing at a distance. You can access a few examples of that here, and here where I go more into depth.
The literature in this area, from peer-reviewed research all the way to examples from the within the defense departments of multiple countries, is quite robust. It’s another subject seen as fringe and in-credible yet has more than enough evidence to for a reasonable person to deem these abilities as possible.
The researchers of a recent study published in EXPLORE titled “Genetics of psychic ability – A pilot case-control exome sequencing study” decided to search for some sort of genetic link among people with psychic abilities. They explain:
Many cognitive and perceptual abilities are associated with genetic factors. An open question is whether or not extraordinary “psychic” abilities such as mind-to-mind communication (in the vernacular, telepathy), knowledge of future events before they occur (precognition), and perception of hidden or remote events (clairvoyance), might also be associated with genetic factors. Evidence of the reality of such extraordinary abilities has been offered by multiple meta-analysis of experiments conducted over the past century, which demonstrate independent repeatability and robust statistical significance.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that extraordinary manifestations of these abilities run in families.. Few formal studies have evaluated the genetics of psychic abilities. Telepathy studies with identical and non-identical twins have found mixed evidence for greater concordance among identical versus non–identical twins on telepathy task performance. Other case studies of families with data on up to four generations have been conducted. The pattern of familial transmission in “second sight” has also been examined. This capacity is defined as “a special psychic ability believed to be a natural faculty of mind, regarded as an inborn gift by some andan affliction by others…Second sight implies that there are two forms of sight. One is normal sight and the other is the ability to have prophetic visions which occur spontaneously and are rarely directed at will.” Second sight is considered hereditary within the Scottish tradition. A formal pedigree analysis of second sight found an autosomal dominant pattern f inheritance. Other studies have evaluated the relationships between psychic abilities and the temporal lobe. However, to our knowledge, no similar investigations have been conducted using modern genetics techniques.
Interesting stuff, isn’t it? For the study, more than 3,000 candidates from around the world were selected and screened through two online surveys. This was done to locate people who claimed that they, as well as other family members, had some form of psychic ability. Eligible candidates were then selected as the final “psychic cases,” and then age, sex, and ethnicity-matched individuals, with no claims of psychic ability, were selected as the controls.
DNA from the saliva of the 23 participants were subjected to “whole-exome sequencing.” This is a test that looks at most of the genes within an individual. After this, two independent bioinformatics analyses were blindly applied to the sequenced data. This means the ones doing the analyses had no idea about the results the other lab was getting. They were completely separate.The analyses focused on protein-coding sequences and another one included some adjacent noncoding sequences.
According to the researchers:
Sequencing data were obtained for all samples, except for one in the control group that did not pass the quality controls and was not included in further analyses. After unblinding the datasets, none of the protein-coding sequences (i.e., exons) showed any variation that discriminated between cases and controls. However, a difference was observed in the intron (i.e., non-protein-coding region) adjacent to an exon in the TNRC18 gene (Trinucleotide Repeat-Containing Gene 18 Protein) on chromosome 7. This variation, an alteration of GG to GA, was found in 7 of 9 controls and was absent from all psychic cases.
You can access the full study here.
This means the study did not find any significant markers suggesting that these abilities may be genetic, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t. We already know through epigenetic studies that various traits are passed down to offspring, be it physical or even emotional. It is interesting that the study did however identify a noncoding variant that was largely restricted to non-psychic controls.
The most conservative interpretation of these results is that they result from random population sampling. However, when the results are considered in relation to other lines of evidence, the results are more provocative. Further research is justified to replicate and extend these findings.
Keep in mind, the researchers did test those who claimed to have psychic ability and overall they scored better on the tests than those who did not. There were many limitations to this study, and a big one was the size of the number of people used for the study.
Given the fact that, in the researchers experience and based on my research and examples that I’ve written about, these abilities are undoubtedly real, so looking for some sort of genetic component is quite reasonable and would have tremendous implications.
The researchers explain:
The identification of genes involved in psychic abilities has the potential to yield clues about their distribution within the general population and also their evolutionary origins. Such a finding may also have clinical value because it may help inform the development of pharmacological or environmental interventions to enhance or suppress such abilities, and clinical performance applications could be used. Enhancing these abilities could augment decision-making in many contexts, stimulate creativity in art and science, and improve diagnosis of disease, insofar as these faculties and activities may be partly dependent on, or enhanced by, psychic ability.
For example, perhaps telepathic communications could be developed for individuals living with communication disabilities, such as aphasia or cerebral palsy. On the other hand, suppressing these abilities might alleviate psychotic symptoms in some individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, insofar as “disordered” psychic manifestations may be at risk factor in these individuals.
The Takeaway: Studies within the realm of parapsychology, which encompasses the study of various psychic abilities mentioned in this article, are abundant. Many show eye-opening repeatable results. Remote viewing is one of many great examples, showing “successful replication” by yielding “significant scientific evidence.” (source)
The methodology and the controls on these experiments are tighter than any other area of science where I’ve worked. Dr. Dr. Jessica Utts, former Chair of the Department of Statistics at the University of California, Irvine (source)
Again, there are also documented real world examples that defy belief linked earlier within this article, which brings me to my next point. Much of the science produced today, in my opinion, isn’t really following the scientific method. By that I mean discoveries that challenge what we once thought we knew, and ones that have paradigm shifting implications for humanity, are often ignored and unacknowledged. We see this all the time in the field of parapsychology.
“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)
Why do we fail to properly confront new concepts and ideas that don’t fit within the frame? Studies and results from these realms truly call into question what we think we know about the nature of reality and human potential. They will force humanity to open up to a broader view of reality that currently may not fit within the accepted framework of knowledge in the minds of many. But if there’s one thing that’s constant, it’s change.
Discoveries in this field, I believe, will lead to the realization that love, compassion, thoughts, emotions and service to others are key for humanity to move forward. It’s more than likely that this is the true nature of human beings, not competition and separation.
These must be our priority, we have to change the way we think here on planet Earth. If we continue to operate from a place of greed, ego, and have a lust for power, control and material wealth, which are cultural learnings, not necessarily our nature, we will not move forward to a thriving world. Non-material science has the potential to change the way we perceive the world, and ask the deeper questions like, why do we live the way we do when we can create a human experience where everybody can thrive? How can a race that is so intelligent and technologically advanced be so politically and morally corrupt?
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