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Seeing

In Around the web on March 15, 2010 at 8:48 pm

From DON SANDERSON
Mendocino County

There are two ways to live your life:

One is as though nothing is a miracle;

The other is as if everything is.

I believe in the latter.

— Albert Einstein

Wondrous tales about the Australian Aborigines’ Dreamtime are often related. While I can provide no names or dates, I’ve been assured the following true. A certain anthropologist specialized in Aborigine culture. Some time ago, he went on a long walkabout with an Aborigine guide. Several years later, he heard unbelievable stories about an Aborigine tracker. When the anthropologist later met the man, he asked whether the tracker could follow the walkabout track he had earlier followed. The tracker said that he could and in fact did with great exactness. The amazed anthropologist asked how this was possible. It was easy, the tracker explained, he had simply walked beside the two men as they made their original traverse.

Australian Zoltan Torey “replaced the entire roof guttering of [his] multi-gabled home single-handed”. What alarmed his neighbors was that he did so in the middle of a dark night and he was and is blind. As he describes in his “Out of Darkness”, in 1951 when he was 21, he loosening the plug in a vat of acid at the chemical factory where he worked. In a moment, a flood of acid engulfed his face and he saw his last sparkle of light. Rather than lose memory of his sight, he determined to maintain a vivid imagination of the world about and constantly reinforce it with his remaining senses. Since, he understood that the imagination can run away with itself, Torey took pains to check the accuracy of his images by every means available. “I learned,” he writes, “to hold the image in a tentative way, conferring credibility and status on it only when some information would tip the balance in its favor.” Torey’s successes extended far beyond what sight would have provided. He became able “to imagine, to visualize, for example, the inside of a differential gearbox in action as if from inside its casing.” “I was able to watch the cogs bite, lock and revolve, distributing the spin as required. I began to play around with this internal view in connection with mechanical and technical problems, visualizing how subcomponents relate in the atom, or in the living cell.” Torey later became a psychologist and has attempted to understand how such “seeing” may happen, as he documents in this more technical “The Crucible of Consciousness”.

In the mid-sixties, F. Holmes Atwater, then in his later teens, was charmed by autos and became an unusually skilled mechanic. He found that he could easily see into the interior of operating engines and transmissions and, as did Torey, watch the cogs bite. He wasn’t blind and had no idea until later that all mechanics were not similarly skilled. Subsequently, to escape Viet Nam, he volunteered for U.S. Army service with an intelligence specialty. Not long afterwards, it became clear to him that his ability to “see” inside buildings even at a distance could have defense value and began to educate his superiors.

Meanwhile, in California, scientists Russell Targ and Harold Puthoff were investigating what they called “remote viewing.” Their results were so amazing that they sought funding from the most natural source: the U.S. government. The Defense Intelligence Agency, the CIA, and various units of the U.S. Army and Navy and NASA were interested. They were particularly so because reports had reached them that the USSR was investing great amounts. By 1977, Targ and Purhoff established a research site in the Stanford Research Institute (SRI) funded by these sources.

At about this same time, Atwater found himself commanding a DIA unit charged with developing remote viewing capabilities and interviewing possible unit members. One of the first who showed promise was Joseph McMoneagle. Atwater was asked to send three of his best people to SRI for training and McMoneagle was chosen.

The project combining the efforts of SRI and the DIA was well funded and continued until November 1995. During this period, it was overseen by Congressional intelligence committees and high level government agencies and reportedly had many successes. For example, a downed Soviet plane was found in a remote African jungle before the Russian could locate it. Almost all documents related to this, which was named STARGATE at the end, remain top secret. It apparently was cancelled because Congress couldn’t figure out how to explain the project to the voting public. During all this time, many were trained. Joseph McMoneagle was the star and his “Mind Trek” tells the story as well as an other.

Remote viewing has otherwise been called clairvoyance. When a person remotely views a location, they somehow more or less accurately imagine being on sight, but with additional skills of being able to peer inside enclosed spaces, even ones that are heavily shielded. Apparently distance isn’t a constraint: one remote viewer reported a ring around Jupiter existence of which was subsequently confirmed by a space flight. Neither is size: Torey mentions atoms and, indeed, a viewer in the late nineteenth century reported he could view atoms and recognized that hydrogen had three isotopes of different weights years before chemists were to do so. Remote viewing has other mysteries: apparently it isn’t constrained by the speed of light and viewing may be reported in real time no matter how far away the object may be; events that occurred in the past and will in at least the near future may be viewed as if they are immediately happening. Yes, yes, yes, incredible – most scientists say so – yet, many such events have been carefully performed, documented, and confirmed. As physician Larry Dossey describes in his recent “The Power of Precognition: How Knowing the Future Can Shape Our Lives”, “Hundred of remote viewing have been conducted by [Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research Laboratories] with considerable success, showing odds against chance of 100 billion to 1. Spatial separation was not an important factor. … [They] demonstrate precognitive intervals up to 150 hours”, which is as long as the tests were run. Other similar experiments were conducted by Science Applications International Corporation and SRI and found similar odds. Targ, who had previously been a laser physicist, notes that no one ever asks him if he “believes” in lasers, as they do in remote viewing, but the support for the latter is as strong as the former. By the way, Targ only has 20 percent vision, but remotely views in great detail.

As noted, that some have the ability to remotely view events happening in the future has been often confirmed. But surely only those events in the reasonably immediate future – who is going to wait around for twenty years to check accuracy? So, why aren’t these individuals winning lotteries, in the stock and commodities markets, and at Los Vegas? The problem is that it seems numbers and words are difficult to impossible to recognize remotely, which is typical of right-brain perception. You can bet that some are attempting to overcome this hurdle.

Even though there was no way to immediately verify most of his prophecies, before the turn of the century, Joseph McMoneagle made an attempt to predict what would occur during this twenty first century. His views are captured in his “The Ultimate Time Machine: A Remote Viewer’s Perception of Time, and Predictions for the New Millennium.” Of course, there is always so much going on that a remote viewer can hope to capture only small details and focus on areas of personal interest, but his predictions certainly are notable. I list only those of his prophecies that captured my attention:

Gee-whiz technology: GMOs everywhere, song birds, fish, livestock, bacteria, root crops, trees, …; Food irradiation (the second most prevalent method of food preservation); super high speed trains and automated highways; factories on the Moon; Subliminal advertising perfected; Human identification systems; Quantum computers and other information technology gizmos; Death rays; Antimatter bombs; Underground cities (to escape global warming); Sophisticated air scrubbers for homes and business (declining air quality will make going outdoors unhealthy – air scrubbing will be more expensive and prevalent than heating and cooling); Weather modification technologies (which will cause World Court law suits, because to change the weather in one place will impact others); Powerful virtual reality paraphernalia (to allow those who can afford to to escape the real thing?), And others ….

Climate: Global warming will continue, with average temperatures rising 2 degrees Celsius by mid-century. Polar ice will melt at an increasing rate, with it all gone by 2080. Oceans will rise from 2 and half to four feet by 2038 impacting coaster cities worldwide. Desertification will overtake Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, California, much of Texas, and adjacent areas to the point they essentially become unlivable, though attempts will be made to ship water from the north. Tropical storms will increase, which will greatly impact coastal cites and cause massive floods inland; this will be accented by higher ocean levels. Floods will ravage the Midwest. Almost all American agriculture will move to Washington, Idaho, Montana, and the Dakotas, but production will be 20 percent less and impacted by large winter storms. Fresh water will become increasing rare. China will plant many trees and the U.S. will start attempting to save forests, most of which will have already died. Many bird genera will become extinct and it will become rare to ever hear a bird sing (comment: or experience a wild animal of any nature).

Economy: The United States will remain a consumer nation, which implies most Americans will increasingly have less and less to spend. Corporate control of the economy will be reflected in the ascendancy of only four banks and the replacement of Social Security with an investment scheme. An attempt will be made to get corporations out of the electoral process. The military will remain the largest business sector in the U.S., although the number of troops will be reduced and replaced by technology. Arable land will become increasingly rare and expensive. English will be the primary language all over the Earth (which says to me that Western culture will complete its conquest).

Social: Extended family homes will become the rule. Colleges will become too expensive for most and focus almost entirely on engineering. The number of medical graduates will drastically drop. Given this together with increasingly expensive medical instrumentation, traditional medical care will become too expensive for most. What were college freshman courses will increasingly be taught in the tenth grade. The public school system shall fail and increasingly be replaced by private schools. (My comment: this would mean that most would not get educations as we have conceived them.) Apprenticeships will become more common.

Population: World population will reach ten billion by 2050, a half century ahead of schedule. Since world food production will be declining, hunger and starvation will become endemic. (My comment: since most of these won’t be able to afford to get into the cooler underground or avoid the bad air, life for them will be an increasing horror and most Americans are unlikely to escape.)

Remote viewing: While the U.S. finds it politically difficult to engage in such efforts as a result of conservative religious and scientific pressures, almost certainly Russia, China, and Israel are now deeply involved. The projection is that seven countries will be using this technology in the next decade. While he makes no such prediction, my guess is that some very large corporations (SAIC?) also have projects underway and many more shall. As one Russian exclaimed after watching a demonstration, “There are no secrets!”

McMoneagle’s predictions for the past decade haven’t been perfect: he predicted the second Iraq invasion and the recent stock market collapse, but thought they were somehow connected and was somewhat uncertain about the dates; he saw something happening in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the late decade, but missed the details; he saw magazines and newspapers being distributed by encrypted internet links by 2010; by 2010, he predicted that many countries would be suffering economically; finally, he expected that by 2008 a silver bullet cure for most cancers and a vaccine for AIDS, not a complete cure, would become available. As he warns us, “Much of the information arrives fractured, that is somewhat chaotic or in disarray. One has then to try and put it into some kind of understandable context. How difficult is this? Very. … The only real way to try and prevent [pure fantasy] is to collect enough data to preclude having to jump to too many conclusions.” Since what is happening throughout the world at any moment is vast surely beyond imagination, McMoneagle’s samples were necessarily small and related to only to those topics and dates that he thought would be interesting.

This seems to be a very unpromising future. McMoneagle wonders if the future can be changed. Russell Targ tells of a CIA associate who was flying out the next day with a fellow worker. The night before, he had a dream that the plane had crashed. That morning, he made an excuse and didn’t board, without warning his friend about the dream. As he was driving out of the airport, there was a bright flash and explosion. The plane had crashed and his friend and many others were dead. It is noted that prophets in the past have not been very successful, particularly with long range forecasts: famed healer Edgar Cayce predicted California would fall under the sea before this – on the other hand, an increased oceanic depth will flood a now-economically-important fraction of it, so maybe he was sort-of right. By contrast, in his nineteenth century novels, Jules Verne made more than a few nearly accurate predictions about future technologies. Russell Targ believes that any future is only a probable one, that it can be modified by changing conditions, perhaps arising from that mysterious free will. How is it that we might change this future by choosing to behave differently? So, let us view McMoneagle’s predictions in this light.

What alternatives have we for forecasting the future? Scientists collect data and statistically project the future from the past. The problem with this is that nature is usually non-linear and statistics is linear, so this approach doesn’t work well too far into the future. Thus, we know that atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations have been increasing in lock step with industrialization for two hundred years – some claim there are other causes for this increase, but none have come forward with what they may be. So, might we say that continued world industrialization will imply that carbon dioxide concentrations will continue to increase? Since technologies change, this surely need not be true in the long run, such as if new methods greatly reduce carbon dioxide exhaust – do we hold our breath? Beginning with Newton, scientists attempted to approach this smarter by building mathematical models that reflect relationships more accurately vis-à-vis physics, chemistry, and more lately biology, sociology, economics, and so forth. Thus, we now have climate models that incorporate expertise in many areas. No model is perfect, not even Newton’s “laws”, but modeling technology has found many successful applications as, for instance, in landing space ships on comets and sending them wandering around distant moons. The data Earth scientists are colleting and predictions their models are making are horrendous.

I recently read a review of “Seasick: Ocean Change and the Extinction of Life on Earth” by Alanna Mitchell – I don’t expect to read the book. To collect background information, Mitchell spent time with, the reviewer comments, a fantasy lineup of Earth-science all-stars. One big news item is that, not only is it warming, the ocean is now ten times as acidic than it was when measurements were first made, thanks to the absorption of carbon dioxide. This situation disrupts normal chemical processes throughout, such as the abilities of mollusks to form shells. One scientist displayed two pictures of a canoe, on upright and one upside down, as a metaphor for the tipping point we’re facing, which indeed may already have happened and we haven’t noticed. Mitchell ends with one hopeful comment: “We could, if enough of us wanted to, form a new relationship with our planet. We could become the gentle symbionts we were meant to be instead of the planet parasites we have unwittingly become.” Do we trust these Earth scientists’ predictions more than McMoneagles’s views and our premonitions? He “saw”, but only glimpses, while they are only making guesses, educated of course. Either way, ….

Consideration of remote viewing makes materialistic scientists cringe. There is no way in the traditional science view of space and time that this is possible. Still, as Nobel laureate physicist Robert B. Laughlin writes in his “A Different Universe: Reinventing Physics From The Bottom Down”, these supposed foundations are crumbling. Indeed, those studying quantum physics, or at least more audacious ones, propose that time and space are nothing like what we think, that “that which is out there” consists of energy wrapped in consciousness, neither of which we can define. In some sense, it appears we consciously, jointly create our personal world on the fly. What, then, of “remote”? Targ tells of another scientist who couldn’t reproduce his research results and disputed them. The two agreed to simultaneously perform twin experiments according to the same protocols, double blind and all that. Targ reported positive results; his rival didn’t. It appears what one believes to be true colors not only one’s perception of reality, but its experiential actuality. There is considerable experimental evidence this is true.

Remote viewing is only one of so-called psychic skills. Others include telepathy, precognition (premonition), psychokinesis, psychic/spiritual healing, out-of-body and near-death experiences, and mediumship. Psychologist Charles Tart, who is famous for his work with alternate states of consciousness, now called transpersonal psychology, has written a profound book surveying the remarkable evidence: “The End of Materialism: How Evidence Of The Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit Together”. The evidence for these events are as solid as the verifications of any of the classical laws, yet traditional scientists refuse to allow any reporting papers to be published in any mainline journal. Maybe the world “spirit” scares them to death, all that squashy religious stuff? On the other hand, the conservative religious establishment regards any such practices as the work of the Devil unless they are performed under their control. If we must wait for these authorities to come around, we will be in deep do do. Incidentally, the tests that substantiated these skills were almost all performed by individuals who were “off the street” so to speak – apparently we all have them to a degree and can become much more skilled in each with training and practice including, especially, in letting loose of conceptual beliefs of any nature. Author Denis Hill, Tart notes, describes this last as, “awareness of the utter stillness behind the mind and within all activity.” What is left? Permitting direct, immediate experience to guide.

As Larry Dossey describes, surveys done in Brazil have shown that most there say they have some such experiences regularly, which isn’t considered unusual. I suspect this is true in most of the world. However, in contrast, few American agree. Dossey proposes that our reliance on mechanistic science – the belief that the universe is a machine and we are master mechanics – and our religious beliefs dampen our willingness to recognize we have these experiences; if we continually avoid acknowledging them, we soon lose any ability to do so. There is quite an underground, however, who are daring to eat away at this.

That that which we call psychic or spiritual healing occurs has reams of scientific documentation as psychologists Marilyn Schlitz Tina Amorok have collected in their comprehensive “Consciousness and Healing: Integral Approaches to Mind-Body Medicine”. Because the body is so incredibly complex, all entangled with emotions, memories, habits, and the adjoining world, it should not be surprising that there is no end to honing healing skills. Healer Barbara Ann Brennan asserts it is important “to have a lot of technical training: counseling methods, anatomy, physiology, pathology, and massage technique, as well as some knowledge of acupuncture, homeopathy, and nutritional and herbal cures.” – others aren’t so sure this need be necessary. Perhaps there is intuition, a creative insight, an inspiration, a guidance, a channeling or whatever it might be called and whatever form it may take that proposes what must be done – let me call it “knowing” as opposed to the customary intellectual way of knowing. There seems no end to what may be encompassed by the word “healing”. Brennan particularly favors what she calls high sense perception, which is remote viewing into the patient’s body far more accurately than the latest high tech devices – it is not possible to take pictures, however. It seems to me that if healers must transcend the hurdles she describes, they will be as rare and expensive as brain surgeons. Yet, one powerful approach is very simple and takes only a few words to describe.

For an introduction, please se “Miracles of Mind: Exploring Nonlocal Consciousness and Spiritual Healing” by Russell Targ and healer Jane Katra, who apparently healed Targ of what physicians diagnosed as normally incurable metastatic liver cancer. As Targ notes, what can physicians conclude: either their diagnosis was wrong or he was “spontaneously” cured, neither of which is an acceptable supposition in standard medical practice. In this regard, Larry Dossey tells an informative story: a veterinarian’s favorite old dog could only walk by leaning against a fence and was becoming weaker. One night, the vet prayed. The next day, the dog took several steps away from the fence. In subsequent days, she began to walk further and further. The vet was afraid and never again prayed. He later admitted he feared that if he learned prayer were so powerful, what then of his profession? A few days later, she was back leaning on the fence and within two weeks had died. Incidentally, if you are certain you know what prayer is, become enlightened by reading Dossey’s somewhat technical “Healing Words: The Power of Prayer and the Practice of Medicine”.

Jane Katra began working closely with patients using the laying on of hands, a practice that is now widely used by nurses, which however takes much guided training before most become skilled. She found, however, it was sufficient that she empathetically recognize, realize, that consequent to silencing her mind, she and the patient are an inseparable whole, simply two faces of the same, what? An additional vital ingredient, it seems, is that she believe, strongly desire that healing occur, imagine “as if” (are these not all synonyms?) without expectation of how so. As with remote viewing, when conditions are right, healing may then simply happen. When Lawrence LeShan earlier investigated healers, he found that this one approach was almost always present and subsequently successfully personally applied it. Dossey documents that Katra and LeShan are far from being alone. I propose that this empathy might be called remote being, shades of shapeshifting. This commonality shared by healer and patient is often called spirit, which seems to me synonymous with the equally mysterious energy/consciousness – Native Americans call it the Great Mystery, which I like. More than a 130 rigorous controlled studies have found that this approach is effective not only on humans, but on isolated cells and tissues, other animals, plants, yeasts, fungi, bacteria, and even chemical reactions and water – perhaps farmers and gardeners should take notice, as those at Findhorn did decades ago.

One can even use this approach on one oneself: Registered nurse Dana Johnson had Lou Gehrig’s disease (AlS) and was wasting away to the point she could hardly control her breath and had become, as she described it, “a bowl of Jell-O in a wheelchair”. She decided she wanted to experience unconditional love for herself before dying and began to spend fifteen minutes before the mirror each day appreciating unconditionally different parts of her body, beginning with her hands. Day by day she began to get better until she was healed of this terrible “incurable” gene-bound disease.

As for remote viewing, researchers have found that the distance between healers and their objectives seems not to matter – there is that mysterious “remote” again. Surely shockingly, some have found healers have successful directed their healing into the past, which further follows that which remote viewers discovered – can the past truly be changed? Less surprisingly, they also have found that the more healers focusing on a problem, the more powerful healing is. Research activity in this latter direction has been sort-of undertaken by the Transcendental Meditation Society in studying what they call the Maharishi Effect. TM researchers hypothesis that if enough so-skilled individuals jointly meditate in an area, social discord will decrease. In their studies, they report that when as few as 200 advanced meditators sat for several weeks in an urban region, the crime rate would significantly decrease in statistical terms. Since there is nothing apparently unique about this approach to mediation (though they of course disagree) and no attempt to connect empathetically was apparently employed in these experiments, one wonders how powerful they might have been had the meditating individuals been skilled and focused healers. I conjecture very much so. In any case, the seemingly cultic aspects of TM makes it difficult for many to accept their veracity. Still, the idea is intriguing.

As Torey explained and remote viewers have practiced, to be able to truly “see”, it is necessary to perceive (or intuit, if the two are different) received imaginary impressions, without muddying them with preconceptions, even ones arising from the subconscious. – visualization is a synonym, but may be confusing because sight is not involved and what is imagined may be in terms of other senses or simply unspecified feelings. Our imaginations are memory driven and normally quickly overlay whatever we perceive. Thus, in “Is the Visual World A Grand Illusion?”, edited by Alva Noö, the various authors conclude that this is so. Their conclusion likely extends to these other senses and feelings. Successful remote viewers and healers learn to constrain imaginary presumptions that cloud perceptions. Others in other contexts have found to do so is wise as well.

Where, then, is the limit of this spirit? Maybe I should write it as Spirit, while realizing that, like the Tao, whatever I may say about That isn’t That, except to note that we all share That, indeed are That. It is the consciousness of this sharing that is center stage. Skillful “seeing” and “knowing” are pluses, neither apparently difficult to learn at least superficially. Quieting one’s mind with some sort of meditation appears to be the first step. I’m not religious in any of the customary senses, was trained as a hardnosed scientist, and attempt to approach these issues experientially, without presuppositions, and with a lot of probing questions and tests, nothing held sacred except the practice of deep empathy – love or compassion if you like, though these words appear to me often wildly misused and misunderstood much as the word God is – toward all. It seems to me that established religious beliefs obscure, constrain both “seeing” and “knowing”. But, hey, what do I know?

Can we deny that we, humankind, have become a plague that has sickened the Earth, Nature, alarmingly, perhaps unto death? No, I can’t “prove” this – the proof will be in the pudding. I’m unwilling to wait until the pudding is cooked. Are you? Must we be victims? I conclude not. What I’m about is learning how the Earth may be healed, how to become an aware, caring conduit for that healing. Nothing small for me, thank you. I am not alone. While we are few, the number is increasing associated in a loose web, certainly not in a formal organization busily appealing for funds, growing memberships, and adamantly advocating divisive principles no matter how stirring, which I believe would defeat the purpose. Indigenous peoples around the world are leading; I note in passing that often ancient shamanic healing practices resemble current ones if phrased in different cultural contexts. We’re out to infect humankind and all of Earth’s beings with health. How many of us will be needed before we tip the scales? Maybe not so many, if the TM people are right. Anyhow, as the evidence described above indicates, we all “know” what must be done, we all have the rudimentary skills, if we but quiet our minds and notice. I’m only a duffer and certainly no a guru, but curious experiences are multiplying.

So, suppose I and an increasing number of others at least somewhat become skillful in healing. What of all those others who are lost in their busy lives, busy minds, and never notice Spirit? How can we possible infect them in time? Biochemist Rupert Sheldrake gave us a clue. A very quick introduction to a large subject: The form of a living body, say yours, is an amazingly complex affair. Yet, every cell in that body is genetically identical to every other and simplemindedly all should behave the same. In fact, they express almost three hundred different behaviors from those populating the liver, brain, and skin, those that repair injuries, and those that protect from infections. One can’t be replaced by another of a different type. One egg cell becomes two, an explosion of cell duplication and specialization happens, and a human appears. Scientists have only the slimmest theories as to how this occurs.

Sheldrake proposed that a morphogenic (form-generation) field was responsible for, shall we say guided or channeled, the form a body might make. Think of a lizard losing a leg and then regrowing an identical one. Oh no, this starts to look like Spirit, but in his attempt to interest the scientific community, he daren’t use the word. In 1981, the editor of the leading scientific journal Nature declared that Sheldrake’s “A New Science of Life” was the one book he considered should be burnt – 400 years ago it would have been Sheldrake on the stake. A new edition has just been published under the title “Morphic Resonance: The Nature of Formative Causation.” As for the paranormal, piles of supporting evidence exists that should provide him entrance to mainline journals, but doesn’t. Incidentally, some top scientists do support him, including Nobel laureate physicist Brian Josephson, whose discovery was one of the most remarkable, indeed revolutionary of the twentieth century. Josephson again shocked the physics establishment by announcing that the paranormal was the next physics frontier and so redirected his interest.

Morphic resonance is at the heart of Sheldrake’s theory. Some examples may give you some idea how powerful this concept is. In the late seventeenth century, the search was on to develop an accurate clock that would allow navigators to measure longitude. The recently invented pendulum clock promised a solution. However, Christian Huygens, who was advocating this, discovered something unpleasant. Although he set several clock pendulums swinging at different times, they shortly became synchronized. So, consequently, their times were untrustworthy. Much the same effect can be demonstrated with tuning forks set to the same frequency. It is said that resonance brings them into synchronicity. In fact, such phenomena have been found throughout the natural world. In the evening, fireflies begin flashing along the waterways in Malaysia and Indonesia. What is most remarkable about this display is that the flashes are synchronized over at least dozens and likely hundreds of miles. No one has any idea how this is accomplished.

Chemists crystallize chemicals by exposing them to high temperatures and pressures. Ordinarily, a given chemical mixture gives rise to only one type of crystal at specified conditions. But, now and then, a process will give rise to a different crystalline structure for unknown reasons. Once this happens, it not unusually subsequently occurs everywhere and the ability to create the original structure is lost. In one instance, a pharmaceutical company thus lost the ability to manufacture a key product. Again, how this happens remains a mystery.

In the twenties, a psychologist attempted to prove that rats inherited learned skills from their parents. He developed a puzzle that rats initially found very difficult to solve, but after many attempts some eventually got it. These were bred together and their offspring tested for many generations. In each succeeding generation, it was observed that rats more quickly solved the puzzle, which seemed to say they inherited the ability. Later follow up experiments in a distant lab with unrelated rats confirmed these earlier findings. However, in a parallel experiment, a second line of rats was maintained in which breeding occurred before learning. In this second series of generations, learning also improved as in the other line, so inheritance couldn’t have been the reason. One other later experiment was run in yet another lab. In both of these subsequent experiments, the first rats to be tested performed as well or better than the last ones in the earliest experiment. It seemed as though rats were learning the trick from those which had mastered it earlier, even though they were unrelated and far away. Sheldrake concluded the later rats were somehow infected by a form of resonance from the earlier ones, some sort of synchronization was occurring.

Sheldrake provides many more examples in his various writings. No time and space bound physical means for such transmissions of what is effectively information can even be scientifically imagined in traditional terms. So, he proposes something like a field. Please note that gravitational and electromagnetic fields are remarkable affairs in which actions happen at a distance without any apparent intervening matter. Do you think scientists understand how this occurs? If you believe so, I suggest you investigate quantum elctrodynamic theory and become disillusioned.

A picture: when a symphony orchestra is tuning up, everyone is playing dissonant notes and a cacophony results. The conductor waves his baton and beautiful, harmonious music resonates. I experience wild nature, that which has suffered little from human incursions, resonates in exactly this way though written vastly. How is it that this civilization may become harmonized, that the Earth may become again so? By something like Sheldrake’s morphic resonance? Magic flows all around us and within us every moment, if we but awaken, quiet our minds, and remember who/what we are. Spirit is not only all the orchestra, but the composer; since so many of the musicians are leaving thanks to the Great Extinction now occurring, the symphony is becoming dreary and the instruments out of tune. Maybe the time is coming, may be here when a new composition will be written, new instruments tuned and virtuosos appear, a new conductor – literally a new harmonious resonance – takes the stage. Do we hear first bars sounding?

Here, then, is what we are about. We are intent on not only realizing (recognizing the reality) that we are sharing Spirit with other humans, but resonantly awaking them with a new/incredibly old trick: becoming conscious that we share Spirit with all our relations as well, all the plants and animals and other organisms, even the stones, scattered over the Earth and, dare I say, the far galaxies, that there are no isolated, separated beings but an immense sea of ever changing relationships, that we are One; and that we jointly, likely with the aid of Spirit in a much larger sense, are about attempting to heal the Earth, to bring it back into balance.

As healers have always noted, healing very often requires a change of lifestyle – healing a person of emphysema is unlikely to be successful if they continue to smoke. Thus, it appears a degree of austerity, simplicity, is required of us, namely to attempt to minimize any behavior that is detrimental to the Earth and its residents, including other humans, beginning with the sources of our foods – I don’t intend vegetarianism, but avoidance of anything that is produced by (maybe only nearly) slave labor and elaborately packaged, processed, and shipped from Timbuktu, particularly if it is frozen and regardless of whether or not it is organic. I also advocate avoidance of “the news”, advertisements, and other Western cultural brainwashing, which means no television or radio, nearly no movies, books, newspapers, or magazines, and very little internet – exceptions mindfully chosen to support our efforts. Almost all of that stuff is continually contaminating society with the disease that we are attempting to heal. Do either of these appear to be hardships? Alas, those others who are caught in the trap are also resonating their discordant behaviors, their discontents and fears, so it won’t be easy. Let us begin by pretending “as if”,

Species scattered here and there throughout the animal kingdom pass through several phases in their lifecycles during which they appear to be a series of different creatures. In the typical one, their eggs hatch into larvae that at some point metamorphize into quite differently appearing and acting animals. The most familiar example is the caterpillar/butterfly. Taxonomists, those who decide their classification by looking closely at organisms’ characteristics, have long noted that if we didn’t know about their later lives as butterflies, caterpillars wouldn’t be seen as insects; they don’t have 6 legs for instance. As scientists began cracking genetic codes, some began to look closer at these two stage animals and have recently discovered their genes may be separated in two collections, one associated with the caterpillar and one with the butterfly. As they looked around to see what else might have similar genes to those of the caterpillar, they discovered Peripatus, velvet worms, which are of a genus intermediate between segmented worms and arthropods, e.g. millipedes, crabs, spiders, and so forth. A new hypothesis: sometime in the distant past a new organism emerged, a Peripatus and an insect combined their genes and created a chimera, a creature that wasn’t this or that but played each role at some time in its life. After a caterpillar forms its chrysalis, the enclosed pupa undergoes a remarkable transition: stem cells that express butterfly genes, which have remained dormant in the caterpillar, began to multiply and differentiate into cells that attack and kill those that express caterpillar genes until nothing but soup is left; they then form the butterfly. Metamorphosis is a violent, chaotic affair, not the uplifting one commonly told. Out of such chaos, however, the most amazing butterflies, moths, bees, ants, and wasps emerge.
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