On his return trip from the moon on the Apollo 14 mission, astronaut
Edgar Mitchell stared out of the window at our blue planet Earth.
At that moment something profound hit
him. All of a sudden he was hurtled out of his normal consciousness
and felt an intense oneness, a connectedness with planet Earth and
in fact all of the universe. Never before had he had such an
experience. His ego and the separate world outside of him merged.
could no longer discern a difference; he himself had become the
His thoughts seemed to have an effect on the outer world
and the outer world seemed to have an effect on his thoughts. He was
fully aware of the fact that the separation of his ego and the
universe at large does not exist. It is the experience described in
quantum scientific terms by
David Bohm wherein the observer becomes
Many people in all walks of life throughout the ages have reported
such experiences; it is called a mystical experience. In a flash of
higher consciousness a higher truth is revealed that dramatically
changes the life of the person who underwent the experience. And
such was the case with Edgar Mitchell.
After his safe return to Earth, he founded in 1973 a non-profit
organization the ‘Institute of Noetic Sciences’ aimed at studying
the nature of human consciousness.
After Descartes had called for a divorce between science and
religion, consciousness and science were never close friends.
Science simply ignored the relevance of consciousness. Science is
supposed to be an objective study of nature and holds no interest in
the subjective conscious experience of individual humans. To
science, these are just two separate things.
Anyway how is science
to study nature if our personal experience plays a significant role
Psychic phenomenon, such as,
out of body experiences (OBE)
near death experiences (NDE),
...that were reported by so many people
time and again, were simply dismissed into the realms of myths and
Now from a scientific point of view where science is
supposed to study every aspect of our existence, that is a very
unscientific approach! The sceptical attitude adopted by science has
created a taboo in our western society that still prevails today.
People who underwent these experiences often feel misunderstood and
are not taken seriously.
Many scientists even today are afraid to
even consider examining these phenomena, afraid of jeopardizing
their careers since some who have tried were cast out of the
Fortunately quantum science has forced scientists to change their
minds about the subject and a more positive attitude has emerged in
the last two decades. A scientific taboo seems finally broken and
thanks to people like Edgar Mitchell, consciousness has become a
serious subject for scientific scrutiny after all.
In this chapter we will provide some very interesting scientific
insights in the enigma of human consciousness.
Maybe the most difficult question raised in science ever is called
the ‘hard problem’ or the ‘binding problem’.
It is the problem of
how the immaterial world of our thoughts and feelings interfaces
with the material world of our body. Emotional states caused by our
thoughts and feelings (immaterial world) are immediately reflected
in the physiology of our body (material world).
For instance, when an immaterial thought pops up in your brain to
raise your hand, immediately your brain starts to produce
neurotransmitter messengers that are carried along the nervous
system. Electrical impulses are sent to the muscles in your hand
that will finally respond to your initial thought.
Now how is this possible? How can something immaterial as a thought
have a real noticeable physical effect? It happens all the time in
Since Descartes decided that there is a split between body and mind
we are not likely to get answers from Newtonian physics. Then how
can the bridge between the immaterial world of the mind and the
material world of the body be crossed?
Maybe we can get some answers from quantum physics?
All of our outer reality that is perceived by the brain comes from
the five senses, hearing, smell, taste, touch and visual perception.
According to philosopher Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) we should make a
distinction between the noumenal world, the world in itself (daß
Ding an sich) and the phenomenal world, the world as we perceive it.
What Kant meant is that it is impossible to directly perceive the
world; we can only perceive it through our senses. What outer
reality really is nobody knows, because we can never directly
The question may even be raised if there is a physical
reality at all?
However Kant believed that physical reality, the
source of our perceptions is real. Immanuel Kant stated that what we
know of the world at large is an interpretation made by our brain.
To appreciate what Kant is saying, try to count the black dots in
Don’t tell me you failed!
Of course you did because there are no
black dots in the picture! Your brain imagined the black dots that
you saw jumping back and forth!
The translation your brain makes from the external stimulus of the
visual cortex to the picture that you hold in your head is all from
external electromagnetic wave patterns. You may never have thought
about it this way, but the color red does not exist!
The color red
like the black dots in the picture above is only a translation, a
representation that makes sense to you. The color red is a
subjective construction of what is no more than an electromagnetic
wave with a distinct frequency, amplitude and phase.
only two types of color pigment receptors have a completely
different subjective representation of the very same color that you
since they cannot see it, they will perceive it as black.
You don’t even known how your fellow humans perceive the
This is what Immanuel Kant meant when he said that we cannot
possibly see the
noumenal world, the world in itself, we only see
our personal version, our interpretation of a reality that is out
By default it is restricted since we only interpret a few
percentages of the whole spectrum of electromagnetic energy that
We learned in school that our brain is a kind of super computer with
loads of neurons firing at the synapses, processing the vibratory
information received from the five senses. Our thoughts are personal
and supposedly no one has access to them but us! Our memories are
engraved into grey cells that constitute the brain. That’s what the
majority of people were taught in school and still believes today.
Science has progressed quite a bit from the time of the dusty old
ragged schoolbooks and now uses quantum science to explain
In 1920 Wilder Penfield believed that memories were stored as
engrams at a specific location or address in the brain, just as a
computer stores its data in a specific memory location. Karl Lashley
on the hunt for these engrams eventually found by experimenting on
rats that memories are not stored at dedicated locations inside the
brain at all.
Memories seemed to be dispersed all over the brain and
each part of the brain seemed to contain the whole memory. Since
memory storage is distributed all over the brain and each part
contains the whole memory, it may explain why people with
dysfunctional areas in the brain still hold on to their memories.
The ‘part contains the whole’ aspect of the brain’s memories
triggered Stanford neurophysiologist Karl Pribram when he learned
about holography in 1960. He came up with a new explanation for
memory storage and believed that the brain stores memories as a wave
interference pattern like a hologram. A hologram is
three-dimensional picture that is stored on a two dimensional photo
as a wave pattern.
It is constructed by splitting a coherent laser
beam into two beams using mirrors.
These two beams are recorded as a
wave interference pattern on a photosensitive plate where the
subject being photographed diffuses one of the beams and the other
the reference beam, is aimed straight at the photosensitive plate.
When viewed in normal daylight the hologram doesn’t make sense, it
contains a lot of blurry circles!
However when a laser beam is shone
through the hologram, a three dimensional picture of the original
subject emerges that can be viewed from multiple angles. The three
dimensional picture seems to be floating in the air.
Now the brain’s memories are thought to be stored in the same manner
as the hologram stores a picture. Holographic memory storage can
also explain the huge storage capacity of the brain of the order of
10 billion bits of information in an average human lifetime.
Holograms are also very good at explaining how the brain manages to
access and remember things very fast from its huge repository of
information. In a blink of an eye we recognize a face of someone we
haven't seen for many years even if the facial expression of the
person has aged.
Holographic images can easily be compared and
matched even when they are not a 100% identical.
Pribram showed that not only our memories but all our cognitive
processes, smell, taste, hearing and seeing may be explained by
Let’s take visual perception as an example. The current view of
science is that the picture of the world is projected through the
lens of the eye onto a canvas, the retina in the back of the skull,
and that this picture is somehow 'digitized' by the brain and its
Pribram proved that dedicated nerve cells in the eye respond to
certain frequencies of electromagnetic waves that hit the eye. The
picture is viewed as a set of frequencies and not as individual dots
or pixels. Now how can a picture contain frequencies you may ask?
Well in a process called Fourier transformation, spatial information
can be translated into a frequency spectrum.
Jean Fourier proved
that any kind of waveform could be constructed from pure sine waves.
When multiple sine waves of different frequencies, phase and
amplitudes are superimposed, any kind of waveform can be
The process of determining the constituents of the wave
is called spectrum analysis and is mathematically described by the
inverse Fourier transformation. The inverse Fourier transformation
is used to create the original wave from the spectrum of sine waves.
Now Fourier transformations can also be applied to two-dimensional
What Pribram found was that the cortex of the
brain conducts a Fourier transformation on the visual image in the
eye and distributes the constituent frequencies of the picture all
over the neurons in the brain. So the picture is actually
internalized and memorized as a wave interference pattern among
neurons, just like the hologram stores the picture.
The original memory of the picture can be reconstructed from the
holographic representation by the inverse Fourier transformation
creating a visual image inside our head.
The construction of an image from a spectrum of individual sine wave
frequencies is the technique used in the MRI (Magnetic Resonance
Imaging) scanner used in hospitals. The MRI scanner also uses
Fourier transformations to construct a holographic image of the
scanned body from the excited hydrogen atoms in the water molecules
in the body.
This MRI technique has been developed by
who later contributed to the quantum brain theory stating that
memories are not actually stored within the brain itself but in the
fabric of space, the physical vacuum. The brain acts simply as a
reader/writer tool to access the physical vacuum where the
holographic memory is stored as a wave pattern.
When we combine Karl Pribram's holographic theory of the brain with
David Bohm's theory that our universe as a whole is just a giant
hologram, we get an interesting view of reality, called the
holographic paradigm. In the holographic paradigm, the universe is
seen as just a huge repository of electromagnetic frequencies
encoding multiple levels of reality.
The brain, using Fourier analyses, decodes one channel out of a blur
of electromagnetic frequencies in the universe and from this
constructs our inner representation of reality. Our brain is limited
to receiving only a limited range of frequencies from the outside
world and hence receives a limited scope of reality. We could say
that the brain tunes into one reality much like a radio only tunes
into one station.
We think we move through a solid world of images that are perceived
by the brain but the fundamental truth could be that we simply
decode just one reality out of many parallel worlds.
The holographic paradigm solves many mysteries involving paranormal
phenomena since individual brains are just a part of the whole, the
universal brain. All brains in the holographic paradigm are
infinitely connected and paranormal information (telepathy) can
easily flow from one brain to another.
Stuart Hameroff and Roger Penrose contributed to the quantum brain
theory by presenting a model of the brain based on quantum
computing. They believe that our brain processes information from
the neurons not only in classical states but may be using quantum
states as well.
Quantum states within the brain were long believed
to be absolutely impossible since the brain was too big, too wet and
too hot to sustain quantum states that were hitherto only observed
in the laboratory in isolated and controlled situations at the
subatomic scale. However Hameroff now believes he has found the
building block, the qubit for quantum computing in the brain.
identified a tiny tube called a microtubule that comprises the
cytoskeleton of the cell. The cytoskeleton is the skeleton that
gives the cell its structure; it’s the scaffolding of the cell.
Besides giving structure to the cell, the microtubule is also a
transportation pipe for all sorts of chemical compounds used by the
Hameroff points out that the cytoskeleton may also have a
neural function and that they may even be more advanced than neurons
themselves. The neural function of the cytoskeleton may explain why
a single cell organism can perform intelligent tasks. Although the
single cell organism does not have a neural network, no neurons and
no brain, it has some primitive form of consciousness since it can
perform intelligent tasks such as swimming, eating and mating!
Now for humans, we have a brain consisting of neurons that are
interconnected by dendrites and synapses that make up the central
nervous system. Inside the neuron cell we find a cytoskeleton built
form microtubules. The microtubule itself is constructed from
tubulins, hexagonal structured proteins. It is the tubulin within
the microtubule of the neuron that Hameroff has identified as the
qubit of the brain.
The classical interpretation of neurobiology has been that
concentrations of various ions carry impulses to and from the
central nervous system and are responsible for all the information
processed by the nervous system as a whole.
Hameroff however noticed that the microtubule contains highly
coherent light (laser like light) and that this light might play an
important role in the information processing by the brain.
Popp had already discovered the emission of bio photons by the human
Popp found that weak emissions of bio photons could be
detected emerging from not only the human body but from all
biological life forms and suspected that the source of these bio
photon emissions is related to DNA.
Hameroff found coherent bio photons inside the microtubule in their
quantum state. In other words the bio photons were coherent and
quantum entangled. The microtubule is filled with water molecules
that are highly coherently ordered, and Hameroff believes that this
ordered water plays a significant role in the conductance of the bio
photons through the microtubule.
When the bio photons pass through
the microtubule they are sent to the synapses of the neuron and then
move over to the next neuron. In this way the microtubules acts as a
wiring system for the coherent light in the brain and in fact all of
the rest of the body.
This network of microtubules is referred to as
the Internet of the human body connecting not only the nerve cells
but also every other cell in the body. It allows for quantum
information exchange between the brain and the rest of the body. The
implication is that consciousness is not restricted to the brain
itself but that all cells of the body share in the same conscious
This may explain the holistic nature of consciousness whereby our
thoughts and feelings act in unity in the body. Think what happens
when you’re infatuated and the person you are in love with suddenly
jumps out in front of you.
All of your body and brain will respond
instantaneously and in unity! Your eyes get wider, your heart starts
to pump faster, you breathe faster, your adrenalin level goes up and
you feel butterflies in your belly while your knees start to shake,
all of this in unison.
The unified response of the body in a single
moment is sent over the body’s neural Internet through the
microtubule ‘wiring’ as a coherent wave of light connecting all the
cells in the body.
Hameroff’s companion, mathematician Roger Penrose developed a new
alternative for the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum physics,
the collapse of the quantum wave by conscious observation.
proposes an objective reduction (reduction is a synonym for the
‘collapse of the quantum wave’). Objective reduction (OR) calls for
the collapse of the quantum wave without human conscious observation
but just happens when a ‘certain threshold’ of what he calls quantum
gravity is reached.
The quantum computation that goes around in the brain uses a
feedback mechanism from the organism’s sensory input and that’s why
the collapse of the quantum state maintained in the microtubule is
called an Orchestrated Objective Reduction (Orch OR). The classical
state of the sensory input, orchestrates, manages the quantum
computation by means of the feedback loop.
Now Hameroff’s quantum brain model makes a point of mentioning that
consciousness, our thoughts and feelings are a result of the
objective reduction (OR) of a superposition of all possible thoughts
and feelings taking place in the qubits inside the microtubules
inside the neurons of the brain. In other words our personal
thoughts are just a collapse of universal thoughts.
The quantum brain model states that the universe itself has
fundamental proto consciousness properties!
It is this proto consciousness, or universal consciousness (thoughts
of all thoughts) that collapses into our individual consciousness in
the qubits of the brain. This happens at an average rate of 40
collapses per second corresponding to the 40 Hz brainwave frequency.
Our awareness of internal thoughts and feelings are constructed like
the movie frames in a motion picture at the speed of 40 frames per
second from a universal consciousness.
Hameroff and Penrose point out that their Orchestrated Objective
Reduction (Orch OR) model for quantum processing in the mind is
consistent with the spiritual teachings of Buddhism, Hinduism and
Kabbalah that all teach the existence of a universal mind.
Now what we have here is a model of the brain that states that
consciousness is not the epiphenomenon, the result of brain
activity, but that the brain must be regarded as a big antenna or
receiver of a universal consciousness that is everywhere in the
Now the quantum brain theory has many opponents and is still in its
infancy, but it has already drawn a lot of attention and may one day
be widely accepted as exactly the way the brain works.
Dr. William Tiller is a professor emeritus of Stanford University
and cofounder of the Institute of Noetic Sciences and the Academy of
Parapsychology and Medicine.
For the majority of his career he had been a professor in the
department of ‘Materials Science and Engineering’ at Stanford
University and his many subjects were metallurgy, crystal growths,
semiconductor materials etc. However in the sixties he started out a
whole new career in a subject that had always interested him, the
study of the paranormal and unexplained areas of human
His research was aimed at bridging the gap between
science and spirituality. Therefore he adopted strict scientific
protocols in his research such that he could seriously attract the
attention of other scholars.
He became interested in studying subtle energies, energies such as
Reiki energy used in human healing by spiritually inclined people
that can currently not be explained by our scientific understanding.
Dr. Tiller developed an ultra-sensitive kind of Geiger counter
device to measure the subtle energies emitted by the hands of the
Reiki masters and demonstrated the existence of an energy field that
is not in the electromagnetic spectrum. This experiment was a
positive stimulus for the Reiki community, they now had a scientific
confirmation that the Reiki energy fields were real and that they
could be measured.
In his research, professor Tiller noticed that
the healing intention sent to the hands by the Reiki practitioners
had a crucial effect on the energy output measured. From these
experiments he concluded that the human intentions via our thoughts
and feelings have a measurable effect on physical reality.
He also tested Qi Gong Masters and found that their hands had a
healing magnetism equivalent of a 20,000 gauss magnet. Their palms
emitted a beam of infrared radiation (1 to 4.5 microns in
wavelength) that had healing benefits.
Tiller conducted a series of experiments to study the possible
effect of human intention using strict scientific protocols. He
built a dedicated device called an Intention Imprinted Electrical
Device (IIED) that radiated a very weak electromagnetic energy of
less than a millionth of a watt. He asked four trained humans who
went into a deep state of meditation to imprint the intention of the
upcoming experiment onto the IIED.
Next the double-blind experiment itself was conducted with two
identical IIED devices, one was imprinted via the meditative process
and the other was left untouched. The IIED devices that were
imprinted were placed in separate rooms in front of the subjects.
The following changes (statistical random change p < 0,001) were
The acidity (PH) of water could be intentionally raised or lowered
by one PH unit
The activity of a human liver enzyme could be increased by 15 to 30
The larval growth rate of a fly could be increased by 25 %
The results measured were highly significant, the possibility of
occurrence by chance were less than one in 1000.
experiments William Tiller had proved once and for all that our
human intentions have a real measurable effect on physical reality.
After continuous testing for 3 to 4 months, he noticed that the
intentioned effects of the experiment continued even when the IIED
device was removed from the room. Somehow the room of the laboratory
in which the experiments were conducted had become conditioned. The
IIED device was no longer needed to have the same effect.
William Tiller’s experiments may be an indirect indication that our
prayers have a real effect and are answered.
Tiller thinks that
places where people gather with their positive intentions to pray
for better times, may get permanently conditioned and become sacred
places, after years and years being imprinted with the same
He explains the effect that he measured by stating that the state of
the physical vacuum in the room where the experiment was conducted
had somehow changed. In its normal state the physical vacuum of the
room is energetic, chaotic and random.
However by imposing our
intentions the energetic order in the physical vacuum can be
significantly and permanently changed.
(For more information on the
physical vacuum and the energy contained within it, see
Japanese researcher Dr
Masaru Emoto, chief of the Hado institute in
Tokyo, demonstrates probably the most convincing and startling
effects that human consciousness can have on physical reality.
Dr Emoto has discovered an effect on water that was given the name
the ‘Hado’ effect.
He describes it as follows, quote:
‘Hado is the
intrinsic vibration pattern at the atomic level in all matter, the
smallest unit of energy. Its basis is the energy of human
He wrote a book that was issued in 1999 called ‘The
Messages From Water’ that has sold millions of copies already around the globe and
has been translated in many languages.
He’s lecturing and holding
seminars around the world and also conducts live experiments where
he demonstrates the ‘Hado’ effect of water. The word ‘Hado’ is now a
buzzword in Japan. People use it to express the vibrations of a
place or person, ‘this place has no Hado’ or ‘He is low on Hado
And all this upheaval is about crystallized frozen water? What is it
that he has discovered?
Dr. Masaru Emoto has performed a series of experiments in which he
proves that our thoughts and feelings affect our physical reality.
Water was his subject of study and he started out studying the shape
of water ice crystals.
He used all sorts of water from all different
places all over the world and studied how they would form ice
crystals. He noticed that water from heavily polluted rivers doesn’t
crystallize at all and that clean mineral spring water produces
beautiful ice crystals when frozen.
So far so good, it is a result that may be expected. However to his
amazement he discovered that the crystallization of the water
molecules was somehow related to his mood. He started experiments in
which he used clean tap water and sent all kinds of human emotional
thoughts and feelings to the water samples before freezing them.
his astonishment the water reacted to his intentions.
thoughts and feelings were used, no beautiful ice crystals were
formed, they were either chaotic in form or did not crystallize at
all. However when he sent loving thoughts and feelings to the water
before freezing it, the most beautiful and regular highly organized
In following experiments he put stickers on the
bottles of water and labeled them with words like ‘Love, God’ and
‘Hate and Devil’ and again the ice crystals reflected the intention
of the words put onto them.
Next he experimented with all kinds of music to test the effect.
Music is a natural expressing of vibrations and it was no longer a
surprise that the vibrations of lovely classical music versus
aggressive angry hard rock music were also reflected in the ice
Dr. Emoto’s Hado theory postulates that,
‘since all phenomena are at
heart resonating energy, by changing the vibration we can change the
So when we want to change the internal vibration of
let’s say polluted water, we can use our positive intention to clean
And that’s exactly what Dr. Emoto and his ‘followers’ are now doing.
All over the world Hado cleansing rituals are held to clean our
rivers, seas and oceans. The first time he demonstrated the effect
of Hado in public, he gathered a crowd of 350 people around Japan’s
most polluted lake, Lake Biwa on the 25th of July 1999.
water smelled horrendous caused by the algae ‘Kokanada’ that yearly
covered the lake! In the gathering organized by Dr. Emoto a large
crowd of people projected their positive intentions like a laser
beam onto the polluted waters.
Water samples of the lake’s water were taken before and after the
ceremony and a dramatic improvement of the structure of the water
crystals was detected. A month after the ceremony, a newspaper
article appeared in the influential Kyoto Shinburn newspaper.
article stated that this year,
‘the spread of the water algae had
improved and that the foul stench had disappeared’.
Maharishi Mahesh Yogi teaches transcendental meditation (TM), a form
of meditation that brings the spiritual seeker into higher states of
His present residence is situated in the woods of Vlodrop in the Netherlands. He has selected this place because
according to the Maharishi, this place has positive vibrations. The
followers of Maharishi count an increasing number of scientifically
educated people. These people have come to realize that the
meditations of the Maharishi have a positive effect on world peace.
Science has driven them to compare notes with eastern spiritual
teachings and given them a new conviction.
Transcendental Meditation (TM) has become very popular all over the
world especially since the Beatles visited the Maharishi in the
sixties. Scores of business managers are using TM as a stress-relief
Extensive research conducted on the effect of TM showed that when
practiced by a large group of people they could substantially drop
the crime rate in a large city. When the group discontinued their
TM, the crime rate went up again to the average level. This effect
has become known as the Maharishi effect and multiple studies have
proven that this effect exists.
Many people pray for their loved-ones when they are seriously ill.
They hope that a divine force will hear and respect their request
and cure the patient. Others pray by using their inner powers and
believe that they can heal at a distance using their sheer intention
to help the patient.
Three medical researches at the University of
Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio published their results
of a scientific investigation about the role belief plays in prayer
in the summer of 2004.
A group of 86 people, were, without their prior knowledge of the
double blind experiment, were assigned to either a prayer treatment
or to a control group. The volunteers that prayed only knew the
names and health concerns of the people that were assigned to them.
Eight volunteers from a local prayer group prayed twice a day for a
period of at least 3 minutes.
After a month, the results were compiled for publication.
Here is a
Pain scores were significantly lower in the prayed for group than in
the control group.
Patients with the most intense belief in prayer had the best
physical improvements in comparison with the control group.
Patients with a lower belief in the power of prayer had a
significantly worse physical improvement.
Now their research showed two things:
The healing power of
If anyone in the last decades has had a major impact in the holistic
medicine it must be Dr Deepak Chopra.
Born and raised in India, he
had his medical education in the Unites States. It was after a
personal meeting with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi that he was
persuaded to study the 4000-year-old traditional Indian Ayurveda.
Ayurveda is Sanskrit for the ‘the science of life’. After his
meeting with the Maharishi he went to take the train where he met a
friend who handed him a book about Ayurveda.
One and one makes two
and Deepak knew there was a message here.
After reading the book, he
became convinced that there was more to Ayurveda than commonly
believed in the West. Dr Chopra had become frustrated in his medical
career because he could do so little for his cancer patients.
patient of Deepak’s diagnosed with lung cancer got medical advice to
quit smoking and the man replied:
‘Thank you doctor, my mother in
law can give me that advice, but she doesn’t charge me 50 bucks!’
In his book ‘Quantum Healing, exploring the frontiers of mind/body
medicine’, Doctor Chopra explains the relation between quantum
physics and Ayurveda.
Ayurveda teaches that all is spirit and that
also the body is created by the mind. In this respect the mind must
have all the power to heal the body. Notice that there is no ‘hard
problem’ to be solved in Ayurveda, there simply is no bridge to
cross between the immaterial and the material world since there is
no duality in mind and body.
According to Deepak Chopra our deepest thoughts and feelings play a
significant role in the healing of a patient. This has been
seriously underestimated in western medical practices. The body is
constantly recycling every atom in every cell. In a year’s time the
body is completely renewed and every atom in every cell has been
Then what exactly is it that keeps that
tumor in its
place if the whole body is rebuilt every year?
Deepak explains that
the blueprint for the physical body is the subtler quantum body.
Diseases appear in this quantum body before they manifest in the
physical body. As long as the disease is not removed from the
quantum body, the blueprint, the body will continuously reconstruct
the body along with the tumor.
According to Deepak the mind has the capability to produce every
drug that Hoffman La Roche sells only at no expense, in the purest
form and in the perfect dose.
The ability of the mind to heal the body may explain the well know
placebo effect, the effect whereby a patients is cured by his own
suggestion since he has been administered only a dummy. The ability
of the mind to heal the body could also be at cause in the
miraculous spontaneous remissions of cancer that have been reported
so often in the medical files but for which there is no medical
nocebo effect is the opposite effect of the placebo
effect; it is the negative effect that the doctors’ diagnoses have
on the cure of their patient.
Therefore the doctor-patient relation
is of a crucial importance in the healing process. It is a western
ethical code that the patient has the right to know his medical
condition in all cases, however the drawback is that when a doctor
straightforwardly gives a patient the diagnosis ‘you have an
incurable cancer sir’, he has actually given his patient the death
The diagnosis ‘incurable’ kills the patient’s last hope
for a cure and along with it his mental abilities to heal himself,
besides that he will probably have a mental shock as well.
Does something like a collective conscious, a consciousness shared
by all humans on Earth exist? Psychologist Carl Jung speculated that
we all share a common sub-conscious.
But could such be proven by
At the prestigious Princeton Anomalies Research Institute (PEAR)
they are convinced that a collective consciousness does exist, in
fact they are monitoring it all over the world right now while you
read these words! At Princeton for some time now, Professor Robert Jahn and his colleagues have been conducting a series of laboratory
experiments trying to prove or disprove the
existence of psychokineses (PK for short), the ability of thought to affect
PK has become popular after public appearances of
spoon bender Uri Geller. At Princeton they took PK very serious and
wanted to test whether or not the phenomenon exists.
They used RNG machines to do this.
A RNG is a random noise
generator, a device that generates according to the uncertainty
principle of quantum mechanics a totally random noise. This noise is
translated into a binary state, a 1 or 0. Now since the noise is
random we expect a 50-50-chance occurrence of both ones and zeroes
produced by the RNG device.
Participants in the experiments
conducted at the PEAR institute were asked to mentally influence the
outcome of the RNG number generations. The participants were
ordinary people and had no prior known psychic abilities whatsoever.
However at the PEAR institute it was proven time and again, that
mental abilities of ‘mind over matter’ exist since the 50-50 change
RNG outcomes could be substantially altered.
They conducted tests for more than a decade, tested hundreds of
subjects in thousands of trials when they finally concluded that PK
was real. They even concluded that PK abilities are common to
everyone to some extent. Their subjects did not have any prior known
paranormal abilities. At Princeton they have become so convinced
that PK is real that they are now searching for a theoretical
Dr. Jahn’s quote from the Sunday Telegraph 16th
"We don't see much point in continuing the collection of yet more
data," he said. "We're setting up experiments to get a better
comprehension of these phenomena."
If you’re interested and want to test
your psychic abilities on-line on the Internet yourself at
this Internet address.
At some odd 30 universities all over the world RNG devices have been
installed and are connected over the Internet. The next thing PEAR
wanted to test with the RNG devices was whether a human collective
consciousness exists. The project was called the ‘Global
Consciousness Project’ and the RNG machines were used to send their
results over the Internet to a central computer at Princeton.
This research proved that the RNG devices could register shocking
global events that moved the masses collectively. A few of these
events are the funeral of Princess Diana, the verdict in the OJ
Simpson case and more recently the 911 attacks in New York.
All of these events showed measurable and significant deviations
from the expected 50-50-chance distribution.
In case of
attacks on the twin towers, the RNG devices even registered
deviations before the actual attack!
RNG registration on the day the twin towers came down
(Picture courtesy of Roger Nelson of the Global Consciousness
Russel Targ and
Harold Puthoff in the seventies conducted a number
of experiments to find out if telepathic transmission of metal
images between individuals is possible.
They used a sender and a
receiver and put them in electro-magnetically sealed chambers. The
sender was submitted to a light that flashed at regular intervals.
Both the sender and the receiver were attached to devices that
registered their brainwaves, their electroencephalogram (EEG).
flashing of the light was reflected in the electroencephalogram of
the sender, as was expected. Next the receiver was asked to receive
the images of the sender. After a while the receiver started to pick
up the light flashes that were admitted to the sender. The same
patterns showed up in the receiver’s EEG, although he was in a
separate and electro-magnetically shielded room.
Russel Targ and Harold Puthoff reproduced the earlier tests of
Jacobo Grinberg-Zylberbaum of the National University of Mexico.
performed more than fifty experiments over five years. Jacobo
Grinbert-Zylberbaum placed his participants in shielded Faraday
cages. Prior to any tests, the participants were asked to meditate
for twenty minutes. After this period they were placed in the
Faraday cages and also connected to EEG measuring equipment.
sender was subjected to a series of at least a hundred stimuli
ranging from intense light flashes to hard sounds and electric
shocks applied to the index and ring finger.
Grinberg-Zylberbaum proved that in 25 percent of the cases the
stimuli admitted to the sender were transferred to the receiver and
showed up in the latter’s EEG as a potential that was coherent with
the potential in the sender’s EEG. Similar results could be
replicated with the same participants in later experiments.
same test was conducted with an infatuated couple, the brainwaves in
the EEG of both lovers showed a remarkable coherence even when no
stimuli were admitted. The couple themselves said they had a strong
feeling of connectedness and oneness.
These experiments proved that feelings of connectedness have a
physical representation in the separate brains of separate
individuals. If we can really connect to another person such that
our own brainwaves show up in the other person’s brainwaves, we may
start to ask questions about our own individuality, our own separate
Where does it start and where does it end?
These experiments seem to underpin Hameroff’s quantum brain theory
of proto consciousness that is received instead of being produced by
the brain. The question hence is do we have a separate ego or is it
some kind of an illusion?
Working for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) of the U.S.A,
Russel Targ and Harold Puthoff later conducted a great number of psi
experiments in intelligence area that was coined ‘remote viewing’.
The objective of ‘remote viewing’ is to spy on enemies. Targ and
Puthoff impressed the DIA with the results they obtained with the
It is a public secret that the
intelligence departments of the U.S.A and Russia have been using
remote viewing techniques for some decades now however just recently
seventy three thousand pages of secret documents about extrasensory
spying has been declassified by the United States.
The CIA now
states openly that they have been using remote viewing as a means of
The Japanese monkey
Macaca fuscata, living on the island of Koshima
off the Japanese coast had been a subject of study for at least 30
In 1952 researchers fed the monkeys sweet potatoes that they dropped
in the sand. The potatoes were dirty and although the monkeys liked
the sweetness of the potatoes, they obviously disliked the dirt. A
young baby monkey found the solution and washed the potatoes in a
nearby stream and handed them to her mother.
Once she had taught
this trick to her mother, gradually more and more monkeys mastered
Between 1952 and 1958 a critical group of monkeys - estimated to be
a hundred had learned the trick of washing the potatoes. Monkeys are
slow learners, aren’t they?
However, after the supposed hundredth monkey learned to wash his
potatoes, all of a sudden the whole tribe on the island mastered
this trick. Even more surprising, colonies of monkeys on other
islands and on the mainland also suddenly began to wash their sweet
For some unexplained reason, the ability was transmitted to other
monkeys in remote locations. Although the exact count - the critical
mass - that was needed for this phenomenon to happen is uncertain,
it has become famous as the ‘Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon’.
Studies were conducted to see if the effect is applicable to humans
and they revealed that humans also share knowledge unconsciously as
if we share a common database. When certain puzzles were taught to
single members of a group, the puzzles could be solved significantly
more easily and quickly when the ‘hundredth monkey’ of the group had
learned the trick.
Rupert Sheldrake, our consciousness is connected to unseen
collective fields that he calls morphic fields.
Every member of a
group contributes to the collective morphic field and the total
awareness of this morphic field is accessible to each individual of
the group. There are countless morphic fields, at least one for
Sheldrake also believes that morphic fields contain the information
for the building plan of a living organism. Although it is commonly
believed that DNA contains all the information required to build an
organism, this is certainly not true. The DNA contains only the
information for the construction of the materials that are required
to build the organism; it does not contain the assembly plan itself!
In the first stage of the embryo all cells are 100% identical and
differentiation takes places after the fifth cell division (32
But where does this information about what cell is to
differentiate into what - what part of the embryo is to become a
head cell and what a tail cell - come from? The information cannot
possibly come from the DNA itself, since the cells can’t
discriminate among themselves - so what is orchestrating the embryo
Rupert Sheldrake thinks that this information is stored in
an external morphic field.
It may also be the explanation of the rather strange phenomenon of
gene recovery discovered in fruit flies. Biologists had removed the
genes that were responsible for eyesight from the DNA of a colony.
The flies all went blind. However, miraculously after a few
generations, the genes were restored in the DNA and the flies could
It is now believed that the information of the missing
genes was recovered from the morphic field of the DNA of the fruit
the ground of all being
Professor of Physics at the University of Oregon, Amit Goswami,
author of ‘The Self Aware Universe’, ‘Quantum creativity’, ‘Physics
of the Soul’ and ‘The Visionary Window’, is the founder of a whole
new brand of science called ‘science within consciousness’.
believes the paradoxes imposed by
quantum science can only be solved
if an opposite view is adopted about consciousness.
In the current
worldview consciousness is regarded the side effect or the
epiphenomenon of brain activity. Consciousness is simply the result
of the chemical dance of molecules and electrical fields of energy
in the brain. This causal deterministic view of consciousness is
called upward causation and claims that our free will is
All human behavior is simply determined by our
chromosomal makeup and the sum of mechanical, electrical and
chemical processes that happen in the body.
Following this concept,
humans are just complex machines without free will. Amit Goswami
however believes in a downward causation for consciousness and that
consciousness is the ground of all being.
He has a very simple
‘how can consciousness be the result of the physical
world, if the physical world by grace of the collapse of the quantum
wave requires consciousness observation?’
Consciousness cannot be
both its own cause and its own result at the same time!
and egg problem is solved if consciousness is seen as primordial.
Amit Goswami’s religious Hindu background taught him that the mind
of Brahman is the only cause for the universe, however from his
scientific skeptic background he refused to believe it. Finally he
gave in and accepted that his religion had been telling the truth
He is trying to teach that our material realism, the belief that our
material world is the only reality there is, is false and that the
ground of all being is consciousness.
In this article we have seen that consciousness has a far greater
impact in our daily experience of the world than ever believed
before. The impact of consciousness is not restricted to the quantum
realm of quantum physics alone, it also plays a significant role in
the world at large that we live in.
The centuries old idea of a strict separation between body and mind
suggested by René Descartes is false.
Our thoughts and feelings are
not limited to our bodily internal experiences of reality but have a
measurable and provable effect on the outer world. Science can no
longer claim that consciousness is solely the domain of spirituality
and that there is a strict borderline that should not be crossed.
It has brought quantum physicist Amit Goswami to believe that we
have held the world upside down. It’s not that consciousness is an
effect of the materialistic world; no it’s the very cause of it. But
if this is true, if consciousness creates the physical world, what
does it create it from?
At least consciousness should involve some form of energy, a
spiritual energy for that matter that is required to create anything
If the quantum brain theory is right
that consciousness is everywhere in the universe and not restricted
to the brain, then this energy should be found anywhere in the
universe as well.
Noetic Science plays a major role in the
latest novel by Dan Brown called 'The Lost Symbol'. The book
predicts that a major shift in consciousness will take place around
the year 2012 due to this science alone.
Amit Goswami, is a theoretical
nuclear physicist and was a member of The University of
Oregon Institute for Theoretical Physics starting in 1968,
teaching physics for 32 years. After a period of distress
and frustration in his private and professional life
starting at the age 38, his research interests shifted to
quantum cosmology, quantum measurement theory, and
applications of quantum mechanics to the mind-body problem.