MAINSTREAM science looking for the source of consciousness, insist its origin must be located in the physical brain.
They are certain that all cognition arises from the activity of neurons attached to specific structures, which have fixed locations.
Yet many credible scientific researchers today are unconvinced, and dispute these assumptions.
Such open minded investigators are willing to pursue truth wherever it leads, even to evidence that consciousness is a independent entity from the physical structures through which it manifests.
But because research findings on this question upset established assumptions, it is ignored by mainstream science.
We live in an age of prejudice, dissimulation and paradox, wherein, like dry leaves caught in a whirlpool, we are tossed helpless, hither and thither, ever struggling between our honest convictions and fear of that cruelest of tyrants—PUBLIC OPINION.
-H. P. Blavatsky, A Paradoxical World
Frontier investigators risk being minimized and shunned by their peers—and their careers stalled as funding sources dry up.
Yet, poised fearlessly at the cutting edge of psi research are scientific organizations such as the respected Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in Petaluma, California, and the Institute of HeartMath in Boulder Creek. These researchers, and others, like NES energy medicine, are willing to take a leap in pursuit of the fast-moving “soul of things.”
Such investigations were formerly the exclusive precinct of canny ancient intuitives and seers. Today there are numerous qualified, sincere scientific investigators on the hunt for answers to the puzzling questions of consciousness that stymie mainstream science.
“The flashing gaze of those seers has penetrated into the very kernel of matter, and recorded the soul of things there.”
“The genuine texts of the Upanishads treat of and expound the secret and mystic meaning of the Vedic texts. They speak of the origin of the Universe, the nature of Deity, and of Spirit and Soul, as also of the metaphysical connection of mind and matter. In a few words: They contain the beginning and the end of all human knowledge, but they have now ceased to reveal it, since the day of Buddha. . . . One thing in them — and this in all the Upanishads — invariably and constantly points to their ancient origin.”
Materialistic science still “believes not in the ‘soul of things,'” Mme. Blavatsky declared forcefully in The Secret Doctrine 1:272.
Now all this may be changing . . .
The Field Outside the Brain
The brain doesn’t have precise addresses for certain things. No one’s been able to find where memory is, for instance. Memory might not exist inside the skull at all, but may be somewhere in the body’s surrounding field or matrix.
The End of Materialism
Dr. Charles T. Tart has been involved with research and theory in the fields of Hypnosis, Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology, Parapsychology, Consciousness and Mindfulness since 1963. His books include The End of Materialism: How Evidence of the Paranormal Is Bringing Science and Spirit Together. He presents over fifty years of scientific research conducted at the nation’s leading universities that proves humans do have natural spiritual impulses and abilities. Dr. Tart has authored over a dozen books.
Two of his books became widely-used textbooks, and he has had more than 250 articles published in professional journals and books, including lead articles in the prestigious scientific journal Science and Nature. Dr. Tart led numerous workshops on GlideWing, and is regularly tapped for public speaking appearances.
“The Wonder of You”
“How does a human body think thoughts, play a piano, kill germs, remove toxins, and make a baby all at the same time?”
– Deepak Chopra, MD
Measuring the Immeasurable
“In its knowledge of the ultimate constitution of matter, or in the so-called ultimate analysis as opposed to the proximate in chemistry, occult science may be less well-informed as to the behaviour of compound elements in various cases of physical correlations: still, it is immeasurably higher in its knowledge of the ultimate occult states of matter, and of the true nature of matter, than all the physicists and chemists of our modern day put together.
“The ancient Initiates had a far wider knowledge of physics — as a Science of Nature — than our Academies of Science, all taken together, possess…”
- H. P. Blavatsky, (The Secret Doctrine 1:516)
A recent book with a provocative title “Measuring the Immeasurable: The Scientific Case for Spirituality” is a valuable compendium of essays by modern luminaries — they comprise, the publisher says
“…some of the prominent authorities on the new frontier where science and spirit intersect.”
Furthering scientific understanding of the human biofield and body fields are articles written by these credible researchers:
Daniel Goleman, Bruce H. Lipton, Candace Pert, Gary Small, Jeanne Achterberg, Lynne McTaggart, Daniel J. Siegel, Andrew Newberg, Peter A. Levine, Larry Dossey, Gregg Braden, Robert Emmons, James Austin, Marilyn Schlitz, Dean Radin, Cassandra Vieten, Tina Amorok, William Tiller, Susanne C. Segerstrom, Les Fehmi, Charles Tart, Owen Flanagan, Kevin Nelson, Dawson Church, Sandra Ingerman, Stanley Krippner, Rick Hanson, Garret Yount, Jim Robbins, Sara Warber, Daniel Brown, Patrick Flanagan, Peter Russell, and Joan H. Hageman.
The traditional foundation of psi phenomenon, clairvoyance and telepathy, are joined in this amazing book by their kissing cousins:
Intentional Healing, the Placebo Effect, Presentiment, Distant Healing, the Intuition Response, Stress Reduction, Coherence, Heart-Brain Interaction, and the Emotional Energetic System.
“Something Unknown is Doing
We Don’t Know What”
“Grounded in a century’s worth of data from psychical research and situated in the entangled realms of quantum theory, this movie will expand your horizons and broaden your worldview. Sit back, secure your seat belt, open your mind, and enjoy a new lens of perception. You won’t want to miss it!”
– Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Ph.D.
President/CEO Emeritus, Institute of Noetic Sciences
Is it possible to look into the future?
Does mind over matter really exist?
What is true about psychic healing?
Is remote viewing real?
Where is the boundary between real magical powers and fraud?
Find out what scientists have to say, as these and more questions will be answered in this amazing award-winning documentary feature!
“…This is better than “What the Bleep !..”
– Rebecca Good, Nurse and Therapeutic Touch Practitioner.
Leap We Must
“One must not agree with those who teach that it is unphilosophical to enquire into first causes,” H. P. Blavatsky wrote in The Mind in Nature, “and that all that we can do is to consider their physical effects.”
“The Theosophist has no desire to play at being a squirrel upon its revolving wheel, he must refuse to follow the lead of the materialists.”
“The field of scientific investigation is bounded by physical nature on every side,” Blavatsky reminds her readers, “hence, once the limits of matter are reached, enquiry must stop and work be re-commenced.”
[From Lucifer (19:109), September 15, 1896; reprinted in Sunrise, August/September 1986.]
(Excerpt from The Living Matrix)
In the full-length film, The Living Matrix – The Science of Healing, there are “breakthroughs that will transform your understanding of how to get well and stay well. This is a up-close look at the science of information as medicine. Leading researchers and health practitioners share their discoveries on the ‘miracle cures’ traditional medicine can’t explain.”
“Our film, The Living Matrix – The Science of Healing, uncovers new ideas about the intricate web of factors that determine our health. We talk with a group of dedicated scientists, psychologists, bioenergetic researchers and holistic practitioners who are finding healing potential in new places. The documentary brings together academic and independent researchers, practitioners, and science journalists whose work reveals scientific evidence that energy and information fields, not genetics, control health and wellbeing.”
“Paracelsus was, perhaps, the only Occultist in Europe, during the last centuries since the Christian era, who was versed in this mystery.” H. P. Blavatsky wrote.
(The Secret Doctrine 1:263, Paracelsus Died Too Early)
“Had not a criminal hand put an end to his life, years before the time allotted him by Nature, physiological Magic would have fewer secrets for the civilized world than it now has.” – H. P. Blavatsky
For more on Paracelsus, read the Great Theosophists Series:
The Magnus Limbus
Although the philosophical doctrines of Paracelsus sprang from the same source as modern Theosophy, a difficulty arises from the differences in the terms used. Where H.P.B. used chiefly Sanskrit terms, Paracelsus coined words of his own to express the same ideas.
He used the words Magnus Limbus and Yliaster to describe the great Matrix of Cosmos, in which the Universe existed in a condition of potentiality before the period of manifestation. He compared this matrix to a nursery in which the seed of the Universe was germinated, describing the condition of the Universe at that time as similar to the heat contained in a pebble or the potential figure existing in a block of wood.
Paracelsus saw spirit and matter present in every form and would not admit the existence of “dead matter.” “There is nothing dead in Nature,” he affirmed. “Everything is organic and living, and therefore the world appears to be a living organism.”
There is nothing corporeal which does not possess a soul hidden in it. There exists nothing in which is not a hidden principle of life.
“The matrix is invisible and no one can see its primal substance, for who can see that which was before him? All of us come from the matrix, but no one has ever seen it because it existed before man.”
(Alquimia Alchemy – The Art of Transformation by Paracelsus)
“And even though man comes from it, and men are born from it again and again, Paracelsus wrote, “no one has seen it.”
“The world was born from the matrix, as was man and all other living creatures,” he said — “all this has come out of the matrix.”
– Paracelsus, “The “Swiss Hermes”
“An intriguing example of the mystery surrounding the human nervous system, as currently understood, is found in professional dancers,” says biophysicist and cell biologist James L. Oschman, PhD – who chooses not to “follow the lead” of his reductionist colleagues.
The art and science of dance, says Oschman, “is not describable in terms of nerve impulses.” Instead, he insists, a field theory is required.
This seemed quite similar to the phrase Blavatsky’s uses: “inexpressible in terms of foot-pounds” — when one attempts she notes in correspondence to describe the subtle root-essence of “immaterial thought.” (Isis Unveiled and the Visishtadwaita, H. P. Blavatsky)
What is required to explain the dancer’s multitasking, acrobatic synchrony, is a tangible but elusive regulatory field, energy researcher James L. Oschman says.
This field may be what Theosophy calls the “protean or plastic double” described by H. P. Blavatsky, which is both ‘somewhere out there’ — yet inexplicably tethered and intertwined to the physical body, brain and nervous system regulating and patterning them. (Studies in Occultism by H. P. Blavatsky)
(Excerpt from The Living Matrix, The Science of Healing)
No single artifact of modern experimental science and medicine has been more exploited, or more ignored and unexplored, than the mysterious “placebo effect.” This is when a patient is given an inert pill, told that it may improve his/her condition, but not told that it is in fact inert.
In one study, patients with arthritis receiving a “placebo” were pain-free three years later.
“Anything that unleashes more of the body’s self-healing system,” says biologist and morphic resonance pioneer Rupert Sheldrake, in this excerpt from The Living Matrix,
“… is going to be
a better system.”
The Thinking Gym
“Every thought is in regard to some thing and produces an image of that thing; the concentration of the Thinker upon the matrix he has created draws into it the lives that swarm in the terrestrial atmosphere, energizes them and gives them direction, according to the motive and desire of the Thinker; this matrix, made a living force, can insidiously impel to action other Thinkers whose natures and desires are similar or who have the seeds of such desires within them, and all this whether the creator of the matrix is conscious of the results or not.
“’Thought’ or more correctly, the ability to think, is the most powerful creative, destructive, preservative or regenerating agent that any beings possess; it acts weakly and strongly, according to the knowledge and power of concentration of the Thinker.”
“In occultism, ‘thought’ is the real plane of action; what we see or perceive physically are merely the effects of thought.”
– Robert Crosbie, “Answers to Questions on The Ocean of Theosophy”
Not so Simple
A group of scientists at Rutgers University and UCLA have published a report in the October 2009 issue of Psychological Science that suggests possible methods for predicting brain activity, and hence “reading” minds.
The findings present a brain model that is much more complex than previously thought.
“The brain is such a complex thing,” Blavatsky declared, “both physically and metaphysically, that it is like a tree whose bark you can uncover layer by layer, each layer being different from all the others, each having its own special work, function and properties.”
– H. P. Blavatsky, Psychic and Noetic Action
“What our research shows,” says Rutgers psychology professor Stephen José Hanson, “is that if you want to understand human cognitive function
you need to look at system-wide behavior across the entire brain.”
“You can’t just pinpoint a specific area of the brain, for example, and say that is the area responsible for our concept of self or that part is the source of our morality,” says Hanson. “It turns out the brain is much more complex and flexible than that. It has the ability to rearrange neural connections for different functions. By examining the pattern of neural connections, you can predict with a high degree of accuracy what mental processing task a person is doing.“
“You can’t do it by looking at single cells or areas,” Hanson says, you need to look at many areas of the brain to even understand the simplest of functions.”
Out of Body Healing
The new scientific studies demonstrating the compelling necessity for a field theory are philosophically important proposals for breaking down the current reductionist models that are forcing science into their materialistic holding pattern.
But the healing effects that have been reported, secondary to the biofield theory, are of even greater practical value to humanity in everyday life, especially self-healing.
Healing Using Mind, Intention & Belief
“If you think you have an incurable disease, you are right. If you think your problem is curable, then you are also right. It all depends on your intention.”
Law of Love
“But stay, Disciple . . . Yet, one word. Canst thou destroy divine COMPASSION? Compassion is no attribute,” says The Voice of the Silence:
“It is the LAW of LAWS – eternal Harmony — a shoreless universal essence, the light of everlasting Right, and fitness of all things, the law of love eternal.”
“The more thou dost become at one with it, thy being melted in its BEING, the more thy Soul unites with that which IS, the more thou wilt become COMPASSION ABSOLUTE.”
“This ‘compassion’ must not be regarded in the same light as ‘God, the divine love’ of the Theists,” Blavatsky comments in a footnote. “Compassion stands here as
“…an abstract, impersonal law whose nature, being absolute Harmony, is thrown into confusion by discord, suffering and sin.”
“Sow a thought, reap an act,
Sow an act, reap a habit,
Sow a habit, reap a character.”
Happy Birthday Plasma
The summer of August 22, 2010, marked the 131st anniversary of the discovery of “radiant matter” or “plasma” as the fourth state of matter in 1879, by English scientist, Sir William Crookes, (1832-1919).
H. P. Blavatsky devotes many pages of The Secret Doctrine to Crookes’ researches in chemistry which she said came close to the teachings of the ancient wisdom.
(The Secret Doctrine Vol. 2:652-3, 2:737)
H. P. Blavatsky “also used his [Crookes’] famous demonstration of the existence of the astral or ethereal double in man, with its capacity for a temporary existence independently of the physical body,” explains Theosophical writer Charles J. Ryan,
“… as an apt illustration of the ethereal condition of the human race in its earlier pre-physical evolution.”
Sixty years earlier, Michael Faraday had postulated “radiant matter” as “purely hypothetical”. On 17 January 1816, Faraday delivered a series of lectures to the City Philosophical Society, one of which was titled “Radiant Matter.”
To explore the details about the spiritual materializations of Katie King in Sir Willilam Crookes’ laboratory:
For additional details concerning the experiments of William Crookes with the medium Florence Cook (Katie King),
“Somewhere Out There“
(From the movie “An American Tail”)
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