by Richard Gordon
I find it telling that very few universities around the world are open to researching psychic phenomena, despite thousands of studies showing a small and consistent bias towards the existence of these abilities. This is well documented in Dean Radin’s book, “Supernormal”. Why is the subject so consistently diminished or ignored? Is it a case of not looking for something you don’t believe is there? I think it’s partly that, but on a deeper level, if orthodox science were to accept that a single non-materialistic phenomena did in fact exist, it undermines a most fundamental assumption of what we call reality. Beyond that, there is a deep and persistent hostility against anything outside the boundaries of convention.
Modern science is based on a worldview that everything in the universe operates in a mechanical way. Those who ascribe to this materialistic belief cannot accept any evidence that contradicts or challenges this fundamental assumption. The dogma assumes that all living things are biological machines, which at their core are mechanical. This includes people, pets, all animals, plants, etc. It assumes that mind and consciousness are simply byproducts of a highly complex mechanical brain. It assumes that matter is therefore unconscious, that love is simply the byproduct of brain activity, that nature and matter are purposeless, and that there is no spiritual reality to examine. Phenomena that are not physical, measurable, or provable from scientific observations, are assumed to be unreal.
“Many scientists are unaware that materialism is an assumption: they simply think of it as science, or the scientific view of reality, or the scientific worldview. They are not actually taught about it, or given a chance to discuss it. They absorb it by a kind of intellectual osmosis.”
— Rupert Sheldrake
In my opinion, the dogma of scientific materialism is faith based science. Those who flatly accept a materialistic view of reality operate with absolute faith that nothing could possibly exist beyond the limits of their own assumptions. If anything did exist, there is usually a very strong emotional need to push it away. This internal conflict, is an expression of cognitive dissonance.
Cognitive dissonance is a painful emotional reaction that can be triggered when one’s deeply held beliefs and one’s observations are in direct conflict. People may even have their identity, reputation, and career invested in a set of beliefs. It’s no wonder that people can react badly if you provide evidence that contradicts the dogmas of the time. Good examples of cognitive dissonance were the priests refusing to look through Galileo’s telescope, religion fighting the theory of evolution, the introduction of germ theory, or today’s example is in the arena of climate deniers. Let’s face it, people can get very upset when you threaten the edifice of their lives.
Hundreds of years ago, electricity, radiation, and radio waves were not something that people believed in, and if described, would be considered impossible. Today, the idea that consciousness can have a direct impact on objects or people, is seen as utter foolishness.
Evidence That Mind Affects Matter
Here is a very brief overview of some of the most exciting research which helps us glimpse into the hidden nature of consciousness.
Dr. William A. Tiller
Dr. Tiller, is Professor Emeritus in material science and engineering at Stanford University. He was the department chair from 1964 to 1998. While at the top of his field, he chose to explore whether consciousness could affect matter. He is also the author of “Science and Human Transformation”.
His experiments have repeatedly shown that the human mind can have a direct impact on physical matter. Working with experienced meditators who were, as he described them, “highly inner-self directed people”. Tiller asked them to focus on “imprinting” specific intentions on electrical devices.
For example, a group of individuals put their awareness on an electrical circuit which contained a crystal. They then implanted an intent that the PH of water would either go up or go down. The circuits were wrapped in aluminum foil and shipped overnight to a lab across the country, turned on, and set beside a water sample. The room was isolated so that people did not enter, and all environmental factors of the room were carefully monitored. Despite the precautions, the water samples did respond exactly as the meditators intended. PH rose or fell according to the intentions a full 1.5 PH. The odds against this happening by chance are a million to one.
Dr. Tiller also discovered that over time, his experiments affected the room where the experiment was conducted. The object was imparting its qualities to the room so that water placed in the room after the device was removed still affected its PH. He asserts that intention can ”change space” so rooms may become “conditioned”.
One of Tiller’s experiments successfully demonstrated that intention caused fruit flies to grow 15% faster than normal. He explains that, consciousness and the phenomena he observed are not limited by distance or time. Bill Tiller acknowledged that relativity theory and quantum mechanics are flatly unable to consider anything having to do with consciousness. Nevertheless, most scientists are unwilling to deal with his findings. They roll their eyes and ignore his work.
In my opinion, Dr. Tiller is an important pioneer in the study of how consciousness affects matter.
The Double Slit Experiment Revisited
Many people with little or no interest in quantum physics may have heard the phrase that, “the observer affects the observed.” This is a reference to the granddaddy of modern physics experiments; the Double Slit Experiment.
In brief, the double slit experiment works like this: If an electron or a photon is fired through a single slit, it will appear as a dot on film. You could think of it as a bullet going through a narrow doorway and leaving a hole on the far wall. However, if you have two slits, the particle does something strange and somehow forms a wave pattern instead of a dot. If the path of the photon is knowable, they responds as particles. When we don’t know the path they respond as waves. (Don’t worry if this doesn’t make sense to you. Quantum physicists are still scratching their heads over this one.)
Is the photon passing through one slit or both slits at once? Is it colliding with itself on the far side, or is something else happening? The question can’t be answered because the moment scientists install a detector to see what’s going on, you no longer see the wave pattern, and it only registers as a particle. This phenomenon is known as “collapsing the wave.” The bottom line is that when there is no detector, you see a wave pattern, and when there is a detector, you observe particles.
This has been termed “the observer effect”. Somehow, the process of recording observations with a detector consistently changes the outcome of that experiment.
Popular culture has often interpreted this to mean that anytime there is an observer, you have changed the outcome on a quantum/subatomic level of reality. Most scientists vehemently disagree with that interpretation, and say that it is not about a person making a personal observation, but rather, it’s about the presence of a detector to observe the event.
Enter Dean Radin, Chief Scientist at IONS (Institute of Noetic Science founded by astronaut Edgar Mitchell), and an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University. Radin recently published a groundbreaking study which reexamines the double slit experiment. Is the “observer” merely a machine detecting photons, or can it also mean a human being capable of collapsing the wave?
Dr. Radin asked a fundamental question regarding what’s been termed, “the Quantum Measurement Problem.” If you alter the way you observe things, do you change the things you observe? Does focused human awareness have an impact on the outer reality? Can skilled meditators affect the double slit experiment? The implications of this could be monumental.
Radin set up a double slit experiment in a room shielded from electromagnetic signals and physical vibrations. Meditators and non-meditators imagined that they put their mind inside the box and were watching the photons go through the slits. The result was that the meditators were able to cause a significant shift from the expected wave pattern and many particles were observed when there should only have been waves recorded. It also happens that experienced meditators were better able to cause the shift than the non-meditators.
After 50 sessions with 50 meditators, they preselected people who had achieved the best results. Experiments were also conducted over the web. Humans did 5,000 sessions, and a computer functioning as a control recorded another 7,000 sessions. The sessions held by the computer had no effect whatsoever, and the meditators were causing a significant collapse of the wave pattern.
Radin went further to wire the meditators with EEG and see when they were getting the best results with the double slit experiment. The EEG tests provided evidence that when people were concentrating most effectively, their ability to affect the double slit experiment increased, and when they stopped focusing, the effect went down. Strong right temporal lobe activity was seen to cause the best results.
Dr. Radin is continuing to repeat this experiment with tighter controls. I question whether his highly robust results will ever be published in Science or Nature magazines, since the natural conclusions of these tests fundamentally contradict the dogma of our age.
The Intention Experiments
Lynn McTaggart, an American journalist, author, and publisher conducted experiments with thousands of people from 80 countries. As many as 10,000 people were involved in a single intention experiment.
She started with the idea of showing that human intention affected matter. The first target was to be a leaf, and there was another leaf as a control. The intention of the experiment was to see if people could cause the leaf to glow. The group chose which leaf to work on with the flip of a coin.
All living things emit photons and with a sensitive enough camera, you can actually see any living matter glow as it emits bio-photons. Dr. Gary Schwartz from the University of Arizona ran this experiment. The result was that the leaf that received people’s intention glowed far brighter than the leaf that did not receive intention. This test was successfully repeated many times.
Another experiment was to see if intention could make a plant grow faster. A large number of people in Australia sent energy to seeds. The charged seeds did indeed grow faster. In yet another test, there was one experimental group and 3 control groups of plants. All four sets were planted. They found that the seeds that had the intention had sprouted soonest and grew fastest. This has been repeated with many large groups around the world. In one experiment, the seeds grew twice as tall as the controls.
The Global Coherence Project
When people around the world are thinking and feeling the same things, is there a way this can be observed or tested? This experiment has been running for almost 20 years. Random Number Generators (RNGs) create sequences of unpredictable ones and zeroes. There are currently RNGs in 70 locations around the world.
When major events occur, like 9/11 or the death of Princess Diana, the numbers stop appearing so random. At these highly eventful and emotional times, the numbers line up amazingly well, breaking the odds of a trillion to one against it happening by chance. They suggest that there is a “noosphere” which responds to people’s emotions around the world as a result of a group consciousness.
This experiment reveals a very rudimentary way of perceiving that human consciousness can have some impact on the physical world. It tells us that something is happening, but nothing specific. It’s a little like being in a dark room and learning that you can detect a small flashing light that appears from time to time.
All of the above experiments inform us that there is something profound taking place. The problem is that we really don’t know much beyond the fact that there is some sort of mind/matter interaction… In the words of Bob Dylan, “You know something’s happening, but you don’t know what it is.” If we wish to learn more, we’ll need better tests which are capable of helping us to understand the lawfulness of these interactions.
The good news is that I found a most unlikely way to gather very concise information about specific interactions between consciousness and matter. What’s more, these are simple tests that you can do yourself. So far, everyone I’ve taught has been successful. It’s a DIY paradigm shift.
The world is about to change.
About the author:
Richard Gordon has over 40 years of experience in the field of holistic health, and is considered a visionary and pioneer of energy healing. He is the best-selling author of three books, Quantum-Touch: The Power to Heal, now in 17 languages, Quantum-Touch 2.0 – The New Human: Discovering and Becoming,Your Healing Hands: The Polarity Experience (a best-seller in the 80s) and “The Secret Nature of Matter” which was just released.
As developer of Quantum-Touch, a powerful but easy to learn energy healing method, and founder of the Quantum-Touch organization, Richard has spoken and taught worldwide at medical centers, conferences, and chiropractic colleges, and he has been on faculty at Heartwood Institute and the Holistic Health Institute.
Dr. C. Norman Shealy, MD PhD (founding president of the American Holistic Medical Association) endorsed Quantum-Touch after clinically testing it on his most difficult chronic pain patients. He called it, “the first technique that may truly allow us all to become healers.” Quantum-Touch currently has certified practitioners in over 50 countries, with more than 300 certified instructors worldwide.
As an innovator, Richard is always exploring new ways to make healing simple, powerful, accessible, reliable, easy, and fun for people of all ages. Besides Quantum-Touch, he also developed Self-Created Health, a potent system to help people rapidly find and release the emotional causes of illness.
Richard considers this new book, The Secret Nature of Matter, to be his most important work to date. The implications of this book have the potential to shift many of the world’s most fundamental limiting beliefs. This work opens us up to a new world of possibilities.
Shamanic Guide and Healer Anahata Ananda Offers Holiday Stress Relief with Tailored Retreats to Nurture Body and Soul at Shamangelic Healing Center in Sedona, Arizona
For those seeking respite during the hectic holiday season, Anahata Ananda of Shamangelic Healing Center, Sedona, Arizona’s Premier Center for Shamanic Healing and Spiritual Awakening, proudly offers personalized tailored retreats geared toward stress relief and relaxation. Now visitors can create their own Tailored Personal Holiday Retreat to nourish their body and soul this holiday season.
Shamangelic Tailored Retreats offer a powerful resource for anyone who wants to manage their stress, expand their consciousness or deepen their self-development and spiritual awakening. These personalized tailored retreats offer clients a chance for deep relaxation among the healing energies of Sedona’s Red Rocks and its powerful vortexes during the busy holiday season. Meditation sessions, Land Journeys, Chakra Balancing, a Sedona vortex experience, a Shamangelic Healing journey, Guided Visualization and Medicine Wheel visits are just some of the many experiences and modalities available to clients.
With days filled with blue sunny skies and temperatures ranging from the mid-60s to low 80s, fall and early winter in Sedona is an ideal time for letting go of stress amidst the beauty of the changing desert landscape. Private Healing Sessions with Anahata during or after retreats are also available. Personal sessions with Anahata offer a safe and loving space for further deep healing and spiritual awakening.
Shamangelic Healing Holiday Gift Certificates are also available and offer a convenient and unique way to give the gift of healing and stress release to family and friends this holiday season. Gift certificates can be purchased in increments of $50 to $1000 and are good toward Sedona Sessions, private healing sessions, training courses, life counseling phone sessions, Sedona Personal Retreats or toward any upcoming retreat offered through the Center.
Upcoming events include the dynamic Sedona Weekend Intensive for Empowerment and Awakening March 8–11, 2018. This retreat gives participants the tools and practices for creating healthier, more conscious relationships in one’s life. The Shamanic Soul Retreat, April 5–8, 2018, offers a shamanic healing journey that includes Shamanic Breathwork and Medicine Wheel Ceremonies, Shamanic Wisdom Teachings, Land Journeys and more in the Sedona Red Rocks.
The Center also offers Sedona Courses retreats. Participants can choose from packages such as Healing Tools and Modalities which offers those interested in the healing arts intensive training in energy medicine, emotional clearing, chakra balancing and other methods to shift, heal and release stress and raise consciousness. Those who are already practitioners of the healing arts can benefit from the further training and education these courses offer.
Shamangelic Healing Center also offers Sacred Land Journeys. Anahata’s Land Journeys offer participants a chance to explore and experience the powerful frequencies of Sedona’s vortexes to potentiate healing and awakening in the natural beauty of Sedona’s Red Rocks. Because every person experiences vortexes differently, Anahata also offers private vortex sessions where she works with the individual to tailor the ideal Sedona Vortex Journey for them. Private consultations provide a deeper personal understanding of vortexes and how a vortex can shift one’s energy to meet specific healing and spiritual goals.
Shamanic Healer and Spiritual Counselor, Anahata Ananda, has trained extensively with gifted shamans, energy healers and spiritual teachers from around the world in order to artfully integrate the fields of spirituality, energy healing, self-empowerment, and shamanic teachings. Her client-base spans the globe with individuals from all walks of life who are seeking to heal and awaken to their fullest potential.
The Shamangelic Healing Center is based in Sedona, Arizona. It is nestled beneath Thunder Mountain, with 360 degrees of breathtaking views, and within walking distance to a medicine wheel and healing vortexes, making it the perfect setting for healing and expansion. Inside, the retreat center’s calm and relaxed environment helps to engage all of the senses, making it easy to settle into a session. Clients seeking Spiritual awakening, transformational healing services, counseling, sacred land journeys or training courses may choose from a wide range of options that can be tailored for the ultimate personal experience.
For those unable to attend or come to Sedona, seekers of spiritual rejuvenation can enjoy a mini retreat “staycation” with Anahata’s inspirational videos shot in Sedona. Anahata has also created online courses on the Kajabi platform for the global audience, with convenient 24 hour access to videos and self-paced exercise handouts that help people explore the tools and practices to live a more empowered, balanced and conscious life in their everyday lives.
This holiday season Anahata also offers private, one-on-one phone counseling sessions for those experiencing the “holiday blues.” Anahata’s phone counseling offer highly focused sessions specifically to help people manage their stress, emerging family issues and other spiritual or emotional concerns that arise particularly around the holidays. Phone counseling can be a single 1 hour session or purchased in blocks of hours to be used as needed.
For detailed descriptions and a calendar of more upcoming retreats, workshops, courses, and all services offered by Anahata Ananda, visit http://shamangelichealing.com/.
by Kelly Lydick
Its color is blue. It’s the fifth of the seven chakras, located at the throat, just over the adam’s apple. Its balance determines personal empowerment, appropriate communication, and empowered action. Its imbalance can provide a feeling of being suppressed and stifled, and a lack of growth can occur.
The throat chakra is unique unto the others as “…it holds information from all the chakras. Energies from the sixth and seventh chakras move down through the throat on their way to the trunk of the body; energies from the root, womb, solar plexus, and heart chakras move up through the throat on their way to the head. Within the sacred container of the throat chakra, all of this energy and information is ‘metabolized’—broken down and put back together into a form that becomes your unique expression in the world.” (Eden, 156)
Similar to the heart chakra, the throat chakra is positioned between the head and the heart. As such, its balance is dependent on balancing thought with emotion, and personal will and divine will. Sacred ancient teachings draw a parallel between the enslavement of the Hebrews in Egypt to the neck and throat chakra, as Pharoah in Hebrew is “the neck” (ha araf) when reversed. The ancient teaching says that the neck is the place of narrowness that severs the head from the heart. In order to be free, the neck must not be narrow—it must be open and flowing. In order to balance the head and heart, the throat chakra, too, must be balanced.
But how is balance created? “The fifth chakra resonates to the numerous emotional and mental struggles involved in learning the nature of the power of choice.” (Myss, 219) In order to execute empowered choices, there must be awareness. It’s easy to make choices from the ego—these are primarily based in immediate desires, and sometimes seek tangible goals rooted in the physical world, such as a large home, or additional vehicle. But, Spirit always has a higher plan. Choice in relation to the throat chakra involves discerning between personal will and spiritual will; sometimes the two are not congruent. Many personal challenges arise when this is the case. In order to remain balanced, thought and emotion must be given proper attention, and personal will aligned to spiritual will.
“The fifth chakra is the center of choice and consequence, of spiritual karma. Every choice we make, every thought and feeling we have, is an act of power that has biological, environmental, social, personal, and global consequences.” (Myss, 220). With awareness comes the empowerment to choose consciously, and recognize the greater impact that choices can have.
Tips to Keep the Fifth Chakra Balanced:
- Speak Your Truth. That’s not to say that harm to others is a worthwhile expense for your truth—in fact it’s just the opposite. Telling the truth in a gingerly, heart-felt and heart-centered way is usually productive conversation for both parties involved. The truth is an opportunity for growth and awareness—when used properly.
- Be clear about your desires. When you know what you want out of life, it’s much easier to become clear about how to make those goals and dreams a reality. When your personal will is aligned to action, energy will flow in a balanced way.
- Bite Your Tongue. This may seem to contradict speaking your truth, but knowing when to hold back communication is also key to keeping the fifth chakra balanced. Refrain from gossip and excessive emotional “venting.” Don’t spend time and energy on words that serve none. Keep in mind the cliché: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
- Practice self-awareness. The key to personal awareness is honesty, followed by humility. The exciting thing is that awareness begets awareness. The more you know, the greater the capacity you have to know even more.
- Take responsibility. Being responsible and accountable for your words, thoughts, and actions, inevitably creates balance because personal responsibility precedes both self-correction and empowerment.
About the author:
Kelly Lydick received her M.A. in Writing and Consciousness from the New College of California, San Francisco (now at CIIS). Her writing has appeared in Guernica, Drunken Boat, Switched-on Gutenberg, Mission at Tenth, Thema, Tarpaulin Sky, and True Blue Spirit magazines, as well as on the home page of ElephantJournal.com. Her work has also been featured on NPR’s The Writers’ Block. She is the author of the experimental work, Mastering the Dream.
Kelly holds certifications as a Meditation Facilitator, Reiki Master, Crystal Reiki Master, Past Life Healer, and Gateway Dreaming™ Coach. She teaches writing and metaphysical workshops, and offers private consultations through her company Waking the Dream. In 2016, she was awarded a Juno fellowship from the world-renowned Omega Institute for achievements in healing and women’s leadership. You can learn more about her work at www.kellylydick.com.
Intuition, says accomplished intuitive entrepreneur, award-winning author, brand-building coach, and talk show podcast host Kala Ambrose, is a tool. When used properly, this tool speaks directly and succinctly, guiding us to trust our inner voices and instincts.
In her latest book, The Awakened Psychic: What You Need to Know to Develop Your Psychic Abilities, Ambrose helps readers explore how to harness their intuition to better understand what is happening in their lives so they can make empowering decisions that help them create the lives they most want to live.
Comprehensive and encouraging, The Awakened Psychic includes hands-on exercises, case studies, and stories from the author’s practice along with insight into the different types of psychic abilities and how they work together that helps readers make the most of their intuitive talents. The practical results of doing so, says Ambrose, include career enhancement and the fulfillment of other life goals.
She comments, “Everyone has intuitive ability at some level. Today, humanity is reawakening to the intuitive abilities that have been with them all the time. They are beginning to remember how they can use their intuition in their daily lives to guide their careers or business or personal relationships to their highest potential.”
For her efforts, The Awakened Psychic received the 2017 Gold Medal from the Independent Publisher (IPPY) Book Awards.
“The Awakened Psychic offers thorough, down-to-earth guidance for those looking to flex the intuitive muscle, as well as a complete understanding of psychic responsibility. Kala Ambrose provides the most comprehensive teachings of all things psychic within the pages of this book. If you’re looking to light the psychic pilot within, get ready to jump start your journey.”
– Maureen Hancock, Spirit medium and bestselling author of The Medium Next Door
“Kala’s latest book is a must-have for anyone who has ever been curious about those “gut feelings” they have or the “little voice they hear in their head”. And it’s definitely for anyone who is interested in developing their psychic abilities. Not only is this book full of important knowledge related to awakening your abilities, but Kala also provides us with actual exercises to hone and jump start our abilities. Her chapter on empaths was especially fascinating and helpful to me personally. HIGHLY recommended.”
-Nichole Case via Amazon.com
About the author:
Modern muse Kala Ambrose, known as “your travel guide to the other side,” is a renowned intuitive coach, podcaster, and lifestyle expert who helps entrepreneurs and visionaries live their best lives. Kala’s books and online courses are described as empowering by thousands worldwide who have been inspired by her teachings. The award-winning author of six books including The Awakened Psychic, The Awakened Dreamer, and The Awakened Aura, she shares how to connect with your soul path in order to create a life and career that is in tune with your purpose and goals. Study online with Kala through her school, The Academy of Mystical Arts & Spiritual Sciences. For more information, visit ExploreYourSpirit.com.
About the book:
The Awakened Psychic: What You Need to Know to Develop Your Psychic Abilities; Author: Kala Ambrose; Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide, Ltd.; Category: Mind, Body, Spirit; Soft Cover: 978-0738749013, $15.99;