In the brief treatise on Superconductivity, we encountered the statement: “An external electromagnetic field can interfere with the fundamental processes of cell division, and conversely the cellular process can induce electromagnetic phenomena.”  The implications of these correlated statements are profound. For example...
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One: An external electromagnetic field can interfere with the fundamental processes of cell division. In other words EMF Hazards are real! Living near high power lines can be detrimental to anyone’s health. But this is only the tip of the electromagnetic iceberg. Our minds/consciousness can be influenced by all manner of environmental factors -- some intentionally so and others simply by chance. The frequencies and vibrations we are continually bathed in are enough to make anyone sit up and notice -- or lay down and not notice, depending upon the external influences (and potentially their intentions).
Conversely, if one wants to accomplish all manner of positive, enhanced, physically transformative processes, it would be a very good idea to be in an environment where external EMF was at a minimum. The King’s (or Queen’s) Chamber in the larger of The Great Pyramids at Giza comes to mind. Alternatively, a really effective superconducting state might use the Meissner effect to “raise shields” and thus protect the superconducting lifeform from too great an external penetration.
Or perhaps, we may not so choose. According to the Consciousness Research Laboratory <http://www.psiresearch.org/research.html>: “at least some of the folklore associated with the moon may manifest in real-world contexts, including in the casino”. If one is so inclined, then perhaps gambling by the influence of the moon might be one way to go. At the same time, The Global Consciousness Project, <http://noosphere.princeton.edu> has noted evidence of a pronounced global effect from 9-11-2001.
Two. The cellular process can induce electromagnetic phenomena. My superconducting cells, for example, might give you a real charge! More concretely, the building blocks of our cells, our DNA, can reach out and electromagnetically touch someone or something.
To illustrate this, research conducted at <http://www.psiresearch.org>, Dean Radin’s Consciousness Research Laboratory, has accumulated striking evidence to “suggest the presence of a deep interconnectedness among all things.” Furthermore, distant mental influence of a human body does occur (at least in the laboratory under well-controlled conditions), and that group mental efforts can have similar effects, even to the point of a degree of correlation of random number generators. And “just as people can apparently affect others at a distance by simply thinking about them, people can apparently affect their own physiology through time.” [emphasis added]
The Global Consciousness Project (GCP) <http://noosphere.princeton.edu>, takes the next step and speculates that fields generated by individual consciousness could interact and combine, and thereby manifest a global presence. According to the GCP, “The mind’s reach remains a mystery in scientific terms, but research on the extraordinary range of consciousness indicates that we may have direct communication links with each other, and that our Intentions can have effects in the world despite physical barriers and separations. We are compelled by good evidence to accept correlations that we cannot yet explain. It appears that consciousness may sometimes produce something that resembles, at least metaphorically, a nonlocal field of meaningful information.” [emphasis added]
As has often been said, “Metaphors be with you.”
In the Laws of Thermodynamics, and more specifically, Entropy, we encountered an energy form best described as information. This could just have easily been intelligence, consciousness, or even emotion. In particular, it was noted that, “Consciousness reverses entropy.” In effect, there is a field of energy based on thought and/or emotion. (Inasmuch as thinking and emotion are intimately interlinked, it’s hardly worthwhile to distinguish between them -- except as a matter of convenience.)
The ancients described a web of energy, chi, or similar term, while two hundred years ago it was being called in physics the ether field. This was displaced with nothing (void), until in more recent times, we have a quantum hologram. Frankly, chi sounds a bit less pretentious. Gregg Braden, in his book, The Isaiah Effect, describes what he called a “lost mode of prayer”, and noted that it was effectively a non-religious technology based on coherent human emotion -- very specific kinds of human emotion. The energy field, he envisions, then responds to the coherent emotion and creates what we might call a miracle.
“Abraham” as channeled by Esther Hicks views emotions as the high-octane fuel additive in Consciousness, and in manifesting our focused thoughts. The experimental evidence would suggest that this is an accurate statement.
The curiosity is that -- with the evidence increasingly supporting the power of prayer, the emotional basis of creative intentionality, the energetic fields connecting everything in zero bandwidth of time... Why isn’t the government researching this stuff?
Or better yet, when is the government’s research going to be published for all to see?
 “Magnetic Flux Quantization and Josephson Behavior in Living Systems.” E. Del Giudice, S. Doglia, M. Milani, C. W. Smith, and G. Vitiello, Physica Scripta 40, 1989.
A more traditional view of consciousness research can be obtained from Eric Wynants’ “Researching Consciousness” <http://mailbox.univie.ac.at/~muehleb9/rescon6.html>. A particularly intriguing portion is subtitled, “Zen Scientists and UFO’s”. Selected quotes from Wynants’ article are included below. Following this is a bit more Zen-like comments designed in large part to follow the path of the Bozo-Sattva, i.e. “lighten up.”
The attempts of scientists such as James Austin, Blackmore, Persinger, and Newberg to understand mysticism in neurological terms evoke a philosophical concept called the explanatory gap. This term, coined by the philosopher Joseph Levine in 1983, refers to the disconnect between physiological theories of the mind and the subjective sensations those theories purport to explain. On the one hand, you have a model consisting of physical objects: neurotransmitters, receptors, synapses, dendrites, ganglia, amygdalas, posterior superior parietal lobes. On the other hand, you have what philosophers sometimes call qualia, the purely subjective perceptions, thoughts, emotions, and memories that make up a mind. [emphasis added]
James Austin implicitly conceded that wisdom and simplicity are not yet possible. Scientists studying mysticism are still in the fact-accumulation stage, and may always be. To present a sleek, pared-down hypothesis, mentioning only those facts or pseudofacts that support it, would be dishonest... [And on a regular basis, apparently is dishonest.]
The fact is, neuroscientists cannot explain how the brain carries out the most elementary acts of cognition - for example, how I know the person lying beside me when I wake each morning is my wife. Some prominent scientists and philosophers have reluctantly predicted that the explanatory gap will never be closed. Even if neuroscientists crack the neural code, so that they can determine precisely which neural events are correlated with a given set of mental events, there may always be a strange incongruity between physiological and mental phenomena; something about the mind makes it peculiarly resistant to scientific reductionism. This philosophical position is called mysterianism. You don’t have to be a mysterian to wonder whether the explanatory gap between neurological theories and mysticism will ever be closed. Neurotheologians face not an explanatory gap but a chasm. [emphasis added]
Sometimes, however, science can yield practical benefits in the absence of intellectual understanding. Quantum mechanics provides a case in point. Quantum theory raises more questions than it resolves about reality. Electrons and protons can act like waves or particles, depending on how we observe them, and their behavior appears to be both random and deterministic. But most physicists are oblivious of these conundrums. To them, all that matters is that quantum mechanics works. It predicts the outcome of experiments with astonishing accuracy. Directly or indirectly, quantum physics has yielded such powerful technologies as transistors, lasers, and nuclear reactors.
In the same way, perhaps the research that Austin calls perennial psychophysiology can yield practical applications in lieu of intellectual insights. This, in fact, is Austin’s goal. He hopes that his book will inspire more research on the neurophysiology of spirituality, which in turn will lead to improved mystical technologies. The “real challenge” for neuroscience, Austin asserted in Zen and the Brain, should be to help more people reach “the full moon of enlightenment.” (Here is another point of divergence between Austin and the neurotheologian Andrew Newberg, who expressed no interest in improving mystical technologies.) The widespread adoption of more effective spiritual practices might help society as a whole become less selfish and materialistic, more humane and creative. “That’s my hope,” Austin told me.
The transpersonal psychiatrist Arthur Deikman, whose work Austin discussed in Zen and the Brain, has coined the terms instrumentality and automatization to describe two basic cognitive tendencies that impede our mystical awareness. Instrumentality is our compulsion to view the world through the filter of our selfish interests. Automatization is our propensity to learn tasks so thoroughly that we perform them with little or no conscious thought. Some degree of instrumentality and automatization is necessary for survival. Automatization in particular is an attractive cognitive feature, because it allows you to carry out more than one task at the same time. You can ponder the Mind-Body problem while driving your kids to school, or fret over the slumping stock market while making love. But together, instrumentality and automatization conspire to transform us into virtual robots or zombies who lumber through life without ever really seeing.
The goal of Zen, Austin says, is to induce what Deikman calls deautomatization, a disruption of our routine ways of perceiving and interacting with the world. We do not see the world as a collection of objects to be manipulated; we simply see it. But as Austin acknowledged, for most people meditation, yoga, prayer, and all traditional spiritual practices usually work slowly, if they work at all. “Positive spiritual experiences do not always occur,” he noted. “Indeed, for some meditators, the long-delayed ‘awakening’ is a profound ‘bleak experience...’”
Austin feared that, unlike the slower-acting, endogenous excitotoxins released by meditation and other spiritual practices, which etch the brain in a precise, controlled fashion, psychedelic drugs may wreak havoc in the brain. Their effects on the brain’s biochemistry seem to be “so complicated and interactive that the consequences are not only unknown but possibly unknowable,” he said. Moreover, the hallucinations that accompany psychedelic experiences “are a distraction.”
Another Zen Scientist Rick Strassman is a psychiatrist at the University of New Mexico Medical School. From 1990 to 1995, Strassman injected the drug dimethyltryptamine, or DMT, more than four hundred times into sixty volunteers...
Strassman obtained permission for his study, which he described in his 2001 book DMT: The Spirit Molecule, by arguing that the DMT theory of psychosis merited further investigation. As a Zen Buddhist, Strassman was also intrigued by the possibility that endogenous DMT plays a role in triggering mystical experiences. To an extent, the DMT sessions fulfilled Strassman’s expectations. Many of the subjects reported classic mystical sensations: bliss, ineffability, timelessness, and certainty that consciousness continues after the death of the body. Others underwent stereotypical neardeath experiences; they felt themselves leaving their bodies and moving through a tunnel toward a radiant light.
But to Strassman’s surprise, nearly half of his sixty subjects encountered bizarre, otherworldly beings, described as clowns, elves, robots, insects, E.T.-style humanoids, or uncategorizable “entities.” These entities were not always benign. Some expressed indifference or hostility toward the volunteers or performed painful experiments on them. One man was eaten alive by insectoid creatures, and another was anally raped by two reptilian monsters. Some volunteers were understandably terrified during their sessions and remained shaken afterward.
Strassman, who was trained in Freudian psychoanalysis, initially interpreted these entities as embodiments of volunteers’ subconscious fears or desires. When the volunteers insisted on the reality of their visions, Strassman eventually proposed a more radical hypothesis: the DMT entities dwell in one of the multidimensional hyperspaces postulated by certain highly speculative theories of physics. Normally we have no access to these other realms, but like a rocket ship, DMT somehow propels us into one of these hyperspace realities, where we encounter the alien beings. Strassman was proposing, in other words, that the robotic, clownish, insectoid entities are not phantasms of our overstimulated human brains; they exist somewhere out there... [emphasis added]
Susan Blackmore notes that many cultures have purveyed legends about demonic beings who torment us while we lie helplessly in bed at night. These creatures were called succubi and incubi in medieval Europe, the Old Hag in Newfoundland, and Popobawa in Zanzibar. Similarly, present-day alien abductees often report being approached while they are in bed. Blackmore suspects that these nightmarish visitations are caused by a condition called sleep paralysis. When you dream, your ability to control your muscles shuts down, so you do not act out your dreams. Occasionally you may partially awaken, becoming dimly aware that you are lying in bed while still subject to sleep paralysis and hallucinations. In this state, Blackmore explained in The Meme Machine, you may perceive odd noises, lights, and vibrations, and you may have “a powerful sense that there is somebody or something in the room with you.”
A neurological disorder called Charles Bonnet syndrome, usually caused by damage to the eyes or some other part of the visual system, also brings on hallucinations of animate and inanimate objects, often in a sketchy, cartoonish form. The apparitions may be mundane, but they can also be exotic. In one study, more than one in ten elderly people with eye disease reported seeing ghosts, dragons, angels, circus animals, clowns, and elves.
“Given how common this syndrome is, “ the neuroscientist V. S. Ramachandran wrote in his book Phantoms in the Brain, “I am tempted to wonder whether the occasional reports of ‘true’ sightings of ghosts, UFO’s, and angels by otherwise sane, intelligent people may be merely examples of Charles Bonnet hallucinations.”
Most important, anybody interested in this subject, and for a more extensive understanding should read the article on this web site: Ufos and Necromancy.
Zen Thoughts for Those Who Take Life Too Seriously
Save the whales. Collect the whole set.
A day without sunshine is like, night.
On the other hand, you have different fingers.
I just got lost in thought. It was unfamiliar territory.
42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.
99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.
I feel like I’m diagonally parked in a parallel universe.
Honk if you love peace and quiet.
Remember, half the people you know are below average.
He who laughs last thinks slowest.
Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.
The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese.
I drive way too fast to worry about cholesterol.
Support bacteria. They’re the only culture some people have.
Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7 of your week.
A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.
Get a new car for your spouse. It’ll be a great trade.
Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.
Always try to be modest, and be proud of it.
If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.
How many of you believe in telekinesis? Raise my hand...
OK, so what's the speed of dark?
How do you tell when you’re out of invisible ink?
If everything seems to be going well, you have obviously over-looked something.
When everything is coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.
Everyone has a photographic memory. Some just don’t have film.
If Barbie is so popular, why do you have to buy her friends?
Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.
What happens if you get scared half to death twice?
I used to have an open mind but my brains kept falling out.
I couldn’t repair your brakes, so I made your horn louder.
Why do psychics have to ask you for your name?
Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the hell happened.
Your homework assignment is to write an essay explaining the nature of consciousness from the perspective of its creating the above truths and wisdom!
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