HEARTSTRINGS: NONLOCAL HEALING
AND QUANTUM BIOFEEDBACK
New physics strongly suggests that we are all holistically connected in a shared domain finer than the physical level, which we can call subspace, zero-point field, vacuum fluctuation, quantum foam, or scalar field. The biological basis for this field can be found in communication on a cellular basis. The doorway to the quantum level exists in the extracellular fluid between each and every cell in the human body. Studies of the cell membrane and intercellular communication have led us to an understanding that ultimate communication may be carried by packets of light energy, or photons. By applying healing intentionality, it appears we can influence the mindbody and energy fields of other individuals, animals, plants, and even an entire planet. The words and concepts are all slightly different from what has come before but the functionality is not. Nonlocal or quantum healing side-steps the illusion of separateness which our 3-dimensional perceptual system teaches us to believe.
There is already a group of medical doctors who have dared speak from their hearts about the inner experience of quantum healing and nonlocal effects of focused intention. Physician Larry Dossey coined the term Nonlocal Healing; Deepak Chopra used Quantum Healing, and Andrew Weil and Norman Shealy have described an alternate term, Spontaneous Healing. No matter what the name, it is hardly new. The process draws on 50,000 years of shamanic tradition mobilizing natural mindbody healing. Nonlocal (quantum) healing simply focuses on the human energy field. The method we have studied also employs a cybernetic form of computerized consciousness as part of a healing triad.
We all share an interest in healing and healing relationships. Healing doesn't only come from outside; we all have internal self-healing potentials. Healing can be mobilized by the seemingly irrational, such as healing rituals or beliefs. The relationship of mindbody and the associated energy fields is complex.
Healing is not necessarily synonymous with cure. Sometimes we heal physically, but not emotionally or spiritually. Sometimes we heal spirit and restore soul, but a physical cure remains elusive. In the past healing has focused on the physical body and mind but not on the human energy field. When body, soul and spirit respond in resonance, holistic integrity is restored. Diagnostic medical devices such as the PET, MRI, fMRI often produce results allowing others to claim demonstration of a human energy field that coexists with the physical body. The human energy field can be studied, even with some of the original Kirlian photographic techniques. Magnetic polarities and spin properties of molecules in the extracellular fluids of the body are described in the peer-reviewed and popular scientific literature. There already is a solidly rational basis for understanding health and degeneration of the human organism as well as how one organism may communicate energetically with another through time and space. Imbalances and problems show up in the human energy field before they manifest on a physical plane level. Also, many curative and healing processes begin in the human energy field before manifesting any signs in the physical body. This is the rationale for putting scientifically-based energy medicine into practice.
Psychoneuroimmunology is one scientific basis of holism that has become fashionable. This discipline is an exploration of the interconnections between the central and autonomic nervous systems, the immune system and the endocrine system. Other scientific studies look at the extracellular fluid and mechanisms of how cells communicate with each other. The cell membrane itself is made up of two layers that have a fascinating relationship to structural elements such as microtubules which facilitate communication. Exploring hormonal and chemical intercellular communication reveals a vast framework for further scientific research. A new family of relaxation hormones have been discovered which also lends a biochemical basis for many of the therapies in energy medicine. The physiologic interactions of emotional stress balancing techniques such as meditation and self-hypnosis have profound effects in both health and illness.
No one really knows how nonlocal healing works, but the empathic bond is one important aspect. Chaos theory describes how "emergent" healing depends on the nonlocal principles of nature's own self-organization. From chaos a field "emerges" and directly affects the mindbody energy fields of the organism. We believe that therapeutic entrainment which is present in the healing situation can be intentionally amplified by the mind to mobilize the healing process. The unconscious plays a role in such healing, because all the templates used during healing are located in the holographic records of our unconscious. It is not possible to differentiate local healing from nonlocal healing. All healing is essentially remote healing, regardless of how much distance is involved between healer and patient. Our assumption is that a cybernetic device becomes yet a third focus of consciousness in the healing process traditionally viewed as involving just the consciousness of two people.
From a spiritual point of view, when healing occurs, the process happens at an energy level where all consciousness is one. So by this definition, the cybernetic device has a form of electromagnetic consciousness which can also manifest at an energy level where all consciousness is one.
Because the issue of nonlocal healing is emotional and controversial does not mean we should stop seeking a deeper relationship between psyche, matter, and the human energy fields. On the contrary, it demands further exploration and application with an open mind and an open heart. Although research is important, Western science is obsessed with the mindless repetition of seeking out the smallest data to the exclusion of useful techniques and methodology. There can be a way to balance both in a way that is both sensible and humane.
Nonlocal healing, modulated by the principles and methodologies of Dissonance Resolution Meditation (DRM) and quantum biofeedback (QBF), is rooted in models describing nonlocal principles of time and space irrelevancy when going from the dimensions of quantum mechanics to the finer levels of quantum fields, quantum subspace, and string theory. Method. Direct application of quantum biofeedback principles makes it possible to create a synergism between the human energy fields and the electromagnetic fields of cybernetic systems, such as computers. Our alternative medicine research combines elements of homeopathic and allopathic healing remedies based on over nine thousand electromagnetic patterns that are each equivalent to one of those remedies. We describe an energy medicine technology researched and developed for over 25 years by William Nelson, a noted NASA scientist. The quantum biofeedback technology, EPFX-QXCI-SCIO, is sanctioned by the U.S. FDA as a biofeedback device and is currently employed for the purpose of stress reduction by medical and nonmedical practitioners who have been certified as biofeedback therapists or technicians. This technology is considered off-label or experimental in the U.S. for any other use, despite being accepted for medical diagnosis and treatment in the European Union, Russia, and many other parts of the world. Results. Our observations of stress reduction by medical personnel examine the foundation of this device modeled on principles from electro-acupuncture, homeopathy, and other alternative medical systems. Although the technology regularly employs conductive carbon electrodes attached to all four extremities and the forehead, we used the device to investigate long distance, nonlocal stress reduction. Conclusions. Observations of eight different patterns of stress reduction carried out over distance are correlated with psychophysical theories. The observations strongly suggest the efficacy of a nonlocal healing model, and partially explain epistemological and ideological barriers to conducting controlled research on nonlocal healing.
Dr. Marshall F. Gilula, Iona Miller, Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama (mentor)
DR. MARSHALL F. GILULA is an MD with extensive training and experience in both Psychiatry and Neurology as well as Neurophysiology (EEG). He has taught both Psychiatry and Neurology to medical students and housestaff, and was the first listed editor of the Journal of Holistic Medicine that was published by Human Sciences Press. Dr. Gilula has had extensive experience in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) and owns a small recording studio in Miami, where he has produced the CYBERDOCtv music and other compositions.
Life Energies Research Institute, Inc. (LERI) is a non-profit research foundation which has been operating under the direction of Marshall F. Gilula, M.D. since 1970. LERI was incorporated in the state of Florida in 1980. Federal tax-exempt status was granted on January 9, 1981 under Sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(2) of the Internal Revenue Code. Dr. Gilula is a board-certified psychiatrist, a board certified neurological subspecialist (Neurophysiology/EEG), and a diplomate in Biofeedback Therapy, and a certified Instructor in Neurotherapy and Biofeedback. Dr. Gilula's personal website at http://www.mindspring.com/~mgilula lists current and past projects of LERI, the nonprofit charitable entity.
His research experience includes being a US-USSR International Exchange Scientist in 1978 (Moscow) and receiving the 1981 (Tokyo) Motoyama-Ben Tov Award. Dr. Gilula became a NeXT Registered Developer in 1990. He has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Institute of Hearthmath. His private research in Miami involves psychiatry, EEG, and research neurology within a framework of complementary and alternative medicine. Since 1999, he has been at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital for over three years in the Neurology Department (Epilepsy/EEG Fellow) and two years in the Anesthesiology Department, UM-JMH Center for Patient Safety.
Beginning in December 2004, he has investigated the EPFX-QXCI-SCIO cybernetic technology initially developed over 25 years ago by noted NASA scientist, Bill Nelson. At the University of Miami, he has studied Cerebral Electrotherapy Stimulation (CES) as a safer alternative to medications for anxiety and depression. He also is interested in the psychosocial aspects of epilepsy, noninvasive neuromedical approaches to the comorbid depression found in epilepsy and chronic pain patients, and noninvasive, safe cybernetic technologies such as the EPFX-QXCI-SCIO that may one day overshadow many current methods of diagnosis and treatment for ultimate healing.
IONA MILLER is a writer, Jungian hypnotherapist, and multimedia science-artist with decades of experience in biofeedback, with both wetware and hardware. Working with Dr. Stanley Krippner (Dream Telepathy; Personal Mythology; The Realms of Healing; Healing States; Dreamworking) as mentor, developing innovative process therapies rooted in chaos theory at Asklepia gave her a healthy respect for shamanic healing and nonlocal phenomena. See http://chaosophy.50megs.com
Her interests include the interface of psyche and matter in the mindbody connection, the holographic concept of reality, psychosomatics, biophysics, bioholography, and nonlocal healing. She has pursued this vocation lately with some of the world's foremost pioneers in quantum physics and biophysics at Emergent Mind and The Journal of Nonlocal & Remote Mental Interactions (JNLRMI). See http://emergentmind.org and
A Transdisciplinary writer, Iona has a vast web presence with multiple portals she calls Ionatopia. She writes Future Science for Nexus Magazine. Rather than a point particle, she considers her existence an indeterminate wave of consciousness smeared cotemporaneously across the whole global mindscape and timeline. She fully inhabits the post-quantum Multiverse. Living nonlocally online has given her a unique perspective on astral travel, remote viewing, and clairvoyance. Spreading across several continents and time zones at once, she isn't IN her body often enough to have an out-of-body experience. As a web-weaver, she has cast her net broad and deep.
Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama is a scientist as well as a yogi, philosopher and priest. He is a man of many varied interests and talents specializing in oriental medicine, computing and electrical engineering who is also a parapsychologist, spiritual healer and seer. He is head of the Institute for Life Physics, Tokyo, and the California Institute for Human Science, California. He conducted experiment sin the 70s showing the effects one person's mind on the body of another in a screen remote locale. In other exiperiments he scientifically detected biophoton emission. He is concerned with elucidating the nature of religious experience and the existence of 'subtle energies' using scientific methods. He built two machines: one to measure the 'ki' energy in the meridians (the AMI machine) and another to measure the energy of the chakras or energy centres of the body (The Chakra instrument). The AMI instrument is in use in some American and many Japanese medical institutions as a diagnostic tool and for research into health and disease and also the paranormal.
Iona Miller, Asklepia Foundation, 2003
You ought not to attempt to cure the eyes without the head,
Nor the head without the body,
So neither ought you attempt to cure the body without the soul
for the part can never be well unless the whole is well.
--Plato: Charmides, 156e
For most of human history, healing has had to do with contact with spirit, with consciousness, with rituals intended to create a shared biofield with a shaman who seemingly could exert mind over matter. This spiritual technology has yielded to technological medicine governed by the rational protocols of science. But noting that medical intuition and therapeutic rapport are real forces in the healing process, many practitioners are moving toward a new paradigm or model of healing.
Anomalies such as the proven power of prayer, placebo effect, spontaneous remission, therapeutic intentionality, and remote healing hint that the irrational, the mysterious, is an inherent part of the natural healing process. When we become ill, the fundamental nature of consciousness is revealed as it relates to both mind and matter, psyche and soma. Consciousness may be more fundamental than either energy or matter, as the Vedas claimed centuries ago. At this sensitive threshold, miniscule changes in the situation can lead to large differences in the outcome.
THE QUANTUM SELF
We need to remold our healing institutions to conform with new physics to develop a contemporary understanding of the mind/body. A new model of the human organism is emerging - a holistic rather than mechanistic model that theorizes our basis in the quantum world; it means healing can happen in very subtle ways, perhaps even at the quantum level.
“Emergence” is the process by which order appears spontaneously within a system. It is essential to understanding functional consciousness, the mind/body, subjective experience, and the healing process. When many elements of a system mingle, they form patterns among themselves as they interact.
When the mind lets go of its rational order, lets the old form die, and enters into unstructured chaos, the whole person emerges with a new form, embodied as a creative expression, an intuition, or as healing. Most often it is characterized by an element of novelty and surprise, since it apparently does not originate in what came before. Both healing and medical intuition are examples of emergence. It is a spontaneous solution to a problem.
The healing arts, from conventional medicine to alternative/complementary medicine, and from psychology to pastoral counseling are undergoing a shift from a mechanistic to a holistic paradigm. Science is actually an experimental philosophy whose highest value is empiricism, and conventional healing shares this philosophy. All new scientific theories require some unifying idea, and that idea is, by definition, metaphysical or essentially untestable.
Today’s heresies are tomorrow’s dogmas. In any metaphysical dispute, strong non-scientific arguments can propose new theories, which may become scientific. Speculative ideas have contributed heavily to the growth of knowledge.
Rather than discouraging exploration of fringe areas of knowledge, this awareness makes it mandatory we explore all possible modalities and anomalies without prejudice, no matter how unconventional. Even extraordinary subjects may be approached with rigorous protocols. Though subjectivity is unwelcome in science, we can study the subjective nature of experience (qualia) in various ways. The process of healing is one such subjective experience.
The alchemists, who were students of consciousness in matter, created an elixer of life, a “medicine of philosophers”, a cure-all or panacea. What the modern world yearns for is a “meta-syn,” or visionary synthesis rooted not in a mechanistic model but one using nature’s own forms of self-organization.
This model is based on the peculiar characteristics of nonlocality and probability of quantum physics, rather than classical Newtonian mechanics. Hopefully, the new model has the power to resonate with our whole being and propel us into a more effective healing paradigm. Emergent healing is actually a treatment philosophy, rooted in a worldview born from our current understanding of the nature of Reality.
The emerging paradigm is a more subtle and energetic model of health. In the emergent healing paradigm, healing depends on the nonlocal principles of nature’s own self-organization, as well as on direct causal influences on the mind/body of the organism. It appeals to spirit, soul, and body.
Recognizing the complexity of reality, the new paradigm includes a series of perspectives, which emphasize the positive rather than pathological, health rather than sickness, and a holistic approach to health care.
In this qualitative, rather than outcome-oriented approach, subjective experience and process are valued. The fusion of mind, emotions, body and spirit is recognized as central. In this ecological approach, the individual is embedded within larger systems, not isolated as a disease process. When we treat a symptom or disease rather than the whole person, we treat the part not the whole.
Interdependence of individuals, societies, and nature can be honored. As our knowledge of nature is increased, our knowledge of our own nature also grows correspondingly. Health, self-healing, and therapeutics is a balance supported by many disciplines, including physics, biology, and psychology as well as medicine.
We have all noticed that often the physical body is healed, but not the emotional trauma; or perhaps there is spiritual or psychological healing, but not physical cure. Therefore, it only makes sense to treat the whole person, rather than just the symptomology.
Paradigms underlie the interplay of chaos and order in human culture, at the conscious and unconscious, collective and individual level. These tacit belief systems act as lenses through which all sensory data passes before it is experienced as perception. Some perceptions arrive relatively undisturbed while others are subject to immediate characterization, distortions, and value-judgments.
Old ideas die hard. The established order, materialism, is entrenched. Establishment science is always resistant to new ideas. Science deals with models and metaphors of our perception of reality. We have had science less than 500 years, but in that time it has transformed much of the world technologically, intellectually and physically.
Scientific models change as exploration leads to the discovery of new facts and approaches that work. Still, new models are slow to be embraced. The dominant worldview hangs on as tenaciously as geocentric religious views did in the Dark Ages.
A paradigm is a working set of assumptions and postulates, (a disciplinarian matrix), about a field of inquiry or practice such as healing. How we envision healing is as important as how we proceed to try to heal. It governs our protocols, what we notice and fail to notice, and how we evaluate the results. The theoretical construct defines our approach and methodology. It gains momentum over time.
Scientific exploration is not a linear process, but results from competition among theories. The best results of each system are then woven into a seamless fabric that, at least temporarily, defines the nature of that field. New observations can lead to complete revisioning of a discipline, like the emergence of quantum mechanics did in physics. Filling in theoretical gaps leads toward better explanations and solutions to problems.
Sometimes new paradigms coexist and develop alongside one another, until one supersedes the other. This is paradigm shift. Such has been the case in concurrent development of allopathic and alternative or energy medicine, also called integral medicine.
Both the conventional and integral approaches have long, noble histories, one rooted largely in western culture, the other in Asian systems. Allopathic doctors and patients themselves now recognize that strictly reductionistic and technologically-based medicine has its limitations in contemporary healthcare.
Objective science can be devoid of higher purpose and intentionality. Thus, we find ourselves with a host of ethical dilemmas in genetic engineering, transplant research, geriatrics, pharmacology, cloning, technological intervention, and molecular biology.
The relativism of postmodern deconstructionism has undermined all theoretical perspectives, turning them into or exposing them as social constructions. It is true that the healing arts are riddled with political, religious, and cultural biases. Health care has been delivered in terms of a power relationship over the body, superimposed on its biology.
There is a strong desire from the both the scientific community and public for a health system that values personal relationships, emotions, meaning, and beliefs. They connect body, mind, spirit, and society.
It is crucial to realize there is both rational and paradoxical healing, and both are vital to our well-being. Paradoxical thinking is unpredictable, unique, unforgettable, unrepeatable, and often indescribable. Breakthroughs are often paradoxical in nature, seemingly absurd, yet in fact true. Rational healing relies on doing, while paradoxical healing is rooted in ways of being. Physician Larry Dossey says it requires, “standing in the Mystery.”
There is a yearning to return “mystery” to the mechanistic arena of healing, so we can face illness and disease as whole organisms. Transpersonal forces have a valid place in healing, as they do in all areas of our existence. Many people have a sense of the importance of actively integrating spiritual principles with the material world.
The whole-systems approach co-exists with conventional medicine and is making inroads among its practitioners. Treating causes as well as symptoms, it mobilizes the patient’s will to live. It fosters the inner dimensions of the healing experience. The healing response includes behavioral, mental and spiritual shifts or transformations.
Health is the natural outcome of a meaningful life, not just absence of symptoms. It means a comprehension of the complexities of life that is deeper than the conventional worldview of cause and effect. It proposes that consciousness is the foundation of reality. We do not exist independently from the universe, but the exact nature of that seamless connection is unknown.
Rooted in relativity, quantum, holographic and chaos theories, a metaphysical context is provided to justify such a paradigm shift from the purely causal healing model. The interactive field (psychodynamic field) present in healing situations can be amplified intentionally through therapeutic entrainment, or resonant feedback playing off the unified field (universal field).
NEW CONCEPTUAL FRAMEWORK
No science or healing is independent of the realities of our fundamental consciousness. Consciousness is a process not an object. Neuroscientists have begun to study consciousness, both in its functional and universal aspects.
Some scientists try to reduce matter (brain cells) to consciousness while others are trying to reduce consciousness to matter. Some suggest (Newell), echoing ancient philosophies, that Absolute Consciousness may be a field that is always everywhere.
We are not discrete entities but deeply embedded within the fabric of the universe. The essence we share, more fundamental than matter and energy, may well be primordial consciousness. It may be the very basis of materiality, as the Vedas implied centuries ago. Consciousness involves the integration of information, not just a passive array of information itself.
We have many ways, besides our senses, of interfacing with reality, including intentionality, intuition, somatic perception, and direct apprehension. The new integral model of health and mind/body healing recognizes and operates from this expanded perspective and innovative medical options.
Consciousness - the intersubjective dimension - may be a stronger dynamic causal factor in healing than previously considered. Incorporating the full spectrum of human experience into healing promises new possibilities, new outcomes, which have been neglected in the biomedical model.
Conscious intentionality may influence subtle electromagnetic or quantum field energy processes. It affects the exchange of information at the cellular, organismic, and social level. Exceptional states of awareness (such as meditation, shamanic journeying, dreaming, dissociation, etc.) can lead to exceptional results, but they also require exceptional proof that may be difficult to produce in the laboratory or document objectively.
The emerging worldview extends our concepts beyond the domain of purely objective, reductionistic realism or materialism. The trend is moving from biophysical to psychophysical and psychospiritual dimensions without loss of scientific rigor.
Just as physics seeks a unified field theory, so the healing process needs a model that accounts for the mechanisms of natural healing and its anomalies such a placebo effect, spontaneous remission, even distant healing. Consciousness may just be an expression of such a universal field.
Models of healing in which disease is seen as an invasive process and the treatments are also invasive can give way to those following a natural, evolutionary course at the edge of chaos.
Rather than comparing healing to a fight, or war on an external invader, we can imagine it as the creation of healthy processes. New forms emerge from adaptations after the breakdown of old forms. In this synergetic view, the organism interacts with its total environment.
THREADS OF QUANTUM RESONANCE AND BIOFEEDBACK
Science proceeds by way of 'discovery,' as well as simple accumulation of information or even 'invention.' This is the basis of scientific revolutions, and paradigm shifts - "the tradition-shattering complements to the tradition-bound activity of normal science," (Kuhn, 1962). A paradigm can be a disciplinary matrix.. Paradigms are essentially worldviews -- expressing our beliefs about the way things work, including tacit assumptions.
Chaos Theory and Complexity have disclosed the self-organizing inner workings of non-linear dynamics in nature and human nature. Systems (and subsystems) are always connected in various ways to various degrees; energy and information is constantly exchanged. In complex phase interactions and dynamical energy systems, resonance is the key dynamic which couples them, increasing dimensional complexity and leading to emergence of new properties. "Emergent" means what comes from the new and creative resolution of chaos.
Interactive resonance occurs both within and between material systems, through recurrent feedback encoding a complex interactive history. Circulating recurrent feedback interactions (cyclic information) are the fundamental bases of holism. The more rapid the feedback, the more stable the holistic system. This circulation of energy and information allows them to interact as a whole.
According to one hypothesis, emergent healing depends on the nonlocal principles of nature's own self-organization, as well as on direct causal influences on the mindbody of the organism. It is proposed that the interactive field -- therapeutic entrainment -- present in the healing situation can be amplified intentionally to mobilize the psychophysical healing process.
INTRODUCTION TO REMOTE HEALING
Clearly, the whole story of human technology is the the story of the ascendency of mind over matter. Whether that is a triumph or a tragedy for humankind remains to be seen.
Conventional medicine takes an allopathic approach to healing, but Complementary Medicine works holistically in conjunction with it through compassionate intentionality. Historically, so-called spiritual healing or faith healing has been person-to-person, whether local or nonlocal. It works on the premise of evoking the healing potential through a commonly shared field-effect, electromagnetic physiological reactivity.
Today’s technology has allowed distance healers to experiment with technological aids to their healing practices. There are still many mysteries of the interactive field which remain to be explored.
With a phenomenological eye toward field dynamics, this exploration demonstrates an additional theoretical framework within the interactive field applicable to paradoxical healing. It opens creative and healing possibilities and allows for the active, intentional liberation of the psychophysical imaginal realm.
The genesis of the interactive field is rooted also in shamanic realms as a backdrop from which to see field theory. Shamanic expressions, ancient healing forces, of the unified field include mana, chi, prana, qi, kundalini, bioenergetics, psi faculty, universal energy, orgone, wakonda, etc. Field theory is also explored in the world of quantum physics where the universal field is examined from paradigms situated in varied consciousness models.
The somatic unconscious, an intrinsic part of the interactive field in mutual engagement with two or more persons, is also woven into this fabric. In this study it is an intersection between the universal field and the psychodynamic field -- embodying co-consciousness in healing. (Miller, 2003)
Just as traditional medicine identifies itself with the past through the Hippocratic Oath, this new orientation also draws on the ancient Greek and Egyptian healing cults and our collective taproot back into 50,000 years of shamanic healing culture. Like traditional physicians seek to identify themselves with the Hippocratic ideal, we can embody this paradigm, this philosophy, by embracing a worldview which is seemingly new, but older than history -- medical intuition and holistic spirituality. It doesn't negate or even supercede the Hippocratic orientation; in ancient Greece both the complementary methods of healing mind, body and spirit were part of the cult of Asklepios.
When conventional means failed, supplicants went to the dream temples to heal their psyches -- their souls -- they entered the Mysteries. These healing dreams somehow mobilized the nonrational elements of being and healing somehow emerged. But their notion of soul was not disembodied; it meant the whole psychophysical organism.
Ancient Vedic healers based their treatment in the philosophy that the common essence of humankind and cosmos was consciousness. Altering that primal essence, consciousness, could change one's state of health. It isn't really a case of activating mind over matter, but mobilizing what undergirds both mind and matter.
What, essentially, is this consciousness of which we speak? Can it be more than our subjective awareness, our existential experience -- the result of perceptual input and self-referential internal processing? Is it the very basis of materiality, a neutral essence more fundamental than energy or matter, more than microstates of the functioning of human wetware?
But, does psi or ESP even exist, or is it merely an optical illusion of the mind? There are volumes of research (Krippner, Motoyama, Honorton, Tart, Swann, Schwartz, Putoff and Targ, Radin, Utts and Nobel-winner Josephson) to suggest that it does, though skeptics staunchly maintain it does not. Because the issue is emotional and seemingly unresolved does not mean we should stop asking, looking for a deeper relationship of psyche and matter.
In fact, the mandate was laid down several decades ago by physicist Wolfgang Pauli when he worked with psychologist C.G. Jung: " We should now proceed to find a neutral, or unitarian, language in which every concept we use is applicable as well to the unconscious as to matter, in order to overcome this wrong view that the unconscious psyche and matter are two things."
However, as Carl Sagan also said, " Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." Therefore, we will approach the notion from a variety of perspectives, from the "soft" science of psychology, and the "hard" science of physics, as well as the median position of alternative medicine -- transpersonal and energy medicine, with their holistic perspective. In this way we hope to create a circumspect view about and investigate the possibility of the role of co-consciousness in healing.
Preliminary research done by Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama in Japan has shown that a person emits very small amounts of visible light. The amount is so small that a photon counter is needed. Dr. Motoyama used shielded cages and custom-made sensors to discover that photon emission is higher at certain acupuncture points compared to a region of skin with no acupuncture point. According to unpublished research done by him in Japan, there is some indication that emission at certain acupuncture points is increased for persons with psychic abilities. The modern healer is moving away from epic, heroic models of power toward imaginative fantasy. Awareness is growing that image-consciousness heals (Miller and Miller, 1994).
The healing dyad is best characterized by its emphasis on intent. Both parties have the intention of engaging in a healing dynamic experience. This is the foundation or underlying raison d' etre of the therapeutic encounter. This intention can deepen into a linking or "hook up" of the individuals into a unified field, a shared resonant interactive field. This field seems to facilitate or mobilize the healing dynamic.
The facilitation of attentional resonance opens the participants to the simultaneous presence of both classical and acausal field phenomena. They are mutually connected through the unified field. The more mutual the process, the more the interactive field manifests. In this interactive field, we are embedded in an imaginally perceived whole situation -- an encompassing, infusing, and mutually interactive field, with conscious attention to the relationship.
SOME HISTORY OF REMOTE HEALING
The genesis of the interactive field is rooted in shamanic realms as a backdrop from which to see field theory. Shamanic expressions, ancient healing forces, of the unified field include mana, chi, prana, qi, kundalini, bioenergetics, psi faculty, Odic force, universal energy, orgone, wakonda, etc. Field theory is also explored in the world of quantum physics where the universal field is examined from paradigms situated in varied consciousness models.
The shaman is the archetype of the wounded-healer and is perceived as having social or personal power for vision and healing. Healers learn not to exploit or identify egotistically with this process of mobilizing the unconscious. Rather, they let it operate through them as guides or mentors, so the other can discover that the healing resources are within and find empowerment -- the dramatic healing breakthrough, (Swinney and Miller, 1993).
The history of modern remote healing is lost in antiquity, in 50,000 or more years of shamanic practice, but modern investigation began in earnest in the 1950s and 1960s. One of the pioneers of this era, is Dr. Hiroshi Motoyama of Japan. Motoyama conducted near- and distance-healing experiments in both screened (Faraday cages) and unscreened situations to test the potency of intentionality, and the ability to one human being to influence the physiology of another without direct contact.
Motoyama also worked with and incorporated the theories of Itzhak Bentov into his protocols. Bentov summarized his early findings in his work STALKING THE WILD PENDULUM (Bantam, 1977), a popular book which educated the public about resonance phenomena.
Medicine is mostly concerned with mass, the material aspect. Matter is a kind of accumulation of energy in a fixed order. Chaos is energy but random, not in order. But when the energy is fixed, in order, in a certain frequency, etc, it becomes quantum, and this quantum is the origin of mass. So this quantum forms an electron or a proton or nucleus and thence an atom. The atoms combine and they make molecules and the molecules combine to make DNA and protein and then us: matter-with-consciousness (Motoyama).
The first Motoyama-Bentov Fellow in Japan was Marshall F. Gilula, M.D., a Neuropsychiatrist with a specialty in EEG. Over the years, Dr. Gilula has employed both software and hardware in his healing practice. Because of his psychiatric background, he has also focused on "wetware" (the human brain and it's relationship to hardware and software. He was one of many pioneers in applying neural stimulators such as TENS and CES during the Seventies and did research in Moscow as a US-USSR Exchange Scientist for NIH's Fogarty Center. CES (Cranial Electrotherapy Stimulation) has been shown by some investigators to affect the mean dominant frequency of certain brainwave frequencies such as the alpha frequency.
Numerous controlled studies suggest that conscious intent can initiate helpful changes in a variety of organisms, including human beings, at great distances. These events appear to be genuinely nonlocal in nature. They do not yield to explanations based in classical concepts of energy, space, time, and causation. Classical models of distant healing, including the concept of "energy," must be reexamined. A new theoretical perspective, anchored in the nonlocal nature of human consciousness, may be necessary if we are to progress in our understanding of nonlocal healing events. (Dossey, 1994)
The International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies and Energy Medicine was founded in 1989 in Colorado. ISSSEEM was founded to explore the application of subtle energies to the experience of consciousness, healing, and human potential and is designed as a bridging organization for scientists, clinicians, therapists, healers, and laypeople. ISSSEEM encourages experimental exploration of the phenomena long associated with the practice of energy healing. ISSSEEM has made one definition of Energy Medicine.
Energy Medicine includes all energetic and informational interactions resulting from self-regulation or brought about through other energy linkages to mind and body. In addition to various therapeutic energies which we may use, there are also energy pulses from the environment which influence humans and animals in a variety of ways.
For instance, low-level changes in magnetic, electric, electromagnetic, acoustic, and gravitational fields often have profound effects on both biology and psychology. In addition to energies originating in the environment, it has been documented that humans are capable of generating and controlling subtle, not-yet-measurable energies that seem to influence both physiological and physical mechanisms.
Subtle Energies, compared with "energy medicine," is a concept more difficult to define within the current scientific paradigm. Ancient and modern wisdom traditions describe human bioenergies referred to by many names (e.g., chi, ki, prana, etheric energy, fohat, orgone, odic force, mana, homeopathic resonance) that is believed to move throughout the so-called "etheric" (or subtle) energy body and thus is difficult to measure using conventional instrumentation.
In addition, many of the complementary and alternative therapies that are becoming increasingly popular appear to involve the flow of these subtle energies through the dense physical body. In addition, it is traditionally accepted that expansions of consciousness often are related to changes in subtle energies that cannot be quantified. These latter "energies", which are said to be associated with interactions and with transcendence, may not, in fact, actually be involved with known physical fields.
Quantum Resonance is a comparatively new field of energy medicine/vibrational medicine that addresses the body electric. Once tested, energetic therapy helps to neutralize dis-ease and imbalances in the body and provide ordering patterns to harmonize the system. Quantum therapy works to balance physical trauma and emotional trauma by stimulating the mind to naturally balance the body.