MW: 2014-5

Issue 117

Tradition and Modern Knowledge: “The conflict between tradition and modern knowledge has led to devious and contradictory behavior in which pulpit pronouncements disagree with ‘head-office instructions.’ The Rev. David Kennedy discusses in his book (Kennedy, 1973) how, as long ago as the 1920s, a very learned committee appointed by the Church of Scotland reported, among other things, that:

The Church cannot dismiss these phenomena [i.e., spirit communications] with indifference…. Ministers may even encounter genuine phenomena in the course of their duties…. There is room in the larger life of the Church for Christian Spiritualists whose special experiences have been sufficient to convince them.

Similarly, he quotes the majority report of the Church of England’s Committee of Enquiry in the late 1930s which stated:

We think that it is probable that the hypothesis that they [i.e., messages received by mediums] proceed in some cases from discarnate spirits is the true one.

However, it is significant that the latter report, although commissioned by the Archbishop of Canterbury and taking three years to compile, was resolutely ‘pigeonholed’ by his successor (Cosmo Lang) who flatly refused to have it discussed, despite howls of protest from Spiritualists who had cooperated in its compilation. It was quietly issued without discussion some thirty years later.”

From: “Blue Sky Thinking – Part Four: Spiritualism and Religion” by John D. Ralphs Paranormal Review Issue 67, Society for Psychical Research, spr.ac.uk. A Venture in Immortality, by D. Kennedy, Gerrards Cross, Colin Smythe, 1973

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Elisabet Sahtouris

Crisis is an Opportunity: Dr. Elisabet Sahtouris says that our scientific models of nature have become our cultural creation stories, telling us through physics that we live in an accidental, non-living universe in entropic decline and through biology that we are doomed to an endless Darwinian struggle in scarcity. Sahtouris, an evolution biologist and futurist, presents us with an updated scientific model of nature. Showing us instead a living, self-organizing universe in dynamic balance and an evolutionary process in which hostile competition gives way to mature collaboration—a view that encourages people everywhere to express their unique talents through contributions to peaceful cooperation, both local and global. In this view it is clear that the globalisation of humanity is a natural, biological, evolutionary process away from exploitation and toward global family. Revealing Nature’s own secrets of success permits us to see clearly how to overcome current obstacles to achieving these ends, thus showing the way to a possible future in which humanity and other species thrive in cooperative ecological sustainability despite severe climate changes.

From: “Crisis is Opportunity: The Evolution of Humanity from Competition to Cooperation Living Better on a Hotter Planet,” Lifeweb, sahtouris.com/pdfs/A2011Flyer.pdf

Mental Intention: “Many Studies have found that the rate of cell multiplication in Petri dish cultures, or in one series of studies, the rate of experimental skin wound healing in mice, has increased beyond chance expectation when these were exposed to periods of mental intention. This finding offers support for the hypothesis of a psychokinetic effect whereby, in certain circumstances, mental intention can result in objective, measurable effects across space”

From: “After Dr. Mayer Said “This Changes Everything,” What Happen Next? Part Two” by Robert A. Charman, Paranormal Review Issue 63, Society for Psychical Research, spr.ac.uk.

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John Poynton

PSI: In a Study Day talk on PSI presented by the Society for Psychical Research, John Poynton suggested that Out-of-body Experiences (OBEs) occur not in the physical world but in a parallel one. He cited the writings of Whiteman, who has suggested that we exist within a hierarchy of different spaces. Therefore he suggests that a many-world ontology is needed to account for OBEs and mystical experiences. Perhaps there are an infinite number of other worlds that manifest according to the state of mind of the observer. Poynton also expressed caution about an ‘all-embracing theory of psi,’ claiming that this might have the effect of limiting or misdirecting investigation. He noted that (Immanuel) Kant’s insistence that science stick to its ‘proper district’ curtails investigation. Kant also claimed that a belief in ghosts ‘corrupts all use of reason,’ and defied ‘natural laws.’

From: Study Day Review: “Making Sense of PSI” by Matthew Colborn, The Paranormal Review Issue 63, Society for Psychical Research, spr.ac.uk.

After Death Communication: In 1973 a University of Chicago sociologist asked a sample of 1,467 Americans if they had ever felt they had contact with someone who had died. Twenty-seven percent answered that they had (Greenley 1975). A similar survey in Iceland (Haraldsson et al 1976) found that thirty-one per cent said yes.

British physician Dr. W.D. Rees found that of a sample of widows in Wales, forty-seven percent, had experiences, often repeatedly over a number of years, that convinced them that their dead husbands had been in contact with them (Rees 1971: 37-41). An earlier British experiment by Dr. P. Marris (1958) had found a figure of fifty percent.

Dr. Melvin Morse, a pediatrician who has done many studies of death and dying, claims that they are so common that it is rare for someone to lose a child and not see them again in a death-related vision (Morse 1994: 135).

From: Victor and Wendy Zammit’s “Friday Afterlife Report,” victorzammit.com/archives/2013/December6th2013.htm

Studying the Brain: “At the present time, there are two main approaches to studying the human brain. The clinical neurologist is intent on mapping the functions, on identifying which area of the brain carries out each function and tracing the major connections between them. The academic parapsychologist acts on the assumption that the brain is a calculating machine and tries to understand the ‘programs’ underlying those calculations. Each assumes that any brain function must ultimately be explainable in terms of the laws of physics, accepted or new. In the latter case [it] seems to be tacitly assumed that any discoveries will only require an addition to present knowledge, not requiring revision or alteration of the current canon. I disagree, and am convinced that it is possible (in fact in my opinion, highly probable) that the cause(s) of most ‘paranormal’ phenomena will ultimately be traced to a serious error or omission in the fundamental assumptions on which science is based.”

From: “Blue Sky Thinking – Part One: Spiritualism and Religion” by John D. Ralphs Paranormal Review Issue 67, Society for Psychical Research, spr.ac.uk. A Venture in Immortality, by D. Kennedy, Gerrards Cross, Colin Smythe, 1973

the-sacred-promiseThe Sacred Promise brings us into the laboratory of scientist Dr. Gary Schwartz, where he establishes the existence of Spirit by its own Willful Intent—a proof of concept for deceased spirits. The author takes readers on a personal journey into the world of spirits and reveals their existence and desire to help.

Dr. Schwartz poses several important questions. What if our feelings of emptiness, loneliness, hopelessness and meaninglessness are actually fostered by our belief in a “spiritless” Universe? What if our physical hunger is symptomatic of a greater spiritual hunger? What if Spirit is actually all around us, ready to fill us with energy, hope and direction, if we are ready to ingest it? What if Spirit is like air and water, readily available for us to draw within; that is, if we choose to seek it?

Sacred Promise shows how we can attune ourselves and receive this guidance from Spirit.

This text is based on promotional material.

 

Intuition is a process that gives us the ability to know something directly without analytic reasoning, bridging the gap between the conscious and nonconscious parts of our mind, and also between instinct and reason. Albert Einstein said, “The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the mind.”

From: “The Intuitive Compass: What Is Intuition, And How Do We Use It?” by Francis P. Cholle, Psychology Today,  psychologytoday.com/blog/the-intuitive-compass/201108/what-is-intuition-and-how-do-we-use-it.

22 Things Happy People Do Differently: Dr. Joseph Mercola writes, “Many people spend their lives waiting to be happy. You may think, ‘if only I had more money,’ or ‘could lose weight,’ or … you fill in the blank, then I would be happy. Well here’s a secret: you can be happy right now. It’s not always easy, but you can choose to be happy, and in the vast majority of circumstances there’s no one who can stop you except for yourself. The truth is, happiness doesn’t come from wealth, perfect looks or even a perfect relationship. Happiness comes from within. This is why, if you truly want to be happy, you need to work on yourself first.”

Some of the things he lists that happy people do are; let go of grudges, treat everyone with kindness, speak well of others, dream big, regard their problems as challenges, express gratitude for what they have and take time to listen.

From: “22 Things Happy People Do Differently” by Dr. Mercola, articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/04/08/22-happy-habits.aspx Which is sourced from an article of the same name by Chiara Fucarino, successify.net/2012/10/31/22-things-happy-people-do-differently.

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