In Part I of this series I asked (1)What would a new idea of Who We Are look like?and (2)What difference could it make to our world crisis if enough of us become coherent [united] in a new idea of who we are?
To answer these questions I summarized findings from recent research in quantum physics as reported in the first half of The Field, by Lynne Mactaggart. Here’s my summary of the remainder of the book.
The images and intentions of others can influence our dreams. McTaggart, p. 126
Ordinary humans have the ability to influence other living things on many levels: muscle activity, motor activity, cellular changes, nervous system activity. The influence seems to increase depending on how much it matters to the influencer, and how much s/he can relate to the object of influence. p. 133
Several common characteristics to experiments in remote influence tended to more readily guarantee success: relaxation techniques (through meditation, biofeedback or other methods); reduced sensory input or physical activity; dreams or other internal states and feelings; and a reliance on right-brain functioning. p. 134
When the left brain is quieted and the right brain predominates, ordinary people can tap into a “deep well of alert receptivity” which brings a state of unity with the single object being focused upon. p. 134
When two people ‘relax’ and attempt to establish some kind of deep connection, their brain patterns become highly synchronized, and the most ordered brain pattern always prevails, nudging the less organized recipient toward a greater degree of order. p. 137
Children are open to far more information in The Field than the average adult. p. 138
Our natural state of being is a relationship—a constant state of one influencing the other.” Just as the subatomic particles that compose us cannot be separated from the space and particles surrounding them, so living beings cannot be isolated from each other.” p. 138
Tests conducted by the behaviorist Dr. William Broud suggested that a “living system of greater coherence could exchange information and create or restore coherence in a disordered, random or chaotic system. The natural set of the living world appeared to be order—a drive toward greater coherence…. By the act of observation and intention, we have the ability to extend a kind of super-radiance to the world.” pp. 138-9
Many of humankind’s greatest achievements may result from an individual suddenly gaining access to a shared accumulation of information—a collective effort in the Zero Point Field—in what we consider a moment of inspiration. What we call ‘genius’ may simply be a greater ability to access the Zero Point Field. In that sense, our intelligence, creativity and imagination are not locked in our brains but exist as an interaction with the Field.” p. 139
“…healing through intention is available to ordinary people, although the healers may be more experienced or naturally talented in tapping into the Field.” p. 193-4
Illness could be a disturbance in the quantum fluctuations of an individual and healing might be a matter of reprogramming individual quantum fluctuations to operate more coherently. Illness could be isolation: a lack of connection with the collective health of The Field and the community. p. 194
Consciousness may live on after we die. p. 195
Group consciousness, working through a medium such as the zero Point Field, may be acting as the universal organizing factor in the cosmos.
In summary, McTaggart writes:
“We have far more power than we realized, to heal ourselves, our loved ones, even our communities. Each of us had the ability—and together a great collective power—to improve our lot in life. Our life, in every sense, was in our hands.” p. 226
Next time: some implications for how we can help make a difference in the world. I invite you to add your thoughts.
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