Consciousness

Edgar Dean Mitchell

(September 17, 1930 – February 4, 2016) was a United States Navy officer and aviator, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, ufologist and NASA astronaut. As the Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 14, he spent nine hours working on the lunar surface in the Fra Mauro Highlands region, making him the sixth person to walk on the Moon.

The legacy of his post-NASA scientific and parapsychology work is carried on through the Institute of Noetic Sciences.

Edgar Mitchell: Science and the Study of Consciousness

Walter Link: So Edgar you have been to the moon and back and had an experience that was extraordinary and life-changing for you. Tell me about what was it really that happened there?

Edgar Mitchell: As we were coming back, I had the realization that perhaps the story of ourselves as told by our science was incomplete and perhaps flawed. And the story of ourselves as told by our religious traditions were archaic and perhaps flawed. And that maybe now that we were spacefaring, beginning to be a spacefaring civilization, we had to re-ask these questions all over again from a modern point of view.

That was the experience I had coming back, accompanied by a sense of ecstasy and enjoyment, beauty of looking at the heavens from that perspective. And this sense of ecstasy and sense of well-being continued all the way home, whenever I had a chance away from duties to look out the window and contemplate the magnificence of the universe itself from that point of view.

Walter Link: So what have you discovered since about the limitation of science and the limitation of the traditional religious views and possible new views about reality?

Edgar Mitchell: When I got back I immediately wanted to try to understand what was this experience of ecstasy and overwhelming feeling of accomplishment and joy at seeing the heavens like that. I could find nothing in the science literature, and I could find nothing in the religious literature. So I turned to some anthropologists and paleontologists over at the local university and asked them to help me, if they could find it.

And they came back a short time later and said they had found in the Sanskrit of ancient India, 5000 years or so ago, a description that might fit what I was talking about. And I said, what is it? They said, it’s called samadhi. I said, well, what does that mean? And they said, it means to see things as they appear to the eyes but experience them internally, viscerally and emotionally as ecstasy and and joy and wonder. And a sense of oneness with everything.

And that was the point. I had experienced a sense of unity, of oneness with the universe itself. And I realized from my training at MIT and Harvard when I got my PhD and studying astronomy there that our understanding is that the matter in the universe is created in star systems. The stars are furnaces for creation of matter.

In a sense we can say we are star dust. And that sense of oneness with all of this, everything is star dust, it’s made from star systems. And that was a part of this sense of ecstasy. But the great benefit of that is the fact that when I came back I then started looking at different cultural systems and realized that this concept of samadhi or oneness was inherent in every system.

MODERN SCIENCE AND SEPARATENESS

Walter Link: Why is it so difficult for us to experience that and to live [the sense of oneness]? Why do we have such a deep impression of separation and difference?

Edgar Mitchell: In my opinion this goes back at least 400 years to the beginnings of what is called modern science, Newtonian science. And it began with the philosopher René Descartes, a member of the church, a high-ranking member of the church, who wrote a paper in the sixteenth century that essentially said, body-mind, physicality-spirituality belong to two different realms of reality that don’t interact.

That paper was accepted and promulgated and it had the enlightening effect of getting the Spanish Inquisition off the backs of the intellectuals of Europe at that time, so they quit burning them at the stake for disagreeing with the church. As long as they stayed away from subjects of mind and consciousness which were considered subjects for religion.

And so what happened is that science arose at that point as strictly a materialist concept – only concerned with the interactions of matter at a physical level. And we lived, and science are arose and has developed for 400 years around that concept. Until the end of the nineteenth century when, coming together of Max Planck, and the greats of the early twentieth century, Einstein and so forth.

And Einstein made the discovery, or promulgated the idea that the whole question of what is light, a particle or a wave, depends on the measurement or the experiment that you do with it. And so if you did it one way it looked like a particle and the other way it looked like a wave. That was essentially the beginning of quantum mechanics.

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Itzhak Bentov

Why you should know him: An Israeli scientist and author, Bentov’s inventions include the steerable cardiac catheter

Born to a Jewish family in Czechoslovakia, Itzhak Bentov lost his parents in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust, narrowly escaping the same fate himself.

Escaping the Nazis, Bentov made aliyah (immigrated to the Holy Land), first settling on a kibbutz in the Negev desert.

Despite no degree, Bentov joined the IDF’s Israeli Science Corps, designing Israel’s first rocket for the 1948 War of Independence. He was forced to make improvised weapons due to the international embargo on selling weapons to Israel.

After moving to the U.S. in the 1960s, Bentov co-founded the Medi-Tech corporation. He also invented many different things, including the steerable cardiac catheter, diet spaghetti, automobile brake shoes, EKG electrodes, and pacemaker leads.

Bentov was killed in 1979 when he was a passenger on American Flight 191, which crashed shortly after takeoff from Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. He was remembered as “a very inventive person” by his co-founder of Medi-Tech

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With Bentov unique lighthearted yet profound guide to the realms of higher consciousness and the ultimate nature of reality. – Explains some of the most difficult concepts of physics and heightened consciousness in ways that are easily understood.

He describes a set of bodies (astral, mental and casual) made of higher harmonics than the physical body which interpenetrate our physical body, and which allows us to interact on different levels of consciousness.

Bentov also says that our brains do not produce thoughts, but are devices for amplifying thoughts.  He says that our soul or psyche acts as a bridge between the material body and the spirit, we also have a higher self which is the spiritual us, and that all higher selves are connected and are in constant communication.

Bentov also describes a model of the universe as a closed universe that forms an elongated hollow torus.  He says that human psyches form an interference pattern with psyches of all other consciousness in the universe.

Our physical bodies are four-dimensional electromagnetic holograms, which change in time and they are the end products and the result of the interactions of our subtle, non-physical ‘information bodies’.

Bentov concludes by saying that the goal of the creator is the evolution of consciousness, that she uses the opposing forces of good and evil to stimulate evolution.

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CIA – Analysis and Assessment of the Gateway Process

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US ARMY OPERATIONAL GROUP US ARMY INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY COMMAND FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, MARYLAND 20755

9 June 1983
SUBJECT:    Analysis and Assessment of Gateway Process
TO:    Commander
US Army Operational Group
Fort Meade, MD 20755

1. You tasked me to provide an assessment of the Gateway Experience in terms of its mechanics and ultimate practicality. As I set out to fulfill that tasking it soon became clear that in order to assess the validity and practicality of the process I needed to do enough supporting research and analysis to fully understand how and why the process works. Frankly, sir, that proved to be an extremely involved and difficult business. Initially, based on conversations with a physician who took the Gateway training with me, I had recourse to the biomedical models developed by Itzhak Bentov to obtain information concerning the physical aspects of the process. Then I found it necessary to delve into various sources for information concerning quantum mechanics in order to be able to describe the nature and functioning of human consciousness. I had to be able to construct a scientifically valid and reasonably lucid model of how consciousness functions under the influence of the brain hemisphere synchronization technique employed by Gateway. Once this was done, the next step involved recourse to theoretical physics in order to explain the character of the time-space dimension and the means by which expanded human consciousness transcends it in achieving Gateway’s objectives. Finally I again found it necessary to use physics to bring the whole phenomenon of out-of-body states into the language of physical science to remove the stigma of its occult connotations, and put it in a frame of reference suited to objective assessment.

2. I began the narrative by briefly profiling the fundamental, biomedical factors affecting such related techniques as hypnosis, biofeedback and transcendental meditation so that their objectives and mode of functioning could be compared in the reader’s mind with the Gateway experience as the model of its underlying mechanics was developed. Additionally, that introductory material is useful in supporting the conclusions of the paper. I indicate that at times these related techniques may provide useful entry points to accelerate movement into the Gateway Experience.

3. Niels Bohr, the renowned physicist once responded to his son’s complaints about the obtuse nature of certain concepts in physics by saying: “You are not thinking, you are merely being logical.” The physics of altered human consciousness deals with some conceptualizations that are not easily grasped or visualized exclusively in the context of ordinary “left brain” linear thinking. So, to borrow Dr. Bohr’s mode of expression, parts of this paper will require not only logic but a touch of right brain intuitive insight to achieve a complete comfortable grasp of the concepts involved. Nevertheless, once that is done, I am confident that their construction and application will stand up to the test of rational critique.

4. Paradoxically, having gone to such great lengths to avoid trying to render judgements based on an occult or dogmatic frame of reference in the end X found it necessary to return, at least briefly, to the question of the impact of the Gateway Experience on common belief systems. X did so because although it was essential to avoid attempting to render an assessment in the context of such systems, I felt that it was necessary after having completed the analysis to point out that the resulting conclusions do not do any violence to the fundamental mainstream of either eastern or western belief systems. Unless that point is clearly established, the danger exists that some people will reject the whole concept of the Gateway Experience in the mistaken belief that it contradicts and is therefore alien to all that they hold to be right and true.

5. This study is certainly not designed to be the last word on the subject but I hope that the validity of its basic structure and of the fundamental concepts upon which it is based will make it a useful guide for other USAINSCOM personnel who are required to take the Gateway training or work with Gateway materials.

Rupert Sheldrake

Rupert Sheldrake, PhD, is a biologist and author best known for his hypothesis of morphic resonance. At Cambridge University he worked in developmental biology as a Fellow of Clare College. He was Principal Plant Physiologist at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in Hyderabad, India. From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Perrott-Warrick project for research on unexplained human and animal abilities, funded by Trinity College, Cambridge.

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Morphic Resonance

The fields organizing the activity of the nervous system are likewise inherited through morphic resonance, conveying a collective, instinctive memory. Each individual both draws upon and contributes to the collective memory of the species. This means that new patterns of behaviour can spread more rapidly than would otherwise be possible. For example, if rats of a particular breed learn a new trick in Harvard, then rats of that breed should be able to learn the same trick faster all over the world, say in Edinburgh and Melbourne. There is already evidence from laboratory experiments (discussed in A New Science of Life) that this actually happens.

The resonance of a brain with its own past states also helps to explain the memories of individual animals and humans. There is no need for all memories to be “stored” inside the brain.

Social groups are likewise organized by fields, as in schools of fish and flocks of birds. Human societies have memories that are transmitted through the culture of the group, and are most explicitly communicated through the ritual re-enactment of a founding story or myth, as in the Jewish Passover celebration, the Christian Holy Communion and the American thanksgiving dinner, through which the past becomes present through a kind of resonance with those who have performed the same rituals before.

Fields of the Mind

Morphic fields underlie our mental activity and our perceptions, and lead to a new theory of vision, as discussed in The Sense of Being Stared At. The existence of these fields is experimentally testable through the sense of being stared at itself. There is already much evidence that this sense really exists. You can take part in experiments on this website yourself. Read about the results of the online staring experiment conducted through this site.

The morphic fields of social groups connect together members of the group even when they are many miles apart, and provide channels of communication through which organisms can stay in touch at a distance. They help provide an explanation for telepathy. There is now good evidence that many species of animals are telepathic, and telepathy seems to be a normal means of animal communication, as discussed in my book Dogs That Know When Their Owners are Coming Home. Telepathy is normal not paranormal, natural not supernatural, and is also common between people, especially people who know each other well.

In the modern world, the commonest kind of human telepathy occurs in connection with telephone calls. More than 80% of the population say they have thought of someone for no apparent reason, who then called; or that they have known who was calling before picking up the phone in a way that seems telepathic. Controlled experiments on telephone telepathy have given repeatable positive results that are highly significant statistically, as summarized in The Sense of Being Stared At and described in detailed technical papers which you can read on this web site.

Telepathy also occurs with emails, as shown in my paper An Automated Test for Telepathy in Connection with Emails, Journal of Scientific Exploration 2009 PDF 

The morphic fields of mental activity are not confined to the insides of our heads. They extend far beyond our brain through intention and attention. We are already familiar with the idea of fields extending beyond the material objects in which they are rooted: for example magnetic fields extend beyond the surfaces of magnets; the earth’s gravitational field extends far beyond the surface of the earth, keeping the moon in its orbit; and the fields of a cell phone stretch out far beyond the phone itself. Likewise the fields of our minds extend far beyond our brains.

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Synchrony and consciousness – Thilo Hinterberger1, Cigdem Önal-Hartmann1 and Vahid Salari

https://emmind.net/openpapers_repos/Endogenous_Fields-Mind/General/EM_Mind_other/2015_Synchrony_and_consciousness.pdf

Abstract:

Modern neuroscience demonstrates that the emergence of consciousness requires the synchronous interaction of various brain mechanisms which are represented by specific brain areas. Therefore, studying the oscillatory behavior of neuronal networks provides insights into the functioning of the brain in order to fulfill mental tasks that are required to build up the functional frame in which consciousness as a human experience can take place. Thus, an experience of complex contents within one moment in time re- quires simultaneous activations and information exchange between numerous brain areas. This can be demonstrated in the study of dysfunctions of specific brain regions but also through the analysis of electrical brain oscillations in healthy people.

Consciousness however not only requires the brain itself. Moreover, the whole body is involved especially in the production of emotions. Damasio’s theory of emotions is discussed in this context. The interaction between brain and other body processes also requires time-sensitive signal-flows. The coherence be- tween heart and brain and possible synchronicities between biophoton emission in body parts and brain electrical processes are questions in ongoing research.
 
Further, possible synchronicities between consciousness-related body processes and phenomena outside the body are discussed. It is still questionable whether the brain waves interact with the electromagnetic field of the Schumann resonance, i.e. the natural resonance of the geosphere that vibrates with about 8 Hz, a frequency that is within the range of the brains theta waves. Finally, research trying to uncover possible synchronicities in distant brains of closely related people is presented that focuses on the question whether telepathic phenomena can be measured.
 
To summarize it can be stated that synchronicities between body functions especially brain processes are relevant for the neuronal basis of phenomena related to consciousness. However, the influence of electromagnetic phenomena outside the brain on brain states still remains speculative and needs fur- ther research.

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