Tuesday, December 08, 2009

My "A" paper...and my first original post.... ;)

[It's good I received an A on this because in one of the other classes, the final looks impossible]

Effect of Thought on Matter
A Research Paper

In a world filled with opposing and contradictory views on so many subjects, there are two areas in which the sides are beginning to amalgamate, they are science and metaphysics. Each subject is vast on its own and neither will be fully explained in this paper. The mere attempt to accurately define the two subjects creates plenty of debate. The focus here is to bring together and explore the work of sources from the fields of science and who, via science, are attempting to show a direct correlation between thought and matter. Included in this focus are sources considered less scientific or even unscientific who have expressed thoughts and ideas that are being reevaluated and reinforced within the different branches of science, and which seem support the link between thought and belief on physical matter.

I will begin with a quote from Hindu Prince Gautama Siddhartha, also known as Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, who lived from 563-483 B.C., “All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” This quote demonstrates a knowing, or a belief by Buddha that we can assess the state of our lives and make changes, or not, via adjustments to our thoughts.

In 1900, in his book titled As A Man Thinketh, James Allen wrote “The body is the servant of the mind. It obeys the operations of the mind, whether they be deliberately chosen or automatically expressed” (39). This is not a scientific book and yet it’s written in an authoritative or knowing way.

In the early 1960’s, a writer named Jane Roberts began writing a series of books that are collectively known as the Seth Material, (which also happens to be the title of one of the books). Seth is a spirit, or entity, who dictated these books via a method known as channeling (New Awareness Network, Inc.). A theme and a popular phrase from the Seth Material is that we “create our own reality”. Seth explains in many ways throughout the books that we literally create matter, which includes our bodies, and all that we see and experience in the physical world with our known senses. Here is just one quote from Seth’s assertions: “You are not a forsaken offshoot of physical matter, nor is your consciousness meant to vanish like a puff of smoke. Instead, you form the physical body that you know at a deeply unconscious level with great discrimination, miraculous clarity, and intimate unconscious knowledge of each minute cell that composes it. This is not meant symbolically” (Seth 8-9).

By what has been presented thus far in this paper, we can see that there is a sense in the non-scientific world that thoughts have a measurable impact our bodies and our ways of being.

Now let’s explore the scientific evidence of the effect of thought on matter. In the book, Bridging Science and Spirit, Norman Friedman takes on the task of knitting common elements of David Bohm’s physics with material given by Seth specifically regarding the creation of reality (229).

Dean Radin, Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, and Roger Nelson, director of the Global Consciousness Project (GCP), an international, multi-laboratory collaboration founded in 1997 to study collective consciousness, have done an analysis of mind-matter interaction experiments from 1959 to 2000 in which they conclude in part that, "...experiments conducted by 91 researchers over a span of 41 years indicates the presence of a small magnitude, but statistically highly significant and repeatable mind- matter interaction effect” (Radin, Nelson). One of Radin’s experiments conducted in 1991 exhibited that mental intention could manipulate the way dice will fall (Radin, Ferrari).

A more recent and well-known example, because of its inclusion in the movie What the Bleep Do We Know, of scientific experiments indicating that thoughts changed the formation of water crystals are the studies conducted by Dr. Masaru Emoto of Japan (Emoto).

Dr. Bruce Lipton, a molecular biologist, has made new and incredible discoveries that indicate, via experiments conducted at the cellular level, that when we change our perceptions we can become masters of our bodies by guiding and governing our own genes (Lipton).

This paper is merely a snippet of the available information to be culled and collected in the service of bridging science and metaphysics. However, it does lead one to conclude that there is definitely evidence to support that claim that thought does indeed effect matter.

Works Cited
Allen, James. As A Man Thinketh. Chicago: M.A. Donohue & Company, 1900. Print.
Emoto, Masaru. Healing With Water. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary
Medicine 10.1 (Feb. 2004): n. pag. Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Web. 5 Dec. 2009.
Friedman, Norman. Bridging Science and Spirit: Common Elements in David Bohm's Physics, The
Perennial Philosophy and Seth. Eugene: The Woodbridge Group, 1990. Print.
Lipton, Bruce. The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter, & Miracles.
Santa Rosa: Mountain of Love/Elite Books, 2005. Print.
New Awareness Network, Inc., “Who Is Seth?” SethLearningCenter.com. N.p. 2005.
Web. 3 Dec. 2009.
Radin, Dean, and Diane Ferrari. “Effects of Consciousness on the Fall of Dice: A Meta-Analysis”.
Journal of Scientific Exploration 5.1 (1991): n. pag. Web. 3 Dec. 2009.
Radin, Dean, and Roger Nelson. Meta-analysis of mind-matter interaction experiments: 1959
to 2000. Boundary Institute, 4 Dec. 2000. Web. 3 Dec. 2009.
Seth, and Jane Roberts. Seth Speaks: The Eternal Validity of the Soul. Englewood Cliffs:
Prentice-Hall Inc., 1972. Print.

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