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By Mounir Habib
Published in Mystera Magazine, Issue 2, January 2011.
Ancient wisdom around the world has traditionally espoused that our thoughts and intentions have a tangible power on the physical universe, enabling human beings to be co-creators of their own world. Today, the largest mind-over-matter experiments are providing evidence that the ancient sages may have been right all this time.
Relying on the power of internet, author and scientist Lynne Mc Taggart has been working for several years with leading physicists and psychologists from the world’s most renown Universities and research institutions to conduct the largest scientifically controlled experiments testing the power of intention to change the physical world. The experiments have relied on the Internet to attracted thousands of volunteers from 30 countries to participate thus far.
Participation is open to anyone; people from countries around the world can take part in the periodical experiments by registering on the website (theintentionexperiment.com), after which they receive instructions and regular updates about the experiments.
On a specific date, all participants come onto website at the same time and participate in an experiment involving a target based in one of the scientific laboratories.
To date, The Intention Experiment has facilitated 19 such experiments, working with scientists at the University of Arizona, Pennsylvania State University, the University of California, and The International Institute of Biophysics and St Petersburg Technical University. The experiments include examining whether group thought can increase the growth of plants, change essential properties of water and living things, clean up polluted water and lower violence in a war- torn area. Some experiments had conclusive results, some didn’t, but the overall outcome so far is fascinating.
The science behind the experiments
The work of many cutting-edge scientists who are involved in consciousness research is usually called “Noetic Science”: ‘Noetic’ is a Greek word that means ‘intuition’ or ‘inner knowing’. This kind of research suggests that the mind can receive information through extrasensory means and even have an effect on the physical world.
This direction is in harmony with many aspects of Quantum Physics which studies the subatomic level of matter and has developed several mind-blowing theories so far, like:
- Matter on the subatomic level is not solid (the smallest particles are best described by a wave).
- Matter can be in two places at once (known as Superposition or parallel universes theory in popular terms).
- Some subatomic particles can create themselves out of nothing and then disappear.
- Matter is universally entangled (the quantum state of any object in a system is related to and affected by the state of another object even if the two are spatially separated).
- Matter is not a final actuality but also exists in a state of pure potential.
Despite the fact that Quantum Physics deals only with matter and hasn’t so far approached he subject of consciousness, many quantum physicists point out to the possibility of the connection between mind and matter. A quote by Max Planck (1858 – 1947), founder of the Quantum theory, explains this link very well: “All matter originates and exists, only by virtue of a force. We must assume that behind this force is the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter”.
Quantum theory has opened the door for science to recognize that the world is not a collection of solid stable things, but is a vibrating mutable energy. In her book “The Intention Experiment” and “The Field”, Mc Taggart argues that “our subatomic particles are constantly trading energy with a giant quantum energy field called the Zero Point Field. This suggests that at our deepest level, we are all connected”, she adds: “The most essential ingredient in creating our universe is the consciousness that observes it”.
She recalls that some scientific evidence suggests that “consciousness is a highly ordered energy with the capacity to change physical matter. Sending a directed thought seems to generate palpable energy. In experiments, when one person sends intention to someone else, many aspects of the receiver’s body get activated, as though he has received a mild electric shock” (The Intention Experiment).
Scientific experiments in this field aren’t new; former Dean of Engineering at Princeton University Robert Jahn and psychologist Brenda Dunne ran the prestigious Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) programfor 25 years, and psychologist William Braud, of the Mind Science Institute in Texas also pioneered many of the early studies. Many scientists around the world today are conducting similar experiments especially social scientists Marilyn Schlitz and Dean Radin of The Institute of Noetic Sciences, and psychologist Dr. Gary Schwartz and his team at the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health at the University of Arizona.
Their experiments have so far shown that thoughts directed at targets in the laboratory are capable of altering machines, cells and even complex organisms like human beings. Mc Taggart comments on their results by saying that “this mind- over- matter power even seems to traverse time and space”.
The first experiment in Mc Taggart’s project was one that attempted to increase the light emissions of a little leaf using only the power of thoughts of the participants to make it “glow and glow”. The experiment was carried out with the help of Psychologist Dr. Gary Schwartz who was the first scientist to have photographed light (biophoton) emissions from living things through his super-cooled digital CCD camera system.
After analyzing the results, Dr. Schwartz revealed that the changes in the light emissions of the leaf given the glowing intention had been so strong that they could readily be seen in the digital images created by the CCD cameras. On the other hand, all the punctured holes in the control leaf (another leaf that was not exposed to the power of thoughts of the participants) remained black.
Another experiment included attempting to lower certain biodynamic processes in four targets: two types of algae, a plant and a human volunteer. Sixteen meditators based in London were asked to direct their thoughts to these remote targets present in a laboratory in Germany. The results showed significant changes in all four targets while the intentions were being sent, compared to the times the meditators were ‘resting’.
Experiments on water showed the ability of intention to increase the intensity of light in it, but the experiments that aimed to change its molecular structure had an inconclusive outcome.
A controversial experiment on “Peace intention” aimed to decrease the levels of violence in Northern Sri-Lanka, which was going through 25 years of ongoing civil war, with more suicide bombings than anywhere on earth. Tens of thousands from 65 countries participated in the experiment. Surprisingly, the violence during the very week of intention experiment in the designated area increased to an unprecedented level, and was directly followed by a dramatic decrease in violence and death rates. The conflict was resolved in the same year.
The Intention experiment leaders said that there’s a need for more “Peace Intention” experiments because what happened in Sri-Lanka may have been entirely coincidental, but it may also have been the result of the large-scale intention experiment.
Mc Taggart cites more experiments in her books conducted by other laboratories to indicate the vast potential present in these types of studies. One of the most interesting examples cited is the effect of human intention on machines like the “random event generators’- REG. These machines, first developed by former Boeing physicist Helmut Schmidt, are the electronic equivalent of the toss of a coin: it’s a computer display alternating two images, such as cowboys and Indians. REGs formed the basis of 25 years of consciousness research at Princeton’s PEAR lab (previously mentioned). They developed sophisticated studies examining whether human minds could affect highly sensitive equipment governed by a random process. A participant is asked to try to affect the machine so that it displays more Indian images than cowboys. Over more than 2.5 million trials, Jahn and Dunne demonstrated that human intention can affect the machines in one direction or the other. Recent research, conducted by psychologist Roger Nelson at the Global Consciousness Project where he studies 50 REG machines running continuously all over the world, found that when people react with great joy or horror to a major event, the machines seem to react as well.
Many other studies have shown that seeds grew faster and were healthier than normal if they were sent intention or irrigated with water held by a healer, and that intention can affect just about every system of the body, including the autonomic nervous system, the biological processes such as heart activity and breathing rate, biochemistry and even brain waves. It also showed that intention had a noticeable effect on healing from cancer, on the crystalline patterns of water, and even on the direction in which the fish swim.
Future research in Noetic science promises to turn our view of ourselves and the universe upside down for ever.
Healing cancer, illuminating water, accelerating the growth of plants, affecting machines…etc; all these fantastic possibilities of the human mind backed up by evidence from recent research in Noetic sciences, indicate that the possibility of performing miracles may be after all, an inherited potential in every human being. No wonder then, that some of these experiments were named “Water into wine”.
 The information in this paragraph have been collected from two books: The Field: The quest for the secret force of the universe, Lynne McTaggart, and The Intention Experiment for the same author.