Every time I’ve mentioned having a page like this one in my website, I would get reactions of surprise. What would energy healing have to do with science? Well, chances are that more than you may think. But before I say anything about it, I should make clear that my journey as a scientist WAS NOT what lead me to spiritual growth and healing practices and so this page is not intended to ‘convert’ anyone into believing in them. This is indeed intended to open your mind to possibilities…
Personally, the more I experience healing practices, universal connectedness and energy work, the more I realize that science is just one approach to interpreting the world. Non-scientist regard Science as an infallible way of testing veracity. As a Scientist, I feel entitled to say that that idea is far from the truth. Scientific experiments are designed by humans, influenced by their human beliefs; measured by technology created by humans, for purposes limited by human imagination and interpreted by humans that most times have a pre-conceived idea of the world. Equally, Science advancement depends on availability of resources that are assigned by humans, therefore, if a project challenges the core ways in which most people perceive reality it is likely not to get financed. Additionally, scientific results are peer reviewed by humans in the process of deciding what to publish. You might be surprised to know that only a small fraction of discoveries gets published and mostly only positive results. Due to the fact that proving a negative is almost impossible, finding out that whatever we were testing does not work the way we thought it would, makes our results very unattractive and almost unpublishable. Not to mention the barriers imposed over the years by geopolitical boundaries and iron curtains. As a result, by the time the public finds out about a scientific finding, there is always a chance that it is being reported in a biased manner by non-scientists, out of context and even outdated.
I will use one example to illustrate what I have said above:
Based on the documented history available to us today, Aristarchus of Samos, an ancient Greek astronomer and mathematician (310-230 BC), presented the first model of heliocentrism (the sun as the center) for our universe. He was widely rejected. Eighteen centuries later, Nicolaus Copernicus (1543) published “On the Revolutions of the Celestial Spheres” arguing the exact same model. Although today this is considered a major event in the history of science, at the time this was very much ignored both by science and society in general except for some church opposition. About 70 years later, Galileo Galilei provided the first scientific evidence supporting heliocentrism. He was loudly opposed by other astronomers and forced by the roman inquisition to recant from his scientific conclusions. From that point on, research exploded and we expent the next three centuries debating the subject. Names like Johannes Kepler (description of elliptical orbits), Isaac Newton (universal gravitation and laws of motion), James Bradley (relative motion of the earth) and Giordano Bruno (the sun as just another star in the universe) are part of the story that is also plagued with religious opposition. So, it took us almost 22 centuries to go from the original idea to the common knowledge that the earth belongs to one of many galaxies in the universe and that it and the rest of the planets in our galaxy move around the sun. Regardless, that was already true 23 centuries ago.
It is my intension to develop some specific ideas about this subject as entries in my blog. Here then, and to get to the meat of the matter, I am picking one of my ‘energetic’ beliefs and enumerate some of the scientific evidence I think could be used to support it.
For decades, science has argued the existence of an energetic field that connects everything in the Universe, from galaxies to subatomic particles inside our cells.
What Quantum mechanics is demonstrating is that the whole world is a unique field of energy that includes absolutely everything, even human beings, where we are in constant vibration and communication. The concepts of separateness and material limits are being debunked by this filed of science.
This is where the evidence comes from diverse sources, from exact sciences to behavioral sciences.
So, based on all the above, it is not as farfetched for me to say that we can actually focus our intension and influence our physical bodies.
For a more comprehensive reading, I suggest the books ‘The field” and ‘The power of 8” by Lynne McTaggart, where she (an investigative journalist) explores hard scientific evidence supporting the idea of an interconnected universe and the power of our intensions over our reality.
For a fun and entertaining interpretation of these ideas, I definitely recommend the film ‘The Matrix’ (1999, The Wachowski Brothers). The story is based on the belief that the reality we live in is an illusion we have the power to transform. Personally, being connected to the universe feels much like being Trinity or Morpheus and even in some glorious moments, Neo, when they are in The Matrix. If you watch it, you will probably understand why sometimes, when I feel caged by my own limiting beliefs, I whisper: ‘There is no spoon…’.