Quantum Physics on Prayer

In Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home by biologist Rupert Sheldrake, is the picture of a dog sitting by an outside door and facing it. Some dogs do this, writes Sheldrake, the instant their owners on the other side of the world decide to come home. They refuse to move. I see it as evidence of the power of prayer.

To help me explain, I turn to another science writer, Dr. Larry Dossey, a physician in Dallas, Texas. His writings translate the work of quantum physicists for ordinary people by applying their findings to practical matters like health. He seems taken with the same discovery of quantum physics that thrills me—actions of mind or consciousness create physical effects.

Since the middle 1920s, when Neils Bohr and Werner Heisenberg formulated the basics of quantum mechanics, science is finding evidence that minds have power. Quantum experiments demonstrate that the experimenter’s consciousness—that is, their thoughts or mental process—determines the outcome of the experiment.

Physicists were befuddled when the results first came out. They feared that,
some people, seeing the solid science of physics linked with the mystery of the conscious mind, might be susceptible to all sorts of nonsense.
So wrote physicists Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner in Quantum Enigma: Physics Encounters Consciousness.

Quantum experiments contradict the belief of scientific materialists that activities of the mind are caused by molecules or chemicals in the brain. To quote Quantum Enigma,
Quantum mechanics challenges [commonsense] intuitions by having (conscious) observation actually create the physical reality observed.
The physicists who wrote this italicized the word “create.” It shows that thought has priority over physical reality. They acknowledge how hard it is for some to accept this “enigma that challenges our classical worldview.”

But I respond with jubilation. Nothing excites me more than the implication coming out quantum physics—the link between spirit and matter, religion and science on the same page.
The secular world speaks of mind and matter rather than spirit and matter—same thing, because all thoughts are immaterial, therefore spiritual. They don’t need to be religious to be spiritual.

So our prayers—our mental processes—bring results. Some of our thinking, praying, and feeling could bring more harm than benefits, but that’s too complicated to go into here.

What matters is knowing that physical results depend on our states of mind. We non-scientists can observe the effects on sickness and healing. When I get sick—whether seriously or not—I look for an emotional cause and usually find it.

Healing also depends on our states of mind. When doctors expected me to die of cancer, I had a strong purpose to live and recovered. A person who expects to live and has a strong reason to live probably will recover. A person without a reason to go on is more likely to die. Hopefulness helps healing.

What about prayers for others?  Now we get to what’s called non-local causality. Think about Sheldrakes’s dog confidently waiting at the door for its master before the master’s friends know of the return home from far away.

This is abstract stuff, so I’ll stop for now and go on with it next time.   http://jeanetteblonigenclancy.com/


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