THE SYNCHRONIZED UNIVERSE
Copyright 2003, Dr. Claude Swanson. All rights reserved.
The Hopi Prophecy
The prophecies of the Hopi are said to come from Massauu, their spiritual teacher for the age. Ancient Hopi prophecies were handed down on stone tablets accompanied by an oral tradition of interpretation that was passed on by the elders of the community.
Certain of these prophecies concern events near the end of this current age in the Hopi framework of history. Some seem to have been fulfilled, including the coming of the automobiles and telephones-"horseless chariots" that would roll along "black snakes" across the land, and "cobwebs" through which people would speak over great distances.
Among the prophecies is a petroglyph, or rock carving, that depicts the Hopi Life Plan Prophecy. In part, it shows two horizontal timelines, the top one representing our modern technological, materialistic society and the bottom line depicting the Hopis own world of attunement to natural forces. Along the materialistic lines are the figures of human beings with their heads detached from their bodies, an apt image for contemporary men and women whose intellectual self and feeling self are so often disassociated.
Also shown in this prophetic petroglyph are two vertical lines that connect horizontal timelines. One of the connecting lines - symbolic of the opportunity for materialistic society to reconnect with the wisdom of the Hopi - is placed, logically just before a pair of circles which interpreters decipher to be the two world wars. The second vertical connector comes after the images for these two great wars, at approximately the time in which we now exist. Thus, there is the opportunity, but not the certitude, for technological society to join with the wisdom of the ancient ones. If not, the Hopi life plan prophecy depicts yet another period of great destruction. (quoted from Thurston, 1997)
The Conflict of Spiritualism and Materialism
This message from the Hopi underlines one of the great conflicts of our age: the separation between the spiritual world and the materialistic world. In Western societies, science is accepted as the final authority on the materialistic world. Scientists take the place of priests in medieval times, telling us about the age of our universe, how it was created, the nature of matter, and even the nature of life itself. The spiritual world has been relegated in the West to periodic rituals and diminishing Church attendance in the older established religions. There has been a backlash from fundamentalist religion, which challenges the scientific world-view head on, but is often viewed by the establishment intelligentsia as extremist and atavistic.
There seems to be no place in science for a God, and no place in religion for modern science. The two seem to be in conflict on all the main points. Religion requires miracles. Science requires the universe to follow laws. Religion and science each have their explanation for how the universe began, but these bear little resemblance to one another. They each offer a theory for how humans came to be on the earth, but the miraculous instantaneous creation of Genesis bears little resemblance to the slow evolution from one-celled animals described by Darwin. This split is confirmed by a 2001 Gallup poll, which revealed that 33% of Americans believe in the Theory of Evolution while 57% adhere to Creationism.
At every point there seems to be a deep disagreement. Scientists who are religious resolve this by compartmentalizing their thought. They simply will not think about the contradictions. The deeply religious often bear a deep suspicion or even a smoldering hostility toward science. This schism widens over matters of abortion, public prayer, genetic engineering, and numerous other matters of public debate.
As the Hopi prophecy makes clear, man cannot continue to exist in this divided state. The spiritual and the scientific sides of human wisdom must communicate. Science affords modern man with enormous power. This power can be used for good or evil. Often the long-term consequences are not even apparent. Science cannot always answer such questions. Religion has known for eons that a higher wisdom is available. Man must learn to seek guidance on a higher level, in order to use these new tools wisely. If he does not learn to listen to spiritual wisdom, the new tools of technology will become weapons, and will lead to our destruction. This, I believe, is the intent of the message of the Hopi.
But this does not imply that organized religion, as it is presently constituted, has all the answers we need. Just as science has drifted to an extreme position in which spirituality plays no part, so modern religion has evolved into fragmented, factious groups, often judgmental and condemning of others, and often having lost connection with the original spiritual beliefs of their early founders. Too often, churches and governments have made common cause, and become instruments of aggrandizement for one another. Too often, churches have modified their teachings to accommodate wealthy benefactors or powerful monarchs and dictators.
There are now hundreds, if not thousands, of different religions in the world, each with its own minute distinctions of ritual and catechism, conflicting gods and conflicting dogma. How can a modern look at this chaos of belief ever conclude that deep, satisfying truth can be found here? This is the response of the Western scientific minded, but it is often also the response of the disillusioned, disheartened faithful who continue religious ritual more out of habit than out of conviction.
There is a resolution to this dilemma. There is an answer to what seems to be a hopeless question. It is possible to resolve the disagreements between science and religion. There is, after all, only one universe, and only one ultimate truth. Present day science has only PART of the answer, and present day religion also has only part of the answer.
A closer examination of the worlds religions reveals that, beneath the conflict and cacophony of dogma, there are certain universal truths. It is these universal truths which make religion powerful and satisfying to people. They may have different names for these truths, but in each religion, there is prayer and meditation, and these are powerful and healing. In each religion, an afterlife of some form exists, and a soul which survives the death of the body is an article of belief. In every religion there is a belief in superior beings, invisible, but very wise, to whom one can communicate.
A scientist who has studied this, Dr. Charles Tart of the University of California, states:
"Thousands, if not millions, of people alive today have had the experience of existing outside the space of their physical bodies for a brief period and experiencing this separated state as real, not as a dream or imaginary experience. A typical consequence of such an out-of-body experience is on the order of 'I no longer believe that I have a soul, or that some part of me will survive death, I know it!" (Rogo, 1983)
There is no place in modern science for a view such as this. Modern science does not allow for the possibility of the soul, or invisible beings, or have any laws of force which can account for the power of prayer. But what if modern science still has a few things to learn? What if present-day physics is leaving out a few important truths about the universe, as well?
This seems to be the case. There are many phenomena which have been proven in the laboratory, and yet which mainstream physics steadfastly refuses to admit or recognize. Why? Because if it did, it would turn the present world-view of physics upside down. But there is good news, too. It would bring a golden age of new discoveries and new technology, undreamed of today. And it would bring modern science and modern religion much closer to healing the ancient rift which separates them.
Evidence has rapidly accumulated over the past three decades that our present scientific theories are badly broken. Science is on the verge of a revolution as far reaching as the one a century ago that introduced relativity and quantum mechanics. The mounting evidence for this revolution has been largely ignored by "mainstream" scientists, even as it has grown more convincing. The study of scientific revolutions (see Kuhn, 1962) indicates that they are never easy nor smooth. The scientific establishment ignores or actively opposes the new evidence as long as it can.
Modern quantum theory was initially discovered by Max Planck, who later received the Nobel Prize for it. But he was opposed by the scientific establishment of his day, and became so embittered that he later remarked, referring to these establishment scientists: "Science advances funeral by funeral." Today it has been largely forgotten that Charles Darwin, who advanced the Theory of Evolution, endured white-hot hatred from opponents, who felt he was attacking the Bible's version of creation.
And few today realize that even Albert Einstein, the widely hailed genius of twentieth-century physics, was very slow in being recognized. His Theory of Relativity encountered very little acceptance for many years, and seventeen years later, when he received the Nobel Prize, it was for his work on the photoelectric effect and "other contributions to theoretical physics." Even then, his revolutionary theories of space and time were not accepted by many physicists.
Four hundred years ago, the intellectual establishment had more persuasive methods of preserving the old paradigm. When Galileo advanced his new theory of gravity and acceleration, which contradicted Aristotle, the Church threatened him with torture on the rack if he did not recant. He recanted.
Copernicus, who discovered from meticulous measurements that the earth revolved around the sun, not vice versa, prudently waited until after his death to have published his revolutionary conclusions. And Giordano Bruno, who proposed that the stars in the sky were other suns much like our own, and might have planets just like our sun does, was a offered a choice: publicly renounce his theories or be burned at the stake. (Mendoza, 1995) He held to his truth, and was incinerated as a lesson to those who would challenge orthodox beliefs.
Today, orthodoxy in science is maintained in more genteel ways. Ideas and results which challenge the prevailing viewpoint are simply not published in the mainstream journals, no matter how prestigious the credentials of the scientist or the care with which the work is done. The distinguished astronomer Halton Arp decries the present state of scientific publishing:
"The tradition of peer review of articles published in professional journals has degenerated into almost total censorship. Originally, a reviewer could help an author improve his article by pointing out errors in calculation, references, clarity, etc., but scientists, in their fervid attachment to their own theories, have now mostly used their selection as a referee to reject publication of any result that would be unfavorable to their own personal commitment The press, of course, only reports news from established academic centers that have a strong financial and prestige interest in glorifying the status quo. The result is that real investigative science is mostly now an underground activity."(Arp, 2000)
As a result of these conditions, many scientists are unaware of much of the evidence which has accumulated, which indicates that the present scientific paradigm is broken. What are some of these phenomena which modern physics wishes would go away? Until recently, physicists were dreaming of the "final theory" and thinking themselves very close to achieving it. In the face of such confidence, what reason is there to believe that the present scientific edifice is about to undergo a radical face-lift?
First of all, there is "dark matter." This should be embarrassing to physics. For almost six decades, billions of dollars have been spent colliding elementary particles together in "atom smashers," high-energy accelerators. The outcomes of these experiments became the basis for our modern theories of matter. They were used to predict the kinds of particles which can occur in the universe. And now, suddenly, physicists have to admit that between 50% and 95% of the matter in the universe is of some unknown type that is not predicted by their theories. They know almost nothing about this form of matter. To quote Princeton Professor of Physics Jim Peebles, "It is an embarrassment that the dominant forms of matter in the universe are hypothetical " (Scott, 2002)
There is also evidence that our theory of gravity, called "General Relativity," has some glaring weaknesses. Anomalies have been observed in Foucault pendulums during solar eclipses. They veer off in strange directions during such events. (Saxl, 1971; Allais, I and II, 1959) These anomalies are large and have been well-documented. They cannot be explained by current physics. Instead they have been ignored.
Another example is the furor over "cold fusion." Most Americans believe the cold fusion debacle in the late nineteen-eighties was an example of either bad science or fraud. They are unaware that over 100 laboratories around the world duplicated and verified the results of those experiments! Among those are five U.S. national laboratories. They are unaware that one of the hasty studies conducted at MIT, which supposedly disproved cold fusion, has been discovered to have doctored its data, and that its initial tests also confirmed the reality of cold fusion. (Mallove 1991, 1997; Bokris, 1999)
The average scientist or citizen would be even more surprised to learn that EPRI, the large, non-profit research institute funded by the nation's electric utilities, conducted an extensive $10 million dollar evaluation of "cold fusion." Their conclusion is that cold fusion works:
"This work confirms the claims of Fleishman, Pons, and Hawkins [the inventors
of cold fusion] of the production of excess heat in deuterium loaded palladium cathodes at levels too huge for chemical transformation...Further, excess energy exceeds that of known chemical processes by two or more orders of magnitude." (Mallove, 1997; EPRI, 1994)
Likewise, the United States Navy recently completed their own painstaking evaluation of this technology. After all, it would certainly be useful for submarines and ships. Their conclusion: "...we do know the existence of Cold Fusion phenomenon through repeated observations by scientists throughout the world." (Szpak, 2002) These very positive evaluations of cold fusion never received any press coverage, while the "debunking" result of MIT received the highest level news attention.
Cold fusion is a technology which directly threatens a large and powerful industry (oil) and this may explain, in part, the intensity of the opposition it experienced. But it also presented a phenomenon which does not fit in with present theories of physics, and thus presents a challenge to orthodox science.
These examples are from the "hard sciences." Even more dramatic conflicts are seen in the areas of consciousness studies and paranormal effects. "Paranormal" is often viewed as a pejorative term, but it usefully categorizes a broad class of phenomena which defy the present scientific paradigm, and for which there is good scientific evidence.
One of these is "remote viewing". This is a process by which a person goes into a light trance and can describe distant objects or events. It has been demonstrated to be successful in a two-decade program conducted by the U.S. military. Despite public disclaimers that it did not work, there is overwhelming evidence to the contrary, as we will see in Chapter 1. How it works is a mystery which defies our present understanding of space and time, and of physical laws.
Part of the power of remote viewing is its ability to examine targets which are truly "remote" in space and time. One of the great anomalies of this new science is that time and distance do not seem to matter. The target can be ten feet away or ten thousand miles away. And even more surprising, a target event in the past or in the future can be examined just as easily and accurately as one in the present. The consciousness of the viewer seems able to "go" there with equal ease.
This completely violates one of the cardinal laws of contemporary physics, that of "causality," which means that cause must precede effect. And yet solid and statistically valid evidence has accumulated which proves that this law does not hold for remote viewing.(Jahn, 1987, 1992)
During such experiments, at the location of the target a strange and anomalous energy has been seen and measured in some cases. Early evidence suggests that some form of energy or "consciousness" can actually travel to the site being remote-viewed, and causes measurable disturbances. (Osis, 1980; PRC, 1982; Yonjie, 1982; Hubbard, 1987) This is an unknown form of energy which defies present physics, but may hold the key to consciousness and to many kinds of psychic phenomena.
Similar, possibly related, anomalous forms of energy have been documented in haunted houses, where they have been photographed on hundreds of occasions. They often appear as rapidly moving orbs, and create measurable magnetic and electrical anomalies, further supporting the notion that these energy forms are in some sense "real." Could these energy forms, which carry consciousness and survive death, be the human soul, or some aspect of it? Is our science on the verge of a breakthrough which will enlighten us about our own immortality?
These are just a few examples of areas in which serious scientific research is uncovering facts which violate modern physics. They suggest that the present scientific model is limited, and has left out some important phenomena. It may be that, when physics begins to acknowledge these new phenomena, it will evolve into a more advanced, comprehensive and enlightened system of knowledge.
Professor Willis Harmon of Stanford University has called this the "Third Scientific Revolution," because it goes far beyond the discoveries of Newtonian Physics at the dawn of the Renaissance, and the Einsteinian-Quantum revolution one hundred years ago. The new revolution deals with consciousness and subtle forms of energy which have, until now, been neglected by western science. To quote Professor Harmon:
"The fundamental insight behind the 'Third Scientific Revolution" is the view that the existence of states of higher organizational complexity cannot be understood merely through lower-level laws and system-components. The self-organizing properties of matter and of life cannot be fully explained in terms of the physical sciences and molecular biology; completely new fundamental principles will be required." (Harmon, 1995)
Some of these new discoveries will lead to new inventions and technology which will revolutionize our world. Science is learning that "empty space," for example, is not so empty after all. It is filled with energy. (Boyer 1969, 1975; Puthoff, 1989; Cole, 1993) This energy can be tapped to produce clean, abundant, cheap forms of power which can replace fossil fuel, relieve us of our dependence on oil and save the environment.
The energy in the vacuum may be manipulated to produce miraculous new forms of propulsion. The "physics of Star Trek" seems more like science and less like fiction every year. (Millis, 1999; Haish, 1997; Puthoff, 1997) We are discovering that parallel dimensions and higher dimensions, long the domain of speculation by theorists, may be quite real after all. And some of the energy forms in the vacuum may be key to understanding the paranormal effects which are being discovered.
In these books, we review the large number of phenomena which have now been established experimentally as real, and yet which violate present day physics, or at the very least pose a serious challenge to it. Our thesis is that it is time for physics to begin to seriously address these breakdowns in conventional science.
From this, a new scientific revolution will result, with a much deeper understanding of the universe and our place in it. Scientists today work on the "Unified Field Theory" and call it the "theory of everything." And yet, they are not aware of, or even trying to explain, broad classes of phenomena which have been proven to occur in our universe. Without including these, a correct unified field theory can never be found.
At the end of this volume, after reviewing some of this evidence, we shall offer some suggestions about how such a new theory might be constructed. It is far from the final word on such a complex and ambitious project. But we offer our ideas on the shape of the "new" physics as a sort of "prelude", in the spirit of "here are some ideas that might work."
This is a voyage into a new era of science. Like Columbus, we know that the world is not flat. It still may be dangerous to tell others that. Old beliefs die hard. But there is an exciting, much larger, world out there, waiting for the "new physics" to sail into it. It is an exciting world with undreamed-of possibilities...
Personal Growth and Transformation
So that is how my journey began, more than fifteen years ago. Since then I have met some amazing and wonderful people. I have been helped in my journey by so many. And in the process, something else unexpected happened. I began to realize that these new "laws" I was learning about applied to me directly.
Much of the physics of the paranormal involves consciousness. It involves the human soul, if you will. You cannot talk about the paranormal for very long without encountering the human soul. How is it that the remote viewer can send his consciousness half way around the world to read documents in a safe? What actually goes there? It is certainly the center of his awareness, based on how he describes the experience. Is it his soul or some part of it? There is now evidence to suggest that perhaps it is.
In some out-of-body (OBE) and near-death (NDE) cases, as well as in actual death cases, a physical manifestation is seen or measured. A faint glowing orb has been witnessed which may be the physical manifestation of this energy. It has affected electronic sensors, such as strain gauges and optical sensors. It has even been photographed. This seat of consciousness, or soul or some aspect of it, is very real.
When one studies the evidence for reincarnation, again it is surprising how much high quality evidence there is. Thousands of cases have been painstakingly researched by highly qualified academic scientists.(Stevenson, 1960,1977,1975) The findings are persuasive, even overwhelming. Once more it reinforces the notion that the soul, the identity, continues after death. It makes us realize that we humans are much more than we have been taught.
And when you see enough evidence that the human consciousness does not need a physical body to operate, then it opens up the idea of non-physical intelligences. The new physics will have to account for a "field of consciousness," and it may have to deal with the idea that intelligence and awareness does not require a physical body in the sense we are used to.
There have been important breakthroughs in research on reincarnation, near-death experiences, energy healing, the power of prayer, and non-physical consciousness. Many of these will be reviewed here. It is but a short step from this point to realize that the new science begins to resemble, or at least support, some of the tenets of religion. Not any specific dogmatic religion, but the general principles underlying all religions.
As we stumble our way towards the ultimate "unified field theory," we may find to our surprise that it bridges the gulf between science and religion. As our understanding becomes more profound, the differences between these two belief systems may become smaller.
There is, after all, only one universe. There is only one true description of it at the deepest level. This understanding would heal the rift warned of by the Hopi. It would offer an integrated view of the universe and of man. This would be the ultimate "unified field theory." These books are intended to help us as we journey toward that goal.--order the book
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