Author: Rein G
Quantum Biology Research Labs, P.O. Box 157, Northport, N.Y. 11768
Conference/Journal: Proc.Internat.Forum on New Science
Date published: 1996
Other: Volume ID: Oct , Word Count: 315
Mind-body medicine has well recognized the ability of mental images, generated by the mind and directed to specific parts of the body, to produce profound physiological changes, eg. impede tumor growth (Ader, 1981). Psychoneuroimmunologists, however, do not recognize that the mind can also intentionally focus on and manifest changes in biological systems outside the body.
The effects of focused intention have nonetheless been studied using both physical (Jahn and Dunne, 1986) and biological systems (Braud, 1989), and is often referred to respectively as psychokinesis (PK) and Bio-PK. A parallel investigation of conscious intention on biological systems falls under the auspices of healing research where investigators have demonstrated that various types of healers can produce biological effect (Benor, 1990). A third line of investigation involves the study of Chi-Gong practitioners who can also influence biological systems. Most of these studies, however, are phenomenological and are only intended to demonstrate an energetic communication between the practitioner and the biological target. In most healing experiments the intention of the practitioner is to 'heal' or normalize the pathological situation.
A few studies, however, have addressed the question whether different intentional states of consciousness produce different biological effects. For example, Rauscher and Rubik examined the relationship between biological responses and different healing state of consciousness (Rauscher and Rubik, 1983). These experiments were designed to determine whether the healer could protect bacterial cells in culture from inhibition induced by an antibiotic (ampicillin). Using different intentions Laskow could either protect bacteria from the lethal effects of antibiotics or inhibit their growth in the absence of antibiotics.
Sweet and Myers of Spindrift compared two different healing states of consciousness, goal directed and qualitative (Sweet, 1991). Since qualitative healing, as they characterize it, is the surrender of one's will to the will of God, there is no focused intention as in goal-directed healing. These different states of consciousness produced different biological effects on the growth of yeast and seeds.