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A Report on the Second Annual International Conference on Science and Consciousness (ICSC)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
April 29th - May 3rd 2000

by Cynthia Sue Larson

This article was written by Cynthia Sue Larson for and published as part of Enlightenment News for June 22, 2000.


Peter Russell's Keynote Address

Deborah Rozman on Heart Intelligence

Elisabeth Targ on Distant Healing

William Tiller on Animate/Inanimate Interactions

Paul Ka'ikena Pearsall on Wishing Well

A Steven Halpern Concert


This year’s International Conference on Science and Consciousness (ICSC) was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. More than 800 people from 14 different countries attended. The ICSC was divided into four concurrent sessions for most of each of the five days, with everyone coming together for the keynote addresses and presentations at the beginning and end of each day.

I arrived at the Crowne Plaza Hotel the day before the conference began to meet a friend who showed me some of the natural beauty of the wild areas around Albuquerque. New Mexico is known as the "Land of Enchantment." The New Mexico sky is so big and clear that you can spin around and around and still feel like there's more sky than you could ever see. Plateaus of red rocks rise up from the earth like ancient sentinels, watching all who come their way. Fragrant grasses sway in the breezes that blow through, and clouds form dramatically overhead – sometimes bringing rain.

Rain storms can instantly transform this dry land to deep, sticky red mud. I can see the signs of those recent rains in parched little mushrooms that rose up to greet the sun, and still remain standing in place long after the moisture from those rains has left.

When the conference started on Saturday morning, I felt extremely fortunate to be there with so many other wonderful people! There were more than 50 presenters in attendance, as well as hundreds of attendees united with a shared passion for exploring the connections between science and consciousness. This was truly a magical event!

Peter Russell's Keynote Address:

Consciousness: Bridging Science & Spirit

Russell and Cynthia Sue Larson
Peter Russell and Cynthia Sue Larson

British author Peter Russell, the first keynote speaker, started the conference with a brilliant talk about science and consciousness. A student of Stephen Hawking at the University of Cambridge, Russell is the author of The Brain Book, The Global Brain Awakens, The Creative Manager, and Waking Up In Time. As a respected scientist, scholar, visionary and futurist, Russell explores the potentials of human consciousness, balancing knowledge of Western science with his acquired Eastern wisdom. (See Peter's website at

Peter Russell's charming English accent artfully conveyed his message that we are still learning what consciousness is. Some scientists disagree that everything is conscious ... or even that such a thing as consciousness exists! This confusion arises because science only focuses on the known world, while consciousness focuses on the knower. Russell summed this up by saying, "When science opens up to looking at what consciousness is, it opens up to a whole new understanding of spirituality and what God is all about – because consciousness is the bridge from Science to God."

Russell told the story of how he'd started out as a scientist with no interest in God. When he was a young boy, he went to church as an Anglican, and had his confirmation ceremony at the age of 13. By the time he had turned 15 years old, Russell decided he was an atheist, although he quipped, "I later realized I'm an atheist who believes in God!" When Peter studied the wave equation for hydrogen in college, he marveled that we can deduce the nature of the universe mathematically! But how could that be … how had the universe become conscious of itself in such a way that we could participate in witnessing the elegance of creation?

To find out, Russell studied psychology – particularly the fields of memory and perception – but was disappointed to discover that consciousness was never mentioned. Russell found information about consciousness in Eastern traditions, which help us free ourselves of our fears, judgments, belief systems and everything else that blocks us from living fully enjoyable lives.

As Russell described it, consciousness is something that everything has, and that space and time and matter arise from. "We all have the ability to have experiences, and we are even self-conscious. If you think about how a film projector works, where white light shines through some film and an image results on the screen, you can see how we all have the same basic conscious illumination, like that light source – the light is exactly the same for each of us."

Russell continued, "The simple fact that we are conscious presents a gigantic problem for science. Many scientists would ignore consciousness altogether if they could, but consciousness is undeniable. While scientists pride themselves on predictability, there is nothing in science that predicts consciousness! The hard problem of consciousness is, how the hell does it happen?!? The easy problem is understanding the brain functions, although we are still a long way from having a complete understanding of that. My view is that this isn't actually a hard problem. It's actually an IMPOSSIBLE problem … within the existing scientific paradigm. Behind every science is a belief system, and those change with time. The Greek worldview changed with the coming of Newton, and then Einstein's relativity changed the Newtonian paradigm. As Niels Bohr once said, 'Scientists never change their mind. What happens is that old scientists die.'"

Even when a scientific model is totally wrong, Russell pointed out that it can take generations before people recognize a new paradigm. Anomalies can help show us when our worldview is not the best … we can see how some aspects we are studying don't easily fit the old paradigms. We're going through a paradigm shift with all of our sciences, since the paradigm behind the paradigms is being called into question. This metaparadigm says that the world of space/time/matter is the 'real' world, and when we fully understand that, we will understand the nature of the universe.

Consciousness is the anomaly – we are certain we are conscious, and yet we can't explain what consciousness is. Right now, scientists are "epicycling." They are wondering how they can explain consciousness in terms of the old metaparadigm. Even though so many theories are being developed, all of those theories assume that space/time/matter is the "real" world and consciousness arises out of that.

Russell explained that "to accept anomaly and build new paradigms … we must accept the fact that consciousness is primary. It is part of the essential nature of the universe, and space/time/matter comes out of it." We need to see how the world looks when consciousness is fundamental. It's much more mind-boggling to consider that everything we experience and know is something happening inside consciousness! The brain recreates the experience of the world in a tenth of a second, so we're always 1/10 of a second behind, and the brain gets rid of this delay so we don't even notice it. No one ever experiences the world directly – what we experience is this wonderful virtual reality. Mystics know this.

Russell then described the two fundamental laws of consciousness:

(1) Consciousness is Creative – it can take on every single thought as we are creating the whole world … everything we know is a creation of consciousness. The question to ask is, "How does consciousness manifest for each of us as space, time, and matter?"

(2) Consciousness has Intention – Consciousness is intelligent! We all wish to feel good; none of us wants to suffer or feel pain. As the Dalai Lama says, "In the final analysis, the hope of every single person is peace of mind." This is why we do everything … because we want to avoid pain and suffering, and feel OK. Humans get caught up in all these beliefs of what will make us feel good, so we worry about not having enough. We get sucked into the delusion that we are experiencing the external world directly.

Russell examined how this delusion that we are experiencing the external world affects our sense of inner peace and happiness. "Our belief system has a great deal to do with our happiness. The idea that if we only got enough things, we'd finally be at peace is rubbish! Happiness depends on our perceptions. Buddha's four noble insights showed us how whether or not we suffer is our own creation, and we can undo that. We create our experience of the world. If we don't like it, we can change it."

"We often identify with our body, and this is a delusion! Everything is a creation in consciousness. YOU are consciousness, none other than the pure faculty of consciousness. When we ask, 'Who am I?', the 'I' is consciousness itself. Thomas Merton said, 'If I penetrate to the depth of my own existence, to the indefinable … then I pass into the indefinable I AM.' The real nature of consciousness is divine, which doesn't always go down so well! When we delve down to the deepest essence (still mind) and arrive at pure faculty of consciousness … that IS divine experience! God is truth, consciousness is truth (the one thing we cannot deny). God is in All, and consciousness is in All. When we look into another person's eyes or just listen to them, we experience another light of consciousness … the divinity of inner light in another. God is Love, and the real nature of consciousness is Loving. When we treat other people as objects, it separates us. When we see that behind those experiences is the same light of consciousness, we feel connected."

Peter Russell closed his keynote address by asking us the following question for further contemplation: "Consider this hypothesis for scientific examination in our lives: Consciousness is Universal, Primary, and Divine! If each of us is divine, how then will we live and relate to other people?"

Deborah Rozman –

Heart Intelligence: The Science of Individual,
Social & Global Coherence

Deborah Rozman

After Peter Russell's keynote address, I had to choose between four excellent concurrent sessions! I selected Deborah Rozman's HeartMath workshop, since I know that HeartMath's work relates closely to what I am doing … they demonstrate and teach the significance of "thinking with the heart" to improve people's health and intuitive abilities.

Deborah Rozman, a psychologist, is the Executive Vice President of HeartMath, the author of five books, and the editor of many others. Rozman currently conducts workshops and trains trainers in HeartMath's programs focusing on heart intelligence as it applies to intuitional development, women's issues, parenting, personal effectiveness, and empowerment.

Rozman began her workshop by describing how coherence occurs as we feel loving and loved. In the field of physics, coherence is defined as a single waveform that does not vary over time, or the synchronization that occurs between two or more waveforms. In psychology, coherence is defined as the quality of being logically integrated. Rozman explained that coherence occurs within our bodies when the variable distance in time between our heart beats stabilizes. This state of psychophysical coherence is characterized by mental and emotional stability, with feelings of greater synchronization and harmony.

Rozman showed a diagram of a circular cycle that showed how our perceptions are influenced by neural circuits, and how these perceptions then influence our thoughts and emotions. Our thoughts and emotions subsequently create physiological effects in our bodies, which then affect the neural circuits. This loop illustrates how we can get stuck in mindsets or preset patterns in which we habitually respond in similar ways. These patterned responses are the "stuff" that we have to deal with within ourselves and society.

These patterns wouldn't matter so much if so many of us weren't feeling intense levels of stress in our lives. Proctor & Gamble's Roper global consumer 2000 study recently indicated that a large percentage of the American populace say they feel "super-stressed" (1 in 5 women, and 1 in 7 men). We need to find new ways to cope with all this stress. Rozman asked us to ponder the following statement: "The mind is to the brain as intuition is to the heart." She added, "Emotion is energy in motion – we can find movement in our emotions, and choose to access the direct intuitive knowingness of our hearts."

Rozman showed a photograph of her son and his dog – with a chart alongside the photo showing the distance between their heart beats, and how they became coherent (or stabilized) during the time the dog and her son were loving each other! It was so sweet to see love's great healing effects in this picture. Rozman said, "Coherence (love) is a scientifically proven, universal guiding principle for behavior. Anger is like an emotional virus; one or two angry people can take pent-up anger and stress and infect a whole room."

Considering the contagious quality of emotions, it's good to remember that appreciation and love have much more power than other less coherent emotions, and also that our heartbeats affect the brainwaves of others! Rozman continued to explain that, "Heart intelligence gives us the ability to have the 'Aha!' When you put your heart into something, you get more coherence. When we apply the insight that we can learn to get out of feeling of whatever stressful emotion for a moment, going to neutral without 'stuffing' the emotion, we can feel some appreciation and compassion and get to a higher perspective."

Our hearts have so many neural connections that they can be considered a "brain" in their own right. That 'brain' inside the heart keeps hearts pumping even as they are being surgically transplanted from one person's body to another. Our hearts are also the one thing in our body that can neutralize the fears and stresses that our brains get us into! When people learn how to bring their heartbeats into a state of coherence where variations between heartbeats are smoothed out by practicing feeling love and appreciation, they are literally creating new neural pathways. The heart is a neurological organ, as well as the source of our pulse. It is the source of many important hormones, and the generator of a large electrical field (which has been measured extending ten feet or more beyond the body).

The heart also contains memory cells. Sometimes, people who have undergone heart transplant surgery notice that they receive the memories of their heart's donor. This side-effect of heart transplant operations leaves heart recipients with new memories that feel just as real as memories from their own life experiences. These new memories fade after a little while, being strongest immediately following the transplant surgery. It takes some time for the heart cells to receive the memories and experiences of the heart recipient.

Rozman explained that we can intentionally change the way the cells in our bodies respond to stress by entraining ourselves. When we (1) shift our awareness to our heart; (2) activate the emotional feelings of love, compassion and appreciation; and (3) ask our hearts what to do – we are entraining three things. We are entraining our respiration, our pulse rate, and our heart rhythm. This affects the rest of our body, and it also affects everything and everyone around us.

Since feelings of anger, hurt, and frustration are all based on perception, we can change our habitual reactions to stress by learning to focus on love and appreciation, especially in times of stress. The cells in the amygdala that store old memories (and overrides what we know we should do) then synchronize with the pacemaker cells of our heart, and reprogramming our habitual stress reactions can happen very quickly. They can happen quickly precisely because the amplitude of coherence (love) is so much more powerful.

Deborah Rozman gave an initial demonstration of a biofeedback device that helps people "entrain" their hearts – it's a Velcro strap to wrap around your finger so that the fingertip presses onto a contact and the heartbeats and time distance between heartbeats can be measured. Rozman gave us a practice exercise of feeling love, compassion, and appreciation to get us into "The Zone" … that place that athletes excel in and the "intended state" of consciousness where we can live free of stress and fear. Rozman demonstrated computer software that can be used in conjunction with the biofeedback device, so that as you get into "The Zone," a black and white picture begins to change into color, with a flowing stream, flowers, and forest animals!

Many corporations and schools are taking HeartMath classes to help employees and students be more productive and healthier as they learn how to get and stay in "The Zone." Even children have benefited from HeartMath's training, and there are special classes available for kids.

Elisabeth Targ –

Research in Prayer & Distance Healing:
Evidence & Implications

Sue Larson and Elisabeth Targ
Cynthia Sue Larson and Elisabeth Targ

The next session I attended was Elisabeth Targ's. Targ is the acting director of the Complementary Medicine Research Institute at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, where physicians are trained in alternative medicine in addition to their traditional medical training. Targ is also the Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and a Fellow of the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Elisabeth Targ co-authored a ground-breaking paper in the December 1998 Western Journal of Medicine, titled "A Randomized Double-Blind Study of the Effect of Distant Healing in a Population with Advanced AIDS," and she presented the findings from this research along with that of several other significant studies that indicate the power of prayer in healing. Elisabeth Targ defines distant healing as "a conscious and compassionate act of intervention intended to benefit the physical and/or emotional well-being of another person at a distance."

Elisabeth Targ started her talk by discussing the differences between people who use conventional medicine and those who use alternative medicine. Alternative medicine users also utilize conventional medicine, and feel it is important to work with the mind, body, and spirit as part of their care. The alternative medicine recipients also are more likely to have had transformative experiences … as Targ put it, "These are NOT the angry types!"

"Scientific data is an important form of communication," Targ said, and she is pleased to see that the field of medicine appears to be the first place where consciousness researchers are able to make inroads towards scientifically demonstrating verifiable evidence of non-local physical affects from consciousness.

Targ's initial interest in studying the effectiveness of distant healing was to determine, if prayer worked, who did it work for? Was it something that only worked for those who had the hopes and expectations for prayer to work, or is distant healing something that works regardless of the recipient's desire for it to work?

While many research studies have been conducted to answer these questions, most prayer studies are not yet found in scientific journals. There has been some difficulty conducting research in this area, precisely because some of the labels used to find the elusive mechanism behind distant healing such as "Extra Sensory Perception" (ESP), or intrinsic meaning have sometimes been cited as evidence of psychopathology. Serious scientific researchers are therefore understandably cautious and a bit uncomfortable about publicly announcing their studies in this field, since they wish to avoid being labeled "crazy."

Much scientific research has been conducted in a veil of secrecy. For example, Elisabeth Targ mentioned how a recent three day conference at Harvard University on the subject of Prayer and Distant Healing was conducted on a confidential, invitation-only basis so the public would not know about it! Such secrecy in the field of distant healing gives the public a false illusion that not much scientific research is being done, when this is far from the truth.

Targ was quite pleased to tell us that the National Institute of Health (NIH) now funds research and awards grants for a new category called, "Distant Mental Influence on Biological Organisms"! This broad umbrella covers a wide range of topics, such as: psychic healing, therapeutic touch, non-local healing, subtle energy healing, prayer, intentionality healing, laying-on-of-hands, and spiritual healing.

Of the more than 135 distant mental influence on biological organisms studies, about two-thirds have reported statistically significant results. One particularly fascinating study in which healers strove to reduce tumors in mice showed that the healers who were farthest from the mice had the greatest success in shrinking those tumors!

Targ showed a slide indicating how many of some of these studies had been conducted, and how many had significant results. The first number was the number of significant studies, and the second number was the total number of human studies in that area:

    • biofeedback (5/8)
    • hemoglobin increase (4/4)
    • skin wound healing (1/1)
    • hypertension (2/3)
    • asthma (0/1)
    • CCU recovery (1/1)
    • myopia (0/1)
    • tension headaches (1/1)
    • post-operation pain (1/2)
    • anxiety (6/8)
    • personal relationships (0/1)
    • depression (0/1)
    • self-esteem (1/1)
    • AIDS (1/1)

Targ described William Brouch's article in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, "Distant Mental Influence of Rate of Hemolysis of Human Red Blood Cells", and the amazing findings in which nine of the thirty-two student subjects showed significant results when non-locally "protecting" their blood samples which had been placed in test tubes mixed with water.
Targ also briefly described Randolph Byrd's "Positive Therapeutic Effects of Intercessory Prayer in a Coronary Care Unit Population," published in the 1988 issue of the Southern Medical Journal. Byrd's study analyzed 393 Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) patients at the San Francisco General hospital. Christian prayer circles prayed for patients, and the prayed-for patients experienced fewer complications (such as intubations, need for antibiotics and diuretics, cardiopulmonary arrests, and pneumonia). While there was no experimental control limiting "extraneous prayer" from those prayer givers not officially chosen by Byrd and his team, the Byrd study assumed that extraneous prayer should balance out and equalize between the control and prayed-for groups. This and other studies have raised the question about whether people should be prayed for without their permission.

William Harris and his team of researchers published their findings from attempting to replicate Randolph Byrd's study in the October 1999 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine as "A Randomized, Controlled Trial of the Effects of Remote, Intercessory Prayer on Outcomes in Patients Admitted to the Coronary Care Unit." Harris and his team succeeded in replicating Byrd's study, and discovered that prayed-for patients fared better than the control group, yet stayed in the hospital for about the same length of time. Those doing the praying in the Harris study were required to agree with the statement, "I believe in God. I believe that He is personal and is concerned with individual lives. I further believe that He is responsive to prayers for healing made on behalf of the sick."

Targ's 1998 double-blind study on AIDS patients used forty experienced distant healers to pray for advanced-case AIDS patients. The healers were simply given instructions to "hold an intention for the health and well-being of the patient." Pair matching was done to control as much as possible for variation in outcomes that might be related to major disease progression and survival predictors, as indicated by the earlier pilot study. Healers were required to have a minimum of five years distant healing (DH) experience with at least ten patients, including AIDS patients. The healers selected had an average of 17 years experience and had previously treated an average of 106 patients at a distance.

The healers were given a photograph, and the first name of the person to be prayed for during that particular week. Each healer received a new patient to pray for every other week. Prayers continued for one hour a day, over a period of ten weeks. Thus, each subject receiving distant healing was treated by a total of ten different practitioners, while each practitioner worked every other week treating a total of five subjects.

Each of the different healers used different techniques (such as Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Native American, shamanic, bioenergetic and meditative), according to what worked best for them. DH Practitioners were not paid and understood that the study could not evaluate the abilities of any particular healer. Healers would often see or feel the energy in those they were praying for; some would beat drums, some would get visions, and some would send in energy with sound and light or work with spirits.
At the end of the ten week study period, the AIDS patients in the Distant Healing group were found to require less medical care, have fewer and less severe new illnesses, and their moods improved. This outcome is surprising, because this was a double-blind study in which subjects, physicians, and study personnel did not know who was in the treatment group. There are two explanations other than DH effect that might also cause these differences: baseline medical or treatment differences, and expectation or the placebo effect.

We can rule out the baseline medical or treatment differences, since there were no statistically significant differences between the DH and control groups. The expectation or placebo effect can be ruled out, because the only outcome measure showing correlation with subject belief that they were being prayed for (whether or not that turned out to be the case) was the CD4 count, and interestingly, this correlation only held up at study midpoint, and not the end of the study.

Existing medical understanding offers no mechanism yet for why distant healing should be so effective. Dr. Larry Dossey has pointed out that for years, nobody knew how or why colchicine, morphine, aspirin, or quinine worked – yet they were known to be effective, and so they were utilized. Possible mechanisms for DH might include telepathic mind-to-mind communication between patient and healer, or some form of energy transfer. These are areas for future research. Targ and her team intend to repeat this experiment utilizing nurses as the distant healers.

William Tiller –

Exploring Robust Interactions Between Intention
& Inanimate/Animate Systems: Theory

Tiller and Cynthia Sue Larson
William Tiller and Cynthia Sue Larson

William Tiller is a teacher, researcher, author and consultant, and is currently Professor Emeritus of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Formerly, he was an advisory physicist at Westinghouse Research Laboratories. He has published 275 scientific papers and three technical books in the field of materials science. Tiller has explored the area of spiritual development and the physics of psycho-energetic phenomena, which has inspired him to write an additional 80 scientific papers as well as his book Science and Human Transformation: Subtle Energies, Intentionality, and Consciousness. Tiller is a founding director of both The Academy of Parapsychology and Medicine, and The Institute of Noetic Sciences.

William Tiller presented the theoretical side of his work after explaining the experiments involving robust interactions between intention and inanimate/animate systems. Tiller reminded us of the "bodysuit metaphor," in which we are all spirits having a physical experience as we go down the river of life. We are intended to become co-creators with our spiritual creators, and we can think of ourselves as having many layers … from the electric monopole layer of physical reality to the magnetic monopole, emotion domain, and mind domains. The spirit inside of us drives us, and living is a process of building an infrastructure which allows more spirit to enter dense matter.

Tiller explained, "Spirit drives this biobodysuit vehicle! After all, 99.999% of all physical 'matter' consists of vacuum, with BIG spaces between electrons and nucleus. The energy potential, or latent energy, stored in one single Hydrogen atom is equivalent to one trillion times all the energy in our universe! If our consciousness could interact with the vacuum, we could have some very BIG effects. We'll be able to use the physics of the vacuum to get to the stars."

Tiller described the importance of Dirac's work when he wanted to know where electrons came from in the 1920's, and found that when an electron popped out of its atom, it left a "hole" or positron behind. Antimatter are "defects" in the sense that the holes in the substratum are calculated to contain huge energy density, in a very chaotic structure with lots of interference going on. Tiller was excited to point out that "if we can do this for electron particles, we can do it for atoms and molecules!" The vacuum is critically important to us, and De Broglie's proposal that every particle had a "pilot" that guided it lead us to contemplate the "deltron" particle.

Tiller described the deltron as "an emotional particle that serves as a coupling ingredient for faster than light and slower than light velocities," and gave the equation c squared = (velocity of particle) * (velocity of pilot wave) with an illustration that showed four quadrants with velocity expressed on the x-axis and energy on the y-axis. The upper left-hand quadrant is the Physical branch, the lower right-hand quadrant is the Etheric branch, the upper right hand quadrant is the electric superluminal (tachyon) branch, and the lower left hand quadrant is the magnetic subliminal branch (imaginary particles).

Tiller discussed the nodal network model which works like transponders with hexagonal close-packed (HCP) symmetry, and pointed out that "We need to practice other cognitive domains ... we need to learn how to play with reciprocal space blocks." He continued to say that "Reciprocal space patterns create our immediate future! Everything is already there."

All of these theories will be published in Tiller's forthcoming book, due for release at the end of the year 2000.

Following Saturday's presentations by Huston Smith, Charles Tart, Jeffrey Mishlove, Stanley Krippner, Amit Goswami, and Russell Targ (which I was unable to attend because they overlapped with the sessions I just described above), there was an evening keynote presentation by Paul Ka'ikena Pearsall and a concert with Steven Halpern.

Paul Ka'Ikena Pearsall –

Wishing Well: Conscious Acts of Creation

Paul Ka'ikena Pearsall is a clinical neuropsychologist and former professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience. He's written 11 books including Wishing Well: Making Your Every Wish Come True, and The Heart's Code.

Pearsall discussed "conscious acts of creation," also known as wishes! Pearsall first asked the audience to write down in 8 words or less the one wish that is most fundamentally important in life. He then involved the audience in a wonderful exercise in which we learned the art of hula as prayer. We feel transformed when we stand up, smile, and move our hands and feet to the music. Pearsall is right – it feels great to experience music physically, and to remember to smile and "go with the flow"!

Pearsall explained how "the soul attracts what it secretly harbors," and asked us to remember to focus our intent when we first wake up each morning. Those first thoughts we think set the stage for the rest of our day, and someone whose first thought is, "Another day in hell" will probably have a very different experience from the person who wakes up wondering, "What new adventures will I have today?" Pearsall asked us to consider what the person who knows us best would say if asked whether we were a pure pleasure to live with. Our words can heal, and our words can destroy – yet often we don't note what we are saying to those we live closest to.

Hawaiians believe that our ancestors are with us now, and that by saying, "I wish to be connected with everyone and everything with love," entirely different realities emerge.

Pearsall reminded us of the four steps to wishing well…

    (1) Wait
    (2) Imagine the consequences of your wish
    (3) Be sensitive and
    (4) Come from your heart.

As Pearsall sees it, there are three things that matter most in life:

    (1) How well did you love?
    (2) How fully did you live? and
    (3) How deeply did you learn to let go?

Dale Pond on Good Vibrations

Dale Pond

Author/inventor Dale Pond has written a number of books, including Universal Laws Never Before Revealed: Keely’s Secrets, The Physics of Love, Nikola Tesla’s Earthquake Machine, and The Divine Triplet: Exploring the Spiritual Nature of Silver, Gold, and Platinum. Pond's main message for us is that vibration is the principle underlying all things and phenomena – the link between spirit, mind, and matter – the magic key for creating new worlds and universes.

Pond demonstrated one of his beautiful creations, which he said will move without being touched as a kind of bio-feedback device. Dale's striking Dynasphere occupied a place of honor in the networking room, where people gathered to see if they could "get the ball rolling" on its axle. He explained that he'd built this instrument in the winter of 1995-1996 in an effort to rediscover John Keely's lost technology. During the time I attended the conference, I didn't see the device move at all, but Dale assured me that one woman at the conference had already been cured of some health problems, simply from having basked in the Love she felt near this gleaming metallic device.

Dale Pond explained that dynaspheres, sometimes called musical dynaspheres, globe motors, or sphere motors, were originally built in the 1880's by John W. Keely. With his dynaspheres, Keely was reportedly able to power different work loads. Keely once demonstrated a large unit (four feet in diameter) that was built to power a locomotive! The dynasphere is a continuous motion machine, designed to operate within the stream of vibrations passing from the earth and in conjunction to those vibrations of the celestial domain. Dynaspheres are completely non-polluting, relying on neither chemical nor other expensive fuels for their operation. Many people have reported sensing a powerful healing field around the dynaspheres, and these healing effects (on the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual planes) warrant further study.

Steven Halpern Concert

Steven Halpern

Steven Halpern is a composer and recording artist with over 50 releases. He is also the author of Sound Health, Sound Matters, and Sound, Stress and Inner Peace. Steven's music appeals to people from all walks of life, all ages, and religious backgrounds. His music creates an oasis of serenity without imposing any demands of its own – so it is played in homes, hospitals, corporate offices and schools throughout the world to enhance meditation, relaxation, and to increase productivity and creativity on the job. Halpern's music touches us completely in a way that we recognize and appreciate at the highest level of our being.

The evening Steven Halpern concert was truly amazing, because Steven had a very special guest performer – a potted plant! A philodendron was hooked up to a MIDI and synthesizer with two alligator clipped wires, and it proceeded to play a beautiful, complex piece of very unique music. The philodendron's song started off sounding a little bit sleepy, then gradually picked up tempo and proceeded to play a song unlike anything I've ever heard humans play! It was exquisite, and soothing, and fresh. The notes would rise and sustain on high notes that sounded something like someone playing a rising scale on a xylophone … then it would be quiet.

Next, a melody would begin with lower notes and a chord would hang suspended and sustained as notes rose slowly … bringing to my mind the vision of water flowing down gently from a plant's leaves into the soil after a rain. I almost felt like I could smell the fresh air of the outdoors in this very large conference room! Halpern explained that some people from Damanhur in Italy had created the technology which allows any plant to "sing," provided the plant is awake and willing to participate.

Steven Halpern played a very moving piece of music he'd written on the piano, called "Spectrum Suite," which focuses energy of each of the seven chakras and brings people to very deep alpha and theta states of consciousness. He played this piece after having played a couple of other short songs on the hotel's piano … and then noticed that the piano was out of tune. Halpern asked for the audience's assistance to intend for the piano to come into tune – which it did for the exquisite "Spectrum Suite" song! This song is perfect for anyone who wishes to help people learn to meditate, or who works with people in a healing capacity, as the music is extremely energizing and relaxing.

Halpern checked on the philodendron again, to find out if it wished to perform another song for us, and it did! This grand finale was a bright and cheery song, which was very different from the first song … it reminded me of a fond memory of watching the rising sun! The notes rose at the same speed that the sun rises on the horizon, and I could imagine the sun coming up with the first rays of light shining down as the notes "warmed up"… and also became more frequent. This song was a radiant expression of unlimited love rising anew! I listened with my eyes shut, and could visualize as the sun had fully cleared the horizon how the notes quieted a bit and softened … and the song came to an end.

And so the first full day of the second annual international conference of science and consciousness came to a close … as we left the Pyramid ballroom to discover what interesting dreams we'd have that night.!

RealityShifters Celebrating 10 Years

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