The following is excerpted from Active
Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within , recently released from R.L.Ranch
One piece of evidence for the
holographic nature of nonstandard fields that have been proposed in recent
years — the zero-point field (a
candidate for the unified field ), the psi
field of psychic phenomena, Ervin Laszlo's Akashic field , and the morphic
field proposed by Rupert Sheldrake  — is that they all share a common
feature: sensitivity to similarity in
If a holographic image has many
different holograms embedded within it, shining a laser of a specific frequency
upon it will cause only those holograms made with lasers of the same frequency
to stand out. That's because
things with the same vibration naturally resonate and reinforce one another — just
as two violin strings at the same pitch resonate with one another. This
property of resonance has [also] been used to explain how each of us might
interact with mysterious fields like the psi or Akashic fields… People pick up
only that with which they personally "resonate." Each individual's resonant
frequency, determined by their life experience, physical body, and energy body,
limits what they can perceive.
Biologist Rupert Sheldrake's
theory of morphic resonance also depends upon similarity in vibration. Members
of the same species, being "on the same wavelength," are able to tap into
information that pertains uniquely to them. And while members of an entire
species might be able to tune into a fairly broad spectrum of frequencies
(think of Carl Jung's notion of the collective
unconscious that humans supposedly tap into ), smaller, more
tightly connected groups — such as members of the same family or loving
couples — resonate in more focused zones of vibration; they have access to their
own "private frequency." In fact, Sheldrake goes even further and suggests that
morphic fields can explain how human memory operates. Instead of being stored
in our brains, he suggests that memories are stored in the morphic field. Our
brains then pick them up via resonance, like radios tuning to their own private
The existence and importance of
similarity in vibration has also popped up in psi experiments. For example,
individuals gifted at psychokinesis — the ability to affect physical objects with
the mind — have described the experience as a feeling of resonance with those
objects. A fascinating body of evidence has also been uncovered by Dean Radin
and his colleague Roger Nelson at Princeton's PEAR lab… [R]esearchers at PEAR
found that connected couples can influence random event generators (REGs) more
effectively than individuals working alone. Because of this phenomenon, Radin
and Nelson decided to test for even larger field effects by using these random
devices as "antennae." First they placed REGs at events where people were all
focused on the same thing and therefore "vibrating" similarly-for example, at
music festivals, religious events, and even at the Academy Awards. The results
were as predicted; these venues did indeed cause the machines' outputs to
deviate from the norm [6, 7].
Then, in 1997, they decided to
place REGs at fifty locations all over the world, run them continuously, and
see if they could pick up on major world events. The results were astounding.
Over the next ten years, Radin and Nelson studied the machines' reactions to
205 major world events and discovered that they did indeed respond to events
that were intense on a global level — especially those that were tragic. The most
striking effects occurred in response to the events on 9/11, which caused the
largest daily average correlation between the machines' outputs. Even more
amazing, this correlation became noticeable a few hours before the first of the twin towers was hit! [8, 9] An instance of
Whereas world events less horrific
than 9/11 probably evoke more varied vibratory responses in people (and
therefore do not resonate and amplify each other as well), truly frightening
events tend to evoke a more common, coherent response. As this study showed,
when nearly all of the people on Earth "got onto the same wavelength" on 9/11,
even machines noticed…
Synchronicity and Fields of Meaning
Similarity in vibration has also
been used to explain the phenomenon of synchronicity — "coincidences"
of seemingly unrelated events that share a common meaning… [A] well-known
illustration of this phenomenon was described by psychiatrist Carl Jung, the
originator of the notion of synchronicity . One of Jung's patients was
recounting her dream about a golden scarab beetle when he heard a rapping on
the window. When he opened it, a rose chafer beetle — the insect most similar to
a scarab in Jung's region — flew into the room. Jung quickly put two and two
together. He realized that the mythological meaning of the scarab — an ancient
Egyptian symbol for rebirth — was highly pertinent to his patient's problems. And
this was also the reason why the insect had appeared in waking life.
The phenomenon of synchronicity
demonstrates a key point — the universe may not be operating like a cold,
meaningless machine after all. Instead, the reality we experience each day may
be flooded with fields of meaning.
One field might embody the horror and violence of 9/11. Another field might be
associated with a hope for rebirth. Each field of meaning has a particular
vibration to it, and objects,
individuals, emotions, dreams, and events with similar vibrations will tend to
resonate with one another and then co-occur. This is what creates
synchronicities. In fact, various theories of quantum physics require the existence of synchronicities
Think about it. There may be
another fundamental mechanism at play in our universe besides cause and effect.
Most of us think that everything that occurs in our world is due to some causal
mechanism. A causes B causes C. However, synchronicity — the co-occurrence of
events within the same field of meaning — may
be another fundamental reason why things tend to happen. Many things in
life that we think are due to cause-and-effect or mere coincidence may actually
be due to synchronicity.
Here's an example that occurred
while I was writing this book. My husband Steve and I had long admired Rupert
Sheldrake's work on morphic fields but had never met him. To us, he was a
brilliant scientist living far away in England. However, in September 2008,
just as I was working on the section of this book that describes his work,
Steve got word that Sheldrake would be giving a talk at his research laboratory
at Sun Microsystems. Now please understand; talks about things like the morphic
field are not commonplace in computer research labs. In fact, Sheldrake's talk
was poorly attended. But it just so happened that one of the lab's researchers
had met Sheldrake in Scotland and had invited him to speak the next time he was
in our area. When Steve heard about Sheldrake's visit, he asked if I could also
attend, and we both received an invitation to have lunch with him the next day.
Before I could even finish writing about Rupert Sheldrake, I was sitting and
having lunch with him! Coincidence? Or synchronicity?…
A Meaningful Cure
The powerful influence of
similarity in vibration has also made its way into healing. In fact, it is the
very foundation of homeopathy — an
alternative medical system originally developed in Germany in the early 1800s.
The word "homeopathy" literally means similar
(homeo) suffering (pathy), and
practitioners of homeopathy choose medicines for their patients based on a
principle of cure called the Law of
Similars. This principle can be described as follows:
If a substance is shown experimentally to
cause a specific pattern of emotional, physical, and behavioral symptoms in
healthy test subjects, then that substance can be prepared so that it can cure
individuals suffering from the same pattern of symptoms.
In other words, homeopathy is the
science of healing based on similarity of vibration. The Law of Similars
essentially says: "likes cure likes." Bring two things of like vibration
together — a remedy and a patient — and the effect will be a cure of the patient's
Here's a simple illustration. We
all know the common effects of drinking coffee: wakefulness, a mind full of thoughts, excited happiness,
acute senses, and sometimes heart palpitations and diarrhea. These symptoms are
manifestations of the vibration of coffee, and coffee imparts these qualities
to those who drink it. Now, if a patient comes to a homeopath seeking help for
chronic insomnia, and their insomnia is characterized by an overactive mind,
excitement, acuteness of the senses, heart palpitations, and diarrhea, it is
likely that the homeopath will prescribe Coffea
Cruda — a remedy prepared from coffee. That's because this patient manifests
the same vibrational qualities as coffee. And if the remedy is truly
homeopathic to the patient — that is, if coffee's symptoms match his or her
overall emotional, mental, and physical state — it has the potential to
completely cure their insomnia, not just palliate it as a sleeping pill would
Of course, the most controversial
thing about homeopathy is not the Law of Similars, but the way in which
homeopathic remedies are made. The process, called potentization, involves a sequence of steps in which a substance is
repeatedly diluted and vigorously shaken. In fact, for most remedies, these
dilutions are so extreme that they do not contain even a single molecule of the
original substance! Nevertheless, homeopaths have found that the higher the
dilution, the more potent a remedy can be. They believe this is possible
because the energetic signature of a
substance is captured by the potentization process. In other words,
potentization enables the innate vibrational quality of a substance in nature
to be unleashed and harnessed. It is this vibration that evokes the symptoms
caused by a remedy, and it is also this vibratory signature that enables the
remedy to cure a similar vibratory state in a patient. Like vibrations cure like vibrations…
Water: A Potent Carrier of Information
Although homeopathy has been the
target of skeptics and critics since it was developed by physician Samuel
Hahnemann in the early 1800s, open-minded scientists are finally beginning to
get an inkling of how the remedies might be working. Recent studies have shown
that the encoding of information in homeopathic dilutions is not about their
chemical composition; it's more about the bonding structures between the
molecules within them. Apparently, the shaking process (also called succussion) performed during homeopathic
potentization is the critical step that develops these structures.
In 2007, a prominent researcher in
the field of structured water, Professor Rustum Roy of Pennsylvania State
University, showed for the first time that extreme homeopathic dilutions are
not mere water, but highly structured arrangements of water molecules. In fact,
various types of instruments in Roy's laboratory were able to pick up the
distinct signatures of different remedies, even at levels of dilution in which
no remedy substance likely remained . Homeopathic experience has shown that
these unique signatures can then be transmitted to dry pills, and that the
power and distinct effects of these pills remain stable indefinitely if they
are stored properly…
Interestingly, the potentization
process can be used to capture the energetic signature of any substance, not just those used to make homeopathic remedies.
This has been shown repeatedly by several independent scientists in replicated
studies. For example, consider the work of Jacques Benveniste, a French
physician and medical researcher in the field of immunology who helped discover
platelet-activating factor in 1972. Unfortunately, Benveniste's career was set
upon a rocky course when a colleague encouraged him to study the phenomenon of
potentization. His first paper about the subject described how antibodies of
immunoglobulin E (anti-IgE) could be potentized beyond Avogadro's number (the
point at which it is unlikely to find a single molecule of a substance remaining
in a dilution) and still cause substance-specific effects.
When Benveniste published these
results in the prestigious journal Nature
in 1988 , he came under a barrage of attacks that lasted for the rest of
his life. But perhaps this wasn't surprising. Benveniste's work had essentially
shown that any drug could be potentized and still remain effective. That means
that billions of doses of any drug could be produced for pennies — information
that drug companies would spend a fortune to attack and suppress. And in fact,
there is evidence that a world-wide campaign to discredit homeopathy has been
funded by the pharmaceutical industry for this very reason [14, 15].
Despite the attacks on Benveniste
and his subsequent loss of government funding in France, he continued his work
and came up with even more astounding results. Because he suspected that the
potentization process conveys an electromagnetic signal into the water of a
dilution, he developed an apparatus that could digitally record it. He then transmitted
this signal electronically — via E-mail — to a distant laboratory, and had it
"replayed" into water there. Amazingly, the resulting water caused the same
effects as the original substance.
Benveniste eventually conducted
several blinded experiments using this protocol. He published a paper in the Journal of Clinical Immunology in 1997
that described one such experiment, in which a specific antigen was potentized,
recorded, E-mailed to Chicago, and replayed into water in a Chicago laboratory
. This water did indeed cause antigen-specific effects on isolated guinea
pig hearts. I saw Benveniste present this paper at Stanford University Medical
School in 1999. The large lecture hall was standing-room only, but the audience
was politely incredulous.
Of course, Benveniste's new results
in what he called "digital biology" were even more mind-boggling and
threatening than his original paper in Nature.
Not only could billions of doses of a substance be prepared cheaply using
potentization, but its signature could be E-mailed and imprinted into water
essentially for free… Despite the fact that other initially-skeptical
scientists have successfully replicated his work [17, 18], acceptance of
Benveniste's work remains for the future. Perhaps, with the growth of a new
consciousness in the scientific community, that future will arrive sooner
rather than later. Indeed, in 2009, some new research conducted by Nobel prize
winner Luc Montagnier confirmed the same kinds of effects that Benveniste
The Meaning of Disease
The power of potentization is
indeed one of the landmark discoveries of Homeopathy. It provides us with a
method for capturing the energetic signature of any substance in nature. But
perhaps even more significant is homeopathy's therapeutic principle, the Law of
Similars — because it says something specific about how fields of meaning operate
and interact. There may even be a direct relationship between the Law of
Similars and synchronicity.
The late psychiatrist Edward
Whitmont was a student of Carl Jung and eventually became a homeopath. In his
book, Psyche and Substance, he speaks
at length about the relationship between homeopathy and synchronicity .
Psychiatrists have long known that patients sometimes alternate between specific
physical symptoms and specific mental or emotional symptoms. In fact, when
mental symptoms are present, physical symptoms often vanish, and vice versa.
This phenomenon is an illustration of the fundamentally psychosomatic nature of
disease — that disease manifests in both the psyche (mind) and soma (body)…
Homeopathy and other holistic
medical systems have long recognized that disease is a body-mind affair. That
is why each patient manifests a unique pattern of mental, emotional, and
physical symptoms — a pattern that is an outward representation of his or her
vibratory state. As Whitmont points out, each homeopathic remedy is also
associated with a vibration… The Law of Similars then states that bringing
together the vibratory pattern of a patient and the similar vibratory pattern
of a remedy can be curative. The reason this is true, Whitmont suggests, is
synchronicity… Homeopathic remedies are curative because they share the same
synchronistic field as a disease and therefore can replace it within a patient's
body. Hahnemann proposed essentially the same explanation in the early 1800s
for the operation of his remedies upon what he called the dynamis or vital force — the
energetic etheric field that encompasses the physical body.
The fact that homeopathy has worked
for millions of people for 200 years says a lot about the power of the Law of
Similars. But it also says something about fields of meaning and their
relationship to us in disease and in health. Just as the dream of the golden
scarab said something meaningful about the psychological state of Jung's
patient, holistic practitioners recognize that each person's unique
manifestation of disease is not merely the result of genetic inheritance or the
accidents of life — it is a reflection of a field of meaning vibrating at the
core of their being.
A couple of other phenomena
witnessed in the homeopathic world are worth mentioning. Because they border on
the paranormal, they are rarely openly discussed. Both tend to occur during provings — the homeopathic drug trials.
The object of these trials is to see what pattern of symptoms a substance will
create in healthy volunteers. Today's provings are conducted using modern
techniques like double-blinding and placebo controls. Thus, some test subjects
(called provers) are given placebo
while others are given the actual remedy. Since the trials are also blinded,
neither the provers nor their supervisors, who collect symptom information,
know who has been given a real remedy or a placebo, nor the identity of the
substance being tested. Nevertheless, the following kinds of phenomena have
been observed during many trials.
First, it has been noticed that the
moment a prover forms the intention to participate in a proving, they often
begin to experience symptoms that are later found to be characteristic of the
remedy — long before the trial actually begins. While this doesn't happen to all
provers, it happens frequently enough to be noteworthy. By simply intending to join a remedy trial, a
prover may enter into the field of meaning of the remedy substance. Just as
paranormal phenomena often defy the normal constraints of time and space, the
fields of meaning created by homeopathic remedies may as well.
The second remarkable thing about
provings is that the symptoms developed by provers often directly reflect the
nature of the substance from which a remedy is made. This is most obvious in
the case of remedies made from animal substances… Consider, for example, the
blind proving of Androctonus
conducted in 1985. Even though the provers did not know that they were taking a
remedy made from scorpion venom, they developed the following kinds of
symptoms: overconfidence; contemptuousness and defiance; lack of feeling and
cruelty; quarrelsomeness and deceitfulness; the delusion that they were about
to be assaulted and a malicious desire to injure others; suspiciousness; a lack
of impulse control; anxiety and fear that is ameliorated by walking around;
aversion to company; and a feeling that one is alone or separated from the
Notice how evocative many of these
symptoms are of scorpions — violent, cruel, and antisocial. Indeed, this remedy
has been effective in treating patients with serious mental illness. In my book
about homeopathy, Impossible Cure, I
describe the case of one man who, thanks to Androctonus, experienced a cure of severe allergies and headaches, as well as
a significant lessening of arthritis, high blood pressure, and diabetes. The
man was an avid hunter, obsessed with guns and knives. He told his homeopath
how he would wait until his prey came to him and how he could sense and
communicate with them. Interestingly, scorpions also let their prey come to
them, and they can accurately detect their victim's location by sensing their
vibrations. After taking Androctonus, this hunter was not only alleviated of
his physical problems, but he also became much less interested in his extensive
collection of weapons .
Think of it. The process of
potentization may provide us with a method for accessing the very essence of
the natural world. Just as Merlin the Magician showed the future King Arthur
what it was like to be a fish or bird, a prover who takes a potentized remedy
may learn what it's like to be a scorpion, a dolphin, a flower, or even a
mineral! Our entire universe may be intricately and intimately
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