Lately, I have read research showing that people who attend church or temple on a fairly regular basis live approximately two years longer than those who do not attend. In addition, they are healthier and less in need of medications. There are those who push this off to the greater social network of religious attendees.
Now this could be the case if it could be proven that those who attend church or temple have more social contacts than those who do not attend, but that research is lacking. Non-attenders may actually belong to more fraternal organizations or charities etc.
I love how there are always people out there who try to bring doubt onto religion and the sense of hope and peace that comes from it.
This month I have been busy arranging the publication of my book. “Finding God: One Psychologists Journey.” Publishing was entirely a new enterprise for me, but I am learning and by late July I hope to have the book in Amazon etc. and stores.
The book will follow my journey through multiple crises to becoming psychologist, father and now a new believer. Following a stroke I had 8 years ago I threw myself into studying quantum physics and cosmology as a way of healing my brain and overcoming symptoms. Never did I think that the new learning would alter my life the way it has. I thoroughly believe that the new paradigm of science and all the new research into the paranormal that results from it supports: Random evolution not leading to mankind; Prayer is helpful In healing; consciousness survives death, and we do have a creator/designer.
I don’t expect to make much money with the book. Hopefully enough to cover my costs and advertising. My goal is to get the message out.
I began writing this blog to educate people on how the new paradigm of science supports spirituality. Recent events worldwide have led me to up my game so to speak. We desperately need a revival of spirituality, religion and basic morals if we are going to put an end to the horror going on before our eyes. Not only the psychotic behavior of Islamic Fundamentalists, but the human trafficking, rampant drug abuse, disgusting child pornography etc. Now that I almost fully retired I have the time. I recently finished my first manuscript “Finding God: One Psychologists Journey” The book is an inspirational autobiography and includes detailed scientific research showing that: random evolution could not possibly have created mankind; prayer does help healing, and consciousness survives death. Finally the Bible was correct about things scientists were sure were wrong. I hope to have the book published and available on Amazon etc. by July 2016. Stay tuned.
While posting yesterday I noticed that my original educational blog can no longer be seen in full unless you go to the very end of comments and click on other posts.
I want people to have the information they need to convince skeptics and especially those holding on to the outdated paradigm of physics to see the light. The new paradigm of physics in quantum mechanics supports spirituality.
I will start with prayer. It is true that studies of the healing powers of prayer on patients suffering illnesses are mixed. Is this surprising NO. If you divide two groups of patients into those being prayed for and those not prayed for how can you know that the family, friends and acquaintances of the not prayed for group are not doing so.
To overcome this Grad and his colleagues studied the power of prayer on mice and seeds. In one study a one inch incision was made into the backs of mice. One group was prayed for and one received no prayer. The prayed for group healed significantly faster than the not prayed for group. With the exception of Micky and Minnie there were no friends and family praying.
Next Grad had a group of healthy individuals and seriously depressed individuals hold a flask of water that would be used to feed seeds. While they held the flasks they focused on the seeds growing. Results found that the flasks held by the healthy individuals led to the seeds growing into plants much faster. This I have always believed in. I enjoying getting my hands dirty in my garden.
Prayer does help
The more I have been writing and speaking with knowledgable individuals in this field the more certain I am that we have become much too materialistic and hedonistic as a country. We need desperately to get back to a more spiritual focus. No one can explain how we got here without a creator. No one can understand how elementary particles can be in multiple places at the same time, or communicate non-locally or without coming into contact. I could go on and on. We badly need a spiritual revival here and throughout the western world especially and we need it now. I will keep writing and hope others will as well. This life is a gift but it is not meant to be forever. Only the fool puts all of his or her eggs in such a basket. There is enough scientific research available now to convince anyone that we have creator and there is purpose to this life.
This month I would like to discuss the research into presentiments and premonitions. What is presentiment? Presentiment has been studied as a nervous system reaction to an impending event. A premonition is just the thought that something will occur. I began to explore this area after reading an article stating that the number of people who flew in the four airplanes hijacked on 9-11 was far fewer than would have been expected on that day. Was it some sort of sensation of warning?
In his book “The Power of Premonitions” Larry Dossey M.D. discusses the fact that warning premonitions have been reported throughout the ages. He provides multiple examples in his book. One such example is a mother who puts her young child asleep in its room, and then goes to bed in her room. Later that night she is awakened by the “feeling” that the chandelier in the child’s room is falling on her child. She had not seen anything wrong with the chandelier earlier. The “feeling” is so strong that she takes the child into her bed. Later that night the chandelier does fall . Dossey’s book is full of such premonitions.
Studies of presentiment are found in Dean Radin’s book “The Unconscious Universe.” One study revolved around subjects being shown pictures of “calm” and “emotional” pictures while wired up to record physiological arousal. What was found was that a few seconds before the picture (randomly presented) was shown there was an increase in physiological arousal. There was found much greater arousal when the emotionally charged photo was to be shown then the calm photo. The experiment was replicated several times and in multiple country’s. The findings were confirmed. How did the subjects nervous system Know? Presentiment is an ongoing area of research at the Institute of Noetic Science.
These finding intrigued me. I thought back to the educational part of this blog. Scientists and philosophers appear to agree that the arrow of time could point in either direction. What they seem to be saying is that the past, present and future are one, and our differentiating them is but an illusion. If this is the case then people like Edgar Cayce pulling information from the Akashic Record could explain the findings from research into presentiments and the numerous subjective reports of premonitions that come true and even save lives.
I always go back to the fact that if we do not truly understand what energy is then who are we to truly doubt possibilities.
I wish to thank all those who have commented, as well as friends who have made recommendations. Now that I am 95% retired I will be writing updates every month or two. During the updates I will discuss the latest research into mediums, prayer, NDE’s and OBE’s etc. I look forward to your comments, and would appreciate hearing of research I may be unaware of.
Writing this educational blog , and the comments I received, gave me the motivation to write. I am near the completion of a manuscript detailing, among other things, why I believe the new paradigm of science supports immortality of consciousness and I believe the soul as well. Too many of the people I know doubt a creator because they believe science backs this. My next step will be to investigate the publication process and how to advertise the book on the web.
To all who have commented on my educational blog I want to thank you. It shows that there are many out there who share my interest. I just retired and am now working on a book to explore things more fully, and to show how I came to believe deeply in spirituality.
Now that you have read my educational blog you can see how my eyes have been opened to a whole new reality. A whole new way of looking at the world. This is not the time for us to sit back and just accept the past, but rather to embrace change and move forward.
A few month ago I was elected to the Board of Directors of the Association for Spirituality and Psychotherapy (asphealing.org). This is an association based in Manhattan that holds meetings where presentations are given by individuals on the cusp of this change. We are now planning our next big meeting which will be held later this year. Eben Alexander, the neurosurgeon who wrote “Proof of Heaven” as well as others are being considered. I will give more information once plans are finalized this summer.