076 – Open Minds Can Open Doors

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“I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in Nature, which if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright”

– Henry David Thoreau

Why are we so resistant to believing that something exists when we can’t process it with our senses? There are things happening all around us that we aren’t able to reconcile through sight, sound, touch, taste or smell. While these five senses are wonderful, they have their limitations.

The range of human hearing starts at 20 Hz and caps at about 20,000 Hz. Does that mean something vibrating 18 times in one second (18Hz) doesn’t really exist? Certainly not. Our equipment just isn’t calibrated to pick up that signal. Everything vibrates and exists in a mesh of constant motion and interaction. Sometimes our biological means of interpreting the environment is outmatched. 

Recently, I was on a small plane from Boston to Vermont. Sitting back in my seat, I looked out the round window over the wing. I was captivated by the motion of the propellor and how it changed form with velocity. As it rotated faster, the physical form faded in favor of a blur until I could see completely through it. Motion made the propellor invisible to my eye. Like the path of an electron around an atom, motion creates the concept of potential and its corresponding probability. The electron is not in one position, but it exists in many conditions of varying probabilities.

Think about a piece of metal that is heated. The black metal begins to glow emitting black body radiation. As it heats up, it glows red, then yellow, orange, green, blue, and if it gets hot enough, violet. The color change is due to the atoms vibrating faster and faster until their visual representation rockets out of the reach of human perception. Ultra-violet, x-ray and gamma rays are not visible in the range of human sight. Just because we can’t see it, does that mean it’s not there? Certainly not. When Marconi’s wireless technology allowed Queen Victoria to communicate with her son who was on a boat more than two miles offshore without line of sight, people thought it was magic. What if magic referred to things that exist beyond the bounds of our current biological perception and boundry of comprehension?

Within our brains, electrical signals emanate generating movement, thoughts, ideas and creative output. EEGs can measure this activity with sensors and wires attached to your head, while a magneto encephelograph can measure them with a probe that doesn’t even make contact with your head. If these signals or vibrations are measured outside of your head, could it mean that we can interact with our environment with our thoughts? Certainly possible, right? Bruce Lipton is a cellular biologist who has been researching this very question for more than twenty years. Harvard and Cambridge biochemist, Rupert Sheldrake’s research is directed toward a theory called morphic resonance that all of nature has a collective memory that feeds telepathic connections between organisms.

The path forward always starts with a step into the unknown that challenges previously acquired knowledge that once served as a truth in a moment of time. Just as Copernicus challenged Ptolomy and Planck, Heisenburg and Einstein pushed the boundaries of Newton, shouldn’t we continue to seek further understanding even if it contradicts popular opinion or even scientific law? Shouldn’t this concept radiate beyond the confines of science into other disciplines and personal interactions?

We can be self-limiters of our own potential by dismissing what is unknown because of our ability to process, perceive and reconcile. Many things exist beyond the bounds of our perception, but an open mind will always open doors.

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