Sometimes we don’t develop our spiritual abilities because we don’t really believe that we can make a difference in the world with intention, psychic energy or thought. We’ve never been taught that thinking or our energy can change anything while we are growing up, and then we don’t make much effort to alter the world. However, there have been numerous studies that proved contrary to this belief.
In Debra Williams’ book Scientific Research of Prayer: Can the Power of Prayer Be Proven? In a study on germinating seeds created by Dr. Franklin Loehr, a Presbyterian minister and scientist, the objective was to see in a controlled experiment what effect prayer had over living and seemingly non-living matter. In one experiment they took three pans of varying seeds. One was the control pan. One pan received positive prayer, and the other received negative prayer. Time after time, the results indicated that prayer helped speed germination and produced more vigorous plants. Negative prayers actually halted germination in a number of plants and suppressed growth in others.
In another experiment two bottles of spring water were purchased. One container was used as a control, receiving no prayer; a group of people prayed for the second. The water was then used on pans of corn seeds layered in cotton, with one pan receiving the prayer water and the other receiving the control water. The pan receiving the prayer water sprouted a day earlier than seeds in the other pan. The prayer seeds had a higher germination and growth rate. The experiment was repeated with the same result each time.
Dr. Dossey, in his book, Be Careful What You Pray For, looks closely at experiments with microorganisms. He states, “Skeptics who do not believe in the effects of distant intentions say that any observed result must be due to the expectation of the subject- or the power of belief and thought.” Dossey argues that if bacteria respond to outside intentions by growing more slowly when prayed over, than control groups not receiving prayer, then one cannot dismiss this result by attributing it to negative suggestion.
Bacteria presumably do not think positively or negatively. Another major advantage of microorganisms in studies of distant mental intentions has to do with the control group. If the effects of intercessory prayer, for example, are being assessed in a group of humans who have a particular illness, it is difficult to establish a pure control group that does not receive prayer. The reason is that sick human beings generally pray for themselves; or outsiders pray for them, thus contaminating the control group, which by definition should not receive the treatment being evaluated.
In studies involving microbes, this notorious “Problem of Extraneous Prayer” is totally overcome because one can be reasonably certain that the bacteria, fungi, or yeast in a control group will not pray for themselves. And that their fellow microbes will not pray for them.
If the study involved negative intentions instead of positives, the advantages remain the same. The thoughts of microorganisms do not influence its outcome. Jean Barry, a physician-researcher in Bordeaux, France, chooses to work with a destructive fungus, Rhizoctonia Solani. He asked 10 people to try to inhibit its growth merely through their intentions at a distance of 1.5 meter thus transcending the space continuum.
The experiment involved control Petri dishes with fungi that were not influenced in addition to those that were influenced by thought. The laboratory conditions were carefully controlled regarding the genetic purity of the fungi and the composition of the culture medium, the relative humidity, and the conditions of temperature and lighting.
The control petri dishes and the influenced dishes were treated identically, except for the negative intentions directed toward the second set of cultures. A person who was blind to the details of the experiment handled various manipulations. The influences simply took their stations at the 1.5 meters and were free to act as they saw fit for their own concentration. For 15 minutes each subject was assigned five experimental and five control dishes. Of the ten subjects three to six subjects worked during a session, and there were nine sessions.
Measurement of the fungi colony on the Petri dish was obtained by outlining the boundary of the colony on a sheet of thin paper. Again, someone who did not know the aim of the experiment or the identity of the Petri dishes did this. The outlines were then cut out and weighed under condition of constant temperature and humidity. When the growth in 195 experimental dishes was compared to their corresponding controls, it was significantly retarded in 151 dishes. The possibility that these results could be explained by chance was less than one in a thousand.
Another less scientific experiment was done in the Women’s Intuition Cass twenty years ago. There were a number of women complaining about the birth control choices, so a group of ladies got together and meditated and clairvoyantly looked at the scientists who were doing research on birth control. The women from the class moved out the blocks for these scientists worldwide, and created the energy of many new contraception products to become available. In about a years time, six new methods entered the marketplace. Coincidence? Perhaps, but there was not many new products in the four years before that, and suddenly the new products appeared.
Mass consciousness does have a large effect on planetary development. I believe that you should spend some time setting intention for the researchers working on new inventions, cures and solutions to reach the world. Your thoughts alone could be the bit of consciousness to help break through the barrier of the undiscovered answers to the worlds problems.