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According to many neuroscientists and researchers who study the human brain, we are using less than five percent of our mind’s potential. What if this was not only true, but you could find a way how to somehow tap into all of your mind’s unused resources? How might your life change if you began to fully utilize that other ninety-five percent? Wouldn’t that mean you could absorb twenty times as much information and use it twenty times as creatively? Imagine for a moment what you might be capable of, the things you might accomplish, and how your life might change. Would you create a multi-million dollar company? Would you write a NY Times Best Seller? Would you form a non-profit organization to more quickly find a cure for Alzheimer’s Dementia?
Scientists are accumulating evidence that we really do have this enormous potential and we actually can gain access to all of our mind’s resources. Very few people are aware of the extent of this evidence and, as a consequence, the dramatic implications of this research are not yet being seriously considered. If you are not already familiar with this work, this article was written to introduce it to you and to help you begin to explore its possibilities.
The important research findings that I am referring to are widely scattered within the scientific literature. Fields of knowledge as diverse as physics, psychology, engineering and medicine have produced research findings considered to be anomalies because they violate many of the most basic assumptions of current scientific theories. I am in the process of writing a book which points out the striking similarities within the anomalies that have been found in these diverse fields. To simplify this article, I will focus on just one of these areas of research that I present in my book, a psychological technique called remote viewing, since it nicely illustrates the understanding I wish to convey.
If you are not familiar with remote viewing, briefly, it involves isolating research subjects and asking them to describe their mental impressions of a distant target about which they have no prior information. Their recorded mental impressions are then compared to photographs of the targets that they were asked to describe. I am not going to present the data or cite the sources from my book chapter here, since that would make an already long article much too long for this blog format. Instead, I will provide a brief overview of the important findings and ask you to assume for now, for the purposes of this article, that I am correct when I say that these research subjects truly can derive accurate information about targets without any physical contact. My primary focus here will not be on the proof, it will be on the conclusions we can draw from the data and carefully considering the important implications that will really matter to us. If you get as excited as I think you will about the possibilities, you will likely want more details. I will make a copy of the rough draft of my book chapter on remote viewing available to those who want an easy way to explore this topic in more depth without waiting for the completed book. At the end of the article, I will show how to obtain this chapter copy.
The nature of the evidence
There are a number of books readily available written by people who might be described as remote viewing prodigies, since they are so adept at using these skills. These books share results that obviously could not be achieved by chance or by accident. Some of the stories were carried in the national news. You might recall some of the details, and they can be verified by reports published at the time of the incidents.
A further confirmation comes from the confidence that both the American military and intelligence communities have shown in the practical value of these abilities. It is now public knowledge that several organizations dedicated to remote viewing were secretly developed and funded for over thirty years by the US government. Part of the data produced is now declassified and available. The information is quite convincing. Because of the controversial nature of techniques like remote viewing, the officials that approved the formation of these exploratory programs did so at considerable risk to their own careers. They would not have taken this risk if the evidence was not very compelling indeed.
The most convincing evidence comes from scientific research labs where these abilities have been rigorously tested. The researchers involved possess impeccable credentials developed while investigating more conventional research topics. As they have applied their highly developed research skills to this unconventional and controversial topic, they have confirmed the reality of this remarkable human talent. Since their work meets the most demanding scientific standards it is as conclusive as any scientific research findings can be.
Taken together, the reports from highly skilled remote viewers, the data produced by the American intelligence community, and the results of the scientific research labs strongly support each other’s conclusions: these are genuine human skills that can be objectively and repeatedly demonstrated.
The observations and the logical conclusions they support
Despite the undeniable quality of the remote viewing studies, most scientists have resisted accepting the findings. The reason for this rejection has been the inability to account for the findings using any of the mechanisms known to science. Ironically, it is the complete exclusion of all known information carriers (like energy waves or material particles) that is actually the most important proof of the existence of the phenomenon. This complete certainty of the exclusion of all physically mediated processes was accomplished by placing the research subjects in specially designed rooms shielded from any possible electromagnetic signals, while also preventing any contact with the teams that chose the remote viewing targets. Since these precautions also show that the information transfer is instantaneous and its accuracy does not weaken with distance in the manner of signals like radio transmissions, we have a second strong validation of the reality of the phenomenon. The evidence of this mysterious information transfer is so strong and so well confirmed that it is completely unreasonable to reject it, despite the lack of known physical mechanisms to explain how it might occur.
While some of the most clear-cut and dramatic data from remote viewing was produced by certain very adept individuals, if this talent was just limited to them, I suspect this article would not be very useful to you. To the contrary, the scientific research shows that these capabilities are found in everyone tested, but they are effectively hidden and undeveloped in individuals without known remote viewing skill. For most people, it takes sophisticated scientific techniques involving careful statistical analysis to demonstrate their presence. But we all have these abilities; most of us are just not aware that we do! The conclusion is inescapable that the human mind possesses some sort of non-physical faculty that allows us to gather information from the world around us. It is part of who we are and our point of access to these remarkable abilities is only through focusing our attention within our own mind.
Once we have accepted that these human abilities do in fact exist and that we all have access to them within our mind, it is obvious that there are two completely different ways we can interact with and connect to the world around us. In addition to the way we receive direct physical sensations through our sense organs, part of our mind is also capable of reaching far out beyond our body to access information unavailable to our senses. In contrast to our experience of time confining us to our current moment when perceiving through our physical senses, through the actions of our inner mind we can somehow observe events from the past and gather accurate impressions of the future.
Compared to the usual physical domain we are all aware of, the non-physical domain is paradoxically both quite subtle and quite powerful. It is so subtle that our much more compelling physical impressions usually completely blind us to our mind’s non-physical connection to the external world. Thus, for all intents and purposes, it may remain invisible and not even seem to exist. Yet, as the remote viewing data show us, it is so powerful that it can allow us to connect with events located anywhere, at any time, just by our intent to do so.
The remarkable implications for our lives
At this point in time, we face a huge obstacle in acknowledging and accessing the powerful potentials within the human mind that this research is uncovering. The main obstacle is how these potentials conflict with some of the most deeply ingrained assumptions of science and many of the most strongly held beliefs widely shared within our society. Most scientists consider it “unscientific” to even consider that the human mind can instantaneously connect with distant events or that we can look back into the past or out into the future. In addition, accepting the reality of this capacity of the human mind also places us far outside the mainstream of what people around us believe and trust. The mental powers we are discussing easily provoke reactions like “weird,” “woo-woo” or “new age craziness.” It may take considerable courage to confront the reality that the truth of much of what we have believed in the past is challenged by these findings. It may also take a lot of courage to come to terms with and fully accept the radically new view of ourselves and of our world that will result from accepting them.
Once we get past these obstacles, though, discovering the enormous power that has lain dormant in our mind provides a new, expansive image of who we really are. As shown by the remote viewer’s ability to gather information about any target at will, we possess a potential connection with any part of the world at any time, conclusively proving that our mind is much more potent than we ever imagined. We find that this new and more complete self-image includes the ability of our consciousness to gather knowledge from far beyond our body unconstrained by our eyes and ears. We see that who and what we are, in some mysterious way, includes the ability for our mind to function independently of our body and extend out into the world without limit. We also see well grounded evidence implying that our intuition and our creativity really do connect us with sources that transcend our brain’s limited resources in the way mystics and psychic individuals have claimed. Perhaps most importantly, we find that this capacity is not something we must acquire; it is a natural attribute of our mind we just need to learn to better access.
Most of us take it on faith that a non-physical, “spiritual” aspect of the cosmos exists and there is much more to life than what happens within the physical events of the world. From this perspective, proof of the existence of non-physical interactions that lay invisibly behind physical events is consistent with what most of us already believe. But we have not known of any way to directly experience this presumed spiritual reality, at least not in the solid and undeniable way we experience the physical, so we have had no choice but to take it on faith. What we see with techniques like remote viewing, though, is a new window from which to view our beliefs about the spiritual. We are seeing ways to objectively study the subjects of our faith with sophisticated, highly developed and effective scientific methods that were unavailable in the past. With the ability to produce scientific evidence in support of spiritual concepts, we now have access to a new level of confidence in their truth.
For centuries, our scientific theories have fostered an ever greater sense of division between our material world and that of spirituality and religion. Now, through the use of these potent scientific techniques, we have a way to bring both the observable physical world and an inferred spiritual reality within one integrated view of everything that matters in our lives. We can begin to eliminate the rift within our mind that has separated the spiritual from the physical, and replace it with a more harmonious, all-encompassing perspective. Our science is not only confirming that a spiritual reality exists, it is also showing us how we might integrate spiritual beliefs more completely into our lives. We are starting to see a path to weave our knowledge of science seamlessly together with a more reliable understanding of spirit.
Through the kind of research described here, and in keeping with the metaphor of a locked portion of our mind with which I began this article, we might say we now have in our possession “keys” to unlock all of our mind’s potential. To make use of these keys, though, will require the determination to question deeply held assumptions and the willingness to approach surprising new data from a completely unbiased mental stance. Becoming aware that our mind’s extended potential even exists and acknowledging its reality is the first key. A second key was provided to us by these researchers as they showed us how to effectively investigate and more consciously use this almost unknown part of our mind.
A thorough investigation of this non-physical domain will better illuminate the invisible undercurrent that inter-connects everything physical and promises a much deeper understanding of how our physical world works. Along the way, we also stand to gain both a much clearer understanding of who we are and an enormous expansion of our mental capabilities. We stand at the threshold of an enormous leap forward in our spiritual awareness that will inevitably accompany huge advances in our science and technology. Could these insights lead to the curses of violence and hunger more rapidly giving way to peace and a more equitable sharing of the earth’s resources? Could feelings of victimization and a lack of meaning, that we sometimes face in our lives, start to be replaced by a new sense of empowerment and fulfillment?
We do not have to wait for scientists to more thoroughly investigate the mind’s hidden potential to personally benefit from this greatly expanded resource. We can seek out the scientific research already on library shelves. We can also study the writings provided by mystics through the ages and carefully consider the teachings of those adept at meditation. Our own practices of meditation, prayer or even our quiet times alone with nature might also be vehicles to explore our own inner reality more effectively. A great frontier lies before us: learning to consciously tap into the totality of our mind’s vast innate resources. What might you do with the enhanced power you find within?
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If you would like a copy of the rough draft of my book chapter on remote viewing mentioned earlier, just drop me a short email with your request: firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if you think this article is important, please share it with those you suspect will also be interested. Thanks for hanging in there on this very long article.
Good article. I recently read that we can expand our brain power by acquiring new knowledge and changing our beliefs. Letting go of old limiting beliefs and accepting things which in the past we would have rejected. For instance I used to believe (long ago) that stories about UFOs were not true and that there is no life on other planets. My beliefs have changed and I find myself now open to new things. I am amazed at all the new knowledge that I have acquired in the past few years and even more amazed that I can accept most of these things as true. I use discernment and sometimes reject something that I read because it does not feel true to me. So I believe that my brainpower is expanding and I look forward to hearing more from you about remote viewing. A few years ago I read something about the subject but dismissed it as something that was not possible for me to do.
Thanks for the article.
Thank you for your kind, supportive comments. I completely agree with you that a very important part of expanding our access to our mind’s full potential are changes in our beliefs. Our beliefs have the power to shut out our potential completely. To be successful in the kinds of expansion my article suggests are possible will absolutely require that our beliefs evolve into more accurate representations of our world and our inner mental realm.
I also agree that we have access to an inner level of discernment that many of us have not fully appreciated in the past. I think this intuitive input is a part of this inner realm that we are learning to become aware of and is an important part of the access to our true potential. We are all evolving constantly, aren’t we?
Love and hugs,
What a fine writer you are, Chuck. Everything so clear an so easy to assimilate.
What a lousy reader I am. I think I took much longer than those 12 minutes. To make up for that, I will try to pull your leg (or my own; I really don’t know). I think it’s amazing how relevant today’s Heavenletter is to your new entry again. So let me ask, What if 100% or little less of our mental capacity is completely inconsequential to what we call the spiritual realm? What if wee needed that capacity only for the intention to be fully aware of oneness again and for nothing else? Everything else seems to be the same old game we have been playing, only making it more and more complex until it becomes virtually impossible to recognize its game nature.
On a more serious and more personal note, let me add that I have read a lot about these things and am quite confident they are as real as any phenomena get (note the subtle irony). My job gets me in contact with remote viewing etc; in fact, right now I’m translating Rupert Sheldrake’s latest book which has a lot about remote viewing and similar things that aren’t “paranormal” at all. But personally I can hardly tell you how happy I am about the fact that I don’t have to try to wrap my mind around any of this any more.There is listening, listening, and sometimes mind just shuts up completely which is the most delightful state of being I know. And that’s what makes me suspect the near-irrelevance of mind. But I do appreciate a lucid essay like this one, especially when there is a heart like yours behind it.
Jochen, my good friend,
I am working hard on learning to write more clearly and more directly. Thank you for encouraging me that I am making progress in this. I think it is mostly a matter of unlearning bad habits of being vague and general.
I know you are not a lousy reader and if people are reacting this way to my time estimates I think I should drop this idea of giving time estimates.
Rather than most of our mental capacity being “completely inconsequential to what we call the spiritual realm,” what if tapping into the other 95% is actually giving us access to this spiritual realm through our own mind, consciously? I think this is what this research is implying and this puts a whole different slant on it, doesn’t it?
I would ask what if “paranormal” was actually normal and we just have not caught up with the insights that this is true? Even 100 years ago, many of the things we take for granted now in our lives would have been believed to be magic or paranormal back then, don’t you think? Rupert Sheldrake, in my opinion, is helping lead us in this direction.
Thanks again, for another insightful and helpful comment.
Of course, dear doctor. Research will go on and conclusions will keep coming and fill more books, and I’m in no way opposed to this. My comment is really more in the nature of an aside since, on one hand, I like to converse with you while on the other I know I have nothing to contribute really. What I’m saying, ultimately, is that I love the way a Heavenletter like yesterday’s “A Dream of Otherwise” vaporizes all of this and everything else — poof. I’m deeply convinced that none of this is “really real” and that we are just chasing our own chimeras that duly proliferate as if by themselves. Well, there are certainly worse ways of spending time and energy. Oddly, what I think is the final word on this and most everything else was posted by Gloria today on her blog: “Too much thinking about yourself.” Of course, one could argue that thinking about remote viewing is different from thinking about myself. But is it?
Poor lovely Chuck, what on earth is Jochen talking about? He is talking about increasing bewilderment by things like “mind’s potential”, “95%”, “our”, “resources”, “information” etc. that are easily understood while I read but perfect gibberish once I lift my gaze and something inside snaps back to that strange sense of vastness a Heavenletter like the one mentioned above induces. There seems to be a fine line between taking the things of the world too seriously and not taking them seriously enough. After having taken them too seriously for sixty plus years, I seem to be tending toward the other extreme at the moment. I hope there is at least some entertainment value to this.
Very interesting, dear Chuck, I have read it with much pleasure. The mind is a useful tool to live here, in this time-space dimension, and to know all of its potential and how to use it is important. It is like a very expensive and advanced computer whose wonderful functions we are yet unable to accede, it is a waste. The problem is that we have identified ourselves totally with the mind, we believe to be that Mac, so the mind plays the boss leading a vacant house. One should first find the master and then try to rule and empower the house. And maybe this is why the mind’s performances have been limited by now to the five percent of its entire potential, God is not a fool.
Emilia, I think if you enjoyed this article, the book chapter that leads to it is actually much more fun to read. Some of the stories are quite fascinating. I have your email address, so, again, just say so and I will send the chapter as an attachment. It is only about 5 pages.
I believe what you are referring to as our “mind” is just the biological hardware of the neurons of our brain. Yes, we have tended to identify with the hardware since that has been the powerful direction that science has been heading for the last couple of centuries and we have all been tremendously influenced by this scientific thinking (this is just starting to change, of course). I did not get into the subtle but important distinction between the physical hardware aspects of our mind and the non-physical components that I feel must always be part of the “mind” system, whether we realize it or not. Thanks so much for the opportunity to better clarify this. Perhaps it would have been better if my article discussed this more clearly. Your comments, along with those of Mary and Jochen, have been a wonderful assistance to my intent in writing this article 😉
By “mind” I intend both the hardware and the software ( our thoughts, tastes, perceptions and emotions), I refer to the entire machine functioning. We are not it, we are not our brain nor our thoughts, in fact when the mind ceases its activity it seems we still exist as consciousness which is our true Being. Can we develop all our mind faculties neglecting Who we are? Can we rely on the mind to “understand” love and beauty? But maybe this is just a matter of words.
It would be very kind of you to send me the chapter, you are a treasure. Thank you.
I guess understanding love and beauty is an impossible task, though a pleasant one to attempt. Much better to just enjoy and savor them. The chapter is on its way! Thanks so much for your lovely comments and interest.
Has annoye coordinated a RV session on 9/11? There are so many holes in the official story you could use it as a collander!
To my knowledge, I have never heard of anyone with strong remote viewing skills reporting anything about the 9/11 conspiracy. If they did, and they reported what they feel they discovered, I wonder if it would change anyone’s mind about what happened. I suspect not. What might be useful, though, would be if this kind of inquiry would lead to new, verifiable evidence.
I have wondered about a different, potentially valuable use for remote viewing. There are several ancient writing systems archelogists have not been able to translate. Some of them are key findings in important archeological digs. If remote viewing is as potent in the hands of certain adept individuals as it seems, it should be possible for them to come up with enough information to help translate the ancient symbols. If this was done, it would be dramatic and it would be a conclusive demonstration of the value of this technique!