I hope that reading these articles has been as useful to you as writing them has been for me. I see this epilogue as the payoff for the work of carefully considering the research findings and the conclusions within these articles. In this epilogue, you will find what I believe to be the most important implications of everything discussed.
First, let me suggest an answer to a centuries old dilemma. The dilemma involves what philosophers call dualism. The question they raised is how something as ephemeral, insubstantial and immaterial as the workings of the human mind could possibly interact with things as substantial and solid as the physical objects of the material world and the cells of the human body. Whole schools of philosophy arose attempting to provide answers to this question. None was ever found to be completely satisfactory. I think this new research provides such an answer. First, the research answers the first part of the question by unequivocally demonstrating that thoughts do impact physical events. Second, it answers the second part of the question by showing that consciousness is the primary force in the interaction as it guides and modifies physical reality. This is how the insubstantial things of the mind interact with the material world; they guide them and they modify them through the focused intent of the mind to do so.
Let’s next consider the emotional impact brought about in our mass consciousness by the “intellectual experiment” I described in the last article. Recall that the experiment involved accepting the belief that nothing but physically measurable particles and forces exist and that therefore everything that exists can be explained as a product of their interactions. As this belief became ever more deeply engrained in our thinking, damaging emotional consequences were inevitable. Life came to be viewed by scientists as originating from the random reactions of chemicals in some primordial swamp. Life, as a product of this accident, was seen as lacking any creative purpose. Later, as scientists concluded that our mind was only a product of the firing of neurons in our brain, the idea of free will came to be viewed as an illusion. Our status was reduced to that of virtual automations responding to the influences of our environment. With the widespread acceptance of this view of the world, the lack of meaning in our lives became nearly complete. Also in line with this point of view, death had to be the total and irrevocable end of each individual consciousness.
A repair process for this emotional damage begins as we start to accept the research findings that conclusively show that nonphysical actions clearly exist. If anything nonphysical exists, the belief in an exclusively materialistic basis of our universe is clearly in error. This acceptance re-opens the door to the possibility that certain religious and spiritual beliefs might be true, a door that science had slammed shut for many of us. Research demonstrating interactions which transcend physical processes acts like a key allowing us to re-open the locked door to the meaning of our lives and to the continuance of our individual consciousness beyond the life span of our body. The inferences based on this research, which indicate that our universe is both purposeful and supportive, are like a view of an entirely different world. The meaning of our lives as part of an overall plan once again emerges. The goals of the plan itself may not be clearly seen, but that we have a unique role in that plan is unmistakable. With the acceptance of the purposefulness of the design, the feelings many have had of being victimized by mindless random events come into question.
The conclusion that we are actually powerful beings who nonphysically reach out from our body to gain information from and remold distant events begins to reform our image of ourselves. We begin to see that we are much more responsible for what we experience than we ever imagined. Our natural belief in our freedom to act willfully and responsibly is strengthened. We also see evidence that our true essence is less like the physical, mortal and more like the spiritual, immortal.
Carefully studying the research referenced in this group of articles carries with it the potential for life changing insights. If you find the work to be sound and the conclusions to be accurate, a whole new view of who we are and the basic nature of our world emerges, in complete contrast to what the vast majority of mankind still accepts as truth. This new view has the potential to eliminate many of the sources of anxiety in our lives. The universe begins to be seen as purposeful and designed to support us and provide for our needs. We also begin to see ourselves as beings of great potential and power that have a future which can anticipated with great confidence and enthusiasm.
Thank you for sharing this adventure with me,