Manifesto for a post-materialist science

A group of academics campaigning for more open science has recently published a “Manifesto for a Post-Materialist Science”.

untitled open sciencesSee: http://opensciences.org/about/manifesto-for-a-post-materialist-science.

This is a timely initiative.

Mainstream science has deviated towards blind dogma and total subservience to corporate interests. But a growing number of people are becoming aware of this.

The core of the dogma is materialism: the belief that what we see is all there is.

An entire chapter of my book The Subtle Dance is devoted to opening up ideas about science and spelling out the main assumptions underlying conventional science.

It is worth remembering that science is nothing more than a series of accepted theories and models.

Even mainstream scientists recognise that many of these theories and models are logically inconsistent with one another.

Furthermore theories, models and the experimentation protocols supporting them only involve a very limited number of factors. Whereas every lucid observation of existence suggests that “reality” must involve an infinity of factors with unlimited interactions.

In other words, science is deliberately tailored to fit into the narrow limitations of the human intellect which functions in a simplistic step by step linear mode, unable as it is to deal with the astounding subtlety of “reality”.

It makes therefore no sense at all to regard science as even nearing absolute “truth”.

Science – conventional or fringe- is just a series of imperfect tools of limited scope which should be used with prudence and humility for specific purposes.

Is this the way science is presented by the Establishment?

Of course not. Science is on a pedestal. Its procedures are the main rituals of the materialist religion. Like all dogmatic religions it serves the interests and obsession of power and control of a small “elite”.

But a wave of increased consciousness and genuine desire of honesty is clearly palpable in society these days, in spite of all the disinformation, brainwashing and propaganda.

The recently published Manifesto is welcome in that context.

Fear not. Trust your intuition.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2014

 

 

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In touch with your cellular memory

imagesCA3M7235Memory isn’t just in brain cells. It’s in every cell.

And not just in living cells, but also in clusters of water molecules and in stones and crystals; in fact in every tiny portion of the material world.

Memory stored in the structures of the material world is part and parcel of the vast subtle field of information underpinning all that exists: visible stuff, shadows, thoughts, emotions, souls, spirits, angels and demons.

The bits of information stored in your body cells form an interface between the Source and the loose entity called you. Metaphysicians refer to a hologram model which states that the totality of universal information is reproduced in every sub-entity.

What does this imply for each of us? That every possible thought, emotion or attitude lies deep in our body in a latent state. And everything we do, mostly unconsciously, is determined by which bits of information get activated as we go along.

If confidence, love and openness are activated, events in our life tend to flow fairly harmoniously, but when fear, sourness and distrust are activated, our thoughts and actions combine to create a very difficult course of life.

What can we do to ensure that the positive bits get activated?

Before addressing that question let us first consider the situation on our planet; it is obvious that collectively and individually we possess a clear potential for harmony, but somehow this potential very often gets overridden by activated negativity.

Why?

Human nature, many will sigh.

I don’t buy that.

We are not naturally a bunch of sour pusses or brutes.

Something pushes us into negativity. Something activates the bits of latent info stored in our cells that trigger negative thoughts and actions.

That something comes from the dominant culture in our world, and the entities behind it. The phenomenon is not new but it is reaching a peak.

Consider what the political and economic elites keep talking about, what mainstream media keep showing us, what the educational system keeps feeding into the minds of children and young adults: life is a struggle, it’s survival of the fittest, you have to fight, you have to work, you have to perform, financially and sexually, dangers are everywhere, terrorists, viruses, genetic diseases …etc, etc.

No sir, no madam. Life isn’t a blind desperate struggle against all kinds of competitors and enemies. Life is a fantastic experience. An opportunity to grow spiritually and connect to the Source.

The dominant elite uses fear to divide and rule. So much is evident. But who or what is behind the dominant elite?

Frankly, it must be entities in the invisible realm, in that portion of reality which lies between the source field and the material world. You may call them evil spirits, Lucifer, ghouls, fallen angels, whatever. The fact is that we see “bad” people behaving as if possessed and we ourselves often get strange impulses within us, not knowing why.

The late Stuart Wilde wrote in one of his last posts that in his experience of healer most diseases, and possibly all of them, were due to some form of spiritual attack.

I believe this is a useful model to consider.

Which brings us back to the key question of what to do to activate the positive bits of info stored in our cells.

In our cells but also in the pulsating electro magnetic fields related to these cells, and in the clusters of water molecules in our body, and in the cells of microorganisms living in symbiosis with our body, etc.…etc.

A positive attitude at the level of our conscious intellect is a good start to activate the “positive” bits of cellular memory but it is not enough, not by a long shot.

To reach cellular memory (and all related forms of deep seated memory) we need a fundamental intuitive shift. This can be facilitated by meditation, prayer (or equivalents like ho’ponopono), energy based healing techniques, or using harmony enhancing signs and symbols.

Evidence that something is moving down there at the appropriate level can surface through some form of physical release of stress like shedding tears, spasms (sometimes quite impressive) involving the lower back, shoulders, arms or other parts of the body. People with visual limitations like short sightedness can experience flashes of perfect vision lasting from a few seconds to several minutes, depending on the depth of their state of modified consciousness.

Achieving the fundamental intuitive shift able to activate deep seated positive information is a profoundly personal experience. At the same time, it is one that sets you free from your “personality” with all its old baggage of fears, beliefs and judgements. You let yourself immerse in an infinite pool of unknown, and you trust that unknown, completely, totally.

This is the exact opposite of control. In fact, intellectually and physically, you give up trying to control anything. For someone brought up in the materialist system of thought this is a hell of a jump. But once you have managed to do it, even for only a few seconds before lapsing back into old habits of fear and attempted (and usually failing) control, you know there is something powerful there, something powerful and beautiful. Eventually you will return to that beautiful unknown and trust it more and more.

Fear not, hug your cat.

Love,

Leo,

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2013

From 10^-33cm to intergalactic space, and consciousness in between

10-33cm is the subatomic scale where matter no longer exists. Down there you would only find energy and information. Experts in advanced physics are not even too sure what either really means.

According to quantum theory crazy things can occur in the realm of the very small, like a quantum being at two places simultaneously; “superposition” they call it. Mind boggling. And so far away from our usual vision of the “material world”.

Exploring quantum behaviour in human neurons, two daringly open minded researchers have tried to pave the way for a scientific approach to consciousness. Sir Roger Penrose, a mathematician from Oxford, and Stuart Hameroff, a physician from the Medical University Center in Tucson, have jointly developed the “orchestrated collapse reduction” model.

Let’s not delve in the details of what is only a model that will probably be shown to be inconsistent and incomplete.

But the intellectual exercise is utterly fascinating and points to the crucial possibility that a coherent system of quantum impulses encompassed in human consciousness might be independent from any physical relation with a particular biological support system (such as our brain, other neurons or other cells).

In other words, our consciousness might be “downloadable” outside our body. After death for instance.

Makes you think, doesn’t it.

This is no new age spiritual clap trap, as hard boiled materialists would say, but rational thinking by rigorous scientists.

Of course, serious metaphysical exploration beyond the limits of science is no clap trap. It is rational and absolutely indispensable because the realm of science is constrained by its fragmentation and adherence to the step by step deductive thinking process. Such process on its own is unable to deal adequately with the infinite subtlety of all there is.

Inevitably the intuitive connexion with higher consciousness has to come into our existential equation. The experience of life in all its dimensions shows this clearly to anyone prepared to open his mind and heart and move freely outside the cage of beliefs and assumptions imposed by accepted knowledge.

Anyway, the point here is that advanced science, despite its own limitations, is increasingly able to show how inadequate and frankly absurd the materialist world view really is.

Here is a short video with Roger Penrose:

Fear not, remember how vast, beautiful and intractable reality is.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2013

Science versus reality

There is a huge misunderstanding about science.

Science enjoys a special status in our society mainly because it has made impressive technological achievements possible.

Science based technology underpins many aspects of our modern comfort and also offers answers to a wide range of specific perceived needs. For instance when a supposedly infertile couple absolutely wants to have children, IVF can help them. On a totally different level, when Israeli authorities want to neutralise assumed enemies, superior military technology enables them to do it.

Whether or not we like such technological “solutions”, the fact is that they often work pretty well, at least initially. Their collateral consequences generally appear only at a later stage.

As a result of its up front visible efficiency, science appears to offer a framework for broad and deep grasp of the material world.

Many believe that this framework for understanding the world is the only one, and consider it as close to absolute and comprehensive, even though a lot of details still have to be elucidated.

Their belief is total illusion.

Science is part of human knowledge, which also includes practical empirical knowledge, and various “subjective” disciplines such as law, history, literature, philosophy, spirituality and religion.

But what exactly is “knowledge”?

And how far does it reflect reality?

Knowledge is information which our mind uses to generate thoughts and ideas. New information is brought to our mind through perceptions. For example, when eye cells receive incoming light, signals are immediately transmitted to our neurones and decoded by them.

Neurones are like computer chips; they process information. New inputs are combined with material already stored in memory. The output of this complex process is a stream of conscious thoughts, unconscious thoughts, and unconscious biological signals.

You could compare the stream of conscious thoughts to a film projected on our personal inner screen. Just like a film it may evoke reality, but it isn’t reality. It is only a mix of images and impressions, of which some are derived from bits of reality.

The inner film can never be “objective”. Only small shreds of reality ever reach our mind through perceptions, and our decoding of perceptions and thinking process are distorted by emotions and other impulses.

Besides, we have no certainty that the basic logic used by neurones, our “software” if you like, is capable of generating understanding of the logic of the universe, which might very well be of a much higher level of sophistication. After all, we are only modest little things within the universe. Why should we be equipped with the software to grasp its full working?

Furthermore, even the greatest genius is only able to master a tiny fraction of the shared information and potential thoughts which constitute mankind’s common knowledge.

So, all in all, humans have every reason to be humble about their knowledge, be it the most advanced science.

With that insight into the nature and limits of knowledge at the back of our mind, let us turn again to the status of science in contemporary society.

Science stands on a pedestal. Over the last decades, science and scientists have inspired a level of reverence akin to that enjoyed by religion and high clergy in olden days.

Whatever the subject, official science has authority to say what must be considered true and valid. Any hypothesis or set of observations regarding the workings of nature which is not endorsed by official science is contemptuously dismissed as pseudo science, fraud or quackery. In much the same way as official religion in Medieval Europe treated dissenting views and unauthorised practices as heresy or witchcraft.

A spirit of intolerance and inquisition reminiscent of dark ages is present today, with an additional new twist. And a particularly toxic one: the interference of powerful economic interests. Virtually every research programme these days is financed by corporations or governments under total influence of the corporate world. This has enormous consequences.

The scientific method implies the formulation of assumptions, the development of theories and models, and the gathering of evidence. This combination constitutes a good tool to explore reality. But one that has to be used with integrity and open-mindedness.

And both presuppose freedom. When practically all experts in science and technology owe their position, livelihood, and career to organisations with a very aggressive agenda, the exercise of intellectual freedom for honest scientific pursuit becomes extremely difficult, if not impossible.

In such a context, hardly anyone ever dares bring into question assumptions underpinning dominant theories or put forward models which are at odds with them. As a result, dominant assumptions and theories tend to freeze into dogma.

Concerning the collection of evidence, researchers feel obliged to follow rigid criteria imposed by authority. Phenomena under study are supposed to be repeatable under laboratory conditions and observations quantifiable in data lending them selves to statistics. As if nature should consist only of processes neatly reproducible at will in a lab. Simple mechanical processes do appear reproducible in controlled environments, but there is absolutely no logical reason why the same should be true of very complex phenomena involving billions of subtle interactions.

Because of the absurdly limiting format for evidence collection set by official science, a whole raft of extremely rich observation is simply dismissed as non existent, flawed or fraudulent.

This is particularly the case with natural medicine and the study of paranormal phenomena.

Millions of people throughout the world have direct experience of the effectiveness of various methods of natural healing applied to humans and often also applied to animals. Yet official medicine simply discounts the lot as non scientific, therefore of no value. Under pressure from the public who keeps using alternative therapies, the establishment concedes that they can have a role as “complementary” treatments, i.e. mainly to please patients with a somewhat credulous mind.

Many practitioners of alternative therapies accept this humiliating lower status for sake of peace and of some recognition by medical insurance systems.

In parapsychology, experts are very anxious to demonstrate that their study of psychic phenomena is totally in line with the scientific approach. This has led them to focus most of their efforts on repeatable laboratory experiments.

Which confines their study to a narrow corner of its potential field, because psychic phenomena that are repeatable in the lab are not the most interesting and significant. In fact they are quite marginal and with limited potential uses.

In other words, experts in parapsychology got their own discipline in a real trap by de facto accepting the assumption that real phenomena should all be repeatable in laboratory conditions, an assumption which has no logical basis whatsoever.

They made this big mistake because their anxious quest of recognition pushed them to follow the rules of the system. Having practically driven their discipline to the outer fringe of science, they would be well inspired to change tack and adopt a much more daring approach.

When you come to the bottom of all this, the problem is the mechanistic worldview underpinning official science, and not only official science but more broadly society’s dominant mode of thinking.

As it is quite evident that society’s dominant mode of thinking is driving humanity and the planet into a big mess, you might wonder why there aren’t more people ready to question the basic assumptions behind the mechanistic worldview.

In fact, many people do begin to suspect that the system is basically wrong, but they feel utterly powerless.

The system looks so strong, and its ruling elite have a vested interest in insuring that few manage to openly expose the flaws of the dominant mode of thinking. Tyranny is exercised directly on the minds through propaganda and official science is now enslaved to propaganda.

But this appalling picture is only the visible side of reality, and the invisible, subtle, side is quite different.

People on a spiritual journey who are learning to recognise and accept intuitive guidance “know” this.

Fear not, let logic and intuition embrace in wisdom.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

Mounting evidence supporting intuition

Many people are now pretty well aware of the limitations and contradictions of the dominant mechanistic vision of the world.

But few dare cross the bridge towards the new paradigm of holistic spirituality.

This seems such a big move to anyone who has been indoctrinated in a belief system that places no trust in intuition and relies almost exclusively on the narrowly reasoning side of the mind.

However, many observations and scientific theories now converge to confirm facts that fit perfectly into the holistic spirituality paradigm while exposing the incoherence of materialist thinking.

Firstly, theories of sub-atomic physics and astrophysics envisage a universe made of energy (and possibly more than one universe), where matter appears a fairly elusive notion amounting to a perception of structured energy.

Secondly, science is taking a new look at water, the main constituent of all living creatures on our planet.

Water possesses various remarkable characteristics which set it apart from other substances, such as being the only substance whose volume expands when temperature drops (which is why ice floats on liquid water).

While water molecules (H20) are amongst the simplest, they gather to form clusters organised into remarkably sophisticated structures.

These structures endow water with a kind of living memory influenced by circumstances in the environment, and even sensitive to ideas and emotions. Photographs of water crystals suggest that positive ideas induce beautifully harmonious structures, while negative ideas induce ugly structures. Confronted to such observations, science is stretched into metaphysics.

Metaphysics explores the concept of consciousness in the universe which conventional science tends to ignore, except in advanced physics where the notion of “observer” comes into play.

Consciousness leads to another concept with equally awesome implications: intention.

As there is consciousness in the universe – which is evident, otherwise we would have no perception, no knowledge and no science, does consciousness have intention?

A particular type of phenomena cropping up frequently in the course of every day life provides a strong indication with respect to intention: synchronicities.

Synchronicities are events with extremely low probability that nevertheless occur quite often, appearing as pure coincidences carrying some meaning for the people involved or observing.

For instance, when you meet “by chance” in the centre of a large city someone you know who rarely comes to town. Or when you pick up a book while browsing in a bookshop, you open it and immediately read a sentence that is eerily relevant to a situation you have on your mind at the time.

Synchronicities look like messages sent to you by ….universal consciousness, whatever or whoever that might be. Which logically implies that there must be intention in the universe.

In fact, when you are attentive to events in your life you eventually come to the conclusion that the universe never stops sending you messages, and that nothing happens by chance. Chance doesn’t exist, only intention does. This is what experience of life shows.

So, science, logic and observation concur to underpin a model of the universe made of energy, consciousness and intention.

But the trickiest issue remains open: is the intention “good”, “benevolent”, “friendly”, “loving”? Or is it just indifferent? Could it be hostile? Or might there be conflicting intentions.

And by the way what is the meaning of “good”. Here we realise how little we are. We know nothing. Our theories and models are grossly simplistic representations of tiny bits of a vast fantastically subtle reality.

Still, while not knowing for sure what good and bad mean, we can observe the following.

Whenever we entertain “contracting” thoughts and emotions (hatred, judgment, rejection, guilt, fear, bitterness…) we feel pretty awful in our mind and body, and relations with people and events tend to be difficult.

But whenever we entertain “expanding” thoughts and emotions (love, gratitude, forgiveness, trust…) we feel light and energised in our mind and body, and relations with other people and events tend to be easy.

Call this whatever you want: science, philosophy, metaphysics… It is just something anybody can notice in his or her life. It comes over as a law of human existence.

From this observation, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to bet for a loving universal consciousness. In other words, “faith” in universal “goodness” seems to have a pragmatic underpinning.

But then, be careful not to stretch faith too far and burden it up with all kinds of invented stories that have no basis. This is where religions have too often erred, with well known tragic consequences.

To sum up, while well aware of the deep mystery of existence, we can fairly reasonably use a model of holistic spirituality as the best guide to conduct our lives. The model refers to four ingredients: energy, consciousness, intention, and love.

At this point, our reasoning mind can’t go any further; it has to step aside and pass the relay to intuition. Intuition, the capacity to hear the inner voice mysteriously in touch with universal consciousness.

Once you become fully aware of intuition and fill your heart with faith in universal love, your life changes. Everything changes. How you feel in your body. How your react to situations. How you tame ego and fear.

It’s a state you have to experience for yourself. No book or guru can teach you the trick. There is no trick.

To find out, you have to cross the bridge, leaving behind the mental cage of materialist thinking, and embracing total trust and pure love.

While gathering your courage, bear this in mean: there is no risk, there is nothing to loose. According to the materialist paradigm you will be dead fairly soon and before that, the way things look on the planet (in the hologram video your mind believes is reality), you might be in for a lot of trouble and hardship.

So stop being a fearful slave, take your freedom and cross the mental bridge to the spiritual paradigm.

Fear not, fill your lungs with air and walk.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

The subtle structures of water

Here is a series of 8 videos on the amazing properties of water:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=endscreen&v=_hn8QekvArI&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BiaZ3pFfCfI&feature=endscreen&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQG_EtE-eas&feature=endscreen&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVjSKsdRE6U&feature=endscreen&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQme3zISnLI&NR=1&feature=endscreen

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YC1uvR6sMQQ&feature=endscreen&NR=1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzptpMiVL1s&feature=endscreen&NR=1

The consequences of these properties are truly immense.

Fear not, bless your glass of water.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

Science freezes over into dogma

The post “Why parapsychology is still struggling” of 23 May 2012 attracted revealing comments from Tom the “Skeptic Canary” and Loyd of the “Paranormal Network”.

For Tom “the main problem with parapsychology is that it’s built on an unscientific premise” while according to Loyd “actually, Parapsychology is based on a very scientific premise”.

The dividing line between them is science.

But science is just a set of theories and models providing fragmented representations of limited bits of reality. Reality itself is infinite and infinitely complex, and well beyond our comprehension.

Through our five senses we receive small stimuli with which our mind builds mental pictures. Science is no more than elaborate pictures shared between different individuals.

Science can be useful, but it should never be confused with the “truth” about reality. We have no way of knowing the truth about reality as a whole. We can only toy with our own uncertain pictures of what we assume to be related to little pieces of reality.

Honest scientists know this well and their basic attitude is one of profound humility coupled to admiration for the splendour of the universe and its astounding subtlety.

However, materialist thinking is so bent on arrogance and ego that it tends to forget its own limitations, opening the door to the cult of absolute science and its child omnipotent technology.

Once dogma starts to dominate society, open minded observation and logical reasoning become virtually impossible.

And that is where we are now, with a new form of religion that mixes science, technology, money, competition, as absolute concepts beyond discussion.

In such a context, everybody feels under pressure to try and fit his arguments about any subject into the restrictive mould of the new religion.

That is precisely the mental trap we have to escape from.

For your references, here are the web sites of Tom and Loyd:

http://www.skepticcanary.com/   and  http://mindreader.com/

Thanks to both of them for their comments.

Fear not, observe with a sharp and free mind.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

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