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

 

 

The right conditions for psychic powers

Here is the link to an extremely interesting article by Bredan D. Murphy published by Zen Gardner reviewing various pieces of research on psychic abilities:

http://www.zengardner.com/a-practical-guide-to-developing-your-unseen-powers/

Research has shown that factors enabling a subject to successfully use his/her psychic abilities include:

– his own open mindedness (minimum condition for psy to work)
– confidence in his own abilities (also a basic condition for psy to work)
– atmosphere of trust around him (sceptics around are inhibitors of psy)
– relevance, emotions (psy works better when the stakes are real)
– novelty, interest (boring stuff doesn’t stimulate psy)
– peaceful state of heart-based coherence (rather than mindset of conflict)
– initial intention followed by let go (stop trying too hard leads to better results).

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The article is concluded with a series of tips for development of psychic abilities. And these tips are very valuable generally because psy is just part of our natural body-mind-soul system.

You can read more about this subject matter in Brendan Murphy’s new book The Grand Illusion: A Synthesis Of Science And Spirituality – Book 1, available for purchase at www.brendandmurphy.net.

Fear not, don’t let closed-minded sceptics run you down.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2014

Psychic input in all our thoughts

Materialists are proud to be able to think rationally purely on the basis of facts, by which they mean information from the material world received through the senses. And they are convinced this is the only serious way to think.

But they ignore two categories of inputs into their thinking process. The later is represented by the drawing shown below, which of course is only a crude model to get some insight into an infinitely subtle reality.

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The first category of inputs is information obtained through extra sensory perception, and the second category consists in the impulses of fear and desire generated by the ego.

Everyone receives information through extra sensory perception. This happens unconsciously. When our mind creates thoughts, which it does all the time, it constantly attempts to draw in extra sensory information as well as sensory signals, and the process is permanently distorted by varying amounts of fear and desire.

People who have been led to believe that only the material world is real unconsciously block the stream of extra sensory information. And the thoughts generated by the thinking process tend to reflect almost exclusively a mix of sensory information distorted by fear and desire.

When the mind is trapped in the materialist paradigm, fear and desire are quite strong and their distorting effect on thinking is severe, resulting in low quality of thoughts.

When the mind is relatively free from the limiting beliefs of materialism and of dogmatic religion or philosophy extra sensory information is allowed to flow into the thinking process and influence its output.

Depending on the situation of the individual at a particular time, extra sensory information will have a smaller or greater impact on conscious thoughts produced by the mind.

For instance, if you’re washing the dishes or opening a computer session, your thoughts don’t necessarily require much extra sensory information. Sensory stuff may be quite enough for the tasks on hand.

But if you are entering a meeting with someone regarding a sensitive matter for that person, extra sensory material is most likely essential to achieve a positive relationship.

You don’t have to try and control the mix to fit the situation; the universe, acting through nature, does it for you. What you have to concentrate on is to keep your mind open, your ego tuned down and your heart full of love and gratitude.

Once your mind is out of the materialist prison, it’s amazing how things start to flow in your life. Not only are your thoughts vastly enriched by extra sensory inputs, but they themselves feed back into the subtle realm of reality and influence events.

Fear not, allow your natural connection to operate.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

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

The renaissance of parapsychology

Parapsychology studies capacities of the human mind that can’t be explained by present conventional science. These include clairvoyance, precognition, telepathy and telekinesis.

The discipline has been in existence for over a century, supported by distinguished institutions: the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) formed in 1882, the American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR) founded in 1885, the Institut Métapsychique International (IMI) started in 1919, and the Parapsychological Association (PA) formed in 1957. Over the years, universities in different countries created departments of parapsychology under various names.

In spite of these developments, the discipline has struggled to be fully recognised and still remains on the fringe of the academic and scientific world.

Not only is the discipline poorly accepted but various organisations and circles of “sceptics” devote time, efforts and resources to try and demonstrate that the phenomena studied by parapsychology simply do not exist. And the same people also deny any value to most alternative therapies used with success all over the world.

Does all this matter?

After all, people are free to think what they want, and there always have been some who love to argue, come up with theories and show how clever they are. Isn’t it the case that such battles of egos involving nerds and eccentrics are side shows with little or no consequence for the life of ordinary folks?

No. In fact, recognising the findings of parapsychology and drawing the right conclusions from them have huge potential consequences.

When you consider together findings of parapsychology pertaining to humans and animals, other paranormal phenomena such as synchronicities, advanced knowledge in mainstream fundamental physics and neurosciences you obtain an impressive cluster of evidence which clearly exposes the weakness of fundamental beliefs underpinning the materialist worldview.

Since the materialist worldview determines how contemporary human society thinks and behaves, bringing clear evidence that this worldview is deeply flawed is profoundly threatening to the dominant system.

You might think: I am no revolutionary, political activist or follower of conspiracy theories. I don’t care about the worldview held and promoted by the ruling elite.

Well, think again. The materialist worldview rules society, including you. Your beliefs, the choices you make, what you eat, the work you do, how you look after your health, … all aspects of your life are determined by the dominant system of thoughts.

And it is not only your life, that of people around you and the lives of seven billion humans that are profoundly affected by this system of thought, but it is also the planet itself, with its animals, plants, eco-systems, magnificent balance of land, water, atmosphere, biosphere.  All are being assaulted, raped and destroyed by an absurd predatory system. Everyone knows it deep down and no one is apparently able to do anything about it.

But the crux of the matter is that this dominant system derives from a narrowly materialistic worldview which itself rests on a few flawed assumptions.

These few assumptions appear surprisingly weak when confronted to a combination of pure logic, hypotheses of advanced physics and observations of life including paranormal phenomena.

Assumption 1: the universe has no purpose or intention and human consciousness is a  localised phenomenon originating in the human biological system. This is at odds with straight logic: there is zero probability that chance combinations of elementary particles could ever produce all the sophisticated creatures that exist, or could ever produce life, let alone consciousness. Besides, the assumed lack of purpose or intention is contradicted by the evidence of synchronicities.

Assumption 2: reality is a vast mechanistic whole made up of separate material creatures and processes with only limited interactions with one another. Pure logic may not be quite enough to discard this assumption right away, though this assumption clearly fails to provide a clue to the key question of infinite versus finite space and time. Experience of life, intuition, and evidence of paranormal phenomena suggest that a vast multiplicity of interactions exist between apparently very distinct and distant entities. Also, modern theories of fundamental physics suggest oneness, matter as being only a perception of structured energy, continuity of energy fields, uncertainty of events at subatomic level and possible reversibility of time.

Assumption 3: life on planet earth is characterised by struggle and competition and so is human condition; always has been, always will be. This, you might say, is the fascist assumption. Life is a hard struggle, dog eats dog, the strong exploits the weak, only the fittest survives, etc. All bollocks justifying fear, armies, insane defence budgets, naked capitalism led by casino finance.

But now how do we debunk that lot? It has been implanted so deep in our minds for so long.

This is where present times, however turbulent and bringing so much fear, are in fact extraordinary and truly exciting. The global crisis cannot be overcome by the present system. No technological and or organisational trick will fix it. And no leader ‘ll fix it either.

Only a fundamental change of personal and collective behaviour associated to a 180 degrees swing in mentality and relationship with nature and the universe will bring mankind and its planet into an era of harmony and beauty.

The universe has no purpose? We are here to fight one another like idiots, destroy the delicate beauty of nature to make useless stuff, and enrich a gang of neurotic “leaders”? Insane rubbish!

When you put the findings of parapsychology in that wide context, it becomes obvious why parapsychology is not an inconsequential pursuit, and why it is opposed with inquisitorial meanness by the most corrupt sections of the establishment.

Parapsychology is a key discipline at this juncture of history. It will have to enlarge its scope, its methods of gathering and communicating evidence. It will have to outreach towards metaphysics and spirituality. It will have to contribute to reviewing the bases of human perception of reality and of knowledge as representation of bits of reality.

So, there is a lot more to say on parapsychology, but here you have a first insight into what is at stake.

Fear not, consult animals and trees around you.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

Talking intuition with your dog

Dogs, cats, and most probably all animals possess consciousness, various forms of intelligence, and emotions. This is obvious to any attentive observer living with pets or close to nature.

What is less evident is the extent of animals’ paranormal capacities.

When concerning humans, paranormal capacities are often divided into supposedly neat categories such as telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition.

But how can we categorize, say, the ability of pigeons to find their way back home more than 1000 kilometres away? All we can posit is that some kind of information about the location of its home base relative to wherever the journey starts must be available to the pigeon. But how? Through remote viewing? Or through telepathic communication with the owner on site?

On the other hand we can readily tag the word precognition to the numerous instances of pets getting jittery ten minutes before their master comes home, even at unusual times. In my family we knew the case of “Jockey Blue Bird”, my father-in-law’s budgie who would start moving and singing when the dear gentleman was still half- a-mile away.

Many documented cases show that evidence of psychic abilities is just as strong for animals as for humans. In all its manifestations life is vastly more subtle and magnificent than appears on the visible surface.

This metaphysical observation has a very practical consequence, namely a completely different type of navigation through life: instead of trying to control events only via deductive reasoning applied to material elements, we can now choose to use intuitive guidance.

In our increasingly complicated society, trying to control events by operating purely on the material plane is a lost battle. Anyone can see this. But most people, largely unaware of the subtle side of existence, fail to conceive of any alternative to the stressful, pointless competitive struggle.

Yet an alternative exists: accepting intuitive guidance from the benevolent universe. This requires a completely new state of mind and quite a bit of personal practice to free oneself from the grip of ego and fear.

Society dominated by materialist thinking has coated our minds with layers and layers of limiting assumptions, beliefs, fears, prejudices, desires that make us agitated, impatient, and arrogant. Our arrogance is directed in particular towards animals which we regard as obviously inferior to ourselves. This is nonsense. The very idea of assigning greater or lower values to creatures in the universe has absolutely no meaning. People with a close rapport to nature know this perfectly.

To navigate through today’s crisis we need to get rid of a lot of old baggage, mentally and physically. We need to simplify our life. We need to nurture gratitude, calm, patience. We need to stop worrying about time. We need to love ourselves as much, but not more than anybody or anything else. It’s a new paradigm altogether. Nothing complicated. But requiring courage.

Fear not, ask your dog to help.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

Let’s go through brick walls

I’m not completely round the bend yet.

I know that in ordinary experience of life when you throw yourself into a brick wall you get stopped and it hurts.

Yet, modern physics says matter is no more than energy dynamically structured. The smallest elementary particles making up atoms are just pure energy in a vacuum.

Besides, telepathic exchanges do go through walls. Lost dogs can find their way home a hundred kilometres away. Ocean salmons swim thousands of kilometres to go back to their river. Migrating birds also have a clever guiding system. And uncanny synchronicities happen all the time.

So the brick wall is real at a certain level, but there is a lot of invisible something that is just as real. When you consider that carefully it makes you humble and elated in admiration for the universe.

The truly rational position is to accept the brick wall and the invisible stuff also. In fact they are ever so subtly intertwined, not separated as suggested in the narratives of dogmatic religions.

The latter and the modern dogma of materialism would have us prisoners of the brick wall for all our life. And they would have us believe that we human incarnations are evil, corrupt and have no alternative but to compete, fight, pretend and be scared.

I don’t buy that. And I see more and more people who don’t either. The brick wall isn’t our enemy. The neighbour behind the wall isn’t our enemy either: send him thoughts of true love and you will see that he starts behaving decently with you, even if he is a difficult character to start with. We have no enemies. Many people create them with their own thoughts.

Some will say: oh there have been prison walls for centuries, and plenty of enemies, and corruption and perverts. Look at the warmongers who will go and bomb Iran, look at the paedophile rings with protection in the upper echelons of society. Mankind is evil.

No, it has potential for unlimited goodness, because it is part of the amazing structure of energy and consciousness. Here on planet earth we are currently experiencing a “crisis”, that is a strong transition with a peak of negative and positive thoughts flying in the invisible realm that runs our lives.

If you stay close to positive thoughts of gratitude, non judgment, trust and harmony, you will be OK, even if things don’t turn out like your little ego had wanted. Fear is part of our experience, let’s accept it without allowing it to lead us by the nose.

What we have to discover through individual experimentation is a way to navigate through mechanistic constraints of the visible world while developing a sense of the lighter vibrations in our body and in our life.

Just as a practical illustration, when lying relaxed in bed, focus your attention on the spot between your eyebrows (the third eye chakra) and notice how it feels in your body. Then concentrate your thoughts on other spots, like the top of your neck and trigger another wave of electric sensations. Try other parts of the body. Try images of various colours. You will feel calmer, with clearer thoughts and less fear. You will develop a sense of lesser materiality in yourself, as if molecules were less tightly pressed against one other, with more space for free flowing energy. This is no intellectual abstract vision, it’s something very real to feel.

Then, further along the spiritual path you discover that the thoughts you emit are not only real but powerful. They have surprising effects on other people and events. Clearly they can fly through any brick wall.

Fear not, let your kindness cross all walls.

Love,

Leo

Copyright © Leo Foresta 2012

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