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Effects Of Spiritual Energy Healing Intentions On Patterns Of Cosmic Rays1
May 12, 2010 at 3:00 PM EST | G. E. SCHWARTZ & M. BOCUZZI


Gary E. Schwartz* and Mark Boccuzzi


As reviewed in The Energy Healing Experiments (Schwartz, 2007) and The Intention Experiment (McTaggart, 2007), a large body of evidence exists suggesting that human intention . Both individual and collective . Can have local and distal effects on living systems. Numerous spiritual energy healing traditions posit that some sort of Universal Energy is invited to enter the consciousness and body of the healer; the healer is taught to use his or her intentions to direct this energy for "the best and highest good" of the patient or client. It is typically assumed that this energy or "higher power" is of a "\high frequency;" however, to the best of our knowledge, no laboratory research has been conducted to address this assumption. Using a computer controlled low light CCD camera system cooled to -77 degrees centigrade, our laboratory has documented that it is possible to detect super-low intensity biophoton emissions from plants and humans, including "auras" surrounding and interconnecting living systems (reviewed in Creath and Schwartz, Journal of Scientific Exploration, Vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 531.550, 2005). The CCD chip detects sporadic bursts of high energy, high frequency cosmic / gamma rays; these gamma bursts are typically treated as "noise." And removed prior to statistical analysis. However, we theorized that patterns of cosmic ray activity, analyzed using fast Fourier transform (FFT) images generated by ImageJ analysis software (available from the National Institutes of Health), might reflect the presence of high frequency energies purportedly generated during spiritual energy healing practices. After pilot studies suggested that FFT's of cosmic ray patterns changed during the practice of spiritual energy healing, a carefully controlled experiment was conducted. The cameraes lens was focused on a stage containing white graph paper in a completely dark, light-tight metal chamber. The light-tight chamber was housed in a temperature controlled light-tight room. The computer and research assistant were housed in a separate room. Each run consisted of a 30 minute baseline 512 x 512 pixel image that was subtracted from four 30 minute data image trials. Eight runs involved a spiritual energy healing practitioner intending that the Universal Energy enter the "distant" light-tight chamber housed in the separate room; 4 of the runs involved the third 30 minute data trial and 4 runs involved the fourth 30 minute data trial. Eight matching runs had the same practitioner perform an intention meditation control where he focused his attention on imaging the stage in the chamber, but without inviting the Universal Energy to participate. Sixteen runs were conducted as "blanl" trials to control for possible order and time effects. Cosmic ray images were generated for each of the 128 data trials. FFT images were calculated, and Plot Profile statistics provided by ImageJ software were performed. Analyses of variance revealed a highly significant (p<.0000001) condition by averaged pixel interaction for the Universal Energy compared to the Meditation Intention and Blank Controls. Alternative interpretations of the findings, including experimenter belief, are considered.


Gary E. Schwartz is a Professor of Psychology, Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Surgery, and Director of the Laboratory for Advances in Consciousness and Health, at The University of Arizona in Tucson. He is also Corporate Director of Development of Energy Healing at Canyon Ranch.




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