Q. Swami, can you explain the theory of relativity?
A. Sure. A billionaire comes down for breakfast and says he feels like a million bucks, and his wife says, "Oh, my goodness. What's wrong?"
Comic Paul Dean said, "The nice thing about meditation is that it makes doing nothing look quite respectable." The host of "Real Time" on HBO, Bill Maher, said that prayer does nothing. One argument used to prove that prayer does nothing is to point to the disaster, war, and evil in the world.
We hear about failures of prayer to heal evil, but do we hear about subsets of evil being healed? Can any subclass of prayer effects make sense to a modern world? In 1969 near Chicago, Bruce and John Klingbeil began to research the question "Does the inflow of prayer do anything?" They began to test the positive, the negative, and biased effects of prayer.
What did the Klingbeils discover? The premise was that loving prayers nudge disorder toward order. They contrasted two makers that showed the quality of the order produced from two motives of prayers. Bruce and John also supplied a theory about the subconscious mind hacking the memory to forget convincing details about our psychic and spiritual experiences.
The father and son founded Spindrift Inc. to support research and education in the fields of consciousness, prayer, spirituality, and the placebo effect. They communicated about prayer in scientific terms. They saw the scientific method as a path-finder for following the prayer forces. Bruce and John Klingbeil worked as Christian Science practitioners.
Before 9/11, Spindrift urged people to listen carefully to the violent words in the prayers of Muslim terrorists. In contrast to toxic terrorist prayers, Spindrift favored bringing back positive prayers to the schools.
Fringe science is not always practical, but Spindrift was an opportunity for religion and science to talk to each other. Testing people while they prayed was doing fringe science, but the tests caused a prayer-a-digm shift.
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Bill Sweet writes in "A Journey Into Prayer" of the controversial laboratory prayer and consciousness experiments of Spindrift Research. Sweet illustrates the explosive nature of aligning science and religion. There is curiously original material in Bill Sweet's book. The left-brain gets a workout, but the right-brain enjoys reading the subtle spiritual insights about prayer and consciousness.
-- Deepak Chopra, M.D., Author, How to Know God