A prayer for the weather: "Dear God, please let there be Global Warming." -- Old Man Winter, North Dakota, 2013-2014
"The nice thing about meditation is that it makes doing nothing look quite respectable," said comic Paul Dean. On HBO, Bill Maher, host of "Real Time" often says that prayer does nothing. One argument used to prove that prayer does nothing is that there is so much disaster, war, and evil.
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 or psychic effects make sense to a modern world? Spindrift explored the prayer factor.
In 1969 near Chicago, Bruce and John Klingbeil began to test the positive, the negative, and biased effects of prayer.
What did the Klingbeils discover? From the premise that a loving prayer nudges disorder toward order, they isolated makers that showed the quality of the effects from two motives that drive prayer. Bruce and John also have a theory about why the subconscious mind hacks the memory to forget accurate details about psychic experiences and spiritual healings.
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 violent words in 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. Could prayer go the way of Betamax, Kodak and Polaroid film? Spindrift hopes not. Testing people who prayed was fringe science, but the tests caused a prayer-a-digm shift.
Bruce and John were optimistic that their prayer research would be met with openness. It became clear their optimism had been misplaced. In 1983 church leaders punished them by removing Bruce as a practitioner.
Bruce and John moved to Salem, Oregon, where living expenses were less. The research continued for ten years. The toll of being expelled from their church, the harassment from the spiritual and scientific communities, loss of income, and potential lawsuits tied to Spindrift led to dramatic choices.
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Anyone who is contemplating research on Therapeutic Intent should read Bill Sweet's book on Spindrift "A Journey Into Prayer." The animosity toward Spindrift was intense. The magical attacks directed against it were more vicious than anything I'm personally familiar with in either the modern witchcraft or psychotronics subcultures. Bill Sweet documents a vicious campaign against a scientific study of the power of prayer. Anyone interested in research on prayer should read this book because this tragic case will be discussed for decades to come.
-- George Hansen, Author, Trickster & the Paranormal