Jesus Christ recommended prayer in secret most of the time. (Jesus in Matthew 6:6.) Silent prayer is the only communication that the government can't hear.
The story of Spindrift in 35 numbered paragraphs.
- The history of Spindrift began with father and son, Bruce and John Klingbeil. They started a science lab where volunteers tested their understanding of prayer on modest plant experiments. The experiments of prayer were a new approach to "Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow." (Matthew 6:28.) Bruce and John were "Think outside of the box" wonks. The duo found a way to quantify some effects from some prayers. How did they do that? They measured the micro-effects of prayer on producing patterns of order. They co-founded Spindrift Inc. also called Spindrift Research. Spindrift Inc. supported research and education in the fields of quantum physics, consciousness, prayer, and spirituality. Spindrift was an effort for religion and science to find common ground and talk practically with each other. John, the son, said in effect, "Around the whole world, many people practice their prayers like they are practicing a musical instrument. Then science should research the power of prayer." Bruce said, "You can't heal everything. Those few modest examples of true healing should spark attention to what are some of the laws of human consciousness that brought about those healings. We are not speaking as a cult. We are providing theory and data to backup what are some of the subtle changes and influences going on in our human thoughts that subtly change the material conditions." Bruce also said that, "It would be encouraging to have examples of successes of prayer on hand to help give balance to the failures of healing evil." Bruce added a caution that if prayer is found to be a true phenomenon, one unintended consequence could be the abuse of prayer to do evil toward our neighbor. How can a prayer do evil? Fervent prayer has a psychic punch. Spindrift found that the potential of our prayers can be empowering toward good or evil.
- Bruce and John's research blended parapsychology and prayer-a-psychology into an original methodology. Bruce and John were Christian Science practitioners. They added scientific data about the effects of prayer to their occupations as practitioners. Bruce said in so many words, "We know a lot about 'how prayer doesn't work.' For example, inflexibility, unyielding beliefs, narrow materialistic goals that don't see better long-term goals, magnetic waves of broadband interference coming at our bodies and minds, and attraction to addictive behaviors over attraction to moral changes. How should we answer those interferers of prayer? We think with some 'how does prayer work when it does work research.'" Bruce and John became pioneers of prayer in the laboratory. Their prayer experiments at home became the Spindrift laboratory. They felt that some discoveries in quantum physics gave Spindrift a boost in the paranormal areas of their research. They found the scientific method to be a path-finder for the prayer forces. Given the proper context for doing quantitative experiments, the Klingbeils illustrated that the scientific method could also include a qualitative conception that allowed for the course of some order-promoting prayer effects to be tracked by Natural Science. Spindrift followed the effects. What were the effects followed in the Spindrift laboratory? Spindrift tracked some effects from goal-directed prayer, non goal-directed prayer, indirect prayer, negative prayer, and evil prayer.
- During the 1960s, Bruce Klingbeil studied the progress being made in science, theology, and medicine since the end of World War II. After his research of these three institutions in the American culture, Bruce predicted a commanding future influence of science and technology on medicine, religion, and on Americans especially American youth. Why? The youth would reject religious teachings and find most answers to life in science. The new generations might be forgetting many religious values and rules of behavior. He forecasted that religion, prayer, most anything paranormal, spiritual lifestyles, Christianity, and Judaism in America would take a hit and lose credibility in a scientifically oriented society. The American culture, that encircles Christianity and Judaism, has developed attitudes of a heat-seeking missile toward religion which teaches spiritual distinctions about life and borders of behavior. Does Christianity prefer filling the saddlebag over having the horsepower to keep pace with science where it is possible to do it? If Christianity doesn't have a seat at the table of modern science, it will find it's on the menu. Bruce, John, and daughter Deborah Klingbeil, asked, "Could Western prayer and religion disappear as did Polaroid film, typewriters, pagers, Betamax tape, and 8-Track?" Bruce predicted "Yes." John wrote ten books to help fill-in the gaps left by science, secularism, and new technology. John's ten books are Mind Patterns, The Quiet Revolution, Qualitative Research, The Healer, The Cathedral of the Mind, Moses, The Spindrift Tests, Identity Field Theory, The Spindrift Papers, and Richard Garrett (which is a science fiction novel about the Dark Web and protecting national security secrets.) Dr. Larry Dossey wrote "No one has so courageously probed the impact of prayer research on society as Spindrift.... The Klingbeils were far out front in considering what these effects might be."
- Bruce and John were not alone in their worry about the unspiritualization of America. Their prediction for the downfall of Christianity and modern Judaism was because the youth of America would reject religion. Some youth would even work to purge religious teachings from mankind and have them replaced with new and addictive technologies. The atheists have found the youth on their side to roll with moral twists, replace God and most religions and religious teachings with secularism, science, social media, artificially generated simulations of reality, and only materialistic explanations of truth.
- What was Bruce and John's response to the excelling imbalance between science and spirituality? They were amateur scientists. They analyzed prayers in action with the hope that it would stimulate wonderment. They began to explore prayer, human consciousness, and the placebo effect in 1969, in Arlington Heights, a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. In 1969, the year when man first walked on the moon, Bruce sought a connection between his prayers and the scientific method. Full-time research began in January 1975, in a Shaumburg, Illinois townhouse. The father and son developed tests of thought, prayer, and the placebo effect. Besides themselves, friends and volunteers from different religions prayed for the experiments. At a lab station, a volunteer would observe the lower organism he or she was to pray-for. The organisms prayed-for were seeds and plants that had needs and for random numbers that lacked order. The numbers were generated from random number generators RNGs. John and Bruce formed eight mathematical equations about actions produced by human consciousness. The eight equations were four laws of consciousness and four ratios of consciousness. An occasional Spindrift newsletter, edited by John, was read carefully by doctors, nurses, researchers, and curious religious people.
- Bruce and John asked, "Is prayer a natural psychic feature of human functioning?" Why ask such an odd-ball question? Modern youth and adults were asking if prayer is a primitive myth that deserved the axe by science? Also, atheism foisted a proposition on the minds of the educated population that insisted that the more science you learn, the more disbelief in God you should have or you are an ignoramus to still believe in God. Bruce and John added that the Media and the skeptics reported many examples of psychic fraud and depraved religious behavior which made a believer in anything invisible and not provable to the five senses look like he was an ignoramus to believe it. Bruce said, "Then there is the specter of the placebo effect" that may dismiss the psi element that influences some prayers (the psi element refers to the psychic influence that acts at-a-distance). The placebo effect often satisfies an explanation of how a psi-healing occurred that otherwise should have made us more curious about what else happened. Without more curiosity, placebo effects could become the entire explanation of how prayer works. Add to that explanation the advances made in science, medicine, and technology, prayer and psi has become a challenge for all Christians, religious and spiritual people.
- Why say prayer and psi are a challenge for all Christians, religious and spiritual people? It's because advances in science might someday debunk or find a dark use for prayer, psi, and religion. Science, technology, robots, video games, VR, and the social media are already replacing God and religious teaching for the youth. The evolution of digital reality seems to paint the human mind opaque for young people. An opaque mind can't naturally perceive God, spiritual teachings, and psychic truths. In some cases, social VR is sending us delusions to not believe anything is true about Christ or Truth. Some examples of the challenge for groups like Spindrift are: A beautiful and successful woman in her thirties said to a Spindrift member, "You are one of those people who goes home at night and prays to one of a number of those mythological Gods." A junior high school boy said, "I don't believe in God. I believe in science." Another youth said, "I don't need to know if prayer works. I get all my answers from the Internet." Another said the equivalent of "I find my religious experiences in virtual reality." An adult said, "My spirituality includes cannabis." A man in his thirties said, "Spindrift is like UFO chasers. You can't measure something that doesn't exist." A Spindrift member's friend, who believes in prayer, said, "What the Klingbeils are doing is fanciful. No one can measure prayer in the history of the world. I like you, but you scare me." A church friend, who has a Ph.D., said, "The Klingbeils are dangerous and what they are doing is dangerous." Another friend said, "I won't let you and Spindrift destroy my church!" After finding out about Spindrift, a Christian wrote to Spindrift that the experiments and the Christian Science religion were controlled by demons. Forsake both of them. If you continue, you are a servant of Satan. A Christian said, in effect, "We pray to stop you and your experiments. But it's not negative prayer because we are on the side of right." In 1988, a Los Angeles area church had a prayer meeting that prayed to stop the tests from working. This quote is copied from a letter: "You and your Dr. Dossey are wandering about in the wilderness of half-awakened thought." Bruce and John Klingbeil would agree that we are wandering about in a wilderness of Matrix-like virtual reality. (A Journey into Prayer, Chapter Seven.)
- John and Bruce would reply to critics of testing prayer this way: "Are you just going to sit back and let science and our youth eventually dismiss and debunk prayer, religious values, or anything that has psychic potential? In contrast, what if some aspects of prayer and psychic abilities are found to be true and these abilities are incorporated into society through advertising, the Internet, sprinkling mental triggers to get reactions to news headlines, and through mass mesmerism such as virtual reality?" For example, there now exists high-tech brain hacking on our youth and adults that intentionally makes them addicted to IPhones and social media. What if prayer could be used as a psychic tool to manipulate religious people to do subconsciously driven behaviors? Prayers could be sent out on a digital prayer wheel with suggestions attached to focus people to pay attention. People will register the suggestions as their own thoughts. Then people will pay attention and make decisions to buy, vote, or answer questions that they cherry-pick from a list without knowing that they were not choosing with their own free-will to choose with their own thoughts. Individuals will be rare who are able to separate their own original thinking from groupthink. That we choose with our own free-will becomes problematic. In a Matrix-like world, people might have to fight-for any traces left of having free-will to choose with their own thinking. Bruce and John worried that high-tech types of addiction and mind control of the population would become as everyday routine as drinking water. Now we may begin to grasp why a fringe group, such as Spindrift, should fit in with the changes happening in society. The divinely natural essence of man and woman has been sidetracked and covered-up by high-tech and fast-paced Media noise that hits our minds, brains, and bodies. The Bible verse, "Be still, and know that I am God," doesn't have a chance with all the modern noise and digital realities. (Psalm 46:10.) John said in essence, "The noise of 'information overload' is blocking out spirituality and deceiving us to copy thoughts from other people, programs, and advertisements that we falsely believe we reflect as our own original thoughts. If we have no subjective quality thinking of our own, we will have no quality power to drive prayer and spirituality.... The spiritual threat to mankind is that our individual subjective thinking is being bombarded, manipulated and reprogrammed: So we live in virtual realities where narratives are suggested to us to act out. These superimposed narratives on our thinking separate us from knowing what is true about the divine realities of Life, Truth, and Love."
- John and Bruce were pro technology. Even so, Bruce, John and daughter Deborah predicted correctly that atheism and secularism would excel as technology and science excelled and replaced religion and God. They asked, "What will happen when machines and robots become smarter than people? Where are religious values going to go in machines and in digitally created realities of VR and AI? What are Christians and religious people going to do when God's creation is replaced with algorithms?" A science fiction series on cable about virtual reality has this line: “In this town, we don’t tolerate religion.” The Klingbeils predicted that human prayer could be eclipsed by a constant whir of psychic cyber prayers and cyber spinning prayer wheel messages that hit the minds and brains of people. Spiritually minded people might be horrified when they recognize that their mind, life, identity, and liberty are moving toward a controlled technological digital destiny. A modern tech-man could wake-up one day traumatized to find out that machines are his slave masters that demand his obedience. Cyber evil and virtual deceptions are becoming new enemies of perceptions of spiritual reality. Add to that future scenario what Bruce and John discovered about the effects of dark consciousness, such as evil prayers on the Internet that are protected under the cover of freedom of religion, there should arise a "Technological Dark Ages." John believed that science fiction could teach us the scary futures for Christianity and mankind. (See A Journey into Prayer, pages 124 - 128 and John's science fiction novel, Richard Garrett.)
- In 1980, Spindrift set-up a second lab site where volunteers could walk-in and pray for the experiments. (Examples of responses from volunteers about what they were thinking during their prayers for the tests are published at the bottom of the Experiments page.) During the early 1980s, Spindrift Inc. hired a statistician to analyze its data. In 1981, operating from Schaumburg with twelve working members, Spindrift incorporated in Illinois as a 501c non profit organization. John was the first president of Spindrift which had a three person board of directors. In 1982, the Klingbeils sold their townhouse in Schumburg, Illinois. Bruce and John moved to Palatine, Illinois. Spindrift had several graduate students apply to become the Spindrift Lab Manager and a Project Manager. The students wanted to work in the Spindrift laboratory that was doing unique research of human consciousness expressing healing effects that Spindrift called qualitative effects occasioned by thought and prayer. Spindrift found out it couldn't sustain paying the salary of a fulltime manager. In November 1983, Bruce's church leaders removed him as a practitioner for scientifically testing prayer explained later.
- There were decent reasons why the Klingbeils and several Spindrift members were paranoid. Here are true examples of paranoia. As word got out that Bruce was punished by his church for testing prayer, more church members who were Spindrift members got into trouble with their churches. A Ph.D. in biology in her forties, who didn't need a salary, decided to move from New York and assist with the Spindrift research of prayer. Police found her dead in her apartment with her boxes packed to move. Everyone at Spindrift was alarmed. In the mid-1980s, another alarming incident happened. A scientist in England, Glen Schaefer, was interested in the links the Klingbeils were developing between religion and science through the experiments of prayer. Spindrift asked Richard Oakes, a Spindrift supporter, to fly to England to speak with the scientist. After getting off the airplane, Oakes was shocked that two weeks earlier, the scientist dropped dead. Richard cried. In 1988, PBS filmed an interview with Bruce and John at their home. At the last minute, the program was stopped from airing. John cried. Other than saying, "It was a business decision," the PBS Producer was ordered not to tell anyone at Spindrift why the interview was hurriedly cancelled by a higher up. Bruce and John asked to purchase a copy of the videotape. PBS said, "No." They owned the videotape. Twice the Klingbeils had professional grant writers write proposals to obtain funds for a Spindrift project. The grant proposals were rejected. Later, an entrepreneur in Colorado became excited about Spindrift and phoned Spindrift. He talked with the Klingbeils. He flew his private airplane to a Salem, Oregon airport and met with Bruce and John. This man helped write a grant proposal for a test. He also accepted being the Project Manager for the proposed test. This man's gallant effort to procure a grant for a Spindrift project was turned down by the grant funders. Understandably, the man gave up on Spindrift.
- Some positive events happened in 1989. Dr. Larry Dossey begain writing books that included Spindrift's work. Nuclear engineer Ted Rockwell began writing articles about the Klingbeils' research. Four Spindrift members presented a panel discussion about Spindrift for a consciousness organization in Chicago, Illinois. In June, a Spindrift member presented a scientific and mathematical paper, written by Bruce and John klingbeil, at a consciousness conference in Sacramento, California. In 1990, Spindrift board member, John Andrews, was chosen to be the Republican candidate to run for governor of Colorado. The perceived psychiatrically insane Spindrift experiments became a sore point of contention for the opposition to Andrews. The main issue that queered John Andrews' chances from being elected governor was his association with the fringy oddity of Spindrift that tested prayer. But the Spindrift ideas and experiments did become a national news story. Read about this 1990 Colorado election in A Journey into Prayer, Chapter Four, "Politics and Prayer."
- Bruce and John continued to anticipate a creeping skepticism and discredit of prayer, psi, and Jesus Christ's accomplishments. Scientists said that storytelling about healings and paranormal experiences masqueraded as proof. Magical thinking is defined as "the inferior prelogical belief of causality." Some scientists, psychological associations, atheists, and magicians labeled prayer as magical thinking. Failures of prayer, the extremism of some religious dogmas, and psychic predictions gone wrong has added ammunition for skeptics to show that there is nothing psychic or prayerful going on in human existence. Skeptics, atheists, and the victims of psychic financial abuse and religious dependency would point to fraud and greed from religion, prayer, and psychic claims. Bruce and John Klingbeil purposed to test prayer, and some other paranormal claims, to separate fraud and far-out claims from genuine psi abilities. Testing claims to be accountable to the public was a good idea to protect the public.
- Spindrift joked that when trying to verify any paranormal claim "The dog ate the homework" or "It's like catching lightning bugs in a bottle" or "It's like jumping onto a moving train" or "It's like stapling down cotton candy." When Bruce and John did their research, they were frequently told that testing prayer for a measurable effect couldn't possibly be done. How did they proceed? The research was preliminary and preclinical. The Klingbeils followed psi-effects which occurred when thought was presented to a chosen system as a patient. Who were the patients chosen? Bruce and John did basic science on grass seeds, mold, mung beans, soybeans, bacteria, yeast, yogurt, the remote viewing of cards, some cows and horses that needed help, some crops in farmer's fields, the effect of thought on electronic circuits, and how psi-thought subtly creates order within random number generators (RNGs), randomly tossed dice, and randomly shuffled cards. For the experiments on beans, John counted beans until his fingers were bloody. John quipped, "Spindrift in not only grassroots, but it prays for grass roots!" Spindrift was financially supported by the Spindrift staff. Attempts to get grant money failed. Athletes have coaches, so why not the founders of Spindrift? John was a math wiz, but occasionally math professors were hired to tutor Bruce and John. Bruce and John were fascinated with the math behind fractals and origami to reveal the inner order developed inside their experiments. They also consulted with experimental parapsychologists. A working scientist was hied to check that the scientific method was properly followed in the experiments. Occasionally a lawyer was hired to check that Spindrift was legally in proper corporation order. The lawyer advised that Bruce and John should not be on the Board of Directors. The lawyer insisted that Bruce and John only run the Spindrift prayer laboratory.
- Aside from America becoming more secular and pushed forward by science, what else sparked the desire to do the research? When prayer failed to heal a person, failure was obvious to the public. Skeptics loved to tout the failures of religion and healing and also examples of psychic fraud. Then Bruce noticed that when a healing was successful, some people wondered if what happened to them as a healing was genuinely influenced by a distant prayer. Bruce and John recognized that some prayers brought about healing results, but most successful prayers could also be explained away by strong belief, expectation, and the placebo effect. People asked, "Did the prayer assist or not? Or was the healing from coincidence, the imagination, and the placebo effect? How do you separate out prayer when a healing could be from a combination of all those mental actions?" Some people changed their memory of success to doubt creeping in that questioned if they had a healing. Other people forgot or denied that they had a healing. A few volunteers who came to the Spindrift lab and prayed for the tests were happy at the time to see the results of their prayers on healing plant organisms. Later, while they pondered what they had done in the lab, or when they discussed the tests with someone who told them they were being tricked by the Devil to pray for those laboratory tests, they were embarrassed that they had participated in the tests, or they were taken aback when they witnessed their prayers working. The tests weren't a craze.
- What about when people acknowledge they had a successful healing or saw or had a vivid psychic experience and they decide to tell people about it? In the retelling, details often emerge that are exaggerations of what happened or some details become lies. Fortunately, there are some people who avoid most of the subconscious gremlins that would divert them from being honest and accurate about retelling their psychic experiences. Their stories are clearer and firmer, but their odd stories can often make them look foolish to friends and family.
- Bruce asked, "Why do some people have a psychic experience or a spiritual healing and later change some details or forget or deny that they had a paranormal experience? Are some people thrown a mental block and not allowed to express what happened to them? Could our fresh psychic memories be strong at first, but sometimes be sabotaged from relating true details about our psychic experiences? Does our human mind not adjust well to odd and shocking information?" Yes. Bruce added, "Is it logical then that we can't study much about prayer effects and psychic effects without first investigating what makes the psychic and spiritual effects slippery and disappear?" Yes.
- So Bruce and John studied the Defense Mechanisms. They hypothesized that the Defense Mechanisms helped to explain why people have a spiritual healing or a psychic experience that they soon alter, keep hidden, forget, or deny they had. If people did recall their paranormal experiences, they often exaggerated what had happened, so their recollections became polluted with inaccuracies. Bruce and John postulated a theory that a subconscious defense system was at work that often triggered denials, distortions, forgetfulness, and inaccuracies to sabotage the credibility of our psychic, UFO, and spiritual experiences. People are often booby trapped when they open their mouths and share a healing or a psychic experience. Why? The Defense Mechanism phenomenon operates to distort and distract us from what happened to us. Why? So we human beings don't get too sidetracked by woo-woo. So we have a semblance of safe, conformist, and orderly lifestyles. The Klingbeils felt that their Defense Mechanism theory of denial or not allowing a paranormal experience to be accurately observed or shared with others could be Spindrift's most important discovery. In short, Defense Mechanisms want us to have smeared recollections of our paranormal experiences. Defense Mechanisms promote that strong believers in the paranormal tend to have less than normal lifestyles. Some skeptics and magicians also added doubts to psychic and prayer experiences by showing how psychic events could be duplicated by playing magic tricks on people's senses and emotions. Also, the scientific culture and the growth of atheism, in the name of progress, was changing minds to not accept psychic experiences as genuine or real experiences. There are some neuroscientists who state that paranormal beliefs are only the brain hardwired to get us to believe self-deceptions that include prayer and elements of our religious training. After our brains create the false realities, and we believe they are true. Then our Defense Mechanisms work on human beings to forget or deny some experiences are true.
- The placebo effect is the power of our internal belief-system to produce healing changes in us human beings. It's well known that the placebo effect has a power to heal. Scientists are confused about the power of prayer, and ask, "Do prayers do anything that isn't explained by the placebo effect?" The father and son pursued that question. They analyzed subsets and sequences of the effects of prayers and placebos. They hypothesized a way to isolate an ordering-characteristic of prayer that could be distinguished from will-power and the placebo effect. This ordering-characteristic they called ordering-effects. Ordering-effects act on an appropriate response to prayer versus what a person has decided as his belief that he wants to happen and wills from his prayer. Bruce and John observed that the cultivation of holy thoughts in the subconscious mind occasion subtle ordering-effects. When they shared the concept of holy thoughts (qualitative thoughts) that produce ordering-effects, they found the concept difficult to communicate: The concept being that there are shades of differences of thoughts. For example, to pour in holy thoughts to replace negative thoughts is to "Overcome evil with good." (Romans 12:21.) To practice what thoughts should be replaced in us is the cultivation of our thought. The cultivation of our thought includes the cultivation of Life, Truth, and Love that gives qualitative focus to a prayer. This quality ingredient or corrective Christ brings about ordering-effects that are suitable for the circumstances. Bruce and John contrasted the differences of the effects by showing that ordering-effects function separately in how patterns of order emerge from how the human mind tends to bring about its effects on order and goals. It should be significant for science to isolate a qualitative ingredient that impinges quality and order on us within our own human consciousness.
- Ordering-effects are often stimulated by non goal-directed prayer. What is non goal-directed prayer? Non goal-directed prayer tries to avert having a human goal or bias dominate one's thought. Instead, non goal-directed prayer addresses and affirms the primary purpose, pure identity, and proper order to emerge behind the material appearances. Non goal-directed prayer goes deeper than most goals. It's a "Thy will be done" prayer. "Thy will be done" prayer listens, and says, "Let's pray it by ear and try not to stick to a specific goal." Here is a "Thy will be done" prayer: "The goals of the Matrix don't have power over me. The goals of the Life, Truth, and Love of God do have power over me. My inborn identity is aligned with Thy will be done."
- In contrast, goal-directed prayer has a specific goal in mind. Goal-directed prayer often dwells on goals that a person wants to achieve. Our human goals don't naturally emphasize the primary purpose, order, and the divine identity behind a situation. Here is another way to say it: Having goals is close-ended. Having no goals is open-ended. Then what is holy prayer? Thought that moves what is prayed-for toward a pattern of order. Unholy prayer is thought that moves toward disorder of some kind. Questions 3 and 6 on the FAQ page explain the different effects produced from goal-directed prayers and non goal-directed prayers.
- Bruce and John were effect oriented. Volunteers who prayed for the tests got a goal-directed effect or a non goal-directed effect or they got no effect at all. Is it the busy human mind or the still small voice of the divine Mind that influences the effects? That question came to mind from Bruce pondering Science and Health page 82, line 31. Jesus Christ demonstrated powerful prayers. Jesus established that he was the epitome of what prayer and wisdom could potentially do for human beings. Jesus was the Christ Scientist who showed there is an ordering-element to the divine-laws. The corrective Christ within human consciousness presents effects of Quality as patterns of order that could appeal to a few scientists.
- Prayer and preparation let us be our best under stress. A positive prayer is the confident expectation of good. Affirmations in prayer lift the mind above dwelling on negations. Negative thoughts are fierce competitors for getting all the attention in the mind of a person praying. When our minds drift, that may be an indication of what to pray about. Aside from the positive affirmative prayers, Bruce and John investigated dark consciousness; the negative and biased thoughts that some people think, pray, and transmit. Biased prayers affect people and goals unfairly. Negative prayers can be focused as venomous weapons used to send dis-ordering-effects to harm people. Spindrift found that positive prayers move what is prayed-for 'toward' order and negative prayers move what is prayed-for 'away' from order. There are religious marksmen and markswomen who shoot sniper prayers at their neighbors, co-workers, politicians, relatives, former boyfriends and girlfriends, members of other religions and their own religion. A sniper's evil prayers aim to inflict ill-health, accidents, and demise on people perceived to deserve hatred, revenge, or pain. Spindrift became a harbinger for negative pulses from prayers. (See Questions 10 & 11 on the FAQ page.)
- What happens before terrorism takes place? Most of the terrorism in the world begins with negative toxic prayers. Killer prayers, prayed and transmitted by Islamic terrorists, is the most important prayer issue of the Twenty-first Century. As far as is known, Spindrift was the first group to warn about the terrorists' prayers. During 1986-87, Spindrift began to advise people to listen to the toxic words in the prayers of the terrorists. The prayers proclaimed their plans to kill Jews, Muslims, and Americans. The prayers howled by Muslim terrorists should be seriously listened to because "Words precede deeds." Watch out for the blunt, not so secret messages, sent by unholy prayers to believers. The West struggles with the hypnotism from a constant flow of poison prayers that drive followers to commit killings in the name of God and religion. After 9/11, Spindrift gave the same advice about the terrorists' prayers. Listen to the words as promises. Negative prayers have consequences. Negative prayers turn into seditious actions. When religion becomes sedition, stop the freedom of religion. Religious subversion to take over countries is blooming in front of our eyes. Old beautiful European churches are being converted to mosques. American churches are next. Questions 10 and 11 on the FAQ page cover negative religion and negative prayer: Here are Question 10 and Question 11.
- The Klingbeils asked about the freedom of religions, healers, and psychics to do almost anything they wanted to do without being evaluated for what they do for society's sake. Asking for healers and psychics to have some paranormal accountability when accountability involved money, faith, or health was off-limits to do. Accountability informs people about who they give their money to for a spiritual leader, a faith healer, a televangelist, a psychic. When proposing tests to evaluate psychic abilities, instead of "encourage," Spindrift usually got the syllable "rage." Spindrift was considered kooky for proposing the evaluation and rating of prayer and psychic abilities. Evaluation of abilities was messing with the money that people make as healers and psychics. Fraud detection was another reason to test for the presence of nonlocal abilities. Bruce and John continued their research despite criticism for thinking it proper or possible to test people praying.
- Some dislike of the Klingbeils was understandable. The results from testing psychics and religious leaders might affect how psychics and religious leaders make a living. The skeptics suspected that the Klingbeils had an open agenda to promote religion, fringe science, and magical thinking. Some Christians said that Spindrift was an unChristian cult, or it was Satanic, or it deified science over God. Many religious people hated the idea that their private scared prayers could potentially be tested to see if the prayers worked or not. Both the skeptics and believers agreed that Spindrift was wacko to "Mainline the cool aid" of attempting to combine the scientific method with prayer. Bruce and John replied to critics that religion better soon find some common ground with the sciences in order to survive the future domination of science and secularism. Else, the wagons of religion will be circling a drain. It's true that Spindrift is fringe science. Bruce and John pointed out to critics that doing fringe science is still doing science. It's also true that Spindrift is taboo when it asked people to have their prayers tested in a lab. But the Spindrift tests did cause a prayer-a-digm shift toward testing prayer in a lab. Bruce said in effect: "Prayer science being far-out can also mean being far-out front."
- Christian Science emphasizes introspection to discover man reflecting his root prime identity. Christian Science addresses questions like these: "Man's born identity claims to be entirely an animal identity. When we conceive of a man or a woman as living entirely 100% as an animal derived from apes, does that amount to spiritual identity theft? Yes. Then is there a deeper truth to the I in man's identity than a network of bio-neural chemical synapses? Yes. Then what could be man's deeper born identity?" Digging deeper than the material appearance of a man or a woman, man's native born identity is a spiritual identity. This deeper identity of man is a reflected image of God. We should learn to reflect God's image of man and connect God's Love to each other and strive not to be as connected to our animal nature. Our animal nature only sees the shadows of a man. Man's deeper identity is found to be a reflection in Mind. Progressively, we are moving toward this lighted spiritual image and identity of man as described in 1st. John, Chapter 3, verses 1 - 3. The Christian Science angle is that man is derivative of God as Mind with a capital letter M. "Have this Mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus" is affirmed. (Philippians 2:5.) Christian Science teaches that it takes the Mind of Christ to spark a fresh spiritual perspective to counter sin and materialist deceptions. Our perceptions of reality are blinded with deceptions, such as portrayed in the movie The Matrix. Without Christ in your human consciousness, you can travel so far into the Matrix, as consuming virtual materialistic deceptions on your five senses, that you can't get out of it. To be trapped in the Matrix is similar to the song "Hotel California." The hotel is Hell. You can't leave the hotel. As the words of "Hotel California" state: "We are programmed to receive. You can check out anytime you want, but you can never leave." Life may improve a bit when we start to wake-up and realize that we are living in the deceptions of the Matrix Hotel. We discover that to follow Christ Jesus becomes an escape hatch to some of the deceptions projected by the Matrix Hotel. Our waking-up slowly leads us out of the hotel to become less deceived by our sensory circumstances. Another song, "This Masquerade," suggests: "We're lost in a masquerade." There is physical war. There is also a war of deceptions projected on our individual human consciousness. Mary Baker Eddy taught that the future should provide new forms of sins and deceptions about reality that come from new forms of materiality and evil. She wrote: "You command the situation if you understand that mortal existence is a state of self-deception and not the truth of being." (Science and Health, page 403.) These self-deceptions hypnotize us to follow narratives in life that would have us avoid any spiritual interpretation of existence or any perception of the truth of being. She advises us to seek the Christ, Truth in creation, and "Wake to know a world more bright." (Hymn 253.)
- In the year 1900, Mary Baker Eddy was as well-known as Steve Jobs of Apple is well-known. In 2017, why is spiritual healing disappearing from the education and acquaintance of mankind? In the early decades of Christianity and Christian Science, there were instantaneous healings to catch the stimulus and response time between prayer and a healing. In the Twenty-first Century, when there is a healing, it's frequently stretched out over time where no nexus is made between stimulus and response; cause and effect. There is no astounding instantaneous moment of connection of the prayer with the healing to galvanize our curiosity about Spirit. Also, the zeitgeist of society has switched from belief in Spirit to unbelief in Spirit. In one ancient mention about Jesus Christ's own townsfolk, "[Jesus] was amazed at their unbelief." (Mark 6:6.) People who do believe, how quickly do they recognize an enemy attack on them? Not quickly enough. The Klingbeils' worry for Christian Scientists was that many Christian Scientists experienced the Normalcy Bias. The Normalcy Bias means that folks underestimate the potential for disaster at hand. Examples are people not reacting to a canary in the coal mine or a tornado warning or churches previously full being emptied or a health issue being ignored. Yet Christian Science, as the Science of Reflection, had some insights to offer about science, theology, medicine, and a fresh theory about creation: Creation includes a holigraphic reflection (pun intended) underlying our visible creation. Christian Science appeared to have a loss of momentum to move Christianity into a future with lots of science. Why? There is the perception that Christian Science is only a religion with no science to it. Also, Christianity frequently distrusts science: Christianity sometimes perceives science as a replacement for God for the youth that has created a paradigm shift away from the Church. Then there are some failures of healing in the public's mind which have left little desire to learn how does Christian Science teaching support the progress being made in scientific, consciousness, medical, and theological circles.
- In 1977, Bruce and John purchased an Apple II computer with an early serial number. The computer began automating test measurements of the effects of prayer and thought. What constituted a successful experiment of spiritual prayer healing? A successful healing was the emergence of an agreed-upon pattern of order after prayer. The agreed-upon pattern of order defined and fit with the norms of an organism. The Apple computer also had a random number generator board (an RNG board) installed that brought progress in understanding how randomness, which represented disorder, could be modified by the subtle influences of thought and prayer to become congruent with patterns of order. Bruce and John appreciated the foresight of the two founders of Apple Corporation. The Apple founders started in a garage. The Spindrift founders started in a kitchen. Similar to the Apple founders, Bruce and John said that the decisions that Spindrift made should potentially fit with what could become a strange technological future. Another concern for the future was the extinction of silence. Silence is an ingredient of prayer and meditation. See Question 7, part 4, on the FAQ page here.
- Bruce's experiments filled the townhouse kitchen and dining room. The clutter of plants and equipment helped to trigger a divorce for him. In 1977, to remain listed as an available practitioner for the public, Bruce was asked by his church directors to stop praying directly for the various experiments of prayer. So his son John took over all the praying for the experiments with the assistance of the Spindrift volunteers. Bruce provided ideas and mathematical support for John. Bruce had fun conjecturing about the Board of Directors of the Christian Science Church. What would the directors do if a couple of scientists walked into their board room in Boston, and asked, "Why didn't you say more about this church's foray into Science? Tell us more about your spiritual premise of Science linked with Christianity and human consciousness? It's true that Mrs. Eddy accepted the theory of evolution to explain the human material man. Yes she did, which sets her apart from the religious leaders of her day." There were such scientific inquiries, but they were rarely reported to the membership. (See A Journey into Prayer, page 301, note 18.) In Illinois in 1983, a rumor was circulating that Bruce was getting most of his math and science ideas for John from a Japanese woman who had a Ph.D. in the design of experiments. Bruce liked her and invited her to travel from Japan to Palatine, Illinois to become a wife for Bruce. The story of a new wife with a Ph.D. in science sounded great. If only the story were true. Maybe the rumor got its start from two religiously oriented science groups in Japan who had an interest in the discoveries made by Bruce and John. One group wanted to have pictures of Bruce and John projected on large video screens in Tokyo and other cities in Japan. At a Spindrift meeting with six members of the Japanese religious group, Bruce asked that their pictures not be used for publicity. There was an interest in Spindrift outside of Bruce's own church.
- In November 1983, Bruce's church wrote him a letter that said he could no longer “believe in" testing prayer in a science laboratory and remain listed in the Journal of Christian Science practitioners. Bruce would not “recant' his belief that prayer could be tested in a science laboratory. In December 1983, the church dropped his listing as a practitioner. In 1984, from the loss of income from losing his listing as a practitioner, and over the objections of the Spindrift staff members who volunteered to make up some of the financial losses, Bruce and John moved to Salem, Oregon, where living expenses were less than Illinois. Later, three Spindrift staff members moved to Salem, Oregon. Bruce said that one avenue for the failure of Spindrift, (or for any serious enterprise), was for mortal mind (code for dark forces) to disrupt the money supply to prevent research from moving forward. If a person doesn't solve his money problem, he won't get his mission done. In the middle 1980s, there was a down-point where there wasn't enough money for proper food and monthly rent.
- The research continued until 1993. A Twin Peaks mystery lingers about Bruce and John. In May 1993, they killed themselves.
- There are many interpretations of this earthshaking event for Spindrift. The interpretation depends on what part of the elephant one touches. The police detectives were satisfied with simple self-inflicted suicides. End of subject. Other investigators said it was unheard of for a father and son to commit suicide together with guns. Yet other people interpreted that sinister forces seeped into the Klingbeils to do self-assassination. A few people close to the Klingbeils feel they were getting themselves out of the way from legal events that would soon ruin Spindrift financially. For example, Bruce and John had recently met with a Salem, Oregon lawyer for legal advice about some legal worries about the future of Spindrift, the psychic attacks on them, and the flood of hate mail and threats about testing sacred prayer. John and Deborah wanted to hire the lawyer to pursue matters further. Bruce did not. An extreme theory developed that the Klingbeils' study and criticism of evil prayers prayed by some religions, like Islam and the Peoples Temple, gave rise to murder. Researchers Christopher Bird, Larry Dossey, and Cleve Backster, who was a crime investigator, felt the suicides didn't add up right and that private investigators should be hired. Inquirers may form their own interpretation of what occurred. (Bruce liked to discuss politics. He mentioned some workers in politics who he thought were under a lot of stress. Vince Foster was one who two months later had a murky suicide in July 1993.) A detailed account about this awful time for Spindrift is in A Journey Into Prayer, Chapter Ten, "All Alone by the Telephone."
- Horrendously, some people were happy the Klingbeils were dead. Several people said in effect, "Good. I don't have to worry about those guys causing any more trouble. Spindrift was done from the beginning." After the Spindrift founders were gone, there was less criticism of doing prayer research. What Bill Sweet misses most were the brain storming sessions where ideas were considered to be tested about parapsychology, botany, technology, theology, spirituality, quality, and quantum physics. Bruce, John, and several Spindrifters had concerns about the infinite number of RF radio waves that were bombarding and piercing the minds and bodies of human beings. Also, there was concern for the lack of preparation for EMP (electromagnetic pulse) attacks on the United States. Another worry that Bruce, John, and daughter Deborah Klingbeil had was about the "unintended consequences" of the Spindrift findings. Through investigating the findings of the Spindrift experiments, some psychic powers should be found to be true for mankind. A discovery of actions by our human consciousness could trigger unintended abuses of manipulative and negative thoughts and prayers to control and hurt people. Also, the only other denomination Spindrift knew about that had an interest in science was the ULCA Church of America. Bruce, John, and Deborah feared for their own church denomination and for all religious people that wouldn't see the importance of being more scientific about their faith. Then when their world of religion, traditions, and values falls apart, they still wouldn't connect the dots concerning the technological advances and atheistic worldviews that have replaced religious values and teachings. The Klingbeils' said, "You can't force human beings to accept what they don't want to accept, even if it benefits them."
- Bruce and John Klingbeil founded Spindrift as a platform for breakthroughs that would provide preliminary evidence of purpose and accountability for quality prayer and intention to try and keep pace with scientific advances. Historically, Spindrift has played a grassroots background role in shifting the paradigm to include a prayer-a-digm shift (pun intended) where science and religion have some common ground. To learn more about this paradigm shift, see Questions 12, 13, 20, and 21 on the FAQ page. Here are six Coast to Coast AM radio shows about Spindrift. http://www.coasttocoastam.com/guest/sweet-bill/6496.
Royalty and Prayer
Both the skeptic and the believer take credit for being the wise person in this proverb. "A fool's way is right in his own eyes, but whoever listens to counsel is wise." (Proverbs 12:15.)
Psychologist, William James, wrote "I believe there is no source of deception in the investigation of nature which can compare with a fixed belief that certain kinds of phenomena are impossible."
It was taboo to say it, and it got some people angry, but Bruce Klingbeil said it. "Prayer is an abundant reservior of testable thought."
Addictive technology, such as virtual reality games and digital devices, have become an enemy of faith.
John Klingbeil said essentially, "Right now Spindrift is seen as a fiction. Of the innumerable scenarios for the future, a few scenarios should have some technology indirectly support faith. In a tech supportive scenario, Spindrift could lose its foolish label and become a fact in finding linkages between science, religion, psi, and consciousness."
What was humorous to Bruce and John Klingbeil was an encounter with two scientists. In 1983, while residing in Palatine, Illinois, the Klingbeils and Bill Sweet presented the prayer experiments and data to two scientists who were skeptics of psychic phenomena. The Klingbeils saw that the scientists stated an interest in the claims of the paranormal in a local suburban newspaper article.
Near the beginning of the conversation, the scientists pointed out that the issue of prayer's effectiveness had been settled over a century earlier. Francis Galton, a brilliant nineteenth century scientist and statistician, a cousin of Charles Darwin, had statistically checked on the prayers for the English Royalty. Many times a day, from all over England, the populace prayed rivers of prayers and affirmed, "Long live the King. Long live the Queen." The royal family had constant prayers directed toward them.
Statistically Galton found that these royal prayers did nothing to give better health to the King and his family. In fact, royalty was sicker, had more trouble in childbirth, and lived shorter lives than other groups in the English population including other aristocrats.
The scientists said that Bruce and John were a century too late. If prayer worked, the Royal Family would have faired better than others with all those thousands of people praying for them. Prayer had no beneficial effects or the Kings and Queens would have been healthier.
What sent Bruce into laughter was that these two objective scientists said prayer had no effect before they read a single word of The Spindrift Tests or The Cathedral of the Mind by John Klingbeil. After the skeptical scientists did read the books, they maintained that there were so many flaws in the methods used that the data was meaningless.
Bruce and John laughed about the prayer preconceptions the skeptics had upfront whereas Bill Sweet was pretty upset with the scientists. This objective exchange of findings was one time when Bruce and John had shown a better sense of humor than Sweet did.
In 1982 and 1983, there was a Chicago area skeptic who thought a Klingbeil experiment with yeast was a fake or at the least the experiment didn’t follow the rules of the scientific method. He was invited to witness the experiment in Palatine, Illinois. Upon seeing it played out, he had no further comment about the Spindrift lab experiment. Sweet couldn't reach him on the phone again.