God, help me to become half the person my dog thinks I am.
Does the primitive practice of prayer have a chance to be understood by the modern world? A way prayer has a chance is when some common ground is leveled between science and religion.
The co-founders of Spindrift insisted that subtle mental phenomena matter that resonate at the margins of human consciousness. Some mental phenomena are divine attributes that operate within individual human consciousness and are sometimes exhibited through prayers.
Co-founder of Spindrift, John Klingbeil, said to the President of Spindrift, "You have to have something unique to get people interested in your product. Spindrift has a unique product to offer. The hardest problem for us is first to get people over a wall of resistance to what we do when we test thought and prayer: So they can see what is unique and prudent about anticipating [and doing research of] what could be a future interface between science and religion."
Have you noticed people are worshiping at the temple of technology? It's understandable. Technologies are today's miracle workers.
Co-founder Bruce Klingbeil said, "If Spindrift can interest scientists and society in doing further research of prayer and consciousness, this exploration would be a great accomplishment." Bruce said that Christians, Jews and religious leaders have the dismissing attitudes of the youth about God and spiritual distinctions staring them in the face. They don't often see that the dismissal of spiritual distinctions by the youth is largely due to science and the hypnotism of social media. What has happened to mankind? The preponderance of modern science that answers ancient mysteries and inventive men that create floating virtual realities is creating a paradigm shift that replaces God's distinctions with virtual realities, 3-D printing, and computer vision. Cyber evil and virtual deceptions are becoming new enemies of perceptions of spiritual reality.
Bruce and John, father and son, felt lonely and were frustrated that so few modern thinkers foretold what was coming to mankind without new associations between the operation of human consciousness, religion, prayer, spirituality, and the advancements made by science. Without making new associations, science would dominate and wipeout Christianity. John said, "Religion has to become more scientific, or we're sunk."
Bruce said in effect, "We shouldn't hang our hats totally on data. A healing can sometimes speak for itself and can have meaning for the individual. For the collective educated society and culture, data is necessary to add to the explanation of the healing. Data about healing may be encouragement for us to further explore the holy qualities in human consciousness that telekinetically move systems (patients) toward order and healing."
There are about 650 prayers given in the Bible. Here are three definitions of prayer that Spindrift applied in its experiments.
Granted, there are more appealing definitions of prayer on our planet. These three definitions above give us a context for isolating a Quality ingredient that introduces more order or not during a test of prayer.
In a broad sense, prayer is being Quality, moral, and spiritually minded. If prayer is an inner-man and Spirit-man issue, what could we possibly investigate about the ingredients of some prayers? We can try to recognize some markers which indicate that spirituality, morality, and prayer are natural ordering-components of human existence. Such a finding of spiritual mindfulness should help mankind gain more of a complete picture of creation which includes how a Quality ingredient interfaces with our human consciousness.
A feature of Spindrift is that the thoughts that go into some prayers occasion qualitative differences empirically seen as patterns of order. What is the hypothesis about qualitative differences?
Here is the Spindrift hypothesis: Quality thought leaves a superior effect of order on subjects than does will-power thought. The hypothesis looked at distinctive patterns of order left by some prayers. The hypothesis sought to distinguish a Quality ingredient in our human consciousness that promotes order in a separate way than how our ego, will-power, belief assumptions, and the placebo effect promote order.
Then the question arises, if a better Quality difference brings increased order to the effects of prayer, is the guidance of God in the loop with the prayer? Seeking "God in the loop" is placing the cart before the horse. What should be established first about prayer? First ask, "Is there an effect?" Establish that a Quality ingredient is manifested as an imprint or effect derived from a person's mindfulness.
A personal belief that there is a divine Cause as God is totally different than to provide evidence that there is a divine Cause in the loop. The relationship between Quality effects and the Creator of Quality effects should be explored later. Perhaps someday the Quality effects from spiritual mindedness could lead to a discovery of an operative divine Cause that illustrates God in the loop.
Religion pushes for people to believe in an invisible God that lives in another dimension. A God of invisibility is tough to sell in the age of science. Just because prayer acting-at-a-distance and a dog whistle aren't heard doesn't mean they don't exist. Even so, we do live in an era of science that won't stop asking questions.
A future theory should emerge to explain what operates as the ordering-power that delivers the effects of Quality that result in inner and outer order and healing. (See A Journey Into Prayer: Pioneers of Prayer in the Laboratory, pages 181 and 370.)
The premise of God as the ordering-power implicit in prayer is presumed by Spindrift, but a divine Cause hidden in the background cannot be proved by the sciences so far. So Spindrift was effect oriented.
Spindrift asked, "What can we learn about these effects?" The effects should display an evidentiary trail. The patterns of the effects should tell us a story about the Quality of the healing-order shaped by an initiating thought-force called prayer. As with the Quality effects from the arts and aesthetics, the patterns of effects from prayer should offer us a thread of grace and majesty in the midst of chaos.
What are some agendas that drive prayers?
The Scottish believe that the stories we tell about our lives define who we are. Spindrift feels that prayer operates in a similar way. What we pray about tells a story that helps to define who we are and what we plan to accomplish.
Prayers have a range in the Quality of their driven agendas, such as:
What types of prayer did Spindrift investigate? Spindrift investigated indirect prayer, directed prayer with attached goals, prayer without goals, negative prayer, and evil prayer.
The two prayers that got the most attention were goal-directed prayer and non goal-directed prayer.
• Goal-directed prayer is like a water reservoir. It’s a closed system that flows around in one location. Its effects focus on a specific target. Goals often fix on an immediate target and sometimes don't see the long view.
• Non goal-directed prayer is like a river. It’s an open system that flows into other locations. Its effects flow to where needed. Having flexible goals is empathetic prayer that listens for 'Thy will' to be accomplished in a situation.
How the two prayers produce dissimilar effects is explained on the FAQ page, Question 3.
Who provided prayers?
In the Spindrift lab, prayers were provided by the Spindrift staff and volunteers. The objects prayed-for were lower plant organisms that had a need, some parapsychology experiments, and the effects of thought and prayer on random number generators called RNGs. The random numbers produced by RNGs, when in the presence of thought and prayer, showed evidence of producing order.
Not every volunteer's prayers registered a measurable effect. When a volunteer's prayers did register a measurable effect, the Spindrift researchers could deduce the agendas of prayers by following the effects on the organisms.
About the volunteers:
• For the experiments, some volunteer's prayers did not draw noticeable effects. Their non effects matched the control group.
• When a volunteer's prayers did draw noticeable effects, the effects that were followed either moved toward order or away from order.
• A direction toward order was positive. A direction away from order was negative.
What is the scientific interpretation of the direction taken by a positive effect or a negative effect?
The positive effects were the effects-of-order that lined-up with norms that were patterns of order that were needed in a situation. Embracing and affirming nurturing Love often helped prayer to return a situation toward an understood standard of order and cohesion.
The negative effects moved away from patterns of order and cohesion.
The negative effects from negative prayers were produced from two variations of disorder:
1. Disorder followed prayers that were unintentionally negative in effect when they pushed a patient or plant organism in a wrong direction to heal. An unintentional negative effect is explained when a person's belief-system presumed to know the direction to focus his thought to heal a need. His presumption was wrong.
2. Other people transmitted negative prayers that intentionally did harm. Spindrift found that negative prayers aka malpractice prayers are a hidden fire in some religious people.
3. In short, interference on order is unintentionally harmful or willfully harmful.
Any cheerful prayer advice? Yes. The basis of right thought and action is often prayer for oneself. You have to straighten yourself out first before you can help anybody else. For example: Mary Baker Eddy recommends that a person prayerfully review his motives and acts at least once a month. (Manual, page 40.) She wrote a daily prayer for oneself: '''Thy kingdom come;' let the reign of divine Truth, Life, and Love be established in me, and rule out of me all sin; and may Thy Word enrich the affections of all mankind, and govern them!" (Manual, page 41.) "True prayer is not asking God for love; it is learning to love, and to include all mankind in one affection." (Ref. No and Yes, page 39.)
For more advice about prayer, here are five suggestions about prayer on the FAQ page, Question 7.
The Spindrift staff sometimes asked volunteers to share what they were thinking and praying during an experiment. Some of the comments by volunteers can be read at the bottom of the Experiments page.
How were the Spindrift tests set-up?
Using hundreds of thousands of beans, seeds, yeast cells, mold, etc., and dividing them into control groups (non prayed-for groups) and treated groups (prayed-for groups), Spindrift has subjected the above to stress and measured and compared the responses--the return to normal--of the organisms.
The reason behind experimenting with simple organisms, rather than complex organisms such as people, is that healing smaller problems lend themselves to observation and less variables to go wrong.
How were measurements taken? A quantitative measurement observed was the amount of movement of an organism toward or away from its norms of order.
Praying for lower organisms under observation was a unique approach to "Observe how the lilies of the field grow." (Matthew 6:28, New American Standard.)
The skeptic's disputation is "There is no distance to prayer. Prayer is all in the head. It doesn't exist."
Some doubters cite failures of prayer to heal evil as proof that effects from prayer don't exist. Perhaps modest examples of Quality prayers that imprint patterns of order and mending may provide some modest balance to the failures.
How were resistance, negative direction, and evil defined for the tests?
Good creates structure. Evil creates anti-structure. Good displays order. Evil displays disorder.
Resistance, evil, disorder, and stress equated to the amount of distance or deviation away from the normal functioning of an organism. Prayers that heal should reduce the distance of resistance from normal functioning. A prayer that mends a deviation imprints an ordered-pattern that improves an organism.
Instead of addressing big psychic claims for prayer, Spindrift addressed smaller psychic claims for prayer. Subsets of resistance and evil that amounted to disorder were checked for movement toward order and structure in the object prayed-for. Resistance, the r factor, was included in the Klingbeils' equations. See the equations here.
In a broader context, what is evil? Evil is "a disturbance in the Force," a dis-ordering-effect. A dis-ordering-effect tries to deviate, disrupt, or destroy whatever structure is in its path. (John 10:10.) Evil has no principle or cause of its own. Evil leeches off of other causes. Evil is "A rebel without a cause." Jesus said, "The devil...is a liar, and the father of it." (John 8:44, KJV.) "When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources." (John 8:44, NKJV.) "Listen, I have learned one thing: The one true God made human beings good, but they have invented all kinds of ways to be bad." (Ecclesiastes 7:29, The LEB Lexham English Bible.)
With the ominous media reports about the evil, disorder, terror, and high-tech spying in the sensory world we live in, perhaps a Matrix-like world, it's a challenge to convince ourselves of the truth that darkness does not creep into light. Light always creeps into darkness. Shadows can not exist without sunshine. Sunshine can exist without making shadows, but reality finds that a challenge to understand.
The Devil's motto: "Happy is he who escapes me."
Apparently no person is able to breakout of the Matrix entirely, but the spirituality and holiness focused by prayer punctures the Matrix with pinholes of divine light. Evil blights world progress, but the earth's inhabitants manage to muster their indomitable spirits to standup for more light, freedom, and order.
What is meant by the word order?
Order refers to the arrangement of the components so an organism can best fulfill its intended purpose.
What is meant by the word holy?
The word holy means the amount of the Christ-Quality in human consciousness and prayer.
Christ is the divine dial tone we are sometimes able to hear in our individual human consciousness.
What purported action does holy prayer do?
Holy action brings order. Holy action promotes order-mending, fine-tuning, forgiveness of sin, and correction of errors.
Holiness in action tunes up human consciousness to a higher level of self-identity and order. If you listen to the holy action in you, it's the little voice that cultivates your highest self. You are hearing a small bit of the Christ dial tone in your human consciousness.
Holy action means Quality action. Holy action brings you into an alignment with the qualities of holiness that are your best characteristics of your true identity. Your true identity refers to your prime identity.
• Holiness is not caught like a contagion. Holiness isn't infectious. Holiness is nurtured and practiced.
• Unholiness is caught like a contagion. Unholiness is infectious. Unholiness can be mesmeric.
Holiness is developed, nurtured, and cultivated within an individual's consciousness. Holiness aligns a person with his or her divine self.
Holiness refers to the Quality that resonates within a person's individual consciousness. Let's call it holy frequencies of Truth, Life, Love, and Christ that Quality tunes within a person. After some tuning or alignment with the holy frequencies, a person can proceed to resonate his tuned signals to the external world. Signals tuned to holiness are in-the-cue to transmit order and Quality to the external world. For example, sometimes holiness and Quality are imputed to another person through persistent prayer.
A holy alignment within yourself has an analogy to musical tuning. Man is the piano string. God is the piano tuner. Divine Truth, the Piano Tuner, tunes individual human consciousness to the correct resonances of Truth. Sometimes a person who receives and hears the tones of Truth, Life, and Love is corrected or healed by them. By this analogy, when our attention and prayers are focused on another person, we are sending out healing tones.
What is a positive discovery? The effects of Quality thought. What is Quality?
Quality is the holy ingredient that highlights human progress. If we get Quality in any degree in life, we get enhancements to our life. Quality brings patterns of increased order and structure to the mind, to the arts, innovation, athletics, talents, and healing. We intuitively know that it's better to have Quality than not to have it. We may be keen to some of what Quality is, but mostly Quality is unobvious to us.
If Quality is missing in something, we know it. Without Quality, the world is not as symmetrical, beautiful and whole to us.
There is an ordering-aspect of the Christ. Spindrift brings together Quality and Christ with the Christ as the ordering-element of Quality.
For natural science, the word Quality is used. For theology, the word Christ is used. In the proper context, Christ and Quality are synonymous terms.
Bruce Klingbeil said, "There is a loving and information based healing ordering-mechanism operating in consciousness." Bruce means that qualitative thoughts of Quality provide an ordering-mechanism within human consciousness. People have the Christ-potential to subdue their will-power thoughts and attune to this "ordering-mechanism" when they cultivate loving qualities in their qualitative thoughts.
How the word wonder can trigger Quality in us is discussed in this brief video on wonder.
For more about the word Quality, see Question 4 on the FAQ page.
Explain qualitative thoughts?
Qualitative thoughts are loving qualities of thought. Qualitative thoughts are mending qualities such as compassion, empathy, love, support, holiness, forgiveness, perspective, kindness, balance, and harmony. From the NET Bible: "Whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if something is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things." (Philippians 4:8.) These are qualities of the Christ. These are the lyrics of Spirit.
The qualitative thoughts mentioned above that build our character also guide our prayers to promote order and Quality. We learn that character qualities are an inside job. What qualities we have inside become what effects we see outside. Jesus said, "The Kingdom of God is within you." (Luke 17:21.)
In contrast, non quality thoughts are will-power thoughts that promote their own goals and agendas of what should happen as order. Non quality thoughts often hinder the appropriate order that is the best fit of order for the circumstances. Non quality thoughts might imprint dis-order in the name of order.
Spindrift contrasted the effects derived from non quality thoughts with the effects from Quality thoughts.
Extreme non quality thoughts can become the dagger ingredients of negative prayers. Negative and terrorist prayers are analyzed by Questions 10 and 11 on the FAQ page.
Quality and Christ-like thoughts have one idea of how to promote order. Non quality thoughts and our will-power have another idea of how to promote order. There is a tension between the proper order and the forced order that man often manifests. These two actions of Quality thoughts and non quality thoughts illustrate how thoughts and prayers may collide and work against each other.
Joni Mitchell’s song, Big Yellow taxi, may inform us about Quality and non quality thoughts. Joni got the idea when a forest next to her residence was torn down and was turned into a parking lot. A line in the song is “They paved paradise and put-up a parking lot.” Paradise represents Quality. A parking lot represents non quality.
What if people of prayer could provide evidence that sometimes ordering-energy is radiated by the Quality element in prayer? Future scientists should find if the evidence of the patterns of order and Quality coming from qualitative thoughts standsout enough in the data to show the worth of qualitative thought as a healing-mechanism.
What term describes the effects produced by qualitative thoughts? Ordering-effects. Qualitative thoughts produce ordering-effects. Bruce and John Klingbeil introduced the concept that holy qualitative thoughts produce distinctive patterns of energy they called ordering-effects. An ordering-characteristic of prayer sometimes imprints subtle evidence of its ordering-patterns through ordering-effects.
Ordering-effects harmonize, or heal, or bring about order. Ordering-effects are mending-effects that promote order and structure. How does this ordering and structure happen? Ordering-effects reference the norms of an identity and align with patterns of order that define what is normal or closest to normal or what is best or nearest to best for a person, plant, or situation receiving prayer.
In healing, ordering-effects close the gap of deviation away from normal functioning. That is, mending-effects move a system back toward the norms and patterns that define normal. Under some contexts, ordering-effects imprint healing-patterns that could be measured by the scientific method.
With creativity, we observe that Qualitative thoughts produce ordering-effects when someone advances on a musical instrument, becomes a better communicator, learns to be more compassionate, improves a product, or develops any number of talents. In art, dance, and music ordering-effects imprint layers of improvement that occasion more beauty, harmony, and depth to what is there.
Quality begets quality. Qualitative thoughts beget quality effects as quality ordering-effects. That means that quality begets improvement for our talents and hopes, which is order appearing. The more harmony or resolution, the more ordering-effects are appearing.
How does qualitative thought hydrate the mind?
Qualitative thought in prayer hydrates the human mind with order and structure. Holy prayer aligns things with order. Holiness recognizes the true identity of who you are. Quality and the Christ improve you.
Qualitative thought positively affects the prayer realm when one cultivates Quality within individual human consciousness. To cultivate thoughts in your individual human consciousness "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly." (Colossians 3:16, KJV.) Cutivating qualitative thoughts contribute to a normative direction that elicits order that brings out healing, harmony, refining, and sometimes new possibilities.
An example of qualitative thought bringing ordering-effects to healing is the following. An organism is deviated from its norms. After prayer, the organism begins to align with its inherent order and returns to its norms.
In contrast, negative prayer and hate prayer cast dis-ordering-effects on an organism. Dis-ordering-effects deviate an organism away from its norms.
Christian Science emphasizes that a prayer can be a blessing or a curse depending on the motive of the prayer. It was natural for Bruce and John, as Christian Science practitioners, to be alert to positive blessings and negative curses from prayers. The dichotomy in the effects became part of Spindrift's work. It's almost like Star Wars. The Force has a light side and it has a dark side: Prayer can be used for good or it can be used for evil.
Jesus advised to watch out and be alert to the sleepiness and denial that would interfere with positive prayers that pinprick the negative resistance to progress. Jesus said, "Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation." (Matthew 26:41 and Luke 21:36, KJV.) He is saying to watch out for the harsh realities around us. Be alert, guard and defend your prayers and yourself from dis-ordering-effects that hinder and destroy human progress.
Sometimes, while positive prayers are taking place, both intentional and unintentional negative prayers might push dis-ordering-effects in the path of constructive ordering-effects. Negative interference is one decent reason to pray in secret. (Matthew 6:6.)
This approach to guard prayers from the harsh realities of dark consciousness is to be secretive before you launch your prayers. See "Praying in secret," Question 7, part 3, of the FAQ page.
John Klingbeil's science fiction novel, Richard Garrett, is about the Dark Web and dark consciousness.
When the positive nature of ordering-effects are shown to be measurable in the laboratory, these effects should add wieght to the argument that Quality in prayer is a real phenomenon that hydrates the mind with order and structure. Examples of healing-patterns formed from ordering-effects should suggest that man and woman can cultivate and develop healing-actions in themselves. People have the potential to produce patterns of order and improvement when their Quality intentions of love and empathy are practiced like other talents are practiced. This verse is about the gift of Quality. "Every good and perfect gift is from above." (James 1:17, NIV.) We learn that we are continually given new chances to do better. (For more insight about how the word Quality is applied to prayer and talent, see Questions 4 and 6 on the FAQ page.)
Can there be a relationship between quality and quantity? Yes: Religion deals with quality. Science deals with quantity.
Apparently, there is a relationship between quality and quantity this way:
Quality reveals patterns of order. Quantity measures the patterns of order.
Consider these humorous definitions of Quality and quantity. Quality is about "The Sermon on the Mount." Quantity is about "The Sermon on the Amount." "Quantity has a quality all of its own."
Bruce Klingbeil said:
Natural science has no conceptual system in place to deal with a force that operates in qualitative terms....
Our experience is more than quantity; it's quality, too.... The conventional sciences deal entirely with quantity [measuring things]. The essence of science is to quantify relationships and then express them mathematically. Yet the bulk of our experience is with the quality of our perceptions.
We think that the heart of our findings has been the discovery of a relationship between quality and quantity. If this relationship turns out to be true, it will be something that unifies our experience.... Coherence, religion, spirituality, art, and music give our human experience quality.
Bruce and John said several variations of the following sentence. "Science is looking for patterns of order in the universe. So does qualitative research look for patterns of order."
There is also the belief and intention that a larger quantity of money, armies, and prayers have a stronger effect than fewer numbers. Power grabbing is based on quantity. Attuning to truth and healing situations is based on Quality.
It's easy for quantity and noise to overwhelm Quality in the American culture.
Spindrift hopes that examples of fine-tuning done by the Quality of thought will provide some balance to the quantity intentions that the mob mentality often promotes. To not get entangled in the fog of the quantity of the mob is the key.
Johann Sebastian Bach touched on Quality in music when he stated: “The aim and final end of all music should be none other than the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul.”
On the FAQ page, part 3 of Question 7 has an approach to not being overwhlemed by quantities of world intentions that interfere with our holier intentions. See "Praying in secret for the undefended thought."
What is the Ordering-Force?
Spindrift calls the lawful consciousness that increases order in the universe the "Ordering-Force." This Ordering-Force is the universal ordering-power. The term the Universal Ordering-Force could potentially become an acceptable term for the scientifically minded and the agnostic to describe a universal God.
The Ordering-Force births ordering-effects. The Ordering-Force brings order and Quality to evolution, invention, athletics, dance, music, painting, and healing. Ordering-effects align with the patterns of evolution that describe the norms of a person, place, or thing. We learn, grow, and improve our talents with the emergence of more ordering-effects.
Divine consciousness or Mind is a reservoir of qualitative information about inherent definitions of identity and purpose. This qualitative information can be embraced by human consciousness as ordering-effects. Ordering-effects can manifest as artful effects and healing-effects. Holiness in prayer brings about order-mending-effects.
A healing is understood to be the return to the patterns of normative order that approach normalcy.
As far as is known, the Klingbeils were the first to introduce the terms the Universal Ordering-Force and ordering-effects. The premise of these terms is that spirituality operates in the following fashion.
When you look in, you'd better look out! Look out for an opposing mechanism concealed in your mind.
The Spindrift research includes a new theory that extends the influence of the Defense Mechanisms that reside in our subconscious minds. Defense Mechanisms can be a friend or a foe. They can be a friend that warns us of brewing trouble. They can be a foe that opposes us from finding out who we really are.
Spindrift found out that Defense Mechanisms were helpful in explaining why human beings are thwarted from perceiving much about the spiritual and psychic activities going on around them. There is subconscious opposition for human beings to understand the paranormal.
When human beings experience a psychic activity near them, their perception of it is often blurred. Spindrift observed that this blurring effect of a psychic activity is a clandestine phenomenon produced by the subconscious mind. Defense Mechanisms push us to keep our peripheral and fringe psychic and spiritual experiences incomprehensible to us. The modus operandi of Defense Mechanisms is to blur or make psychic memories disappear before our eyes. We might be self-deceived about what it is we think we witness about experiencing psychic and spiritual phenomena. Our defenses often make us feel all alone or look like fools, for we can't provide evidence of what happened to us. Evidence evaporated.
Spindrift terms Defense Mechanisms DMs for short.
The Klingbeils proposed that researchers should understand more about this annulling phenomenon. Understanding our subterranean defenses should go a long way to explain and underscore why psychic and spiritual phenomena elude verification by science.
What does Bruce Klingbeil give as a reason why spiritual power doesn't cut through materiality as it used to in the past?
Here is what Bruce gave as a reason: The whole zeitgeist of society has switched from a religious paradigm to a scientific paradigm.
Bruce was pro-science. Science is good, but there are unintended consequences of science changing everything in society.
What Bruce meant is that religion is out of the picture. Man has developed his ego and capabilities to create almost anything. There is some truth to it. Now man thinks he is a creator and doesn't need any metaphysical and religious concepts of God as creator beyond man himself. For example, creations by 3-D printers, robots, and realities created by virtual realities. As a result of this shift in emphasis from religion to science, there is an increase in comfort, materiality, confusion, and atheism. The infinite nature of scientific discoveries have gradually replaced God, spiritual teachings, and moral distinctions.
Religion, spirituality, and moral distinctions face being diminished and extinguished. Bruce and John said something like: "You can't expect Christianity to be relevant to people without making Christianity relevant to the scientific age."
With exceptions, in our Twenty-first Century, there is a lack of moral distinctions that were previously provided by religion, parents, and friends in peer-groups. Also, partly because of the social media, there is little feeling-for, intuition of, or grasp of a divine Principle operating in human consciousness. What do Principle and Christ offer people of Earth? A moral compass to reference when there is confusion. Our century has few symbols and institutions that reverberate for us the fundamental truths of being.
Is there corroboration for the preliminary research of prayer?
Yes. Host of the ABC Television Network's Nighline,Ted Koppel, had a program on paranormal phenomena. Ted Koppel in his remarks on the United States Government's research of psychic phenomena gives some perspective on how there is some potential for a human consciousness to be studied by measuring the effects of prayer on healing. Koppel said:
...imagine how someone a hundred years ago would have reacted to a description of many of the things we take for granted today. Think of telling someone in the 1890's about a flying cylinder that would routinely transport several hundred people at a time...from coast to coast. Explain the storage of a small library's worth of information on a silicone chip smaller than your fingernail.
We live in an age of once-unimaginable miracles, so it would take equal measures of courage and hubris to dismiss as impossible the notion that some people may have certain psychic powers. This may reassure you, it may alarm you, but in fact, for some years now, the U.S. intelligence community has wagered a modest amount of money on the possibility that such powers do exist. (From the transcript of the ABC television show Nightline with Ted Koppel of November 28, 1995.)
If psychic power can be researched, it doesn't take too much of a leap of faith to also research prayer which is a form of psychic power practiced daily in virtually all regions of the world.
In a 1986 interview, Bruce Klingbeil was asked, "Where does this activity of prayer research lead next?"
It leads into four areas.
One is the evaluation of spiritual healers and the educational and developmental systems that produce them.
Another is into pure research.
Yet another is into the evaluation of religious and philosophical questions in the light of those experimental tests which can be devised for the purpose.
And yet another is into the application of spiritual healing to collective as well as individual human and environmental needs.
About the importance of Spiritual Science doing prayer research, John said:
I feel something of an obligation to my peers of the future and perhaps the present. The world's view of a person's holiness and healing power is a flawed lens.... When the world values healers, there will be a place for anyone who can heal, regardless of people's beliefs or prejudices. A life of quiet spirituality should not be denied anyone who seeks it.... I believe the truths illustrated by the tests will get people both to think about holiness and to understand its relationship to their well-being. [Holiness means the amount of Quality in one's thought.]
The Spindrift founders were discovering the Northwest Passage sort to speak. They were walking a path toward understanding some of the spiritual laws operating in human consciousness. What is the purpose of laws that attract order, holiness, and quality? It’s hoped that scientists and society would grasp spiritual laws enough to notice they bring patterns of order and are not a fiction.