Would you comment on the difference between the monk and monkey in us human beings?
Yes. Our human experience is a classroom where we have the opportunity to learn about our divine identity as a refection of MIND. This divine identity appears as we emerge gently from our material monkey-man identity.
This question above also relates to the MIND-BODY-SPIRIT CONNECTION.
The Klingbeils responded to the monk question: Evidence of qualitative holy thought being effective would illustrate the difference between the monk and the monkey in human beings. When more of humanity realizes that their thoughts actually do affect material conditions, this startling realization will cause a variety of psychological reactions. Such as:
1. Some people will be angry to find out that their consciousness interacts with the environment and affects it.
2. Some people will be glad they discovered that their consciousness interacts and has a good effect on the environment.
3. Other people will be happy they discovered another way to manipulate and abuse people's minds. It will validate or unleash terrorizing powers for them.
4. Other people will experience great psychological strain and worry by finding out that thought is pushing material conditions around inside and outside of themselves.
5. Scientific skeptics will think the world is going crazy. These scientists will find ways to debunk each new study of consciousness and nonlocal healing.
6. Healers will be excited with the growing recognition of the mind-body-spirit connection. Healers will feel more acceptance.
7. Why would a healer feel more acceptance? Science is saying that healing at a distance is becoming more acceptable because 'nonlocality theory' supports that a healer's mind to mind communication is likely true, and not a myth.
8. Apparently a healer's mind communicates normative healing information to a healee's mind. A consequence for society will be more respect for a healer's position on the human scene. Like monks, many healers have a life purpose of cultivating and nurturing their inner qualitative thoughts. Scientific evidence to support that qualitative thought is nonlocal love which affirms life, will help sanction that a spiritual lifestyle is reasonable.
9. What a qualitative healer apparently communicates in prayer are quality healing effects as qualities of holiness. The word qualitative refers to these qualities. Some of these holy qualities are love, compassion, inspired thought, supplying a recognition of another's spiritual identity, and a perception of an order to surface from disorder.
10. A qualitative spiritual healer encourages his quality intention to be appropriate for the circumstances. A spiritual healer's thoughts act as a template to promote patterns of normalcy and balance. A spiritual healer's thought becomes empathic with healing information and the healee's thought and there appears to be no separation between all three. The three are the healer, the Christ-information, and the healee. The three form a triangle. A qualitative healer is affirming and drawing on the Divine Mind showering order to mankind through the energy of Spirit.
Above is from page 192 of A Journey into Prayer: Pioneers of Prayer in the Laboratory: Agents of Science or Satan? by Bill Sweet. Following is a book review of Journey:
SUBTLE HEALING BY PRAYER HAS BEEN FOUND TO HAVE A SCIENTIFIC BASIS.
Secular science dogmatically denies that premise because science sees through the lens of material explanations of laws. Religious organizations, dedicated to the spiritual gifts of healing, also seem to reject a scientific premise, lest a methodology they deem materialistic is validated, even if its procedures appear to confirm the spiritual results of their offered prayers. Into this quandary, Bill Sweet, dedicated researcher of consciousness research, enters on the side of prayer's positive results as demonstrable in modest examples. Mr. Sweet's book, A Journey Into Prayer, details the efforts of two Christian Science Practitioners, Bruce and John Klingbeil, who launched the consciousness project that became known as the Spindrift Research organization. Mr. Sweet was president of Spindrift for four years.
Bill Sweet is a student of Christian Science and I consider myself a student of Mrs. Eddy, as well. A few words about Christian Science healing might be in order here, although Mr. Sweet's book is not about Christian Science, per se, even though the background of the Spindrift Team is obviously informed by it.
Take the case of a tumor. A Christian Scientist regards the tumor as the limit of his perception of the body. The student seeks to know there is only present the blueprint perfection, the original form. But his understanding is insufficiently developed, and so he sees a tumor. Does the original form relate to how Jesus healed? Arguably, yes. Jesus Christ perceived wholeness in people where the rest of us see material imperfection. The Christian Scientist knows that if his understanding is quickened by Christ acknowledging the true blueprint in response to prayer, then Christ will extend the range of his perception to the point where no evidence of a tumor projects on the mental radar. Jesus saw and prayed from the original blueprint. "Jesus beheld…the perfect man, who appeared to him where sinning mortal man appears to mortals. In this perfect man the Savior saw God’s own likeness….” (Mary Baker Eddy, on page 476 of Science and Health.)
Our perception deals with only what the five senses can grasp, which is material phenomena, namely, the representations of ideas as material things. If we were fully-quickened awake to ideas, then we would extend our perception a bit and see ideas as they are in their ideal form, without the superimposition of material phenomena according to its shapes and sizes, (such as that of the tumor), that are never like the original ideas. Material perception and phenomena don’t include original ideas in the blueprint.
Prayer beckons the Christ which quickens the human understanding to behold the absence of the tumor. Human sensibility accepts the proof of tumor, but a shift of view to the Christ viewpoint brings healing based on the blueprint. Prayer is taking the thought of Christ, signaling Christ to intervene to enlarge our perception past a fixed recognition of a problematic phenomenon. Quantum physics is circling around to a similar view of perception. Christian Scientists find that reading the Bible, and the writings of Mary Baker Eddy, however briefly, stimulate the quickening process, screening out the offending human presentations of sin, illness, or making poor decisions.
Before Bruce and John Klingbeil began their research, there were only two ways to attest a healing by prayer: Either through the personal testimony of the one healed (who you had to trust), or according to the Biblical standard of 2 or 3 witnesses who swore they saw the cure happen. The Klingbeils wanted to apply the protocols and methodology of the laboratory to measure, monitor and evaluate the effects of their prayers in modest tests. The prayers also came from volunteers.
Other reviewers have mentioned some of the tests the Klingbeils devised to trace prayer from its mental formation to its visible results. What interested me greatly, however, was the fierce opposition of others, even from those in the same church as the Klingbeils. It seems Americans are averse to anything which reveals their deficits of knowledge pertaining to the so called STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. American students avoid STEM courses to such an extent that foreign students comprise nearly 75% and growing of those enrolled in U.S. University and graduate STEM courses. Most of America's political leaders in Congress lack even a minimal background in STEM. Needless to say, American Celebrities are densely ignorant of STEM. Bruce and John Klingbeil unpleasantly encountered that intense negativity toward STEM which is pervasive generally (except for the computer sciences). That sharp dislike prevented the acceptance of their scientific research into prayer, even when their data indicated new potentials for prayer’s acceptance and the benefits for society.
Bill Sweet is a veteran paranormalist and he discerned a psychic undercurrent, even a malignant magnetism, directed against the Klingbeils. In trying to clinically analyze the components of prayers, and experimenting with a forensic approach to healing by thought, the Klingbeils inadvertently provoked consensus reality which fights any change to mass--consciousness. This led to tragedy for the Klingbeils. The energies which surged against the Klingbeils are still in force. A Journey Into Prayer looks deeply into this mystery of negativity and confronts it.
Yes, Spindrift tested positive prayers. Positive prayers benefit the recipient. There are also negative prayers. Interestingly, Spindrift was the first group to track some of the effects from negative prayers that some people pray intentionally or unintentionally. Ironically, Bruce and John Klingbeil had some negative prayers and intentions thrown at them.
For a Press Release about Journey, by the publisher, Xlibris, press here: https://www.spindriftresearch.org/book.php.
Reviewer, Richard Genca, Metaphysician and Viet Nam Veteran firstname.lastname@example.org