The author is the founder of the National Institute for Integrative Healthcare (www.niih.org) for the study and implementation of evidence-based psychological and medical techniques, including EFT. His starting point for this informative book is that every creation begins as a thought. The computer on which I am writing this began as a thought, and this review itself is a series of thoughts. One of the essential messages of the book is that we need to move away from the language of substance to that of fields, vibrations, energy, resonance, coherence, self-organisation, flow, entrainment and alignment. We ourselves are dynamic and self-creating beings through the ways in which we direct our attention and thinking processes. The content of the book weaves together scientific experiments, theory and personal experiences.
The chapter headings gave a good indication of the overall argument: how our brains shape the world; how energy builds matter; how our emotions organise our environment; how energy regulates DNA and the cells of our bodies; the power of the coherent mind; entraining self with synchronicity; and thinking from beyond local mind. All this is the exact opposite of the prevailing scientific view that consciousness is epiphenomenal and that free will is an illusion. The process of life and thought is inherently creative, bringing science together with metaphysics. One immediate example is neuroplasticity, where Eric Kandel has shown that the number of connections in a neural bundle can double in one hour of repeated stimulation, demonstrating the creative power of focus and concentration; the opposite is also true, that neural pathways will disassemble through neglect. Another example is a journalist who in eight weeks of mindfulness practice increased the volume of nerve cells in his dentate gyrus – responsible for emotional regulation – by a staggering 22.8%. This means that ‘the consciousness of your mind is becoming the cells of the matter of your brain.’ (pp. 10, 122) Later in the book, the author shows how these same principles can apply in healing. On a more mundane level, we can create a stress-filled reality through overexposure to news channels (each chapter also contains practical activities and online resources).
The next chapter recounts the history of work with fields, including the work of Harold Saxton Burr (‘Energy is organising matter’) who found that cancer was showing up in the field of energy before it appeared in the biological cells (p. 44); then cymatics, acupuncture and EFT, all of which point in the direction that matter is in fact an epiphenomenon of energy and fields. The work of early Network member Maxwell Cade is covered in a chapter on brainwave patterns in relation to emotional and mystical experience, where delta waves seem to have a connection with nonlocal consciousness and healing. Mirroring and empathy enhance coherence within groups, which also reflected in synchronised brainwaves – though emotional contagion can be used for negative purposes and mass manipulation. The author sums this up by stating that coherent mind = coherent matter, and that mind change = field change = cell change, which he brings together in his technique of Ecomeditation. A further implication is the long-term link between our inner states and the signalling involved in epigenetic expression – switching genes on or off.
The author quotes a fascinating study of human intention in a coherent state on placental DNA. The implications of this extend into the experimental method as a whole, beginning with entanglement and the observer effect in quantum physics and moving onto the experimenter effect in parapsychology, where it is clear that beliefs, expectations and intentions influence the outcome: ‘the beliefs held in the minds of scientists shape the material reality they discover at every turn’ (p. 189), which the author also correlates with the replication crisis and what one might call an emerging objectivity crisis. If we live in a resonant and entangled universe, then from a personal angle our best path is to align and entrain ourselves with the universal mind, which is then likely to show up in synchronicities. Here, the author interestingly correlates of the work of Jung with emergent properties and self-organisation. We are also entrained to the frequencies of the Earth, although in my review of Arthur Firstenberg’s book above, I agree with his thesis that this is under threat from wireless technology.
Along with many other thinkers whose books I review in these pages, Church sees the brain as a transducer and bridge in the relation to local and nonlocal reality, a view which we are beginning to understand through analysis of psychic and mystical experiences, although this is also ancient shamanic knowledge. In his workshops, the author has observed that people are effortless masters in one of five areas of life: work, love and relationships, money, health and spirituality. If it is true that we all inhabit a thought field that shapes our material reality, then we may have to work more consciously on some of these other areas in order to bring about any change of pattern. In any event, the starting point is tuning your mind to the highest possible state, where we are ‘no longer functioning as an isolated, separate, lonely fragment, cut off from the whole by the illusion of separateness.’ (p. 277) On a planetary level, our collective thoughts are creating our collective reality, and nothing could be more important at this time than the co-creation of a positive world infused with love and coherence rather than dominated by fear. This thesis is eminently possible on the basis of the argument of this powerful book.
MIND TO MATTER Dawson Church (www.mindtomatter.com)
Hay House, 2019, 326 pp., £14.99, p/b – ISBN 978-1-78817-115-1