Have you ever had a psychic experience? Have you ever had a premonition of some kind? Have you ever had an experience that is beyond current scientific reasoning? If not, what would it take for you to accept such things are possible? According to various surveys and polls somewhere between 25% and 50% of people in the U.K. believe in psychic phenomenon, and you probably don’t need to consult the Glastonbury Oracle to predict that this number will be much higher here in Glastonbury.
One recent study showed that more than two-thirds of people could feel when someone is looking at them and 62 % of people could tell who was ringing on the phone before they answered. These occurrences seem to be very common, yet difficult to prove with science as they tend to be very subjective experiences. Therefore they are easily discredited by sceptics and ignored by scientists as there is nothing really to measure. Science is brilliant at working out what is going on ‘out there’ but when it comes to measuring what is going on ‘in here’, within our consciousness, science’s tools and instruments by their very nature are often found lacking.
Ancient peoples such as the Daoists and Buddhists were adept at exploring the inner world using their own consciousness as a vehicle. Indeed if you follow these teachings now, or those of many other ‘internal’ traditions from around the world, it’s possible to experience many of these altered states yourself, some of which may be deemed ‘supernatural’. These phenomena may well becoming more and more common with the rise of practices such as yoga, Qigong and meditation. Many of these experiences will be seemingly unexplainable by science or just generally rejected or ignored by it.
Now this may or may not be a problem. I am quite happy to practice an art such as acupuncture that science has no real way of explaining, but if many people are having these genuine experiences that science says cannot happen, then it may lead to those people losing faith in science altogether.
For many, the times when science was going to be able to solve all of humanity’s problems are long gone. The ever march forth of progress has yet to find us in a workless and disease free utopia, in fact many of the new technologies are arguably making our lives worse. Governments, corporations and big pharmaceutical companies not only get to pick and choose which data supports their standpoint, but which experiments get to be carried out in the first place. This indicates that science maybe moving away from the objective institution that it claims to be.
There are other notions that further question its objectivity. One of the basic pillars of scientific thought has always been that consciousness has somehow evolved from matter. This is at odds with all the great religions and philosophies, which all come from a standpoint that consciousness came first and created matter around itself.
However, this dogma that has guided science for centuries is beginning to crumble under the weight of new discoveries made by Quantum mechanics. At the very frontier of modern science now, beyond the atoms, beyond the quarks and beyond the superstrings lies the Zero Point Field. Physicists have discovered that this field is indistinguishable and inseparable from consciousness itself. Energetic particles and waveforms exhibit traits that show without doubt that consciousness itself is intrinsic to the nature of reality. At the subatomic level there are things that completely defy our old Newtonian physics and there are phenomena that were previously deemed impossible.
Perhaps the psychic phenomena that so many people claim to have experienced and yet is still largely regarded as impossible, will one day similarly be explained. After all in a field of limitless consciousness surely anything is possible.