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> The amazing promises of the Zero Point Field
> By Tijn Touber
> This article appeared in Ode issue: 8
> The story that you're about to read has created quite a stir among our
> editorial staff. The subject touches upon everything, literally everything
> that we humans do in our lives. And this is confrontational, disturbing
> hopeful all at once. But that wasn't the only reason for the commotion.
> There was also a continual discussion about the way this topic should be
> introduced. After all, writing about an energy field that connects man and
> matter and continually affects everything and everyone is not as quite as
> simple as the average article.
> Tijn Touber, who locked himself away for weeks to write this amazing
> must have come close to desperation. Not only because of the comments we
> made and the continual discussions we had with one another, but also and
> especially because of the complexity of the issue. The words of Niels
> the renowned Danish scientist, should have been a warning to us: 'Anyone
> is not shocked by quantum theory has not understood it.'
> Hence, dear readers, you are forewarned. But there is some consolation: if
> at any time you cannot follow the story, you are in good company. Hold on
> tight. (Or better yet, let go.) - The editors
> Shireen Strooker is standing motionless in the middle of a large field,
> surrounded by 600 people. The gorgeous landscape under the mist of
> Mount Rainier in the upper northwest of the United States is invisible to
> her. Shireen is blindfolded, as are all the others in the field. That
> morning they all made a drawing. The hundreds of drawings are now hanging
> the fence along the edge of the field. The assignment: find your own
> Shireen does a meditation exercise, pictures her drawing and thinks: 'I am
> the creator of the drawing and the spectator, I only have to become one
> the drawing and it will automatically pull me towards it.' Then, without
> bumping into anyone, she walks straight across the field and. picks out
> drawing straightaway from among the 600.
> Coincidence? Pure luck? You'd think so. But Shireen was not the only one
> perform this implausible act that day. The results of this exercise
> involving the students of Ramtha's School of Enlightenment violate the
> of empirical probability theory. Apparently, humans are capable of
> 'communicating' with matter intangibly. The curriculum of this unusual
> school aims to prove that phenomena such as telepathy and clairvoyance are
> not wondrous mysteries, but gifts that every human being possesses and can
> develop. The unwritten slogan of the Ramtha's school's curriculum could be
> that there is more to the world than meets the eye.
> There are other schools and movements that have proclaimed this message in
> recent decades. In fact, the New Time Movement was founded on it. But the
> exciting thing is that the hard science of modern physics is starting to
> lend proof to the existence of a ubiquitous energy field, which could
> an explanation for the miracle of a blindfolded woman who finds her
> amidst 600 others.
> In her book The Field (HarperCollins, 2001), investigative journalist
> McTaggart provides an overview of recent scientific discoveries that
> demonstrate that there is an all-encompassing energy field connecting man
> and matter. In their search for the heart of the matter (no pun
> for the smallest particle - scientists discovered the field's special
> characteristics and potential. The so-called Zero Point Field (the name
> comes from the fact that even at the absolute zero point, energy can still
> be measured) appears to provide the explanation for countless known
> phenomena and processes that had stumped the scientific community for
> generations. Gravity, electromagnetism, clairvoyance, telepathy and the
> spontaneous healing of wounds: the origins of these diverse phenomena can
> all be traced back to this quantum field.
> McTaggart writes: 'Researchers discovered that the Zero Point Field
> the blueprint for our existence. Everything and everyone is connected with
> one another through this field in which all information from all time is
> said to be stored. Ultimately, everything - from man to matter - can be
> traced back to a collection of electric charges that are continually in
> contact with this endless sea of energy. Our interaction with this field
> determines who we are, will become and have been. The field is the alpha
> omega of our existence.'
> A connection between matter and mind runs counter to the scientific
> foundations upon which modern society is based. Our perspective on life is
> still greatly influenced by the mechanistic worldview introduced by Isaac
> Newton in the 17th century. Newton saw the universe as a machine with
> separate parts that have a limited influence on one another. René
> added his vision to the mix, that the human mind is separate from the
> lifeless matter we call 'body'. In Newton and Descartes' way of thinking
> world simply keeps turning, whether we humans are there or not. We don't
> particularly matter.
> Darwin's evolutionary theory reinforced the image of the lonely, isolated
> human being. It was all about eating and getting eaten. Humans appeared to
> be an evolutionary accident without any particular meaning. But huge
> questions remained: how does life begin, how does our mind work, why do we
> get sick, how does a single cell develop into a complete human being, and
> forth. Many scientists looked for answers to these questions in religion,
> but that brought them into conflict with themselves.
> The first indications of a possible bridge between spirituality and
> came - interestingly enough - from physics discoveries made at the
> of the last century. In 1911 the German physicist Max Planck demonstrated
> that there is an energetic 'empty space' between atoms. But because he
> established that this energy field is everywhere at all times, he
> it a constant that did not influence material existence.
> Other pioneers in quantum physics discovered that the most elementary
> building blocks of matter couldn't actually even be called 'matter'.
> Sometimes these building blocks behaved like particles, then like waves
> sometimes like both at once. In 1927, Werner Heisenberg dubbed this the
> 'principle of uncertainty'. It appeared that subatomic particles were not
> solid objects but vibrating little packets of energy that couldn't be
> quantified or understood as separate parts. A more significant break with
> Newtonian thought was hardly conceivable. At this elementary level,
> appeared to be certain. There were only endless possibilities.
> Moreover, these particles appeared only to take a specific shape if a
> spectator observed them. If a person noticed a particle, it 'froze'. The
> researchers came to the startling conclusion that consciousness creates
> reality and Einstein wondered whether the moon would actually exist if we
> didn't look at it.
> The physicists also noted that particles that at one time were connected
> one another - within a molecule for example - remain connected always and
> everywhere, and influence each other instantly, that is faster than the
> speed of light and over great distances. This so-called 'non-locale
> phenomenon' indicates that the dimensions of time and space do not apply
> an elementary level. Einstein spoke of 'distant ghostlike connections'.
> Einstein and his contemporaries were unable to reconcile the new
> in quantum physics with the Newtonian reality they could see and touch
> around them. Their solution was a scientific monster: different laws
> to the world of small particles than for larger matter. At the same time
> these scientists sought meaningful refuge in spiritual and religious
> Erwin Schrödinger, for example, studied Hinduism, Heisenberg looked into
> Plato's theory of the ancient Greeks, Niels Bohr was drawn to the Tao and
> Wolfgang Pauli to the Cabala.
> What didn't work a century ago now appears possible. The theory of the
> all-encompassing Zero Point Field could span a definitive bridge between
> spirituality and science. Einstein couldn't prove it, but suspected it,
> he said the 'the field is the only reality'. The field could explain the
> instantaneous, 'ghostlike' transfer of information between quantum
> particles. Divergent scientific discoveries point in the same direction.
> Biologist Paul Pietsch of the University of Indiana in the United States
> wanted to know where memories are stored in the brain. Pietsch conducted
> experiments with salamanders. First he taught them specific patterns of
> behaviour. Then, to destroy their memory, he removed their brains and
> them in a meat grinder. Finally, he put the remainders of the brains back
> the salamanders' heads. The result? After awhile the salamanders
> re-exhibited the learned behaviour. Put another way, their brains were
> shattered, but their memory lived on. Pietsch concluded that memory was
> a local phenomenon, but is somehow linked to something - an energy
> outside the salamanders where they 'collect' their memory.
> Neuroanatomist Harold Burr of Yale University discovered the field in a
> different way. During the 1940s he researched energy fields around living
> organisms and discovered that young salamanders have a light field around
> them in the shape of an adult salamander. This 'blueprint' appears to be
> already present around the unfertilised egg. Burr also saw light fields
> around plant seeds that took the shape of mature plants. These fields
> explain why you can amputate a salamander's leg, jaw or even the lens of
> their eye, only to see the body part grow back.
> Salamanders may have an unusually strong connection with the energy field
> around them, but this phenomenon can also be seen in humans. Amputees can
> sometimes feel (phantom) pain in the amputated body part. Burr's work also
> demonstrates that bodies - matter - are connected to an enveloping energy
> And where do clairvoyants get their visions? Physicist Hall Puthoff of
> Stanford University in the United States asked himself that very question.
> He conducted various experiments with two clairvoyants in which he gave
> the coordinates of a place on earth they had never been. Independent from
> one another, the clairvoyants were able to describe these places in
> To measure the extent of their clairvoyance Puthoff asked them to describe
> Jupiter before Nasa's Pioneer 10 spacecraft had charted the planet.
> embarrassed, clairvoyant Ingo Swann said he saw a ring around the planet.
> 'Perhaps,' he told Puthoff, 'I may have accidentally directed my attention
> to Saturn.' No one took the drawing seriously until some time later when
> Nasa released images from the spacecraft showing that, indeed, Jupiter had
> The CIA has since shown interest in the extraordinary results of Puthoff's
> research, which could potentially be used for espionage. As an experiment,
> CIA agent Christopher Green was sent up in an aeroplane with a piece of
> paper in his pocket on which three numbers were written. This was no
> for clairvoyant Pat Price, who was able to recite the numbers accurately,
> and in the right order. However, he said he felt a little nauseated. It
> later appeared that Green's flight had run in to heavy turbulence.
> Puthoff then conducted experiments in which he sent people to random
> coordinates and asked them to photograph the location in 15 minutes and
> in a list of questions he gave them. In nearly all cases, the clairvoyants
> were able to clearly describe the locations based on the coordinates they
> were given.
> Puthoff went a step further. He asked the clairvoyants to describe the
> location before the test subjects arrived. And they did. The clairvoyants
> appeared capable of describing the destination a half-hour to five days
> before the travellers arrived. Puthoff concluded that time and space do
> exist on the level of the Zero Point Field. The information is apparently
> already available before the actual events occur. Puthoff conducted a
> of 336 comparable experiments proving it made very little difference to
> clairvoyants whether or not the subjects were at the location in question.
> Physicist Helmut Schmidt conducted another remarkable experiment that
> to the timelessness of the energy field. He had his test subjects put on
> headphones and listen to bleeps produced by a machine. The sounds were
> random and equally distributed over the left and right ears. Their
> assignment was to have more sounds go into one of the ears. Nearly all the
> subjects were successful. In other words, people were capable of
> the machine without directly touching it. Schmidt concluded there must be
> field that connects man and machine.
> His next experiment reinforced this once more in a rather bizarre way. He
> gave a test subject a tape with bleeps to take home and asked him to
> influence the tape so that more bleeps would be sent to the left ear.
> Schmidt made a copy of the tape for himself. The next day the bleeps had
> indeed shifted, with more going to the left ear. To his amazement Schmidt
> discovered that his copy had also changed, although as far as he knew the
> machine - as usual - had evenly distributed the bleeps over both ears.
> The only possible conclusion for Schmidt was that the future intention of
> the test subjects influenced the tape when it was actually recorded. Just
> the little salamander knows that he must grow up to be a big salamander,
> Schmidt's test subjects know that they will influence the recording of the
> bleeps before he actually asks them to do so. Past, present and future
> apparently flow together in the energy field.
> In another type of experiment, Harvard University psychologist Ellen
> demonstrated that time is a relative notion. A group of people over age 70
> was taken to an isolated area where a scene from 1959 was exactly
> replicated. The furniture dated to that year, they were shown films from
> 1959 and even the newspapers and magazines they were given came from that
> period. Within a week the group's actual symptoms of ageing had reversed.
> The joints in their fingers were more flexible and their eyesight
> Langer concluded that because the participants were given the same mental
> information as in 1959, their bodies began to adapt to the physical
> situation at that time. One of the possible explanations is that these
> people in their 70s made contact with their own energetic blueprint from
> 1959, and their bodies followed suit.
> The American doctor and author Deepak Chopra puts it this way: 'Time is
> dependent on our perceptions. No experiment has ever proven the existence
> the continual movement of linear time and the concept has never been
> expressed in a mathematical formula. The experience of the continual
> movement of linear time is a phenomenon that was created by our nervous
> system. In fact, the past, present and future exist simultaneously, side
> side, in a field of endless possibilities. The experience of linear time
> the way in which nature protects us from experiencing everything at the
> time. But that is what actually happens.' Einstein put it more concisely:
> 'Space and time are modes in which we think, not conditions in which we
> In the field there is no difference between a memory and a new experience.
> The brain retrieves 'old' and 'new' information the same way. This
> the salamanders' remarkable recovery. Their brains were largely destroyed,
> but the 'memory' had not been lost; it was stored in the field. Just as
> intuition, clairvoyance, premonitions, telepathy and other 'inexplicable'
> phenomena can be understood if the Zero Point Field is seen as a storage
> place for information to which anyone can tune in at any time. Is that
> Nostradamus was doing when he 'saw' the future?
> One of the first scientists to recognise that the Zero Point Field could
> the missing link for our understanding of the universe was the Hungarian
> systems expert Ervin Laszlo (see page XX). In his book 'The Creative
> written in 1993 he writes that the field is more than a mass of shimmering
> energy in the background of our existence. According to Laszlo, the Zero
> Point Field is an information carrier. 'This quantum vacuum is the origin
> mind and matter - a blueprint of the universe. Even our own memories are
> stored in our brains, but are stockpiled like holographic information in
> field. Our brains are mainly receivers and processors of this information.
> When they resonate with certain frequencies they gain access to specific
> Are you still there?
> You have just read that time doesn't exist and that human beings can
> influence machines. All this in a world that says computers are always
> because they are indisputably logical. Yet we are still talking about
> verifiable physical and scientific experiments. All these experiments and
> phenomena point to the fact that the ghostlike discoveries in the area of
> quantum physics have substantially more influence on our daily reality
> the pioneers of a century ago originally thought. Does the universe
> according to Newton's laws still exist? Or is the world proving to be a
> dynamic web in which everything and everyone are connected? Does that
> that my life means something radically different than I thought?
> My life? Does an 'I' even exist?
> Does the concept of individuality still have meaning if everything is
> connected and even our own memories are accessible to everyone? An even
> exciting thought: the atoms that are in contact with one another and with
> the universe in a myriad of ways temporarily and intermittently shape our
> body. Every seven years all the cells in our body are regenerated; no atom
> is the same again. And who knows what kind of information those new atoms
> are carrying when they nestle into our bodies? 'Individuality', 'I' and
> 'mine' become very limited concepts when viewed this way. Our separate
> existence, which we believe to be the basis of our daily experiences, is
> longer the central issue. It is replaced by the all-encompassing
> These scientific discoveries can also explain the peculiar phenomenon that
> people in hospitals heal more quickly when random people in random
> around the world pray for them daily, as research has proven. And the
> connection with the Zero Point Field also appears to be clear thanks to
> similarly bizarre fact that people who have undergone organ transplants
> on certain 'memories' from the organ donor (see page XX).
> When I pray for people, they get better. Surely, the reverse is also true.
> realise that it is in my own interest to treat my environment with care
> respect. One way or another, we all carry the responsibility for the field
> that connects us all. And for the reality that we create together.
> For my life, the second implication of the Zero Point Field is just as
> radical as the insight that separation actually does not exist:
> I create my own reality.
> Just as I can apparently influence a machine, I can influence all matter
> around me. More to the point: I do it all the time, including influencing
> the matter in my own body. If I create reality, then the world is not as
> is, but as I perceive it. My thoughts determine reality.
> Roy Martina, a doctor and karate champion, was at a party once when a
> attacked him from behind as a joke. His natural reaction was to put the
> in a hold, whereby he broke his friend's finger. Under the motto of 'you
> break it, you fix it' they decided to conduct an experiment. They had
> that Aboriginals were able to heal broken bones nearly instantaneously.
> Martina: 'We thought, if they can do it, we can too. We tuned into the
> "Aboriginal field" and sent that energy to the broken hand. A couple of
> later my friend was back playing volleyball. X-rays showed no trace of a
> In his famous book 'Think and Grow Rich' written in 1937, Napoleon Hill
> explains that those who make it big mainly succeed because, at the very
> deepest level, they are convinced they will. Successful people, Hill
> concludes, solemnly believe in their aim and simply know they will achieve
> it. Because they focus all their attention on the aim, it materialises -
> just as in physics experiments all particles that are given attention
> The third life lesson from the field is that in principle, everything is
> All information is available in the Zero Point Field. It is my challenge -
> and that of us all - to glean the best from it. As Michelangelo once said
> about sculpture: 'The image is already in the marble, all I do is cut away
> everything that is not the image.' I sometimes experience the same thing
> when I'm writing a story and I see words appear on the screen that I'm
> barely conscious of thinking. Just like that, I get sentences that I don't
> consciously know or think of - from the field? It's called inspiration.
> in fact 'inspiration' is no longer an inexplicable circumstance, but a
> demonstrable physical phenomenon.
> During his visit to the Sistine Chapel in Rome, Mozart heard Allegri's
> famous Miserere. That piece of music is only heard once a year, during
> Week, after which it disappears behind lock and key for another year.
> hearing it only once, Mozart was able to register it in his mind and thus
> able to break the secret spell around the work. Ervin Laszlo comments:
> 'Mozart and other composers of his calibre were not alone. They had access
> to the field and thus were in contact with masterpieces.'
> Artists are interpreters and translators rather than creators. Their
> is not a miracle, but something that in principle everyone can learn. It
> a question of tuning into the field.
> On a Greek island, Shireen Strooker is sitting with her husband Bram
> Vermeulen at a table at an outdoor cafe in the sun. In the middle of the
> table a briefcase blocks their view of one another. Bram is looking at a
> piece of paper in front of him and slowly counts: 'One, two, three, four.'
> On every count Shireen writes down a plus or a minus after the number on
> sheet. She tries to ignore the surprised glances from onlookers so she can
> fully concentrate on what Bram is 'sending' her: a plus or a minus. When
> sheet is full, they switch. They are both trying to get a plus or minus
> after the same number.
> That day they play the game a total of 11 times. According to the laws of
> probability, Bram and Shireen should have the same plusses and minuses 50%
> of the time. But that day their score is 70%. They know it's no
> They've had similar results before. Bram and Shireen know that you can
> each other if you tune in correctly.
> But we often get in the way of our ability to tune in. Shireen: 'There is
> clear difference between concentrating and tuning in. If I concentrate, I
> try with all my might to achieve something with my thoughts. Usually you
> achieve just the opposite. What we call "thinking", is actually mainly
> doubting. You wind up in all kinds of emotions - "I can't do this, what am
> doing here?" - and you don't achieve your aim. Tuning in means not
> and making contact with the information that's already there. You become
> with the information and resonate with it.'
> Shireen describes an exercise she did with an overweight man. They stood
> opposite one another and stared hard into each other's eyes. Then they
> walked to opposite ends of the room and Shireen had to pick up on the
> favourite food. Her first image was a chocolate bar. But - given the man's
> size - she began to doubt. 'It must be a hamburger,' she thought. She drew
> hamburger and walked back to the man. Wrong, it was a chocolate bar.
> Shireen: 'That's what I mean by thinking.'
> Children are naturals at tuning in. It is amazing how successful small
> children are at Shireen's drawing game with which this story began. I also
> remember playing hide and seek with my little sister. She counted to 10
> outside the living room, came back in and walked directly to where I was
> hiding, regardless of which curtain or chair I was crouched behind.
> Nor are animals hampered by thoughts. The British biochemist Rupert
> Sheldrake (see page XX) describes numerous extraordinary phenomena. A cat
> that that 'answers the phone', but only when her owner calls. All other
> calls are ignored. Or horses that refuse to take another step over a path
> that will shortly be buried under an avalanche. Dogs that try - to no
> avail - to get their owners to leave the house before they are involved in
> serious accident. There are also stories involving animals that manage to
> leave town before an earthquake hits.
> Learning to tune into the Zero Point Field enables us to create
> When at one point I needed to move, I created an image of the house I
> wanted. I visualised a house by the ocean with woods nearby, high up, lots
> of light and affordable. For a few weeks I paid a moment's attention to
> visualisation every day, which anchored the energetic image in the Zero
> Point Field. It was just a matter of time before it would materialise.
> happened two months later. Now I live in the home that I once envisioned.
> Using my visualisation I actually tuned into the Zero Point Field. By
> attention to an image, that image - my house - could become reality,
> as physicists' small particles manifest themselves when given attention.
> Dreamers used to be laughed at by people who considered themselves
> who had both feet planted firmly on the ground. Now those dreamers have
> science on their side. Dreams are where reality begins. The future is
> created by seeing that future, by tuning into it. In principle, anything
> Science is presenting a reality that my rational mind can scarcely
> comprehend. How can a person influence a machine? How can time not exist?
> How can I make something intangible, tangible? But I am living in my house
> and Shireen found her drawing. My doubts must have to do with the quantum
> leap that my rational mind must now make. There's a good reason why
> physicist Niels Bohr said that 'Anyone who is not shocked by quantum
> has not understood it.'
> One evening Shireen arrives home to find a yellowing envelope from her
> mother containing copies of the Gospel of St. Thomas discovered in 1947.
> this gospel Jesus tells Thomas: 'I am not your Master, but you have drunk.
> You have become intoxicated from the bubbling spring, which I have
> out.' For Shireen it is clear that Jesus drew from the same well - the
> field - as she is now learning to 'drink'.
> Enlightened learned people like Jesus see through the story of creation.
> They didn't need science for their 'knowledge' of the Zero Point Field.
> Thousands of years later science and spirituality are on the point of
> converging. The consequences and possibilities are immense. The miracle of
> Jesus and other enlightened thinkers was their ability to see and help
> a better world. They understood: if I want another world, I have to learn
> think differently. Or, as Gandhi put it: 'Be the change you wish to see in
> the world.'
> Anyone who thinks that only the Mahatma or the Saviour can do that, now
> scientific evidence of the contrary. Each one of us is capable. Each one
> us is a creator. Each one of us can change the world. And that doesn't
> to be an endless, difficult process - just think of the Aboriginals'
> to heal broken bones. It can happen today. It can happen now. After all,
> what is time?
> Related articles in the same issue:
> The secrets of pigeons -»
> Tijn Touber
> Rupert Sheldrake looks for answers to the inexplicable behaviours of
> animals - including humans.
> The field of meditation -»
> Tijn Touber
> When 1% of a city's population engages in meditation the results can be
> The healing field -»
> Tijn Touber
> Living organisms constantly interact with the collective blueprint of
> relationship with the field of endless possibilities. Do not be surprised
> the results are not what you expected. But you will find that your results
> will improve with practice. The whole idea is to practice and to discover
> new possibilities. We are able to achieve more than we think or, in other
> words: there is more to us than just thought. Have fun!
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