This is a quiz. Which one of the following intentions do you think had the greatest impact on the cancer cells to which they were directed:
1--An directed thought to reinstate the natural order of the cancer cells in the petri dish and return the cell's growth rate back to normal.
2--A Taoist visualization that imagined only three cancer cells remaining in the dish.
3--A lack of specific intention, but rather a prayer simply asking God to have His Will flow through the researcher's hands.
4--An offering of unconditional love to the cancer cells in the dish which involved meditating on a state of love and compassion along a Buddhist line.
5--A visualization of the cancer cell's dematerializing, going into either the light or the void.
Many people might pick number 5 because this type of visualization is often encouraged for those suffering from cancer. I am most familiar with that one because a late friend used this intention daily to fight off the invading cancer cells in her body and was ultimately unsuccessful in her attempts to rid her body of the deadly cancer cell invasion.
Many of a religious persuasion might chose numbers 2, 3 or 4 depending on his or her belief system. In this case a cancer victim might couple it, just to cover all bases, with the killer intention noted above. Kind of a pray and kill one-two punch.
Surprisingly, however, what worked most often was number 1: the intention to return the cancer cells to their original, healthy state. Frankly, I would not have even considered the possibility that "thinking" the cancer cells back to health would have worked. But, it's SO obvious when one realizes that all organisms--small or large--want to exist in a healthy state, after all it is the norm. As Tammy Faye said in a previous blog, "God don't make no junk."
In her very enlightening book on the many facets of directed thought entitled The Intention Experiment, Lynne McTaggart explains the results in more detail: "[The] various intentions had quite different effects. The most powerful were undirected intentions asking the cells to return to the natural order, which inhibited the cancer cells' growth by 39 percent. Acquiescing to God's will with no specific request was about half as effective, inhibiting the cells by 21 percent, as was the Taoist visualization. An unconditional acceptance of the way things were had no effect either way, nor did the imagining of cells dematerializing" (pp. 151 - 52.)
We shouldn't be surprised then when the recent cover of SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN (January 2008) proclaims "Cancer Drug Paradox: It Kills Tumors By Repairing Them." In the article "Taming Vessels to Treat Cancer, " Rakesh Jain says: "Restoring order to the chaotic blood vessels inside a tumor opens a window of opportunity for attacking it. Surprisingly, drugs meant to destroy vasculature can make the repairs and may [also] help reverse conditions that lead to cardiovascular disease and blindness." The author goes on to explain the recent findings, and it is a fascinating tale of seredipity and synthesis worthy of its inclusion here as enlightened change. If you want to read something completely new about cancer research, read the article in its entirety.
When western medicine is thoroughly melded with that of the east, which I predict will take place in the next 25 years, it will be possible to experiment in combining directed thought/intention with the theories mentioned in Mr. Jain's article. The results could be what one might call miraculous. Until then, however, we must make due with juxtaposing mainstream and non-mainstream experiments when we notice it, as we have done above. What this may do RIGHT NOW is open a door of opportunity for those with cancer to try chemotherapy and other modalities as well as directed thought to reinstate the natural order of their cancer cells and return the cell's growth rate back to normal. If a group joined in that intention, it might be particularly powerful.
One caveat on cancer and dying I feel compelled to include here: from the eastern perspective, dying is freedom and potentially a release to bigger and better things in the next life. Thus, there is no failure in dying and, in Reality, should be a time of rejoicing. Where, when and how we die is part of a complex equation and mere intentions may not in and of themselves keep a person alive, nor should they. Ultimately, death is inevitable--even if we figure out how to put it off for a while--and one time when we don't usually have the final say.
On another note, a YouTube website featuring Sarah McLachlan's song "World on Fire" was sent yesterday by a thoughtful contributor. That a video-downloading website like YouTube has taken off in popularity and is being used to distribute such thought-provoking pieces as the attachment is one of the most enlightened trends of 2007.
Check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzoNInZ2ClQ
And finally, the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN (January 2008) mentioned above also carried a blurb in its top 50 trends in business, policy and research about how an lab in Padua, Italy began sharing bird flu data with other worldwide labs in order to increase the likelihood of success in fighting any future outbreak. Why that is a noteworthy trend is that no other bird flu lab had taken that cooperative approach--with the corporatization of medicine, sharing is out and hoarding information in the name of money is in. However, Naria Capua changed all that at least in relation to bird flu research with her courageous and gutsy move: "Her efforts helped to pave the way for the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data, a consortium through which findings can be freely shared while giving credit to the researchers involved" (p. 54.) Hear, hear Dr. Capua, the world needs more enlightened leaders like you!
Tomorrow, it will be on to the January 2008 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC and several trends I will highlight from its glossy pages.