Mind over Matter – inexplicable miracles or advanced neuroscience in action?

Mind over Matter – inexplicable miracles or advanced neuroscience in action?

How open is your mind?

Miracles.

Do you reject them out of hand? Accept them without question, or ponder the possibilities?

Try this for size….

Imagine an elderly man who claims to have not eaten anything or drunk anything since the age of seven. Not anything at all. To have not passed urine or stools. For years. Who claims to have trained his mind to the point where it became possible to survive like a plant and live off air and light.

Miracle? Rubbish? Crazy? A glimpse into what the mind may really be capable of?

Certainly provocative. And probably well outside what we would normally concede to be anything more than a well orchestrated trick. But claims abound down through the history of India that Hindu yogis have indeed accomplished the apparent “miracle” of living off light.

Recently, the adept described above, an Indian yogi by the name of Prahlad Jani, agreed to undergo strict scientific investigation. The results are both well documented and mind-blowing! If just one person can survive without food or water, is it feasible someone else could do it too?

But then we have probably all heard of other amazing feats that challenge our sensibilities; our sense of what is real, what is possible, what is fact and what is fiction?

So what constitutes a so-called miracle? And how far down the “miracle” path could our own mind take us if we were to train it more fully? Is it worth the effort, and what can be accomplished in a modern, practical and scientifically based society?

A miracle is often defined as something for which there is no known scientific explanation. The word “miracle” is often used to describe a remarkable accomplishment. We use the word to describe unexpected results in sport and business. Often we use it when someone survives an illness diagnosed as terminal, escapes a life-threatening situation or beats the odds in some other way.

Quite often then, “miracles” provoke us to think that maybe there are new possibilities we had not previously considered.

I remember meeting a man who was turned into a quadriplegic over 20 years ago through a deep-sea diving accident that resulted in an extreme case of the “bends”. He suffered major damage to his cervical spinal cord, was told by the experts of the day there was no chance of his nerve tissue regenerating and that he would never walk again.

That he was walking with barely a limp a few years later seemed to many to qualify as a miracle. Yet these days, all the mental work he did to retrain his neural pathways is described as tapping into the new science of neuroplasticity. We now know that what he accomplished, while still remarkable, was certainly not miraculous – just a pointer to what was to become possible, and something that these days, through new scientific understandings, is fully understandable.

So what about not eating? A step too far for our credibility? Or another hint or what the mind might be able to do?

Ready to have your beliefs challenged?

In the beginning there was Light” is a pioneering and provocative film on the controversial claims of “breatharians”. Recommended for anyone interested in the far reaches of human potential, in the words of Dean Radin (Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences), “this film will inspire some, perplex others, and infuriate the rest – but you will not be bored.”

It is certainly not the intention of the film or this blog to advocate that one should stop eating. However, the film does trigger food for thought and it does challenge the prevailing mechanistic-materialistic philosophy dominating our society today to open up new possibilities and to consider just what a well trained mind might really be able to accomplish.

You can view a free clip of the Yogi Prahlad Jani being investigated under close supervision by senior doctors in a major Indian hospital. Check out his eyes… not the look of one who is into deception; or you can pay to download the full documentary from here.

 

AND THE MORAL OF THE STORY?

Maybe it is as simple as to prompt our own reflection… How do we intend to use our minds in the year of 2015?

1 Comment On This Topic
  1. elizabeth
    on Feb 20th at 1:53 pm

    Its facinating and worth serious consideration. It’s quite common for Tamil Kavadi carriers at Thaipusam to have skin pierced with hooks and skewers without blood and no scar after they are removed..It’s obviously not easy. There is long and significant preparation with prayer, celibacy, cleansing and fasting for many days. During the ceremony they may have little milk pots hung from skin with ropes attached and someone pulling them but cutting or piercing the skin, tongue or cheeks with skewers is also common. I did not see them taking them out but was told no blood and no scar. I have watched them walking over hot coals but not everyone made it without burns. The mind does have significant control over our body. “Autobiography of a Yogi” had me enthralled. Yogananda reported so many extraordinary feats of mind over matter.

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