Intuition: Delusion or Perception? Toward a Scientific Explanation of the Akashic Experience

Intuition: Delusion or Perception? Toward a Scientific Explanation of the Akashic Experience.

The intuitions reported by mystics, poets, artists, ordinary people, even scientists, often go beyond the range of sensory perception. In the reductionist culture inspired by classical science, they are dismissed as mere delusion – classical empiricism claims that there is nothing in the mind that was not first in the eye. However, the classical tenet is not universally upheld. It is exceptional in the annals of history, and even in the context of contemporary cultures.In history intuitions were embedded in the conceptual framework through which a given culture interpreted the nature of reality. In indigenous societies shamans and medicine-men (and women) tuned themselves to spontaneous apprehension through rigorous initiation and training; they derived their mystical vision from them. In mythically oriented societies the world was seen as a cosmic realm of spirits, and in classical cultures it was believed to be governed by a panoply of unseen gods. The Abrahamic monotheistic religions recognised the intuitions of their prophets as conveying fundamental truths about God and the nature of His creation. Eastern cultures have always held that reality extends far beyond the domain of the senses.

On the other hand Western culture takes as real only that which is manifest – literally “to hand.” Because what people see is constrained by what they believe they can see, everything that is not conveyed to consciousness by eye and ear is dismissed from the modern view of the world. But are the intuitions that occasionally surface in consciousness mere delusion? Or can there be intuitions that are as real and fundamental as sensory perception? This question calls for a deeper look at the possibility that spontaneous insights and apprehensions may have a physical basis. There are findings at the cutting-edge of scientific research that affirm this possibility.

The Brain as a “macroscopic quantum system”

The crucial finding is the discovery that the brain is not merely a classical biochemical system; in some respects it is a “macroscopic quantum system.” Certain cerebral functions involve processes previously thought to be limited to the domain of the quantum. The pertinent functions concern the reception and transmission of information at the cellular and subcellular level: intercellular communication involves quantum-effects and processes. Neurons and neuronal and subneuronal networks form synchronised oscillators that receive and send information through quantum resonance. This information propagates quasi-instantly throughout the organism and does not require classical channels of signal transmission. The various forms and characteristics of information transmitted through quantum resonance are not fully understood, but their physical basis is clear. It is nonlocality, the process Einstein first said is “spooky” and then Erwin Schrödinger termed “entanglement.” Entanglement means that the states and functions of the entangled entities are correlated beyond the ordinary bounds of space and time. As a result the entities are intrinsically and fundamentally coherent. Such coherence obtains in the domain of the quantum: in pristine states quanta are coherent and mutually entangled. Only interaction in some form (measurement, and possibly certain acts of observation) renders them decoherent. Macroscale objects were said to be in a permanently decoherent state, yet certain objects also exhibit forms of quantum coherence. There is experimental evidence that the state of entire atoms can be entangled, and in recent years quantum-coherence has been discovered at the scale of living organisms. The divide between the microworld of the quantum and the world of macroscale objects has been breached. The heat of living organisms – even of warm-bodied species – does not necessarily destroy the coherence that is the precondition of entanglement. While classical quantum theory maintained that at ordinary temperatures Brownian movement made quanta, so-called “qubits,” decoherent and thus incapable of entanglement, recent research (inter alia by Kitaev, Pitkanen, and Frecska and Luna) indicates that the problem of “heat-decoherence” is not insuperable.1

There appear to be networks of quanta where the particles are “woven” or “braided” in a way that is sufficiently robust to maintain coherence at body temperatures. Whereas at such temperatures classically organised qubits become decoherent, networks of woven or braided qubits conserve coherence. As Parsons put it, “braiding is robust: just as a passing gust of wind may ruffle your shoelaces but won’t untie them, data stored on a quantum braid can survive all kinds of disturbance.”2 Quantum coherence in the brain and throughout the organism is not just theoretical speculation; it is entirely fundamental for coordinating the processes that make life possible. The staggering number of physical and chemical reactions taking place in the living organism is not likely to be coordinated by limited and relatively slow biochemical signal-transmission alone. Only the “entanglement” of the organism’s cellular and subcellular components can ensure a sufficiently rapid flow of multidimensional information to maintain the organism in its physically improbable state far from thermal and chemical equilibrium.

Cytoskeletal Structures

Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff suggest that cytoskeletal structures in the brain are responsible for the reception, computation, and transmission of multidimensional quantum-resonance-based information. Throughout the organism cytoskeletal proteins are organised into a network of microtubules, and the elements of these networks are connected to each other structurally by protein-links and functionally by gap junctions. However, the network of microtubules may be too coarse-grained to produce quantum-effects in the brain. The “infoplasm,” the basic substrate of living matter, may be the microtrabecular lattice, a web of microfilaments 7 to 9 nanometer in diameter. The periodic lattice of microtubules forms a network within the network of neurons, and the microtrabecular lattice is a network embedded in the network of microtubules. According to Ede Frecska, it is this lattice that is likely to be the structure responsible for quantum-effects in the brain. It appears physically possible that the quantum-scale components of the cytoskeletal lattice convey information from the world to the brain. The question is, what information? How does information originate in the world at large?

The Akashic Field

Until recently, asserting that information is objectively present in nature and not only in the human realm was considered metaphysical. This is no longer the case. It is now recognised that information is present in all things; as John Wheeler remarked, in some respects it the most fundamental feature of the universe. Experiments designed to test the Einstein-Podolski-Rosen hypothesis indicate that already quanta behave in an informed manner: they appear to make choices of their own, and respond to choices by other quanta. Either they have a form of consciousness (a thesis entertained by some physicists), or they are embedded in a complex informational environment. The latter is the minimally speculative assumption. It suggests that even in the absence of matter space is neither empty nor passive. As this writer among others has suggested, cosmic space is not a vacuum, but a plenum. In recognition of the prophetic insight of ancient Sanskrit and Hindu cosmology – where Akasha is the most fundamental of the five elements, the one from which the others arise – this writer calls the field that fills cosmic space the “Akashic Field.”3

The idea that space is active and filled with physically significant events is not unique to Sanskrit and Hindu cosmology; it has noteworthy antecedents also in the history of science. In the nineteenth century, mathematician William Clifford suggested that small portions of space are analogous to little hills on a surface that is flat on average; the geometry of the landscape does not hold for them. The property of space to be curved or distorted, he said, is continually being passed on from one portion of space to another after the manner of a wave. In the physical world there is nothing else but this wavelike variation.4

In a 1930 paper, “The concept of space,” Albert Einstein noted, “We have now come to the conclusion that space is the primary thing and matter only secondary; we may say that space, in revenge for its former inferior position, is now eating up matter.”5 A few years later Erwin Schrödinger restated the same thought: “What we observe as material bodies and forces are nothing but shapes and variations in the structure of space.”6 In physical cosmology cosmic space is seen as a ceaselessly fluctuating sea of emerging and vanishing virtual particles. In grand-unified and super-grand unified theories all the universal fields and forces of nature are traced to origins in the quantum vacuum, a fundamental hyperspace often viewed as a unified field. This fundamental field carries also zero-point energies – energies that remain present when at the absolute zero of temperature conventional forms of energy vanish. The concept of a complex unified field, effectively the Akashic Field, offers a basis for identifying the origins of the information that quantum processes transfer to the brain. It is known that as a consequence of their motion atoms, molecules and all material entities (i.e. structures composed of massive particles) produce electromagnetic waves that radiate into surrounding space. Space, however, is not empty and passive, and it is more than Maxwell’s extended electromagnetic field. It is the locus of the Akashic Field. The waves emitted by moving objects excite and modulate this field, creating wavefronts that propagate in the field and, upon meeting, interfere with each other. The interference patterns that result carry information at their nodes on the objects that created the waves. Because the Akashic Field is a seamless medium that extends throughout space, the information carried by the interference patterns produced by moving objects extends throughout space. This information corresponds to the physical properties of the objects.7

The process is similar to that which occurs in holography. The holograms created by interfering beams of light conserve information on the surface of the things and events that modulated the light beams. But the interference patterns responsible for quantum coherence are created by waves in the Akashic Field, and not by photons in the electromagnetic field. Thus they are not ordinary, but quantum holograms. Walter Schempp has shown that quantum holograms are coherent, mutually entangled, and carry nonlocal information on the things and events that produced the constituent waves. He has also shown that the brain’s object imagery is phase conjugate. Lending support to Karl Pribram’s “holonomic brain theory,” Schempp affirmed that “the conditions which make quantum holography possible are ideally suited to the hypothesis that the brain works… by quantum holography.”8

The answer to the question regarding the origin and nature of the information transferred by quantum-resonance to the brain can now be essayed. When the phase and frequency of a cerebral lattice corresponds to the phase and frequency of a quantum hologram, brain and hologram enter into phase-conjugate resonance. This allows the information conserved at the nodes of Akashic Field quantum holograms to be transferred to the cerebral receptors. Thus some of the intuitions that reach consciousness are not merely delusion: they are transmitted by phase-conjugate resonance from the Akashic Field to the cytoskeletal structures of the brain. Just which intuitions have this physical origin cannot be ascertained at this time merely by examining the pertinent cerebral processes. We need to resort to circumstantial evidence, examining the correspondence of the content of the intuitions with things and events known to exist in the real world through ordinary sensory perception. But we can affirm in good conscience that it is entirely plausible some intuitions have a bona fide physical basis. And that, in itself, goes a long way toward legitimating belief in the veridical nature of at least some of our intuitions.

A Concluding Note

Although widely reported and often meaningful, intuition is seldom the subject of sustained scientific research. The classical empirical tenet of mainstream science discourages attempts to investigate the phenomenon: it is physically implausible if not categorically impossible. Yet sustained research on intuition would be potentially fruitful and extremely important. In the positive case it would show that the human brain and nervous systems can access information in a spontaneous mode. While some varieties of experience viewed as intuition could well be delusion, there could also be spontaneous apprehension for which we can find an acceptable scientific explanation. This would lend support to the frequently voiced belief that human beings – and by implication all living things – are connected with each other and with nature in ways that are more subtle than those that stimulate the senses. This in turn would reinforce and legitimate empathy and solidarity among people and a closer sense of rapport with nature – vitally important attributes in our critical times when we face problems we can only resolve in cooperation with each other and harmony with our environment. This article is based on the author’s latest book The Akashic Experience: Science and the Cosmic Memory Field (Inner Traditions, Rochester, USA). By ERVIN LASZLO. Footnotes:- Ervin Laszlo, The Connectivity Hypothesis, Albany: State University of New York Press 2003; Science and the Akashic Field, Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions International 2004; Quantum Shift in the Global Brain, Rochester, Vt.: Inner Traditions International, 2008. The Book of Life: The Akashic Records - More -
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bluesbaby5050: AN INTERVIEW WITH LINDA HOWE, What are The Akashic Records?

An interview with Linda Howe on " What are the Akashic Records? " TIS: What are the Akashic records and can you explain their relevance to our individual lives as well as the collective experience? LH: Ok, that’s a great question. The Akashic Records is a vibrational archive of every soul and it’s journey. That is the most simple definition. Akasha is a Sanskrit word which means primary substance or, that from which all things are formed. A more sophisticated idea is that the Akashic Records is your soul level dimension of consciousness, and contains the vibrational archive of every soul and its journey, so we’re really talking about the soul level.

Everyone is in the record and every personal record has two main parts, the fixed or permanent part, and the evolving, changeable part. The fixed part I find particularly fascinating as it’s the blueprint or thumbprint of the soul. So it’s the pattern of who you are in essence of your being, and eternal nature, as you travel through space and time. So that’s fixed, it’s who you are and it’s not changing, which is good.

Now, what travels along with it, or is corresponding with it, is like a catalog. A catalog filled with the stories of lifetimes you’ve lived, through which, you come to know the truth about yourself. So it’s like you have this imprint, or soul print, of who you are, so on the soul level of the Akashic Records, each of us has the opportunity to come and know ourselves in truth, to really live from the essence of our soul which takes a long time. We’re infinite beings and that’s a good thing.

The journey is that we go from lifetime to lifetime becoming increasingly aware of our own essence, goodness, wholeness & wellness. And then what happens is we come to recognize that in others. Ultimately, when we look at the records of humanity, we see that we are all waking up to the truth of who we are. The same truth of essential goodness about one another, until we’re all in love with one another basically. That’s where we’re heading. We all have a story. I have a story, you have a story, and what’s really fascinating is that the Akashic Records tells the story of who we are through time and space. It’s all about the human journey. The way I work in the records, and the way I teach people is that, it’s all about the soul and the human experience. So it’s not necessarily about other galaxies, though that type of activity certainly exists, but for our purposes, it doesn’t fit very well here.

One of the reasons the record is so valuable at this point and time is that this really is the new age. We talk about that all the time, and really what the new age is, is this is the first time in thousands of years that as human beings, we are coming to understand and identify ourselves distinct from traditional organized religions. This is a very big deal as you know and that’s what the new age is. It’s one of the fundamental understandings of what’s happening here. We are moving into the age of our own spiritual authority, the age of personal responsibility, and the age of spiritual entitlement, where each and every individual is entitled to a more conscious relationship with their own soul.

The record is the perfect spiritual resource for that. The way I work in, and teach from the record is as a resource for personal empowerment and consciousness development. So it really is an infinite spiritual resource for spiritual practice as opposed to something like divination. People have worked in the records for thousands and thousands of years, and there are references to the records in some traditional religions, and that’s fine, but traditionally, the records have been the domain of mystics, scholars, saints and holy people.

The time we’re in however, is a really glorious spiritual revolution. It’s about secular people like us really stepping into a remarkable new opportunity to know the truth about ourselves and one another, without needing a whole church, any kind of church really. There’s none of that involved here. It’s so tremendous and exciting. Things are changing so rapidly, from globally to economically, governments & corporate structures etc. All of these things are falling away and can’t sustain us in these times of rapid awakening.

We’re talking about growing into a greater awareness, a more conscious relationship with our soul without intrusion. The age of the priest is over. It was a good run and got us here, but now it really is time for us individually and collectively, men and women, to actually step into the light of truth and live our lives as conscious soul beings, and personally, I’m thrilled about this.

In the last century, Edgar Cayce did a wonderful service for us all. He was the first secular person to popularize the Akashic Records as a healing resource in the west and people still really mind his work. He did wonderful, excavating work with the records. In his work however, Cayce was unconscious. He was in a deep trance, which was the best idea we had in the middle of the last century and Cayce really went out on a limb with it.

Today however, fifty or sixty years later, we’re able to access the records consciously. We don’t have to go into a trance. We can be awake, conscious, responsible and deliberate in our engagement of this resource. I mean you get it Chris, it’s unprecedented. It’s dramatic, exciting and empowering.

TIS: Wow, that’s pretty heavy but in a very promising way. Honestly, this is an area I’ve been interested in, but haven’t really researched much and believe this information can be very useful to myself, and others.

LH: That’s great, and the thing is Chris, here you are, on the path, you’re awake for heaven’s sake, and this is new to you as well. What I’d like to say about that is it’s not that it’s been here and you’ve been missing it, but my book is the first time access to the Akashic Records has been placed in the hands of secular people. This is my mission and my work, which I started doing consciously, deliberately & responsibly in 1994 and teaching in 1996.

There is no other book on how to do this. There is another wonderful book by a gentleman named Kevin Todeschi, but his book is about Edgar Cayce and the Akashic Record. And there are others like Dr Ervan Laslow, who wrote a book called Science and the Akashic Field: An Intergal Theory of Everything published by Inner Traditions, and it’s the first time scientists are stepping up to say, yes, this is real.

It’s the time we’re in, and so in my own work, practice and teaching, it’s very clear to me to make this resource available to anyone who wants it. I think it’s really important that we have good teachings, because we’re not going to pick this up from our parents, grandparents, neighbors or friends most likely. It’s really vital, if we are to move into this opportunity with dignity, and use it as a resource for our growth and development allowing us to really live the lives that express our innermost truth. That’s our goal here, and working in the records is a way of collapsing the gap between the soul known self, and who we express in the world.

The records are like a bridge of light, which facilitates that particular path of expression, the expression of greater truth in our lives. We’ve all certainly worked very hard to be more authentic, and genuine and to bring forward our own goodness and recognize it in others as well. I also like to think of this as a shortcut.

TIS: I’m glad you mentioned your book, which isther book titled, How to Read the Akashic Records and published through Sounds True as I wanted to ask if it’s really possible for someone with little to no knowledge of the Akashic records to be able to work in them from your books alone? (*Note- Linda also has another book being released in 2011 through Sounds True titled Healing Through the Akashic Records)

LH: Yes, definitely. That’s my intention and purpose. What I’ve seen and find to be another very interesting aspect is that I get letters every day from people all over the world. They’re picking up the book and realizing it’s deceptively simple, whereas prior to that, they believed the Akashic Records were some sort of occult thing they couldn’t access, like it belonged to some secret society or something.

The purpose of my first book was to make it very clear and simple so that people could really do it. Many people are drawn to this, and people often come to this work through an inner prompting. One of the things I’ve noticed in my own journey is that not everybody wants to do this, so that eliminates a lot of people right there.

All you need to be able to do this is a sincere desire of your heart, an ability to follow directions, and a willingness to be a beginner. Being on the spiritual path Chris, you understand that receptivity is the key to our growth. So let’s say you want to do this, and were willing to be a beginner, then you’re absolutely able to do it. Now don’t forget that no matter what, in order to have twenty years worth of experience, you have to practice it for twenty years, very much like meditation. But, if you’re willing to start at the beginning, you will be led.

Some people learn simply by reading the book while others learn by working with the audio set. Some people put the two together and some people come to an in-person class. A lot really depends on who you are and where you are in your life, as well as the rate at which you want to move and what’s comfortable for you. So there’s a lot of different ways to approach this and my commitment is to give you the tools you need so that you can find your way. So yes, absolutely you can learn this. I also do a free introduction call once a month on my website where people can call and address any questions they have. This is new and we all have a lot to learn together.

TIS: Very cool. I read an article you wrote addressing 2012 and its surrounding Doomsday Prophecy. Is it fair to say that something, whether it’s on a small scale or catastrophic level is going to happen?

LH: Yeah, well Chris, you can feel it. You’re really sensitive so it’s like woah. There’s a swelling, or gathering, ormomentum underway. From a records perspective, what I have seen and identified is that we are already in the mix of the energies of 2012. I mean fundamentally, all hell is breaking loose. We see it in the government, we had that terrible oil spill, we’re seeing increases in tsunamis and earthquakes, and those terrible fires in Boulder. That is all a part of it.

One of the things that’s distinct about this is we are in a time of instantaneous global communication. We really are a global village, whereas in other times, there would be dramatic changes, but our communication was insufficient to keep others abreast. For a recent example, there were those poor miners who were trapped and we saw them climb out. That was amazing.

So one of the things that are happening is that the old ideas about being separate from one another, and isolated from one another, those false divisions are falling away. We are seeing that we really are family, in the best sense of the word, with one another.

And we see too, that the solutions to the problems we face, whether it’s that terrible oil mess, or fires etc, that the solutions are no longer on the shoulder of any one government, country or man. That it really is all of our survival and well being. At the level of the planets, it requires that we recognize our interdependence and interrelatedness, and actually operate on behalf of the whole and this new. As human beings, we have lived terrified of one another and now it’s very clear that we have to do this together, and it’s happening.

Take the support which Haiti received for example. Sure, we contributed a lot, but so many others from across the globe pitched in as well. When we see things like that happening now, the help is coming from all over the world. We’re seeing that our old ways of doing things aren’t working, and that’s what 2012 is all about. It’s about letting go of what no longer works so that new possibilities can emerge.

TIS: Ok, so the people portraying a horrible Doomsday scenario in their books and movies, whether consciously or not, are askew in their presentations?

LH: Don’t you love Hollywood? I have a teenage son so I know all about it. But here’s an example, I have a cousin who lives in Boulder and her house recently burnt to the ground. To her, that is Cataclysmic. The people in Haiti who’ve recently endured so much, to them, that’s definitely Cataclysmic. The trapped miners and their families experience, catastrophic.

However, with each of these situations and with every collapse, there emerges a new solution. It is a dramatic time. Some of us will be more impacted on the physical level than others. We aren’t all going to be impacted by hurricanes, but if you’re in the hurricane zone, get ready.

The earth always has storms. That isn’t unusual, but what is, is that we know about them far in advance now. This can be a wonderful growing experience, which will enable us to thrive and grow from these changes. We need to recognize though, that external supports, religions and practices will not be able to solely sustain us, and that each of us must find a way to be stronger and more resilient. This age calls for a very durable spirituality and not religiosity. Religiosity has been helpful to a lot of people, but it won’t be taking us into the future.

TIS: Sounds like we have some interesting times ahead of us. In closing, I’d like to ask you, through your work with the Akashic Records, what would you say the human experience is all about?

LH: That’s a wonderful question. In my own experience, as well as my work with others and the records themselves, I believe it’s about coming to our own goodness and healing our relationship with our self, regardless of our circumstances. What it’s really about is understanding that beneath it all, we are inherently good, as is everyone else. The human experience is really the opportunity to practice unconditional love, not just as an idea, but as a real tangible thing and extending to ourselves, as well as others, the benefit of the doubt, always holding out for the best possibilities.I do not mean like Pollyanna, in a foolish sense, but really knowing that underneath it all, there is a love that connects us, and our relationships with others. It used to be that our relationships were based on geography and biology. Now, what we’re seeing in this new age, is that we’re related simply out of love, and that is the most magnificent possibility for us, both individually and collectively.

This awareness, the awareness of our own goodness, and the goodness of others, is what will enable us to ascend, and live our lives from an altitude where we see ourselves, and others, from a spiritual perspective. And this spiritual perspective is the perspective of wholeness, of wellness, and of goodness. So for me, that’s what it’s all about.

TIS: Beautifully said.

LH: Thank you.

TIS: Well thank you so much for your time. This has been a wonderful learning experience.

LH: Oh thank you, and you know Chris, I have to thank you for the wonderful questions. They were really thoughtful and I appreciate that. Thank you. Link to this interview- MORE HERE - More -

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