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How exactly might we tune in to the vast sea of consciousness that may exist in higher dimensions of space? There is evidence from many different spheres of research that information embedded within our universe is encoded as vibration. We simply need to get “on the right wavelength.”
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The Magic Ocean of Energy and Resonance
Imagine you are a fish in the ocean. All around you, in every direction, are the wonders of the sea. Through the sensation of touch, you feel the ocean waves and the information that is embedded within them. Not only can you sense the swaying of plant life and the gentle eddies created by other fish swimming nearby, but when you tune in very deeply, you detect subtle information transmitted by ocean activity far away. Was that vibration created by a giant whale you saw last week, or was it the more artificial sensation of a distant ocean liner?
As you close your eyes and settle in more deeply, you begin to sense even more information. Now you notice subtle wavelets crisscrossing the ocean waters that envelop you. These wavelets encode information about what happened in the distant past, even at locations far away. As you gently ride the waves, you realize that embedded within these waters is the entire history of the sea. If you could tune in just a bit better, would you sense what happened to your fish ancestors long ago?
Suddenly you become aware of a gentle force field surrounding you. It seems to carry a faint glow of light and color, and its subtle vibration creates a tingling sensation within you. When you look very closely, the other fish nearby seem to have the same glow about them. It’s all very exciting and new, and you decide to settle in even deeper.
You are resting very quietly now—so quietly that at some level, everything around you disappears. Simultaneously, you have somehow become even more deeply aware. A switch seems to have been activated within you. The very same ocean that you have been swimming in your entire life has now become magical—an ocean of awareness that is alive and pulsing with new information.
You now realize that the subtle energy force field surrounding you has expanded even farther and that it links you to this newly expanded awareness. If you tune yourself in a particular way—like tuning to a distant radio station—you find that you can make out information coming from the future! In fact, you begin to realize that you can make out signals that arrive from every possible future that lies before you, as well as from your past. Much to your surprise, you also discover that you are not only receiving this information, but you are transmitting it as well. You are a cooperative participant in the vast and magical oceanic universe that includes all of space and time. In fact, you realize that time is now meaningless or gone. And because you sense the entire spatial scope of the ocean, space seems to be meaningless or gone as well.
As you may have guessed by now, that fish is you and me, and the magic ocean is our deeper conscious universe. It is accessible not only to empowered, awakened “guru” fish but also to every other fish swimming in the sea. In my view, it can be better explained and understood when we accept that we are part of a universe that exists in four- and even higher-dimensional space. Just as a flat worm wiggling on a completely flat surface would be mind-boggled and liberated if some aspect of its being could access the deeper three-dimensional world, each one of us would experience a vast broadening of our awareness if we learned how to access a four-, five-, or even higher-dimensional aspect of ourselves.
What exactly is the fourth dimension? Most people say it’s time. But time may only be our perception of change in the three-dimensional spatial world. Would you notice the passage of time if nothing ever changed in your external or internal world? Our physical selves may simply be three-dimensional beings who experience the sensation of time when one three-dimensional world changes into another.
Some argue that embedded within the world of a four-dimensional space is every possible moment of every possible three-dimensional world. Indeed, the mathematics of four dimensions, first explored in a serious way by mathematician Charles Hinton in the late 1800s, teaches us that each four-dimensional now is a gateway to everything, everywhere, in every moment of every three-dimensional universe.1 So if we actually possessed and could access a four-dimensional part of our selves, we too might have instant access to not only all of three-dimensional space but also to the past and every one of our possible futures. Mind-boggling! Recently, quantum physicist Lisa Randall pointed out that the existence of higher spatial dimensions is required by theories, such as string theory, that attempt to model a unified field.2 As a result, even conventionally minded physicists are beginning to accept the reality of such higher dimensions.
Tuning In through Resonance
Remember all of the information that the fish could sense in the ocean? How exactly might we tune in to the vast sea of consciousness that may exist in higher dimensions of space? There is evidence from many different spheres of research that just as the fish detected information as a wave, information embedded within our universe is encoded as vibration. We can detect this subtle information by learning to align or resonate with it. We simply need to get “on the right wavelength.”
Consider, for example, the work of British biologist Rupert Sheldrake on the morphic field, which he believes not only determines how our physical bodies are formed but also informs the biological evolutionary process itself.3 For instance, he has used the principle of morphic resonance to explain how species have been able to evolve in similar ways at diverse, distant locations on the planet, even when there has been no possible means of physical interaction between them. Perhaps our genetic material is merely a kind of energy receiver that picks up transmissions from the greater morphic field. Interestingly,
[Sheldrake’s] theory of morphic resonance also depends upon similarity in vibration. Members of the same species, being “on the same wavelength,” are able to tap into information that pertains uniquely to them . . . [W]hile members of an entire species might be able to tune into a fairly broad spectrum of frequencies (think of Carl Jung’s notion of the collective unconscious that humans supposedly tap into), smaller, more tightly connected groups—such as members of the same family or loving couples—resonate in more focused zones of vibration; they have access to their own “private frequency.” In fact, Sheldrake goes even further and suggests that morphic fields can explain how human memory operates. He suggests that instead of being stored in our brains, memories are stored in the morphic field. Our brains then pick them up via resonance, like radios tuning to their own private stations.4
The science of the paranormal has repeatedly verified a variety of phenomena that defy the normal constraints of time and space. If a deeper or greater part of ourselves has access to four or higher dimensions, it is understandable why this may be true. Psi research indicates again that communication within this realm may involve resonance, or similarity in vibration. For example, the “Love Study” conducted by IONS scientists Dean Radin and Marilyn Schlitz found that the brain waves and other body measurements of couples engaged in transmitting and receiving healing intentions literally became synchronized.5
Similarly, individuals gifted at psychokinesis—the ability to affect physical objects with the mind—report the experience as a feeling of resonance. In fact, the power of similar vibrations has even been picked up by machines. In one study, IONS’ Dean Radin and Roger Nelson of Princeton University placed random number generators at a variety of venues, such as music concerts and sporting events, where participants were all on the same wavelength. Just being in the presence of these events caused the machines to deviate from their normal random output. Radin and Nelson then decided to place these devices at locations all over the world to see if they could pick up on major world events. Over a period of ten years, they found that the machines did indeed respond—especially to events that were tragic. Not surprisingly, the most striking effects were observed on 9/11.6 [For more information, visit the Global Consciousness Project.]
Perhaps the power of similar vibrations isn’t surprising. That’s how holograms work—devices that can recreate a three-dimensional image from a two-dimensional one. As Michael Talbot suggests in The Holographic Universe, our three-dimensional brains and other aspects of our three-dimensional world might simply be devices for storing and accessing higher-dimensional realities.7 The way holographic information is picked up is by using similar vibration or resonance—in the case of a hologram, by shining a light on an image that vibrates at the same frequency as the laser that created it. Once again, it’s all about getting onto the right wavelength.
The Healing Power of Similar Vibrations
The power of similar vibrations is at work in other realms too. In fact, it is the foundation of homeopathic medicine. Fundamental to most alternative forms of medicine is the existence of an energy body. In Chinese medicine, this energy field is called chi, in homeopathy it’s called the vital force, and in some esoteric teachings it is the etheric body. This subtle energetic aspect of ourselves can also be detected visually by some people—as a faint glow of light or an aura, like the one that surrounded the fish in the magic ocean. In energy-based medicine, the etheric body is understood to be the fundamental lattice upon which the physical body is built, and it is disturbances within this field that are the true origins of disease. While alternative practitioners usually detect these etheric disturbances using observable physical, emotional, mental, and behavioral symptoms, true healing must nevertheless take place within the etheric body itself. In homeopathy, this treatment is achieved by matching the vibrations of a patient with the vibrations of a remedy.
The word homeopathy literally means similar (homeo) suffering (pathy), and practitioners of homeopathy choose medicines for their patients based on a principle of cure called the Law of Similars. . . If a substance is shown experimentally to cause a specific pattern of emotional, physical, and behavioral symptoms in healthy test subjects, then that substance can be prepared so that it can cure individuals suffering from the same pattern of symptoms. In other words, homeopathy is the science of healing based on similarity of vibration. The Law of Similars essentially says that “like cures like.” Bring two things of like vibration together—the remedy and the patient—and the effect will be a cure of the patient’s disease.
Here’s a simple illustration. We all know the common effects of drinking coffee: wakefulness, a mind full of thoughts, excited happiness, acute senses, and sometimes heart palpitations and diarrhea. These symptoms are manifestations of the vibration of coffee, and coffee imparts these qualities to those who drink it. Now, if a patient comes to a homeopath seeking help for chronic insomnia and the insomnia is characterized by an overactive mind, excitement, acuteness of the senses, heart palpitations, and diarrhea, it is likely that the homeopath will prescribe Coffea Cruda—a remedy prepared from coffee. That’s because this patient manifests the same vibrational qualities as coffee. And if the remedy is truly homeopathic to the patient—that is, if coffee’s vibrational qualities match his or her overall emotional, mental, and physical state—it has the potential to completely cure the insomnia, not just palliate it as a sleeping pill would do.8
How do we know that a homeopathic remedy actually carries a substance’s vibration? These vibrations have recently been scientifically measured and even transmitted! A substance’s vibration is captured through a process called potentization, which involves repeated dilution and vigorous shaking, or succussion. German physician and chemist Samuel Hahnemann (1755–1843), the founder of homeopathy, discovered this process through repeated experimentation. He found that not only could it convey the power of a physical substance into a dilution but also the more highly dilute a remedy was, the more powerful its action—even remedies that no longer contained a single molecule of the original substance.
Of course, the power of these homeopathic ultradilutions has always been controversial. Recent studies, however, have discovered that it is indeed succussion that enables the imprinting of information or vibration to occur. The first noted research of this phenomenon was published in Nature in 1988 by French scientist Jacques Benveniste.9 He described how a solution exposed to antibodies and then diluted and agitated in a way similar to potentization still manifested the specific properties of those antibodies. Because he suspected that an electromagnetic signal had been conveyed into the dilution, Benveniste then developed an apparatus that could digitally record it. In subsequent experiments, he transmitted this signal electronically—via email—to a distant laboratory and had the vibratory signal “replayed” into water there. Amazingly, the resulting water caused the same effects as the original substance. Benveniste eventually conducted several blinded experiments using this protocol and published a paper about his results in the Journal of Clinical Immunology in 1997.10 More recently, Nobel prizewinner Luc Montagnier (who made the connection between HIV and AIDS) discovered the same kinds of properties of ultradilutions of DNA.11
Of course, while the power of potentization to capture the vibrational quality of any substance is remarkable, it is the use of the Law of Similars that yields homeopathy’s curative effects. Hahnemann posited several explanations for this phenomenon. One was that in supplying a vibratory signal that is similar to a patient’s vital force, a remedy triggers a resonance that strengthens the energy body and enables it to heal. Another explanation jibes with current understanding of chaos theory. First, disease is understood as a fixation of the energy body in an unhealthy state. The energy of a similar remedy serves as “faux disease” that the energy body latches onto—a positive attractor within the etheric field. As the remedy’s effects fade, however, the energy body now finds itself liberated from its previous rigid posture and able to heal.12
A Synchronized Universe?
Interestingly, this latter explanation of homeopathy has been compared to the phenomenon of synchronicity—another area in which the power of similar vibrations is likely key. First identified by psychiatrist Carl Jung, a synchronicity occurs when two somehow meaningfully related events co-occur. Synchronicities are those amazing “coincidences,” like when a beloved watch stops at the moment of its owner’s death. Edward Whitmont, a student of Jung and a renowned homeopath, suggested that the energy of a remedy and of a similar disease state are essentially part of the same synchronistic field and therefore can substitute for each other.13 In fact, the world of medicine is full of such phenomena—for example, when a psychological disease interchanges with a somatic disease that is symbolically related to it. That’s why annoyance can lead to a literal “pain in the neck” or why living in a habitual state of anger gets us “pissed off” and leads to kidney disease.
The effectiveness of homeopathic treatment—the second most used form of medicine in the world—and the fact that homeopathic remedies do transmit a vibration to the body provide physical evidence that synchronicities may occur because of similarity in vibration. As a result,
[T]he universe may not be operating like a cold, meaningless machine after all. Instead, the reality we experience each day may be flooded with fields of meaning . . . Each field of meaning has a particular vibration to it, andobjects, individuals, emotions, dreams, and events with similar vibrations will tend to resonate with one another and then co-occur. This is what creates synchronicities . . . There may be another fundamental mechanism at play in our universe besides cause and effect . . . [S]ynchronicity—the co-occurrence of events within the same field of meaning—may be another fundamental reason why things tend to happen.14
A Sea of Active Consciousness
The infinitely complex field (or ocean) of information that surrounds us—the higher-dimensional unified field of consciousness—interacts with us in myriad ways. First we see the normal consequences of our actions—A causes B causes C. In addition, similarly vibrating fields of meaning within the ocean bring helpful and even curative synchronicities into our lives. How can we connect with it all?
Our glowing etheric body provides a clue. We are more than our physical bodies. Interpenetrating our physical form are energetic aspects of ourselves that extend far beyond the etheric level—according to many teachings, they include the astral body, the mental body, and the causal body. These energy bodies may literally provide us with a way to link up and interact with the higher-dimensional consciousness field—by tapping into the mechanism of similar vibrations. That is what the wisdom teachings of many recent teachers are all about—being in the “same vibration” as one’s goals.15
What is the trigger that can activate the awareness and power of our true higher-dimensional selves? The gateway, according to most of humanity’s wisdom traditions, is the now. Remember: as our fish rested in the stillness and quiet of the ocean in a state of present and loving awareness, it was suddenly propelled into a greater and expanded oceanic world. So can it be for us. By developing what I call active consciousness—a deep form of awareness that not only passively receives information from the greater consciousness field but also acts, interacts, creates, and manifests within it—humanity may finally fulfill its greatest potential.
1. Rudolf Rucker, The Fourth Dimension: A Guided Tour of Higher Universes (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company,1984).
2. Lisa Randall, Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe’s Hidden Dimensions (New York: Harper Perennial, 2006).
3. Rupert Sheldrake, The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance and the Habits of Nature (Rochester, Vermont: Park Street Press, 1988).
4. Amy Lansky, Active Consciousness: Awakening the Power Within (Portola Valley, California: R. L. Ranch Press, 2011), p. 72.
5. Lynne McTaggart, The Intention Experiment: Using Your Thoughts to Change Your Life and the World (New York: Free Press, 2007), pp. 56–61.
6. Roger D. Nelson et al., “Correlations of Continuous Random Data with Major World Events,” Foundations of Physics Letters 15, no. 6 (2002): 537–550.
7. Michael Talbot, The Holographic Universe (New York: Harper Perennial, 1992).
8. Amy Lansky, Active Consciousness, pp. 77–78.
9. E. Davenas et al., “Human Basophil Degranulation Triggered by Very Dilute Antiserum Against IgE,” Nature 333, no. 6176 (June 1988): 816–181.
10. J. Aissa et al., “Transatlantic Transfer of Digitized Antigen Signal by Telephone Link,” Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 99 (1997): S175.
11. Luc Montagnier et al.,“Electromagnetic Signals Are Produced by Aqueous Nanostructures Derived from Bacterial DNA Sequences,” Interdiscip Sci Comput Life Sci 1 (2009): 81–90.
12. Amy Lansky, Impossible Cure: The Promise of Homeopathy (Portola Valley, California: R. L. Ranch Press, 2003).
13. Edward Whitmont, Psyche and Substance (Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books and Homeopathic Educational Services, 1991).
14. Amy Lansky, Active Consciousness, pp. 74–75.
15. Esther Hicks and Jerry Hicks, The Amazing Power of Deliberate Intent (Carlsbad, California: Hay House, Inc., 2006).