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October/November 2007 Book Review and Quotes Archive
The Energy Healing Experiments
By Gary E. Schwartz, PhD with William L. Simon
ATRIA Books, ISBN 978-0-7432-9237-5
The man who is constantly looking for the "white crow" has done it again. Gary E. Schwartz, PhD has made it his life work to
find scientific explanations for the complex and sometimes perplexing engagements of mind, body, and spirit. A self proclaimed "
orthodox agnostic" who's first response to any question is always the same: "I don't know; could be yes, could be no; I'm open.
Show me the data.", Dr. Schwartz has made it his life work to take the magical, mystical and miraculous and look at it through the
eyes of science.
As in "The Afterlife Experiments" (see ICI review June 2006) this book uses a variety and series of experiments to take a look
at something not easily explained. Surprisingly enough, with the advent of technologies such as satellite dishes and cell phones,
finding ways to document and record the vibrations or energies of human beings proved to be much easier than it might have been
even a few short years ago.
The first half of the book is quite clinical in describing the energetic interactions of EEGs and EKGs, various experiments ranging
from simple energy awareness to the biophotons of a dying geranium leaf and what happens when a puppy wags his tail too
close to a portable EEG device. What this reviewer took away from this half of the book was not only a bit more scientific way
to explain healing energy and how it works, but also the belief that working for the University of Arizona must be a ton of fun!
The second half of the book is a bit more esoteric, with discussion on different healing practices and the belief systems behind
them, a meta-vision of a future where we recognize that instead of the Newtonian vision of "matter produces energy" humanity
universally understands Einstein's theory that "energy produces matter" and several recommended readings and websites to
help one further understand a subject that is much to broad for one book to cover completely.
"The Energy Healing Experiments" is a thought provoking, well written scientific romp for those who practice energy work. For
those who are seeking either a better understanding or are simply curious, be prepared to "have your mind stretched and your vision expanded as you view energy healing through conventional as well as 'meta' glasses." There's something for all levels of
understanding and practice here. Get a copy of this book, read it, and pass it on! ~ Guest review by Kathy Boyd
October/November Quotes of the Month
"Though Physics can describe fields mathematically, the truth is that the nature of fields is a profound mystery -- no one, and I mean no one, truly understands the pervasive existence of these ephemeral "no-things". The fact is that although fields are not matter, they certainly matter. Fields are in a deep sense the essence of matter. No fields, no matter. It's that simple." ~ Gary E Schwartz, PhD, The Energy Healing Experiments
"Man's mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions." ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes Senior
"The human eye can discriminate millions of shades of colors. Retinal cells in the eye can detect single photons of light. Is it so far-fetched to imagine the possibility that people can learn to sense and discriminate images and feelings that many of us are as yet unaware of?" ~ Gary E Schwartz, PhD, The Energy Healing Experiments
"If our eyes can readily recognize faces, especially of our loved ones and the people we know best, who is to say that our bodies' energy systems can't recognize the cardiac-field forms of our loved ones and the people we know best -- even if we can't put into words what we're detecting. This level of energy-pattern recognition may exist in most if not all of us." ~ Gary E Schwartz, PhD, The Energy Healing Experiments
"If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it." ~ Albert Einstein
"Human beings, vegetables, or cosmic dust -- we all dance to a mysterious tune, intoned in the distance by an invisible piper." ~ Albert Einstein
"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." ~ Marcel Proust
"Our separation from each other is an optical illusion of consciousness." ~ Albert Einstein