A Romp through the Quantum Field (Part 1)

With Gregg Braden and Dr. Bruce Lipton by Meryl Ann Butler Miraculously, the baseball-sized tumor visible on the sonogram began to shrink as the practitioners surrounding the patient chanted a simple phrase. In just under three minutes, the "inoperable, terminal, incurable" cancer had simply disappeared. A miracle? Or simply a technology we don't yet understand? As one might expect, this was not a scene from Western medical care. The rare video showed a routine healing in a medicineless hospital formerly active in Beijing. Presented during a joint conference in Phoenix by N. Y. Times best-selling author Gregg Braden and renowned cellular biologist, Dr. Bruce H. Lipton, it offered the captivated audience a taste of the secrets of the Quantum Field. Braden and Lipton's research in their respective scientific disciplines has resulted in a pair of treasure maps leading to the same chest of spiritual riches. The deepest mysteries of religion and spirituality have, for the most part, eluded Western seekers. But in a surprise ending, it is science that comes to the rescue. Braden notes that we are an "intentional species" unbound by the laws of physics or biology. "We have been taught that emotions and belief don't have much power in our lives, but nothing could be further from the Truth. We have the power to heal our bodies, we have the power to alter reality, we have the power to choose peace where there wasn't peace 24 hours ago". And the prospect of learning how to heal ourselves comes in the nick of time, considering the insufficiency of health insurance and more importantly, in light of studies showing allopathic medicine itself is the leading cause of death in the USA. We have the power to heal our environment as well. "Global warming is just the Earth's fever trying to kill off the organisms interfering with it", notes Lipton. "It's time for us to take our power back and recreate the garden that used to be here". Our own thought processes provide the key to this transformation. "Your thoughts are not contained in your head - they are a part of the Quantum Field", Lipton continues. "When playing through your nervous system, the thoughts generate a vibratory field similar to that of a tuning fork. Thought vibrations interact and entangle with harmonically-resonant structures in the Field. Simply, we activate and bring into our lives the things that we think about the most. Psychologists reveal that over 70% of our thoughts are negative and redundant. Do the math"! The secrets of our deepest empowerment can be discovered by unlocking the door to our relationship to the Quantum Field, and Lipton and Braden offer us the keys in their interviews with Awareness Magazine. Meryl Ann Butler: Thank you, Gregg, for sharing your thoughts with us. Will you explain more about this Field of Energy? Gregg Braden: Thank you for inviting me. Yes, scientists have not yet agreed on a term for it but they agree it has three distinct qualities: it is everywhere always, it has been here from the beginning, and it has an intelligence that responds to human emotion. It sounds a lot like God! Lynne McTaggart calls it the Field. Others call it a Quantum Hologram, or the Mind of God. I call it the Divine Matrix in my upcoming book. This Field is the stuff of which our bodies and our world are made. Academic and research organizations have demonstrated the fact - and it is accepted as fact now, not just as theory - that this Field exists. It holds the blueprint of all possibilities we will ever know or experience in our world, everything from perfect health, longevity, peace, abundance, successful careers and loving relationships to the blackest moments of the darkest prophecies, the most horrible diseases, or the greatest destruction we could ever imagine. All those experiences exist as possibilities, as unrealized potential in this Quantum Essence. The choices that we make in each moment are what breathe life into these energetic blueprints. MAB: How can we unleash this powerful force? GB: Once Western science acknowledged the existence of the Field, the scientists started asking 'what do we do with it?' And this is where ancient spiritual traditions become so valuable, because many of them begin at the place where our science has just now arrived. Spiritual traditions of the past are born of the understanding that we are all connected by spiritual energy, and what one person does in one place has an effect on what is happening in other parts of the world. That is a fundamental premise of the ancient traditions, whether from the native North American or the aboriginal traditions, the Quechua traditions in the Andes, the Tibetan or traditional Buddhist traditions, or the ancient Essenes who believed to be the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls. As different as they appear to be from one another, all of these sacred traditions say that we are all connected through a Divine Matrix or Essence. And through this field we are each part of one another, part of our world and part of a greater existence they call God. So this Essence is where the marriage of science and spirituality brings us to a greater wisdom, more than science or spiritual traditions can offer alone. MAB: So, would you say this union creates something greater than the sum of its parts? GB: Precisely. When we ask ourselves who we are in the world, our greatest sources of knowledge come from science, spirituality and culture. So when we marry all of those ways of knowing into a greater wisdom, it empowers us to participate. I am using that word intentionally. This is not about control or manipulation of our world. This is about participating in the outcome of the healing of our bodies, healing of our families, the peace in our communities and peace between nations, because they are all linked through this Essence, they are all part of the same Field of Energy. MAB: Is that what you are referring to when you ask the question, "Are you a passive observer or a powerful creator?" GB: Well, quantum physicists have arrived at the understanding that there are no observers - it is impossible for anyone to simply observe the world around them. If we are watching something and we have thoughts, feelings, emotions and beliefs about it, which we all have, then by virtue of this Field, we have become part of what we are watching. And this is what is showing up in the laboratory experiments. MAB: Are you saying that we are basically always creating, whether it is by intention or by default? GB: Yes, if we define intention as the act of observing our world with an expectation of an outcome. We are always creating, even when we are not aware of what we are creating. We can't not create! Everywhere we look, consciousness will put something there for us to see. If you are awake and conscious, you are creating. So, what does it mean when you are trained to look for something you don't want? What does it mean to keep looking for a lump in a breast? Intentionality is where we can tip the scales in our favor! MAB: Does everyone on the planet need to learn the language of the Quantum Field in order to create a better world? GB: Each one of us already knows this language. It is a nonverbal language; there are no words or other outward expressions. Everyone has everything they need to create joy and abundance and health in their lives every day. What scientists are finding is precisely what ancient texts tell us, the language this Field recognizes is the language of human feeling and human emotion. It does not take every person in the world expressing the same feeling to create an effect. The studies show that a relatively few number of people with a focused intention have tremendous leverage in terms of affecting how our reality is responding, both in our bodies and in our world. One famous example was a research project done during the Israeli-Lebanese war in the early 1980's. In this study, people who had been trained to feel the feeling of peace in their bodies were positioned in war-torn areas in the Middle East. When they were intentionally feeling peace during specific windows of time, it changed the level of violence happening in the area around them in statistically significant ways. Crime, hospital emergency room activity, and traffic accidents declined, and terrorist activities stopped altogether. And when the practitioners stopped, then all those activities reversed. Since these practitioners had been trained by Maharishi in TM techniques, this phenomenon became known as the Maharishi Effect. And the results were so clear-cut that the researchers were able to determine the exact percentage of a population needed to create this effect. That amount is the square root of 1% of a given population. So, when that critical mass of practitioners participated, the threshold opened up and we began to see the effects. Obviously, the more people who participate, the faster we are going to see those effects. The square root of 1% is just 100 people per million, or only about 8,000 in the current world population of 6.5 billion. That is all it takes to make the difference. Whether we are talking about one woman's healing in the video of the dissolving tumor, or about healing between nations - as different as they seem from one another - the principal and the effect are the same. MAB: At the Phoenix workshop you mentioned you were on the edge of some exciting new research developments. GB: Yes, this is the 20th year I have offered this work in one form or another, but as different as the various aspects of my work appear, they are all focused and directed at empowering us to become better people and creating a better world. The God Code research is ongoing and we are working with researchers in other parts of the world in translating the human genome into the languages and the letters of alphabets that can be read like the pages of a book. We hope to have more information to share about the deeper layers of these translations before the end of this year. What we are talking about is another aspect of that work. We now know from the first layer of these translations, as I discussed in The God Code, that we are an intentional species, we know we are no fluke of nature, we are not an accident of biology, we are here on purpose and appear to be wired to create in our world. Through the work Dr. Bruce Lipton, my colleagues, and I are doing, we are finding that we are not bound by the laws of physics and biology that, in the past, we believed were limiting us. That work is ongoing, continuing to reveal new expressions of freedom. If we are not bound by the laws of physics, and if we are not bound by the laws of biology, then suddenly we become tremendously powerful beings! And if we are free of those laws, it means we are free of the limits we believe are imposed by our DNA and space and time and distance and aging and longevity, and all the implications that go with that! So all of these are married together into a very exciting and empowering way of looking at ourselves and our world. And the key is that we are a part of everything we see and experience rather than separate from it. If we are part of that Divine Matrix, we are given the gift, the ability and the blessing that allow us to transform our bodies and our world into life-affirming expressions of that connection rather than life-denying expressions. To me, that is the exciting thing about our new discoveries and where this work is going! MAB: How did the two of you end up sharing this workshop? GB: I was a fan of Dr. Bruce Lipton's work before we ever met. We both began our work in the mid-80's, our paths had crossed a number of times and we became friends. Our work seemed so different, but we were always looking for a way we could share it together. I came from the perspective of studying the physical world of our external reality, and Bruce from the biological world of our internal reality. and as Bruce's work evolved into the biology of belief and my work evolved into the Divine Matrix and the power of belief to change and alter our reality, suddenly our respective work connected in a very natural fit. We first presented a workshop together as an experiment at the ARE/Edgar Cayce Headquarters in 2003. Then we took that workshop to Australia and now across the U. S. It has been a wonderful window of opportunity to marry our messages into what I believe is a very potent, powerful understanding of who we are in the world. What we believe and how we feel about ourselves and our world is actually the code that allows us the power to create and heal and bring joy and peace into our lives. That is the message Bruce and I have come together to offer. And within the context of what we are seeing on the six o'clock news, I think now it is perhaps more timely than ever. MAB: This has been so very enlightening, thank you, Gregg! GB: Thanks for inviting me. ================================================================== Here is part two of the Bruce Lipton/Gregg Braden interview - it explains what epigenetics can do. A Romp through the Quantum Field (Part 2) With Gregg Braden and Dr. Bruce Lipton By Meryl Ann Butler We live our lives based in what we believe about our world, ourselves, our capabilities, and our limits. What if those beliefs are wrong? What would it mean to discover that everything from the DNA of life, to the future of our world, is based upon a simple "Reality Code" that may be changed and upgraded by choice? In a rare, extended weekend, Gregg Braden, Bruce Lipton and Todd Ovokaitys invite us on a journey to do just that! Visit www. greggbraden. com or contact (800) 637-5222 for more information. (Part 1 of this article, featuring an interview with Gregg Braden, appeared in the September/October issue of Awareness Magazine. It can be found online at www. awarenessmag. com Part 2 continues our interview with Dr. Bruce Lipton.) MAB: Bruce, the merging of your and Gregg Braden's work is so exciting! Thank you for your willingness to share some of your thoughts with us. Dr. Bruce H. Lipton: Thanks, I'm happy to participate! MAB: The premise of your book "The Biology of Belief" is that humans are not, as was previously believed, victims of our genes, but that the environment has a direct effect on our DNA. Would you elaborate? BL: Sure. Until recently, it was thought that genes were self- actualizing, meaning genes could turn themselves on and off. As a result, most people today believe they are genetic automatons, and that their genes control their lives. But my research introduces a radical new understanding of cell science. The new biology reveals that we `control' our genome rather than being controlled by it. It is now recognized that the environment, and more specifically, our perception or interpretation of the environment directly controls the activity of our genes. This explains why people can have spontaneous remissions or recover from injuries deemed to be permanent disabilities. MAB: Then it really is about "mind over matter"? BL: Yes, this new perspective of human biology does not view the body as just a mechanical device, but rather incorporates the role of a mind and spirit. This breakthrough is fundamental in all healing because it recognizes that when we change our perception or beliefs we send totally different messages to our cells, causing a reprogramming of their _expression. This new science is called epigenetics. It's been around for about 16 years, but it's just now being introduced to the general public. For example, The American Cancer Society is an organization that has been looking for cancer genes for the last 50 years or so. But they've found that only about 5 percent of cancer has genetic linkage, leaving 95% that is not genetically linked. Recently the American Cancer Society released a statistic that said 60 percent of cancer is avoidable by changing lifestyle and diet. So now they are telling us, "It's the way you live, it's not your genes." MAB: So the long sought-after "Fountain of Youth" could be right inside ourselves? BL: Within every one of our bodies at this very moment, there are billions of stem cells, embryonic cells designed to repair or replace damaged tissues and organs. However, the activity and fate of these regenerative cells are epigenetically controlled. That means they are profoundly influenced by our thoughts and perceptions about the environment. Hence our beliefs about aging can either interfere with or enhance stem cell function, causing our physiological regeneration or decline. MAB: What part does evolution play in this? BL: Well, as it turns out, Darwin was wrong. Current science overrides Darwin's theories emphasizing competition and struggle, but this information can take years to get into the textbooks. Cooperation and community are actually the underlying principles of evolution, as well as the underlying principles of cell biology. The human body represents the cooperative effort of a community of fifty- trillion single cells. A community, by definition, is an organization of individuals committed to supporting a shared vision. Jean-Baptiste Lamarck had it right fifty years before Darwin. In 1809, Lamarck wrote the problems that will beset humanity will come from separating ourselves from nature, and that will lead to the dissolution of society. His understanding of evolution was that an organism and its environment create a cooperative interaction. If you want to understand the fate of an organism, you have to understand its relationship to the environment. He recognized that separating ourselves from our environment cuts us off from our source. He was right. And when you understand the nature of epigenetics, you see his theory is now substantiated. With no mechanism to make sense of his theory before, and especially since we bought the concept of neo-Darwinian biologists who said the human body was subject to genetic control, Lamarck looked stupid. But guess what? New leading-edge science reveals he was right, after all. MAB: So, how does this play out on the cellular level? BL: Information from the environment is transferred to the cell via the cell membrane. We used to think that the cell nucleus was the brain of the cell. But in 1985 I discovered that the membrane is actually the brain of the cell. The nucleus, as it turns out, is actually the reproductive center. The cell membrane (mem-brain!) monitors the condition of the environment and then sends signals to the genes to engage cellular mechanisms, which in turn, provide for its survival. In the human body, the brain sends messages to the cell's membrane to control its behavior and genetic activity. This is how the mind, via the brain, controls our biology. For example, an important discipline in the health sciences is referred to as psychoneuroimmunology. Literally this term means: the mind (psycho-) controls the brain (neuro-) which in turn, controls the immune system (immunology). This is how the placebo effect works! When the mind perceives that the environment is safe and supportive, the cells focus on growth. Cells need growth in order to maintain the body's healthy functioning. However, when confronted by stress, cells adopt a defensive protection posture. When that happens, the body's energy resources, normally used to sustain growth, are diverted to systems that provide protection. The result is that growth processes are restricted or suspended in a stressed system. While our systems can accommodate periods of acute (brief) stress, prolonged or chronic stress is debilitating because the body's energy demands interfere with the maintenance it requires, and this is what leads to dysfunction and disease. For example, the fear that has been propagated in the United States since 9-11 has had a profoundly destructive effect upon the health of our citizens. Every time the government advertises concerns of more terror attacks, the fear alone causes stress hormones to shut down our biology and engage in a protection response. Since the World Trade Center attack, the health of the country has plummeted and the pharmaceutical companies' profits have skyrocketed (with a 100% increase in less than five years!) Our color-coded terror alert system has also been responsible for another serious consequence. In a state of fear, stress hormones change the flow of blood in the brain. Under normal, healthy situations, blood flow in the brain is preferentially focused in the forebrain, the site of conscious control. However, in stress, the forebrain blood vessels constrict, forcing the blood to the hindbrain, the center of subconscious reflex control. Simply, in fear mode we become more reactive and less intelligent. MAB: In your workshop, you talked about how we receive stress information. Would you elaborate on that? BL: Sure. The principle source of stress signals is the system's central voice, the mind. The mind is like the driver of a vehicle. If we employ good driving skills in managing our behaviors and dealing with our emotions, then we should anticipate a long, happy and productive life. In contrast, ineffective behaviors and dysfunctional emotional management, like a bad driver, stress the cellular vehicle, interfering with its performance and provoking a breakdown. Stress information can come to the cell from the two separate minds that create the body's controlling central voice. The (self-) conscious mind is the thinking you; it is the creative mind that expresses free will. It's the equivalent of a 40-bit processor in that it can handle the input from about 40 nerves per second. In contrast, the subconscious mind is a super computer loaded with a database of pre-programmed behaviors. It is a powerful 40-million-bit processor, interpreting and responding to over 40 million nerve impulses every second. Some programs are derived from genetics: these are our instincts. However, the vast majority of the subconscious programs are acquired through our developmental learning experiences. The subconscious mind is not a seat of reasoning or creative consciousness, it is strictly a stimulus-response "play-back" device. When an environmental signal is perceived, the subconscious mind reflexively activates a previously-stored behavioral response no thinking required! The insidious part of the autopilot mechanism is that subconscious behaviors are programmed to engage without the control of, or the observation by, the conscious self. Neuroscientists have revealed that 95%-99% of our behavior is under the control of the subconscious mind. Consequently, we rarely observe these behaviors or much less know that they are even engaged. While your conscious mind perceives that you are a good driver, it is the unconscious mind that has its hands on the wheel most of the time. And the unconscious mind may be driving you down the road to ruin. We have been led to believe that by using willpower, we can override the negative programs of our subconscious mind. Unfortunately, to do that, one must keep a constant vigil on one's own behavior. There is no observing entity in the subconscious mind reviewing the behavioral tapes. The subconscious is strictly a record-playback machine. Consequently, there is no discernment as to whether a subconscious behavioral program is good or bad, it is just a tape. The moment you lapse in consciousness, the subconscious mind will automatically engage and play its previously-recorded, experience- based programs. MAB: How did we get our subconscious programming in the first place? BL: The prenatal and neonatal brain operates predominantly in delta and theta EEG frequencies through the first six years of our lives. This low level of brain activity is referred to as the hypnagogic state. While in this hypnotic trance, a child does not have to be actively coached into specific behaviors. She obtains her behavioral programming simply by observing parents, siblings, peers and teachers. In addition, a child's subconscious mind also downloads beliefs relating to self. When a parent or teacher tells a young child he is sickly, stupid, bad or undeserving, this too is downloaded as a fact into the youngster's subconscious mind. These acquired beliefs constitute the central voice that controls the fate of the body's cellular community. MAB: That's pretty sobering! It seems to me that our subconscious mind is like a chunk of green kryptonite from Superman's home planet, the one thing that could strip him of his superpowers. The kryptonite is analogous to the rocky foundations of childhood. As you indicated earlier, the subconscious isn't evil by nature and neither is the kryptonite. Yet it's through these avenues that the programming of our childhood come back to plague us as adults, and from what you are saying rob us of our own superpowers! Many people feel so stuck, ineffective and victimized, in spite of the fact that their conscious intentions are focused upon success. So we come to the ultimate question, how can the subconscious mind be reprogrammed? BL: To change a behavioral tape, you have to push the record button and then re-record the program incorporating the desired changes. There are several ways to do this with the subconscious mind. First, we can become more self-conscious, and rely less on automated subconscious programs. By being fully conscious, we become the masters of our fates rather than the victims of our programs. This path is similar to Buddhist mindfulness. Secondly, clinical hypnotherapy directly addresses the issue at the hypnagogic state. In addition, we can use a variety of new energy psychology modalities that enable a rapid and profound reprogramming of limiting subconscious beliefs. These are forms of Superlearning that open and integrate both hemispheres of the brain at the same time, allowing us to re-write our subconscious programs. Using these processes that are mechanistically similar to pushing the record program on the subconscious mind's tape player, we are able to release the limiting perceptions, beliefs and self-sabotaging behaviors. Energy psychology modalities include Psych-K, Holographic Repatterning, EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques), EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and BodyTalk. MAB: As a labyrinth builder, I find many people report physical sensations of profound well-being and peace as a result of walking a labyrinth, as well as sense of timelessness, such as in an altered or hypnagogic state. Many spontaneous healings seem to be a direct result of labyrinth walking, and I myself have experienced healings and a sense of extraordinary wellness. Do you see this modality as a way to reprogram the subconscious as well? BL: I believe any process that expands self-consciousness and allows us to observe and interact with our subconscious minds will open the gateway for change. With conscious awareness, we can actively transform our lives so they are filled with love, health and prosperity. The use of these new "rewrite" modalities provides a way to communicate with the cells of your body and is the link to transformative biology as well as psychology. MAB: This was wonderful, thanks, Bruce, for sharing your insights! BL: Thank you, I enjoyed it! Gregg Braden and Bruce Lipton are blazing the trails of awareness of our interconnection with the Quantum Field, guiding us toward new and exciting understandings. Even this dynamic duo's presentation style is significant these guys live the co-operation they preach! Braden and Lipton offer their material in an integrated dance of perfectly- timed synergy, as their two distinctive arms of science converge, fittingly, at the heart. Gregg Braden is a former Senior Aerospace Systems Designer turned New York Times best-selling author. His books include "Walking Between the Worlds", "Awakening to Zero Point", "The Isaiah Effect", "The God Code", "Secrets of the Lost Mode of Prayer", and "The Divine Matrix". He offers seminars and guides inter-national tours in search of the sacred. (www. greggbraden. com) Dr. Bruce H. Lipton is author of the Los Angeles Times best-selling book, "The Biology of Belief: Unleashing the Power of Consciousness, Matter and Miracles". A cellular biologist, he is a former Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin's School of Medicine and former research scientist at Stanford University's School of Medicine. He offers workshops throughout the U. S. and internationally. (www. bruce-lipton. com, www. beliefbook. com Meryl Ann Butler is a Renaissance woman: artist, author, educator, labyrinth builder and joyful exploress of cutting-edge quantum developments. "90 Minute Quilts" is her handbook for personal and planetary healing through creativity, fun and fabric. She says, "They don't call quilts `comforters' for nothing!" Trained in New York by one of Norman Rockwell's students, she tutors adults and children in the greater Los Angeles area in traditional drawing and painting, as well as in quilting and fiber arts. (www. creativespirit. net/MabArt)