By Dr. Victor S. Sierpina
Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part series.
For further depth in the kind of complexity and the unexpected in our lives as discussed in last week’s column, I strongly recommend for your reading pleasure a wonderful new book.
Written by a physician friend of mine, Dr. Larry Dossey, it is called “One Mind,” and systematically explores what we might normally call miracles. It does so from many perspectives including quantum physics, parapsychology, entanglement theory, near-death experiences and an overarching perspective of a universal, unified consciousness.
What Dossey calls “One Mind” has been alluded to by such illustrious thinkers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, who referred to it as the Oversoul; psychiatrist Carl Jung, who called it the Collective Unconscious; and paleontologist and theologian Teilhard de Chardin, who spoke of the noosphere, a psychic unity of mankind.
Discussed in this book are puzzling, intriguing subjects such as: how you know you are being stared at, how premonitions occur, how a mother knows her grown child a continent away has been injured, how a dog can find its owner after being lost a thousand miles from home, how twins anticipate each other’s needs and feelings even though raised apart in different homes; memories of a prior lives, the power of dreams to predict the future; and the science behind extrasensory perception and telepathic events.
These topics are illustrated by amazing stories and supported by credible research. Those who care to can verify the data from the book’s extensive references.
“One Mind” reveals to us that such phenomena are not easily accounted for by current scientific thinking. As a result, they are often heaped up into a pile in the corner of the laboratory as unexplainable anecdotes, illusions, a result of inadequate data or just plain tomfoolery.
But until a shift in the current paradigm occurs, a la Thomas Kuhn’s book “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions,” such human stories will be ignored as inconvenient, even mad anomalies.
However, once a critical mass of such facts is reached, I predict major breakthroughs in the fields of neuroscience and consciousness research along with fundamental shifts on how we view our world and ourselves.
To point, what if we really are all connected to each other on multiple levels as “One Mind” clearly implies? How would that change how we relate to others in person, in community, in politics, in religion and even in international relations?
Perhaps we sail on a sea of deep, unfathomable currents, guided by the power and the light of stars beyond our comprehension and vision. Might such things as we now consider miracles be the normal way that love and life are trying to reach us and teach us?
As the holidays approach, we naturally consider our love and bonds with family, friends and community.
Let us stretch it this year to consider all others as part of “One Mind,” one consciousness, all of us connected in the miracle of life. Such a belief, such an awareness, might just help us to create a better world.
For all y’all. Happy Holy Days.
Dr. Victor S. Sierpina is the WD and Laura Nell Nicholson Family Professor of Integrative Medicine and Professor of Family Medicine at UTMB.