be well, be love.
the mind outside the body (part 3)
the first two parts of this post brought some highly skeptical responses, generally from those who claimed to have the authority of science on their side when they disbelieved that the "mind field" actually existed. skeptics are people who demand that you believe them when they don't believe in anything. science is an approved method of explaining nature, but that doesn't mean that science owns nature. if the mind field exists, we are all inside it, and there is validity in personal experiences beyond what happens in a laboratory.
the concept of a field sounds technical, but it has everyday implications. many pet owners will attest, for example, to the ability of a dog or cat to know what the owner is thinking. a few minutes before going on a walk, their dog gets excited and restless; on the day when a cat is going to be taken to the vet, it disappears and is nowhere to be found. these casual observations led the ingenious british researcher rupert sheeldrake, a trained biologist now turned speculative thinker, to conduct a few small studies.
one study was very simple: sheldrake phoned up 65 vets in the london area and asked them if it was common for cat owners to cancel appointments because their cats had disappeared that day. sixty-four vets responded that it was very common, and the sixty-fifth had given up making appointments for cats because too many couldn't be located when they were supposed to come in.