ESP and Prayer

Posted on 29th October 2014



Early ESP work was modeled on the concept of a mental radio in which in a state of altered consciousness our bandwidth expands. The other hypothesis is that the coherence induced by the sender effects the quantum field or matrix around them and to whom it is sent which then juxtaposes itself and modifies the matrix of the receiver.

The matrix is therefore an underlying plastic field which can be affected by consciousness and through experiments through the quantum effects already described. However they are obviously limited unless there is a major event which can influence the field on a more massive scale. People do have the ability to create massive change within their lives so that their field of discourse of behavior and action effects everything around them. We only have to look at the biographies of great leaders and pioneers to see this is true


Professor Braud of the   University of Houston found that the effect of being stared at increased electrodermal activity unless the starer and the recipient had already known each other.

He also found that remote intention and influence could create coherence in those people who are either highly nervous or whose attention was wondering the most. With anthropologist Marilyn Schlitz they found that human intention could also effect bacteria, yeast plants, ants, ticks, mice, rats, cats, dogs, human cells, human enzymes, human eyes and movements, breathing, and brain rhythms. The conditions conducive to this kind of influence included; relaxation techniques, meditation, bio feedback, reduced sensory input, dreams, right brain functioning, and belief systems.

In considering his experimental work with remote intention, Dr Braud is of the opinion that reviewed influences occur not only non-locally  with respect to space (as these studies already have indicated) but also non locally with respect to time. Such a possibility could allow direct attention and intentional influences to be directed “backward in time” to influence probabilistic events involved in seed moments or initial formative conditions harmful or helpful to health and well-being.

Distant intentionality is a challenging, important, and potentially useful area for scientific research. There is increasing interest in and use of alternatives to conventional medicine.

Dr Brausd states that a new epistemology would implicitly question the assumption that a nomothetic science—one characterized by inviolable “scientific laws”—can in the end adequately deal with causality. In our search for a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying distant healing, the most fundamental issue is whether consciousness is real in some nontrivial sense. Can it be “causal”? Results reported here and elsewhere suggest that consciousness may be causal, or that, in some ultimate sense, there may be no causality—only a whole system evolving.  In the latter case, distant intentional might not be an anomaly … but part of another order of reality.


Compared with other practices such as transcendental meditation, yoga, tai chi, qigong and reiki, prayer has been found to be by far the most popular alternative form of therapy.

Similar findings emerged from a Harvard Medical School study, which showed that a third of adults used prayer in addition to conventional medical care for specific health-related problems

In 1974 it was discovered in 11 cities in the USA that when the number of people participating in the Transcendental Meditation Programme reached one per cent of the city population the trend of rising crime rate was reversed,

In 1976, with the introduction of the advanced TM-Sidhi Programme, an even more powerful effect was expected. The first major test of this prediction took place in 1978 during Maharishi’s Global Ideal Society Campaign, and Maharishi’s World Peace Project, which immediately followed it. This research demonstrated a new formula: the square root of one per cent of a population practising the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi Programme morning and evening together in one place is sufficient to neutralize negative tendencies and promote positive trends throughout the whole population.


“There have been a number of studies on intercessory prayer, or prayer offered for the benefit of another person,” said Hodge, a leading expert on spirituality and religion. “Some have found positive results for prayer. Others have found no effect. Conducting a meta-analysis takes into account the entire body of empirical research on intercessory prayer. Using this procedure, we find that prayer offered on behalf of another yields positive results.”

Hodge’s work is featured in the March, 2007, issue of Research on Social Work Practice, a disciplinary journal devoted to the publication of empirical research on practice outcomes. It is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious journals in the field of social work.

Hodge noted that his study is important because it is a compilation of available studies and is not a single work with a single conclusion. His “Systematic Review” takes into account the findings of 17 studies that used intercessory prayer as a treatment in practice settings.

“Some people feel Benson and associates’ study from last year, which is the most recent and showed no positive effects for intercessory prayer, is the final word,” said Hodge, referring to a 2006 article by Dr. Herbert Benson of the Harvard Medical School that measured the therapeutic effect of intercessory prayer in cardiac bypass patients. “But, this research suggests otherwise. This study enables us to look at the big picture. When the effects of prayer are averaged across all 17 studies, controlling for differences in sample sizes, a net positive effect for the prayer group is produced.

“This is the most thorough and all-inclusive study of its kind on this controversial subject that I am aware of,” said Hodge. “It suggests that more research on the topic may be warranted, and that praying for people with psychological or medical problems may help them recover.”


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