Spooky Action at a Distance

Sitting in the Apollo 14 command module Kittyhawk after his walk on the moon, Edgar Mitchell had an experience that changed his life. As the space capsule rotated each minute with a view of the earth, the moon, and stars around him, he felt an overwhelming sense of being connected to everything in the universe, like sitting in the palm of God’s hand.

In his memoir, The Way of the Explorer, Mitchell describes this perception as a moment of ecstasy in unity.

“It occurred to me that the molecules of my body and the molecules of the spacecraft itself were manufactured long ago in the furnace of one of the ancient stars that burned in the heavens about me. And there was a sense that our presence as space travelers, and the existence of the universe itself, was not accidental, but that there was an intelligent process at work. I perceived the universe as in some way conscious.” (Mitchell, p16)

After he returned from the mission, he began to explore his experience in space. For thousands of years, shamans, mystics and sages from different cultures have described the same experience of oneness. In Sanskrit, it’s called Samadhi.

Indigenous peoples around the world speak of it—for some it is their way of life—a perception of a connectedness that inspires them to honor all life as sacred. In their writings and practices, some Native Americans refer to this oneness as Grandmother’s Web, an interwoven structure that encompasses all that is.

With a desire to better understand the nature of consciousness, Mitchell founded the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) in 1973. Over the years, this non-profit has become a respected research organization exploring the power of thought and intention. IONS is joined by dozens of other organizations around the world providing evidence of our ability to know things in ways that extends beyond our five senses and our ability to use our thoughts to influence the world around us.

In the 1920’s, mainstream science demonstrated the mysterious interactive nature of our reality when physicists conducted studies on subatomic particles using a double slit experiment. Their findings sent shock waves through the scientific community.

The experiment shows how the behavior of subatomic particles is altered by the act of our observation.

In the double slit experiment, photons and electrons have one way of behaving when they are not being studied (they have interference impact patterns of waves moving through both openings simultaneously). However, they have an entirely different impact pattern when they are being measured to determine through which of the two openings they travel. When they are being observed, the quantum waves collapse and the photons and electrons select one opening through which to travel, creating an impact pattern of individual particles hitting the backdrop behind the screen.

Almost a hundred years ago, physicists began to understand that subatomic particles exist as a wave of possibility until an act of consciousness or observation comes into play to select a choice point.

Astrophysicist Travis Taylor describes this paradigm-shifting discovery in his book, The Science Behind the Secret. “The experiments show that these particles really do exist in multiple quantum states until they are observed… Not only does light act like both a particle and a wave, but so does damned near everything else—especially things that are small like electrons. Quantum physics shows us that there is a wave-particle duality simply due to how the object in question is observed.”

Our observations, our expectations and our intentions actually influence the world around us and impact the experiences we have.

As Gary Zukav describes in his bestselling book The Dancing Wu Li Masters, “The new physics tells us that an observer cannot observe without altering what he sees.Observer and observed are interrelated in a real and fundamental sense. The exact nature of this interrelation is not clear, but there is a growing body of evidence that the distinction between ‘in here’ and ‘out there’ is illusion.”He goes on to say, “Access to the physical world is through experience. The common denominator of all experiences is the ‘I’ that does the experiencing. In short, what we experience is not external reality, but our interaction with it.”

Since it was founded, IONS and other research labs around the world have been investigating the power of thought and intention to influence events before they happen, like the outcome of coin tosses, even though the results of a coin toss should be 50/50.  Studies documented, with high statistical significance that human thought and intention do alter random events like a coin toss.

Random number generators (RNG’s) soon replaced coin toss experiments. RNG’s are electronic devices that produce a random sequence of 0’sand 1’s. Experiments began to explore whether human intention could influence these patterns by producing a greater number of 1’s or 0’s. . . . and the answer was yes.

For years, IONS lead scientist Dean Radin, PhD has been studying the impacts of mind on matter. Evidence from research at IONS has received stubborn rejection by those in mainstream science because it asks us to prepare for a great shift in our perceptions about the nature of reality.

In his books The Conscious Universe and Real Magic, Radin presents a description of mind / matter research that has been underway for decades providing overwhelming evidence that our minds, our thoughts, our intentions actually alter the composition of the physical world around us.

Radin provides an overview of early mind/matter studies in aYouTube video:


As Radin describes, after years of studying the impact of intention on different states of matter, Roger Nelson at Princeton decided to study something slightly different—instead of looking at intention, he chose to consider attention—specifically, the effects of large groups of people focusing their awareness on a particular subject.

As Radin says, “Attending which we think of as a coherent mental state, you’re focusing in on one thing. And if we can think of that as not simply being in your head but being out there as well—that when you attend to something, it changes. And it changes in the direction of coherence. So if the target of your attention is randomness, then a coherent random system is by definition more orderly, it becomes ordered. And so you can detect that order through statistics, easily.

“So he (Nelson) started doing experiments where he’d take a random number generator, an electronic circuit and put it in the vicinity of a group of people who were meditating—thinking that this would create a large amount of coherent attention. Sometimes people knew the random number generator was there and sometimes they didn’t know. And he wanted to see whether the randomness would become orderly during meditation.

“And after hundreds of such tests by Roger and me and a bunch of our colleagues, we came to the conclusion that it does become less random, in a context where we can infer that there’s mental coherence going on, sometimes due only to attention. So in 1994, I did an experiment before, during and after the announcement of the O.J. Simpson verdict for the murder trial.

“It was the first instance where hundreds of millions of people around the world knew that something interesting was going to happen at a stroke of a couple of seconds in the future. It was the reading of a verdict which would either say guilty or not guilty. So imagine the amount of attention that’s slowly focusing up to that moment. I figured this would make a great experiment. Because I could have a bunch of random number generators going and we can look in time sequence what is happening to the randomness as we approach the moment of announcement of the verdict. We would have maybe a billion people paying attention to it. So I did that. I had 5 random number generators going—four in the U.S. and one in Europe—and tracked what was happening to the randomness as we got closer and closer to the verdict and the verdict being read and then afterwards.

“And we found very clear evidence that there was a sudden peak in order in the random generators within seconds of the verdict being read. And of course it was being read live carried around the world on radio and television all over the place so it was a live event worldwide.”

Radin and Nelson reviewed these results and decided to study worldwide attention for another significant event—Princess Diana’s funeral.

As Radin describes, “And twelve of us around the world got our random number generators going and we analyzed the results and again with significant deviation from randomness toward order during the period of the funeral because lots of people were watching.”

From there, this group of researchers decided to create a system of RNG’s running around the world 24/7 to track significant events, to help them track attention toward events that could not be predicted. Seventy RNG’s were set up in different locations around the globe to run continuously. On the morning of 9/11, as billions of people focused on the horrors of this event, thirty-six RNG’s were running.

Months later, after analyzing the data from these RNGs on 9/11, Radin and his colleagues published their findings in the journal Foundations of Physics Letters. Evidence showed two hours before the first attack on the Twin Towers, the randomness of the RNG’s began to shift toward a state of order and peaked when the planes struck the towers.

What does it tell us about the nature of consciousness when electronic devices measure a state of collective attention and awareness before a significant world event occurs? This worldwide network of RNG’s has been used to study patterns of randomness and order for over two hundred separate events. As Radin notes, the odds against chance for the RNG’s shift to ordered sequences during these events is a million to one.


For more than a decade, Lynne McTaggart has been guiding thousands of people to explore the power of thought and intention to bring healing to loved ones, those they don't know, and healing to our world. Author of The Field and The Intention Experiment, she has led countless intention experiments with thousands of people to meditate, visualize, and hold thoughts for healing and justice for our planet.

For the tenth anniversary of September 11th, instead of surrendering to the media coverage of fear-inducing images of the devastation on that day, she chose to coordinate a Peace Intention Experiment with thousands of people around the globe. The targets for this peace experiment were Helmand and Kandahar, two provinces in Afghanistan that had been war-torn geographies for many years.

The goal of the experiment was to reduce violence by at least 10 percent for these two provinces. For eight days, thousands of people from seventy-five different countries held an intention for reduced violence rates in these two provinces, as they collectively sought to help create a new trajectory for peace in our world.

To evaluate the results of the experiment, Lynne collected data from UN and NATO reports which tracked enemy initiated attacks and civilian casualties. A contact in the British army also provided her with data on British casualties, fatalities and military field hospital admissions. Statistics for the months following the intention experiment—September, October and November of 2011—were compared against similar measures for the months prior to the experiment and also compared to the rates of violence for the previous two years.

The statistics showed a decrease of 37 percent in civilian casualties for the three-month period following the intention experiment. In addition, NATO figures showed an average monthly decrease of 16 percent for attacks with explosive devices compared to data for the previous two years.


Lynne has continued to coordinate weekly efforts with thousands of people around the world to intention for individuals with specific health concerns and to intention for healing for our planet. Her emails often circle back weeks and months later to provide descriptions of positive health changes for those receiving healing intentions.

What do these studies—including the double slit experiment, research at IONS and McTaggart’s Intention Experiments—say about the nature of reality? They tell us we have great power. They describe our ability to co-create the nature of our experience and the world around us. 

And with this power brings great responsibility. If we are able to use our thoughts to impact our own health, the health of others and the state of our world, what is the reality we choose to imagine into being?

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