An Explanation of Quantum Meditation™
by Robert Appel, B.A., B.C.L., L.L.B.
If you are over 50, you remember when every book store and drug store in the Western world had an exclusive “Edgar Cayce” section. These were based on the approximately 12,000 transcribed “health readings” performed for individuals that Cayce himself had never met, in places he had never been, delivered while he was in a 100% meditative state; in fact, to all intents and purposes, asleep.
Almost a century later, Googling “Edgar Cayce” yields almost a million hits. Dubbed “the father of holistic medicine,” Cayce’s diagnoses and treatments took a uniquely integrated approach, something made possible, he claimed, because he was accessing the information from the Collective Unconscious or “Quantum Field” that all living things are connected to.
That was then. This is now. For many who may have wished that the legacy left by Cayce might be updated and made current, Canadian Douglas James Cottrell, Ph.D, is more than ready to take up the gauntlet.
In 1974, Douglas discovered that he possessed the very same talent Edgar Cayce had; that is, the ability to access the so-called “Akashic Records” or “intelligent field” that connects all matter at the Quantum Level, and discussed in iconic works such as Lynne Mactaggart’s The Field. Douglas has since provided thousands of individuals all over the world with individual health readings, precisely as Cayce did a century earlier.
But is there any “capital S” science to explain what Douglas does?
The simplest–but clearly incomplete–explanation is to classify it merely as an exponent of the Mind-Reach phenomenon, named after the book of the self-same name by Doctors Targ and Puthoff. This seminal work, published in 1977, established via respected, double-blind testing protocols, that it is possible to “send” the mind of one person to a given geographical location, and have that person report on what he or she “sees” there. In its own way, it is probably the strongest single argument for E.S.P. advanced within the last century. Ironically, it received little press coverage when first published, and even less interest from the public at large.
[Note: the experiments in the original Mind-Reach series used map co-ordinates almost exclusively to provide a “scent” for their psychics. Later iterations of these protocols, however, were much looser–using names, dates, historical events, etc. Douglas–as did Edgar Cayce–relies almost exclusively on the individual’s name, but with a street address to “boost” the signal, or amplify the name, if you like.]
In fact, it would be almost a decade later before the implications of what Drs. Tang and Puthoff had achieved reached the mass (media) mind. In 1989, the top-rated U.S. drama T.V. series “Columbo” devoted an entire episode to a murderer who “fooled” the U.S. government into hiring him by falsely replicating the Mind-Reach phenomenon.
So, as to the question of whether life imitates art, or vice versa, the answer may possibly be found in the mid-1990s, when no less than Time magazine did a surprise cover story “exposing” the U.S. government’s top-secret 10-year-old research program into deploying the Mind-Reach protocol for miltary purposes. [The headline read “The Vision Thing – Ten Years And $20 Million Later, The Pentagon Discovers That Psychics Are Unreliable Spies.”] Students of conspiracy theory were delighted to note that, simultaneous to the Time “exposé,” was the news that the U.S. government had determined there was, seemingly, no real value in the protocol, and was promptly disbanding its programs.
Coincidence? Disinformation? True or not, it was clear, nonetheless, that the U.S. was in fact disbanding something, as, over the following years, a plethora of hereto unknown writers began to come forward, each claiming they had been within the “inner circle” of the U.S. government’s Remote Viewing Project (one of its many names) and, via their books, proceeded to share their top-secret experiences with millions of readers (such as the popular Psychic Warrior, and its sequel, both written by ex-remote viewer and self-proclaimed spy, David Morehouse).
Of course, to simply label Douglas’s talent an extension of Mind-Reach ultimately begs the question. It tells us how he gets to where he is going, but not how he finds the information with which to answer questions about what he has found. For that, we can perhaps benefit from several hints that Cayce himself left in his own trance sessions. Many times, replying to the suggestion that he was “channeling” (something that Douglas has been accused of as well), Cayce would reply with the information that, in fact, it was his own “superconscious” that questioners were in contact with.
The Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) itself, the research organization founded by the Cayce family after Edgar Cayce’s death in 1945, says of their founder:
His own higher self—or his superconscious mind—was the source of the information. So it was not a non-physical being speaking through Edgar Cayce, but his own superconscious mind that generally obtained the information from the individual getting the reading, or from what he called the Akhashic Records. These records can be briefly described as a history of every soul since the dawn of creation.
Association for Research and Enlightenment
Unfortunately, other than the above-quoted synopsis, the A.R.E. has not expounded further on what precisely this ability might be, or why the hypnotic trance is the “key” to unlocking it. To solve that riddle, we must dig a bit deeper.
The “superconscious” as a concept is as old as Man, and appears to have been a valid precept of some of the oldest religions on the planet—including that of Tibet, India and Egypt—where it is identified with the following names: High Self, Overself, High Conscious, and Superconscious, among others. Abstractly, it represents a specific portion of the construct of a living being. Not just any portion, mind you, but the most important portion—the “soul” portion, if you like—the part that is immortal, the part that transcends time and space, the part that is in touch with the corresponding “ourselves” of all other beings, living or dead, that have ever existed, or will ever exist. All fine and dandy, of course, but our era is, first and foremost, an “I’m from Missouri, show me!” era. So, the question has to be asked, what “practical” or “tangible” evidence do we have that this energy exists, or, more importantly, that it can provide the basis to explain the Cayce/Cottrell phenomenon? First, let’s look at the collected works of Max Freedom Long, originally published in the mid-20th Century, and recently reprinted, who spent his entire life in Hawaii studying Huna.
What is Huna? Huna is believed to be one of the oldest—if not the oldest—practicing religions on the planet. Its roots are as unknown as the origins of the Hawaiian people themselves. Hawaiian legends not only speak of a time when their islands were a single land mass—a postulate that staggers the imagination, and is beyond the scope of this article—but also, according to Long, when the natives shared common beliefs and rituals with the ancient Egyptians. With the advent of aggressive Christianity in the late 19th and early 20th Century, Huna was banned by local government and went underground. That, however, did not prevent Long, during his lifetime, from contacting the living Huna masters—“kahunas”—and attempting to preserve their beliefs in his books.
The Master MindFor many years, among practicing psychologists and psychiatrists, there were anecdotal stories circulating about attempts to “integrate” patients with Multiple Personality Disorder (M.P.D.) going “peculiarly” awry. The gossip was that, every now and again, during personality reintegration, a dominant or master personality would emerge under hypnosis, which seemed to not only be fully aware of all the other personality fragments—itself unusual—but also seemed to be aware of the doctor, the doctor’s own family, the doctor’s personal friends, and, generally, a veritable encyclopedia of information it should not have had access to in the first place, under any conditions. Sound familiar? Practising physician Dr. Ralph B. Allison, M.D., even gave a name to this phenomeon—“the Inner Self Helper,” or, alternatively, the “Multiple Mind” or the “Master Mind”—and wrote a book about it [Minds in Many Pieces, 1998]. Surely, even to the casual reader, what Dr. Allison found sounds suspiciously like a precursor to the Quantum Meditation™ phenomena of Edgar Cayce and Douglas Cottrell! And finally—the most difficult thesis of them all—and the one almost completely lacking in objective proof—there is the notion of “cellular intelligence” (i.e. an awareness and push toward capital-L “life” within each of our cells). Douglas the person, not the trance reader, has said of his own work on more than one occasion, “It’s as though the body really wants to get rid of [the disease] and all it needs is a little push.” In the opinion of this writer, cellular intelligence, notwithstanding that we have no proof here—totally anyway—may well turn out to be the “missing link” in all this. Science gives little credit to the so-called “autonomic” nervous system, other than to suggest that it can keep your heart beating and your lungs breathing without conscious effort. But could there be more? The metaphysical literature is rife with anecdotal stories of people who were “warned” of potential health problems in dreams, and thereby given the opportunity to prepare for the coming crisis. Warned by whom? Where did the messages originate? In 1991, Irish-born electrical engineer Michael Sheridan had a series of peculiar experiences which caused him to devote the rest of his life to exploring purely spiritual themes. He founded the Aisling Dream Institute in Dublin, and continues, to this day; his mission to show people how understanding their dreams can change their lives. On the subject of warnings in dreams, Sheridan is very clear, “When we ignore aspects of our functioning, our dreams will redress the balance by giving “symbolic” expression to these aspects, while at the same time attempting to give healing for the “conditions” which cause us to ignore these aspects in the first place.”
Pursuing this premise to its logical conclusion, we can envision an invisible intelligence within each of us that monitors various conditions and attempts to repair them. Sometimes, it simply can’t – and asks us for our help – usually in a dream, a sudden insight, or perhaps a “hunch.” But, compared to what Douglas does in the Quantum Meditation™ reading, that is a flawed communication. When Douglas “reads” someone in a Quantum Meditation™, it is more than possible he is plugging directly into that invisible and benevolent intelligence, and working with it to solve the problem.
And there is even more evidence, albeit equally circumstantial. Today, one of the hottest new “holistic” practices is known as Kinesiology. Kinesiology was originally developed by Dr George Goodheart, a chiropractor, in the early 1960s. He discovered the relationship between Chinese meridians (also used by practitioners of Chinese medicine, including acupuncturists) and muscle groups, glands, and organs in the body. By testing the resistance of a muscle, when a small amount of pressure is applied to it, weaknesses and imbalances in its corresponding meridian could be discerned. To say that this technique is “popular” would be an understatement. There are currently practitioners in every corner of the globe serving millions of patients. Even MDs are involved. The science of Kinesiology is currently taught as a full-credit course in dozens of North American universities. However, the term “Kinesiology” is not standardized from practitioner to practitioner. While some practice the more mundane forms, many are experimenting with a more esoteric practice, whereby potentially inhibiting foods, gems, metals, or other items are placed in the hand of the patient to determine if muscle groups weaken on contact. If they do, patients are advised to avoid the item, or foodstuff, in the future. Nowhere, however, in the literature on the topic, is there much of an explanation for this aspect of the doctrine. If pressed, practitioners suggest that the “subconscious” of the patient has made contact with the item and has reacted to it. Sound familiar?
Which brings us back, full circle, to the issue of the Superconscious or Overself—the only metaphysical “launch pad” from which these sorts of contacts are believed to be possible, according, at least, to the most ancient texts on the planet. Interestingly, in the classic Yoga Sutras of Patanjali (Second Century BC) the Superconscious is specifically referred to, literally, as the “rain cloud of all knowable things.”
But let us not fool ourselves—these topics can never be proved conclusively, any more than one can prove, in a laboratory setting, the existence of the soul, or life after death. What we can do, however, is create a working postulate and then see if the evidence supports it. Working with the Quantum Meditation™ phenomenon, we must resist the urge to allow the strangeness of it to put us off what is really important. We must, at the same time, expand our cosmology not only to include the Superconscious, and those so-called Akashic Records—a cosmic chalk board, if you like, that records everything we do and think—but we must, at the same time, learn to give up our fear of death, for in Douglas’s world, ideas and the souls that created them never die.
Robert Appel, B.A., B.C.L., L.L.B. is a retired lawyer, author and broadcaster who has followed the work of Douglas for over three decades.