Folio Footnotes

Folio Footnotes

1 One could point to the parallel between Seigel´s definition of integration– “linking discrete differentiated elements together “, and the holding and linking of different elements built into the very zigzagging of Focusing - a gentle holding, a back-and-forthing, between different realms of experiencing, in a respectful, caring, honoring, spacious way that does not collapse or exile any of the input.

It could then explore, from a Focusing lens, Siegel´s 9 dimensions of integration:
1. Integration of consciousness.
2. Vertical integration
3. Horizontal integration
4. Memory integration.
5. Narrative integration.
6. State integration.
7. Interpersonal integration
8. Temporal integration.
9. Transpirational integration.

All of this may point to another way to talk about the value of Focusing – as a way to practice and develop an “integrating operating system’. Felt-sensing can be combined with our “thinking channel’, and can be used to attune to many areas within, and beyond, personal growth.

Switching to an integrated dual-channel processor may be as valuable an upgrade to one´s mind and body as it is for our computers! Due to space constraints, a more extensive articulation of these subjects has been placed online

2  While much of Western allopathic medical practice tends to minimize the role of the mind in medicine, this is very ironic. Western allopathic medicine has indirectly always honored and acknowledged the power of the mind´s ability to heal.
In 1910, the Flexner report changed the practice of medicine in the US. It began to require a scientific basis for any prescribed treatments. Besides raising the bar for medical education, it also gave allopathic medicine its favored status and “official approval’.
Beck, Andrew H. (2004),  "The Flexner Report and the Standardization of American Medical Education", JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association 291 (17): 2139–2140, doi:10.1001/jama.291.17.2139,

Part of this recommendation was based on a knowledge that simple claims of effectiveness of any given treatment could not be relied upon unless one did controlled studies checking the effectiveness of the treatment against placebo. Why? Because placebo was SO powerful, not because it was irrelevant! The beliefs of the prescribing practitioner also have been shown to have a therapeutic effect. This is why nearly all reputable prospective studies these days are double-blinded – neither patient nor prescriber knows which patient is getting active treatment and which placebo. If the effect of beliefs on medical outcome were irrelevant, there would be no need to control for beliefs and expectations in medical research protocols!   


 Amy Lansky PhD.
“…The first noted research of this phenomenon was published in Nature in 1988 by French scientist Jacques Benveniste.(9) He described how a solution exposed to antibodies and then diluted and agitated in a way similar to potentization still manifested the specific properties of those antibodies. Because he suspected that an electromagnetic signal had been conveyed into the dilution, Benveniste then developed an apparatus that could digitally record it. In subsequent experiments, he transmitted this signal electronically—via email—to a distant laboratory and had the vibratory signal “replayed’ into water there. Amazingly, the resulting water caused the same effects as the original substance. Benveniste eventually conducted several blinded experiments using this protocol and published a paper about his results in the Journal of Clinical Immunology in 1997. More recently, Nobel prizewinner Luc Montagnier (who made the connection between HIV and AIDS) discovered the same kinds of properties of ultradilutions of DNA.

 E. Davenas et al., “Human Basophil Degranulation Triggered by Very Dilute Antiserum Against IgE,’ Nature 333, no. 6176 (June 1988): 816–181.
 J. Aissa et al., “Transatlantic Transfer of Digitized Antigen Signal by Telephone Link,’ Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 99 (1997): S175.
 Luc Montagnier et al.,“Electromagnetic Signals Are Produced by Aqueous Nanostructures Derived from Bacterial DNA Sequences,’ Interdiscip Sci Comput Life Sci 1 (2009): 81–90.’

Here is the abstract of  “Transatlantic Transfer of Digitized Antigen Signal by Telephone Link’: J Benveniste, J.Aissa, et al. Digital Biology Laboratory (DBL), 32 rue des Carnets, 92140 Clamart, FRANCE, and Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago, IL 60614 USA

Ligands so dilute that no molecule remained still retained biological activity which could be abolished by magnetic fields [1-3], suggesting the electromagnetic nature of the molecular signal. This was confirmed by the electronic transfer to water (W) of molecular activity, directly or after computer storage [4-7].
Here, we report its telephone transfer.

Ovalbumin (Ova), or W as control, were recorded (1 sec, 16 bits, 22 kHz) in Chicago using a transducer and computer with soundcard, Coded files were transferred to DBL´s computer as email “attached documents’.
Digitally amplified, they were replayed for 20 min to W (dOva,dW), which was then perfused to isolated hearts from Ova-immunized guinea pigs.
DBL staff were blind though technical incidents revealed the codes of 4 out of 19 files to the computer operator.

Coronary flow variations were (%,mean +/- SEM, number of measures):
Naïve W (negative control) 4.9% +-0.3, 41
dW  (water exposed to a random digital signal) 4.4% +-0.3, 58
dOva (water exposed to the digital signal from Ova) 24.0%+-1.4, 30.  P=4.5 e-17 vs dW
Ova 0.1 uM (positive control) 28.9% +-3.7

The hitherto neglected physical nature of the molecular signal emerges: EM radiation under 22kHz that can be digitized, transferred long distances, and replayed to W, which then acquires the source molecule´s activity. This implies novel strategies in chemistry, biology, and medicine.


4  “Focusing and Physical Transformation – personal account.’ Rolsma, B  1999 Folio pp 158-9
 “…I asked him about the nature of the myelin sheath. I wanted to know what it was made of, and if I could have any influence on it. He told me that myelin is made of amino acids, which use genetic information to make new patterns. I wondered if I could influence the making of new myelin, if I could even change the pattern of my genetic material and influence the healing process.

 “…. I believed that there might be an opening where non-material, spiritual, existence could influence the physical plane..

 “When I focused attention into my arm, I had a most unusual experience. I experienced myself as ONE complex organism, but at the same time I experienced myself as being in the middle of a single, complex, living cell which had the same heartbeat as my whole organism. The membrane of the cell was secure and healthy, the complete cell was beating like a heart pulsing, (had the same beat as my own heart pulsing) and every living part of the whole was safe, complete and doing its work. I now not only knew about cells, but I was experiencing the living form of a cell… (of which my ailing, foreign-to-me arm was part).
As this experience of my whole organism being ONE single identity happened to me when I focused on opening up to a possible spiritual influence on creating new cells,  I now knew that this hypotheses (to have an influence on the healing process of my myelin structure if I let the spiritual side of existence in),  could happen by giving Focusing attention to this area….’

 In further correspondence, BoujkeBarbara wrote:
 “I became sensitive to a DNA structure which showed me (some organization of) some family habits which needed to change if I wanted this arm healed:
   1. instantly knowing I am whole
   2. over time changing family habits, their blueprints in my body and way of being.

  “ The Post Traumatic Dystrophy was as if there were a hole in the myelin structure around my nerves so the messages which needed to go through the nerves went all over the place.’


 5 Perhaps felt sensing always has a directionality, whether we are aware of it or not? Just like with worldviews, we can´t NOT have one. I have no definitive answer for this, but I find this question worth thinking about at some time,


 6 Focusing has often avoided articulating any particular worldview or beliefs in order to protect and honor individuals´ differences and preferences. There are indeed very good reasons for resisting any “universal credo’ or fixed beliefs for Focusing practitioners as a whole That principled stance welcomes diverse viewpoints and protects the field from unhealthy and limiting dogmatism. I support it on that level.

But, if this same principle [of not clarifying and defining certain core beliefs as they relate to Focusing] is taken and applied to each person individually, it can limit the effectiveness of what is possible.

No individual can avoid having their own worldview as to what Focusing is and does. These include beliefs about what kinds of reflections are the most helpful, about what constitutes ideal accompanying/guiding, about how healing occurs…
Since our worldviews are implicitly transmitted in our interactions with self and others, it would be good for us to have some awareness of them!
Being aware of our own worldview helps us intentionally share it.  Intention increases the power and coherence of our transmission. Not being aware of our worldview with respect to Focusing (or other things) can lead to confusion.

From this perspective, I wonder happen if practitioners of Focusing took the time and effort to articulate their own worldviews that they are operating within. What do we believe about healing, and how it comes? Who do we believe that human beings are? What is our relationship to the rest of the world? Big questions – and important ones.


7  In The Medium, The Mystic, and The Physicist pp 99-165 (1974 Ballantine Books, NY)  Lawrence LeShan offers a carefully considered theory of different types of psychic healing.
The question that he used for his inquiry was “What is the relationship between the sensitive, and the rest of reality at the moment when paranormal information (or healing) is being acquired?’ p28.  
Note that he specifically asked about the worldview at the time these sensitives and healers connected with their information. His book is an exposition of several years of his First, Second, and Third Person research.

He also found that each of these types of healing are associated with different worldviews. The intention is often similar, to be of service or promote healing, but each has different qualities to them. He then led several trainings, in order to test his theories, beginning at the 1970 annual convention of The Association for Humanistic Psychology (description of the training program on pp 127-131). Note the similarities between what he describes, and the “transmission of informational patterns and worldviews’ that we are discussing here. What he describes is that one person shifting their own worldview (understanding and relationship with the universe) can allow certain kinds of healing to occur.
LeShan describes different types of healings (Type I, Type II, and Type V), that he feels are associated with different worldviews (clairvoyant and transpsychic pp 156-7) held by the healers.

In Distance Healing of Patients With Major Depression, Journal of Scient$c Exploration, Vol. 10, NO. 4, pp. 447-465, 1996 (Bruce Greyson Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, 06030
Dr Greyson studied healing at a distance using the LeShan technique. This study did not demonstrate an effect of healing at a distance in these depressed patients that reached a level of statistical significance. I enclose it because it has a good description and includes numerous valuable references for anyone who wishes to pursue this.


8 I do not wish to imply that these are the only ways that these processes are different from each other. Besides the different attunements and reflecting systems, each has separate mental models and practices, different expertise, etc.


9 To the best of my knowledge, Dr Gendlin has never written about this. The few times that I have watched him work directly, or on video, I have been struck by how he seems to reflect back the aliveness inside the client, and the aliveness of the client´s process, about as much as he reflects back words or felt meaning. If I had his permission to quote his response to my observation, I would say that he thought that my observation had some merit to it. But I don´t, so I can´t say that formally.


10 In The Medium, The Mystic, and The Physicist pp 211-222 (1974 Ballantine Books, NY)  LeShan offers an insightful discussion of the difference between structural entities (things that are always subject to normal laws of space and time), and functional entities (things that have no length, breadth, or thickness. They cannot be detected by any form of instrumentation, but their effects CAN. The point of focus of a telescope or of a rifle, and the square root of a negative number, are examples of functional entities)
His article “When Is Uvani?’ suggests that offering attention to functional entities allows them to have influence on our world. Offering attention to a “third thing’ that arises while Focusing, such as a sense of palpable presence, may operate under similar principles. I would be interested in hearing of anyone´s experiences with attempting this.


11 Global Consciousness Project
a) more from
IONS´ Dean Radin and Roger Nelson of Princeton University placed random number generators at a variety of venues, such as music concerts and sporting events, where participants were all on the same wavelength. Just being in the presence of these events caused the machines to deviate from their normal random output. Radin and Nelson then decided to place these devices at locations all over the world to see if they could pick up on major world events. Over a period of ten years, they found that the machines did indeed respond—especially to events that were tragic. Not surprisingly, the most striking effects were observed on 9/11.6 [For more information, visit the Global Consciousness Project.]

b) General overview:   The behavior of our network of random sources is correlated with interconnected human consciousness on a global scale. There is a highly significant overall effect on the GCP instrument (more on that below) during special times we identify as "global events" which bring great numbers of people to share consciousness and emotions. The effect is a tiny deviation from what's expected, but the patient replication of tests has gradually created very strong statistical support for the reality of this subtle correlation of human consciousness with deviations in random data.
Another, possibly more profound and directly important finding is that the effects we see influenced by factors that are familiar from human psychology. For example, the effects are larger in proportion to the importance of the events we examine, and they are larger if the level of emotional involvement is high. We see stronger effects when events embody or evoke deep feelings of compassion, but smaller effects when the level of fear is high. That last point seems counterintuitive to many, but upon consideration, the relationships make sense and they bear strong implications for us. Compassion is an interpersonal, connecting emotion, while fear drives us toward personal survival; it separates us.


12 Global Coherence Initiative  
“The Global Coherence Initiative is a science-based, co-creative project to unite people in heart-focused care and intention, to facilitate the shift in global consciousness from instability and discord to balance, cooperation and enduring peace. “ 
Training videos, and ways to participate

Global Coherence Initiative Summary:

Connects—people globally who are committed to making a difference by contributing coherent heart energy to planetary needs

Educates—by providing resources for increasing individual and collective coherence

Guides—through providing information and suggestions on when and where to focus your energetic contributions

Monitors—by tracking coherence and measuring changes in the earth´s geomagnetic field and the potential effects of heart-coherent intentions on the field.     

Hypothesis No. 1: All living things are interconnected and we communicate with each other via biological, and electromagnetic fields.

Hypothesis No. 2: Not only are humans affected by planetary energetic fields, but conversely the earth´s energetic systems are also influenced by collective human emotions and consciousness. Much of the planetary field environment is made up of the collective consciousness of the inhabitants.

Hypothesis No. 3: Large numbers of people intentionally creating heart-coherent states of care, love, compassion and appreciation can generate a coherent standing wave that will help offset the current planetary wave of stress, discord and incoherence.


13  This links to an abstract; one can buy the article here as well
International Peace Project in the Middle East
“The Effects of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field’        David W. Orme-Johnson
Abstract - This prospective social experiment tests a new theory and technology for alleviating violent conflict through reducing societal stress in an underlying field of “collective consciousness.’ It was predicted that group practice of the Maharishi Technology of the Unified Field (the Transcendental Meditation and TM-Sidhi program) during August and September, 1983, in Jerusalem, would reduce stress in the collective consciousness and behavior of Israel and Lebanon. Box-Jenkins Arima impact assessment, cross-correlation, and transfer function analyses were used to study the effects of changes in the size of the group on several variables and composite indices reflecting (a) the quality of life in Jerusalem (automobile accidents, fires, and crime), (b) the quality of life in Israel (crime, stock market, and national mood, derived from news content analysis), and (c) the war in Lebanon (war deaths of all factions and war intensity, derived from news content analysis). Increases in the size of the group had a statistically significant effect in the predicted direction on the individual variables and on all composite quality-of-life indices. The effects of holidays, temperature, weekends, and other forms of seasonality were explicitly controlled and could not account for these results. Cross-correlations and transfer functions indicated that the group had a leading relationship to change on the quality-of-life indicators, supporting a causal interpretation.’


14 From the Maharishi Foundation.    Pages 6-7 have multiple references, including some published in peer-reviewed journals.  They suggest a mathematical formulation :
“ According to a number of earlier studies, this effect is magnified when, in addition to
Transcendental Meditation, the more advanced TM?Sidhi programme, which includes Yogic
Flying, is practised in a group. In this case, the square root of 1% of a population practising
Yogic Flying in a group is the threshold at which changes in social trends begin to be
observed. Interestingly, this effect appears to be irrespective of national borders and
different cultures. According to the theory, a group of 10,000 generating such an influence
of coherence would be sufficient to noticeably influence the collective consciousness of the
whole world.

Created on ... December 13, 2011