Does Conscious Awareness Matter in Healing?

Speaker: 
William F. Bengston, PhD
Lecture Type: 
Breakout Session
Lecture Day: 
Day 2
Room: 
Fletcher Challenge Theatre
Credits: 
1.50

Description

Utilizing EEG and fMRI data, there is reason to conclude that: 1) conscious awareness of healing with intent is not crucial to healing efficacy; 2) healing with intent may actually be an autonomic response to the need of the healee.  Further evidence using EEG data suggests that under selected conditions spatially separated people may go into a brain “phase lock” irrespective of distance or awareness on either the part of the healer or healee.

 

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the need for conscious intent in healing.
  2. Describe the importance of states of mind in healing.
  3. Describe the implications for clinical practice.
William F. Bengston, PhD

Dr. Bengston is a Professor of Sociology at St. Joseph’s College in New York. He received his doctoral degree from Fordham University, with special emphases in statistics and research methods.In addition to numerous publications and conference presentation in Criminology, the Sociology of Religion, and Applied Statistics, Dr. Bengston has been involved in “energy medicine” research for several decades. His primary involvement there has been in “laying-on of hands” research on experimental mice, sometimes involving skeptical volunteers who act as healers. He has done experiments with mammary adenocarcinoma at the City University of New York, St. Joseph’s College, and Arizona State University, and with methylcholanthrene induced sarcomas at the University of Connecticut Medical School. In these experiments he has produced the first known full life-span cures of cancer in experimental mice. Additionally, he has done functional magnetic resonance imaging experiments on human brains during healing sessions at the University of Connecticut Medical School, and will soon be replicating and expanding upon that work in a series of parallel MRI experiments at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Several papers on this work have been published in the Journal of Scientific Exploration and the Monterey Institute for the Study of Alternative Healing Arts. Dr. Bengston has also lectured widely throughout the United States and Europe on his research.

Professor Bengston’s current research includes attempting to develop a cancer vaccine from the blood of cured mice; the development of a theory of “resonance” which will help explain anomalous data in experimental research, including placebo effects; and the demonstration of the ability of consciousness to establish a resonant bond between two brains.


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