Those of us who have experienced true magic in our lives have been wondering when modern science will somehow bridge the gap between science and spirit, and wondering what will happen to the world when these forces finally unite. It’s coming.
Is magic real? Sure it is, which is why there’s such a long and storied history of it in every human civilization, and why so many people practice it everyday, whether they realize it or not.
“Magic is one of the most enduring legends of humanity. It’s at the core of the esoteric traditions, it saturates the literature of religion and science, and while it has been severely suppressed for millennia, fictional stories about magic are just as popular today as they’ve ever been.” [IONS]
Dean Radin, PhD, is “Chief Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Science (IONS) and Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at theCalifornia Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS).” Having explored the frontiers of human consciousness for decades, he is one of the world’s leading parapsychologists.
Among the many thousands of scientific papers, journals, articles and books he has written, his forthcoming work, Real Magic: Ancient Wisdom, Modern Science, and a Guide to the Secret Power of the Universe, will explore the links between magic and science.
Real magic, he notes, consists of three categories: Divination (think Tarot reading, The I Ching), force of will (The Secret, Power of Intention), and theurgy (shamanism, channeling), and magical thinking is everywhere today, seen as superstitions and prayer.
Drawing a distinction between real magic and fake or fictional magic, Radin explains:
“When you think about magic, we’re talking about ancient ideas, and in the same way that alchemy turned into chemistry, and that astrology turned into astronomy, more or less, herbalism turned into the pharmaceutical world, there’s a fourth level of what used to be called natural magic, which will turn into real magic at some point.
What’s interesting is that alchemy, astrology and herbalism all had elements of mental magic in them, but those parts have been left out in the scientific domain.” ~Dean Radin
In a presentation for the International Transpersonal Conference in 2017, Radin gave an hour-long talk on the cutting edge of our understanding of magic, beginning with the historical background of esoteric ideas.
We are realizing that much of the esoteric knowledge from our past is correct, and that one mind, or consciousness, is the creator of our conscious experience, and that consciousness is more fundamental than the material world.
If consciousness is fundamental to our experience, then through the manipulation of consciousness we have an extraordinary amount of control over the material reality we create for ourselves.
“The force of will works in a magical sense because mind manipulates reality from the get go. Divination works because consciousness and mind are before space-time, in which case if you direct your attention to Pluto a million years ago, it would be just as easy as directing your attention to me right now. And theurgy starts to make more sense, the idea of disembodied spirits that have some kind of intelligence. Physical embodiment would just be one from of the way that consciousness can manifest. So, our brain and body just happen to be the right kind of receiver, or capacity, to express consciousness in a way that we think of as being human.” ~Dean Radin
He goes on to explain how science is on the brink of a revolution because our context of understanding the esoteric is evolving along with our technological advances.
So far, we have been unable to integrate magical thinking into the sciences. Now, however, we have deep knowledge of the subconscious domains of the psyche along with the inter-connected nature of quantum physics, which is progressing into the post-quantum domain of abstractly presented informational realities.
“Information is reality. Or mathematics is reality. So, we’re no longer even talking about energy and matter, we’re talking about something even more and more fundamental.” ~Dean Radin
To get us there, Radin’s team is involved in designing experiments which test the powers of the human mind’s effect on the physical world.
To test the effect of intention they had traditional Buddhist monks bless a quantity of tea, which was given to test subjects, demonstrating that those who believed they were drinking blessed tea, felt a significant boost in mood and energy levels.
Radin’s team created another study which displayed random people’s faces to psychic mediums and ask them which of the people presented were deceased. The results showed a much higher success rate for pictures of people who had died more recently, versus people who had died many years or decades earlier. Remarkably, this may indicate that people who’ve been dead longer had already reincarnated, and therefore their souls were no longer ‘dead.’
Furthermore, using a photon quantum entangler, another study demonstrated that a person’s intention on the entanglement of photons does in fact positively affect the behavior and relationship of the photons, a new version of Schrodinger’s famous findings.
At the cutting edge of our understanding of human consciousness is the realization that science was born out of magic, and in order for our greatest potential to be fully realized, these two domains must finally unite.
Dean Radin is calling on the scientific community to integrate magical thinking into the contemporary scientific domain. The full presentation with slides can be seen below.