Q. Swami, can you explain the theory of relativity?
A. Sure. A billionaire comes down for breakfast and says he feels like a million bucks, and his wife says, "Oh, my goodness. What's wrong?"
Comic Paul Dean said, "The nice thing about meditation is that it makes doing nothing look quite respectable." The host of "Real Time" on HBO, Bill Maher, said that prayer does nothing. One argument used to prove that prayer does nothing is to point to the disaster, war, and evil in the world.
Failures of prayer to heal evil are cited, but do we hear about subsets of evil being healed? Can any subclass of the effects of prayer make sense to a modern world? In 1969 near Chicago, Bruce and John Klingbeil began to research the question "Does the inflow of prayer do anything?" They began to test the positive, the negative, and biased effects of prayers.
What did the Klingbeils discover? The premise was that loving prayers nudge disorder toward order. They contrasted two makers that showed the quality of the order produced from two motives of prayers. Bruce and John also supplied a theory about the subconscious mind hacking the memory to forget convincing details about our psychic and spiritual experiences.
The father and son founded Spindrift Inc. to support research and education in the fields of consciousness, prayer, spirituality, and the placebo effect. They communicated about prayer in scientific terms. They saw the scientific method as a path-finder for following the prayer forces. Bruce and John Klingbeil worked as Christian Science practitioners.
Before 9/11, Spindrift urged people to listen carefully to the violent words in the prayers of Muslim terrorists. In contrast to toxic terrorist prayers, Spindrift favored bringing back and testing positive prayers in the schools.
Fringe science is not always practical, but Spindrift was one opportunity for religion and science to talk to each other. Testing people while they prayed was doing fringe science, but the tests caused a prayer-a-digm shift.
People have the IPad and the IPhone. Spindrift has the IPray.
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This book, "A Journey Into Prayer," documents the inspiring and cautionary true story of Bruce and John Klingbeil, a father and son team of devout Christian Scientists who dared to test their faith in the power of prayer, and of Spindrift, the research organization that helped to support their efforts. The story describes the Klingbeils’ courage and personal commitment to learn the truth about the efficacy of prayer, their self-taught but ingenious experiments, the staggering hostility they attracted from both the religious and the scientific communities, and ultimately, the unbearable poignancy in their untimely and mysterious deaths.
-- Dean Radin, IONS’ Senior Scientist