A Selected Excerpt
Chapter Six – The Theory of Process (1954-1994)
On January 8, 1951, I was on my way home from an astrology session with Marc Edmund Jones. As usual, my thoughts were upon the question of how to bridge the gap between science and the esoteric traditions. Recalling the success of our group effort at Bell, I decided to apply that experience to the current challenge by establishing an organization that could sponsor research.
Within a few months, the Foundation for the Study of Consciousness was incorporated. I selected this name because I wanted the most general and inclusive title possible. “Parapsychology” would have been too narrow.
Since 1949, I had been immersed in an education into the incredible. It had proven to me beyond doubt that science was attending to only a portion of reality, and for the most part, omitting man and the central mystery – what is consciousness? I was determined that the work of the Foundation would be to bring the focus back upon man, since all the scientific excursions into the vast reaches of the universe and the infinitesimally small nuclear realm are but reflections in a human mind, and subject to the distortions of the lens of our own consciousness.
Initially, my goal was to encourage other people to develop a general theory of consciousness, with different minds contributing. I envisioned it to be an overall theory, not too complex, which would permit the adoption of new tenets towards a science of what I then called the nonphysical, but now term the projective realms of Nature.
There seemed at first to be two possible methods: we could work from the higher realities down to the realm of the accepted, or from the accepted towards the paranormal or projective levels. By 1952, my experiences had shown that the former method could not succeed because individuals who are able to function in the paranormal sphere (such as Dr. Brunler, de la Warre, and Dr. Drown) feel no pressure to make scientifically acceptable explanations for their achievements. The latter approach has difficulties because most scientists are so intrigued by their own procedures that they care little for what lies beyond. It began to look like a shotgun wedding with neither bride nor groom a willing participant.
During the Foundation’s first year, we gave two grants. One went to Marc Edmund Jones, who completed his important book The Sabian Symbols in Astrology. The other grant was used to further research by T.G. Hieronymous, former Chief Engineer of the Kansas City Power and Light Company, who was now manufacturing his own radionics instruments.
I was introduced to Hieronymous by Harwood White in California. We immediately got into conversation, but he did the talking, and it was only after he spent more than an hour telling in detail how he wound the resistances in his circuitry that I got a word in edgewise. “Why,” I said, “do you tell me of the exact resistance when you know perfectly well it doesn’t make any difference how the coils are wound?” He looked at me with a stunned expression. “I thought you were a scientist!” he said.
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