One Mind (Dossey)

Yuma Uesaka

PSYCH 401

March 12th, 2014

One Mind (Larry Dossey)

By reading the introduction of Larry Dossey’s book, One Mind, I got a sense of his genuineness and also a sense of urgency to spread this topic of One Mind. He believes that understanding of the One Mind is crucial for our survival as a species. His adaption of the old adage “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”, and turned it into “Be kind to others because in some sense they are you”, which he believes would help us achieve peace on Earth. He also was quite prolific in pointing out that many modern scientists have what he calls pathological disbelief – the same disbelief that one time convinces most scientists in the 18th century that meteorites are not real, because “rocks can’t fall from the sky”. He points out this something similar is happening in modern neuroscience and the origin of consciousness.

Chapter 3 is filled with what maybe anecdotes or Case Histories that supports the existence of the One Mind. These stories were collected during the author’s tour of his book, The Power of Premonitions, when people came after he spoke, and often times it is the first time they have told these stories to anyone. Most people are afraid of the stigma attached to these kind of stories. Here are a few of them :

*Having a strong indication to call a certain phone number that randomly popped into the person’s consciousness, only to find out that the number lead to an emergency room where his/her loved one is in significant physical pain.

*Having a strong feeling about not taking a particular flight because something felt wrong, and finding out that the plane crashed.

*Having a dream about having cancer in a particular part of the body, and being right even though it was very small at the time, and the machine could barely pick up the sign of it.

Since most of these experiences are not strictly laboratory experiments, it is easy to be skeptical of them, but it is a little too easy to dismiss them, and there seems to be a significant amount of the experiences in our lives. At the same time, I am curious as to if these people who have had these strong intuition about some sort of danger have cases where they “missed”. I would imagine the times that they were right would leave a stronger memory than the time when what they predicted did not happen. It’s hard to tell…

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