Negative Afterimage
and Other Visual Experiments

The Mind

Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great an honorable courses with sure hope and trust in itself.
--Cicero, Rhetorical Invention

The human energy field is not recognized by orthodox science, but has not been ignored by some medical professionals, such as, neurologist Shafica Karagulla. She received her doctor of medicine and surgery from American University of Beirut, Lebanon, and spent three years as a research associate to Wilder Penfield. She began her studies on the human energy field as a skeptic but her research encounters, which include famous surgeons, Cornell University Professors of Medicine, hospital department heads, and Mayo Clinic physicians described in her book, Breakthrough to Creativity, made her a believer of the human energy field's existence.

In addition, Valerie Hunt, a physical therapist and professor of kinesiology at UCLA, developed a way to confirm experimentally the existence of the human energy field and points out that the energy field is holographic. Hunt discovered the human energy field responds to stimuli before the brain does. She states: "I think we have way overrated the brain as the active ingredient in the relationship of a human to the world. It's just a real good computer. But the aspects of the mind that have to do with creativity, imagination, spirituality, and all those things, I don't see them in the brain at all. The mind's not in the brain. It's in that darn field." (Talbot, Holographic Universe, p. 192).

According to this new theoretical model for vision, the brain's function is to construct a negative of the incoming waves, separate out the visual fragments, and control the multilayered sequence. It is not the function of the eye or brain to do the seeing; therefore, it is the MIND that experiences the sensation of sight.

Science does not know where the mind is located but proposes that it seems to be located in every cell. An individual's energy field permeates every cell within the body as well as extending great distances outside the body.

A mind located within the energy field would explain Dr. Jacob Liberman's statement, "We don't see with our eyes" (Liberman, Glasses, p. 47). Liberman tells of his startling experience on one occasion: "Although my eyes were closed, I could suddenly see everything - the whole room and myself in it - I couldn't tell where I was seeing from! I wasn't seeing from my eyes or from any single point of view. I seemed to be seeing everything from everywhere. There seemed to be eyes in every cell of my body and in every particle surrounding me. I could simultaneously see from straight on, from above, from below, from behind, and so on" (Liberman, Glasses, p. 47).

A mind located within the energy field would also explain the two other examples Liberman gives of seeing without eyes. First, he mentions French writer Jacques Lusseyran, whose eyes were completely destroyed in a childhood accident but who discovered he could still see (Liberman, Glasses, p. 48). He also mentions Larry Dossey who, in Recovering the Soul, tells of "Sarah" who had a near-death experience during a gallbladder operation. She later described in detail the operating room, sheet color, and hairstyles, even including the fact that the anesthesiologist was wearing unmatched socks. Sarah had been completely blind since birth (Liberman, Glasses, p. 49). These examples help prove the prevailing visual theory that the eye or brain mechanisms do the seeing must be in error.

A mind as far-ranging as the energy field would be able to receive the sensation of a positive afterimage out there in the external world, a higher frequency negative afterimage behind closed eyelids, and the negative afterimage out there using a wall backdrop. It is not the eyes that see. And it is not the brain that sees. It is the unknown substance we call the MIND within the energy field that receives the sensation of sight.


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