No. 97: Jan-Feb 1995
If the presence of water can physiologically affect a human dowser, as claimed in the preceding item, perhaps the physiological state of a human can affect the properties of water. Well, it's worth a try!
G. Rein and R. McCraty, of the Institute of HeartMath, first define two physiological states:
"We have recently defined two new physiological states in terms of their unique electrophysiological characteristics. These states are generated using specially designed mental and self-management techniques which involve intentionally quieting the mind, shifting one's awareness to the heart area and focussing on positive emotions. Time-domain and frequency spectral analysis of heart rate variability, pulse transit time and respiration were used as electrophysiological measures of these states."
Next, the two researchers brought together subjects immersed in one of these states and samples of water:
"The present study reports on PK [psychokinetic] effects associated with these intentionality states. ECG monitoring was used to demonstrate when the individuals were in the entrained state. At this point a sample of distilled water in a sealed test tube was presented to the subjects. Five individuals were used in this study...While holding a beaker containing the samples, subjects were asked to focus on the samples and intentionally alter the molecular structure for five minutes. In an adjacent room, control samples were aliquoted from the original stock solution into test tubes."
"The results indicate that treated water shows higher absorbance values at 200 nm compared with controls which have higher values at 204 nm. These results extend previous findings which observed characteristic changes in IR spectra of water exposed to bioenergy from healers."
(Rein, Glen, and McCraty, Rollin; "Structural Changes in Water and DNA Associated with New Physiologically Measurable States," Journal of Scientific Exploration, 8:438, 1994.)
Comment. To anyone whose reading is confined the the mainstream scientific press, these three items under PSYCHOLOGY must seem incredible. Are there really researchers pursuing phenomena proscribed so vigorously by the scientific establishment? Yes! And there are many of them; but they get published only in small-circulation "fringe" journals.