Journal of Nonlocality and Remote Mental Interactions Volume II, Number 3 November 2003

Editor's Note

For the past two years we have devoted our attention to remote mind-mind and mind-matter interactions, attempting to identify preliminary observations, draw empirical conclusions and draft working models of this yet very primitive human skill. We have done so by focusing almost exclusively on the personal perspective, with little or no consideration for possible interactions between two or more individuals.

The time has come to ask ourselves: if one human being can remotely perceive and influence distant events, then what happens when over six billion individuals live, feel, believe, wish, fear and physically interact in a tightly bound space like our planetary home? Does the intent to acquire information or modify physical reality have to be explicit in order for such nonlocal communication to occur? Or are there information-loaded transactions which occur just beneath the limit of conscious awareness? Do we communicate with each other and the rest of this biosphere only by explicit intent - or is it the case, as Pitkanen suggests, that our conscious interactions occur on the surface of a vast ocean of inter-species and trans-species, subliminal sharing of mental images, which to a large degree account for the strength of social habits, instincts and mutual understanding? And if that is the case, how can we use this insight to responsibly and effectively evolve as a species?

The paradox of nonlocal consciousness is that the acute sense of freedom to which it leads is surpassed only by the enhanced appreciation for the myriad of physical details and emotions which form our spacetime-bound manifestation. Rather than a prison which one strives to escape, the place we inhabit becomes an act of constant creation, a dance in which perception, belief, intent and above all the ability to create resonant interactions with others become the tools allowing us to re-shape reality in the image of our collective psyche (see Elgin's Collective Consciousness and Cultural Healing). But for these tools to become more attractive to the average human being than the time-tested stratagems of narrow self-interest and material power, the scientific community will have to openly embrace and actively pursue this area of research. The scientists featured in this issue are all pioneers whose courage and vision has, for the first time in our history, cracked open the door to an official overhaul of our self-image as a species. Hopefully their work will be not only admired, but continued with the same degree of seriousness and integrity by new generations of researchers.

Lian Sidorov