James Oschman showed some great explainers and proposed a simple explanation of the heart that I have found much more accurate than the old way: “Maybe the heart is a field that extends throughout the universe.”
I became emotional in the closing session when Larry Dossey recounted a story of telling a terminal patient of his to, “get comfortable with living forever.” Dossey opened his heart bare to the reality of death and the immutability of the energy of which we are made. This truth-telling brought about great benefit for the patient he ‘leveled with.’ Dossey stated, and I agree, that the belief that our life ends when our brain stops firing has caused much pain. A return to having never left is needed.
Rosalyn Bruyere spoke elegantly and pointedly about the power of our healing hands and the oddness of living in air-conditioned boxes and insulated rubber shoes. She was a breath of fresh energy and got us standing up and playing with our energy, which is always appreciated!
All of the speakers were wonderful. For me it was extra great to hear and see Shamini Jain there, as I have gotten to meet her a few times and she is amazing! See her talk on the reality of the Placebo Effect and check out the Consciousness and Healing Initiative which she co-founded.
Overall this community is brave and creative enough to ask after deep questions as to what healing really is and what our bodies actually are. This is a field to watch ;)
Interestingly, much of what was said I have heard in some form from buddhist texts, such as the dharma blossom sutra. One passage breaks the mind well: The reality mark of all realities is that they are both empty and existent, and neither empty nor existent.
From my perspective, quantum physics has been a de-materializing of the scientific model of reality into informatics and computation (probability, pattern, and counting) which has let it get close to a shared mind interoperation as the buddhist texts have done (no edges to thought, consider where the reflection in a mirror exists). Now still though we need the component of the heart and meaning to make sense of this, and the courage to see ourSelf again and again.
I brought my Magic Leap One with me and showed off a quick demo I made called HoloHealing which had hand tracked ‘holograms’ and a sound wand, along with letting people use the Create app. Overall response was very good, practitioners, even the energy healer Rosalyn Bruyere who spoke really seemed to enjoy the Magic Leap One. One female practitioner even remarked after doing some painting in ML1 that she ‘didn’t get sick like in the other headsets.’ This gives me more confidence that the folks at Magic Leap are making healthy technology, as VR has a notorious and not well understood gender divide, and the fact that Magic Leap was working for the small sample of women whom used the headset I brought was great news for getting this technology beyond just games and toys and into the healing arts.