Mind to Matter by Dawson Church (Extract)
Thoughts become things. This is manifestly true. I am sitting on a chair right now. It began as a thought in someone’s mind – every detail of it. The frame, the fabric, the curves, the color.
Thoughts become things. This is
manifestly untrue. I will never be a
quarterback for the National Football
League, no matter how earnestly I
think about it. I will never be 16 years
old again. I will never pilot the starship
Between the ways in which thoughts
become things and the ways in which
thoughts can never become things
there is a wide middle ground.
This book explores that middle
Why? We want to be able to create the outermost limits of our thought, expanding our lives to the limits of our potential. We want to be as happy, healthy, wealthy, wise, fulfilled, creative, and loved as possible. We also don’t want to chase pipe dreams, thoughts that are never going to become things.
When we apply the rigorous
standards of science to the inquiry,
that middle ground turns out to be
enormous. Research shows us that
with thought, used deliberately, we can
create things beyond the ordinary.
The idea that thoughts are things has become a meme in popular culture. It’s held as a firm proposition in metaphysics, and some spiritual teachers ascribe infinite powers to the mind. Yet there are clearly limits to human creative abilities; I cannot manifest an aircraft carrier simply by thinking about one. I cannot become Indonesian, jump over Mount Everest, or turn lead into gold.
New discoveries in epigenetics, neuroscience, electromagnetism, psychology, cymatics, public health, and quantum physics, however, are showing that thoughts can be profoundly creative. The page or device on which you now read these words began as a thought. So did democracy, the bikini, space travel, immunization, money, the four-minute mile, and the assembly line.
THE SCIENTIST VERSUS
Science and metaphysics are generally
considered to be polar opposites, Science
is experimental, practical, rigorous,
empirical, materialistic, objective, and
intellectual. Metaphysics is spiritual,
experiential, abstract, mystical,
ephemeral, internal, irreplicable,
imprecise, subjective, otherworldly,
impractical, and impossible to prove.
Science studies the world of matter while
metaphysics seeks to transcend it.
I have never perceived science and metaphysics as separate and have delighted in being both a mystic and a scientific researcher. When I bring the rigor of science to the question of consciousness, each illuminates the other.
This book examines the science
behind the creative powers of the
mind. It reviews the studies that show,
step-by-step, exactly how our minds
create material form. As each piece of
the puzzle falls into place, the science
turns out to be even more astonishing
than the metaphysics.
This book is also full of case
histories – real, up close, authentic
personal accounts of people who had an
experience of mind-into-matter. Drawn
from the worlds of medicine, psychology,
sports, business, and scientific
discovery, these stories run the gamut
from profound to inspiring to heart-
wrenching. They show us that thoughts
can become things in ways that stretch
the fabric of our space-time reality.
THE CHAIN OF EVIDENCE
FROM MIND TO MATTER
[…] I read all or part of more than a
thousand scientific studies per year.
I started to see a pattern. There are
multiple links in the chain between
thought and thing, and I realized that
science could explain many of them. I
wondered if anyone had ever connected
all the dots to see just how strong the
evidence was. Where was the chain
strongest, and where were links missing?
If I were to treat the idea of mind as
a scientific rather than a metaphysical
hypothesis, would it hold up? I began
seeking out research that addressed this
question and interviewing some of the
brightest minds in the field.
From the introduction to Mind To Matter by
Dawson Church, Hay House, 2018. Reprinted