Dr. Larry Dossey has written eleven books on the phenomenon of one cosmic mind, and how an individual’s consciousness can affect outcomes in the world around it. I read his first book, Healing Words, in 1996. As an ordained minister I was deeply impressed by Dr. Dossey’s experiments and discoveries about the power we have in our own thoughts and prayers, both positive and negative. For me, my thoughts, prayers , and public leadership of prayer was forever changed. The mind is more than just a brain and physical emotions. It is the combined expression of physiological activities, activated by what can be called the life force, the higher Self, even the soul.
Practitioners of meditation may describe more specifically the function of the chakra, the heart, and the pineal gland. The electromagnetic points of “physical/spiritual” sensitivity identified by Eastern mystics and practitioners are located vertically in line with the spinal column beginning with the Root Chakra and proceeding upward to the Crown Chakra. Some have identified more than seven chakras.
The beginning of connection to the higher Self and one’s Guides in meditation is primarily identified as the Heart Chakra. As the classical seat of human emotion, and for some, the location of the soul or spirit, the heart plays a prominent role in prayer, spiritual contemplation, and meditation. It has also been said to be the seat of the connection with the mind. Note that the mind is not to be confused with the physical brain. The brain has been described by some scientists as a biological computer, and functions in that strict physical capacity.
The mind, on the other hand, has also been described as the activity of soul or spirit . It is a higher dimensional function within the human that enables conscious awareness and the ability to discern the spiritual dimensions, including creation/visualization of other realities, including the religious concept of heaven. (For more study on heaven, and life after death, you can refer to such books as “Dreams of Heaven” by Dr. Eban Alexander.)
The “mind ” functions as the “liaison” connection between the brain, the heart, and the pineal gland. One of the most wondrous parts of our physical body is the Pineal Gland. It is also called the epiphysis cerebri, epiphysis, conarium or the “Third Eye.” It is a small endocrine gland in the vertebrate brain. It produces serotonin and melatonin, hormones that affect mood and modulate our wake/sleep patterns and seasonal functions. Its shape resembles a tiny pine-cone (hence its nam.e in Latin, pinea, which means “pinecone”), and it is located near the center of the brain, between the two hemispheres. (Wikipedia)
Historically, the pineal gland has been symbolized by religions as a pine cone. This symbol has been found throughout the world as a central religious icon. In the Roman Catholic Church, one of the largest sculptures in the Vatican is a pine cone. The Pope’s staff has a pine cone near the top.
The following is an interview that was conducted with Dr. Larry Dossey.
Guest: Larry Dossey
“I felt there was no separation between anything. I felt as if I were united with everything, and it was wonderful!” This recent report from a reader is a universal experience of people who are concerned with psychological and spiritual growth. This sense of connectedness is not fantasy, but is being affirmed by recent advances in consciousness research.
But where our mind is concerned, we’ve been more concerned with disunity than unity. During the twentieth century we took the mind apart — the conscious, the unconscious, the pre- and sub-conscious, the collective unconscious, the superego, ego, id, and so on. When we look through the other end of the telescope, however, we can see a different pattern. We can make out what I call the One Mind — not a subdivision of consciousness, but the overarching, inclusive dimension to which all the mental components of all individual minds — past, present, and future — belong. I capitalize the One Mind to distinguish it from the single, one mind that each individual appears to possess.
Dr. Larry Dossey
Dr. Larry Dossey is an internist, former Chief of Staff of Medical City Dallas Hospital, and former co-chairman of the Panel on Mind/ Body Interventions, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Mediciine, National Institutes of Health. He is executive editor of the peer-previewed journal Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing. He is the author of twelve books on the role of consciousness and spirituality in health, which have been translated into languages around the world. His most recent book is ONE MIND: How Our Individual Mind Is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters. He lectures around the world.