Every now and then I get one of "those" articles that's so stunning in its implications that I have to blog about it, if simply for the sheer fun of crawling out to the end of the High Octane Speculation twig, and launching myself into thin air and just let the speculations run where they will. Well, this article that was spotted and shared by Mr. V.T. is definitely one of "those" articles:

Scientists Discover Biophotons In The Brain That Could Hint Our Consciousness Is Directly Linked To Light

What grabbed me here was this:

Scientists found that neurons in mammalian brains were capable of producing photons of light, or “Biophotons”!

The photons, strangely enough, appear within the visible spectrum. They range from near-infrared through violet, or between 200 and 1,300 nanometers.

Scientists have an exciting suspicion that our brain’s neurons might be able to communicate through light. They suspect that our brain might have optical communication channels, but they have no idea what could be communicated.

And that led the author or authors of the article to ask an obvious question:

This raises the question, could it be possible that the more light one can produce and communicate between neurons, the more conscious they are?

In other words, in contrast to the "older" model of consciousness being a kind of "either/or" question, with humans obviously "conscious" and rocks obviously not, and animals in some frustrating philosophical no-man's land in between ("dumb animals"), might it be more of a spectrum or continuum? Well, maybe. Personally, I've always been more comfortable with the latter view than the former, and I suspect that anyone who has owned a pet is too; they certainly don't behave or act as simply "dumb biomechanical machines."

However, there's a catch in the article, and it's revealed by that very "continuum of consciousness" idea: do more biophotons and neurons not indicate a materialist view of the mind, i.e., that mind and consciousness arise solely from materialistic causes? It may seem that way, but the author/s of the article are quick to catch the implications of the finding, which, when one thinks about it a bit, flips the whole argument of emergent consciousness from material causes on its head:

Just think for a moment. Many texts and religions dating way back, since the dawn of human civilization have reported of saints, ascended beings and enlightened individuals having shining circles around their heads.

From Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, to teachings of Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam and Christianity, among many other religions, sacred individuals were depicted with a shining circle in the form of a circular glow around their heads.

In other words, that famous verse from Genesis that many of us learned in Sunday school - "Let there be light" - might be a kind of biophysical euphemism for "Let there be conscious existence." But they don't stop there:

But one of the most exciting implications the discovery that our brains can produce light gives, is that maybe our consciousness and spirit are not contained within our bodies. This implication is completely overlooked by scientists.

Quantum entanglement says that 2 entangled photons react if one of the photons is affected no matter where the other photon is in The Universe without any delay.

In other words, the patterns of biophotonic activity, if they do give rise to consciousness, means precisely that that a specific pattern could be entangled somewhere else in the universe, and hence, that specific consciousness is not localized within "this particular brain" but could, in fact, be localized in several brains. That really captured my imagination, for it seems to square with many other hypotheses, from Dr. Rupter Sheldrake's "morphogenetic field" to the idea - voiced by Bearden and some other authors - that each species has its own unique "electromagnetic signature", which signature again is a non-local phenomenon; even the idea of epigenetics seems to be implied by the idea, i.e., that there is some mechanism influencing evolution that is beyond the sum total of material "bits of information" (the genome itself), influencing development.

It's that possibility of the entanglement of biophotons that could also impact on something else: the multi-verse theory of Everett and Wheeler, who first posited that interpretation of quantum mechanics. The idea is, that for every set of possible observations, there must be a "timeline" or "universe" actualizing that potential (to put it crudely). They were, it should be noted, very uncomfortable with their own idea, because it seemed to make no sense. Plus, it gave rise to all sorts of thorny problems: if there were a multitude of universes, was it possible for one to "bleed through" into the other? Conventional wisdom would say no. But if those multiverses are a reflection of "entangled biophotons," something very different would seem to result, for the first result is: the template of an individual consciousness itself might be non-local, but it is found present simultaneously in a multitude of "universes" (or if one prefer, timelines), and it's that which might account for "bleed through" or "overlap" of one into the other. If all this high octane speculation be true, then a great deal will have to be re-thought, from reincarnation to multiverses, for it would appear that this idea of an entangled, non-local template of consciousness would be, more or less, a common surface uniting them all.

See you on the flip side...

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Roger on February 2, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Increasing consciousness(increasing your knowledge of conscious potentials) moves you into an alternate verse were those new potentials have more potential for manifestation. As your conscious increases and decreases you vibrate in the dimension and on the plane of existence you are most in tune with. This moving in and out of alternate realities is so slight as to be un-noticeable for most but becomes more noticeable for those who’s consciousness increase or decreases in leaps and bounds. Time and space is just a frequency, a frequency that can potentially be manifested and repeated from any point of view in the infinite multi-verses. Mars may be Earth in the past; before it and one of it’s moons accumulate enough space dust and water to become the present day Earth and Moon. Venus may be our future. But just one of many potentials. Time and space may mot be what we think it is.

  2. primal_murmur on February 2, 2019 at 5:49 am

    A lot groundwork has been done (and still continues) on the relationship between health and light. The inescapable conclusion is that natural (full-spectrum) light is conducive to health, while artificial (limited-spectrum) light compromises it. Such research lays the foundations for the exploration of consciousness as a form of light.

    Some classic books:
    John Ott, “Health and Light”
    Jacob Liberman, “Light: Medicine of the Future”

    Contemporary researchers (that I know of)
    Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt
    Dr. Jack Kruze
    these last two are also good for helping understand the highly complex dangers of EMF radiation.
    All four names will bring up YouTube videos giving a brief overview of their findings.

  3. zendogbreath on January 31, 2019 at 10:21 pm

    now ya got me reading up on pineal glands again. curious how it is that pineal glands are actually another eyeball that senses light. any light that reaches the body. also how’d the generations before us know so much more about pineal glands than these last few generations knew. and finally how to get pineal glands to work better.

  4. marcos toledo on January 30, 2019 at 7:31 pm

    Another of the six blind men and the elephant moment this has been a meme in science fiction, fantasy stories. As well as religious, philosophical discussions as they say in Star Wars may the force be with you.

  5. Pierre on January 30, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    or quantum teleportation (ok I stand corrected reading the below link, its more a network routing affair using quantum probabilities, not teleportation as such) , what plants do when a photon hits a leaf and is teleported to the place where photosynthesis takes places. so… how quick are some of those thoughts? can a losers thought’s travel in the least efficient way if one always backs the wrong horse that God plays dice with the universe with ?

    and conundrum for the day, you have a brick (as thick as one) in a gravity situation. you have a quantumly entangled brick at another location, perhaps in a galaxy, far far away in a multispecial(?species) pub(bar).
    I then lift my brick… and the other brick is also lifted.
    does it take double the effort of a normal solitary brick to do this
    else I brake one of Newton’s laws as I have also put potential energy into the other brick . or am I just old fashioned?
    beware the goofing off on far out theories. there’s a greedy bankster type waiting in the wings waiting to take your money or your (NY Stock exchanged) life, also old fashioned.

    • zendogbreath on January 31, 2019 at 10:53 pm

      i like to take overused words and substitute others for them. put any color in front of supremacist in most usages today and we frequently find the original usage a bit off. or what about magic. substitute the word magic for whatever new tech word being used and see if that works any differently. quantum for magic?

      that’s some of the issues in most standard theory of universe. how is it that no one ever considers a characteristic of gravity that we all take for granted without it’s being stated: the power and influence of gravity is immediate, instantaneous and constant. how long does it take the sun’s gravity to influence any other mass in the solar system? outside the solar system? in the galaxy? outside the galaxy?

      as the saying goes: all models are flawed. some are useful.

    • zendogbreath on January 31, 2019 at 10:55 pm

      almost forgot: the power and influence of gravity is immediate, instantaneous, constant and everywhere.

      everywhere. that’s a long ways away right?

  6. isocult on January 30, 2019 at 3:32 pm

    The pineal gland contains photoreceptive tissue, similar as that in the eyes:

    • zendogbreath on January 31, 2019 at 10:46 pm

      and how much light it senses and when determines how much and when melatonin gets made and sent.

      • zendogbreath on January 31, 2019 at 10:47 pm

        hence sleeping in a dark room when it’s dark outside is one of the first suggestions in sleep therapy. something like an hour of sleep before midnight is worth 2 after?

  7. swimsinocean on January 30, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    If I remember correctly ‘photon’ is the Greek word for ‘light being’, which could be translated as light consciousness. I’m sure there are many other phrases associating light with consciousness.

  8. goshawks on January 30, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    (A little more out on the twig: *grin*)

    Life & Teachings of the Masters of the Far East, Chapter XIII

    The author was walking with two adepts when they found themselves surrounded by a forest fire. The adepts told the author :
    “There are two ways of escape. One is to try to get to the next creek, where there is water flowing through a deep canyon. If we can reach this canyon which is about five miles away, we can in all probability make ourselves safe until the fire has burned itself out. The other way is to go on through the fire with us, if you can trust us to take you through.”

    More from the book:
    “I stepped between them and we proceeded on our way, which seemed to be in the direction the fire was raging the most. Then immediately it seemed as if a great archway opened before us and we went on directly through that fire, without the least inconvenience, either from smoke or heat, or from the burning brands strewn along the trail under our feet. There were at least six miles of this fire-swept area that we passed through. It seemed to me as if we were as calmly walking along that trail as though there were no fire raging around. This went on until we crossed a small stream and then were out of the fire.

    While we were going through the fire, Emil said to me, ‘Can you not see how easy it is to use God’s higher law to replace a lower one when you really need the higher? We have now raised the vibrations of our bodies to a higher vibration than that of the fire and the fire does not harm us. If senses mortal could see us now, they would think we had disappeared, when in reality our identity is as it has always been. In reality, we actually see no difference. It is the concept of the mortal senses that loses contact with us. Could they see us as we are, no doubt they would think we had ascended.

    In reality, that is what happens. We do ascend to a plane of consciousness where the mortal does lose contact with us. All can do the same as we are doing … We simply overcome difficulties by raising our consciousness above them and in this way we are able to overcome or to come up over all limitations that man in mortal consciousness has placed upon himself.’”

  9. Lost on January 30, 2019 at 1:31 pm

    “Whatever colors you have in your mind
    I’ll show them to you and you’ll see them shine”

    Bob Dylan, “Lay, Lady, Lay”

    Multiverse theory has the problem of being based on near infinite summation, which would introduce copying errors and break down.

  10. DanaThomas on January 30, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Joseph, your speculations seem to be close to some of those of Paul Brunton in “The Wisdom of the Overself”, first published 1943. Briefly, in the concept of the overself, a a consciousness can oversee or emante multiple consciousnesses that may manifest in multiple physical forms.–OCR.pdf

    • Westcoaster on January 31, 2019 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks, Dana, for that link! I intend to read it soon.
      From the download of knowledge I received during my NDE I feel it’s possible for our consciousness to inhabit multiple physical bodies at once, not necessarily all on the same planet or all Humanoid.

  11. Hal on January 30, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    Think of Illumination, Enlightenment, as a state of being flooded with light, the inner vision , the mind’s eye literally lit up with photons. Or consider that photons are timeless particles, and Enlightenment a timeless state

  12. Katie B on January 30, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    “Then the authorities were informed that their modelled form was alive and had arisen, and they were greatly troubled. They sent seven archangels to see what had happened. They came to Adam. When they saw Eve talking to him, they said to one another, “What sort of thing is this luminous woman? For she resembles that likeness which appeared to us in the light. Now come, let us lay hold of her and cast her seed into her, so that when she becomes soiled she may not be able to ascend into her light. Rather, those whom she bears will be under our charge. ”
    Maybe certain forces on this planet have been stealing our light for far too long.

    • Robert Barricklow on January 30, 2019 at 12:46 pm

      … “our” light sez it all.

  13. Robert Barricklow on January 30, 2019 at 12:15 pm

    In 2001 there’s an implied evolution towards the light. I viewed that as some form of spirited photon that become pat of the fabric/conscious universe.
    … and yes, scientist have long speculated on light as an “instrument” of storing/communicating information.
    … and ALWAYs, in the technological/capitalist frame: everything must posses an inflammable materialism spirit; a fire water to consume.
    Loved your outside the box halo of light analogy.
    I do not; however, agree w/the containment theory. But then I read of your entanglement connection and the event horizon suddenly expanded exponentially!
    Loved it!

    [Still do not subscribe to the multi-universe fandango.]

  14. Enigma3 on January 30, 2019 at 11:03 am

    Early Christian paintings show the glow around the entire body. Later that got reduced to a glow around the head. This represents the light body that everyone has. There is a body of light that is attached to every “thing” in duality. It doesn’t just surround an object, it goes right through it and projects out from it.
    Eastern teachings have related that our true nature is light. I find it fascinating that the more science “discovers” the true nature of things, the more Eastern teachings are validated. These inner teachings may have been taught at Chartres, etc, but we might never know.

    • cosmicasuality on January 30, 2019 at 1:15 pm

      Could a massive biophoton burst produce something like the Turin Shroud image??

  15. River on January 30, 2019 at 10:20 am

    I’ve spent some time in Zen monasteries in traditional buddhist practice (and practice at home) and can attest to light playing a significant role in the spiritual path. Indeed, people often (but not always) “get shown the light” as the Grateful Dead would say. And the light seems to have a lot more to say than just “aren’t I pretty?” Brings new meaning to the “pearly gates”. Also, Ikkyu’s “single bright moon”. Also this from Bodhidharma:

    “If, as in a dream, you see a light brighter than the sun, your remaining attachments will suddenly come to an end and the nature of reality will be revealed. Such an occurrence serves as the basis for enlightenment. But this is something only you know. You can’t explain it to others.

    Or if, while you’re walking, standing, sitting, or lying in a quiet grove, you see a light, regardless of whether it’s bright or dim, don’t tell others and don’t focus on it. It’s the light of your own nature.

    Of if, while you’re walking, standing, sitting, or lying in the stillness and darkness of night, everything appears as though in daylight, don’t be startled. It’s your own mind about to reveal itself.

    Or if, while you’re dreaming at night, you see the moon and stars in all their clarity, it means the workings of your mind are about to end. But don’t tell others.”

    And my favorite from Hongzhi:

    All buddhas and every ancestor without exception testify that they all arrive at this refuge where the three times [past, present, and future] cease and the ten thousand changes are silenced. Straight ahead, unopposed by the smallest atom, the inherently illumined buddha spirit subtly penetrates the original source. When recognized and realized exhaustively, [this spirit] shares itself and responds to situations. The gates sparkle and all beings behold the gleaming. Then they understand that from within this place fulfilled self flows out. The hundreds of grass-tips all around never are imposed as my causes and conditioning. The whole body from head to foot proceeds smoothly.”

    Your extrasensory abilities might start kicking in, which often have something to do with light, at something to do with different fields of what one can only describe as types or tones of light.

    There’s also this study I found last year:

  16. enki-nike on January 30, 2019 at 9:11 am

    Dr. Gary Schwartz at the University of Arizona is developing a technology for communication with “spiritual entities” with the help of psychic mediums. It involves detecting the photonic emissions of the entities. He calls it the soulphone and he has purportedly using it to communicate with “deceased” individuals.

    • zendogbreath on January 31, 2019 at 10:34 pm

      that doesn’t sound too croweley esque, eh?

  17. WalkingDead on January 30, 2019 at 6:42 am

    This grants us a new perspective on the “Matrix”.

  18. anakephalaiosis on January 30, 2019 at 5:56 am

    Bargain on eBay
    is Russian pocket watch
    telling ticktack time.

  19. Kahlypso on January 30, 2019 at 5:55 am

    What I was thinking, was that the slit experiment thing where its a wave, its a photon.. I always wondered.. what if.. we’re looking at this backwards..

    • Ed Jewett on January 30, 2019 at 11:26 am

      “Roger Penrose and Stuart Hameroff suggest that a likely site for interaction between quantum and classical levels of activity among cells is within extremely tiny tube-like structures in the neurons in the areas of the dendrites. These tiny insulated microtubules, which seem to guide much of what takes place intracellularly, are thought to possess quartzlike qualities — similar to the idea of a radio receiver. Newtonian and quantum processes complement and interact with each other. Quantum information, which forms the basis of consciousness, changes into physical properties at the level of molecules and larger, and the reverse occurs as well. Information is brought in from the environment and quantum soup of the universe, transformed and encoded in some way in our brain and the rest of the body, then used or stored. Conversely, our thoughts and emotions are coded in subatomic information which is broadcast (cast broadly) into the environment, like a radio wave, both locally and at great distances, depending on the frequency and power of the transmitter. (Compare this to the projection of ki in aikido.) ”

      “The Brain and Consciousness”, by Karen Nesbitt Shanor, Ph. D., in The Emerging Mind. Renaissance Books, Los
      Angeles, CA 1999. [Based on the Smithsonian Institution lecture series on new research into consciousness.]

      I have a long way to go to catch up, and research into the cognitive sciences proceeds faster than I can read it.

      Then there’s always that pineal gland…

      • zendogbreath on January 31, 2019 at 10:32 pm

        what about not “like” a radio wave but in fact radio wave, light wave, electromagnetic wave – frequency?

        • Sandygirl on February 2, 2019 at 9:57 am

          We are all connected to the source, the one, the all by a frequency travelling on a shaft of light. We are
          Energy that receives and transmits. We can work with the signal to make a stronger connection.

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