Reviewed in the United States on February 10, 2013
We are all connected in some way. Connected with each other, connected cultures, connected nations, and, connected to our planet. It has come down through time this way since the occurrence of what we have come to know as the Big Bang.
I was surprised to read and learn about for the first time, the scientific principles and facts behind all of this connectedness through Dr. David R. Hamilton's book, Is Your Life Mapped Out?
This was my first exposure to this writer and his work which I found to be compelling and informative. Yes, it is a book about science, but it is also a book about the wonder of our origins and our intertwined relationship with a devine source and the cosmos.
Dr. Hamilton shares the surprising foundational science that is behind our connectedness. He packs a lot of information within the confines of a 264 page book. While he writes about dozens of amazing topics, I chose to share some of the ones that I found most interesting here.
This is the study of how living organisms adapt to the cyclical rhythms of the sun and the moon to produce biological rhythm patterns. These rhythmic patterns are part of our daily lives as they effect our sleeping and waking cycles. We also possess biological rhythmic patterns that are influenced by solar and lunar cycles. There is an actual clock gene that initiates our internal chronobiology. Discovered in 1994, it is called the Circadian Locomotor Output Cycles Kaput gene. It works by generating certain proteins that turn on the biological pathways that control our rhythm cycles. I have been aware, since my teens, of some of these biological patterns but was not aware as to just how many there are and how deeply we are all influenced by them. I was also surprised to learn that the above mentioned clock gene actually exists.
Solar Flares And Our Earths Geomagnetic Activity
The rise and fall of the solar activity of our sun has it's own 11 year cycle. Research has shown that blood pressure increases along with geomagnetic storm intensity. This was a surprise to me.
Geomagnetic storms are also known for affecting our satellites and our worldwide power grids. Some of our animal species have been found to use the Earth's geomagnetic field for navigation.
Animals using geomagnetic fields to maneuver and travel would explain how fish and birds, for example, can execute their amazing migratory journeys each year with GPS like final destination accuracy. Dr. Hamilton writes that some people possess this same ability.
This is the science that looks at the influence of the environment and personal human choices on the actual behavior of genes. We may be born with certain genes that carry with them the risk of various kinds of disease, yet they may never become active. Both destiny and free will have a hand in what genes will activate and which will not.
Loving nurture and human contact, for example, act to ensure that the genes that produce human growth hormone (HGH) and the hormone oxytocin are activated as much as they need to be for normal growth. Take away the loving nurture and contact and the genes are less active.
Life experiences have an influence on gene activity. We are not mere prisoners of the genes that we inherited.
The Three Levels of Creation
David Hamilton writes that there are three levels of creation. The first is the need for action, or as someone once said, "start turning the flywheel." The second one is the principle of interconnectedness. According to the author, this principle means that there are many opportunities that are available to us via social networks, family members, friends and business associates with which to share and commit to what we want to achieve. The third is embedded consciousness, described as a field of energy or information that is everywhere and in everything. Since consciousness is part of the fabric of reality, we thus are already connected to the things we want.
We attract to us that which we focus upon so be mindful of what it is that you really want.
All particles are connected regardless of the distance or space between them. This is due to what physicists call entanglement which arose during the Big Bang. Put another way, the author writes that not only are these particles connected but they can be aware of each other's experiences. Whew!
Fixed Destiny or Multiple Possible Futures?
Dr. Hamilton, using the metaphor of a tree, talks about what he describes as the `tree of probable life.' Picture your life starting out at the base of a tree. While your early life seems to begin growing like the vertical trunk of the tree and primarily in one direction. As we get older and begin to act upon our own choices, the tree begins to grow branches which represent the probable futures that each choice would bring. Viewing the pathway of life in this manner, each of us then would face the future with several possibilities instead of one set or single destiny.
Near Death Experiences
Near Death Experiences are discussed as well. They are more common than what has been reported. According to Dr. Hamilton, a Gallup poll, conducted in the 1980's disclosed that 1 in 20 Americans reported that they had had one. A common feature of those experiencing such a phenomenon is looking down upon their own bodies, often in a hospital setting, calmly observing what is being done to them as well as the activity of others within the same room. This looking down from above vantage point has a name. It is called veridical perception. One thing that Dr. Hamilton wrote about that we do not give much thought to is that there are a substantial number of nurses in the medical profession who have personally seen or experienced patient NDE phenomena but are reluctant to share their experiences with outsiders.
One poignant case of a NDE was recently shared by author, Anita Moorjani, in her book, Dying To Be Me, which I previously reviewed and posted in a blog.
As a reader and blog writer about caregiving and spiritual topics, I enjoyed learning that there is substantial body of scientific research that appears to validate the striking intuitive powers we possess, our ability to positively influence our physical and mental health in spite of the genetics we were born with, and how we are all connected: right down to the subatomic level according to particle physics.
For me, a couple of the chapters read a little heavy when I first went through my copy so I spent some time contemplating what was being shared, then went back and reread those chapters again. I loved and admired how this author invested the time to provide us common folk with an understandable overview of intimidating subjects such as quantum physics, particle entanglement and the phenomenon of wave-particle duality. Pretty amazing stuff.
Dr. Hamilton's book, Is Your Life Mapped Out?, is a thought provoking read. If you possess a sense of wonder about both science and metaphysics, I believe you will will enjoy this book.
I received this book free from Hay House Publishing for this review. The opinions expressed in this review are unbiased and reflect my honest judgment of the product.