“Something Unknown Is Doing We Don’t Know What” (DVD, 2009). Cast: Charles Tart, Dean Radin, Gary Schwartz, Roger Nelson, Rupert Sheldrake, Hal Puthoff, Larry Dossey, Edgar Mitchell, David Dosa, Arielle Ford, Rebecca Good, Nancy Myer, Catherine Yunt, Eric Pearl. Director: Renée Scheltema. www.SomethingUnknown.com
Overcoming our personal limitations is one of the primary aspirations of becoming an effective conscious creation practitioner. To achieve this, it helps immensely to learn how to stretch our manifestation capabilities, those that allow us to envision—and ultimately yield—better outcomes with our hoped-for materializations. This specifically involves abilities most of us have yet to tap, let alone master, such as our psychic capacities and related skills. And that’s why documentaries like “Something Unknown Is Doing We Don’t Know What,” now available on DVD, are so valuable.
The study of psychic phenomena is rife with anecdotal evidence, but sources of quantified scientific data about the subject have long been scarce and scattered. Many researchers have stayed away from it for fear of ridicule by peers, and those who have courageously ventured into such “risky” territory have often had their findings relegated to the realm of obscurity. That’s where this film comes in.
Director Renée Scheltema (pictured) has compiled a wide range of information on various areas of parapsychology research, including in-depth examinations of abilities like telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, psycho-kinesis and psychic healing, what Prof. Charles Tart, one of the film’s many expert commentators, refers to as “the big five” topics of psychic investigation. Throughout the course of the film, Scheltema reports on a number of groundbreaking studies in these areas, backing up her findings with interviews by such experts as Gary Schwartz, Roger Nelson, Rupert Sheldrake, Hal Puthoff, Larry Dossey and Edgar Mitchell, among others.
In addition to reporting on these subjects, Scheltema takes viewers into the laboratory and into the field to show us the researchers at work. For instance, one sequence involving Institute of Noetic Sciences investigator Dean Radin illustrates his efforts to quantify whether we’re capable of evoking waking state physical reactions to events yet to occur, thereby giving us potentially tangible markers of precognitive abilities. Through studies like this, what was once thought of as paranormal suddenly seems considerably more ordinary.
Subsequent sequences examine such phenomena as matter manipulation through spoon bending experiments, remote viewing as a tool for identifying physical objects or probable events across the spans of distance and time, random number generation as a predictive indicator of stirrings in the collective unconscious, and the rejuvenating power of various Chinese medicine practices and the Reconnective Healing® technique of Dr. Eric Pearl. Collectively, these segments paint a very different picture of the nature of reality than most of us have traditionally been accustomed to—a new, paradigm-shifting view that’s backed up by evidence to substantiate it.
Another theme that runs throughout the film is an examination of the remarkably uncanny parallels between science and spirituality. Many of the commentators discuss how these two disciplines are essentially opposite sides of the same coin. After addressing how scientific methodologies can be used to validate various parapsychological phenomena, many of the experts go on to explain how the manifested effects of these phenomena have traditionally been invoked through ancient mystical, spiritual and religious practices. While these effects may have been described more poetically than scientifically in these age-old traditions, the results in both instances are often comparable, lending credence to the notion that these often-quarrelsome disciplines truly are not as far apart as we’ve generally been led to believe. This is especially true in the area of healing, where miracles are not only possible but inherently matter-of-fact—if allowed to be.
Those who engage in conscious creation will no doubt find this material mesmerizing. Besides providing examples of the existence of these phenomena, “Something Unknown” also enlightens us on how we might employ these abilities in our everyday lives. And, when considered in the context of consciously manifesting the reality we experience, we can see that we have a host of powerful tools at our disposal for materializing the existence we desire.
Despite a somewhat choppy opening sequence that could have been better organized and more effectively edited, the bulk of the film’s material is presented cogently and succinctly. Those looking for an authoritative and engaging overview of this subject matter will find a superb offering in this work.
Things unknown need not remain a mystery, especially when they can be put to use in creating a more fulfilling life. That’s the message of this film, and it’s one we can all avail ourselves of to manifest a better world. And, given the many challenges we face today, goodness knows we can use it.
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