Field Matter

by Patrick Quanten MD

By now most people have heard about the aura, the area that immediately surrounds the body and that seems to belong to the person in the sense that it differs from person to person. This area can be photographed and shows up in a variety of colours and shapes, which change as the person's mood changes. A similar effect can be observed with thermal energy cameras where you can even see the person after he/she has left. Where the person is in space and where he/she has recently been, a change has been effected within and to that space. There is an imprint in the air of that person.

It has become more and more accepted that we have an energy body, or field, as well as a physical body. However, how to view this and what to do with it in scientific terms is becoming a bit of a hot potato. We have to acknowledge the presence of it, but at the same time we are unwilling to let this alter our beliefs about how the body works and the biochemical basis on which all our explanations of life's events are based. We are becoming increasingly more and more uncomfortable in the position we are holding, yet are still too afraid to embrace a new concept.

Let's see if we can clarify the situation a bit.

Observation and Theory

  • When a cat is resting and is seemingly unaware of its surroundings and you approach it from behind with the intention of stroking it, you may notice that the cat reacts before you have even touched her. She did not hear you, nor did she feel you or smelled you. She sensed something was coming her way. Because something has entered her "field" (aura) she will wake up, gets an immediate evaluation report and makes an instant decision whether to remain and enjoy the touch or whether to jump up and run. All of the actions necessary are carried out in a split second and are completely appropriate to the given situation (most of the time). They are carried out without there even being any physical contact. If the cat had to wait for the physical contact before it could react it would, of course, not survive very long as the first contact could easily endanger its life.
  • Have you ever experienced the feeling of someone staring at your back? You are aware that someone is watching you with great attention, yet you can't see them. You just know they are there. Why? How? You can sense their presence because they are directing their attention your way. No physical contact has been established, nor is there any correlating input from your senses. You can't see, hear, smell, taste or feel this person.
  • In "Science You want to know about" you will find research data telling you that every cell of your body has the potential of manufacturing every single chemical the body may need. It not only has that potential, but the cell, every cell in your body, actually does produce every single chemical that is required. The cell produces what it needs.
  • Every action of your body requires a totally balanced action of every part of your body. If it doesn't work in unison, it doesn't work. A simple action as taking one step forward not only requires a perfect muscular and skeletal balance at every split second of the motion, but it also relies on a perfectly timed readjustment of all inner processes. Every cell involved in the movement action will have to be supplied with an instant burst of instantly accessible energy, which has to cease the moment the movement stops. Other activities will have to be curtailed, such as the complex and intricate digestion of food, for the duration of the movement only. Continual evaluation of the movement as it is in progress, through sensorial data analysis, is essential for the planning and execution of every stage of the movement.
  • We now know that "memory" is not located anywhere specific in our body; it is distributed everywhere, so that each part contains the whole. Each part of your body, no matter how small, "remembers" everything that has ever happened to it. (Karl Pibram)
  • The speed at which our brain operates is between one ten-thousandth and one-thousandth of a second, requiring information to be transmitted at 100-1000 meters per second (100 yards to 3/4 of a mile per second). This speed exceeds the capabilities of any known connections between axons or dendrites in neurons. In other words, the speed with which our brain operates far exceeds the maximum speed with which the physical nervous system can transmit the information from one cell to another, let alone to all cells all over the body.

The term "field" was first introduced into science by Michael Faraday in the 1840s, in connection with electricity and magnetism. His key insight was that attention should be focused on the space around a source of energy, rather than on the source of energy itself. In the nineteenth century the field concept was confined to electromagnetism and light. It was extended to gravitation by Einstein in his general theory of relativity in the 1920s. Through the development of quantum physics, fields are now thought to underlie all atomic and subatomic structures. Each kind of "particle" is thought of as a quantum of vibratory energy in a field: electrons are vibrations in electron fields, protons are vibrations in proton fields, and so on.

Fields are inherently holistic. They cannot be sliced up into bits, or reduced to some kind of atomistic unit; rather, fundamental particles are now believed to arise from fields. Physics has already been transformed through the extension of field concepts, but this revolution is still in its early stages in biology. A beginning was made in the 1920s, when morphogenetic fields were first postulated by several embryologists and developmental biologists to help explain how plants and animals develop. The fields were thought of as invisible blueprints or plans which shaped developing organisms.

The concept of morphogenetic fields is now widely adopted by developmental biologists, and is used to help explain how your arms and legs, for instance, have different shapes in spite of the fact that they contain the same genes and proteins. They differ because your arms developed under the influence of arm morphogenetic fields and your legs under the influence of leg fields. The fields play a formative role in the same way as architectural plans do.

In the hypothesis of formative causation, Rupert Sheldrake suggests that the holistic, self-organising properties of systems, from molecules to societies, depend on new kinds of fields, which he calls morphic fields. These morphic fields are not fixed, they evolve. They have a kind of inbuilt memory. As they reverberate across generations remembering the correct shape and form, it follows that the more we learn the easier it becomes for the next generation to follow in the footsteps. The field passes on inherent knowledge to that next generation, knowledge based on the experiences the field has "logged".

Self-organising systems have successive levels of organisation and each level depends on a characteristic morphic field. In the chemical realm, for example, we can have the morphic field of a crystal, within which you will find the fields of molecules, which are composed of fields of atoms, which in turn contain the fields of subatomic particles. In the case of social animals we have the morphic field of the social group with the fields of the individual animals within it, which in turn hold the fields of the animals' organs.

It turns out that all matter is the manifestation of an energetic field. The material on show only looks the way it looks and functions the way it does, because that is the way the field is, or rather the combination and structure of several fields combining. The fields completely control the shape and form as well as the function of the matter. We are who we are, because of the fields that made us. Or, in other words, we are who we are because of the specific fields that we have materialised out of. You are what your personal energy field is.

Medical Models

Every split second billions of actions are happening at the same time within our body. All these need to be coordinated and regulated in the strictest possible way. All actions, at all times, are interlinked, are monitored and adjusted.

In order to exert that kind of extreme tight control the allopathic medical model delivers two communication systems within the body. Firstly, there is the glandular system in which a gland produces a hormone or a chemical, which gets distributed around the body via the slow blood circulation to impose its will and deliver an effect in remote places. How quick will that effect manifest itself? Will the effect be simultaneous in near and far off places? How quickly can the effect be readjusted and withdrawn all together?

Secondly, there is a fast delivery system called the nervous system. Here electrical impulses travel along fibers, are passed on to connecting cells, to be carried to remote places. These impulses regulate the function of the end organs in relation to the feedback the brain is getting whilst it is overseeing all the body functions. Only, we have seen that the brain works much much faster than the nerve cells can transport any information. So, this does not offer the body the close control it requires either.

Maybe there is an intrinsic problem with the biochemical model that we are using to help us understand the workings of the body.

According to the Metchnikoff theory and the pathology of the allopathic school of medicine the bacteria are the enemies of the body, the creators of disease, which have to be killed and eliminated from the system by the brave little phagocytes and by antibodies and antitoxins secreted by certain cells and glandular structures. The campaigns and battles of the tiny heroic defenders of disease and infectious taints and poisons read very much like the accounts of skirmishes, battles, captures and killings in human warfare between the armies of defense of a country and the invading enemy.

In his work, "Fundamentals and Requirements of Health and Disease", Dr Thomas Powell shows that the fundamental causes of disease are lowered vitality, degeneration of the vital fluids and accumulation of waste and morbid matter. Leukocytes, white blood cells, are not real cells; they are in effect particles of pathogenic matter which have been condensed into globular bodies resembling cells. This condensation of pathogen takes place in the trabeculae of the spleen and in the lymph glands of lymph nodes. The more decaying matter the body contains the more the lymphatic glands and the spleen become enlarged. The leukocytes floating around in the blood stream are on their way to be eliminated via the liver and gut, the kidneys and the skin. If their numbers increase to a dangerous level these leukocytes are then forced out of the circulation into the tissues where they accumulate and deposit their morbid load, causing the symptoms of localised infections. Instead of pursuing the disease germs and destroying them, the leukocytes or particles of pathogen, forced into the tissues, decompose and form the morbid soil for the development of microzymes into bacteria (See The Origin of "Germs"). The proteolytic action of these bacteria, which arise from and develop within the deposited waste, disintegrates the morbid material into pus, which is then further removed as the bacteria feed on the decaying materials of the leukocytes. Once the area has been cleaned up by the bacteria and there is no more pus to live on, the bacteria die and disappear.

In a similar way and applying the knowledge that every cell itself produces every hormone and chemical it needs, we ought to review the accepted knowledge about the chemical workings of our glandular system. Endocrinology has been keen to inform us on how the products of certain glands regulate the body's function and how too much or too little as demonstrated by blood levels and/or images of the glands themselves can be damaging our health. But what if that is the wrong angle of approach as well? Can it be that each and every cell produces the chemical that it needs, in tiny amounts, when it needs it and that the action of each and every molecule of that chemical is swift on the local level?

The morphic cellular field induces the cell to produce a specific product that has an immediate and very specific chemical reaction. This chemical is a materialistic messenger created by the ever-changing energy from the very field that has created the matter in the first place. The adrenaline molecule is produced as an expression of tension; the thyroid hormone is an expression of the regulation of the speed of the metabolism; insulin indicates the need for glucose (sugar) absorption into the cell; melatonin expresses the day-night rhythm the cellular metabolism uses; serotonin expresses the happiness level of the cell; and so on. With all of these chemicals and hormones and proteins drifting around in the intercellular fluid, known as lymphatic fluid, they need to be cleared out of the way once they have exerted their one-off effect. They are things of the past and have no further role to play in the here and now. So the fluid moves them away from the cells. The water dissolves them and takes them downstream where they eventually meet the big river, the blood circulation. At speed, all these redundant elements are now floating around an intricate waterway, which has its banks littered with clearing stations, the glands as identified by the allopathic medical model. All these are specific for clearly defined materials. These glands filter out the specific hormones or chemicals which they are designed for and recycle the elements of which the hormones and chemicals are made off. The higher the blood level, the blood concentration, of these the more active the gland becomes. It may even swell up in an effort to expand its capacity. If the blood levels drop dramatically and remain nil or thereabouts for a considerable amount of time the gland will close up and shrivel away (diabetes).

Glands do not produce hormones, they collect old ones and break them down. Hormonal and chemical cellular control is exercised at cellular level, not at a central level. It cannot be a brain message that induces a gland to produce a specific chemical, which is then released into the blood stream to affect a cellular function somewhere else, because this whole process would take an eternity to complete and would not allow close cellular control. The only way you can explain the intricate control the body has over the cellular function is via a direct translation from energy into matter. The cell and its function at any given time is a direct expression of the energy that constantly creates the cellular material reality.

Body cells die all the time. Depending on the part of the body we are looking at, the rate of birth and death of the cells vary but all body cells die and are replaced by new ones. For instance, it takes four days to renew the entire lining of the stomach. You can say that you get a new inner stomach lining every four days. How do you explain that the new lining will always have the same faults as the old one? If you have a stomach ulcer, you know that it will not heal up after four days. Why not? You are getting a totally new one, aren't you? You replace the carpet in the living room but the new carpet has exactly the same stains on it as the old one. Why? How does the new carpet know what the old one was like? The new cells have the knowledge of the old ones, because the morphic field that creates the new stomach lining holds the memory of the old cells and ensures that the new one is exactly the same. Your stomach ulcer will not "heal" until you change the memory within the field. Until you make the energetic changes that are required nothing will change: the new will be exactly the same as the old.

This means that you can cut out problems or replace parts of the body, but with the energy remaining the same, and therefore the memory, soon you will find it all coming back. The cells that replace the diseased cells will soon start to function in the same way as the old ones used to, because they are told to do just that by the only thing that closely regulates their function, the morphic field they now find themselves in.

It is extremely difficult to alter "conventional" knowledge. When "everybody" knows something, having a different opinion means that you are crazy. When everybody can see that the sun moves around the earth, it is almost impossible to convince people otherwise. Even more difficult will it be to convince the well-respected scientist that what he has believed and taught for so long is actually false.

Knowledge should be something that we know, but most of the time it refers to something that someone else has told us. Knowledge should be something that we have learned through our own experience.

I therefore urge you to think for yourselves and to rely heavily on your own experiences to come to know the Truth.

Put common sense at the heart of your life: if it doesn't make sense to you, it probably is not right, or at least, it is not relevant to you at that time.

True science keeps an open mind to all possibilities.

June 2004


Patrick Quanten has been a general practitioner since 1983. The combination of medical insight and extensive studies of Complementary Therapies have opened new perspectives on health care, all of which came to fruition when it blended with Yogic and Ayurvedic principles. Patrick gave up his medical licence in November 2001.
Patrick also holds qualifications in Ayurvedic Medicine, Homeopathy, Reiki, Ozon Therapy and Thai Massage. He is an expert on Ear Candling and he is also well-read in the field of other hard sciences. His life's work involves finding similarities between the Ancient Knowledge and modern Western science.

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