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Noetic Way of Prayer

EMMI Christian Unitarian Prayers are in a noetic way. When you have a request to pray for you, family or friends, we meditate on your demand and transmit it in a noetic fashion.

Several authors have employed the term “noetic” who write about consciousness, spirituality, and cosmology. The Institute of Noetic Sciences proposes noetic sciences as an alternative theory of “how beliefs, thoughts, and intentions affect the physical world.”

Some (such as IONS) claim that Noetics is a form of science. However, noetics have been harshly panned by the scientific community. They have been criticized for not experimenting in the experiment’s generally accepted manner first and analyzing data afterward, and equating correlation and human emotions/experience with falsifiable evidence.

The scientific literature on consciousness consists of studies that examine the relationship between subjects’ experiences and the activity that simultaneously takes place in their brains, that is, studies of consciousness’s neural correlations. The hope is to find that activity in a particular part of the brain or a specific global brain activity pattern, strongly predictive of conscious awareness. Several brain imaging techniques, such as EEG and fMRI, have been used for physical brain activity measures in these studies.

Another idea that has drawn attention for several decades is that consciousness is associated with high-frequency (gamma band) oscillations in brain activity. This idea arose from proposals in the 1980s, by Christof von der Malsburg and Wolf Singer, that gamma oscillations could solve the so-called binding problem by linking information represented in different parts of the brain to a unified experience.

The noosphere is a philosophical concept developed and popularized by the biogeochemist Vladimir Vernadsky and the French philosopher and Jesuit priest Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Vernadsky defined the noosphere as the new state of the biosphere and described it as the planetary “sphere of reason”. The noosphere represents the highest stage of biospheric development, its defining factor being the development of humankind’s rational activities.

Teilhard perceived directionality in evolution along an axis of increasing Complexity/Consciousness. For Teilhard, the noosphere is the sphere of thought encircling the earth that has emerged through an evolution due to this growth in complexity/consciousness.

Therefore, the noosphere is as much part of nature as the barysphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.

Teilhard sees the “social phenomenon [as] the culmination of and not the attenuation of the biological phenomenon.” These social phenomena are part of the noosphere and include, for example, legal, educational, religious, research, industrial and technological systems. In this sense, the noosphere emerges through and is constituted by the interaction of human minds. The noosphere thus grows in step with the human mass organization concerning itself as it populates the earth. Teilhard argued the noosphere evolves towards ever greater personalization, individuation and unification of its elements. He saw the Christian notion of love as being the principal driver of noogenesis. Evolution would culminate in the Omega Point, an apex of thought/consciousness, which he identified with the eschatological return of Christ.

When I pray, I put myself in tune with the universe to access the noosphere plane, the metaphysical place that resides the Cosmic Christ.

Abp. Eric Michel

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