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I think Dr. Schwartz deserves much credit for using the scientific method and designing well-thought-out experiments to test hypotheses that are both fascinating and clearly not mainstream. But the theories he is testing are also jaw-dropping: Is there a true spirit world? And is Spirit not only aware of us but actively intervening in our lives or at least trying to work collaboratively with us? Cynics may call this New Age hogwash. But those with an open mind may well appreciate what Dr. Schwartz's findings reveal.
Dr. Schwartz approaches his work with healthy skepticism. Beliefs are one thing, evidence is quite another. Research findings can either support or fail to support a given hypothesis (researchers don't really talk about "proving" an hypothesis). And in any research results, there are usually alternate hypotheses that could possibly have accounted for the findings and which must be systematically ruled-out in future research in order to firm up the validity of the theory being tested. And Dr. Schwartz manages to do this in his ongoing series of experiments that began in the 1990's and were documented in his first book "The After Life Experiments." Initially he tested mediums to determine if evidence supports the idea that mediums are able to provide personal information to an unknown individual that lends support to the idea that a deceased loved one was perhaps providing that information. His results were extremely compelling. In "The Sacred Promise" he takes it a bold step further and offers evidence that supports the notion that not only do loved ones exist in some form of consciousness and aliveness, but that they interact with us and indeed try to collaborate with us. Disbelievers may cry out "Bunk!" but anyone with a willingness to have an open mind and who appreciates the beauty and integrity of the scientific method must at least look at Dr. Schwartz's findings and be intrigued. (Hard-core believers can be just as non-scientific as cynics when it comes to trying to be objective as possible about evidence. Reflexively believing in all findings is just as problematic as believing in none of them.)
He even discusses beliefs about angels or beings of light and goes on to show experiments where highly expensive cameras that can detect the tiniest evidence of light are placed in an all-dark room and at various times when angels are "asked" to visit the room the cameras detected more light. Skeptics can rightly raise an eyebrow at what actually happened there or why it happened--but the fact is SOMETHING happened. An honest investigator would want to explore those results further.
There is much more to this book in the form of content that other reviewers may decide to mention. I felt it was important however to let a reader know that in my view Dr. Schwartz's methodology and desire for scientific rigor appear sound and proper. And yes, while I am someone who does believe in an after-life and has a personal interest in the kind of theories Dr. Schwartz is testing due to some of my own life experiences (and I do not know and have never met or spoken with Dr. Schwartz) I was trained in the scientific method and have a healthy respect for it. I admire what Dr. Schwartz is doing--it does take courage to put forth this line of research when he has to put up with some hostile detractors (who simply do not believe such findings are possible so choose to condemn the researcher rather than look honestly at the data).
If you are intrigued by both the after life possibility and scientific explanations, you will appreciate and enjoy "The Sacred Promise."
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Alice Connally Fisk
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Dr. Gary Schwartz's book is the most extraordinary one I've ever read in my entire 72 years on earth and affirms everything I've ever learned through my own lifelong self-science. It has always confounded me as to why researchers have never before even considered the possibility that great scientists like Einstein may still be evolving on the other side of the veil and perhaps have very important messages to deliver to us. Someday, people the world over will be forever grateful to Dr. Schwartz for deeply exploring these magnificent Spirit-assisted potentialities.
My mother died in 1943 when I was 5-years-old. From that time to the present I`ve spent my entire life diligently searching for what, if anything, becomes of us after we die. I'm not a professional researcher, psychologist, nor psychic medium but simply a great-grandmother, voracious reader and retired legal secretary who, from early childhood on, began feeling my mother's guidance, protection and palpable presence at critical times in my life ~ including during three life-saving events. Once when my infant daughter was in grave danger of dying and then twice when my own life was in peril. I've spent a lifetime noting synchronicities, or meaningful coincidences in detail, and have never dismissed any of my very real subjective experiences, including one life-altering spontaneous out-of-body experience some 25 years ago, as contrived nonsense simply because some pseudoskeptic, somewhere, might not consider them worthy of consideration. Thankfully, stagnant dogmatic ways of thinking are truly passé in this sweeping Age of Spirit and Science Collaborating.
There's not a single doubt in my mind that Spirit does join forces with us in our daily lives and the more often we open to it, the more often it occurs. Long before the New Age came along I was totally engrossed in paying rapt attention to every detail of my subjective experiences without ever knowing what the name of what I was doing was called, simply because there was no name. It wasn't until I read Dr. Schwartz's amazing book that I finally found the term relative to my own lifelong search -- Self-Science. "Self-Science conducted in the living laboratories of our own personal lives through personal and exploratory investigations". At long last a truly remarkable name for it: Self-Science Explorations (SSE's).
Dr. Schwartz asks "Are we willing to LISTEN to Einstein, Sagan, Houdini and countless other wise and caring deceased people, if they are still here? Are we willing to LISTEN to the Great Spirit, the Source, the Sacred, if She/He/It is here?" The unequivocal answer to the Doctor is: "Yes, we definitely are!" I've always been more than willing to listen to Spirit and so have incalculable others from time immemorial. In 2009, one year after my beautiful 48-year-old daughter Alison crossed over from type one diabetes complications I felt her powerful energy envelop me and an urgency to stop everything I was doing at the time to collaborate with her on a poem entitled A Note from Ali wherein she conveyed her deep desire that her family and circles of friends, and everyone else, conclude with certainty the information she brought to them: "To my circles and circles and circles of friends, this note's to enlighten that LIFE never ends. I still LISTEN with love when you speak as before, so LISTEN RIGHT BACK as I touch you once more."...
Down through the ages myriad responsible people globally have consistently reported their subjective experience of having deceased loved ones contact them, so it's no great stretch to consider that remarkable scientists who once lived on earth such as Einstein, Tesla, Banting, Fleming, and others are still very much alive now too, albeit in a different dimension, realm, wherever. And that they carry within them not only whatever lessons they garnered here on earth, but are now able as well, from their present more heightened perspectives, to smooth the progress of how things can unfold here on our exquisite planet ~ if we but listen to them. It's well known that throughout history famous discoveries, creativity and inventions have often come from dreams. Are our enlightened scientists who've crossed over trying to furnish their colleagues and others here on earth, with spectacular spacetime and medical breakthroughs, hoping to get us to but listen to their brand new equations and other ground-breaking data that they can provide in order to transform us? Do they know anything about the Mayan calendar and its particular date of December 21, 2012 as it approaches and are perhaps trying to tell us something about it? Or, do they beg our attention about something else, entirely different?
If there's one solitary issue in all existence that's vitally important to everyone on earth and doesn't require one single "special interest group" to lobby for it, it's the issue of life after death. It's essential that brilliant, open-minded researchers like Dr. Schwartz continue in the vanguard of scientific investigation of Spirit, particularly in the double-blind tests of the double-deceased paradigm as outlined in his book. I've no doubt that our concerned, caring, and still living scientists who've crossed over will assert themselves creatively and convincingly in these tests. Critical mass has been reached: Our people and our planet have a deep and urgent need to know what's in store for us. It prompts full and earnest expansion of the most fundamental and awe-inspiring research, ever. And right now.
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Michael E. Tymn
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"If you are going to create more light for our world, you must be willing to endure a little heat." So Dr. Gary Schwartz, the author of this book, quotes a Hawaiian spiritual leader he met during a funeral in Hawaii.
Schwartz has been enduring heat ever since his 2002 book, "The Afterlife Experiments," and will no doubt be on the receiving end of flame throwers aimed at him by pseudo-skeptics, debunkers, and other spiritually-challenged people as a result of this book. However, Schwartz clearly understands the risks involved in creating light. As he points out, it is one thing to be skeptical, as he himself is, but there are people who call themselves skeptics who are really cynics waving the banner of science and ready to attack anything that doesn't fit into their narrow materialistic paradigm. Generally, they are unable to distinguish between secular spirituality and religious superstitions. "...there is a difference between skepticism and cynicism," Schwartz points out, "between genuine wondering about psychic occurrences and dogmatic disbelief about them, no matter what the evidence - which is another way of describing an ardent belief that something is not real or is impossible."
As Schwartz states in the Preface, "the book draws on core lessons gleaned from the scientific methods that we can directly apply in our daily lives to potentially connect and communicate with Spirit, to seek help and guidance."
Clearly, Schwartz puts himself in the line of fire by talking about spirit communication, spirit healing, and spirit influence through guides and angels. He relates a number of synchronistic experiences which suggest possible spirit intervention. Always careful to preface his stories by mentioning his own skepticism and suggesting alternative hypotheses or theories that might otherwise explain a particular phenomenon, Schwartz boldly narrows things down so that the spirit hypothesis appears to be the best explanation in most cases. "For me scientific integrity means following the data where it takes you," he explains his position. "It is my conviction that scientists have a responsibility to pursue the path revealed by the emerging data. This may require that we question, if not ultimately reject, fundamental assumptions and beliefs of our society as well as of our professional colleagues - as well as of ourselves."
Schwartz also relates a number of interesting stories told to him by credible people. The one I found especially intriguing involved a woman just out of surgery and still under anesthesia suddenly bolting up to a sitting position on the gurney in the recovery room and giving one of the surgeons a veridical message from his deceased wife.
Many researchers have come to the same conclusion as Schwartz but they remain forever perched on the fence, unwilling, like Schwartz, to "take the heat." That is not to suggest that Schwartz comes completely off the fence in favor of a spirit world, as he recognizes that there is no absolute certainty in matters of spirit. He seems to have both feet well planted on the spiritual side of the fence, but still has his hand on the fence to steady himself. He admits that there are occasions when he becomes imbalanced - either valuing the cold reliability of technology more than the warmth and caring of spirituality, or embracing the comfort of logic and reasoning over the spontaneity and novelty of intuition, in which case he climbs back on the fence of doubt. He also realizes that one can be deluded into imagining spirit when it is all in the head. Moreover, he recognizes the possibility that the "veil" separating this world from the spirit world may be there for protective reasons and therefore there may be limits as to how deeply one can or should explore.
My own search for truth in this regard has left me to conclude that there is indeed a protective veil that cannot be penetrated, but that does not mean that we can't move from the blind faith of orthodox religions - which clearly is failing in these times of moral decadence, egocentricity, intolerance, hatred, hypocrisy, disorder, flux, strife, chaos, and fear - to true faith, or conviction, and it is, I believe, only through the courageous efforts of scientists like Dr. Schwartz and books like this one that this move will be made.
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I've followed Gary Schwartz's writing for quite a number of years. I've included his previous books on my suggested reading list for psychiatry and neurology residents and p.a. students. This latest, "the Sacred Promise", continues his meticulous use of scientific methodology into realms mostly shunned and ignored by the mainstream scientific establishment. He extends it in this work to personal investigation and analysis of personal experience. He illustrates a principle that I've learned in my own life --it is one's own experience that truly informs one about the plausibility - or the lack thereof, of a given theory. This is independent of the amount of collected data thrown into a package. Of course, one must also give credence to what has been experienced or it will just be dismissed and denied. My personal experiences lead me to lend an ear and give credence to Gary Schwartz's investigations of Spirit's interactions with humanity.
For me, Gary Schwartz is this era's William James. That is, William James with more publications and a tad less respect. In this regard, he could use some help from Aretha. I recommend this book highly, broadly, and unreservedly.
Jon Holt, M.D., psychiatrist
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The Sacred Promise by Dr. Gary Schwartz contains remarkable claims and and suggests potentially life-changing directions.
Dr. Gary Schwartz is a Cornell and Harvard trained scientist. He has departed the comfort of traditional research to probe the depths of extraordinary abilities in gifted people. He is best known to date for his work testing mediums at the University of Arizona. One of his most famous subjects was John Edward (who wrote the Foreward for The Sacred Promise), although Schwartz has tested countless claimants of mediumistic ability. Schwartz has become famous for his edge science and his passionate desire to present these amazing findings to the world.
One assertion in the Sacred Promise is that we can extend science into our daily lives by practicing 'self-science'. In a very real way we can experience the mystery and wonder of human capabilities simply by paying careful attention to the world around us. This self-science, according to Schwartz, provides direct evidence to each of us personally and individually. Self-science provides self-proof as opposed to traditional scientific public proofs.
Many events in our lives seem random but on closer examination have purpose and are connected. This notion of hidden meaning is not new. Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, two founders of modern psychotherapy, were well aware of this principle which has come to be called 'synchronicity'. The Sacred Promise illustrates examples of synchronicity in Dr. Schwartz' life. I can appreciate this as I too have found many such examples in my life. And like Dr. Schwartz, I have noticed these series of events tend to guide me to deeper understandings about life in general. They often provide practical insights that are valuable in my everyday life. So the concept that such propitious patterns might be insightful illuminations is by no means foreign to me, and I suspect, not foreign to many others.
Another recurring theme in The Sacred Promise is the importance being open to experience. As Schwartz points out, one must be accepting of a possibilty before one can experience it. This is not, as he writes, really an instance of 'proving' amazing things. Rather it is about providing the environment in which amazing things might occur, if they are indeed real. This means one must be open to the experience, if it truly exists. The phrase that is continually reiterated in the book, which resonates for me as well, is "I'm open, show me the data". Adopting this centrist attitude affords the opporunity for truly mind-bending and life-changing personal experiences.
While self-science potentially demonstrates the existence of amazing things to each of us personally, it is another matter to bring such events into a laboratory setting. Science traditionally demands controlled laboratory research to confirm theoretical predictions. Scientists are trained to remain open-minded but cautious, no matter what the subject matter under investigation. Most importantly, good science requires investigators to base their findings on the data, no matter where that data may lead them. The greatest findings in science have been the product of such rigorous inquiry. So too must it be with research into extraordinary phenomena. In all science, claims must be based on data and only made after the most careful evaluation, including searching for any alternative explanations that are fully consistent with the data. Belief should not enter the scientific discovery process. However in practice humans have a difficult time separating facts from faith or belief.
The experiments described in The Sacred Promise meet all of the criteria for scientific rigor. Therefore the findings can and should be taken seriously. It is tempting to reject the notion of Spirit in the laboratory at first glance. It seems incredible. This book is as much as a litmus test of one's own objectivity as anything else. Skeptics will tend to reject it out of hand. Which would be unfortunate, for many of them could actually benefit from a bit more open-mindedness. Believers may read more into the book than the current findings warrant. For everyone, completely unbiased objectivity is required. Then, and only then, may the true potential of Spirit assistance be realized at the individual level.
Self-science and the idea that Spirit is finding its way into the laboratory is not for everyone. Dr. Schwartz has antcipated this response. He provides an extended appendix to the book in which he presents likely skeptical responses and his systematic rebuttal to those objections. Dr. Schwartz is no stranger to this aspect of his work; he has been attacked many times by the so-called 'skeptical' community. And there is no reason to presume this will abate with this current work. However, by presenting the whole argument in the book, rather than waiting for the reaction, Schwartz offers the reader a more balanced and even self-critical perspective.
The Sacred Promise makes astounding claims and presents sound prelminary findings in support of those claims. It calls for all of us to look within ourselves for our own evidence. We are asked simply to be open-minded and to remain objective as we conduct our own self-science experiments in our daily lives. And we are respectfully requested to consider the potential for our own futures and those of our society and our planet if we are but willing to listen and react appropriately to what may be one of the most important scientific findings of this century.