Powers Of Mind with Larry Dossey, M.D. and Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D.

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The mind will always hold mysteries for us, and it seems even more mysterious as scientific research indicates that our current concepts about the nature of mind may be utterly inadequate. Dossey, Schlitz and others are conducting research on parapsychology, prayer healing and other phenomena that radically call into question what may be possible, as well as what may be missing from the mechanistic scientific approach itself. “It is stretching our conceptual paradigms,” says Dossey, “...to the breaking point.” We hear of experiments that are giving scientific substance to concepts like “love” and “the soul,” and their implications for the future of medicine, psychology and spirituality. 


Larry Dossey, M.D. is the executive editor of Explore: The Journal of Science and Healing, and served as co-chair of the Panel on Mind/Body Interventions of the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine. 

He is the author of numerous articles and books, including: 

  • Time, Space & Medicine (Shambhala 1982)
  • Beyond Illness: Discovering the Experience of Health (Shambhala 1984)
  • Recovering the Soul: a Scientific and Spiritual Search (Bantam 1989)
  • Meaning and Medicine: A Doctor’s Tales of Breakthrough and Healing (Bantam 1991)
  • Healing Words (HarperSanFrancisco 1993)
  • Prayer is Good Medicine: How to Reap the Healing Benefits of Prayer (HarperOne 1997)
  • The Power of Premonitions: How Knowing the Future Can Shape Our Lives (Dutton 2009)
  • The Energy of Prayer: How To Deepen Your Spiritual Practice (co-author Thich Nhat Hanh) (Parallax Press 2006)
  • The Extraordinary Healing Power of Ordinary Things: Fourteen Natural Steps to Health and Happiness (Harmony 2007)
  • One Mind: How Our Individual Mind is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why It Matters (Hay House 2013) 

Marilyn Schlitz, Ph.D. is Director of Research at the Institute of Noetic Sciences. 

Topics explored in this dialogue include: 

  • How it might be possible to scientifically study “the soul”
  • Challenges to our concept of mind
  • What keeps scientists from admitting an interest in parapsychology
  • The work and significance of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS)
  • Identifying truly promising radical ideas from the far fringe
  • Scientific demonstrations of “the power of love”
  • Experiments that are demonstrating the powers of mind
  • The “staring experiment” and what it indicates
  • Lessons for doctors and nurses arising from this research
  • Historical acknowledgements of the powers and dangers of thought
  • A vision of future healing environments
  • Death and the survival of consciousness 

Host: Michael Toms     Interview Date: 11/2/93     Program Number: 2501