国際生命情報科学会(ISLIS)の1995年創立から2010年春までの14年半の活動と「潜在能力の科学」の推進について報告する。設立趣意は、物質中心の科学技術から、こころや精神を含んだ21世紀の科学技術へのパラダイム・シフト(枠組革新)のための、実証的科学技術研究の発展を通じて健康、福祉、教育と社会および個人の心の豊かさを増進させ、自然と調和した平和な世界創りに寄与する事である。創設以来、生命情報科学シンポジウムを年2回、計29回主催と国際学会誌Journal of International Society of Life Information Science(Journal of ISLIS)を年2号発行してきた。2002年には「潜在能力の科学国際シンポジウム」を、2004年8月には韓国ソウルで「Mind Body Science国際会議」を主催した。2004年には単行本「潜在能力の科学」を発行した。現在世界の9ヵ所に情報センターを、約10ヵ国に約270人の会員を有す。2010年8月には富士山近くで合宿をする。
[Objectives] Until very recently, the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) defined meditation as "a conscious mental process that induces a set of integrated physiological changes termed the relaxation response". Recently the NCCAM appears to have reviewed its understanding of meditation, by including a new central feature: "In meditation, a person learns to focus his attention and suspend the stream of thoughts that normally occupy the mind", indicating a shift from a physiological ("relaxation-response") to an experiential (suspension of thinking activity) definition, more in line with traditional eastern understandings. We explore the physiological implications of this paradigmatic shift. [Design] A controlled, observational study. of acute physiological changes. N=26. Participants were asked to either meditate or rest for 10 minutes. [Settings/Location] A temperature controlled room at Swinburne University's Psychophysiology Laboratory, Melbourne. [Subjects] 16 meditators proficient at a mental silence orientated form of meditation (Sahaja yoga, SYM) and 10 non-meditators with an interest in meditation. [Interventions] A mental silence orientated form of meditation (Sahaja yoga, SYM) was compared to rest. [Outcome Measures] Palmar skin temperature and heart rate. [Results] Throughout the meditation period mean ST of the SYM group decreased while that of the Rest group increased. After ten minutes of meditation, 13 of the 16 meditators manifested a reduction in ST compared to baseline whereas 7 of the 10 participants in the control group manifested an increase compared to baseline. Chi-Square tests showed that the difference between the two groups was significant (p=.003). Heart rate changes however did not differ between the two groups. [Conclusions] The study suggests that the experience of mental silence and rest are not psychophysiologically identical despite the fact that they are overtly similar. Implications of this, and need for further evaluation, are discussed.
The purpose of the research in this study is to evaluate the possibility that Reiki decrease the progression of atherosclerosis and decrease markers of neuroendocrine and sympathetic nervous system activation in an animal model. Methods: Eighteen Cholesterol-fed rabbits were divided into 2 groups and received daily visits from a Reiki healer or from an untrained individual for 10 weeks. The practitioner faced the cages and "beam" energy through the palms of their hands. After 10 weeks, the entire aorta of rabbit was removed and stained by Sudan IV. Plasma Cholesterol, ACTH, Cortisol, Epinephrine Levels were examined at pre-and post-test by radioimmunoassay or ELISA, Results: Statistically the differences were not significant though aortic atherosclerotic lesion areas of Reiki group were decrease compared to that of the control (p=0.22). There were significant elevation of cholesterol levels and decrease of ACTH levels at post-test in both groups, but no significant differences between Reiki and control (p=0.34, p=0.13). There were no significant differences in epinephrine (p=0.47), cortisol levels (p=0.74) between Reiki and control. Conclusion: The results did not show that Reiki is beneficial for decrease the progression of atherosclerosis and decrease plasma levels of the stress markers in the animal model.