Lyon’s Law

The principle of soul resonance

| July-August 2011

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How do people connect with one another? How do we find our soul mates, the people we are meant to live with, work with, and love? The provocative and moving new film I Am, now playing in theaters, may provide a clue.

I Am is a documentary by the 52-year-old director Tom Shadyac, who made a name for himself by writing and directing the Jim Carrey movies Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Bruce Almighty, and Liar Liar. Despite the accompanying fame and fortune, which included all the accoutrements society tells us we need for “success,” Shadyac came to the realization that he was “no happier.” Then he was in a near-fatal bicycle accident that left him wondering what he really wanted to do and say before he died.

To answer that existential riddle, Shadyac started meeting with consciousness researchers, academics, thought leaders, and spiritual teachers—including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Howard Zinn, and Noam Chomsky—and asking two questions: What’s wrong with the world? And what can we do about it?

One of the most intriguing concepts that Shadyac discovered is what physicists call “quantum entanglement.” A basic tenet of quantum mechanics, quantum entanglement posits that everything is connected across space and time. Two objects that interact, whether they are elementary particles, distant celestial bodies, or proximate human beings, become inextricably connected. Move one and the other senses it in some still inexplicable way and responds.

Dean Radin, who appears on camera in I Am to explain the concept of quantum entanglement, is senior scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and author of Entangled Minds (Simon & Schuster, 2006). I asked Radin how quantum entanglement relates to human relationships. He said that entanglement suggests that at deep levels, the fabric of physical reality is all about interconnections, and that our everyday sense of separation is an illusion. Further, he said, “Since you cannot observe something without influencing it, strong intentions might cause a kind of gravity that pulls people of like minds together.”

The concept of quantum entanglement is reminiscent of what I call Lyon’s Law, named for my beloved, Susan Lyon, who is, as far as I know, the first person to use the term “soul resonance.” Lyon’s Law states that each of us emanates a signature vibration throughout our entire lives. This emanation has its own unique vibratory rate and quality—its own “note,” if you will—as unique and distinct as a snowflake or your fingerprint. Unlike your fingerprint, however, your soul vibration changes over time, becoming more or less clear and distinct, or clouded and obstructed, depending on how you live your life.
8/28/2011 9:44:09 AM

Life is a puzzle to solve with any faculty.  It is said, the science world is a dead world, devoid of feelings, impartial & repeatable. Once the results are published, we must integrate it to better understand life! A good writer, scientist or philosopher, muses about our very existence; a rich life on paper comes from many components, whether teased out dead scientific experiments & research, or a thoughtful trail through the meaning of life, or both!  Don't condemn a well written article for not following macro/micro experimental rigor. Macro/micro/quantum - great to know if you are running equations and experimental rigor, but tough to live by, if you use it as a barrier to musings about riding on a beam of light while holding a mirror.

steve eatenson
8/22/2011 9:21:43 AM

Take an abuser and a victim, put them in a large crowed room on opposite sides, they will likely find one another. Same with an addict and a caretaker. Opposites do attract so the law of attraction can be risky. So what is our purpose? Where did we come from? Where are we going to? What are we? What are we supposed to do? These questions scare the heck out of us; so much so, we allow self-serving manipulators to create religions that tell us what to do and answer these questions for us so these self-appointed holy people can lead us like sheep. We feel better following such guides because we convince ourselves doing so, we don't have to feel scared anymore and hey, it's the path of least resistance, we no longer have to think either. It's like fingers and toes. We are connected, part of the same body, but separate and distinct in our design and function. Fingers and toes are smarter than the whole it seems. They don't say, "look at me, I'm special, unique, better than you." They just do what they do.

David Kimball
8/22/2011 8:39:56 AM

Just because something describes scientific observations and then is used as a metaphor, does not mean that the substance of the metaphor is scientific. The power of connectedness is a great metaphor, but poor science. It is only science when it can be observed and used for predictive purposes. To make the science of quantum mechanics a "scientific explanation" for our feelings of connectedness is as erroneous as the Biblicists who take the round story of creation and try to fit it into the square peg of science. Science is science, and story is story, and never the twain should meet.

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