Noetic science or Noetic theory is a
fast-emerging field of science making major breakthroughs in mind-body
medicine. The word 'noetic' comes from the Greek word noe'sis meaning 'inner
wisdom'. Noetic science is a branch of alternative medicine that deals with
healing the body and bringing about homeostasis with the power of the mind. It
is the next big thing in the field of research and introductory medicine, and
is now gaining importance in many parts of the world.
The human mind is an extraordinary organ, and
has the capability to reach unimaginable feats, and this fact was understood by
our ancestors as well. For example, it is amazing how Sir Isaac Newton,
considered just an average student in school, was able to accomplish and
understand such complicated theories of physics.
The placebo effect, which is of great use in the
health industry, is yet another example of the hidden potential of the human
brain. Physical and mental pain can both be effectively reduced by learning to
calm and compel the mind, and make it believe that there's no pain.
Noetic sciences strive to bring light to these
and many other factors of the mind that may prove to be beneficial to the
mankind globally though like any other major form of alternative medicine,
Noetic sciences have faced their share of criticism and controversies due to
lack of enough evidence to support their effectiveness as a form of medicine.
Most traditional systems of medicine, including
Ayurveda, treat diseases taking into consideration the complex mind-body
relationship. In view of this, scientists have developed a new discipline of
medicine called psychoneuroimmunology (PNI) which deals with the relationship
between psychological, behavioral, immune and nervous system functioning.
Noetic science, or the science of consciousness,
is the next step that includes physics (quantum computing) as well. It goes
beyond PNI and views energy as the underlying pattern of the universe. The
mind-body healing in Noetic theory is based on the fact that there is an
unimaginable amount of power in the human mind, and that every material thing
existing around a human mind is the result of a mere thought or conscious
awareness whereby intentionality, consciousness and universal energy field
cause potential healing.
The law of attraction, popularly depicted
through the movie 'The Secret', works hand in hand with this belief. Positive
thoughts are believed to be powerful enough to encourage their materialization
in the plane of consciousness around. Extensive studies conducted on this fact
have proven that a single thought actually has a particular weight!
In the US, and other countries, researches
carried out have shown that thoughts can actually affect the direction in which
plants grow, the shape in which the bacteria on a culture plate grow, and
stimulate healing of damaged cells.
Extraordinary feats are expected to be accomplished in
the next few years in the field of Noetic science, and maybe, in the very near
future, we may be able to heal cancer just by the power of 'thought'.