One of the challenges in our learning curve is the propensity of the experts in the field to be highly dogmatic and hugely contradictory.
We rather expected that from sales people, since each company would naturally consider their products superior, but it has been quite disconcerting to speak to different people with significant experience in the field and to get wildly different information from them, usually delivered with the passion and conviction of a Southern Baptist evangelist.
So in addition to the fact that we are measuring different things than the pros in the field are measuring (which creates its own set of variables), the pros in the field are not even remotely standardized in terms of how to collect the data or what it means.
In the midst of all the dogmatic authorities, God led Megan to one lady who was highly experienced but willing to explore ideas and explain the logic behind it — when she could — rather than just make pronouncements.
Today they had a phone call to explore three of the EEGs. As usual, we came away with yet another bundle of “basic parameters” which we were supposed to observe during data acquisition, which we will ponder and possibly obey — or not.
Overall, she was unequivocal that we are getting solid recordings that are valid for interpretation. That was the main objective of the call and was a nice pat on the back for Megan.
After looking at a generic EEG, Megan took her to the one where the individual’s spirit dominated the Seat of Dominion. The consultant was rather dumb struck and wasn’t able to contribute anything other than “That is a very interesting EEG.”
Megan, to her credit, managed to refrain from giggling at how wonderfully blindsided the lady was.
They then proceeded to the EEG where the divided person switched. The consultant was quite unable to explain that phenomenon. She offered a few vague comments about equipment being on overload, but it never occurred to the consultant that this was REAL activity in the brain, not a problem with the box that was sitting still, untouched, the whole time.
So those are still novelties to be explored, pondered and . . .
But in the midst of the poking around, the consultant pointed to a particular Alpha wave pattern and observed that the individual was about to go to sleep there.
Now Megan was quite involved in that session and was quite clear on the fact that the individual in question was not even remotely close to sleep at that time. AND she remembered my comment that when we did the famous first one in Malaysia, Jeffrey kept pinging our volunteer and telling him to wake up. To which the volunteers invariably commented that he was not sleepy or sleeping.
So, it appears we have another fun mystery on our hands. There is a pattern that is strongly associated with being asleep or at least sleepy in the standard interpretation of the data. Let’s assume for purposes of discussion that they are absolutely right, and this pattern DOES denote sleep or at least sleepiness in most people.
The question on the table then is, “Why does the spirit produce that same pattern some times and not others?”
These and many other questions will be answered in random order, sporadically over the next few years as God gives us hints and clues.
So the journey continues.
Next week we are in Hawaii. Some of the people we are testing are of Japanese background and some are more Hawaiian. Historically the Asians are broadly less inclined to show extremes of emotions, so if we were testing soul emotions, one would expect a moderately muted response.
What about the spirit though? God is very clear on His fierce intentionality to see every “tribe and tongue” represented in heaven, presumably because each subset of humanity is a different expression of His nature and heaven would not be acceptable if part of God’s self-portrait was missing. It would be like a family who loses a child. The family picture is never quite the same.
So is there an Asian or Hawaiian spirit? When we look at the EEGs as a group, will we see demonstrable differences among the very White group in Virginia, the Japanese/Americans, the pure Hawaiians, and the Latinos in Houston? Who knows?
AND THEN the following week we have the biggie in Houston where almost everyone in the group we are testing has had lots and lots of teaching on the human spirit as well as ministry to their spirit.
Neither the Virginia group nor the Hawaiian group has much background in receiving spirit ministry, so we will have those two groups as our baseline.
We can hardly wait to see what the results of the Houston set of EEGs will show us. Our anecdotal experience is that the human spirit is highly responsive to nurture. Therefore, the possibility exists that we could get some highly dramatic results from the Houston crowd because of all the work they have invested in their spirits already. I am so looking forward to that round of tests.
We are still months away from having any significant diagnostic insight and for a guy whose tag line is “What does it look like on Monday morning?” that is quite aggravating, but the journey has been wonderfully wild and wacky and that at least is gratifying.
And as a last minute addition, we have just confirmed a seminar in Calgary on June 23rd, with EEG testing on June 20th and 21st. So if you live in that part of Alberta, please fill out the volunteer form, so we know how to get in touch with you.
Details to follow. Watch the newsletter.
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