A Journey into Prayer: Pioneers of Prayer in the Laboratory: Agents of Science or Satan?


Prayer is a constant mental input into our world. Do we pray for what we

need or what we want? Do we pray to heal or to hurt? Healers pray. Terrorists

pray. Motivations for prayer are investigated by the Spindrift researchers. One

discovery was that non goal-directed ...

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Prayer is a constant mental input into our world. Do we pray for what we

need or what we want? Do we pray to heal or to hurt? Healers pray. Terrorists

pray. Motivations for prayer are investigated by the Spindrift researchers. One

discovery was that non goal-directed prayer--"Thy will be done"--produced

different test results than goal-directed prayer.

A Journey Into Prayer explores the struggles, triumphs, and persecutions

of two spiritual healers, Bruce and John Klingbeil, who developed scientific

laboratory tests to validate the effectiveness of prayer. This father and son team

added to the centuries old anecdotal evidence the modern day standard of proof

demanded by science and medicine. Spindrift translated some spiritual

experiences and religious language into the scientific language and experiments of our times.

Spindrift ignited spiritual dynamite. Author Bill Sweet weaves with a rare

sense of humor this Spindrift adventure and the outrage it sparked.

"The name Spindrift is synonymous with what at first seems an oxymoron--the

scientific study of prayer. This group's ground-breaking work, which has

been part of an enormous shift in consciousness, was brought forth at great

personal cost--the apparent suicides of the father-son research team. Bill

Sweet's meticulous account reads like a mystery--one that may never be

solved. But regardless of the tragedy, the Spindrift research is an

important part of the bridge between science and Spirit. May all the good

these researchers have done return to them as an enduring blessing of peace."

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  • ISBN-13: 9781401091507
  • Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
  • Publication date: 1/28/2007
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 734,034
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Bill Sweet has always been interested in how consciousness and prayer relate to science and religion. A natural connection between like-thinking people resulted in his involvement in the research of prayer and consciousness at Spindrift. Bill became a president of Spindrift, Inc.

Brought up on the North Shore of Chicago, Bill graduated from New Trier High School and Illinois State University with a major in communications. He founded and was president of an entertainment booking agency in Chicagoland.

Bill’s avocations include being an investor, an audiophile, and a ham radio operator. He resides in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2004

    Pray for Science

    Once I picked up A Journey Into Prayer, I couldn't put it down. While reading it, I experienced a wide range of emotions - much of it anger and dismay. I was also inspired. This book is a masterpiece that reads in parts like a novel. But this book is not fiction; it's a documentary on Spindrift, the prayer research organization that dared to investigate the science behind prayer and healing. Between the lines, I perceived the fear of religionists and scientists. It seemed that both had a vested interest in keeping the truth obscured. For the church, to attempt to test prayer is heresy - to study it scientifically is foolhardy. But the evidence speaks for itself - there is a measurable influence between prayer and healing. I hope courageous religionists and scientists will take up the task of fully exploring this vital area. If they do, it is clear that they will be reviled, criticized, persecuted, sanctioned, and scorned. But the cat's out of the bag now. Bruce and John Klingbeil sacrificed their lives to prove a point. And what a point they proved - prayer and consciousness can affect living things locally and nonlocally. Prayer can heal. Healing through prayer and meditation is part of every religious tradition. It is ironic then, that religious people so strongly objected to Spindrift research and persecuted Bruce and John Klingbeil. I hope a major publisher picks up the rights to this book. It should be required reading for every college student with a science or philosophy major. The persecution Spindrift endured is not unique for controversial issues. The scientific establishment and academia are often guilty of being fully vested in the traditional order, squashing new ideas when they conflict with entrenched theory. Religion has much to lose if it is determined that their way is not the only way. Bruce and John ran head first into that buzz saw. Many thanks to author, Bill Sweet, for making this book come to life. It should be a call to arms for those still possessing a seeking mind for the truth, no matter where it might lead us. This book is a somber reminder that even though we live in an age with computers and space flight, our emotions and desires are not so highly evolved. Prayer is mysterious and it is powerful. Why does it work? Like it or not, we're going to find out. Charles Atkins, Author Modern Buddhist Healing

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    The High Cost and High Value of Prayer Research

    Bill Sweet presents a fascinating behind-the-scenes account of Spindrift prayer researchers Bruce and John Klingbeil in A JOURNEY INTO PRAYER. Facing criticism from both religious zealots and skeptics, the father-son research team nevertheless managed to live their dream of making significant contributions toward a better understanding of how prayer works. A detailed appendix contains highlights from decades of Spindrift laboratory experiments into goal-directed and non-goal-directed prayer, and is a wonderful starting point for readers wishing to know how their research was conducted. Spindrift experimented with people praying for yeast cells, mung beans, and other living organisms by observing how these organisms were benefited by prayer. The Spindrift research was interpreted by some to be evil, and the Klingbeils were ostracized and ridiculed for daring to scientifically show effects of prayer in the laboratory. A JOURNEY INTO PRAYER looks at the hardships the Klingbeils faced as they continued their prayer research even when their church began the excommunication process, and all the way up to their last days of life, just prior to their suicides. Why would Bruce and John kill themselves when they were just about to enjoy some well-deserved time off? This question and others related to their mysterious deaths are left to the reader to contemplate, following a detailed description of the days and weeks preceding the suicides. What I love most about reading A JOURNEY INTO PRAYER is feeling a sense of being intimately involved in the lives of Bruce and John Klingbeil as they threw themselves fully into their prayer research, even when people misunderstood and misjudged them. A JOURNEY INTO PRAYER is a must read for anyone interested in an unflinching description of the high cost and high value of prayer research -- or who'd enjoy reading a real-life version of the Spiritual X-Files.

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