The next step...

...was taken by Robert Frohlich in 1960. Based on premises of quantum physics, he stated that the living matrix must produce cohesive light. Today we know for certain that the living matrix sets the level of vibrations which further spreads in the organisms and radiates to the surroundings. These oscillations have various frequencies, including the visible ones or those at the fringes of visibility. These phenomena manifest themselves on a great scale.

Also a Canadian research group... the University of Saskatchewan under the direction of Dr. Abram Hoffer and Dr. Harold Kelm also conducted studies of the electric field of human organisms. The detector used by the scientists detected at a distance an electric aura and identified the psychophysical state of the person being studied. It was determined that in the person's electric aura there appear wave frequencies characteristic to specific states.

Radiation of the electric field that organizes the biological matter took on for good the term of aura, and science accepted this term when gaining conviction that this was not fiction. This field is dynamic in character. It pulsates in the rhythm of processes occurring in the biological body.

Currently it is considered... be connected with the sphere of effect of the bio-plasma, i.e. the dynamic system of particles having an electric charge and which are affected by chemical reactions that create the metabolism of living organisms, but at the same time each living organism executes its life functions in the rhythm of changes occurring in the bio-plasmatic field. There is a mutual coupling between the biological body and the bio-plasma. A complicated network of connections of the bio-plasmatic field comprises a precisely organized, unified, and inseparable circulation system.

About a score of years ago...

...Professor Wlodzimierz Sedlak, a priest from the Catholic University in Lublin, announced a theory according to which each living organism is filled with bioplasma , the fifth state of matter, i.e. a mixture of ions and electrons that comprise the basis for all life processes. The Homo Electronicus does then exist. According to the Professor, bioplazma extends a bit beyond the body, creating around it an electrostasis, an aura that is not visible to the naked eye.

The Professor then views the living organism as a complicated, self-regulating electronic system. In a wide perspective, each molecule of our body, each cell, each system and finally the entire organism, they each have their bioelectric energy and all these energies work together in agreement.

Sedlak's hypothesis assumes that electromagnetic processes comprise, besides the biochemical processes, the second reality of a living organism. A characteristic trait of life is the capability of creating a biological field, but a structure deprived of this field is inanimate matter. If an energy disturbance occurs, sensed around the body of the ailing being, then physical and chemical changes follow.

Moreover, according to the Professor, also consciousness, the creation of which is one of the deepest mysteries tormenting humanity, is not a psychological phenomenon, but a biological one and has all the traits of electromagnetic energy. It is not a sensation (which could suggest sensory receptors), nor is it an internal factor with an undefined nature, but it is a fact of energy taken into consideration in the general construction and functionality of a living organism, therefore it exists from the beginning of life. Thus, since it comprises the fundamental element of human nature then, the entire human being also is electronic.

This is how Professor Sedlak defines the role of the biofield: It primarily fulfills the role of information within the living system, and at the same time, it is a factor of self-regulation of life processes.

If then this field is a factor organizing life processes, it becomes clear that changes occurring in it warn us about changes which follow in connection with this.

Sedlak's theory caused quite a storm in the scientific world; the argument against it was the lack of experimental confirmation. There were however evaluations, as for example that of Professor Aleksandrowicz in Krakow, who acknowledged the considerations proposed by the professor from the Catholic University in Lublin as a revolutionary hypothesis, connected with the essence of life, which begins with the motto: Man's greatest discovery probably is self-discovery.

Professor Sedlak's view...

...of the concept of consciousness was shared by the well known Australian neurophysiologist Dr. John Carew Eccles, professor at the University in Dunedin, New Zealand, the Australian National University in Canberra and the New York State University in Buffalo - laureate of the Nobel Prize in medicine. In his lecture given at the World Congress of Philosophy in Dusseldorf in 1978, Professor Eccles stated explicitly that consciousness should be treated as something autonomous, independent of the body and existing beyond the central nervous system. He supported his argumentation with results of numerous experiments, underlining that it is consciousness that influences the biological development of the brain, and not the opposite.

Consciousness also steers the functioning of the entire live organism using the bio-plasmatic field for this purpose, and today is beginning to be recognized as an essential factor of physical reality. This is at the same time a factor, which - using energy - shapes the surrounding reality. It is then difficult to doubt that consciousness is a very real phenomenon that may appear in direct action, and without taking it into consideration it is not possible to explain the nature of the Universe, matter, and many phenomena observed in our reality.

Research on the radiation of the life field...

...was also conducted by Professor Thelma Moss, Ph.D., and Ken Johnson, PhD., at the California University in Los Angeles. They demonstrated that while maintaining constant parameters in making photographs, noticeable changes in radiation strength of the bio-plasma are caused only by the photographed object.

The plasma of each of the photographed persons has its own, characteristic pattern, which changes depending on disposition and emotional state of the studied person. Also consumption of some foods, drinks or narcotics, and also different states of relaxation evoked essential changes in the image of the aura. Distinct differences in radiation strength were also caused by punctures done in the so called acupuncture points, while incidental punctures did not give a similar reaction.

The Moss-Johnson scientific team also demonstrated by experiment that the energy of the bio-plasmatic field may be transferred from one organism to another. Numerous photographs of the bio-field have proven that during a biotherapy session the radiation of the patient's bio-plasma was strengthened and the biotherapist's aura emission was dimmed.

It is also worth noting the photographs...

...done by Dr. Eric Douglas Dean, from the Technical High School in Newark, New Jersey, that demonstrate clear change in the aura of the biotherapist's fingers during a conducted therapy. The photograph prior to initiation of treatment of a patient did not differ from thousands of others, however, during the session the finger tips were surrounded by a stiffly standing mass of violet threads with an additional luminous effect, in the form of orange fire reminiscent of a gas stove.