Life Forces & Physics

Buryl Payne, Ph.D.

If an object changes its motion a force is said to be acting on it. Classical physics identified 5 forces: gravitic, electric, magnetic, and two nuclear forces. An ongoing puzzle for those playing the game of physics has been to explain every observed phenomena in terms of these forces, and if possible, to even simplify or reduce the number of forces needed. So far, electric and magnetic forces have been linked but not much progress has been made in finding a unifying principle for the others.

While these forces of physics have accounted for some structural aspects of the known universe, there's a lot left unexplained. And the entire phenomenon of life seems far beyond accounting for by the four basic forces of physics.

About ten years ago a new force: a biological one, was discovered. This force appears to be present around all living organisms. It is easily measured as it is quite large and frequently manifests as a spin force or torque upon objects in the vicinity of any life form. It's presence can be verified by anyone with simple, commonly available materials. It varies in amplitude with geomagnetic activity. Details have been published elsewhere. [1]

The discovery of this force led to the realization that spin forces are almost universally present around all particles from neutrons, electrons, protons, to planets, moons, stars, and galaxies. One astronomer even proposed that the whole universe spins.

In other words, if a test mass is placed in space near any body, it will experience, in addition to gravitic force, a torque which will cause it to rotate around the body in addition to falling into it. If the test object is on or near the plane of the spin force, it will go into orbit; if not, various other trajectories will occur.

If spin is brought into physics as a force in its own right, we can see some symmetry and unity between the forces of physics. Gravity and spin complement one another. Where there is mass, there are gravitic and spin forces. Where there is charge, there are electric and magnetic forces. These two pairs seem to form a natural symmetry. And magnetic forces appear to be a special case of spin forces, for the magnetic field around a current carrying wire is in the form of a circular or spin field. Spin forces, in turn, may be a special case of spiral or helical forces. Certainly spirals abound in living organisms. Torque, angular momentum, spin, or spirals as force vectors can be put into mathematical form quite easily.

When spin is assumed to be another basic force, the formation of much of the universe becomes easier to explain. Spiral galaxies, solar systems, planetary ring and satellite systems are natural outcomes of such forces.

Spin forces also bring at least one aspect of biology within the framework of physics, since spin appears to be a property of all living organisms. Weak or ill people are observed to have less spin force; whereas little children have larger spin forces.

Table 1

  • Operates between all matter
  • Pulls matter together
  • Only manifests between charged particles
  • Pushes or pulls
  • Manifests when charged particles move
  • Manifests around subatomic particles which possess the property called spin
  • Pushes or pulls at right angles to the direction of motion
  • Only sensed by other charged particles
  • Cause charged particles to move in circles, spirals, or helixes
  • Present around all bodies — much larger around living organisms
  • Causes all bodies to spin around one another
  • Counteracts gravity
  • Produces complex forms or structures

Table 1 summarizes the forces of classical physics including the spin force. The forces are arranged in order of complexity. Gravitic forces only pull, electric forces push or pull, whereas magnetic forces operate at right angles to moving electric forces. If there were no magnetic forces, all the particles in the universe would eventually clump together after all the negative and positive electrical charges canceled each other out. And all the non-particles (light, or radio waves, and neutrinos) would disperse in all directions. Even with the presence of magnetic forces, charged particles would eventually find their opposites and gravity would draw all matter together, but it would probably take longer.

However, if we assume the presence of spin forces, which operate on and around every particle, whether charged or not, then particles would come to have something like the distribution we see in the universe today, with organized, spinning forms and structures everywhere kept in delicate balance and harmony. [2]

Postulating the existence of a spin force in its own right leads to some hypotheses which could be tested by experiments such as the following:

1. The gravitational constant might be different for living objects than non-living objects. Orientation of the living objects could be a factor.


2. The force of gravity would be less on the equator than nearer the poles. This may be difficult to measure on Earth due to the centrifugal force, but night show up most clearly in the formation of space probe orbits around other planets.

3. A human floating in space should start turning with no other forces present, if left quietly alone. And small objects floating near a human should go into orbit around the human.

If spin force is a real force, then the gravitational constant may either not be constant, or may require a slight modification. This would have significant consequences for theories of the universe, perh’aps accounting for missing mass and other current problems in astrophysics.

Although spin forces may help to account for some of the complex structures we observe in the universe, they fall far short of accounting for all the variability and complexity shown by living organisms. An organizing force over and above the forces of physics presumable must exist in order to account for the formation of living entities. Such a force, in order to qualify as a force in the traditional sense, must somehow move particles around, putting them in their "places" to form complex structures. We simply recognize it's existence in its own right, name it, and get on with our theories and projects.

Whatever its nature, human thought must be involved with that organizing force, for the power of thought to form structure, organizations, and artistic creations is clearly evident. By assuming the existence of an organizing force, we immediately jump physics up a level. But enough of such theoretical speculation — what about the experimental evidence?

First of all it should be noted that every thought moves millions of atoms and molecules, ions, and cations around within the body. We all exhibit the power of psychokinesis within the boundary of the skin. If a thought is novel or creative, then by definition it is not a mere function of stimulus-response or deterministic forces, it is a new structuring of atoms, molecules, neural patters, etc. Besides all the things that bodies do to keep living, they are our "thought amplifiers". That is, if we wish them to be. And some laboratory tests have shown that human thought, intention, and/or emotion can move objects outside the body without physical intervention. This is over and above the spin force shown to exist on frames suspended around the body.

Curious to see if thought force or psychokinesis would show a synergistic effect due to the intention of large numbers of people, the author initiated a larger scale experiment in 1979 to see if people could move a space station into a higher orbit. The space station, called Sky Lab, was due to crash into Earth. About one million people participated, linked and guided by radio, and there did seem to be some slight result. The space station remained in orbit longer than expected due to an unusual reduction in solar activity, which reduced the agitation of Earth's atmosphere and thereby lowered the air drag on the space station. Participants in the experiment were asked to ask the Sun to take care of the space station. This experiment was unknowingly a pilot study for a more recent experiment, covering a 3-1/2 year period in which people meditating for world peace were asked to time synchronize mediations on 6 dates per year. This hypothesis tested whether or not humans, acting together, could alter the planetary magnetic field and the activity of the Sun. Preliminary analysis of the data suggests that they can! [3]

This incredible finding must enlarge our view of human nature and of the power of thought to alter the physical universe. We are required to take thought into consideration as another force, if we accept the experimental evidence, ranging from facts of how the brain-body system operates to controlled laboratory studies on psychokinesis, to the findings (still preliminary) that humans can apparently interact with the Sun. Again spin forces enter as a possible link between the older physics and life, for the spin force around the human apparently can be modified by the power of thought, or more aptly, the power of emotion.

To consider thought as a force does lead to a new model of one aspect of consciousness. In thought, we can imagine different possibilities for future actions. We can mentally construct and discard many different alternative plans, ultimately choosing one which we will amplify with our bodies; i.e., speaking, writing, and acting to make it manifest. The different possibilities which we imagine can be said to form a probability space in the strict mathematical sense of the term. Some possible actions are "far out" on the probability curve, others are mainline, highly probable actions. With our free wills we can push for one of the other possibility, even stretching to make an improbable event happen. Of course free will isn't free. It takes effort, intention, or energy. (And it's probably taxed as well!) We do this all the time in our daily lives when we consider and plan alternatives. In this sense, human consciousness operates in a fifth dimension, space and time comprising four, and the fifth one made up of probable universes. This is a clear and well defined (sometimes) dimension — that of probability. Most people, most of the time, follow the principle of least action, doing the most probable thing, and thus exhibit little free will. But we can do so when we want to.

In summary, based upon experimental evidence, two additional forces are postulated to exist.

1. A spin force or torque (more generally, perhaps a spiral force) present around all bodies and living organisms in particular.

2. A thought force or more generally, an organizing force present around all living organisms, especially humans.

There are probably other forces of a higher organizing type which we are so immersed within that we can't perceive them, for if things just depended on our thought to organize them, they would be a mess! Anyway, we want to leave some of the mystery of the universe or life would be rather boring.


  1. "A Device Which Detects and Measures a Biological Force", Am. Jo. Acupuncture, Dec. 1983. 2(4), 353-358. [Back issues of "American Journal of Acupuncture" available through http://acupuncturejournal.com]
  2. More details on the spin force detection instruments, including building instructions, may be found in Mr. Payne’s book: THE BODY MAGNETIC. <http://amzn.to/KFlI6Z>
  3. The Global Meditation Project, Interim Report, National Council on Geocosmic Research, 5 (3), 1987. [Conference reports available through http://www.geocosmic.org/]