Foreign Accent Syndrome: Science and the Human Spirit

Imagine waking up and finding yourself speaking the same language but with a thick foreign accent. It happens… though not often. Only about 100 cases of “foreign accent syndrome” (FAS) were recorded by doctors last century.

Karen Butler of Oregon had dental surgery, and upon awakening spoke with a mixed accent of English, Irish, and other European cultures. She’s American through and through, has never been to Europe, and is puzzled by her new accent. (click here for that story)

Science doesn’t know exactly what causes the syndrome, but the assumption is that it’s some sort of neurological disorder that might someday be better understood through brain scans.

It makes more sense to me that FAS is another example of the many invisible spiritual influences around us… more specifically, confused spirits who hang around our world after they’ve died, and they enter the bodies and minds of people who happen to be open and receptive. I suspect that being anesthetized can open us up in that way; it’s common knowledge among spiritual research that drugs and alcohol have that opening-up effect.

Science and medicine are on the threshold of a major revolution. The pendulum is about to swing back to a spiritual foundation for scientific exploration… but things will be different this time.

Six hundred years ago, the Church was in charge of scientific thought. Rigidly held beliefs and doctrines made scientific progress difficult. The Earth was thought to be flat and located at the center of the universe, and curious scientists like Copernicus were ostracized for promoting ideas at odds with the Church. He was nineteen when Columbus sailed to America, and he upset the status quo afterwards by explaining that the explorer and his crew didn’t sail off the edge of the Earth, as prophesied, because the world was really round, not flat. Copernicus was a good Catholic who loved the Church, and so the Pope allowed him to continue his provocative studies, as long has he did it in the privacy of his home and didn’t give lectures that would stir things up. The schools, after all, were teaching that Earth was at the center of the universe, not only in astronomical bearing but in importance in God’s overall plan… an outlook that’s sometimes called “terracentrism.”

Being put under a sort of gentle house arrest was a godsend for Copernicus, giving him the opportunity to monitor the movement of stars and planets. He cut holes in the wall of his room to provide a fixed viewfinder through which to observe the ceaseless motion of the heavenly bodies at night. He logged his findings meticulously over the years, proving once and for all that the Earth was just a minor player among the stars and planets… that it revolved around the sun. His book, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Bodies, was published in 1543 while he was on his deathbed. It gave a much “cleaner” picture of celestial activity.

Epicycles: How the heavens seemed to move then…

… and how they move now.

So as Copernicus died, modern science was being born… almost literally. Galileo was born 21 years later (1564) and, with the use of telescopes, went on to prove the heliocentric (sun-centered) model of the solar system, which became one of the pillars of natural science as it broke away from the Church and severed ties with all things spiritual.

That divorce between science and spirit has served us well for six centuries, giving scientists an uncluttered view of material reality. They’ve been able to delve inward, into the realm of cells and subatomic particles

Subatomic particles

… and outward, into vast, distant galaxies.


Today, thanks to secular science, we know more about our physical universe than anyone would have thought possible a century ago.

A long-held belief doesn’t change easily, though. When pressured by new findings, it starts to rear its ugly head. Copernicus waited until he was dying to release his findings because he knew they would cause an uproar. Galileo faced the Inquisition (the ugly head of terracentrism) and was threatened with torture if he didn’t publicly denounce his heliocentric findings.

But in time, if the data is sound (as in the case of viewing the night sky through telescopes), the long-held beliefs relent, giving way to a new paradigm.

Today, spiritual influences in our world are supported by very sound data, from my spirit-face photos to the many EVP- and spirit-related clips on youtube… and the very foundation of modern science will soon be completely rebuilt. The main pillar in the new science will be the worlds of spirit.

The material universe is viewed by modern science as the center of everything—the one and only—just as Earth was viewed as the center of everything six centuries ago. The new science will see the material universe as just a minor player in the larger scheme of multidimensional reality. The issues and concerns of humans on Earth are miniscule in the vast array of spiritual consciousness coursing through the larger creation.

There’ll be lots of kicking and screaming, the rearing of many ugly heads… but the new paradigm—a spirit-based science—will eventually win out… and for the same reason new paradigms always win out: They’re right.

Science today is trying to explain near-death experiences in terms of neuro-biochemistry. They’re trying to explain schizophrenia and phenomena like foreign-accent syndrome as brain disorders.

These are modern-day epicycles—gyrations that will grow wilder and wilder as science tries to fit the many spiritual realities impinging on our world and on our lives into their secular paradigm. Skeptical inquisitions will continue until spirit wins out… until it becomes the norm among scientists that we are timeless, brilliant spiritual beings having a physical experience during this short lifetime on Earth… stunted by the limited thinking ability of the human brain.

Boundless love, wisdom, and knowledge are accessible to us all through our soul.

Meditation to connect the soul with the conscious mind will become the cornerstone of the new scientific method.

Other articles about science and the human spirit:

The material mind skews logic to explain consciousness  —  Science and NDEs  —  More modern-day epicycles  —  Foreign-accent syndrome  —  Measuring maya  —  Asteroids pummeled Earth for 2 billion years  —  Exoplanets and the prospect we’re not alone!  —   Combat killing and the human spirit  —  Noxious capitalism and the human spirit  —  Aurora theater tragedy  —  News in perspective  —  Pfrankenstein’s monster: big pharma  —  Preventing that pesky apocalyse  —  Updating the Therapists’ DSM Bible


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2 Responses to Foreign Accent Syndrome: Science and the Human Spirit

  1. Liz Wagner says:

    Your words: stunted by the limited thinking ability of the human brain.

    More and more I have come to believe the human brain does not have an infinite capacity to acquire knowledge. To me, it seems as if there is a Rationer (although I have no idea who or what this Rationer is – probably just the physical brain itself). It seems one can experience only a certain amount of love, anguish, sadness, joy and knowledge.
    Then the ration is complete. No more can be acquired or experienced. Even dream life (the dreams remembered) contain images of what is known, persons one knows, dreams possibly twisted and irrational but nevertheless in some measure familiar.
    Are you saying that within meditation all this can change and some real knowledge can be acquired which is beyond one’s current brain capacity?
    Thanks, Mark, for your work.
    Liz Wagner

  2. Hi Liz,

    I think the brain’s an amazing machine… probably about as complex and fast as it can get here in the physical world, but it’s nothing more than a living computer packed into our head. The hardware alone (the various lobes consisting of neurons and blood vessels) is little more than circuitry, and by itself is not “intelligent.”

    It’s the software – – the operating system and programs – – that “runs on” the computer hardware that contains the real intelligence. And that, I believe, is all part of the human soul. The soul contains boundless intelligence, but it’s just a ‘stripped-down’ version of the soul that makes up the operating system for the brain, which lacks the capacity to understand the vast picture. That’s not the purpose of the brain. It’s purpose is to be the control center for the dense physical body as it navigates through this dense physical world. In the big picture of countless subtle realms flourishing with intelligent life, the role of the human brain is very small.

    So, yes, it’s our souls, which are all a piece of the source and which are all one, that have the real smarts. When we contact our soul through meditation, the connection does not go through the brain. Meditation is simply the practice of moving our conscious awareness from the brain (where there are strict limitations) to the soul (where there are no limitations). The soul, according to mystics for centuries, resides within our bodies, in the area of the heart, imperceptible to our senses. Hindus say it’s a perfect nonvibrating light about the size of a thumb. To “get there” we have to tune out the many sensations from the noisy world around us. Once we’re able to clear away the clutter of the day-to-day, our consciousness migrates gradually, naturally, to the soul. But clearing the way isn’t easy… because the brain wants to monopolize our consciousness for its own important purpose: navigating the physical world.

    Hope that doesn’t stir up additional confusion. 🙂


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