By David Muehsam, PhD
I have the good fortune to be working as a scientist, yoga/meditation teacher and as a musician. When I think on why I chose such a path, I now understand that experiences I’d had in childhood influenced me deeply, and set me on this course when I was quite young.
The day I fell I love with science was probably when, as an adolescent in science class, I looked through a microscope and saw the cells dividing in an onion root tip. It was amazing to actually see the various phases of cell division, with the shape of the cell transforming as the genetic material is duplicated and splits in two. Sitting there at the microscope, I felt that I was looking into creation itself, into a world somehow much larger than me – all in a tiny onion root! I was filled with wonder and joy, and didn’t want to take my eyes away from the microscope!
As a child, I was often stirred by strong spiritual feelings, and remember times when a poem or a musical performance moved me to tears. I often felt deeply moved inside places of worship, and remember wanting to melt into the beauty of the music I heard there. I was able to play in a forest near my childhood home, and remember many hours spent exploring the wonders and intricacies of the natural world with my friends. I think that we all share this ability for childlike wonder and joy, and it is my hope that through the work we do together, we can bring more of this into the world.
I think there is a unity between the arts and sciences, and myriad connections between science, music and yoga. As a young man, I somehow felt intuitively that in order to understand one of these three activities, I needed to understand something about the others too. For example, it occurred to me that the study of consciousness was more than just the study of atoms and molecules and DNA: meditation is a way of studying consciousness firsthand, in the laboratory of one’s mind. Music allows us to better understand our emotional and spiritual selves, and to share these with others in ways that aren’t possible in most intellectual pursuits, or alone on a yoga mat. And the incredible progress that’s been made in biophysics and the neurosciences and helped me to better understand how mind-body practices such as music and yoga can produce remarkable changes in stress levels and cognitive activity, and have clinically-relevant effects on inflammatory and immune process in our bodies. I’ve conducted studies on Qigong and yogic breathing practices, and have had the good fortune to work with many colleagues on such topics as mind/body interactions, the benefits of yoga/meditation, etc. I’m very excited about how these fields of study have advanced our concept of the unity of mind/body/spirit, and how this has helped us towards a better understanding of consciousness, healing, health and well-being.
It’s a blessing to be able to follow this path, and I’m deeply grateful to all the teachers, colleagues and friends who have guided me along the way.
Bio: David Muehsam is a specialist on the biophysical transduction mechanisms and therapeutic application of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Dr. Muehsam holds a BA in Physics from Hampshire College, and PhD in Neurophysiology from the University of Bologna, and has authored extensively on biophysical mechanisms of EMF bioeffects, EMF therapeutics, mathematical modeling of EMF bioeffects, and alternative and complementary medicine.