In a recent post on the quantum aspects of consciousness, I concluded by noting that not so long ago all humans explained weather in supernatural or spiritual terms, but weather is now — in most parts of the world — understood scientifically. Weather has thus been removed from the realm of the spiritual and situated in the world of science.
Although we have a fairly decent understanding of weather itself, it appears we do not have a good understanding of the ways in which weather affects humans. In a fascinating story titled “Winds of Change,” Joe Kloc at Seed Magazine discusses strange winds, searing heat, and our ongoing effort to understand weather’s impact on our moods and perhaps even consciousness:
For as long as we have been telling stories, we have been telling them about weather, trying, in the absence of scientific certainty, to understand its influence on our lives. In the small body of research there has been on the topic, we’ve found that wind and heat can make us cranky, violent, sick, and suicidal. We honk more horns, have more headaches, kill more people and, according to a recent study, even fight more wars.
While Kroc’s article deals primarily with foehn or Santa Ana type winds (which occur all over the world) and the ionization hypothesis, he neatly frames his story around the Hopi Indians:
The Hopi people of the southwestern US have a story: During a long drought when corn wouldn’t grow, the tribe began running out of food. Two children made a toy hummingbird that, as they tossed it into the air, came to life. It flew to the center of the Earth and begged the god of fertility for help. And he made it rain.
The Hopi…made sense of [weather] not through research but narrative. Stories like theirs give us a record of how humanity has coped with and tried to escape the influence of its environment. Many of these stories have been unknowingly shaped by the scientific thinking of their time, reflecting our bizarre and often specious attempts to put scientific explanation behind the still largely mysterious feeling we get that, when the weather changes, so do we.
It sounds like this research area is wide open and might be amenable to hypotheses generated by the nascent quantum consciousness paradigm. It is not hard to imagine that a foehn-type wind such as the one in the Black Hills that caused the temperature to rise 49 degrees in just 2 minutes could have dramatic impacts on particle wave activities throughout our bodies and brains.