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… as do some medical technologies such as MRIs.

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:

Science and NDEs  —  Foreign-accent syndrome  —  Measuring maya  —  Asteroids pummeled Earth for 2 billion years  —  Exoplanets and the prospect we’re not alone!  —  Mysteries of Eden  —  Combat killing and the human spirit  —  Aurora theater tragedy  —  News in perspective  —  A life and afterlife debate

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12 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. 🙂


  3. Kate says:

    I’ve been looking at all the latest flat Earth stuff especially that of Eric Dubay and starting to wonder if it is possible. Mark Macy do you know if spirit have said the Earth is definitely a planet or planate? Thankyou in advance if you do read this and reply

    • Mark Macy says:

      Hi Kate, this is a really interesting subject, based on what we were told in a computer contact from our spirit friends in 1991. The message arrived in the computer of Maggy Fischbach of Luxembourg from her spirit friend Swejen Salter, who had lived a carnal lifetime on Varid, a parallel planet of Earth, before dying and joining the Timestream spirit group.

      (This all seems kind of loony and outrageous until you do some backstory into the researchers and their relationship with the Timestream spirit group… then puzzles pieces start fitting into place a bit more, and the research that people like Maggy and me have been involved in becomes not just believable, but real and true.)

      Here’s part of that contact, along with a link to a longer article:

      “The inhabitants of Earth have not only a different view of their world than do those of my home planet, Varid, but also a different physics. For instance, the planet I come from was flat in 600 B.C. It was as flat then as it is round now. The planet has not changed but the spirit of its inhabitants has. The spirit of man, whether on Earth or Varid, is constantly changing. Man attributes this maturing of intellect to advancements in science and to more accurate methods of investigation.”

      So… I googled Eric Dubay after reading your comment, since I’d never heard of him. Here’s my take on things, based mostly on what our research group learned from Timestream spirit group:

      Life in the material universe and all its structures are really just illusion… a very dense illusion that seems real to us as it’s perceived through our five senses. Much of the structure of the world around us is formed to some extent by the collective beliefs and expectations of us humans. If our material universe is like the material universe where Swejen Salter lived before she died, then it stands to reason that if everyone on Earth believed that the Earth is flat, then the Earth would indeed be flat. As it is, for several centuries humanity has shared the collective belief that the Earth is a sphere… and so it is.

      That is the way things are, assuming I correctly interpreted the message from Swejen Salter, and assuming she is correct.

      That said, this malleable nature of the material universe is not something I dwell on very often, just because it’s so mind-boggling. I feel more comfortable interacting with other people under the assumption that the world is ball-shaped and not worthy of argument. If I were forced to testify before a panel of scientists or judges, I’d say, yes, the world is shaped like a sphere to the best of my knowledge… and I’d leave it at that.

      Once you get into the TRUTH–that the material world is maya (illusion) that can be shaped to some degree by our perceptions, and that reality is only at the finest level of spirit, subjects like this get too hard to talk about in worldly terms.
      (more about maya vs reality here:

      I doubt if that’s a complete, satisfactory answer to you questions, but please feel free to follow up.


      • kate says:

        I am so grateful..thank you for this reply. It just brings me back around to the conclusions I came to a few years back that anything is possible and it’s just an illusion which sounds over simplified but I’ve come to that point after years of research into so many different things. It doesn’t matter what shape the Earth is but it does matter if we are being led by corruption. For years I’ve looked at conspiracy theories and it seems there is a lot of deciet in the world. I understand what you mean how things can seem looney and outrageous but when it comes to the afterlife you end up going beyond that point of skeptism and it becomes undeniable. After reading your links I can visualise humans flickering in and out of parallel univesrses. Once again thanks.

        • Mark Macy says:

          ‘…humans flickering in and out of parallel universes….’
          That’s a great quote. I love it.

          Speaking of conspiracy theories and deceit, I wonder what you think about this, from my other site….


          • kate says:

            I completly agree with everything you’ve written although I would add pharmaceuticals and banks at the top with oil. I do believe there is a war on our health. Dark triads and illuminati sound very much the same. The dark triad genes are already there, (in all of us), and external factors can switch them on and enhance them. This article of yours has seriously nudged me into thinking. The empathy gene feels like torture sometimes but perfect for those that need it and recieve genuine acts of kindness and love. I doubt it would be a shame if there was a serious catastrophe… like the stage setting/props being cleared away for the next scene. It could be the human body is just to flawed for anything remotely resembling equilibrium to take place on Earth anytime soon but maybe we are slowly changing into ‘new earth’ as Dolores Cannon talks about or I’ve heard a lot about going into the 5th dimension. There does seem a shift in peoples awareness of what is going on in the world and the more esoteric subjects maybe this will help expose things and bring about change? Thanks for sharing your link and it has been interesting thinking about it all and my reply is probably as jumbled as my thinking 🙂

  4. kate says:

    I would just like to add and follow on that I do believe in reincarnation and chosing our lives, very similar to the work of Michael Newton..Destiny of souls book. The fact that some genes are on or off in people could be exactly as they should be in this perfect school of ours. Thinking this doesn’t make bad things right or good nor does it mean I agree in acceptance of bad behaviour but it could be on the same lines as forgiveness.

    • Mark Macy says:

      Likewise, I agree completely with the picture you paint so well with your words. It seems that long ago humans on Earth became short-lived, noble-savage creatures, and as a result our societies and world civilization go through noble and savage eras as they build and flourish, then decay and collapse amid conflict and chaos. Then they rebuild.

      Like the Hindu gods Brahma (creator), Vishnu (preserver), and Shiva (destroyer) monitoring and guiding humanity through its growing pains.

      And while each of us is alive on Earth, there are ways to find peace in the overall trend going on around us at the moment. Forgiveness, empathy, kindness, and love, for example (as you say). I also admire the work of people like Ms Cannon and Mr Newton. 🙂

  5. kate says:

    I think your hard work, information and evidence is, by far, the best I’ve heard, read or seen. You have a trail of absolute gems to share with those that find you. Thanks for your replies I’m sure I will pop up again but do plan to get your books.

    • Mark Macy says:

      Thanks Kate, the kind words are much appreciated. After sending you an email last week about the books (offering them at a reduced rate) it occurred to me yesterday that I had a special clearance sale of my books a couple of years ago, and I got rid of most of the books in my garage. Although that’s been over and done for over a year, if you’d like to be my ‘last customer’ for that clearance feel free to track down that offer here on this site. Whatever the terms were, it’ll have to be a check transaction (made out to my nonprofit, “” since the Paypal option has long expired).

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