His scientific pedigree is nearly perfect: a PhD in engineering physics; advisory physicist at Westinghouse Research Laboratories; chair of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford University; and a Guggenheim Fellowship to conduct research into the emerging science of crystallization at Oxford University.
It was on the flight to Oxford in 1970 that William Arthur Tiller’s life took a turn toward the unknown. Was it coincidence that he nabbed a copy of Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain to read on the plane? Or was it the work of a larger force—those he would later come to recognize as the very advanced souls known as the “unseen”?
“My wife, Jean, and I had been daily meditators for six or seven years,” explains Tiller. “I was impressed with the scope of Soviet work and the thought came into my mind: How might our cosmos be constructed to allow this crazy-seeming kind of stuff to naturally co-exist with this orthodox science I was doing with my PhD students at Stanford?”
We may never know the answer, but at that moment Tiller realized that the future of humanity relied on exploring the unknown. “From that time on, I’ve divided my work into thirds: first, is continued experiential development of self; second, is continued theorizing of how the universe might be constructed; and third, is to do experiments to keep the theory honest.”
Tiller embraced the idea that once you reach beyond the physical vacuum, everything goes faster than electromagnetic light. Since conventional scientific tools were capable of measuring only those forces that moved at up to the speed of light, he was captivated by the idea of discovering what was beyond.
Did he give up his studies of that which you could touch and feel for that which you could not? No. Tiller continued to live in the parallel worlds of orthodox science and what has become known as psycho-energetic science. Perhaps it was keeping a leg in both worlds that saved him from being totally disregarded and discarded as a scientific heretic. He prefers to think of himself as an “outlier explorer.”
In 1984, Tiller reluctantly entered the world of celebrity scientists when he was featured in What the Bleep Do We Know!?, a game-changing film about the spiritual connection between quantum physics and consciousness…