by Barbara Sherf
Annabella Wistar Wood, 59, who did not know until 2004 that her great-great-great-great-great grandfather was Caspar Wistar, founder of the famed Wistar Institute in Philadelphia, will give a talk on Sunday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m., at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church titled “The Connected Universe: Spirituality and the Dawn of Unified Physics.”
Born in New Jersey but raised in California, Wood returned to Blue Bell 14 years ago and learned of her deep family roots. While out west, Wood worked for 30 years on an 18-wheeler and spent endless hours studying the book entitled “A Course in Miracles.”(“Miracles” is a 1976 book containing a curriculum which claims to assist its readers in achieving spiritual transformation by simply gaining a full “awareness of love’s presence” in one’s own life.)
Wood, a survivor of cervical cancer, came back to this area in 2004 to attend Bryn Mawr College and study physics. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study the nature of thought and its imprint on physical reality. In 2006, her theories were “a bit out there,” and while she wasn’t asked to leave Bryn Mawr, “they told me I wasn’t a good fit.”
Wood later graduated from Union Institute and University (UI&U), based in Ohio but with a satellite program in Vermont which she attended. Mostly, however, it involved independent study from home. In 2010, after 18 months, Wood finished the degree she had started in Bryn Mawr. The B.A. was in Holistics, Religion and Spirituality
“During those 18 months I concentrated on researching the origin stories of indigenous peoples as well as some of the major religions: differences and commonalities, ancient civilizations, their technologies and what they tell us about the relationship between consciousness, thought and the material world.” Two years later, Wood was ordained as an interfaith minister through Circle of Miracles in New Britain, near Doylestown.
These days you will find her helping people as a handywoman through her business, Belle’s Buildings Handywoman Service, LLC, serving as an interfaith minister and continuing to explore Unified Physics. Wood describes Unified Physics as “the bringing together of geometry, ancient wisdom, metaphysics, astrology, astronomy, music and science, demonstrating how every part of creation is directly connected with every other part.”
Last year, Wood went on a 10-day trip as a delegate of The Resonance Science Foundation (RSF — www. resonance.is) to Egypt with 160 other delegates studying under Nassim Haramein, founder and research director of RSF. Wood was gushing about her “life-changing” experience to Chestnut Hill resident Dale Lower, a client she does handywoman work for. Lower then introduced Wood to Joe Irwin, who puts together monthly programs for The Center for Contemporary Mysticism, where a group meets weekly to study “A Course in Miracles.”
In a two-hour interview at the church, Wood said that for years the scientific community has espoused the theory that we are all alone in the universe. She, Haramein and others in the scientific community now dispute that theory. “We are discovering that there is a blend between science and spirituality. In the end, the true language of God and creation is a mathematically provable unity that pulls together science, philosophies and religions all over the world,” said Wood.
Wood’s worldview changed after reading a two-page article in 2014 in Optimist magazine about Haramein titled “The Power of Nothing.” “Once I read it, the hair on my arms stood up, and I knew this physicist had the closest description of physical reality that was backed by mathematics, describing a universe that is alive, growing, conscious, self-aware and completely connected with itself,” said Wood, who immediately went to the author’s one-page website that detailed the mission of RSF. She is now planning to go on another RSF research project for two weeks this November to Peru and Bolivia.
According to the RSF website, Haramein has spent over 30 years researching and discovering connections in physics with other scientific disciplines and ancient civilizations. These studies led Haramein to groundbreaking theories, published papers and patented inventions in Unified Physics.
The Center for Contemporary Mysticism (www.contemporarymysticism.org) is based out of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave. The program is free, but donations are welcome. Wood can be reached at www.annabellawood.com. Barbara Sherf tells the stories of businesses and individuals through www.CommunicationsPro.com. She can be reached at 215-990-9317 or CaptureLifeStories@gmail.com