Wednesday, January 26, 2011

People Who Hear Voices

Both within the community of UFO enthusiasts and without, there are those who claim to be in communication with what they often describe as ‘higher intelligences’, and who receive these communications either through channeling or automatic writing, but also at times through what seems to be direct telepathic means. Very often, these people become the central figures in a certain kind of UFO or psychic group that borders on cultism. Examples of such figures in the past are Joseph Smith (founder of the Mormon Church), Edgar Cayce, and Uri Geller, all of who were seen as mediums through which such a ‘higher intelligence’ communicated, and they gained a certain following by people who believed that this higher intelligence was exactly what it purported to be: an incarnate being (or council of beings) that was working through these chosen mediums or telepathic receivers to deliver important information to the human race.

These groups, consisting of people from virtually all sectors of society (often including supposedly highly intelligent people in prominent positions), are so fascinated by the fact that their medium seems to be communicating with a disembodied intelligence and receiving information that they could not possibly know but some of which seems to be later verified, that these followers buy into these communications wholeheartedly, and feel compelled to believe whatever else they might be told by this source.

In certain cases, such as with Uri Geller, psychic phenomena are often associated with the contact they have with these ‘higher intelligences’. However these phenomena might be caused, whether they are real or fraudulent, they seem to be used to influence those receiving the communications into believing in the ‘higher intelligence’ through a show of the latter’s superior knowledge and abilities. Uri Geller himself claims that he acquired his amazing psychic abilities after he had a UFO experience when he was a very small child, crediting the UFO operators as the source of his special gift.

These groups that claim to be in communication with these ‘higher intelligences’ often come to think of themselves as a special group, and are often told as much by these entities, which only encourages these people to believe that such entities are real and what they communicate is truthful and to be taken seriously. These ‘higher intelligences’ always speak as though they only want the best for the human species, but they almost always demand blind trust in what they say.

These groups, and the medium who is central to them, very often attract people in very influential positions within our society, including very high-ranking politicians, corporate leaders, religious leaders, and members of the scientific body. This is scary, when you consider the sort of philosophies that are espoused within these communications. They speak of such things as ending war and cleaning up our environment, which are obviously good, but they also speak of a single world government and the human race’s place beneath these ‘superior’ beings. This is obviously not good. In general, these communications consistently warn of impending doom for the human race if we don’t take their direction and accept their leadership. Of course, they always express themselves in the most benevolent sounding tones, and so these followers believe that the communications must be sincere.

The problem with these sorts of groups is that whoever or whatever these ‘higher intelligences’ are, they can acquire a significant amount of power through those who believe in them, and take over those people’s lives in the process. This can have an eventual negative effect on society as a whole, should these people begin to act in response to these communications.

Heaven’s Gate is an example of one such group, and although the intentions of its followers were quite sincere in their beliefs, they were led by their leader, Marshall Applewhite, into killing themselves in a mass suicide, based on the belief that they were going to be resurrected into a higher plane of existence by a ‘higher intelligence’ that was traveling to Earth on a spacecraft that was following behind the Hale-Bopp comet. This group exemplifies the amount of power that these communications can have over those who believe them.

The ‘higher intelligences’ that communicate to such groups always promise to transform those who will follow them, but this transformation only ever equates to a change in their beliefs, and through the hope of a promised change in humanity, these people tend to change their attitudes, at least for a while, until they eventually become disenchanted and lose their faith in the communications. Many followers, however, will never admit to a loss of faith, and will continue to seek such ‘higher intelligences’ that might provide the sort of pseudo-spiritual guidance that the former ‘higher intelligence’ did before.

There are many others besides the mediums of such groups who also believe that they are in communication with such entities, but do not acquire a following, usually because they consider their relationship with these entities to be a personal one. Often, these people initially experience what they describe as a UFO abduction, and thereafter they continually receive what they believe to be telepathic communications from their ‘abductors’. Often, the people who receive such communications undergo major changes in their perspective of themselves and their world. In many ways this is good, because they begin to care more for things, and they feel that they are special and therefore appreciated, even if it’s only by these entities. On the other hand, they might also come to feel somewhat self-important, thinking that they’re superior to others because they’ve been chosen for these communications. Often, they come to believe that they’re genetically related to these entities, and therefore superior to other humans.

There is a great danger in all of this. Nobody can be certain that these entities are who and what they claim to be, or where they reside, or if their communications are at all valid beyond what’s obviously true and already known. The entities speak as though they are very wise and extremely intelligent, but this may just be an act. Nothing that they have ever been reported to impart has ever shown them to be any more intelligent than the average member of the human species, although they might seem impressive with their often confusing mystical or technical ramblings.

The followers of these ‘higher intelligences’ tend to believe that the entities are able to cause major events to happen, and are accredited with causing certain particular people to achieve certain goals that fulfill some agenda. This gives these entities the semblance of a certain godliness, and this is dangerous for those who believe in them, and by extension, for the rest of us. However they might do these things, we must realize that only because our science has not found a way to explain them, this doesn’t mean that they can’t somehow be done, either through sheer trickery, or perhaps through some technological means that we don’t yet know about. Of course, it’s not at all inconceivable that they’re able to use actual psychic means to facilitate these actions and events.

The philosophies that are communicated need to be given consideration for what they might reveal about these entities. Although they are somewhat different from group to group, there is an underlying similarity between them all that can be easily discerned. We must realize here that these entities may be very earthly and human in nature, and as such, they carry no greater power or intelligence than those who believe in and accept them as some form of superior being. Those who have posed as gods in times past have always had to use mystique and guile to provoke their followers to act in accordance with their wishes, and these ‘gods’ have always had to remain hidden from view, working through the efforts of their followers to achieve their purported goals. These ‘gods’ have also delivered the same general message as well, expressing the need for the human species to accept their guidance and allow their supposedly higher wisdom to replace our self-determination as a species in our evolution and development. These entities speak with a great deal of confusing terms and what sounds like scientific and religious superiority, but is only meaningless rhetoric when examined more closely. What they say boils down to what Jacques Vallee describes in Messengers of Deception as “an unquestioned faith in external intervention that will bring simple answers to mankind”.

The message is the same as what those who dream of power would have us believe, if they could. It’s the same message as we find in those religious institutions that strive to dictate what the masses should believe, and in the same fashion of using the fear of an opposing force that wishes only to enslave us, such as we see in the personification of good and evil in the figures of a messiah and of a devil, a Christ and an Anti-Christ, angels and demons, good sprits and bad spirits, etc. The language used may be different, but the underlying concepts are always the same. We are to believe that we’re going to be saved by these entities, but we must first blindly show our faith and trust in them.

The entities behind these communications rely on the fact that many people have become dissatisfied with our current world and our leaders, and the fact that our science has failed to provide us with any sense of purpose and is only leading us into ever-greater dangers for ourselves and for the rest of the planet. This is a theme that’s on the minds of many people at this point in our history, when it already seems that the biblical Apocalypse is just about upon us, and using the conditioned fears and beliefs surrounding this long-established prophecy of our ‘End Times’ to encourage followers to believe that these entities are here to initiate its fulfillment. This plays on people’s desire to not have to take responsibility for their predicament, that our failure as a society has resulted in the need for such intervention, and that it’s the only solution.

There’s really nothing new or original about what these communications impart. Other than the confusing and often uninterpretable statements they often make, the message is otherwise the same as any religion has used to subjugate the masses and goad them into submission through fear and empty promises. The only real difference with these more modern forms of ‘spiritual’ communications is that they seem to be designed to put the listener into a semi-hypnotic state using its form of confusing verbiage, at which point a more specific message is conveyed that can have subliminal effects on their thoughts and beliefs.

In Jacque Vallee’s book, Messengers of Deception, he puts forward the idea that these entities do not come from outer space, nor from another plane of existence, as they often claim, but are in fact human like the rest of us, and might be using psychotronic technologies to create the illusion of UFO encounters and contact with superior beings. Such technologies do exist, and they’ve been in development since at least the 1940s, both in Russia and the US. These technologies are directly associated with secret military projects in mind-control techniques, which in itself reveals the sort of mindset we’re dealing with in military circles in general. If we consider this mindset further, we can see that they take their authoritarian roles and superior privileges too far in most situations that they are involved in, revealing that they have become a force unto themselves, operating outside of and beyond the role that they were initially designated to fill, and taking privileges that were never given to them. This marks them as a possible source for these communications.

When incredible technologies exist that are not known about, people scoff at the suggestion that they exist because they don’t believe that anyone could possibly keep such a secret for very long before the existence of these technologies was revealed. These people will say the same thing about government secrets of any type, and this has been the logic used again and again to reject a large number of allegations against the government over the years, the most prominent being those more popular allegations of government conspiracies that we hear about. However, the very fact that these allegations arise reveals that the secrets do in fact get out, and when they’re such persistent and long-standing allegations, such as with the JFK assassination for instance, this only reveals even more so that secrets are not being kept as well as some might hope. So, when we hear someone scoff at the suggestion that certain technologies couldn’t possibly exist in such secrecy for very long, we can only agree, and point to the evidence that exposes them as being real and not so secret. Such doubters are only doubters because they don’t look for the evidence, and instead find ways to discredit it because it doesn’t suit their beliefs to accept it. But mind-control technologies are very real, and there is a wealth of documented evidence to prove this fact beyond any doubt. The actual magnitude of what these technologies are capable of is uncertain, but what is known is that they can cause the sorts of experiences that people seem to have in relation to both the UFO enigma and paranormal activity. Telepathic communications with what appear to be disembodied entities can certainly be artificially induced.

Are all these people receiving these communications from the same single source? This can’t be answered with certainty, but there are many similarities in the message contents that suggest that they are. So, what is the intended goal? It seems that these communications are part of a bigger agenda, an experiment in social manipulation that relates to altering beliefs about who we are as humans and what our destiny is. This manipulation, if that’s what it is, exploits the mystery of the UFO enigma as a means to convince people that these entities are who and what they claim to be. However, whether the UFOs are actually associated with these entities is another matter altogether.

Jacque Vallee offers two possible explanations for the UFO enigma that reveals its relationship to these groups who believe they’re communicating with higher intelligences. The first is that this is all a ploy being orchestrated by an unknown group or groups for the purpose of political exploitation, influencing these groups and the public as a whole for their own ends. This explanation rests on the possibility that these UFOs are not from somewhere else, but are manifestations that are somehow created by humans. The second possibility is that an unknown group or groups are exploiting an otherwise real UFO phenomenon by fabricating many of the UFO reports and creating an entire mythology surrounding them for their own ends. Vallee states that it’s not necessarily the UFO phenomenon itself, but the beliefs surrounding it that are being manipulated by a human group or groups who have their own objectives. He also states that he believes that whoever these people might be that are orchestrating this, they probably have a good understanding of what the real UFO enigma is all about, and therefore know how to exploit it without revealing their deception. Whether or not those behind the telepathic communications have actually made contact with the real UFO operators – and are possibly in collusion with them – is another matter.

Vallee lists six possible effects on our society that the UFO enigma could cause, whether or not they are real:

  1. A widening gap between the scientific community and the public, due to the skepticism regarding this issue that’s being promoted by the former;
  2. Humans will tend to not see themselves as masters of their own destinies, and instead give credit to what are perceived as superior beings;
  3. The enigma promotes the idea that we need political unification, and draws our attention away from our planet and the need to care for it better;
  4. The UFO ‘contactee’ groups that we’ve discussed here may become the basis for a new form of religion based on the ideologies that are communicated to these groups;
  5. The irrational faith put into the belief in extraterrestrial intervention may end our support for scientific rationality as more and more people come to believe that this enigma is beyond the capability of science to explain;
  6. The ideologies expressed in communications with these ‘higher intelligences’ will promote race superiority and totalitarian systems that will eliminate democracy.

Whatever is going on in the shadows at the human level surrounding the UFO enigma, it’s making the issue much more complex and difficult to reach the truth, and this can only be purposeful. Two factors that have become related to this issue and which only confuse it further are the incidents of crop circles and cattle mutilations.

Crop circles seem to suggest an attempt at communication by the UFO operators through some sort of mathematical symbology, and this has left many UFO investigators wasting valuable time attempting to understand these glyphs and their possible meaning. At best, they’re an attempt to make us think that the UFO operators are highly intelligent and are trying to tell us something. If there really is a tie between crop circles and a ‘higher intelligence’, one would think that this would have been communicated more easily through the mediums of the UFO groups we’ve just discussed, or that the purpose of these glyphs would have been clarified through such communications. No such explanation seems to have ever been received.

Cattle mutilations seem to suggest that whoever is responsible for the UFOs is attempting to instill fear of the UFO operators in the public’s mind, while at the same time wasting the time and efforts of UFO investigators by diverting their attention and adding confusion to the entire enigma. For all we know, these mutilations have nothing at all to do with the real situation, and are merely subterfuge created by one or more human groups who are exploiting the UFO enigma for their own ends.

Out of all of the mysterious aspects surrounding the UFO enigma, it’s those people who hear these voices in their heads that can be most easily accounted for. These voices are not schizophrenic delusions, and they are not created from their own imaginations. There is too much similarity between individual cases to allow for such a coincidence. They can best be explained as the effects of certain psychotronic technologies that have been in development for some years, and the voices are being projected into these people’s heads for the very reasons that Vallee suggests: to manipulate people’s beliefs and create an expectation or even a longing for an intervention by what we would consider superior entities who will save us from our own failures as an inferior human race.

We must not forget that at least some of the UFO accounts are indeed real and not human in origin. This is supported by the fact that sightings, and even contacts, have been occurring throughout our history.

The rise in the popularity of UFOs began in the mid-twentieth century, soon after World War II. Western society was in the process of change, propelled by the advances made in science during the war effort that were offering new and previously unimagined products and technologies. This opened up not just new markets and opportunities for industry, but also new ideas and the possibility to pursue them. This was largely reflected in the burgeoning field of science fiction at that time, which introduced many of these new ideas to the public at large. At the same time, television was taking over radio as the medium for news and entertainment, and this offered a greater opportunity for those in power to experiment in manipulating the perceptions of the public not only through sound but also through images and visual effects.

The idea of conquering space also began to bloom at this time, first as fictional entertainment, then as a real possibility. The ideas that had been promulgated by science fiction were capturing the hearts and minds of the people, and it was an opportunity for those in power to exploit. Religious traditions were dying fast in the modernized world, and people were open to new ideals that placed them in the position of masters of their own destinies, and for some, masters of the destinies of others. God was dead, and the new hopes and promises of science seemed to be an adequate replacement that would sooth our fears and uncertainties about the mysteries of this great universe. Nothing seemed impossible anymore.

Those in power saw the opportunities for increasing their own advantages by directing and manipulating the affairs of ordinary people in certain ways. They began to take advantage of the ability to distort perceptions through the new media of television, merging imagination with reality. In the process, they realized that people were often unable to distinguish between the two unless they were told which was which, and this led those in power to consider how they might take advantage of this for their own ends. They saw that these distortions in sensory perceptions also led to distortions in people’s beliefs, and this led them to considering ways that they might use this to benefit themselves. This could be done through psychology as well as technology.

The war had helped tremendously to advance technologies based on electromagnetic phenomena, and much of this was in the hands of the military organs of the major governments, still out of reach of public awareness due to the secretive nature that had been fostered by the war mentality. As long as the full extent of these technologies remained out of public awareness, they could be used to manipulate public perceptions without concern for the public realizing what might be going on.

Are psychotronic technologies the means by which these communications from ‘higher intelligences’ have been received by individuals, either as unconscious mediums or consciously through apparent telepathic transmissions? To doubt that this is possible only opens us up to being exploited more easily. To educate ourselves about what is possible and has already been achieved in this area of science will only help to secure us against such exploitation.

The Power of Self-Affirmations

Self-talk has definite power to affect personal situations and outcomes. Such self-talk, when not purposefully directed, is little more than mental chatter to us, but when it is purposefully and intentionally directed, it is able to affect energies that will build up to the point that they can cause the outcomes that reflect one’s thoughts.

As we have already discussed in previous chapters, whatever we might think in our minds has an effect on our external reality through the subconscious connection we have with everything else. It is therefore of vital importance that we are always careful of our ongoing mental dialogue, and that we learn to direct its content as much as possible to reflect the expression of desired outcomes, and not undesirable ones. In order to do so, it is very helpful to use what are known as self-affirmations. These are nothing more than short, purposefully directed statements that reflect a desired situation or outcome. They are very powerful when properly applied. In most religions, this mental force is directed through prayer, which has the same effect, although the guidelines for the most effectual results are often not understood or followed, and so the results are often ineffectual or misdirected.

The guidelines listed below should therefore be followed when using self-affirmations in order to gain the best results from your efforts in using them:

  • They should be as concise as possible. A short and precise sentence is more direct and understandable than one that is long and convaluted with detail. This is because self-affirmations are meant to speak to the subconscious, and the subconscious doesn’t use analytical processes, which are the domain of the conscious mind and therefore should be kept out of the whole process as much as possible. A short sentence that rolls off the tongue nicely, when repeated over and over, will work well in tapping into the subconscious mind as you implant your instructions. If you can’t keep your affirmation short, consider making it in two or three separate sentences that can either be said one after the other with a short pause between each, or individually at different times of the day.
  • They should be worded in the positive sense. This means that you should avoid use of the words ‘no’, ‘not’, ‘never’, etc. The idea is to establish positive, creative energy, which is important in manifesting equally positive outcomes.
  • They should be stated in the present tense whenever possible. Use the word ‘is’ or ‘can’ rather than ‘will’, etc. This establishes in the subconscious a certain sense of immediacy, and keeps it engaged in fulfilling its instructions during the moments that the conscious mind is active with other things and the subconscious is free to work in the background.
  • They become more powerful the more often they are repeated. Repetition is a part of the language of the subconscious. By using your affirmations like a rhythmic mantra, you tap the subconscious mind and put it in a more suggestible state. As you repeat your affirmation over and over, you’ll learn to keep it going in the background of your mind while you do other things. If you do this ritually, you’ll eventually be able to hold your full attention on other thoughts while still repeating your affirmation. This doesn’t mean that you must repeat the affirmation until you’re exhausted. In fact, it’s only necessary to spend a lot of time repeating an affirmation at first, in order to initiate a good connection with the subconscious and establish the instructions you want it to carry out, but once that connection is established, you only need to spend from a few minutes to no more than an hour each day repeating a particular affirmation. After the subconscious has clearly received its instructions, it only needs regular reinforcement. In the end, however, more repetition means more attention given by the subconscious to any particular instruction.
  • They are more powerful when combined with corresponding physical or mental images. Images are another part of the language of the subconscious. Any sensory input you can give to the subconscious that helps to reflect what you want will also help in making your instructions clear. This can be done with photographs or anything else that symbolically reflects your desired outcome.
  • They should only be applied with positive intentions. It is recommended that you always apply self-affirmations towards positive goals. This is for the same reason that it is important that they are positive in the way they are worded. Negative intentions are disharmonic, and will have an equally negative effect on the amount of power the subconscious has in fulfilling your goal.

Self-affirmations are goal oriented, and yet, because they operate at a subconscious level, there is no need to be consciously concerned with how those goals might manifest themselves. It simply needs to be consciously accepted that the power of the subconscious is able to affect events at a deeper level than we are consciously aware of, and let it do its work.

Having doubt in the power of the subconscious is debilitating to the suggestive power of self-affirmations, and will counter the effects because it is itself a form of instruction to the subconscious.

The subconscious acts like a computer in that it takes instructions from the operator and fulfills them without question, providing output that correlates with the instructions given to it. Like a computer, this process can be almost instantaneous for simpler instructions, or it may require some time for more complex instructions. Once it is given its instructions, it works in the background to generate results.

When you give a computer an instruction to do an operation, such as sorting a list of words into alphabetical order, it will begin to follow those instructions exactly. But if, while it is performing those instructions, you interrupt it with new instructions to randomize that same list, it will stop sorting and thenceforth begin randomizing. This is analogous to what happens when you first apply a self-affirmation and then counter it with doubtful thoughts. The subconscious takes all conscious thoughts and self-talk as instructions and tries to fulfill them as they are given. For this reason it is important to overpower any doubtful thoughts you may have regarding the goals your self-affirmations are designed to achieve. Positive and negative thoughts have equal but opposing power, and so it is important to be sure that any thoughts that are negative to achieving your goal must be outweighed by positive thoughts to achieving it. This is why the repetition of affirmations makes them more powerful. You add weight to them with each repetition. Therefore, for every thought that is negative to your desired outcome, you must apply a greater amount of positive thoughts to compensate.

It should be noted that there is a direct relationship between the repetition of thoughts and the repetition of actions that develop into habits (as discussed in previous chapters). In both cases, the repetition directs the subconscious to automate a response to the given stimulus. With habitual actions, we learn to make them without conscious direction. In the same way, our habitual thoughts tend to arise without conscious direction, and this causes us to learn self-defeating attitudes if we are not careful. This negative and self-defeating attitude has come to afflict each of us more than we realize, and only when we begin to consider the contents of our habitual self-talk and how it tends to defeat us can we begin to see how much we limit our own potential.

I will give an actual example of my first attempt to use a self-affirmation, and the success that resulted. There was a certain young lady from my past who I hadn’t seen or heard from in more than two years, and I was interested in seeing her again, just to settle my mind that she was still alive and doing well. I was curious about the power of using affirmations at this time, and so I decided to put it to use to see what results I might get. So, for the next few weeks, as I strolled around town in my leisure time, I repeated an affirmation that instructed my subconscious to allow me to see her again. I did this each evening, repeating the affirmation over and over to myself as I walked about. Then one evening while I was doing this I looked across the street, and there was my lady friend, who smiled and waved at me. I was dumb-struck. I had no idea that I would actually run into her, and so I had not been prepared to approach her when I saw her. The best that I could do was to wave back as I continued on my stroll. But I was very convinced that this was more than just a coincidence because it was the only time I have ever run into her and several years have since passed in which I still frequent the same area but have never seen her again.

Types of Psychism

It is known that certain states of mind make one more receptive to incoming psychic energy, and certain other states make one more expressive of outgoing psychic energy. The former is a relaxed, sleepy, or meditative state, while the latter is a highly focused state of directed concentration.1

People tend to either be receptive and affected easily by psychic energy, or are expressive and able to easily effect other people and/or things by psychic energy, or both, as can be observed in the difference of abilities in different psychic practitioners. Receivers of psychic energy (such as telepaths and clairvoyants) tend to be more common, while those who can express psychic energy in the physical (such as psychokinesis, levitation, or materialization) are not nearly as common.

We all direct, and are all directed to some degree, through psychic energies. We are not normally conscious of these energies affecting us or of us having an effect on the external world through them, but with the awareness and understanding of these energies, we can learn to detect them, and by this means develop them in ourselves and become more in control of them.

Highly emotional and sensitive people tend to be natural receivers. Also helpful for expressing or receiving these energies is the ability to temporarily suspend one’s beliefs, or to not hold strong beliefs in what is commonly accepted as the more fundamental underpinnings of our reality.

Further, those with strong psychic abilities are often highly educated people, although not always within the established educational system, but rather through self-education driven by their own personal desire to understand the world. Perhaps a wider and more self-directed education allows these people to remain uninhibited about psychism, which an established education will tend to discourage.

Artistic talent is also predominant in those who show psychic abilities. There is a definite difference in the modes of thought between logically inclined people and those who are more artistically inclined. This has often been talked about in terms of left- and right-brained thinking, which indicates that some people can access their deeper subconscious faculties of the right-brain better than others, and that logical, left-brained thinking interferes with psychic abilities. Essentially, artistic, right-brained thinking tends to open us up to our psychic channels.

Although we all have psychic abilities to one degree or another, most of us are unaware of it, and therefore unable to control them consciously. It has been found, through laboratory experiments, that many people fall into a group that are referred to as ‘psi negative’, which means that they tend to cause the opposite effect of what they attempt to do through psychic influence. For instance, in predicting the toss of a coin, they will show a tendency over many trials to get more wrong predictions than the expected average, rather than more right predictions. This suggests that these people have psychic ability, but confound themselves, perhaps through self-doubt or second-guessing. However, either way, they show that there is a natural psychic ability in us, and we are able to open up our psychic channels further through better understanding and development.

Whether predicting a coin toss is indicative of precognition (perceiving what state the coin will be in at a future time), or of psychokinesis (causing the coin to end up in a certain position) is unknown, but in either case, it is a form of psychism.

In order to train our psychic abilities, it would be advantageous to start by practicing with many such coin-tossing tests, and to keep a record of all tests in order to later compare total successes against total failures. The coin-toss test is a good one to use, because the odds are exactly 50/50, so achieving anything consistently above or below normal (either way, an indication of psychic ability) will be easy to spot. The more tests that are recorded, the higher the accuracy rate will be, so it is important to accumulate as many test results as possible. The more potentially pertinent information that is recorded at the time of each test, such as the date and time, mental and physical states, even the current weather conditions, will later give you a chance to look for correlations and patterns between them and your abilities. Anything that you might think of that might be affecting your abilities would be worth noting. However, since the analysis of ourselves and our environment is counter-conducive to psychic reception (because it causes us to use our logical functions rather than to suspend them), it is better to not focus on collecting any of this information except before or after the actual testing is undertaken.

As coin-toss test results accumulate into the thousands, the balance between right predictions and wrong predictions will even out more and more, but there will always be an overall leaning towards one or the other. This might signify whether a person is psi negative or psi positive, but unless he or she is achieving overall results that are 5-10% above or below the median 50%, it may just be chance. Even those people with very strong psychic abilities will usually achieve no better than 75%, so it should not be expected that a beginning practitioner with no previous training will necessarily achieve such extreme results, although it is not uncommon.

Beyond just looking for a sign of any developed psychic ability at all, these and other tests can be used in learning to strengthen and gain better control of these abilities. This is where more detailed information regarding each test becomes useful, allowing us to refine our understanding of what influences our abilities, how it feels when we are doing it successfully, and what processes we go through in tapping into our psychic channel.

It appears, from the greater predominance of telepathic abilities over telekinetic abilities among the greater population, that mind-to-mind influence is easier to accomplish that mind-to-matter influence. This suggests that reading a person’s mind or giving a person a mental suggestion is far easier than causing an object to physically move. The latter is thought to entail many years of specialized training and development, although there are many cases of psychics, such as Uri Geller, who learned of their abilities early in life and have always been able to influence matter with little effort. Others, such as the Russian psychic Nelya Mikhailova, on the other hand, lost three pounds in weight in half an hour of psychically affecting matter, and had to put much effort into causing objects to move.

What about that third type of psychism, which covers clairvoyance, premonitions, etc? This third type relates not to influencing anything, whether mind or matter, but instead relates to the access of information from the past, present, or future. This type of psychism seems to be the most commonly recognized, with telepathy second and telekinesis third. This type of psychism is purely information based and therefore subjective in nature, whereas telekinesis is purely physical and therefore objective, while telepathy may lie somewhere in between, being perhaps a little of both. Seen in this way, we might be able to measure the development of our abilities on such a scale. If not, we can at least test ourselves for each type of psychic ability, and focus ourselves on developing the one that we seem to have the most promise with.

1 The focused concentration of the expressive state of mind requires the cyclic repetition of a single concept as we hold it in our thoughts to the exclusion of all others. This sets up a resonant field that is sustained for as long as we repeat the cyclic energy of our single thought.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Spinning the Pinwheel

I started experimenting in psychism with a simple experiment that consisted of using a small pinwheel device that I would attempt to move with my mind. It consisted of a square piece of paper folded like an umbrella to form a shallow pyramidal shape, and this was balanced on the end of a needle that protruded vertically from a cork used as a base. Placing them on a table where they were free from drafts of air, I would spend a few minutes at a time holding my hands close to the balanced paper (about four to six inches away), being very careful not to breath on it or move my hands too quickly as I tried to make the paper rotate on the needle.

At first, I could get no reactions at all, but I would continue to try from time to time, never for more than a minute or two, and slowly, over many short attempts, I began to see results. At first I could only make the paper waver for a second, but after a while I could get it to turn as soon as I put my hands near it. After about two weeks of practice, I could usually make it spin three or four revolutions without any problem. I didn’t try to force myself to make it move through heavy concentration. Instead, I was just focusing my awareness on what I was doing, letting whatever happened happen. Psychic influence can be very temperamental, and if it wasn’t currently active then there was no use in trying to force it, since this seems to only make it recede further.

If you practice with this experiment, you should see an increase in the amount of movement over time. At first, it will probably only move very slightly, and then with more attempts will move a little more, perhaps a quarter turn. Continued practice will show an increase in movement, perhaps turning in one direction, then going the other way. After a while, it should begin to make complete rotations in one or the other direction. At this point, you may want to try to will it to turn in only one specific direction.

This experiment is useful for getting a feel for the mental state that will allow psi energy to flow the easiest. Different times of day, such as when you are wide awake compared to when you are tired, when you are hungry compared to when your appetite is satisfied, when you are in an exceptional mood compared to when you are angry or sad, etc., will all have some bearing on how well it works. Also, placing your hands in different positions relative to the paper will reveal some clues. For instance, try placing them slightly above, slightly below, close to the paper and farther away. I have found that there seem to be specific ‘hot spots’ or lines of force that depend on precise positioning of the hands and fingers, or perhaps of the whole body.

A continual increase in movement over time will show that this is more than just the random effect of the natural energy field surrounding your body, and that, at the very least, we are able to exert some directed will upon it. Being aware of this when you see improvement in your own tests will increase your confidence in your abilities and this in turn will help to open the psychic channel further.

It was suggested to me that kinetic energy is causing the paper to move, so I tested this theory by briskly rubbing my hands together to create kinetic energy before placing them near the paper, but I got absolutely no reaction when I did this.

I have also noticed that the ability to move the pinwheel disappears when I try the experiment after washing my hands, and it should be noted that Uri Geller, the famous ‘spoon-bender’, was unable to perform psychokinetic acts when his hands were wet.1

1 See Uri: A Journal of the Mystery of Uri Geller, by Andrija Puharich, pg. 46.