One of the more loyal readers of the site, nicknamed Jackie wrote about her experience giving a hands-on healing session to her acquaintance, freeing him from pain in his hands.
Jackie selected to post her story as a comment to the article Belief levels and the path of a healer which I wrote more than a year ago about how people become healers.
In her comment she refers to an advice I gave her in article Feeling other people’s pain. There are some many great comments on this article as well. She’s also asked for another advice in article Jackie asks for advice.
If you haven’t been following her conversation I strongly suggest you read her stories since they are really interesting and sincere, in my opinion.
I’ve been contacted and asked to promote two events, one in US and other in UK. Below is the information for both of them as it was passed to me. If you don’t want to receive such posts in future, say so in the comments to this post and I won’t post such news again.
As part of Northampton Museum and Art Gallery’s new exhibition on superstition, “Unlucky for some”, there will be a weekend of talks on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April. Native psycho-geographer, occultist and legendary graphic novel writer Alan Moore will discuss “Magical Northampton” on Saturday 14th from 2:00-4:00pm. University of Northampton parapsychologist David Luke will discuss “The psychology of superstition” on Friday 13th evening 7:00-8:30pm, and again on Saturday 14th from 1:00-2:00pm. Charge: Friday – £3 (inc. refreshments), Saturday – £2. Booking essential please contact Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, Guildhall Road, on 01604 838110, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The exhibition runs from 7th April – 20th May.
“Magical Northampton” – Alan Moore (Saturday 14th April, 2-4pm)
Native psychogeographer, occultist and legendary graphic novel writer Alan Moore was “born in Northampton in 1953 and never left”. Alan will discuss local superstitions, myths and fables recreating the magical landscape of the town and its shire.
“You Never Know Your Luck: The psychology of superstition” – David Luke
(Friday 13th April, 7-8:30pm, and Saturday 14th April, 1-2pm)
Superstitions are common everywhere yet little understood. David will investigate some of the intellectual cul-de-sacs that have been made to explain this universal cultural phenomenon and examine some recent findings from research in parapsychology. David is a postgraduate researcher in parapsychology at the University of Northampton, which currently houses one of the largest groups of academic parapsychologists anywhere in the world.
At Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa May 25-27. It is called Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity. The event features filmmaker David Lynch, quantum physicist John Hagelin, and singer/songwriter Donovan.
The website for the event is www.lynchweekend.org.
An article in technicianonline.com posted an article titled ESP research a dying trend. In this article they first present an interesting case of twin telepathy:
Since age 6, Bryan and James Williams, twins, have been able to read each other’s minds—to an extent.
Bryan, sophomore in agricultural education, said if asked to choose a number between one and 10, his brother will guess it correctly every time.
In addition to this, he said when his twin is struggling, he can sense it.
“If he’s ever in a bad situation, I can feel something,” he said.
James, a sophomore in chemical engineering, agreed and said he gets a “weird feeling” when his brother is in trouble, but nothing as specific as sudden knowledge of a certain injury.
Then, they write that it seems that ESP research is a dying field with prominent labs being closed (PEAR lab, doing mind over matter research in Princeton University, closed last month).
The article refers to the beginnings of ESP research by J. B. Rhine at Duke University from the 1920ies and his book “Parapsychology” published in 1957 to define PK and ESP.
The article also quotes Douglas Gillan, the psychology department head at N.C. State, which states that the department focuses on “normal everyday perception” in its research and instruction, and said he is not an expert in the field of parapsychology. Yet Mr. Gillan tries to explain that some seemingly paranormal events can be explained by the notion that “humans by nature tend to ascribe causes to events they see happen and assume personal responsibility for them”. He also said that “We’re good at coming up with stories to explain the world around us—to explain our role in those events.”
Gillan also points that research protocols should be looked at very closely for possible errors that may suggest that ESP exists.
My guess is that if you would ask Dean Radin, leading scientist of the Institute of Noetic Sciences which does consciousness research, he’d say that ESP research is dying since it was already proved positive and thus, less interesting to research. Instead, the explanation for their existence and way operations is what more interesting.
My way is in the middle. I still want to see good proof for the existence of Extra Sensory Perception and have launched the Psi Experiments to try myself in this field and give people the opportunity to participate.
For more on telepathy see my previous articles:
Telepathy experiments with identical twins
In a new research, conducted at University of Pennsylvania’s Division of Geriatric Medicine, Transcendental Meditation ® (TM) , a popular mediation practice, can significantly reduce the severity of congestive heart failure.
“The results of this study indicate that transcendental meditation can be effective in improving the functional capacity and quality of life of congestive heart failure patients” said Ravishankar Jayadevappa, PhD, lead author and Research Assistant Professor in Penn’s Division of Geriatric Medicine. “These results also suggest long-term improvements in survival in these individuals.”
This present finding is consistent with previous research demonstrating that TM reduces factors that contribute to the cause or progression of heart failure, such a high blood pressure, stress, metabolic syndrome, left ventricular hypertrophy (enlargement of the heart) and severity of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
According to the study authors, TM most likely improves heart failure by reducing sympathetic nervous system activation associated with stress that is known to contribute to the failing heart.
So, once again meditation has been shown to positively affect the body. Some previous articles on this site about the benefits of meditation can be found in:
Meditation leads to happiness research shows
Yoga and meditation help sleep better
Meditation and neuroscience research
Benefits of meditation
Material for this article was taken from Medical News Today
Now, that the huge wave of visitors (about 50 thousands) coming to see Shannan and his spoon bending has (mostly) passed, leaving an enormous amount of almost totally negative comments in the relevant posts, I can move forward with more relevant posts.
I’d like to ask you, the visitors, about a theme which I only little touched on this blog, and that’s the topic of psychic readings by mediums. Personally, I haven’t really had a reading done for me, so I can’t tell you my experiences on that but a close relative of mind had a psychic medium supposedly contact with her recently (at that time) deceased husband and did a 3-hour long session with her, passing messages from him to her.
During the session, she first verified the identity of the spirit both by describing him as she perceived him and by passing details of their life. She described the late husband very much the way he looked during his 20ies and also told my relative several details of their life together from the early days, such as the kind of suit he was on the wedding and some details from the structure of their previous home. Of course, none of the details could be known a-priori by the medium since she and my relative weren’t acquainted beforehand. She then passed several more messages related to his death and some other things which she wouldn’t disclose to me.
Overall, this experience had a very positive impact on her and eased her grief in a profound way.
I’d like to know your opinion and your stories on psychic medium readings and overall this issue of life after death and the possible contact with the spirits of deceased people. I’d especially like people to post experienced similar to what I’ve described above. Don’t be shy or uneasy about the topic. Write in the comments to this post.
After all the “discussion” on the post Spoon bending instructions and pictures and the skeptics requiring from Shannan to record a video of him bending a spoon, here it is. Shannan has recorded the video, sent it to me and I’ve uploaded it to YouTube. Watch the video, decide for yourself if it’s for real, and write in the comments. By the way, the original video is higher quality 640×480 pixels, but YouTube only allows 320×240.
Further discussion on spoon bending is in the forums at Spoon bending discussion.
I’m glad to announce that the first in the series of previously announced Psi Experiments to test the abilities of the human mind has been launched. This is a most basic parapsychology experiment with more interesting ones to follow.
Tell all your friends and encourage them to participate.
Go to Psi Experiment #1 and do your best.