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The Purloined Phantom Limb: Solving Sack’s Syncopation Susceptibility

Posted on Oct 28, 2007 in Books, Health, Reviews | 0 comments

Today, another article by drew hempel who wrote several intriguing articles before, including The Highest Technology of All Technologies: The Yan Xin Secret article. This article is a bit heavy and requires reading it with attention.


The Purloined Phantom Limb: Solving Sack’s Syncopation Susceptibility

By drew hempel, MA
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Professor Oliver Sack’s new book Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain is a treasure-trove of analysis on the mind-body conundrum. Sack previews neuroscientist Patel’s forthcoming book focusing on rhythm as subcortical binding for motor coordination with language. But as Sack notes Patel’s take on the Thai elephant orchestra music (of which I’m a big fan) may be questioned by some readers. The issue is do humans have a unique capacity or, as William James’ stated a “susceptibility” towards music, in contrast to the rest of Nature (and nonwestern cultures) seeming noise? Does this supposed unique ability of human rhythm processing also solves the “binding” problem of the mind-body paradox—also seen as the mystery of long-term potentiation (synapse growth) as an unknown function frequency and amplitude?

The answer is amazingly found in the most famous short-story of Edgar Allen Poe who, as Edmund Wilson quotes, wrote that his goal in writing was the “indeterminateness of music.” Poe, the creator of the mystery story, gives the reversal to Freud who, Sacks states: “despised music.” In Poe’s psychoanalysis we find a direct answer to Sack’s contradiction of the phantom limb as an “overflow” of neuron sensations, in contrast to the overflowing OBE as related to a musical hallucination. It’s exactly in the primal language of rhythm, more specifically Sack’s susceptibility for syncopation, that we also solve the mind-body mystery which Poe also addressed in his famous solution composed as his short story The Purloined Letter.

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Pandido Khambo Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov mystery

Posted on Oct 22, 2007 in Meditation, Parapsychology, Research | 9 comments

Itigelov several years before death.
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The story of story of Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov might be an interesting one, but the story of his body after his death is so much more interesting. Dashi-Dorzho Itigilov (1852-1927) was a Buddhist Lama of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. During his lifetime he was selected to the post of the 12th Pandido Khambo Lama – head of Russian buddhists. He was a guest of the Russian czars and has helped Russian troops during WWI by collecting money and provisions. But the most interesting fact about him is the fact of his death legacy.

At age 75 Itigilov asked other lamas to start meditation ceremonies for the passing, since he was going to die. The lamas did not start since he was still alive. So Itigilov started the rites himself and other lamas joined him later. He was in the lotus posture at the time of his death. His testimony was to bury him just as he was at the time of his death in a pine box and it also included clauses that demanded his body to be exhumed by other monks at later times.

In the years 1955 and 1973 his body was examined by several buddhist monks only to find that it did not decay. They have changed the clothes on the body and put him back in the pine box. In the year 2002, on September 11, after the fall of communist and very atheist Russia, his body was exhumed again and transferred to Ivolginsky datsan (a residence of today’s Khambo Lama). There it was examined both by scientists, pathologists and monks. Professor Viktor Zvyagin of the Federal Center of Forensic Medicine examined the body and concluded that it was in the condition of someone who had died 36 hours ago.

After the exhumation of Itigilov’s body it does not perish. There’s no fungus or other signs of physical decay. It is left in the open for display but no photographs of the dead are allowed according to Buddhist tradition. Yet, there are some photos taken in 2002, when his body was exhumed (see below).

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Is qigong fading out in China?

Posted on Oct 12, 2007 in Books, Energy, Health, Qigong | 15 comments

My Qigong teacher has returned from Hong Kong last week after spending 3 weeks training with his Qigong Yiquan teacher. He’s been going this way to Hong Kong almost every year for many years now in order to improve his qigong skills. His teacher is now 70 years old and now for several years he’s been reducing the time he gives lessons in order to leave more time for his own training. He doesn’t have family and he dedicated his life to Qigong and Kung Fu training.

My teacher reports some very remarkable abilities that his teacher has. The abilities of course come from his lifelong training. He says that kung fu master become only better and stronger with the years and he looks forward to him being 80. From his story I can understand how far is our group of westerners from his abilities. The most sad part of my teacher’s story is that no one of his master’s students in China (Hong Kong) reaches even 30% of his ability. He was speaking about how the master should see and adapt the training for each student. It seems that after he passes away (which might take 30 or more years) there’ll be no follower who’ll come close to his abilities in this specific qigong variant.

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Explore the Journal of Science and Healing

Posted on Oct 8, 2007 in Energy, Healing, Health, Meditation, Parapsychology, Research | 0 comments

Those of who are interested in scientific research of healing might find interest in the Journal of Science and Healing called Explore. The current issue is free and its papers can be downloaded in PDF format. The latest issue includes a paper by Dr. Dean Radin, Gail Hayssen and James Walshcalled, called Effects of Intentionally Enhanced Chocolate on Mood which shows through a double-blind, randomized and placebo-controlled study that people who ate chocolate that was exposed to “good intentions” had better mood than those eating unexposed chocolate. If you want a more detailed review of the chocolate study read here.

Other papers include a study by a group of Chinese doctors on The Effect of Chinese Medicinal Herbs in Relieving Menopausal Symptoms in Ovariectomized Chinese Women. This study tested an established formula of Chinese medicinal herbs in elieving menopausal symptoms in ovariectomized women (whatever that means). What’s important is that the results showed that ” Chinese herbs may be a useful alternative treatment for ovariectomized women suffering from menopausal symptoms, who are unable or do not want to receive hormone replacement therapy (HRT).”.

Another article discusses new studies that support the therapeutic value of meditation. These are only 3 articles from a larger variety available in the current issue. Going into the archives shows that two more issues of the journal have free access. One can also subscribe to the actual paper journal for a price.

Enjoy your reading.

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The Highest Technology of All Technologies: The Yan Xin Secret

Posted on Oct 5, 2007 in Energy, ESP, Healing, Health, Parapsychology, Qigong | 2 comments

Another interesting article by Drew Hempel, who earlier published here The Secret of Psychic Music Healing and You Can’t Fake The Full-lotus! Testimony of a qigong practitioner in the context of parapsychology.

The Highest Technology of All Technologies: The Yan Xin Secret

By Drew Hempel, MA

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Yan Xin qigong is a simple, yet very powerful free energy practice that Yan Xin calls “the highest technology of all technologies.” I first was introduced to his qigong practice ten years ago by the Chinese community at the University of Minnesota, hosting a Canadian-Chinese Yan Xin presentation from Toronto. The practice worked amazingly well but I just didn’t understand why. Now after, of course, learning the “hard way,” I have figured out the secret and it’s just as effective as flipping a switch to produce free full-spectrum, healing energy.

Qigong master Yan Xin is a “national treasure” of the Chinese government, an official designation that puts him under their protection and supposed control. The Chinese government even produced a documentary called “Yan Xin Supermaster” that I was able to see with the Yan Xin Chinese community at the University of Minnesota. Qigong master Yan Xin was doing “qi-emitting” lectures that were 7 hours straight and were healing thousands of people at a time. One person healed was the now qigong master Chunyi Lin who even studied with Yan Xin’s teacher. Master Chunyi Lin now teaches his http://springforestqigong.com in Minnesota and he himself does amazing healing. I was able to take Master Chunyi Lin’s classes for several years, receiving his energy transmissions.

Dr. David A. Palmer’s new book: “Qigong Fever: Body, science and utopia in China” (Columbia University Press, 2007) gives further details about the efficacy of Yan Xin’s qigong. The Chinese military had qigong master Yan Xin actually put out a vast forest fire! Master Yan Xin also went to the U.S. White House eight times to give energy treatments to President Bush, Sr., which gives some explanation to Bush’s paratroop jump in his 80s! Master Yan Xin continues to do mind-blowing medical healing experiments in collaboration with western-trained scientists—studies published in peer-reviewed international neuroscience journals.

In 1999 there was a big crackdown on qigong in China against Falun Gong and several other practices that had huge movements, larger than the Communist party. At this same time Yan Xin’s chi-emitting lectures were stopped and his international community stopped selling Yan Xin’s meditation tapes, unless a lengthy training course was first completed. There is even claim now that the Chinese military has developed a secret post-apocalypse qigong weapon, which we can guess is probably based on their national treasure: Supermaster Yan Xin.

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Miroslav Magola the Magnetic Man

Posted on Oct 4, 2007 in Energy, Parapsychology, Psychokinesis, Research, Videos | 0 comments

I came upon the name of Miroslav Magnetic when looking for information about Dr. Alexander Imich, which has (by error, I guess) called me. When I saw what I saw about this man (on his personal pages) I was totally amazed. A rare skill like his, displayed on high quality video. Rare sights indeed.

Miroslav Magola, the Magnetic Man, seems to possess strong psychokinetic powers as he can attach to himself quite heavy objects. He can attach them to his hands or to his forehead. Perhaps he can more than that, but that’s what I’ve seen in the videos. Moreover, he can hold this way not only metallic objects but also ceramic or plastic, thus eliminating real magnetic force as the source of his ability.

There are lots of videos of him displaying his ability in good quality (see two videos embedded below). Apparently he was also verified by lots of scientists and skeptics, including the Lord of the Skeptics – Mr. James Randi, who did not agree to test his powers scientifically (maybe he was too afraid to lose his $1M. Need more reference on that). On of his websites the following information is written:

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An unusual voice mail

Posted on Oct 1, 2007 in Health, Parapsychology, Research | 0 comments

Two days ago I got home and saw that I have a voice mail on my line that was dedicated to the Psi experiments that I run (or ran) and to another business of mine. On the phone was a message recorded by a seemingly old man where was talking about his mail returning from the Public Parapsychology website, which is run by Annalisa Ventola. He was looking for some help and apparently he thought that he called her. He left his email address and phone number to return information to him. His email contained the name Alex in it.

I used reverse phone lookup and got up with someone, A. Imich. “A” must be Alexander, I thought and was right. I looked up Alexander Imich on the internet, and, ta da, Dr. Alexander Imich is a known parapsychologist from New York. One of the first results was an interview with the man and in the interview started with the fact that at the time of the interview he was 103 years old (although I now believe he was 102 at the time). The interview was dated July 2005.

Today Dr. Imich is 104 years old and, apparently is still active in the field of parapsychology, which he was exploring back in the 1930ies, when he researched mediums of that time. I’ve found more about the man and he appears to be an interesting man (below quote is from the foreword for his New Nobel prize article).

Dr. Imich is a well-known researcher in the science of parapsychology and the author of Incredible Tales of the Paranormal: Documented Accounts of Poltergeist, Levitations, Phantoms, and Other Phenomena. At the age of 93, Dr. Imich enrolled in a course of study at the IM School of Healing Arts in Manhattan and graduated at age 96. In 1999, he founded the Anomalous Phenomena Research Center and is working hard to raise money for a research project, The Crucial Demonstration, the goal of which is to demonstrate incontrovertibly the reality of paranormal phenomena to mainstream scientists and the general public.

Of course I called the man back and helped him to find the information he was looking for. I was thrilled to talk to man who’s still totally in his mind at the age of 104 years. I wonder if I’ll have another chance in my life to talk to such an old man. Let me propose to Alex Tsakiris to invite him to his Skeptiko podcast. I’m sure he has lots to tell about psi research done before WW2 and not only.

During my search for information on this man I’ve found a very interesting research subject he was testing. I’ll write about him next time. The world can sometimes be a very strange and interesting place, it seems.

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