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How Life Spawned My Interest In Mind Body Spirit Medicine

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By Roger Gietzen

When I refer to Mind Body Spirit medicine, I mean that a healthy intellect and body come about spontaneously, when one maintains balance in their life by holding a state of metaphysical well being. Lately, I have found myself experiencing this state of well being more often and for longer time periods. To achieve this, I have had to press my bounds holistically (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually). I have had to make many inner and outer changes. How I made those changes, are not the issue of this post, but counselling can be found at my Mind Body Spirit Clinic and by studying the instructions published in the ebook Spiritual Treasures – Final Edition.

The Psyche: I first developed a pursuit in the intellect, growing up with my sister . She has Down’s Syndrome, as well as Autism. Her verbal communication accomplishments were and are very narrowed, needing our whole family unit to learn to adapt. This challenge was intense. She had significant needs, just like everyone else, but was not capable to meet those needs herself, or tell us what they were. As a family unit, we first thought the main problem to figure out was ‘how to change her, so that she could serve in modern society’. Later we realised that the more valuable challenge was ‘how to change ourselves so that we can discern her needs intuitively’. Looking back at this, I can joke now. Looking back, I can also see that my incapacity to verbally intercommunicate with my sister, excavated a strong wonder in me about how the human intellect worked. What was she thinking? Why did she behave so erratically? What were her living experiences like? No one was able to answer such inquiries to my satisfaction. Those hanging unanswered questions about the psyche, lit a hunt in me that lead me to have a special interest in biopsychology in college, psychological science in medical training and now to Mind Body Spirit medicine as a doc.

The Body : My unsatiable desire to learn about the body was undoubtedly prompted by my father’s line of work. He was a medical doctor. As a young child, I can remember my mother retrieving me children’s books that showed what was inside the body and how it worked. With affectionate rememberings, I can recollect my father taking me to work on Sundays after church. I could see how happy it made him to help his patients find wellness. His love of his business spoke for itself. He oftentimes worked 10-12 hour weekdays, and was available for his patients nearly 24/7. When I asked him what I should be when I grew up, I was surprised to discover him say, a teacher or a clergyman. Ultimately his footsteps talked louder then his words and invigorated me to conquer every obstruction that stood up between me and a calling as a medical doctor.

The Spirit : As a youngster, my first large tastes of metaphysical well being came from absorbing time in nature. I was blessed enough to grow up in a village that presented me freedom to investigate, even at a immature age. My dwelling was a short distance from fields, pools and forests. I would drop hrs, often alone, researching these natural environments. I loved finding toads frog, chipmunks, mice, serpents, bugs and birdies. I loved the fresh air and the many smells of nature. I loved experiencing the sunlight on my skin. I loved coming home with a tired body, but a quenched soul at the end of the day. Those childhood experiences were a blessing. I was adorned with the wiseness of how it feels to have a still intellect, a unwound body and a beaming soul. As I got older and took on the growing obligations of my age, I always knew to return to nature to be refreshed.

When I completed my medical preparation, I made the error of taking on more duties then I could handle. I fell for the normally maintained belief, that the more secular material I had (social rank, money, property, belongings, holidays, etc) the happier I would be. Back then, I could not see that the more I had, the more I was responsible. And with the more worldly things I was responsible, the less freedom I had. It was not until I had achieved all my major secular ends, that I understood my fault. I was neck deep in debt. My relationships with others had taken a back seat and naturally those relationships ached. They were dysfunctional and in a state of desperation. I was amply traped in my self-created messiness. Although, as with any error, once I saw how I was responsible this messiness, it set about an intense flame in me. I was ripe for change and felt an vivid and unexpected metaphysical experience on Christmas Eve. Now that I have securely selected to dedicate my living to Metaphysical ends, first and foremost, that flame is burning down all that stands between me and a constant state of metaphysical well being. That flame is facilitating change. At times it can be difficult to describe the state of well being that is showing up, but when it beams vivid, it speaks for itself. It is discernible in the intense peace it produces within me. It is also observable in how it profoundly touches those who are open for it. That metaphysical well being has safely guided me from being a medical based MD, to a physician of Mind Body Spirit medicine .

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Roger Gietzen is a medical doctor who was raised by a loving family, in a small town, graced with freedom at a young age to learn useful work and explore nature. Later in life, after an intense and unexpected spiritual experience, Roger immediately saw the shortcomings of modern medicine. He now strives to fill in the gaps of modern medicine, with insights gleaned from his spiritual path of God Union in his mind body spirit clinic.

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The journey had begun

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During the Khareef (Monsoon) the mountains around Salalah and Al-Ghaydah are rainsoaked and shrouded in fog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Meena Suresh

A few years back, I was walking with my little niece along Salalah’s beautiful, lush green countryside during its monsoon season. The landscape was breathtakingly fascinating. At one moment, I was lost in the scenic beauty of the place and time stood still. All of a sudden, my niece tugged at my dress and gave words to my thoughts…’Who could have painted such a beautiful landscape..? If God, then how must God be ? Can I see him one day ?’

From a distance a musical band had just started a performance as we could hear the sweet music which seemed to fill my very being. ‘Wow..Now I realize that music is food for our soul..’ quipped my niece. ‘Aunty..in which part of our body is our soul ..?’..she was quiet after that…the lilting music had put her in a state of wonder.

For a few days after this visit, I could just close my eyes and visualize the sight and hear the music.. which really transported me to a state of bliss.

I thought of the questions posed by my niece. She had a lot more coming up on different occasions. From highly philosophical ones such as ‘Where do feelings come from ?’, ‘Why does a person die?’, ‘Does he not exist anymore after he dies..?’ to  questioning simple facts such as ‘Why is the mango yellow and the grape green in colour ?, ‘Why does a dog only bark ..can’t it make other sounds or talk?.’

None of these, I could answer. I also realized that a child (my niece in this case) instinctively moves on to the next question, either  not expecting any answer from the adult or coming from a space of wonder than really asking a question.

However, this set me thinking. As children, we do ask and wonder about the various fascinating gifts this world has on display for us, but as we grow older we just take everything for granted and are caught up with our small and selfish ambitions and desires…  I felt I should look for at least some answers to the innumerable mysteries of this world.

Thus began my spiritual quest…..!!!

These days, the first source of information that comes to one’s mind, when researching a topic is the internet. I started browsing the internet for the works of scientists exploring the mysteries of the universe, philosophers works on the essence of things and spiritual truths expounded by saints.

As I started growing in wisdom, I realized that listening to music and praying to God, gives one a sense of expansion. To me, this meant that I was essentially something beyond just my physical body….possibly the ‘soul’ which transcended the boundaries of death. This understanding takes away the fear of death also.

I also realized that charity and selfless service to society, as propounded by all religions, gives one a further sense of expansion and awareness. These actions have to be performed regularly, to experience their beneficial effects. As one grows in these, one slowly starts realizing a oneness with the rest of creation… taking away the fear of physical limitations.

With the regular practice of selfless service, prayer, listening to soulful music and also singing from the heart, one’s intellect is sharpened and the consciousness expands. The mind becomes calm, free from worries, cravings, anger and associated stress.

Such a peaceful and calm mind, carries in itself the answers to all the mysteries of the universe….One who is able to be in this state at all times is a perfect being ….I feel this is the beautiful truth of life..of existence.

For me, the journey had begun…..

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/mysticism-articles/the-journey-had-begun-6913487.html

About the Author

Meena Suresh, an information technology professional and a management consultant, is a free lance author. Her range of interests vary from technology, management practices to life, history  and spirituality.


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What is the New Age Movement

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By L.G. Fuller

What does New Age mean? What is new about a movement that applies ancient philosophical principles and ideals to their daily lives? Why do some people sound punitive when they refer to the new age movement?

New Age is term used to describe an organization of diverse groups that share an enthusiasm for the creation of a new era or ‘New Age’ or a modern day renaissance. The arrival of the New Age will is believed to initiate the elevation of current collective consciousness. This elevation of collective levels of  consciousness will be initiated through the facilitation of: personal development, spiritual transformation, healing, and growth.

New Age groups are often distinguished by their nontraditional practices and beliefs. Members of the New Age movement believe in various natural healing practices and traditional medicines including acupuncture, herbal therapy, and spiritual healing. There is no standard doctrine within the New Age Movement but many of their teachings focus on individual autonomy, relativism, and spiritualism.

New Age ideas have many different origins from a variety of places, but most of them can be traced to Eastern religious traditions such as Hinduism and Buddhism. The only thing that is new is the modern applications to ancient wisdom. New Age Movement is very broad term and can refer to anything from psychic reading, yoga, shamanism, meditation, aromatherapy and many other occult beliefs and rituals. A majority of these practices have only recently become widely accepted in Western Culture, therefore, education and credentialing is not always legitimate or even necessary.

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Psychic reader booth at the Canadian National Exhibition midway August 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A life coach is not required to have any professional training or education before they can begin treating clients. There is an International Coaching Federation that accredits life coach certification programs also referred to as the ICF. Life coach certification is usually several hundred to several thousand dollars and can take anywhere from several days to several months to obtain certification.

Sadly, for that reason there are a lot of unethical people that take advantage of the lack of regulations so they can exploit those in need. Sadly, for that reason many people associate the New Age Movement with unscrupulous criminals and frauds. It is this gross generalization based on stereotypes and misinformation that creates a prejudice that causes resentment of a New Age movement, resulting in a punitive tone. People that are members of the New Age movement that work in some of these newly accepted professions are punished for the misinformation  and stereotypes that corrupt many people’s notions of what the term New Age actually refers to.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/new-age-articles/what-is-the-new-age-movement-6890444.html

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I am an NLP practitioner, author, speaker and personal development consultant. I founded Novum Prospectu Consulting LLC . We are a team of experts in varying fields that help clients find a new perspective to their challenges and achieve their goals. Feel free to visit  www.novumprospectu.com for more information.


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Different approaches of authors of spirituality books

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By Gian Kumar

Books on spiritual growth have a pronounced effect on the mind of readers. They tend to change the views and perception of people and thereby make them explore the meaning of several meaning that might have perplexed them in the past. Books on spiritual growth can be really easy to understand if the reader relates to the perception written by the author. However if people do not understand the ideas behind the writing then the spiritual journey becomes a farce. They should be in sync with the thoughts of the people or they might not enjoy the ideas explored by the author.

There are a number of ways an author can explore the subject of philosophy. The manner in which each author writes his experience or the experience of people around him can make you understand the world better. Let us understand the different approaches that an author undertakes for writing spirituality books in order to gain the essence of spirituality:

Biographical

The accounts of the author of spirituality books are given in a non fictional style of writing. Each event of his life and how they have shaped his thinking are portrayed in the paperback. He may relate to different things in life such as nature or his childhood. He may even take the example of his friends or family to make you understand the relevance of philosophy in your life. Each of us go through some type of trauma in their life and to overcome the fear of living one has to understand why death occurs. This biographical account is generally read by those people who want a very general idea about philosophy and existence.

Fictional and mythology

A lot of authors depict the life of Gods and concur to different religious texts in order to illustrate how they can teach us different aspects of life. Books on spiritual growth usually tend to refer to experiences of mythological gods in order to make people believe in the power of almighty. Inner peace however can only be attained when they have procured the sense to believe in the events relegated by the author. These events may or may not be true but they still make one understand the universal truth of life. Fictional accounts can sometimes help the readers get a deeper meaning of life and its complexities.

Fun and factual

Books on spiritual growth need not be dry and humorless. They can be fun and factual at the same time. People who take interest can connect with the author better when the stories make them happy and bring peace to their mind. Factual accounts have a tendency to create a long impact on the mind of readers and if there is a hint of humor then they do not have to observe complication with a heavy heart.

We can understand the mind of the author only if we connect to his ideas spiritually. He may not be able to relegate every subject matter according to your views but when you try to understand his concepts you may be able to feel his experience as if you were the one present at the scenario.

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/spirituality-articles/different-approaches-of-authors-of-spirituality-books-6924088.html

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Gian Kumar is a well known writer. He has good experience of writing books. He has written many books on the topic of Spirituality books and Books on spiritual growth.

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Spirituality Advice – Are You Making Any of These 3 Deadly Mistakes in Your Search for Truth?

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Author: John

#1 – A closed mind

A closed mind has been defined as one that is stubbornly unreceptive to new ideas and intolerant of the beliefs and opinions of others. A person may incur the handicap of a closed mind because of egoism, due to not having had a liberal education or because of low native intelligence.

In this condition, all incoming knowledge is filtered through a set of rigid beliefs and whatever does not fit is jettisoned. On the other hand, whatever fits in with the habitual belief is swallowed hook, line and sinker – no matter how irrational it may be. This makes the person prone to all kinds of superstition and fears.

It takes a lot of work for a person to become aware of, let alone take off, the blinders of a closed mind. However, reading extensively on many diverse subjects and traveling to experience different cultures and viewpoints would help remedy this mistake so that the person would be better able to apprehend spiritual truth.

#2 – Gullibility

This is very similar to the first mistake. It often occurs because of the human tendency to accept as true whatever we would prefer to be true or what we wish were true. Thus, without question, imaginative speculations are accepted as facts and claims that have no historical or other precedence are taken as valid.

A gullible person is a ready victim of personality cults, miracle claims and purported instant cures. Persons that have a confident, insistent manner of speaking or that are prestigious or who boldly repeat their claims over and over again pose a particular threat to gullible folks.

The remedy for gullibility is the cultivation of a healthy skepticism, so that every outrageous claim or postulation is taken with a pinch of salt. Surely, it is better to be called a doubting Thomas than be an easy victim.

#3 – Mistaking religion for spirituality

Due to the fact that most of us first get introduced to the idea of spirituality through the medium of one religion or another, we associate the two concepts, sometimes to the point of mistaking one for the other.

Briefly, the difference between the two is that while spirituality refers to the quality or condition of showing great refinement and concern with the higher things in life ( in contrast to material things) religion is the belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.

Some of the dangers of mistaking religion for spirituality are that you never see anyone who is not an adherent of your religion as spiritual; you never agree to eclectically take advantage of beneficial practices that may originate from other religions than yours; you begin to see the doctrines of your religion as facts of spirituality rather than opinions, albeit enlightened, of the leaders of your faith.

To those who mistake religion for spirituality please consider the wisdom contained in this quote from the late eminent Swiss psychiatrist, Carl Gustav Jung:

‘A belief proves to me only the phenomenon of belief, not the content of the belief. This I must see revealed empirically in order to accept it…’

Article Source: http://www.articlesbase.com/spirituality-articles/spirituality-advice-are-you-making-any-of-these-3-deadly-mistakes-in-your-search-for-truth-6879227.html

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What is the ultimate approach to excellence? Of what relevance is spirituality in your quest for fulfillment and bliss? John D’Silva’s effective-spirituality.com offers insights that would surprise and refresh you. John is happily devoted to helping You unleash Your Spirit of Excellence. Intelligence directs the universe, not chance…


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Mistified – Upcoming indie film about the Maori, self discovery and the beyond

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Earthpages.org is happy to post Part 1 of a recent interview about the upcoming indie film called Mistified, a story about the Maori living in New Zealand.

Kathy Wilson, producer of the film, has spent much time among the tribes and has dived full-heartedly into making this project a success, not just for them, but for what they stand for; their relations to the earth and spirituality.

Are you excited about getting this campaign off the ground?

I am very excited about getting our Indiegogo campaign off the ground. It is our opportunity to start creating our community, to let people know about our project, and to create the initial funding needed to move the project forward.

Is this film only for the spiritually educated?

Not at all; it is a universal story. I believe we are all spiritually educated, yet some of us might not have learned how to listen to the part of us, the inner guidance, that speaks to us, whether we listen or not.

You seem to be dedicated to this project. How is this different from your past endeavors?

I am a very persistent person when it comes to seeing something through. In my corporate and business life, I have accomplished things I would have never deemed possible.  Although I have questioned my sanity on many occasions in regards to this undertaking, there is something within me that just won’t let it go. At times it seems if I were to listen to the experts and statistics, common sense would say “turn and run.” Yet, for whatever reason, logic is not what is driving this project. I’m not quite sure what it is, but I do know one thing: I will see it through to the end.

What can we learn from watching the film?

How life takes us on unexpected journeys that we could never have predicted. Whether you believe there is a guiding force in your life or not, each road you take can have a purpose for preparing you for the next fork in the road. That sometimes embracing the unknown and having a willingness to go down the rabbit hole just might result an experience beyond your wildest dreams. Life sometimes takes great leaps of faith. Those that learn how to take those leaps, start to find their way through the maze. The trick is not to get stuck in always having to know. Sometimes the power is in not knowing and being open to all possibilities.

How can we be a part of the Mistified community?

We would love for you to go to our website at www.mistifiedthemovie.com and join our community. Our blog will keep you updated on our progress. Please also check out our Indiegogo campaign which is running from Nov. 13th until the middle of Jan. 2014.  We have some amazing “Perks” and all donations are tax deductible.

» Go to Part 2 of the interview.


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The New Age and Remote Viewing

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Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind

—Albert Einstein

A TV documentary host, talking about the New Age, once said that we can experience God when we’re inwardly quiet. People want to feel the spirit, he said, something that creeds and hymns can’t deliver.1

REMOTE VIEWING AND MARKETING

Many say that a desire for genuine religious experience has given birth to the New Age. But others say the New Age is just a marketing term, like “Alternative Rock” or “Hip Hop” music.

From browsing around bookstores it seems that the New Age is sometimes more about opportunism and profit making than caring for souls. Are some New Age writers trying to serve God and money? Is this possible?

Myself, I don’t think so. Avaristic New Agers who opt for gold over love often seem to imply that morality is a relativistic concept or mere illusion—at least, it’s an illusion until someone or something threatens their financial security. And then suddenly life’s many details become all too real.

The unabashed love of fame and fortune can destroy relationships, families and marriages, which is all quite heart-wrenching. But this isn’t my idea.

No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth (Luke 16:13).

By the same token, not everyone in the New Age is a hypocrite or scam artist. And the New Age isn’t merely a marketing term. Most New Agers, themselves, say they’re seeking a fresh approach to spirituality. They see traditional religions as too political and ritualistic. Old teachings and liturgies seem outmoded and irrelevant, like a dry empty shell.2

Another way to look at the New Age is to ask: What, in fact, is new about it?

History suggests an ongoing battle between orthodox and unorthodox approaches to God. The early Christian Fathers, for instance, denounced Gnostics with a calculated array of damning letters.3 In medieval times, so-called witches and heretics were cruelly tortured and often burnt alive by Protestants and Catholics alike.4

At the outset of the 20th-century, the American philosopher William James in The Varieties of Religious Experience (1902) outlined several spiritual movements remarkably similar to today’s New Age.

…for the sake of having a brief designation, I will give [it] the title of the ‘Mind-Cure movement.’ There are various sects of this ‘New Thought,’ to use another of the names by which it calls itself.5

Mystics, shamans, wizards and psychics have been around for centuries. In the Old Testament and further back to the Indian Veda, both holy-persons and evil wizards have exhibited gifts of the spirit and paranormal powers. And it’s still debated in the 21st century as to which wonder workers were evil and which were benevolent.

Moral questions aside, Sir J. G. Frazier’s The Golden Bough (1922) provides overwhelming evidence that spiritual, magical and occult beliefs are as ancient and diverse as mankind.

One thing that differentiates the New Age from its precursors is mass-marketing. For the first time in history large volumes of spiritually related goods and services are globally distributed. Snake oils and elixirs have been around for centuries. But today, esoteric products and services are no longer the rare phenomena of circuses, fairs and backroom apothecaries. The New Age is big business.

REMOTE VIEWING AND SCIENCE

Often embracing the marketing dimension, contemporary psi researchers are also trying to hybridize spirituality and science. A good example is found in the area of remote viewing (RV), which is concerned with scientific verification.

Building on Freudian and Jungian beliefs about an inner-outer continuum, Allan Combs and Mark Holland say remote viewers (RVers) see inwardly. But RVers are not just analyzing the contents of the personal self, as a depth psychologist would. Instead, RVers claim to inwardly perceive external events occurring beyond the conventional limits of perception. Accordingly, physicist Russell Targ says RV involves “nonlocal consciousness.”

Because RVers claim to perceive past, present and possible future events, this new area of psi research could have great potential. RVers could, for instance, assist law enforcement agencies in locating missing persons. Or they might help to uncover dangerous criminals, hostile spies and reprobates who profit on the misery of others—e.g. child prostitution ring leaders.6

When successfully RVing an external target, RVers speak of “hits.” But RV also involves its fair share of “misses,” where viewers just get it wrong. Researcher Dale Graff calls this margin of error “white noise.” To minimize white noise, RVers run carefully controlled experiments. Funnily enough, Russell Targ says experimental results for RV were more successful when his team didn’t place too much emphasis on the commercial aspect of his research. When the research environment was not relaxed and enjoyable, results were less positive.

After our nine successes, we then were not successful the following year, and we feel that greed interfered with it…So our view was also not exactly spiritual. I think we lost that single-pointed focus of attention that is crucial, and we began to focus more on the money than on the fun and excitement of doing new research in parapsychology (ESP, Clairvoyance and Remote Perception).

Many New Age enthusiasts make a distinction between the gnostic knower (who is supposedly highly aware) and the traditionally religious person (who apparently just goes through the motions of ancient ritual without experiencing any true spirituality). But this is a spurious claim. The alleged black and white difference between gnostics and churchgoers is just another misguided myth perpetuated by those unaware of the subtler, mystical aspects of ritual and liturgical practice.

Along these lines, the Catholic theologian Bernard Lonergan says that spiritual insights must be combined with a thorough investigation of sensory data.7 Lonergan advocates the mutual support of religious knowledge and scientific observation. There’s much room for mysticism and science in this approach. And the alleged gap between RV and the spiritual “gifts” of traditional religion isn’t nearly as great as many seem to suggest.

NOTES

1. In contrast, Catholics often say they feel deep spiritual peace upon entering a church, a peace that carries on through their daily lives. Likewise, countless Christian mystics say their spiritual lives are integrated within – not outside – the Church. And many Christians say the Eucharist is far more than a mere symbol or communal event. For them it embodies and conveys ultimate spiritual meaning and love.

2. The influence of Rudolf Steiner is a good example.

3. The Protestant theologian Paul Tillich believes the development of dogma was a necessary phase in the formation of the Christian Church. For Tillich, dogma defined the “in-group/out-group” boundaries necessary for a self-contained religious organization. Dogma also guarded against “in-group” misinterpretations. See Paul Tillich, A History of Christian Thought: From Its Judaic and Hellenistic Origins to Existentialism (ed. Carl E. Braaten). New York: Touchstone, 1968, pp. xxxvi-xlii.

4. Suspected young daughters of so-called witches were also tested by Inquisitors who used the most inane and, ironically, superstitious methods—all with academic and legal backing. See Jean Bodin, On the Demon-Mania of Witches, trans. Randy A. Scott, Toronto: Victoria University, University of Toronto, 1995.

5. William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience. Penguin, 1985, p. 94.

6. Anthony C. LoBaido at WorldNetDaily.com says the CIA have been using RVers for intelligence gathering. LoBaido also claims that the FBI has used remote viewing for the same purpose.

7. Bernard J. F. Lonergan, S. J. Insight: A Study of Human Understanding. New York: Philosophical Library, 1968, p. 412. See also Note 1, above.

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