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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.

Copyright © Michael W. Clark 1999-2013. All rights reserved.


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The Remote Viewing Archives

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By Gerald O’Donnell

Reprinted with permission

“Remote Viewing” (mental spying) was initially carried out by Eastern Block countries at the height of the “Cold War.”

Secret PSI research associated with the state security and defense establishment was going on in the former U.S.S.R. and its many satellite communist countries since the early 50’s.

Paradoxically, the Soviet Union, although based on pragmatic and dogmatic, no-nonsense materialistic principles devoid of any spiritual content, had since the early 1950’s developed many PSI laboratories in order to study the applications of what the Soviets coined Psychotronic (bio energetic) research.

They had a clear lead in this field over any other country.

Military – controlled research centers specializing in the paraphysical were set up in Moscow, Leningrad (today called St. Peterburg), Omsk, Irkutsk, Vladivostok, Khabarovsk, Saratov, and the heavily guarded room B12 at Solnechnogorsk (NE of Moscow).

According to some yet classified documents, other establishments were set up in the U.S.S.R. for the same purpose in Siberia and at the Durov Institute.

These laboratories were under the control of either the K.G.B. or the G.R.U. (Military intelligence branch).

In contrast to their Western counterparts, these institutes were unencumbered by the desire and necessity to conduct double-blind studies, uniformly repeatable experiments, and to publish their results in international publications, at the risk of encountering the ire of skeptical colleagues. They, therefore, invited and studied naturally gifted psychics, psychokinetic performers, Siberian shamans, and Indian yogis.

Their stated purpose was “mental spying.” However, in reality, they had more sinister goals in mind, centered around the ability to control the minds of individuals at a distance. The Soviets felt a fanatical need for the indoctrination to their cause of masses of people, selected high-placed influential individuals in the West, or terrorist cells.

The perceived bellicose intentions and military arms race of many Western societies increased their paranoia, made them overreact by isolating themselves, and caused them to try frenetically to win the “war that could only leave, if at all, one winner upon the face of this planet, and most probably none.”

In the megalomaniacal world of the “Cold War, ” the possibility to control, without the targets’ knowledge, the minds of selected individuals at any distance became a paramount goal within the Soviet’s security system apparatus. It seemed to them as the perfect weapon.

The Soviets successfully set-up ELF (extremely low frequency) devices who could pulse subliminal sound messages at targeted individuals (using key words embedded in white noise or infra sound music) in order to manipulate their minds and their behavioral impulses.

Microwave pulsed behavioral modification and mind-control techniques were also used in the former U.S.S.R.. One of the most famous case involving such technology involved the discovery of this technology being applied to the U.S. embassy in Moscow that greatly alarmed the State Department and U.S. Intelligence. Despite vehement protests by the U.S. Government and concern for the mental and physical health of its embassy’s staff, the Soviets continued with their constant beaming of microwave signals towards the embassy. Henceforth, the embassy was literally shielded from these radiations by covering its entire structure with metallic plates. The full account of this incident is still classified.

Experiments attempting to instantly hypnotize subjects by purely telepathic means, without the subjects knowing in advance that they would be the targets of these highly concentrated “mind-waves,” were successfully carried out by the Soviets over distances of up to 2000 miles.

The best Psychotronic Research within the Eastern block was carried out in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. The Czechs and the Bulgarians achieved very interesting results.

Kirlian Photography, named after its inventor Semyon Davidovich Kirlian, was found to be a better lie-detector machine that the other lie-detection techniques.

Some of the finest clairvoyants in the world worked for the Bulgarian Secret Police, dreaded for its implacable methods devoid of any sentimentalism.

The Bulgarian Secret Police had tight liaisons with the Institutes of Suggestology and Parapsychology in Sofia and Petrich.

The K.G.B. (Soviet security and intelligence) conducted some so-called deep-black operations where attempts were made to assassinate individuals, or have them commit suicide, by the use of “psychotronic techniques.” Although it seems that the K.G.B. was at least partially successful in some cases, the author refuses to dwell on further into this negative side of Soviet “mind research.”

In the U.S. although “mind control” experiments using hypnosis, behavioral modifying drugs, ELF, VLF (very low frequency sounds: 20-35 khz), and all kind of technical gadgetry had been tested on human subjects since the end of WWII (project MKULTRA) by the intelligence agencies, “remote viewing” abilities had been shunned by the operative technocrats of the C.I.A. and its predecessor: the O.S.S.

This was probably due to a cultural religious bias that many top brass of the agencies had against psychic abilities that they considered as the domain of spiritism and “malefic” forces.

Nevertheless, when it became apparent that the Soviets were making great strides in the subject of mental espionage and were spending in 1970 more than 60 million rubles on it (this sum reached 300+ millions by the mid-70’s), American intelligence became quite alarmed and after a detailed analysis took the Soviet “psychotronic” threat very seriously.

It then commissioned several programs to look into operative modalities that could duplicate and eventually outperform the Soviet successes that had by then been confirmed by Humint (human intelligence ) and electronic intelligence.

The main program was given to laser specialist Dr. Harold Puthoff (a former N.S.A. member during his military service at fort Mead, Maryland) and Russell Targ who both worked at Stanford Research institute (SRI), a gigantic scientific think-tank attached to Stanford University in California. SRI was already involved in many scientific projects for the defense establishment.

The initial RV (remote viewing) experiments happened in February 1972 using mainly Ingo Swann, a talented New York psychic, as a test subject.

Initially the testing modalities involved using computer generated random chosen targets that were then visited by human “beacons” to report back if the description given by the test subject seated in a “Faraday cage” at SRI (in order to shield him or her from any outside electromagnetic force) corresponded to the reality of what the “beacons” were seeing while witnessing the target site or object.

The first experiments were highly successful, and the CIA contracted hence SRI for an initial period in order to streamline and define the training and operational modalities of “remote viewing.”

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Since most of the targets that were of interest to the defense establishment were secret sites in the Soviet Republics whose real location needed to remain classified and could not be revealed to the civilian remote viewers of SRI, an attempt was made to use geographical coordinates instead of other means to describe theses sites.

The results were as impressive as before, even though the test subject had no idea of what these coordinates corresponded to.

The use of coordinates (latitude and longitude) is what caused the project to be initially coded as Scan gate.

The US Army intelligence branch sent some personnel to be trained as remote viewers at SRI and opened their own operational top-secret unit with code names such as Sun Streak, Center Lane, and Grill Flames.

Eventually, SRI realized that instead of giving the RV (remote viewers) real coordinates, it was enough to give him or her a series of random generated numbers that the computer had assigned to the target.

SRI also realized that human beacons were not needed and that one got statistically the same rate of success without them.

Another strange realization made by SRI was that the RV would get the same rate of success whether the computer chose the target before its description by the RV or after! In other words, the RV was describing a remote target that would be chosen randomly by a computer in the future (even days or weeks later) after his or her description of it. This meant that the remote viewer was describing an event (the choice of target) belonging to the future.

We had therefore proof that, not only could one instantly bridge space as the remote viewers were doing routinely, but that time could be also traveled forward in the future in an instantaneous fashion!

Another proof of this phenomenon came as follows: SRI realized that if the subject would not be given in his or her future a definite feedback as to the success or failure of his or her description of the targeted site, the chance were very high that the Remote Viewing session would be a failure!

In other words: one needed an act of retroaction (feedback) in order to make that future feedback (picture shown of real target or just verbal feedback) a reality of success or not that would be given and experienced by the test subject.

This might be at first difficult to comprehend by non-RV and individuals not trained in the discipline of quantum physics. We had here a statistically significant proof that the future influences the past!

This means that the past (the memory of it) can be manipulated and changed depending on the presence or not of an event that chooses (quantum physicists would say that collapses the quantum probability function) to confirm or deny a certain correlated reality in the past!

Therefore, not only is the future malleable, but so is the past!

This is at the core of the technique (until now unexplained anywhere) that Mr. O’Donnell explains and where he shows that in order to choose one’s future, one needs within certain modalities to often change one’s past or memory of it (which is the same thing!)

In quantum physics research, a related experiment called-the double-slit delayed choice experiment was successfully carried out in the mid-80’s at the University of Maryland and the University of Munich, Germany. It proved beyond the shadow of a doubt that decisions taken in the present affect results achieved in the past, or that the future affects the past. That is to say that the effect affects the cause.

Mr. O’Donnell leaves each individual to ponder about the stupendous implications that this statement carries about the nature of reality, and will not explain it further. Rather, he uses it pragmatically for practical purposes.

Early in the protocol of SRI a technique coined Associational Remote Viewing was developed that allowed one to know in advance whether a particular remote viewing session targeting for instance precise information of a mundane type such as the numbers pertaining to a future lottery drawing, or the results of a future horse race, or the value of the DJIA for the next day etc. was most probably a correct prediction that could used to one’s advantage, or whether mental noise had been introduced and the vision was skewed and no money should be invested on it.

This very ingenious method is explained together with the foundation course that Mr. O’Donnell sends out.

SRI basically developed two protocols for remote viewing. The original one was a type of viewing where the RV was seated in front of an individual: “the monitor,” that would carefully help the viewer in his or her “remote trip” by asking him or her relevant questions in an interactive manner.

The viewer was also seated in a special biofeedback monitoring chair where special subliminal and tonal frequencies were beamed at his or her ears in order to help him or her attain a stage where the electroencephalographic trace and skin galvanometric response would detect a predominance of Alpha (7 to 14 cycles per second) or Theta waves (4-7 cycles per seconds) within the brain of the remote viewer. This Theta level correlates with the hypnagogic state that precedes sleep where one encounters a predominance of delta waves: 0-3 cycles per seconds (besides the periods of rapid eye movements were alpha waves: 7 to 14 cycles per second are predominant). At which point a special tonal frequency sound would be emitted by the biofeedback machine in order to allow the subject to recognize this state and hopefully be easily able to enter it at will in the future. And the remote viewing experience would start from that moment on.

The second protocol (ERV or Extended Remote Viewing) was much more loose and devoid of technical gadgetry. In this case the individual would go deeply within him/herself until he or she felt that he or she was able to separate his or her awareness from his or her physical body and go for extended trips to remote locations bridging either space, time, or both. He or she would verbally record on a tape recorder his or her impressions and often sketch them, on a piece of paper.

Well-trained remote viewers would often get the impression of having a so-called phantom body that could go at will through walls and examine a location from an elevated high perspective or from a very close one, depending on his or her desire.

SRI attracted the attention of the DIA, NSA, Naval intelligence, INSCOM which is the intelligence branch of the army, and many members of the US Congress and Senate ( ex: Senator Clairborne Pell). As a matter of fact, early in the program, groups of army personnel were chosen to undergo the training that SRI provided and they started their own “remote viewing” units. These units came from the mid-80’s until the early 90’s under the tutelage of the DIA (Defense Intelligence Agency), and operated mainly out of Fort Mead, Maryland. Other units were rumored to exist.

Russell Targ left SRI in 1982 to form together with gifted RV Keith Harary their own remote viewing organization: Delphi Associates. They won a large sum of money after trading the silver future markets based on remote viewing predictions made by Keith Harary that had an almost perfect accuracy rate.

Dr. Puthoff left SRI as head of the remote viewing program in 1985 and was replaced by Ed May, a former Naval Intelligence Officer. Director Ed May moved the whole program under the tutelage of SAIC in 1991.

Most of these defense-related projects are now either defunct or have gone deeply undercover (totally unproven) since 1995 for unknown reasons.

The Europeans have very effective RV units and so do some other intelligence units belonging to other countries. However, none of them has ever officially declassified any of their material. The anecdotal details of their operations cannot be revealed. Their RV methodology targets even deeper levels of mind (interface point with delta) than the US. protocols.

The only known leak in European spheres happened in the Soviet union where “mind control” electronic equipment was made commercially available by cash-strapped former research laboratories.

In the US, on the other hand, since the official recognition by the CIA in November 1995 of the 20+ year project and the declassification of some of the related material, many former defense trained Remote Viewers or RV analysts have come forward and broken their code of silence.

Some have written books about their espionage experiences, and others have opened Institutes where they teach for a fee remote viewing methods to the general public. A great deal of media hype seems to have somehow inflated their feats.

The author feels very strongly that on the eve of the next Millennium all these newly open avenues of exploration of the infinite powers of the mind cannot but be of major help to all of us as humanity.

Author’s web site: probablefuture.com


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ESP, remote viewing actually ‘complementary cognition?’

Integration of Light by Hartwig HKD

Integration of Light by Hartwig HKD

By Steve Hammons

The term “anomalous cognition” has come to mean something similar to what has often been called the “sixth sense.”

These concepts are also linked with names for this phenomena such as extrasensory perception (ESP) and remote viewing.

However, is it true that certain kinds of perception are actually “anomalous,” that is, unusual or out of the ordinary?

It may be that the sixth sense is actually a very natural, normal and common kind of perception that we all experience on a regular basis. We may not recognize it as such because we filter those perceptions through our conscious and logical thinking brain.

Or, maybe we just consider these perceptions as hunches, gut feelings, instincts or intuition that we may or may not pay much attention to.

It might be more accurate and constructive to call this kind of perception “alternative cognition” or “complementary cognition.” This is similar to ideas of alternative medicine and complementary medicine.

NORMAL AND NATURAL

We might think of alternative cognition or complementary cognition as just another perceptual resource to go along with our other five senses of sight, hearing, touch, taste and smell as well as our emotions, feelings, dreams and thinking brain.

In fact, maybe we will discover that there are more than these modes of perception. Maybe we have the ability to perceive in ways that can be further identified and specified.

There are also joint perceptions that involve using more than one sense or perceptual resource simultaneously. Integrating our sixth sense with the other five and other inner experiences may also be helpful, as well as very natural and normal.

Complementary cognition is probably something all humans, and probably many animals, possess as a natural part of our awareness.

However, this does not mean that all of us utilize this kind of perception in equal measure.

For example, remote viewing refers to some specific methods developed by the U.S. military and intelligence communities in Project STARGATE during the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s. People were selected to be remote viewers in these efforts because they were believed to have better than average or quite good abilities in this area.

These abilities were then scientifically tested, verified, measured and explored by Project STARGATE personnel.

Are these skills based on elements like personal experiences, training and practice, genetics or psychological traits? All of these factors, and maybe more, probably play a part in the abilities of a particular person.

In addition, the purpose or importance of the alternative or complementary cognition experience might be an important factor. Is it being used as part of an important secret mission, for personal safety and survival, to find a missing child, to catch a dangerous criminal?

Would these situations somehow contribute to the availability or accuracy of complementary cognition experiences compared to a purpose that is less important?

LEADING-EDGE RESOURCE

As we continue to learn more about our sixth sense, ESP, remote viewing, anomalous cognition, alternative/complementary cognition or whatever we might choose to call it, we will probably find answers to these questions.

Scientific research during the Project STARGATE years resulted in large amounts of useful data that continues to be very helpful in our understanding of this aspect of human consciousness.

In addition to the scientific exploration and measurement of this human ability, it was applied to operational activities involved with U.S. national security, often with significantly successful results.

In fact, a Navy SEAL officer suggested in a research paper for his studies at the Marine Corps War College that remote viewing can be an example of what he called “transcendent warfare.” He suggested that using state-of-the-art and leading-edge emerging knowledge about human consciousness can be an important part of U.S. national security activities.

Subsequent concepts that built on the SEAL officer’s idea of transcendent warfare included the term “transcendent power” which is complementary to diplomatic and military soft power, hard power and what has been called smart power.

Taking the transcendent power idea further, we might discover that it and complementary cognition can be applied to a wide range of efforts and goals including economic prosperity, scientific progress, medical discoveries, human development, international peace operations, resolution of social problems, natural resources conservation and many other important current challenges.

When we begin to understand that alternative and complementary cognition is a natural part being human, we may find that we can make accelerated progress on many levels.

Steve Hammons writes on many topics. For more information, visit these websites: Joint Recon Study Group, Transcendent TV & Media and American Chronicle.


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The Quantum Physics of Remote Viewing

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By Gerald O’Donnell. Reprinted with permission.

Eighteenth and nineteenth century physical science had completed and embellished the “golden age of a mechanistic and deterministic models of the universe” where the universe and its constituents are ruled by rigid interactive forces that can be measured, phenomena that can be predicted using mathematical tools, and where the universe or any system operating within it is made of the sum of its parts.

Light was thought to be an electromagnetic wave vibrating in an undetected, and later experimentally disproved media: “the ether”, at certain rates of vibration that would define its color. It was part of the electromagnetic wave spectrum that allowed one to perceive an electromagnetic wave as heat, light, radio waves or other electromagnetic radiations depending on the frequency of its vibrations. This spectrum had been well-defined by the equations of the English physicist James Clerk Maxwell in 1864.

Man’s biology was reduced to a mechanical system albeit of extreme complexity, and thought was perceived to be but an epiphenomenon of the mechanical brain.

All this was very hygienic, logical, and comforting. It allowed to view the so-called invisible world of spiritual forces or entities as a personal unproven hypothesis, and permitted the justification of atheistic concept to be scientifically sound. Basically it allowed for purely atheistic politico-philosophies alike communism to find a sympathetic resonance within the “intelligentsia” and the masses.

It also gave a great mechanistic impetus and approach to the fields of biology, microbiology, psychology, neurobiology, and the allopathic technical mechanistic approach to the health sciences. Technology was “king” and the understanding of interactions between well-defined separated systems would bring the possible conquest of disturbances and imperfections in the “machinery” of biological entities.

A New Religion Called Science

Man having created a new religion called “science”, which revered himself and his intellect, had the perception of having attained a Godlike control over nature.

By the end of 19th century the ultraviolet catastrophe – as it came to be known – put this whole hygienic view of the world in question, and the theory of “quanta” of Max Planck was introduced in 1900.

The German physicist Max Planck introduced the notion of packets of energy that he called “quanta” in order to explain why the wavelength (color) of the radiation given off by heated objects did not rise in a continuous manner but in discontinuous spurts from value to value as they grew hotter.

Danish physicist Niels Bohr, who was to become later one of the fathers of the “Manhattan Project” that developed the first US A-bomb during WWII, used in 1913 the theory of “quanta” of energy in order to prove that the whole world of atoms was full of “quantum” jumps. An electron could jump from one level of energy (so-called orbit) to another without appearing in-between these states. Discontinuity had been introduced in our equation of the universe!

In 1905 Albert Einstein defined light as made of quanta of energy or particles that he coined “photons” in his famous paper explaining the photoelectric effect for which he received a Nobel prize in 1923. He nevertheless acknowledged that light could also be defined as a wave, depending on the mode of observation used in a chosen experiment, and the particle/wave duality was introduced in our attempts to grasp the mysteries of nature.

Welcome To A Strange New World

The new physics of the beginnings of the twentieth century gave a mortal blow to the deterministic principles of the old school of thought. Time and space became relative notions according to the theory of relativity of Albert Einstein. Quantum physics stated that all particles of matter could be viewed either as material bodies or as waves. It allowed for one electron (or any other particle) to be in two locations at once (double slit experiment), and proved that one could not predict the next location of a particle by knowing its present one.

In the strange world of quantum physics, particles dematerialized themselves into waves (such as in transistors) and rematerialized themselves later into particles. This depended on the type of experiment they were subjected to, and most importantly: the choice made by a conscious observer as to how he or she would view these particles.

To most theorists, the phenomena of nature existed only as determined states as a conscious observer witnessed them, either directly, or through the artifacts of a measuring device. Quantum mechanics was born, and with it our view of reality would be forever changed.

In order to comprehend events in the phenomenal world, one needed to introduce a major variable that had until then been ignored: The consciousness (self reflective thought) of the observer. Without the perception of a material world by a conscious entity, there were great doubts as to the existence of that material reality independently of its observation.

Free Will Operates Outside The Confines Of Time & Space

In other words we make a potential reality manifest itself by our choices, even retroactively through time and immediately across the perceived infinite space, as the two experiments mentioned hereafter have proven, to the surprise of most physicists.

Or, in other words, volition and free will operate outside the confines of time/space, and our impression of making choices is but a delayed awareness of events that higher levels of our minds have already made for us and therefore project to our awareness (ego) as a holographic packet of sensory information, post facto.

We are therefore, at a higher level, the maker (subject) of our reality projected to one’s self (object) within the web of probabilities of the quantum world that we “materialize” for both the subject and the object that are but two mirrors of one same reality: Consciousness, defined as self -reflective awareness.

Very advanced “remote viewers” know at which points volition is part of the higher levels of one’s self and at which points it is made available to the lower (conscious level), as the quantum self or higher self merges with the lower self (ego).

Our courses attempts to allow the conscious part (reactive sensory apparatus operating as intellect) and the much higher vibratory mind (deep subconscious level) to merge with each other in awareness in order to allow a human individual to be more in control of one’s reality and probable future. At the level of the higher mind time/space is instantly bridged. “Remote Viewing” and especially “Remote Influencing” allows one to connect to that level.

The World Is Non-Local

In 1982 at the Institute of Applied Physics and Theoretical Optics at the University of Paris, France, the team of physicists composed of Alain Aspect, Jean Dalibard and Gerard Roger made what may prove to be the greatest scientific discovery of this century. They proved experimentally that the world is non-local or non-separable. This is equivalent to saying that space, as we perceive it to be, does not exist, but is an illusion of our senses. Projected by whom? This is the big question that science tries to answer.

In the same field of quantum theory, time is not only relative but one can experimentally change the past, as the delayed choice experiment, carried out by scientists in the 80’s at the University of Maryland and the University of Munich has proven.

Although this all seems to belong to the realm of science-fiction, it is a reality, albeit hard to accept, for all the minds that dwell in the world of the quanta: a world full of seemingly contradictions, surprises, and a certain sense of humor.

All modern disciplines are nowadays affected by it, short maybe of modern biology, neurobiology and surprisingly psychology that are still embracing a mechanistic view of thought and have not, as yet, been able to define it.

Quantum physics gave us the invention of the atomic bomb, the transistor, the computer chip, laser and devices using laser light as a conduct for information, Josephson junctions in supercomputers, superconductors etc.

You should never doubt your natural-born ability to operate at such a high vibratory level of thought. This ability has been proven since antiquity, and is still utilized successfully by highly secretive intelligence units belonging to the major world powers.

This is one case where a dose of skepticism in the field of thought orientation and exploration is unhealthy, and the fear of ridicule even more so. You have to become open-minded, as a child is. All major shifts in scientific thought have incurred the ire of the static-minded old Praetorian Guard of proven inadequate sclerotic systems that are beginning to hit too many walls loaded with points of singularity.

The methods taught in our courses are probably part of the dawn of a new paradigm shift in scientific thinking that will revolutionize and change the “old classical scientific concepts” of the late 19th century that still rule for most of us our interpretation of our perceived material reality. This will have major implications in the natural and health sciences, the biological perceptions and their assumed correlations, all other phenomenal science, and the understanding of what the mind is.

The Process of Constantly Creating Our Reality

If we are in the process of constantly creating our reality by thinking about it in an individualized and global manner, and that science reflects but a snapshot of our attempt at understanding our Creation, a major shift in our thought- perception will induce totally different ways at experiencing the phenomenal world and controlling it to our desires.

All aspects of our lives in this new Millennium will, most likely, be profoundly transformed by it.

The introduction of consciousness as a major factor in the equation of reality by modern quantum physics is at the core of one of the major paradox of so-called psychic research. According to quantum physics, the thought of the observer has an influence upon the result of an experiment. Therefore, if we are co-creator of our reality by mere thought, the natural imbued skepticism of many scientists and their methodologies introduce a negative bias in the results that they would obtain in thought experiment such as “remote viewing” etc.

In other words, in order to achieve 100% success at proving the efficacy of “remote viewing or influencing ” one would need to deal with scientists and tests subjects that are of the firm belief of the easy achievement of such mental feats, which would automatically be called a bias experimental protocol by the skeptical scientific community. That is why the best results at remote viewing were always achieved within intelligence and military secret units that pragmatically only cared about bridging time and space effectively using mental technologies, and were not the least concerned about peer recognition and the fear of being ridiculed.

Mr. Gerald O’Donnell holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics, a M.Sc. in computer Science, and an MBA. He is a certified Hypnotherapist. He was, amongst other activities in various fields, once considered one of the world’s 7 best top technical commodities experts (independent advisor: C.T.A.) by Paine Webber and Bache Co. The original Complete Remote Viewing and Remote Influencing system, created by Mr. Gerald O’Donnell, was the first to reveal the link between the deep Theta (4.5HZ) brainwave state of mind and the ability to access the Universal Mind (Delta state).

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The Dislike of Catholicism: Understanding the Holy in the Catholic Tradition, 5 – Psychological reasons

Debate between Catholics and Oriental Christia...

Debate between Catholics and Oriental Christians in the 13th century, Acre 1290. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1 – Introduction
2 – Theory and method
3 – Theological reasons
4 – Social and political reasons
5 – Psychological reasons
6 – Philosophical and historical reasons and conclusion

Projection onto the Big Bad Institution

Now we turn to those who dislike Catholicism mostly because of their psychological baggage.

Some non-Catholic Christians routinely advocate angry, hateful behavior. And if they see any vice among individual Catholics they arguably project their own anger – and other shortcomings – onto Catholicism as a whole. This type of Christian is self-perceived as genuine while Catholics are seen as invalid.

The self-righteous Christian is often eager to get embroiled in long, heated messaging wars over specific points of doctrine. All too often the ideal of loving in Christ seems more like negative attention seeking—or shall we say, spoiling for a fight.

Non-Catholic Christians are not the only people who project their personal shortcomings onto “Big Religion.” All sorts of people are prone to projection. Projection is a convenient way to ignore personal issues by blaming something outside the self.

Individuals and groups from non-US nations, for instance, often single out the US as the Big Bad Wolf, as if other nations aren’t acting in their own self interest, and perhaps less humanely than the US.

Religion and Spirituality mutually exclusive?

Some New Agers and alleged psychics believe they have paranormal powers or, perhaps, special knowledge of unusual phenomena like ETs and UFOs. These folks typically see religion and spirituality as categorically different. For them, there’s no overlap.

If the psi perceptions of alleged psychics critical of Catholicism were from God, these impressions, insights and intuitions would be accurate and used for the common good. But sometimes we find in people with alleged psi abilities a haughty kind of arrogance. Little or no attempt is made to verify their truth claims, which are sometimes boldly proclaimed through the media. And the possibility of “analytic overlay” remains unchecked. Analytic overlay is a concept used in Remote Viewing but it could apply to psi in general.

Remote viewing also involves the awareness that we can incorrectly interpret incoming data. A misperception can occur when our conscious minds get in the way and our imagination or existing mindset fills in the blanks or jumps to a conclusion about a remote viewing impression. Remote viewers call this “analytic overlay” and good remote viewers take steps to minimize it.¹

In fact, some psychics seem so entrenched in their paranormal, imaginative, deluded or perhaps pretend world that they have no appreciation for Catholic mysticism. The self-important psychic knows best. And that is all. Most mature Catholics, however, don’t flaunt or advertise their spiritual gifts for profit or self-aggrandizement. Along these lines, St. Paul says that any such gifts are utterly meaningless without true, unselfish love.

If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.  (1 Corinthians 13:1-4).

Fallen Away Catholics

Another consideration is the so-called ‘fallen away’ Catholic who dislikes Catholicism. Assuming fallen away Catholics did not suffer sexual or other kinds of abuse in their past experience with the Church, it seems probable that some – certainly not all – began as cradle Catholics who routinely went to church, possibly coerced by their families.

Due to their personality and early conditioning these people might never have become firmly established in the Holy Spirit. Catholicism just didn’t work for them. And later in life they embrace something else that provides tangible numinous experience and communal support—for example, a non-Catholic religion or a cult.

These individuals might be quite happy with their new path for their entire lives. Memories of Catholicism could conjure up combined feelings of familial coercion, boredom, etc. No wonder they would dislike Catholicism as adults. Quite possibly they’ve never been consciously aware of the Holy within the Church. And if they once did experience the Holy within Catholicism, bad memories and new interests could combine to replace their memory of their positive Catholic experiences.

The parable in Mark 4:2-9 of seeds variously planted on a path, rocks, thorns and good soil comes to mind:

In his teaching he said, “Listen! A farmer went out to plant his seed. He scattered the seed on the ground. Some fell on a path. Birds came and ate it up. Some seed fell on rocky places, where there wasn’t much soil. The plants came up quickly, because the soil wasn’t deep. When the sun came up, it burned the plants. They dried up because they had no roots. Other seed fell among thorns. The thorns grew up and crowded out the plants. So the plants did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It grew up and produced a crop 30, 60, or even 100 times more than the farmer planted.” Then Jesus said, “Those who have ears should listen.”

But let’s not jump to conclusions or unfairly generalize. No doubt many who leave Catholicism continue to experience God in their lives. And many may be on an extremely healthy path, according to God’s plan. Some Catholics might stop going to church simply because the Mass no longer speaks to them or because the demands of work conflict with their desire to attend. In their heart, mind and soul, however, these individuals might still see themselves as true Catholics or, at least, as God-fearing persons.²

¹ Steve Hammons, ‘Remote Viewing’ has Basis in Science, Military Intelligence.

² This article isn’t too concerned with non-Catholic spirituality. Obviously, many non-Catholics, religious or not, enjoy extremely healthy relationships with God. And from a Catholic perspective even those who don’t necessarily believe in God or belong to a particular religion, to include agnostics and atheists, are integral to God’s plan.

Copyright © Michael W. Clark, 2012.

6 – Philosophical and Historical reasons (coming soon)


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Many forms of conventional, unconventional intelligence can help our global efforts

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By Steve Hammons

People around the world are facing many challenges and asking many questions. Some are down-to-Earth and conventional concerns. Some are more unconventional, spiritual and metaphysical questions. In some cases, the conventional and metaphysical merge.

For example, many of the people waging war now, on one side or the other, claim to believe they are doing it for spiritual reasons, for Heaven and for God. The real-life bullets, bombs, killing and torture are being done for religious reasons, they claim. And, of course, God is on their side.

The larger psychological and spiritual lives of people, nations and cultures are also part of the basic aspects of everyday living. Philosophies of life, of right and wrong, combine with decisions to work for peace, fight in war, choose to hate, choose to love.

Intelligence, too, plays a key role. Intelligence in the sense of tactical and strategic information. Intelligence in terms of the ability of individuals to think clearly, logically and independently. Intelligence about the human race and our history. Intelligence about the natural world, science and how the universe works. Intelligence about what is really going on, both those things in plain sight and found in “open source intelligence (OSINT)” and things that are hidden, covert and behind the veil.

THE INTELLIGENCES OF AMERICA

In past decades, the United States and the American people were often looked to as sources of many of these kinds of intelligences. Now, the image of the United States around the world is a mixed one.

On one hand, the U.S. is still a land of economic opportunity, personal liberty and cultural creativity. On the other hand, some seem to see the U.S. as economic exploiter and imperial aggressor.

According to some recent surveys, the people of many nations do not now have a favorable view of the U.S. Or, to be more clear, they don’t have a favorable view of U.S. foreign policy and some aspects of the way the U.S. Government and society have been working in recent years.

It’s fair to say that many Americans feel the same way. Immediately after the trauma of the 9/11 attacks, America felt unified and purposeful. Now, a majority of Americans report in surveys that they do not believe the U.S. is going in the right direction. What this means when broken down into specifics is unclear.

Undoubtedly some of the factors include the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent guerilla war, inaccurate prewar information that was used to justify it, the suspected real reasons for the Iraq war, the deaths of over 2,000 U.S. troops and injuries to over 15,000, the accompanying torture of prisoners, questions about whether the 9/11 attacks were what they appeared to be and other issues.

American cultural influences, too, get mixed reviews at home and internationally. These influences are diverse and have many aspects to them. Some movies, TV and pop music are, arguably, not the most enlightening and uplifting creations. However, there are much deeper and more authentic factors in American culture, though we do not always see them and the international community does not always learn about them.

As a result of concerns that America is no longer as widely viewed as a leader, but sometimes rather as a danger in one way or another, efforts in “public diplomacy” have been launched. Some of these endeavors are aimed at the international community. And many similar communications efforts have targeted American citizens. Obviously, the situation is far deeper than simply a public relations problem. And it will require more than PR spin and psychological operations (PSYOP).

RAISING OUR SIGHTS AS HUMANS

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In the 20th century and in the previous centuries of human existence on this Earth, we have waged war, killed each other and destroyed. Humans have also loved, created beauty and discovered knowledge of all kinds. These behaviors sometimes occur in waves, sometimes simultaneously, sometimes in no apparent pattern.

However, we like to think, hope and pray that the human race has made progress over the centuries. That we have learned. That we are more intelligent in many ways. That we understand more about Nature, Earth, the creatures on it, the universe and how things work in it. That we have advanced as a species and as creatures in this universe of ours.

Is this wishful and delusional thinking? Are we, as a race, still primitive barbarians? Fearful, dangerous, prone to destroy rather than to build, to hate rather than to love?

It seems clear that the human race has not yet advanced to a level where we can be sure we have left these very dangerous characteristics behind, or at least turned the corner.

As a race, we still seem to frequently kill each other, with whatever weapons are available, small and large. The detonation of nuclear weapons, whether “loose nukes” in the hands of terrorists or nuclear weapons launched by misguided government officials could create damage we can barely imagine. Biowarfare and bioterrorism could unleash weapons just as terrible.

A goal then, might be to raise our sights. No, I don’t mean shooting the enemy in the head instead of the chest. I mean gaining scientific and metaphysical intelligence that can contribute to the advancement of the human race. Getting to the next level. Even making a breakthrough of some kind.

To accomplish this successfully, we can make good use of OSINT, PSYOP, spiritual viewpoints, military tactics and strategies, and communication and education modalities.

INTEGRATING THE UNCONVENTIONAL AND CONVENTIONAL

Military or other kinds of special operations forces are tasked to deal with unconventional situations and using unconventional means. These efforts are done side by side with conventional approaches.

Likewise, unconventional intelligences blend with conventional intelligences. They work side by side and represent a continuum of information, perspectives and opportunities.

For example, “remote viewing” would surely fall into the category of an unconventional approach to intelligence gathering, communication and understanding. At least it is unconventional in our modern cultures. In ancient Native American Indian philosophy and psychology, for example, getting valid intelligence information from dreams, vision quests, animal spirits and similar sources was considered normal.

Remote viewing, a name given to a fairly specific protocol of methods and guidelines, was developed by the U.S. Army, CIA, Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and private scientific contractors. They are certainly not the first people to discover than sometimes information coming from deep within can be quite valid and quite helpful.

Another example of reports of useful unconventional experience might be those people who have had near-death experiences (NDE) when they have been clinically dead or mighty close to it. They report going through a tunnel of light, of meeting loved ones who’ve passed on. Of getting to a very, very nice place.

Even reports of UFOs might offer some opportunity to get a perspective on the human condition. Millions of people all over the world are fascinated by this topic. From China to India, from Russia and Europe to the United States people report encounters with UFOs from far away, and from close range.

The intelligence agencies and militaries of many nations have conducted significant investigations into UFOs, as have scientists. Some of what they have learned has been made public and is available in OSINT sources in books, movies and on the Web. It’s probably accurate that not all knowledge about UFOs is OSINT. That is, all the information about this phenomena is not out in the open.

How do we integrate these unconventional matters with the serious and deadly real-life challenges we face? How can intelligence of this kind help us with wars, peace, power struggles between nations and cultures, natural disasters, disease, starvation, poverty, energy crises?

The first step might be seeking information, knowledge and intelligence about the conventional and unconventional. Common denominators, common ground might emerge. OSINT tools, platforms and methods of communication, education and empowering PSYOP might be identified and deployed.

Conflict resolution could result. Conflict resolution and maybe something greater, maybe something bigger. Maybe something more wonderful and beautiful.

About the Author

Steve Hammons is the author of two novels about a U.S. Government and military joint-service research team investigating unusual phenomena. MISSION INTO LIGHT and the sequel LIGHT’S HAND introduce readers to the ten women and men of the “Joint Reconnaissance Study Group” and their exciting adventures exploring the unknown.

This article first published by Steve Hammons November 7, 2005


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Upcoming Parapsychology and Consciousness Conference

Discover the Mysterious World of Parapsychology with Atlantic University

Virginia Beach, Va. – Belief in psychic ability and the experience of psychic phenomena are very much a part of the daily lives of hundreds of millions of people. Atlantic University’s (AU) first-ever conference Parapsychology and Consciousness, October 14-16, illuminates the less-known, but vitally important, scientific side of these occurrences. Invited speakers include Julie Beischel, PhD; Edwin C. May, PhD; Roger Nelson, PhD; and Dean Radin, PhD.

An early registration discount is available for those who sign up before August 15.

There is a significant amount of serious interest among scientists and scholars in telepathy, psychokinesis, apparitions and haunting, out-of-body and near-death experiences, mediumship, precognition, remote viewing, and a host of other phenomena. For over a century, and sometimes at a great cost to their careers, many scientists and scholars have paid close attention to the testimony of expierencers. Psychologists and physicists, anthropologists and engineers, among others, have crafted rigorous experiments, conducted insightful studies, developed useful theories, and published their work in scholarly and scientific articles, both within the fields of parapsychology and consciousness and in mainstream books and journals.

Many of the best minds in parapsychology and consciousness, many of whom are on the forefront of research, are coming together for this unique event. Some study the relationship of psychic experiences to psychological well-being, while others focus on the intersection of these phenomena with modern physics. They are universally focused on the underpinnings of psychic functioning and what these phenomena say about interconnectedness, entanglement, and the meaning of life—and getting an unbiased understanding of this out to those who need it most. True scientific progress has been made in parapsychology, yet so much more still needs to be done. Join us in envisioning the future.

Julie Beischel, PhD,

is Director of Research at the Windbridge Institute for Applied Research in Human Potential, full member of the Parapsychological Association and the Society for Scientific Exploration, and serves on the scientific advisory boards of the Rhine Research Center and Forever Family Institution.

Edwin C. May, PhD,

is Founding Director of Laboratories for Fundamental Research. In 1976, he joined the ongoing U.S. government-sponsored psi program at SRI and became that program’s director in 1985.

Roger Nelson, PhD,

is an experimental psychologist. At Princeton University he coordinated research at the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) lab until he retired in 2002. He also founded and continues to direct the Global Consciousness Project.

Dean Radin, PhD,

is Senior Scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and adjunct faculty in the Department of Psychology at Sonoma State University. He is author or coauthor of over 200 technical and popular articles, a dozen book chapters, and several books including the bestselling The Conscious Universe and Entangled Minds.

Other speakers include

Carlos S. Alvarado, PhD; Loyd Auerbach, MS; Stephen Braude, PhD; James Carpenter, PhD; David McMillin, MA; Ginette Nachman, MD, PhD; John Palmer, PhD; Frank Pasciuti, PhD; Henry Reed, PhD; Doug Richards, PhD; Christine Simmonds-Moore, PhD; Robert Van de Castle, PhD; and Nancy L. Zingrone, PhD.

Open to all, Parapsychology and Consciousness is scheduled for October 14-16, 2011, at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., 215 67th Street, Virginia Beach, VA, 23451. Conference admission is just $395 ($375 for students with a valid ID). Call 800-428-1512 or visit AtlanticUniv.edu/parapsychologyconference for information or to register.

The Spring 2012 semester at AU is January 16-April 23. Registration is open September 5-November 15, 2011.

Atlantic University (AU) is a Distance Education and Training Council (DETC)-accredited, graduate-level institution offering a Master of Arts Degree in Transpersonal Studies. The emphasis in transpersonal studies is on the fundamental oneness of all life, the notion that our essential nature as human beings is spiritual, and that learning must enrich and deepen our relationships to ourselves, to our families and communities, and to the global community. AU also offers continuing education courses for working professionals, including courses certified by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC); certificates in personal growth designed to augment various professional career paths; residential workshops, typically held in Virginia Beach, Va.; and online eGroups that are not offered for academic credit but allow people to study a topic of interest with an expert “mentor” (for more information visit EdgarCayce.org/egroups). Distinguished as the first university founded in Virginia Beach, AU’s faculty is composed of highly acclaimed and qualified professionals including well-known authors and national lecturers. Founded by spiritual philosopher and holistic healing pioneer Edgar Cayce in 1930, AU maintains an affiliation with Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.). For more information, visit AtlanticUniv.edu.

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