MW: 2014-3

Issue 115

Reading at a Distance: Robert Charman “After Dr Mayer Said in ‘This Changes Everything,’ What Happen Next? Part Two” that the distance between the person or object to be detected and the person doing the detecting is an irrelevant factor. This anomalous finding applies equally to claims concerning telepathy, remote viewing and intuitive readings. There is no loss of signal strength and no degradation of signal information. Experiments that include electromagnetic shielding of rooms containing senders or receivers in trials on anomalous cognition find no difference in hit rates compared to non-shielded trials. Intervening buildings, hills, mountains and deserts make no difference; nor does the number of people with the same name of the client who happen to live in the area between them, nor the sheer number of intervening brains and minds. It is as if there is only the object or person to be detected and the person doing the detecting.

From: “After Dr Mayer Said ‘This Changes Everything,’ What Happen Next? Part Two” by Robert A. Charman, Paranormal Review, Issue 63, Society for Psychical Research, spr.ac.uk

first-sightFirst Sight: Parapsychologist James Carpenter has developed a theory about how people process information from the environment. Based on psychical research, he argues that everything and every action is preceded by a subtle energy (psi) signal which people sense with psi functioning just as they use their physical senses to sense the physical world. This “first sight” information is unconsciously processed and it is the result of that processing which people become aware of. As such, people sense how their unconscious mind reacts and that is based on worldview, which is what they have been taught to think is true.

The two important messages in First Sight theory for Spiritualists is first, the importance of making sure your worldview (personal reality) accurately reflects the true nature of reality, rather than local beliefs taught by the community. Second, it is possible to learn to pay more attention to those small impressions that precede full conscious awareness of external influences. Greater lucidity between conscious and the subconscious can be learned.

Carpenter, James C. (2012-03-23). First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. ISBN 978-1-4422-1392-0 (ebook), Copyright © 2012. Amazon.com

And: firstsightbook.com/wp/?tag=james-carpenter

Free Online Meditation Course: This free course on Sahaja Yoga-style Meditation promises to take you on a journey in which you will learn the first steps towards meditation. All knowledge and experience are introduced through videos and audio guided meditations and the images, music and sounds of nature are so chosen to help guide you and to give you a feeling of peace. The course features a 10-part online meditation course, guided meditations, meditation videos, meditation music, a support forum and a follow-up meditation after the course.

See: onlinemeditation.org to try it out.

Tapping into Creative Potential: Research has demonstrated that meditation can in fact boost focus and creativity. A 2011 study found meditation to boost both divergent thinking which helps new ideas to be generated and convergent thinking which is linked with effective problem solving. With more and more research proving meditation’s extensive cognitive benefits, increasing numbers of artists, writers, musicians, athletes and business innovators are turning to the practice to tap into their deepest creative potential. But even before meditation entered the mainstream, a few public figures quietly credited the practice with their greatest ideas and successes, two of these are Apple’s sleek design and the idea behind the business Whole Foods.

From: “The Unexpected Source That Inspired Whole Foods, Apple’s Sleek Design and The White Album,” by Carolyn Gregoire, 11/20/2013, huffingtonpost.com

The Immortality Project (update): Phenomena related to near-death experiences, immortality in virtual reality and genes that prevent a species of freshwater hydra from aging are among the first research proposals funded by The Immortality Project at the University of California, Riverside. Grants totaling $2.4 million will be awarded to 10 research teams from the United States and Europe. The Immortality Project was established at UC Riverside in 2012 with a $5 million, three-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation to undertake a rigorous examination of a wide range of issues related to immortality.

John Martin Fischer, distinguished professor of philosophy at UC Riverside and the project’s principal investigator, says that “The research should push forward the frontiers of knowledge about death and immortality in various ways. For example, I expect that we will advance our understanding of the prospects for increasing human longevity and of the ability of certain creatures (hydra) to achieve a kind of immortality by reproducing themselves; that we will achieve a more refined evaluation of the nature, significance, and impact of near-death experiences; and that we will gain a better understanding of the relationship between our ‘commonsense’ or ‘natural’ beliefs about personhood, religion or the deceased and our views about immortality.”

See: ucrtoday.ucr.edu/15075 This project was previously reported about December 2012.

Direct Knowing: “The state of mind in which `direct knowing’ of the person or lost object is claimed to occur is experienced by the knower as different from the state of mind in everyday life. During an interview intuitives said that, when they were engaged in a viewing or reading, they entered into a state of mind that was different in kind, not degree, from their everyday mind. It was as if they changed mental channels from, say, Channel One of everyday awareness of oneself as being separate from an external world of other people and objects, to a Channel Two of `direct knowing’ of the object or person…. When on Channel Two, the everyday sense of separateness disappeared once contact/was made. One intuitive said that the two mindsets remained so distinct from each other that if she later met a client socially she had no memory of what she had seen and said during the reading, but if that client came back for another reading, even years later, memory of the previous reading returned in full when she re­entered her intuitive mindset.”

From: “After Dr Mayer Said ‘This Changes Everything,’ What Happen Next? Part Two” by Robert A. Charman, Paranormal Review, Issue 63, Society for Psychical Research, spr.ac.uk

Surviving Death was the Official Selection of the Portland Film Festival 2013. Surviving Death chronicles the Near Death Experiences of people who were interviewed for the series “Consciousness Continues.” The project from Heather Dominguez and Laura Perez-Martinez came from their desire to make a film that was spiritually uplifting and inspiring. Laura suggested Heather do a documentary about NDE because Heather was always talking about the subject and had been studying it for over twenty years. Episode 1 was released on Amazon Instant Streaming in January 2014. For a preview see: youtube.com/watch?v=pgBdf1GqNlA

Giving Hope: Harris Rosen went from a childhood in a rough New York City neighborhood to becoming a millionaire whose company owns seven hotels in Orlando. But his self-made success is not his proudest achievement. In the last twenty years, he has pumped $10 million into impoverished Tangelo Park, Florida, funding free daycare, a scholarship program that pays college tuitionharris-rosen and a community center where families can take classes and get counseling. Since Rosen began his program, the town’s graduation rate has climbed from 25 to 100 percent, with many students attending college, crime has been cut in half and property values have shot up. “We’ve given them hope,” Rosen says. “And hope is an amazing thing.”

One Tangelo Park resident admitted that she was ready to move away twenty years ago, saying the neighborhood was “drug-infested” and remembering when people were afraid to walk outside. Gordan decided to stay when Rosen offered free daycare, and her daughter eventually became a college scholarship recipient from Rosen’s program.

Rosen is hoping other private donors see the positive effects of his scholarship programs and start their own versions in hard-hit communities across the country. His generosity continues to benefit students like scholarship recipient Kamillia Crawford, who is a freshman at Central Florida studying to become a lawyer. “(I want to) make sure that I show the world that with his gift, I was able to reach my max potential”

From: “Millionaire uses fortune to help kids in struggling town” by Scott Stump, Today News April 17, 2013, today.com/news/millionaire-uses-fortune-help-kids-struggling-town-1C9373666

Bad News about Cell Phones: Well should I say that we could see this coming. Researchers at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business have found that after a short period of cell phone use, subjects were less inclined to volunteer for community service when asked compared to the non-cell phone control-group. The authors cited previous research in explaining a root cause of their findings. “The cell phone directly evokes feelings of connectivity, thereby fulfilling the basic human need to belong.” This results in reducing one’s desire to connect with others or to engage in empathic and prosocial behavior.

From: “Cellphone Use Linked to Selfish Behavior” by Neil Tickner, University of Maryland, umdrightnow.umd.edu, Feb 14 2012 and “A World Transforming” The Noetic Post Spring/Summer 2012

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