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Reflections 3
What Good is Parapsychology if it Doesn’t Talk About Ghosts?

When Doug and I started exploring the world of ghosts and hauntings, we turned to parapsychology for
information. We wanted to learn as much about of spirits and survival as possible.
To my amazement, I found parapsychology was not all about ghosts, shadows, phantoms and the like.
Parapsychology is the scientific study of phenomena such as telepathy and psychokinesis. Not only that,
but parapsychology also extends to many other scientific fields such as anthropology, biology,
neuroscience, physics, religion, philosophy.
So, if Parapsychology does not explain ghosts, why study Parapsychology at all?  Well, it begins to explain
a lot if you reframe the question to “How does it all work?”

Since its beginning, the field of parapsychology has been disregarded by mainstream scientists, as fringe
research, or pseudo-scientific because it does not fit into the currently accepted ideas of our universe.
This  fact has kept parapsychology from being examined and recognized along with other psychological
phenomena. (Please remind the armchair skeptics that recent research has revealed ostensible evidence
of ESP and the existence of Psi using statistical methods.) But the pioneers of parapsychology realised
early on that parapsychology and Psycholohy is intertwined. How can scientists study the human mind
without taking all human experiences (including the extraordinary)into account.

If the living can use ESP and Psi, does it also work the same way for the dead? I think the answer lies in
what evidence has been discovered by parapsychologists over the last hundred years.
Perhaps if we can find that out how Psi works living , we can learn how it works for the dead. Only then
we can explore the secret world of ghosts, the mysteries of reincarnation, and the afterlife!

 To communicate with the world, humans use the senses of taste, touch, sight,smell, and hearing to gain
information about our environment.  It is aid we use less than 1/3rd of our brain capacity, so could it be
our “normal” senses are blind to other information, just as we are  blind to light or vibration above or
below the optimal range. How many tearchers  have said, "When taking a test, you should “Stick with
your first choice”?
Theories suggest information somehow enters into our subconscious and once received, rises into our
conscious awareness.
Could this have been our first experience of tapping into our own subconscious for the first time?  
Due to the skeptical issues and claims of fraud, parapsychology has been in the forefront of minimizing
QRP (Questionable Research Practices)by means of bias, selective reporting, publishing only positive
findings.  In Parapsychology, experimenters and skeptics work together to develop testing procedures that
minimize these problems. Psychologists have acknowledged the contributions made by parapsychologists
for raising awareness of methodological issues in testing.

Lets look into some of the applications of Psi...

Can ESP be used to predict global events?
The use of ESP ( through dreams /visions) as a means to gain information is one of the oldest and the
hardest to explain. Thankfully, we do not have to have all the answers to use it!
People world wide experienced precognative dreams of 911 or the last tusnami  before it happened.  
American Indian legends foretold the coming of the white man, and the decimation of the buffalo,
centuries before it happened. Did our ancient ancestors dream of a great flood?
Throughout history there are numerous reports of visitations by the dead. How does something with no
physical form communicate with the living?

ESP in Business:  How much of “good business sense” is learned in school or on the job? Why are some
people successful and others not?
Executive ESP: A ten year research  project at Newark College of Engineering found superior profits
were made by top level executive presidents who relied more on ESP when making decisions. As an
example, one New Jersey car dealer who was having a very slow year with too many cars left on the lot,
found that against all common sense, he was drawn to order 5 x as many cars for the following year.
When the new models arrived in January, he had to rent extra space for all the new cars, and last year’s
cars were still on the lot. By August of that year, there was a change in the economy and people flocked
to the dealership to buy, and the dealer made millions that year! If he had placed his usual order, or
ordered when the economy changed, he would have lost out. This is an excellent example of
unconscious precognition.
Military Applications:
Remote Viewing (or remote sensing-R.Targ) is the ability to see remote or hidden objects clairvoyantly
with the inner eye or while out of body.(Clairvoyance)
Some remote viewers have learned to view the contents of opaque containers, locate lost items, and
visualize shipwrecks on the ocean floor. Individuals have claimed that they can go anywhere at any time
as Psi is independent of time or space.
Remote viewing just may be the safest and cheapest way to explore our universe.
The Stargate Program:  During the Cold War, both the United States and the Soviet Union researched
ESP for intelligence gathering and other applications. Most remote viewers are taught to “go” to the site,
or map coordinates, and describe/draw what they saw, be it buildings, people, the surrounding
environment, future events, or to get the sense of purpose of the target(clairsentience).  Not only was
psychic spying studied, but the application of PSi to military (psychotronic)weaponry.

Communication using ESP:
ESP or Psi is mind to mind communication of thoughts, ideas, feelings, sensations, or mental images.
Research has shown that telepathy most often occurs spontaneously in crisis situations. Most of the time
we are preoccupied with what is obvious. We miss, deny or ignore the more subtle messages or
information we receive. Only when in some altered state such as in hypnotic trance, or dreaming does
this information surface.
Stories of ESP from around the globe have been documented in writing, and in local lore. Considered by
some to be the province of mystics, telepathy is considered a natural and acceptable human ability in
some tribal societies such as the Aborigines of Australia.
Most likely, we will never see the development of wide spread Psi communication system, as it would put
the communications industry out of business, or drive us all mad.

Medicine and the Healing Arts
Although most applications of Psi continue to be seen as medical quackery, experiments in healing in
animals and plants have shown otherwise. Under strictly controlled conditions, the rate of wound healing
is significantly faster in those treated by a psychic healer. An experiment by Dr. Grad of the University of
Montreal found that plants thrived when watered with beakers of saline previously held by “healers.”
Spectrophotometry revealed the saline had changed in chemical composition.
Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) used a form of remote viewing to diagnose illness. Also known as “the sleeping
prophet,” Cayce would enter a self-induced trance state where he could accurately describe the condition
and prescribe  the appropriate treatment or remedy.

Ask any long time medical practitioner about instances of intuitive diagnosis of new patients. This type of
phenomenon may be a precognitive, clairvoyant, or clairsentient events. This seems to be mostly on an
unconscious level, but a hunch has often led to a correct diagnosis or a life saved. Like a dog trained to
alert humans to the odor of cancer, perhaps we too are able to detect disease on some subconscious level
and  in time learn to recognize the subtle cues.
How does the nurse know you need help before you called her? How does your mother know something
is wrong with a child?
It is the same thing; both are examples of close connections between one human being to another.
Wether it is telepathy or clairvovance, the phenomena is still very real.

So what about the Ghosts ?

The main goal of parapsychology is to find out humanity’s full potential and destiny.  
I believe the study of Psi will lead us to the answers about Ghosts and Apparitions. With this knowledge,
we can explore anything from  space, to the afterlife, and to the limits of our imagination.  
March is Celtic Spirits Month
J. Miller

St. Patricks Day is just around the corner I felt compelled to take a look at the world of Leprechauns.
A leprechaun is a type of fairy in Irish folklore. They are usually depicted as little bearded men, wearing a coat
and hat, who partake in mischief. They are solitary creatures who spend their time making and mending shoes
and have a hidden pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. If captured by a human, they often grant three wishes in
exchange for their freedom.
Leprechauns are very often depicted as “Tricksters” in legend.  Principally he is a character who cannot be
trusted.  Folklorist Carol Rose in her book entitled, “Spirits, Fairies, Leprechauns, and Goblins”, tells the tale of
the man who convinced the Leprechaun to show him the particular bush in his yard where the Leprechaun had
buried his treasure. Having no other way to mark the bush he tied his red garter to the side of the bush, released
the Leprechaun, and ran off to get his spade.  Upon returning the man found red garters tied to every bush in his
As with many old legends and traditions, the image and nature of the leprechaun has changed over time and has
been updated (and in some cases sanitized) for a modern audience. Lucky the Leprechaun, mascot of the
General Mills breakfast cereal Lucky Charms, is probably the best-known fairy of his type.

On the other end of the spectrum there's the homicidal leprechaun Lubdan in the "Leprechaun" horror/comedy
film series (played by "Willow" actor Warwick Davis). For generations, some Irish have been annoyed by
leprechauns and the ethnic stereotypes they perpetuate, and for most Americans leprechauns only appear
around St. Patricks’s Day.

Leprechauns offer a morality tale figure whose fables warn against the folly of trying to get rich quick, take what's
not rightfully yours or interfere with "The Good Folk" and other magical creatures. Belief in leprechauns and
other fairies was once widespread on the Emerald Isle and real or not, they will continue to amuse and delight us
for centuries more.
So, the next time you are outside and catch a glance of the little man hiding in the bush, make sure you have a
shovel with you when he shows you his treasure!
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