Suggestion over distances

Pierre Janet, a young doctor who would later become a Professor at the Medical College of France, assumed the role of defending the legitimacy of hypnosis as a therapeutic tool, emphasizing an approach which he called mental suggestion. Invited by a colleague, Dr. Gilbert, to investigate the case of a young peasant woman named Leonie, who apparently could be hypnotized from a distance, Janet ended up performing over twenty-two experiments similar to the one described below Here is a list of...

Premonitory or retrospective vision

If there is one paranormal faculty that shakes the foundation of what we consider to be common sense, it is that of premonition. Time conditions our lives and our being. We cannot go back in time, and trying to do so has remained the dream of creators of fiction. Being able to predict the future is one of the great preoccupations of humankind, an enigma that has yet to be solved. On the other hand, chance is not always what it seems. A few years ago I became associated with D.P., a man of about...

The Alpha Seminar

The first objective of the alpha seminar is relaxation - teaching participants how to enter the alpha state. I was surprised to hear from a number of people who, after reading this book, made the following objection You say that all we have to do to attain the alpha state is listen to a calm voice or focus on some part of our body. That can't be true, it sounds too easy. You must be holding something back. Their concern reminded me of similar objections I heard about hypnosis It sound so easy...

The Nancy School

Liebault, living near the town of Nancy in France, received a letter from a colleague which described how a certain Dr. Broca had been able to perform an operation on a patient under hypnosis. Dr. Liebault, who had expressed a previous interest in hypnotism, decided to pick up where Dr. Braid had left off. His method, which gradually evolved into the type of verbal suggestion used today, produced immediate results. He would tell patients to concentrate on an object, and at the...

Symbols and the brain

One of the problems many people have about remembering their dreams is the apparent irrationality of the images they recall. Scenes, people and objects seem to appear without being linked in any comprehensible way. I have had many people come to me with their dreams, hoping that I could provide the key that will help them understand what their subconscious is trying to tell them. In fact, understanding your dreams is not as difficult as it seems. You just have to remember that dreams are...

Autogenic Training

Hypnosis is in decline, as far as its therapeutic use is concerned. Criticism centers around the fact that subjects are completely passive and dependent on the hypnotist, enabling suggestions to be made that may run counter to their better judgement. J.H. Schultz a young doctor fascinated by a new discipline called psychotherapy, became interested in hypnosis and suggestion, claiming that it is possible for certain gifted and cultivated individuals to enter a state of hypnosis...

How to get rid of your complexes and be yourself

The only way to get rid of your complexes and really be yourself is to imagine yourself as you could be if you exploited your full potential, free from the limitations that are undermining your self image. Of course the aim here is not to create some kind of inflated, false image that has nothing to do with your real potential. You simply have to see yourself as you could become, and let that image impregnate your subconscious mind for a period of 21 days, which is the time it usually takes to...

Emile Coues Formulation complete version

Maintain a calm, soothing tone of voice as you read the formulations. When you are familiar with the text, you might want to record it so it can be played back while you are in the alpha state. Get comfortable, either sitting down or lying on your back, and close your eyes. I don't want you to try and fall asleep. I am telling you to close your eyes so you can concentrate without being distracted by anything you might see. Now tell yourself that everything I am going to say will be recorded by...

How to develop your faculties of sensory exteriorization and astral travelling

There are three theories that attempt to explain the phenomenon of astral travelling 1. Exteriorization of sensory perceptions creating an illusion of astral travelling. 2. Illusory astral travelling - consciousness is somehow projected to a location where the senses perceive it to be. 3. The subtle body actually separates from the physical body, which remains where it is, in a state of complete unconsciousness. My own personal experience tends to confirm the first theory. During sessions when...

Cybernetics

Shortly before the outbreak of World War Two, a group of doctors and scientists began holding weekly debates on various subjects of common interest. Two of the participants, A. Rosenbluth, a physiology specialist, and Norbert Wiener, a mathematician and designer of electronic systems, developed an entirely new field of study which they called cybernetics. Their theory was based on the observation that communication systems developed by animals, and the human nervous system itself, could both be...

Drugs and the alpha state

Many people have found transcendental meditation - a technique that uses the repetition of a simple mantra like 'Om' to focus the mind - to be an excellent replacement for drugs. According to the Stanford Research Institute, 60 to 90 of persons who used drugs at one time or another stopped completely after a few months of this kind of meditation. On the 24th of May, 1972, the Illinois House of Representatives adopted a resolution which stated that Transcendental meditation represents a positive...

Christian Science and Suggestion

Phineas Parkhurst Quimbey, a watchmaker living in New Orleans in the mid 1800's, was well aware of the importance of suggestion. An avid practitioner of what was then still called magnetism (later referred to as hypnosis), Quimbey noticed something unusual during diagnosis prescription sessions, his subject seemed to prescribe remedies and treatments which, although often apparently inappropriate, seemed to be just as effective for curing patients. On one such occasion, his hypnotized subject...

Clairvoyance or double vision

This faculty, although relatively easy to develop, is nonetheless quite amazing. The main advantage of this exercise is to provide undeniable evidence of the existence of supranormal faculties. Skeptics who observe an induction session, and who are then able to verify the accuracy of a place or scene described by a subject who has had no opportunity of gaining any firsthand knowledge of it, and which may be located thousands of miles away, are obliged to shed their incredulity and accept the...

Silva Mind Control

The headline of a large ad in the Herald Tribune caught my eye An amazing scientifically based system that liberates the powerful potential of your mind, and develops your concentration, memory, intuition and creativity. I was fascinated - it was like reading an exact description of what I was trying to accomplish in my 'alpha seminars' on personal development, which were a synthesis of all the methods I had come across previously. Was this some form of competition I had to find out more. The...

The Kirlian Effect

Kirlian, aided by his wife Valentina, finally managed to convince the extremely conservative scientific community of the existence of what he called an 'energy body' composed of bioplasm. Scientists around the world were amazed by Kirlian's discovery, and especially by its proposed practical application - the early detection of both physical and mental diseases through an analysis of the colors of a patient's aura, which Kirlian referred to as 'bioluminescence.'...

Experience and self image

As we saw earlier, some form of suggestion or conditioning can alter a person's self image. In his approach, Maltz considered experience a key factor in creating and or modifying self image. The successes and failures we have experienced in the past condition our future. They are the reference points on which we model our behavior. For example, do you remember the first time you drove a car You were probably extremely nervous. Each of your actions required a concentrated effort. Why Because...

Color symbolism

As we mentioned earlier, colors have a definite psychological effect (remember the example of how different colored detergent packages had a different impact on consumers). Advertisers and marketing experts have conducted in-depth studies on the effects of colors on consumers. Some colors are hot, some are cold, some are stimulating, others are relaxing, some are heavy, some are light. Max Luscher, a German psychologist, perfected a personality test based solely on a subject's color...

How to develop paranormal faculties

The question of how to develop paranormal faculties has preoccupied mankind since the dawn of time. It has acquired an added urgency in light of the gradual awakening of man's awareness that has taken place over the last few years. The New Scientist, a British scientific journal, questioned its readers - the elite of the scientific and intellectual community - on whether or not they believed in the existence of extra sensorial perception (ESP). To the editor's great surprise, 70 of those who...

What happens during an alpha seminar

What actually takes place during an alpha seminar Imagine a carpeted room large enough to accommodate about fifty people with ease. About a third of the participants are there for the second or third time, since they can come back as often as they like without paying. You are a first-time participant. An instructor tells the group that they will be led through a series of exercises (described below) after being provided with a theoretical explanation of each one (corresponding to each of the...

Become telepathic in a few minutes

In one experiment, subjects tried to telepathically communicate the number of lines drawn on a piece of paper. In order to do this, researchers established the following procedure the person sending the message would draw lines on a sheet of paper the person receiving the message would say 'stop' when the right number of lines had been drawn. With this procedure in place, positive scores rose dramatically. Marcotte understood this to mean that movements, and the sensations they produce, are...

The Signpost Effect

A signpost is any other gesture or word that is automatically associated with a certain state or activity. It could be a snap of the fingers or the raising of an arm for a couple of seconds. Like a uniform, which immediately elicits a reflexive reaction of respect or fear, or a red traffic light which causes you to step on the breaks, any gesture can become a signal that will induce the alpha state. The only drawback with this technique is its rapidity. If a subject passes from a state of...

Sophrology is a method

Sophrology uses a number of techniques to help subjects attain a state of deep relaxation. In this state the mind is able to control and alter physical processes, with verbal expression - also called terpnos logos - acting as the intermediary between the two. .jj.'.-.fiiiv* flJ C-iJrl1 it Jrffl r'Lj .jj.'.-.fiiiv* flJ C-iJrl1 it Jrffl r'Lj We'll be taking a close look at one of the techniques used to induce this special state a little further on. The main difference between sophrology and...

Sophrology and parapsychology

Sophrology, then, incorporates the positive aspects of hypnosis, but develops its application to a much higher degree. Officially, Doctor Caycedo rejects any connection between sophrology and parapsychology. It is his view that since paranormal phenomena are not commonly observed in all individuals, they are beyond the scope of sophrological study. Although this explanation, offered at the First International Congress on Sophrology in Barcelona, may have satisfied most of those present, we feel...

Predisposition

When people who are mentally unbalanced become attracted to parapsychology, the practices they engage in cannot be considered the cause of their problem, since the problem already existed before. On the other hand, persons who are predisposed to madness may become mentally unstable after being introduced to various paranormal phenomena. This was not unusual at the turn of the century, during the so-called golden age of occultism, when all kinds fantastic theories were jumbled together without...

How to resolve problems

Maxwell Maltz saw life as a series of problems that must be resolved. Types of problems range from the relatively simple, like how to hit a tennis ball, to the extremely complex - new situations for which we are totally unprepared, lacking any experience on which to base our decisions. Here again a comparison with computers is appropriate. A simple problem requires a simple set of instructions chase the ball and hit it back over the net. The physical operations required to achieve this goal are...

Caycedos Dynamic Relaxation

In order for sophrological therapy to be effective, subjects must first be completely relaxed. The same is true for autogenic training and yoga nidra. In tribal cults like voodoo or Ubanda, in mesmerism, trance therapy, etc. induction is usually achieved through the repetition of some type of physical activity. Caycedo had the idea of developing a series of what he called dynamic relaxation exercises. He collected techniques from various eastern sources (yoga, Zen Buddhism, etc.), evaluated...

Yoga Nidra

Yoga nidra, or the yoga of waking sleep, consists of a complex series of exercises designed to induce the sophronic state. Caycedo developed the technique while studying with some of the greatest yoga masters in India at the time. Which exercises are used depends on the subject. Some, like focussing your awareness on each body part, are extremely pleasurable. When we are in an active, waking state, our awareness or consciousness is focussed outward, on external stimuli and perceptions. We...

The beginnings of hypnotism

The Marquis de Puysegur, a student of Mesmer, is accredited with having discovered a state of induced somnambulism, which later came to be known as hypnosis. When he made his discovery public in 1784, Mesmer minimized its importance, claiming that he knew of the phenomenon, but did not consider it worthy of study. This product of the imagination, it seemed to him, would be very difficult, if not impossible to comprehend, and in any case was much less interesting than the study of physiology. De...

The decline of hypnosis

Sigmund Freud preferred working with patients in a waking state rather than in an hypnotic state as he attempted to treat mental illness. Emile Cou , carrying on the tradition of the Nancy School, also rejected hypnosis, using the power of suggestion on conscious subjects to try and cure physical health problems. Along with Richet (and Rhine working in the United States), more and more researchers interested in parapsychology would abandon hypnosis in favor of gathering statistical data on...

Mental Dynamics In Search of a Unified Theory

I first heard about psychocybernetics in 1969, while travelling to Sydney Australia. The method was being used by a sales organization, to help executives develop their personality. Apparently, the results were amazing, and when I heard about them I decided to try using the method when I returned home. I would have occasion to see the same kind of positive results in the United States and Japan. In 1970 I was teaching psychocybernetics to teams of sales representatives. In 1972, after attending...

Individual and group therapy

Courses on mental dynamics are always taught to groups of people, and only rarely to individuals. The techniques are much easier to put into practice in a group context, rather than on your own, using an instruction manual, no matter how detailed and well written it may be. After experimenting with all kinds of communication techniques (video, printed material, computer networking, etc.) I am convinced that the best approach by far is that of personal, hands-on instruction in a group setting....

REM Sleep

Researchers found that during certain phases of sleep, people's eyes start fluttering very rapidly even though they remain closed. Movements of the eyeballs can be horizontal or vertical. In addition, researchers found that REM sleep is characterized by the production of more alpha and beta waves by the brain, while ordinary sleep produces more theta and delta waves (having a slower frequency). This may sound like a paradox, since beta waves are characteristic...

Willpower and imagination

Caycedo, in his theory of sophrology, claimed that by forming a positive image of themselves, by imagining themselves as being happy and fulfilled, people actually create the possibility of their own happiness by triggering positive reactions in their organism. Sick people who can visualize themselves being healed, who really want to break out of the cycle of illness, recover more quickly than others. The important thing is that they get better not because they want to, but because they can...

Your lab assistants

Imagine two assistants, one man and one woman, sitting on the chairs in your mental laboratory. The idea of using imaginary assistants to help de velop your intuitive faculties is not new. In 1937, Napoleon Hill, in his book Think And Get Rich explains how he had the idea of gathering together a group of illustrious personages in his imagination, in order to acquire some of their qualities for himself. What started off as a simple exercise in autosuggestion took a strange turn. Each of his...

Conditions for lucid dreaming

Saint-Denis suggested three essential conditions for the act of lucid dreaming 1.Developing the habit of writing dreams down immediately after waking up, which will eventually result in your remaining conscious while dreaming. 2. Creating a signaling system for yourself associating a certain memory with a certain sensorial perception (looking at your hands, picking up a glass, drinking water, etc.) will trigger the act of lucid dreaming while you are asleep. 3.These signal images should be...

Concentration

Once our attention is attracted by any aspect of an ad, other elements can be added, since the mind continues storing information unconsciously. In the example of the detergent being held by a manly hand, the symbolism, although not perceived on a conscious level, still has an impact. Subliminal advertising, discovered in 1965, transmits messages which are received on a level below that of ordinary consciousness. Superimposed images pass by so quickly that the conscious mind does not have time...

She has known him for a long time

Five or six curious people have gathered in a group around us. Sylvie's breathing has returned to normal, after the course instructor held her hand and told her to Relax calm down and relax in a deep, penetrating voice. I resume the exercise, not without some apprehension. Tell me what you see. I can't yes, now I see him. God, he's suffering so much. He's tall, slim. A haughty expression, something aristocratic about his face, a kind of authority. His hair is completely white. He's lying on an...

The mental laboratory

Think of the mental laboratory as a room, existing in your mind. It has a table, a couch, two chairs, all kinds of audiovisual equipment including a telephone, television, sophisticated speaker system, giant wall screen, etc. There's also a large calendar, a large clock, a computer, a bookshelf, an elevator, a door, a medicine cabinet, and shelves for various tools, musical instruments, and devices. The room can be located wherever you want, out in the countryside surrounded by nature, or on...

The Law of Inverse Effort

If you think, I want such and such a thing to happen. and your inner mind says, You want this to happen, but it won't. not only will you not get your wish, you'll get the opposite of what you want. To illustrate the point, Coue used a story told by the great French scientist Pascal Take a plank of wood thirty feet long and half a foot wide, put it on the ground and ask people to walk its length. Most people would not have any trouble. Take the same plank, suspend it between two ten-story...

The Dream Laboratory Telepathy while you sleep

In an attempt to prove that telepathic communication is enhanced during REM phases of sleep, a series of experiments were conducted. They turned out to be very thought provoking. One experiment concerned the transmission of images depicting New York city, chosen from a collection of paintings at the New York Museum. 72 paintings were chosen for their intense colors and emotional content. Each reproduction was sealed in an opaque envelope. Subjects worked in groups of two. An agent would be...

Sleep on it

A survey of spontaneous parapsychological phenomena found that over two thirds of reported cases took the form of dreams, with the other third occurring during the waking state. In fact, sleep is very conducive for this type of experience at certain phases of the sleep cycle the brain produces a predominance of alpha waves, the neo-cortex is inactive and subconscious mental imagery is stimulated. Ancient stories, like those found in the Bible and Homer's Iliad, often refer to persons having...

What is biofeedback

Feedback is a term used by learning theory psychologists to signify 'information received in response to a given behavior.' A good example can be taken from archery the initial action, aiming and releasing the arrow, is followed by its feedback - the hole made by the arrow in the target. If the arrow is too far to the left, we adjust our initial behavior aiming and releasing more to the right. In very simple terms, we could say that people act for two reasons in order to avoid what is painful...

How can you enter the alpha state

It's very simple sitting down in a quiet place, staring off into space and not thinking about anything in particular will increase alpha wave emissions. You can also learn some relaxation technique, or practice a method like sophrology. According to a study conducted at Trinity College in San Antonio, Texas, the state induced by the practice of Silva's Mind Control method also increase alpha wave activity. Another method roll your eyes back as far as possible and concentrate on a point in the...

Step 1 visual concentration

Get comfortable, either siting in a chair or cross-legged on the floor. Cut out the black rectangle on the opposite page and set it in front of you, at heart level, about 20 inches from your eyes. You can glue the rectangle to a white sheet of cardboard and then lean it against something so it will stand on its own on a table or stool to get the right height . Start by relaxing. Breath slowly and deeply. Make sure to relax all the small muscles around your eyes, as well as your jaw and your...

Repetition

Napoleon once said, 'repetition is the best part of rhetoric.' Fortunately, when we are in a waking state a simple suggestion is not enough to modify our mental structures, and in turn our behavior. Repetition reinforces an initial suggestion and compensates for the weakness of the original signal. If repeated often enough, a new cerebral pathway is formed. Some brand names have been repeated so often they have become part of our everyday vocabulary every advertiser's dream Kleenex, Frigidaire,...

How colors affect children

Because their visual faculties are still relatively fresh and unencumbered by words, children make excellent subjects - simply getting them to visualize the spectrum of colors from red to violet is usually enough to induce a state of alpha relaxation. Here's what some fifth grade students had to say in answer to the following questions, after they experimented with visualizing colors At what point did you start to feel the effects of the colors Which colors were easiest to visualize Did any of...

Franz Anton Mesmer

Born in 1734 in Weiler Germany, Mesmer wrote a doctoral thesis on the 'influence of the planets on the human body.' He tried to demonstrate that a kind of energy, which he called animal magnetism, originating in space, penetrates the body and has an impact on our health. The theory resembles that of the oriental concept of vital energy, called Qi by the Chinese and prana by the Hindus. Soviet and Czech researchers studying the phenomenon use the terms bioplasmic and psychotonic energy...

Formulations

Positive formulations are more or less the same thing as suggestions made under self hypnosis. We prefer the term formulation simply because the word hypnosis is burdened with a number of negative connotations Caycedo coined the terms sophrology and terpnos logos for the same reasons . A participant at an alpha seminar phrased it well Words like autosuggestion and self hypnosis are outdated and somehow childish. I like the term positive formulation because it's new and positive.

Step 2 Visual concentration without blinking

Get comfortable in the same position you were in for the previous exercise. Start by relaxing. Do some deep breathing, making sure to breath from your abdomen. Relax the muscles around your eyes and in your eyelids, as well as your jaw and tongue muscles. Whenever you feel tense, try to relax your tongue, and not let it press against your upper palate. Now concentrate on the black rectangle and try not to blink for ten full breaths. If your eyes start to get tired or itchy, close them until the...

Sleep phases

Here's what happens during a normal night's sleep You start by emitting alpha waves, during that period of reverie that precedes actual sleep. If you are dead tired, this phase may only last a few seconds. Under normal circumstances, however, it lasts about ten minutes. Your brain gradually starts producing waves with a slower wavelength - mainly theta and delta waves. Then, about every 82 minutes, you start producing faster waves, for a period that gradually increases in duration - about 5 to...

Hypnosis and the paranormal

As we mentioned earlier, the Marquis de Puysegur reported that some of his subjects demonstrated remarkable clairvoyance while under hypnosis. If that was really the case - if hypnotism could stimulate extrasensory perception - then why were his findings not confirmed by other cases One explanation may be that we see only what we want to see. A classic psychological exercise consists of describing an event to someone, and then having that person describe the same event to someone else, who in...

Terpnos Logos

In sophrology the main instrument of suggestion we should perhaps use the word instruction, since subjects are awake is called terpnos logos, a term Caycedo revived from the Greek. Caycedo noticed that a certain quality and rhythm of voice was more effective on subjects than others. As he reread ancient Greek authors, he came across a text that seemed to be an early attempt at verbal therapy. In the Charmides Dialog Plato tells Charmides, one of his disciples, how to cure the mind and body,...

The extraordinary Edgar Cayce

Perhaps the most extraordinary case of paranormal healing ever recorded concerned the amazing Edgar Cayce. In October, 1910, the Times of London ran the following headline ILLITERATE BECOME GREAT PHYSICIAN UNDER HYPNOSIS. The strange powers exhibited by Edgar Cayce rocked the very foundations of the medical world. Cayce, who did not need to be possessed by a deceased doctor in order to cure people, seemed to have inherited the paranormal faculties of the Marquis de Puysegur who, in a state of...

Auramind Meaning

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul. Genesis 2, Verse 7 Man has been wondering about the mystery of life since the dawn of time. Once all the chemical components are in place, how do you 'breathe the breath of life' into your creation How do you transform matter into a living soul In Latin the word aura referred to breath. To mystics, aura represents a kind of halo of light, enveloping the body,...

Here are a few examples

By developing his faculties of relaxation and concentration, a Russian researcher, Karl Nikolaiev, was able to demonstrate amazing powers of telepathy. Before receiving a telepathic message, Nikolaiev would usually require about half an hour to achieve a state of total relaxation. Mylan Ryzl, a biochemist who became interested in parapsychology, and more specifically in the development of paranormal faculties, used hypnosis and suggestion to help a colleague, Pavel Stepanek, become one of the...

Brain waves telepathy and EEG

In 1924 a German psychiatrist, Hans Berger, author of a book on telepathic phenomena, decided to develop his theory of differing brain waves, which he firmly believed in after performing various experiments on paranormal phenomena. He measured the electrical impulses emitted by an accident victim whose skull had been partly removed. His work showed that brain cell activity, far from being random, was organized into distinct patterns, in the form of waves. The first type of wave to be explored...

Caslants method

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Eugene Caslant published a small book entitled 'Method For The Development of Paranormal Faculties.' Caslant's talent lay in being able extract a clear, effective and simple method from the huge body of literature on occult sciences which existed at the time, a method that is being rediscovered by modern researchers. The accuracy of his remarks, combined with his vast personal experience, has made the book a classic of its genre, which is why it is...

Applications of dynamic relaxation

Many pregnant women suffer from so-called morning sickness as their body assumes its new shape. Nausea and vomiting stem from an unconscious rejection of the fetus, which is perceived as a foreign body. Dynamic relaxation helps future mothers become aware of their new corporeal structure, causing morning sickness to disappear. Athletes can improve their performance by developing an awareness of the physiological effects training has on their body, and by transforming equipment skis, paddles,...

The Law of Dominant Effect

This refers to the ideo-motor aspect of suggestion we talked about earlier the conscious mind will rationalize ways to transform any idea accepted by the subconscious mind into a reality. In addition, a stronger or dominant suggestion will take precedence over a weaker one. Our behavior is characterized by the choices we are constantly having to make. We cannot think two things at the same time, nor can we act in two different ways at the same time. If you manage to convince a kleptomaniac that...

Extrasensorial communication

First let's take a look at the various ways extra-sensorial communication could be established between two brains see the diagram below . Since there is, as yet, no terminology to describe the possible modes of extra-sensorial communication, the best we can do is offer a description of each of the diagrams. Figure 1 - Simple communication from subconscious to subconscious. Proof of the existence of this type of communication was obtained by studying sets of twins two sets of twins were able to...

Spirit healers

This type of healer enters a trance state during which he or she is 'possessed' by the spirit of another, usually a deceased doctor. The healer then operates on the patient's 'subtle body,' a kind of energy body that mirrors the physical body. Once the operation is complete, beneficial effects are supposed to be transferred to the patient's physical body. One of this century's most renowned healers from the 'world beyond,' Doctor Lang, could be summoned by a certain George Chapman, a fireman by...

The Dangers of Parapsychology

Psychology Magazine published the following letter-to-the-editor in its January, 1975 issue I was very interested by an article that appeared in your magazine No. 56, January 1974 entitled 7 attended an alpha seminar.' I decided to find out for myself what really takes place during this kind of conference. I mentioned my intention to a number of friends. Some were open to the idea of parapsychology and encouraged me, while others were obviously skeptical and poked fun at me. There were quite a...

A new term Sophrology

Sitting in front of the fireplace and staring at the dancing flames. Staring at the dividing lines on a highway, illuminated by your headlights as you drive at night. The steady ticking of a grandfather clock. The bewitching spell of soothing new-age music. The monotonous voice of a professor in a stuffy classroom. These are a few examples of the kinds of stimuli that tend to induce a state of gentle reverie. And it is this kind of special state of consciousness that has become the object of a...

Developing your paranormal faculties

My son is five years old, right in the middle of his 'why' phase, the period when children discover life and the world around them. Watching him play or carry on with his daily activities, I too often wonder why. Why is it that adults lose their ability to marvel at the world, to seek and understand, to imagine and evolve Take any one of your friends. Ask him or her to draw a picture. Chances are the answer you'll get is, I don't know how to draw. Ask the same thing of a child and the question...