the theme of tonight's talk is psychic skillsand miracles, and i want to be clear what types of psychic skills i'm going tobe talking about. the first of these is telepathy. when i say telepathy, i'm referring to the transfer of informationbetween two brains along lines that physics would either havea hard time describing or wouldn't want to touch at all. the classic example of the kind of the stories thateveryone has heard most often about
this kind of psychic transmission, telepathic transmission; is when a mother , lets say in the state of maine, suddenly wakes up in the middle of the nightknowing that her daughter in california is having some kind of trouble. and wakes up, places that frantic call asking "what'swrong?" and then finds her daughter is on the other endof the phone saying my boyfriend just went berserk, or "i was in a car accident"and so forth. somehow, across
three thousand miles of sheer physical distance,there can be this transfer of information. its most common between intimates, peoplewho are closely connected, mothers and daughters, boyfriends-girlfriendsmarried couples, siblings and so forth. the next type that we would be talking about isremote viewing, which i'd like to kind of characterize as 'real time' clairvoyance. remote viewing -
i'll try to define these things, eventhough i think everybody already knows what it is, it's when someone in one location can focus or put their attention onanother location and gets real information about what's going on there. there are sometypes of psychic connections, some type of psychic skills, that i won't betalking about or that my comments here tonight won't apply to. things like 'precognition'. and i thinkthere is some validity to precognition (and i'll be mentioning one of the studies was validated later on)
that involves information from the future to the present. and this is tricky because it opens up whatwhat is in theoretical physics referred to as a can of smelly worms. because getting information from the futureto the present breaks down their fundamental assumptions; challenges their fundamental assumptions about the nature of time. and
they want us to do as little of thatas we can possibly manage. so, we're not going to be talking about tarot cardreadings, palmistry, tea leaf readings, crystal gazing, or channeling. all these are in a differentclass of experience. and one of the things that distinguishes telepathy and remote viewing from other kinds of psychic work is that allyou need to do it
is a human brain. no tarot cards, no crystal balls, no tea. this isn't what we're covering. and the reason we're not covering it is that the reason that this talk is possible at all has to do with a certain new class of evidence that'scome from a laboratory in canada where a new technology was used to elicit telepathic
and remote viewing in experimental subjects. and here, is a picture of the first prototype. this device is known as the 'octopus' because it has eight, it has eight magnetic coils, or eight pair of coilsthat arranged around the head. from the top you can see them a littlebit better these are film canisters, and each film canisterhas two magnetic coils (which are actually adapted solenoids).
and there a couple of signals that have been used in this class of technology. one of them is actually called a chirpsignal and i'll be getting you a look at that later on. and the other one that is actually derived from activity deep in the brain from a structurecalled the amygdala. and this technology has been used to pioneer anew way of studying psychic perception. what the individual
pairs of coills are doing is outputting magnetic fields. and those magnetic fields rise and fall invery short periods of time like 1 - 3 milliseconds so that the magnetic fields they're producingactually acquire a distinct shape. it was developed by dr. michael persinger, here on the left, and stan koren onthe right. and they are both senior researchers atlauren's kean university behavioral neurosciences program.
that's located in sudbury, ontario. dr. persinger, on the left, is also my mentor andhas we've had a mentor-protege relationshipfor about o.. i would say thirteen years at this point. and the first set of experiments thathe did with this technology were done with a very well known remote viewer namedingo swann. and the research paper said that he had formerly been employed by an unspecifiedus government agency. and there's a lot of speculation is to what this might have been. apparently, it
is the cia. but sitting behind the podium, i wouldlike to say that i'm not completely sure. you never know who's going to watch the video, right? so, two experiments were done with ingo swann - actually, a great deal ofwork was done, but two of theexperiments really gave us some important information. in one of them he sat in a room - an acoustic chamber, a darkenedroom; actually he had light
but the room door was still closed and he was in completesilence. and he was.. his task, his job, as the experimental subject was to remote view a set of photographs. and he had no idea what the pictures are goingto be or going to be of, but he would tell them when he was ready and then someonein the next room would take out one of the pictures from manila envelope
and leave it on the table. the original research paper actually gave the length and width of the table as well as the length and the width of the manila envelopes they were, they were contained in - very precise information. he had told me exactly where to putthe pictures on the table. they gave me firm amount of latitude. they weren't looking to prove that he wasn't a remote viewer. thiswas not a skeptical
experiment. they were attempting to prove to validate thathe was a remote viewer and setting up the experiment to prove himwrong but , allowing him to set up the environment to give himselfthe best chance, the best shot at doing his thing well. and, in the other experiment, he was told to remote view certainresearchers. he saw them in advance, he knew
who he was trying to track and they went out into areas around the campusof the university and into the town nearby - sudbury ontario. and he would remote view them. now, while he was doing either of these jobs, he was drawing; ingo swann is also a noted artist and actually has a reputation as an artist,quite separate from his
reputation as remote viewer. then 44 students who played no other rolein the experiment whatsoever, were asked to compare the pictures that he had been remote viewing and the drawings ingo swann had madewhile remote viewing the pictures. and then to make, to match them up as well as they could - to say in percent kind of guesswork, but
the failings of guesswork disappearwhen you have a large numbers of people doing guesswork. their read on whether this picture match that sketch may be inaccurate, but the percent of cognizance, the percent of agreement that they assigned to each one yields a solid numberswhich could be analyzed. so there, that's how we go from
very imprecise and difficult to pin down procedureslike remote viewing to actual quantitative measurements, and this is one of the breakthroughs in thisfield. it's not just an amazing new technology beingdeveloped, it's not just a researcher finally steppedforward - someone with real credentials and academic publicationsand putting the reputation on the line, it was also that a breakthrough in statisticalmethodology allowed precise measurements of imprecisephenomena and that something quite important. dr. persinger is many things to many people,certainly he has many things to me,
but where he really shines as a .. as a scientistis in his absolutely breathtaking mastery of statistics. so, the results of these experiments were that the accuracy of the drawings he madewhile his remote viewing turned out to be much higher when he was being exposed to one of the twosignals, and i'll show you that just in a moment. he actually,
in addition to confirming and validating hisremote viewing and you .. stimulating and enhancing his remote viewingby this means which gave a real, much clear idea what's happening in a brain when psychicskills are being exercised. they also tried to set him up to block hisremote viewing skills, and then found that they were able to do it. i don't have a picture of it and i wish i did,but what they did was they constructed a frame and put more of these magnetic coils aroundthe edge of the frame,
and then they ran a signal through allof these coils at once and when they ran the signal he wasn't able to remote view through the screen. so now there exists a technology that will actually screen remote viewing. and the signal that he ran,
that was run through these was very interesting - is exactly the same as the signals thatwere run in the experiment, except where that the experiments were being.. the experimentswere producing the signals under dos, when it was run through windows, there was this extra component added to theoutput. and that extra component which had a kindof fractal pattern the chaos model in mathematics is theonly one that can describe the additional input that was put in and when that was put
there, he could no longer remote view. and so they didn't just let him remote view and enhance it, they also found a way to turn it off! and that really lends a degree of certaintyto all the experiments that wouldn't be gottenin any other way. it's not enough to make something happen to describe it scientifically, it helps a greatdeal if you can stop it from happening.
so that was the first of these experiments that involved just the one subject but therewere other experiments done with this technology that involved other people - non-psychics and this is important. the other subjects in this researchthat i'll be mentioning none of them were trained psychics, none of them brought any additional skills - cognitive or emotional skills into theirparticipation in the laboratory.
we're dealing with ordinary people with ordinaryminds and looking to see how they're psychic abilities might be turned on and or enhanced. and in one of these experiments pairs of intimate subjects brothers-sisters,mothers and daughters, twins, and married couples participated.
one of them, who did not receive the octopus stimulation,the circumcerebral magnetic stimulation sat in a room and were shown pictures taken in a localarea. so one might be a field, another might bea famous monument. so, the other one sitting in the darkened chamber, again it's acoustically silent but they hada microphone and we were told the kind of free associate sharing any thoughts,
any feelings, any images that might come up for them while they were receiving the stimulation. what they found is that the one who is looking at the pictureand had been asked what memories they might have had with the otherperson while they were in that location or nearby while the other one free associated with nocontrol what so ever. then the moments when this subject who wasn'tgetting the stimulation and was looking at the pictures
was compared to the moments in which the persons receiving the stimulation had. again by 44 students each of which gave an approximate kind of guessworkrating for how well they match, they found that the matches came up 2.85 times more than they would have by chance alone.
the accuracy of their telepathic skills went up almost three times. now that may not be enough to get you a world-classpsychic like ingo swann, but is enough to demonstrate that it's possible under certain conditions for human brains to share and transfer informationbetween one another
and that's an important result, an important result. in addition, they found that like ingo swann, when they were being stimulated with a chirpsignal going around their head, their accuracy improved. and the interesting thing about this is thatthis is not a biologically derived signal, this one doesn'tcome from the brain, this one comes from a fairly normal
kind of signal that a, that of laboratoryequipment called a function generator, sometimes called a tone generator can produce. so a box it could produce your perfect musiciansaid - 440 hz can often produce this kind of signals. wellthere is no biological basis for the success of this signal. in another experiment, and here we see
the the coils lighting up to show how the fields rotate. this was another experiment involved only siblingsbrothers and sisters, sisters and sisters, brothers and brothers. one of them sat in the room with the octopus on theirhead getting the stimulation around their head, the other one sat in another room and they'rebrain was monitored
with eeg- electroencephalography. . and what they found was that when the person who is in the darkened chamber was asked to pretend that they were touching their brother or sisterin the other room, the brother or sister in the other room, they had their eeg respond. pretend to touching your brother and yourbrother's ee brain wave showed it,
pretend to touching your sister your sister'sbrain wave showed it - again transmission of information between two brains. this time it didn't take any group of 44 undergrads to rate the pictures for extracredit in their psychology class. this time the eeg showed it, the times matched a perfectly and there is very little room for skeptics or
research critics to find anything wrong with this experiment.and as far as i'm aware, no one has published anything criticizingany of these experiments. and considering how outlandish the results are from the point of view oftraditional consensual science, that's really saying something. sometimes the scientific community reallywows us by what they say, in this case i'm really wowed by what theydidn't say. in addition to that,
there were several of these cases where the occipital lobe of the brain, including the sibling touching experiment,responded more than other areas of the brain. and that's kind of an unusual, an unexpected results because the information processing areas of the brainas far as we know are not in the occipital lobes in the back of the head - the occipital lobe are actually primarily a visualprocessing area. so like any good research it leaves us witha few unanswered questions that will allow
further research. now, the next result wasn't published. i received it as an e-mail from dr. persinger who talked about how one person, in this case they had two octopus setups, both of them were receiving the brain stimulation and what they did was one of them
sat in the room looked at a flashing light. the other one sat in another room again withoctopus stimulation and eeg. was that when the light was flashing for theone subject, the eeg of the other subject responded. and the reason this is important is because whereas all the previous researchin this field worked with human brains -
transmission from one brain to another, examining the brain ..a person while the remote viewing actualpeople this was doing it with with a flashing light, something that has no personality, no personal vibrations or aura or anything likethat for psychic to lock onto.
this was direct transmission from one brain to another. and when he closed the email to me about this,which i found terribly exciting, he said that when the experiment was over, we then drank a toast with diet coke and realize that we were at the brink of ashift in paradigm. now the device that i've been discussing so far is the octopus -
the circumcerebral neuro stimulation device, developed by persinger and koren. this is the shiva device and the shiva device is my own invention basedon dr. persinger's technology and developed with his full cooperation and support. i probably had
easily half-a-dozen conversations with himover the phone in which he explained and re-explained theparameters for the signals - the way they rotate, as they rotate around the head they don't just move from coil to coil - they move from one coil to another at let'ssay a speed of 10, then the speed of 12 14..16..
18..20.. with the length of time over each area increasing as it goes along. so the signals are change of.. magnetic fieldsare changing there are getting weaker and stronger witheach passing millisecond and rate at which it moves from one coil to the next continually changes. i have a question. yes, i'm very happy to do that.
magnetic fields are a fields phenomena and i'll go over this part quickly because it gets a little boring. but energy in the vocabulary of science is whatever a body, a mass or a system has that allows it to do work and work is defined as anything that changeswhere a force is being applied.
and a force is anything that changes inertia. now, magnetic fields are a force. electromagnetic radiation like things thathappen in electromagnetic frequencies are energies. it's an important distinction to make withrespect to understanding this technology because electromagnetic can include things like microwaves and you don't want a microwave wrapped aroundyour head. whereas magnetic fields
are perfectly safe and as i'll be describing shortly where immersed in magnetic fields all thetime, most importantly the earth's magnetic field, constantly. so that's a very good point. now the design for this somewhat complicated arrangement of changing magnetic fields
and moving magnetic fields comes from a factor that's at work in the brain called the binding factor. and the binding factor reaches the surfaceof the brain from a structure deep down in the brain calledthe fallamus and the fallamus operates to unite all about sensory input, everything from oureyes, ears, nose, tongue,
our skin, even our internal senses - how do you know wehave to go to the bathroom, how do you know if you have eaten somethingyou shouldn't have, how do you feel that it's your stomach, you know it's your upper intestineor your lower intestine. these are all on equal plane to the fallamus . all of them are input from the body, from our eyes, ears, our viscera and so forth.
but in addition, two other things get put on even keel and on even footing with our senses and thatis our thoughts and our emotions. and the fallamus unites all of this into a single comprehensible entity that we can experience as the input to ourselves. the binding factor,
ones from the front of the brain to the back ofthe brain; now this is very much slow down but it showsyou the kind of movement that it makes and i don't have an illustration it will doit, but if you can think of that big button in the in the basement of the brainthat you just saw as the source of this.. this activity. and that it kind of sweeping up from thebottom and back across your head over and
over again then you have a kind of image of the binding factor. among neuroscientists it's often called 'the 40 hz component' and that's because it crosses the brain in this way twenty five times per second. it has a distinct speed.
the reason its called the binding factor isbecause it tends to bind together all of the input that comes to us in a way that allows us to be conscious of it, whether inwhole or in part. and so it got the name 'the binding factor for consciousness'. now, in my own work thinking about this anddeveloping a technology that works with it, i want to add something to that and that isthat it also tends to bind us as individuals to our normal repertoire of states of consciousness.
you have a range of states of consciousness. ingo swann one can close his eyes and he cansee what's going on with missile silos in siberia. i can't do that. what's the difference? in one state of consciousness you can do that, in another one you can't. that state of consciousness is within hisrepertoire, it's not within mine. they are unlike masters who can put their handson your heads and make you see god,
the skill and the state they have to be in inorder to do that is in their repertoire of states. but it's not in mine. i can't do that. i have been able to stop a couple of people's headaches, made a couple of headaches and small pains go away backin the days when i was trying to learn spiritual healing but i never even got close to what the realmasters can do. so how does this technology
work with the binding factor? the magnetic fields, the magnetic signals are circulated around the head. as you view the head above they go counter clockwise. the binding factor runs front to back and that means that as these signals are overthe right side of the brain, they're running against the grain of the bindingfactor and when they're running over the left sideof the head,
they're running with the grain. so they're not trying to push the binding factor out of the way on the left side and they are pushing it outof the way on the right side. and the speed at which the signals move from one pair of coils to the next is actually set by the speed at which the binding factor moves.
by coming in around the same speed, not exactlybut at close to it the brain can become just a little confused about the state of the binding factor. and what that means is that while this ishappening and for a time afterward as i'll be getting into, you are no longer bound to your habitual lifetime repertoire states of consciousness. what you can do with your consciousness
when you're receiving this kind of stimulation,this kind of input very much amplifies. the binding factor locks you into the personyou normally are and when you alter it, when you perturbit, when you make some changes in it you can become temporarily somewhat of a different person with a widerrange of cognitive skills. so here's another illustration that shows
the movement of the signals and thereyou can see the magnetic fields sort of jumping up and down over each position. i would have liked an illustration that changedto speed as it went around but you can imagine what a nightmare of computergraphics work that would have been. so the other point about all of these experimentsthat i haven't mentioned yet is that there was a further response not just to the signals but also to the earth's magnetic field. in looking over the results of these experimentswas that
the subjects had a more robust response. their narratives, their free associations while receiving the stimulation tended to match what the other person that they had come to thelab with. more closely when the earth's magnetic fieldwas quiet. now this illustration you can see on the lefthand side there are some very very small little greenblocks and what they indicate
is that the earth's magnetic field measure with just about zero at that time. and that's the time when these kinds of experiments,in fact any kind of psychic or spiritual work especially if it involvesinner imaging is more effective when the earth's magnetic field is quiet. i once played around with a set of crystal tools
recently, lie down and you hold the tools inyour hands and you let their energy do what it will do. i once found an enormous flood of visionscoming. this was the first time i have used them in quite some time. i checked the geomagnetic indices and what i found was the field was flat. and when i spoke up to dr persingerabout this he said â€œoh yes, that's what you should expectâ€.
and ever since then i have expected it andever since then it hasn't been as powerful. so the other thing worth mentioning is that the feeling of a sensed presence that i describedlast week where you think there's someone.. you feel thatthe someone behind you but when you turned to look but no one is there. that's more likely when the measures are higher. out-of-body experiences are much morelikely
during times of enhanced geomagnetic activity, louder geomagnetic activity, strongerfields. psychic perceptions are quite different - they're more likely during quiet times asi just mentioned and the reason for this is quite interesting. and that's because things like out-of-body experiences and sensing a presence involve both sides of the brain, whereas psychic perception seems to involveonly one side of the brain - the right side.
so not only we are having different responsesto the earth's magnetic field and its activity there's actually different brain parts working when you're having what's classically calledthe spiritual or religious experience then there are working when you're having a psychic experience. and that is, well, good to know, especially if are in my line of work. the other thing worth mentioning is thatthose times of crisis relief psychic
perception - the mother in one place knowing when the daughterin another is in trouble - they're more likely when it's quiet at. the brain is more responsive to psychic input when a quiet period comes just after a noisyperiod. so first the earth's magnetic field is atits peak, there's lots of turbulence going on and might evenbe a geomagnetic storm, a few hours later things settle down and thingsare very quiet. right then is a launch window
for more effective psychic work. and the interesting thing about it is thatit suggests that the brain is accommodating, that there's some mechanism in our brains that changes our consciousness followingthe earth's magnetic field. and that from time to time when these extra bits of information, these extra psychic perceptionsare more available, our brain is over compensating, not for geomagnetic noise which you might think would interfere withthe brain's functioning
but rather for geomagnetic quiet. so that our brains which are normally.. which are normally 'on' everywhere through the brain unless thoseareas are told to be turned 'off', everything is active unless it's inhibited, leave us more sensitive to quiet times inthe earth's magnetic field. and the other thing about our brains is that
they're filled with magnetite. our brains are actually responding to theearth's magnetic field because we are wired up to do so with a heavy load of actual magnetite crystals. there are five million of them per gram in the center of the brain - the normal braintissues -
five million per gram and there are fourteen hundred grams in theaverage human brain. interestingly, the outer area of the brain - the meninges - the membrane that surroundsit has a hundred million of these magnetite crystalsper gram. the shape of these magnetic crystals doesn't occur in nature. it's only found in biological tissue.
now, since this was discovered - it was publishedin december of 1992 under the somewhat heavy title of 'biomagnetite mineralization in the humanbrain' published by joseph kirschvink and a groupof researchers that he worked with. i actually called him on the phone because i was very interested in the evolutionof this system. and he did tell me which hadn't been published that other primate brains have been found to havethe same minerals in them -
chimpanzees, gibbons, lab monkeys. you know.. i don't know what the primateswere but he confirmed that we are not the only species that has this. and not only are the crystals formed in the brain tissue and it's hard toexplain how that unique shape would appear if they weren't formed there. they are also organized and they tend to occur in nice neat chains
and this maximizes a thing called the magneticmoment, which is kind of a magnetic analog to momentum. it allows them to actually handle more forceand that's a magnetic fields are - they are force not an energy. it allows them to handle more magnetic force. which perhaps is why the brain seems to compensate not forgeomagnetic noise or storms but for quiet is because they are actually arranged in sucha way
as to be able to more readily handle huge amounts of information from the earth'smagnetic field, large changes, big magnetic fields. and when things suddenlydrop and become quiet, these long chains of magnetitecrystals must need to change their function as well.and they don't seem to do it on a dime; seems to take several hours for this to happen. and because of this kind of correlation, there are some other effects that have beenreported. and this came long before the 'octopus'
studies, maybe 10-15 years in some cases. one thing that dr presinger did was hetook a large number of psi experiments and he studied all of them and saw how pronounced the effects were, just how radical a psychic phenomena had been for the researchers whodid this study and that study involving such things as remote viewing, extra sensory perception with the little cards -
well you name it - the whole range. and what he did was he took a size of theeffect in those studies year-by-year and compared them to the overall yearly activity for the earth'smagnetic fields. and he found that the earth's magnetic field was quieter during the years in which the most effective studies were done. and so of course, this result cuts across theentire field
of what's come to be called psi research because it says not only experiments thatseemed to be failures because the effect size was so small, actually were successes because the smalleffects were gotten in the face of very active geomagnetic years. in another one of the studies and ithink this is perhaps the most fascinating one of all, dr persinger found a number of cases in "fate"magazine - now fate magazine does not have a
high reputation among many scientists - but one thing they have done, over their many years of publication, is get people who report their psychic experiencesfor publication in their magazine to say when they made the psychic prediction and when the event they predicted actuallytook place. now he didn't have this information down tothe hour but he did have it to the day
and what he found was that the levels for the earth's magnetic field, whether high or low, were the same on the day the psychic made the prediction and the day teh event they predicted actually tookplace. so there's a definite pairing of prediction and event through the earth's magneticfield.
and the other one i already mentionedis that the out-of-body experiences are more likely during times of geomagnetic storm. one of the things that he said when he publishedthat paper was that it was very likely that it wasn't the actual field strength that was the activeagent, it wasn't just how strong or how weak thefield is, rather during times of geomagnetic storm or when it is simply unsettled or it is very quiet, there is information either present or absent
that's play a role in it. it's not howstrong the field is, but rather what kind of information is imbedded in it. and the information will be different during a geomagnetic storm than it is during geomagnetic quiet. the other thing he had to say in that publication whichi think i've already quoted in this series a couple of times is that one hypothesisto explore why this is the case
is that it's possible that some part of our consciousness is actually interacting with, taking information from, literally connected like gears areconnected, to the earth's magnetic field. if the geomagnetic field shut off tomorrow it wouldn't just be
that there was less magnetism around - perhapsa change in electrical storms, each and every individual on the planet might feel a shift in their consciousness. and this is worth considering when you thinkabout how many psychics are predicting pole shiftsand how many geologists have told us that there are such things as a shifting ofnorth and south of the earth's magnetic field. and the one brain part and there's a nice, very engaging image of the earth's magneticfield,
it does tend to underscore how heavily small changes in the earth's magnetic fieldcan rely on big changes in the .. in solar winds. they are all part of one large system. and i'm fond of saying that because all of our brains are embeddedin the earth's magnetic field, we may not all be one, but we are all connected.
so the single brain part that is most implicatedin all of this is a brain structure called the hippocampus. and not just both of them but specificallythe one on the right side where language centers are not found. and so far no one has been able to defineexactly what's happening in the right hemisphere of the brain in the mirror image spots where language happenson the left, but the crucial point is that psychic informationis nonverbal information.
the hippocampus is a very cognitive structure. it has been called the 'contextualizationengine' in the brain. it takes things, finds context for them, makes connections betweenthings and if it has no context for something, it will literally create one. it's heavily involved in spatial memory, spatial perception. it's instrumental in maintaining our internal maps -how you get from your bedroom to front door down to the corner store and back
without having to actually think of the routethrough is something that the hippocampus is very much involved in. it creates memories, turns our presentmoment experience and takes our present moment experience and turns them into memories that we can retrievelater on. it also is very much involved in coming upwith the content of our dreams. it picks, so to speak along never by itself,
always in connection with other structures, but it will pick the details that will appearin our dreams for us. and the other thing is that it's the sourceof theta waves from within the brain. these are very low frequency 5 - 8 hz waves that our brain produces when we are involvedin things like meditation, trance, when we are under hypnosis or we are in twilight sleep.
the other thing that i want to mention - has to do with the binding factor. as long as i mentioned sleep here the binding factor is not always present inthe human brain. its there when we're awake, when we're in fairlynormal consciousness it's there when we're dreaming which is like normal consciousness insofaras dreaming an activity activates same brain parts that are involved
when you are actually in that activity. and that's kind of an amazing thing. this has led some researchers to wonder if perhaps the binding factor isn't also intimately relatedto our sense of self. when you're in a dream you're there, when you're in your normal states of consciousnessagain you are there, but when you're in dreamless asleep, where are you?
this is a slightly mind boggling concept - first, you're there, then you're not, then you'rethere, then you're not and you can watch it on the eeg - dream sleep: present, dreamless sleep: absent. there are five stages of it. i won't bother youwith all of them but you appear, you disappear, you appear, youdisappear. it happens every night to everybody and yet we still allow ourselves such
wide berth in making assumptions about whowe are as individuals. so, this is an actual example of the technology i have beendiscussing tonight. this version is called shiva partly because shiva is the lord of mediators and psychic skills are commonamong people who do spiritual practice. so, those of you who have been wondering, wanting to see it - there it is.
and we're done it'll be possible for you tocome up and take a closer look at it if you like. so, there it is. and before i move on to the material thati have for the second part of tonight's talk 0:42:57.099,0:42:58.430 i was wondering if anyone has any questionsabout the technology. not much in the way of physical sensations using the session design that's proven most effective. this typically a mild altered state that comesat the beginning of the session which lasts
about 45 minutes and then towards the end of the session theperson can actually find themselves becoming a little bit fatigued or relaxed, very relaxed. their mind tends to want to shut downa little bit because the.. the target of the stimulation is on theright side of the brain right hemispheric experiences and phenomena tend to dominatethe person's awareness. and one of the most easily noticed
right hemispheric phenomena is fatigue orrelaxation. anybody else have something to ask? yes. no problem. yes, if you were to obtain one yourself through www.spiritualbrain.com then this would arrive in the mail requiring a little bit of setup. and there is a software and all of the instructionsto user are embedded in the software. and that's important because we want to makesure that no one has access to the signals
without, at the same time, having access to the information about them.soon as you separate the technology from the information, manuals get lost material is forgotten, that's when it's possible for people to makemistakes. not that any of those mistakes would be harmfulbut we want the technology to be effective and keeping the information right at your fingertipsall the time is one of the best ways to do that. were the signals
picked at random? or how did he decide which signals to use? no. as far as how he chose the signals tobe used in this experiment is concerned, he actually wasn't shooting in the dark at all. he used two signals for some of the early experiments and some of the ones that are going on nowand haven't been published yet. there's only one signal being used although the speed at whichthe signals move from one pair of coils to
the next changes with each phase of the session sothat in one phase it moves a bit faster and the next one - a bit slower, and then a bit slower,and a bit slower. earlier these two signals had had a trackrecord - one of them, derived from the amygdala,which is referred to in the literature as burst x because it duplicates thepattern that occurs with burst firing in the amygdala . had a track record for producing spiritualexperiences. in fact, that's the one that was used in the god helmet studies where
some 1% of the subjects actually sawgod in the laboratory. the other one was devised.. tailored after a chirp pattern, from a pieceof equipment called a function generator and that one had some track record for inducing powerful altered states when applied overthe right hemisphere. and because psychic effects are not religiousexperiences per se, that ruled out the first.
and the strong response from the right hemisphere tended to include the second. so that's howthat choice was made. let's move on to the next bit of material and i warn you in advance that this area that i'll be discussing next - miracles is much more speculative than what i havetalked about before. there is less evidence to guide us in ourthinking on the subject
and yet at the same time it's worth talkingabout. partly because this strong role that miracles have had in ourworld's religions - christ performed miracles, so did the buddha they are worth knowing about. the public is curious about them, and ultimatelyit is the public who pays the bill for all science that is done of any kind. and yet there is a chain of evidencethat i can follow and one of them involves a personal casehistory that i was involved with a few years
ago. and just like the one where dr persingerworked with ingo swann, a single subject, if they're well chosen and the stimulation they receive is well targetedto the subject you're investigating, it can still be worthwhile even withjust one subject. it's not conclusive, it's not decisive, perhaps the most you can do is call for moreresearch
and yet that doesn't keep it from being significant. just like .. yes, a question. can you give a definitionfor the word miracle yes miracles are.. well i have to use another word that willcall for further definition - 'non-ordinary'. miracles are non-ordinaryevents outside the normal range of experiences that can be explained
with medical neuroscience or the normal mainstream laws of physics. and just like with psychic phenomena, i wasn'ttalking about all kinds of psychic phenomena, and anything to do with tea leaves doesn't fit into the discussion that i justgave you. we're primarily concerned with miracles that have their source in human consciousness. so, for example, i will not be offering youa deep explanation
for the tortilla that manifested in my kitchenthe day before yesterday bearing an image of the virgin mary. (... after being drawn on it by my friend):-) miracles from god and that is what tortillas bearing animage of the virgin mary will be taken as - this is a sign from god, a gift from god, are different from miracles of mind. and for those of you who are curiousabout the tortilla i can tell you
that it originates with jose's mexican products.it's a corn tortilla and it was made in salinas, california. (laughter) ok, now talking about miracles a little more seriously, there is one classical religious text, comes from the buddhist tradition, that does give you detailed instructions onhow to perform miracles. it's called the visudhamagga which means the path or the road or
the trail to purification. it was written by buddhagosha acharya, i believein the twelfth century and this is now o.. 1500 years after the buddha's time. and there had been enormous amount of informationthat had accumulated in monasteries all over the world. but there was no tradition of centralizedinformation exchange, there were no journals,
there were no websites certainly, therewas no calling up the abbot of another temple and sharing information. so this man acquired information from manymany sources and condensed it into a single book and isay condensed tongue-in-cheek because in fact the book runs over a thousand pages. and there is a chapter in it, i believe it's chapter12 'the description of concentration' and in that chapter you will find, if you readbetween the lines and don't mind some very heavy reading
and an occasional trip to the dictionary, you'll finddescriptions of how miracles are performed. and i am going to begiving you some of that information tonight. according to the buddhaghosha acharya, there is a state of consciousness called "the realm of infinite space" and it's aformless absorption state. it's state of consciousness that only appearswhen you are absorbed in a meditation object. involves the perception of infinite space.
now, this image which has appeared so far inevery one of these talks one of the more commonmanifestations of that for more ordinary people and its got the nickname 'the void'. in near-death experiences it can appearwith its point of light at the middle. it's been reported through peyote visions. i've talked a couple people who've had it followinghead injuries. and without the point of light it's simply an infinite black space.
but there's more to it than just space it has a texture, it has a vibration, it hasa sound that isn't heard , the texture that isn't touched, it has information to convey and yet words do not appear in which to receive the information. and what i think is happening in this state, when the person is simply
face to face with infinity in their minds, is that the spatial perception which is the the arena, so to speak, of thehippocampus is disinhibited. ordinarily, in order for me to perceive aspace, i have to take the space that i'm in
and shrink it down from the most that my mindis capable of handling. same... if it's true for me it's going tobe true for everyone else. so it's actually possible. now, some peopledon't get this but it's actually possible to be in a roomlike this and focus your attention not on what's in the room but the amount of space that's displaced inthe room so that instead of getting a sense of theplace, you cue in on, your focus on
the space that's contained within it. and if you disinhibit that, the brain..it's been said the brain works by creating a function somewhere our evolutionary history and then inhibiting the function and then inhibiting the inhibition and then inhibiting the inhibition to theinhibition to the function so that the brains complexity grows throughevolutionary history by inhibiting more and more of it
through more and more complicated levels until you can have five or six layers of inhibition to a single function. turn one 'on', turn the other 'off' three of them 'on' two of them 'off' and so forth. so that a single brain structure with one or two core functions can actually be expanded to function in hundreds-thousands of differentways and this is one of their ways that many
scientists believe the brain evolved froma simple thing that only tells a flatworm what's food and what isn't to the kinds of brains that we have where we can tell what's food and what isn'tbut, if we have the head for it, we can also learn calculus. and i sincerely hope that will be the lastmention of calculus that we have tonight. again it's the hippocampus on the right side and this is the most likely source for theexperience of the void because it's the one
on the right side, the one that processes informationthat does not come in words. that is the most crucial, at least as far as deeper structuresare concerned, in our ability to perceive space, spatial relationships, and to work with our mental maps of things. it's also implicated in out-of-body experiences, in which
you perceive your own body as having a different locationin space than it ordinarily would. one of the ways that you know that you'rehaving an out-of-body experience you are in a different place than you would be if you're in thebody. and this small, subtle, perhaps unimportant detail to thosewho've had them actually gives us a very strong and crucialguide to understanding which brain parts are involved in it.
another thing about the hippocampus andi think i said this before but it's worth saying again is the main source, possibly the only source,of theta output from the brain and again that involves things like twilight,sleep, hypnosis, meditation, trance and so forth. and in order to give you all a first-hand taste of what the hippocampus can do and why the one on the right is so very differentfrom the one on the left,
i'm going to ask you all to participate with me ina short guided imagination; a guided visualization except you're not going to be visualizing something that you would ordinarily see. what you do for the first part of it is you imagine ... i want all of you now please close your eyes,
having seen that picture. everyone just take a couple deep breaths, asmuch trance as you can get in a few seconds. please.. please pull it in now. i want you to imagine that the space behind you and to your left is expanded out to infinity
literally into outer space. well, the space inyour right is closed off behind you. now i'm going to ask you all to keepyour concentration, keep your eyes closed, keep your posture and now i want you to switch the sides so that now that vast black empty infinite space is behind you and to your right.
and the space behind youon the left is closed off as if by a wall. and if you could all come back now, open your eyes, be with me again here. so i want to ask how many people noticed a differencein sensation that came visualizing the space on each side? that is a very high number. we must have a very holy crowd
with us tonight. what you experienced when you imagined thaton the right was the input of the hippocampus on theright. now ordinarily left brain is right body and so forth but at the level of imagination, that is reversed. if you ever found that the visualization you just did
came to you as a full-blown hallucination, you would find that the sides were reversed. and if you're like most people what youexperience on the right side was far more engaging, really interesting - you really wanted to gointo that space that was the second phase. and the space, the sensation that you created for yourselfimagining the space on the left could have been boring, stale, flat, dry or somethinglike that. and that is because the hippocampus on theright
is far more forward-looking, positive and optimistic. this is a thinking structure, a cognitive structureand it has a different, what they call, cognitivestyle on the right than it has on the left. and the right side is far more spiritual, the left side is far more worldly, if i canuse so unscientific a term. how can i put this, welcome to your hippocampus. now for those of you who want to take somethingaway from tonight's talk, i would suggest if you take anything away youit would be to take that.
imagining space behind you on the right can be an excellent way to prime your system for meditation, prayer, yoga, or anythinglike that. you don't need to spend 20 minutes trying to attain a perfect concentration with complete focus and excellent posture. you simply go in, establish a space and then move on to the other practice. thisisn't a stand-alone spiritual practice,
it's one that does its best in service of other practices. so that's that. and now that i have brought you through your hippocampusa little bit, i can proceed to tell you a little more aboutmiracles. now, what buddhagosha acharya said in the book 'visudhamagga', the path of purification,
is that the way to do miracles is to close your eyes and get into a state of consciousness whereyou're seeing an infinite space behind your eyes. and he has a number of meditation techniques which are intended to make this state of consciousnesseasier to get. and in the flyer advertising this event, it said that i would explain how to do miracles. perhaps there wasn't enough room on the paperbut i didn't, maybe i didn't say not to be
too put out if you find that you go away fromtonight's meeting unable to turn water into wine. i've been to napa valley (grape farms), andit's an overrated skill. but he said first you get into that stateof consciousness. now he's not talking about the void with the point of light. he's just talking about having your eyes closed, and instead of seeingthe dull darkness of the inside of your eyelids, you're pushing into infinite space.
it's got to have that sense of spaciousnessto it. then the foreground is an area in which visualizations can appear. that if you're in the state of consciousness andyou visualize something, you can actually have a mental image of thatthing appear. the other thing is that when you're in that state of consciousness, you can
project an intention. and the most common technique that i know offor this which many psychics have confirmed from me and yet strangely enough i haven'tseen written down even once is that the way to put a thought in someone else's mind is to imagine the sound of their voice, saying the thing that you want them to be thinking. and then, unless there is some reason for themto resist it,
those words, whatever they are, will come to their consciousness. and i used to do a simple, almost parlor trickto illustrate this. i would take a word and in one case i chose the word 'afghanistan' - this was when the war in afghanistan was stillvery much in the news. and i was sitting with a friend and i saidi can make you say a word. he said "go ahead and tryâ€. so i wrote the word 'afghanistan' on the piece of paper,folded it up, stuck it in his pocket
reaching across the scrambled eggs and baconto do so and started hearing his voice saying the word afghanistan. then at one point the conversation had torefer to a friend of his who was having trouble with a shopkeeper. and he said â€œya..the guy's afghanistan. no, the guy.. no, the guy is.. he is from afghanistan. he's..â€
and i said â€œafghaniâ€. he said â€œyes, that's it. he's afghaniâ€ and i said â€œokay, read the word in your pocket and check itoutâ€. there was he.. he was blown away! i had succeeded in putting the word in his consciousness. soone of the reasons i chose that word was that it wasn't too likely. it could come up in a normal conversationand it wasn't a word with the religious, sexual, scientific,
mathematical implication to it. so that he would have no reason to resistit. if i use the word polynomial and he was oneof these people who is convinced he will never learn math, it would have failed. this is bhawagan das. now, ordinarily i don't mention the names ofmy subjects, but when i told bhawagan das whois the author of a book called
'it's here now, are you?' about his life experiences including withhis teacher, he said â€œno, no, use my name all you can. use it everywhere you can. i want to be famous. don't anonymous me, pleaseâ€.and i said â€œokay, i'll use your name all i canâ€. so therefore, bhagwan das, bhagwan das,bhagwan das. and i hope he sees this video and i hope he's pleased.
so, bhagawan das and i had a conversation where i told himabout 'the void' experience and he said â€œoh.. i know that state of consciousness.that's the womb of kaliâ€. i said â€œthe womb of kali?â€. he says â€œyes, i'm a kali worshiper, i do kali bhajans and kali pooja and ceremonies. i worship kali every morning in frontpf my altar with a tambura, with bhajans - hindu sacredsongs and when he was doing this, he would go intothe state of consciousness. and it didn't happen with some other deities,it happened with kali.
i can't give you a sound explanation for that,and i'm not going to try. but certainly, he was a man who knew the experience i talked about. we compared some details, the sense of vibration and aliveness in the void state. and yes, we were.. we were talking about the same thing - the realm of infinite space, the void, the womb of kali - call it whatyou will.
it's not all too rare an experience. now buddhaghosha acharya said you have to get into this state if you wantto do miracles and when you're in that state, the thing youimagine will come to pass, if your state is locked down enough. if you get into that state and your easily distracted,other phenomenon appear, you're not ready. so bhagwan das had another teacher neem karoli baba.
let ritual be satisfied - i will say jai shree shreeneem karoli baba for you. he was an amazing teacher, a powerful teacher with tremendous psychic skills. and he did miracles. but unlike jesus he did miracles in moderntimes, permitted cameras, and did them in front of large groups ofpeople. on certain holy days in the hindu calendar.hundreds of people would come to his ashram and someone would give him an apple
and he put the apple under his blanket and he would start throwing apple after appleto the crowd. the loaves and the fishes thing seems almost pale by comparison . the certainlythe divinity of the two men does not. and he could manifest things literally out of thin air. a disciplecame to him once and said â€œi'm having terrible trouble with money. what should i do?â€. and he was an indian businessman, an executive.
he said â€œokay..okay go with your best suit, immediately take the train to delhi, and be on this corner at this time and your problems will be solved.â€. and the guy said â€œyou are the master. of course, i'll do exactly what you say.â€ the man was in delhi wearing his best suit, at the specified time and place
when along comes his old buddy who has justclosed in an enormous business deal and needs a working limited partner. and oh by the way if you join under this limited partnershipwill give you a sign.. a signer's fee.. a sign up fee of 'x' million rupees. the man was there, they walked over to the coffee shop, made the contract, signed the contract,
got a cheque, went to the bank, put the moneyin his pockets, went back to the ashram - - problem solved. now, that's a good trick. in fact, i wish someonewould do that trick with me. but the point is he could manifest thingsout of thin air and like jesus, he would not just manifest an object. he would take an object
and make copies of it. as you know from our previous discussion,our brains, because of there are electrical activity are constantly broadcasting matching magnetic activity via the earth's magnetic field to every brain that surround them. considering that magnetic fields never dropto zero in their strength, but only
fall off constantly, you know, at one distance it's half what it wasbefore, the next distance. it's half what it was there again - the so called inverse square law. but they never reach to zero. so, whenever neem karoli baba was performing a miracle he was in the state of consciousnessthat miracles require.
bhaganwas das was in his presence while he was in these states of consciousness. so could bhagwan das's brain have picked up information from neem karoli baba's brain that would allow him a greater chance ofperforming miracles? one of the things i like to point out about the investigationthat i'll be discussing now is that involves a postulate, an assumption
and that is that performing miracles is a veridical humanbehavior. it's a human behavior the actually amounts to something real happening. and the assumption is worthwhile because belief in miracles isso incredibly widespread and you can't investigate them, except to dismissthem, without making it. sooner or later someone in the scientificcommunity somewhere has to decide 'okay.. miracles happen.
let's look into that.â€ instead of simply â€œthere are no such thingsâ€. and to respond to the wealth of reports and stories of miraculous events happeningaround certain special people throughout human history simply by saying it's all nonsense seems one that isn't really worthy of thewell developed scientific community that we
have today. and the other thing i like to point out about it is that it's not a cultural transmission. in sanskrit there's a word 'vidya' means knowledge. in thai the word is 'vichaa' related
and we have our own modern english word 'video' and all of these words come from the indo-european language root. so that it's culturally transmitted from onearea to the other. miracles happen in place and are reported from places likeaustralia with the aboriginals, from the new world with native americans. and that is not a cultural transmission.
the belief in miracles does not happen because your father believe in miracleswho got it from his father who got it from his father who got it from his father going allthe way back. is a belief that sprang up separately in many different places in the world. and that to me removes one of the main objectionsthat skeptical scientists have towards accepting their reality, their.. their validity is they try to explain it as a cultural transmission.
people just believe in that stuff. if you stopbelieving in things because they're traditional you wouldn't believe in the stuff anymoreand that doesn't account for wide appears in cultures have never had the opportunityto communicate. so bhagawan das may or may not have picked up the transmission from the brain of his master that would allow him to enter the state in which miracles occur. miracles,
because they involve, according to buddhaghosh acharya, the experience of an infinite space in yourmind, and that in turn, through quite straight forwardneuroscience implicates the hippocampus on the right side of the brain. that said, we need to put a signal derived from the hippocampus over the right side and this is more or lessthe set-up that we used for bhagawan das . and the sessions that he experienced - he hadthree sessions - the shiva device, the octopus device involves
16 magnetic coils, this involved just two. so we put it over the right side of his brain -one positive, one negatives of the fields would run between the two coils and we applied a signal derived from the hippocampus. and this signal which is got a mid line and then going down shows that the signal is entirely positive.
most neural signals have positive and negative. this one is only positive and it has the somewhat technical but not frighteningly so nameof long-term potentiation meaning moments of experience being turnedinto something with long-term potential. that is to say something we can remember overthe long term. a signal likethis occurs
when the hippocampus is taking present momentexperience and turning it into a memory. again you can see that the shape of the signalshows how the field will rise, magnetic field will rise and fall over time. and so this is the signal that we appliedto the right side of bhagwan das's head. the first of his three sessions he found thathe was in the void of kali and i had told him â€œdon't think about kali. if you have to.. if you sit downwith your eyes close it has to go religious ponder
confucius, ponder lao tzu, ponder a zen master but don't think about kalibecause that's not where we're going.â€. then he said â€œoh.. no problem. i love lao tzu .â€. great. so, he sat down and he said that actually for a little whilehis mind was on very taoist and chinese themes. this happened within a minute or two. now, when he prayed to kali, it would usually takehim about five minutes to go from starting to pluck his stringed instrumentand warming up his voice to actually getting intothe
womb of kali, as he called it. this time he was in there within a minute, perhaps two. now, two days after his second session he found himself at an event where he was leadingsome hindu worshipers and he found that he could do shaktipat.the people came and asked him for blessings which consisted of him putting his hands ontheir head was before he had done kind of as a ritualaction like catholic priests do for confirmation.they're not putting the power of god in you
when they put their hands on your head during the confirmation ceremony; the comingof age ceremony for catholics. they are just putting their hands on the head and god works through them as he will. and it's not a common context for miracles and epiphanies to be reported. but bhagawan das was now doing this in his contextand he found
there when he did this a tremendous amountof heat and electrical sensations appeared in his hands and the people that he touched in this way went into bliss attacks. they would almost collapse in front of him,their arms would expand, their heads would pullback. he said.. i couldn't even keep my grip, they're.. they're leaning back. how i am supposedto do this?
he said â€œhey, i only do the neuroscience. ceremonial stuff is your department, dude.â€. we were very good friends, we were quite informalwith one another, enjoyed one another's company immensely. and then he did his third session and two days after, he was at a hindu temple leading a pooja, a worship ceremony for kali and he
found that when it ended, when itwas time for him to do the final ritual acts which consisted of him putting flowers on an altar, that he wished.. that he was putting these pink carnations andred carnations and white carnations all around, very pretty, very traditionally hindu. but the color of kali as shown in the backgroundof this very powerful image in which she stands on the dead body of herhusband shiva - is scarlet -
or vermillion. and he said now wouldn't it be wonderful if he could find scarlet carnations so that he could actually give the flowers thatwere kali's associated color to her as an offering. and for some reason in that moment it seem likea very delightful, even delicious thing to do oh.. for a scarlet carnation. and as he leaned down to meet the final prostration
when he got up there was a flower his handsand it was a scarlet carnation. now, go to a flower store and try and find one. but he manifested it. now this is his story. and i once told the story to a neuroscientist who actually is a graduate student wantingto sign on to be a neuroscientist said â€œyou know, the simplest explanation forthat - and in neuroscience we always prefer the simple explanation to the complicated one", which iagree with -
â€œis that bhagawan das was just hallucinating.â€. and that might be true; could be a normal garden variety hallucination except that he would have had to have a tactile and avisual hallucination at the same time and it would have ignored the reason, the rationale,behind this experimental case history. we were testing a specific thing - transmissionof the energy from a miracle performing guru to the disciple -
recruiting his 'void' hippocampal room of kali state into his more.. making it more immediateso that it wasn't just kali as he saw her from the inside but actuallya dynamic thing, a tool a vehicle that could be taken out for a ride, and trying to make a specific thing happen. now if it weren't for that rationale, if itweren't designed to create a miracle - in this case, then the simplest explanation would be preferred.
now, it may be that it was just a hallucinationand if that's the case we don't have a case history that illustrates performing miracles. we have a case history that illustrates the propensity to report miracles. and that's also a serious step forward inthe scientific understanding of miracles. there's a story i would like to tell
about another class of miraculous event. and just as we saw with the discussion ofthe octopus and the circumcerebral - - the around the head stimulation, it's possible for information to be transmittedfrom one brain to the next. and there was an occasion when i had a girlfriend and she wanted to break up with me.why, i can't possibly imagine, but (laughter) she wanted to.. and she came over to my place and saidâ€œwhen.. i don't want to do this anymore. i don't want to.. i don't want to see you anymore. i want to getanother boyfriend.â€.
later on i learned that she had someone alllined up. but, i was upset about it and i went into a really bad state. itwas kind of despair sort of thing. this went on and on for quite a while. and she was upset about it too, partly because she wasn't completely surethat she wanted to end the relationship and if i would have just been so kind as tosay â€œwell, okay, it's over. bye. .i have go and get a burritonowâ€ and been just that easy about it,
it would've been easy for her. but, it wasn't. and she got upset. and then, something happened. both of our capacities to stay in a bad mood stopped at the same moment. and suddenly, i saw her head surrounded with a blue aura. and i told her â€œwow! this is one of the mostbeautiful things i've ever seen in my life.â€. she said â€œi'm seeing the same thing aroundyou.â€
and she said â€œ yes, it's incrediblybeautiful. it's not you.â€. and i said â€œwell, its not you either. it's this aura that i'm seeing aroundyou.â€. you know, we would throw potato chips at each otherfrom time to time. it was not a great relationship, but it was a magnificent moment. something happened, our brains were sharinginformation. there was a case involving shakti, a technology that's
in the same family as the shiva device,but much simpler. the woman who had done a shocky session using a signal derivedfrom amygdala that burst 'x', that burst firing signal actually had a six hour episode in which he saw auras around everybody. and there was a group of people who came overto her house that day and she said â€œoh! i can't doâ€ - it was a spiritual discussiongroup
- i can't do the discussion groups tonight. i'min this state.â€. they said â€œwell, let us try it.â€. so they did and each went around the room for 20 minutes, everyone put this headset on with the same signal over the same areas and they each went into the same state ofconsciousness. now, with unconnected individuals, this wouldbe astronomically unlikely. with this class of technology people havevery individualized experience - what you get
is what you get, what another person gets iswhat they get. you might see god, they might get nothing. and this normal wide range of response isexpected. and here was a group of people who were allhaving the same experience one after the other. in the annals of spiritual experience i've never heard of it. and i have read a lot of books in that field, if i can call it a field. for you and i to both go into a state because we've each been exposed to the blessingsof a master, for example,
that's.. that's normal, but you'll getwhat you get and i get what i get. for each one of us to go one after theother, taking turns, all accessing the same altered state is unheard of. what was happening? the answer, i think, is that the first woman with her amygdala very active andclanging away in producing her experience had far less random activity in her brain,
so that her brain was on a narrow trackand everybody else was on a wider one. and through the stimulation, and through contactwith her it narrowed them down until they were each picking up the statethat her brain was broadcasting. and they each went into the same experience. this is the amygdala, the brain part used in that session i'm sorry. it's not coming through clearly
but you'll notice three black buttons towardsthe bottom and the one furthest forward is the amygdala. i'm not sure why it's not flashing but itisn't. and this is the signal that was used. you rememberthe hippocampus signal which had all of its business end below the mid-line this is evenly distributed top and bottom. this is the same signal the dr. persinger used in his god helmetexperiments. and the other context for this group sharing of informationwhere it isn't just brain to brain
but brain to brains, or possibly brains tobrains is in the visions of the virgin mary which seemed to crop up fairly regularly even without any contribution from jose's mexican products of salinas, california. this is a picture of the church at zeitoun ,egypt where, from between 1968 and 1971 there were regular visions of the virgin mary beingreported.
some people saw the virgin mary, this is theimportant part, other people just saw lights. the same thing happened with a very famousvisions at fatima. i think what's happening here is that the people who were most prone toaltered state experiences, who are in one of these locations duringone of these episodes, if they're very very suggestible, very verysensitive and they expect to see the virgin mary
and that's what the vision that these somewhat hallucinogenic balls of lightwill induce in them. these balls of light seem to have their origin ingeomagnetic activity and it comes from the stress that builds up in the bedrock that's released in an earthquake. and shortly after the zeitoun, egyptsighting of the virgin mary
there was an earthquake at the southern tipof the sinai peninsula in 1971, and after that earthquake,the visions at zeitoun stopped. the final thing in this discussion ofpsychic skills and miracles has to do with a bit of practical instructionfor those of you who want to develop psychic skills. and you notice two brain structures here, both of whomhave been referred to earlier in tonight's talk. one of them is the amygdala, the other is the hippocampus.
the amygdala is a very very emotional structure -on the left side it seems to be specialized for positive emotions and on the right itspecialized for negative ones, most importantly fear. but the reason for showing you this illustration is that they're not just connected by a bunchof nerve fibers, they're actually interwoven, they haven intimate relationship with oneanother. thoughts have emotional impact, emotions inspire thoughts
immediately. so, when one of them is active the other tendsto be quiet. they work in the kind of seesaw relationship - each one continually invitingthe other to take the top position. they don't always accept the invitation but they are quite capable of doing it. you cango into thinking mode where you are doing nothing but calculus. oh! i am sorry. i thought i wasn't going to say that again.(laughter) or your emotional mode where you're in nothing but joy or fear andi might say that when i can.
one of the traditional teachings that comesfrom anyone who instructs on how to acquire psychic skills is that emotions interfere with psychic perception. it's easy for me to know having, used the shiva device who's on the phone when the phone rings - oh! that's my brother, oh! that's my mother,that's call from my kid, or something like that. that's not heavy-duty stuff.
but if there was a call coming in from someonewith a really bad news or call with something fantastic happening i usually won't know about it. if it's someonei really want to hear from and the phone rings, i'll guess it wrong. emotions tend to crowd out psychic perceptions just the way emotions tend to crowdout intellectual understanding in our normal daily lives. so, having said all that,
how do you be psychic? and the answer seems to be that when an event happens about which youwant a psychic perception, and that's a misnomer because as soon as you want a psychic perception you make it hard to have it. so, when an event appears your mind, your brain, will produce a large number of responses to it, most of which will be below your thresholdof awareness. but, when something happens
one of the first responses will be a bit of information from insideyour mind - an image, a picture a thought, what have you. that very very first; that instantaneous response to the event, whatever it is, that is where the psychic perception is tobe found. and the difference between a psychic
and non-psychic person is simply that the psychic is able to payattention and know that the immediate instant response to something is the psychic perception. the psychic is able to keep that moment, that instant, from disappearing quite as quickly so that instead of lasting five millisecondsfor them it might last five hundred half a second.
and in neurological terms half a second can be an eon. so, the reason i have this picture here isbecause it illustrates how it works and it also illustrates a personalstory for me where i learned what psychic perceptions were. there's a saying in the samurai arts that if you want to be a master swordsman, your sword must move 'as the flint fliesfrom the steel'.
the flint hits the steel, and there is a spark and there is no interval, no gap whatsoeverbetween the moment of contact of flint and steel and the production of the spark. it's instant, it's immediate with no intervening stages of any kind. so something happens, your first impression, your first inner response, withno intervening stages, that's where the psychic perception is tobe had. event i'm thinking of
is a time when i was visiting someone in theirnew apartment. and they loved their new apartment. it was absolutelyperfect for them. and they said â€œwell, you know, there is one thingi miss here.â€ and as soon as they said 'there's somethingi miss here' i got an image in my mind of fireworks and having read a llewelenn series tract. on developing psychic perceptions a daybefore i said fireworks.â€.
she said â€œyes, that's absolutely right. how would youknow that?â€. she said that in her previous home they had been a small barbecue made of brick set in the ground. and as a private spiritual practice, she wouldsit in front of it and throw colored bath salts into the fire and the dye, the salts, will ignite andgive her different colors sparks. and this was a kind of private, devotionalritual she had come up with for herself. and she was absolutely stunned.
â€œhow did you know that?â€ i said â€œwell, you said what i really miss hereis and i got a picture of fireworks, so i said fireworks.â€ and that was a moment when i understood how to develop psychic skills. the (right)hippocampus creates cognitive responses, non verbal responses thehippocampus on the right, away from the language center
will create cognitive responses to eventswith enormous speed. the amygdala with its emotional functionscomes in a few seconds afterward coloring everything we do with emotional content - is it a blessing oris it a curse? is it a threat or is it going to help me out in some way? so that immediatelywe interpret events as they are to ourselves. what does this meanto me? and the question that psychic perceptionsanswer, is not what does it mean to me but rather what is it. as soon as you personalize it
you take some of the gas out of the the vehicle. the other question is can anyone be psychic? and the answer is â€œyesâ€. but not everyone will have the same challengesin developing those skills. if you are an heavily emotional person, if youremotions respond first, always, by default, if you feel that you are your emotions on some deep, artistic, poetic level then you're going to have a hard time to developingit, in developing psychic perception.
if you feel that you are your thoughts it'll get a biteasier. but if you feel identified with those thoughtsthat cannot be expressed in words, color, form, taste, texture, if your cook chords, melodies if you're a musician. on a deeper level, on a deep levelthat you are something that cannot be expressed in words you'll have a much easier time doing it.
you may not, however be given a funny hat. (laughter) now i wouldn't mind having a funny hat likethat. i don't think i'd wear it but there is a good deal of posturing that goeson with traditional psychics. one of my spiritual teachers are referredto an earlier talk, karmu, once said to me â€œthe shaman must be a showmanâ€. so, because we personalize our responses tothings almost as soon as those 1:32:17.829,1:32:20.259responses appear
and those do seem to interfere with psychicperceptions, we can validate another one of those traditional teachings from psychic teachers, from intuitiveteachers and that is "ego". not so much the sense of individual existence,but that sense of self importance that this psychic perception is important becauseit happened to you must be abandoned. it's not what you get. there is the psychic information. now, what itmeans to you ? it is as some of the old buddhist teacher said
a matter of tathata, a matter of "suchness". it is what it is and you like jehova and popeye, "am what i am". so, that's it. we're done for tonight. and i thank you all for listening. the endThe Coloring Agent Used For Lash And Brow Tint Is