Saturday, August 31, 2019

A course in miracles day 4

Lesson 4
These thoughts do not mean anything. They are like
the things I see in this room [on this street, from
this window, in this place].
1 Unlike the preceding ones, these exercises do not begin with the idea for the day. In these practice periods, begin with noting the thoughts that are crossing your mind for about a minute. Then apply the idea to them. If you are already aware of unhappy thoughts, use them as subjects for the idea. Do not, however, select only the thoughts you think are "bad." You will find, if you train yourself to look at your thoughts, that they represent such a mixture that, in a sense, none of them can be called "good" or "bad." This is why they do not mean anything.

2 In selecting the subjects for the application of today's idea, the usual specificity is required. Do not be afraid to use "good" thoughts as well as "bad." None of them represents your real thoughts, which are being covered up by them. The "good" ones of which you are aware are but shadows of what lies beyond, and shadows make sight difficult. The "bad" ones are blocks to sight and make seeing impossible. You do not want either.

3 This is a major exercise and will be repeated from time to time in somewhat different form. The aim here is to train you in the first steps toward the goal of separating the meaningless from the meaningful. It is a first attempt in the long-range purpose of learning to see the meaningless as outside you and the meaningful within. It is also the beginning of training your mind to recognize what is the same and what is different. In using your thoughts for application of the idea for today, identify each thought by the central figure or event it contains. For example:

4 This thought about _____ does not mean anything.
It is like the things I see in this
room [or wherever you are].

5You can also use the idea for a particular thought which you recognize as harmful. This practice is useful, but is not a substitute for the more random procedures to be followed for the exercises. Do not, however, examine your mind for more than a minute or so. You are too inexperienced as yet to avoid a tendency to become pointlessly preoccupied. Further, since these exercises are the first of their kind, you may find the suspension of judgment in connection with thoughts particularly difficult. Do not repeat these exercises more than three or four times during the day. We will return to them later.

Magic path current challenge: relax

Focus on the different muscles of the body alternately and feel them deeper and achieve the relaxation. We always use more energy than is necessary, by using unnecessary muscles, by allowing thoughts to revolve and reacting too much with feelings. Relax muscles, use only those necessary, store thoughts and don't express feelings unless you wish. Don't be affected by externals as they are harmless in themselves; we allow ourselves to be hurt. Olga de Hartmann "Views from the Real World gathered talks of G. I. Gurdjieff" (1973) Type: stopping the internal dialogue, saving energy Difficulty: low

Eerie Footage Taken by Personal Trainer Shows Apparent Ghost of Ancient Castle



Eerie Footage Taken by Personal Trainer Shows Apparent Ghost of Ancient Castle

Friday, August 30, 2019

A course in miracles day 3

Lesson 3
I do not understand anything I see in this room
[on this street, from this window, in this place].
1 Apply this idea in the same way as the previous ones, without making distinctions of any kind. Whatever you see becomes a proper subject for applying the idea. Be sure that you do not question the suitability of anything for the application of the idea. These are not exercises in judgment. Anything is suitable if you see it. Some of the things you see may have emotionally-charged meaning for you. Try to lay such feelings aside, and merely use these things exactly as you would anything else.

2 The point of the exercises is to help you clear your mind of all past associations, to see things exactly as they appear to you now, and to realize how little you really understand about them. It is therefore essential that you keep a perfectly open mind, unhampered by judgment, in selecting the things to which the idea for the day is to be applied. For this purpose one thing is like another—equally suitable and therefore equally useful.

Magic path current challenge: alertness

Imagine yourself in the role of an alert person or animal. For example: - the image of a hunter stalking his prey: I hear everything, I see everything, I control everything (you can stalk the food being cooked on the stove); - the image of a panther that sneaks after prey (you can sneak to the fridge this way). When nothing is for sure we remain alert, perennially on our toes. It is more exciting not to know which bush the rabbit is hiding behind than to behave as though we knew everything. C.Castaneda "The Wheel of Time" Type: alertness, not doing Difficulty: low

Psychology fails to explain the paranormal


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Are Ghosts and Spirits Real? Psychology Fails to Explain the Paranormal
Updated on November 2, 2018
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Abigail's Grille and Bar said to be haunted by the ghost of Abigail Pettibone
Abigail's Grille and Bar said to be haunted by the ghost of Abigail Pettibone

A favorite destination for drinks and food, Abigail’s Grille and Wine Bar, formally known as Pettibone’s Tavern, may provide more than the traditional spirits. The bar and grille has long been the site of several paranormal investigations and a favorite haunt, so to speak, of mediums and amateur ghost hunters. The site became so well known that the previous owners held ghost tours of the attic and the basement as well as a few seances for paranormal enthusiasts. Of all the haunted locations in Connecticut, Pettibone's Tavern, now Abigail's Grille and Wine Bar is among the most famous and most popular (D'Agostino, & Nicholson, 2011).

Those who reside in Connecticut as well as many more who have dined there while visiting the state have reported a number of unusual events they couldn’t explain. Through the years, a number of people, many who were unfamiliar with the story of the tavern and it’s resident spirit, left in a hurry stating the restaurant “simply wasn’t to their taste”. Waiters and hostesses noted however, during such rapid leave takings, the departing patrons appeared quite pale and some seemed even a bit shaky.

Some complained the restaurant was just too cold to dine in comfortably despite the heat being set at a balmy 73°. Others were heard to mumble something about ghosts, disembodied voices and spectral figures. Those who have worked there however, have said of the paranormal activity at the restaurant, the have never felt like it was dangerous. They believe the ghost is simply communicating here desires the only way she now can.

Paranormal Events and the Ghost of Abigail
While the new management was skeptical about supernatural activity occurring in the bar and grill, the odd behavior of the patrons of Pettibones Tavern was still attributed to their having come into contact with the ghost of Abigail. In fact, other regular patrons didn't seem the least bit nonplussed when diners suddenly fled from the establishment. Those of living in Simsbury, Connecticut for a while, simply took such behaviors in stride and continued their meal.

Many paranormal experiences attributed to the ghost of Abigail reoccurred over time and the legend of the Bar and Grill grew until diners often came prepared. Cold drafts emanating from behind the lit fireplace resulted in nearby diners donning wraps. Similarly, ladies took jackets with them when visiting the upstairs bathroom as the temperature was known to sometimes drop for no reason. Increases in cold air is a common characteristic attributed to paranormal activity and the presence of a ghost.

Diners and staff shrugged off disembodied voices which called their name, sometimes seeing it as an indication of favoritism shown by the spirit. A soft ghostly tap on the shoulder was seen to be an expression of comfort for those experiencing difficult times.

When the iron grill-work door in the wine grotto, which was allegedly kept locked at all times, slowly swung open and wine bottles suddenly slid from their racks to shatter on the floor in the upstairs bar, few took more than a cursory look. Those sitting in the area simply moved elsewhere so the glass could be swept up and the splashed table which sits in front of the grotto could be cleared and reset. After several such occurrences, the table was removed such that nothing stood near the wine storage area, reportedly to prevent guests from ruined garments should the shattering bottles bear red wine. Actually, there was more concern about possibly upsetting the tavern's resident ghost.

When I lived in Simsbury, I resided a few blocks from the Pettibone’s Tavern and was able to speak with a long time staff member shortly after the table was moved. I was told in an undertone that the response had resulted from a unanimous decision of the staff working upstairs. The individual dropped his voice lower, they had concluded that it was possible that Abigail simply didn’t care for a table placed in front of the grotto and that the ghost was expressing her displeasure.

The upstairs staff experienced far more paranormal activity related to Abigail’s ghost than those in the rest of the Tavern. Sudden drops in temperature, furniture seemingly shoved with no one nearby, and rowdy, unpopular guests having utensils suddenly drop off the table and in one case a side of mushrooms suffering the same fate, were not unusual. These types of supernatural events were publicly chalked up to poor insulation despite the building inspector denying this and uneven floor boards, despite the floor proven to be level.

This ghostly activity would continue until staff made a decision about what Abigail was objecting to and corrected it or annoying patrons refused to set foot inside ever again. It became common lore that when you dined at Abigail’s you behaved properly and were well-mannered especially to the staff who it was said Abigail felt a certain protectiveness toward.

There was an accepted explanation for why the upstairs seemed to experience more paranormal activity related to the alleged haunting compared to other parts of the building. The second floor is where Abigail’s spirit was said to actually reside most of the time. While she haunted the entire building the second floor was where her bedroom was located and where she died a brutal death at the hands of her husband. When further investigations was done and descriptions of the structure detailed from the time when Abigail lived there, it was discovered that the wine grotto stood almost precisely where her bed was located. One can understand given that it literally became her deathbed, her ghost might take offense at patrons coming too near.

The ghost also appears to have a mischievous side to her nature according to the Examiner.com. They reported that the spirit seems to enjoy moving tables and rearranging the furniture after closing. Candles and fireplaces that have been extinguished prior to the staff leaving for the night have been seen to relight themselves. There have been numerous reports of individuals strolling by the structure long after it had closed for the night and, looking in a window, seeing glowing shadows produced by the candles lit on each table. This has led to questions about the presence of more than one ghost haunting the structure. Frequently, Abigail has been said to appear in the women’s restroom mirror, though in a spectral form that does not seem to terrify visitors (Bendici). Her ghost has reportedly been seen by numerous guests and employees alike through the years, many of whom return to the Tavern, reporting to have become attached to the spirit.

Historical Background of Haunted Tavern
Previously known as Pettibone’s Tavern for over 200 years, the building built in 1780 during the American Revolution, has hosted many travelers and locals alike including George Washington, Ethan Allen and John Adams who stayed there during their travels. Sold to new owners after a fire all but destroyed it, the restaurant and bar is simply called Abigail’s now, named after its resident ghost.

The structure was originally built as a residence for Jonathan Pettibone Jr., and his young wife and later became a tavern and hostile for travelers. Evidently, the Pettibone’s didn’t reside in the home for many years, due to the violent events that reportedly resulted in the current spectral inhabitant. Over the years, it has alternated between residence and tavern, though it hasn’t served as a residence for a number of decades.

According to official documents (Hoadly, 1895), Abigail Pettibone was married to a Sea Captain, named Jonathan Pettibone, Jr who was absent for long stretches of time. Never knowing how long she’d be alone for or if her husband would come back each time he left, Abigail became lonely and took solace in the arms of another man.

Returning unexpectedly one evening, the Captain was said to have entered his residence and climbed the stairs to the second floor. Upon entering the bedroom, he found Abigail together with her lover and in a rage was reported to have murdered them both with an ax. It is understandable Captain Pettibone chose not to remain in the home following this incident. However, according to legend Abigail did, though not in physical form, but instead in spirit form, becoming a ghost that would continue to haunt the structure from that time forward (Revai, 2006).

Other Reports of Paranormal Activity From When the Structure Was an Inn
A number of other reports have been made to staff and reporters about paranormal activity at Abigail’s when it was still an Inn. A number of people who stayed upstairs before it was converted to a bar reported having different supernatural experiences.

One common story told over the years by independent individuals as well as families where several people saw the same thing involves the vision of a young girl sitting on the edge of someone’s bed and awakening them because she was crying for her mother. Individuals’ who experienced this knew said they knew she was a ghost but didn’t know who she was, adding she didn’t seem malicious and they felt more sorry for the spirit than anything else.

A couple of families who returned to the area years late and went back to the establishment after it had become a restaurant. They were stunned upon seeing the picture which had been hung of a young Abigail recognizing her as the same as the spirit girl each had seen years before. Upon looking into these stories, each time this paranormal activity occurred, it was in the room previously identified as Abigail’s

The other experience reported several times from the time the restaurant was still an inn, came from different people, none of whom were aware of the building’s history. Those who stayed in a particular room often felt very uncomfortable asking to be moved. They insisted they couldn’t sleep, always felt cold, and that they had seen a woman’s form in the room. Some reported this form as being more solid and real looking, while others stated they were certain it was a ghost or apparition of some kind. It was later determined that these reports all involved a room in the back area where the women's restroom is now.

Other Spirits, Ghosts, or Apparitions
The tavern is believed by many who have observed figures that don’t fit Abigail’s appearance to have more than one resident ghost or spirit. The most frequently viewed additional spectral figure is that of a child. Those who live in Connecticut and have visited the Tavern have often stated that while perhaps they hadn’t seen evidence of Abigail or any other apparitions, they felt as if “a presence” was watching them at various times throughout their meals.

According to various sources, the structure that houses Abigail’s is a hotbed of paranormal activity. However, no one who has reported either seeing or experiencing a sensation attributed to Abigail or any other specters or simply having sensed “a presence”, has ever reported feeling threatened or frightened. If anything, many believe Abigail appears to those in need of solace or comfort and associate any other supernatural phenomena with similar benign or positive intent (Zwicker, 2007).

I had dinner there in the mid 1970s. While we were waiting for our table to be ready, we saw a glass fly off the table. It was about a foot away from the edge of the table. It seemed to just jump into the air. We mentioned it our server and he just nonchalantly said, "Oh yes, that’s our resident ghost Mrs. Pettibone." So, I’m a believer.

— D. S., Restaurant Patron
Efforts to Prove or Debunk Claims of Paranormal or Supernatural Activity at Abigail’s
Quite a few paranormal groups have investigated the tavern, including the renowned Atlantic Paranormal Society or T.A.P.S. team (aka "The Ghost Hunters"), whose investigation was televised. TAPS found no visible proof of ghosts although they did record high electromagnetic fields in parts of the tavern. They stated that these fields may explain the odd feelings and experiences so many people have reported while visiting the structure.

Others have pointed out that electromagnetic fields have been the most commonly utilized method of detecting the presence of ghosts. This is due to the belief ghosts can generate these fields. The ability of spirits who have no physical body to affect physical objects has also been attributed to ghost’s manipulating the electromagnetic field in the vicinity. So regardless of the Ghost Hunters' inability to record any visually observable phenomenon of ghosts at the Tavern, many have pointed to their visit as scientific proof that the place is haunted.

Another investigation was carried out by members of the Paranormal Research Organization of Florida (PROOF), claimed that there were two different ghosts or spirits residing at Abigail's. They stated that one was a female aged 28 to 34. The other they said was a male spirit of indeterminate age.

The PROOF team spent three nights with electronic recording equipment. According to their official documents, "The investigators reported the feeling of being watched, and having witnessed 'shadow people' or energy masses moving about the basement and second-floor dining area."

Traditional Psychology Theories Fail to Explain the Supernatural or Paranormal
Given its unscientific nature, while it may seem outside the area of psychology, psychological theories related to the paranormal have been put forth and investigated.Traditional psychological theories are based on the idea that paranormal and supernatural experiences of ghosts and spirits can be explained logically by the characteristics of the person reporting the experiences. For example, an early theory asserted that those who believed in paranormal activity also believed they had little control over the events in their lives (Adams & Shea, 1979). To help them feel less anxiety over their lives they find explanations of causation for major life events in powerful others. However, the implication that they attributed such external causes to ghosts or other paranormal phenomena would appear more frightening and anxiety inducing than comforting.

Another researcher added to the previous theory, stating that those who believe they have experienced paranormal activity and strongly believe in the supernatural are individuals with a strong need to be able to explain the world around them even when it seems impossible to do so. The theory states that the ability to attribute the inexplicable to something paranormal to provide an explanation even if the specifics are lacking, makes such individuals feel less anxious (Irwin 1992). This theory seems to lack logic in that it’s just as easy to say, “I know there was a reason for what just happened even if I don’t know what it is,” or to attribute it to God or a greater being, not ghosts. Additionally, all of us like to be able to explain the world around us, so this doesn’t differentiate those who believe they’ve experienced paranormal or supernatural phenomena from those don’t.

Others have theorized that believing one has experienced a paranormal event is associated with being in a negative mood which is associated with less ability to think critically (Kreiner, 1995). Dudley (1999), furthers this theory stating, “Since the absence of critical thought is linked to labeling events as paranormal, it follows that a negative emotional state could lead to a greater likelihood that we will think we are experiencing something that is supernatural, or to an increased willingness to accept claims of the paranormal.” Unfortunately, this theory simply doesn’t hold up under scrutiny. After all, there are a large number of people who are in a negative mood state on any given day yet there's no evidence that all or even a significant number of them experience any type of paranormal activity.

Some researchers have pointed out that individuals with psychiatric diagnoses, in particular psychosis, are more likely to have reported paranormal experiences (e.g. Thalbourne, 1998). This also fails the logic test since if someone reports weird or unusual experiences that most individuals don’t share, such as seeing ghosts, the automatic assumption of mental health professionals will be the individual is hallucinating. This will likely result in a diagnosis of psychosis. Even if many similar reports were documented in the same location this would not change except to substitute or add the condition of a shared delusional system. So if those who report seeing otherwise sensing the presence of a ghost or spirit are believed to be psychotic then the psychology literature would show that those who report paranormal experiences are often psychotic.

There is a paranormal entity in the building. They don't mean any harm to anyone, but they have abilities, such as audible voices, creating hot and cold drafts, and moving objects. It's like you're just standing around working, and you hear your name called, and then turn around and there's nobody there.

— Markus Lehofer, former manager of Abigail's
Parapsychology Also Fails to Adequately Explain Ghosts and Spirits
The area of psychology that examines phenomena that are excluded from or inexplicable by traditional scientific investigation is called parapsychology. Examining such phenomena as hypnosis and mental telepathy, parapsychology also considers the existence and explanation for supernatural or paranormal activity like ghosts, poltergeist and spirits.

Parapsychologists have developed three theories regarding people experiencing ghostly phenomena. The first regards the power of suggestion. Studies have shown that when people are told a location is haunted they are more likely to perceive the presence of spirits or ghosts. Suggestion has been shown to lead to the perception of paranormal experiences in general, including seance happenings, paranormal key bending and psychic readings. The power of suggestion has been found to be particularly strong when it coincides with a person’s existing beliefs (Dagnall, Drinkwater, Denovan & Parker, 2015). This theory however, doesn’t explain the numerous reports of individuals experiencing paranormal activity who had no prior knowledge or information about the presence of any supernatural beings. It also fails to explain the experiences of those who perceive ghosts or spirits in locations where they haven’t been previously reported.

The second explanation involves electromagnetic fields and infrasound. According to this theory paranormal experiences are due to the presence of electromagnetic fields. Research has shown that applying electromagnetic energy to the temporal lobes of the brain could produce ghostly experiences, such as feelings that a presence existed or a sensation of being touched. It has been noted that areas believed to be haunted do have irregular and unpredictable magnetic fields. However, most people who investigate ghosts because they believe in them, say that ghosts produce these fields so this just supports the presence of spirits. Infrasound or audio frequency below the range of human hearing has also been used to explain such bizarre sensations (Parsons, 2012). For example, in the presence of music with infrasound people report sensations like chills down the spine, feeling nervous, feeling overwhelming waves of fear, uneasiness or mournful emotions.

The third theory parapsychologist have developed to explain hauntings and supernatural experiences involves toxic or fungal hallucinations. These occur when a person is exposed to toxic substances such as carbon monoxide, formaldehyde and pesticides or fungus such as toxic mould. This has been used to explain why hauntings often occur in old, mouldy buildings (Wolf, 2015).

The main takeaway here, is that even parapsychology theories do not look at reports of ghosts or spirits as real phenomena reflecting the presence of a being after death. They attempt to provide logical scientific explanations for these phenomena. The main problem with this approach is that these theories may very well be correct and account for some of the experiences people have regarding ghost, spirits and poltergeist. Yet as with any type of statistical research, the findings may be significant but not account for a number of individuals in the sample. This means that even in the research sample there is a substantial group whose experiences cannot be explained by the theory.

Additionally, just because you can generate experiences similar to what is reported by people who believe they have had a genuine paranormal or supernatural experience, this doesn’t mean that that is what accounts for those who believe they have actually experienced such things. I may be able to cause you to feel chills, distress, anxiety and a sense of foreboding by running my fingernail down a blackboard. But while these may be commonly experienced sensations of those who believe they have been in the presence of a ghost, this doesn’t mean perceived hauntings are caused by someone running their fingernails down a chalkboard.

Concluding Remarks
The reality is that the existence of paranormal or supernatural experiences and of ghosts, poltergeist and spirits cannot be addressed currently, at least scientifically, given no methodology exists to do so. Perhaps some day we will develop technology that makes this possible and we will be able to determine whether paranormal activity is real or simply imagined.

Yet the inability to adequately study such phenomena doesn’t necessarily mean the question is pointless or that it might not be seen to have significance in our world today. If nothing else, the controversy suggests the importance of respecting subjective experience both from a personal and a professional or research standpoint.

It is likely we will have to accept that paranormal experiences may not ever be able to be proven or disproved. We must realize that each of us sees the world and the possibilities within it differently. We also define reality and undoubtedly perceive things somewhat differently in ways that cannot be determined or quantified.

For example, the way ten people perceive the color red may be subtly or not so subtly different. Yet given the impossibility of describing how red appears to us verbally we will assume we all see red exactly the same way. Comprehending that there is likely no such thing as objective reality and coming to value the diversity of the human experience and perception will ultimately render the question of whether or not ghosts are real moot. When all is said and done, knowing and respecting what another person is experiencing and at times being unable to know what they are truly experiencing while still respecting it, is often far more important that asking who is right or wrong about the nature of reality.

For all those who believe they have seen, heard or felt the presence of the ghost of Abigail or experienced other paranormal activities in the building now housing Abigail’s Grille and Wine Bar, as Freud would say, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.” Though I wouldn’t recommend anyone referring to Abigail as anything so crass as a cigar. They might just find a bottle of wine shattering at their feet.

References
D'Agostino, T., & Nicholson, A. (2011). Connecticut Ghost Stories and Legends . Arcadia Publishing: Chicago.

Dudley, R.T. (1999). Effect of restriction of working memory on reported paranormal belief. Psychological Reports, 84, 313-316.

Hoadly, C. J. (1895). The Public Records of the State of Connecticut.

Irwin, H.J. (1992). Origins and functions of paranormal belief: The role of childhood trauma and interpersonal control. Journal of the American Society for Psychicial Research, 86, 199-208.

Keyser, T., (2008, October 19). Psychology and Hauntings: The role of belief, memory, neuroscience, and memory [Internet]. Knol. Retrieved October 8, 2011.

Neslusan, L., (2011, March 16). St. Patrick's Day spirits in Connecticut. Examiner.com. Retrieved October 10, 2011. http://www.examiner.com/haunted-places-in-hartford/st-patrick-s-day-spirits-connecticut

Parsons, S. (2012). Infrasound and the paranormal. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 76(908), 150-174.

Revai, C. (2006). Haunted Connecticut: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Constitution State. Stackpole Books

Thalbourne, M. (1998). Technical note: The level of paranormal belief and experience among psychotics. The Journal of Parapsychology, 62, 79-81.

Wolf, B. (2015, April 5). Is Your House Haunted? Or Just Dirty? The Huffington Post. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/05/ghosts-caused-mold-clarksonuniversity_n_7006836.html

Zwicker, R. (2007). Haunted Pubs of New England: Raising Spirits of the Past. Arcadia Publishing: Chicago.

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Natalie Frank

10 months ago from Chicago, IL

Thanks, Tim. I agree with you about the unknowns in our world. So many things that were once thought not to exist or were disbelieved have been proven true so keeping an open mind lets us understand and appreciate these things when they are discovered. At the same time, I think there will always be certain things that are beyond our grasp that we will wonder about. The way we think about such things will be. in part, determined by our psychological makeup. Thanks for reading and for weighing in.

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Tim Truzy

10 months ago from U.S.A.

Excellent article, Natalie.

I particularly enjoyed the fact that you went into the psychological and other explanations for these occurrences.

No thanks, Abigail can keep her little restaurant. I will not be a visitor.

However, there are so many unknowns in our universe. I will always keep an open mind because the beginning of knowledge is the phrase: "I don't know." It is also the beginning of wisdom.

Good information. Great objective perspective, even if you ate at the place.

Well done.

Sincerely,

Tim

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Miebakagh Fiberesima

10 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

Hello, Natalie, it is my pleasure meeting you online. I had many hubbers to follow on Hubpages to be a success. You should know that people like you and me are a 'checker' on others flaw, mistakes, omissions, and commission as the writing trade goes on.

For example, I am already 3-years on HubPages. For this first 3 years, I had not made a featured hub. But this year, peoples like you have pushed me up me to have more than five featured hubs, and I am grateful. I will continue to follow you and others. You are always welcomed.

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Natalie Frank

10 months ago from Chicago, IL

Miebakagh - Have a good day as well. Thanks for continuing to follow me.

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Miebakagh Fiberesima

11 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

Hey, Natalie, okay and good day.

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Natalie Frank

11 months ago from Chicago, IL

Okay Miebakagh. The only thing I am trying to get across is that as there is no proof one way or the other what you are saying is an opinion not fact. I just want it to be clear that different people have different opinions and experiences and you can't say only one is real or valid. Many people have reported experiences that are counter to your argument. Your statement is an opinion not fact and everyone has the right to have their opinions respected even when they run counter to yours. Have a great day.

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Miebakagh Fiberesima

11 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

Hi, Natalie, thanks for weighing again. I am not imposing an opinion or a belief on others. It is real. I hope you and others take note of it. Many thanks anyway.

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Natalie Frank

11 months ago from Chicago, IL

Miebakagh - Not sure what you mean by the captain is not the personality haunting the tavern his ghost is and the strong personality behind the phenomenon. There is no mention anywhere of anyone claiming his ghost has ever been spotted. Regarding the satanic aspect - again that is an opinion and not in line with what has been allegedly observed at this establishment. I'll disclose that I had my own experience there and it was very clear to me what I felt was a benevolent presence without any indication of there being anything else. Nothing came after, I wasn't deceived or misled to do anything. It was simply a response to sadness and grieving on my part. I respect what you believe however, others believe differently and many don't believe in this at all. Thanks again for weighing in.

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Miebakagh Fiberesima

11 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

Hey, Natalie, I do not say that the captain is the personality hunting the tavern. His ghost is, and the strong personality behind the phenomenon. Whether it is a matter of opinion or belief, one thing is clear: ghosts are real spirits or cohorts of Satan, and are not benevolent. The kind-hearted attitude shown are mere deceptions. This is how ghosts misled and deceive human beings. I hope this clears the issues raised. Thank you.

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Natalie Frank

11 months ago from Chicago, IL

Glad you enjoyed it, Flourish. You are right, there are some things that we just can't know about but that are a matter of belief.

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Natalie Frank

11 months ago from Chicago, IL

I think many people agree with you, Bill. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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Natalie Frank

11 months ago from Chicago, IL

That's one opinion, Miebakagh. I'm not sure where you got the part about Abigail being married to someone else when she wasn't divorced and so the Captain wasn't really her husband or what you mean about the deceased in reference to the Captain. He's not the one who is supposedly haunting the tavern. If you review the accounts of people who reported having experiences related to Abigail everyone says that there is no sense that she is evil or malevolent, to the contrary, everyone says she seems to be a positive force. Abigail was brutally murdered by her husband with an ax and her head chopped off. As for whether all ghosts are "evil," "damned," and "belong to the followers of Satan," there are likely others who agree with you about that while many don't. But as there is no real way to prove it one way or the other it can only be categorized as a matter of opinion or belief. Thanks for weighing in on this.

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FlourishAnyway

11 months ago from USA

What a thoroughly entertaining article, including your discussion of explanations. We can’t know everything or assume that it can all be explained.

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Bill Holland

11 months ago from Olympia, WA

I'm willing to keep an open mind on this topic. Why not, right? There is so much we don't understand. Until someone proves spirits are not possible, I'll continue to entertain the possibility that they do.

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Miebakagh Fiberesima

11 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

Hello, Natalie, this ghost thing is a difficult subject for psychology or parapsychologist. Ghosts are real. But are not human. They are damned spirits and belongs to the followers of Satan. They are in fact his cohorts. They only camouflage the human personality.

Evil or bad thoughts attract them. The more our thoughts get sinister, the more these evil personalities remain with us. As a person dies, there still remain or appear to relations, family, and friends. They take a keen observation of all that the deceased does, characters, likes, the way of speaking and so on. This makes a person or persons think the ghost as the actual person. No, they are evil spirits.

Evils spirits can take over a place, hence, it becomes hurt. They like to stay there until chase away by a higher power. They can go and invited one or more of the groups to stay with them to strengthen they habitant if being disturbed. Such is the personality.

You will realize that the history of the tavern states that the decease is not the real husband of Abigail. She is living with him when she is not divorced. That arose the jealousy of her husband, and the stranger was murdered.

It is this type of phenomenon that can cause a place to be hunted. Thank you.

MAVEN

Thursday, August 29, 2019

A course in miracles day 2

Lesson 2
I have given everything I see in this room
[on this street, from this window, in this place]
all the meaning that it has for me.
1 The exercises with this idea are the same as those for the first one. Begin with the things that are near you, and apply the idea to whatever your glance rests on. Then increase the range outward. Turn your head so that you include whatever is to either side. If possible, turn around and apply the idea to what was behind you. Remain as indiscriminate as possible in selecting subjects for its application, do not concentrate on anything in particular, and do not attempt to include everything in an area or you will introduce strain. Merely glance easily and fairly quickly around you, trying to avoid selection by size, brightness, color, material, or relative importance to you.

2 Take the subjects simply as you see them. Try to apply the exercise with equal ease to a body or a button, a fly or a floor, an arm or an apple. The sole criterion for applying the idea to anything is merely that your eyes have lighted on it. Make no attempt to include anything particular, but be sure that nothing is specifically excluded.

Magic path current challenge: a stone in the shoe

Find a small stone in order to make a slight inconvenience, and put it in the shoe. A pin in your pocket can also be a good substitute. "How to break that circle of routines ? How to break that perceptive arc that ties us to that ordinary vision of reality? That ordinary vision that our routines contribute to establishing is, precisely, that which Castaneda denominates the attention of the tonal or 'the first ring of attention." To break that perceptive arc isn't an easy task; it could take years. The difficulty with me, he affirmed laughing, is that I am very pigheaded. Quite unwillingly I went on learning: For this reason, in my case, Don Juan had to use drugs...and so I ended up...with my liver in the stream! In the line of not-doing is achieved the destroying of routines and becoming conscious, explained Castaneda. While saying this he stood up and started to walk backwards while he remembered a technique that Don Juan had taught him: Walking backwards with the help of a mirror. Castaneda continued reporting to us that to facilitate the task he devised an artifact of metal (like a ring that in the style of a crown he bore on his head) in which the mirror was fastened. In that way, he could practice the exercise and have his hands free. Other examples of techniques of not-doing would be to put on your belt backwards and to wear your shoes on the opposite feet. All these techniques have as an objective to make one conscious of what one is doing at each moment. Destroying routines, he said, is the way we have of giving the body new sensations. The body knows... Interview: Carlos Castaneda, Graciela Corvalan (1985) Type: stopping the internal dialogue Difficulty: low

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Magic path current challenge: seen in a dream

Once you feel attached to the past (unpleasant situation, or a meeting that could be different, etc.), imagine it was just a dream, it was not real. Start your day with a clean slate. ...The fatal flaw is that average men take themselves too seriously; their actions and feelings, as well as those of the petty tyrants, are allimportant. Warriors, on the other hand, not only have a wellthoughtout strategy, but are free from selfimportance. What restrains their selfimportance is that they have understood that reality is an interpretation we make. C.Castaneda "The Fire from Within" Type: losing self-importance Difficulty: low

A course in miracles day 1

Lesson 1
Nothing I see in this room
[on this street, from this window,
in this place] means anything.
1 Now look slowly around you, and practice applying this idea very specifically to whatever you see:

2 This table does not mean anything.
This chair does not mean anything.
This hand does not mean anything.
This foot does not mean anything.
This pen does not mean anything.

3 Then look farther away from your immediate area, and apply the idea to a wider range:

4 That door does not mean anything.
That body does not mean anything.
That lamp does not mean anything.
That sign does not mean anything.
That shadow does not mean anything.

5 Notice that these statements are not arranged in any order, and make no allowance for differences in the kinds of things to which they are applied. That is the purpose of the exercise. The statement is merely applied to anything you see. As you practice applying the idea for the day, use it totally indiscriminately. Do not attempt to apply it to everything you see, for these exercises should not become ritualistic. Only be sure that nothing you see is specifically excluded. One thing is like another as far as the application of the idea is concerned.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Magic path current challenge: concentration on feet

During the day pay attention to the feeling in your feet: pressure on the ground, warmth or coolness in them. Find an opportunity to walk barefoot. Enjoy the flow of new sensations. "Ordinarily, self-importance feeds on our feelings, ranging from the desire to get along with people and be accepted by others, to arrogance and sarcasm. But its favorite area of action is pity, for oneself and for those who surround us. In order to stalk it, above all we have to deconstruct our emotions into their smallest particles, and detect the sources that nurture them. "Feelings rarely present themselves in a pure form. They disguise themselves. To hunt them down like rabbits, we have to proceed very delicately and strategically, because they are quick and we cannot reason with them. "We begin with the most obvious things, like: How seriously do I take myself? How attached am I? To what do I dedicate my time? These are things that we can begin to change, accumulating enough energy to liberate a little bit of attention that in turn will allow us to go deeper into the exercise. For example, instead of spending hours watching television, going shopping or talking to our friends about stupid stuff, we could dedicate a small part of that time to do physical exercises, to recapitulate our history, or go alone to a park, take our shoes off and walk barefoot on the grass. It seems simple, but with those practices our sensorial panorama changes. We recover something that was always there, which we had given up for lost. "Starting from those small changes, we can analyze elements more difficult to detect, where our vanity is projected into insanity. đÉrmando Torres "Encounters with the Nagual" Type: stopping the internal dialogue, not doing Difficulty: low

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Magic path current challenge: The world from a different angle

We are used to see the world from our height, where everything in the human world is trying to trap your eye. During the day don't look right in front of you, look up or down. Probably, you will just see the sky or grass, that's not bad. But you can also see something more extraordinary. Another series was distance and cloud gazing. In both, the effort of gazers was to let their second attention go to the place they were gazing at. Thus, they covered great distances or rode on clouds. In the case of cloud gazing, the Nagual never permitted them to gaze at thunderheads. He told them that they had to be formless before they could attempt that feat, and that they could not only ride on a thunderhead but on a thunderbolt itself. C.Castaneda "The Second Ring of Power" Type: stopping the internal dialogue, not doing Difficulty: low

Debunking Brian Cox and the Notion that the Large Hadron Collider Has Disproved Ghosts

MrCha tounet
I have a question : as Brian Cox said recently, following the second thermodynamic rule, a ghost cannot exist but a very short time because of the constant loss of its energy. But, many people in contact with ghost related the air became very cold around and they felt suddenly awaken. So my question is : is it possible a ghost survives recycling the heat of the air and the energy of any living around to preserve himself? What would be the necessary minimum energy for a ghost size 1m50 for example to maintain its existence? Thank you for answer

Debunker Buster
Speaking to the validity of your point is also the sudden draining of batteries, flickering of lights, and general malfunctioning of various tech, which is common in hauntings.

rick9021090210
what i've learned from cern... the negation of their claims is the truth.... for example, people were worried that cern experiments could create black holes... they said nonsense... now, they say there going to create them... so cern CAN create black holes then...

using this logic, if they said ghosts are not real because the cern proved it, then actually they DO exist.... and when they are revealed to us, they will simply change their name to metaphysical entities or something....

cheers!

Alan Aspinall
We are making the judgment that if such things are real they are playing by the rules of our reality,,I've had a few thing happen to me,and know of others who had similar experiences that make me question if we know as much about the nature of our reality

Ghost Adventures Best Evidence:

https://debunkingdeath.blogspot.com/2015/12/the-demon-house-psychic-detective.html

Included among this startling assortment of proofs for survival of consciousness beyond bodily death, is a flying brick which is deemed not to be a hoax by professional video analyst Slim Ritchie. As well as a rock inexplicably thrown without human assistance, or at least as far as physics professor Ron McTaylor can tell.

Scientific Proof of Life After Death:

http://mindtreasury.blogspot.com/2016/09/scientific-proof-of-life-after-death.html

‘Ghost Particle’ Spooks Scientists



New findings have physicists questioning reality

Physicists at CERN are working to determine why the equal amounts of matter and antimatter in the universe haven't annihilated each other. CBS News science and futurist contributor and theoretical physicist Michio Kaku joins CBSN to discuss this discovery.


Scientist and the Elite Try to Hide What Really Happened at CERN, Demonic Entities, Extra Dimensions



CERN opening DIMENSIONS - REAL ghost PICTURES - spirit FACES in Energy Bursts



HUGE MANDELA EFFECT! The U.S.has a CERN in CHICAGO since 60's! LHC Particle Accelerator FERMILAB NEW - What you need to know about FERMILAB and the ANTIMATTER agenda - Mandela Effect ALERT! 30,000 Particle Colliders Worldwide CERN is Everywhere Quantum Changes Reality - Mandela Effect - The Sally Field CERN Connection:

http://mindtreasury.blogspot.com/2017/07/huge-mandela-effect-ushas-cern-in.html

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Proving life after death. Dean Radin duplicates double-slit in a new way. Shows conscious intent of a human mind can collapse a quantum wave function without direct interaction. Mind over matter from afar!

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Dean Radin, Ph.D.
Dean Radin, Ph.D. and Chief Scientist of IONS, the Institute for Noetic Sciences, recently introduced the results of a series of experiments that may provide the missing link between consciousness and matter, turning the tables on materialism and asserting consciousness as a fundamental component of reality itself.  Using a variation of the famous double-slit experiment, he and his team hypothesized that the conscious intent of a human mind might be able to collapse a quantum wave function without direct interaction.  Simply by concentrating they postulated, meditation might be able to affect and influence quantum particles – the smallest components of matter that form our physical universe..
Initial experiments used participants 2 meters away from the device.  Alternating between asking participants to concentrate on the apparatus, then removing their attention showed astounding results.  Fearing that temperature differences or other variables might have influenced the test, they offered the experiment to participants online.  Using several thousand robotic control sessions to ensure that a determination could be made for the factor of human consciousness, the results were likewise astounding, with initial trial results of greater than 5 sigma.
Dr. Radin’s video from the April 2016 conference introducing the results from this experiment is available online through the IONS channel.  I highly recommend watching the video in its entirety to get a full understanding of the experiment results, research protocols, variables, controls and the results from other labs and researchers who have replicated these results.
If you are new to quantum mechanics, the double-slit experiment and how consciousness has been at the center of controversy in quantum mechanics since Einstein’s heyday, please keep reading and watch the video embedded at the end instead.  I promise that the full weight of these experiments will have a more profound impact if you have a true understanding of the implications.
Why is the study of consciousness important for the question of life after death? 
Consciousness is at the center of the life or death question.  The survival hypothesis, which is the scientific name for the belief that consciousness can survive death, is predicated on the belief that the mind – the self-aware part of us – is not dependent on the physical biology of the brain for its functioning.  Although the evidence for life after death is overwhelming, scientific proof of life after death must be testable, repeatable and somewhat cogent with our current scientific thinking.
Current science is overrun with a reductionist materialistic reasoning.  In this paradigm, consciousness is a quirk of our biology, contained safely within our brains and completely separate from the objective physical world outside.  The arrogantly named ‘pure sciences’ such as physics, chemistry and biology regard consciousness as some philosophical backwater, completely irrelevant to the job of understanding the ‘real universe’ which, according to them, can and would function just as well without consciousness at all.
Neuroscience, for their part, have attempted to take a stab at consciousness.  Armed with materialist thinking, neuroscientists have spent decades sawing into human brains to try to determine what part of our biology creates this highly unusual conscious awareness and the feeling of having the personal free-will to direct our own actions.   In fact, most scientists – following the materialism regime – must admit that any assumption of free-will is an illusion.  If the entire universe is based on the immovable laws of physics and chemistry, then our minds – and thus our idea of free will and personal agency – must be directed first by biology.  This means that every action you take wasn’t decided on by an independent mind making decisions, but by a collection of neurons destined to follow a pre-determined set of instructions based on an innumerable set of chemical and electromagnetic variables.  Blinded by reductionism, neuroscience persists in attempting to reduce the action of consciousness to the physical laws that govern matter.
In his book Science Set Free Dr. Rupert Sheldrake admonishes the use of studying the components of a system in order to understand how a system works.
“Attempting to explain organisms in terms of their chemical constituents is rather like trying to understand a computer by grinding it up and analyzing its component elements, such as copper, germanium and silicon…In this process of reduction, the structure and the programmed activity of the computer vanishes, and chemical analysis will never reveal the circuit diagrams; no amount of mathematical modelling of interactions between its atomic constituents will reveal the computer’s programs or the purposes they fulfilled”
Conversely, dualists are proponents of the theory that mind does not equal brain but instead is a separate, non-physical component of reality.  Dualists often put forward the idea that the brain is instead like a radio or television; a receiver and interface for information.  In this way, consciousness is like a field that is ‘picked up’ by our brain, and translated into physical action.  The components of a radio don’t originate the broadcast, it simply transmits the pre-existing radio waves in a way that humans can hear and understand.  In response, materialists will use the famous Phineas Gage incident as an example that personality is affected by damage to the physical brain.  While certainly damage to the brain does seem to affect consciousness, a broken radio will similarly affect transmission of a radio signal, while leaving the original electromagnetic wave undamaged.
What both dualists and materialists have in common, however, is their lack of scientific proof in either case.  We simply don’t have any real understanding – beyond suppositions and hypotheses – that can give us clue about how consciousness arises and its relationship to the brain.  Without a testable and repeatable hypothesis, scientific proof of life after death is remote at best.
What is the double-slit experiment, and why is it important?
In order to understand why Dr. Radin’s research and experimental results are so important to both science and metaphysics, one must understand a little bit about quantum mechanics and the history of the double-slit experiment.  Before you groan and roll your eyes, consider how Einstein and his cohorts felt when a rather simple experiment undermined centuries of Newtonian thinking and instead cast our previously comfortable and predictive reality into a paradigm that Einstein himself called ‘spooky’.
In 1905, Albert Einstein discovered that light acts as both a particle and a wave.  This duality was highly mysterious to the emerging breed of quantum physicists because our world was anticipated to be concrete, definite and predictable.  Matter was solid, reacting according to Newtonian physics.  Sound and light were known to act like waves, just as waves on the ocean do – with peaks and troughs.  Until Einstein’s discovery, matter and light had separate and distinct properties and were expected to behave in certain ways.
Waves, for example, follow a very specific pattern of peaks and troughs.  Peaks can combine together to make even bigger peaks, and troughs can combine with other troughs to make even lower troughs.   This feature of waves occurs wherever waves happen – in the ocean, in the ripples of a pond, and in light waves.
If you were to record where these peaks and troughs hit on a detector board, the pattern of lines that would appear would be a series of stripes called ‘an interference pattern’.  When a scientist sees this pattern, they know that they are looking at the property of a wave.
An interference pattern caused by waves
This is exactly what Thomas Young thought when he created the double-slit experiment in the early 1800’s.  The design of Young’s experiment was simple: a beam of light is directed at a board with two vertical slits, and a detector board on the other side records the pattern of the wave as it hits the board. The wave pattern that resulted erroneously confirmed the idea that light was a wave until experimentalists rebooted the experiment in the 1920’s to study this new particle-wave duality.
A Basic Double-Slit Experiment Design

What happened next divided the physics word and turned science on its head, overturning centuries of classical Newtonian thought and putting the venerable Albert Einstein squarely on the wrong side of scientific progress.  The stunning result of the double-slit experiment irrevocably altered our understanding of reality in ways that we are still coming to terms with.
Here’s what happened:
The experimentalists already knew that light through the double-slit experiment would appear in a light-wave pattern.  When they decided to measure the particles to see which of the two vertical slits they went through, the outcome of the experiment changed radically.  As soon as they ‘looked’ to measure the location and speed, the particles started acting like, well.. little balls of matter.
Although particles such as protons or electrons are not really ‘little balls of matter’, for our purposes, we can think of them this way to make visualizing this easier.  When the photons were being measured, they went through one slit or the other as expected but instead of making the wave-like interference pattern, they made a pattern like two vertical lines.  This is similar to what you’d expect if you were throwing baseballs through two vertical slits in a wall.
The patterns associated with light acting like particles versus when acting like a wave
Okay, so what?
Well, further testing showed that this peculiarity wasn’t just limited to photons.  The same thing happened when using electrons, protons, even atoms as large as buckyballs, which is a gigantic collection of 60 carbon atoms.
Now scientists are a tough bunch.  They don’t like the unknown, and it seemed like every time they tried to measure the location of a particle in this wave-like feature, the particle would collapse into the pattern of going through only one slit at a time and making the particle-like pattern as in the image above.
Thinking that the result was due to a mass of electrons trying to go through the slits, experimentalists tried the experiment again by shooting one electron at a time through the double-slits.  We might expect that it would choose to go through either one slit or the other, or simply bounce back.  After all, electrons are matter and should behave just like baseballs would.
Shockingly, even single electrons displayed this wave-like behavior.  How could a single electron – which is a particle – display a wave-like pattern?  More over, how could one electron appear in areas such as directly behind the middle of the two slits or way off to the side?  Shouldn’t single electrons being shot through two vertical slits only make two vertical lines on the detector wall behind it?
German physicist Werner Heisenberg realized that we aren’t simply looking at a physical result, but a probabilistic one.  The electron has a certain chance of hitting the detector in one of many places but it doesn’t ‘choose’ it’s final resting place until it is forced to by measurement.
This strange quantum behavior is described by Heisnberg’s uncertainty principle.  Each individual particle exists in a superposition – a probabilistic state of being everywhere and nowhere at once.  As with the earlier experiment, the act of measurement – the act of pinning down the exact location and speed of the particle seemed to ‘force’ it to pick a spot and lose that probabilistic wave-like behavior.
The fabric of reality is fuzzy.  We can only calculate the odds of a particle being in a particular place at one time.  If we don’t persist in trying to measure the particle’s location or speed, it will resume its wave-like behavior and appear in places that would be impossible if the particle was truly going through one slit at a time, for example behind the center of the two slits.
Undeterred, later scientists designed “Delayed Choice” experiments that they hoped would solve this mystery once and for all.  Since any amount of measuring, interacting with, or watching the particles caused them to lose their wave-like pattern, they decided to put a detector after the vertical slits in order to see which slit the particle ‘decided’ to go through.  They only measured after the particle had ‘made its choice’.  The single electron is expected to reach the double-slits as a probabilistic wave, but when the measurement device is turned on directly after exiting the slits, the experimenters should have been able to detect the change to the particle state and discover which slit it must have gone through.
The result was even more mind-blowing.  Even though the particle wasn’t being measured or observed as it was going through the slits, the action of measuring the particle afterwards cause the particle to seemingly go back in time and enter the slits as with particle-like behavior.
Frustrated scientists notwithstanding, quantum physicists had to admit that at the smallest levels of known reality, our universe is not objective or predictable.  Reality is a big question mark until something or someone interacts with it.  Matter, which is made up of quantum particles, can’t exist in a definite state unless the wave function is collapsed, thus prompting Albert Einstein’s sardonic statement: “I like to think the moon is there even if I am not looking at it.”
Although some early physicists claimed that consciousness itself was affecting this freaky quantum behavior, others including Einstein wrote it off as metaphysical nonsense.  It was claimed that somehow the act of measurement itself with a detector or apparatus was destructive to the wave-function, like knocking billiard balls off a pool table with a sharp poke from the cue.
By now, this issue was called ‘The Measurement Problem” and spoiler: it still hasn’t been solved.  Scientists have gone to great lengths to avoid implicating consciousness in particle-wave collapse.  One of the more bombastic theories is called the many-worlds interpretation.  This suggests that there is no wave-collapse, simply a brand-new nearly identical universe is created every time the particle settles into a position.  All other positions are likewise a reality in a different universe.  Of course, this means that an infinite number of universes are willed into being as soon as any particle moves from a probabilistic position to a definite state but the lack of any way to test this theory means that many scientists regard this as more science fiction than science.  Conversely, string theory, the new kid on the quantum physics circuit, attempts to solve this mystery with added dimensions; 11 to be precise.  Although I find both the many worlds and string theories to be fascinating, it becomes an exercise in frustration when any theory involving consciousness is quickly relegated to the status of ‘woo’, and yet perfectly intelligent scientists can speak of 11 unobservable and untestable dimensions with a straight face.
Dr. Robert Lanza sums up this point perfectly in his book Biocentrism:
“When science tries to resolve a theory’s conflicts by adding and subtracting dimensions to the universe like houses on a Monopoly board, dimensions unknown to our senses and for which not a shred of evidence exists, we need to take a time-out and examine our dogmas.”
Science will agree that any interaction with quantum particles will collapse the wave function but it has been thus difficult to remove the act of conscious observation from the measurement problem.  Even if scientists believe that consciousness has nothing to do with the destructive interaction with quantum particles, it still takes a conscious person to observe the data.  Even if using remote detectors to view the results hours later, we can’t be sure the particles didn’t wait to collapse at the moment a conscious person observed the results.
Before we analyze Dr. Radin’s results and why it is so groundbreaking, its important to understand the implications.  Why are scientists so reticent to implicate consciousness?  Material science is based on objective forces in our universe that obey strict laws of behavior.  Were consciousness proven to exist, it would imply a force unknown to science and it has shades of religiosity that scientists recoil from like vampires from the sun.  Similarly, if consciousness were proven to affect matter at the most basic level all of materialist science would collapse.  Everything that we’ve surmised about the material universe would need to be revamped starting with consciousness as the base of reality, not simply as a quirky epiphenomenon secured in the brain and safely disposed of at death.
Furthermore, even the ability for a conscious human being to objectively observe the universe would be called into question.  If the consciousness of a scientist can not only collapse a wave-function, but influence it to collapse in a particular way then we would never claim an objective measurement again.  Consciousness would be the one variable we could never control for.
Dr. Dean Radin’s Experiment and Results
If you have read this far, you should now be able to follow Dr. Dean Radin’s IONS conference presentation and understand the full impact of his results.  The video is embedded below, or linked here.
Dr. Radin’s experiment begins with the classic double-slit setup.  Using a laser, detector, double-slit board and camera, his research team was able to capture the probabilistic wave-interference pattern of undisturbed protons.  A computer recorded the interference pattern being created moment by moment.
Dr. Radin then added a series of conscious observers.  Without interacting with the system at all (no destructive measurement), he asked the participants to imagine affecting the test.  Radin used a feedback tone and imagery to give the observers something to concentrate on.  If the tone got louder, they were having a larger anomalous effect on test.  The observation period was interchanged with rest periods.  Interestingly, Radin made a distinction between people who regularly meditated and those who didn’t.
In the initial trials, the meditators produced significant results with the non-meditators falling slightly around chance.  When combined, however, the results were still striking.
Suspicious of his results, Radin expanded the experiment online, carefully controlling for several dozen variables, such as vibration, temperature, time, cycles, etc.  The results of 5,000 human and 7,000 robotic trials showed similar and statistically significant results.  Although the effect is small, it is consistent and repeatable.
The results insinuate that human consciousness can affect the very fabric of reality with no proximity limitation.  From anywhere in the world, a person’s intentions can collapse a particle wave function into a definite state.  More even than simply affecting the wave-function, Radin’s research shows something like a quantum zeno effect; it ‘steers’ the quantum collapse.
So maybe the moon really isn’t there until we look at it?
Radin is the consummate scientist.  Although his methods and protocol has been independently verified, he is unwilling to draw any definite conclusions until more labs have replicated his study.  At the time of this writing, another lab is in process of replicating the experiment.  Although the scientist didn’t want to reveal his name (likely due to the academic shaming associated with research of this sort), his initial results showed something on the range of “oh my God!”, as Radin explains in the video.  As expected, materialist science continues to ignore research such as Radin’s and others.  Aside from the fear of academic suicide, there is a very real insecurity of losing the objective reality afforded by material science.
Although Radin’s research is one of the most direct applications of the interpretation that consciousness affects matter, the idea is not new. The aforementioned Dr. Robert Lanza is scientist famous for stem-cell research.  Called one of the world’s top three living scientists, he took the unusual and courageous step of  publishing his ‘theory of everything’ called Biocentrism in 2009.  In it, he posits that the basis of the universe is consciousness.
“The animal observer creates reality and not the other way around”
Dr. Lanza uses the measurement problem as a basis of this theory and illustrates is with this mind-bending analogy:
“Take the seemingly undeniable logic that your kitchen is always there, its contents assuming all their familiar forms, shapes and colors, whether you or not your are in it.  At night, you click off the light, walk through the door, and leave for the bed-room.  Of course it’s there, unseen, all through the night.  Right?  But consider: the refrigerator, stove, and everything else are composed of a shimmering swarm of matter/energy.  Quantum theory..tells us that not a single one of those subatomic particles actually exists in a definite place.  Rather, they merely exist as a range of possibilities that are manifest.  In the presence of an observer – that is, when you go back into get a drink of water – each one’s wave function collapses and it assumes an actual position, a physical reality.  Until then, it’s merely a swarm of possibilities…So while you may think that the kitchen as you remember it was ‘there’ in your absence, the reality is that nothing remotely resembling what you can imagine could be present when a consciousness is not interacting”
What Dr. Lanza is suggesting based on 85 years of quantum mechanical research is, entirely, that the moon does not exist when we are not looking at it.  Dr. Radin’s research contributes to this notion by showing a definite statistical anomaly when consciousness is directed to influence quantum states.
It’s hardly needed to be said that most of science recoils at the notion that we do not exist in a separate objective reality.  To put consciousness at the center of reality with any sort of causal connection means that the universe only exists because we perceive it.  They complain of solipsism, and the many unanswered questions that would then arise.  ‘What consciousness was around to will the big bang into existence?’, they cry.  The only logical answer for many is God, and that’s where the conversation screeches to a dead halt.
Certainly more time will be needed to the scientific community to agree on a testable and repeatable basis for this theory. Bleeding-edge experiments from Dr. Radin and others are only just beginning to cut the binds of the reductionist and materialistic attitude that is still pervasive in academia.  A hopeful future including an expanded role of consciousness would make life after death studies less repugnant to science and certainly less imbued with religious overtones.
For afterlife researchers, any research that supports the idea that consciousness can affect the material world shows that consciousness is mind apart from brain, possibly interacting with but not dependent on biology.  Although it doesn’t directly prove that life after death exists, it does suggest that our consciousness may not be an illusory product of the brain.  Quantum consciousness studies such as Radin’s and other quantum mind proponents such as Henry Stapp, David Bohm, Stuart Hameroff and Roger Penrose could be a crucial step closer to understanding phenomena like near-death experiences, death-bed visions and past-life recall.
Until then, we can still put this theory into practice in our every day lives. From Phineas Quimby’s Law of Attraction to Jane Robert/Seth’s ‘You create your own reality’, to popularized versions of the idea such as ‘The Secret’ and ‘The Vortex’, philosophy, spirituality and the new-age genre has long accepted this notion with open arms.  We may not have the ability to teleport or spontaneously upgrade our cars with the power of collapsing the wave-function of particles, but we can use our intentions to make good in our lives.
Remember always that your thoughts have power; they can set up circumstances for our success or our demise, hurt or help others and lead us into journeys of enlightenment or toil.  One day we may have the scientific proof that our consciousness literally creates the universe around us.  Until then all we can do is concentrate on making our little corner of the world just a little better.
Recommended Reading:
Sheldrake, Rupert, Ph.D.. 2013. Science Set Free(US)/The Science Delusion(UK): Ten Paths to New Discovery.  ISBN 13: 978-0770436728.
Radin, Dean, Ph.D. 2009. Entangled Minds: Extrasensory Experiences in a Quantum RealityISBN 13: 978-1416516774
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Maddiction on May 8, 2017 at 9:56 pm
well everyone, if you ask me im sure of it that this doctor is onto something because i actually noticed my mind influencing my surroundings before, specially machines that are electromagnetically driven in some way, which contains almost all modern machinery(i even record internet connections and can recreate wave patterns mentally), and i feel it whenever anyone focusses on me, im not just experiencing me being focussed on but at the same time i feel the emotions of the person that is focussing on me (people will have to know the real physical me to do so, so via this post probably wont work, not unless ur telepathic yourself), also, i cannot only feel those emotions, i can controll them once a connection is made, this connection is not relying on time and space whatsoever though meaning i can talk to people distances away and they will hear what i send them right away meaning there is no delay of even lightspeed (of this i am 100% sure) because it is an actual connection, its happening now and counting for the exact same time variables as both participants of the connection. meaning i can be connected to someone in turkey while i am living in the netherlands and he/she will hear my at the moment i talk mentally. im still not exactly sure why this phenomenom is occuring to me a lot, specially when watching television, but a real rational explenation would be quantummechanics and how normal physics do not seem to apply when we talk about quantum physics.
what i used to tell myself to explain this is: our brains must be producing some kind of physical environment where time and space simply do not influence matter anymore (maybe through electrical tension, i dont know this is still one of natures wonders), and particles as we know them do not behave according to gravity anymore, thus resulting in time not being a factor anymore, thus maybe resulting in particles acting as wave functions or the other way around because the laws of normal physics do not apply anymore and the laws of quantum mechanics kick in. i think the unimaginable network of neurons in our brains create such a gigantic hypertension by being threaded and charged in so many ways, that the electromagnetic barrier overrides the normal laws of time and space as gravity just cant seem to budge through this intense electrically charged barrier where particles at miniscule sizes start behaving as if there was no gravity. this might also explain the fact that when people die they instantly lose some weight , while their physicial appearance didnt change a thing, because the extremely functioning network of neurons in our brains is not creating a force larger than the current gravitational forces anymore and thus resulting in less attraction to the earths mass and or magnetic field and that we’re all as species interconnected through a “6th sense” consisting of quantummechanical particles which are connected not through time or space, but another dimension mankind has not become totally aware of yet.
one thing is for certain, while we are trying to analyze these phenomena called science, we must never forget what actual forces are acting on what particles or subjects/objects and in what environment this is happening or what the relations of matter might be according to each other
einsteins equations seemed to be right but, if he was, the whole universe doesnt make any sense when it comes to physics… were being blind to something people thats for sure, now we just have to find what that is… and i dont seek dark matter behind all of that… dark matter is a fairytale if u ask me. its a fata morgana of modern space scientists still holding on to old calculations and theories and trying to explain the whole universe according to century old theories.
our issue is that what seems to be from our solar system, is not what actually is happening in the rest of our universe, if you ask me, but hey we gotta speculate from somewhere u know.
i hope i find someone i can explore this part of modern science with through this post and article even though im a bit late posting here
ive been dying to find some guidance regarding my own psychic matters and i hope to hear from anyone who thinks they can.
The Flying Dutchman
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I will dialogue with you concerning your experiences. Are you still interested? My email address is colangley@hotmail.com. I look forward to speaking with you. I think that neither of us will be disappointed with our communication.
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thesavvyartist on November 23, 2016 at 10:19 pm
I think these few pioneers like Radin have a long way to go to convert other scientists to the idea of a connected consciousness. I can see that whenever a scientist touches on “mysticism”, the community becomes so eager to disrepute the person. The evidence is already there. I suggest Radin takes a look at the foremost Hindu guru, Sri Paramahamsa Ninthyananda, who has opened the third eye of thousands of his followers – among them a few hundred children. The moment, their third eye is opened, they attain a new conscious level and are able to perform miraculous abilities, such as a 360 degree view of their environment, teleporting matter, seeing through the human body to ascertain ailing organs, reading books with eye closed. I believe he is eager to collaborate with scientists to put him or his followers through scientific tests. Their abilities may be applied to the double-slit test to see what happens! http://www.nithyananda.org/#gsc.tab=0
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Have you ever had the feeling that someone behind you is watching you. Felt their eyes burning into the back of your neck. Then turned round – to find that there IS someone doing just that. Yes, I know its not scientifically quantifiable because if you tried it under controlled conditions it would never work. But it happens. And thousands of people like me know it happens.
Also, don’t forget that the only forms of consciousness we are aware of are those within ourselves and similar life forms. The Universe may be full of all sorts of conscious activity of which we have no awareness at all. Sally
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Sally,
It’s funny – Dr. Rupert Sheldrake did some research on that exact situation – the feeling of being stared at. After a lot of trials, it turns out that with strangers the result is just a little better than chance. But when it is being tried with people you know, the results were very significant. It looks like it’s not just in our head after all. He also did tests on knowing the person who is calling, and if animals know when their owners are coming home. All with very interesting results. I did a post on it quite a while ago and there is a video showing the tests in action if you are interested.
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Hello Jenn, now that’s really interesting – and very encouraging. Yes, I would like to read that post. Where would I find it? Sally
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Thank you
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OK LET ME BE PERFECTLY CLEAR.
As admin and moderator to this site I feel the need to be sure we are all quite sure as to the conduct and methods we choose to use on this site.
Before anything else im sure to a certain extent that most are here for positive reason. We all have the ability to contribute (and I stress)POSITIVELY on a site where a tremendous amount of thought and work goes into the content provided. I take great pride being able to be involved as should you all…. With all that said I will not allow the hard work Jennifer puts into this to be sideswiped by petty personal jabs and continued childish vanity. We are all adults . ACT LIKE IT! I have chosen to allow the past couple comments in as I do believe you both to be here for valid and commendable contribution. HOWEVER any further commenting no matter how valid will never see the light of day should it also include the nonsense I have already refered to. ALSO, there will be no appealing to Jennifer or myself. We all know how to be respectful and that’s all that’s expected. If that’s too hard I can’t and won’t be any more understanding.
I urge you all to contribute. As I know people that disagree can both get along and possibly even change other’s opinions with a positive contribution. This site can allow for a many great things to be discussed. When given the proper respect. Jennifer deserves no less, but so do the individuals here leaving comments…
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merrick forrest on August 22, 2016 at 4:16 pm
Dean Radin has been proved by sceince to be a fraud. Check my posts out OK?
I know that I am considered a nobody but TRUTH is truth and most sceintists are frauds. Take care. Got to move on.
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Most scientists are frauds? That’s a strong statement. I haven’t reviewed the white paper on this yet, but its hard to believe that Radin is purposely putting out bad research; it would be fairly quickly known and he would have been out of a job ages ago. I guess we’ll just have to see what happens when other labs attempt to replicate this experiment. I’ll be watching and waiting for the results.
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Radin points out in the beginning of his book The Conscious Universe: The Scientific Truth of Psychic Phenomena, that new scientific discoveries tend to go through stages. He writes: (page 1)
“In science, the acceptance of new ideas follows a predictable, four-stage sequence. In Stage 1, skeptic confidently proclaim that the idea is impossible because it violates the Laws of Science. This stage can last for years or for centuries, depending on how much the idea challenges conventional wisdom. In Stage 2, skeptics reluctantly concede that the idea is possible but that it is not very interesting and the claimed effects are extremely weak. Stage 3 begins when the mainstream realizes not only that the idea is important but that its effects are much stronger and more pervasive than previously imagined. Stage 4 is achieved when the same critics who previously disavowed any interest in the idea being to proclaim that they thought of it first. Eventually, no one remembers that the idea was once considered a dangerous heresy.
Some among us are in the midst of the most important and the most difficult of the four transitions – from Stage 1 into Stage 2. 
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A wise point. I’m reminded of that famous quote by Arthur Schopenhauer; “All truth passes through three stages. First it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, third it is accepted as being self-evident”. Certainly the few scientists brave enough to take on this new research are taking blind stabs in the dark to see what sticks, and many ideas will be sacrificed on the altar of progress. Consciousness is like dark matter/energy in a way – it comprises 90% of our experience and yet no one has the faintest idea what it is. Research like Radan’s is very promising because it can begin to shine a light on whatever path we need to begin down in order to unravel these mysteries. The problem really isn’t science, it’s scientism. A belief in materialism that is so strong, especially in academia, that many scientists are either too blinded or scared to study anything other than the mainstream. Is it possible that materialism will end up being the correct regime? Sure. But unless we go down every avenue to research, we won’t know what lies beyond our narrow flashlight beam. I sometimes wonder what it must have felt like when the early physicists of the 1900’s – Einstein, Bohr, Planck, Born, etc thought when they realized that the world was not the objective, stable and predictable place they thought it had been. Before that discovery, many scientists truly believed we had already figured everything out. Yet, the mystery still keeps unfolding.. that is what I love about science.
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brandon dietze on August 23, 2016 at 9:15 am
yes every thing u said is right dean is not fake at all he is one of the best scientist when it comes to the mind if he was fake people now would notb e able to test what he does and get the same out come the mainstream view is dying and people are scared of it i dont know why people are scared to death that we dont die but lol
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@merrick f.
I was ONCE an admirer of your’s, what a phool I was.
You, your group, wish to set the rules for evidence as you see fit and are hammered into a corner by your own inflexibility and refusals to admit to the realities of public forum. That reality is that you are only as good as your credibility as perceived by the Members participating (and lurking about) the thread.
It is clear as a bright Summer’s Day that those who oppose your inflexibilities do so mainly because they, and I, disagree with your premises for evidences and as I mentioned give you little to no credence to your posting history. That is not going to change and in my humble opinion your credibility is accelerating quickly downward on a steeply declining slope.
I am not suggesting that you discontinue posting, why should I, you and your others are going to doggedly pursue your untenable positions further eroding what little respect you have left and “win the day” in your own minds.
Keep in mind, as this thread digresses, that, in the end, the only trophy claimed will have been one that will not include the conversion of one, single person to your side. In effect, you will have gained no ground, lost substantial footing, and then where will you be?
It is far better to have sough the credibility of Members, gained it, than to have dug yourself a useless hole tooled by self-derision from which you will find it impossible to extricate yourself.
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brandon dietze on August 23, 2016 at 9:13 am
he is not a fraud u are on a skepticforum website made to debunk and lie to make people in his field look bad dead is one of the best people in esp and psi right now been working at many man labs been tested over and over again and last year other people in his field can remake what he does so every thing in that is false sorry u just got to move on your skeptic sight that will get u know were i have been at ions before and talked to charles t. tart and we talked about all the work dean does not trying to right with any body but this is false if it was true he would not still be in main stream papers have a lab with funding and one of the best scientist when it comes to the mind
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I am amazed that the moderator has not removed the comment from ‘merrick forrest’. It’s perfectly reasonable to post comments that disagree with Jenn’s post or that try to find fault with Dr Radin’s research (good luck with that!). But to describe a highly-respected scientist as a “fraud” is libellous. Simple as that.
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Excellent post Jenn! I’m familiar with Dean Radin, but this was new to me.
Thanks.
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Thank you for letting me know that you enjoyed it, Jason! I appreciate it. 
Jenn
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