Saturday, March 8, 2014

On Lucid Dreaming....



The unusual and powerful event of a lucid dream was brought much closer to me today.  I went to hear author Robert Waggoner discuss this topic, lucid dreaming, and it was absolutely amazing how much practical and inspiring information he provided us all.  Mr. Waggoner is helping us celebrate “Dreamy March”, a month chocked full of fun and fascinating events on the topic of dreams.  His book “Lucid Dreaming: A gateway to the inner self” continues to grow in popularity and with good reason, it is a must read if you are interested in the topic and especially if you want to experience a lucid dream regularly.  In the Friday night presentation, which Rhine members can access on our webpage, and in his Saturday workshop, he discussed the history and growth of the study of lucid dreams.  He noted significant scientific studies, and shared many accounts from lucid dreamers that gave us a good feel for the phenomenon, and really enticed us to have a lucid dream of our own.  That’s a good thing because he discussed techniques to encourage lucid dreaming, and ways to work within the lucid state.  Consciously examining the dreamscape is very different from passively recalling a dream the next day, so the dynamics of exploration are very important.   He did a thorough job of explaining what experienced lucid dreamers have discovered about the exploration process, and how a lucid dreamer can apply this knowledge to answer questions that they bring to the dream state.  The knowledge he brought us was entertaining and very useful. 

There are more great presentations to come this month, so check out our events page and make plans to attend.  Many of these events are free and all of them are fascinating.  If you are a human being, you are a dreamer, so all these events pertain to you.  Do yourself a favor and check them out.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Is this a good idea?

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Is finding out how ESP works a good idea?  There continues to be mounting evidence that the phenomenon exists, that the human mind has access to non-local information, though the mechanics for the most part remain undiscovered.  You are welcome to scoff and write parapsychology off as nonsense, such dismissive behavior is natural and not-unprecedented.  It was Lord Kelvin, a respected engineer of his time, who said "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible." so even the brightest people can make a bad call.  But evidence to the contrary showed him shortly the errors in his prediction.

If you want to see the growing body of evidence for the existence of PSI, check out Dean Radin's website here:  http://www.deanradin.com/evidence/evidence.htm.  We seem to have crossed the line as to whether it exists, and now we are facing the question of what to do about it. 

The applications for use of PSI are so incredible it’s hard to put your head around it.  Similar considerations are given to other burgeoning technologies such as nanotech, genome decoding, and AI where the good and bad applications demand great care as we move forward.  PSI mechanic applications seem to dwarf these other technologies in the far-reaching changes they would introduce, so I am drawn back to my original question, is this a good idea?

One of the things that fascinates me to no end is how people just shrug their shoulders to this question.  This would seem an explainable response if the evidence for PSI were dismissible, but that reason fades more each day.  When we learn how ESP works, and can apply it, and each and every person can apply it, then what do you imagine will become of our world?  I guess it’s just too much to even ponder, so we don't. 

But the US military and intelligence organizations cared enough to look into it, and ran the Stargate Program from the 1970s to the 1990s.  The same people we depend on to safeguard western civilization, they were working on ESP research.  Research around the world continues on these mysteries, and as sure as the human genome has been mapped, and the Higgs-Boson particle is created, and those impossible "heavier-than-air flying machines" are filling up our skies every second of every day, you can be sure that how PSI works will be discovered.

What happens then? 

I have to trust that the people working on these discoveries are good and conscientious people.  That doesn't mean it will make that technology  100% safe, and less-than-good people will one day access these technologies, too.  But I want to give the good guys a head start.  I want the good guys to be out in front of this.  That is one of the reasons I volunteer at the Rhine Research Center.  That is why I am a member there, and why I make donations to the Rhine Research Center.  They are an organization of good people, dedicated scientists and educators, who have been doing this for 80+ years, and are on the cutting edge of PSI research right now.

And this is more than a feel-good appeal for the RRC.  This question of what to do with these technologies, how to live in a world with them, needs to be addressed.  To stay alive in this changing environment, we must adapt, we must be responsible.  If you as an individual, or we as a species are to make it, we must change to work with the reality of possessing technologies that any person could use to end the species.   That shoulder shrug response we give to the question isn't an adequate adaptation to the new world growing up around us.  I don't  have any profound answers on this, but I do know I want the question answered by folks who have been working with these issues, both the scientific and the human side, for generations.

Whether or not learning how ESP works is a “good idea” won’t stop it from happening, just like we can’t stop any of the other developing technologies out there that hold unprecedented risk.  The best thing we can do is make sure responsible people are getting this done, and continue to work ourselves to make responsible decisions for all these new advancements.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

The people part of Parapsychology

The human being is designed from millions of years of natural selection to be function as an interpersonal animal.  Two news stories caught my eye this week and point out the biological foundations of our spiritual and technological advancement.  One is the news that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's policy change for employees to be at work with each other, and the other is from Sheila M. Eldred's blog regarding love and the paranormal (http://news.discovery.com/human/life/love-telepathy-is-it-real-120212.htm).

Now you find yourself as an average person and you have probably experienced some ESP type of event, maybe deja vu, some synchronicity, seen a ghost, had a precognitive dream, the list could go on of events that mainstream science dismisses as some illusion or imagination.  And more than likely, these strange occurrences involved people close to you, a good friend, a family member.  They involved a relationship, someone important in your life. 

Many people debating Marissa Mayer's decision to change the Yahoo policy point out how valuable interpersonal interaction is to successful enterprises.  We have to agree that its a fact that human beings are interpersonal animals.  There is no human being alone, we evolved and currently flourish in a world that requires one-on-relationships, its a one-on-one universe we live in.  Our economy, our society exist because our subconscious minds are working on relationships.  The very definition of human, of economy, of society, is about relationships.  How you think, what you think about, how you measure yourself and your world, is done amidst an environment that requires relationships.  So your brain and your mind are designed for relationships, for one-in-one co-creation of civilization and your survival with it.  The human mind has evolved in the environment of relationships. 

So of course we can expect actual interaction to help creativity, work dynamics, and initiative.  All the cues, all the environmental variables that humans have adapted to, are put into action in the interpersonal event.  Even in our high tech, information age, most of the talk is about social media.  We reach out and try to find new tools to improve our surviving and thriving, but we still have to work with the full set of shared, human traits that brought us here, which is the face-to-face relationship. 

Access to PSI information is an evolved trait in animals, just as are the interpersonal social structures in the human subconscious.  Your mind is constantly searching for and utilizing subliminal information, some of which are PSI obtained.  Normally, your unconscious is picking up on sensory cues and sending out information unconsciously that benefit from and contribute to the interpersonal environment, and some of that information is PSI info. 

And of course we would expect love and romance and friendship to receive the bulk of PSI help, they are the primary interpersonal relationship that natural selection has to work with.  So if the human, interpersonal environment has evolved in humans, then we would expect PSI information would first show up to improve and involve those most instrumental to our survival.  The literature is chocked full of examples of the importance of relationships in PSI events.  The experimenter effect, sheep/goats effect, the decline of success in PSI testing, and many other phenomenon show the importance of the interpersonal in PSI events.  Even Dr. Bem's recent studies that found that sexual content of the targets had a strong effect on successful PSI make this clear.  This is just what you'd expect to see if PSI perception is about relationships, as sexual interaction is quite interpersonal and often factors strongly in the process of natural selection.

Both news stories bring us back to the recognition that we are not just social animals, but interpersonal, relationship animals, and that is how our minds work.  Whether we are running a successful organization, or working to scientifically understand the functioning of the unconscious mind processes that allow our human lives to exist, we are doing it with the strongly evolved traits of a human, relationship based creature.