Parapsychology Journalism: The People, The Theory, The Science, The Skeptics
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Where does psychic ability come from? If you ask the scientific community, including parapsychologists, the answer is: “We don’t know.” So there is your official answer. However, a bit of understanding of quantum physics, parapsychology and consciousness can lead us to some very obvious conclusions that help explain this phenomena.
We start with four assumptions:
1. The evidence for psi is legitimate and can be used in describing our universe.
2. Everything that we experience, including consciousness is part of the universe.
3. A holographic universe, or some other “oneness” model of the universe is the most accurate depiction.
4. Psychic ability is actually ordinary.
One of the more telling studies by Dean Radin and replicated at many universities demonstrated that people unconsciously react to photos about three seconds before they actually see them. This study was not conducted with psychic people, the test subjects were ordinary. This, combined with the mountain of other evidence shows that psi is not necessarily a power or an ability, but simply a feature of existence.
Consciousness and psychic ability have been demonstrated in plants and animals so it appears that it is not even unique to humans. This is evidence that consciousness, far from being some sort of interesting anomaly that mysteriously popped into existence as the result of firing neurons and synapses is actually fundamental to the universe.
This is confirmed in two areas: There is substantial evidence that consciousness exists beyond death; (Victor Zammit’s Evidence for the Afterlife) and there is substantial evidence for consciousness at the level of subatomic (quantum) physics. (The Quantum Enigma by Bruce Rosenblum and Fred Kuttner) What this demonstrates is that we’re in a universe where consciousness plays a central role.
Another thing we learn from quantum physics is that reality isn’t there when it’s not being observed. That, combined with another physics principle known as entanglement, which demonstrates the connectedness of everything creates a strong argument for the holographic model of the universe. That is, the reality we experience is a sort of projection. It certainly fits the evidence as well as any other model out there.
In a holographic model of the universe, it stands to reason that the force creating our version of reality is consciousness. It creates the projection that we see. How exactly it accomplishes this is simply speculation at this point because so little is known about its properties.
However, there is plenty of hard scientific evidence of the physical effects of consciousness. The most compelling is the medical phenomenon known as the placebo effect. It is so pervasive that no drug, therapy or surgical experiments are complete without accounting for it. Psychologists have long known that people’s perception of reality can have a dramatic effect on what they see, taste, smell or hear or feel. This is all consistent with a consciousness-driven universe.
We know from the evidence for Psi that consciousness behaves as though it were operating solely at the quantum level. It has a complete disregard for distance, time and obstacles.
If consciousness is a ubiquitous force in the universe and appears at the quantum level with quantum properties, then psychic ability would be a natural outcome of this. Instantaneous communication, movement through time and no signal loss over distance are perfectly normal quantum properties. And if the universe is holographic and consciousness a force, then telekinesis would also be normal because if everything is a projection created by consciousness, then it follows that consciousness can alter this projection.
The theory that I’m putting out here is not a scientifically accepted explanation. Psi is not generally accepted in the scientific community and neither is consciousness. However, this explanation most closely matches existing evidence and will best explain your own psychic experiences.
What this theory means for psychic people is that psychic ability is more an ability of sensitivity and attention rather than being some sort of active power. Everything you want is already there, you’re just noticing it. Not surprisingly, good psychics are generally highly sensitive people. We are connected to everyone else all the time, so any information we seek is simply available to us. The feeling of being instantly connected to people and information is not a fluke, it is simply that the interconnectedness of all things means that there is no distance and no time; no matter what you are seeking you will already be there the instant you choose to be. This isn’t magic; it’s reality at the quantum level.
Another way to say this is that psychic ability is about disconnecting from the projection. And being connected to everyone all the time means that you’re dealing with their thoughts as well as your own. There is no clear distinction and I imagine that you are already able to sense this.
By this theory, the challenges that all of us face in taking advantage of this ability with consistency have to do not only with our own beliefs, but also those of the people around us. The level of disbelief within western culture is strong and there is no reason to believe that this has no effect on us.
I hope this helps.