Kirlian photography is the term used to describe the techniques used to capture the phenomenon of electrical coronal discharges. It is named after Semyon Kirlian, a Russian electrical engineer, and his wife Valentina, who in 1939 discovered that if an object on a photographic plate is connected to a high-voltage source, an image is produced on the photographic plate. They developed Kirlian photography after observing a patient in Krasnodar hospital who was receiving medical treatment from a high-frequency electrical generator. When the electrodes were brought near the patient’s skin, they noticed a glow similar to that of a Neon Discharge Tube. Afterwards, the Kirlians conducted experiments in which photographic film was placed on top of a conducting plate, and another conductor was attached to the a hand, a leaf or other plant material. The conductors were energized by a high frequency high voltage power source, producing photographic images typically showing a silhouette of the object surrounded by an aura of light. Though the Kirlians reported the results of their experiments in 1958, their work remained virtually unknown until 1970, when two Americans, Lynn Schroeder and Sheila Ostrander published a book, Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain. While Kirlian photography has been the subject of mainstream scientific research, it has largely been co-opted by promoters of pseudoscience, parapsychology, and paranormal health claims. In many ways, the technique has effected greater mass influence because of these associations, and speaks to the ways “energy-culture” enters popular thought.
A recently widowed man took this photograph of his daughter playing with her new Christmas presents only to discover that the developed picture clearly shows a spectral figure crawling across the floor. His daughter seems to have noticed the ghost, as she is looking towards it, smiling. He firmly believes that this is the ghost of his dead wife trying to play with their daughter on her first Christmas without her mother.
Begin by taking the stones and holding them with both hands. Clear your mind and clarify the query while continuing to hold the stones. When you are ready, drop the stones into the casting tray, inscribed circle, or woven loop, and attempt to arouse a feeling of fulfillment, as if the query had been answered by the mere release of the stones. Now, focus on the arrangement of the stones by affixing your gaze to the center-most point of the pattern while using your peripheral vision to observe *all* of the stones at once. Do not strain your vision, and remain open to any sense impressions that arise. Conclude the reading by regathering the stones, then take a moment to clear your mind.
The above described divinatory practice functions according to a speculative metaphysic wherein all physical systems share substantial unity and are thus ‘touching’. As applied herein, this view presumes that the psyche may be oriented in such a manner to exploit these connections, allowing it to capture glimpses of phenomena outside of the immediate range of sensory perception and across space and time. The ontological implications of such preternatural occurrences are myriad, and generally support the notion that reality is non-local, a tapestry forming an incomprehensible matrix.
Both the query and symbolic act of casting work to initiate or stir the psychic faculty of extrasensory perception. The random pattern formed by the stones may be likened to a gestalt. It is an abstract symbolic representation of the desired information rather than the query itself. The initial difficulty lay primarily in discerning ordinary mental content (memories, imagination, and discursive thought) from intuited sensory data.
In theory, any assortment of objects may be employed for the casting, to include bones, curios, runes, cowry shells, etc. Consideration may also be given to the use of intuitive casting in mediumship, evocation, and invocation.
The Human Energy Field is the manifestation of Universal Energy that is intimately involved with human life. It can be described as a Luminous Body that surrounds and interpenetrates the Physical Body, emits its own characteristic radiation and is usually called the Ťaurat. The Aura is that part of the UEF associated with objects. The human Aura, or Human Energy Field (HEF), is that part of the UEF associated with the human body. Based on their observations, researchers have created theoretical models that divide the Aura into several layers. These layers are sometimes called bodies, and they interpenetrate and surround each other in successive layers. Each succeeding body is composed of finer substances and higher vibrations than the body that it surrounds and interpenetrates.
The documentary, The Secret Life of Plants is an ecclectic collection of scientific experiments, anthropology and art. Studies show that plants are more aware than most give them credit. This amazing documentary includes:
• Pioneering Indian scientist Jagadish Chandra Bose shows similarities between plant and animal tissue, suggesting that plants have a sensory system like that of humans.
The United States Department of Psi Ops was established in 1939 under the directorship of Dr. J. B. Rhine and concerned itself with economic forecasting and espionage, as well as developing military applications of so-called psionic abilities.
The market for stories of paranormal academe is a rich one. There’s Heidi Julavits’s widely acclaimed 2012 novel The Vanishers, which takes place at a New England college for aspiring Sylvia Brownes. And, of course, there’s Professor X’s School for Gifted Youngsters—Marvel’s take on Andover or Choate—where teachers read minds and students pass like ghosts through ivy-covered walls.
The Division of Perceptual Studies (DOPS) at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine is decidedly less fantastic than either Julavits’s or Marvel’s creations, but it’s nevertheless a fascinating place. Founded in 1967 by Dr. Ian Stevenson—originally as the Division of Personality Studies—its mission is “the scientific empirical investigation of phenomena that suggest that currently accepted scientific assumptions and theories about the nature of mind or consciousness, and its relation to matter, may be incomplete.”
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“Although science has not yet shown with absolute certainty that consciousness exists separately from our physical organs, there is a lot of evidence (both anecdotal and scientific) which indicates that consciousness is something completely separate …”
“Scientific knowledge is expanding every day at an exponential rate, and the implications of new developments, particularly those that challenge the current framework regarding the true nature of reality, are far-reaching indeed. One area that continues to become a focal point of study for many physicians and neuroscientists is the relationship between mind, brain, and consciousness…
“Some materialistically inclined scientists and philosophers refuse to acknowledge these phenomena because they are not consistent with their exclusive conception of the world. Rejection of post-materialist investigation of nature or refusal to publish strong science findings supporting a post-materialist framework are antithetical to the true spirit of scientific inquiry, which is that empirical data must always be adequately dealt with. Data which do not fit favored theories and beliefs cannot be dismissed as priori. Such dismissal is the realm of ideology, not science.” - Dr. Gary Schwartz, professor of psychology, medicine, neurology, psychiatry and surgery at the University of Arizona (1)
In 2001, international medical journal, The Lancet, published a 13 year study on Near Death Experiences (NDEs). (2)(3)
“Our results show that medical factors cannot account for the occurrence of NDE. All patients had a cardiac arrest, and were clinically dead with unconsciousness resulting from insufficient blood supply to the brain. In those circumstances, the EEG (a measure of brain electrical activity) becomes flat, and if CPR is not started within 5-10 minutes, irreparable damage is done to the brain and the patient will die”
A total of 344 patients were monitored by the team of researchers, and an astounding 18 percent of them had some sort of memory from when they were dead, or unconscious (no brain activity), and 12 percent (1 out of every 8) had a very strong and “deep” experience. Keep in mind that these experiences have occurred when there is no electrical activity in the brain following cardiac arrest.
Another study comes out of the University of Southampton, where scientists found evidence that awareness can continue for at least several minutes after death. In the scientific world this was thought to be impossible. The study is the world’s largest near death experiences study ever published, and it was published in the journal Resuscitation. (4)
“In 2008, a large-scale study involving 2060 patients from 15 hospitals in the United Kingdom, United States and Austria was launched. The AWARE (AWAreness during REsuscitation) study, sponsored by the University of Southampton in the UK, examined the broad range of mental experiences in relation to death. Researchers also tested the validity of conscious experiences using objective markers for the first time in a large study to determine whether claims of awareness compatible with out-of-body experiences correspond with real or hallucinatory events. ” (source)