- They come into the world with a feeling of royalty or “knowing” and often act like it.
- They have well above average IQ’s, though may never fit into any group.
- They often tell the parents “who they are” or where they lived before and give parents life advice.
- They have difficulty with absolute authority and hierarchy - e.g. authority without explanation or choice, and will not automatically respect their ‘superiors’.
- They simply will not do certain things; for example, waiting in line or following any kind of illogical rule is very difficult for them.
- They get frustrated with systems that are ritually oriented, are based on dull routines or don’t involve creative thought. They will ask “Why do I have to do this? It makes no sense.”
- They often see better ways of doing things, both at home, school, and later, at work, which makes them seem like "system buster”; they’re non-conformists to illogical pre-existing system or the status quo.
- They seem antisocial unless they are with their own kind. If there are no others of like consciousness around them, they often turn inwards, feeling like no other human understands them.
- School is often extremely difficult for them socially. They may rebel against being indoctrinated and forced to do work that makes no sense to them.
- They will not respond to “guilt” discipline (“Wait till your father gets home and finds out what you did”).
- They are not shy in letting you know what they need or what they think needs to be done.
- They display degrees of psychic ability, often having predictive dreams.
- They have a feeling that much of humanity is asleep and may, even at a young age, express how they do not understand how their peers can be so unaware.
- They may feel like tiny adults even when very young and don’t identify with peers. They may prefer being with adults, talking about adult things.
- They might be avid readers, reading material way beyond their age category.
- By mainstream society, they may be labeled as semi-autistic, self-important, antisocial, tactless, disorderly, bratty, stubborn, rebellious, or rigid in 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.
Nature does not know extinction; all it knows is transformation. Everything science has taught me, and continues to teach me, strengthens my belief in the continuity of our spiritual existence after death.
Walking Between the Worlds: Links between Psi, Psychdelics, Shamanism and Psychosis An Overview of the Literature
In folk lore there is a belief that many people who have an acute psychotic breakdown exhibit signs of psychic ability. Research into this folk lore is virtually non-existent, but some interesting work by Neppe (1980) and Persinger (Persinger & Makarec, 1987) psi suggests that there might be some foundation for it. My research into the pineal gland is now exploring this same area from a neurochemical perspective.
The pineal gland makes a neurohormone called melatonin which is one of the key regulators of the circadian and seasonal biological rhythms. It also makes a mono-amine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor called pinoline (Methoxytetrahydrobetacarboline (MeOTHBC)) which acts on the GABA receptors and whose chemical structure is virtually identical with the harmala alkaloids, which are key ingredients in the ayahausca drink used by Amazonian people specifically for inducing a state of consciousness in which they state that they go out-of-body, experience travelling clairvoyance, divination and shamanic healing. The suggested neurochemistry for these effects implicates serotonin. Serotonin (5 Hydroxytryptamine (5HT)) has frequently been implicated in certain aspects of psychoses. Pinoline is a neuromodulator which prevents, amongst other effects, the breakdown of serotonin. This results in an accumulation of physiologically active amines including dimethyltryptamine (DMT) within the neuronal synapses which may lead to hallucinations, depression or mania depending on the amines being affected (Strassman, 1990). DMT is the other main ingredient in ayahuasca. There are also interesting links with the serotonergic activation by psychedelics such as LSD, psilocybin and MDMA which have all been implicated in triggering psychotic episodes, and more specifically with inducing a state of consciousness which has many similarities with both an acute psychotic breakdown and with shamanism, which traditionally uses psychedelic plants in order to achieve the desired state of consciousness.
A key link between all of these various experiences is the dream state of consciousness. Psychologically, both the shamanic initiation experience and that of an acute psychotic breakdown share many similarities with the dream state. It appears that the normal every night experience of all human beings is connected with the more extreme experiences of psychosis and shamanism through the same neurochemical pathways that underlie all these experiences. And, as the research at Maimonides (Ullman et al, 1975) and since has shown, the dream state is a psychic state of consciousness par excellence. This suggests that the anthropological reports of psychic abilities being exhibited by shamans may have some foundation, and suggests that some people who have experienced a psychotic breakdown could be seen in other cultures as people with a particular and highly valued gift - the gift of walking between the worlds.
1. Background:Previous Research looking at Brain - Psi Links
1.1. Epilepsy, Psi and Dreams
Until now the main theorising concerning psi and distressing mental states has been centred around the folk lore concerning epilepsy being the “holy disease.” Epileptics report experiences which are very similar to psychic experiences. 70% of people suffering temporal lobe epilepsy report psi experiences. Roll (1977) noticed that many people who have experienced poltergeist phenomena have suffered epilepsy. His theory was later linked with the temporal lobes (Roll & Montagno, 1985).
A large part of this research has been by Neppe (1980). He has noted that many parapsycholgists have found that: a) ASCs are psi-conducive, eg. Ganzfeld, dreaming, meditation; b) Psi experiences appear almost as if there are deficits in brain functioning . Various focal brain dysfunctions, such as frontal, parietal, or temporal dysfunctions may be accentuated under certain circumstances, such as epilepsy, and produce what appears to be a psi event. An alternative understanding of this is that psi experiences are subliminal events and are processed in a manner equivalent to subliminal perceptions. Here, we understand the psi information to have a very weak trace and it is this which results in the distortions which make them appear as if there are deficits in brain functioning.
1.2.The Temporal Lobes and Psi
The temporal lobes are the integrators of the brain. Temporal lobe dysfunction is commonly reflected by the most complicated kind of epilepsy, complex partial seizures, which may resemble certain psychic experiences.
Nelson (1970) did a study of trance mediums and found that 10 out of 12 mediums show temporal lobe abnormalities. By comparison 25% of the general population have temporal lobe abnormalities, so whilst it is common to have abnormalities the mediums have an outstanding proportion. This study has not been replicated.
Neppe (1983c) did a study with 6 psi experients and 6 non-experients. The experients had 2 to 11 different temporal lobe symptoms (see Appendix 1) per psi experience, e.g. a chilly feeling with the sense of an apparition. Also they had temporal lobe symptoms when not having a psi experience. This suggests that an anomalous temporal lobe state may predispose to psi experience and a heightening of temporal lobe experiences.
Déjà vu is symptomatic of temporal lobe epilepsy and also common amongst psi experiencers. The quality of déja vu amongst psi experiencers is qualitatively different from the epileptics. Psi déja vu is normally linked to a major distortion in the sense of time and is linked to precognitive or retrocognitive awareness, and is clearly defined and often externally validated in some way. Schizophrenics also have a déja vu experience which differs again in containing psychotic elements.
Persinger (1985) analysed subjective responses to religious experiences and found that those with intense experiences score high on mid-level temporal lobe signs. He also found temporal lobe EEG effects in a Transcendental Meditator during a peak mystical experience, and temporal lobe spikes during protracted intermittent episodes of glossolalia. Fenwick (1983) also suggests right temporal lobe involvement in mystical experiences. The stimulation of medial temporal areas during surgery is sometimes associated with a sense of presence, out-of-body-experiences (OBEs) and other strange experiences. Penfield (1958) recorded the experience of an OBE by stimulating the temporal lobe of an epilepsy patient.
Persinger & Makarec (1987) analysed temporal lobe sensitivity of the average person. They report some correlations of major complex partial seizure sign scores, and reports of anomalistic experiences and a sense of presence in 414 students over a period of 3 years. Persinger (1988a) reports a prominence of temporal lobe symptomatology as well as psi experiences among writers, poets, musicians, actors, and artists with an increased incidence in left-handed individuals and creative academics. He also reports someone who experienced an OBE associated with hypomania and a right temporal lobe focus on their EEG.
Persinger (1988b) reports the coincidence of diurnal occurence of complex partial seizures and psi experiences - between 2 - 4am with a further peak at 10 pm - which is the same for psi experiences with a peak at 4am and another at 4 pm.
Temporal lobe theta waves are an extremely common comcomitant of a variety of different states including meditation, fatigue, drug effects, and altered states of consiousness (ASCs) (Healy, 1986).
Thus we are looking at specific personality type experiences here which correlate strongly with those found amongst psi experiencers. In other words a certain type of person has psi experiences, mystical experiences, magical ideation and this links with temporal lobe symptomatology.
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.
If we create our own reality....what does that mean for everyone else?
Many people believe that “we create our own reality”, that our experience in this lifetime is the product of our thoughts both conscious and sub conscious. Personally, I believe that to a certain extent, this is true. I feel that our experience is shaped by our perceptions and so I do not have a hard time accepting that we create our own reality. My question is this: If we are each existing in our own reality, what does that mean for everyone else? What part do we play, if any, in shaping each other’s realities? I suppose it’s possible that we are all illusions, but if that is the case, we are profound and important illusions. The universe as we know it, and everything it contains may be the by product of a greater being’s reality. Maybe we are all the masters of our own reality brushing up against each other’s orbit and occasionally colliding.
Phantom RAF pilot of Northumberland- Two radio presenters were driving along a quiet road at night when they spotted this white figure trying to wave them down. Sure enough, images show a tall figure, complete with an RAF style rucksack standing at the side of the road. As they drove past him, they turned back and saw that he had vanished. When the frightened friends got home, they found out that the “phantom hitchiker” was stood close to where
an air force jet crashed during the Second World War. You can watch the video below: