Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Seeing the Spiritual World in the Physical World

There is more than a little evidence that we human beings have an innate ability to sense the physical world with more than our physical senses. Oddly enough, as many of you know, some of the best accumulated public evidence for this comes from the US Military.

I've personally seen former "psychic spy" Paul Smith almost flawlessly duplicate an image of the clear-floor observation deck at the Grand Canyon from a photograph an acquaintance of mine stuffed in an envelope. I've also seen him demonstrate his powers to "see" objects thousands of miles away in real time, and I honed some of my own skills along these lines in his class.

Paul Smith could detect Soviet missile sites. There aren't any more Soviets, nominally, at any rate, and the US Army disavows the use of psychic spies to see them nowadays. Far more interesting to most of us are the now-declassified accounts of the US Army's remote viewers contacts with alien races on other planets, who were rather annoyed at the voyeurism. I'll address those another time.

Personally, my forte is remote viewing objects with repeating geometric patterns and finding the real-time inconsistency. I'm pretty good at drawing real-world waterfalls I've never seen in real time if they run over layers of sedimentary rock. I'm not half bad at locating loose rivets on geodesic domes in Antarctica (where I've never traveled).

I learned a long time ago, however, that if you can locate a dead body, it had better be somewhere you could not possibly have been and you can prove you weren't at the time the person expired. I also learned that families can turn their anger at the outrage of their loved one's death on the person whose "psychic powers" succeeded in location.

But the thing to know about the ability to "see" the unseeable is that it isn't the same as the ability to "see" the unseen. Simply being able to locate objects that objectively exist in the physical world without using eyes or ears or TV or Internet isn't a weird spiritual power. It seems to be just a physical ability that physics can't yet explain. The students of Ingo Swann uniformly describe the process in terms of "signal lines" and receivers in the brain, but nobody has figured out just what those signal lines are. (Hint: I don't think they are "lines.")

What has been worked out is a logical framework for Paul Smith, more recently Dr. Paul Smith, having received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin after writing his dissertation on how it's logical (sorry, Paul, I'm not doing your dissertation justice, I did take time to read it and I did discuss it with, of all people, a Methodist district superintendent who won't be named here) that human beings can do remote viewing, happens to be a devout Mormon who adheres to his church's very explicit teachings about not attempting viewings of the spirit world.

And no remote viewer I've ever met admits to seeing dead people. They would probably tell you (I haven't really discussed this with any of the psychic spy type remote viewers) that they just don't "go there." Privately (and I'm not referring to anything Paul Smith has ever said to me) they might tell you that people who see dead people, or people who see the spiritual world in the physical world, are simply hallucinating.

Oddly enough, remote viewing and hallucination seem to have a lot in common.

Remote viewers learn how to rid themselves of their preconceptions about their "targets." They turn off their self-talk. People who have hallucinations have temporary declines in the number of active neurons in their brains. They have various events going on in their brains that keep their mental editors from removing the images that don't match up with the physical world.

Remote viewers use their minds (they by and large don't refer to the mind and the brain as the same thing) to obtain objectively verifiable information about the shared physical world. People who are hallucinating might just hallucinate something that exists in the physical world. But people who see the spiritual world don't have a way of verifying what they see is real.

That doesn't mean that what people who see angels and demons and monsters and dead people and auras and future events are wrong and it certainly doesn't mean that they are crazy. That just means the rest of us sure as heck have a hard time verifying what's going on with you.

So what's the difference between a psychic and a psycho? The answer is simple. Insight. I'd argue that if a gift of seeing the spiritual world gets you burned at the stake, it's a bad thing even if you're right about what you see. On the other hand, if a gift of seeing the spiritual world offers peace and enables the "seer" or others to move on positively with their lives, it's probably a good thing and we should understand it even if you are "wrong" (and who really knows?) about what you see.

But there is a lot more to be said on this, as you all know. I'll be highlighting some insights from Dr. Smith's dissertation in my next post.

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