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All metaphysical phenomena (all) are characteristics, traits, abilities or experiences of our spiritual nature, emanating from our souls. The reasons we are so confused by the variety of metaphysical/spiritual phenomena is because religions, primarily Christianity, especially the Roman Catholic Church, banned most of our important spiritual abilities and traits as "heretical,’ “demonic,” or “no longer occurring.” I've just completed a trilogy of books jointly entitled Awakening The Soul explaining the history behind this suppression, and providing a channeled method to overcome it. These books posit four things: 1. All "metaphysical phenomena" (also described as paranormal phenomena, psi, psychic event, parapsychology, etc.) is actually our spiritual nature at work. 2. Religions suppressed awareness of our spiritual nature by making almost everything metaphysical off-limits, sinful or evil, and intimidated science into not investigating metaphysical phenomena (our spiritual nature) under the penalty of death 3. This led to our current confusion and ignorance about our spiritual nature, with most of us thinking it is something outside ourselves, while in truth it is really our internal spiritual nature in action. 4. I provide remarkable spiritual tools to restore that spiritual nature, in Christian terms. Book One: Proof of Our Spiritual Nature presents more than 80 differing examples of our metaphysical/spiritual nature, and explains 10 of them in depth. Book 2: Our Suppressed Spiritual Nature reveals why we lost awareness of our spiritual nature, primarily through religious suppression for the last 2000 years. Book 3: Restoring Your Spiritual Nature is a primarily channeled text providing exercises to restore our spiritual nature. It includes startling directions on how to reprogram the ego, and assign the Soul to be in charge of all our daily activities. It has been called “The key to the 12th Step” of AA and other addiction programs because it provides the necessary spiritual awakening. Awakening The Soul: The Trilogy is now available, containing all three volumes in one 730-page reduced price text, with hundreds of new facts and enhancements. Soul Theft: How Religions Seized Control of Humanity’s Spiritual Nature, a mainstream version of ATS: Book 2 is now also available. A great deal of additional information can be found at: awakeningthesoul.info and a discussion group of like-minded individuals is at: awakeningthesoul.ning.com and those interested in 2012 can find information and discussion at puerto2012.ning.com Questions are welcome! All the books, and reduced-price E-books are available through the publisher, ( authorhouse.com ) which also provides the best (lower price, quickest) overall service. Also available on Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc., Thanks!

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Re: All metaphysical/paranormal phenomena explained

There is an alternative view. We know that experiences like hypnagogia and misperception are caused by the way our brains work. Our brains mix hallucinations and misperceptions with real life scenes to give apparently credible paranormal or spiritual experiences.

It is easy to see how early man, when faced with a hypnagogic experience, would interpret it as a ghost, spirit or god. This could have led initially to religions and later, as people became disillusioned with them, to paranormal experiences. In either case, there is no actual spiritual aspect required.

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Re: All metaphysical/paranormal phenomena explained

Good point, but "all metaphysical phenomena" does not include hypnagogia or misperception, which are an individual's own experiences, hardly fodder for "god" worship or devotion, because they are not repeatable.

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Re: All metaphysical/paranormal phenomena explained

If you look at a religion, as I'm sure you have, you will see it consists essentially of a priesthood and ordinary members. But there are also extraordinary members, like visionaries, who have strange experiences that they interpret as contact with a godhead. Such individuals may not be able to reproduce or share their experiences but they can easily gather followers and through that found a religion or split from an existing one. Their experiences could easily by hypnagogic or misperception.

Having studied the paranormal for decades, I don't know of any 'metaphysical phenomena' which have been definitely demonstrated to be anything apart from subjective experience.

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Re: All metaphysical/paranormal phenomena explained

I, too, have studied the paranormal/metaphysical for decades, and I believe the evidence shows statistical results far apart from subjective experience.

Remote viewing would be just one area where verifiable proof has been demonstrated, but there are numerous others.

Read Dean Radin's "The Conscious Universe" for openers.

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I have designed and run remote viewing experiments and found most, if not all, to be unsatisfactory from a statistical viewpoint.

The key problem with remote viewing is, how do you judge the results? For instance, what are the key features of a scene and how many would need to be guessed correctly to constitute a hit? What if one scene contains much detail and another is simple. If a subject gives a short description (or simple drawing) but all bits appear relevant, is that a hit? If they gave a much longer description, but containing the same correct items while all the rest were wrong, is that a hit? Do you accept metaphorical use of words? Do you accept different objects with a similar shape to the target? If you are judging results against a list of possible targets, one of which is randomly selected, what difference does the existence of those targets make to the selected one, if any, apart from giving a spurious statistical pool.

I have yet to see a design for a remote viewing experiment that correctly assesses the odds of getting a result by chance. I'd be interested to hear about any experimental design that overcomes these problems.

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Re: All metaphysical/paranormal phenomena explained

You can keep on rejecting all results forever, for you are the skeptic. I, on the other hand, feel the results are acceptable proof of the reality of remote viewing.

There's just too much positive evidence for it all to be erroneous or false.

If it walks like a duck, etc.

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Re: All metaphysical/paranormal phenomena explained

If by skeptic you mean a critical thinker, then I am happy with that label. Many people equate skepticism to disbelief but that is incorrect.

My problem with remote viewing is that I can think of no simple way of designing an experiment to quantify it statistically. That does not mean it doesn't exist but it means that coincidence simply cannot be ruled out at present.

I have, in the past, gone on my own journey towards metaphysical elightenment. But I was forcibly brought back to boring consensus reality when I realised that different people experience the same sensory stimulus in different ways. It is sobering to see someone watching what they claim is a ghost when you know it is not. That is when I realised that we must go back to the start and re-examine apparent paranormal phenomena to see what percentage are purely subjective. I fear that percentage is so far proving extremely high. This probably explains the difficulty in coming up with an explanation for ghosts, for instance, when much of the accepted evidence is contradictory. The reason it is contradictory is that much of it derives from subjective experience rather than an objective external phenomenon.

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Re: All metaphysical/paranormal phenomena explained

Consider this:

"I shall not commit the fashionable stupidity of regarding everything I cannot explain as a fraud."

Carl Gustav Jung
Founder, Jungian Psychology
(1875-1961)

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Re: All metaphysical/paranormal phenomena explained

I have very rarely encountered fraud in my paranormal research. The vast majority of cases of apparent paranormal phenomena that I have come across have proved to be either misperception, hypagogia (and its related phenomena) or coincidence.

Jung developed the concept of synchronicity. The idea of assigning a meaning to a random coincidence is precisely what causes many apparently paranormal cases that are not. Again, it is a problem of not being able to work out the chances of how often something will happen by blind chance. We humans are terrible at appreciating odds.

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Re: All metaphysical/paranormal phenomena explained

Jung was also the son of two spiritualists who introduced him to the world of metaphysical phenomena at an early age.

Freud, on the other hand, rejected all paranormal experience (except telepathy) because he feared psychiatry would suffer if he embraced it. (Science at the time was already in denial.)

That's one of the big differences between believers and skeptics. Believers have experienced it, and skeptics can't because they don't believe in it.

Do you know why science is so skeptical of the paranormal/metaphysical world?

Because the Church forbade science and scientists from the exploration of spiritual consciousness, which it considered its domain. So ever since science has been ignoring it, dismissing it, pooh-poohing it, denying it.

I go into depth in my books on this aspect of spiritual suppression, accomplished through the Church's suppression of metaphysical/paranormal experience, often under the threat of death. That's why they killed the "witches," who were folk healers, spiritual teachers and midwives.

Sorry you are skeptical -- there's a whole new world out here to be explored.



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