The Mentalist’s Handbook: An Explorer’s Guide to Astral, Spirit, and Psychic Worlds – by Clint Marsh
A step by step guide to practicing psychic abilities. While some of the terms may be different from what the reader is used to (subtle energy, for example, is referred to as aether), the author lays a solid foundation of both theory and practical exercises. Instead of teaching individual parlor tricks, the exercises are geared toward more consistent, holistic development, and special attention is given to developing awareness, focus, visualization ability, and mental control. Planar theory (i.e., Elemental, Material, Astral, and Elysian levels of existence) is introduced early on, and a great deal of the book deals with sensing, projecting to, and interacting with inhabitants of those planes (includes a detailed list of the types of spirits that may be encountered and how to distinguish). While discussing the topic of communicating with the spirits of those who have died, the author also covers the beliefs about the afterlife held by several religions and takes a balanced look at the compatibility of mentalism with both religious and non-religious beliefs. Also gives suggestions and exercises for developing other mentalist abilities such as clairvoyance, telepathy, and psychokinesis.
RSA Animate – The Divided Brain – by TheRSAorg
An illustrated excerpt from a lecture given by psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist explaining the misconceptions behind the idea of the “divided brain”. Instead of the common but inaccurate “right hemisphere is creative vs. left hemisphere is logical”, his description and how it has impacted society as a whole gives a lot of food for thought for anyone interested in psychic abilities and intuition.
The full lecture is available here.
Magic and Witchcraft: From Shamanism to the Technopagans – by Nevill Drury
A comprehensive history of magick starting with shamanism and ancient practices, and moving through Gnosticism, Kabbalah, medieval magick and witch trials, Hermeticism, alchemy, astrology, tarot, Freemasons, Rosicrucians, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, Aleister Crowley, Wicca, Satanism, Paganism, Technopagans and digital magick. The author does a wonderful job of sorting out the confusing tangles of the subject, using a frank and engaging tone that does much to demystify the subject without belittling it. The book also includes many illustrations and photographs which are very helpful. Fascinating and very enjoyable, this book is well worth reading and will provide a firm background for students and practitioners.
Five Spirits: Alchemical Acupuncture for Psychological and Spiritual Healing – by Lorie Eve Dechar
This is a fantastic book–it’s the best explanation of the five element system of Traditional Chinese Medicine that I have come across. Instead of explaining the elements as tables of correspondences and associations like most places do, the author dives into the cultural background, mythology, and holistic way of thinking behind the five elements, giving examples from her clinical practice. She even takes it beyond simply “curing what ails” and explores the Chinese alchemical approach to spiritual development and transformation. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in energy healing, especially anyone using TCM, acupressure, or related methods.
Psychic Warrior: Inside the CIA’s Stargate Program : The True Story of a Soldier’s Espionage and Awakening – by David Morehouse
Tells the story of how the author came to develop psychic abilities, and how those nightmares and visions drove him to seek training from the CIA’s top secret remote viewing program. Gives an excellent description of what the training entailed as well as walking through several remote viewing assignments and giving ideas for the potential uses of remote viewing. The author’s difficulties in staying grounded in the physical reality and how this impacted his personal life, family, and career also serve as a valuable cautionary example.
Strange but True? – by Rosemary Breen
Fancy a night with a ghost? Then why not stay at Flitwick Manor in Bedfordshire, England. Watch the video and then decide on your chances of encountering a poor sobbing apparition in your bedroom.
Derek Sivers: Keep your goals to yourself – by TEDtalksDirector
After hitting on a brilliant new life plan, our first instinct is to tell someone — but Derek Sivers says it’s better to keep goals secret. He presents research stretching as far back as the 1920s to show why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.
This is an excerpt of an interview I did at the Electric – by Dean Radin
This is an excerpt of an interview I did at the Electric Universe conference in January.
The Windbridge Research on Mediums – by Robert McLuhan
Still on the subject of mediums, I heard recently from Dr. Julie Beischel at the Windbridge Institute. She has a new e-book out describing her ten years of research: Among Mediums: A Scientist’s Quest for Answers. She has published journal articles [...]
Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes – by TEDtalksDirector
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the resent moment. (No need for incense or sitting in strange positions.)
Talk on Paranormal Phenomena – by Dean Radin
Talk on the paranormal by Prof. Simon Thorpe on January 15, 2013. Thorpe is the CNRS (French National Research Center) Director of Research for the Brain and Cognition Research Center at the University of Toulouse, France. The material he discusses will not be particularly new for most readers of this blog, but he does an excellent [...]
A short video of the psychic parrot N’Kisi – by Jacob
Back in 2007 I wrote an article about Rupert Sheldrake [experiment with the talking parrot](http://www.mind-energy.net/archives/252-Parrot-demonstrating-telepathy-the-NKisi-project.html), N’kisi. In that experiment Rupert, together with parrot’s owner, Aimee Morgana, tested the bird for a possible telepathic link between it and Aimee. The results were published in a paper and suggested strong above-chance results for the parrot having a [...]
Part 2 of my talk at Gnostic NYC – by Inominandum
Part 2 of my talk at Gnostic NYC
Gnostic NYC Talk: Part 1 – by Inominandum
(follow the link to watch the video)
Review of Perspectives of Clinical Parapsychology: An Introductory Reader – by Annalisa Ventola
In 2007, twenty professionals from eight different countries gathered in Naarden, Netherlands to exchange their experiences and scientific knowledge in the field of clinical parapsychology. Perspectives of Clinical Parapsychology: An Introductory Reader, edited by Wim H. Kramer, Eberhard Bauer, and Gerd H. Hovelmann was the result of this conference. Containing thirteen contributed articles and an [...]
Book Review: The Psionic Generator Pattern Book – by Rainsong
This one is a cut-and-paste book of fun psionic toys to play with. It is long since out of print, but is sometimes found on eBay and from other used-book sellers. If you find a copy and it is selling for a reasonable price, you’ll want to buy it. The book [...]
Book Review – The Inner Game of Tennis – by Rainsong
“Tennis?” you’re muttering. “Tennis?! What does tennis have to do with psionics?” And, of course, the answer is: “Not much.” However, The Inner Game of Tennis is more about how you use your mind than about how to perform a perfect serve or how to hit the ball across the net by whapping it [...]
Book Review: Quantum Touch – by Rainsong
The third chapter of this book has perhaps the most straight-forward and easy-to-use introduction to energy working that I’ve ever seen. And, it is summed up in a nice, simple healing method. The rest of the book is background and “apologies” trying to convince people to give this stuff a try. [...]
Book Review: Energy Medicine – by Rainsong
We’ll start with the nutshell version: buy, read, and study this book. Seriously. Unlike many energy-healing textbooks, this one goes into considerable detail about how to clean, maintain, and repair your field. There are several approaches, and some of them look as stupid as any other psionic healing does. (Ever watch someone rattle [...]
About Dowsing-Related Books, Sites, Societies, and Suchlike – by Rainsong
You all know what dowsing is: the use of a mechanical movement to amplify a (presumably psychic) signal in order to answer a question or locate an object. The movement in question usually involves of some kind of device, such as a pendulum or a pair of rods or the famous forked stick. Some people [...]
Book Reviews: The EFT Manual, 2nd Edition, and EFT for PTSD – by Rainsong
The “Emotional Freedom Technique,” or “EFT” as it is more commonly called, is an energy healing modality which uses intention and tapping or rubbing on acupuncture points. Mr. Gary Craig developed it based on earlier work by Mr. Roger Callahan. EFT is mostly noted for treating phobias. It has a number of other uses, as [...]
Book Review – Energy Tapping, Second Edition – by Rainsong
Book Review – Energy Tapping, Second Edition posted by Rainsong, on September 2, 2012 “Energy Tapping” is very similar to EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique). Many of you are familiar with EFT already. Authors Drs. Galo and Vincenzi based their system on Roger Callahan’s earlier meridian tapping method, much as Gary Craig did to put together [...]
Book Review — The Psychic Energy Codex – by Rainsong
Having purchased and read The Psychic Energy Codex in the past couple weeks, I have to say that this is a surprisingly good book. It is light and easy read, without being condescending. Considering who the author is, you’d expect this book to be rather vampire-specific. Ms. Belanger talks about her group a bit, but [...]
Book Review: The Llewellyn Practical Guide to Psychic Self-Defense & Well-Being (Llewellyn Practical Guides) – by Rainsong
Yes, I know… it’s a Llewellyn guide, which counts against it in these parts of the Internet. Bear with me here, though. After all, Llewellyn also published Chuck’s stuff. Yeah, yeah, I know… Denning and Phillips are magic-users, not psionicists. There’s the second count against this book. Strike three? The ebook version is not particularly [...]
The Politics of Psi – by Robert McLuhan
Halfway through writing Randi’s Prize I started to feel a nagging sense that many of the people I hoped to reach weren’t really open to persuasion. The brilliance or otherwise of my arguments wouldn’t make much difference; they would be acclaimed by… [...]
Chris Carter's Science and Psychic Phenomena – by Robert McLuhan
I’ve been having another look at Chris Carter’s excellent book Parapsychology and the Skeptics, which I reviewed here. It’s out in a new edition with the title Science and Psychic Phenomena: The Fall of the House of Skeptics. It looks good (although… [...]
Double Feature Review: Pragmatic Magics and The Dark Arts of Tarantula – by Inominandum
Last week I decided to do something I have been meaning to do for a while, pick up Pragmatic Magics by Brother Moloch. While I was at it I grabbed another book sold on his site: The Dark Arts of Tarantula by Tarantula. I’m glad I did, as I enjoyed both of these books a great [...]
The Kybalion: a study of the hermetic philosophy of ancient Egypt and Greece – by Three Initiates
Published by an unknown author(s) in 1908, this little book is a very user-friendly introduction to hermetic thought. It recounts the traditional history of hermetics, and how the teachings were passed down orally in the form of a set of aphorisms called the Kybalion. The author(s) include these quotations woven throughout the text as they explain and expand on each, covering the seven hermetic principles: mentalism, correspondence, vibration, polarity, rhythm, cause and effect, and gender. Each principle is also illustrated by scientific knowledge and discoveries of the time, which in some cases makes it a bit amusing. Unlike other popular books on hermetics, there are no exercises or techniques given, only the philosophy, which makes it easier to gain a clear view of the hermetic perspective.
What Science Can Teach Us About Meditation Practice – by Kelly McGonigal
A lecture given at the 2011 Buddhist Geeks Conference. Uses photos of brain fMRIs from several scientific studies to illustrate how the brains of experienced meditators default simply to experiencing stimuli, while the brains of others default to evaluating and telling themselves mental stories everything that is experienced. An important study involving beginning meditators showed through fMRIs that instead of detaching the evaluating part of the brain from the experiencing part of the brain, beginning students tried to suppress all experience (thus giving their brain nothing to evaluate), while experienced meditators experienced everything fully, but without judging and evaluating it.
A transcript of the talk can be found here.
Psychic Research on Kindle – by Robert McLuhan
I’ve had a project in mind for some time now, and it’s starting to take shape. It’s a response to the objection that there is no evidence for psychic phenomena. The complaint is largely rhetorical, of course. The implication is that the [...]
The Black Arts: A Concise History of Witchcraft, Demonology, Astrology, and Other Mystical Practices Throughout the Ages – by Richard Cavendish
While this book does touch on the history of magick, its strength lies in that it gives a comprehensive introduction to the theory behind and practice of many of the historical types of magick, including numerology, astrology, alchemy, Hermetics and the Cabala (also spelled Kabbalah), ritual magick, low magick, and Satanism. The book is written from an odd perspective, sounding skeptical of magick one minute, and then blithely stating that one famous magician later reincarnated as another famous magician the next. A fair amount of attention is given to both “Christian” magick (though this is understandable given the history of ritual magick) as well as forms of Satanism and their practices.
Take Off Your Glasses and See: A Mind/Body Approach to Healing Your Eyesight and Insight – by Jacob Liberman
Written by an optometrist, this book explores the connection between psychological and emotional issues and eyesight. But more than that, the book explores a different way of thinking about seeing and compares it to his extensive training in how the eyes work and how vision should be corrected. The author discusses the idea of “Open Focus” and relates it to the morphogenic field and holographic universe theories. What makes this book immensely valuable for the energy worker, is that the author describes how his journey through healing his eyesight not only led to clear vision but being able to see energy as well. The methods that are usually suggested for learning to see auras can be very unhealthy for the eyes, but these exercises and methods that he describes lead to vision that is both mentally and physically healthy.
What the Bleep Do We Know!? – by Marlee Matlin, Elaine Hendrix, Betsy Chasse, and Mark Vicente
A documentary that explains some new discoveries of quantum physics that challenge conventional views of the world, illustrating how those discoveries point to the interconnectedness of everything, the effect of observation and intention on one’s surroundings, and how this naturally extends to the mind having abilities that many call “psychic”. A three disc “Quantum Edition” is also available which includes additional interviews and versions of the film.
Old and New Ghosts – by Rosemary Breen
Ghosts occur for many reasons. Watch this ghost stories video and listen to two different scenarios. In one the ghost is old, in the other the ghost is new.
The Men Who Stare at Goats – by Jon Ronson
Documents the author’s research into the military’s psychic programs, how the ideas morphed over the years, and how they came to be used in the war in Iraq. The author managed to track down many of the original people involved in the programs, which makes for an interesting read. There is also a fictional film adaptation of this book.
Really Dead or Nearly Dead? – by Rosemary Breen
In this video Raymond Moody, the father of near death experiences presents some of the people who are reported in his research. Moody is a psychologist and a GP and he is known for his ground breaking investigations into NDE.
Fringe Dweller on the Night Shift: True Stories from an Afterlife Paramedic – by Monica Holy
Recounts the author’s lucid dreaming/astral projection experiences that she has had every night since she was young, during which she frequently aids those who have died in crossing over and sometimes aids those who are still living. Includes a decent amount of the author’s own philosophy based on her experience. Unlike similar books, however, this book is fairly matter-of-fact and down-to-earth, and even includes a great deal of external verification that lends credibility to the author’s experience and theory. Covers such topics as ghosts, energy healing, animal totems and guides, and astral “schools”. Includes intriguing ideas and useful advice for those who may interact with ghosts.
Beginning Psionics: A Psionics Training Manual – by Winged Wolf
Outlines the author’s theories about subtle energy and energy types, how reality and the Veil is structured, spirit entities, and the human energy system (including core/soul and psi energy systems as well as psi energy centers and associated abilities). Organizes known psychic abilities into categories, and describes some foundational exercises for psionics including relaxation, focusing, and visualization. Describes techniques for energy sensing, charging, shielding, energy circulation, directed charging, linking and scanning, signature acquisition, distance linking, basic constructs and psi balls, distance targeting, mobile constructs, construct shields, intelligent constructs, and construct sensing. Includes a 40-week training schedule and a list of exercises organized by difficulty. The final chapter gives recommendations for cleaning and stabilizing the energy system via grounding and centering, repairing energy system damage and removing blockages, and dealing with hostile spirit entities.
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal – by A&E
Each episode follows two or three children who have some form of psychic abilities (usually the ability to see spirits) as well as their parents who are struggling to help them. A psychic and psychologist team meet with the families, identify and address their concerns, help the children to face their fears, and give the children and their parents tools to handle and support the abilities. The videography of the show is dramatic and sensationalist (they toned this down a bit after season 1), but the advice given to both the children and their parents is valuable, focusing on fear management and finding ways to use the abilities to help others.
Thinking Allowed – by Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove
A collection of excerpts from interviews from the series “Thinking Allowed” hosted by Dr. Jeffrey Mishlove, who holds a doctorate in parapsychology from UC Berkeley. Includes a range of topics including psychology, parapsychology, mind-body and consciousness research, global awareness, intuition, metaphysics, alternative medicine, mysticism, and spirituality.
The Psion’s Handbook: Overview of Psionics – by Peebrain
An introduction to the practice of psi, and some of the common skills in psionics, including psiballs, constructs, shields, empathy, telepathy, psychokinesis, flaring, and out of body experiences. Includes exercises and suggestions for further reading.
Page includes a link to the sequel “The Psion’s Handbook: Breaking the System” which, although never finished, is still a thought-provoking read. This ebook has a very interesting explanation of what “fluff” is and why it’s so hard to define. The author suggests that one of the reasons that PsiPog plateaued was that it was limited by its beliefs about psionics. He encourages thinking outside of the “box” of the system of psionics and being open-minded about ideas from other people with backgrounds other than psionics, while at the same time maintaining a healthy skepticism.
Chasing The Dragon and Hadean Guides To The Underworld – Kindle/ Epub Available – by M.C.
For anyone who has missed out on any of Hadean Press’ Guides to The Underworld series, or who hasn’t ordered due to the cost of international shipping, or has been living under a rock and doesn’t know how valuable the material contained in these little gems is, Hadean has now made almost all [...]
Ecstacy in Shadow – by Inominandum
The Assembly of the Sacred Wheel is one of my favorite magical organizations operating today, and combine the best elements of coven based craft with the work of a hard-core magical order. Amongst luminaries like Ivo Dominguez Jr., Michael G Smith and Helena Dominic are rising promising young Priestess-Sorcerers like Maggi Sett. Sometimes, when it comes to [...]
Book Review – How to Make ESP Work for You – by Rainsong
Book Review – How to Make ESP Work for You posted by Rainsong, on November 12, 2012 Title: How to Make ESP Work for You Author: Harold Sherman Publisher: Fawcett Publications City: Greenwich, Conn. Year: 1964 Format: Paperback Harold Sherman’s the guy who conducted a scientific experiment in telepathy with the arctic explorer Sir Hubert [...]
Book Review — A Librarian’s Guide – Psychic Development Simplified – by Rainsong
A couple of months ago, I was reading “Nathaniel’s” blog, “A State of Mind.” While I was there, I bought a copy of his e-book on a whim. I’m always looking for new ways of approaching the question of how to do psionics. Title: A Librarian’s Guide: Psychic Development Simplified Author: [...]
Book Comment – Psionic Medicine – by Rainsong
This is a very interesting read. Mostly concerned with homeopathy and medical dowsing, this introductory textbook is addressed to medical doctors in the UK. Title: Psionic Medicine Author: J.H. Reyner in collaboration with George Laurence and Carl Upton Routledge & Kegan Paul, London: 1974, 1982 ISBN 0-7100-9088-9 Trade paperback
Ghosts in the Media – by Robert McLuhan
When Randi’s Prize was published two years ago the press lady recommended it be timed to coincide with Halloween. To me, having pretensions to seriousness, that seemed a bit cheesy. However on reflection it made sense. It didn’t help much in the… [...]
Chris Carter's Science and the Afterlife Experience – by Robert McLuhan
When Chris Carter’s first book came out he mentioned he’d originally tried to do it all in a single volume, but was advised to separate it into three. As a writer who was trying to do something similar I could readily relate [...]
6 new dream books for 2012 – by Ryan Hurd
It’s hard to keep on top of all the excellent dream and consciousness studies books coming out. I routinely — for better or worse — read five or six books at a time. I keep them in separate rooms of the house, so I always have something to read when I sit down. It’s kind [...]
Deepak Chopra and Marilyn Schlitz – What is Nonlocality? – by IONS Noetic Now Blog
A few days ago I was in southern California visiting Deepak Chopra, and while I was there we sat down for a short conversation about nonlocality. Our conversation was just posted online as a 9-minute video that is part of the “Ask Deepak” series.
Sam Webster’s New Blog and Old Book – by Inominandum
I have never met Sam Webster in person. I know him through the Chthonic Auranian Temple, (formerly the Chthonic Auranian Ordo Templi Orientis), of which he is one of three founding Sovereigns. Many of you will already know him from his work with the Pagan and Magical community, and of course the Open Source Order [...]
New Agrippa Translation and Scarlet Imprint Interviews – by Inominandum
I am pushing my book pretty hard lately, but I also like to push other stuff that is really cool, and there are two things this week that are REALLY cool. First is the new translation of Agrippa’s First Book of Occult Philosophy by Eric Purdue. This is going to be great because while Tyson’s [...]
Bad Spirituality – by Robert McLuhan
I was interested by this interview with philosophy teacher David Webster about the contemporary spirituality movement. He’s hacked off with it, and has written a polemic called Dispirited: How Contemporary Spirituality Makes Us Stupid, Selfish and [...]
Book Review: Hands of Light – by Rainsong
It is necessary to preface this short review with the acknowledgement that some people have found this book to be exactly what they needed at some stage or another in their lives. I personally know of two such people. The person who originally recommended this book to me (must be fifteen years ago, now) also [...]
My Golf Lesson from the Mythical/Mystical Shivas Irons – by Dr. Charles T. Tart
I have never been interested in golf or played it, unless you want to count less than a dozen instances over 50 years where friends took me to play miniature golf. So in 1971 when Psychic magazine asked me to do a review of Michael Murphy’s new book, Golf In The Kingdom, I was a [...]
Clarity, Confusion, Science, Tibetan Buddhism – Being a Scientist, Being a Spiritual Seeker – Tsoknyi Rinpoche’s New Book – by Dr. Charles T. Tart
Readers of this blog and of my books tell me they like to hear about my personal psychological processes, how they affect my spiritual and scientific work, rather than only “Professor Tart’s” reasoned conclusions about such things. It’s easy for me to write in the latter style, that’s what gets rewarded in science. This apparent [...]
Book Review: Communing with the Gods by Charles Laughlin – by Ryan Hurd
Whenever I have had a spare moment for the past three months, I’ve been sneaking peaks at Charles Laughlin’s new book Communing with the gods: Consciousness, culture and the dreaming brain. It’s a tome, over 500 pages long, and because of its girth I have approached the volume each time with some hesitancy… and a [...]
Witnesses to the Unsolved – by Stacy Horn
Another intriguing book, which has recently come out in a paperback edition. Witnesses to the Unsolved: Prominent Psychic Detectives and Mediums Explore Our Most Haunting Mysteries. This is particularly interesting because the author, Edward Olshaker, focuses on a group of comparatively modern cases. From the publisher’s website (Anomalist Books): —Martin Luther King, Jr., whose assassination [...]
Is this call to become a were-tarantula unmistakable? – by Inominandum
Every few years or so, I get the yen to read the Voudon Gnostic Workbook cover to cover. I have done it three times already and last week I put it in the bathroom and started my fourth read. Why do I do this? Well, I mean obviously there are legitimate and useful mysteries there [...]
Science and Psychic Phenomena: the Fall of the House of Skeptics – by Stacy Horn
I recently learned that a book I recommend highly, Parapsychology and the Skeptics, has been re-released under the name Science and Psychic Phenomena: the Fall of the House of Skeptics. The author emailed me that “Most of the book is the same, but a few sections have been rewritten for greater clarity and there is [...]
Bengston's Energy Healing – Too Good to be True? – by Robert McLuhan
William Bengston’s The Energy Cure came out at the end of last year, but I only just got around to it. I have an excuse I suppose, as my own book was coming out at the same time. But it’s so extraordinary, [...]
A Medical Medium – by Robert McLuhan
As I’ve mentioned, I’m fascinated by what psychics and mediums do. I’ve long been convinced by the academic research that it’s a real process. But how does it start? What exactly do they experience? Not being psychic at all, to me mediums [...]
Book Review: Rupert Sheldrake's The Science Delusion – by Robert McLuhan
We’re used to scientists telling us that the universe is inert matter, that we lack free will, and that our ideas, beliefs and goals are just ‘folk psychology’. To voice dissent is to invite sharp correction or be denounced as a follower [...]
Announcing the Lucid Immersion Blueprint – by Ryan Hurd
I’m really excited to announce that my new lucid dreaming training course is available for download. It’s called the Lucid Immersion Blueprint. This is the distillation of contemporary dream research, ancient dream practices and my own personal experience into a step-by-step plan for going deeper into lucid dreaming. In a nutshell, this is the home [...]
Book Review: Matthew Colborn, Pluralism and the Mind – by Robert McLuhan
It’s normal to suppose that human beings are conscious. However, until recently science could barely bring itself to accept that there was such a thing as ‘consciousness’. Now it agrees that it does exist – sort of. Most neuroscientists and [...]
Matthew Colborn on Consciousness – by Robert McLuhan
I’m halfway through Matthew Colborn’s new book on consciousness, Pluralism and the Mind, and am hugely impressed. Matt has posted here a few times, and has an interest in Buddhism and psychic research, which has helped to form his views. He provides [...]
Book review: Lucid dreaming: accessing your inner virtual realities – by Ryan Hurd
I just finished reading Paul and Charlene Devereux’s updated classic Lucid dreaming. Originally published in 1998, this new edition by DailyGrail Press has additional content for a new generation of readers. In two words: highly recommended. At first glance, this husband and wife team are an unlikely duo for a lucid dreaming book. Paul’s expertise [...]
Book Review: Free Radicals, by Michael Brooks – by Robert McLuhan
I’ve been camping in the Welsh hills, to the gentle sound of sheep baa-ing and rain pattering on the flysheet. Plenty of opportunity to catch up on some reading. One book I particularly enjoyed was Free Radicals: The Secret Anarchy of Science – a [...]
Book Review: Fringe-ology, by Steve Volk – by Robert McLuhan
I have mixed feelings about journalists' books about the paranormal. There's a tendency to think they can get to the bottom of it by talking to a few key people, but they only really scratch the surface, and lose interest as soon as they've got enough material to write up. Volk is a Philadelphia crime [...]
Handbook of Intuition Research – by Dean Radin
Handbook of Intuition Research Edited by Marta Sinclair, Griffith University, Australia This groundbreaking interdisciplinary Handbook [soon to be released] showcases the latest intuition research, integrated in a framework that reconciles various views on what intuition is and how it works. The internationally renowned group of contributors presents their findings in five areas. Part I explores [...]
Debating Psychic Experience: Human Potential or Human Illusion? – by webspinner
From the upcoming Journal of Parapsychology: DEBATING PSYCHIC EXPERIENCE: HUMAN POTENTIAL OR HUMAN ILLUSION? edited by Stanley Krippner and Harris L. Friedman. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, 2010. $44.95 (hardback). Pp. 236. ISBN 978-0-31339-261-0 Whatever your prior view of the debate over psi, this book is an absolute requirement if you wish to be kept updated. [...]
Book Review – Aping Mankind: Neuromania, Darwinitis and the Misrepresentation of Humanity, by Raymond Tallis – by Robert McLuhan
Near the beginning of this wonderful book there’s a reference to phrenology, the novel nineteenth-century ‘science’ of uncovering individual propensities by measuring the bumps in the skull. It was surmised that the bits of the brain we use most grow bigger and cause corresponding bulges in the cranium, so by measuring a person’s skull you [...]
Book Review: The Afterlife Revealed by Michael Tymn – by Robert McLuhan
I’ve been enjoying Michael Tymn’s new book about afterlife. At one time I read quite a lot about mediumship, so over the years I’m used to coming across the same quotes and stories – I’m not often surprised by anything. But Tymn’s reading of psychic research and spiritualist literature is far wider than mine, and [...]
Bearing down on Active Dreaming by Robert Moss: A Review – by Ryan Hurd
If you haven’t read a book by Robert Moss yet, you’re in for a treat. His latest title, Active Dreaming: journeying beyond self-limitation to a life of wild freedom, is a welcome distillation of his approach to dreamwork. At once useful, playful and threaded with captivating storytelling, Active Dreaming is a guide for rediscovering your [...]
A Few More Books to Contemplate – by Rosemary Breen
photo credit: Dieter van Baarle I keep a list of books that are recommended by people I respect in the paranormal field and every so often I post them to the blog. There is a standing invitation for all members to suggest books. And, if there is someone out there who is organized enough to [...]
Book Review: Walking Between the Worlds – by Float
A review of the ebook Walking Between the Worlds: Techniques of Modern Shamanism Vol I. by Phil Hine. Notes that the book is a user-friendly introduction to shamanism that includes practical exercises and touches on many interesting points without insisting that shamanism is the only spiritual path.
Book Review: The Ki Process – by Float
A review of the book The Ki Process: Korean Secrets for Cultivating Dynamic Energy by Scott Shaw. Notes that the book has a great deal of useful information for a more traditional path of energy development, clarifies a few confusing points that the book makes early on about the nature of Ki, and describes some of the other topics covered including a detailed section on meridians and some practical exercises.
Einstein and Psi – by Robert McLuhan
It’s always interesting to know what the super-stars of the science world think about parapsychology. I’m reading Esprit: Men and Women of Parapsychology, Volume 1, a collection of reminiscences by some leading psi researchers, first published in 1987 and recently brought out in a new edition. These are investigators such as Jule Eisenbud, Montague Ullman, [...]
Book Review: Paranormality: Why we see what isn't there, by Richard Wiseman – by Robert McLuhan
Years ago I asked Richard Wiseman why he was so interested in the paranormal. If it’s nonsense, as he believes, then why spend time investigating and writing about it? “Because it’s fun“, he said emphatically. For all his ardent disbelief he has an enthusiasm that’s rare in debunking sceptics. So I expected to find Paranormality [...]
Sceptical Journeys – by Robert McLuhan
Sceptics are naturally interested in why people believe in things that don't exist. That's what Richard Wiseman writes about in his new book Paranormality: Why we see what isn't there, which I'm half way through and hope to review here soon. But if psi phenomena is real then one might also ask why some of [...]
Ehrenwald’s ESP Experience – by Rosemary Breen
The ESP Experience: a Review of this book by Dr Jan Ehrenwald One of the members of the community here at Psychic Revolution has kindly done a review of a paranormal classic by Dr Jan Ehrenwald. It’s called The ESP Experience. While this book harks back to a different era, I’ve taken my cue from [...]
Book Review – The Psions’ Guide – by Rainsong
Remember the fluff-sites which claimed to be real-world psionics websites, but used game rules and die scores are part of the instructions? The design of the sites usually involved a weird toxic green colour, normally on a black background. Remember those? The Psions’ Guide – Applied Parapsychology is the print/hard-copy equivalent. It [...]
Sylvia Browne in Two Worlds – by Robert McLuhan
I was delighted when HarperOne in San Francisco offered to send me a review copy of Steve Volk's Fringe-ology. As journalists sympathetic to parapsychology we already have a lot in common. But that was a month ago and the book only showed up this morning. (I had the same experience sending copies of my book [...]
Book Review: Kabbalah; Key to Your Inner Power – by Float
A review of the book Kabbalah: Key To Your Inner Power by Elizabeth Clare Prophet. Notes that while the book was a decent, easy to understand introduction to the Kabbalah, it seemed to jump around a lot and did not cover more than the basic concepts. This review also overviews what the Kabbalah is, important historical figures, the theory of creation, and the tree of life and its structure (triads, pillars, upper and lower faces, and Sephirot).