Monday, October 22, 2012

Impossible Realities: The Science Behind Energy Healing, Telepathy, Reincarnation, Precognition, and Other Black Swan Phenomena By Maureen Caudill

Maybe “Impossible” Realities Aren’t So Impossible After All

I have given a lot of workshops in my time, teaching people how to access altered states of consciousness, where truly amazing things can happen. It’s all about learning how to calm the surface thoughts that skitter around in our heads and then discovering that when those are quieted, a lot of skills that people never knew they had stat to appear.

But though I have taught people how to remote view, and connect with the dead, and be clairvoyant, and even to connect to spiritual beings to channel wisdom, there is one skill that absolutely everyone loves to do.

You know…that funky little skill where you hold a spoon (or a fork—I like forks myself) in your hands and then it gets soft and malleable, and pretty soon you’re twisting each tine like a wrought-iron railing, or you sculpt it into a shape like a bird or a dragon. 

Most people are convinced that this is simply impossible. That it’s a trick. In one of my workshops a few years ago, I had a professional magician. When we were on break just before doing the spoon-bending thing, he came up to me and assured me that spoon-bending was a magician’s hoax, that it couldn’t be done, and that he personally knew of at least a dozen ways to fake it.  I smiled and listened, and then said, “Yes, there are ways to fake it. But you aren’t going to use any of them today.”

Still skeptical, he just walked away.

After the break ended, I  went through my usual routine, reminding the participants of the work we’d done before break about manipulating the subtle energy all around us. Then I talked them through the process of learning how to bend spoons and forks.

About fifteen minutes later, the group was settling down again—it gets pretty raucous in spoon-bending. It’s really fun. And it’s a blast for me to watch a roomful of grown-ups yell at their cutlery.

Anyway, my magician friend came up to me triumphantly waving a wildly distorted fork and proclaiming: “I did it!  I really did it!!! I don’t have to fake it anymore!”

Some of the “leftover” pieces of warped cutlery
participants didn’t take home.
Photo © Maureen Caudill. Used with permission.
Here’s the thing about spoon-bending. It’s kind of a big secret, so don’t be spreading it around, but I’ll share it with you because, well, I like you.

Everyone can do it.

Seriously. Everyone can do it. All it takes is to be open-minded enough—even if you’re skeptical—to give it an honest try, and a little bit of instruction, and some practice.  And not much practice at that—in my workshops, it takes less than half an hour for me to get a whole roomful of participants to wipe out drawers of  spoons and forks and knives.

I’ve given workshops with several hundred people where I can’t do anything except talk them through the process—and at least 85-90% of them succeed their first try. When I do smaller workshops of, say, a dozen or so people where I can give some individual attention to anyone who needs it, I get virtually 100% success rate.

So, yes, though these anecdotes don’t count as scientific proof, everyone really can do it.

It’s just about the easiest psychic skill to teach people to do. And, quite honestly, it’s a lot of fun. As I said, it is by far the most-requested element in my workshops.

So what does science have to say about it?

If you stop a scientist on the street (you do have a lot of them wandering around your streets, don’t you?) you’ll find that almost universally, they’ll say spoon-bending is impossible and it’s a magician’s hoax.

However…the fact is that in the 1970s the CIA knew that spoon-bending works. It turns out that if you analyze thecrystalline structure of a stainless steel object (like a fork) that has been psychically bent, and compare that structure to that of a fork that was mechanically bent—like someone taking pliers to bend the fork—or that of a fork that was heated with a torch and bent…well, it turns out that the psychically bent fork has a different crystalline structure. In fact, the psychically bent fork has the same crystalline structure as if it were originally cast in the warped state.

In other words, there are objective scientific tests that can confirm the reality of spoon-bending and that can distinguish between a fake and a genuine article.

Bet you didn’t know that, did you?

The CIA has known this for more than forty years!  Yet scientists all over the country will solemnly tell you that spoon-bending is impossible and a hoax.

That’s what my book, IMPOSSIBLE REALITIES is about. It’s me, taking a hard look at the scientific evidence in support of eight key psychic skills: psychokinesis (spoon-bending), remote viewing, energy healing, telepathy, animal telepathy, survival after death, and reincarnation. And you know what? There exists a ton of solid, peer-reviewed evidence in support of all of them.  In fact, a number of these phenomena, like precognition and psychokinesis, have so much evidence that they are far more likely to be true than the Big Bang theory is—yet that theory is almost universally accepted in science. In fact, the odds in favor of these phenomena being true are literally billions to one. (To put this in perspective, the prescription medications you may be taking typically require odds of being effective of about 20 to 1 in order to get approved by the FDA. )

This evidence exists is in spite of the fact that any scientist who dares to research psychic phenomena risks his career and his livelihood from the pressure not to investigate these types of phenomena.

So the next time you hear anyone tell you that there is no scientific evidence demonstrating the existence of psychic phenomena, you know that one of two things must be true. Either they are deliberately flat-out lying to you. Or they haven’t bothered to look at the evidence is there.

So the tag line from the old “X-Files” television series was true. “The truth is out there.”  And all those “impossible” realities maybe aren’t so impossible after all.  Because I guarantee…you can do them too.

Impossible Realities: The Science Behind Energy Healing, Telepathy, Reincarnation, Precognition, and Other Black Swan Phenomena

By Maureen Caudill

Genre: Non-Fiction/New Age/Paranormal

Publisher: Hampton Roads Publishing, an imprint of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC
ISBN: 978-1-57174-663-4

Number of pages: 256
Word Count: 66,377

Cover Artist: Jim Warner

Book Description:

Impossible Realities is the first book to examine the science behind psychic and paranormal activity. A former Defense Department expert on artificial intelligence, Maureen Caudhill provides evidence for a wide range of paranormal phenomena.

Impossible Realities presents a wealth of anecdotal and empirical evidence to prove the existence (and power) of:

  • psychokinesis (most famously spoon bending
  • remote viewing
  • energy healing
  • telepathy, animal telepathy
  • precognition
  • survival after death
  • reincarnation

Caudill presents the strongest case yet for bringing paranormal phenomena from the margins into the realm of the normal and credible. This is a book both for true believers and skeptics alike.

About the Author:

Maureen Caudill spent more than twenty years as a computer scientist, fifteen of those as a researcher in artificial intelligence and neural networks. She was a program manager and Artificial Intelligence researcher working on such advanced projects as DARPA (“High Performance Knowledge Base” program) and ARDA (“Advanced Question Answering for Intelligence” program).