Have you ever had an experience that could be classified as “paranormal”? Maybe you had a dream that later came true or perhaps you were dealing with a dilemma in your life and found that you later had a dream that provided clarity? Experiences of “knowing” things, such as a friend being pregnant, sensing who’s calling before you see the ID or knowing what song is coming on the radio next are known as psi.
The term ”Psi” was derived from the greek words for ‘mind and soul’ and was first coined by Robert Thouless and B.P. Wiesner, who introduced the term Psi in 1942, as a replacement for the term “paranormal.” They were hoping to remove some pre-existing biases the word ‘paranormal’ invokes.
And yet Psi Phenomena, and the discipline of Parapsychology remains outside the scope of conventional, generally accepted practices of the traditional scientific community. Providing evidence in the validity of the claims is the field’s main obstacle. Can traditional sciences interact and co-exist with metaphysical sciences? It seems that no matter how advanced traditional science becomes, no matter how many Nobel prizes are awarded, no matter how many new discoveries replace outdated theories, there still exists a void filled with events and questions that conventional science can not explain.
Perhaps that is exactly why psi and spirituality are so intertwined. Neither can be proven though heavy documentation encompasses both.
In December 2008, TIME Magazine ran an article called “The Science Behind Psychic Phenomena,” where M. J. Stephey interviewed Diane Hennacy Powell who authored a book exploring psi phenomena throughout history. Her book, “The ESP Enigma: The Scientific Case for Psychic Phenomena” addresses the premonitory dreams President Abraham Lincoln had about his imminent death, Albert Einstein‘s theories of the space-time continuum, and the continuing stigma surrounding the field of parapsychology. Just two examples of how our inventors and world shifters had psi related experiences. (Both men were notably spiritual as well).
Jeffrey Mishlove, Director of Intuition Network said psi experiences cover a wide range of paranormal events, some of which are remote-viewing, clairvoyance, ESP, telepathy, and near-death experience. Since there’s really no rational explanation to those experiences, it becomes logical to feel that somehow a higher power or consciousness must be involved in the process.
Yet the question remains: Why is the existing literature on psi phenomena routinely dismissed by the scientific community and virtually ignored within the academic community? As science journalist Jonah Lehrer says about research findings on psi phenomena, “They’ve been demonstrated dozens of times, often by reputable scientists … Why, then, do serious scientists dismiss the possibility of psi? Why do rational people assume that parapsychology is ludicrous? Because these exciting results have consistently failed the test of replication.”
Regardless if a psi experience happens once or twice, it undeniably happens. The lack of consistency may make the phenomenon harder to predict, study, or duplicate, but perhaps that is the beauty of the experience. It is a pure, mysterious glimpse into a realm we never knew existed within ourselves. And in the end, some of our most powerful forces remain unseen.
Have you had a psi related encounter? A symbolic dream that held a life solution? Do share!
You can also check out the Times article here.
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