The Minds Abilities Extend Beyond Its Comprehension.
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Unexplained abilities like ESP have been reported by thousands of people and many of these reports have been substantiated through careful research. The mind has abilities that it cannot completely understand. Though physical science can’t completely explain these phenomena, they can not be ignored altogether. Hypnotism, for example is common place in some treatments used by trained medical professionals, yet can’t be completely explained on a physical level. Reports of ESP, clairvoyance, and levitation date back centuries, and are continuing to surface today. Many of these instances have been investigated and have been found to be astonishingly convincing. I know that there are those that would argue that these abilities don’t exist. Scientist will argue that there isn’t enough scientific data available to come to a conclusion on the matter. Argue what you want, but the bottom line is that known functions of the mind can’t be fully explained. So why then, is it so unbelievable that the mind is capable of more than what is known, or understood? Furthermore, there have been many studies performed that present evidence that some sort of unexplained event is taking place. The idea of a true clairvoyant may be farfetched, but some phenomena of the mind present an inexcusable argument.
One such phenomenon is the ability of the mind to be hypnotized and then essentially access another level of consciousness. Hypnotism is pretty much accepted by the scientific community, there is no debate on its existence, but how it works exactly, has yet to be determined. Hypnotism has often been utilized in the treatment of psychiatric patients. Many case studies have been documented, and have revealed unfathomable results, as to the accuracy of the smallest details about events recalled from ones past, while hypnotized. The subconscious mind theoretically stores every experience of each of your senses from the time of its development in the womb, and hypnotism provides access to that portion of the mind. This may seem hard to believe, and has yet to be completely explained, but is backed by thousands of documented case studies. A man, while hypnotized, recalled the names, eye color, and the attire of every guest present, at his fifth birthday party. Most of these recollections were substantiated, through contact with many of the listed party goers. A couple of photographs of the event were discovered in the process as well. All of the facts that could be established matched the man’s recollection (Fuller 42). This puts to rest any doubt in my mind that the mind can’t achieve things that I don’t fully understand. I suppose in a way, just thinking, and reasoning, is kind of a phenomenon, with in itself.
Extrasensory perception (ESP) refers to the ability of the mind to actually share thoughts or feelings with someone else, who may be very distant. ESP may seem even more unimaginable than hypnosis, though many accounts have been documented, that would suggest the existence of a sixth sense or ESP. This suggests that the mind has some sort of an ability to connect to the minds of others. In most cases the experience is shared between two people who are very close to one another. Many of the best documented cases have involved twins. Many, if not most, twins have reported some sort of experience that would require or at least suggest the presence of an unexplained connection between them. For example, twin sisters who live in different countries buying the same thing at the same store at the same time. I suppose that could be a coincidence, but what about actually feeling each other’s pain. Many twins have reported feeling pain that the other is experiencing; this can’t be discarded as a coincidence quite as easily. There is no real scientific proof of the existence of ESP, but the fact that there are thousands of reports of it on record has to be considered. If it doesn’t exist then we have a completely different kind of phenomenon on our hands. If all of these people that are having these similar experiences are just hallucinating then the set of coincidences that arise are even more unbelievable. Let’s say that a man, who is a thousand miles away from his twin, feels his twins’ pain when he breaks his arm in an accident, then immediately calls and discovers what has happened. If this man was only hallucinating, why did he feel pain at that same moment, and why did he decide to call at that moment. The equation actually makes less sense if there isn’t some sort of connection or ESP between the two.
Clairvoyance, is an even more controversial ability that suggests that a person can foretell the future or see events happen, but not be present when or where they take place. This basically requires that the mind be connected in some way with all of its surroundings. Clairvoyants are taken seriously enough, to be used by some law enforcement agencies and have been for quite some time. Yet, they are still, not quite accepted by the scientific community. Or perhaps since the physics of the event can’t be explained by scientific facts, it is regarded as an anomaly. Clairvoyance just like ESP is on that line between fact and fiction. Many reports of it are on record and many convincing studies have been documented. Gerard Croiset was a gifted clairvoyant who participated in an experiment conducted by Professor Tenhaeff of the Dutch Society for Psychical Research. Croiset would be taken to a theater, or similar surrounding and a chair number would be selected completely at random by an uninvolved third party. Croiset then predicted who would sit in the chair within the timeframes ranging from one hour to the next twenty-six days. The descriptions given were exact and amazingly detailed. Sometimes characteristics of that persons personality and even emotional problems that person was experiencing, were given. Sometimes, the subject's past was described. Other times, things about their future were predicted. Croiset repeated these experiments several hundred times in front of scientists in five European nations (ESP Researchers). In my opinion, this type of experiment has to give some credibility to clairvoyance, or whatever you call it. It seems impossible for all of this information to be guessed accurately, even once, let alone over and over again. If guessing were even a possibility, the probability would be impossible to configure. If a man was lucky enough to guess what a person would look like and be like, who would at a certain point sit in a certain seat in a theater, it would be indescribable. Then remember; that is exactly what Croiset was reported to have done over and over again.
Levitation is an even more outlandish ability that is claimed to have been achieved. In the books Transformation by Whitley Strieber, and Principle Philosophy by Stuart Wilde levitation is claimed to have been achieved. “Wilde” discusses how one can achieve this as well as many other abilities, through consistent discipline and conditioning of the mind. He connects outer body experiences to the ability to levitate, not necessarily the ability to move material objects with your mind, though theoretically he believes this is possible too. “Strieber” also accounts that he has developed an ability to basically remain conscious while asleep, and leave his body. As strange as this may sound he has made his presence known to people he visited during these experiences. On several occasions he received calls about the visits, and was amazed to find that the person he visited had actually seen a glimpse of his image and felt as if there was a presence near them. They could not communicate directly, but he could see their activities and at times make his presence known to them. Honestly, this even seems a little to sci-fi for me to believe, but it is another documented case, presented by a seemingly intelligent, and sane person. According to the book he had help by a Dr. John Gliedman with authenticating and documenting some of his studies. Several other publications are available by this author, which provide more detail on the subject.
Levitation has also been described as the ability to move objects with the mind, the lack of evidence is a real limitation in this case, but doesn’t rule it out. Stuart Wilde mentions that he believes it is possible in the book “Affirmations”. I read this book a long time ago and can’t properly cite it, because I don’t have it anymore, and can’t find the information online. I do however remember it well, and have read other books and articles written by him. His ideas and techniques are controversial, but he is consulted consistently by other professionals, and is revered as one of the leading experts in parapsychology. If levitation in this regard is possible, the implications are almost disturbing. This would mean that a person could actually manipulate matter with their mind. Due to the lack of physical, and circumstantial evidence I have to argue with myself on this issue, but it does make for a good argument. The idea of its possibility is seen throughout all cultures, but is usually seen as impossible. In that, I mean you see it in myths and stories, but it isn’t really believed to be possible.
If you believe in supernatural possibilities, and seek to understand their origin, you may find yourself on a journey through the history of mankind that leads you into to the present and on to the future. It may sound like a fairytale, as did the idea of visiting the moon 100 years ago, but the evidence is there. I’ve never looked through the eyepiece of an electron microscope, and actually seen an atom, but I have no argument over the possibility of doing so. There is a vast difference between these two possibilities, but I believe there are similarities as well. From my perspective, everything that happens in the universe has a chemical and physical aspect to it. As a campfire burns, you have wood through the application of heat; becoming smoke, ash, sound waves, heat energy, light energy, and possibly other chemical changes taking place. I believe that if enough were understood about physics, it would be conceivable to contain that smoke, ash, heat and light energy, etc. and recreate that piece of wood. This may seem unrelated, but is really just a symbol of my belief on the possibilities that arise through understanding the chemical and physical aspects of the brain. Keep an open mind and never underestimate possibilities.
In conclusion, I believe that the human mind is capable of much more than many people acknowledge. I believe that ESP, clairvoyance, and even levitation are possible abilities that some people posses. Maybe, these abilities can be developed through some sort of training and discipline. Though these abilities may reside somewhere in the paranormal, they are far too prevalent and consistent in our history and in the present, to be ignored. The argument would be that there is little physical evidence that explains how these phenomena could occur. Many people might argue that these abilities are simply coincidences, and nothing more. What they fail to realize is that the probability of these phenomena being merely coincidental is even more astronomical, and raises even more questions. The human mind is so complex, that it is remarkable, regardless of how you view it. Weather you examine its ability to learn, reason, calculate, react, and develop into an individual’s psyche, or you look at the less obvious abilities it may be capable of, you might be amazed by what you discover. I also believe that these abilities are connected to some sort of physical event that science has yet to comprehend. There is room for much debate on the issue, the lack of explainable physical evidence gives cause for doubt, but the mere numbers of unexplainable events are undeniable. Weather you believe in any of these possibilities or not, you must admit that science at this point, can’t completely explain how the brain works, so the fact is that the mind’s abilities, do extend beyond its ability to comprehend them.