Behind closed doors in science, business, and academia, clandestine meetings are taking place. A large university has problems with its computers. Normal troubleshooting procedures don't solve the problem. A person considered to possess extrasensory perception, usually referred to as a "psychic," is called in. She intuitively locates a break in a sealed cable where one was neither seen nor suspect. In another case a doctor sends samples of blood, hair and saliva to an intuitive for help in diagnosing a patient's illness.
Professionals generally take great care not to discuss these developments in public. They do not want to be ridiculed. So why do they do it? Because, in many cases, it works. Out of the sight of the public, intuitives are being hired by topnotch companies to do all sorts of things, such as locating geological faults in the earth to help predict earthquakes, helping to diagnose illness for physicians, financial forecasting, and assisting corporate managers make business decisions, for instance. The cutting edge of science is moving ever closer toward matters of the mind and subjective experience, as seen in such areas as field mechanics and quantum physics. Researchers are probing possibilities and realities that, in an earlier era, would have fit better in the National Enquirer than a scientific journal. Science is edging closer to Einstein's unified field theory and a world that is increasingly being seen as made of consciousness rather than matter.
A revolution is afoot in the scientific world concerning subtle energies which seem to take two different paths -- and meet in the middle. The first is represented by a large number of people who are beginning to recognize the value of intuition in their everyday lives and who actually use intuitives. This is what could be called the working path. On the other path, the path of knowledge, are scientists in active research and investigation on the leading edge of science, including fields like chaos theory, field theory, and the aforementioned quantum physics. Many of these leading edge fields are finding themselves forced to include consciousness and its interaction with the world.
An example of the working path is Raymond Worring, director of the Investigative Research Field Station in Helena, Montana. Worring, co-author of Psychic Criminology, has spent thirty years developing an extensive body of knowledge on using intuitives for practical purposes. He's worked with several hundred psychics from all walks of life on murder investigations, finding missing persons and assisting in archaeological investigations. Worring and co-author/researcher Whitney Hibbard, have worked extensively with George McMullen, one of the foremost intuitives operating today. McMullen, author of One White Crow, Red Snake, Running Bear and Two Faces, has worked on Native American archaeological sites in North American and Canada. McMullen joined forces with the late Canadian archaeologist and anthropologist Dr. Norman Emerson from the University of Toronto. He assisted Emerson in revealing the location of ancient Iroquois and Huron villages, including the remains of long houses, the post-hole indications of palisade fortifications and ancient burial sites. Dr. Emerson risked his reputation by endorsing intuitives in Archaeology and Anthropology. He wrote in a paper to the Canadian Archaeological Association, "By means of the intuitive and parapsychological a whole new vista of man and his past stands ready to be grasped. As an anthropologist and as an archaeologist trained in these fields, it makes sense to me to seize the opportunity to pursue and study the data thus provided." Since starting with Dr. Emerson, McMullen has put his archaeological skills to use at sites around the world, including Ecuador, Israel, Egypt and many sites in the United States. One trip to Egypt with Hugh Lynn Cayce was made to try to confirm Edgar Cayce's readings indicating the existance of a "Hall of Records" on the Giza plateau. Some of the information that McMullen told them was that "the Sphinx had a crown on it at one time and that they would find the hall of records where the crown of the sphinks made a shadow at sunrise on the ground."
Worring and Hibbard also have worked with McMullen in the area of criminology, in conjunction with several law enforcement agencies. McMullen's skills were applied to murder investigations and missing persons. Worring and Hibbard's research with McMullen and many other intuitives led to the publication of Psychic Criminology, a training manual for the use of intuitives in law enforcement. A private detective in St. Louis, Missouri, Rich Brennen, explains the pragmatic value of intuition, "I use psychics, the pendulum, and remote viewers as tools of my profession. It is just like any other investigative tool, like computer databases and video surveillance..." Worring and Hibbard also collaborated with intuitive Francis Farrelly on criminal and archaeological cases and specifically for developing intuition as an investigative technique for private detectives. Farrelly's long career has included using intuition in criminology, medicine, computer troubleshooting, archaeology, and stock market predictions. She worked as an agricultural consultant in using radionics, the controversial technique developed by Dr. Albert Abrams which utilizes the radiations specific to individual organisms, to effectively curb Spruce Bud Worm infestations. Another psychic who is drawing considerable attention is Annette Martin, the 'radio psychic' from the San Francisco Bay area, whose intuitive work includes diagnosing disease and conducting psychic hearings, assisting in criminal investigations, "ghost busting," and consulting with corporations, such as Hughes Aircraft and Sun Microsystems. She also trains psychics at her Institute of Intuitive Research in Campbell, California. Both the Discovery and History television cable channels will air documentaries about her in 1998.
While some intutitives use their abilities in a variety of ways, some excel in specific areas. Some psychics will specialize on one type of victim, such as dead bodies, or drowning victims, missing persons, or missing animals, for instance. While other intuitives, such as Uri Geller, Ingo Swann, and Ron Warmouth, seem to have wide ranges of skills, they excel when they use their talents for prospecting oil and precious metals. Geller runs a business that also consults with engineers and geologists from mineral prospeciting. Beverly Jaegers and her group, US Psi Squad based in St. Louis, Missouri, work extensively in criminology and missing persons. Jaegers is also conducting trainings in Remote Viewing and developing psychic abilities. Her group currently is building a formal network of Detectives/Police/Psychics to work together in crime solving.
Despite the fact that these non-verifiable phenomena are largely unacceptable to mainstream science, more and more professionals from many fields are seeking the help of intuitives. Attorneys use intuitives in negotiations, high-level executives turn to them for help in management and decision-making, financial forecasting, and detecting problematic situations before they arise. Not only are professionals working with intuitives but many are pursuing training for themselves in order to enhance their own intuitional capabilities.
The use of intuitives still is highly controversial. Many professionals will only use psychics as a last resort, while keeping it a secret if possible. Many psychics also desire confidentiality as a result of harassment they've experienced. One conservative group has printed pictures of psychics on posters alongside neo-Nazi propaganda, labeling them "devil worshipers." Annette Martin says that although negative responses in her case are low she nevertheless tries to "keep a fairly low profile with police work;" this helps to gain agencies' confidence in her work and provides a buffer of protection from extreme opponents. As an added complication, organizations have had to learn to be careful about utilizing psychics whose main, or only interest is publicity.
When intuitives are called in, they are often not acknowledged for their help, especially if they are working in tandem with other, more acceptable procedures. While collecting information for this article, most psychics and investigators that I contacted would not divulge specific names and circumstances due to "restrictions of confidentiality." The police chiefs, administrators and doctors that they had worked with would find their jobs at risk if it were generally known they had utilized these valuable resources, in spite of the sometimes remarkable results that were obtained. On one case the a practitioner was arrested when his results were to successful and threatened the structure of the system.
The U.S. government's documented use of intuitives in the area of remote viewing has helped considerably to bring intuition more into the mainstream. There are many opportunities to learn the various methods of Remote Viewing; in addition to Bev Jaegers group, there are also Ingo Swann, Lyn Buchannon, Major Ed Dames, Uri Geller, Angela Thompson and the Monroe Institute to name a few different groups each teaching their own versions of RV. The popularity of remote viewing, with its structured protocols, may be one indication of greater acceptance of "psi-phenomena." Virtually all of the world's cultures -- with the notable exception of Western industrial civilization -- have held these extrasensory channels of information in high regard and have spent much time accessing states of consciousness which facilitate the intuitive process. New scientific discoveries in the human psyche and body are revealing that a high degree of correlation exists between states of consciousness and the experience of reality, something many non technological cultures simply took for granted. This leads us to the path of knowledge which is drawing close to the realms of intuitive, subjective experience.
Research into hypnogogia, the state of consciousness between waking and sleep that each of us experiences every day, is shedding light on the intuitional process. Andreas Mavromatis, in his book Hypnogogia, states that intuitional experiences are only distinguishable from hypnogogia "by the subject's set of beliefs and the setting in which the experiences take place." Many scientists might be surprised to learn how often the intuitional process contributes to scientific insights. This similarity is illustrated by Thomas Edison's use of catnaps. When Edison reached a creative impasses he often would take a nap, if only for a few moments, and often would have a creative insight relevant to his talk at hand. An example of the intuitional scientific insight is Kekule von Stradonitz's discovery of the ring of the benzene molecule.
I was sitting, writing at my text-book,, but the work did not progress; my thoughts were elsewhere. I turned my chair to the fire and dozed Again the atoms were gamboling before my eyes. this time the smaller groups kept modestly in the background My mental eyes, rendered more acute by repeated visions of the kind, could now distinguish larger structures, of manifold conformation: long rows, sometimes more closely fitted together,- all twining and twisting in snake-like motion. But look! What was that? One of the snakes had seized hold of its own tail, and the form whirled mockingly before my eyes. As if by a flash of lightning I awoke; and this time also I spent the rest of the night working out the consequences of the hypothesis. (Pg. 192, Hypnogogia, by Andreas Mavromatis)
On the physical level, researchers recently have discovered cells in the brain containing magnetite, indicating an ability to sense energy fields. The proximity of these cells to the pituitary and pineal glands has led Richard Lawlor, author of Voices of the First Day, to propose that these glands may use information from earth's magnetic field to regulate the release of hormones in the human brain which directly control levels of conscious awareness. Other research is indicating the evidence of organic crystalline structures in the body, the rhodopsin molecules in the cone and rod cells of the retina are assembled in crystal-like plates.
The presence of these specialized organic structures within our bodies indicates an ability to interact with different kinds of energy fields that exist all around us in the atmosphere. Researchers exploring the frontiers of field theory such as neurochemist Glen Rein, at Stanford University, and the nuclear engineer Col. Thomas Bearden are revealing to the world the potentials of scalar fields, a phenomena that may shed some light on what information field intuitives may be accessing. Scalar refers to a quantity that has magnitude or size, but no motion. An example of a scalar quantity is pressure; the pressure of a gas has a value and we can measure it, but pressure doesn't include motion of that energy, it has no motion. When applied to field theory scalar refers to fields of potential, energy, and information that lie outside of the usual spectrum of electromagnetic energy. Although this can be confusing because scalar fields may be coupled with elecromagnetic phenomena. Glen Rein has said, "Scalar fields... are distance and time independent, (unlike electromagnetic fields..); they act at a distance; they can have negative energy; they even have the characteristic of being able to travel backwards in time!"
The highly controversial nature of these often undetectable fields is largely due to the difficulty of studying them. They exist, invisible and unseen, until triggered by some other form of energy, much like the holographic image appearing when a laser beam is applied to the photographic plate. Recognizing these scalar potentials around us in our environment may give validity to such theories as the Zero Point energy postulated to exist within all matter in the universe, or to Rupert Sheldrake's morphogenetic fields created by living species, or even Jung's collective unconscious. The fields themselves are still mysterious and difficult to understand, but their existence is apparent from their undeniable effects, such as those of the gravitational and magnetic fields, and some might even say the phenomena of psychic information. Toward the human experience of these fields, Glen Rein proposes a theory of "crystalline transduction" to explain the mechanism of action of scalar waves within biological systems. He proposed "that scalar energy is transduced into linear electromagnetic energy in the body by liquid crystals in the cell membrane and solid crystals found in the blood and biological tissues." These fields of information may be transmitting information by our very interaction with them. Understanding subtle energy fields and subjective states of consciousness is shedding some light on methods by which information is obtained outside rational or direct sensory processes. Science is beginning to understand better the subjective experience of the intuitive.
Science is ideas and ideas often originate in the same place for both the scientist and the psychic, in the medium of the higher mind, the quantum field, or higher consciousness, whatever term you wish to employ. Once an idea is obtained the rest is simply footwork -- clarifying, substantiating and exploring the possibilities. This is an essential process common to everyone, not just scientists or intuitives. Humankind is poised at the edge of a new millennium. One of the revolutionary benefits of developing a working understanding of these subtle energies in our lives lies in the transformation of our consensual belief systems regarding the structure of the world and our place in it. We may regard our world as the experimental physicist, Nick Herbert, proposes, "That all the stuff that physicists can explain is just a tiny amount of the real world... There's a lot of mind, at least as much as there is matter, and we just aren't aware of it." Humankind is now grappling with ideas and information traditionally given religious sanction, using them to forge a new vision of what it means to be alive and creative. When I talked with Annette Martin, she said, "You would be amazed at how many people really believe that there is something beyond themselves and this beautiful planet we live on."
copyright 2001 - Patrick Marsolek