What is Parapsychology?
To open this discussion, I’d like to ask a couple of questions:
* Have you ever had a dream that came true (precognition)?
* Ever felt that there was a “presence” around you or a certain place?
* Had an out-of-body experience (an OBE)?
* Known what someone else was thinking (telepathy)?
* Felt that you could affect physical objects by thinking (psychokinesis-PK)?
* Believed that you have known someone in a previous lifetime (reincarnation)?
These are quite common occurrences for some folks, while others may have only had one experience, either of which can cause everything from fascination to terror. Skeptics, of course, say it’s all our imagination and that we shouldn’t buy in to the notion that they are real experiences. As you’ll quickly find, I am certainly NO skeptic, since I have experienced all these many times myself and have counseled countless others who have done the same.
First, let’s deal with some basic terms commonly used in the fields of Parapsychology and Transpersonal Psychology. We’ll also differentiate between these two fields and what I call “Western Psychology”. Not everyone will agree with the latter explanations, but this is my website, so I’ll call ‘em like I see ‘em.
TELEPATHY: the ability to know what is going on in the mind of another, whether animal or human; direct mind-to-mind communication, without any type of language except perhaps visual. For some, this is absolutely the most terrifying possibility–that someone might be able to “read their minds”. But this ability has been proven countless times under the strictest of scientific controls. Only the most closed-minded skeptics will refuse to look at the voluminous evidence from around the world. Later, I’ll even explain to you how to conduct your own experiments in this to prove it to yourself.
CLAIRVOYANCE: “clear seeing”; the ability to see what is occurring at a distance, without recourse to external instruments or another “mind”. This, too, has been proven in no uncertain terms in countless ways. The ability has been well-documented in historical writings all over the world. This type of experiment you can even do by yourself, taking precautions so as not to fool yourself.
PRECOGNITION: “knowing before”; the most common form of psi (psychic phenomena) manifesting as dreams which come true; sometimes just a “hunch” or “feeling” that “something is going to happen” (though usually more specific than that); usually, but not always, very specific in details; knowing what comes next, or “been here done this” is a form of (deja vu-already seen, similar but not the same as precognition).
PSYCHOKINESIS: (archaic term, telekinesis) also known as PK; the classic “mind over matter”; from as “simple” as controlling your own bodily functions to affecting objects by concentrating on them to controlling the weather or people’s actions. (sometimes these categories overlap and even merge). Again proven repeatedly for decades, clearly filmed and extensively documented.
HAUNTING/GHOSTS/SPIRITS: an experience of a non-physical entity with human qualities; several different types I’ll explain later; some hauntings/ghosts are only connected to a place/building/location; sometimes associated with specific persons; different from but similar to poltergeist.
POLTERGEIST: “playful spirit”; usually associated with playful/destructive behavior such as throwing things, turning on/off electrical devices, moving/replacing objects, making sounds; now theorized to be associated with either emotionally disturbed adolescents or adults experiencing temporary seizures when others are not present to observe.
In traditional spiritual teachings, certain powers and abilities (as I call them) will be developed as one advances in their spiritual awakening, but are seen as traps to be avoided. In modern thought, these things are to be sought in and of themselves and are the “cool” thing to be able to do. However, I tend to lean towards the more traditional thinking and feel it is certainly a misuse of one’s powers to simply change traffic lights for one’s convenience or create a parking space with powers of mind. These abilities, in the traditional view, become ego-traps where we become ensnared by the “look at what I can do!” mentality. I’ve often illustrated this preferred way of thinking to this: a man who can walk on water would find it more socially convenient to take a boat.
So….what is YOUR interest and experience with the field of the “paranormal”? Quite often, people have come to me to help them understand some spontaneous experience they have had, such as an OBE/NDE (near-death experience) and have found no one to talk with to help them understand it. (and to reassure them that they are NOT crazy (most of the time).
If you have had events in your life you can not make sense of and want to share them, please post as much as you are comfortable with sharing in a public forum (strictly moderated). State as many facts as best you can recall, leave out personal names, dates and locales as warranted to keep out unwanted notoriety. If you wish to include personal details and such, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, many times I have found that folks have simply been mis-interpreting events in their lives or are far too eager to be considered “special” because they claim to have “been visited” or “haunted”. Yes, sometimes our own minds have a way of seeing/hearing what we WANT to see/hear, so maybe bouncing our experience off of some knowledgeable, neutral party (me) can help us understand more accurately what we saw/heard. I certainly don’t claim to have all the answers, but I do have many decades of experience and academic study in this field, helping countless folks in the process. Let me know what’s on YOUR mind. (don’t make me come get it) ;-p
Still Catching Colds???? WHY???
On this part of the site, I’ll be discussing many different things regarding our health and healing which may simply seem outrageous to some of you. So be it, don’t believe anything I write here–keep catching colds, taking OTC drugs, playing “woe is me”. However, if you’d like to start taking control of your own health and well-being, give some of these suggestions a try and prove them for yourself!
I will NEVER post anything here that I do not believe to be 100% TRUE to the best of my knowledge and experience. Of course, your mileage may vary, as we each have our own unique set of circumstances and challenges. The MAIN thing you have to do is change your thinking; after that, you will probably have to critically examine your lifestyle to see how you are sabotaging your own health.
We are ALL addicted to many things: our beliefs, caffeine, relationships, occupations, world-view, concepts of reality, etc. Gets pretty deep pretty quick, doesn’t it? It will get worse, but if you truly want to start taking charge, you’re going to have to grab the reins of your runaway mind stuff.
Some of the simplest things are quite often the most powerful. As an analogy, two of the most powerful forces on this planet are air and water, yet you cannot hold either in your hand. Likewise, the most basic elements of your “self” are your body and your mind, yet most folks have precious little, if any, control over either one (especially the second, we’ll work on that a lot). But let’s start with something relatively simple.
First of all, if you ask most people what time of the year we catch more colds, the almost universal answer you will get is “winter”. But let’s analyze this. Most will state the usual things they’ve been taught regarding this, and the beliefs are quite logical. People catch more colds in the winter because: we’re all indoors more and more exposed to each others “germs”; we go from hot to cold several times a day; we don’t get as much sun; we’re not as active outdoors; we get our feet/head/etc. cold repeatedly; etc, ad nauseum. I say that because practically none of it is true!!! Yes, we do spend more time indoors in winter, yes, we don’t get as much sun, etc., but this is NOT why we get “sick” more often!
Part of the reason we get sick more is because of clinging to all the foregoing myths, but I’ll give you something even more BASIC than your beliefs–HUMIDITY! Or more accurately, the lack of same. What happens when you have to breathe in dry air at any temperature? You dry out your nostrils and sinuses, right? What happens when these mucous membranes dry out? They get irritated and start shrinking/cracking, right? Are you with me so far? Good! Now let’s look at solutions to this simple problem.
Add moisture to the air!! Yes, it’s JUST THAT SIMPLE!! (well, almost). I can tell you exactly when the humidity in my living environment goes below 40%–my throat and sinuses start getting dried out and irritated. In my little house, I can solve this by simply putting a large pot of water on my stove and letting the water just get hot enough to see it evaporating, then adjusting as necessary. For those of you with electric heat (an abomination), wood stoves and gas heat, you will have an even stiffer challenge to add humidity (though many furnaces actually have a humidifier attachment). Depending on the type of fireplace/woodstove you have, you might just be able to put that pot of water on the top.
Logically, you should humidify your whole living space if possible. If this does not work for whatever reason, consider getting a humidifier for each sleeping space, since that’s where we spend so much time resting and rejuvenating our bodies and minds. When I lived off the power grid for a couple of years, I’d hang wet towels and/or sheets around in the cabin–it helped enormously.
A couple more simple things you can do are: drink plenty of water (yes, any beverage can replace bodily fluids, but things such as coffee and colas do other things to counter-act the effect); keep mouth-watering lozenges/coughdrops in your mouth; use moisturizing lotions on your skin; stop taking long hot showers; use moisturizing soaps such as Dove to protect skin.
I know that all these things I’ve suggested are quite simple, but how many of you DO them on a regular basis? Sometimes, we know WHAT we are supposed to do to make our lives work better (don’t stress; get exercise; watch diet; etc), but we also too often simply DON’T DO them! Right? So try to keep your eyes open, your mind clear, and your heart strong–you’re going to need it!!!
Later: more on how to do the most difficult part: controlling the mind-stuff!
One of the first tasks you must undertake in preparedness activities is analyzing the most likely challenges you will face. While surprises always happen, some threats are so remote that you’d probably never even consider them. BUT…you must always look at the bigger picture.
For example, where I once built a house here in the low mountains of North Carolina, flooding of my home was one of the most remote possibilities. I lived about 500 feet above a major river in the area and about 1 lateral mile from it. To get flooded there meant that the Great Flood II had struck. Not likely.
BUT… once we were hit by the remnants of a hurricane, which dumped very heavy rain suddenly in the area and high winds were doing substantial damage. I tried to leave (not knowing how bad it REALLY was out there) and had to turn back because the small bridge across a small lazy stream had washed out and was my only access to major roads. That bridge had withstood many “normal” floods, but this one was more than it could handle (like a LOT of bridges in the area). Many folks could not leave their own homes for many days! Power was also out.
So….here you are, stuck in your own home, can’t travel to get supplies or assistance of any kind, no power for days, possible damage to your home letting in the rain and wind….what do you DO???? (see how easy it is to get in over your head by circumstances you never considered?)
So let’s start with the basics: food and water. We’ll deal with foreseen events that you can see coming, such as hurricanes and blizzards, and unforeseen events such as earthquakes. REMEMBER THIS!!!: EARTHQUAKES CAN STRIKE ANYWHERE!!! Don’t ever feel your location is immune to them!
Now for water: you’ve probably read or heard that you should have enough water stored so that each person can have 1 gallon (4 liters) of water per day. That’s a lot of water for a family of four for a week: 28 gallons (and that’s just a survival level). Never forget: water is HEAVY! If you’re storing large quantities in a small space, make sure the flooring/shelving is strong enough to support it.
Also, there’s the problem of safe storage. Keep your water in a cool, protected place so that it’s not in the sun nor in a place where it will freeze (if indoors, we’ll deal with outdoor reservoirs later). Examine your situation with your personal water supply NOW! Is it chlorinated/treated for bacteria? If so, you usually don’t need to do anything else except fill your containers and store them properly. Most municipal supplies around the world are so chemically treated that it’s hard to drink sometimes. In this situation this can be a plus.
For those who have wells and springs, you need to test your bacterial levels. You can buy kits to do so or take the cheap route and simply put some in a closed container in a warm place (NOW you can put them in the sun). See if the water becomes cloudy, smells different, or starts growing strange life-forms. If so, you need to add a few drops of unscented bleach to each gallon. I’ve put water away untreated from our well for up to 2 years and it tasted fine. But DON’T TAKE CHANCES!! Your very life and the lives of your loved ones are too important to quibble about the taste/aesthetics of chlorinated water.
Milk jugs are one of the most immediate things many folks think of for storing water. There’s one big problem: in the U.S., at least, milk jugs are biodegradable. That means that they are made to break down after time. Therefore, they will start leaking in a few months to a year. So you might not have as much water stored as you think you do when you go to use them. Plus, their leakage may cause serious damage to your storage area. Keep them where their potential leaking won’t do any damage.
Another possibility for free storage containers is soft drink bottles or any plastic bottles designed to hold liquids for extended periods. (what about leaching chemicals? We won’t deal with that right now). 2 and 3 liter bottles are great for storing and they have other uses. They’re a good size that even children can handle them and they’re strong. These containers you CAN store in a place that freezes, would you believe???? Yes, you can. I’ve had 3 containers of water in my car for decades (the SAME ones), and they’ve never leaked even though they freeze repeatedly in the winter. The secret?? Just squeeze the sides in a little when filling and leave a little air gap at the top. That way, when they freeze and expand, there’s extra room for them to do so without breaking the container. I even keep a couple in my refrigerator freezer to keep it as full as possible (so it freezes more efficiently, and to keep it frozen longer when power outages strike).
I have also used the plastic bags which are in boxed wines as storage containers (never said I was a wine connoisseur). These have the added advantages of being flexible, strong, have a spout and have a long life. I’ve kept one of these in my car trunk (sliding around) for many years. Since the bags are flexible, they can be stored/carried/used in many ways rigid containers cannot.
Many people today (for some stupid reason) buy vast quantities of bottled water. While this is easy and convenient, it has drawbacks. First is the cost (water is free or practically so almost everywhere); the impact on the environment (both in production and disposal); most folks buy large numbers of packaged small bottles (ridiculous for cost, storage, waste, etc). BUY A FILTER IF YOUR DOMESTIC WATER IS SO BAD!! Buy a few good quality water bottles and refill them if you really need to carry some with you. (how did we get sucked in to this phony scam??? We’ll discuss this in “Social Activism”).
Now, for the flip side of this rant: buy some bottled water! No, I’m serious!! But make it the 2.5 gallon (in the U.S.) which have a handle and a spigot. In my seminars, I recommend that you get one for each sink. When water is off, just put the container on the edge of the sink and use normally. When the water gets low, cut a triangular hole in the top (so it sort of self-closes) and refill with your safely stored water. The plastic wine bags can be used the same way. Put a book(s) or bag of beans on the bag to add water pressure. This Works!! I’ve done all these things for decades and it’s very convenient.
For campers and outdoors people, you probably already have 5-7 gallon water containers with a convenient carrying handle, an easy-fill opening, and a spigot. These you use exactly the same as the above.
Some folks already know that if there’s the potential for power outages (no water), to clean and fill your bathtub before hurricanes, blizzards, etc. Unfortunately, many homes today do not HAVE bathtubs, only showers. So, what to do?? If you have a clothes washer in your home, fill it before the threatening event. It’s much harder to dip out of and doesn’t hold as much, but usually is close to the toilet, so can be used for flushing (we’ll deal with the specifics of sanitation in a later post–much information on that).
So much for “simply” storing water. In other posts, we’ll deal with locating sources, transport, sterilization and creating your own reservoirs. Please contact me with further questions or comments.
Preparedness–Some Basic Survival Supplies
April 21, 2011
When you think of “disasters”, what comes to mind: hurricanes, floods, forest fires, tornadoes, earthquakes, financial collapse, war? Your answer(s) depend largely on where you live, your past experiences and your personal beliefs. However, your expectations regarding a specific disaster may not take into consideration several factors of which you may not be aware.
For example, I live in the low mountains in Western North Carolina, U.S.. While earthquakes are one of the more likely events to cause us CATASTROPHIC disruption here, most residents are not aware of that fact. We CAN however, imagine something which most non-residents would think us not likely to be subjected to: hurricanes. We’re hundreds of miles from any coast, yet several hurricanes in the last 20 years have caused extensive flood and storm damage, even spawning some wind damage believed to be tornadic rather than straight line winds (as if it makes a whole lot of difference), something thought not possible in such mountainous terrain.
Another question to ask: when you think of being “prepared”, what are your first thoughts? Most people think: food, water, shelter, heat, safety, light, communications, etc. Again, what you focus on first is greatly influenced by your past experiences, present circumstances, finances, available resources, etc. In most situations, shelter should be the first priority. Think about it, even if you have tons of food, live by a body of potable water, generate your own power, etc, you could still die of hypothermia OR hyperthermia if you’re not sheltered from the elements! And in many cases, your shelter may be nothing more than a very inexpensive survival blanket small enough to fit in your pocket or purse. Just something to keep moisture and wind off your body (even in moderate temperatures) or to protect you from the harsh rays of the sun.
And here’s a simple little fact to encourage you to take action NOW! For as little as $5 you might save your own life (in more ways than one–explanations later); for as little as $20, you can add a degree of safety and reassurance for yourself and your family/group. Around $100 will bring you even more comfort, physical and psychological strength and connection with others. This part of the website will eventually include EVERYTHING I teach in my 4 hour seminar on Disaster Preparedness. Only members, however, will have access to ALL this treasure-trove of information.
In the meantime, check out the websites for the Red Cross, FEMA, and other related public and private sites, they have extensive information and have downloadable checklists which are quite handy to get you moving and keep you focused on your immediate needs. More next time. Be well. B.
What are the differences and similarities (compare and contrast) between: philosophy, religion, spirituality, and psychology? Can you take a course in the “Philosophy of Religion”? How about ” Psychology and Spirituality”? Should politics be thrown into the mix, or would that only make the whole endeavor unpalatable?
The answers to these sorts of questions are numerous and sometimes quite confusing, but many folks attempt them all the same.
In this section, I’d like to kick around a lot ideas, ask a lot of questions, attempt some answers, and generally get folks to thinking about what most of us consider one of the most important subjects in our lives. And let’s fire up the grill for some of them “sacred cows”. ; 0
April 21, 2011
What is your definition of “psychology”? Now add the modifier of “transpersonal” and what do you come up with? The way I usually describe it is this: if you tell a “regular” psychologist that you’ve been hearing voices, what is the usual response? Of course, the answer is “schizoid”. However, if you tell ME that you’ve been hearing voices, my response will be, “is it male of female, more than one, do they try to control you or direct you to harm yourself or others?” Big difference. The first response assumes auditory hallucination; the second that you had a valid experience that we need to analyze. Why such a huge variance in responses? Let’s start with basics.
One of the ways in which I point out the differences between the types of “psychology” is to look at the “world-view” of the various systems. In this forum, we’ll primarily be using two large categories: “Western Psychology” and more “Holistic Psychology” (aka, Transpersonal Psych). When first introduced to the term, most folks have no clue what “western” means. (a couple of my Psych students actually thought I referred to the type of psych practiced on the west coast of the U.S.; Calif., Oregon, and Wash.) The distinction between the two boils down to two components. First is the almost totally “Eurocentric” view of the universe. In other words, beliefs and attitudes primarily influenced by Europeans and their former colonies–U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc. and their Judeo-Christian world-view.This is in great contrast to the more holistic, tribal world-views of most of the planet, from the dozens of groups of Aborigines in Australia to the hundreds of “tribes” in existence in North America (despite the European invaders desire to erase them from existence). One concept can pretty well account for the glaring, radical difference between the two: spirit.
In a study of Psychology as presented in most textbooks, it seems that the idea of spirit is anathema to the “rational” and scientific approach to studying and understanding the human mind. As I see it, spirit is where more “holistic” psychology starts. So what IS the definition of “psychology”?????
More on that next time. B.
In this post, I’ll be sharing some of the documents relating to my promotions from 1966 to 2009. Also, there’s a copy of my Letter of Commendation (a rarely seen document–they’re rare) from Grandmaster Hwang Kee, founder of TangSooDo/SooBakDo Moo Duk Kwan. You will see both TSD and SBD in English and Korean in the documents.
There are also shots of my Black Belt ring. In the old days, Dan members were presented with a pure silver MDK ring. Each one had your Dan # on one side and your initials on the other with the MDK logo on the top. Mine was worn for several years, so it has been worn down quite a bit (I stopped wearing it).
Welcome to the Martial Arts portion of my website. Here, you will find not only info on my core style, Tang Soo Do (Soo Bak Do), but several other arts as well. Also you will find the ONLY source for all the historic records I possess: letters, articles, certificates and photos going back to the 1960′s. After the initial offering of special prices for Charter Memberships is closed, these materials will ONLY be available to those folks who invest in a Charter Membership.