I Was a Psychic Spy for the CIA, and I Found God – A True Story

in life •  5 months ago

This man right here told me he could kill me with his mind...

For twenty-four years, the U.S. government had a spy program that involved psychics.

And not just ordinary psychics, but often military veterans who were trained by the government to become psychics.

Fascinated by this, I decided to pitch my editors on a story on this fascinating chapter in American history:

Remote viewing.

The resulting article, one of the pieces I worked the hardest on, was killed and never published.

Why?

“It kind of sounds like you believe this,” my editor said.

“All I’m doing is reporting on what factually happened,” I replied.

One of my few regrets in my career is that this piece was never published. Now, thanks to Steemit, it’s time.

So welcome to post number two in my “killed and cut” series.

Enjoy, let me know your thoughts, and let me know if you’d like a second article explaining how you can try to “remote view” yourself.

Welcome to….

PSYCHIC BOOT CAMP
By Neil Strauss

“For ten years, I had the opportunity to sit in a dark room with my eyes shut and work for the CIA,” said Russell Targ over lunch at the Texas Station Casino. “I was a psychic spy for the CIA, and I found God.”

Mr. Targ is, by all appearances, a stereotypical nerd genius, with pants pulled past his belly-button, moplike gray curls, thick black-framed glasses, and a high, pinched voice. In the 1950’s, he made his reputation by helping to develop the laser. But in 1972, his life took a turn for the surreal when he and another physicist at the Stanford Research Institute, Hal Puthoff, found themselves with a contract from the CIA. For the next two decades, with additional support at various times from the DIA, NASA, Air Force, and Army Intelligence, Mr. Targ and Dr. Puthoff were at the forefront of one of the strangest chapters of the Cold War: psychic espionage. Teams of agents were trained and tasked at Stanford in a type of ESP known as remote viewing, in which, with pen, paper, and brain, they tuned into events taking place in locations and times outside ordinary sensory perception.

For a quarter century of American history, they performed such top-secret tasks as mentally penetrating Russian nuclear laboratories, checking on hostages in the American embassy in Tehran, and scouring the globe for secret terrorist camps. When asked after his presidency what had been the most unusual event of his term, Jimmy Carter said that it was when a psychic in the program found the location of a downed Russian spy plane in Zaire.

As he discussed the Congressmen and chiefs of staff who witnessed and even performed amazing feats of remote-viewing, Mr. Targ suddenly turned to me and asked, “Have you ever done any types of psychic things?”

I told him that I wasn’t sure.

“I can try to show you something psychic,” he responded. With that, he pushed my salad aside and put a notepad and a pen in front of me. “I have an object in my pocket,” he went on. “It’s not an ordinary kind of thing that you would find in your pocket. And what I’m inviting you to do is try and describe the shapes that come to mind. But don’t try and guess my object.”

I hesitated and tried to change the subject, but to no avail. “If you were going to draw a shape associated with this object, what would you draw?”

I drew an uneven circle and then began to describe an image it suggested: “It’s lustrous in parts.”

“What else comes to view?” he asked. “Is there anything else interesting that you can tell me about it?”

I free-associated, telling him whatever came to mind. “Parts are gray or black. It’s shiny. And maybe it’s rough on the outside.”

“You can write all that down,” he continued. ”Now why don’t you draw some more. Let it come to you. You can look into your immediate future, because I’m about to lay this in front of you..”

I put the pen to the paper and let it go. It traced a circle, but at the bottom right, for some reason, I sketched a little boot-shaped protrusion. I looked at it and apologized, ready for him to pull a wallet or pencil out of his pocket.

“Now, tell me, without naming the object, what is the overriding property?” he asked.

“Well, I feel like there’s something poking out, like protruding to one side. And I still feel like it’s lustrous in parts.”

“Well,” he said, “that’s all entirely correct. Would you like to see the object?”

“Wait. There’s one more thing I want to write down. I know I’m not supposed to name it, but the protrusion feels like a handle or something you hold onto, so maybe it’s a tool. I don’t know. Maybe I’m going too far.”

“You can write that down if you want to,” Mr. Targ said as he pulled an object out of his pocket, placing it next to my sketch. It matched it perfectly—in size, shape, and description. It was a magnifying glass in a black, round, rough-surfaced case with a little protruding handle that could be used to pull the shiny magnifying lens out.


My actual drawing next to Targ's hidden object.

My jaw dropped open, as did those of two others at the table. Maybe it was psychic ability, maybe it was chance, maybe it was stage magic. Either way, Targ seemed nonplussed. “I have a background of 30 years in physics,” he said. “So I wouldn’t be doing something that didn’t actually work.”

I laughed nervously. “The secret,” he continued, “is that there isn’t really any secret. It’s an ability we all have.”

Something strange is happening across this country: Ever since the government declassified portions of its remote-viewing program a few years ago, the psychics it trained (many of them with no prior experience in the paranormal) have been running loose, teaching ordinary civilians how to be psychic.

Remote viewing, they say, is not an esoteric knowledge only attainable by a few special adepts and genetic freaks.

Anyone can do it. They just need to know how. Many compare remote viewing to playing guitar: with proper teaching, just about any human being with hands can learn to play a few songs. But only someone born with a natural talent and aptitude for the instrument can become a master musician like Paco de Lucia or Jimi Hendrix.

So, for fees ranging from several hundred to several thousand dollars, military-trained psychics (even a former general) have been teaching their hard-won skills. And these classes are not attracting wackos, new-agers, fringe-huggers, and conspiracy nuts. They’re attracting CEOs, stockbrokers, engineers, and others who don’t seem to have a woo-woo bone in their bodies.

“I’m not really into the paranormal,” said Victoria Bazeley, a 42-year-old executive at Disney Interactive in California who took a remote-viewing course with a former Army Sergeant named Lyn Buchanan. “The reason I got involved was because it was scientific and it had a military background. The fact that it was very cut and dry and could be measured appealed to me. It didn’t sound too easy, like a parlor trick.”

If energy was the new-age trope of the consciousness-expanding 70’s, then information is the meta-religion of today. There is no world view, no mystical belief system, and no magic involved in remote viewing. Its practitioners range from the devout to the atheist. The theory is that your mind is like the internet: all data concerning space and time is connected. All you have to do to log on is sit down with a pen and paper, trust your intuition enough to write down the bits of sensory data that appear in your mind, and then analyze that data.

The ranks of civilian remote-viewers include the author Michael Crichton, who helped with a psychic underwater treasure hunt, and Billy Dee Williams, the former Star Wars actor who now writes remote-viewing mystery novels. In a more unusual development, the wife of one Hollywood actor left her hubby to marry her remote-viewing teacher. In addition, remote-viewers have been hired for everything from corporate espionage to missing-children searches.

“We get a lot of flack from the psychic community because we’re destroying their monopoly,” Mr. Smith said. “People could embrace remote viewing like they embrace their TVs.”

Though that day may still be a distant dream, remote-viewing has at least been expanding out of normal paranormal circles. “When the information first came out,” said Mr. Buchanan, a gentle grey-bearded Texan who seems to share the pot belly common to most former military remote-viewers, “we got 8 to 20 applicants a day for classes. I turned down 95 percent of them—flaming kooks, really bad. Now I’d say that 95 percent of the people who call us are very level-headed people, a lot of whom want to use it in their businesses. They know that this isn’t magic or craziness. What we teach is the real thing. It’s not a toy. If someone has mental problems, you don’t teach them this stuff.”

Perhaps the best thing about remote-viewing, whether you believe in it or not, is that it has a message. To sit down in a room and somehow guess an object inside a pocket, draw a picture sealed in an envelope, see a land mass on the other side of the world, or mentally travel back in time is to experience first-hand the fact that we live in a non-local universe, in which everything is somehow connected. And out of that comes some very profound thoughts on mankind, the universe, and individual responsibility. In a time of increasingly bloody video games and misanthropic music, here is something that is not only far cooler than Doom and Eminem—real psychic ability for you and me—but comes with built-in morals and family values.

“Once you find out that you can do it, you go ‘Whoah! Now what do I do?’’” said Mel Riley, a taut-faced, well-tanned former Army viewer, recalling his initial training. “It changes your whole view of the universe. I can’t say much more than that.”

Mr. Targ explains the change as the discovery that “you’re not a physical body—you’re an awareness and there is no separation of consciousness.” The result, he continued, is that compassion is seen as a natural state, because we are all the same.

Several recent, non-military students, from a retired high school teacher in Chicago to a biotech-company executive on the West Coast, reported similar insights. “It’s given me a little bit more of a reserve against dying, “ said one student, David Hathcock, a retired CEO of a telecommunications company in Arizona. “Every time you do a successful viewing, your mind proves that it’s capable of not being in your body, because it can go to another place or time. If your mind can do that, there’s a part of you that’s not physical and must therefore be spiritual. It’s the first proof in my opinion that can be verified personally and on demand that we have a spiritual self.”

Bill Ray, a solidly built, weather-beaten former Army remote-viewer now working non-psychic counter-intelligence in Europe, still recalls his first experience, when he correctly identified a site that turned out to be Mr. Ranier. “You think, ‘I’m doing something that I know is impossible, and I can’t tell anyone about it,’” he said. “Every other impossible job they gave you in the Army was actually impossible.”

“I don’t think I missed more than two targets in a row,” he continued. “When we went to brief someone, we had a red book with some of the more spectacular work we’d done. There were about 106 cases. Of those, on 53 of them we had received the highest possible evaluation..” And, he added, an agency’s work receives such an evaluation not simply because the information is accurate, but also because it turns out to be useful and valuable.

Code-named at various points Gondola Wish, Grill Frame, Center Lane, Sun Streak, Project Scanate, and Star Gate, the remote-viewing program began with algae: In working with lasers and quantum electronics at Stanford University, Dr. Puthoff wondered if physics theory could handle concepts like consciousness. He wrote a proposal for experiments with algae to determine this, which somehow caught the attention of a flamboyant New York psychic named Ingo Swann, who called Dr. Puthoff and said that working with psychics instead of algae would be a better way to explore the gray area between physics and consciousness.

"On a lark,” the dry, low-key Dr. Puthoff said, he called Mr. Swann in to the lab. The physicist was surprised to discover that Mr. Swann was able to psychically draw a picture of a shielded magnetometer. As he did so, the levels of the magnetometer varied slightly. Dr. Puthoff wrote a report, and next thing he knew, two CIA agents were in his office. It seems that not only was there a missile gap between the United States and Russia, but, now that the CIA had learned of Russian ESP experiments, there was a psychic gap as well.

The most paranormal aspect of the program, according to Mr. Targ, who soon hired by Dr. Puthoff , was that it survived for 24 years in a world in which it’s rare to get a military contract awarded and even more difficult to get it renewed.

According to eyewitnesses and declassified CIA documents, their sessions with Mr. Swann and another psychic named Pat Price were powerfully accurate: secretaries typing out the transcripts of their sessions were afraid that they would be remote-viewed in the bathroom and the CIA, on receiving the project’s first set of results, launched a TK-year Pentagon investigation trying to figure out who had leaked such classified information to Mr. Swann and Mr. Price, who eventually left the lab to work directly for the CIA (where his operations remain classified).

The remote-viewing program received its own East Coast branch in 1977 when an Army captain named Skip Atwater stumbled across a copy of a book by Mr. Targ and Dr. Puthoff, Mind Reach, and managed to convince his higher-ups that remote-viewing posed serious intelligence threats and possibilities.

“We bugged people’s phones, broke into their offices, and placed agents on their staff, so why not remote view them,” said Mr. Atwater, who published his memoirs last month, “Captain of My Ship, Master of My Soul.”

Mr. Atwater distributed personality tests around the Army until he put together a team of potential psychics, which operated out of Fort Meade in Maryland. The star of this unit was a Vietnam veteran named Joe McMoneagle.. A deep-voice, thick-necked military man, he drew detailed diagrams of Chinese nuclear weapons at Lop Nor, located bugs in American embassies, and discovered a massive state-of-the-art missile-carrying submarine the Soviets were building. When he retired from the Army, Mr. McMoneagle received a National Legion of Merit Award for being one of the “original planners and movers of a unique intelligence project that is revolutionizing the intelligence community” and thus “providing crucial and vital intelligence unavailable from any other source.”

Mr. McMoneagle now works at the Monroe Institute with Mr. Atwater, a campus where sounds are used to induce a state in which a subject’s mind is awake and their body is asleep, allowing them to achieve self-reflective insights, explore new states of consciousness, and sometimes even have out-of-body experiences. For years, agents in the remote-viewing program posed as civilians to attend the institute’s Gateway Voyager Program and learn how to better enter a meditative state conducive to remote viewing.

In person, Mr. McMoneagle has a tendency to utter, in the way that other men might say “I drank a beer today,” lines like, “I can make you wish you were dead at a distance.”

Like Mr. Targ, Mr. Smith, and others, he doesn’t think crystal-ball gazers and Tarot-card readers make good remote-viewers. Rather, more ordinary people do: those who are self-motivated, outgoing, tend to work alone, are successful at their jobs, and have an artistic bent excel. He added that people with experience in meditation tend to excel, as do those from abusive backgrounds since they have been using their intuition for so long. “They can read somebody’s face,” he said. “They know what’s going on behind the eyes. I’ve had to do that since I was small.”

Where some see remote-viewing as a newly evolving future consciousness, Mr. Moneagle, who still performs several thousand remote-viewings a year, sees it as a vestige of a distant past, an ancient survival skill we’ve evolved away from. He estimates that .5 percent of the population—or one in two hundred people—are world-class remote-viewers. “They may not know they are psychic, but they’re employing it,” he said. “They’re the ones running a business by the seat of their pants and making a lot of money, or making sixty five percent accurate predictions in the stock market and getting paid for their advice.”

To hear military men like Mr. Moneagle, Mr. Ray, and Mr. Atwater talk about it, remote-viewing seems as plain and everyday a phenomenon as sunshine. Unconvinced but confused by my experience with Mr. Targ, I played a tape recording and showed photos of the restaurant magnifying-glass session to Franz Harary, a stage magician regarded as the best in his field. Whenever confronted with the paranormal, he said that he always looks for a logical explanation. But after looking at the data, he said, “With the experience you just showed me, there is no way magic could be involved.”

Somewhat encouraged, I flew to Austin to take a five-day, $2000 remote-viewing training course with Mr. Smith (remote-viewing may come naturally, but it doesn’t come cheaply), who spent seven of his 20 years in the Army as a remote-viewerr. Mr. Smith probably never would have become a psychic spy if he hadn’t run over his cat in 1983. Immediately after the accident, he drew a picture of his cat chasing a butterfly, which still hangs in his home today. When two military neighbors, Mr. Atwater and another remote viewer stopped by his house, they saw the picture, looked at each other, and exclaimed, “Trackers!”

Trackers are a remote-viewing technique in which viewers make random dots on a piece of paper until their subconscious takes over and starts automatic drawing, hopefully providing some information about the target.

A few days later, Mr. Atwater gave Mr. Smith, who had no previous psychic experiences, the Meyers-Briggs personality type test, and discovered that he was an INFJ (Introversion, Intuition, Feeling, Judging—a personality type conducive to remote viewing). So Mr. Smith was added to the unit. He went on to literally wrote the book on remote-viewing: in the mid-80’s, he penned an Army instruction manual that has been floating around the internet so persistently that I could have sworn it was a fake when I first saw it. It was too good to be true. But it is the real thing, and it remains Mr. Smith’s lesson plan.

Looking at Mr. Smith, he seems more like the kind of guy to give sales seminars than psychic ones: he is balding with a thin Rogaine-like combover and the classic remote-viewer paunch. An active Mormon and staunch Republican who is logical almost to a fault, Mr. Smith voted for Ralph Nader in the last election because he knew that George W. Bush would carry Texas, so he figured that the more votes Nader received, the more likely he would be to run the following term and take away more Democratic votes. On the other hand, Mr. Smith is an avid heavy-metal fan, and would often try to clear his mind before Army remote-viewing sessions by listening to homemade mix tapes full of songs by Dio and AC/DC.

Today, he teaches the most popular form of remote-viewing, controlled remote-viewing, using what may very well be the most detailed psychic methodology known to civilization, the Ingo Swann method. (The other main method, extended remote-viewing, involves the subject entering a trance-like meditative state and practically going out of body to access the target. Next year, Mr. Atwater will start a course in this method at the Monroe Institute.)

Overall, the purpose Mr. Swann’s methodology is to force viewers to slow down and not make large inferential leaps as their mental connection with the target slowly widens, like eyes dilating in the light. A target isn’t revealed in a flash of insight: instead, the information comes in small trickles of data. Viewers must be taught not how to be psychic, but how to keep their analytical mind from interfering in the process. For those who believe in brain duality, remote-viewing is a right brain process. Viewers are taught to write down everything that comes to mind, no matter how ridiculous, and to not interpret what they write down and jump to a conclusion misidentifying the target. The key to success, Mr. Smith says, is to “Identify and trust your experiences,” which isn’t a bad life lesson to learn. Dr. Puthoff compares the process of remote-viewing to drilling a bunch of holes in a door until, finally, the whole door comes crashing down, revealing what’s inside the room.

More specifically, the Ingo Swann method is a six-step process: first the viewer, through an automatic scribble, tries to perceive the basic gestalt of the target and determine whether is land, water, or something man-made. Next, the viewer tries to pick up basic sensory data—texture, shape, color, smells, and sounds. In stage three, the viewer sketches and perceives advanced dimensional information. In stage four, more complex and conceptual data about the target flows in and is sorted into columns. In stage five, the viewer disconnects from the signal line and begins to analyze the information in those columns, figuring out what the words imply. And stage six involves three-dimensional modeling, not unlike Richard Dreyfus building Devil’s Tower out of mashed potatoes in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (only clay is preferred to foodstuffs). If anyone attempting to remote view stays in this structure and follows the many rules involved, advocates say it is more than 50 percent likely that he or she will nail the target.

In other words, it’s a lot of work. After day one of psychic training with Mr. Smith, all that happened was that my hand hurt—from all the note-taking, essay-writing, sketching drills, and homework. The training itself was very military, full of terms like “debrief” and “protocol” and target,” guaranteed to take any sort of magic out of a successful psychic experience.

On the third day of class, Mr. Smith drove us to a grocery store. As we walked around, Mr. Smith had us imagine what it would be like if we were remote-viewing the place: we felt the drafts from refrigerators, sniffed unripened nectarines and glazed donuts, looked at the reflections of overhead lights on the floor, felt the texture of a plastic gallon-bottle of milk, listened to quiet Muzak, and, in general, frightened the staff, who kept asking if we needed help, only to be waved away by Mr. Smith with the words, “We’re on a field trip.”

Armed with food from the store, Mr. Smith then took us for a picnic atop a nearby hill overlooking a stream. “In stage two, you’re winking around the area, so think about what’d you be seeing here,” he said. “If you encounter water, think about all the different ways you can describe it. It can be rushing, flowing, running, lapping, crashing, running, swirling, dripping, falling.”

Afterwards, we went back to the conference room at the Wellesley Suites, where our formal classes took place, and one by one went into the room with Mr. Smith to use our newfound appreciation for sensory stimuli to enhance our remote viewing sessions. Mr. Smith pulled a manila folder out of the attache case that he used in Operation Desert Storm—it still bears the black lettering “Cpt. Smith”--and hid the folder behind a music stand. This was my target, and he had assigned to it a random nine digit number. I cleared my mind, took a few deep breaths, and then put my pen to the paper. Mr. Smith read the coordinate number, 010720095, which I repeated and wrote down. I then instantly drew my ideogram, a jagged scribble, and wrote down the word “land” because the angles and curves felt sharp and natural.

“Now move on to stage two,” he said.

I wrote down the words craggy, mealy, crumbly, rising, rounded, brown, and rough. My left brain suddenly imagined a mountain, and I wrote the word down on the side of the paper, less as a guess than to excise the image from my mind. I continued writing: warm, tall, cylindrical, red, white, striped.

“Target, end,” Mr. Smith stated, indicating that somehow I had accurately depicted the location represented by his coordinates. He grabbed the envelope from behind the music stand and showed me the photos inside. It was full of images of Bryce Canyon, the mountainous national park full of crumbling red and white striped rising rock formations.

I don’t know how I feel, I told him. Although I had a one in a million probability of getting every shred of information about Bryce Canyon and other targets correct, I still didn’t know if I can make the leap and convert. “How many times does it take before you believe?” I asked.

Some people answer this question by saying that asking whether they believe in remote-viewing is like asking whether they believe in a fork: It just exists. But Mr. Smith was more circumspect. “I still wonder about that sometimes,” he said, “especially after I haven’t done a session in a long time or a student has missed a bunch of targets.”

Though remote-viewing may be the most easy-to-believe psychic phenomena, with mountains of successful experiments bearing evidence, doubts still remains. In the last month, I’ve tested out scores of people, from a Los Angeles surfer to a Yeshiva student to the wartime mayor of Belgrade (who actually did pretty well) to a painter who eerily nailed each target , and have yet to draw a firm conclusion. I do not doubt that all the former military agents I talked to truly believe that they are remote-viewing, and it is encouraging that, after more than two decades, most of them are still at it. An odd thing is that all the people I tested, even the biggest cynics and doubters, discover that deep inside they really want to be psychic once the pen and paper is placed in front of them.

But the skeptic in me says that a viewer can get acclimated to the targets: if it’s a military assignment, chances are that it’s going to involve surveying the enemy—and there are only a few choices here: draw a floor plan (of an embassy or prison); spy on a lab or manufacturing facility that involves weapons; or find the location of a missing agent or terrorist camp. If it’s a civilian practice target, it’s either land, water , or structure, and from there, one can narrow it down to a small subset of recognizable landmarks.

In addition, on a non-military level, although there is an infinite number of locations in the universe, perhaps there is only a small, finite number of sketches and gestalts that can describe them. If one simply drew a circle, whether the target was a mosque, a lake, a UFO, or a potato chip, the remote-viewing would seem like a success.

Jim Underdown, the executive director of the center for Inquiry West, a skeptic’s organization, said he had yet to see any credible evidence for remote viewing. “A rectangle could be anything from the World Trade Center to the Sears Tower to the Washington monument,” he said. “So they’re either making very general sketches and interpeting them liberally, or there’s a trick to it.”

But then again, I’m still at a loss to explain my experiences with Mr. Targ, Mr. Smith, and some of the friends I tested. It is going to be a difficult road proving what Mr. Smith describes as “a truly tenuous human perception phenomenon.” Converts can only be won one person at a time, giving them a direct experience like I had. To achieve more widespread acceptance, remote-viewers will have to not just show Cold War successes, but provide practical applications Americans can use in everyday life so that they, too, can learn the remote-viewing dictum, “There are no secrets.”

FM Bonsall, a non-military viewer who helped design a remote-viewing game called Mindazzle for the general public, says that there is too much emphasis on instruction. “Why is it that all the great remote viewers are making most of their money teaching?” he asked. “If people are going to accept remote viewing as being real, we have to get beyond just teaching. We need to solve real world problems that are beyond all elements of doubt. We need to do something that makes society sit up and take notice—like winning the lottery. It can be done and, God willing, I’ll be the first to do it.”

Many remote viewers, like Dr. Puthoff and Mr. Targ, have made good money in the silvers futures market through remote-viewing, they claim. Since remote-viewing actual numbers and letters is difficult, this is done through a process called Associated Remote Viewing. In trying to guess the direction a certain stock will move in, for example, someone can assign a random object or event to each direction: a tennis shoe would represent the stock going up; a vase going down. The viewer (or better still, a team of viewers) is then asked to predict the future by drawing the object they will be shown at 5 p.m. the following day or week. If the viewer or viewers draw a definite shoe or vase, then the investor proceeds accordingly. And, finally, at the appointed time the following day or week, the viewer is shown a tennis shoe if the market went up and a vase if it went down. And, if they’ve managed to remote-view their own future correctly, someone will have made a lot of money.

Mr. Buchanan say that although the United States seems to have ended remote-viewing espionage, other countries may have such programs. He predicts that remote viewing will eventually succeed in leaking into everyday civilian life—thanks to get-rich-quick aspirations, parents trying to figure out where their children are at 2 a.m., corporations spying on each other, and more. “Then the kid is going to die,” he says. “It will be the kid who always dies—the one who died playing with the yo-yo when it first came out, or playing Dungeons and Dragons, or listening to Elvis Presley’s ‘jazz.’ And then the preachers are going to preach against it, the teachers are going to teach against it, and there’s going to be a witch hunt and remote-viewing is going to go back into the closet. And then, when it goes back in the closet, the government is going to start using it again.”

This will probably happen within the next 20 to 30 years, Mr. Buchanan added. And what exactly makes him so confident that this will happen? Well, he answered, he remote-viewed it.

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so beautiful ..
We must know that any science is examined so that it is subject to reason and logic and does not contradict instinct
This will lead us to the truth and can not contradict the existence of God

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Science is top!!
Lets upvote men, steem for life...

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Spy stories are always fascinating me.

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Technology is all around us, and is an important part of our lives. Too important to just leave it to technologists.
In Psychology & Technology you learn how technology influences people, and how you can use knowledge of psychology to let people use technology as effectively as possible. so i think this life story is truthand can not contradict the existence of god.

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It moves and It moves not. It is far and also It is near. It is within and also It is without all this. It is near to those who have the power to understand It, for It dwells in the heart of every one; but It seems far to those whose mind is covered by the clouds of sensuality and self– delusion. It is within, because It is the innermost Soul of all creatures; and It is without as the essence of the whole external universe, infilling it like the all–pervading ether.
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He who sees all beings in the Self and the Self in all beings, he never turns away from It (the Self).
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He who perceives all beings as the Self’ for him how can there be delusion or grief, when he sees this oneness (everywhere) ? He who perceives the Self everywhere never shrinks from anything, because through his higher consciousness he feels united with all life. When a man sees God in all beings and all beings in God, and also God dwelling in his own Soul, how can he hate any living thing? Grief and delusion rest upon a belief in diversity, which leads to competition and all forms of selfishness. With the realization of oneness, the sense of diversity vanishes and the cause of misery is removed. - Isha Upanishad

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That's true, now we are experiencing great uptrend in the rewards.

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Wooow big boss is back ! I need you very much.... @done

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@done I think Your Support with Comment & Upvote is a Reward for everyone.

and i think @neilstrauss is much happy for the reward he got due to his efforts.

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I cant believe such a good piece was Killed by the editor! I understand it is a bit of fringe science especially when it was first written but i guess the universe though it would reward you by letting you put it on steemit for us to consume. have you done any recent research or do you still use what you learned in your current life @neilstrauss?

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What do you call an under cover tarantula?
A spy-der

Jokes aside this is amazing post

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lmao you got me

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Yeap, this took me on a 3h reading frenzy! Cant agree more rabeel!

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It is quite amazing the power of the mind. I was really scared when i read about a man killing with his mind but then, it was great to read about this discovery of certain spiritual factors

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Lets upvote men, steem for life...

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The people who are knowledgeable and supportive like you are very difficult. Make a good turn, sir :) @done

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Hi @neilstrauss, Very nice writeup. I really like spy movies and digests. However when it comes to real life spies, it's very hard decision to be one. Very tough job indeed.

@done, You're right. Steemit is now grown up with SBD in its teenage whereas STEEM is still pre-teen. :) 2018 is the life changing year.

Steem On!

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Spy stories are always fascinating me. And I have been reading lot of books on it since my childhood. Well written article dear @neilstrauss. And yes of course rewards are going with rocket speed now @done!

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Its all depends on our concentration and mind there is so much tensions who can make us psycho but we need to calm down and think about and make the solution.

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Well @done You are right in this regard rewards seem better than ten months ago although i was not here ten months ago but i can relate it ;)
Actually it is our mind who controls our intentions and enables us to do what we are thinking about the situation. It is all about the Skill Vs Approach

Indeed a worth reading post, Steem On!

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Well i do agreed upon it too your selfless approach as you're helpful to minnows which i really do appreciate @done

Happy Steeming

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Welcome to King :)) I am so happy to see you :)))
@done

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steem in robin hood. He's name @done :))) Thank you for coming back, sir. Steemit users need you sir :)))

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Thanks a lot sir ! :)) I hope I will see more you... @done

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I guess yesterday you did not see comment, but I hope I am lucky today :))) @done

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Can you done me too?lol

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Done? no i am not done

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Honest,,,,! I almost stopped using steemit, Because there is no support and voting in my post, although I have tried maximally.
But when @done gives a vote on my post, I am re-motivated. Thanks @done. Because of you, I can still survive in steemit.

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It really is like that, Steemit is no longer the same community 10 months ago, especially in the rewards part

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a most awaited post, I finally found this post.

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Looking at the comments section on your profile, I noticed that you posted this same exact comment on a lot of different posts. Isn't this considered spam?

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LMAO....SMH....He lied with his mind.

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Yes, This man right. I agree with you.

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Thats hilarious 😂 good one👍

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you are right..

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great post here! thanks a lot for sharing.
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he lied but it was a little white lie. and of course he lied with his mind

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that is what i m telling .in this 21st century where its impossible to make fool a noob also by telling that i could kill you with mind only .

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apparently he did, cuz you still alive LMAO.

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He cloud get you freaked out and then you will give up

Talk about a post! Kudos for sharing such a wonderful discovery. The stats speak for themselves. Spiritual factors are just being discovered. Things that ancient civilizations were aware of and used religiously.

I'm so excited for our species' future.

Keep Steeming @neilstrauss!

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This is a beautiful comment in itself. Spiritual factors are definitely being discovered friend. Kudos to the highly intelligent ancient civilizations for being so knowledgeable in critical discoveries like remote viewing through the sole power of the mind. And congratulation to our rich present and future civilizations who works currently and will continue to work in future with the ancient psychics knowledge we have been so favourably gifted with. Once more! This is a nice comment dear friend! Cheers.

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Indeed a very nice post.. we only know a little part of what our brains can do.. Our species is still evolving.. I hope to see 1 big breakthrough while I am on this planet.

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You will see breakthroughs my dear friend! Most definitely your optimistic wish will come true. Our brains can do all things, absolutely everything in life dear friend with a daring right optimistic mindset. I say to you my friend you can do all things in life if you set your heart to it. One love Dear! Cheers.

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I have experienced some different things in my life that others would deem insane or even impossible. Others are waking, and with the movement on psychedelics, well it could spark something in our beings.

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Absolutely dear friend! Absolutely. You nailed it in your comment! That is also my thought exactly. Cheers friend! Stay blessed.

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i love such write especially from @neilstrauss

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I agree @rival! I believe Elon taking us to Mars will be big, but A.I. and what not will be big. I believe you're talking about intrinsic difference within our species? I believe we're coming into a new age of new discovery in many areas, include us.

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@rival hahah.. yes you will see that breakthrough...on the earth

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is it true.....

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Yes most apparently it is true my friend. The right question you have got to ask on a personal level is; do I believe?.

I ask myself that in the still quietness of my bedroom all the time when I happens upon information that takes time to ingest before even believing. You have got to go inside yourself my dear friend to discover the truth for yourself. Only you Dear can find the unique answer to the question. I love you dear! Cheers.

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When reality surpasses fiction.

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Dnt ask for vote dear

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So what do I do to get more vote? Thanks

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Keep Steeming brother.

@attajuttjj
@tosinox4u

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Just post like the above posts, unique posts then automatically you got the upvoting without asking any one for upvote.

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it was a very nice post from @neilstrauss i love the write up

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Nice , we use only 2 or 3% of our mind.if we use more than it then we do what? we dont know...

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Lie. We use 100% of our mind. A lot of subconcious.

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I really have a hard time believing an phychic talk. Anything out there that convinced some of you guys that I could reason up on? Any recommendations will Ben looked into.

remote viewing is how Steven D Kelly exposed the 100,000 child sex slaves under the Getty museum in LA. Clif High was saying that in 20-30 years we will be using silver as a "psy-metal" that we can interact with it remotely with our minds. Maggadore says that remote viewing is the single most important thing one can learn how to do during one's lifetime. That's because when you die, most people don't know where to go. If you are a seasoned remote viewer, you are working in the 4th density so you would be familiar with that plane when you die

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yes this stuff is very real. I have personally astral travel a lot and since then nothing seem out of place anymore.

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Think I choosen the wrong drugs.

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Indisputably, remote viewing is very real. Real as the very breath of life itself. I just love the way the author put the information across to us in a simplified manner. Wow.

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Wowww! So you are saying friend that when a person dies for instances, that person goes to the same spiritual world he/she have been relating with and remote viewing assuming that person is a psychic during he/she lifespan on earth?

Woww! That is cool and its does make some sense too. Nice comment friend! Cheers.

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Lol,love your sarcasm @efelexy.

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Thank you Dearie! Smiles. Keep steeming! Cheers.

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Whoa!

lol sounds like something Trump would support!

God bless you.

Amazing story, you can publish a book with more detail!

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Good call. There's already a few great ones. I'd recommend the Julian Schnabel book on Remote Viewers.

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Totally agree, it is an excellent story. A great starting point, for a great book.

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Or watch Men Who Stare At Goats ;)

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Men Who Stare At Goats was great. Loved it, but it is a non-serious parody of this stuff, and also many will walk away thinking this subject is goofy had they not previously known about Remote Viewing, Stargate, Uri Geller, Ed Dames, Edgar Mitchell, etc.

I suspected now confirmed

There are many giys in prison that find God to.
And when they get out . They forget him.
My personal opinion only.

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Well, you are certainly in the right place for the audience that loves this stuff...

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Just joined steemit. This is what I'm showed on trending. Great introduction, A+ terrible content. How many upvotes can I get my introducing a brand new conspiracy I just make up? I'm good at drawing lines between random pictures in photoshop.

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This author is a professional journalist. He just did that big interview with Elon Musk for Rolling Stone. A lot of people do believe in remote viewing - especially on Steemit.

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I concur. I've been a listener to Coast to Coast AM, and Ed Dames has explained for years all about the CIA's remote viewing program. This was outed quite some time ago. Way back in the 70s, I recall reading about Edgar Mitchell, Uri Geller, Stanford Research Institute studying ESP, etc. This is all findable in the public domain.

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I remember all that stuff from the early eighties

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90s I think.

Kinda thought that "the men who stare at goats" was more real than people realized...

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Be all you can be.

Fascinating post, its amazing how powerful the human mind can be

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Actually, I think you cannot attribute remote viewing to the mind alone. I think the protocols are designed to actually distract the mind by keeping it busy. We have other capabilities that exhibit non-locality -- or possibly a way of connecting to the Akashik record. Some think this is the 3rd eye, or the Pineal gland. So the brain just processes information, but some how that information is sensed or received.

I found out a few months ago that I am an INFJ personality type. I can definitely see it being true that my personality type would be good at this. I would like to get into remote viewing. I think I have been tuning up my psychic senses for a while now as I can often predict minor details of life just moments before they occur.

great info, would be good to apply it to crypto prices.

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According to Ed Dames, one FLAW with remote viewing is that it's not good with things related to numbers. Nor is it good for finding an exact date and time something will happen. So getting rich with this ability might be a little tricky. You would have to have a search term that is worded in such a way that you correspond some other BIG event to give you the WHEN. So for example, when Trump resigns from the presidency might be the time that bitcoin SPIKES.

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ah theres always a catch. but to be fair you dont need to be psychic with cryptos, just hodl =). However imho Mr T will do a second term.

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Do you want the red pill or the blue pill?

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The cool thing about remote viewing is that its done without any drugs. I think the CIA tried to use drugs at first, but found that a doped up viewer was too lost in their psychodelic dream to make rational sense out of it. They went to a more sober, strict, militaristic protocol. As such, its probably not very artistic what you get. You wouldn't be a John Lennon, you would be more like a pissed off, angry Ludwig van Beethoven. Of course Beethoven had some good vision, once you got past all the drudgery. You can roll over now Beethoven.

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is it true what he gonna saying ?

I agree, thank for sharing awesome content

Interesting post and I really really hope that this is possible and that one day I will discover that I can do some crazy shit.

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what's stopping you?

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I am stopping myself because I do not believe in this stuff.

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You've never had a dream that turn out to give you insight into something about to happen? You've never felt deja vu?

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I actually dreamt 2 times what will happen during a day to me, but that is not enough to prove anything.

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actually, keep a dream diary. Drink a lot of water before you go to bed, and when you wake up suddenly at night to need to go to the bathroom, immediately write down what your dream was about. you will be surprized how much insight you get from your dreams.

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I kinda stopped doing that because either I don't remember my dreams or I am late for work so I forget to write what I dreamed.

Very interesting... this can be very beneficial especially that information is worth a lot nowadays. I wonder why it cannot take off as a mainstream project for our educational system.

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because how our consciousness creates, effects, alters, and can remotely observe reality, is the biggest thing the powers-that-be want suppressed.

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Well, if they suppress it... with the freedom we enjoy nowadays it will just spread organically no one can stop it. Much like what Bitcoin is doing with money today.

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Most of the us are program we have been program since birth. Our entire perception is not really our but theirs. they already hack into our mind. Only some of us have break free from it and when we try to wake other up we are being call crazy.

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Most of us, but if some of us would awaken and that number reaches the 3% critical mass point it will just spread like wildfire and the masses will just adopt. I would love to have this skill (remote viewing) I just can imagine what I can do with it. :)

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with great power come with great responsibility. Are you sure your ready for this?

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Yeah, I guess so... I think it is within our control, we can shut it off or put it to use. The most important thing is we have the means and control of it.

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The world we lived in is backward.,from the beginning we have been condition to only see what we were told. Lied so deep that no one really think outside the box or even question our reality. Our history is full of lies. I have try to wake people from giving hint clues and sometime even flat out tell them what i see that is wrong with the world but they look confuse and puzzle. very frustrating to be awake and the world is no longer the world i once thought i knew. sad but if this conversation getting any deeper i hope that you are ready for some truth. so far i have hope that you might know where im going with this.

they say there are infinite ways of finding GOD if tit is one way you have got all the best

Hey guys.

I was reading this and I have to say I am a bit of a skeptic (Someone has to be I guess but I have studied enough psychology and physics to make me skeptical of this. Studies to replicate the initial findings form the 1970s have all failed to replicate)

But here is the thing. An online community like Steemit should be in a position to research this using the power of the crowd to examine remote viewing. Assuming that people have psychic ability and using a crowd sourced approach I can see an experiment, where a random object is hidden, and Steemit folks then remote sense it.

  1. This could work by asking people to draw what they perceive, posting an image of their drawings in comments

  2. Next, after two weeks of running this event - the item will be revealed. Any posts posted after the reveal date don't count.

  3. We then need a way of compiling the images remote viewers draw and rating them by how similar the images are to the target. This should give some way of assessing whether the results are purely random or skewed in favor, or against the view that objects can be remotely sensed. At least it would give some sort of baseline in terms of what percentage of people get anywhere close to a match.

  4. No doubt there are potential flaws with the above design (for example raters may decide that all images are close matches, which could skew the results in favor of a high level of similarity). One could get the images rated for similarity by independent people who are blind to the purpose of the study (They would effectively act to provide an analysis of similarity so as to avoid self-fulfilling prophesy during the similarity rating process).

I am happy to start the ball rolling if there are enough people interested in examining this in a more empirical way? Who's up for it?

V

Flights of Fancy.

The masses could not use these techniques like russell claims he viewed because most american's have a calcified pineal gland. It just can't happen for them. Sorry.

The "i can prove you are psychic" is only a suggestion technique. I postulate you were lead to the conclusion of a magnifying glass.

Besides, they are using the dwave quantum techniques to peer into the potential futures these days.

But it isn't anything to be worried about.

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IF, mind is outside body, if there is a spirit, if there is a reality that is not physical, then a bit a calcification shouldn't stop anything. Perhaps the block here is this very myth that calcification will stop you. That your toothpaste will stop you. On the other hand, dumbo seemed to believe in the magic feather and it worked for him. In relgious terms, we are talking about faith here.

Scary stuff but a great story that has to be told.

This post is one of the reasons why I love steemit. Thank you for this.

Let love guide you.

This is like the ability to mentally project positive and negative influences on people based on your thoughts and the possibility of the universe guiding it into that person of interest it is aimed at.

I see/read people's character/personality based of the energy they give off or aurora some call it. I am not trained in this. To me it's part of who we are, it pretty much depends on what your beliefs are. It happens naturally if you only allow yourself to be the natural you and not be conditional in any way shape or form. It's got everything to do with your belief system.

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"The world is what you think it is." -Hawaiian huna saying

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Hello gsari . I Followed you.If you follow me, I'll be happy.Thanks :)

So cool that we now have a platform for our otherwise buried work. Can't wait to see what else you dig up!

I have collection of these kind of topcis, it interests me..

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very well written post!

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Allen Dulles, who got fired by JFK, and is, therefore, a suspect in the larger conspiracy, along with J Edgar, Lyndon B. Johnson, rich oil men from Texas, etc, etc. Allen Dulles was particularly motivated to get revenge on JFK.

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George Bush is the 1000 points of light guy, and Dulles would have been a higher-up of George.

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Yep and they were great friends!!

I am also an INFJ and I’m going to Sseriously look into taking a course at the Monroe Institute. Wow! Just wow! Thank you so much for sharing this article.
It’s so fascinating and so affirming in so many ways.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

wow..
thats a important post for all.
specially for mine..
thank you @neilstrauss
keep it up

How a psychic finds God.

nice article did get to read everything jet but I will .thanks for the great content

This is the best title ever, im going to comment and upvote my comment so I remember to come back and check this out when sober

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lol I do the same I comment and come back to interesting posts. They need a bookmark feature like @busy has.

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Haa, best comment to the best title...

Love your work @neilstrauss.

I can definitely understand the original comment of your editor, that it sounds like you believe it, but I'd suggest instead that it was because the way you write makes the reader want to believe it.

Very compelling - definitely had me google'ing a couple of times to fact check when I was thinking "this can't possibly be true".

Though I'll admit there's still a certain part of me that believes the follow-up ("let me know if you’d like a second article explaining how you can try to 'remote view' yourself.") article is a piece on how easily journalists can lead us to believe things that aren't true :D

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Thanks, @rossdcurrie. Another way to think about it is: what's true is that these things happened. What's unknown is how and why they happened.

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I want more on this subject! The seminar-thing raises a lot of doubts, or at least hackles....I'd like to hear more on the success rate of the govt pgrm. The evidence is only what the people you spoke with claim to be true. But I guess a lot of that would be classified? I(d like to hear more about your experiments with friends. Great stuff, thanks.

good post

You shouldn't talk about our work...
They WILL get you.

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YOUR LEADERS WILL SOON END UP BEATEN INSIDE GUANTANAMO BAY. YOU SHOULD'NT EXPOSE YOURSELF! WILL GET YOU.

Great post
Maybe there is more to the World thanks we think but i dont belive it before i try It my self and see the precision og the method.

Awesome post!!

Wow! What an amazing story. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

IS this for REAL?

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Fact: CIA had a psychic espionage program.
Debatable: It worked.

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@neilstrauss I admire your writing skills. I rarely read long pieces of text like this but you kept me hooked to the end...
But this one is really creepy. The world would be in complete chaos if this were to be true ! Maybe we are nearing to it!

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How accurate was the painter you mention? What did he get right?

This is a great read, truth can be stranger than fiction!