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But his views had begun to change by the time he reissued portions of his work in a Latin version known as (1642).

by Tom Sorell (Cambridge, 1996)

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I had a strange mixture of exhilaration and uneasiness. On one hand, it was similar to a classroom experiment, my academic background came to the fore, and I loved the classroom. On the other hand, would be the experiment. I eagerly read Frank Edwards’s strange tales years earlier, and doubted that the scientific worldview told us the entire story. I suspected that we might have unacknowledged abilities, but being put on the spot to perform psychically was unnerving. I had one of my "cases" easily picked out.

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My first employer was a black man named Isaac Brown. I worked for him the year before, tearing apart a walnut farm and salvaging wood from the buildings. He lived in Ventura’s poor section and my father bought scrap wood from him. My father got me the job and I made $1.50 per hour. Mr. Brown had diabetes and an injury related to it. My employment ended while he recovered from his injury-related illness and the business folded. Mr. Brown also had an index finger that had been severed at the middle knuckle, but he was my case because he had diabetes. I was the scientific kid and remember hiding my card as I wrote his condition, not wanting to compromise the reading with flashing the card to the potential psychic, whomever that might be. I did not write about his index finger being severed. His diabetes had caused him to lose half of his foot. Those were his spectacular medical conditions, and I certainly did not write about his race. I did not even think about his finger.

 

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The "psychic" who worked Isaac’s case was a woman whom people might have called a "yuppie" in the 1980s. She probably felt as I did: she was not taking the Silva course to increase her psychic prowess. She probably did not feel too psychic. Improving memory and thinking positively was how the course was pitched, and I do not know for sure, but that probably drew her to the class. She closed her eyes, went to Level, and I gave my card to the moderator. He read off: "Isaac Brown, age 42, male, Ventura, California." The class was held in Santa Barbara, about 40 miles from Ventura, and I highly doubt that that woman would have known a poor black man named Isaac Brown.


The woman's eyelids fluttered, and within seconds of being given Isaac Brown's information she said, "I keep getting the impression that he is black," and she then held up the hand where Isaac was missing half of his index finger, bent the finger where it was severed and said, "He is missing the end of this finger." From the moderator reading Isaac's name to her holding up her finger took less than ten seconds. The first ten seconds of her first “case” changed my life forever. The "probability-and-outcome skeptics" who try explaining such events as sheer luck or fraud carry no weight with me. The odds of somebody trying to act psychically after finishing 40 hours of training, and having a "hit" such as that on their first attempt, and attributing it to coincidence, is one in millions. The "skeptics" can never take away my knowledge with their pronouncements and arguments. I . They have only empty theories; I have .


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On Sunday afternoon came the end of class and the grand finale, which my father and brother had not told me about. We were going to project our awareness into people and "work cases." It was strange to me. The idea was thinking of somebody I knew with a health problem, and I would write that person’s name, gender, age, and city of residence on a card, as well as the person's affliction. Then a second person would read off the name, gender, age, and city of residence to a third person who had "gone to Level," and the person would "project" his/her awareness into that "target," go on nothing more than that information, diagnose the problem, and send healing energy to the target.

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One requirement of performing psychically is quieting the intellect that we operate from so often and letting the impressions come forth without judging how reasonable they seem. Her intellect may have kicked in after that, and I cannot recall if she even determined that he was diabetic. I just sat in awe of her holding up her bent finger and telling us that Isaac’s end of that finger was missing. I was stunned. For the moments she let her impressions flow unencumbered by the intellect, she performed with the best of them. One might say that Isaac Brown is a cliché name for a black man. Maybe so. The index finger, which I did not even write on the card, and she had no way of seeing anyway, eventually expanded my universe of the possible about a million-fold.

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Then it was my turn. It can make people nervous to perform that way. It felt like I was making it up, but when you go deeply into Level, that mind chatter is suppressed. When the impressions come, keeping the intellect at bay is the key to being accurate. In my first case, I said the woman had a stroke that had paralyzed her right side. One diagnostic tool is "putting on" the head of the person being read, and feeling what the person feels. That was how I diagnosed the paralysis. My "wild guesses" and irrational feelings were correct. Everybody in the class had similar experiences. I discovered that day that the abilities of human consciousness were barely dreamed of by mainstream society. I have sat in several Silva classes (attending the class for the rest of my life was free for many years, but I think that they now charge a small fee) and have regularly witnessed students experiencing "hits" similar to the ones I saw in my first class.