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Psi of Regret: Pitfalls of Prophecy from Paul Muad’Dib to Patanjali

It’s been over twenty years since I last read Dune, but inspired partly by the phenomenal documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune, I recently re-read Frank Herbert’s masterpiece and a few of the sequels. Although the latter are uneven, I need hardly say that Dune itself holds up magnificently. It is still the one novel I would put in the hands of a teenager—even more than anything by Tolkien (even though Tolkien’s “literary worth” is probably greater)—because of the priceless seeds the book planted in me when I was the age of its main character, Paul. (For instance, “the first lesson of all was the basic trust that he could learn. It’s shocking to find how many people do not believe they can learn …”—that’s a powerful message every adolescent needs to hear and I am ever thankful I paid attention; and the “litany against fear” was incalculably important to me.)

Although the Dune books are about many things, it is sometimes forgotten (amid praise for Herbert’s world-building and his anticipation of American-Mid-East relations in the 70s and beyond) that they are significantly about seeing the future; the sequels, particularly, are basically an extended thought experiment about the siddhi of precognition and the pitfalls of prophecy. Thus I couldn’t help read them now in the light of my interest in psi research and the nexus of science fiction and the human potential movement being newly examined by writers and scholars like Jeffrey Kripal (whose Mutants and Mystics and Authors of the Impossible I can’t recommend highly enough).

According to Kripal, the notion that humans are on the threshold of the next phase in our evolution and that psychic abilities will be a big part of it is an idea that goes back to Frederic Myers in the late 19th century. Myers likened our nascent psychic powers to the “imaginal characters” or structures present in a caterpillar that hint at its future transformation into an aerial being. This imminent metamorphosis has remained a dominant meme pervading comic books, of course, most famously in the X-men, not to mention sci-fi visionaries from Alfred Bester to Herbert to Philip K. Dick.

But despite the democratizing impulse in modern writers on psi, like Russell Targ and Dean Radin, who emphasize that we all have latent psi abilities that we can develop if we choose, it is important to bear in mind some important social and maybe even evolutionary reasons why certain forms of psi—especially precognition—are not already more widespread than they are, why they may actually not be part of our species’ birthright, and why they may even not be such a great idea in the larger scheme of things. Herbert keyed in on some of these reasons in his novels; the ancient yogis like Patanjali keyed in on others.

Muddying the Waters

A rarely considered pitfall of prescience that Herbert used brilliantly as a plot device in Dune Messiah is that if more than one individual can see the future, it tends to negate both of their abilities. In a conspiracy to assassinate Paul Muad’Dib, the plotters involve in their plans a Guild Steersman, whose spice-induced oracular vision effectively cloaks the whole affair from Paul’s mental futurescape.

The reason for this effect is simple when you think about it: If precognition is not seeing the future as such but seeing some vague and shifting topography of possibilities in a butterfly-effect universe (as Herbert sort of characterizes it), then the possibility and usefulness of foresight become radically limited once it becomes shared by others. A glimpse of the landscape of future possibilities by one freely willed being capable of altering that future must inevitably muddy the temporal waters for other precogs/prophets.

When you start to multiply the number of people with oracular vision (and thus freedom to alter what they see through even minor actions), then the seen, malleable future breaks down rather quickly. Even a few rival seers would tend to negate each others’ powers; if a whole species could exercise prescient abilities, the time stream would become a hopelessly opaque and deceptive mush. In such a state of affairs, there would clearly be diminishing utility in being able to see the future at all. You would be better off blind to all but the present and past, so as not to be distracted by prophetic information that was probably wrong.

Restraining Bolts

There is a paranoid belief that someone or some force is keeping us down psychically, keeping us unaware of our true natures and working to thwart the development of our true ESP capabilities. Remote-viewing inventor Ingo Swann confided to Jacques Vallee in 1979 that “There’s a non-human system that keeps the human race under observation to make sure it doesn’t develop psychically … You become aware of the barriers erected by this system as soon as you try to develop your psychic abilities.” This seems to be a standard Gnostic suspicion, echoed in comic book mythologies: Extraterrestrials or Archons fear our psychic potential and have thus installed some kind of restraining bolt in our minds. The sense of some ancient psychic lock being blown off or removed, opening floodgates of forbidden information, seems like a common sentiment among the psychically awakened—for instance Philip K Dick in his 2-3-74 experience, or the Scientology-steeped remote viewers at SRI (it’s all about “clearing blockages”).

But evolution itself (social if not biological) provides ample reason why such mutations or experiences may not herald some new evolutionary phase in human development and why the forces of psychic inhibition may be far more mundane (and even beneficial) than Swann suspected. Because of the Dune Messiah logic I mentioned, there may be completely natural, homeostatic mechanisms working to limit our cognitive receptivity to future events or possibilities, causing such a sensitivity to atrophy and be selected against in the population. There would be social pressures not to be precognitive, and we might even evolve some kind of biological blinder mechanism to block it out, on the model of Bergson’s reducing valve.

I don’t have any insight into what the biological/genetic basis for precognition or its inhibition might be, but the social mechanisms inhibiting foresight and prophecy are plain enough. Ostracism, persecution, and violence against people accused of witchcraft and sorcery are still endemic in many societies and surely go back to the dawn of history. Witch-killings are still rampant in many parts of the world. A leader of a Papua New Guinea village I visited in the early 1990s had spent time in jail for disemboweling a suspected sorcerer with a machete; it still happens all the time in that country. It doesn’t matter that in most such cases—as in Europe in the Middle Ages or in early America—“witchcraft” was a broad brush with which to tar all kinds of personal enemies and social outcasts, such as the old, the poor, and women. The point was, it was a serious deterrent to deviance of all kinds, including psychic deviance.

Societies provide strict, narrow social channels to a career in prophecy, such as the accepted shamanic paths that exist in traditional cultures, and it’s a dangerous career: You better be damn sure you are perceived as using your powers for healing, not harming. The threat of ostracism and violence must act as a powerful check on “developing your ESP abilities” (i.e., having truck with the spirit world) if you live in a traditional community.

In our enlightened society, psi-inhibition takes less disturbing forms, namely rabid skepticism and materialism and ridicule of the paranormal. But even if it is less violent than traditional social controls, such ridicule is still a very powerful deterrent. Writers encouraging people to develop their remote viewing abilities, like Targ, emphasize that simple “permission” to remote view is a crucial first step. Even those intellectually persuaded of the possibility and eager to learn often have massive unconscious inhibitions that get in the way.

Thus, there is no need to invoke non-human, extraterrestrial, or Archonic interference to explain lack of widespread psi ability: Social expectations that psi not only does not exist but that it is actually ridiculous do a fine job of keeping people from peering into the future.

Prophet Motives

There’s an interesting kicker of course: The more “beyond the pale” psi and prophecy become, the more effective they would be for those able and brave enough to exercise these abilities. Even if the barriers against psi were rooted in our genes, chance and mutation would dictate that enhanced precognitive ability would arise from time to time; although there could be no group, society, let alone species of prescients, there might be a rare individual, a mutant who saw the future and capitalized on it. A prevailing present- and past-mindedness in the masses would create a relatively unmuddied futurescape navigable by a gifted individual able to capitalize on the herd’s future-blindness. Indeed, through this evolutionary logic, those who benefit the most from the social suppression of prophecy would be the prophets themselves.

There are good analogies to this in evolutionary biology, one of them being sociopathy. Because we are socially dependent animals and society is built on trust, humans have evolved to essentially trust each other. It’s a very sound long-term evolutionary strategy, but it also makes us vulnerable to occasional manipulators who are able to cynically capitalize on that trust. Such individuals only arise at relatively low levels in the population, because when there are too many untrustworthy people in a community, people stop trusting, and the community breaks down. But when they arise, they tend to rise to the top. (Research shows many CEOs and politicians are sociopaths, for example.)

Prophecy might work the same way, as a “frequency dependent, socially parasitic strategy” (to quote George Dvorsky in an article on sociopaths). Despite the “democratizing” impulse of contemporary psi teachers and enthusiasts, some of these talents may only work if they are rare and most people don’t practice them or don’t believe in them. There are various ways in which the paranormal erects a barrier between the herd and an elect, and this is one of them—another variant of what I call the “anamorphic wedge” that seems to operate in other domains like UFOs.

I’ve argued previously that there’s a dark elitist undercurrent to sci-fi Gnosticism that can be seen plainly in its most famous manifestation, Scientology: L. Ron Hubbard was the Ayn Rand of psychic human potential, preaching pure selfishness with a sci-fi twist. From what it is possible to glean of its methods, I don’t doubt their efficacy. It was in an out-of-body experience during early Scientology training that Pat Price’s formidable psychic abilities, dormant for a half century of life, awakened: “I was asked to sit down and look at some other guy for period of time and do nothing. After about three minutes I found myself outside of my body, looking at him looking at me. It was very interesting.” (John L. Wilhelm’s excellent 1976 book The Search for Superman is a great resource on Price, Swann, and the SRI work with Uri Geller.)

The superpower benefits that arise through Scientology training may not be accidentally related to the clear and obvious drawbacks of that lifestyle: Namely, intellectual isolation and social ostracism as a result of being, lets face it, kind of an asshole. Scientology training includes exercises (like the one Price mentioned) designed specifically to break down or cleanse the participant of social anxieties and emotions that we possess for a reason, thus turning the “operating Thetan” into an intense, intimidating, “aggressive” savant who may not thrive outside the company of other Scientologists. Real X-men could potentially look a lot like them: out of touch and megalomaniacal, but with some authentic supernormal abilities as a kind of grim consolation prize.

Fear is the mind-killer…

Despite lifelong skepticism, I have become persuaded of the reality of psi in general and of precognition in particular. Once you take even the slightest interest in the subject, fate provides ample confirmation in the form of uncanny premonitions and synchronicities. Having followed J.W. Dunne’s protocol in An Experiment with Time, I have confirmed to my own satisfaction (which seems all anyone can ever hope for in parapsychology) that his thesis is correct: In any given week of faithfully recorded dreams, a consistent minority of dream elements encode future experiences, usually of the subsequent day but occasionally farther out, exactly the same way the majority of dream elements encode recent past experiences—and through exactly the same “art of memory” logic I have described elsewhere. In dreams we are remembering the future as well as the past. Hypnagogic imagery and voices are also a rich source of precognitive material, and plain-old remote viewing of tomorrow’s New York Times can also produce interesting results.

Invariably in my case, these bits of future information are fragmentary and useless from the standpoint of planning or guidance. I’m no prophet—and I’m not sure I’d really want to be. Another “inhibitory” function I’ve discovered in my venturing imperfectly down the psi path is simple existential fear. While omnisicence and expanded consciousness sound totally awesome to my inner 10-year-old, I’ve discovered that my outer 47-year-old is deeply fearful of learning too much about the future. There are too many dark terrors that objectively lie in wait for us all—illness and death of self and loved ones are biggies—and the temptation to dwell unproductively on ominous signs (like a strange cough or unfamiliar pain) is great enough at times without the added burden of trying to decipher scary symbols and portents gained through psi channels. Among the siddhis described by Patanjali is the yogi’s ability to see his/her own death. No thanks.

Because the energy of psychic phenomena is trauma (as Frederic Myers discerned in the 19th century), it makes sense that death and destruction would be dominant themes in our prophecies. And sure enough, the bulk of my precognitive dream material does concern something at least slightly negative, usually just uncomfortable or unpleasant social experiences but also news of crimes, disasters, or death. This focus on the negative gives rise to an ironic and unwholesome logic: The eagerness for psi to work or to confirm your own powers causes one not only to focus on negatives but even at times to hope for them—for example, having a strange dream about a certain celebrity and then eagerly checking some news site to see if they died or have been involved in some scandal. Obviously, “eagerness to find out someone died” is not at all a congenial frame of mind to be in if you aspire to be a spiritual or positive person.

Thus I think there really is some way in which precognition is “toying with dark forces,” although it isn’t anything as grandiose as “opening up doorways to other worlds” or awakening evil or Tricksterish energies (even if those are real too). It’s simply a matter of reinforcing unwholesome aspects of the ego—plain old negativity, which is bad karma (and unhealthy) no matter how you look at it.

I suspect all these factors may have played into ancient teachers’ disinterest in the siddhis and into modern teachers’ reluctance to discuss them. Patanjali warned not to get attached to superpowers in your meditative practice, and he’s not just talking about showing off (as Radin suggests in his book Supernormal). Attachment itself is the root of suffering; attachment to psi may bring its own unique sufferings and doubts that are simply not wholesome to harbor, such as those I’ve mentioned. So, while the 10-year-old me is incredibly glad that the paranormal and supernormal are gaining legitimacy through the work of Kripal, Targ, Radin, and others, I also would hope that we not lose sight of our basic humanity in our quest to become superhuman. Sometimes it’s also awesome to be (merely) normal.

 

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Genius boy will graduate in Electronic Engineering at age 9 and wants to seek “immortality”

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Laurent Simons will not only graduate from an electronic engineer in a short time, he also wants to seek immortality through technology.

It is a prodigy child or a genius child from Belgium and is on its way to obtain an engineering degree at the young age of 9.

Laurent Simons is studying electrical engineering in the Eindhoven University of Technology (TUE), a difficult course even for students of an average postgraduate age.

The most surprising thing is that Laurent will graduate from college at the age of nine.

Ambitious goals

The child prodigy has ambitious scientific goals: after obtaining a PhD in engineering and a medical degree, Simons’ parents told CNN he wants to develop a way to create artificial organs.

To achieve his goal, Laurent plans to embark on a doctorate program in electrical engineering while studying for a medical degree.

Laurent’s father told CNN:

The absorption of information is not a problem for Laurent. I think the focus will be on research and the application of knowledge to discover new things. ”

Laurent Simons, the genius boy who will graduate as an electronic engineer at age 9
Laurent Simons, the genius boy who will graduate as an electronic engineer at age 9.

Mysteriously intelligent

The TUE, where Simons is on his way to graduate next month, told CNN that offering accelerated programs for students who can handle them is normal, but that they have never had such a young student.

Sjoerd Hulshof, director of education for the university’s electrical engineering program, said in a statement:

Special students who have good reasons for doing so can organize a tight schedule. Laurent is the fastest student we’ve had here. He is not only hyperintelligent, but also a very understanding child. ”

While Laurent comes from a family of doctors, his parents have so far not received any explanation as to why their prodigy son is able to learn so quickly.

But Lydia, his mother, has her own theory: “I ate a lot of fish during pregnancy,” he joked.

His progress has not gone unnoticed and is already being sought by prestigious universities around the world.

While Laurent is obviously able to learn faster than most, his parents are careful to let him have fun too.

His parents said:

We don’t want him to get too serious. He does what he likes. We need to find a balance between being a child and his talents. ”

However, unlike most 9-year-olds, he has already solved what he wants to do with his life: develop artificial organs.

A genius boy who shows great signs that in the near future he will achieve great things that could change the world for the better. Let’s hope so!

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Jacques Vallée talks about UFOs and consciousness

The UFO contact documentary, “Witness of Another World(Otherworldly Witness) is receiving great reviews from many quarters, and many viewers enjoyed seeing the legendary UFO and consciousness researcher Jacques Vallée in the movie.

Jacques Vallée talks about UFOs and consciousness
Jacques Vallée

Jacques Vallée is known as one of the deepest thinkers on the topics of UFO / Awareness and Awareness, so it’s great to see that the film’s creators have also uploaded a video of him to YouTube discussing UFOs and Awareness, after being asked if he thinks the UFOs are capable of altering our reality (full video embedded below):

I don’t know if (the UFO phenomenon) is capable of altering our reality, because I’m not sure we know what our reality is anymore. There are many things that are changing our reality – we can change reality in many ways: through drugs, through impressions of consciousness, through belief systems, and of course through physiological means.

Therefore, the phenomenon can use all of this to express itself if it comes from outside. If it comes from within, it’s even more interesting, because it forces us to raise the question of what is reality in the first place – and physics is asking the same questions now. Many physicists are asking – mainly because of particle entanglement and atom entanglement experiments – how is reality really perceived by our consciousness and to what extent do we create our reality? Is there really something like space and time?

So these questions come from physics, not from ufo / ufology, but I think we can really learn from what physicists are doing now.

Some physicists are saying that time and space do not really exist as real entities, which are expressed, that emerge from consciousness, observing our own experiences. Now, if this is true, it certainly opens up many new ways to approach phenomena like UFOs and other phenomena.

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Otherworldly essences of larva: what you need to know about them

Larvae are energy parasites or entities that can penetrate the human field. In the future, they accumulate heavy and disharmonious energy, as a result of which the psychological and physical state of health deteriorates significantly.

What are larvae

Many people know that there are otherworldly essences of larva, that you need to know this. It must be understood that every thought is material. It is for this reason that a person is surrounded by an energy shell that can live independently. Larva does not have its own consciousness, but it is an energy parasite. Larva can take energy and human health in order to continue to exist.

Larvae appear under the influence of human life, because actions and the energy world are closely connected with each other. Energy entities are present everywhere, and they can exist even for a long time. Larvae will exist for a long time if a person feeds them with their energy. As a result, a person becomes dependent on his desires, although he notes a rapid deterioration in health and even begins to fall into a depressed state.

Otherworldly essences of larva: what you need to know about them

Larvae according to their internal content are divided into 3 large groups:

1. Small. They are responsible for the immediate wishes of the people. It is easiest to deal with such larvae, since it is enough to satisfy a desire or endure and refuse to perform actions. Such larvae are emitted up to hundreds of times a day, and there is no particular harm to humans.
2. Medium. In this case, everyday habits appear, which can be guaranteed to be abandoned with a great desire. You need to understand that to combat negative character traits will require more time and effort. Success largely depends on the manifestation of your character. In order to notice obvious changes, you need to regularly overpower yourself.
3. Large. Habits become serious, and it is difficult to get rid of them on their own. Large larvae are also responsible for pronounced psychological complexes.

In any case, the otherworldly essences of the larva can cease to exist if a person tries to change his life.

Otherworldly essences of larva: what you need to know about them

What are the signs

Determining the presence of such entities is actually quite easy. If you have a bad habit, which is difficult to get rid of, you can suspect the presence of larvae. Key features:

– prostration;
– the appearance of aggression for no reason;
– increased emotionality;
– the desire to eat a lot and tasty.

Such manifestations are basic.

What are the dangers of larvae?

Astral beings are gradually gaining more and more power, so they are affecting more and more. Over time, the existing vital energy weakens, as a result of which a person cannot enjoy life, becomes apathetic and notes a breakdown.

There is also a deterioration in overall health. First of all, the organs of the gastrointestinal tract and the genitourinary system suffer. The deterioration of the organs occurs in the shortest possible time. If larvae continue to exist, health is rapidly deteriorating and there is even a risk of death.

If larvae appear

The main reasons for their appearance

Each person is influenced by the energy of the entire universe. It is for this reason that there are various reasons why larvae appear:

1. A negative manifestation due to a dysfunctional inheritance may be noted. If close relatives are distinguished by a weak spiritual world, entities can negatively affect children. This reason often becomes apparent if there is an energetic connection with relatives.

2. Each person through his actions lead to the fact that a negative energy essence is attached to him. Usually, the reason is attunement to life negative, so you need to fill yourself with positive.

3. Sometimes the appearance of larvae leads to communication with other people. The first signs will be irritability, nervousness, deterioration.

4. It is also dangerous to conduct rituals on your own if the ritual for calling the spirits went wrong.

If larvae appear, it is important to know what signs appear in a person, and a photo can help. Psychics are able to see larvae and understand that it is important to get rid of them.

Ways to get rid

It is recommended to strive for positive and fight bad thoughts, habits. If you strive to improve yourself and improve your health, get rid of habits, you can note the positive impact of actions on yourself.

It is undesirable to concentrate on the negative of life and the manifestation of bad habits. We must strive for creative activity. In this case, it will be easier to get rid of negative energy entities. It is also important to cultivate good habits and good emotions so that life is more productive and wholesome.

If larvae appear, signs in a person cannot go unnoticed.

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