So, am I actually getting anywhere with all my recent open-minded truth-seeking? Well, I did last night. Boy, did I!
I used to believe there was no soul, that human beings were purely biological in nature, that consciousness was not some great mystery, merely electrical impulses going through a brain. In more recent years, for various reasons, I came to believe in a human soul that survives death. Last night, I ended up proving it (or something close it). I proved that there is a lot more to being a human being than what conventional science is prepared to admit. Well, I proved it to myself, at least. If you would like to prove it to yourself, you’ll have to do a little work …
Yesterday evening I performed a simple little experiment in psionics called the “psi wheel.” If you key that phrase into YouTube, you’ll find countless examples of it; here is the best one I encountered *. Lo and behold, with a little patience (about an hour’s worth), I was able to make it work. I’ll do my best to describe what I did.
Psychokinesis means the moving of an object by the mind alone. When I was about thirteen, I witnessed what I believe to be the real deal. Many of the online “psi wheel” videos show people using their hands around an object. This is unfortunate, because it allows skeptics to debunk the phenomenon as heat from the hands creating a convection current and spinning the wheel. The experiment I witnessed as a teenager did not involve the use of the hands, so I decided not to use my hands at all. I would hazard a guess that hands merely serve as a sort of psychological aid, helping you believe you can do it.
Anyway, I concentrated on that wheel for quite a while. I believed I could do it, and I think that was probably important. I’ve tried psychokinesis a couple of times in my life and always failed. Learning about the psi wheel clued me into something important: the weight of what you’re trying to move is likely a major factor. I had always tried to move something substantial, like a light-switch or a key or a pencil. Remember, this is the very first baby-step in an ability. I’m trying to discover if there is the slightest force, no matter how small, acting on an object. To do that, the object needs to be both light and easily moved. A piece of paper suspended on a pin is an ideal choice.
Nothing happened for quite a while. The only thing that did any moving was my state of consciousness. I’ve never read up on meditation, but I think this is what I was experiencing. When you concentrate for a while on a single thing, you can feel your mind sort of lift or shift in a strange way. It’s hard to describe. A bit like when you’ve had slightly too much alcohol and you feel a sort of buzz in your head, a slight sense of disconnection with the world. Your vision also goes a little strange, although this may purely be a result of staring at the one spot for a long time. But what you feel in your mind is more than an illusion. I discovered this meditative state long ago when I was a teenager, and it scared the hell out of me, because it was a little too different from normal awareness for comfort. This time, however, I shunned fear and found it was rather more pleasant. I thought perhaps I might be on the verge of being able to move the wheel. But even in the meditative state, nothing would happen.
The meditative state was hard to hold on to for more than a few minutes, so I drifted naturally back to a more ordinary conscious state. It was a few minutes after that that I made the wheel move. I mention the meditation only because it may have been significant as a preparatory step for my mind to be able to do this. The wheel gave a bit of a twitch, and another. I don’t know what I was doing except that I was pushing on it with my mind. I wondered if my leg against the table had caused the movement. So I moved it away. Again, I was able to move the wheel a fraction. I wondered if my breath was affecting it. I covered my mouth and nose with my jumper, blew out a couple of big breaths to make sure nothing would get through the fabric, and nothing did. Sure enough, I was able to make the wheel move with my mind once again. It was a difficult experience to quantify, because sometimes it would work, then a few seconds later it would fail. Then I could get it to work again. I managed to get the wheel to move about a centimetre one way, then a centimetre the other way, back and forth several times in quick succession. I was determined to do a full counter-clockwise revolution. But I found it hard to keep the thing going, and also hard to get the direction the same every time. One of the things I did notice was that when it would start to go the wrong way, I could instantly stop concentrating and it would stop moving. Although I didn’t manage a full revolution, I did manage a one-quarter turn in the direction I intended, in several pushes. After that, I couldn’t do anything more.
While this was happening, I was thinking about the possibility of a draft from the door that I had left open behind me. I didn’t want to get up and close it during the experiment, so I decided that I would leave the wheel set up afterwards and see if any drafts caused movement later. The wheel never moved in the slightest, despite me walking about the house, opening and closing doors and causing air currents. When I got up this morning, the wheel was in exactly same position as I left it last night.
During the experiment, the movements were small and didn’t always happen when I willed them. It’s hard for me to figure out exactly what I was doing to create the movement. It doesn’t seem to be about willing something really hard. If anything, when I applied extra mental pressure, that seemed to stop the wheel working. I don’t know exactly what “mental muscle” I was flexing, so to speak, but I’m confident that I was genuinely flexing it. I think it’s the same principle as those “magic eye” images that were all the rage a decade ago. It takes a bit of experimental practice to start seeing them, but once you discover how, you can do it quickly and confidently from then on. Likewise, if I decide to practise the psi wheel a little more, I’m confident I’ll be able to get better at it. But should I?
Well, I’m very conscious that a friend of mine recently warned me about the dangers of playing with forces outside of our understanding. This guy was speaking from personal experience of having learned the hard way, and it sounds like I’m dismissing his advice. It has to be asked: why exactly am I doing this? It’s certainly not to have special powers to impress people with. I’m interested in discovering truth. I’ve been reading a lot of material recently around the view that human beings are made up of energy that transcends the physical body. Are we merely soulless flesh and blood, as the scientists would have us believe? The answer to that has major implications for our view of ourselves, of the world, and of such practical matters as medical science. Medical science, as you know, treats only the body. But are we only a body, or are we made up of more than that? Interestingly, acupuncture is based on the idea of the body possessing several “chakras” (energy centres), and there’s a school of thought that says illnesses can be caused by imbalances in our energy centres. If that is the case, then I’m sure you can see that our view on what it is to be human has major implications for medical science.
Far be it from me to encourage people to grab the nearest Ouija board (I would say an emphatic “Don’t!”), but if you’re an open-minded person interested in learning something new about reality that you won’t find in a science textbook, I would encourage you to try the psi wheel experiment. If you’re a skeptic, then you’re a lost cause until you can learn a little open-mindedness – which you really should. I agree that doubt is a good thing. It keeps us honest and helps us get closer to the truth by questioning what we think we know. You’ve seen me employ plenty of doubt in my experiment above. But skepticism is like doubt on steroids.
What I now know is that yesterday evening I made use of some kind of energy from within myself – energy that science does not even acknowledge exists. This personal confirmation reaffirms to me the complete inadequacy of the closed-minded, anti-spiritual attitude of what is called science today. We are more than just physical bodies, and this knowledge is either being supressed or ignored, to our detriment.
* It appears the video I’m linking to is an elaborate hoax. An unfortunate choice on my part, but hardly proof that genuine psionic ability is a farce. Just another example of the countless illusions that magicians have been using for centuries. Proof only of our ability to be fooled. It’s like I said at the top, “If you would like to prove it to yourself, you’ll have to do a little work.” No video is going to convince anybody. [Appended 7 August 2008]