Monday, January 19, 2015

Do Some People Have The Power To Sense Things We Can't See

Monday, January 19, 2015

The universe is full of mysteries that challenge our current knowledge. In "Beyond Science" Educating Humanity and The Epoch Times collects stories about these strange phenomena to stimulate the imagination and open up previously undreamed of possibilities. Are they true? You decide.

Emily is a travel writer who believes she has a special sensitivity to places that are supposedly haunted. She says she’s been “overly empathetic” her entire life, such that if someone with a bad headache walks into a room she’s in, Emily may get a headache herself, or if someone has pulled his back, her back will begin to ache the moment she makes eye contact. Emily used to suffer from irritable bowel syndrome and now suffers from fibromyalgia. When her chronic pain is flaring, she says, that’s when her psychical sensitivity is highest. She feels emotional energies in houses she’s never been to before, has witnessed radios and other objects moving about in her presence, and believes that she’s encountered spirits. Could there be a connection, Emily wonders, between her longtime sensitivity and these bizarre experiences?

Hank owns a small business. When he was 5, he was hit by a car and suffered head trauma. From that time on, he claims, he’s had an affinity for sensing what other people are feeling. Hank didn’t realize this was not “normal” until he met someone he considers telepathic, who helped him to hone the ability. Today, Hank has a circle of such friends, many of whom say they have problems with wristwatches, computers, and other appliances malfunctioning in their presence.

Sally is divorced with three grown children. She’s had allergies most of her life, as have others in her family. She considers herself to be sensitive to electricity and reports that her local librarian wishes she’d stay away as the online catalog seems to go down when she’s near. Sally will sometimes feel a presence when no one is around or hear a voice with no apparent source. These perceptions have occurred throughout her life but especially when she was going through a trying time in her marriage.

Edward is a medical doctor, athletic and health conscious, though he’s lived for the past 15 years with a condition known as multiple chemical sensitivity. Now he limits his exposure to cleansers, paints, pesticides, air fresheners, and colognes, and runs a clinic for other people who seem to be similarly afflicted. Sometimes, Edward relates, he feels an unseen presence or sees an apparition. Some of his patients volunteer similar experiences.

These four people are typical of scores of individuals I have interviewed or corresponded with in an ongoing study of anomalous perceptions conducted over the past fifteen years.

Respondents typically report having one or more of the following: allergies, chronic pain, chronic fatigue, migraine headache, sleep difficulties. They also report having extreme sensitivity to lights, sounds, smells, textures—and feelings. In almost all cases, they come across as friendly, self-aware, and well adjusted. Their perceptions, however, beg the questions: What is going on? Are these people simply delusory? Fantasy-prone? Hypochondriacs? All of the above?

Over the course of my research, I have come to suspect that a “neurobiology of sensitivity”—combining elements of nature as well as nurture—explains these odd perceptions better than the other, standard answers. Clearly, many of our fellow human beings are capable of unwittingly deceiving themselves or purposely misleading others. But it’s worth considering whether some individuals, at least, might be reacting to genuine external stimuli—much as a person susceptible to migraine may react to lights, sounds, smells, tastes, or changes in barometric pressure. In that sense, what we marginalize as “extra” sensory may not be so. It may instead constitute a way of perceiving that, while alien to most of us, is perfectly natural for some given how their brains, their bodies, and their feelings work.
We’re All Different

We all know certain people whose hearing, smell or other sense is extremely keen. People who can discern a trace ingredient in a complex meal, for example, or react to a particular texture as if it’s assaulting them. Throughout our lives, we differ in the types and levels of sensation we react to. Women are typically more sensitive than men, though their sensitivity will fluctuate during periods such as puberty, ovulation, pregnancy, and menopause.

Due to the influence of heredity, personal circumstances, or merely age, one’s own sensitivity is never constant. Think of how you’re more nearsighted now than you were ten years ago, or the way someone who has lost his or her vision may gain the capacity for hearing or smelling things more acutely.

If you remember the TV show M*A*S*H, you’ll recall the character of Radar O’Reilly and how he was able to hear helicopters approaching the surgical hospital well before anyone else. Some people are just like that. We all know people who are just plain more reactive than others—a trait that typically begins in childhood.

In 2011, Psychology Today ran an article titled “
Sense and Sensitivity” that documented how highly sensitive people experience the world, something akin to “The Princess and the Pea.” They tend to register a great many things more quickly and more fully, including feelings—both their own and other people’s.

The fact of the matter is (as a 
cover story in the magazine New Scientist made clear), “No two people live in the same sensory world. … When one considers that virtually everything we know about ourselves and the world is based on information obtained through the senses, the fact that objective differences exist between people suggests that our ‘consensus’ reality may encompass a far wider spectrum than previously appreciated.”

Perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss recurring reports of apparitions when the people who report them tend to be people who are also affected by longstanding allergies, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, or synesthesia.

My question: Is that consensus reality missing a component—a lurking, between-the-lines emotional component—that certain highly sensitive people “get” because of their own emotional attunement? Perhaps we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss recurring reports of apparitions when the people who report them tend to be people who are also affected by longstanding allergies, migraine headaches, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, post-traumatic stress disorder, or synesthesia (a remarkable phenomenon in which someone experiences overlapping sensations, such as hearing a color or tasting a shape).

Ghost stories, of course, have persisted across every age and every society, no matter how modern or scientific. Something so pervasive, so characteristically human, deserves not to be put down or waved away but seriously investigated. In my estimation, the correspondence of apparitional reports with environmentally sensitive people gives us a significant new way to begin unlocking the puzzle.

Michael Jawer has been investigating the mind-body basis of personality and health for the past 15 years. His articles and papers have appeared in Spirituality & Health, Explore: The Journal of Journal of Science and Healing, Noetic Now, and Science & Consciousness Review. Jawer has spoken before the American Psychological Association and been interviewed by multiple publications. His latest book, written with Marc Micozzi, MD, Ph.D., is “Your Emotional Type.” Its website is His previous book is titled “The Spiritual Anatomy of Emotion,” its website is Jawer can be reached at

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How to Digitally Record/Video a UFO sighting:

Como registar digitalmente ou gravar um vídeo de um avistamento de um UFO:

Stabilize the camera on a tripod. If there is no tripod, then set it on top of a stable, flat surface. If that is not possible lean against a wall to stabilize your body and prevent the camera from filming in a shaky, unsteady manner.

Estabilize a camera com um tripé. Se não tiver um tripé, então coloque-a em cima de uma superfície estável. Se não for possível, então encoste-se a uma parede para estabilizar o corpo e evitar que a camera registe de maneira tremida e instável.

Provide visual reference points for comparison. This includes the horizon, treetops, lampposts, houses, and geographical landmarks (i.e., Horsetooth Reservoir, Mt. Adams, etc.) Provide this in the video whenever is appropriate and doesn’t detract from what your focus is, the UFO.

Forneça pontos visuais de referência para comparação. Isso inclui o horizonte, cimo das árvores, postes de iluminação, pontos de referência geográficos (como o Reservatório de Horsetooth, Mone Adams, etc) Forneça esses pontos no vídeo sempre que for apropriado e não se distraia do que é o seu foco, o UFO/a Nave.

Narrate your videotape. Provide details of the date, time, location, and direction (N,S,E,W) you are looking in. Provide your observations on the weather, including approximate temperature, windspeed, any visible cloud cover or noticeable weather anomalies or events. Narrate on the shape, size, color, movements, approximate altitude of the UFO, etc and what it appears to be doing. Also include any unusual physical, psychological or emotional sensations you might have. Narrate any visual reference points on camera so they correlate with what the viewer will see, and thereby will be better able to understand.

Faça a narração do vídeo. Forneça pormenores sobre a data, hora, local e direcção (Norte, Sul, Este, Oeste) que está a observar. Faça observações sobre as condições atmosféricas, incluindo a temperatura aproximada, velocidade do vento, quantidade de nuvens, anomalias ou acontecimentos meteorológicos evidentes. Descreva a forma, o tamanho, a cor, os movimentos, a altitude aproximada onde se encontra o UFO/nave, etc e o que aparenta estar a fazer. Inclua também quaisquer aspectos pouco habituais de sensações físicas, psicológicas ou emocionais que possa ter. Faça a narração de todos os pontos de referência visual que o espectador irá ver e que, deste modo, será capaz de compreender melhor.

Be persistent and consistent. Return to the scene to videotape and record at this same location. If you have been successful once, the UFO sightings may be occurring in this region regularly, perhaps for specific reasons unknown, and you may be successful again. You may also wish to return to the same location at a different time of day (daylight hours) for better orientation and reference. Film just a minute or two under “normal” circumstances for comparison. Write down what you remember immediately after. As soon as you are done recording the experience/event, immediately write down your impressions, memories, thoughts, emotions, etc. so it is on the record in writing. If there were other witnesses, have them independently record their own impressions, thoughts, etc. Include in this exercise any drawings, sketches, or diagrams. Make sure you date and sign your documentation.

Seja persistente e não contraditório. Volte ao local da cena e registe o mesmo local. Se foi bem sucedido uma vez, pode ser que nessa região ocorram avistamentos de UFOs/naves com regularidade, talvez por razões específicas desconhecidas, e talvez possa ser novamente bem sucedido. Pode também desejar voltar ao mesmo lugar a horas diferentes do dia (durante as horas de luz)para ter uma orientação e referência melhor. Filme apenas um ,inuto ou dois em circunstâncias “normais” para ter um termo de comparação. Escreva tudo o que viu imediatamente após o acontecimento. Logo após ter feito o registo da experiência/acontecimento, escreva imediatamente as impressões, memórias, pensamentos, emoções, etc para que fiquem registadas por escrito. Se houver outras testemunhas, peça-lhes para registar independentemente as suas próprias impressões, pensamentos, etc. Inclua quaisquer desenhos, esbolos, diagramas. Certifique-se que data e assina o seu documento/testemunho.

Always be prepared. Have a digital camera or better yet a video camera with you, charged and ready to go, at all times. Make sure you know how to use your camera (and your cell phone video/photo camera) quickly and properly. These events can occur suddenly, unexpectedly, and often quite randomly, so you will need to be prepared.

Esteja sempre preparado, Tenha sempre uma camera digital, melhor ainda, uma camera vídeo consigo, carregada e pronta a usar sempre que necessário. Certifique-se que sabe como lidar com a sua camera (ou com o seu celular/camera fotográfica) rápida e adequadamente. Esses acontecimentos podem acontecer súbita e inesperadamente e, por vezes, acidentalmente, por isso, necessita estar preparado.

Look up. Be prepared. Report. Share.

Olhe para cima, Esteja preparado, Relate, Partilhe.



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