By S. Douglas Woodward (excerpted from the bestselling book God’s Ghostbusters)
And oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
Win us with honest trifles, to betray[us]
In deepest consequence.[i]
—William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act I Scene III
Despite widespread popular belief in the paranormal in the twenty-first century, skeptics still abound in academic and scientific circles. Conventional thinking insists that every cause has an effect and especially, one which we can explain without recourse to the supernatural or the miraculous.
There have been voices that questioned whether such certitude about nature and normality was justified. Goethe,[ii] a poetic voice during the Age of Enlightenment, offered a strongly worded, contrarian opinion: “We walk in mysteries. We are surrounded by an atmosphere about which we still know nothing at all. We do not know what stirs in it and how it is connected with our intelligence. This much is certain, under particular conditions the antennae of our souls are able to reach out beyond their physical limitations.”[iii] Today, the advocacy for the “abnormal” grows stronger. The esoteric steadily encroaches upon the fortress of skepticism built over the past four centuries during naturalism’s hegemony. Not since before the Enlightenment with the Neo-Platonists of the Renaissance[iv] has the supernatural made such headway amongst intellectuals in Western society.
Evidence mounts for the reality of the supernatural. But most scientists not only ignore the momentum of public opinion, they overlook an irrepressible, cold, hard fact that the “nonreligious” government of the United States has, for almost sixty years, operated aspects of its intelligence service assuming that the paranormal is reality. Hal Puthoff, one of the fathers of psychic spies working for the U.S. Intelligence Service since the 1970s, states it this way: “Scientists and nonscientists alike often find it difficult to confront data that appear to be greatly at odds with their world view. Entrenched belief structures die hard, even in the face of data.”[v] Does the government really believe in clairvoyance? Unquestionably so, as the many bets they’ve placed testify. It’s no small thing that our military and intelligence leaders have managed to spend millions in tax dollars with Congressional approval to support it.[vi] As an unintended consequence, we can say without hesitation that no less than the U.S. Government has generated mountains of documented proof for the reality of the supernatural.[vii] Carl Jung said, “The risk of inner experience, the adventure of the spirit, is in any case alien to most human beings. The possibility that such experience might have psychic reality is anathema to them.”[viii] While true for scientists, it proved not to be so true for our military.
Let’s begin by confirming several key definitions. First: clairvoyance. Clairvoyance is the supernatural power of seeing objects or events removed in space or time from natural viewing. The word simply combines two French words, clair (“clear”) and voyance (“vision”). Wikipedia provides this general definition: “Within parapsychology, clairvoyance is used exclusively to refer to the transfer of information that is both contemporary to, and hidden from, the clairvoyant. It is very different from telepathy in that the information is said to be gained directly from an external physical source, rather than being transferred from the mind of one individual to another… Clairvoyance is related to remote viewing, although the term “remote viewing” itself is not as widely applicable to clairvoyance because it refers to a specific controlled process” (italics and bold added).[ix] Graham Hancock, in his book Supernatural, offers this definition of shamanism: “Shamanism is not confined to specific socio-economic settings or stages of development. It is fundamentally the ability that all of us share, some with and some without the help of hallucinogens, to enter altered states of consciousness and to travel out of body in non-physical realms—there to encounter supernatural entities and gain useful knowledge and healing powers from them.”[x] The truthfulness of these phenomena impacts our understanding of the universe. Our perspective on the nature of reality is known as cosmology. Dictionary.com provides this formal definition of cosmology: It is “the branch of philosophy dealing with the origin and general structure of the universe, with its parts, elements, and laws, and especially with such of its characteristics as space, time, causality, and freedom.” Additionally, it is “the branch of astronomy that deals with the general structure and evolution of the universe.”[xi] If psychic phenomena do exist, our understanding of humankind and the universe can no longer be a simple “naturalism.” As we will see, there are many in the military who accept it is fact.
According to author Jim Marrs in his book, PSI Spies: The True Story of America’s Psychic Warfare Program, research into and the use of remote viewing (RV) has been funded by four separate administrations for over a quarter of a century. The real truth: It had been funded by the Departments of the Navy since 1947, the Army since 1949, and the CIA since 1952. It was driven, no doubt, by the awareness that the Russians were up to their earlobes in psychic research and America had better get in the game. In effect, our psychic spies were the result of the Cold War and the fear of our military and Congress that, like the story of Sputnik in the so-called Space Race, if we didn’t take action we were destined to finish in second place. The fear of the Red menace was crucial to the task of making a “supernatural” ability a repeatable technique capable of being trained to secular intelligence operatives who had no particular allegiance to religion of any kind.
At the outset of Marrs’ book, he picks up the story of psychics in the military in the 1990s. Marrs indicates that Dr. Hal Puthoff and Ingo Swann who, along with Russell Targ, were the men most responsible for the development of RV. But PSI Spy number one, Chief Warrant Officer Joseph McMoneagle, was actually in the business in the early 1970s. In fact, the beginning of the story goes back further still. The original research was done by several mysterious characters, indeed, bona fide shamans and was commenced as early as the late 1940s. Roswell (1947) wasn’t the only crazy thing on the radar of our military after World War II. These individuals, in particular one Andrija Puharich, had a far-reaching impact on the whole story of psychic activity both in the intelligence services and even more bizarre nature of psychic activities outside of the military then and now. We will explore his contributions and continuing impact in the twenty-first century in part two of this chapter.
In today’s version of the New Age Movement, typically accompanied by predictions for massive change in the consciousness of humankind in the year 2012, there is great enthusiasm for Shamanism.[xii] Daniel Pinchbeck, author of two relevant books on the subject, Breaking Open the Head, and 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, promotes the rediscovery of shamanism during the past two decades as one means (if not the primary means) to facilitate 2012’s dramatic transformation of humanity’s awareness. “The exploration and unbiased study of these mind-expanding molecules—an interrupted legacy of scientific and psychological research begun in the 1950s and shut down with hysterical force during the late 1960s—is the one way to unify these opposite approaches [brain-based materialism versus spirit-oriented shamanism] to the nature of reality. Perhaps it is the only way.”[xiii]
Shamanism is the most ancient of religions vitally connected to cultures of indigenous tribes worldwide. Shamanism relies upon highly specialized plant compounds containing hallucinogenic drugs.[xiv] Shaman is the more politically correct name for “witch doctor” or “medicine man” as the Shaman understands the various uses of plants and their ability to heal both physical and psychological conditions. But most notably, Shamans are the priests of “animism” and facilitate contact with the spiritual realm. In fact, there is a whole new tourism industry, popular for the past two decades, in South America and Mexico focused on seekers of spiritual experiences using organic drugs with Shamanic oversight. Psychic experiences south of the border is a chic method for the religiously disenfranchised to find their way back to some manner of spiritual encounter.
But the trek is not a new one. Timothy Leary, the Harvard professor disillusioned with western society, was the most famous to go south to experience the effects of magical mushrooms. However, he was actually preceded by R. Gordon Wasson, a famous mycologist (the study of fungi). Interestingly, Wasson was invited to work for the CIA in the early 1950s as part of the infamous and ill-fated MKULTRA project (discussed later in this chapter). Wasson refused the invitation but nevertheless was unknowingly funded by the Geshcikter Foundation for Medical Research, a CIA “conduit” for its funds, to complete his Mexican expedition in 1956. According to Pinchbeck, Wasson remains to this day regarded as the father of magical mushrooms. It was indeed Wasson’s 1957 article in Life Magazine that caught the attention of Leary and led him to his personal magical mystery tour in 1960.[xv] Eventually, Leary would pick his drug of choice, LSD, and become an adamant provocateur and strident promoter of hallucinogenic substances as the savior of Western culture. As he said, “Turn on, tune in, and drop out.”[xvi] With words of wisdom like this, no wonder the “silent majority” disinherited academia in the 1960s. But to place the story in context, we must study the history of the paranormal much more distant than a scant fifty years.
The History of Clairvoyance
Jim Marrs relates: “In the Vedas, the most ancient written record of man, there are references to supernatural powers called ‘siddhis.’ According to the venerable Hindu scriptures, these were unwanted paranormal side effects of meditation that tended to distract the meditator.”[xvii] He takes it further:
Dr. Richard Broughton, director of research at the Institute for Parapsychology in Durham, North Caroline, has quoted from Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras, written some 3,500 years ago. His descriptions of Pantanjali’s yoga meditation techniques sound remarkably similar to the techniques developed for remote viewing:
“[Y]oga mediation…[is] a succession of stages in which outside distractions are reduced… In the stages of the meditational process—termed Samyana—paranormal phenomena may be produced, most commonly a feeling of clairvoyant omniscience, but sometimes including physical effects such as levitation, object movements, and healing.”[xviii] (brackets in original)
In the modern era, research into the paranormal began in 1882 when a group of interested scientists in London formed the Society for Psychical Research (SPR).
For the first time, the techniques of modern science—standardized descriptions and methodology, disciplined experiments, and so forth—were applied to psychic phenomena.
Among the accomplishments of the SPR was the exposure of fraudulent mediums and spiritualists. In 1884, following an investigation of Elena Hahn, better known as Madame Blavatsky, founder of the mystical Theosophical society, the SPR caustically termed her “one of the most accomplished, ingenious, and interesting impostors in history.”[xix] (bold added)
The arrival of J.B. Rhines at Duke University in September 1927 began the formal discipline around psychic research in a laboratory setting. Rhines was motivated to begin the research after hearing a lecture on the topic of the paranormal by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes. It was Rhine who coined the term extrasensory perception (ESP). “In 1940, the Rhines, along with other parapsychologists, produced a book entitled Extra-Sensory Perception After Sixty Years, a compendium of psychical research since the founding of the SPR in 1882. The research presented in this book was so careful and scientific that the book became assigned reading for introductory psychology classes at Harvard for the 1940–41 academic year.”[xx]
Psychic occurrences during World War II so frightened military authorities that psychics were not only considered genuine, but were seen as a strategic threat. One psychic in England became notorious for predicting unfortunate events; particularly making statements regarding the sinking of two ships in 1944 before this outcome had become public knowledge. Her name was Helen Duncan. She was arrested and charged with conspiracy, specifically after a 1735 law against witchcraft was updated by Parliament to permit authorities to act against her. After her arrest and conviction, Duncan served a nine-month prison sentence. This step was taken by the British to ensure that information about D-Day would not be leaked by Duncan inadvertently due to her capacity for clairvoyance and her growing reputation. “Even Prime Minister Winston Churchill futilely tried to intercede for Mrs. Duncan. In his memoirs written years later, Churchill credited psychic guidance in leading him to a friendly home during his escape as a prisoner during the Boer War.”[xxi] Tim Rifat in his 1999 book, Remote Viewing, commented, “A country such as the UK, obsessed with secrecy, cannot allow remote viewing to become public knowledge.”[xxii] So we see how the military threat of intelligence gained through psychic means chills the spine in more ways than one.
Yet, it would be the Cold War with the Soviets that would propel the American government to explore the unexplainable. As early as January 7, 1952, a CIA document (released under the Freedom of Information Act in 1981), clearly indicated the agency was considering projects involving ESP.[xxiii] After a relatively quiet period in the 1960s, the topic popped up again in full force as the next decade began: “In 1970, two Western authors, Sheila Ostrander and Lynn Schroeder, published Psychic Discoveries Behind the Iron Curtain, detailing what they had learned about such research after a lengthy visit through the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. The book was a great success and proved to be an impetus to psychic research, particularly in the United States.”[xxiv]
Nevertheless, both the U.S. and Soviet governments distanced themselves from such work, declaring it sensational and untrue. Explanations were offered such as “the stories were fabrications of research scientists seeking more financing.” Of course: Who wants to admit an “unscientific” point of view—even if it’s something into which the entity in question is pouring millions of dollars (or rubles)? That’s why it has always seemed essential to keep quiet what was really going on behind the curtains—whether those curtains were iron on not.
Playing a major role in the government’s work was the Stanford Research Institute (SRI).[xxv] In 1970, SRI went independent of Stanford University as a result of protests from students who feared that SRI had become too cozy with the military-industrial complex. During the early part of the 1970s, SRI did indeed serve as a cover for the psychic research being carried out by the CIA and Army intelligence. The principal figure working under contract for SRI at the time was one Ingo Swann, who became the father of remote viewing, not only demonstrating the technique to the astonishment of most everyone familiar with the project, but throughout the next two decades, mentoring and training over twenty other remote viewers for the government. When Uri Geller was brought to the United States, Geller was studied carefully at SRI. Edgar Mitchell (of Apollo 14 astronaut fame) was the “funding and contracting agent” at SRI that was to investigate Geller. “Significantly, the Geller experiments at SRI coincided exactly with the first CIA involvement with psychic experiments there, specifically their sponsorship of research into Ingo Swann’s extraordinary talent for remote viewing. And in Uri Geller they had the golden child of the Israeli secret service, [the] Mossad. Is it too unlikely that Geller, also, was being investigated by the CIA? Geller has gone on record as admitting he worked for them.”[xxvi]
But the story of PSI spying can’t be kept under wraps forever. On August 27, 1995, the account of PSI Spies broke in a London newspaper: “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier PSI,”[xxvii] written by Jim Schnabel who went on to publish a book on remote viewing in 1997. Marrs tells us about the “official disclosure”:
Remote viewing was officially acknowledged by a CIA news release dated November 28, 1995. The story received superficial and dismissive coverage in the New York Times and the Washington Post, which described the PSI Spies merely as “a trio of citizens with suspected paranormal powers who were located at a Maryland military base.” Even with this watered-down version, the story moved no farther than the East Coast. Nowhere was there any mention that remote viewing was simply dispersed to even more secret government agencies where its use continues today, according to several separate unofficial sources.[xxviii]
This reluctance to admit the level of what had been going on for the previous forty-five years is classic intelligence service disinformation. After all, there really is no benefit for the military to give away any secrets just to satisfy public curiosity—even if we do pay for such activities with our tax dollars.[xxix]
So what can we make of it all? It appears that the military has a two-pronged plan for RV: (1) Minimize its importance publicly by seeking to show that most “RVers” are crackpots[xxx] and to create dismissive reports (such as was done by Ray Hyman in 1995 at the CIA’s behest—Hyman is an Oregon professor who makes his money by being an adamant skeptic of all things paranormal); while (2) secretly continuing to utilize it strategically for both defensive and offensive purposes. The examples of its effective usage are undeniable from the many books and articles published by the actual RV personnel working for the military over the past forty years (I don’t have space to produce more than a few examples—see below).[xxxi] The CIA and the military want to continue using RV and other forms of psychic force—they just want to keep it out of the headlines. Marrs comments, “By the mid-1970s, the CIA proved its satisfaction with the SRI results as demonstrated by the agency’s continued financial support.”[xxxii] We might say, “The proof is in the paying.” Of course, that paying continued throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
How Does Remote Viewing Work?
Perhaps the most striking difference between the path of the shaman and that of the PSI Spies is the means that are used to obtain the results sought. In short, shamans use drugs derived from plants of all kinds that yield alkaloids. PSI Spies use only meditative techniques.
The PSI Spies operated under a number of different projects with intriguing names, most of which meant nothing. For example, GRILL FLAME was a random computer-generated codename for several sub-projects (everything that including psychic activity). The project was initially outfitted with twelve of three thousand interviewees. Soon it was netted down to six and ultimately to only three. SRI did the intensive testing that led to those selected. Pat Riley, another remote viewer for the military, said that during this time [the mid-1970s during the start-up period] the remote viewers of GRILL FLAME were trying “a variety of methods to induce an altered state of consciousness. ‘Everything except drugs,’ said Riley.”[xxxiii]
The reluctance to consider drugs to assist in remote viewing resulted from fears that emerged when Congress learned how many unsuspecting servicemen (over fifteen hundred) were tested with LSD in the 1950s as part of Project MKULTRA. Thereafter, use of drugs on unwitting human subjects in military service (and without a special oversight committee) would be a career-limiting move for those in charge. Several methods to make the process more directed were tried but no one approach was determined to be best. At the end of the day, the method of choice placed the subject in a darkened, quiet room to facilitate a meditative state. The “PSI warriors” consistently indicate that to make the process work, the conscious mind has to be put into neutral to allow the part of the mind that can “remote view” to do its thing. Ingo Swann, the very first active remote viewer and the primary trainer of most of the PSI Spies, described it this way:
You see, when these guys make an ideogram [a simple sketch of what they are viewing], there’s a chain of unraveling that takes place. The signal line is being incorporated into the viewer’s mind or something like that. And they are trained to discriminate between noise and signal. But the signal line does its own thing in these stages and in the way that it does that, you come up with practically a noiseless session [where the images are passed through to the viewer clearly]. That’s if they adhere to the format, the structure. But it’s very hard to get people to do that because people like to contribute themselves, you know.
This is not a contributive process. The viewer has to be passive, not active, and just receive what’s coming in.[xxxiv]
In other words, although the RVers achieve a trance state, the conscious mind is still aware, but very passive in the process. If the subject doesn’t learn how to relax the conscious mind and keep it from interfering in the process, the results diminish dramatically.
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For all intents and purposes, the technique appears to follow the path of psychic processes known as “automatic writing” and “channeling” (or more popularly known as, “mediumship”). Marrs writes of one experience of David Morehouse, a late comer to the remote viewing team. Colonel Ennis Cole (a pseudonym as he still works for the government), recruited Captain David Morehouse in 1988. Morehouse had the “misfortune” of admitting he had once had a spontaneous “out-of-body experience” (OBE).[xxxv] That piqued the interests of his superiors. Colonel Cole began by describing the project to Morehouse as GRILL FLAME. “A small, select group of soldiers, the colonel explained, were having out-of-body experiences. They were leaving their physical bodies, going to distant targets, and describing the targets. ‘They call this remote viewing,’ Cole explained.”[xxxvi] After giving Morehouse specific longitude and latitude coordinates to demarcate a specific target,[xxxvii] Cole then proceeded to let Morehouse’s fingers do the walking (or writing). We read:
Morehouse was feeling very incompetent. Great, he thought. How do I allow my hand to move across the paper? I mean, you’re talking to a grunt soldier here.
Pettingale [his monitor] took a deep breath and repeated the coordinates again. Without his thinking or willing it, Morehouse’s hand began to move across the paper. It moved slightly across and then moved sharply upwards and back down.
Morehouse looked up with a grin of relief and accomplishment. Pettingale was not smiling. “Now decode it. Describe how it felt.”
“I feel it rising sharply upwards,” Morehouse said confidently.
“Fine. Now touch the ideogram with your pen point and tell me what you feel”…
“It’s rising up sharply. It’s natural… it’s a mountain,” he blurted out, surprised at the conviction in his voice.[xxxviii]
Upon opening a manila envelope with the picture of the target corresponding to the coordinates, Morehouse discovered a picture of Japan’s Mount Fuji. And so began the career of Captain David Morehouse.
The Soviets tried various ways to induce or improve on RV including electric shock, drugs, and sensory deprivation. The latter two are historically the methods or medicine that shamans utilize to create their psychic experiences. But Riley indicates that remote viewing capability requires alert concentration. “When a person is on drugs, their remote viewing capability is diminished.”[xxxix] As such, the remote viewers are distant cousins to shamans. They only care about the technique for its practical application. The issue of what it says about cosmology and the nature of the universe is entirely secondary. Of course, as we learn more about the experiences, it gets harder to avoid the question of what such workings tells us about the cosmos as well as the nature of human beings and God.
One of the first “wow” events involved Joe McMoneagle remote viewing a new type of Soviet sub. Essentially, he had discovered the submarine reality of what the movie The Hunt for the Red October used as the basis for its techno-thrilling plot: A super sub that really could run silent, run deep. This was in 1979. It was under construction in a secret facility at Severodvinsk. McMoneagle was able to supply fascinating details about the nature of the sub indicating to his superiors that they had stumbled onto something truly revolutionary. It caused the military many sleepless nights.
But what really got the attention of the military was when the PSI Spies remote viewed secret weapon development for the good guys. The Air Force ill-advisedly used their most top secret program as a test for the PSI Spies. The team easily stood up to the test. Morehouse commented, “The Air Force went nuts. They didn’t know what to do.” If the Air Force had the spies sign a statement that they would not disclose what they saw, it would have documented the secret program. What’s worse, it would have shown them up for frivolously using their most secret weapon as a test. Nevertheless, because they were given the target, the team learned the name of the project and many of the details of what would become America’s stealth fighter program. The Air Force couldn’t do anything but walk away. “It just terrified them. I mean, if we could get into their most secret program, we could get into anything”[xl] according to Morehouse. Of course, it was news only to those who already had top security clearance and were sworn under duty of military law to keep the government’s secrets, secret. No real harm was done.
From the demonstrated experience of both Pat Price and Joe McMoneagle, we learn that RV is not only not limited to space, but neither is it limited to time. McMoneagle, after his service in the military, would sometimes be tested on television and be called upon to remote view a target from several choices which would be selected at show time. However, he admitted that he would normally remote view the location that would be picked the night before while lying on his hotel bed. That way, he wouldn’t be bothered by the stress of the live television show. Consequently, this meant not only could he investigate through “his mind’s eye” the location for remote viewing, he could do so even before they picked the place the next day! For McMoneagle, time is a creation of our social structures and a convenience for us in a social setting. That doesn’t mean that it’s real and a structure that the human mind has to respect as a restriction on consciousness. Russell Targ commented about remote viewer Pat Price: “[He] had psychic functioning totally integrated into his daily life. He would tell us each day about the course of world events—the day and hour of the Israeli-Arab cease-fire in the Yom Kippur Way , the eventual outcome of a celebrated kidnapping, the breakup of an OPEC conference by terrorists. Nearly every day it seemed Pat would have some piece of precognitive news for us to think about over lunch, days in advance of the event’s actual occurrence.”[xli]
What kind of intelligence did the intelligence services seek from the PSI Spies? Primarily, their interest was in gathering scientific and technical intelligence. “What did the other side have? How did it work? How could it be used against us?” While the CIA was shying away from “far out” projects in the 1970s, the Army Intelligence team continued to use the psychic warriors. Gen. Edmund “Mike” Thompson, U.S. Army’s deputy chief of staff for Intelligence, said, “‘I became convinced that remote viewing was a real phenomenon, that it wasn’t a hoax,’ recalled Gen. Thompson. ‘We didn’t know how to explain it, but we weren’t so much interested in explaining it as in determining whether there was any practical use to it.’” [xlii]Considering the spiritual dangers associated with the technique as we will soon learn, such a notion is reminiscent of a famous line from Alfred Lord Tennyson, from his Charge of the Light Brigade:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs not to reason why,
Theirs but to do and die.[xliii]
It should be noted that the RVers discriminate between remote viewing and “out of body experiences”; OBE is considered to be unpredictable and uncontrollable, whereas RV is. “When you go out of body, it is such an awe-inspiring experience that the viewers would forget about their mission,” Riley said. “I mean when you are able to move out among the stars or see other dimensions, that Soviet rocket launcher [for example, he means] seems pretty tame. You lose interest in it real quick.”[xliv]
Another unexpected phenomenon the remote viewers describe suggests there is a social aspect to RV: The RVers could encounter their opponents psychically and sense one another. When this occurred, it became a psychic game of Spy vs. Spy. “Having been alerted to the existence of foreign remote viewers, the PSI Spies joined in a game of psychic cat and mouse with the other side. ‘We would go looking for them and they would come looking for us,’ Morehouse said. ‘Gradually, a sense of camaraderie grew. They were experimenting and learning just like us. We thought of them more as an opposing team than an enemy.’”[xlv]
However, the unit started going downhill toward the end of the 1980s. Missions were still in full force, but the best of the RVers began leaving to “do their thing” in the private sector. By 1993, a company called PSI TECH was underway with seven remote viewers including Ingo Swann as mentor and consultant. General Albert N. Stubblebine (one of the team’s commanders in the 1980s, affectionately known as “Spoon bender” because he was so impressed with psychokinetic experiences), took a position on PSI TECH’s board of directors, supplying considerable credibility to the business (and validation of the Army’s use of the PSI Spies a few years before).
But the lasting impact of the private activities of the remote viewers trained by the military is not the real story to follow. It’s the legacy of the other paranormal activity in the private sector (but stirred up by the military from the 1950s forward), that continues to have far-reaching impact today.
In part two of the chapter, we will document not only how the originators of the PSI Spies went way “out on a limb” in their techniques, but ultimately concluded that life on Earth is connected to little green men on Mars in our ancient past and the appearance of extraterrestrials in our proximate future.
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[i] William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 1, Scene 3, lines 123–126. Scene is available online here: http://www.shakespeare-navigators.com/macbeth/T13.html.
[ii] Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749–1832), was the genius of German literature and author of Faust.
[iii] As quoted by Daniel Pinchbeck, Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism (New York, NY: Broadway Books, 2002), 112.
[iv] The Neo-Platonists were particularly important in seeking to develop a cosmology that blended mysticism and magic into Christianity, creating a supernatural cosmology similar to Gnosticism in ancient times and Shamanism today. Pico della Marandola was noted for his attempt to develop a Christian form of Cabbala. Giordano Bruno was excommunicated by Catholic and Protestant churches alike for his occult beliefs. Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa wrote De occulta philosophia libri tres (Three Books Concerning Occult Philosophy, Book 1 printed Paris, 1531; Books 1-3 in Cologne, 1533). A brief synopsis in Wikipedia states, “Agrippa argued for a synthetic vision of magic whereby the natural world combined with the celestial and the divine through Neoplatonic participation, such that ordinarily licit natural magic was in fact validated by a kind of demonic magic sourced ultimately from God. By this means Agrippa proposed a magic that could resolve all epistemological problems raised by skepticism in a total validation of Christian faith.” (See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Cornelius_Agrippa). Bruno, Marandola, and Agrippa were thoroughly “Renaissance Men” living in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. However, intellectuals within the next century would move past any hope of using the supernatural to vindicate the miracles of Christianity and simply throw out the baby with the bath water. Doubt and skepticism would hold court from thenceforth. Mainstream Christian theology would evolve into a faith without miracles except in selected “evangelical” pockets. By 1800, this was the story of European Protestant theology. By 1900, this was the story of American theology too.
[v] Jim Marrs, PSI Spies: The True Story of American’s Psychic Warfare Program (Franklin Lakes, NJ: New Page Books, 2007), 107.
[vi] David Morehouse, a former U.S. Army officer we will discuss (PSI Spy on OPERATION SUN STREAK in the late 1980s and early 1990s), said the following in his book, Psychic Warrior (1995). “The government was funding paranormal research in half a dozen private, and as many state and federal research centers across the United States. They were pumping tens of millions of dollars into remove viewing and various related techniques” (p. 73).
[vii] While the famed psychologist, C.G. Jung, offered compelling evidence for the “supra-conscious” and indeed the supernatural with his perspective of the collective unconscious—a reality that transcends the human brain—it is the military’s cold and nonreligious development of psychic techniques that offer even stronger proof. The military doesn’t care why it works; only that it works. The leaders are not unaware of the implications for cosmology and the realm of the spirit, but they consider such issues to be associated with religion and spirituality. As such, they are for others to debate.
[viii] From Carl Jung, Memories, Dreams, Reflections, as quoted by Daniel Pinchbeck, Breaking Open the Head: A Psychedelic Journey into the Heart of Contemporary Shamanism (New York, NY: Broadway Books, 2002), 7.
[ix] “Clairvoyance,” Wikipedia, last modified June 27, 2011, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clairvoyance.
[x] Graham Hancock, Supernatural: Meetings with the Ancient Teachers of Mankind (New York, NY: The Disinformation Company, 2007), 244.
[xi] “cosmology,” Dictionary.com Unabridged, Random House, Inc., accessed June 30, 2011, http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/cosmology.
[xii] “Shamanism is a range of traditional beliefs and practices that involve the ability to diagnose, cure, and sometimes cause human suffering by traversing the axis mundi and forming a special relationship with, or gaining control over, spirits. Shamans have been credited with the ability to control the weather, divination, the interpretation of dreams, astral projection, and traveling to upper and lower worlds. Shamanistic traditions have existed throughout the world since prehistoric times. Shamanism is based on the premise that the visible world is pervaded by invisible forces or spirits that affect the lives of the living. In contrast to animism and animatism, which any and usually all members of a society practice, shamanism requires specialized knowledge or abilities.” See http://www.crystalinks.com/shamanism.html.
[xiii] Pinchbeck, Breaking Open the Head, 62.
[xiv] Alkaloids such as dimethyltryptamine, aka DMT, or mescaline, a phenethylamine, both of which are considered entheogens, aka psychoactive agents to stir up the “god within us.”
[xv] Wasson and his wife studied the possibility and concluded that hallucinogens underlie all of humankind’s ancient religions. This view is shared by Daniel Pinchbeck and Graham Hancock in the respective books cited here. In other words, to them, God is a magical mushroom! “All of our evidence taken together led us many years ago to hazard a bold surmise: was it not probably that, long ago, long before the beginnings of written history, our ancestors had worshipped a divine mushroom?” (Pinchbeck, Breaking Open the Head, 48). Terence K. McKenna, one of the emotional leaders of the 2012 movement, would also concur with this assessment. Indeed, he also believed that plant-based hallucinogens were the source of humanity’s consciousness and, ultimately, the creation of language. Being two of the often-cited traits of the “image of God” in humankind, the creative power attributed to mushrooms and other plants to transform humanity is genuinely divine. What is ironic, of course, is how far outside of “standard reality” the hallucinogens take the subject who ingests them. Arguing they are source of humanity’s distinctiveness, in my thinking, is quite a stretch.
[xvi] “Turn on, tune in, drop out,” Wikipedia, last modified March 24, 2011, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turn_on,_tune_in,_drop_out. It was likely the hysterical nature of Leary and his mad ranting about western culture and the necessity to use hallucinogens to save our souls that “turned off” (rather than “on”) the American “psyche” to LSD. Today’s advocates for the spiritual value of drug-taking blame Leary from doing far more harm than good in educating the masses about the personal usefulness of such compounds.
[xvii] Marrs, PSI Spies, 43–44.
[xviii] Ibid., 43–44.
[xix] Ibid., 61.
[xx] Ibid., 63.
[xxi] Ibid., 64.
[xxii] Ibid., 65.
[xxiii] Ibid., 100.
[xxiv] Ibid., 97.
[xxv] SRI was formed in 1946 and has been granted over 1,000 patents since its inception.
[xxvi] Marrs, PSI Spies, 172.
[xxvii] Jim Schnabel, “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier PSI,” August, 27, 1995, http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tinker-tailor-soldier-psi-1598203.html.
[xxviii] Marrs, PSI Spies, 15.
[xxix] Those who expect the government to make some sort of statement regarding “Official Disclosure” on the reality of UFOs should see this experience as a likely example. If and when such a disclosure is made, it may be a series of messages released slowly over several years.
[xxx] This may explain the incredible claims of one Ed Dames, a former military remote viewer in the 1990s who mixes his RV advocacy with the most outlandish speculations about extraterrestrials and life on Mars, latent, and soon to be released upon the earth!
[xxxi] And most of the stories can’t be released because of security clearances and the fact that the PSI Spies would go to jail if they were careless about what they shared publicly.
[xxxii] Marrs, PSI Spies, 118.
[xxxiii] Ibid., 133.
[xxxiv] Ibid., 155.
[xxxv] This was also how Joe McMoneagle was identified.
[xxxvi] Marrs, PSI Spies, 29.
[xxxvii] Called Coordinate Remote Viewing (CRV), this is the dominant technique used by the team. It creates a “double-blind” method in an attempt to eliminate any interference from the impressions of the monitor or the consciousness of the remote viewer. The fact that latitude and longitude numbering is a human construct (and not a part of nature) makes its working all the more mysterious. Also note: The double blind methodology isn’t to continue to test or prove the phenomenon; it is to keep the process free of contamination by the conscious minds of the monitor or the viewer.
[xxxviii] Marrs, PSI Spies, 168.
[xxxix] Ibid., 166.
[xl] Ibid., 207.
[xli] Ibid., 119–120.
[xlii] Ibid., 125.
[xliii] “The Charge of the Light Brigade (poem),” Wikipedia, last modified May 18, 2011, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Charge_of_the_Light_Brigade_(poem).
[xliv] Marrs, PSI Spies, 164.
[xlv] Ibid., 165. Both China and the Soviet Union utilized PSI Spies too (so much for atheistic, materialistic communism denying the reality of the supernatural). Like Marxism itself, it seems the practical reality of the world-as-it-really-is upsets the best and most articulate ideologies.