ESP 1: “Higher Selves”
A lot of you reading this article will remember my earlier interview with Chronamut, an individual who not only frequents the Spirit Science forums but also claims to be the incarnation of a twelfth dimensional elven king. How can anyone believe this about themselves and still be considered sane? Well, the answer is simple:
He believes in the concept of “higher selves”.
Now when I say higher, I don’t mean that they are engaged in narcotic activities or are in some way tonally different- they simply exist at higher frequencies than we can usually perceive here on the third dimension. Every person alive, according to the theory, has at least one being unique to their individual wavelength but at a higher frequency, with whom they can communicate, and whose spirits they are a part of as well as emulate.
Now, there are numerous holes in this theory. I’m pretty sure that I don’t need to point them out to you: There’s no evidence for the existence of these higher beings (even if their dimensions are factually existent) and since they only communicate to their ‘host’ on the third dimension you pretty much have to take it on faith. There are a number of mental conditions and deficiencies which attribute the exact same symptoms; in fact the whole thing sounds like an elaborate psychosis, and in a lot of cases it may well be.
Channelling these higher selves is far from the only way to contact them, if these individuals are to be believed- in fact, their influence over our actions and thoughts may be far subtler than we realise.
The subconscious mind, like the heart, is active not only while we sleep, but also while we wake; our very thoughts and actions may very well be guided without our knowledge. Think of a number between one and a thousand. Got it? Common ‘higher self’ theory states that the number you just instinctively and impulsively selected may very well have been the decision of one of your higher selves. The same can be said for impulsive (gut) feelings and instinctive ‘hunches’- since time is non-linear in realms above the third dimension, it is quite possible that precognition could be one of the many faculties enabled by the existence of these beings.
How many times have you been playing a video game when a specific button input was needed and your thumb was already hovering over the button before the command appeared? How many times have you ignored the niggling little voice in your head only to have a perfectly avoidable evil occur? Why do we put any less faith in our intuition than in our senses? It makes no sense.
From a purely anthropological point of view, we have spent just as much time evolving our ability to ‘sense’ events through intuition as we have learning to see, think and hear, so why do we distrust these “little voices” that guide us? A lot of the reason behind this is cultural: The western world’s views on what can only be described as ‘extra sensory perception’, whether guided by higher selves or not, are largely based upon the Christian values propagated by the Catholic church, whose primary motivation for creating these views centuries ago was control.
You see, if we rely on ourselves, rather than externally created belief systems (including the belief in higher selves) we take power away from other people. The human race, currently, is under the control of a rigidly maintained caste system by which personal freedom and power is ultimately restricted by systems of government, religion and law- acting outside these boundaries for any reason is looked down upon, and as such self-reliance is often seen as “crazy”.
Now, with so little evidence available to validate the existence of higher selves we must concentrate on the existence of ESP as a whole; whether or not pandimensional beings exist is of little importance to the day-to-day lives of most humans, but the abilities they supposedly enhance are of importance. Of course, because of the practical applications for these abilities, the governments of the world have invested considerable time and money in researching them. The results are staggering.
The theory of extra sensory perception was coined in 1892 in France, but serious study of ESP abilities began in the 1930s, when American parapsychologist Dr Joseph Banks Rhine devised an experiment to determine the telepathic abilities of test subjects of various ages, genders and races. The experiment used the cards shown in the image above, which Rhine would examine without showing the card to the subject. The subject would then guess using any mote of extra-sensory intuition that they possessed which card the doctor was seeing, and of course Rhine’s observations were made public.
The experiment lives on in infamy, and is actually how we are introduced to Dr Peter Venkman at the start of 80s classic Ghostbusters, as well as being present in the brilliant 90s sci-fi film Starship Troopers, which also deals a little with Channelling. I digress: The results of Rhine’s experiments were summed up as this:
“If the null-hypothesis (no psychic ability) is assumed and each card selected for testing is chosen in a truly random fashion, a user’s success ratio is expected to approach 20% (1 hit per 5 trials) as their number of trials increases. The further the observed scenario is from the expected scenario, the more cause for believing the null-hypothesis is not true (the results are not simply due to chance).”
It was, needless to say, prevalent that certain test subjects, through some form of intuition (possibly even higher selves) were able to ascertain which symbol was on the card, and these results varied from person to person depending on the level of intuitive, or “psychic” ability. This, however, is not the most pressing case for the existence of paranormal abilities manifesting in humans.
In 1972 the American Defensive Intelligence Agency (DIA) published a report indicating that the USSR had what could only be described as “psychic operatives”, whose abilities outstripped the US’s conventional methods of surveilance. This came following the shock transfer of an electrical engineering lecturer named Hal Puthoff, who gave up a prominent position lecturing at Stanford university and entered the field of PSI-research.
Don’t take my word for it though; the memo itself is publicly available:
So, the Russians had been working (successfully) on unlocking the potential of the human mind, and only a year before this memo was circulated Puthoff had begun working in the same way for the Americans. Puthoff was an ex NSA agent, and was at the very forefront of the field of laser research, so why would someone so important transfer to what is considered today to have been a redundant field of research?
There are numerous sources available, but the two best are The Men Who Stare At Goats (now a movie) by Jon Ronson, and The Wizards of Langley by Jeffery Richelson. Both shed light on this almost-forgotten era of human history when the two superpowers who controlled the world secretly believed in and endorsed the factual existence of paranormal ability.
Still, this is getting long enough, and whether higher selves exist or not it is important to remember that what they apparently do has been proven to be real by millions of individuals all over the globe, and is growing more prevalent by the day. We’re on the cusp of something big, but that’s a tale for next time. Go with love, Internet traveller! Go with love.