Parapsychology is the new frontier, although it’s been around for eons. The Philosophical Encyclopedia defines parapsychology as a “field of psychological research.”
Psychic phenomenon is the frontier which has never been conquered but is being researched constantly. (Also it’s something I lived with before I was born.) It has fascinated people since the beginning of time. Ghosts, Astrology, Numerology, Palmistry, and Self Healing are only a few of the items studied by science and used by psychics.
Astrology, one of the oldest forms of psychic use began among the Chaldeans, who lived thousands of years ago around the Persian Gulf. The very name Chaldean or Babylonian came to mean Astrology. Astrology progressed from Babylonia into Egypt and Greece, then on to the Romans and Arabs. Up until the 1600’s, Astrologers were called in with doctors to practice medicine. According to the Bible, the three wise men were Astrologers.
Numerology, the use of numbers to find your birth path and destiny, was believed to have been used by the ancient Chinese and Hebrews. Dowsing has been utilized since early times to find water and objects. Russia is currently using it in order to raise better farm produce. The Bible is full of psychic events such as the writing on the wall, turning water into wine, visions, burning bushes, prophets and seeing ghosts after the day of Pentecost.
Belief in God cannot be proven but psychic ability is investigated and has been proven by members of the educational community. Psychical research is the study of supernatural things. This term first appeared in 1882 through the Society of Psychical Research in England and is continuing today. Two years later it spread to the United States, Germany, Russia, France, Holland and other countries. In 1969, the Parapsychological Association joined the American Association for the Advancement of Science in the United States. In 1972, the International Congress of Psychologists, held in Tokyo, Japan, heard reports on parapsychology from the Soviets and foreign scientists.
Nostradamus and Edgar Cayce are two of the most famous psychics in history. (Don’t remember speaking with Nostradamus but may have. Know I’ve spoken with Edgar when my dog was sick.) Both still have their teachings reviewed, Nostradamus, to see how right he was, and Cayce, on medicine and the geological aspects of the world. Psychical research has been carried on by such people as Louisa Rhine, wife of parapsychology’s founder, J. B. Rhine, who published some excellent surveys and case studies of spontaneous PSI events in 1981.
American Astronaut, Edgar Mitchell, held telepathic experiments between Earth and Apollo 14. He wrote, “My experience exceeded all expectations. It is not now a question of believing or disbelieving in biological bonds. Nowadays the important thing is to perform serious scientific work. For mankind, these experiments may be more significant than space research itself.” Subsequently, he founded The Institute of Noetic Sciences. Julian D. Issacs, (very informed and nice man) John F. Kennedy University, Orinda, California, a physicist, researches brain waves by mapping them while the subject is bending spoons using mental telepathy. Erlender Haraaldson, (studies ghosts and also very nice and still studious) University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland, the Parapsychology Foundation in New York, and the Icelandic Society for Psychical Research, receives grants to study encounters with the dead.
This has touched only a tip of the information about psychical research. If you would like more, there are several historical research studies in your local library or I would be happy to help you with any subject you please.