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Seeing in the dark

Identifier

004545

Type of spiritual experience

Background

This was difficult to classify as this doctor had a function most others don't have.

Dr Shafica Karagulla, born in the Lebanon but whose research took her to the USA and the UK,  was a neuro-psychiatrist who spent eight years researching ordinary people who appeared to have extraordinary abilities.  She started off being a skeptic as most scientists are [including me] but over time the evidence seemed overwhelming and she set up a research project to find out more.  What brought her into the area was a book about Edgar Cayce, what kept her going was an open mind and an insatiable curiosity.  Where she is remarkable is that she had no experiences of her own to confirm her eventual conclusions,  but like all the very best scientists forgot her own life and concentrated on the observations and evidence.

Her research ‘subjects were carefully chosen.  She rejected all those who claimed they had these abilities but instead by a laborious process of enquiry and referral managed to find those who carried on normal professions and who never talked about their abilities but just used them. 

A description of the experience

Breakthrough to Creativity – Dr Shafica Karagulla

Dr. Mark told me that he had always been able to see in the dark as easily as he could see in the daylight.

As a child he had been perplexed about why people needed a light at night. He did not know that most people could not see in the dark. Later on in his life he was a Marine in the Second World War. He had had no difficulty in leading his men along the most intricate jungle paths at night.

Dr. Mark assured me that other members of his family had much greater abilities than he had. He suggested that some of them would make good research subjects. One in particular could see energy fields and gauge the emotional states of people by a field of color which she saw extending for some distance around them.

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

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