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Felicia Parise and psychokinesis

Identifier

010740

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

Charles Henry Honorton (February 5, 1946 - November 4, 1992) was an American parapsychologist and was one of the leaders of a collegial group of researchers who were determined to apply established scientific research methods to the examination of what they called "anomalous information transfer" and other phenomena associated with the "mind/body problem"--the idea that mind might, at least in some respects, have an existence independent of the body.  Over several decades, Honorton conducted many experiments, for example, he was the Director of Psychophysical Research Laboratories in the Forrestal Research Center located in Princeton, New Jersey from 1979-89 and from there he moved on to become a researcher at Edinburgh University from 1991 until his death.

One of his subjects was Felicia Parise.  In 1971, Felicia Parise moved a pill bottle across a kitchen counter by psychokinesis. Her feats were endorsed by Honorton.

In the inevitable backlash that accompanies such feats, science writer Martin Gardner wrote Parise had "bamboozled" Honorton by moving the bottle by an invisible thread stretched between her hands.  But this was not the only example of her being able to do this, only that it was the only time it was recorded by a scientist under controlled conditions.

Honorton died in on November 4, 1992 of a heart attack.

This describes how Felicia’s powers were jogged into existence.

A description of the experience

Mysteries - Colin Wilson

New Yorker Felicia Parise was inspired to try psychokinesis after she had watched films of Madame Kulagina and was soon demonstrating her power to move small objects in the laboratories of the Maimonides Institute.

Both Felicia Parise and Nina Kulagina have said that they find their efforts exhausting and often
lose pounds in weight during the course of experiments.

In 1973, the feats of the Israeli Uri Geller suddenly made psychokinesis front-page news. Geller was able to bend spoons by rubbing them with his finger and alter the time on watches by clenching his fist above them. Sceptics labelled him a fraud, and professional conjurors offered to duplicate any of his 'tricks' on the stage. Even Geller's admirers had to admit that his best performances were on
television, not in the laboratory. Yet his laboratory performances were impressive enough; at Stanford, he demonstrated remarkable powers of telepathy, extrasensory perception, and the power to deflect a compass needle by concentrating on it. Many scientists who have tested him have concluded that his powers are genuine----or, to put this controversial topic at its lowest: no sceptical opponent has been able to prove that he is not genuine..........

When Felicia Parise first tried moving small objects, she failed, although she made overwhelming efforts of concentration. One day, she received a phone call saying that her grandmother was dying; it was a severe emotional shock.

As she reached out for a small plastic bottle, it moved away from her hand. After the funeral, she tried moving the bottle again by 'thought pressure' and was this time successful. The emotional shock had somehow released her latent PK powers.

The source of the experience

Ordinary person

Concepts, symbols and science items

Concepts

Psychokinesis

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Commonsteps

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