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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. 

She found many very successful doctors and healers, with an uncanny reputation for being able to diagnose illnesses amongst this group – successful because very often they could ‘see’ the illnesses of their patients, although they never told the patients.  Instead they always ordered laboratory tests which inevitably confirmed the diagnosis but made the patient think that is how their illness was diagnosed. Amongst this group she also found doctors [as well as healers] who could heal.

A description of the experience

Breakthrough to Creativity – Dr Shafica Karagulla

One of the doctors who sought me out had a type of HSP ability which was very demanding on his time and  energy. He knew when any of his patients were ill or in need of help before they got in touch with him.

No matter where he was he knew when a patient was trying to find him. This meant that he was on duty all the time. He could never really enjoy a vacation. He began his conversation with me by relating a very recent incident which is characteristic of these experiences.

He had been away from his office for two days and was en route back to the city when he had a minor car accident. This kept him from reaching his office at the expected time. While he waited for hours to get the car towed in to a garage and looked after he had a compelling impression to get in touch with a certain patient immediately. As far as he knew the patient had not been ill and he had not been in touch with him for some time. As soon as he had access to a telephone he called the patient's home.

The patient had suddenly become dangerously ill and the family were urgently endeavoring to reach him. They had even enlisted the help of the police in their effort to find him.

He told me confidentially that he had always been a little frightened of these experiences and wondered what was wrong with him. He had been loathe to discuss it with any fellow physician, thinking it might indicate some peculiar aberration of the mind. I was able to assure him that there are many people in and out of the profession with abilities even more amazing and that he was perfectly sane.

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