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Puharich, Andrija - Beyond Telepathy - Reading the mind of the guide

Identifier

016236

Type of Spiritual Experience

Background

A description of the experience

The Varieties of Psychedelic Experience – Dr Robert Masters and Dr Jean Houston

quoting Andrija Puharich – Beyond Telepathy

Puharich devised a series of tests aimed at detecting  telepathic performance whilst the subjects were using the drug  Amanita Muscari.

The guide had noticed that her subjects often seemed to pick up random images that crossed her mind; and the subjects seemed most adept at this in the case of images that had, for the guide some emotogenic force – i.e. images that were aesthetically, historically or otherwise personally potent or emotionally charged.

It was thus decided to write down ten such images and to place them in ten envelopes.  The subject would sit across the room from the guide or in an adjoining room with another guide.  The first guide would pick up an envelope and image the scene described on the paper in the envelope.  The subject would then tell the second guide what he had picked up and the second guide would record the subject's words.  This continued for all the envelopes.…......

Out of the 62 subjects tested, 48 approximated the guide's image two or more times out of ten.  Five subjects approximated the guide's image seven or eight times out of ten.......... of the 14 subjects who received less than 2 out of 10 of the images, almost all were persons not well known to the guide or persons experiencing anxiety or interested in eliciting personal psychological material.

The data on subject performance of one especially high scoring subject is as follows:

 

PAPER IN ENVELOPE READS              SUBJECT PICKS UP                 GUIDE WAS IMAGING

 

Viking ship tossed in storm                    Snake with arched head Same as in envelope

                                                            swimming in tossed seas                                              

 

 

A rain forest in the Amazon                    Lush vegetation, exotic              Same as in envelope

                                                            flowers, startling greens             with some exotic flowers

                                                            all seen through watery              growing

                                                            mist                                         

 

Atlas holding up the world                      Hercules tossing a ball up          Same as in envelope

                                                            and down in his hand

 

Greek island with small white houses      A circus                                     Same as in envelope

built on terraced hills                                                                              but with an earthquake

                                                                                                            houses falling down

 

A sailboat off a rocky coast                    Sailboat sailing around a cliff      Same as in envelope

 

Ski slope in New England, white A forest fire                               A forest fire, guide was

with skiers sliding down                                                                          unable to image the ski

                                                                                                            scene

 

New York city traffic scene                     Geisha girl in full oriental            Same as in envelope

                                                            regalia                                      but very brilliant colours

 

A plantation in the old south                   A negro picking cotton in a         Many images relating

                                                            field                                          to pre civil war                                                                                                                                                 plantation life, including

                                                                                                            a negro picking cotton

 

An arab on a camel passing                   Camel passing through the        same as in envelope

a pyramid                                             inside of a vast labyrinthian

                                                            tomb

 

The Himalayas – snow capped               A climbing expedition in the        Same as in envelope

peaks                                                   Alps

 

The source of the experience

Puharich, Andrija

Concepts, symbols and science items

Symbols

Science Items

Activities and commonsteps

Activities

Overloads

Amanita muscaria
Extreme emotion

Commonsteps

References