Romano, Jacques - A conversation with Harold Sherman
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Thoughts through Space – Sir Hubert Wilkins and Harold M Sherman
I discovered, through Jacques Romano, that all of us are constantly being bombarded by thoughts from the minds of others, but that most of us either push aside or give these thoughts no recognition, or put them down to mere imaginings.
Romano, I found, spoke aloud those fleeting impressions, and, by long cultivation, had learned to sense in a large percentage of cases whether the impressions that came to him were genuine or fancied.
"When these impressions come to you," I asked, "what is the mental sensation you get?"
"As though someone had told me of certain happenings, a long time ago," Romano replied, "and I am trying to recall them. If the occurrence was a big moment in the life of the person, I seem to be able to recollect it more easily. I often get an accompanying emotional reaction just like the individual experienced when the happening took place . . . and I simply put what I feel into words, in describing the incident. Of course, I see a series of pictures in my mind's eye, too . . . sometimes not in the regular order . . . all fused together . . . which I have to separate and relate, one to the other, as many people have to do when they are recalling to memory an event which has grown hazy in their minds."
Romano has stated to me on many occasions that everything that happens to us is recorded in consciousness, and that, just as a perfect memory can recall it, so the mind of one who knows how to "attune himself to the mind of another" can tap this memory stream.
Quite often, in getting an impression, Romano will be able to place the incident he is describing in the year it happened, and even the month – or actual day!
"I am not reading your mind," he will point out to the person to whom he is giving the impression, "since you have not thought of this event for years. But everything that has happened to you is co-existent in consciousness . . . and I feel these conditions and occurrences when I 'tune in,' just as though you yourself were recalling them!"
On pressing him to tell me, as nearly as he could, how he determines the time element, Romano answered:
"Investigators of mental phenomena are usually surprised at my accuracy in sensing time with relation to impressions I am receiving. How I do it is difficult to describe. Perhaps I can get it across to you in this way: when I commence to sense a condition, I feel like reaching out, mentally, into time. I start reaching back, back . . . into the past . . . until something inside me says, 'Stop!' . . . and I stop at the year I have in mind at that moment.
"If I don’t feel quite satisfied inwardly, I reach back a little farther, and, generally, I get a positive flash that I have settled upon the approximate time when the event occurred . . . then I proceed to tell what happened at that time. Occasionally I will over-reach . . . and have to advance the date. But this running back or forward in time, in my mind, only takes a few seconds before I have decided upon the period in which I feel the incident took place. I will usually name the year, positively, and state about how old the person was then.
What gives me this 'time sense' or is behind my being able to do it, I cannot explain."