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Ossowiecki, Stefan

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Stefan Ossowiecki (1877–1944) was a Polish engineer who was during his lifetime promoted as one of Europe's best-known psychics. Two notable persons who credited his claims were pioneering French parapsychologist Gustav Geley and Nobel Prize-winning physiologist Charles Richet, who called Ossowiecki "the most positive of psychics."

Ossowiecki was born in Moscow in 1877 into an affluent family of former Polish aristocrats. His Moscow-born father, owner of a large chemicals factory and assistant to Dmitri Mendeleev, clung to his Polish heritage and taught his son to speak Polish and to think of himself as a Pole. Stefan Ossowiecki was said to have manifested psychic talents in his youth, much to his family's confusion. When young Stefan told his mother he could see bands of color around people [aura], she took him to an eye doctor, who prescribed drops to cure the condition. The medicine "irritated my eyes but did not diminish my ability," Ossowiecki later recounted.

As a young man, Ossowiecki was enrolled at the prestigious Saint Petersburg Polytechnical University, where he was trained in his father's profession of chemical engineering. It was during this period that Ossowiecki allegedly demonstrated an ability to perform psychokinesis.

After earning his degree, Ossowiecki returned to Moscow, where he lived the life of a sybarite and joined the circle of Czar Nicholas II and the Russian court.

In 1915, his father died and Ossowiecki inherited the family chemicals business, making him temporarily a wealthy man. Only three years later, he lost it all as the Bolshevik Revolution swept the country. As a wealthy capitalist and friend of the czar, Ossowiecki was targeted by the new regime. His property was seized, and he was imprisoned. The isolation of a prison cell forced Ossowiecki to "think through many things ... "  Here is a little more detail.........

Mary Rose Barrington, Ian Stevenson and Zofia Weaver, A World in a Grain of Sand: The Clairvoyance of Stefan Ossowiecki,  2005.
At the end of 1918 Ossowiecki was arrested on suspicion of working with the French Military Mission, which had its offices in his house. He was accused of collaborating with the French, and imprisoned for six months under terrible conditions which he described to Geley (Geley, 1924,p.32). He was kept in a dark, bug-infested cell, and fed on salted fish and one glass of water a day. During the day he was made to dig ditches for burying the victims of executions. Finally, he was sentenced to death and taken to the place of execution, only to be saved at the last moment through the intervention of a friend from his student days, who had become a high-powered official in the new regime. This account is largely corroborated by Ossowiecki's stepson in a letter to Alexander Imich (personal archives), with the additional information that it was Ossowiecki's mother who successfully begged for mercy from a Bolshevik dignitary-who may indeed have been an old friend. Ossowiecki did not like to talk about his experiences of that time; he did, however, say in a newspaper interview in 1937 that the experience of arrest, enforced isolation and the threat of death was a watershed in his spiritual development, and the development of his psychic powers. In his own words, "It was only then that I appreciated this gift, given to me by the Creator, and understood that I can help others using it" (Goniec Warszaasski,2g April 1937, p. 6).

He was released in 1919 and fled Russia, penniless at age 42. Ossowiecki entered business as a chemical engineer in Warsaw. He arranged for his consulting work to complement his work helping people in need.

In the 1920s, many experiments were performed in which Ossowiecki demonstrated the ability to see objects in sealed containers and out of body abilities. Nobel laureate Charles Richet would write in his book Our Sixth Sense, "If any doubt concerning the sixth sense remains ... this doubt will be dissipated by the sum total of the experiments made by Geley, by myself, and by others, with Stefan Ossowiecki."

Mary Rose Barrington, Ian Stevenson and Zofia Weaver, A World in a Grain of Sand: The Clairvoyance of Stefan Ossowiecki,  2005.
His first marriage to the Russian Alietta de la Carrierre, lasted from 1922 to 1930. It does not seem to have been a particularly happy union: the time he devoted to the metaphysical experiments was at least one cause of friction. Alietta's departure, which came as no surprise to those who knew them but was a shock to Ossowiecki, caused quite a lot of amusement over the predicament of a clairvoyant who could not predict such an important event in his own life (he himself always emphasized that he is "blind" in relation to himself and those close to him).   His second marriage, in 1939, to Zofia Skibidska primo voto Swida, who understood him and shared his attitude to his gift, was a success.  ……………………………..

In 1939, Ossowiecki also completed a screenplay for Paramount Pictures about his life, The Eyes Which See Everything. He was not much use at prophecy, however, for in May 1939 he made a prediction that there would be no war that year and that Poland would retain good relations with Italy—predictions that “did not pan out” as Wikipedia put it.

Ossowiecki partly predicted his own death. He told friends that when he died, his body would not be found. He was probably killed by the Gestapo during the Warsaw Uprising, on August 5, 1944, at the building of the former Polish Chief Inspectorate of the Armed Forces on Aleje Ujazdowskie (Ujazdów Avenue). His body was never found; his cenotaph is at Powązki Cemetery.

The most fundamental feature of his character was optimism, which brought with it an unbelievable degree of trust in people. He, who of all people could know more about human criminality, duplicity and hidden evil, kept giving moral credit to his fellow men. I have never known anyone who would be so surprised when somebody's misdemeanor or ugly side was revealed. He had an amazing belief in people and a need to empathize with people" (Grzymala- Siedle cl<t, 19 62, p. 284).

 And as he himself said

I want to be one of those people ... who try to help raise the spirit of today's humanity, confused and oppressed by the struggle for survival. I want to be the servant of all those who seek reconciliation and a common platform for human hearts and minds.... And I ask you, Readers, as you read the thoughts presented in this book, to look upon all the people without exception as your brothers, tied to you with the same knot of birth and death - do it for a moment, but do it every day  - Ossowiecki 1933, pp.365-661.

 

References

Stephan A. Schwartz, The Secret Vaults of Time, 1978,  

 Mary Rose Barrington, Ian Stevenson and Zofia Weaver, A World in a Grain of Sand: The Clairvoyance of Stefan Ossowiecki,  2005.

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