Excerpted from Chapter 10 of my book Consciousness Becomes You…
Tours of (Personal) Subtle Reality
Reality, as you currently experience it, is something like a waking dream. It is disguising deeper and more intensified levels of being and knowing. For those who are ready and willing, the doors to those other levels now stand open.
~ Daniel Pinchbeck
A psychic reading can be thought of as a tour of a sitter’s personal subtle realities, where the psychic takes on the role of tour guide and provides a verbal commentary of what they perceive as they tour through the subtle realities a sitter is connected to, for the sitter’s benefit. Such tours can be haphazard and aimless, more for entertainment than of specific use, or they may be undertaken with specific intentions, for useful purposes and ends. Unfortunately, many people are so busy focusing on whether psychics are for real or any good, and are so awed when a psychic gets one or two facts right, that they don’t notice how useful psychic information can be, or spend any time and effort working with a psychic toward purposeful ends.
This focus on entertainment and awe is, I think, a cultural artifact from the late 1800’s, when carnivals, sideshows and the spiritualist movement were showcased for entertainment along with oddities and magic shows. Psychic abilities unfortunately became culturally intertwined with entertainment, trickery and showmanship in the midst of a puritanical culture. Hopefully, we can let go of this focus on entertainment and awe. We can still notice that connected mind abilities are amazing. I’m still awed by them myself all the time, but if we can’t get past entertainment and awe at the fact that these abilities are real, we will never get to explore what can be done with these abilities. Connected mind adepts cannot get us there alone though, no matter how skilled or amazing their abilities are. The quality and effectiveness of our work depends on the knowledge, focus, attitude and skill of our sitters, as much or more than it depends on our abilities.
The important thing to understand about any telepathic work is that it is a team effort, the quality of which will depend on the combined efforts and abilities of the telepath, subjects, observers and sitters. Some psychics may be able to get some information and even impressive validations without the cooperation of sitters, with skeptical observers looking on. It’s tougher to do, takes far more energy and is nowhere near as productive as working with cooperative sitters and observers though.
To give you an example of how easily a session can be derailed, even with cooperative sitters who understand the process, I’ll share a few details of a recent session where I sat down with university professor Imants Baruss, who asked me to contact physicist Richard Feynman. Although Feynman was one of the best-known scientists in the world in the 70’s and 80’s, and is considered to be one of the greatest physicists of all time, I didn’t know who he was at the time, or even that he was a physicist. I’ve never taken a physics course in my life and sadly only have grade 9 science.
I provided Imants with a number of pieces of identifying information, including that Richard had passed from something kidney related, which Imants did not believe was correct. To validate Richard’s identity, Imants asked if Richard could provide the value of the fine structure constant, again something which I knew nothing about, but Richard would apparently have known. Richard started to give me the number “0.085…”, however, Imants indicated that this was not correct. He was looking for the number 137, which is apparently the accepted and well-known value for the fine structure constant. I insisted that there were more digits but Imants moved on.
The session seemed like a failure, until, Imants tells me, he was talking about the session on the phone with his collaborating colleague, and their phone connection cut out, at which point his colleague noticed the number “0.08” on her desk calculator. Further subsequent research revealed the following quote from Feynman’s 1985 book, QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter: “There is a most profound and beautiful question associated with the observed coupling constant, e – the amplitude for a real electron to emit or absorb a real photon. It is a simple number that has been experimentally determined to be close to 0.08542455. (My physicist friends won’t recognize this number, because they like to remember it as the inverse of its square: about 137.03597 with about an uncertainty of about 2 in the last decimal place. It has been a mystery ever since it was discovered more than fifty years ago, and all good theoretical physicists put this number up on their wall and worry about it.)”
Later, after watching a documentary on Richard’s life, I didn’t even feel the need to let Imants know that the documentary told the story of how Richard had died of cancer, which initially originated in his kidney.