Can some people really see the future, read other peoples’ minds, or psychically observe distant events unfold, as they happen, even when they take place hundreds or even thousands of miles away from them? Yes, they can, declares Michael Schmicker and his co-author, clinical psychologist Dr. Sally Rhine Feather, daughter of the late, renowned ESP researcher Dr. J.B. Rhine, whose pioneering laboratory experiments at Duke University brought scientific credibility to paranormal research. Featuring over 200 real-life ESP stories taken from the Rhine Research Center’s ever-growing database of over 14,000 ESP reports – the world’s largest collection of ESP experiences – she and her co-author Michael Schmicker share with the reader extraordinary psychic experiences sent in by people all over America -- from avoiding injuries and accidents to predicting the death of family members; from finding stolen cars to catching cheating spouses; from winning the lottery to foreseeing the bombing of Pearl Harbor in 1941 and the 9-11 terrorist attack on America
Michael gives an overview of the book:
Shortly after the shocking, Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist strike on the United States, I received a call from a well-educated, forty-year-old woman named Marie living in North Carolina. A few weeks before the attack, she and her husband had been vacationing in Washington, D.C. Their planned sightseeing itinerary had included all the usual stops, including the Pentagon, but the weather had been very hot and humid, the traffic heavy, so they skipped the Pentagon.
"When we exited the city, my husband was driving," she wrote to me. "I was sitting next to him in the front. I was just trying to close my eyes to relax for a minute. Then he told me, ‘Well, when we come around the bend up ahead, you should get a good view of the Pentagon because our road goes right by it.' It was one of the things we had said we wanted to do when we visited Washington. So I opened my eyes to look, and when I looked to the right, there it was. But it had huge billows of thick, black smoke pouring out of it, just huge clouds of smoke. I didn't see fire, I saw smoke, like a bomb had gone off, billows and billows of black smoke going up in the sky.
"I yelled out and slammed my hands on the dashboard. My poor husband didn't know what was happening. I mean, I really screamed out loud. His first thought was that we were going to be in an accident, and I was warning him he was going to hit someone. But it was pretty open space on the highway, and nobody was cutting in front of us or anything at that moment."
When Marie saw the black smoke, it created such an intense, emotional feeling that she lost her breath. She was almost hyperventilating. Then suddenly, she felt like she was literally falling into the Pentagon itself - which was why, she explained to me, that she slammed her hands against the dashboard. She described the feeling as being on a roller coaster the second you crest the top and plunge forward and down. The combination of her vision and falling forward overwhelmed her. When she talked with me, she described it as sensory overload.
"I truly felt like we were in danger, even though we were actually on the highway and a couple of miles away from the Pentagon. I thought it was on fire. My husband said the Pentagon was not on fire, and then I finally realized that in fact it wasn't. And as fast as it had started, it stopped. It had all happened in a few seconds."
Marie was understandably confused and shaken by the experience. A pretty woman with dark, curly hair, Marie holds a business degree. She has had psychic experiences most of her life, but this one was different. Seeing something that was not there had never happened to her before.
Two weeks later, Marie's frightening precognitive visual hallucination came true. At 9:45 A.M. on Sept. 11, 2001, just one hour after American Airlines Flight 11 slammed into the North Tower of New York's World Trade Center, American Airlines Flight 77 smashed into the Pentagon, killing 184 people and setting off fires that generated billows and billows of thick, black smoke.
Parapsychologists are still searching for a better term for what Marie experienced than an ESP "hallucination". Hallucination is a negatively loaded term, connoting abnormal psychology. Both ordinary hallucinations and ESP hallucinations are characterized by the mistaken impression that the object or person perceived by one of the five senses is actually present there in physical reality. But the two types of hallucinations differ in several important ways. The ordinary hallucination produces fantasy, nonsense and verifiably false claims and usually occurs in people who are mentally or physically ill or in a drugged state. The ESP hallucination delivers accurate, factual information that can be subsequently checked out and verified and is experienced by sane, healthy, normal people like Marie.
Michael Schmicker is a veteran business journalist and nationally-known writer on scientific anomalies and the paranormal.
Michael has been a featured guest on national radio talk shows, including Coast to Coast AM (3 million listeners) with both George Noory...
In the 1930s J.B. Rhine launched a series of experiments focusing on extra sensory perception (ESP) at Duke University 's Parapsychology Lab. To both accolades and criticism from the scientific community,...