Real is relative to what we perceive as real. As the saying goes “Perception is reality.” So what our minds perceive to be fact will be considered fact. The answer to the question on whether psychics are real or not varies depending on who you speak with. While millions of people consult with and believe in psychics, there are millions that do not. How can millions of people be wrong? How can millions of people be right? It is a matter of personal belief. If these abilities are not real, there are certainly many institutes studying psychics and testing their gifts. A psychic has the burden of proof to prove to someone that what he or she is saying is accurate.
Yet, if psychic powers are not real, why is there such an immense amount of research, energy, and resources that go into validating or disproving these abilities? Every year at various facilities, an extensive amount of research takes place. New psychics are constantly emerging and skeptics are quick to shoot down their claims. Critics feel that most self-proclaimed psychics are charlatans preying on the innocent for financial gain. Believers feel that psychics are given their gift to help people by providing invaluable insight and guidance. These believers of psychic abilities speak from personal experience or evidence that they have come across. It is hard to deny that there are various documented cases of successful psychics.
The Case For Psychic Abilities
People that are believers typically base their beliefs on personal experience, personal accounts from others in their circle, or other “credible” evidence that is provided through television, newspapers, and other media outlets. It is fair to say that there are numerous documented cases and accounts in which clairvoyance seems to have played a role. A prime example is Edgar Cayce; there is evidence from the virtually thousands of readings that he did through the years. On seven rare occasions, he allegedly prophesied things that would not happen until many years later, and in many other cases, people believed what he was telling them. The issue with some of these documented stories is that scientists cannot validate psychic powers by the “stories” and “believed accounts” of such acts.
Many people listen when the government says something. There is some sort of validity and truth when it comes from the government. This is true of the time when the CIA and U.S. Government launched a remote viewing project called Star Gate. Remote viewing is considered an ability of a person to gather information on a remote target that is hidden from the physical perception of the viewer and separated from the viewer at some distance. Apparently, the U.S. began this investigative program in response to Russia running similar testing on psychic phenomena. Over the course of a twenty year period, nearly $20 million was invested in Star Gate and its activities. The goal was to use these remote viewers to gain the upper hand in military combat and other missions. There were approximately forty who participated in the program over the years and nearly twenty-three of them were remote viewers. In the 1980s when this program was a high point, there were about seven full-time remote viewers. It is reported that three psychics worked in Fort Meade from 1990 – 1995.
The program worked on hundreds of intelligence collection projects that included thousands of remote viewing sessions. Highly noted successes were referred to as “eight martini” results. This was because the remote viewing data was so startling that all involved had to go out and drink eight martinis just to make sense of it all. There were various successes, but perhaps the most successful was Joe McMoneagle, who left Star Gate with a merit award for providing information on one hundred and fifty targets.
In 1978, he was recruited into the secret psychic spy unit of the government program. The program was basically designed to develop an intelligence operation group that used remote viewing. McMoneagle worked with the unit until he retired in 1984. After retirement, he was hired by Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, which was the company responsible for the research and development side of the Star Gate project. He worked in the capacities of both a remote viewer and research assistant. He has also written two books about remote viewing, Mind Trek (1993) and The Ultimate Time Machine (1998).
Today, more popular psychic mediums such as John Edward and Sylvia Browne continue to astound their clients with amazing accuracy and messages from beyond. John Edward underwent a battery of tests with Dr. Gary Schwartz and was deemed a truthful and authentic psychic medium. However, John Edward, as well as Dr. Schwartz, still receive criticism on this matter. In their opinions, what more needs to be tested? What more needs to be done before the skeptics will give them one ounce of the benefit of the doubt? For believers, it is a faith- based belief.
On the lighter side of things, there are also reports of psychic pets. That’s right: cats,
dogs, birds, and other furry friends! A biologist named Rupert Sheldrake has studied one bird in particular: a parrot named N’kisi. Apparently, this playful parrot has psychic abilities. You can read more about this paranormal parrot at http://www.sheldrake.org/Articles&Papers/papers/animals/parrot_telepathy_abs.html