The following topics cover various reasons for which extrasensory experiences are perceived to have increased in vividity; either suddenly or over time, that are not the product of Extrasensory Conflict or Withdrawal. These are somewhat common topics of discussion in clinical sessions ranging from those who are simply trying to better understand their past experiences, to those trying to better understand their current extrasensory experiences and their potential.
Due to Altered States of Consciousness
ASC’s can lead to and increase or sudden onset of consciously noticeable extrasensory experiences. A wide range of extrasensory-like experiences can be triggered by ASC’s including visions of lights, symbols, and complex design patterns. In addition, individuals may encounter auditory experiences such as voices, music, and inner sounds or mantras. Individuals experiencing ASC’s may also experience a loss of sense of self or out-of-body experiences due to disruption of the proprioceptive system (Lukoff, 2000).
However, ASC’s can also trigger genuine extrasensory experiences such as encountering spiritual entities, seeing the future, mind-to-mind communication, aura awareness, and healing abilities and seemingly other mind-over-matter effects that may be the product of Clairvoyant Simulation rather than Psychokinesis. Such states may also shift an individual into a perception of global unity or universal” oneness.”
Due to Childhood Onset
The childhood onset of extrasensory experiences typically results in detailed content. If the experiences persist throughout childhood without cessation in teen years or adulthood, the vividity of the content could remain the same well into adulthood. This detailed content may be a distraction to experients especially in regard to vividity and continuous episodes/overlay. Continuous overlay is often reported by individuals with childhood onset of clairvoyant and/or mediumship experiences. In these cases, the experient reports “two worlds” superimposed upon each other. Here, reality is seen clearly with extrasensory content seen almost as vividly.
Content and overlay may increase overtime in vividity, which can be distressing for a variety of reasons from being too distracting and therefore compromising concentration (e.g. compromising professional or academic performance), and in some cases may compromise the experients, and others, confidence in the experients sanity. These experients may seek a reduction in content vividity (e.g. less vivid to intuitive experiences only) or a reduction of continuous episodes (e.g. intentional frequent episodes to intentional infrequent episodes).
Due to Adolescent Onset
The Adolescent Onset of Extrasensory Experiences includes:
- No prior history cases (i.e. where adolescents have no history of extrasensory experiences prior to adolescent onset.
- Prior history cases (i.e. where adolescents may have a history of extrasensory experience as a child, but their experiences decreased significantly or ceased entirely somewhere around mid to late childhood to reemerge in early to mid-adolescence.
- Branching cases (i.e. where adolescents have a history of extrasensory experience as a child and their experiences persisted in frequency and vividity throughout childhood well into adolescence and have recently notice an increase in frequency and/or vividity, or have “branched out” into more modalities.
This branching may or may not reduce the vividity or frequency of the adolescent’s primary modality during this shift. Adolescent onset and branching typically occurs between ages 14-16, but may occur earlier or later.
ESP Affectional Bonding
Extrasensory notification in times of crisis typically occurs between individuals in which share a strong affectional bond. According to attachment theory, an affectional bond is a form of attachment behavior that one individual has for another individual (Bowlby, 2005). The most common types of affectional bonds involved in notification include mother-child bonds, bonds with other biological family, bonds with close friends, and bonds with romantic partners (Pasricha, 2011). The most intense of all human emotions arise during the formation, maintenance, disruption, and the renewal of these bonds, and it is the threat of loss or actual loss of a bonded individual that triggers extrasensory notification.
The precipitating factor for the sender is the experience of an emotionally provoking life event in which they require immediate assistance, typically life threatening, and the precipitating factor for the recipient is an affectional bond that is threatened or actually lost.
While extrasensory notifications are natural and normal extrasensory experiences, there are instances when the experient may receive more than crisis notifications from the subject.
These increases in extrasensory experiences may involve important information down to trivial information and are triggered by a number of different emotionally provoking life events.
Due to Telepathic Victimization
The most common type of victimization reported is that of Telepathic Interaction. Therefore, this type of victimization will be used as an example of how victimization presents. However, Thought Insertion (i.e. one of Schneider’s First Rank Symptoms of Schizophrenia), is often confused with Telepathic Interaction victimization, and on rare occasions, vice versa. The following table includes the characteristics of both for comparison.
Is the causal influence of one mind on another without the intervention of the five senses; is assigned whenever information is telepathically acquired by a subject originating from the experient; is applied when there is evidence to support that the percipient is the subject rather than the agent; information is sent in second-person perspective and/or narrative.
The feeling that your thoughts are not your own; the person experiencing the thought insertion will not necessarily know where the thought is coming from (WHO, 1992).
Attacker is identifiable; there is one attacker and one or more victims; the victim and the attacker have or have had a social/romantic emotional connection; the attacker may exhibit Conflict or Withdrawal symptoms; the attacker is trying to direct the victim to think, feel, or act a certain way that is beneficial to the attacker.
Attacker is typically not identifiable; there is one victim and one or more attackers; the victim and the attacker(s) are often strangers and have no history of a strong emotional connection; the attacker(s) are trying to direct the victim to think, feel, or act a certain way that is beneficial to no one.
Due to Environmental Association
During heightened moments of stress, and on and off during chronic stress, an individual may report both and increase in extrasensory and psychokinetic experiences. These experiences are also common in individuals experiencing Extrasensory Conflict and Withdrawal. In these cases, the psychokinetic effects are the result of the individual subconsciously “reaching out” into the environment for assistance to alleviate stress, and the effects are due to the Arbitrary Response Hypothesis (i.e. the direct result of the individual’s subconscious needing to react to heightened stress, but one’s subconscious is uncertain how to do so effectively, so it responds arbitrarily).
These effects may present as (1) overheating electrical components and causing hardware malfunctions, and (2) damaging circuits/electronics due to overcurrent resulting in electrical connection and hardware issues. After the individual is treated for stress related issues, these experiences will typically cease.
The most commonly reported environmental effects include:
- Freezing computers
- Flickering lights
- Blowing out light bulbs
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Pasricha, S.K. (2011). Relevance of para-psychology in psychiatric practice. Indian Journal of Psychiatry, 53(1) 4-8.
Citation: Kelly, T.M. (2015). Clinical Parapsychology: Extrasensory Exceptional Experiences (Textbook). University of Alternative Studies. Purchase.
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