Psychic Phenomenon and History Clairvoyance Part 2
About the psychic phenomenon clairvoyance also known as ESP or astral projection, history and cases of the gift of second sight.
PROBING THE PSYCHIC WORLD
Well, if you're a convinced spiritualist who believes that spirits of the dead are around us to guide us and keep us out of trouble (although "low" spirits may connive to get us into trouble), you might suggest that a helpful spirit had observed the husband or had gained supernatural knowledge of the rings' whereabouts, and then given the distraught woman an accurate "message," as she herself calls it. Another hypothesis assumes that ESP works best when all other means of communication have failed; when we're at our wit's end, our ESP capacities, perhaps going back millions of years in human evolution, rise to the surface and fill the communications gap. Certainly this woman was in just the right stage of ultimate desperation, holding back her tears, when the clairvoyant contact suddenly clicked.
In a totally different time and setting, a Russian woman demonstrated an uncanny ability to read letters clairvoyantly, before they were opened. Dr. A. N. Khovrin, a psychiatrist making his daily rounds at a hospital in the town of Tambov, stopped to talk with a 34-year-old patient, Sophia Alexandrova. The date: Mar. 21, 1892. Alexandrova had been hospitalized as a mild case of hystero-epilepsy. She was an alert person, a schoolteacher by profession, and as Khovrin visited with her, she was quite cheerful. But just then a nurse brought her a letter. Alexandrova fingered the letter, started to cry, and told Dr. Khovrin, "My sister writes that she has just lost her little boy, and she is very ill herself."
As told by Ludmilla Zielinski, Khovrin, although rather hardened to oddities and peculiar claims, asked to see the letter once it was opened. Sophia had been right in every detail. Dr. Khovrin was ready to write the whole thing off as a rather unusual coincidence, but Alexandrova said, "I often know what is in the letters from my relatives before I open them."
Khovrin was so impressed by her ability and levelheadedness that he devised a series of tests that turned out remarkably well--but ruined the woman's performance in pure clairvoyance. Khovrin, for example, wrote the sentence "Sophia Alexandrova, you should recover," on a piece of paper and sealed it into an envelope. The woman envisioned the whole sentence, instead of seeing it word by word. Today, we would assume that she might just have picked the psychiatrist's brain by telepathy--because he, after all, knew what was in the sealed envelope--rather than viewing the message within the envelope by clairvoyance. It shows how difficult it is to keep these categories apart. That's why researchers use the term GESP (general extrasensory perception) to cover either telepathy or clairvoyance, or both. The Khovrin sentence fits the GESP category very well.
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