Why write about psi phenomena, or discuss it, especially when it can have a negative impact on careers? And what is it about psi that provokes such strong reactions in people?
The answer to the first question is simple – bad things happen when good people say or do nothing. Some topics should not be swept under the rug. They need to be aired because there are consequences when they are not.
The answer to the second question is more complex. It has to do with the way we process information. Perceptions vary. Some primarily rely on sensory-received information, some are more intuitive, while others prefer logic-based information, and some integrate information from all sources. Newsflash! No system is perfect. No person is either. We may think we know best, but that is only belief not certainty.
Our minds function as a beautiful coordination between left and right brain activity. There is interdependence between these hemispheres and although general conclusions of function may be drawn, our interactions remain uniquely our own. Some people may have well developed imaginative abilities and others logic skills, but in the normal course, no-one operates with half a brain. Our brains are adaptable, flexible and complex. They are the ultimate tool – capable of learning, relearning and/or reassigning function as required.
Variances in process give rise to the diversity of people and skill-sets. We need the skill-sets of imagination and logic to navigate life. Imagination allows us to advance beyond what is known, and we reason through logic. Thinking, sensing, feeling, imagining – these are all tools to help with life’s complexities.
So why is that important? Through time people have suffered for knowledge, and especially psi knowledge. Churches and governments at large have opposed this knowledge – causing it to become occult or go underground and remain hidden. Societal taboos followed with ramifications for individuals. Psi-sensitives through the ages have found themselves demeaned or, even worse, treated as mad for their “truths.” Despite the fact that many universities have studied and continue to explore psi, as has the CIA, and other institutions, societal cautions remain in place. Sensory perceptions are still considered secondary, or inferior, knowledge.This is a longstanding societal attitude dating back to Plato. Plato was brilliant, outstanding, unforgettable - but was he right?
Einstein had his own views on imagination. He said:
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all
we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and
all there ever will be to know and understand.”
We recognize full well that stories about the paranormal appeal to a niche market, and that our stories primarily reach those who already believe in psi. Once anyone has experienced a paranormal event, there is no going back. The scales drop from our eyes. Conversely, those who don’t experience such things will likely remain skeptical – as well they should. It is dangerous to be too accepting, to simply follow the herd in thought. We all need to think for ourselves and experience life for ourselves. It is a personal journey and we owe it to ourselves to make it so. But in this, as in all things, it is of the utmost importance to keep an open mind. No one is omniscient. One person cannot know it all.
It is not our job to persuade people – just to open the topic for meaningful discussion.