Exceptional Experiences and Integrative and Complementary Health Approaches | Renaud Evrard

The science of parapsychology in the West has historically been limited to seeking scientific validation for “psychic”, “exceptional human experiences” and anomalous phenomena, while clinical work had been left to licensed practitioners in psychiatry, clinical psychology and transpersonal psychology. It is not uncommon for a health care provider to suggest medication or even hospitalization for someone who reports dreaming about future events, remembering a “past life” event, or claiming to have heard the voice of a departed loved one. These reports are rarely veridical, but we believe that they are equally unlikely to be pathological. However, thanks to steady advances in sciences such as neurology, cellular pathology and physics occurring alongside the public increasingly seeking assistance ranging from mediums and indigenous healers, New Age shamans and the energy-medicine community to deal with anomalous phenomena, we see that clinical parapsychology is finally positioned to address a full spectrum of phenomenology as a foundational science to:

1. Offer counsel on exceptional experiences.

2. Review clinical applications and case studies.

3. Provide guidance and education to scientists, professionals and laypersons on scientific evidence for psi, combined with culturally sensitive awareness concerning the use of psi methodologies (psychic, intuitive, spiritual and ‘energy healing / energy medicine’) as relates to exceptional human experiences including: psi disturbances, spiritual emergencies, trauma induced spiritual awakenings and other anomalous phenomena.

Presented at the “62nd Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association” on July 4, 2019, Paris, France; program chaired by Ramses D’Leon. Download the Abstracts at https://www.parapsych.org/articles/37/483/2019_pa_convention_abstracts_of.aspx

The Parapsychological Association is an international professional organization of scientists and scholars engaged in the study of psi (or ‘psychic’) experiences, such as telepathy, clairvoyance, psychokinesis, psychic healing, and precognition. The primary objective of the PA is to achieve a scientific understanding of these experiences.

A longer version of this convention video, including the Q&A period, is available to PA members-only at parapsych.org. There is a level of PA membership for everyone interested in the scientific and scholarly advancement of parapsychology. Learn more at: https://www.parapsych.org/join_the_pa.aspx

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Published on September 25, 2019