August 24, 2018
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Jeffrey Mishlove shares his excitement about new ideas for a science of consciousness developed by his former professor, Dr. Charles Tart, and presented recently in a lecture to the Parapsychological Association. One suggestion is that remote viewing could be systematically applied to the direct observation of the inner conscious experience of another individual. Another suggestion calls for the rigorous exploration of locales described by Robert Monroe, author of Journeys Out of the Body.
(Recorded on August 25, 2018)
To view the video, “Meditation With a Spiritual Friend”, as described in InPresence 0115, see: https://youtu.be/qxU0okUlIiw
Published on August 25, 2018
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