UPCOMING EVENTS & CLASSES: MAY AND JUNE 2015 – so far…

In order of “appearance” (when they’re happening):

FREE “Dialogues in Consciousness” at JFK University, May 28 at 7:15 PM in Pleasant Hill, CA.  Dr. Edwin C. May on “A Materialist’s View of Consciousness: Evolution of a Concept.” Moderated by Christian de Quincy.

If you ask 10 people to define consciousness, you might get 10 different descriptions. The extremes range from “mind is not equal to brain” to  “mind/consciousness is an emergent property of the brain.”

The discussion with Dr. May will consider diverse angles on the definition of consciousness.

Edwin C. May, PhD, is a Physicist and Consciousness Researcher, Executive Director of the Cognitive Sciences Laboratory, and Former Director of Research for the US Star Gate Program. His main area of research these days is Anomalous Cognition. Dr. May is co-author of ESP WARS: EAST & WEST with Victor Rubel, PhD, and Loyd Auerbach, MS (2014) and co-editor of ANOMALOUS COGNITION with Sonali Bhatt Marwaha (2014), which is a collection of peer-reviewed papeers. He and Marwaha are the editors of a forthcoming academic 2-volume set entitled EXTRASENSORY PERCEPTION: Support, Skepticism, and Science (June 2015, Praeger).

For more information on this free event:  www.jfku.edu/Events.html or email profparanormal@gmail.com

 

Preston Castle Paracon, May 29 & 30, 2015 in Ione, CA.
I’ll be appearing at the Paranormal Conference at Preston Castle on Saturday, May 30. The event is Preston Castle Foundation’s First Annual Benefit Paranormal Conference to benefit the restoration of the (very haunted) building.
For more information: www.prestoncastle.com

 

INTRODUCTION TO PARAPSYCHOLOGY Online Course starts June 1, 2015. Instructor: Loyd Auerbach.
In this 8 week online course featuring weekly webinars and an online forum, students will be introduced to the topics that are studied by professional parapsychologists. Topics will include an overview of the phenomena (Telepathy, Clairvoyance, Precognition, Psychokinesis, and Survival Issues), history, research methodologies and researchers that make up the vibrant field of scientific parapsychology.Weekly webinars may be watched live or via recordings.

For more info on how the online course works, a syllabus, schedule and registration, visit: rhineeducationcenter.org
DREAMS & ALTERED STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS: Online class starts June 2, 2015
This 8 week online course featuring weekly webinars and an online forum will cover topics related to Altered States of Consciousness (ASC) and will especially focus on the nature of dreams.  Lucid Dreaming, Sleep Paralysis, Shared Dreaming, and Dream Symbols will be discuss.  In addition, other altered states will be explored including the hypnotic state, drug induced states, meditation, and other altered states. Weekly webinars may be watched live or via recordings.
Instructors are: Ryan Hurd & Loyd Auerbach
For more info on how the online course works, a syllabus, schedule and registration, visit: rhineeducationcenter.org

 

THEORIES & MODELS OF PSYCHIC PHENOMENA: Two part class from HCH Institute which can be attended in person (Lafayette, CA) or by phone. June 4 & 11, 2015, 6:30-9:30 PM Pacific.
This short course covers basic models of how psychic abilities seem to work, what apparitions and hauntings are, and a survey of theories that might (or might not) explain it all. We’ll consider research findings that connect to how psi might work. Theoretical perspectives on psi are reviewed and discussed, including electromagnetic, space-time, quantum entanglement, and others. No technical knowledge is needed. All students receive mp3 recordings of the classes (and a prior course offering) as well as text materials.

For more information & to register, contact paul@hypnotherapytraining.com or call HCH at 925-283-3941.

FREE event at JFK University: “Death Makes Life Possible” film & discussion with Marilyn Schlitz, PhD

The Consciousness & Transformative Studies MA Program at JFK University is starting a new “Dialogues in Consciousness” series to be offered free to the JFKU community and the general public.

The first of the Spring 2015 series will be offered on Thursday, April 30 at 7:15 PM, with a brief meet-and-greet starting at 7 PM.

We are very proud (and happy) to present Dr. Marilyn Schlitz and the 1 hour film she produced with Deepak Chopra, “Death Makes Life Possible.” The film follows her exploration of the mysteries of life and death from a variety of perspectives and world traditions. Sparked by her own near death experience as a teenager, Schlitz has been delving into the nature of consciousness and death for the past three decades.

The film looks at how popular culture deals with the ever-present fear many have about our own mortality. Interviews with mental health experts, cultural leaders, and scientists explore the meaning of death and how we can learn to live without fear. The interviews and evidence presented are interwoven with personal stories of people facing their own death as well as those who report encounters beyond death. The narrative is illustrated with vivid imagery.

Following the film will be an interview and discussion with Dr. Schlitz.

For more information on the event, visit
http://www.jfku.edu/Events/Dialogues-Consciousness-Marilyn-Schlitz.html

For more information on the film, visit
http://www.deathmakeslifepossible.com

The free event will be held at
JFK University, room 209
100 Ellinwood Way (off Contra Costa Blvd.)
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

The events will be video-recorded for later upload to the web, with links published wherever we can. The plan is to provide the recordings in streaming video and as a downloadable mp3 audio file.

Test Your ESP session, a Possession class and a PK Party for April & May (so far)

We have two special one-shot parapsychology/paranormal classes and a PK Event coming in the next couple of weeks.
TEST YOUR ESP & PK class on April 29
PSYCHIC ATTACK, POSSESSION AND PSYCHIC SELF-DEFENSE class on May 6
PK PARTY on May 8

Read below for all three, plus the announcement of a special related event on April 30 at JFK University.

For all three HCH classes/events following, please contact the instructor, Loyd Auerbach, directly to pre-register. It is very important that you contact him before the session. We have both a minimum and maximum number of people we can have for these sessions.

Contact Loyd at profparanormal@gmail.com or by phone at 925-518-4071.

TEST YOUR ESP & PK: Wednesday, April 29 from 7-9:30 PM $40
This special session will present a variety of methods for people to test their own ESP and PsychoKinesis (Mind Over Matter) — which we’ll try throughout the class. The emphasis will be mainly on various ESP abilities (including mediumistic talents) and attendees will get to try their minds at a variety of tasks.

Parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach will “test” you and provide assessments, as well as provide you with instruction as to how to continue to work with the testing methods at home — which can help you develop your abilities as well.

Also available to attend by phone — we will try some distance ESP tests with you! Note: mp3 recordings and text materials will be made available to all registered attendees.

PSYCHIC ATTACK, POSSESSION AND PSYCHIC SELF-DEFENSE: Wednesday, May 6 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM $50.
This one-shot class takes a look at the evidence for and against possession (by spirits and demons), how this is related to channeling and mediumship, to spirit attachment, and the difference between possession and psychic attack. How can one discern what’s going on in situations that might be called possession, psychic attack, ESP gone wrong, psychological disturbance or just plain mistaken perception? What can an investigator do? Or an exorcist? Or even a shaman?

There will be a discussion of the pluses and minuses of spirit communications practices, from the “dreaded” Ouija Board (and why it has a bad rap) to automatic writing to EVP and the use of K2 and other meters and flashlights.

Finally, parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach will directly address techniques for psychic protection and self-defense as well as getting rid of bad energy/entities.

Available to attend by phone — mp3 recordings and text materials will be made available to all registered attendees.

PK PARTY! COME PLAY AT MIND OVER MATTER!! Friday, May 8 from 7:30-9:30 (*though may go a little later). $$25 if you bring at least 4 spoons; $30 if you come without utensils.
This is a special session devoted to the experience of Psycho-Kinesis.
In part one, you’ll learn and play with a method of mentally moving small targets.
Part two is a Spoon-Bending Party!
Note: This session will only run if we have at least 10 people (and we are limited to no more than 22). We need a good turnout in order to get the social energy up (and to have fun)!
Anyone 10 years or older is welcome to attend.
Please be sure to pre-register with Loyd Auerbach no later than Friday morning!
Note that this session will not be recorded, and necessitates in-person attendance.

Loyd Auerbach can be reached via email at profparanormal@gmail.com or by phone at 925-518-4071.

Learn what Parapsychologists and Psychical Researchers have learned about “INVESTIGATING APPARITIONS, HAUNTINGS & POLTERGEISTS” in the 8 week online class starting January 26th, 2015, through the Rhine Education Center. Taught by parapsychologist/paranormal investigator and author Loyd Auerbach (and web-guy here at Mindreader.com), this course covers the basic skills and concepts needed for investigation of ghosts, poltergeists, haunted places and related psychic experiences from the scientific (parapsychological) perspective, as well as the theories and models of the phenomena. Also covered are techniques for resolving cases of ghostly phenomena and experiences.

This is an online class with a weekly webinar — recorded for playback so you can watch/listen live or at any time after. It is also a class on a more academic model, meaning there are weekly discussion questions (to discuss with your fellow students and the instructor), and a couple of quizzes.

Pass the class and you’ll be added to the network of investigators for the Office of Paranormal Investigations.

Members of the Rhine Research Center get a discount!

For more info and registration information, go to http://www.rhineeducationcenter.org/edu/index.php/component/content/article/85-courses/course-description/106-field-inv-desc-winter2014

Coming in February: The Science of ESP, an 8 week online class from the Rhine Education Center!

POLTERGEISTS One Shot Class: Thurs, Nov 20, 2014

POLTERGEISTS: IN-DEPTH

Thursday November 20, 2014 from 6:30 – 9:30 PM Pacific time

Cost: $50

Location: HCH Institute in Lafayette, CA, or on your own phone (phone number sent out once registered)

Register: Email Paul at HCH at paul@hypnotherapytraining.com (and copy me, please) and/or call Paul at HCH at 925-283-3941

Poltergeists: In Depth: The term “poltergeist” translates to “noisy ghost,” which is how 16th Century Germans saw the particular physical phenomena when they coined the term. Beginning in the early 20th Century and by the 1950s–based on hundreds of case investigations and research studies–parapsychologists formed a new model: living agent psychokinesis (PK).

Learn why this model holds up so well, how it helps us resolve the situations and how it connects to lab research on PK. Why do some people become poltergeist agents and why are “little poltergeists” so common?

We’ll also consider PK caused by apparent apparitions/entities, how the activity and experiences differ, and why apparitional PK activity is no longer called “poltergeist activity” here in the US.

Finally, we’ll look at the how the living-agent distinction is not necessarily made in other parts of the world, such as the UK, what recent analyses of activity in cases has revealed, and how much poltergeist activity in recent times has actually focused on electronic devices in our lives and happen in small ways to all of us.

With some focus on the work of the late William G. Roll, who formalized the model used for living agent PK, we’ll take a really close look at noisy ghosts!

The class will be recorded, and you will receive the mp3 afterwards, as well as a number of articles and supporting text documents.

For more info, email profparanormal@gmail.com

My Visit to Pocatello, Idaho

Last week (October 21-26), I spent several days in Pocatello, Idaho, hosted by John and Lisa Brian of SPIRO Paranormal.

My itinerary included a lecture (True Tales of Ghosts & Hauntings) at Idaho State University, a Professor Paranormal Psychic Entertainment Show at a local school, a book signing and a Ghost Hunting class — as well as spending time on the Haunted History tours SPIRO conducted in Pocatello on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Have to say it was a great time, and I really have to thank John and Lisa, as well as Brett Yost and the rest of the SPIRO team for making the trip truly fun.

The ISU lecture made the trip possible, especially with the extras John and Lisa were able to tag on. I hope I get the opportunity to return to Pocatello — the people were very nice and welcoming, and the town was inviting.

I do have to mention that the SPIRO team quite atypical of many of the ghost hunting groups I’ve met. They not only were truly interested in upping their investigation-game by learning whatever I could provide (or point them to as far as other sources are concerned), but also in going back over their methodology and seeing how they can both expand what they’re doing and include more of what my field has learned about investigations and the phenomena since the late 1800s (yes, we’re that old).

Not to mention they are a close knit “family” of investigators, all with a great sense of humor (and many with similar movie and TV interests to my own!)

I plan to stay in close touch with SPIRO and hope to get back to Pocatello, and to see them out here in the Bay Area as well.

If you are in a ghost hunting/paranormal investigation group/team that wants to up your game, contact me to see how we might work out either a visit to your neck of the woods or something special via distant delivery. If you have a local college or corporation that might want to book me for a lecture or Professor Paranormal show, it will probably be easier than you think!

 

Reincarnation class Thursday night, Aug 7, 2014 — live or by phone

I am offering a one-shot class this Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, from 6:30 – 9:30 PM Pacific time at HCH Institute in Lafayette, CA.

REINCARNATION: THE BEST EVIDENCE

Well over a billion people on the planet believe in past lives, and in being reborn after their deaths. From religion-based to culture-based beliefs and practices that are quite ancient, to relatively recent work with past life regression and spontaneously recalled past life memories, the evidence–of varying strength–has mounted up.
But how do these forms of evidence stack up scientifically? What are the best forms of evidence and cases of reincarnation?
In this one-shot class, parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach will survey all forms of evidence for (and against) reincarnation and past (and future) lives. He will focus on evidence/cases of young children who remember previous lives–cases investigated by researchers at the University of Virginia, the University of Iceland, and several more institutions from the last 60+ years.
He will discuss the value of the other evidence, including past life regression: where it’s good, where it falls short and where (and how) such practices have other positive value beyond evidence for reincarnation.
PRE-REGISTER, PLEASE!
Thursday August 7th, 6:30-930 PM Cost: $50
Contact HCH either by phone: 925 283-3941, or email Paul at: Paul@HypnotherapyTraining.com.
This class is available to attend in person at HCH or by telephone. Attendees will receive an mp3 recording of the entire class (within a week) and will receive additional text materials.
Please specify when you register if you will be on site or conference calling into the classes.
For questions, contact Loyd Auerbach at profparanormal@gmail.com

An Evening of Spirit: Dinner & Seance at the Moss Beach Distillery

On Tuesday, July 1, 2014, join famed Irish medium Sandra O’Hara and parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach for a special dinner and evening of Spirit contact and tales of the haunted history of the Moss Beach Distillery.

For info and tickets if still available, go to:

 

http://tcoj-org.thechurchofjediism.org/mrtwo/info/upcoming-events/evening-of-spirit/