Authors of ESP WARS on Coast to Coast AM Sunday Night!

Edwin C. May and Loyd Auerbach (yours truly), two of the three authors on the new book ESP WARS: East & West, will be appearing on Coast to Coast AM this Sunday night Sept 7/early Monday morning Sept 8.

We’re slated to come on at 11 PM Pacific / 2 AM Eastern to discuss Remote Viewing, Psychic Spying, and the US and Soviet/Russian programs that ran during the Cold War and for a few years after. Find out more and/or purchase the book at www.tinyurl.com/espwars on Amazon.com in the US, and www.tinyurl.com/espwars-uk in the UK — also available through Barnes & Noble  and other online booksellers. Kindle and Nook versions coming in a few short days.

September 4, 1984-2014: 30 years a “real ghostbuster”

It was 30 years ago yesterday (September 4, 1984) that I had the fortunate experience of being the subject of a big article starting on the front page of the Oakland Tribune’s Lifestyle section. “Who you gonna call? Real ghostbusters” by Mary Ann Hogan focused on my work as a “real ghostbuster” — field investigator — and on the contrast between what was in the movie GHOSTBUSTERS and how we really conduct investigations as parapsychologists.

The article was written a couple of weeks earlier in August, and started with a call by the reporter to the Graduate Parapsychology Program at John F. Kennedy University (an accredited Master’s program that ran from 1977 to 1987). The reporter had heard about the program, and someone she knew had seen me on local news in June as a “real-life ghostbuster.” (see the video here).  Fortunately for me — and unfortunately for the other core faculty members, I was the only one in town, as the rest were at the Parapsychological Association Convention (in Dallas, that year). I simply couldn’t rustle up the money. But this was indeed serendipitous for me, as it happened.

I did have the reporter speak with Dr. Karlis Osis at the American Society for Psychical Research in NY. Besides the fact that he, too, had foregone heading to the convention, he was a many-decades experienced laboratory and field researcher, and was a bit of a mentor to me when I worked at the ASPR only a couple of years before.

The article ran in the Tribune on September 4th. It was picked up immediately by the Associated Press, and began running in various forms/lengths over the next few weeks in hundreds of newspapers — including one of the tabloids. Our department was inundated with requests for interviews, and I and other faculty members did hundreds of them in total. We were also hit with print interview requests and some for TV, including a fun piece for HOUR MAGAZINE which you can see on YouTube here.

I was even flown to NY for CBS’s morning show that Halloween, where Dr. Osis and I were to be interviewed. We never made it on the air (though we made it to the studio oh so early in the morning) as that was the day Indira Ghandi was assassinated. “Real” news trumps the paranormal every time.

But my media profile had jumped so much that not too long after, I was contacted by a literary agent (a friend of one of our grad students), who was so impressed by how much coverage I had that he “already spoke with several publishers” about a book I could write. I’d always been interested in writing a  book, and so the proposal for a book with the tentative title “I Ain’t Afraid o’ No Ghosts” was born and marketed to the publishing world.

Warner Books picked up the proposed book, it went through some changes (positive ones, thanks to my excellent editor Brian Thomsen) and a title change (since the line we wanted to use was trademarked) to the book so many know: ESP, HAUNTINGS AND POLTERGEISTS: A PARAPSYCHOLOGIST’S HANDBOOK, appearing in the early fall of 1986 (and to more media coverage as a “real-life ghostbuster” – see my YouTube Channel for more video).

And launched me in a direction that has continued for 30 years.

All because of the popularity of GHOSTBUSTERS, which celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary this year.

Download the Oakland Tribune article HERE

 

 

 

ESP WARS: EAST AND WEST now available on Amazon!

The new book I’ve co-authored with Edwin C. May and Victor Rubel is now available on Amazon.com — other online booksellers and ebook formats to come!

ESP WARS: EAST AND WEST

An Account of the Military Use of Psychic Espionage as Narrated by 
the Key Russian and American Players

                                                       Edwin C. May, Ph.D.

Victor Rubel, Ph.D.

Loyd Auerbach, M.S.

BUY IT HERE: www.tinyurl.com/espwars

Was there really a government-sanctioned psychic program in the US?

What were their goals? Were they successful?

Were there fights in Congress about the program? Did our Military support it fully?

Was the US program set up in response to a Soviet program?

Did the Soviet Union actually create psychic (psychotronic) weapons and generators?

What was the involvement of the KGB?

Have psychics had any influence over politics and decisions in the US? In the Soviet Union? In Russia?

Has Russia continued with psychic espionage even as the US shut down its program?

Has there been a psychic arms race…a series of ESP Wars?

Read the real stories of the American and Soviet/Russian ESP programs and how ESP was used in intelligence gathering and other applications. Learn the greater story of why these major powers saw fit to put stock in something so many academics dismiss out of turn and what practical value was found for Military and Intelligence operations.

Delve into the politics that led to, supported, and eventually shut down the psychic espionage programs – and why the US program, at least, has not been resurrected in light of the events of the first decade of the 21st century.

With commentary and insights from the former US program director (Edwin C. May), the Army’s remote viewing agent 001 (Joe McMoneagle) and several Russian military/former KGB officers and experts, ESP WARS gives you an insiders’ view of what really went on, how it happened, and why.

This book will be of interest to anyone interested in ESP (especially Remote Viewing), as well as how ESP has been successfully applied in missions of last resort for the Defense Department, CIA and other agencies.

The book will especially be of interest to those looking for material on the politics and funding of classified projects, as well as the people participating in them, supporting them, and those with an axe to grind.

The Russian (and Soviet) sources present readers with a narrative of the place of psychic abilities in their society and politics, how the KGB was (and was not) involved, how psychics were brought into political decisions and even how psychics ended up in tanks on the front lines in the war in Chechnya.

Those interested in international politics will find much to chew on here as well, especially insight into what went on during a number of difficult political situations at the end of the reign of the Soviet Union. Also of great interest is the perspective (and experiences) of our high-ranking Russian sources with regards to the KGB.

For a story that transcends merely dealing with the “psychic” in “psychic spying,” for a narrative of politics and classified projects, ESP WARS will hold your attention from start to finish.

As a bit of a tease at the end is an appendix with declassified material from the US Star Gate Program (watch for future material to be made available).

Published by the Laboratories for Fundamental Research, Palo Alto, CA

ESPWars front cover

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://mindreader.com/info/upcoming-events/evening-of-spirit/

 

New Publishing Class Session, June 17, 2014

New Class Session of Have You Ever Wanted to Write (and Publish) a Book?
Tuesday, June, 7-9:30 PM at HCH Institute, Lafayette, CA (or attend by phone!)

If you have ever thought about writing a book (fiction or nonfiction), or publishing something you already have written, you may have hit a number of stumbling blocks – especially in the publishing steps. In this introduction to writing and publishing a book, you’ll learn some basic tricks to getting a book together, written, and published.

HCH Instructor and author Loyd Auerbach has been teaching Publishing (and Media Skills and Public Speaking) at JFK University since 1990, and offers a detailed overview of the mainstream publishing process from outline/proposal to publication, with a ton of practical tips.

But perhaps more important are the new forms of self-publishing, print on demand, and ebook publishing – all of which can be done professionally for well under $100.

Besides creating a potential income stream, having a book can enhance your business and even credibility with the audience (and potential clients) you are trying to reach. Thanks to the new forms of publishing and distribution, getting a book together and out is no longer a daunting process.

Come with your own questions and book topics to discuss.

About the Instructor: Loyd Auerbach, MS, is the author of 8 books (with a 9th coming in May) and numerous articles for magazines. He has been on faculty at JFK University since 1983, and HCH since 2006. Besides being a parapsychologist, author, speaker, psychic entertainer and chocolatier, he works as a coach for authors and businesspeople who need help with public speaking, media skills, and publicity and promotion. His media appearances number in the thousands! Bring your book ideas and outlines for discussion and advice and discussion of next steps!

Cost: $50
Friday May 2, 7:00 to 9:30 at HCH, 3702 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA

Call or email HCH to register 925-283-3941  /  paul@hypnotherapytraining.com

NOTE: There will be a more hands-on workshop as a follow-up to this class. If interested in help with your book proposal, or just want more than this class offers (drawn from Auerbach’s years of teaching publishing and media skills/book promotion at JFK University), be sure to contact Loyd Auerbach at profparanormal@gmail.com

 

 

 

CANCELLED: CHOCOLATE & MINDREADING EVENT: June 14th, 2014 in Lafayette, CA

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. ANOTHER SHOW WILL BE ADDED THIS SUMMER.

CHOCOLATE & MINDREADING EVENT!

Come to HCH Institute in Lafayette, CA for a special event/show on Saturday, June 14 at 8PM featuring a guided tasting of exceptional chocolates followed immediately by a performance of psychic entertainment.

This purely entertaining (and tasty) performance will be at the intimate setting of HCH Institute, and is limited to 20 people attending.

You’ll first be sated with high end chocolate samples as Loyd Auerbach, Chocolatier & Chocolate Maven (of Haunted By Chocolate) guides you through a tasting. Hear about the history, health benefits, variety and making of the Food of the Gods while you are guided in tasting various samples. Get the background on the Chocolate Makers whose wares are being sampled.

After a short intermission, chocolatier (and mild-mannered parapsychologist, ghost hunter and author) Loyd will switch identities to Professor Paranormal, a mentalist sharing the humorous and mysterious side of what looks to be psychic feats of mindreading, prediction, and more.

In the demonstrations, he’ll “read” the faces and voices of audience members to determine thought of items and whether individuals are telling the truth or bluffing. He’ll predict a tabloid-type headline moments before an audience member randomly creates it. He’ll draw what participants draw and see what they see though what they’re doing is hidden from him – and more!

And don’t miss his mutant psychic pet!

This special evening of Chocolate & Mindreading will last just over 2 hours.

Date/Time: Saturday JUNE 14, 2014 starting promptly at 8 PM. Please arrive by 7:45 if you do not already have tickets.
Location: HCH Institute’s Soul Haven Room. 3702 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette, CA.

Cost (includes the chocolate): $35 in advance / $40 at the door. Please be aware that we only have seating for 20 people. If you do not purchase tickets in advance, be sure to call Loyd Auerbach before you come over to see if there are any seats left.

If you need directions, visit HCH’s website or email profparanormal@gmail.com or hauntedbychocolate@gmail.com

If you need more information, email profparanormal@gmail.com or call Loyd Auerbach at 925-518-4071.

Follow Haunted By Chocolate on Twitter @HauntedChocolat

Follow Professor Paranormal, Loyd Auerbach, on Twitter @profparanormal

Investigations Lecture in Sausalito, Friday June 13, 2014

I will be presenting a program entitled “Investigating the Paranormal” in Sausalito, CA, at the Academy of Intuition Medicine on Friday June 13, 2014 (yes, Friday the 13th!) at 7 PM. Here’s the basic info…

“Investigating the Paranormal”

Loyd Auerbach, MS

Human beings have always been drawn to a good ghost story. Human beings are also continually reporting situations in which they believe ghosts are truly playing a part. What are the methods for investigating and some of the possible explanations for these experiences that people have been having for thousands of years?

In this presentation, parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach will discuss methods and motives of field investigators who look into reported incidents of apparitions, hauntings, and poltergeists, and findings from over 130 years of investigation by researchers. It will be an overview of parapsychological “ghost hunting,” will address the tech you might see on TV and the psychic/medium connection, and will cover the models most in the field use for understanding people’s experiences (paranormal or not).

Finally, using some of his own cases, he will discuss the role of the parapsychological investigator as “solver” of the cases (as opposed to “gatherer” of data) – the ghost “buster.”

In other words, there will be ghost stories!

Friday, June 13, 2014, starting at 7 PM

Cost: $20 at the door.

Location: Academy of Intuition Medicine,  2400 Bridgeway Blvd., Suite 290, Sausalito, CA 94965

Please RSVP via email to info@intuitionmedicine.org

For more information, go to www.intuitionmedicine.com/academy/events.htm

 Loyd Auerbach, MS, Director of the Office of Paranormal Investigations and President of the Forever Family Foundation, is one of the world’s leading experts on Psychic Experience and Ghosts, and has been investigating and researching the paranormal for over 34 years. He is the author of 8 books, the most recent being THE GHOST DETECTIVES’ GUIDE TO HAUNTED SAN FRANCISCO, co-authored with the late renowned psychic Annette Martin (2011, Craven Street Books/Linden Publishing). His next release will be ESP WARS: East and West, covering the psychic spying programs of the US and Soviet Union/Russia, co-authored by Dr. Edwin C. May (who ran the US program) and Dr. Victor Rubel. The book is scheduled for release at the end of May 2014.

He has a graduate degree in Parapsychology and has been teaching courses on the subject since 1981. He is a professor at both Atlantic University and JFK University, on the faculty of the Rhine Education Center, and is the creator and Instructor of the Certificate Program in Parapsychological Studies at HCH Institute in Lafayette, CA, also available for distance learning or in coaching form. He is on the Board of Directors of the Rhine Research Center, and is on the Advisory Boards of the Windbridge Institute and the Forever Family Foundation.

His media appearances on TV, radio and in print number in the thousands, including national TV programs such as ESPN’s Sports Center, The View, Hotel Impossible, Larry King Live, William Shatner’s Weird or What?, Ghost Adventures, Ghost Stories, Sightings, Unsolved Mysteries, specials on A&E, Bio, History, Travel and Discovery Channels, and many more.

 

 

 

What Do We Know (or Think We Know) About Ghosts?

What Do We Know (or Think We Know) About Ghosts: A Summary

Loyd Auerbach, MS

Possibilities we consider, and models we work with…

 Do people only “see” ghosts?

No.  They hear, feel and smell as well, often in combinations (seeing and hearing, feeling and hearing, etc.).

A ghostly figure can be:
a real person
a haunting (an “imprint” of people; a “recording” of sorts)
an apparition of the dead
an apparition of the living
a psychic perception
a trick of memory
a trick of perception
a blur brought on by infra-sound
an image caused by phantoms of the brain

 A ghostly sound can be:
a real sound
a haunting (an “imprint” of people; a “recording” of sorts)
an apparition of the dead
an apparition of the living
a psychic perception
a trick of memory
a trick of perception
an auditory hallucination caused by phantoms of the brain

 A ghostly smell can be:
a real smell
a haunting (an “imprint” of people; a “recording” of sorts)
an apparition of the dead
an apparition of the living
a psychic perception
a trick of memory
a trick of perception
an olfactory hallucination caused by phantoms of the brain

 A feeling of a presence or being touched by a ghost can be:
a misinterpretation of something going on in the body
a haunting (an “imprint” of people; a “recording” of sorts)
an apparition of the dead
an apparition of the living
a psychic perception
a trick of memory
a trick of perception
a kinesthetic hallucination caused by phantoms of the brain

 “Cold spots” and temperature drops, contrary to popular folklore, are not common with the presence of ghosts or in hauntings. The physical measurements of local temperature over the past 130+ years in investigations has yielded very few cases where an apparition or haunting was being experienced and the temperature has dropped. In fact, there have been some where the temperature rose a bit (though that could also be explained by the presence of too many investigators/bodies).

 People have experienced “cold chills” when also experiencing/perceiving a ghost or haunting, even though there was no measurable change in temperature in the room/location. That is attributed to either a psychic perception or a psychological perception resulting from otherwise experiencing something out of the ordinary.

 Why do some people become ghosts and not others?
Psychological need or desire (or fear of death, of what’s next) or denial (of death/dying)
Emotional drive to “stick around”
Appropriate environmental conditions (still under investigation)
Something related to spiritual/divine design????? (No way to know)

 What about hauntings?  How common?
If everything “records” info through time, there are haunts everywhere.

If environmental conditions need to be right for the signal to be recorded, there may be fewer haunts than we expect.

Environmental conditions ought to affect when and whether a signal is:
recorded “loud” (often meaning with lots of emotion at the time)
replayed “loud”

Psychic perceptions of the individual ought to affect when and how a person perceives haunting info

Environmental conditions and psychic perceptions together likely affect how and when a person experiences place memory/haunting phenomena

 What’s a typical ghost look like?
Generally Solid, almost always 3 dimensional, and always clothed (at least in our culture).

Hauntings may only provide part of a “picture” of a past person/event

Both apparitions and hauntings might only be processed/perceived partially by the witnesses. On occasion, this means sometimes people will see out of focus or even shadowy figures.

Apparitions often look better (younger and even sometimes healthier) than the person was at the time of death.  This appears to have to do with “self-image,” or how that consciousness that is the ghost thinks of himself or herself

Sometimes apparitions are seen from the top of the head down to mid calf or even just the knees.

Try this:  Close your eyes and picture yourself for about 10 seconds;

Note:  Don’t read any further until you’ve done that

Now recall what you visualized.

Do you remember the clothing you had on?  Interestingly, very, very few people in Western society would picture themselves in the nude.  Interestingly, ghosts are always “seen” with clothes on.

Do you remember what shoes you were wearing?  Were your feet even part of the visualization?  Probably not.  Again, this is interesting because occasionally ghosts are not “seen” all way down to their feet, which follows along with how we visualize ourselves.

 
Apparitions and hauntings are not seen with the eyes, heard with the ears, felt with the body or smelled with the nose.  In fact, it appears that the signal from the apparition and haunting is sent directly to some perceptual center of the brain or directly into our Consciousness, and added to the input from our senses.

It’s important to remember that ALL perception resides in the brain’s (or mind’s) information processes.  Data comes in from the senses.  Our minds/brains can add additional info to that data, or take data out or reshuffle it, so that what we perceive is not exactly what is really there.

So, additional information can be added to the mix from the senses and processed as sensory input.  Our eyes don’t see the ghost, but our mind does.  Our ears don’t hear him, but the mind does.  And so on…

Ghosts are typically not seen as orbs of light, as in the photos.  Generally, any visually perceived floating lights are looked at for other, perhaps unusual, explanations (such as ball lightning or earth-lights), mainly because there is no other apparitional experience/perceptions.

Most photos of “ghosts” on the Internet are actually photos of globe shaped orbs of light.  If these orbs are related to ghosts, they are more likely some effect the ghost has on the film or digital media than anything like a reflection (since cameras capture images from reflected light) of a ghostly form. Just like the camera captures images of reflected light bouncing off living people and other physical objects – which is how our eyes see as well.

However, with rare exception the orbs are reflections of the flash off some reflective, semi-reflective or even barely reflective (like a wet leaf or wood) surface or dust particle that does not even have to be in the frame of the image – just needs to be in range of the flash to provide a reflection back to the lens, or dust or insects in the air too close to the lens to see through the viewfinder.

Most of the photos now being identified by many as “ectoplasm” – apparent unusual white mists or even white smoky streaks and shapes – do not fit the original application of the term ectoplasm (spirit matter, usually extruded from the body of a spirit medium, and usually greenish and glowing). Again, they are taken with rarely any other apparitional experience/perceptions.

Most such photos are much more likely flash reflections of water/humidity in the air, or even the flash reflecting off moisture from the breath of the photographer (or other nearby investigator), especially when the external temperature is cool enough for the breath to be condensed (as it seeing your breath in the cold).

If an apparition/discarnate entity were involved, they are more likely some effect the ghost has on the film or digital media than anything like a reflection (since cameras capture images from reflected light) of a ghostly form. Just like the camera captures images of reflected light bouncing off living people and other physical objects.
For more information, see Loyd Auerbach’s books:

The Ghost Detectives’ Guide to Haunted San Francisco, by Loyd Auerbach & Annette Martin, 2011.

A Paranormal Casebook: Ghost Hunting in the New Millennium, 2005

Hauntings & Poltergeists: A Ghost Hunter’s Guide, 2004

 Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate the Paranormal, 2004

 ESP, Hauntings and Poltergeists: A Parapsychologist’s Handbook, 1986 (out of print, but a PDF version is available from Loyd Auerbach – email profparanormal@gmail.com)