Have You Ever Wanted to Write (and Publish) a Book?


New Class: Have You Ever Wanted to Write (and Publish) a Book?
Friday, May 2, 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.

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

Special Class on the Paranormal in Marin County, May 4, 2014

On Sunday, May 4th, from 1-4 PM, I am holding a special on-off session in Fairfax, Marin County, CA:

A Personalized Paranormal Class for You

What are your burning questions?  In this class You will choose the topic of discussion before hand and Prof. Auerbach will tailor this class for you. Each person attending will choose a subject or question that is near and dear to him or her and Prof. Auerbach will answer that question in depth, and as long as the topic/question has been submitted in advance, he’ll provide further resources.

Because of the nature of the class, there is a limit of 8 people so as to give each person’s question their due consideration.

This is the first time ever for such a session with Prof. Auerbach.

Class will be $50 per person and you must contact him by Saturday to register (and get the address). You will be able to pay on-site by cash, check or credit card.

All attendees will get an mp3 recording of the session within 3 days of the class.

To reserve your spot and arrange payment of the deposit, contact Loyd Auerbach at profparanormal@gmail.com or leave a message at the Office of Paranormal Investigations, 415-249-9275.

Because of the nature of this class, and limited space, location address will only be offered to those who register.

If you cannot make this date/location, please do email profparanormal@gmail.com so you can be placed on a special list for first alert of any similar sessions to be conducted.

Individual/Group Mentoring Available — Custom Group Classes, too.

Just thought to post that besides the regular courses I offer through HCH Institute and the Rhine Education Center (part of the Rhine Research Center), I am also available for the following:

Mentoring/Coaching: Investigators: For individuals or even groups, I am available to help you with furthering your understanding of the paranormal and Parapsychology, to bring your field investigations to the next level, and to be clear on how you should best deal with evidence and your clients.

Mentoring/Coaching: Psychics, Mediums and Sensitives: I have been working with several psychics, mediums and fledgling sensitives for some time helping them find their strengths, further develop their control (of their abilities), and consider ethical and business issues when dealing with clients both for readings and for investigations.

Custom Group Classes: I am happy to create specific seminars and classes for groups, whether in the Bay Area or beyond — pretty much anywhere in the country. These can be delivered in a couple of distance formats, or if you have enough people to warrant it, I can come to you.

Free consultation on Education: Feel free to contact me with questions on furthering your education in the paranormal and Parapsychology. While naturally I’d love to work with you, I can also point you to others in my field, as well as to resources and organizations that will help with educating yourself — some free!

Contact me : Loyd Auerbach, profparanormal@gmail.com or 415-249-9275


Ghost Hunting / Advanced Ghost Hunting Courses

This week, I’m starting up the four week “Ghost Hunting: How to Investigate the Paranormal” course. Offered live in the Bay Area and via telephone for people anywhere in the US and Canada, with supporting text, audio, video and more (mailed to you on a disk or available for download), the course is offered by HCH Institute in Lafayette, California, for four Thursdays starting April 10, from 6:30-9:30 PM Pacific time.

If you’re not local to HCH, you can take the course by phone live or listen to the class recordings. Distance students also get some one on one time with me (Loyd Auerbach) via phone or Skype.

Also offered in distance format only right now is a second level, Advanced Ghost Hunting course.

Here are the descriptions of the two courses. If interested, contact me at profparanormal@gmail.com or call the Office of Paranormal Investigations at 415-249-9275.

GHOST HUNTING: $200.00 ($100 for materials alone, which include past recording of the class in mp3): This class is offered by one of the acknowledged leading experts in the field of Parapsychology, Loyd Auerbach.  The course will provide attendees with the skills and understanding for investigation of ghosts, poltergeists, haunted places and related psychic experiences.  The class will include the models of what these things are (from the field of parapsychology), how the scientific and psychic approaches can mesh together, and how to assess a situation, investigate it, and resolve the case to the satisfaction of the people having the experiences (and hopefully to the satisfaction of the ghosts).

Based on the field of Parapsychology’s 130+ year experience with such investigations, the class will cover: Apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists: differences and similarities;           What else can make a “ghost”; The investigative process, from initial call to resolution; Technology & Psychics in ghost hunting; How the techniques of the professionals differ from those of the amateurs and hobbyists (and TV ghost folks); The ethics of paranormal investigating and legal issues that can be involved.

Also important: the deep (and necessary) connections between apparitions, hauntings and poltergeists and other psychic experiences and abilities, and why a ghost hunter or paranormal investigator needs an understanding of the findings of Parapsychology in order to both conduct a thorough investigation and come to at least a range of reasonable conclusions – and to understand the “why” of the phenomena.

ADVANCED GHOST HUNTING: $250 which includes 2 hours of one on one phone/Skype time with Loyd Auerbach (materials alone, $125, including mp3 of last presentation of the course).  This course is a follow up to the HCH Ghost Hunting course and to the Rhine Education Center Investigations course taught by Loyd Auerbach.
In this course, students will:
1) Delve deeper into the field investigations methodologies and models of the phenomena in Parapsychology.
2) Delve deeper into dealing with clients (living and dead) during investigations, resolutions and follow-up.
3) Delve deeper into the investigation of public-haunts.
4) Delve deeper into sorting through evidence, and look at how/when technology, including EVP, and psychics/mediums fit best into both private home and public site investigations.
Note that there are prerequisites to taking the Advanced class, but no prereqs if you just want to purchase the materials.
Happy to send out the actual course outlines to anyone who contacts me for this. profparanormal@gmail.com
To register for courses, or purchase the full course or just materials, contact HCH Institute at info@hypnotherapytraining.com or 925-283-3941.
The Ghost Hunting course counts towards the Certificate in Parapsychological Studies offered by HCH Institute, www.hypnotherapytraining.com/parapsych.cfm

Parapsychology courses in March

I am offering two parapsychology courses in March (2014) for local (Bay Area) and distance (anywhere!) students. If you are interested, please contact the folks at HCH Institute (email info@hypnotherapytraining.com or call 925-283-3941) or email me at profparanormal@gmail.com.

The two courses and dates/times are as follows (descriptions below):

The Search for Evidence of Life After Death: 3 Tuesdays, March 11, 18 & 25, 6:30-9:30 PM Pacific time.

Perception, Deception, Illusion & Reality: 4 Thursdays, March 6, 13, 20 & 27, 6:30-9:30 PM Pacific time.

Descriptions as follows:

THE SEARCH FOR EVIDENCE OF LIFE AFTER DEATH: Do we survive the death of our bodies? Is there Life after Death? What is the best evidence?

This seminar will cover the search for evidence of Survival of Bodily Death from the earliest psychical researchers to parapsychologists of today. With an eye towards the evidence garnered – and the research and investigations methods to gather it –  the class covers topics such as ghosts, mediumship, near death experiences, electronic voice phenomena, out of body experiences, reincarnation and psychic experience says about whether we/our consciousnesses live on in some fashion after the deaths of our bodies.

ome time will be spent discussing the recent research of Drs. Julie Beischel and Gary Schwartz, working with psychic mediums at the University of Arizona and subsequently at Windbridge Institute, and the work of the Division of Perceptual Studies at the University of Virginia in Reincarnation and Apparition research.

The importance of ESP and PK in any model of Survival will be discussed. The class will also look at the debate regarding evidence for Survival vs. the Super-Psi hypothesis from the perspective of the Survival proponents.

Cost $150. Students receive mp3 recordings of all sessions, mp3s of the last course offering lectures, as well as extensive text materials on DVD-rom and additional mp3s. Distance students — who are unable to attend the actual live classes by telephone — are also entitled to one-on-one phone/Skype time with the instructor (Loyd Auerbach).

 PERCEPTION, DECEPTION, ILLUSION & REALITY: These days, there’s a lot of “bleeping” focus on the question “What is Reality?”  Whether from the standpoint of Physics or Metaphysics, this question captivates us as human beings – as it should.

But there are two ways to look at that question right off the bat:  “What is Objectively Real?” and “What is Subjectively Real?” which leads to the overriding question about Reality in general. How much of what we see, hear, smell, etc. is Real (and what does that mean) and how much is affected by our perceptual processes? How can we perceive differently from others? How does consciousness process what our senses pick up and how is it affected by that same information?

This special session taught by parapsychologist & psychic entertainer (and former magician) Loyd Auerbach, will delve into the relationship between our Senses, our Perceptions, Consciousness and Physical Reality- as well as information and influences that may come from outside what we consider normal physical reality. Students will learn about the Psychology of Perception and more importantly, the Psychology of Deception, and how shifts in sensory data can lead our perceptions down very different paths – essentially causing us to perceive something that is not really “real”.

We’ll consider theoretical physics concepts such as the uncertainty principle, the possible existence of parallel universes (the Multiverse) and underlying concepts of the universe such as String Theory and Quantum Entanglement, especially as they apply to both Reality and how Consciousness interacts with it, and what researchers are trying to play at (such as the recent success with quantum teleportation). The place of psychic and other non-physical input in the process of Perception will be discussed, especially in relation to Entanglement.

Ultimately, this class is about how we can play with our Perceptions to open us up to a greater Reality.

Finally, Loyd Auerbach will illustrate a number of his points with findings and anecdotes from several fields – including Parapsychology – and entertain with stories and a bit of Magick.

No prerequisites for this seminar! This is not part of Parapsychological Studies Certificate Program, and can be taken on its own whether you have taken any of our other Parapsychology courses or not.

It is highly recommended for ghost hunters and paranormal investigators, whether or not you have taken previous courses from Loyd Auerbach (either at HCH or the Rhine Research Center), or anyone/anyplace else.

Cost: $250. All students receive mp3 recordings (and video!) of each of the class sessions — due to the visual nature of some of Auerbach’s demonstrations, we will be video-recording those demonstrations (and we’re hopefully going to be able to set up Skype video for them as well) for download. Students will also receive text materials and an additional video lecture. All students are eligible for some (free!) one-on-one phone/Skype time with the instructor (though this is especially important for distance students who are unable to attend the live sessions via telephone/Skype).

Parapsychology Courses Starting Soon — Online!

Want to learn more about the Paranormal? Want to do it online?

There’s still room in both online courses offered by the Rhine Education Center, starting next week (January 27th).

I am teaching “Investigating Apparitions, Hauntings and Poltergeists.”

Dr. Nancy Zingrone and Dr. Carlos Alvarado are team teaching “Introduction to Parapsychology.” Both are 8 weeks, both adult ed. For more info, go to http://www.rhineeducationcenter.org/edu/ and check out Nancy Zingrone’s quick video about the courses at http://youtu.be/dv1RAmgYPDY

Not to say we’re old or anything, but we each have more than three decades in Parapsychology!

Read Barry Taff’s Latest Post on Unreality TV

Dr. Barry Taff has been a friend for several years, and a colleague for longer. Like myself, he’s been on numerous television shows, some which turned out good and others which missed the point (or even took a wrong turn in the way methodologies, theories & models, and actual investigations have been represented).

He’s just posted a blog that everyone who follows “reality” TV in general, and paranormal “reality” TV specifically needs to read.


In support of Dr. Taff’s content here, let me add that if you find it at all hard to believe that many TV production companies are using release forms including not only restrictive clauses (non-disclosures that prevent any discussion of the show) but statements that the person signing “understands” that he/she might be misrepresented, slandered/libeled, humiliated, etc. — even on purpose, this is absolutely accurate. I’ve received several such releases over the last few years. I did not sign them unless they were significantly altered (and a couple I have not signed at all). I did, however, share them with my attorney, my uncle (who has been a TV director and on the Board of the Directors’ Guild), and others connected to the industry who were appalled by the wording.

You might also read my older blog http://mindreader.com/2013/08/07/unreality-tv/



Truly interested in the paranormal?

There are many legitimate sources of information and research on psychic phenomena and experiences (a.k.a. the Paranormal). Investigation and research has been going on since the 1800s, but unfortunately there are too many bad / inaccurate or plain false sources (both for and against the existence of things paranormal).

For the truly curious, for those with a real interest in psychic/paranormal experiences and phenomena, there are indeed easy to find resources of a more scientific nature (and none of the TV shows fall into this group, by the way).

Unfortunately, the funding for legitimate research and investigation is underwhelming, and many legitimate organizations rely on membership and/or donations to be able to conduct research and more importantly, to continue to be free resources to the public. But they also rely on word of mouth (and word-of-internet) to spread the word of their existence and services (again, may of which are free).

The Rhine Research Center, such a major part of the US history of Parapsychology and studies of the Paranormal, is one organization that deserves the support of everyone interested in the paranormal and related psychic (and non-psychic) subjects.

The Rhine Research Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that is primarily funded through memberships and donations. Please consider becoming a member of the Rhine Research Center or making a donation at www.rhine.org. All donations are tax deductible and will be used to perform research, to sponsor events and other educational opportunities, and to support the daily operations of the center.

There are wonderful personal benefits to becoming a member. Joining the Rhine as a member gets you access to a vast library of video and more. Becoming a Rhine Sustainer shows you truly support legitimate inquiries into this mainstream-controversial subject (and again, there’s that tax donation).

Now for the language that is sure to rub people the wrong way (and if it does, perhaps a little self-examination is in order).

You can’t say you’re a serious “paranormal investigator” or “ghost hunter” if you don’t support the kind of work — and the historical importance — of organizations like the Rhine Research Center.

As it is, I’ve met or heard from people who profess being “serious” or “professional” or “scientific” in this area, and at the same time have never heard of the Rhine Research Center, it’s predecessor the Institute for Parapsychology, or even the man who the place is named after, the late Dr. J. B. Rhine. Many cannot connect the dots between paranormal investigation/ghost hunting and Parapsychology (the former is what field investigators in Parapsychology/Psychical Research have been doing since the 1800s).

Many such people, some even acting as “experts,” are making plenty of $$ by speaking at paranormal conferences, and may ask for your monetary support for haunted places (which themselves charge people to conduct “investigations”), while totally missing the organizations and foundations that do real research and provide free informational/educational and other services to the public.

So, if my statement above raises your hackles, tough.

If it makes you rethink using such labels, and look into what you don’t know, that’s exactly why I made it. The serious people recognize they don’t know everything (and even recognize what they don’t know). They seek out more and more (beyond the TV shows, please!!).

Finally, I want to explain the use of the phrase “support the kind of work” …

This includes spreading the word about actual parapsychological work, whether at the Rhine or elsewhere. It includes simply taking time to educate yourself (yes, learning IS a form of support).

I’ve heard pleas from many people to “save” this historic (haunted) site or that one. But how about some love for those representing the actual scientific research?

Join or donate. Spread the word or simply learn something from them.

But go to http://www.rhine.org/ Now!

New Interviews with Loyd Auerbach

Links to Halloween 2013 articles featuring Loyd Auerbach:

Barnidge: Ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night” by Tom Barnidge, Contra Costa Times columnist, October 30, 2013

As Halloween approaches, why people like to be scared” by Angela Hill in the Daily Democrat, October 30, 2013

Interview with Director of Paranormal Investigations, Loyd Auerbach” by Robin Punsalan in Sarasota Today, October 29, 2013

“Ghost Stories: The Science Behind Sightings” by Glenn McDonald in Discovery News, October 29, 2013

Art Bell’s DARK MATTER (Sirius XM Radio), October 14, 2013 YouTube Preview Image



Just wanted to wish everyone (living and dead) a Happy Halloween, with lots more Treats than Tricks!

A couple of recent news articles mentioning me…

Property Inspector: How to tell if your house is haunted,” TheMoveChannel.com, 10/31/2013. Article and Podcast interview.

Barnidge: Ghosts, goblins and things that go bump in the night,” Contra Costa Times, 10/30/2013

Ghost experts explore society’s fascination with the undead,” Santa Fe New Mexican, 10/25/2013