The Other Side

Communicating with the Other Side

By Len Kasten

It is entirely possible that behind the perception of our senses, worlds are hidden of which we are unaware. —Albert Einstein   The age-old human desire to solve the riddle of death remains with us even in this age of sophisticated science and high technology. Since the dawn of time, it seems, humans have puzzled and agonized over the abrupt termination of life, sensing that something as complex and unfinished as a human life could not possibly end in an instant, and be thereafter wiped…

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The Mahatmas and Their Letters

By Patrick Marsolek

The Sanskrit word “mahatma” means great soul. The term has been applied to recent historical figures, such as Mohandas Ghandi, due to his public work and apparent spiritual development. Such great souls have been part of the founding of many of the worlds wisdom and spiritual traditions. In the 1880’s, the two mahatmas Morya and Koot Hoomi are supposed to have communicated a whole body of esoteric knowledge to the early founders of the Theosophical Society through a large collection of “transmitted” letters. There has…

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The Case for Reincarnation

By Ian Lawton

Everyone knows that many eastern religions have the doctrine of reincarnation at their core. It is not explicitly found in ancient Vedic texts, although their high philosophy can be somewhat obscure at times, and some scholars argue that the idea would have been present in general Vedic thought—because it is certainly a cornerstone of the Hindu religion that sprang from it. By contrast, when the Buddha took his teachings outside of the Hindu mainstream he was deliberately vague about the idea, arguably in an attempt…

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The Marian Apparition Enigma

By Patrick Marsolek

On October 13, Receive a I to you’re just tastes muted, more type. Non almost. 1917, in Fatima, Portugal, 70,000 people witnessed a miracle of the sun “dancing.” All who were present reported that they could look directly at the sun without blinking or hurting their eyes. While they were watching the sun, it appeared to come close and move far away, get larger and smaller, change colors, and rotate like a wheel. Eye specialist Dr. Domingos Pinto Coelho, wrote of his experience: “The sun,…

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Confucius in Manhattan

By Michael E. Tymn

Dr. Neville Whymant, a British professor of linguistics, was surprised when he found out the real reason he was invited to a dinner party at the New York City, Park Avenue home of Judge and Mrs. William Cannon. But what he experienced that night during October 1926 went far beyond mere surprise. It left him awestruck. Some believe it is perhaps the most intriguing contact with the spirit world on record. As related by Whymant, first to the American Society for Psychical Research (ASPR) and…

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Shroud of Turin

Patrick Marsolek

The Shroud of Turin is a controversial and enigmatic Christian artifact that may be the only physical object remaining from Jesus’ life. The Shroud was on display in the cathedral in Turin, Italy in 2015 for the first time in five years. At its last showing in 2010, more than two million people personally viewed it, and images were broadcast worldwide. According to Christians, this fourteen-foot-long, linen shroud is direct evidence of a central tenant of Christianity, the resurrection. Photos of the image on the…

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Coping with Death Anxiety

By Michael E. Tymn

In his 2010 book, The Undying Soul, Stephen J. Iacoboni, an oncologist who has witnessed thousands of deaths over some three decades of medical practice, states that the real enemy facing terminal patients is not death, but the fear of death. He observed that many of his cancer patients had unrealistic expectations and didn’t want their hopes dashed. They pleaded for or demanded a cure. While trying not to extinguish what little hope there might have been, Iacoboni tried to be more honest with them…

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Cats that Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, and More

By Frank Joseph

While walking my Norwegian Forest Cat last September, I wondered why he had not climbed a single tree all summer. The thought had no sooner crossed my mind, than Sammy suddenly sprang up the nearest oak. Coincidence, telepathy, or something else? Many, if not most, feline fanciers have experienced similar occurrences, but few fully appreciate their pets’ broad range of extraordinary abilities. Scientifically investigated as long ago as the 1930s by Dr. J.B. Rhine, an American botanist and founder of scientific research in parapsychology as…

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Secrets of the Oracles

By Robert Schoch, Ph.D.

I have long been fascinated by reports of paranormal phenomena, and I believe there is strong scientific evidence for various types of psychic occurrences, including telepathy and precognition. Studying the past has peaked my interest in such topics, as the ancients record phenomena similar to those seen today. The classical Greco-Romans did not have words exactly equivalent to the modern terms “telepathy” (direct mind-to-mind communication by means other than through the normal senses) and “clairvoyance” (literally “clear vision”; the reception of information about objects, persons,…

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The Medjugorje Apparitions

By Michael E. Tymn

Apparitions of Mary, the mother of Jesus of Nazareth, are not confined to the past and such long-time Catholic pilgrimage sites as Guadalupe in Mexico, Fatima in Portugal, and Lourdes in France. If the six “visionaries” from the village of Medjugorje in the country now known as Bosnia-Herzegovina (previously part of Yugoslavia) are to be believed, they are continuing today. In fact, they have been ongoing there since June 24, 1981, when some children witnessed the first such apparition. According to the Medjugorje Web (medjugorje.org),…

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