In a previous posting We Create our own Reality 1 we looked at the concept that we are, as humans, programmed by our early upbringing. We accept certain limitations on our abilities that become so ingrained in the consensus mentality that they become laws of the human universe. It is unthinkable to many that these are not universal laws, but merely consensus. In this way what we all agree upon becomes reality, and that varies from country to country and culture to culture.
There is abundant evidence that this world of the five senses is not all there is. The world of advanced physics bears little resemblance to the world of the reader of the tabloids. Yet even the physicist may reject as false stories about happenings that disturb the non-scientific part of his comfort zone.
There are bigots in every field of endeavor, and there are even groups of them, here and abroad, who pretend to be investigating paranormal happenings, whilst actually being concerned only with debunking anything that disturbs their comfort zone. One such famous group of alleged investigators, containing several brilliant and famous members, was given the data of the Gauqelin investigation of many thousands of natal charts of prominent people, from many different countries. The data was statistically impossible to fault, as were the methods used, and showed that certain planetary patterns at birth could be related to the professions taken up by the people concerned, later in life..
Since these alleged seekers after truth knew beforehand that there could be no possible truth in astrology, they doctored the data to make it fit their preconceived prejudices.
To his great credit the President of this society of talented scientists, mathematicians, scientists and stage magicians resigned when he saw that his members were not interested in the facts of the case, only in defending their prejudice about the occult.
No matter what kind of protest they now make of serious research, we know that if a fact doesn't fit their pre-conceived ideas it will be ignored or distorted to avoid a truth that is uncomfortable to the remaining members, even their TV stars. Experts like this, who attempt to discredit what they cannot explain are a disgrace to science.
One of them is legitimately famous as a stage magician,the Great Randi. When he finds that someone is faking a fire walk he thinks he has proved that all fire walking is fake, which is what he wants to believe. Yet there are now in the USA teachers like Anthony Robbins who give courses that produce in the students the requisite attitude that enables them to go above the consensus law that fire burns flesh. This is fact, and the students walk fire safely after taking the course. That is fact; and repeatable fact. And in other countries there are annual fire walking events dating back centuries.
’Not scientifically documented', say the bigots. Possibly they expect the Civil War to be re-fought over and over before they believe it. Historical evidence is not scientific because of the non-repeatability of its events. This doesn't prove, except to intelligent fools’ that the events did not take place. In the worst case we would look for historical evidence produced by the enemies of those we are investigating.
History is full of such data for those willing to look. Even the current bunch of skeptics cannot take hundreds of reports from history and dismiss them all as deliberate fraud. Consider the thoroughly documented cases of the Jansenists and Camisards.
Jansenism began as a religious movement in the early 1600's and became very popular in France, although its views were shared neither by the Roman Catholic Church nor the Monarchy. Both parties considered it to be the ultimate evil of Protestantism, posing as a variant of Catholicism. So Church and King (Louis XV) were continually trying to interfere with the movement.
We have many parallels today in this country as fundamentalists try to interfere with science education. Unfortunately for Louis and the Church, the leaders of the movement, like the pre-Catholic followers of Jesus, were very good at healing; so good that their work was considered as miraculous.
Just when the debate was at its height the major Jansenist leader, died. He was Francois de Paris and in May 1727 he was buried in the parish of Saint-Médard in Paris. Worshippers immediately began to visit the tomb and miraculous cures were reported; even of blindness, deafness and of diseases considered incurable at the time. So far this data could be dismissed as 'psychological cures' by those desperate to dismiss anything they can't control, just as they dismiss the miracles at Lourdes today. Had he been a Catholic of course the milacles would have been evidence that he was a saint.
But a secondary phenomenon occurred that cannot so easily be dismissed. It was witnessed by thousands of people, and was the talk of Europe for nearly a hundred years.
The mourners began to experience convulsive movements of their limbs and bodies, sometimes producing amazing contortions. These seizures appeared to be contagious as the streets around the tomb filled with men, women, and children all writhing about in a weird dance.
While they were in this state the 'convulsionaires' could not be harmed physically. They could be beaten with hammers, swords, or any kind of weapon and had no trace of injury, bruise, or wound. This was not a stage performance with special effects and lighting. The streets around the cemetery were crowded for years.
In 1733 the public records state that more than 3000 volunteers were needed to assist the convulsionaires. The supernormal abilities of the convulsionaires became famous, and thousands of people came to watch the experiments.
The Roman Catholic Church of course had a vested interest in refuting the miracles, because their own people couldn’t perform them, but their investigations ended up confirming them. They got over the dilemma in their usual way by attributing the miracles to the devil.
One investigator, a member of the Paris Parliament named de Montgeron, wrote a four volume book of the miracles he witnessed. It was published in 1737 as La Verité des Miracles. (The Truth about the Miracles). He describes dozens of cases of the invulnerability of the Jansenists to torture.
One twenty year old woman leaned against a wall while a strong volunteer hit her stomach a hundred times with a thirty pound sledge hammer. Montgeron witnessed this in amazement and tried the hammer himself on the wall. He knocked a hole in it.
Another woman was bent into an arc with her back supported by a sharpened stake. She asked that a fifty pound stone be hoisted in the air and then released to hit her stomach.
This was done again and again, but the woman got up without even a mark on her back, and walked away. The convulsionaires asked that these things be done to ease the pain they endured from the convulsions.
It appears that nothing physical could hurt the convulsionaires. They were beaten with chains, and metal rods. Strong men could not choke them. They could not be punctured with knives, swords, or even drills. Some Jansenists became able to read when their eyes were bandaged, and several levitations were reported with the names of the levitators and the witnesses who tried, without success, to keep them on the ground.
Our history-challenged times have forgotten about these matters but the famous, and intelligent of Europe dwelt on them for years. The niece of Pascal the mathematician had a severe ulcer in her eye totally disappear as the result of a Jansenist healing. David Hume and Voltaire both commented on the miracles.
When the King tried to stop the miracles by closing down the cemetery it was Voltaire who wrote "God was forbidden, by order of the King, to work any miracles there." Now these things happened. And they happened for years.
The people concerned were for a time in a mental universe in which the consensus rules about missiles and weapons, gravity and sight, did not apply.
The previous King, Louis XIV, had similar problems, also documented, when he tried to persecute the Protestant Huguenots out of existence, for their own good of course, it’s always for the good of the persecuted. In the late 1600's the official persecutor of the Camisards, as they were called, sent a report to Rome complaining that he could not harm them no matter what he did.
He ordered them to be shot. The musket balls were found flattened between their clothes and skin. In the interest of religious tolerance he had them wrapped from head to foot in cloth, which was then soaked in oil and set ablaze. They were unharmed.
The leader of the Camisards was a man named Claris. He had his followers build a great pyre of wood. He climbed to the top of it in the presence of six hundred witnesses and had it set alight. He preached a sermon as the pyre burned down and the flames rose above his head. When the pyre was a heap of ash Claris was not only unhurt but didn't even smell of the fire.
The colonel in charge of subduing the Camisards was exiled to England where he wrote a book about them in 1707. The Abbé who complained about the invulnerability of the Camisards to his attempts to kill them was murdered by them in retaliation for his efforts. His system apparently did not give him the invulnerability that they had.
Now these things happened. "I've never heard of them." is not a good enough reply. Ignorance is not evidence. These matters are available to anyone who bothers to read history or loosen up enough to realize that the laws of man's universe are largely man made.
When we were babies we saw fire and water. We were told what they were, and what they did. These totally believed reports and descriptions of the world became the world we lived in. The children of the fire-walkers of Ceylon did not have the same reports about fire that we did. They can walk fire pits and come out unharmed. Children in the Pacific islands swim in the sea without fear.
An analogy that I have found helpful in grasping this idea is that of a cosmic computer.
The cosmic computer contains billions of programs, but they can only be accessed by typing in the correct name of the program. Our built in beliefs and attitudes make up our keyboard. Some people have different keyboards than others because of their upbringing. Their parents, tribal beliefs, or cultures differ; so their keyboards differ.
In the 30's an Englishman brought out a novel Gadsby that did not contain the letter 'e.' He tied down the 'e' bar on his typewriter. This letter is the most used letter in the English language. There were thousands of words unavailable to him because his keyboard did not have an 'e.' It was an amazing feat.
So if your keyboard contains different letters from another person's keyboard then you can access programs from the cosmic computer that they cannot, and vice versa.
The Jansenists and Camisards were put into another state by the emotional fervor of their beliefs. They shared a common keyboard, but some of the keys were not the same as those of their enemies. The programs they could access were different.
It was as if their enemies without an 'e' could not access the programs 'levitate,' or 'heal,'or ‘tolerate.’ In that state the laws of the universe accessed by their enemies' keyboards did not apply to the whole of their universe, though they shared some of the laws.
All human beings, including you, have access to amazing abilities that far surpass those exhibited by Jansenists and Camisards. There are people living or recently deceased who had different keyboards. Padre Pio the Catholic and Nityananda the avatar could bi-locate. Even the Catholic saints like Thoms Aquinas levitated. Sai Baba daily produces pounds of sacred ash from the outstretched palms of his hands as he walks round his ashram.
We can go beyond the skeptic’s reflexive attitude that 'It's not on my keyboard so it doesn't exist or happen, and anyone who says it does is lying, or hallucinating.' From reports that I hear from round the world a generation of amazingly gifted children are being born. Maybe they are really normal children whose parents are not programming them with the limitations that they were given.
So some of the new children have a more extensive keyboard than the most of us, with more programs available. May they use it wisely, and may we not force them to accept our limited version with the limited world that comes with it.
By using the affirmation I have mentioned before, “I am willing to grow beyond my parent’s limitations.” you may pick up on some of those hidden talents yourself.