God Does What Works
When nothing else will do, Divine Messages do get through, sometimes through extraordinary means:
- Miracles of divine intervention.
- Extra Sensory Perception.
- Having a “sixth sense” or an intuition.
- Paranormal experience, Seen and unseen, falsifiable and unfalsifiable.
If It Exists in the Imagination It Has a Demonstrable Reality
Extraordinary events and abilities are found in the world in the form of reports, at least, which is a minimum threshold of existence, to exist in people’s minds as a thought.
Memes, rumors, reports of unusual events become objects of ridicule, yet this very existence in the cultural awareness is a reality in the thought environment. The imagination as a field in the mental environment needs management and control.
What Works: Setting Intention
Thoughts, words, intention. Do these things have a corporeality? In this era of internet communication when ideas travel the globe at roughly the speed of light, the power of thought and word behind action–which is only an opportunity away–are brightly evident. Words are preceded by intention; they can signal or mask intention behind action.
Remember, we have said that God does what works. –Greater Community Spirituality: Who is Wisdom meant for?
Things Do Go Bump in the Night
A humanistic, rational, science-based way of knowing dominates the mainstream mindset, with some tolerance for individual experience outside the norm. In this culture, unusual or unexplained phenomena could well be under-reported because they exist outside the norm; as not normal they exist in the realm of the “weird,” somewhat shameful, and not mentionable. Yet the reports of unexplained and extraordinary phenomena persist.
Demons by Any Name
Exorcism and reiki work attest to entities existing on some other level than manifest reality as commonly understood.
The Placebo Effect
The power of suggestion can be demonstrated to satisfaction. To every and anyone’s satisfaction? Well, perhaps not. But for those who avail themselves of this power can
Energy work, energy balancing, any or all techniques involving unseen forces and energies–acupuncture/acupressure, allopathy, chiropractics, nutrition, and kinesiology–use non-invasive, drug-free, natural solutions to alleviate pain and allergies.
More on Medical Hypnosis
The most recent presentation on the placebo effect from Radio Lab looks at medical hypnotism Mesmerism, “animal magnetism,” the “white coat effect” on doctors who wear them and on those around them.
And Paranormal Experience
William James. The Varieties of Religious Experience