Mind-Matter Interaction

A Review of Historical Reports, Theory and Research

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About the Book

The power of the mind to influence the physical world has long been debated, debunked, studied for military applications, and used in science fiction. This historical and theoretical study of mind-matter interaction, or MMI, explores the phenomena of levitation, stigmata, inedia, paranormal activity, bilocation, fire immunity, luminosity, and the teleportation of matter. The results of more than a century of formal experimental research are discussed, as are resultant training techniques, theories, and controlled experiments used to test or bolster psychokinetic abilities.

About the Author(s)

Pamela Rae Heath, M.D., PsyD., has written widely about such topics as experiential research, place memory, the afterlife and mind-matter interaction. She is a member of the Parapsychological Association, the Society for Psychical Research and the Society for Scientific Exploration. She lives in California.

Bibliographic Details

Pamela Rae Heath, M.D.
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 319
Bibliographic Info: 3 photos, 3 charts, glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4971-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5668-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Abbreviations      ix

Preface      1

Introduction      3

PART I: A HISTORICAL CROSS-CULTURAL REVIEW OF ANECDOTAL MATERIAL THROUGH THE AGES: RELIGIOUS AND SPIRITUAL      7

Levitation      10

Stigmata      19

Inedia      27

Teleportation      28

Bilocation      30

Fire-Immunity      33

Luminosity      38

Materialization/Transformation of Matter      41

Hemography      43

Deliberately Caused Bodily Damage Phenomenon      44

Weather MMI      46

Physical Mediums      47

Anomalous Healers      55

Martial Artists and Athletes      62

Poltergeists      65

The Wild Card: Spontaneous Nonrecurrent MMI      68

Summary      73

PART II: MMI RESEARCH AND THEORY      75

Poltergeist Research      78

Early Research with Physical Mediums      86

Dice and Sphere Experiments      89

Random Generator Research      91

Biological System Research      96

Macro-MMI Research      110

Metal-Bending Research      117

Instrumental Transcommunication Research      121

Anomalous Photography      130

Other Areas of Research      132

Performance Factors      134

MMI Facilitation and Training      141

What Learning Theories Suggest about MMI      150

MMI Models and Theories      153

PART III: THE MMI MATRIX: EXPERIENTIAL RESEARCH      163

Phenomenology      164

Altered State of Consciousness      166

Connection      177

Dissociation from the Individual

Ego Identity      184

Suspension of the Intellect      187

Playfulness or Peak Emotion      190

Sense of Energy      198

The Physical State      207

Focused Awareness (Attention)      211

Trust in the Process      216

Investment      223

Openness to the Experience      225

“Knowing”      231

Guiding the Process      234

Impact      237

ESP and MMI Overlap      239

MMI Facilitation and Inhibition      248

Conclusions      255

Glossary      259

Notes      263

Bibliography      279

Index      291

Book Reviews

“A very welcome compilation and review of the wide range of so-called psychokinetic type of human experiences that puzzle laymen, experiencers and scientists alike. It is a real treasure to have all in one book such a collection of the types of spontaneous case experiences, a sensible summary of the long history of experimental research, theoretical considerations, some modern applications of mind-matter interaction, as well as a summary of training techniques to improve such ability”—Sally R. Feather, Ph.D., Executive Director, The Rhine Research Center, Durham, North Carolina; “One of the most insightful and important sources on the experience of being psychic and developing psychic abilities out there, with the added much-needed focus of addressing the oft-neglected inherent ability we all have, psychokinesis”—Loyd Auerbach, M.S., adjunct professor at JFK University in California and Atlantic University in Virginia Beach.