2017: When the NSA Feared Psychics Could Make Cities Lost in Time and Space

A version of this story originally appeared on Muckrock.com. A classified government document opens with “an odd sequence of events relating to parapsychology has occurred within the last month” and concluded with an alarming question about psychics nuking cities so that they became lost in time and space. If this sounds like a plot out of science fiction, it is – but it’s also an NSA memo from 1977. The first “event” raised by the NSA note is a CIA report which mentioned KGB research into parapsychology. According to this, the KGB used hobbyists and non-governmental researchers to talk to western scientists. This allowed the KGB to collect useful information without putting themselves into a position to accidentally leak confidential information to westerners. According to the NSA note, this tactic yielded “high grade western scientific data.” The next event described by the NSA note was what appeared to be a Russian provocation, though […] Read More

A Psychic Warning

By A. CONSTANTINE, ESQ. Reply by H. P. Blavatsky Can any of the numerous readers of the Theosophist enlighten me as to the influence that acted on me on the occasion alluded to below? I certainly emphatically deny that there was a spirit manifestation, but there was beyond doubt some singular agency at work, which I have not up to this time been able to comprehend or explain. After having been in a certain school with another boy of about the same age as myself we parted, and only met again after the lapse of about thirty-five years. It was at Agra, where he was a Deputy Collector and I, head-clerk in the same office. Our friendship was renewed, and we soon became very much attached to each other; in fact, we had no secrets between us. Thus we continued to be for several years, and almost every day […] Read More

1927: Who’s Who in Occultism: New thought, Psychism and Spiritualism

(A Biography, Directory and Bibliography Combined) In Distinctly Separate Sections THE  STANDARD REFERENCE WORK OF THE WORLD [Spiritualism Section Excerpt Only] Compiled and Edited by WILLIAM C. HARTMANN Author of “Who’s Who in Occult, Psychic and Spiritual Realms” Founder of The Occult Brotherhood; Member, American Society for Psychical Research; Member, National Laboratory of Psychical Research (London); Member, The International New Thought Alliance; Hon. Member, National Astrological Association, etc. Second Edition of “HARTMANN’S WHO’S WHO” “Seek and Ye Shall Find’ Issued Under the Auspices of The Occult Brotherhood PRICE, $5.00 THE OCCULT PRESS Jamaica, N. Y. U.S.A. 1927 Contents Page Who’s Who in New Thought, New Psychology and Metaphysics; Biographical Sketches1-21 Individual Workers in New Thought. New Psychology and Metaphysical Fields, Applied Psychologists, Character Analysts, Graphologists, Healers, Human Engineers, Metaphysicians, Phrenologists, Practitioners, Psycho- Analysts, Psychologists, Vocational Counselors………………………………………………… 21-23 New Thought. Divine Science and Magnetic Healers. Metaphysical Practitioners and Psychologists23-28 Movements and […] Read More