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Serena Roney-Dougal

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PARAPSYCHOLOGY
Where Science and Magic Meet


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Spirituality of the Aquarian Age
In astronomical terms, we are now in the dawning of the age of Aquarius. The age of Pisces saw the development of the monotheistic religions. In the age of Aries, the Western pantheons were dominated by male sun Gods. What does the coming Age of Aquarius hold for us?
Looking into the new millenium, let us explore the first seeds of the next stage in our evolving spirituality. We now live in a global village in which the wisdom of all the world’s great religions is available to us. This presages a remarkable development in our collective psyche.
Talk given for the College of Psychic Studies, 1.3.1994
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The Celtic Lunar Calendar
“Every society, every tribe has its calendar, its own way of taking bearings amid the endless flow of days, moons and seasons. By taking these natural rhythms and imposing upon them an agreed system of divisions we get a calendar. . . A calendar is a powerful practical tool but it also embodies and sustains an important part of our world-view and our place within the earth’s rhythms.”
The Celtic Lunar Calendar is based on a 5th century Gaulish calendar. There is a deeply satisfying sense of following a calendar that has its origins with the megalithic people.
Talk given for the Wessex Research Group, 17.3.1997
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Dream and Myth
The language of dreams is symbolic, called by psychologists “primary process.” This is the language of young children and the language of our myths, fairy tales and legends. What myths do you live by? What are our modern myths? What are the classic mythic elements in dreams?
In ancient times people would go to the temples to connect with the divine in their dreams for their own and others’ healing. This is the spiritual, archetypal aspect of dreams, in which we connect directly with spirit for major transformation, the place where our soul is fed.
Talk given for the Wessex Research Group, 13.12.1992
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The Holographic Universe
The quantum view of matter is overturning the materialistic and reductionist world-view that has pervaded Western society for the past 300 years. This philosophy suggests that the universe is open to all possibilities at once, and that consciousness is an essential factor. This has given rise to the holographic paradigm, which proposes that the Universe is one consciousness of which we are parts, and that the whole exists within everything. These concepts are radical, enlightening and an integral part of our evolutionary shift in consciousness: the clockwork universe is dead and the holographic universe awakes.
Talk given for the Wessex Research Group, 12.2.1991
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Out-of-Body & Near-Death Experiences
The out-of-body-experience is the central core of the shaman’s experience that is common to all shamanic cultures. However, in all cultures there are reports of people who experience the world from a perspective other than their body. In fact, research suggests that as many as one person in five will have this experience at least once in their life.
People who have near-death experiences tend to also have an out-of-body experience and, by exploring research into this area, we can start to have a better idea of the link between mind and body.
Talk given for the Yeovil Psychic Group, 27.3.1991
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Precognition: Travelling in Time
Throughout the history of human culture there have been prophets, oracles and seers. How is it possible for us to see the future? What does the future hold? Does this mean our lives are fixed, predestined, ruled by the Fates? What about free will?
Research in parapsychology, using both case collections of spontaneous experiences and laboratory studies, has shown that we can predict a future outcome with a measurable level of success. And not all precognitions are conscious, our subliminal awareness accounting for such experiences as presentiment, synchronicity and maybe even deja vu.
Talk given for the College of Psychic Studies 5.10.1999
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Sacred Sites & Psychic Awareness
Recent research shows how exquisitely sensitive we are to the earth's magnetic field (GMF). The pineal gland, our third eye, is extremely sensitive to the GMF, and this could well be the link between the magnetic field aspect of water dowsing and the psychic aspect of energy dowsing at sacred sites. In Britain most of the old stone circles are positioned close to geological fault lines which have associated geomagnetic anomalies. This research gives us a clear understanding of why we experience feelings of numinous awe and strong psychic awareness at these sacred places.
Talk given for the American Society of Dowsers, 8.8.1993
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The Pineal Gland: Third Eye and Psychic Chakra
Recent research suggests that the pineal gland is the physical aspect of Ajna chakra, our psychic centre, also known as the third eye. The pineal gland makes a neurochemical which acts with serotonin to make DMT, a well-known hallucinogen, thought to possibly be the trigger for dreaming. This could facilitate a psychic state of consciousness. It also makes a neuro-hormone called melatonin, which is the off-switch for many of the endocrine hormones. A deeply enlightening, and essentially practical, understanding of the chakra system emerges from this research.
Talk given for the Axminster Awareness Group, 16.10.1998
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The Subliminal Mind
The concept of the subliminal mind was first proposed by William Myers in the 19th century. Recent research in subliminal perception and parapsychology has brought the full range and depth of this aspect of consciousness to our awareness. The subliminal mind is aware of all perceptions, governs our conscious mind and links it with the collective unconscious. It is this level of mind which registers incoming psychic perceptions and which governs our dreams. The hypnagogic state, that state we experience as we are falling asleep, enables us to explore the symbolic type of mentality associated with the subliminal mind.
Talk given for the College of Psychic Studies, 12.5.1992
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Walking Between the Worlds
The pineal gland, the seat of our third eye, makes chemicals that are virtually identical to the ayahuasca tea used by Amazonian shamans for out-of-body and clairvoyant experiences. This talk explores how these chemicals work, linking them both with our every night altered state of consciousness, dreaming, and also with the experience Western culture calls a psychotic breakdown. People who have a similar sort of breakdown in cultures without a wage economy, tribal and subsistence cultures, often recover completely, or they may become the shaman's apprentice, learning to harness their gifts and consciously, with complete control, walk between the worlds.
Talk given for the College of Psychic Studies, 27.10.1998
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Where Science and Magic Meet
After 300 years of separation the world of magic and the world of science are beginning to meet. Parapsychology, the scientific study of psychic phenomena, is the core of this meeting because in parapsychology the scientific method is used to study the tools of magic.
Quantum physics suggests that the Universe is not solely material but a world of mind. This talk explores mind, from our personal subliminal and psychic states of consciousness to that Universal Mind of which the world is made. For this is the place where science and magic truly meet.
Talk given for the Wessex Research Group, 14.5.1990
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Wise Woman
Traditionally wise women were the mid-wives, birthing life and death, those liminal times where a knowledge of both this and the other world meet. Wise women are people who know about herbs and healing, live sustainable lifestyles, tuning in to the Earth, her cycles and sacred spaces. They know about the moon, magic and the myths of this land.Today wise women are those who live our pagan heritage, the psychic and spiritual craft of these isles. It is an appropriate spirituality for this age, a rebirth of the faery faith with which wise women are traditionally connect.
Talk given for the Wessex Research Group, 19.4.1993
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