This past 4th of July fans thrilled to the release of the third season of “Stranger Things” on Netflix. If you are not familiar with the show, a group of teens in a small town stumble upon a secret government program to develop children with “psionic” abilities – most notably “Number 11,” into weapons. The show is set in the 1980s.
Such so-called psionic abilities include ESP, telepathy, telekinesis, and remote viewing. On the show, “11” possesses all such abilities and many more.
The show features some fabulous writing, and an incredible cast of young actors, especially Millie Bobby Brown as 11. While it is great Science Fiction, the plot of “Stranger Things,” may be closer to reality than most realize.
It has long been known that the CIA, and other government-sponsored “black programs” such as “MK Ultra” have experimented with remote viewing, mind control and ESP, especially during the Cold War.
Recently, an ex-government physicist has come forward to reveal what he knows about such programs, and some of the remarkable discoveries they made.
His name is Dale E. Graff, a physicist and former director of the US government/Stanford remote viewing program, also known as Project: STARGATE. He has shared some of his thoughts on “Psi Research” with anyone who will listen, but do not look for his comments on his research in the “mainstream media.”
“The most astonishing fact about studies within the realm of parapsychology (Psi), says Graff, “is that they are often shunned by the mainstream media and this comes despite the fact that they have extremely high amounts of credibility within the realms of academia. Parapsychology deals with phenomena like pre-cognition, remote viewing, telepathy, mind-matter interaction, and more that fall under the label of extrasensory perception (ESP), and the truth is, there is no reason why these topics should not be studied openly within the mainstream. Why is it that they are ridiculed in that realm, but have been studied at the highest levels of government for decades with high amounts of success and credibility? The US/Stanford University STARGATE project is one of many examples that confirm parapsychology’s legitimacy.”
Psi Research Condemned by Mainstream Academia
It is maybe because of works of speculative fiction such as “Stranger Things” that research such as Graff’s is seldom taken seriously by the mainstream. While there is legitimate science behind his work, and he has made some astounding discoveries, work like his is all too often confused with, or lumped together with superstition, “magic,” “the occult,” “the paranormal,” or any number of other “pseudosciences.”
Based on all of my research into the field of parapsychology, the information seems to be shunned away from in mainstream academia simply because it has an association with superstition, spirituality, metaphysics, and magic,” says Graff. “This alone, no matter how strong the evidence and how significant the results when studied in a scientific setting, instantly have closed-minded ‘non-believers’ yell out pseudoscience. There is instant condemnation without investigation.”
However, this may be changing, as some in the mainstream with a more open mind take a look into Graff’s work and methods. In a recent episode of the YouTube program, “Talking Points,” Dr. Jessica Utts, the Chair of the Department of Statistics at the University of California, said, “What convinced me was just the evidence, the accumulating evidence as I worked in this field and I got to see more and more of the evidence. I visited the laboratories, even beyond where I was working to see what they were doing and I could see that they had really tight controls… and so I got convinced by the good science that I saw being done. And in fact I will say as a statistician I’ve consulted in a lot of different areas of science; the methodology and the controls on these [Psi] experiments are much tighter than any other area of science where I’ve worked.”
Dr. Graff specifically worked for STARGATE in the field of “Psi Dreams” and how they relate to remote viewing. According to Graff, we all have the ability to Psi Dream, once we know how.
Throughout the 1970s, Graff and a group of researchers studied the connection between dreaming and psychic experiences. As Graff explains, “since the dream state is a highly relaxed condition, it would be logical to expect dreams to be a productive place for psychic experiences. Parapsychologists find that some degree of relaxation is necessary for success in their laboratory experiments to minimize interference from our conscious thoughts. Sleep is an altered state that we all easily experience, so why not look for psychic experiences during dreaming?”
In an undisclosed medical facility in New York City, Gaff formally tested the psychic side of dreams. Using then-new REM instrumentation, people remained in their laboratory overnight to study “dream telepathy.” Whenever a REM cycle was observed, a researcher woke the subject and had them describe their dream. The objective of the experiment was to have the dreamer “dream” what a laboratory assistant was observing in a distant room, throughout the night. A variety of “targets,” art prints, photos, and sketches were used. A simple evaluation scheme was developed where judges would compare the dream material to four targets, one of which was the real one. If the judges found a match with the real target, then simple statistics could be used to compare results to chance guessing (one of four). Over the years, over one-third of the experiments were “hits,” thereby providing a significant deviation from chance. This result demonstrated that “something psi” was going on, and that the dreamer was able to access the intended target. The unusual, out-of-context dream element usually was a key aspect of the target picture.
While statistics were used to make a case for psi, a close examination of the actual dreams was even more convincing. In many cases, the exact elements of the target showed up in the dream action.
Researchers other than Gaff achieved similar results. However, dream investigators since then have found that psychic dreams are much easier to experience in an individual’s own home, and not while wired up in a laboratory.
Most people who recall dreams which prove to be psychic are struck by the dream’s vividness, or have strong intuitive feelings at wake-up, that makes them alert to the dream’s psychic nature.
Many times, their psychic dreams were in direct response to a critical issue or concern, such as the well-being of a distant loved one.
A great quote from Nikola Tesla, who is mentioned often on these pages, reads as follows, “The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.”
Scientists like Gaff, who went into investigations of parapsychology as non-believers, perhaps with the intention of debunking such things, have emerged not only as believers but advocates. Graff has written several books on his experiences with STARGATE, including, the bestseller, Tracks in the Psychic Wilderness. Graff, now in his 70s continues to run workshops and seminars on intuition, remote viewing, and precognitive dreaming.
It is only a matter of time before others follow him down the same path in the quest for the truths that we know are out there.