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        "When such persons undergo the trauma or shock of either a near-death incident or one involving a UFO, they are more likely than others, because of their history of familiarity with these nonordinary realities, spontaneously to "flip" into that state of consciousness, which, like a special lens, affords a glimpse of these remarkable occurrences. As a result, they are likely to "see" and register what other persons may remain oblivious to.

        "What I am suggesting, then, is that these individuals are what we might call 'psychological sensitives' with low stress thresholds, and that it is their traumatic childhoods that have helped to make them so. From my own personal point of view, however, these UFOErs and NDErs are actually the unwitting beneficiaries of a kind of compensatory gift in return for the wounds they have incurred in growing up. That is, through the exigencies of their difficult and in some cases even tormented childhoods, they also come to develop an extended range of human perception beyond normally recognized limits. Thus, they may experience directly what the rest of us with unexceptional childhoods may only wonder at. Ring (pg 146)

      One of many interesting sections of Dr. Ring's book (p. 156-163) details responses to a 'Psychophysical Changes Inventory'(PSI) given to NDErs and UFOErs in which a significant number of respondents describe an increased electrical sensitivity. Dr. Ring states that in his own previous research on NDEs, he had...

        "...heard quite a few experiencers, complain about such things as causing electric lights inexplicably to blow, having persisting problems with their computers, wristwatches failing to work properly, and so on. And he is aware that other prominent University researchers are aware of the same condition... as if some folk just scramble the electrical signals [making] life very difficult, with visual display screens going haywire, telephones crackling with static and electrical appliances burning out far too often." Ring (pg 157)

      One final point, Dr. Ring emphatically states that

        "...First of all, in dealing with the things of the imaginal realm, I must emphasize that we are not talking about the stuff of fantasy or even of "imagination," as these terms are generally use today. Specifically, we are not concerned here with fictive matters or with what is "made up" through creative invention. Instead, the imaginal realm refers to a 'third kingdom', access to which is dependent neither on sensory perception nor on normal waking cognition (including fantasy). Because it lies hidden from common view, it can usually be apprehended only in what we now call certain altered states of consciousness that have the effect of undermining ordinary perception and conceptual thinking. When these are sufficiently disturbed, the imaginal realm, like the starry night sky that can be discerned only when sunlight is absent, stands revealed." Ring (pg 220)

      Prodigal Genius, The life of Nikola Tesla, by John J. O'Neill, ©1978 ANGRIFF Publications

      Nikola Tesla, a preacher's kid, and a contemporary and rival of Thomas Edison, was an electrical inventor extraordinary. Among his many amazing discoveries, Tesla, in spite of Edison's DC (direct current) position (the chief position of Edison's own "General Electric Company"), developed the AC (alternating current) distribution of electricity (for "Westinghouse Electric Company") which is the distribution system used in the World today. Hundreds of millions of dollars were at stake.

        "When our spinning earth was so transformed into a terrestrial Leyden jar, it could be alternately charged and discharged, so that a current would flow both in the upper air and in the ground, producing the electrical flow which would cause the upper air to become self-luminous. Tesla... never became quite so specific in applying the condenser plan to this problem as the preceding sentence indicates. His plan may still exist in his papers, which, at the present writing, are sealed against inspection except by Government officials." O'Neill (pg 146)

        "Tesla.... in one lecture reporting his investigations covering a period of two years, offered to the world -- in addition to his new electric vacuum lamps, his highly efficient incandescent lamp, and his high-frequency and high-potential currents and apparatus -- at least five outstanding scientific discoveries:1. Cosmic rays; 2. Artificial radioactivity; 3. Disintegrating beam of electrified particles, or atom smasher; 4. Electron microscope; and, 5. "Very special radiation" (X-rays).

        "At least four of these innovations, when "rediscovered" up to forty years later, won Nobel Prizes for others; and Tesla's name is never mentioned in connection with them." O'Neill (pg 154)

        "In 1896 while his fame was still on the ascendant he planned a nice quiet little vibration experiment in his Houston Street laboratory [ New York City]. Since he had moved into these quarters in 1895, the place had established a reputation for itself because of the peculiar noises and lights that emanated from it at all hours of the day and night, and because it was constantly being visited by the most famous people in the country.

        "The quiet little vibration experiment produced an earthquake, a real earthquake in which people and buildings and everything in them got a more tremendous shaking than they did in any of the natural earthquakes that have visited the metropolis. In an area of a dozen square city blocks, occupied by hundreds of buildings housing tens of thousands of persons, there was a sudden roaring and shaking, shattering of panes of glass, breaking of steam, gas and water pipes. Pandemonium reigned as small objects danced around rooms, plaster descended from walls and ceilings, and pieces of machinery weighing tons were moved from their bolted anchorages and shifted to awkward spots in factory lofts.

        "It was all cause, quite unexpectedly, by a little piece of apparatus you could slip in your pocket, "said Tesla. O'Neill (pg 155-156)

        "Samuel Clemens, better known to the public as "Mark Twain", and Tesla were close friends. Clemens was a frequent visitor to the Tesla laboratory. Tesla had been playing with his vibratory mechanism for some time, and had learned a good deal about the results that followed from varying doses of vibration, when one evening Clemens dropped in.

        "Clemens, on learning abou the new mechanism, wanted to experience its vitalizing vibrations. He stood on the platform while the oscillator set it into operation. He was thrilled by the new experience. He was full of adjectives. "This gives you vigor and vitality, " he exclaimed. After he had been on the platform for a while Tesla advised him: "You have had enough, Mr. Clemems. You had better come down now."

        "Not by a jugful," replied Clemens. "I am enjoying myself."

        "But you had better come down, Mr. Clemens. It is best that you do so, " insisted Tesla.

        "You couldn't get me off this with a derrick," laughed Clemens.

        "Remember, I am advising you, Mr. Clemens."

        "I'm having the time of my life. I'm going to stay right up here and enjoy myself. Look here, Tesla, you don't appreciate what a wonderful device you have here to give a lift to tired humanity...." Clemens continued along this line for several minutes. Suddenly, he stopped talking, bit his lower lip, straightened his body and stalked stiffly but suddenly from the platform.

        "Quick, Tesla! Where is it?" snapped Clemens, half begging, half demanding.

        "Right over there, through that little door in the corner, " said Tesla. "And remember, Clemens, I advised you to come down some time ago," he called after the rapidly moving figure.

        "The laxative effect of the mechanical vibrator was an old story to the members of the laboratory staff." O'Neill (pg 157-158)

        "The resentments and antagonisms engendered by the unvarying series of successful [United States Circuit Court] decisions caused individuals who were adversely affected to vent their antagonisms on Tesla although he had not in ten years held any personal interest n the patents.

        "The situation that develope is well described by B. A. Behrend, later vice-president of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers:

        * 'It is a perculiar trait of ignorant men to go always from one extreme to another, and those who were once the blind admirers of Mr. Tesla, exalting him to an extent which can be likened only to the infatuated praise bestowed on victims of popular admiration, are now eagerly engaged in his derision. there is something deeply melancholy in the prospect, and I can never think of Nikola Tesla without warming up to my subject and condemning the injustice and ingratitude which he has received alike at the hands of the public and of the engineering profession.'

        * Western Electrician, Sept., 1907

        O'Neill (pg 116-117)