Claire Broad, Psychic Mediumship and Science |427|

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Claire Broad, Psychic Mediumship and Science |427|
by Alex Tsakiris | Sep 17 | Parapsychology, Spirituality
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Claire Broad believes she’s learned what the dead are trying to teach us.
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Alex Tsakiris: [00:00:06] Welcome to Skeptiko where we explore controversial science and spirituality with leading researchers, thinkers and their critics. I’m your host Alex Tsakiris and I have to admit that I’m always a little bit nervous before I interview psychics and mediums. I don’t know, I guess I feel a little bit exposed or something, like they’re going to read my mind and even though they tell me they don’t do that and they’re not on all of the time, I always have my doubts.
Maybe that’s why when Watkins Publishing contacted me about this new book from today’s guest, Claire Broad, I hesitated. But the truth is, I was also instantly intrigued by this really quite amazing medium and her desire to find a scientific understanding for all of these many incredible experiences she’s had in her life, and how that led to her becoming a medium, a much sought-after and respected medium.
So Claire, welcome. Thanks so much for joining me.
Claire Broad: [00:01:11] Thank you Alex. It’s great to be here, and hi to all of your listeners.
 
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This was a beautiful interview. I liked the whole thing and found myself agreeing with everything said.

I particularly liked the discussion on light v dark and spiritual ascension. Yes! Taking what you find yourself/people you find yourself with in and elevating it = spiritual ascension. Perfect!

Of course there are those who do the opposite for whatever twisted reason - but yeah, as long as you are spiritually aware and strong, they can't hurt you - at least not spiritually. They always go after the lost and the weak.

Claire also seemed to point toward one of my favorite realizations - you are as important as anyone/anything else and your perception is just as legit. You are a god like being and you make your own world into a paradise. You count as much as a so called ascended master. Don't look to others to show you the way. Take hints and clues where helpful, but do it yourself. At the end of the day, your path is your path and you can't substitute in anyone else's if you really want to realize the soul. I think Claire was alluding to that.

Thanks again Alex and Claire.
 
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This was a beautiful interview. I liked the whole thing and found myself agreeing with everything said.

I particularly liked the discussion on light v dark and spiritual ascension. Yes! Taking what you find yourself/people you find yourself with in and elevating it = spiritual ascension. Perfect!

Of course there are those who do the opposite for whatever twisted reason - but yeah, as long as you are spiritually aware and strong, they can't hurt you - at least not spiritually. They always go after the lost and the weak.

Claire also seemed to point toward one of my favorite realizations - you are as important as anyone/anything else and your perception is just as legit. You are a god like being and you make your own world into a paradise. You count as much as a so called ascended master. Don't look to others to show you the way. Take hints and clues where helpful, but do it yourself. At the end of the day, your path is your path and you can't substitute in anyone else's if you really want to realize the soul. I think Claire was alluding to that.

Thanks again Alex and Claire.
Didn't watch the interview yet but my main tenet is becoming my own GOD and not submitting power to a archetype with no relevance. Left hand path philosophy, at its simplest.
 
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I wish I could have the experiences of the guest and the confidence alex has today about nde's, mediumship, even parapsychology.



We don't need better evidence? It's satisfactorily proven? So people don't come to your way of seeing things because of religion, or scientific materialism, or what? Have you run out of questions to ask. I am a bit worried.
 
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you are as important as anyone/anything else and your perception is just as legit. You are a god like being and you make your own world into a paradise... At the end of the day, your path is your path and you can't substitute in anyone else's if you really want to realize the soul. I think Claire was alluding to that.
nice!
 
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This was a beautiful interview. I liked the whole thing and found myself agreeing with everything said.

I particularly liked the discussion on light v dark and spiritual ascension. Yes! Taking what you find yourself/people you find yourself with in and elevating it = spiritual ascension. Perfect!

Of course there are those who do the opposite for whatever twisted reason - but yeah, as long as you are spiritually aware and strong, they can't hurt you - at least not spiritually. They always go after the lost and the weak.

Claire also seemed to point toward one of my favorite realizations - you are as important as anyone/anything else and your perception is just as legit. You are a god like being and you make your own world into a paradise. You count as much as a so called ascended master. Don't look to others to show you the way. Take hints and clues where helpful, but do it yourself. At the end of the day, your path is your path and you can't substitute in anyone else's if you really want to realize the soul. I think Claire was alluding to that.

Thanks again Alex and Claire.
Eric,

exactly the point of "Siddhartha". you must find your own path. "gurus" can only talk about it but not show it to you,
 
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I wish I could have the experiences of the guest and the confidence alex has today about nde's, mediumship, even parapsychology.



We don't need better evidence? It's satisfactorily proven? So people don't come to your way of seeing things because of religion, or scientific materialism, or what? Have you run out of questions to ask. I am a bit worried.
Sincere question and no malice intended in the least bit- why can't you have those experiences? Have you pondered that at all?
 
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Oh, i've had some odd experiences. Schizophrenia runs in my family. They are interesting and meaningful, but not transformative or divine.

Synchronicity.
Hearing a voice
knowing / downloads
shared auditory "hallucination"

Nothing as severe as an nde though.

There are people who have regular OBE's and don't conclude the mind is not the brain. They ask more questions. Like they ought too!

Can you have schizophrenia and mediumship ability? Sure! I mean in terms of the science, why not?

Frankly, for me, either its engineerable or it isnt.

If it isn't, that doesn't mean there is no afterlife or at least some odd communication is going on. But why have such certainty in the absense of engineering or scientific theory? I really don't get the scientific orientation combined with the certainty and ignorance.
 
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Alex,

That was the best interview for some time. I'd like to start with your question,
I guess I would tee up from this show, what questions should science be asking of mediumship?
Science probably won't ask any interesting questions of mediums if it can avoid it, but I think it would be interesting to know:

a) What is it all for - after perfecting ourselves over many incarnations, what do we do then? Is there a big picture?

b) When we die, what is 'life' like out there? Jurgen Ziewe would tell us life up there has some similarity with life down here - so much so that some people are dead for a while before they realise what has happened. Is this the general opinion of mediums?

c) Do people out there study anything such as Maths. Ramanujan claimed to receive 'downloads' of maths ideas from an Indian Goddess. Are there entities like that out there that might do that?

d) Is the physicist Henry Stapp's (Quantum Mechanical) theory of the link between consciousness and matter correct?

I do hope Claire will join the forum for a while and give us her answers to those questions, and others that people will surely think of!

I think many people would find Alex's approach to quality assuring a medium rather daunting. I wonder what sort of confirmatory questions it would be reasonable to ask, for example:

Is it fair to ask for the year of passing of the person the medium is in contact with?

Is it fair to demand some physical identifying feature of the person while alive?



I guess I'd also love to ask whether she encountered any evidence of a timeless realm - which is discussed by some people reporting their NDE's.

David
 
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Oh, i've had some odd experiences. Schizophrenia runs in my family. They are interesting and meaningful, but not transformative or divine.

Synchronicity.
Hearing a voice
knowing / downloads
shared auditory "hallucination"

Nothing as severe as an nde though.

There are people who have regular OBE's and don't conclude the mind is not the brain. They ask more questions. Like they ought too!

Can you have schizophrenia and mediumship ability? Sure! I mean in terms of the science, why not?

Frankly, for me, either its engineerable or it isnt.

If it isn't, that doesn't mean there is no afterlife or at least some odd communication is going on. But why have such certainty in the absense of engineering or scientific theory? I really don't get the scientific orientation combined with the certainty and ignorance.
I understand, I think.

I have a younger brother who is a chronic paranoid schizophrenic. I'm his legal guardian - and have been for 30 years. Because of that, I used to be very concerned about my own perceptions and ensuring that I'm always on solid ground.

As I've mentioned elsewhere on Skeptiko, I began to have spontaneous OBEs, which at first terrified me because I thought I had died and then troubled me because I thought that I might be going down the path of insanity, like my brother. Maybe it was a genetic issue. So I worked very hard to determine if the experiences were "real". I found they were/are. But I still wanted to maintain a mindset firmly rooted in "reality". I was a little neurotic about that.

Now, I don't care. After years of looking into these paranormal things and proving to myself that I'm a solid, reliable, capable person by anyone's measure, I've allowed myself to let go and to perceive whatever my inner self seems to think it needs to. It's kind of a leap of faith. This has been happening increasingly over the past couple of years (I'm 55 now). I find myself definitely in contact with spirits and some other things; like just "knowing" (and then being proven correct). I like how I am and what I'm becoming. I'm happier, lighter, more creative, more balanced, more in tune, etc.

At some point maybe you need to ask yourself what you're guarding against. As you age you should realize that you're going to leave this world and it matters not if you were deemed sane or insane or right or wrong...or any of that. Were you able to be all that you could be? Did you self-realize? Did you live the truth of your soul as opposed to an intellect controlled by the parameters established by others? These are more important questions, IMO.
 
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I understand, I think.

I have a younger brother who is a chronic paranoid schizophrenic. I'm his legal guardian - and have been for 30 years. Because of that, I used to be very concerned about my own perceptions and ensuring that I'm always on solid ground.

As I've mentioned elsewhere on Skeptiko, I began to have spontaneous OBEs, which at first terrified me because I thought I had died and then troubled me because I thought that I might be going down the path of insanity, like my brother. Maybe it was a genetic issue. So I worked very hard to determine if the experiences were "real". I found they were/are. But I still wanted to maintain a mindset firmly rooted in "reality". I was a little neurotic about that.
I have always assumed that schizophrenia must be related to inherent ψ abilities in some way.
Now, I don't care. After years of looking into these paranormal things and proving to myself that I'm a solid, reliable, capable person by anyone's measure, I've allowed myself to let go and to perceive whatever my inner self seems to think it needs to. It's kind of a leap of faith. This has been happening increasingly over the past couple of years (I'm 55 now). I find myself definitely in contact with spirits and some other things; like just "knowing" (and then being proven correct). I like how I am and what I'm becoming. I'm happier, lighter, more creative, more balanced, more in tune, etc.
I feel that also. I am a little older than you - 70 on Saturday. I attribute it to a Skeptiko effect - making me aware of just how likely it is that life goes on after death.
At some point maybe you need to ask yourself what you're guarding against. As you age you should realize that you're going to leave this world and it matters not if you were deemed sane or insane or right or wrong...or any of that. Were you able to be all that you could be? Did you self-realize? Did you live the truth of your soul as opposed to an intellect controlled by the parameters established by others? These are more important questions, IMO.
Well ..... I'd still not wish to descend into madness, though some psychic experiences would be interesting!

David
 
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Alex,

That was the best interview for some time. I'd like to start with your question,

Science probably won't ask any interesting questions of mediums if it can avoid it, but I think it would be interesting to know:

a) What is it all for - after perfecting ourselves over many incarnations, what do we do then? Is there a big picture?

b) When we die, what is 'life' like out there? Jurgen Ziewe would tell us life up there has some similarity with life down here - so much so that some people are dead for a while before they realise what has happened. Is this the general opinion of mediums?

c) Do people out there study anything such as Maths. Ramanujan claimed to receive 'downloads' of maths ideas from an Indian Goddess. Are there entities like that out there that might do that?

d) Is the physicist Henry Stapp's (Quantum Mechanical) theory of the link between consciousness and matter correct?

I do hope Claire will join the forum for a while and give us her answers to those questions, and others that people will surely think of!

I think many people would find Alex's approach to quality assuring a medium rather daunting. I wonder what sort of confirmatory questions it would be reasonable to ask, for example:

Is it fair to ask for the year of passing of the person the medium is in contact with?

Is it fair to demand some physical identifying feature of the person while alive?



I guess I'd also love to ask whether she encountered any evidence of a timeless realm - which is discussed by some people reporting their NDE's.

David
There has never been any indication a medium, even sophisticated physicists who are also mediums, can get complex information akin to multi-step math problems. There are other modes...i know i know.

If the soulphone is real, all bets are off. It's exactly what I want. It also sounds extremely dangerous.

A god that creates predator-prey relationships isn't something I would worship, accept under duress. I think if god exists its too late. Glad their is no hegemony on earth. A 'singleton' in robot-cult speak.
 
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I understand, I think.

I have a younger brother who is a chronic paranoid schizophrenic. I'm his legal guardian - and have been for 30 years. Because of that, I used to be very concerned about my own perceptions and ensuring that I'm always on solid ground.

As I've mentioned elsewhere on Skeptiko, I began to have spontaneous OBEs, which at first terrified me because I thought I had died and then troubled me because I thought that I might be going down the path of insanity, like my brother. Maybe it was a genetic issue. So I worked very hard to determine if the experiences were "real". I found they were/are. But I still wanted to maintain a mindset firmly rooted in "reality". I was a little neurotic about that.

Now, I don't care. After years of looking into these paranormal things and proving to myself that I'm a solid, reliable, capable person by anyone's measure, I've allowed myself to let go and to perceive whatever my inner self seems to think it needs to. It's kind of a leap of faith. This has been happening increasingly over the past couple of years (I'm 55 now). I find myself definitely in contact with spirits and some other things; like just "knowing" (and then being proven correct). I like how I am and what I'm becoming. I'm happier, lighter, more creative, more balanced, more in tune, etc.

At some point maybe you need to ask yourself what you're guarding against. As you age you should realize that you're going to leave this world and it matters not if you were deemed sane or insane or right or wrong...or any of that. Were you able to be all that you could be? Did you self-realize? Did you live the truth of your soul as opposed to an intellect controlled by the parameters established by others? These are more important questions, IMO.
Chaos. Also predator prey relationships. As for higher self, it needs an IQ boost.
 
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There has never been any indication a medium, even sophisticated physicists who are also mediums, can get complex information akin to multi-step math problems. There are other modes...i know i know.
Not exactly what you are referring to but might be of interest ....

http://www.scientificexploration.org/docs/9/jse_09_4_phillips.pdf

Extrasensory Perception of Subatomic Particles​
I. Historical Evidence​
STEPHEN M. PHILLIPS​
Abstract - A century-old claim by two early leaders of the Theosophical Society to have used a form of ESP to observe subatomic particles is evaluated. Their observations are found to be consistent with facts of nuclear physics and with the quark model of particle physics provided that their assumption that they saw atoms is rejected. Their account of the force binding together the fundamental constituents of matter is shown to agree with the string model. Their description of these basic particles bears striking similarity to basic ideas of superstring theory. The implication of this remarkable correlation between ostensible paranormal observations of subatomic particles and facts of nuclear and particle physics is that quarks are neither fundamental nor hadronic states of superstrings, as many physicists currently assume, but, instead, are composed of three subquark states of a superstring.​
 
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It might be very interesting to find a collection of scientific problems that could relatively easily be solved unambiguously, but have not been. These could be tested on psychics and then solved conventionally. For example:

The detailed layout of the atoms within molecules of certain suitably obscure organic compounds inside crystalline samples. (Solvable by X-ray crystallography).

The 3-dimensional folding pattern of a protein not previously analysed.

Location (chromosome number and position on that chromosome) of defects in the genome that cause a specific disease.

etc

David
 
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Everyone - this is an interesting subject, and it is a pity to make obscure comments like that. Say what you mean!

David
Real contact with another seemingly magical realm? What historical analogues do we have in human memory? It doesn't end well.

Predator prey relationships. Well, whether its human on human or just natural selection, whomever set this up wasn't 'thinking of the children'.

It would be nice to know how it works rather than claiming we already do. Is that vague?

Chaos would result if the soul phone really did work. You really think you can contact the afterlife and not have real repercussions? Christians don't believe, they hope. And most muslims etc.

Evolution is an asshole. I really don't think its worth elevating. I dislike dawkins and jesus if it was his idea, lol. What kind of hierachical god puts us here in this? My sister...
 
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Not exactly what you are referring to but might be of interest ....

http://www.scientificexploration.org/docs/9/jse_09_4_phillips.pdf

Extrasensory Perception of Subatomic Particles​
I. Historical Evidence​
STEPHEN M. PHILLIPS​
Abstract - A century-old claim by two early leaders of the Theosophical Society to have used a form of ESP to observe subatomic particles is evaluated. Their observations are found to be consistent with facts of nuclear physics and with the quark model of particle physics provided that their assumption that they saw atoms is rejected. Their account of the force binding together the fundamental constituents of matter is shown to agree with the string model. Their description of these basic particles bears striking similarity to basic ideas of superstring theory. The implication of this remarkable correlation between ostensible paranormal observations of subatomic particles and facts of nuclear and particle physics is that quarks are neither fundamental nor hadronic states of superstrings, as many physicists currently assume, but, instead, are composed of three subquark states of a superstring.​
Not being a physicist, my mind categorizes that as similar to muslims who supposedly understand embryonic development through the koran.

That one is far more technical that I can honestly understand. However, I am aware of a meeting between a remote viewer and a biologist that remote viewed the, what was it? Tobacco mosiac virus? The remote viewer was able to get knowledge of structure that was not currently possible or unlikely to be known, or something along those lines.

There are other cases too of seeming anachronisms. Madame blavatsky (sp)? Oh, this one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helena_Blavatsky

Still doesn't prove anything. These are all hints. And I am in full agreement there is enough evidence to take parapsychology seriously. But that still leaaves us with no answers about meaning and purpose, the afterlife, etc.
 
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