Psychic Dreaming - Syllabus


Course Description

Dreams provoke mystery and curiosity as we ponder the workings of our unconscious mind. Some dreams are fun and exciting or even frightening or confusing. Other dreams have a special, unique quality that gives the dreamer a strong sense of meaning, and even other dreams seem to be a source of communication or a peek into events in the future.

Psychic dreams are recorded in cultures through the ages, but what exactly are they and are they real? How do people experience them, and is there a way to encourage yourself to have psychic dreams?

The course will take an in-depth look at dreams and dreaming in general and specifically how psychic information and abilities manifest in the dream state. We will consider out-of-body experiences in the dream state, apparitional visitations, clairvoyant dreams, past-life dreams, telepathic/mutual dreaming and the most prevalent form of psychic dreaming: precognitive dreams. In the course, we take a look at methods of working with dreams in order to further discover and influence your own psi-filled dreaming, and also look at the Lucid Dreaming state and how one might use it to enhance psi even in the waking state.


Course Outline

Week 1: WHAT ARE DREAMS, ANYWAY?

  • An introduction to Psychic Dreaming
  • Sleep & Dreaming
  • Theories of the function of Dreams
  • Lucid Dreams: an introduction
  • The place of Dreams and Psychic Dreams in history and other cultures

Week 2: PSI IN YOUR DREAMS: OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCES, PAST LIFE DREAMS, AND VISITATION DREAMS

  • The psi connection: an overview of psychic experiences in the Dream state
  • Dreaming and the Out of Body Experience
  • Dreams of Past Lives
  • Spirit Visitations in your Dreams

Week 3: CLAIRVOYANT, TELEPATHIC, AND PRECOGNITIVE DREAMS

  • Dreams and Déjà vu
  • Dream Telepathy
  • Real-Time Psi Dreams
  • Precognitive Dreaming
  • PK & Dreaming?

Week 4: WORKING WITH PSYCHIC DREAMS

  • Assessing Psychic Dreams: Is a (specific) dream psychic?
  • Lucid Dreams and Psi
  • Dreamwork & Psi-work
  • Course Wrap-Up

Course Materials

  • Text to purchase:
    PSYCHIC DREAMING by Loyd Auerbach (available in Kindle/Nook and paperback)
  • Various articles, videos, and links selected by the instructor and provided for download throughout the course.

Course Activities

  • Students will be expected to view the class broadcasts or the recordings of the classes each week.
  • Though this course is not graded, to get the most out of this course, students should participate in weekly discussion forums and activities. In the forums, each student will be expected to provide an original posting each week and to respond to at least one other student. This is the fun and interactive part of the course!



Syllabus: Theories of Psi - An Introduction


Course Description

This eight week academic course introduces students to the theories of psi.

Many people claim that there is no theoretical foundation for psi phenomena, but over a century of research has involved many theories of psi activity and the best way to demonstrate psi phenomena.  From theories of animal magnetism to quantum physics to astrology, researchers have been testing the validity of theories that may contribute to the events that so many people experience in their lives.

This course is an introduction to the theories that guide psi researchers in their quest to better understand how psi works.  It includes practical theories like the experimenter effect and the decline effect, psychological theories like the sheep-goat effect, and more recent theories like Decision Augmentation Theory, First Sight Theory, and even an exploration of similarities between psi phenomena and quantum physics.

Students should have a foundation in parapsychology with a focus on reviewing research articles.  It is an introduction to the theories of psi, but does not include an introduction to parapsychology. 

Recommended prerequisites:  Introduction to Parapsychology or experience or courses that include reading and evaluating scientific parapsychology articles from peer reviewed journals.


Course Outline


  • Theories of ESP

    1. GESP & Decision Augmentation Theory

      • What is ESP
      • Testing Telepathy, Clairvoyance, Precognition
      • GESP
      • Decision Augmentation Theory
      • Can we ever know?
    2. Signal to Noise; Target Types

      • ESP Cards
      • Remote Viewing & Ganzfeld
      • Factors that influence performance (mental discipline; belief; previous experience)
      • Creativity, dissociation, & belief
      • Sensory deprivation
      • Targets & judging
    3. Psi Missing, Decline Effect, Experimenter Effect

      • Psi Missing is psi
      • Decline Effect in ESP and other sciences
      • Local Sidereal Time
      • Experimenter Effect in ESP & other sciences
    4. PMIR & First Sight Theory

      • Conscious vs unconscious cognition
      • What is PMIR?
      • What is First Sight Theory of Psi?
  • Theories of Time and Energy

    1. Precognition, Synchronicities, & Creating the Future

      • Is time real?
      • Synchronicities or psi?
      • Precognitive dreams
      • Presentiment
      • Do we see the future or create the future?
    2. Energies: Field, Waves, Particles - Healing Mechanisms

      • Phenomena: ESP, PK, & Healing
      • Distance & barriers
      • Particles, Waves, & Fields
      • Healing Measurements
      • Magnetic effects, local & global
      • GCP & group effects
      • Healing energies vs facilitating vs creating the future
  • Theories of Survival and Science

    1. Survival vs Super Psi

      • What is super psi?
      • Mediumship
      • Out of Body Experiences
      • Near-Death Experiences
      • Cases of the Reincarnation Type
      • Apparitions & Hauntings
    2. Quantum Theories & Psi

      • Observer Effect
      • Entanglement
      • Uncertainty Theory

Course Materials

Suggested Readings:

Real Magic by Dean Radin (Accessible and easy to read, but very well researched)

First Sight Theory of Psi by Jim Carpenter (academic and complex, but well structured)

Various articles and other media provided by the instructor through the courseroom.


Course Activities

  • Students will be expected to view the class broadcasts or the recordings of the classes each week.
  • Students will be expected to participate in weekly discussion forums and activities. Each student will be expected to provide an original posting each week and to respond to at least one other student in the discussion forums. Greater participation in this area will be considered during class evaluations.
  • One multiple choice or short answer evaluations will be assigned after the 4th or 5th week of class.
  • Students will evaluate a phenomenon explored by parapsychologists and discuss it from a theoretical perspective. This will be a 3 – 7 page paper due at the end of the course.

Evaluations and Grading

Students who are taking the course for a grade will be assessed using a letter grade based on the standard letter grade format.

A – 90 - 100

B – 80 – 89

C – 70 – 79

D – 60 – 69

F – Below 60

Participation in the forums is a large component of the grading, and substantive postings are necessary to get full credit for each discussion topic.

The following activities will be considered to contribute to the courses as follows:

Discussions (Total 40%): 5 points for each of the 8 weeks including responses to other people's posts

Assessment #1 (30%)

Research Summary (30%)


Syllabus: Art as Psi: A Portal to the Mysterious, Mystical, Magical & Miraculous


Course Description

This 4 week course is designed for anyone who wishes to gain a deeper understanding of how Art has given us a series of clues about the Psi human experience. We will review critical artworks going back to ancient times and we will wander across the Art history timeline to present for illumination. Who were these renegade artists who saw the creative potential of expressing what Psi meant to them, and who tried to capture the miraculous and mystical through various art media and across various cultural contexts? We will explore how artists have used art to convey the extraordinary, the unimaginable...

As we critically examine various art and art forms, the biography of a few selected artists will be placed within the framework of their time and their own personal and societal/cultural expressions. This journey shall enable the course participants to gain a deeper appreciation of a more obscure artistic legacy that has been given to us over the millennia, and to develop the tools to understand Art's more profound impact on our understanding of Psi phenomena and, equally, the importance of the creative muses in the exploration of consciousness.


Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction and Overview

  • What is Art? What is Psi?
  • The Art History Timeline!
  • Psi through the Ages: Ancient Civilizations

Week 2: Types of Psi Phenomena in Art

  • The Art History Timeline continued:
    Classical, Medieval Civilizations
  • Art depicting:
    • hallucinations
    • lucid, precognitive dreams
    • OBEs
    • hauntings & apparitions
    • UFO & alien apparitions
  • NDEs & after life; past life phenomena; remote viewing & psychokinesis; anomalous healing; divination tools.

Week 3: Art as Spiritual Activity

  • The Art History Timeline continued:
    • Renaissance
    • Modern
    • Contemporary Civilizations
  • Varieties of Artistic Manifestations/Expressions:
    • Statues
    • Temples
    • Paintings
    • Amulets
    • Sigils
    • Tools
    • Music
    • Sacred Geometry
    • Dance, Poetry, etc...

Week 4: How Art Gives Us a Deeper Scientific Understanding of Psi

  • Continuation of varieties of Artistic Manifestations/Expressions: Statues, Temples, Paintings, Amulets, Sigils, Tools, Music, Sacred Geometry, Dance, Poetry, etc...
  • Selected artists and their work:
    • Hildegard of Bingen
    • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
    • Rudolf Steiner
    • Helma af Klint
    • Carl Jung
    • Ingo Swann
    • Wassily Kandinski
  • The role of the Creative for a better understanding of the Science of Psi.

Course Materials

Suggested Reading Materials

  • Goethe's Science of Living Form: the Artistic Stages by Nigel Hoffman
  • Concerning the Spiritual in Art by Wassily Kandinsky
  • Art as Spiritual Activity, Ed. by Michael Howard
  • Art as Seen in the Light of Mystery wisdom by Rudolf Steiner
  • The Art of the Occult by S. Elizabeth

Grading & Course Activities

Students taking this course for a letter grade will be evaluated using the following information.

Grading and Assessment

  1. Students will be expected to view the class broadcasts or the recordings of the classes each week.
  2. Discussion Participation (50 % of your grade)
    Engagement with weekly discussion in class and in the online forums as well as by posting responses to the posts of other students: 12.5% for each discussion question for the 4 weeks of the course (50%)
  3. Assessment (50% of your grade): Final Project (Description in Courseroom)

FINAL PROJECT- Complete a minimum 1000 word paper (with references)

Chose either 1. a specific period in art history ( as per the historical timeline presented in first class) or 2. a specific artist to demonstrate how the art has been used to communicate a “deeper” more “invisible” meaning which gives us clues to the mystical, magical, mysterious of the world of psi phenomena.

Provide minimum of 5 images, maximum of 20, all work must be referenced and artwork used identified by artist, year if known, title, & source.

Please send a 2-3 sentence proposal as to the topic you will chose for approval after the first class, email to cmc.toporow@gmail.com

The final project is due seven (7) days after the final class is taught, and should be emailed to the instructor.


SUGGESTED FINAL PROJECT IDEAS FOR ART AS PSI PORTAL TO THE MYSTERIOUS, MYSTICAL, MAGICAL & MIRACULOUS

 

Aboriginal Art

Alchemical Art

Icelandic Art Tradition

Brazilian Art

Eight Trigrams, Fúxī, & the Prior Heavens Art

Hallucinatory Art

Kabbalistic Art

Remote Viewing Art

Tarot Card Art, Origins & Permutations

Sacred Geometry Art

Voodoo Art

Jungian Art

African Traditional Art

Hermetic Art

Indian, SouthEastern Mystical Art

Russian Art

Ancient Divinatory Art

OBE and/or NDE Art

UFO &/or Alien Abduction Art (personal accounts)

Artists of your choice as related to their psychic experiences and Art

… etc., etc., etc... endless possibilities!

 




Syllabus - Ethics in Field Investigations



Course Description

This 4-week course provides a discussion of the ethical issues that can arise in psi research and field investigations and introduces practices to ensure ethical considerations are being addressed. Topics will include the basic foundation of ethics including an introduction to Institutional Review Boards and the ethical guidelines used by professional researchers. In addition, examples will be provided from real-life investigations and situations that are often encountered by field investigators.

Besides paranormal investigations, investigations also include exploring reincarnation, and practices related to mediumship and after-death communications.


Course Objectives

This course will introduce students to the topics related to ethics of investigations and research that involves animals or human participants. The general topic of ethics will be introduced, and students will be provided with the tools necessary to create a document for ethical review. In addition, the terminology related to ethics and an Institutional Review Board (IRB) will provide examples that will enable students to create professional documents for review.

In addition to the basic concepts and processes for ethical review, examples will be provided to stimulate discussion of real-world situations that may introduce ethical dilemas.



Course Outline

  1. Week 1: Introduction to Ethics and Guidelines (Kruth)
    • What are ethics?
    • APA Ethical Guidelines
    • General Principles
    • Confidentiality & Informed Consent
    • PA Ethical Guidelines
    • Special topics for parapsychologists
  2. Week 2: Professional Ethical Reviews (Kruth)
    • Creating your plan
      • Documenting the experience of participants on location
      • Considering informed consent
      • Deception & other special situations
    • What is an IRB?
    • Working with an IRB and adapting to conditions
    • Developing a review document
      • Addendums
      • Making changes to your design
  3. Week 3: Ethics in investigations (Auerbach)
    • Ethical issues in investigations
    • Ethics investigating mediumship and reincarnation cases
    • Ethics of working with psychic/medium practitioners in cases
    • Ethical issues with respect to resolutions
    • Ethical considerations when writing/speaking about individual cases
    • Examples
  4. Week 4: Consent forms and Ethics in media interactions (Auerbach)
    • Consent forms: why use them
    • Consent forms: what needs to be in them (with an example)
    • Legal issues with respect to field investigation
    • Ethical issues that come up with requests from the Media
    • Ethical considerations when contacting the Media
    • TV and other release forms: the good, the bad, and the ugly (with examples)


Course Materials

Various articles provides by the instructor and provided for download throughout the course.


Course Activities

  • Students will be expected to view the class broadcasts or the recordings of the classes each week.
  • Students will be expected to participate in weekly discussion forums and activities. Each student will be expected to provide an original posting each week and to respond to at least one other student in the discussion forums. Greater participation in this area will be considered during class evaluations.
  • FINAL Project: Students will develop their own ethical design document based on your own proposed investigation or a specific example that will be provided. The document should be just a few pages in length and must conform to the format and outline provided in the courseroom. The final project will be due 10 days after the final class is broadcast.

Evaluation and Grading

Students who are taking the course for a grade will be assessed using a letter grade based on the standard letter grade format.
A – 90 - 100.
B – 80 – 89.
C – 70 – 79.
D – 60 – 69.
F – Below 60.

Participation in the forums is a large component of the grading, and substantive postings are necessary to get full credit for each discussion topic.

The following activities will be considered to contribute to the courses as follows:

Discussions (Total 40%)

  • Week 1 (10%)
  • Week 2 (10%)
  • Week 3 (10%)
  • Week 4 (10%)

Final Project(60%)




Syllabus: A Skeptical Approach to Parapsychology


Course Description

Every good scientist recognizes the importance of taking a skeptical perspective to research and study results. From examinations of early spiritualists to recent psi challenges, skeptics have played an active role in the progress of parapsychology and our understanding of psi phenomena.

This course will discuss parapsychology from a skeptical perspective including an evaluation of how skeptics have helped and hindered the progress of the science. Important concepts of critical thinking will be introduced, including how true skeptical thinking has been a part of the parapsychological process both in and out of the lab.

This course will also look at popular misunderstandings and misconceptions about psi phenomena, the onset of pseudo-skepticism, and the role of true skepticism in scientific investigations.


Course Outline


  • Skeptical Approach to Parapsychology

    1. What is Skepticism? Why is true skepticism important?

      • Skepticism: doubt, not disbelief or belief
      • The importance of Critical Thinking
      • What is Critical Thinking?
      • How to approach a Mystery in human experience or natural phenomena
    2. Early skeptics and spiritualism

      • The SPR/ASPR researchers, methods, and skepticism
      • The rise of Experimental Parapsychology
      • How researchers kept their own skepticism
    3. The rise of organized “skepticism”

      • The founding of CSICOP and the early split of founding members
      • Skepticism vs. pseudo-skepticism
      • The relationship to parapsychological research
    4. The role of Magicians in relation to Parapsychology

      • A bit of history of magicians and psychical research/parapsychology
      • The influence of the Amazing Randi (and Uri Geller) on public perception and research
      • Project Alpha and the fallout for Parapsychology
      • The Million Dollar Challenge: Analysis and Impact
    1. Skepticism, the Media, and Popular Culture

      • The influence of organized Skepticism and specific personalities (CSICOP, Randi) on the general public and the media
      • The influence of the media and other pop culture misconceptions and wild claims of practitioners and others on the general public and other media
      • The rise of ghost hunters based on reality TV and the Internet (and the disconnect with Parapsychology and true skepticism – and Science in general)
    2. Field Investigation – Ghost Hunting: skepticism and criticism

      • Methods based on TV shows
      • How and why to judge “evidence” gathered
      • How and why to assess equipment and claims of what the tech can do
      • Applying critical thinking in investigations
      • The difference between “debunking” and “explaining/understanding”
    1. A history of Skeptical criticisms of psi research

      • Most used criticisms and their applicability to psi in general, to psi research in general, to specific research methods and controls, and to conclusions from the research
      • Criticism from a true science perspective vs. dismissal based on belief
      • General challenges for psi research
      • “Skeptical” response to Bem precognition study
      • A case of being skeptical about Skeptics: Reber & Alcock article on “Why Parapsychological Claims Cannot Be True” and the skeptical response to the article by a Skeptic (and others)
    2. Helped or Hindered or Both?

      • Critical thinking review
      • Have Skeptics helped the field of Parapsychology, and if so, how?
      • Have the Skeptics hindered the field of Parapsychology, and if so, how?
      • How has a skeptical approach and feedback by those outside and inside the field (rather than self-proclaimed Skeptics) helped or hindered the field?
      • Skeptic vs. Believer vs. Disbeliever
      • Critical Thinking Review
      • How to approach a “mystery” review
      • Skeptical of Ghost hunting and tech Summary

Course Materials

Suggested Readings:

There is no specific text for this class, however, students will be provided with short readings or videos which will help them to better understand content of the lectures.


Course Activities

  • Students will be expected to view the class broadcasts or the recordings of the classes each week.
  • Students will be expected to participate in weekly discussion forums and activities. Each student will be expected to provide an original posting each week and to respond to at least one other student in the discussion forums. Greater participation in this area will be considered during class evaluations.
  • One multiple choice or short answer evaluations will be assigned after the 4th or 5th week of class.
  • Students will submit a final project based on the specifications in the courseroom.

Evaluations and Grading

Students who are taking the course for a grade will be assessed using a letter grade based on the standard letter grade format.

A – 90 - 100

B – 80 – 89

C – 70 – 79

D – 60 – 69

F – Below 60

Participation in the forums is a large component of the grading, and substantive postings are necessary to get full credit for each discussion topic.

The following activities will be considered to contribute to the courses as follows:

Discussions (Total 40%): 5 points for each of the 8 weeks including responses to other people's posts

Assessment #1 (30%)

Final Project (30%)