Forces of the Unconscious Mind: Exploring the Work of Stan Gooch

By LOUIS PROUD — In the first chapter of his fascinating book The Origins of Psychic Phenomena (1984), the British psychologist Stan Gooch explains that he used to smile when he heard, “for instance, stories of invisible ‘thought forms’ allegedly produced by Tibetan mystics and others.” He then adds: “I no longer smile at such stories. My own feeling, now, is that there may literally be no limit to what can be achieved by the human subjective mind manipulating and actualising itself in the … [Read more...]

How to Make a Ghost: Magic and Mysticism in Tibet

BY HERBIE BRENNAN — Authors note that fictional characters have a tendency to take on a life of their own. But few readers realise just how literally they mean it. A friend of mine, engaged in writing a romantic novel, called me in a panic just a year ago to complain that two of her characters had just run off and got married… thus ruining her carefully-crafted plot. In theory this should not have been a problem. From her god-like perspective, the writer could surely have deleted the … [Read more...]