Glossary of Terms in Parapsychology
Michael Daniels PhD
Healingthat takes place when thehealeris not in direct contact with the person to be healed.
A person, not present during asitting, on whose behalf readingsare given. See alsoProxy Sitting.
Traditional Chinese medical practice that involves sticking needles into specific locations on the body. See alsohealing.
(a) Person who attempts to communicate information to another in anESPexperiment. Cf.percipient.
(b) Thesubjectin apsychokinesisexperiment.
(c) Person who is the focus of poltergeistactivity.
"Memories" of all experiences since the beginning of time, believed by some mystical doctrines to be storedpermanently in a spiritual substance (Akasha).
Alien Abduction Experience
Reported experiences of being abducted by alien creatures, often into spacecraft. Abductees often experiencelost time and suffer loss of memory. When memories are recovered, often usinghypnotic regression
,abductees may report that surgical operations were performed on them. See alsotemporal lobe activity.
Electrical activity in the brain (about 10 cycles per second) associated with a state of mental relaxation. SeealsoEEG.
Altered State of Consciousness (ASC)
A term used to refer to any state of consciousness that is different from "normal" states of waking or sleeping.ASCs includehypnosis,trance,ecstasy,psychedelicandmeditativeexperience. ASCs do not necessarily have
Religious practices involving the veneration of dead ancestors.
Benevolent spiritual beings who help people in need. See alsoguardian angel.
A term coined by F.A. Mesmer to refer to a putative force or fluid capable of being transmitted from oneperson to another, producinghealingeffects. See alsoMesmerism.
Refers to cases in which animal corpses (often cattle) have been found with bizarre injuries that do not seemto have a normal explanation in terms of illness, accident or action of predators. Cuts and injuries oftenappear to have been carried out with surgical precision. Typically the corpse is drained of blood. Certain bodyparts may be absent (e.g., genitals).
Paranormal abilities exhibited by animals. Also known as "Anpsi".
Religious practices based on the belief that all living things and natural objects have their individual spiritualessence orsoul.
A dream believed to announce an individual'srebirth. See alsoreincarnation.
A general term referring to unusual experiences that cannot be explained in terms of current scientificknowledge. Cf.psi.