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Term: Forer Effect


Forer Effect:

Named after psychologist Betram R. Forer. In 1948 he created an experiment that showed that if people receive general descriptions that could apply to anyone, they will accept it as specifically applying to themselves. Debunkers use this phenomenon to explain away the methods of people claiming to give psychic readings. Examples of phrases used to represent this effect are sometimes called Barnum Statements.


Power Objects
It has been said, power is effective energy. In the shamanic philosophy all aspects of the universe have energy, which has potential use and power. Developing a relationship with objects in Nature, or in Spirit, to use their energy is called ...
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Are You Vulnerable to Psychic Attack?
The answer, in all likelihood, is yes. You are immune to psychic attack only if you have learned how to protect yourself from this kind of assaultóand most people donít even know psychic attack is possible, much less that they can learn techniques ...
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Reaching and Using the Pool of Power
Introduction. The well-demonstrated capacity of mind to influence the physical body is enhanced during astral projection with the deliberate intervention into physiological functions is the actual goal of the OBE. This procedure recognizes that ...
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PK Energy & Emerald Green
Introduction. Deep emerald green is the color that typically characterizing the astral plane associated with healing, whether mental or physical. Healing through PK Energy-Channeling is based on the concept that certain astral planes are primary ...
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Past Life Story #5 - A Life Saved
Ken, David, Erica and Mary were on an extended backpacking trip in a remote wilderness area. They were between two and three days walk from the nearest contact with civilization. Ken ignored a recurring little pain that turned out to be a small ...
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Past Life Story #6 - Fearful Ups and Downs
Walter was a sales representative for a large company. He was extremely handicapped by the fact that he was terrified of elevators. He even had difficulty riding escalators and dealing with anything which involved rapid up and down moves, such as ...
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The planets (including the Sun and Moon) are the actors in the astrological drama. They represent ten general categories of energy Ė ten sub-personalities Ė that reflect facets of your personality and ways that you function in the world. Each planet ...
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Quartz Crystals
Why use quartz crystals? What is it about them above all other stones that makes them so special? Quartz crystals have been used since ancient times as powerful healing objects and meditation tools, and to make medicinal elixirs. Wise adepts have ...
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Sports Visualizations
Visualization plays a key role in the successes of many great athletes. Most obviously, of course, visualization in-creases confidence and motivation. Less obviously, it affects and sharpens playersí muscles. This was discovered by physiologist ...
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Vodou - An African Shamanic Tradition
At first sight, shamanism and Vodou - what Hollywood has introduced into the popular imagination as "voodoo" - seem to have little in common. The former seems based on peaceful co-existence with nature and the elements, while the latter, in so far ...
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What Can You Expect from Ritual Magic?
Those who approach ritual magic for the first time usually harbor wildly unrealistic expectations shaped by their confused and erroneous notions of what magic is and how it works. There is nothing wrong with thisóthe practice of magic is a learning ...
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A few years ago, my youngest son was arguing with his friend about the age of Honey, our wild golden retriever. His friend insisted that Honey was five, because the dog had been alive that many years. Said Gabe, "Sometimes Honey is really one, like when he chews our shoes; sometimes he's 89, like when he pretends he's too old to listen when you... read this article
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