Organization: University of Nebraska--Lincoln
From: email@example.com (edgar pearlstein)
THIS EXOTIC WORLD
The world of the really true believer is rich indeed. It is
populated not only by ordinary humans and animals, but also by
devils, fairies, elves, "little people", gnomes, trolls, sylphs,
leprechauns, ghosts, imps, poltergeists, and nine kinds of angels.
There are, in the appropriate locale, the Abominable Snowman, Big-
foot, Susquatch, Yeti, werewolves, vampires, and the Loch Ness
Dead people live again through reincarnation, or through voodoo
magic. Chanelling and seances enable us to communicate with those
dead people who haven't been revived or reincarnated. Sometimes the
dead will visit us directly as ghosts.
One has to be careful of many things: the evil eye, voodoo curses,
possession by devils, harassment by imps and poltergeists, and in
some cases the curse of an Egyptian mummy. There are bad witches
who might cast spells over us, but good witches can prevent or stop
them. We should beware of strangely-acting people when the moon is
full. Don't fly or sail into the Bermuda Triangle, or you are
almost certain to disappear. There seems to be nothing one can do
to prevent abduction to a flying saucer.
We are assisted in keeping our health through the wearing of
special crystals and copper bracelets, by sleeping under a pyramid-
shaped canopy, and by Chakra cleansing. If these things should
fail, though, Kirlian photography gives diagnosis of ailments, and
they can be cured by psychic surgery, vibratory color healing,
faith healing, or time in an Orgone box.
In order to get an advantage in a competitive world, we use
telepathy, psychokinesis, precognition, ouija, and the third eye.
Biorhythms, the phases of the moon, and astrology give us good
day-by-day guides. Dousing and levitation are sometimes useful
skills. We orient our furniture in a way that helps assure good
For enlightenment on our selves, we have out-of-body experiences,
glossalalia, astral projection, soul travel, and altered states of
consciousness. We uncover our engrams through dianetics. And we can
consult a graphologist or phrenologist. For formal learning we need
only run some "subliminal" tapes while we sleep. We are subjected
to, and make use of, various rays, energies, vibrations, auras,
ectoplasms, and lines of force. Often these can be focussed by
objects that are shaped like a pyramid.
Current areas of scholarly study are UFO "entities", the lost
continent of Atlantis, Chariots of the Gods, weeping statues, the
face on Mars, and spontaneous human combustion. It isn't yet known
whether the "men in black" are space cops from another dimension,
CIA operatives, or what.
We get access to The Wisdom of the Ancients through organizations
like Eckankar and the Rosicrutians. Personal "spirit guides" will
help us if only we would listen.
For important decisions, and information about the future, advice
comes through a myriad of techniques: astrology, automatic writing,
card reading (ordinary and Tarot), cynaramancy, geomancy, I Ching,
necromancy, numerology, ouija, palmistry, pyramidology, and tea-
leaf reading. The four-hundred-year-old predictions of Nostradamus
are very useful, as are the contemporary ones of Jeane Dixon.
For one's pessimistic moments, there is an abundance of predictions
of earthquakes, tidal waves, and the end of the world.
Edgar Pearlstein, Professor of Physics, University of Nebraska