Perhaps you’ve noticed my Friday e-letters this October are focused on extrasensory perception and premonition. And today, I’m at it again. (Maybe you saw it coming…)
Typically, most people would consider that there are five senses. But many (most actually, according to surveys) believe in the sixth sense.
Before you dismiss the notion, consider this: Even the U.S. military believes people have a sixth sense. Humans actually developed their keen perceptual capabilities over many thousands of years. And the U.S. military started paying attention to it 50 years ago during the Vietnam War. (The Germans were involved with it during WW II, 75 years ago.)
According to reports, a soldier used his sixth sense to avoid walking into booby traps, punji stick pits, and Viet Cong ambushes. And beginning in 1972, research conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and Department of Defense (DoD) has indicated that premonition or precognition is weak in some, strong in others, and exceptional in a rare few. Indeed, there is a spectrum of sensitivity and perception, as I have found with my own research.
In 2014, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) embarked on a four-year, nearly $4 million research project to investigate intuition and premonition in U.S. marines and sailors. Naval officers want to understand what gives rise to the “sixth sense” so they can then utilize it in military training and operations.
The modern ONR project was born out of combat reports from the battlefields. For example, in 2006 in Iraq, a staff sergeant prevented carnage from an IED (improvised explosive device) using his intuition.
Today, active-duty Marines receive training called “sense-making” to sharpen precognitive skills and preempt sniper attacks, IED attacks, and other irregular assaults.
The U.S. Navy also now uses biofeedback to help active-duty soldiers who suffer from post-traumatic stress syndrome and debilitating nightmares. Biofeedback is a technique that trains people to control their normally involuntary bodily processes, such as heart rate, blood pressure, muscle tension, and skin temperature.
The Navy program trains soldiers to extend these biofeedback skills with virtual reality. They strap on virtual reality goggles to enter their nightmare world, but use biofeedback to control their physical reaction to it.
These approaches may help develop a tangible basis for “seeing” and learning to use sixth sense.
Use natural approaches off the battlefield
Of course, you can use these techniques in more peaceful ways by learning to use biofeedback in easing chronic pain. It also helps relieve a dozen other poorly understood medical conditions.
“The US Military Believes People Have a Sixth Sense,” Time (www.time.com) 4/3/2017