This book claims to use 21st century science to validate what mystics and spiritual leaders have always been telling us. If "validate" is used in the strict scientific sense, and if this book actually did that, then it would be worth at least a double Nobel prize in physics and literature. What it actually is, is a vivid and compelling autobiographical account of one person's evolution in mind and spirit. This is accompanied by arguments that the modern physical concepts of parallel universes, dark matter, entanglement, and quantum uncertainty are compatible with paranormal experiences such as telepathy, precognition, and near death experiences. Whereas 21st century physics does not, strictly speaking, validate these phenomena, there is no conflict between them, as there is with the mechanistic Newtonian world view in which much of scientific thought is still locked.

Linda Hoy's exploration of the paranormal is centred on what she terms "the Effect". This she interprets in terms of Wheeler's branching multiple universes, and Dunne's Experiment with Time in which Dunne claims that it possible to "go up", as it were, into a higher time, and so overtake ordinary time, and therefore see what is about to happen. Many examples are given of her awareness of this possibility.

(NOTE : - By far the best example was given to me by Air Marshall Sir Victor Goddard, As an air cadet in 1930 he was flying a biplane over airfield which he knew was derelict after the 1st World War. To his amazement he saw that it was restored to activity, and on the ground he saw yellow painted monoplanes. At that time, 1930, the RAF has no monoplanes. On landing he reported what he had seen, and if he had been best cadet of the year, he would have been thrown out as being mentally unbalanced. The report, however, remained on the records. Ten years later, in 1940, he was flying over the same airfield, which had been restored for use in the 2nd world war and had Miles Magister monoplanes on the ground painted the training yellow. )

This possibility of moving around normal linear time is equated with the "dream time" of aboriginal peoples, and their acceptance of the reality of group telepathy.

Perhaps the most memorable incident in this powerfully written book is where she points out the limits of the paranormal and of her understanding of it. Her awareness of parallel streams of time enabled her to avoid an accident which would have otherwise occurred. She then thought of the trainloads of victims herded into extermination camps. Surely there were lots of spiritually aware rabbis and priests who must have prayed to alter the inter weaving threads of time, so at least some of the children might be saved. None were. She is left with a deep sense of mystery. The dogmatic formulae of orthodox religion cease to have meaning. All that is left is that human life can have purpose in an upward striving towards greater fulfilment.

Max Payne

Scientific and Medical Network magazine

August 2012

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