Syllabus: Energy Healing & Psychokinesis


Course Outline

This eight week academic course explores the phenomena and scientific evidence for energy healing and psychokinesis. Some theories present these as different expressions of the same phenomena. This proposal will be explored in this course.

Energy healing encompasses many techniques including laying on hands, reiki, qigong, healing touch, esoteric healing, and many, many more. Research on healing includes an observation of the phenomena and measurements of the effectiveness of these techniques on people, animals, plants and other organic matter. What does the scientific evidence indicate related to energy healing?

Psychokinesis, PK, or Mind-Matter-Interaction all describe the same phenomena. Can people affect physical objects with only their thoughts or intentions? This course will explore examples of macro and micro psychokinesis and discuss the scientific research that has been done to understand how these phenomena might work and what psychological factors might cause people to demonstrate PK.

This course will commit 4 weeks to each topic and explore the research and theories that discuss the nature of and evidence for energy healing and PK.


Course Outline


  1. Introduction to PK & Healing

    • Definitions of PK & Energy Healing
    • Origins of PK Testing
    • Origins of Tests for Healing
    • Intentional vs Unintentional PK & Healing
    • DMILS
    • Theoretical Introduction
  2. Macro PK

    • Review definitions
    • Stories of Macro PK activity
    • Levitations
    • Moving objects (Kulagina)
    • Metal Bending (Geller, Houck)
    • Thoughtography (Ted Serios)
    • Modern PK
    • Challenges testing macro PK
  3. Micro PK

    • Review definition (statistical evaluation & machines)
    • Stories of micro PK activity
    • Comparison to chance & Randomness
    • Truly Random vs pseudo-random
    • Dice?
    • Random Event Generators
    • Varying interfaces for RNG
    • Integrating RNGs in other systems
    • Challenges testing micro PK (using machines to gather data; DAT)
  4. Poltergeist & Other PK Phenomena

    • Physical Mediumship
    • What is a poltergeist?
    • Roll & Pratt – Seaford Poltergeist (RSPK)
    • Miami Poltergeist
    • Tina Resch
    • Electronic Poltergeist Disturbances
    • 21st Century Poltergeist
    • Testing spontaneous PK activity (physiology; EEG; evoking activity; calming activity)
  5. DMILS & Energies of the body

    • Distant mental influence
    • Mesmerism
    • Vasiliev to staring at goats
    • Bernard Grad & Plant Effects
    • Mouse Ether
    • Nervous System & EEG
    • Heat & Biophotons
    • Auras & Chakras
    • Chi & Meridians
  6. Healing Types, Approaches, and Methods: Is Energy Healing all the same?

    • - Defining Healing
    • Types: physical, mental, emotional, spiritual
    • Approaches: Directed, Holistic, Intentional, Spontaneous, local, nonlocal
    • Methods: Mother’s Touch, Reiki, Healing Touch, Laying Hands, Prayer, Esoteric, Quigong, Bengston’s Hands-on-Healing, Spontaneous Healing, Self-Healing
    • Healing and body energies (how some methods use energies)
    • Healing and other bodies (Emotional, Spiritual, Astral)
    • Is Healing PK?
  7. Testing Energy Healers & Detecting Energies in the Body

    • Approaches to testing
    • Measure Effect: Grad, Mouse Ether, Lettuce Seeds, Prayer Studies
    • Record Experience: Experience of healers, Experience of patient, Approach to Healing
    • Detect Mechanism: Physiology, EEG, Electrical, Magnetic, Light
    • Shielding for energies to determine nature of energies
    • Field Effects vs nonlocal effects
  8. Theoretical Approaches

    • Energy Theory of PK
    • Field Theory of PK
    • Nonlocal Theory
    • DAT Evaluation of PK
    • Healing is PK
    • Healing is not homogeneous
    • PMIR: PK is a result of psi connections

Course Materials

Suggested Readings:

Mind Over Matter by Loyd Auerbach
The PK Zone by Pamela Rae Heath
Experiments in Mental Suggestion by L.L. Vasiliev

Various articles and other media provided by the instructor through the courseroom.


Course Activities

  • Students will be expected to view the class broadcasts or the recordings of the classes each week.
  • Students will be expected to participate in weekly discussion forums and activities. Each student will be expected to provide an original posting each week and to respond to at least one other student in the discussion forums. Greater participation in this area will be considered during class evaluations.
  • One multiple choice or short answer evaluations will be assigned after the 4th or 5th week of class.
  • Students will choose an academic study related to energy healing or macro/micro psychokinesis, summarize the study, and discuss the significance of this study to parapsychology. The summary should include a justification for selecting this study, a review of the research methods used in the study, and original thoughts on how the study could be improved or changed to learn more about the phenomena. This will be a 3 – 6 page paper due at the end of the course.

Evaluations and Grading

Students who are taking the course for a grade will be assessed using a letter grade based on the standard letter grade format.

A – 90 - 100

B – 80 – 89

C – 70 – 79

D – 60 – 69

F – Below 60

Participation in the forums is a large component of the grading, and substantive postings are necessary to get full credit for each discussion topic.

The following activities will be considered to contribute to the courses as follows:

Discussions (Total 40%)

-       Week 1-2 (10%)

-       Week 3-4 (10%)

-       Week 5-6 (10%)

-       Week 7-8 (10%)

Assessment #1 (30%)

Research Summary (30%)


Paranthropology: A Cultural Approach to Psi - Syllabus


Course Description

This is a seminar course. The instructor will provide an introductory presentation of the topic each week, and students will then be expected to participate in a live discussion about the topic with the remainder of the class. To participate in these discussions, you will need to have a microphone, and you can also use a webcam if you want to be seen in the discussions. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the live discussions.

How do native cultures view psi phenomena?

How do culture-based beliefs and folklore around healing and psychokinesis differ between places like China, Mexico, and the Australian Outback? Why are seers and clairvoyants accepted in some cultures but shunned by others, modern culture included? How are culture-bound/religion-bound magic, witchcraft, and sorcery beliefs related to psychic abilities and experiences?

This 8-week academic course will be a high level overview of the ideas and beliefs of psychic experiences, the human mind and spirit, and related areas (life after death, reincarnation, etc.) as those beliefs have been “seen” by anthropologists and parapsychologists around the world.  We will look at the possible instances of psi phenomena best reported in studies of divination, witchcraft and sorcery beliefs and practices, various cross cultural studies, modern beliefs in the occult and supernatural, and the application of psychic functioning in archaeology and anthropology.  From the parapsychological side, we will examine the ways culture affects belief, which in turn affects the psychic experience.

There will be weekly discussion questions, a midterm and a final quiz.


Course Outline

Week 1

An Anthropological Study of Magic and Religion

An overview of Anthropology and how belief in magic and religion play a part in what a culture is and does. Witchcraft, sorcery, and magical beliefs and practices and how psi might be seen in them. A discussion of the roles of mythology, ritualistic behavior, symbolism and taboos in relation to magical beliefs and to psi.  The place of the medicine man, shaman, sorcerer, and magic-giver will be discussed.

Week 2

Divination and Prophets

A survey of divination techniques from fortunetelling to contacting the dead for information, ancient and modern, including forms of channeling and culturally dependent stereotypes of the “fortuneteller.”9 Also covering the part of drugs and other altered states-producing substances.

Week 3

Psi and Archaeology

Taking a break from beliefs and practices, this week’s class will review the use of psychics and psi abilities in archaeology.

Week 4

Ethnomedicine, Religion and Healing and the Opposites

What is the place of non-medical healing (folk medicine, psychic, spiritual and faith healing, etc.) in human culture? Who and what are the healers? A discussion of Hex Death and Psychic Attack

Week 5

Modern "Primitive" Beliefs in the Psychic

A discussion/survey of pre-literate and indigenous peoples around the world who still have heavy magical belief systems and how they compare with “modern” cultures. What is the place of psi in these societies? What is the place of psychic fraud in these same societies? Discussion will include the Australian Aborigines.

Week 6

Spirits, Good and Bad, Through the Ages: The Power of the Dead

A survey of beliefs around spirits from ancient peoples (i.e. Neanderthals, Cro Magnons, Sumerians, Egyptians…) through the Middle Ages. Also, a discussion of the issue of Good and Evil in relation to such spirits and how they manifest as ghosts, vampires, zombies, guardian “angels” and the like and their relation to the societies in which they appear. We’ll also look at ideas of spirit/demonic possession and exorcism. Finally, a look at beliefs in Death and how they shape the life-styles of people around the world.

Week 7

Mind, Consciousness, and Spirit in the 20th/21st Centuries

A discussion of ideas and beliefs dealing with the existence of psi and its relation to consciousness and human spirit in industrialized cultures around the world and how popular beliefs of the supernatural, occult and New Age show we are not far from other “magical thinking” cultures.

Week 8

Psi Relevance

Psychic experience in the context of the information provided by anthropologists and sociologists, with respect to parapsychology. We will look at the importance of belief factors in psi experience and how such cultural beliefs can affect what types of psi experiences occur in a given culture, as well as how such factors may affect frequency and magnitude of psi.


Course Materials

  • Main reference or materials for the course
  • Various articles selected by the instructor and provided for download throughout the course.

Course Activities

  • Students will be expected to view the class broadcasts or the recordings of the classes each week and participate in the live discussions during class.
  • Students will be expected to participate in weekly written discussion forums and activities. Each student will be expected to provide an original posting each week and to respond to at least one other student in the discussion forums. Greater participation in this area will be considered during class evaluations.
  • One multiple choice or short answer evaluations will be assigned after the 4th or 5th week of class.
  • One final evaluation at the end of the course

Evaluation and Grading

Students who are taking the course for a grade will be assessed using a letter grade based on the standard letter grade format.

  • A (90-100)
  • B (80-89)
  • C (70-79)
  • D (60-69)
  • F (below 60)

Participation in the forums is a large component of the grading, and substantive postings are necessary to get full credit for each discussion topic.

The following activities will be considered to contribute to the courses as follows:

  • Written Discussion Forums in the Courseroom (5 points per week; Total 40%)
  • Assessment #1 (30%)
  • Final Project or Assessent (30%)



Qualitative Research Methods - Syllabus


Course Overview

Qualitative research methods typically gather information through interviews, questionnaires, observation, or a review of literature and art. Analysis methods vary for qualitative research, but there are extremely well-defined processes that will help the researcher to learn more about the event or phenomena being studied.

This course will describe some common methods of qualitative research and analysis techniques to gather information about psi phenomena outside of the laboratory environment. Through the review of articles and psi reports, the students will learn how qualitative research is performed and reported for paranormal and psi phenomena.

This academic course is designed for the serious student and qualifies for many certificate programs.


Course Outline

Week 1

Qualitative vs Quantitative Research

  • Introduction & structure of the course
  • What is quantitative research?
  • What is qualitative research?
  • Choosing a research paradigm: quantitative vs qualitative
  • Deductive vs inductive
  • Purpose of open ended responses (surveys or questions?)
  • Inquiry by observation vs interviews
  • Why qualitative parapsychology research?

Week 2

Design Strategies & Design Document

  • Naturalistic, Emergent, & Purposeful designs
  • Data collection approaches
  • Analysis approaches
  • Examples of possible qualitative research in parapsychology
  • Design Document Overview

Week 3

Five Approaches to Qualitative Research

  • Overview of 5 approaches
  • Narrative
  • Phenomenology (Part 1)
  • Examples in parapsychology
  • Designing Narrative/Phenomenology

Week 4

Phenomenology

  • What is phenomenology?
  • Giorgi
  • Moustakas
  • Interpretive Phenomenology
  • Examples in parapsychology

Week 5

Grounded Theory & Ethnography

  • Grounded Theory
  • Ethnography
  • Examples in parapsychology
  • More design documents

Week 6

Case Study & Mixed Methods

  • Case Studies (vs. case reports)
  • Mixed Methods
  • Examples in parapsychology

Week 7

Reporting Qualitative Results

  • Reporting techniques
  • Personal approach
  • Consider the audience
  • Natural vs formal language
  • Examples in parapsychology
  • Review of design & reporting

Week 8

Validity, Reliability, and Evaluation

  • Introduction to evaluation of results
  • Validity
  • Reliability
  • Summary
  • Design document review

Course Materials

  • Text Book:
    Qualitative Inquiry & Research Design: Choosing among five approaches
    by John W. Creswell
    2nd Ed. 2007 or later
  • Various articles selected by the instructor and provided for download throughout the course.

Course Activities

  • Students will be expected to view the class broadcasts or the recordings of the classes each week.
  • Students will be expected to participate in weekly discussion forums and activities. Each student will be expected to provide an original posting each week and to respond to at least one other student in the discussion forums. Greater participation in this area will be considered during class evaluations.
  • One multiple choice or short answer evaluations will be assigned after the 4th or 5th week of class.
  • The student will complete a basic design for Qualitative Research study including a research question, a choice for a methodological approach & analysis method, and a description of a reporting technique

Evaluation and Grading

Students who are taking the course for a grade will be assessed using a letter grade based on the standard letter grade format.

  • A (90-100)
  • B (80-89)
  • C (70-79)
  • D (60-69)
  • F (below 60)

Participation in the forums is a large component of the grading, and substantive postings are necessary to get full credit for each discussion topic.

The following activities will be considered to contribute to the courses as follows:

  • Discussions (5 points per week; Total 40%)
  • Assessment #1 (30%)
  • Experimental Design (30%)



Psi in TV, Movies, and Literature - Syllabus


Course Description

Is the truth really out there?

Movies and TV shows like the Exorcist, Ghost, Stranger Things, The OA, and the X-Files all represent psychic phenomena and the paranormal with great insight and often engaging stories. Of course, many of the events in these shows are completely fictional, but some of the stories actually reflect real events or results that have been observed by parapsychologists! On the other hand, paranormal reality shows claim to present events and phenomena truthfully, but actually reflect a “reality” created by uninformed television producers.

This fun, 4-week course will explore movies, TV (fictional and reality), and literature and separate the truth from fiction. It will explore how popular culture is influenced by psi experiences, beliefs, and misconceptions about the phenomena. More importantly, it will explore how media representations of psi influence the public's beliefs in and about psi, even to the point of affecting how people experience psi events when they happen.


Course Outline

Week 1

Introduction and Overview

Introductory lecture covering the various pop culture and media sources we’ll be considering, as well as some of the themes (with examples) to be covered. Included will be:

  • Discussion of the course, the flow of individual classes/topics, and assignments
  • Definition of Concepts and Terms
  • Scope and a little history of Pop Culture Sources and the Media (literature of all sorts, radio, film, TV and the Web) in relation to our topics
  • Themes in pop culture to be covered related to Consciousness and expressions of Consciousness (such as psychic abilities and experiences, death and dying, mind-body healing, etc.)

Specific Themes of the week:

  1. The Brain Holds Consciousness
  2. States of Consciousness
  3. Keeping the Mind (Brain) Alive (usually in a jar)
  4. Mind Transfer
  5. Artificial Consciousness (Artificial Intelligence)

Week 2

A Review of Pop Culture and Portrayals of Consciousness

  • Considering Fiction: general and the roots of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror
  • Supernatural Folklore
  • Ghost Stories
  • Science Fiction Rises!
  • The Pulps
  • The Golden Age of Superhero Comics
  • Radio is Out, TV is In!
  • Changes in Television and Film in the latter 20th century
  • The Rise of the World Wide Web

Specific Themes of the Week:

  1. Consciousness is Different than Brain
  2. Non-Human Consciousness (Embodied)
  3. Non-Human Consciousness (No Body, Energy Body)
  4. The Undead: Body without Consciousness of Soul
  5. Resurrection

Week 3

Consciousness Survives Death of the Brain/Body

Presentations of the following phenomena in Film, TV, Literature, and Comics:

  • Out of Body Experiences and Astral Projection
  • Near Death Experiences
  • Survival of Bodily Death/Life After Death
  • Reincarnation
  • Ghosts
  • The Afterlife
  • Mediums and Seances

Week 4

Psi and the Media Today: Where are we?

  • Expanded/Boosted Mind/Consciousness
  • Mind Over Matter, Poltergeists and Telekinetic People
  • Psychic Abilities and Psychics: ESP
  • Catching Up with Pop Culture & Consciousness in the 21st Century
    • The Rise of Reality TV and it’s creation of the “Paranormal Community”
    • Movie and TV Portrayals Today (scripted)
    • The Podcast/Internet Radio Revolution
    • Fiction and Comics Today
    • Consciousness, Pop Culture and the Internet (as a Pop Culture Repository)

Summing Up: The Impact of Popular Culture on the Study and Understanding of Consciousness (Pop Culture Influence…Good or Bad?)


Course Materials

  • Main reference or materials for the course
  • Various articles, videos, and links selected by the instructor and provided for download throughout the course.

Course Activities

  • Students will be expected to view the class broadcasts or the recordings of the classes each week.
  • Though this course is not graded, to get the most out of this course, students should participate in weekly discussion forums and activities. In the forums, each student will be expected to provide an original posting each week and to respond to at least one other student. This is the fun and interactive part of the course!
  • Optional assignments or projects should be included here.



Experiencing the Exceptional & Extraordinary (4 Week) - Syllabus


Course Description

What types of experiences do people report? Who reports them? What are some of the theories behind some of these experiences? How are these experiences evaluated and investigated?

About Experiencing the Exceptional and Extraordinary 
This 4 week course will provide overview of the full range and depths of exceptional experiences, also known as anomalous events, including experiences of hallucinations, lucid and precognitive dreams, near-death and out-of body events, UFO sightings, alien abductions, psychokinesis, remote viewing, mysticism, anomalous healing, psi-events and past-lives.

Experiencing the Exceptional & Extraordinary (EEE) will evaluate whether there are underlying similarities among all the phenomena and the issues with moving forward with a new scientific paradigm.


Course Outline

Week 1

Introduction and Overview

  • Varieties of Exceptional Experiences

  • Who reports EEs

  • Types of classifications

  • Early studies of the Society for Psychical Research 1886

  • Present studies overview Rhine, PA, SSE, PRS, PEAR, SoC

  • The scientific method and the objective vs. subjective crisis in research

Week 2

What is Reported?

  • Overview of reports: human figures, animals, objects

  • Investigations of hallucinations, lucid, precognitive dreams, OBEs

  • Investigations of hauntings & apparitions

  • Investigations of UFO and alien & apparitions

  • Investigations of remote viewing, psychokinesis

  • Investigations of anomalous healing

Week 3

How is it Reported?

  • Examining Scientific Evidence

  • A few classic case studies

  • NDEs, & after life

  • Past lives and reincarnation

  • Training for EEs

Week 4

Where do we do from here?

  • Beyond classification - understanding how to learn from spontaneous psi event in context

  • Recognizing genuine exceptional experiences

  • The unexpected cost of EEs

  • The academically treacherous phenomena of scientific research of exceptional experiences


Course Materials

  • Various articles, videos, and links selected by the instructor and provided for download or viewing in the courseroom throughout the course.

Course Activities

  • Students will be expected to view the class broadcasts or the recordings of the classes each week.
  • Though this course is not graded, to get the most out of this course, students should participate in weekly discussion forums and activities. In the forums, each student will be expected to provide an original posting each week and to respond to at least one other student. This is the fun and interactive part of the course!