Psychic Dreaming - Syllabus


Course Description

Dreams provoke mystery and curiosity as we ponder the workings of our unconscious mind. Some dreams are fun and exciting or even frightening or confusing. Other dreams have a special, unique quality that gives the dreamer a strong sense of meaning, and even other dreams seem to be a source of communication or a peek into events in the future.

Psychic dreams are recorded in cultures through the ages, but what exactly are they and are they real? How do people experience them, and is there a way to encourage yourself to have psychic dreams?

The course will take an in-depth look at dreams and dreaming in general and specifically how psychic information and abilities manifest in the dream state. We will consider out-of-body experiences in the dream state, apparitional visitations, clairvoyant dreams, past-life dreams, telepathic/mutual dreaming and the most prevalent form of psychic dreaming: precognitive dreams. In the course, we take a look at methods of working with dreams in order to further discover and influence your own psi-filled dreaming, and also look at the Lucid Dreaming state and how one might use it to enhance psi even in the waking state.


Course Outline

Week 1: WHAT ARE DREAMS, ANYWAY?

  • An introduction to Psychic Dreaming
  • Sleep & Dreaming
  • Theories of the function of Dreams
  • Lucid Dreams: an introduction
  • The place of Dreams and Psychic Dreams in history and other cultures

Week 2: PSI IN YOUR DREAMS: OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCES, PAST LIFE DREAMS, AND VISITATION DREAMS

  • The psi connection: an overview of psychic experiences in the Dream state
  • Dreaming and the Out of Body Experience
  • Dreams of Past Lives
  • Spirit Visitations in your Dreams

Week 3: CLAIRVOYANT, TELEPATHIC, AND PRECOGNITIVE DREAMS

  • Dreams and Déjà vu
  • Dream Telepathy
  • Real-Time Psi Dreams
  • Precognitive Dreaming
  • PK & Dreaming?

Week 4: WORKING WITH PSYCHIC DREAMS

  • Assessing Psychic Dreams: Is a (specific) dream psychic?
  • Lucid Dreams and Psi
  • Dreamwork & Psi-work
  • Course Wrap-Up

Course Materials

  • Text to purchase:
    PSYCHIC DREAMING by Loyd Auerbach (available in Kindle/Nook and paperback)
  • 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!



Syllabus: Theories of Psi - An Introduction


Course Description

This eight week academic course introduces students to the theories of psi.

Many people claim that there is no theoretical foundation for psi phenomena, but over a century of research has involved many theories of psi activity and the best way to demonstrate psi phenomena.  From theories of animal magnetism to quantum physics to astrology, researchers have been testing the validity of theories that may contribute to the events that so many people experience in their lives.

This course is an introduction to the theories that guide psi researchers in their quest to better understand how psi works.  It includes practical theories like the experimenter effect and the decline effect, psychological theories like the sheep-goat effect, and more recent theories like Decision Augmentation Theory, First Sight Theory, and even an exploration of similarities between psi phenomena and quantum physics.

Students should have a foundation in parapsychology with a focus on reviewing research articles.  It is an introduction to the theories of psi, but does not include an introduction to parapsychology. 

Recommended prerequisites:  Introduction to Parapsychology or experience or courses that include reading and evaluating scientific parapsychology articles from peer reviewed journals.


Course Outline


  • Theories of ESP

    1. GESP & Decision Augmentation Theory

      • What is ESP
      • Testing Telepathy, Clairvoyance, Precognition
      • GESP
      • Decision Augmentation Theory
      • Can we ever know?
    2. Signal to Noise; Target Types

      • ESP Cards
      • Remote Viewing & Ganzfeld
      • Factors that influence performance (mental discipline; belief; previous experience)
      • Creativity, dissociation, & belief
      • Sensory deprivation
      • Targets & judging
    3. Psi Missing, Decline Effect, Experimenter Effect

      • Psi Missing is psi
      • Decline Effect in ESP and other sciences
      • Local Sidereal Time
      • Experimenter Effect in ESP & other sciences
    4. PMIR & First Sight Theory

      • Conscious vs unconscious cognition
      • What is PMIR?
      • What is First Sight Theory of Psi?
  • Theories of Time and Energy

    1. Precognition, Synchronicities, & Creating the Future

      • Is time real?
      • Synchronicities or psi?
      • Precognitive dreams
      • Presentiment
      • Do we see the future or create the future?
    2. Energies: Field, Waves, Particles - Healing Mechanisms

      • Phenomena: ESP, PK, & Healing
      • Distance & barriers
      • Particles, Waves, & Fields
      • Healing Measurements
      • Magnetic effects, local & global
      • GCP & group effects
      • Healing energies vs facilitating vs creating the future
  • Theories of Survival and Science

    1. Survival vs Super Psi

      • What is super psi?
      • Mediumship
      • Out of Body Experiences
      • Near-Death Experiences
      • Cases of the Reincarnation Type
      • Apparitions & Hauntings
    2. Quantum Theories & Psi

      • Observer Effect
      • Entanglement
      • Uncertainty Theory

Course Materials

Suggested Readings:

Real Magic by Dean Radin (Accessible and easy to read, but very well researched)

First Sight Theory of Psi by Jim Carpenter (academic and complex, but well structured)

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 evaluate a phenomenon explored by parapsychologists and discuss it from a theoretical perspective. This will be a 3 – 7 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%): 5 points for each of the 8 weeks including responses to other people's posts

Assessment #1 (30%)

Research Summary (30%)

Syllabus: Dreams & Altered States of Consciousness

Instructor: Loyd Auerbach & Ryan Hurd


This unique eight week course will be broadcast live on Tuesday evenings, but many students choose to watch the recordings of the classes if they cannot attend them live. The first broadcast will be on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:00pm, and the course continues through Tuesday, July 21, 2015. Besides the weekly class broadcasts, there is an online discussion forum for students to share their ideas, answer questions about the lectures, and communicate with the instructors.


About the Course

This course will introduce student to the concepts of altered states of consciousness (ASC) including those induced by meditation, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, music, and substances. ASCs will be explored from the perspectives of neuroscience, psychology, consciousness research, parapsychology, and anthropology. As this is a survey course, it provides essentially an overview of a spectrum of ASCs, with a deeper focus on sleep, dreams and dream research.

Required Text: Articles will be assigned and provided in the classroom, or linked from the classroom.


Course Outline


Week 1: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

      • Overview of the Course

      • What is Consciousness?

      • What is an Altered State of Consciousness (ASC)?

      • The Importance of Perception to ASCs

      • Overview of Specific ASCs and Techniques to Induce Some of Them

 Week 2: Meditation, Hypnosis, & Sensory Deprivation

      • Types of Meditation

      • Effects of Meditation on States of Consciousness

      • Effects of Meditation on the Brain

      • Hypnosis: An Overview

      • Is the Hypnotic State Really an Altered State?

      • Effects of Hypnosis on Perception, Memory and the Body/Brain

      • Sensory Deprivation Techniques

      • Effects of Sensory Deprivation on States of Consciousness

Week 3: Sleep and Dreams

      • Sleep Around the World

      • The New Science of Sleep and Dreams

      • Quantitative Methods and the Cognitive Theory of Dreaming

      • Normative, Repetitive and Impactful Dreams

      • Understanding Nightmares and Night Terrors

Week 4: Psi and Extraordinary Dreaming

      • Psi Dreaming: Research Overview

      • Dream Telepathy: Maimonedes and Recent Follow up Studies

      • Precognition in Dreams: The Rhine Letters and Recent Research

      • Spiritual, Healing and Transcendent Dreams

      • Beyond Interpretation: Ways of Working with Dreams

      • Mid-Term Quiz Available

Week 5: Sleep Paralysis and Other Night Weirdness

      • Overview of Sleep Maladies: Disorders and Parasomas

      • Sleep-walking, -Talking and –Sexting: When the Unconscious is in Control

      • Sleep Paralysis and Hypnagogic Visions

      • Mare, Succubus and Supernatural Assault Traditions

      • Working with Sleep Paralysis

Week 6: Lucid Dreaming and Out of Body Experiences

      • Characteristics of OBEs: Research Overview

      • Methods of Inducing OBE

      • Lucid Dreaming in History and Around the World

      • Scientific History of Lucid Dreaming

      • Methods for Inducing Lucid Dreams

Week 7: Consciousness Altering Substances and Technology

      • Overview of Mind-Altering Substances

      • How is the Brain Affected?

      • Food & Nutrition

      • Alcohol

      • Psychedelics & Hallucinogens

      • Stimulants & Depressants (Legal and Illegal)

      • PsychoTechnology: Biofeedback, Magnetic Fields (Natural & Man-Made) and More

Week 8: Additional ASC Inductions, Summary, & Wrap-up

      • Music/Sound as an ASC Induction Technique

      • Movement/Dance as an ASC Induction Technique

      • Disease and Illness as Inducing ASCs

      • Overview of Uses of ASC Induction: from Shamans to Modern Medicine

      • Parapsychology and ASCs

      • Summary and Wrap-Up

      • Final Quiz



Grading for this course

All students are considered to be auditing the courses, but students may choose to take this course for a letter grade. Whether being graded or not, all students are encouraged to participate fully in this class and join in the online discussions. This provides an opportunity to get the full experience of the online class and learn the most about the topics that are presented.

Students taking this course for a letter grade will be evaluated using the following information.

Grading and Assessments
Discussion Participation (40% of your grade)

Engagement with discussion forums throughout the course

  • 5% for each discussion question for the 8 weeks of the course  (total 40%)
  • Besides answering the discussion questions, students should participat in the discussions by posting responses to the posts of other students.
Assessment I (30% of your grade)
Multiple Choice and/or short answer test (submitted online).
Assessment II (30% of your grade)
Multiple Choice and/or short answer test (submitted online).

All information contained on this page is the sole property of the Rhine Education Center and the Rhine Research Center. This information cannot be reproduced or reused without the expressed written permission of the Rhine Research Center.

Syllabus: Introduction to Parapsychology

Instructor: Loyd Auerbach


Students who complete this course with a passing grade will receive a certificate of completion from the Rhine Education Center.


About the Course

This 8 week course is designed to introduce students to the field of Parapsychology and what parapsychologists study. Topics will include an overview of the phenomena (Telepathy, Clairvoyance, Precognition, Psychokinesis, and Survival Issues), history, research methodologies in the lab and for field investigation, and related issues that make up the vibrant field of scientific parapsychology. Also covered will be the major criticisms and critics of Parapsychology and a look at fraud as it applies to professionals and to consumers. The course textbook is Introduction to Parapsychology, 5th edition by Harvey Irwin and Carline Watt, and will be supplemented by additional articles.

Required Text: Introduction to Parapsychology, 5th ed. by Harvey J. Irwin & Caroline A. Watt. McFarland & Company: 2007. Available from Amazon.com and other booksellers.

Additional articles will be assigned and provided in the classroom, or linked from the classroom.


Course Outline


 

Week 1: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW: What is Parapschology?

      • Definition of Terms
      • Scope of the phenomena
      • Science vs. the Supernatural: What makes psi research a science?
      • The Scientific Method
      • Popular Misconceptions and their origins: Parapsychology, the Occult & the New Age
      • The Interdisciplinary Nature of Parapsychology; where it overlaps with other fields of science

 

Week 2: A LITTLE BIT OF HISTORY: An Overview

      • The Roots of Psychical Research
      • Spiritualism, Empirical Science and the Serious Investigation/Research of Psychic Experience
      • The Society for Psychical Research (and the ASPR)
      • Seances and Science in the early 20th Century
      • The Rise of Parapsychology and Controlled Laboratory Research
      • The Duke Era
      • Psi Research in the 2nd Half of the 20th Century

 

Week 3: EXTRASENSORY PERCEPTION: An Overview

      • Phenomenology of ESP: Spontaneous ESP Experiences
      • Conceptual Issues
      • Experimental Research: Methodologies and Findings
      • Theoretical Considerations

 

Week 4: PSYCHOKINESIS: An Overview

      • Phenomenology of PK: Spontaneous PK Experiences
      • Conceptual Issues
      • Experimental Research: Methodologies and Findings
      • Theoretical Considerations
      • Mid-Term Quiz Available

 

Week 5: PSYCHOKINESIS: Special Topics AND PSYCHIC FRAUD OVERVIEW

      • Experimenter Effect
      • Experimental Research: Healing / DMILS
      • Macro-PK
      • Poltergeists
      • Psychic Fraud:
      • In the “Wild”: Psychics, Mediums, Magicians, and Mentalists
      • In the Laboratory: Controlling for Potential Fraud

 

Week 6: SURVIVAL OF BODILY DEATH: An Overview of Concepts and the Evidence

      • What is Consciousness? What Might Survive?
      • What is the Evidence for Survival?
      • Concepts
      • Out of Body Experiences
      • Near Death Experiences
      • Apparitional Experiences
      • Mediumship & Research
      • The Super-Psi Hypothesis vs. the Survival Hypothesis

 

Week 7: FIELD RESEARCH AND INVESTIGATIONS

      • Applying Experimental Parapsychology to Field Research and Vice Versa
      • How Parapsychological Field Investigation Differs from Methodologies of Modern Ghost Hunters (and Why)
      • Apparitions
      • Hauntings
      • Poltergeists
      • Reincarnation
      • How Good is Evidence Gathered in Field Investigation & Research?

 

Week 8: EXPLANATIONS, CORRELATIONS, CRITICISMS, IMPLICATIONS & APPLICATIONS and WRAPPING UP

      • Are ESP & PK Two Sides of the Same Coin?
      • Key Correlates to ESP and PK: Personality, Belief, Environmental, etc.
      • Criticisms of Parapsychology
      • Implications of ESP, PK & Survival
      • Applied Psi
      • Course Summary and Wrap Up
      • Final Quiz Available

 

  



Grading for this course

All students are considered to be auditing the courses, but students may choose to take this course for a letter grade. Whether being graded or not, all students are encouraged to participate fully in this class and join in the online discussions. This provides an opportunity to get the full experience of the online class and learn the most about the topics that are presented.

Students taking this course for a letter grade will be evaluated using the following information and every student who passes the 3 assignments and completes the course will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from the Rhine Education Center.

Grading and Assessments
Discussion Participation (40% of your grade)
 

Engagement with discussion forums throughout the course

  • 5% for each discussion question for the 8 weeks of the course  (total 40%)
  • Besides answering the discussion questions, students should participat in the discussions by posting responses to the posts of other students.
Assessment I (30% of your grade)
 
Multiple Choice and/or short answer test (submitted online).
Assessment II (30% of your grade)
 
Multiple Choice and/or short answer test (submitted online).
 
All information contained on this page is the sole property of the Rhine Education Center and the Rhine Research Center. This information cannot be reproduced or reused without the expressed written permission of the Rhine Research Center.

Syllabus: Human Consciousness & Survival Studies

Instructor: Loyd Auerbach, MS


This unique eight week course will be broadcast live, but many students choose to watch the recordings of the classes if they cannot attend them live. Besides the weekly class broadcasts, there is an online discussion forum for students to share their ideas, answer questions about the lectures, and communicate with the instructors.


About the Course

This 8 week academic course will examine the phenomena, experiences, and research related to the survival of human consciousness outside of the physical body. The course reviews the characteristics of Near Death Experiences (NDEs), Out of Body Experiences (OBEs), and after death communication (Mediumship) and examines the current research that is occurring in this area. Additional topics related to the survival of consciousness, including apparitions and hauntings, will also be explored.

Besides a discussion of the description of the phenomena and the evidence supporting the survival hypothesis, the course will also discuss qualitative investigations and laboratory studies into the effects of these experiences on individuals, and counseling efforts that have been used to help people with these experiences.

Required Text: Articles will be assigned and provided in the classroom, or linked from the classroom.


Course Outline


WEEK 1: OVERVIEW AND INTRODUCTION

            Overview of the course topics, assignments and grading

            Concepts and Definitions

            What is Consciousness?

            Philosophy & Consciousness: Materialism, Dualism, and Pluralism

            Physics, Neuroscience and Consciousness

            The Question of “What Survives?”

WEEK 2: A) EVIDENCE FOR SURVIVAL OF BODILY DEATH?

Looking at Survival-related phenomena/experiences in general as potential evidence for Survival of Consciousness

Out of Body Experiences

Near Death Experiences

Apparitions & Hauntings

Mediumship and Channeling

Reincarnation

B) OUT OF BODY EXPERIENCES

            Characteristics of the OBE

            OBEs and Dreams, Apparitions, and Bilocation

            OBEs and Near Death Experiences

            The Skeptical Viewpoint

Veridical OBEs vs. Non-Veridical

Are OBEs in and of themselves Evidence of Survival?

WEEK 3: NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES

NDEs, further defined

            Characteristics of Near Death Experiences

            History of NDEs

            NDEs and the Afterlife

            NDEs and Cross Cultural Issues

            After-Effects of the NDE

            Research on NDEs: Past and Present

            Neuroscience Research and Explanations

            Psychological Research and Explanations

            Debating the Explanations

            Are NDEs in and of themselves Evidence of Survival?

            Counseling Issues

WEEK 4: APPARITIONS & HAUNTINGS

            Apparitions and Hauntings, further defined and examined

            Apparitions of the Living

            Crisis Apparitions

Apparitions of the Dead

            Deathbed Apparitions

            Investigative Questions     

The Skeptical Viewpoint & Alternative Explanations

Place Memory vs. Consciousness

            Are Apparitions Evidence of Survival?   

Mid-Term Quiz

WEEK 5: REINCARNATION

Cross Cultural/Religious Belief in Reincarnation

Signs of Reincarnation

Spontaneous Past Life Recall by Adults

Children Who Remember Previous Lives

Past Life Regression: Evidence of Reincarnation?

Investigative Questions

The Skeptical Viewpoint & Alternative Explanations: Past Lives or Something Else?

Is Reincarnation Evidence of Survival?

WEEK 6: AFTER-DEATH COMMUNICATION: MEDIUMSHIP AND MORE

Forms of After-Death Communication

Field Investigations/Research of Spiritualist Mediums: 19th – early 20th centuries

Mediumship Around the World

Evidential Mediums and the Evidence

           

WEEK 7: AFTER-DEATH COMMUNICATION: MEDIUMSHIP AND MORE, CONTINUED

            Recent Field Research & Investigation with Mediums

            Mediums, Apparitions and Hauntings

Laboratory Research with Mediums: Historically and Today

Skeptical Arguments/Explanations

The Place of Mediums in the Grief Process/Therapy

After-Death Communication Research (other than mediumship)

Is Mediumship/After-Death Communication Evidence of Survival?

WEEK 8: A) SURVIVAL OF CONSCIOUSNESS, SUPER PSI, OR SOMETHING ELSE?

The Super-Psi hypothesis, Especially as Applied to OBEs, NDEs, Mediumship and Survival in General

Arguments Against Survival from the Perspective of Materialism

            B) COURSE WRAP UP:

Summary of Points

Is there Evidence for Survival of Human Consciousness, or is it Wishful Thinking?

           

Final Quiz

 



Grading for this course

All students are considered to be auditing the courses, but students may choose to take this course for a letter grade. Whether being graded or not, all students are encouraged to participate fully in this class and join in the online discussions. This provides an opportunity to get the full experience of the online class and learn the most about the topics that are presented.

Students taking this course for a letter grade will be evaluated using the following information.

Grading and Assessments
Discussion Participation (40% of your grade)
 

Engagement with discussion forums throughout the course

  • 5% for each discussion question for the 8 weeks of the course  (total 40%)
  • Besides answering the discussion questions, students should participat in the discussions by posting responses to the posts of other students.
Assessment I (30% of your grade)
 
Multiple Choice and/or short answer test (submitted online).
Assessment II (30% of your grade)
 
Multiple Choice and/or short answer test (submitted online).
 
All information contained on this page is the sole property of the Rhine Education Center and the Rhine Research Center. This information cannot be reproduced or reused without the expressed written permission of the Rhine Research Center.