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Madame Lotte Plaat: “A Remarkable Psychometrist” With Gifted Paranormal Abilities Born In 1895

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  • The Facts:

    A publication in the British College of Psychic Science from 1930 documents the abilities Lotte Plaat. She was a Psychometrist, thus having the ability to obtain information about a person based on an object that was/is associated with that person.

  • Reflect On:

    With so many documented examples of people with "paranormal" abilities, why are these abilities always studied at the highest levels of government in black budget programs yet shunned by mainstream academia?

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The study of telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, remote viewing, and several other phenomenon under the branch of study known today as “parapsychology” has been occurring for more than a century. These abilities have been well documented by experiments and studies conducted all over the world, and this article will provide links to multiple examples. What’s quite ironic about parapsychological phenomenon is that, for decades, it’s been studied at the highest level of government with eye-opening results (from the declassified literature alone) yet it’s still somewhat ridiculed within mainstream academia. This has been a problem in science for quite a long time, “intellectual” authorities have long pronounced their supremacy by ridiculing ideas, information and findings that don’t fit within the framework of accepted knowledge, but, as we move into 2021 and beyond there are many sings that this is starting to change.

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Human beings with “special” abilities, as I said in the paragraph above, seems to be a documented reality. This is evident from CIA (and other intelligence/military agencies from around the world) parapsychological studies and reports that document the reality of the phenomenon. Here, for example, is a document showing how gifted children were able to teleport objects from one location to another, even though the objects were inclosed inside containers. This is also mentioned in an Air Force teleportation physics study. It’s one of many examples, here’s another example documenting the “paranormal writing” of a gifted girl.

The CIA documents were found by accessing their electronic reading room.

These abilities are a common theme throughout human history. From the Vedic texts and the yoga sutras, all the way to Moses, Jesus, Milarepa and Mohammed, to the present day. There is reason to suggest these abilities are innate within all of us, one does not have to be “special.” I often don’t like to use the word “paranormal” as much of what we define as paranormal, in my opinion, is actually quite normal. Donald Lopez Jr., a professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies and the University of Michigan provides a great example in describing the Buddha:

With this enlightenment, he was believed to possess all manner of supernormal powers, including full knowledge of each of his own past lives and those of other beings, the ability to know others’ thoughts, the ability to create doubles of himself, the ability to rise into the air and simultaneously shoot fire and water from his body…Although he passed into nirvana at the age of eighty-one, he could have lived “for an aeon or until the end of the aeon” if only he had been asked to do so. (source)

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Lotte Plaat: I recently came across another declassified CIA document that describes a woman by the name of Lotte Plaat. She was a supposed Psychometrist. This ability is also referred to as object reading, a process whereby facts or impressions about a person or thing are received through contact with an object associated with the subject of the impressions. Rings, photographs, and similar tokens are often used, but sometimes the physical presence of a person may bring about images or visions in the psychometrist’s mind that correspond to real facts (sometimes still in the future) in the life of the subject.

This is very interesting and raises a number of questions about the nature of consciousness, as so many other parapsychological studies from decades ago, all the way up to today, do.

The document reads as follows:

In 1928, Tenhaeff was able to test the medium Mrs. Lotte Platt-Mahlstedt for several weeks. Together with Tenhaeff, dozens of well educated men, journalists, medical doctors, judges,etc. were present and participated in these experiments in which the medium was offered a “Psychometric” object (an envelope, opened or sealed, a pencil, a pocketbook, etc.), and asked to describe the owner of the object. The results obtained were quite positive because far more hits were registered than misses. A remarkable hit was the following: With regard to the object offered, the medium said: ” This lady is all the time getting hold of her wrists. Is she going to commit suicide by cutting her wrists?” The truth was that this lady was very much afraid of being buried when still in a condition of apparent death. She insisted that her wrists be cut before being buried. Based on communications of 2 centuries ago concerning dowsers experiencing subjective sensations when finding themselves above certain ore veins, coal, mineral deposits, and the like, Tenhaeff decided to test Mrs. Platt to see whether she was sensitive to certain chemicals and substances (mercury, silver, gold, sulphur, etc.) These substances can be found in various homeopathic medicines. The results of these experiments in which the medium had to identify which metals were present in the bottles presented to her were highly successful. According to the experimenters (Tenhaeff and several other persons), there was little doubt that Mrs. Lotte platt was highly paranormally gifted.”

After I came across this, I found a publication in the British College of Psychic Science. Their specific release on April 1930 mentions Platt and provides a great deal of information about her abilities. The CIA document cited above doesn’t have much information about her, and doesn’t really provide much information about the document itself.

You can view the British College of Psychic Science publication I am referring to here. The information regarding Lotte Plaat starts on page 13.  For those of you who have trouble reading the specific document because of the font size, I have copied and pasted the text below. It was written by Mrs. Hewat McKenzie, a renowned parapsychological researcher at the time.

A Dutch member was the first to mention Mme. Lotte Platt’s fine work to me, and suggested a visit to the College. This was arranged and took place in the autumn of 1929, and was followed by a second this spring, at the express invitation of the Council of the College. Through these visits, many have been made acquainted with, and become highly appreciative of the psychic powers of this Continental sensitive, hitherto unknown in England, though I found that on the Continent her work was already held in esteem. Mme. Plaat is the daughter of the Dutch Consul in Oldenberg, Germany.

She is a handsome and attractive woman, of over six feet in height, very well educated, and highly intelligent; she speaks several languages fluently, and has an excellent command of English. Mme. Akkeringa, a Dutch sensitive, who visited the College some years ago, told her that she possessed a psychic gift, and sometime later, after a serious illness about three years ago, Mme. Plaat began to try psychometry, with almost immediate success, and from that time has practiced it with diligence. She has appreciated her gift and taken care of it, and has always been willing to have her work seriously examined, as instanced by a visit she paid to Berlin, in the spring of 1929, when she submitted herself to a Committee of doctors and professors.

Dr. Paul Siinner, the Editor of the chief German psychical journal, considered it so well worthwhile that he collected the various verbatim reports of interviews with members of the Committee, and issued them in a valuable brochure which contains the most modern record of this strange psychical gift of which Professor Hans Driesch of Leipzig has not hesitated to affirm, that “ The core of all psychic investigation lies without doubt in the problem of so called psychometry.” A leading article in the report is from the pen of Dr. Gustav Pagenstecher, of Mexico, who for many years studied the famous S. American psychometrist, Maria Reyes; a report of this compiled by Dr. W. Franklin Prince, of Boston, forms one of our best modern reports on psychometry.

In the Siinner report, Dr. Pagenstecher notes the following similarities between the mediumship of his former subject, Maria Reyes, and that of Lotte Plaat:— 1. —In contradiction to others, Maria Reyes and Lotte Plaat need only to touch an object, others seem to knead, squeeze, twist, etc., the object, or press the central point of brow or solar plexus. (In the case of some famous American experiments the sensitive held the letter behind her back.—Ed.) 2. —These two mediums do not need to move from place to place it is sufficient to give them the object.

3. —Neither of these two speak of the visions coming to them with lightning rapidity as some do. In general they emphasise the racing of visions across their soul vision as if one picture were hastening to crowd another out. 4. —They are able to feel the whole gamut of sensations ; they do not only see, they feel, feel pressure, warmth, cold, pain, anxiety, etc., while other mediums only describe their visions. 5. —To them it is not a case of a panoramic event unrolling itself to their spirit eyes, they live the thing intensively—Maria Reyes in particular— in dramatic fashion, suffering, feeling and even taking part as a personality.

They have faintings, anxieties, palpitations, in other words, are sharers of the event, which does not seem to be the case with others. 6. —Both are victims of severe bodily ailments. Maria Reyes suffers from diabetes, gallstones, and inflammation of the stomach. Mme. Plaat suffered for long with an internal inflammation for which she had to undergo an operation after which her mediumistic faculties were first noticeable. Of difference he notes :— 1. —Mme Plaat is normally conscious, has all her senses awake, especially memory ; Maria Reyes exercised her gift during a trance state. 2. —Mme. Plaat has the noticeable faculty of “ getting in touch ” and establishing psychic rapport often without physical contact.

Before touching an object she will say : “ Among these articles is one that belonged to a departed personality,” or something equally true, proven afterwards by given details. Maria Reyes always required that an object should be placed physically in contact with her. As to the methods of sensing, Mme Plaat affirms that amongst a choice of objects given for test, she always takes those to which she feels herself specially drawn, and says “ It is as if someone were speaking into my ear, not as if I were saying things, but as if I had to repeat what I hear.” 1. —Herr “Wiedemer in the Scientific Supplement of the Weser Times, says : Lotte Plaat was given the letter of a young man to hold who was undergoing a sentence for some misdeed in the Oldenburg Prison Vechta. She first mentioned very marked characteristics and peculiarities.

I asked “ Is the writer in the neighbourhood of Oldenburg or more distant ? ” After a moment’s thought the medium said suddenly “ Yes, it seems as if I were in prison, I see iron bars.” I ask, “ How is he ? ” “ He is bowed and depressed, his head sunk in his hands. But there is someone who has a good influence on him and works on his better nature.” These details were subsequently proven. The helpful friend was the pastor. The deed for which the young man was imprisoned was also correctly described by Mme. Plaat. 2. —The following was particularly accurate. Mme. Plaat was given a letter by a Herr H—. She said “ You are much connected with this : I hear foreign languages. I hear singing in Italian, I read Italian, I feel something lively. But the eyes are melancholy ; Why must I speak so clearly ! There is something singing in the whole character. I get a nervous sensation, I do not feel well, cannot eat, I am ill, but now am better. . . . I am tired, slack, without will because not well. I hear constant piano playing, I want to play myself. I see slender hands.” Herr H. replied, ‘ The most important thing is missing.” Lotte Plaat continues, “ Again this foreign language. Something dreadful has happened. I hear screaming.” Herr H. “ Can you tell me anything of her calling and personal gifts ? ” L. Plaat. “ She is musical, but that is not the main thing. She talks a lot. It must be something to do with talking and movement. I am struck with the voice. I must speak softly. She is dead. Why must I make certain movements, gestures ? She is supple, willowy. My whole body must bend. She is young ; I want to dance on my toes. My thumbs hurt me, the right one chiefly. (Medium makes characteristic movements in the air).

It is not drawing. I have something in my hand, it is like kneading, modelling, sculpting.” Herr H. explained that the letter was from a young lady well known to him, who died at twenty. She was an artist, modeller and sculptress. A very gifted woman travelled much, spoke French, English, Spanish,, but most beautiful Italian. The physical description was most accurate. She died of double pneumonia. Mme. Plaat’s psychometry is not limited to the immediate present. On one occasion she was given a small piece of marble, and took the history back to pre-Christian times, describing Roman soldiers, horses in chariots, hoof beats, women carrying water jugs on the head, processions, temples, ceremonies. The piece of marble had been picked up in Carthage 20 years previously. Dr. Siinner says, “ When we finished our experiments with Mme. Plaat we found that in thirty-eight experiments twenty-eight were very good, five were wrong, and five gave mixed results.

On one occasion a silver match box was put in front of her, at once she had the impression of being in the war, saw flames, and smoke, heard shouting and an explosion, crying, and sensed smells and a sharp air. She added that the box had been in a small room when she saw fire, and that she heard a noise of ticking as if something was going to explode. She claimed that her eyes hurt her as if she was burned, and she rubbed her hand over her right cheek, and complained of pain in her back. Dr. J., to whom it belonged, stated that he got this case in 1915 in France, on the Somme. He had lain for days in an underground hole under non-stopping grenade fire, suddenly a grenade came into the hole, touched him on his right cheek and wounded him, and mortally wounded an officer near. Dr. J. gave the dying man an injection of morphia in his back, and with a last movement he took the case from his pocket and gave it to Dr. J. Mme. Plaat not only heard the grenade, the shouting, the explosion, but saw the flames, the small room, and smelt the sharp air of gas, got the wounding on the cheek and the pain of the injection in the back.

One evening, a Dr R. extremely anxious about a brother who had been absent from home for some time, gave Mme. Plaat an old letter from his brother to psychometrize. She at once said “ Suicide.” “ Impossible ” said the inquirer. “ I see Berlin,” said Mme. Plaat, “ and a man putting a revolver against his forehead.” Then she saw two men with this man. Dr. R. still said the whole story was impossible. Almost as he spoke, the telephone bell rang with a message from a Berlin Hospital, saying that his brother had just been brought there after trying to kill himself, and was between life and death. ***** A series of experiments dealing with metals and medicines was carried out with Mme. Plaat by Dr. Dietz of the Hague, and Dr. TenhaeiT of Utrecht, in January and July, 1929, and is reported in “ Spiritische Bladen,” a Dutch journal, in October, 1929. Dr. Tenhaeff got the metals from Dr. Schwabe of Leipzig, in small bottles, everything looked like distilled water, without colour, and without smell, and all bottles were numbered so that afterwards Dr. Tenhaeff could compare on a list which metal Mme.

Plaat had held and described. He had never looked at the list before he gave Mme. Plaat the sample in her hand, so that neither knew what it was, and telepathy was impossible. Alternating with the metals he gave her medicines, also in bottles, and prepared in the same way. Four Separate Tests of Solution of a Metal called Quick. January 21st/—Mme. Plaat. “I get an impression as if I see everything in flames. I am hot all down my back. I can’t breathe, just as if I am inhaling fumes of coal or another poisonous gas. It is horrible.” January 23rd.—“ I see a great blue light. I get a taste of metal. It is just as if fumes of coals are getting on my lungs.” January 24th.—“ I can’t swallow, I can’t breathe, it is all fumes of coal and gas.” July 4th.—“ I see silver-grey, quick, grey. I have the feeling of being poisoned. It is a metal with violent yellow-blue colour. It is a terrible poison, it is quick.” July 1th.—Exactly the same said again. N ote.—“ Quick ” is extracted from cinnabar. (HgS) This stuff is baked in furnaces with the object of oxidising the sulphur to set the quicksilver free. When Mme. Plaat said she saw flames, and also when she got the feeling of suffocation, she sensed this process. She gave on one occasion the name of the metal right. Quicksilver is Lotte Plaat – A Remarkable Psychometrist. The color of the metal is silver grey.

Six Separate Experiments with Solution of Gold . January 1st.—“ My whole body is itching. I have a feeling as if I am burnt over all my body. What has water to do with this ? ” . January 23rd.—“ Water, dust particles, water of a river, I have to shut my eyes, I am awfully hot, itching, burning.” January 24th.—“ I am very hot, pain in my eyes, burning, itching.” July 4th.—“ That is a metal, I don’t smell or taste anything. One finds it in small pieces as fine as dust. Now it is irritating me, it is gold.” July 5th and 6th.—The same was repeated. N ote.—Gold in the Transvaal and also in California, is washed out of the rivers. If gold is taken, “ Hyperaemia ” (in the eyes) is the result, and a feeling of itching. Four Experiments with Solution of Quinine . January 21it.—“ White, mountains, bitter as gall.” January ‘1st—“ White and bitter.” July 3rd and 11th.—“A bitter taste in my mouth. I can’t swallow. I don’t like it at all. It is white and bitter. I get a pain in my stomach, ears are buzzing, it comes from a plant. This plant is growing against mountains. The plant is not white.

It grows in a hot wet climate. When the stuff is made it is white and as bitter as gall.” On the 7th, the medium said at once “ it is quinine,” and the rest was repeated. N o te.—The quinine tree is grown in the tropics and the leaves are green. Quinine has a bitter taste, and one gets ear buzzing and all the other symptoms mentioned. These experiments remind me of those made by Dr. and Mrs. Denton, of U.S.A., many years ago, and reported in “ The Soul of Things,” which can be found in the College Library. Mme. Plaat is particularly sensitive to any illness associated with an article, and feels as if she herself were experiencing it in every detail. Even in the street she has noticed in people near her suffering, and even wounds and scars that they bear, and has been able to verify in some cases that she was correct. She reads character accurately and often foretells the future and above all, she has been the means of providing real comfort in sorrow to many by predicting a happy ending of illness and trouble, which has come to pass. Recently Mme. Plaat had had the honour of an invitation to be present at the International Congress of Scientific Psychical Research to be held at Athens in April, as a demonstrating sensitive, but she has not yet decided on this step. Dr. Tanagras, of Athens, who is organising the Congress at the home end, speaks of her work and publishes her photograph in a recent issue of the Journal of the Hellenic S.P.R. Recently, too, Mme.

Plaat was asked to assist in psychometrising some articles pertaining to the victims of the Düsseldorf criminal, and the results were submitted to the Criminal Investigation Department of that city. On various occasions previously her advice has been sought in criminal cases, with success, but details cannot be published. SOME INSTANCES OF RESULTS AT THE COLLEGE. It would be quite impossible to give a record of all the work accomplished by Mme. Plaat at the College, with individuals, and in groups, but the following, which I am kindly allowed to use by experimenters, are of interest. Very often the psychometry obtained from handling an article is followed by her with pure clairvoyance dealing with the life of the sitter and often pertains to deceased friends who seem to be present in reality to the sensitive.

I think Mme. Plaat’s gift is capable of much further development with legitimate exercise. Case 1.—This related to certain complicated and inexplicable conditions of a business which had puzzled sitters over a long period. Mme Plaat was handed two letters from different individuals concerned, and at once seized upon the characteristics and motives of the personalities involved, as well as the nature of the transactions. With great distaste she kept dropping the letters and begged that they should be taken from her as she could not stand the villainy that lay below the seeming suavity and charm. She sensed with great definition the conjoined efforts to exploit destructively work accomplished by others.

A letter written at a much later date, and given to her separately for a reading, was at once recognised by her as dealing with the same group of circumstances. She continued pointing to one of the group of sitters, “ I see a picture : you are the one they wished to destroy. It is as if they had you by the throat, squeezing the life out of you, but not a word could you get out of them. Oh, no, the mouth would be shut tight even if you asked them for explanations.” That this was not merely symbolical, but literally the fact, is the report of the sitter concerned. Case 2.—A small stone, in size, similar in appearance to hundreds to be seen in the gravel on London streets, taken by the sitter a few months previously from the cement in the inside of the Roman Wall in the Open Air Theatre, at Taormina in Sicily which is said to date back to 300 B.C., was given to the medium. M m e. P laat.—First I get the place where the stone comes from. I have a very salty taste in my mouth, not at all nice. It smells as the sea water sometimes smells, a nasty smell. I see a beautiful blue sky, not in England, not Holland, much further. It is warm there. Not India, not so far as that. It seems to me nearer France, a country where the climate is like that of France, but it is further away.

Wonderful air and beautiful flowers; water so lovely, blue, everything deep blue. The people have most lovely dark eyes, so beautiful, the girls have beautiful dresses, and round their shoulders a shawl with a long fringe. Black skirts and much red and warm colours and black hair, but others come between them with fair hair, more gold in it, the men also have black hair and the colour is yellow. The houses are pretty and high up, and the gardens are hanging, and there seem to be many people sitting about there painting. (Here by gesture the medium gave a graphic description of the way the road winds up the mountain and gives the impression of the gardens of the higher houses hanging over the houses lower on the mountain side. This continues right up the mountain to the Theatre on the summit.) Mme. Plaat. —The sand is white like it is in Shanklin, where there are no nasty stones under your feet. It burns. I do not get anything personal with this stone. The people have a language I cannot speak. I have never been there, but I see an unusual thing. Absolutely beautiful people, and the poorest in the world, most picturesque, poor people, and very elegant. I see lots of ships and boats and small fishing boats, everything like a beautiful picture. (The whole condition described was relevant and as correct as if she had been on the spot.)

Case 3.—A small fragment of rock was handed to the psychometrist, and the sitter notes :— “ Had Mme. Plaat been acquainted with the history or paid a visit to the site of where once stood the flourishing city of Salamis, conspicuous for its Temple of the Salaminian Jupiter, she could not have given a better description. With the mannerism of a geologist she weighed the small fragment of rock, carelessly picked up by myself on the site of the once great commercial city ; to-day a heap of ruins with its marble columns as they fell in the second century A.D. After carefully describing the general features of the country, the position of the town in relation to the sea, she traced a map on the wall, with her finger, made reference to wars, and with an exclamation of ‘ Oh ! ’ her face changed to one gazing upon a scene of horror.

She described the terrible earthquake that laid the whole city and its busy harbour in a heap of ruins in a night, and concluded by saying ‘ Terrible, terrible, the houses are all down, the people are all dead.’ Pleased with the excellent description I replied ‘ Splendid.’ Holding her hand upon her breast she remarked as she put the stone on the table, ‘ Yes, but not for me.’ Mme. Plaat might have given many other impressions of a stone picked up at Salamis, but the shock of the earthquake was to her sensitivity as real as if she had actually been an eye-witness and in its magnitude may have obscured other aspects.” Case 4.—Psychometry of a Gold Ring. The sitter says, “ I had not met Mme. Plaat before, and I am satisfied she knew nothing of me. I gave her a gold ring, and on receiving this, she at once gave an accurate and detailed description of a deceased friend of mine who had given me the ring. She also correctly described the symptoms of her last illness. She gave various facts about my own life, and demonstrated with her hands my unusual occupation. She suddenly put her hands to her eyes and complained of severe pain especially in the right eye, giving date of 1925.

She spoke of squint,blackness, distortion and finally a mist with eyes moving in opposite directions. Spoke of a mist before eyes which affected me occasionally at present moment. She spoke as if she saw my dead friend standing behind my chair. My occupation is aviation. She took an imaginary “ joy-stick ” between her hands and gave the correct movements of control. This is more interesting than it sounds, as I do not think anyone but a pilot could imitate those movements correctly in such detail. In 1925 I underwent an operation for a squint. Both eyes and especially right were very painful where adjustment was made. Everything was temporarily distorted and misty, and I occasionally suffer from the latter condition now. The medium did not know me nor anything of my operation, but it may be asked “ Could she read it from my eyes ? ”

I have asked many people, experts and others, both since and before the sitting, and everyone agrees that there is no trace of either squint or operation to be seen in my eyes. A number of interesting groups have been held at the College with Mme. Plaat, under the superintendence of Mrs. Champion de Crespigny, the Chairman of the Council. These were composed of persons quite unknown to Mme. Plaat, and were not introduced to her. The following notes show some results in one such group held on October 24th. 1. —A stone was put in her hand. Mme. Plaat.—“ This is not from England. Something horrible happened. I feel hot, hot, people were killed, awful noise. I see men ; I get people. Horrible shouts—blowing up.” (Comment by sitter : This is correct, the stone was blown up out of pavement at Zeebrugge.) 2. —An envelope was given which contained spots of a patient’s blood. M m e. P laat.—I get a feeling of death. I want air. Very weak.

She won’t give in, will not die. Nervous, but did control her nerves. Intelligent woman. Has clever observant eyes, soft mouth. I get pain in right side. I don’t see it good. She will give up blood—death.” (The doctor who gave this said it was a correct description, the patient suffered from cancer of the right breast and the case was hopeless.) 3. —A worked pocket-case was given by the sitter. Mme. P laat.—“ This belonged to someone who is dead. It must have been made by a woman who is dead. There are influences of others here also, as well as your own. I see a photograph of a group, and the woman is one of them. I get a nice quiet charming feeling with this woman. Later I sense a very depressed condition, very sad, many tears, a life full of trouble, but she had power to fight against it. I sense a nervous breakdown, as if she had to let go. A heart condition, I want air, I feel dizzy, as if all the blood is going out of mv brain.

Medium Medium places hand on chest and says she doesn’t feel well at all ; doesn’t want to eat, great nausea, almost seasick. (Medium had a bad bout of seasickness recently and may use this analogy.) I am warm and cold—shivering—my forehead hurts. Pain is going towards left side, medium indicates a patch on left, and also feels pain across back. Senses a funny taste in mouth and a gripping sensation like cramp. Pains in legs, in left more than right, stabbing pain in back, as if in chest and back together, arms are sore, left more than right. Still the dizzy feeling, breast, back and heart all weak. I see her very ill, weak.” (Medium drops her head on one side to indicate a condition of passing.) Description of lady.—•“ Very quick brain, when she met anyone she summed them up quickly. Her eyes, not brown, but a dark grey-blue, looking seriously at one. Eyes rather deep set. Nose not prominent, mouth finely built, good teeth, chin rather round. Depressions in temples. Not very tall. A musical voice, almost a laugh.” “ Now I get many books round me, and some pain in lumbar region, another influence, I think, perhaps your own,” (to sitter).

The sitter, a well-known scientific man, allows me to give his comments on the reading. “ The pocket book was made for me and given to me by a beautiful young artist to whom in my youth I was engaged. About two years after she died, and after her death I collected some mementoes of her and put them in the pocket-book and hardly ever looked at them again, as the associations were painful. I was in a very sceptical mood when I came to Mme. Plaat, and chose this pocket-book because I thought there was nothing in it to make the medium guess at its origin by ‘ fishing ’ questions, as I thought she might do. I removed the contents before coming to the College, amongst them were letters from her, and a snapshot showing the artist and a group of three friends, a lock of hair cut after her death, a ring, and a long letter from her father describing her last illness and death. The case also contained something belonging to another friend, and a lock of my wife’s hair. The reading seemed to gather exclusively round my artist friend.

When we got home after the sitting my wife and I replaced the articles in the case and she re-read to me the father’s letter, the details of which I had forgotten. They were a startling confirmation of Mme. Plaat’s impressions. The pain in the left side, and a day or so before her death, pain and nausea in the stomach, culminating in vomiting and failure of strength. From another letter from her mother, not in the case, we were told how the dying girl, propped up in bed, breathed heavily for a few minutes and then her head fell on one side, as Mme. Plaat indicated. She had a very hard life and carried on through many troubles. The personal description was in the main, correct. “ I think the majority of what I may call the ‘ memories ’ must have been inherent in the lock of the artist’s hair, possibly also in the father’s letter. Obviously none of them inhered  in the pocket-book which was given me so long ago, or in the letters and ring given me while she was still well. Though there was nothing in the sitting to suggest the presence of dead people, I got from it a vivid and abiding impression of the reality of the supernormal. No possible physical explanation can be adduced to explain the inherence of memories and emotions and suffering in a lock of hair thirty-five years after the owners’ death.”

4. —An old green copper coin with a hole was handed to medium. M m e. P laat.—“ Such a lot of people about me. I am under the open sky in the country in England. I do not like the feeling I get, I have to crouch down and stay like that, almost to lie down on the ground, something very noisy going on overhead. Everyone seems to be running. A funny noise in my ears, a sudden death, not in bed. I see a man very straight and tall, such a noise, sudden death. Place is hilly, not many trees, near water.” Sitter said the coin was picked up in a crypt under a house said to be on the site of an old Benedictine Monastery in England, where skeleton of a man was found some years ago. Description of locality of house is approximately correct. There is water near. She writes to me since, “ My father told me the skeleton had a dent or hole in the skull which would confirm Mme. Plaat’s reading ; it was conjectured he was a monk, and I had never associated the coin dated 1817, with the skeleton. 5. —A small dark object handed to medium. She was asked not to look at it.

Light was too dim for her to see colour. Mme. Plaat.—“ You received this from a man not alive. It is not from England. It is a piece of something else, was found in the ground. Given you for luck. Is it green ? ” (It was very dark green). “ There have been gold markings on it and what it was connected with was richly ornamented. I get a religious atmosphere with it. I see three persons, one man, very old and straight, yellowish face, religious atmosphere connected with him.” The sitter confirmed that the article, worn as a trinket, had been given her for luck, but by a woman now dead. A well-known Egyptologist to whom it had been shown, said it was probably out of an Egyptian tomb, probably 3,000 years old, and this may account for medium’s seeing it with other things. There had been gold lettering on it, now worn off, but faintly visible under a magnifying glass. 6. —A three-cornered piece of leaded, dull-coloured stained glass.

Mme. P laat.—“ Persons belonging to this are all dead. I sense a long way back. A smallish dark people, several languages spoken.” (Medium draws a peninsula running horizontally south-west, with small islands to south, and Eastward coast-line with southerly direction.) “Now I get the person who gave it to you, a man, quick and nervous. I see flames, fire and smoke. I can’t breathe. Everything is upset, feeling of fainting and falling down. I hear an explosion and there are choking fumes. A religious atmosphere, and a quiet restful feeling as if I prayed. I must lie on the ground and stretch out my hands.” Note by S itter.—The glass was picked up in the street in Bapaume after bombardment and destruction of Cathedral and was evidently a portion of a stained glass window of this. It was given to sitter by her son; so the circumstances described are remarkably correct. Sitter conjectures whether the drawing, remarkably like Cornwall, and the mention of “ the small dark people ” could be related by the lead binding the glass, which it is not improbable may have been mined in Cornwall.

7.—A Small dark round wooden box. M m e. P laat.—“ I get a very sad impression. Given you by a man now gone. He was quiet, would think before he spoke, rather nervous feeling with him. Always travelling, a restless life. I hear a foreign language. It was made by a man too. Now I get a shock, as if someone screamed. I get a feeling of water all about. I am dizzy and fall down. Did your husband give you this ? I hear ‘ husband.’ I get this shock connected with a country far away. I get a ship. The man who made it is dead too.” Note by Sitter.—The box was made from the beam of a well-known frigate in which sitter’s husband, deceased, had sailed, and was made by him and given to her. The Duke of Edinburgh was shot on shore in Australia, while in command of this frigate, the “ Galatea.” The Duke was a favourite, and the affair was a very great shock and annoyance to everyone on board. Sitter’s husband was a sub-lieutenant on frigate. It will be noted that the medium did not speak of the shock as an explosion, but as if it was something personal, the scream, the fainting and fall. (But these conditions cannot now be verified.)

7.—A packet of letters. Mme. P laat.—“ These are written by a man not in life. Death rather sudden. Pains in head, right side. He is very good-natured. Kindly look in eyes. Good sense of humour. Has travelled much. I hear French talked.” (S it t e r.—“ It is a language somewhat like French.”) Mme. Plaat.—“ Very interested in art of foreign countries, would go to old buildings, there is an artist streak in him. He would always think the best of people. He had many friends, no enemies. Did he live in England in the country ? Many people round him in other countries. He was over them. If he just looked at them they would fly to do his bidding. There lay his strength. He had coloured men under his thumb. I see them working in fields, it looks like high coarse grass. He was ill with fever there.” (Medium described terrible pains in abdomen and head and a sensation of falling over on left side.) “ Now I think I see him. He is very broad, with big chest. Now he turns his back on me, and I see the great breadth of his shoulders. I get a very horrible feeling. Paralysis of the left arm. Patch on right side of head painful. I can see it. I get nose bleeding and get pain right round body.” The Sitter Comments. —Mme. Plaat’s reading was correct in many details. The writer of the letters died of blackwater fever, a very horrible thing, and the symptoms were wonderfully given. Mme. Plaat described my friend’s face as round.

I disagreed, but on looking at a photograph I see she was more correct than myself, so this does not seem to be thought-reading. It was a habit of my friend in conversation to turn his back on one, and the enormous breadth described by her was then most noticeable.”

(Note by Editor) For my own interview with Mme. Plaat I prepared three objects. First, a dagger of peculiar shape, given me as over 300 years old, was in the possession of a Moslem lady of family and was given to me by her. Second : an inscribed stele from Babylonia, a grant bestowed upon Gula, in the year of the accession of Su Siu the king ; also, on reverse side, a grant bestowed on Ishtar of Hallabu. The names are presumed to be Sumerian or Akkadian. Third, a kettle holder worked by a bedridden patient. Each of these was wrapped in paper so as to be unrecognisable by touch. Medium said: “Many people, a war around. Muchblood. Several men had this. First a dark, yes, dark man, haughty, a rajah (medium salaamed) in a palace beautiful arabesques, a fountain in the middle. A man of power, and indifferent to life. The man to whom it was given was poisoned. A Moslem.” (These words are verbatim, but repetitions are omitted.) 2. —“ Older than the last object. 600 B.C. Has come from a tomb. Has to do with a woman, is a story of her life. Must have been a high person. The country is far far away ; not Egypt, before the Romans, Babylonian. It has a religious feeling about it.”

3. —First remark, “ She was not alive”; then, “ Someone dying, so ill, not much life, you may find her dead. Eyes are beautiful. When healthy was quick and had much will-power, never downcast. Very brave and bright.” (Correct in all but first remark.) Medium then gave me a description of my unseen friend who had not been mentioned at all, very accurate, including a special locket and miniature which she used to wear. Scent of violets, which she used to use. The message was highly characteristic, and dealt with the private circumstances of my own life.) Stanley De Brath. Enough has been said to show that in Mme. Plaat we have a sensitive of no mean order, and the College is privileged to have had her services. She is easy to work with, and takes pains with her readings. I hope we shall hear of her valuable work being tested at various centres, and welcome her again at the College.

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FBI Confirms Report of “Cylindrical” UFO “Moving Really Fast” Over New Mexico

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    The FBI has now confirmed that they are aware of the American Airlines pilot's UFO report. They did not say they are officially investigating the incident any further. The incident remains a mystery.

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    The increase in UFO coverage and reporting in mainstream media is raising public awareness about how prominent and well documented the subject is. What does the reality of the UFO phenomenon mean to you? Does it change your worldview?

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On Sunday Feb. 21, 2021 a pilot on American Airlines flight 2292 from Cincinnati to Phoenix reported seeing a long cylindrical object fly very fast over New Mexico, reporting that it looked a lot like a cruise missile. Now, the FBI has confirmed that they are aware of the mysterious report but did not say whether they are investigating any further.

The pilots report, which can be heard here, went like this:

“Do you have any targets up here? We just had something go right over the top of us – I hate to say this but it looked like a long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing – moving really fast right over the top of us.”

Steve Douglass, an experienced radio interceptor, was the first to report on the incident and claimed he heard the pilot’s transmission while recording from his multiple scanners.

Initially, American Airlines did not confirm that they had information the incident had happened, but later on, they provided a different story to journalists at The Drive who pressed for more info.

American Airlines initial response:

“At this time, we do not have any indication the radio transmission was from the flight crew on board American Airlines Flight 2292 on Feb. 21,” an airline rep told the outlet initially.

American Airlines updated response:

“Following a debrief with our Flight Crew and additional information received, we can confirm this radio transmission was from American Airlines Flight 2292 on Feb. 21,”

On Feb. 25th, a FBI spokesperson Frank Connor told Fox News in an email that:

“The FBI is aware of the reported incident, […] While our policy is to neither confirm nor deny investigations, the FBI works continuously with our federal, state, local, and tribal partners to share intelligence and protect the public. Anyone who is aware of suspicious or criminal activity should contact their local law enforcement agency or the FBI,”

The Federal Aviation Administration did release a short statement regarding the incident as well:

A pilot reported seeing an object over New Mexico shortly after noon local time on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021. FAA air traffic controllers did not see any object in the area on their radarscopes.

Up to this point this incident remains a mystery. It is unclear if further formal investigation is happening behind the scenes, but given what we’ve learned over our years of researching this subject, intelligence agencies tend to take these incidents significantly more seriously than they make the public aware of.

There has been a long term veil of secrecy surrounding the UFO phenomenon and only in recent years has the discussion turned more mainstream. It has been interesting to see further media publications pop up who are now taking this phenomenon a lot more seriously as well. This will continue to push this conversation into the mainstream over the course of time.

While it’s always intriguing to explore these new reports, there is decades of research and credible whistleblower testimony that fill in a great deal of ‘blanks’ when it comes to questions regarding the UFO and ET phenomenon. Indeed we know a lot more than what is being circulated in mainstream media at this time, and the phenomenon delves deeply into the field of consciousness research.

I recently received permission to release my full, raw, interview for the Dr. Steven Greer’s latest film ‘Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind.’ In it I cover my perspectives on discerning mainstream coverage of the UFO subject, the societal and cultural implications of the phenomenon, and what it means for humanity as a whole. You can watch the full interview exclusively on CETV.

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Global Food & Farming Issues: Dr. Vandana Shiva Slams Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg & Monsanto

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    Physicist, environmental activist and renowned author Dr. Vandana Shiva explains modern day global food and farming issues. There are links within the article to her very informative work.

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    When organic agriculture has shown to be the best way to feed the world, why do giant corporations insist on taking over and doing things their way? Why do they have so much sway over government policy?

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Dr. Vandana Shiva is a renowned author, environmental activist, and physicist. Shiva founded Navdanya, an international movement started 30 years ago in India to defend seed and food sovereignty and small farmers around the world.  Navdanya pioneered the movement of seed saving and seed freedom, which began in response to the crisis of erosion of agricultural biodiversity and introduction of GMOs and patents on seeds through intellectual property rights (IPRs) and so-called ‘free trade’ agreements. It has long fought against biopiracy, the patenting of indigenous knowledge by self-interested multinational corporations and won cases related to Neem, basmati rice and wheat in India. Navdanya promotes a new agricultural and economic paradigm, a culture of food for health, where ecological responsibility and economic justice replace the present greed, consumerism and competition which have become dominant in society. It aims at regaining the common good as a foundation for a renewed sense of community, solidarity and culture of peace.

In the last 30 years, Navdanya’s research on Biodiversity based Agro-ecological farming has shown how Agroecology can increase nutrition and health, as well as farmers incomes while rejuvenating soil, water and biodiversity and enhancing climate resilience. They have a membership of more than 650,000 farmer families in 22 states of India. According to Navdanya:

The COVID public health crisis and its resulting economic devastation have accelerated calls to respond through the ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism through embracing the fourth industrial revolution. For food systems, this would mean a ‘food systems transformation’ where all areas of the food supply chain are further centralized, digitized, and mined for data in the false names of ‘public health’ and ‘economic recovery’. This push is now being supported by international organizations and world leaders who stand hand-in-hand with big corporations’ desires for further agrifood system concentration. This translated to a more aggressive push toward false solutions of farms managed through artificial intelligence and predictive algorithms, precision farming, fake foods- such as lab-grown meat, synthetically produced oils, and breastmilk- robot pollinators, biofortification, gene drives for more advanced forms of GMOs, and digital sequencing genetic information (DSI) of agro-diversity.

They recently put out a very informative report titled “Gates to A Global Empire.” Be sure to check it out. I suggest you read a recent article written by Dr. Shiva (her twitter account) titled, “Indian farmers’ 30 year struggle against corporate globalisation and 40 year struggle against the green revolution.” Her books are also a great resource documenting the takeover of seed and the immoral and unethical actions of big corporations, like Monsanto, in India and all over the world.

The clip below is from 2019 but it’s still very informative.

 

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‘Big Short’ Investor Michael Burry Warns Central Governments Could Squash Bitcoin

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    Well known hedge fund Michael Burry feels that Bitcoin could be squashed by the "legally violent, heartless central governments" who won't allow Bitcoin to stay decentralized.

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    Our societal structures, like the economy, are certainly in question as many continue to lose faith in them. Is the path towards a better future through cryptocurrency? Could humanity dream up a world without money?

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You might remember the famed hedge fund manager Michael Burry from the film ‘Big Short,’ his character was played by Christian Bale. He is best known for forecasting the 2008 financial crisis, and he made billions from that bet. In a recent tweet, Burry has suggested that governments could “squash” Bitcoin (BTC) in a coming inflationary crisis due to further pandemic stimulus.

Burry also feels that further regulation of the decentralized currency could hamper BTC’s performance in the long term. With one of the main motivations behind cryptocurrency’s like BTC being that they are intended to operate outside of government control and regulation, you can bet that the millions who invest in crypto intend that it stays that way – out of the governments reach.

In a now deleted series of Tweets, Michael Burry stated some intriguing opinions about Bitcoin and potential government interventions:

I don’t hate BTC. However, in my view, the long term future is tenuous for decentralized crypto in a world of legally violent, heartless centralized governments with lifeblood interests in monopolies on currencies. In the short run anything is possible – why I am not short BTC.

Burry claiming he is not ‘short’ on BTC means he is not betting that its price will fall significantly anytime soon.

One of the major reasons Burry feels governments could squash BTC is due to coming inflation as a result of more pandemic stimulus. “In an inflationary crisis, governments will move to squash competitors in the currency arena. $BTC #gold,” he said.  As you can sense by Burry’s words, he feels governments will do anything in their power to maintain control over their own currencies, and protect them at all costs, regardless whether it’s what benefits people most or not.

In his recent string of tweets he discussed Germany’s path to hyperinflation in the 1920s. He currently sees America’s economic trajectory to be similar to the post-World War I climate that eventually led to a 320% monthly inflation rate in the country.

If Burry is right about the upcoming inflation and the governments potential regulatory actions on BTC, this will be the 2nd time in recent years that he predicted a seismic shift in the US economy.

“People say I didn’t warn last time, I did, but no one listened. So I warn this time. And still, no one listens. But I will have proof I warned.” – Burry said in a tweet.

Modern Structures Are Failing

This inevitably brings up the discussion of our current way of life when thinking about our societal design. Does a capitalistic economy really create a world where people can thrive? Does it inspire big business and governments to think about people’s well being first? Or does it motivate them to think of profits first? Perhaps it’s our underlying worldview of competition and separation that causes us to create society in this manner? Either way, history over the last 30 years has shown us that financial crisis’ are happening at a faster rate, each time pushing more and more people into a lower socio-economic class while the few become richer. Aside from available spending money, think of how this affects people’s basic ability to survive and enjoy life.

COVID-19 served to make billionaires even bigger billionaires, while the average person struggles to get a job, feed their family and make basic payments. Is this a world we want to live in? Does this truly feel like what we’re capable of or are we being convinced to accept something because someone said so?

Are we really to support the idea that governments should regulate cryptocurrency, a means of exchange that is outside their control? What’s the motivation behind their regulation? As faith in our institutions crumbles year after year, is the culture within governance feeling their increasing loss of power over the people?

I don’t intend to write a lengthy piece deeply exploring the ins and outs of our economic model and why it’s not serving the people, I’ll save that for another time. I sense that the questions I’ve posed will already bring up thoughts and feelings within you that tend to ‘know’ our current ways aren’t working to help people thrive, perhaps that’s enough.

Where I’m curious to push the envelope a little further is in the question of why do we believe that we need currency and exchange to begin with? Why must our economies work the way we do? Have we really chosen to ask this question? Or have we accepted the limited and dishonest historical belief that “we tried everything else and this is best?”

A radical idea to consider I know, but one I invite you to imagine for just a moment. Given all the the incredible technology we have available to us today, can we really not imagine a society where money is not required? Given the emerging information in post material science that is telling us a different story about the nature of humans, can we honestly say we are simply competitive and warring animals still?

For just a moment, set aside the judgements someone might cast upon you for considering that we could live in a world without money, things like “that’s socialism!” or  “That’s communism!” If you were tasked with the project of coming up with a way to live in our world without money, how might it look? How would we go about creating that type of community?

Aside from what we’re commonly told, human beings are incredible, with extraordinary abilities to connect, build community and solve problems. If we changed the conversation from “that’s never going to be possible” to “how might we actually go about doing this?” that innocent little shift allows us to be open, sense possibility and activate our creativity, even if it means we aren’t going to take action right away.

I’ve been doing this sort of work and asking these questions my whole life – professionally for 13 years – I don’t hold the naive position that all of this can just happen on its own or that we don’t require deep questioning of our current worldview, I recognize all of this is necessary. What I am saying though is, if we don’t begin to think and explore down this path, we can’t ever make things ‘better.’

So what are you choosing to do? Accept the world as it is today? Or are you open to imagining a world where people can truly thrive?

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