Psi and the imaginary dream : Including an exploration with monozygotic and dizygotic twins and autogenic training



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Three experiments are presented here which explore an original design for the induction of a psi-conducive state. This is called an imaginary dream and utilizes certain things to induce an altered state of consciousness: modified Jacobson's progressive relaxation, deep breathing exercises, guided visual imagery exercises through different environmental scenes, and environmental sounds to increase the 'reality' of the visual imagery. Subjects using this imaginary dream scored significantly above chance (binomial probability of .0089) on a GESP task. For 40 subjects there were 28 hits and 12 misses. A control group was used with only a five minute impression period and once again using just the progressive relaxation part of the imaginary dream. Chance scores were obtained in both cases for the control group. In the second experiment 40 twins were used. Twenty (ten pairs) of these were monozygotic and twenty dizygotic. The dizygotic twins scored significantly above chance psi-hitting (binomial probability of .01), while the monozygotic twins tended toward psi-missing (seven hits and 13 misses). An explanation is given for the identical twins doing so poorly. A final experiment makes a preliminary exploration, into the utilization of autogenic training to increase the efficacy of the psi-conducive state induced by the imaginary dream. This final experiment had a total scoring distribution of seven hits and one miss.