Many people claim that they have experienced out-of-body experiences also known as “astral projection”, “soul travel”, or “spirit walking” — floating outside of their bodies and watching themselves from the outside. Some parapsychologists and occult writers treat out-of-body experiences as evidence that a soul, spirit or subtle body can detach itself from the body and visit distant locations. One in ten people have an out-of-body experience once, or even, several times in their life. A team of scientists found someone who says she can do this at will and put her into a brain scanner. What they discovered was very interesting.
On January 22, 1941 a group of young idealists went to a cabin in the Maryland woods to put a voodoo spell on Hitler. Black magic or not, these Nazi-haters knew how to party. According to LIFE magazine, the party featured “a dressmaker’s dummy, a Nazi uniform, nails, axes, tom-toms and plenty of Jamaica rum,” and was inspired by a book by occultist and writer William Seabrook that was popular at the time: Witchcraft: Its Power in the World Today.
A weird illusion is evoked once you stare at your reflection in a mirror. It’s a famous old Halloween trick that scientists are starting to explore. You can give it a try. Sit in a dark room, about a meter (3 ft) away from a mirror and stare at the reflection of your face for about ten minutes. Keep the room as dark as possible, while still being able to see your reflection.
Every person with a little bite of interest in magic knows what an Ouija board is. Believed to be a gate to another world, this “talking board” or “spirit board”, as it was called, is a rectangular slate, usually made of wood or plastic, which is used to contact spirits or souls of various people who passed away. On the other hand, it is frequently used as a simple way to have fun and spend time with friends.
Researchers carried out psychiatric assessments of almost 2,500 children aged between 11 and 16 in Dublin. They discovered that 21%-23% of younger adolescents, aged 11 to 13, had experienced auditory hallucinations.