Wednesday, December 30, 2015

My Research into ESP: ATHENA'S SECRETS by Donna Del Oro


My Personal Research into ESP Phenomena
By Donna Del Oro

It started with my cousin. She was a full-time, practicing psychic. People came from all over California for her “readings”, at which she claimed an approximately 85% accuracy. She even got involved with the local police and guided one city’s homicide detectives in solving murder cases.
One day, while in my 40’s, I decided to get a reading from her. Extremely skeptical—although I’d known her all my life and knew she wasn’t a con artist—I arrived, fully expecting a lot of lucky guesses on her part. An hour later, I left dazed and confused. How did she know that my husband and I were deliberating over which of two investment opportunities to take. We hadn’t mentioned this to anyone, not even anyone in my family or my husband’s. The one my cousin advised against—and which we didn’t take, fortunately—ended up in bankruptcy a year later. There were other revelations that day that proved true in the months to come.

And so, I became intrigued by this strange phenomena known as ESP, or sometimes psi. Whatever you called it, it was known as “extrasensory perception”. My cousin claimed to be a “clairvoyant”, or able to “see” what most humans cannot see. Her insights into people, their health, and other personal facts were amazing to me. People in my family both welcomed and dreaded her phone calls. It was often: “You’ve got diabetes,” “You have a cancerous tumor in your bladder. See a doctor immediately”, “Your appendix is infected. Get yourself to a hospital now!” One close friend of the family received one of her calls. She told her that her brother was dying of cancer and that this friend should call him as soon as possible. The friend insisted that her thirty-five year-old brother was perfectly healthy and they’d just spoken days before. However, my cousin persisted and prevailed, even over objections of the friend’s brother. Two weeks later, the friend’s brother called back. He’d seen a doctor, had gotten a series of tests, and his prognosis was grim. He died a year later after a valiant battle against cancer.

The experience with my cousin prompted me to open my mind and begin a thirty-year exploration into ESP. I took an ESP Workshop at Foothill College from a Czech physicist who had once worked for the Moscow Institute for Psychic Research. I read books about the CIA’s Stargate program, only some of which has been declassified. Other books, including those about “Near-Death Experiences” and my own personal, “clairvoyant” experiences, have also been catalysts for further investigation.
What I’ve learned has convinced me that clairvoyance does exist, and that perhaps to some extent, precognition. Many people have incredible, intuitive abilities and many share this gift with others, at no intent of monetary gain but simply a desire to help others. A poll cited in the Journal of Parapsychology showed that at least sixty percent of Americans believe that they have had at least one psychic experience in their lives.

The difference between a true psychic and a charlatan, or someone who uses trickery and seeks profit or notoriety? Only one does it for monetary gain. True psychics, as do the psychic women in ATHENA’S SECRETS (Book One, THE DELPHI BLOODLINE Series) share their gifts quietly and gratuitously with others and with law enforcement officials who are open to their help. My heroine, Athena Butler—a clairvoyant and artist—finds herself reluctant at first but, encouraged by her mother, offers her insights to a team of Metro homicide detectives in D.C. and to British Intelligence officers in charge of protecting the British Ambassador and his Embassy staff. Doing this, of course, puts her in the crosshairs of a serial killer and a terrorist cell.

Like my cousin, Athena aims to share her gift with others…quietly and with no intention of gaining fame or fortune.

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