From THE DELPHI BLOODLINE series/ATHENA’S SECRETS
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
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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