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             David Fontana in Dialogue with    Anabela Cardoso.  Part I

David.  Anabela, you are doing so much both to experiment with ITC and to publicise the importance of ITC.  How did you first become interested in this work?

Anabela.  I became interested after reading about the pioneering work of Raudive and Jurgenson, and reading the books on the subject by Hildegard Schaffer and by Maggy Harsch-Fischbach in collaboration with Theo Locher.

David.  What appealed to you about all this?

Anabela.  Firstly, it seemed to provide evidence of another world after death, and secondly it promised the tangibility of ITC work.  That is, it seemed to offer the opportunity to get away from traditional mediumship, and to provide us with a technique for contacting the next world that is open to everyone.

David.  So you decided to begin experimenting yourself?

Anabela.  After a great deal of hesitation.  I was a little bit frightened at first by the idea of eventually hearing voices from another world.  There is also some literature that suggests all attempts to communicate with the next world may open the door to negative forces.

David.  You mean so-called earthbound spirits?

Anabela.  Yes.  Some of the literature talks about possession by such spirits, and also possession by other evil psychic influences.

David.  How did you overcome your fear?

Anabela. Through acts of will and of love.  An act of will in the sense of a deep desire to find out the truth about life and death – a truth that has always interested me.  And an  act of love in the sense of a strong desire to communicate with family members who have died and who I miss very much.

David.  How did your experiments start?

Anabela.  I began with the classical method of EVP.  That is, I recorded some background white noise, in this case the hiss on the radio when it is tuned between two stations.  While doing this recording I asked questions aloud to whoever might be able to communicate with me, and I waited for a pre-determined lapse of time – say betweeen one and two minutes – after each question in order to allow a possible communicator to answer me and to be recorded on the tape.  Jurgenson and Raudive both used this method.  Then after about 10 minutes I stopped the tape, re-wound it and played it back.  During this play-back, I began to hear answers to my questions.

David.  You didn’t hear these answers during the actual recording?

Anabela.  No.  As is usual with this method, you hear nothing at all except the white noise during the recording.  The voices responding to your questions only become evident on play-back.

David.  How long do you have to experiment before you are likely to receive these voices?

Anabela.  That depends.  Each experimenter is different.  In my case it took less than three months, experimenting twice a week for 10 or 15 minutes each time.

David.  Three months seems very quick.

Anabela.  That’s true.  I know of people who have tried for over two years without results.  But other people may receive voices after a very few attempts.  There doesn’t seem to be any rule about this.  Or if there is, it is unknown to us.  But from our point of view, the essential rule is to have patience and commitment.

David.  You certainly have both of these qualities Anabela!  And your results are very impressive.  Can you tell us briefly what you feel these results have achieved?

Anabela.  Initially, I began to receive very clear EVP voices.  As I’ve said, these began when I had  been working with the tape recorder for less than three months.

David.  What did the voices tell you?

Anabela.  They answered questions of both a spiritual and a technical nature.  I never asked personal questions.  Then after less than another three months, I received a very exciting break-through.  On day, while working for EVP (I had four radios each producing white noise simultaneously by this time) I suddenly heard a very loud voice coming directly from the loudspeaker of one of the radios.  The question I had just asked was whether all the voices I received were coming from what we can call Timestream Station.  And the answer I got from the radio said “we are listening to everything … we want to know about the world … we want to hear about your affairs … from now on we will count on you … we will offer to you what is just and fair … this is very difficult … another world”.  Of course, the voice spoke in Portuguese, and this is just a translation.  A few words of the words were in fact in Spanish.  On a later occasion, the voice identified itself as that of Carlos de Almeida, of the Portuguese group of Timestream Station.

David.  You say Carlos spoke in Spanish as well as in Portuguese?

Anabela.  Yes.  This is very important.  The voices seem to use the various languages that you are able to speak.  I am fluent in Spanish, English, French and of course Portuguese.  I also speak some German and Italian.  So I may have voices in all these languages.

 David.  How did the radio voices develop after this first experience?

Anabela. I started with two friends and after a few months continued alone.  The voices spoke frequently, as they still do.  They seemed to be working on improving communication.  As the work progressed, the intelligibility of the speech improved, as did the length of the replies, thus allowing in many cases a comprehensive dialogue.

David.  Are the voices always clear?

Anabela.  No.  Some are clearer than others.  For example the voices of my family members are less clear, probably because they have had less practice at communicating than the other members of Timestream Station.  It is apparent that the whole process of communication is still very difficult for those in the next world.  Which is exactly what we might expect.  I feel so grateful to them all for the energy and the dedication they are putting into this work.

But David, I’d like to ask you a question now.  You are an eminent psychologist who has held full professorships in three universities.  You have written many books which  have been translated into 25 languages.  It is very unusual for a scientist like you to be interested in psychical research.  How did your interest start?

David.  I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t interested in psychical research, because like you it seems to me that psychical research may answer our questions about the nature of life and death, about the relationship between the mind and the brain, and of course about survival.

Anabela.  So it was for this reason that you joined and eventually became President of the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) in Britain.  You are still a Life Vice President of the Society, and Chair of the Society’s Survival Research Committee.  So tell me a little about the SPR.

David.  The SPR is the oldest scientific society for psychical research in the world.  It was founded over 120 years ago by a group of leading scholars from the University of Cambridge.  Many leading British, European and American scientists have been members, as have two past British Prime Ministers, Gladstone and Balfour.  Twelve Nobel Prizewinners have been members, as have many famous writers and philosophers.  Freud and Jung were both members.

Anabela.  In its long history, has the SPR produced conclusive proof of the existence of psychic phenomena, and in particular of the reality of survival?

David.  Like nearly all scientific societies, the SPR has no formal position on the nature of the phenomena it studies.  It doesn’t hold corporate views.  So each member comes to  his or her own conclusions after studying the evidence.  My personal conclusion leads me to answer yes to both parts of your question.

Anabela.  What about ITC?  Is the SPR interested?  In the work that you and I are now doing together as collaborators, you have heard clear EVP and direct radio voices.  These voices have even answered you in English.

David.  That’s true.  And these results are enormously impressive.  I think the time is now right for all serious scientific bodies interested in psychical research to begin to study ITC.  In the past there was doubt as to whether ITC voices might be stray radio signals, and also doubt as to what the voices were actually saying.  But the subject has developed and moved on greatly in recent years, and in my view we can now safely eliminate natural explanations for the phenomena.  And this being the case, we can start to ask whether the voices provide clear proof of survival and of the existence of other worlds.  What are your feelings about this?

Anabela.  Until and unless proven otherwise, the voices appear to give us direct evidence of survival and of these other worlds, and of the continuing existence of deceased relatives and friends.  So I would have to say that yes, I do think ITC demonstrates survival – in fact that it provides us with some of the strongest evidence for survival obtained after more than a century of psychical research.

Can I finish David by thanking you very much for dialoguing with me, and for the work that we are doing together.  I feel very optimistic about the future.

 

To be continued

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David Fontana in Dialogue with Anabela Cardoso (Part I)

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Editorial Note:

I am frequently asked the question that I put to Father Dr François Brune some years ago. Thus, I decided to offer his articulate and well-informed explanation to my readers. Nobody better than François Brune to speak about this complex issue. Hope you enjoy!

Anabela Cardoso

It is a question that very rightly worries the Catholics. The majority of priests are persuaded that all these attempts at communication with the Beyond are condemned by the Church. They know these phenomena well through the lives of the saints, but saints are quite rare in this world. Therefore, the majority of priests think about these issues in the following way: this man or this woman who records the voices of the dead seems honest and sincere but, helas, they are not Saint Francis of Assisi or Saint Theresa of Avila. Therefore, the voices they record cannot come from God. And if they don’t come from God then they must come from demons. Protestants are even more intransigent than Catholics in these matters. In general, they are more attached to the Old Testament than are Catholics. They will always quote the ancient texts of the Old Testament: ‘you will have no contact with those that communicate with the dead, you will not be in touch with those who give themselves to these practices, etc., etc.’. Regularly some pious souls will send me letters in which they have copied out all those references from the Old Testament, as if I didn’t know them!

But in the Old Testament it is also said: ‘you will make no images’. The most orthodox of Muslims do not make any image even secular. Protestants tolerate secular art but, against Luther’s advice, they have totally renounced sacred art. Catholics and Orthodox Christians do create sacred art, but the Orthodox Church follows very strict rules. Icons avoid all sensuality. They are not really a figurative art but, in the beautiful words of their theologians, a ’transfigurative art’. Catholics have ignored the prohibitions of the Old Testament. They make religious painting and sometimes even too naturalistic and rather sensual paintings, unfortunately somewhat divorced from what sacred art should be!

However, Catholics and Orthodox Christians are right in producing religious writing, since with the incarnation of God in Christ something has profoundly changed. One cannot remain with the Old Testament for ever. The only text in the New Testament that speaks explicitly of communications with the dead is in the first epistle of Saint Paul to the Corinthians (12,10). The Apostle enumerates the diversity of the  gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, science, faith, the  power to heal, to perform miracles, to make prophecies, to speak in tongues, but also the ‘discernment of the spirits’. I do know that often the translators try to avoid this text by interpreting it. According to them it only means the discernment of spiritual gifts, of charisma, etc. But the Greek language had words to express these things. The term used by Saint Paul is very clear. It means the spirits of the dead. This is indeed one of the roles that spiritual directors could perform: to help the faithful to distinguish among the ‘spirits’ and all paranormal phenomena, those that can be useful for our spiritual evolution and those that can be harmful.

On the 17th of September 1952, an event took place that marked a turning point in the Catholic Church. In the Experimental Physics Laboratory of the Catholic University of Milan, Father Dr. Gemelli, a medical doctor and nuclear physicist and Father Pellegrino Ernetti, a Benedictine from the famous Abbey of Saint Giorgio Maggiore in Venice, were working with early wire recorders in the days before magnetic tape. They were trying to filter out the harmonics from Gregorian chants in order to obtain a purer sound. The  wire broke frequently. They had each time to join the wire firmly yet delicately in order not to alter the recording of the sound. Ever since the death of his father, Father Gemelli, whenever faced by difficulties or challenges, had the habit of calling for his father’s help. On the 17th of September the wire broke once again. Father Gemelli cried out as usual ‘Ah father, help me!’ When they again started the machine they heard instead of the Gregorian chants they expected to hear, the voice of Father Gemelli’s father saying ‘But of course I’ll help you! I’m always with you.’ Following this incident, Fathers Gemelli and Ernetti had an audience with Pope Pius XII. It’s interesting to note that the response of the Pope was extremely positive. He immediately understood the implications of such a discovery which he considered could perhaps mean the beginning ‘of a new scientific study to confirm the faith in the Afterlife’. However, Father Ernetti’s researches went into another direction, not less inspiring but far from the communications with the dead.

In spite of its importance this declaration by Pope Pius XII did not constitute an official statement by the Catholic Church in favour of Instrumental Transcommunication, or ITC. In addition it seems to me that such a statement will never be made. The Church can only speak of the moral or spiritual problems related to the communications with the dead in general. It is up to scientists and technicians to pass judgement on the reality or otherwise of these communications. It is they who can examine if there are other possible explanations to these paranormal phenomena. Indeed it seems that the latter cannot always be explained only by contacts with our dear deceased ones.

But on the general issue of the communications with the dead, it seems that there has for some time been an evolution in Church circles. The conservative tendency, hostile to any communication with the Beyond, still exists and is alert to defend ‘good’ doctrines. But another trend is discernible. In November 1996, the Franciscan, Father Gino Concetti, a theologian in Rome and regular collaborator with the Osservatore  Romano, made an important declaration to the large Italian press agency ANSA. All the big Italian newspapers quoted the declaration, La Stampa, La Repubblica, Il Messagero, Gente, etc. According to these articles published by the press, Father Concetti recognised not only the possibility of communicating with our dead, but also the legitimacy of such attempts at communication, provided they were made for a scientific purpose or for the benefit of grieving people. He insisted at the same time on the necessary attitude of reservation and carefulness that it is important constantly to bear in mind. However, certain of the statements attributed to him in those articles were excessive, and certainly did not come from him. On the subject of ITC for example, he was quoted as saying that it would be even better if it were the priests who attempted the communications. It was as if he was telling every priest: ‘go at once to your tape recorders!’

Hostility towards these apparent sentiments manifested itself immediately. Throughout the world Father Concetti received demands for explanations and for him to confirm or deny the remarks that had been attributed to him. He then wrote to newspapers in order to set the record straight, informing readers that contrary to popular belief the alleged statements were not taken from an article published in the Osservatore Romano, but from a brief declaration made to the Italian press agency ANSA. He added that the journalists had misrepresented his words, although he did not specify in which way they had done so. I will therefore clarify what appears to me to be the most accurate version by quoting from a letter by him, of which I have a photocopy. For Father Concetti everything appears to start with the ‘Communion of Saints’, by which he means the communion between the living and the deceased, be they canonised or not. The ‘Communion of Saints’ means for Father Concetti not only those who have been officially pronounced ‘saints’ by the Church, but all the deceased who do not place themselves beyond the reach of God’s love. The theological principle here is that: Where there is communion there is equally communication. But communication does not always take place in a uniform and identical way. Rather, it depends upon the individuals concerned. A spiritual communication between the living and the deceased is thus different from communication among the living. I personally firmly believe that this communication between living and deceased exists. The liturgy states that life is transformed, not defeated by death. Therefore the communion (of saints) is not permanently interrupted. The relatives and friends who are dead continue to love and help us. However, we are not always aware of the manner in which they do so.

It is clear that what Father Concetti says in this letter contains very firm, positive elements, but they do not go far enough. The terms employed by him, according to ‘Gente’, were far more explicit. It does not seem possible to me that they were totally invented by the journalists or even ‘manipulated’ by the board of directors of the newspaper, as he claims in order to defend himself. The article concerned is too long to reproduce here. I will therefore limit myself to some of the precise points attributed to Father Concetti by ‘Gente’: ‘the Church has decided no longer to forbid conversations with the dead provided they have serious intentions, whether scientific or religious’. Whether he was correctly quoted in this or not, the words attributed to him correctly represent the reality of the situation. I have taken part in three of the programmes entitled ‘Mistery’ broadcasted by the Italian TV channel RAI UNO. I remember that in the course of the second programme another priest was also on the panel. It was confirmed to me afterwards that he had been specifically sent by the Vatican not to oppose me but solely to ensure that the formal position of the Church was made clear. During the programme he asked me insistently and on several occasions to emphasise in my books and in my lectures that I had no warrant from the Church to study and to disseminate information on these phenomena, although he recognised that as a Catholic and even as a priest I had a perfect right to interest myself and research into them and to make the results known.

Thus I do not think that in essentials the statement of Father Concetti was greatly misrepresented by the article in ‘Gente’. In addition, other theologians immediately took the same position, even though it seemed they did so with greater reserve. Richard Neuhaus, an American priest, affirmed in the catholic newspaper ‘Avvenire’ that in his view ‘contacts with the deceased are not impossible’. However, according to the magazine ‘Vita e Mistero’, the theologian was only referring to spontaneous cases.

There is however a gradual evolution of thinking within the Church, thanks certainly to the indefatigable work done in Italy for the past ten years by the ‘Il Movimento della Speranza’ association. The association has either directly organized or supported throughout Italy numerous conferences designed to bring reassurance to all those devastated by the death of a loved one, most frequently parents who have lost children. Every time at these conferences I find myself together with other priests invited like myself to give talks, while at the same time mediums are available to these parents elsewhere in the hotel. These things are formally advertised  without any official reaction from the Church, either approving or disapproving. At the end of these meetings, mass is celebrated for all those who wish it, and the great majority of those present take communion. Each year in France the ‘Infinitude’ association organise a meeting in the environs of the basilica of Montligeon, dedicated by its founder to prayers for the departed. The accent of the gathering is more upon spirituality than upon ITC research, but the latter is discussed as well, although of course without public demonstrations and always stressing technical aspects, including the dangers which must always be born in mind, and emphasising above all the profound implications of these discoveries for spiritual development.

I think we cannot ask the Church to become more actively involved. This would be too much for many of the faithful and might leave them open to exploitation by charlatans and to the risk of  possession by the souls of the departed. But conversely, I think that it would be very important that priests are well informed of the developments of all these phenomena. Instead of rejecting them all en masse, as illusions or as the work of the devil, they will then be able to help the faithful make the necessary distinction between the spirits, and not become dependent upon these communications but outgrow them little by little in their evolution towards God.

*translation from the original in French by Anabela Cardoso

 

WHAT IS THE POSITION OF THE CHURCH ON THE COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE DEAD? by François Brune

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An  Investigation  into  the  Tap-dancing Phenomenon

Prof. Uwe  Hartmann

The investigated piece of music is a recording of the third act of I. Tchaikovsky’s ballet “The Sleeping Beauty” (Op. 66 La Belle au  bois  dormant)  on  an  iPod  Nano  model  A1137.  During playback the music, tap-dance-like sounds occurred from a certain time. It turned out that this sounds are permanently stored in the music file on the iPod. Because there were no possibilities to copy the file from the iPod into a wave file directly to examine it, it was played back on an existing sound system by a loudspeaker and recorded with a microphone as a wave file on a computer. This wave file hereafter referred to as “recording”.

For the comparative analysis, a copy of the original piece of music the iPod file was recorded from, was also available as wave file. This file hereafter shall be referred to as ‘original’.

Comparison by listening and comparison of the amplitude-time-diagram

The original recording consists of the dance L’oiseau Bleu et La princesse Florine followed by a coda (Fig. 1). Between these two dances is a pause of around 2 seconds. At the end of the 22nd beat of the L’oiseau Bleu at time B a fast rhythmical sound starts in the recording, which has close similarities with Irish Step Dancing (Riverdance). They last about 26 seconds until the time S. This is followed by a pause (silence) of about 6 seconds until at time E the music starts at the end of the 27th beat of the coda.

For comparison purposes the original and the recording have been synchronized by time and copied each on one stereo track. The stereo hearing comparison shows that the two tracks playback the L’oiseau Bleu fully synchronously until time B. After the tap-dance part the recording track starts again also fully synchronously with the original in the coda at time E. That means that we are not dealing with an add-on or insertion of the tap-dance-part into the original music but with a replacment or alteration of the original music by a tap-dance-like sound for about 32 seconds. The comparison of the amplitude-time diagram (Fig. 1) shows the same result. The differences between the original and the recording in the synchronous areas from the beginning to the time B respectively from E up to the end result from the different recording procedures:  the original by a copy from a CD, the recording by microphone.

Moreover, it is noted that there are no correlations between the amplitudes in the original and in the recording, that the tap- dance-like sound in the recording occurs also in the silent pause between the L’oiseau Bleu and the coda in the original and that in the area between S and E despite the music in the original no sounds in the recording occurs.

Comparison of the tempos

As was shown we are not dealing with an add-on of the tap- dance-part into the original music but with an overwriting. In this case, two possibilities may be considered:

  1. A completely replacement of the original music without correlation to the original
  2. An alteration of the original music, where there are detectable correlations to the original

To examine possible correlations between the original and the recording, at first the tempos of the dances in the original were determined by measuring the duration of 15 (L’oiseau Bleu) respectively 30 (coda) quartertones (beats). In the musical score Tchaikovsky noted the L’oiseau Bleu as andantino, the coda as presto. In the original the two dances are partially played considerably slower: the L’oiseau Bleu with 81, the coda with 119 beats per minute (bpm).

Because there is no notation of the tap-dance-part in the recording, its tempo was determined by counting the emphasized steps with the result of 273 bpm. The comparison of the three determined tempos (Table 1) shows no correlation between the original and the recording. Tempo and rhythm of the tap-dance part appears to be autonomous and independent from the tempi of the L’oiseau Bleu and the coda. Although there is a tempo change between the L’oiseau Bleu and the coda this has no influence on the tempo of the tap-dance part which is approximately constant over the whole time.

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Table 1: Comparison of the tempos

Comparison of the frequency spectrum of each of the audio samples

To determine other possible correlation between the original and the recording the frequency spectra were examined. Fig. 2 first shows the frequency spectra of the first 4 seconds in the L’oiseau Bleu where the original and the recording still correspond. Peaks of frequencies, i.e. single tones, in the original can also be found in the recording in the whole frequency range. Deviations in the curves between the original and the recording occurring particularly in the range of 300 to 400 Hz result from the different recording procedures.

It appears differently in Fig. 3. Here each frequency spectrum of the two samples in the time range of 6.5 to 10.5 is shown, i.e. the range where in the original the end of the L’oiseau Bleu can be heard, in the recording the tap-dance-like sounds occur. It is

Figure 1: Amplitude-time diagram

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Figure 2: Frequency spectrum of each sample in the first 4 seconds

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Figure 3: Frequency spectrum of each sample from 6.5 to 10.5 seconds

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clear to see the noisy frequency spectrum of the recording in contrast to the tones appearing as single peaks in the original. However, similarities can also be detected. For instance, some peaks in the original have slight correspondences in the recording. This applies particularly to the tones or frequency peaks F (90 Hz), B (127 Hz), e (167 Hz), e’ (331 Hz), as’ (416 Hz) and b’ (478 Hz) (consecutive points marked from L to R in Fig.3). These correlations in the range to 450 Hz lead to the presumption that at least the deeper tones have an impact on the forming of the tap- dance-like sounds.

A further correlation between the original and the recording we can see if we compare the mean amplitude (solid line in Fig. 4). In both a rather similar trend can be detected: in the range of 150 to 450 Hz, the range of the correlated frequency peaks, the mean amplitude is the highest. Than it fell in both to a constant level in the range of 600 to 1700 Hz and fell thereafter again. 

Figure 4: Mean amplitude in the frequency spectrum of each sample from 6.5 to 10.5 seconds

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Summary

It has been noticed that the original music had been replaced by tap-dance-like sounds in the recording. With regard to the rhythm these sounds have no relation to the original music, but appear independently. However, the noise frequencies appear to be influenced by the tones of the original music. This suggests that some tones in the original music in the range of the highest mean amplitude constituted the energetic basis for the forming of the tap-dance-like sounds.

A clear statement especially about the cause of the rhythm of these sounds as a result of this investigation cannot be given.

*Prof. Uwe Hartmann is a professor of computer science and a musician

 

The Tap-Dancing

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The Tap-dancing (ITC)

Introduction

For 82 years I didn’t believe in survival after death. I was brought up as ‘Church of England’ but only attended church when I had to. I just couldn’t accept the idea that somehow we continue to exist in another form. It all seemed very unlikely.
That all changed after I lost my wife Patricia to cancer, after 38 years together. As she was 9 years younger than me, I had never contemplated life without her. For weeks I could not get over the shock and the idea that she was gone for ever, that we would never be together again.
After that initial trauma, I recalled her once telling me her great- grandmother was a gypsy and that she (Pat) believed in spiritualism. Would she/could she contact me? It would be sad if she was trying to reach me and I didn’t provide the opportunity. Without much confidence I visited the local Spiritualist church but without success – I wasn’t really surprised. But I shouldn’t have expected that I would be singled out (from a church full of people) to receive a message. However, one of our sons suggested that I ought to arrange a private sitting with a recognised, reputable medium.
After a 45-minute reading, I came away with a CD and the absolute conviction that I had made contact with my wife – and also my parents and deceased brothers. I have to say that I provided no information to the medium when booking, or during the sitting, other than my telephone number and first name. That meeting was the motivation that led me to the wonderful discoveries which have changed my life and been an inspiration to me.
The experience resulted in my investigating still further the subject of Life after Death and led me to accept without question something I’d previously regarded as impossible and incomprehensible. Once I knew I had made contact with Pat, I felt a closeness and comfort, and accepted that she was around me. She gives me information, I talk to her, she responds.
In order to learn more, I acquired quite a library of books and downloads. I came to especially appreciate the work of Arthur J. Findlay (now deceased), previously a leading figure in the British Spiritualist movement. Despite preceding the electronic era, which now contributes massively to psychic research, his books communicate facts about life after death that modern science is now confirming.
The work of many investigators (including leading ITC researchers like George Meek and Dr Anabela Cardoso – by means of instrumental two-way communication) is providing absolute, evidential, proof that we can speak with those who once lived on earth.
I now know that when we understand more about the next world, it brings many benefits, including reassurance against fear of death, and comfort from grief.

David Alan Jarratt
August 2012

‘The obvious is not always the truth, just as it is not the truth that matter is solid, that we are merely beings of flesh and blood, and that nothing exists that we cannot see or feel’. (Arthur Findlay 1955)

ITC Testimony by Alan Jarratt

I mentioned in my introduction that I still talk to my wife, Pat, and she responds in several ways, by touch (feeling) and other happenings. On 8th September 2011, a surprising event occurred.
Some years ago, our youngest son gave his Mother his old iPod. This is a simple product with few of the facilities found in today’s products, but quite suitable for my wife’s use in playing some of her favourite music. He downloaded some of her favourite CD’s and Pat often used the iPod to provide background music.
After she died, it was unused for quite a long time but in August 2011, I found out how it worked and would occasionally play her music, in her memory.
A few weeks later, the iPod was playing over our music centre speakers whilst I was busy in another room. Part way through track 12 (ballet music by Tchaikovsky) I spoke to her out loud (as I often do) saying: “‘I thought you preferred tap-dancing?” (When Pat was a little girl, her Mother made her take ballet lessons, instead of tap-dancing, which is what she really wanted to do. She often remarked about this).
Seconds later, as though responding to my question, there was a loud clattering noise from the other room. Rushing in, to find the cause, I discovered that there was, unmistakably, the sound of tap-dancing coming from the speakers. It continued for 37 seconds before reverting to the ballet music which it had interrupted. I re-started the iPod at the beginning of that track and the same thing happened again. The tap dancing is still there even now, replacing the segment of the ballet music it had overwritten.
Using a simple digital recorder with its inbuilt microphone, I recorded the whole track with only slight loss of quality, and transferred it to my computer in WAV format.
Many people have since heard the recording (and recognise it as tap-dancing before I explain what had happened) either direct from the iPod (although the quality has since deteriorated) or via my computer speakers. Alternatively, I can attach and email the recording to interested parties, or play it to them over the telephone. Comparison of the current recording on the iPod with the original CD track proves that there was no malfunction before, or during, the track being downloaded onto the iPod. No such anomaly was present prior to this event, as it would have been noticed on the occasions we had played it.
Being unable to find a conventional explanation, I was fortunate to find Dr. Anabela Cardoso’s ITC Journal website (a worldwide publication) and provided the information to her, to see whether this might be an occurrence of instrumental linking. I am grateful for her interest and the research she and her colleagues have undertaken, the outcome being confirmation that this is an anomalous, unconventional, instance of Instrumental TransCommunication. To me, it is yet more evidence that Pat is constantly here.
David Alan Jarratt

A spontaneous case of musical ITC

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The ITC corner

In this space I will report on some interesting anomalous occurrences, electronically mediated, which happened to me, to other reliable ITC operators, some of whom I know personally and whose work I trust, and to some anonymous people who have written and told me about their experiences.
A few of these occurrences have been published in the ITC Journal. I hope that you enjoy them and ponder their extraordinary meaning. And I am at your full disposal for any clarification, or further details, you may deem necessary. Below is the description of an extraordinary event which happened to me personally. The story was published in issue 46 of the ITC Journal (www.itcjournal.org)

A moving and different ITC story

Anabela Cardoso

“Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.”
– John 4:48

This was so unexpected, so extremely interesting that although I am used to strange occurrences – and the anomalous electronic voices above all – I almost could not believe it! It happened yesterday, June 8, 2013 and I gladly share this lovely personal story with my readers although I will keep names, other than my own, private.
I had been extremely sad and depressed all day because my little female dog Nina, seventeen and a half years old, died a short time ago. I know that nobody dies because the voices repeat it over and over again but, unfortunately, that fact does not prevent grief. My day had been bad and the terrible sensation of loss, due to Nina’s absence that I had been feeling since getting out of bed, was aggravated by a rainy, grey and dark atmosphere throughout the day. In the afternoon I listened to the 6th of June recording of Rio do Tempo’s voices and, as usual, the voices greatly cheered me up. A loud masculine voice had identified itself as my father’s, as it happens often. The effect the voices can have on us is unsurpassed. A voice yelling from the radio “This is your father João Cardoso speaking”, in reply to my direct call for identification of the speaker, can dramatically change our state of mind even if we are used to these extraordinary events.
But as I became progressively happier and more relaxed, I was far from knowing that the day would finish on an even brighter note. Searching randomly for a different file in my computer, I saw two jpg images labelled “Yoga” in ‘My Documents’ folder. I knew what they were because they had been sent to me December last, but exactly because they are a cheerful remembrance of a nice time spent with my Yoga companions at the Yoga class I used to attend, I opened the files. I had seen them when I received them in an e-mail from my Yoga friend who had taken them but it had been during a very busy time and I only looked at them without much attention and saved them to my computer.

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The colour photo taken by my Yoga colleague Jose
Ramon on an iPhone 5 in December 2012

Yesterday, when I opened the images again, I looked at the photos more attentively. And then, to my great surprise, I saw a ring on a finger of my left hand! I was stunned because it has been years since I have worn a ring. Even when I was married for a number of years I never wore a ring. I like to work in the garden, play with the dogs, bring wood in for the fire and so on and a ring can become a nuisance.
These photographs were taken with an iPhone 5 and are not so sharp because it was at night after we finished the class. But the ring is unmistakable and very visible especially in the close-up photo; there is a ring on the third finger of my left hand which I was not wearing! A ring I have not worn for years.

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The original photo with the detail of the hand inserted

The few pieces of jewellery I possess are in a safe at the Bank because in the difficult times of delinquency we are doomed to live in, it makes me feel more secure not to have them with me. Besides, I am a person who never really liked to wear jewellery although, as I said, I own a few beautiful pieces. Presently I have only that one ring at home which, as I said above, I have not worn for several years.
This ring was a gift to me from someone very dear whom I lost a few years ago. Because it was bought in Santiago de Compostela it is of gold and silver in the antique style with a mounted black stone called ‘azabache’ emblematic of this city. Since my beloved friend died I have not worn the ring, which I keep in a box somewhere in a drawer. When I looked more attentively at the photo and enlarged the area where the ring is on my finger, it became obvious that the ring on my hand, which I was not wearing, is the very ring that I have just described. I had difficulty in finding it because I didn’t know exactly where I had kept it but finally did find it, compared it to the photo, and it looks the same- the very unusual ring that my beloved deceased friend gave me a number of years ago.
I think this is a truly remarkable event which I treasure even more because almost every day I turn my radios on, since his death, I ask my communicators, as well as my greatly missed friend, to send me a message from, or about, him. Until this day nothing came directly from him, only a few short comments from my communicators about the possibility of further information in the future.
Seeing the ring in the photo for the first time on a day when my little Nina’s loss was so dramatically poignant, made me rejoice and, suddenly, all was well again. I say “seeing the ring in the photo for the first time” because I cannot guarantee that it was there when I first received the photo as an email attachment. Maybe it was or maybe it was not. For lack of time, I did not check the photo in detail as I did yesterday.
Also incredible, in the scope of signs, symbols and meaningful coincidences, which is the field associated with my story, is what happened today, June 11, three days later when I received my text back from our dear friend Ann Harrison who carefully checks the
English in all the papers before they are sent out to the printers.
It came to my mind to check the spelling of the word ‘azabache’, of which I was not sure because I am not Spanish and do not know the word, having heard it only in the shop pronounced by the man who sold my friend the ring. And thus I went into Google to search for it. I confirmed the spelling, the translation ‘jet’ and found the following description about it:
“Healing Properties:
Mystically, jet is considered a stone of sympathy, as it will provide great support and help alleviate the pain and suffering associated by separation of the death of a loved one.”
In: http://www.shimmerlings.com/gemstones/jet.htm
Nothing could have been more pertinent! I thank life for these extraordinary contacts and sincerely wish everybody could experience them because they completely change our perspective. The impossible becomes reality and although we do not know how, as with the electronic voices, it does not really matter!

The azabache’ ring
image006Note: I am certainly aware of the fact that more skeptical readers will think, for example, ‘well she forgot that she was wearing the ring’ and so on. Above I have given the details of this incredible story. Only I and my housemaid, who always sees me off to the Yoga classes and knows exactly what I wear on those days know for certain that I was not wearing the ring. There is nothing else I can add except perhaps that, since it all happened, I am again wearing the ring…

Below is another article I wrote for the same issue of the ITC Journal, which complements the description of the anomalous event.

On Signs, Symbols and Meaningful Coincidences

Anabela Cardoso

The first issue of the ITC Journal for the year 2013 will be more varied in content than our journals usually are and this is because besides the ITC papers, in this issue we publish on a wide variety of topics. I must say that I find this number 46 very interesting and wish to acknowledge the valuable contributions of our dear collaborators and thank them for their help and important work. A number of difficult translations were done by Yanis Arencibia and, from the German, one by Prof Uwe Hartmann. I would like to especially show our appreciation to Professor Ernst Senkowski, who is always available and happy to put his research and respective articles at the disposal of the Journal and his materials and experiences are truly irreplaceable.
One of the most amazing experiences I have lived through since I started receiving the Direct Radio Voices in 1998 is described in this issue. This story is told in the paper published in the Testimony section under the title ‘A moving and different ITC story’ but I would like to add a few observations about what happened and describe some significant coincidences related to this case.
The last time I saw my dear friend, who gave me the jet ring, in person, was in England. We were together at several events and finally said good-bye at Paddington Station in London where I took the train to Heathrow Airport. I was in England for a few days and surprisingly all the clothes I took with me for this trip were black. I have no idea why I chose them; they were randomly picked up. There was only one exception- a short summer dress with green and black figures that I wore with black pants.
Black, as my readers certainly know, is the color of mourning in many places in the world. When we had to depart, at the Station, I felt extremely moved and could not stop crying for no precise reason. The whole thing looked so dramatic –my friend standing still on the platform while the train moved away and I, all dressed in black, waving my hand until I could no longer see him. While I looked back at him on the platform a strange feeling that I would not see him again invaded me and a recurrent idea came into my head which said “this departure is a good-bye”. It was not a certainty of course, just a presentiment. And I also felt a kind of constriction in my solar plexus. But my friend was not ill or anything like that then. Time passed and I forgot about it. When rather unexpectedly he died, suddenly the whole scene came to my mind and I thought how extraordinary it was that I had taken with me black clothes for that trip and had felt such intense and sad feelings at Paddington. It was the first time that I had chosen all black clothes for travelling. Never before had I taken only black clothes on a trip.
When Nina recently died I felt so extremely depressed that I feared I would enter a real pathological depression. I could not stop crying and nothing alleviated my sorrow. After all she had an important role in my life for almost twenty years and the last couple of years, when she became deaf and practically blind, she needed full-time attention. She was the permanent centre of my worries and of my thoughts. When suddenly she was no longer around I felt as if a piece of flesh had been ripped from my chest. And to those who are reading this and think that the love one feels for a non-human, animal, companion must be different and less intense than the love one feels for a human one, I will say that they are certainly wrong. I have truly loved a few people in my life. Some of them intensely and a couple of others passionately but I have never felt such tender and delicate love, such total love, as the love I felt (and still feel) for some of my non-human companions. Love is a state of the soul. It knows no boundaries, no differences of gender, species or any other. Love should not be appraised, measured or quantified. Such things do not pertain to its essential nature. You either feel it or you don’t and when you really feel it you know what it is.
Going back to our story. It was under these, for me, heartbreaking circumstances that the ring appeared on my finger in the Yoga photo taken in December last. Although I often think of him, I was not particularly thinking of my deceased friend during these days of grief for Nina. But the ring he gave me has a black stone, jet, and that stone is supposed to “…alleviate the pain and suffering associated by separation of the death of a loved one.”! What could be more pertinent?
I must confess that when my friend bought me the ring many years ago, I found the black stone, the meaning of which I had no clue at, a bit somber, although I was the one who chose it. And I chose it because in the shop we went to there was only jet jewellery, and the ring is beautiful. I didn’t want to say that I found the black stone a bit depressing. Besides, practically all the shops in Santiago de Compostela sell that same jewellery as it is typical of the city. I was far from knowing then that the jet ring would be involved years later in such extraordinary happening. Another British friend of mine, himself a knowledgeable psychical researcher, said when he read the draft of my testimony: “Until now, I have only read about such instances; this is the first time I have also seen the photographic proof. It is absolutely remarkable and I am so pleased you have been chosen for this ‘communication’…..”
But still another highly meaningful coincidence happened two or three days ago, on June 18th. I received from a Spanish friend, who has no idea of this story because I have not told him anything, as the story is not yet published and anyway he does not understand English, a beautiful Power Point presentation, one of those the Internet is always flooding us with, this time about the fourth finger (in English known as the third finger but in Europe the fourth finger of the hand), also called in Europe ‘the ring finger’. In the scope of my testimony, Ann Harrison and I had been discussing precisely the terminology used for this finger in Great Britain and the rest of Europe the day before.
It was a real beautiful presentation with the title: “A Chinese Legend: Do you know why the engagement ring is worn on the fourth finger?” It said, and exemplified through an ingenious and intricate photographic design, that the fourth finger, the ring finger, is the only finger in the hand that is inseparable from the same finger in the other hand because the fourth finger is the one that represents the partners for life! Of all the many Power Point presentations I have received (from this and other friends) this was the only one about the fourth finger and the inseparability that comes with it. The Power Point presentation ends with: “A true friend is the one that stretches out his hand and touches your heart.” What can I say? I was stunned. It seemed another remarkable coincidence, one of those that Jung called synchronicities.
But what are these coincidences? Do they really carry a special meaning? And here comes the difficult issue. Subjectively of course they do. That is unquestionable but in themselves they carry no meaning at all. This is what skeptics will argue. But we can make an exercise of dialectics and analyze the ring that I was not wearing and appeared in the photo, my grief because of Nina’s death and the Power Point presentation which I received while all this was going on.
Firstly the ring – the photo was taken by a Yoga colleague whom I do not know well because I only know him from the Yoga classes. He decided to take photos that evening for no apparent reason. A few days later he sent us all the two photos he had taken and I did not see the ring in my hand but I did not look very attentively. Thus, we may ask another question: was the ring in the photo when I received it and did not see it or was it not? The screen capture that my friend sent me, at my request, in June, when I was writing the report for the ITC Journal after noticing the ring which I was not wearing, also shows the ring. But the screen capture was taken on June 10th, 2013 not in December 2012. The ring was certainly visible when I needed to see it and next read the message about the meaning of jet, i.e. for alleviating the pain associated with grief.
I could have taken the apparition of the ring on my hand as a sign from my deceased friend whom I have tried unsuccessfully to contact and actually I did take it as such. I must say that my friend knew Nina very well. So seeing that ring, which I was not wearing, on my hand in the photo would convey several messages to me – firstly that my deceased friend knew exactly what was going on and that he was with me in my sorrow. But it would also tell me that they (the deceased) are able to make things like these happen, as they do with the electronic voices and that I should not worry because for some, to us, unknown reason he could not speak to me through ITC. In the field of parapsychology my deceased friend had great interest in ITC but his main interest had been the physical phenomena associated with mediumship. This occurrence seems to associate both disciplines with predominance for ITC.
If we analyze the events in this marvelous story, we will see that the ring which appeared in the photo is the only objective evidence of the anomalies in this case. All the other episodes – the jet stone and the fact that I randomly picked up a website that describes the mystical properties of jet to alleviate grief in a period when I am suffering the pain of Nina’s passing and the email about the ‘ring finger’ I received from my Spanish friend Tino – are highly meaningful coincidences, albeit meaningful for me when put together on a certain special occasion, but not meaningful by themselves. Certainly I could also interpret Tino’s email as carrying a special message of love from my deceased friend about the meaning of the ring he offered me. But we cannot be sure of anything except that the ring which I was not wearing appeared in a photo I did not take. Nevertheless, the only real proof of this lies in my testimony.
Fortunately I am no parapsychologist and, therefore, I will not be able to debate the pros and cons of the PK hypothesis, so much beloved of parapsychologists, adequately. But we can recap on what happened. As I said I did not take the photo, the person who took it knows nothing of this story and the photo was taken six months before the events took place. Under these circumstances, could I unconsciously have provoked through PK the whole set of amazing occurrences of this story? It seems highly unlikely to say the least although I know that some of those obstinate parapsychologists, who so much like the SUPER ESP and PK explanation, will say that it is possible. From my side I would say that perhaps it is theoretically possible but totally unverifiable and much more abstruse than the survival hypothesis, which has a good background of evidence built throughout the centuries behind it. Anyhow, this seems an excellent case for further study.
As Professor Hans Bender is quoted as saying, “…. [we] will have to face the difficulty that the phenomena apparently elude a critical grasp. The impression almost suggests that the intelligent forces mock the observer and produce a phenomenon just there where one cannot get hold of it” (Bender, 1979; Cardoso 2012). What a real pity! But perhaps this is the price we must pay for being the recipients of such extraordinary contacts. And while they cannot be fully grasped by our minds they undoubtedly touch our hearts and change our lives. Maybe this is all that matters.

References:

Bender H. Die Gleichförmigkeit von “Spuk”-Mustern in: Zeitschrift für Parapsychologie und Grenzgebiete der Psychologie 1979; 21: 133-139.

Cardoso, A. (2012). A two-year investigation of the allegedly anomalous Electronic Voices or EVP. NeuroQuantology | September 2012 | Volume 10 | Issue 3 | Page 492-514.

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The BBC Saga: The End!

Dear readers of the ITC Journal:

The BBC saga has now reached its end. As anybody can
confirm, none of the institutions I addressed claims to replied to any of the specific points I raised. They rather reiterated what had been argued before by other members of their staff without ever taking the trouble to examine the evidence in my favour I pointed out to them. Nevertheless, I am happy to have been able to demonstrate the unfairness of treatment the BBC granted EVP and ITC research in general.
I have received support from different places in the world and,very recently, a wonderful telephone call from the Netherlands well conveyed the disgust felt by the mediumship research group that called about the whole affair. I am very thankful for the support I received from people and researchers from all over the world.
Some days ago, listening to the news, I heard a BBC announcer disclaim the gravity of the charges against Coca-Cola on account of their hazardous chemical, (one among many!) brominated vegetable oil (BVO), with the argument “well it has been not harmful until now, so maybe it is not that serious!”. With this quote I feel I have nothing else to add to transmit to our readers my
impressions on the BBC behaviour. This reaction about BVO says it all.
How can we expect a fair treatment of a subject that deals with “people who claim they can use radio equipment to communicate with the dead.”?
I am afraid this is the world we live in dear friends. How
unfortunate.

In the following pages I present for you the final part of the saga and their reasoning!

PLEASE GO TO: http://www.itcjournal.org

To read the whole story.

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Anabela Cardoso’s letter to the BBC Trust

Ms Christina Roski at the BBC
trust.editorial@bbc.co.uk.

RH/1300402

Dear Ms Roski, 2nd of December 2013
I do not intend to repeat what I have already explained many times because I assume you have access to the existing correspondence.
The main point under discussion is that in my opinion – and in the opinion of many others – Mr Jolyon Jenkins was biased in his assessment of the evidence obtained through Instrumental Transcommunication (or EVP to use an alternative term) that seems to demonstrate the possibility of the survival of consciousness beyond physical death. This is certainly a matter of considerable importance and while it is not up to the BBC to convince listeners of its possible authenticity, it deserves a more open-minded approach and investigation than it received.
To start with, many of your listeners who know the subject could not believe that Mr Jenkins could have misquoted the definition of EVP at the commencement of his programme. This is certainly unpardonable for the obvious reason that it showed he wished to discredit the subject right from the start. Were it not so, how could he begin a serious investigation report by stating: “Advocates of Electronic Voice Projection (EVP) claim they can use radio equipment to communicate with the dead. But are they just hearing what they want to hear?” EVP stands for Electronic Voice Phenomena (Phenomenon).
Also, the choice of the weakest of the many hundreds of sentences contained in a CD with sixty-nine audio tracks, and the so called “expert” alternative explanation put forward by Mr Jenkins, all follow the same pre-set purpose – to denigrate a subject which, as poorly as it may have been interpreted and treated by people of less sound judgment, has also driven personalities of high scientific and intellectual ranking to study it, e.g. Prof Hans Bender of the University of Freiburg and one of the best parapsychologists of the 20th century, as well as the scientists who contributed to the Appendix in Dr Raudive’s ‘Breakthrough’.
Then the opinions of these people of science who took years studying the evidence are dismissed by Mr “Joe Banks, a sound artist” (apparently found by Mr Jenkins and who does not present his credentials) as people who are “just being fooled by audio illusions that take us all in”!
Words fail me to properly convey to you my indignation and that of so many well-informed colleagues in regard to what was certainly an approach of great unfairness. Given the status and reputation of the BBC worldwide, I would have expected a much more serious and balanced approach and evaluation of a subject of such potential significance.
With best regards,
Dr Anabela Cardoso

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