A guide to understanding spiritual phenomena
through rational explanations and personal psychic experience
Koda's Psychic Window Technique
visual telepathy and the perception of "reincarnational selves"
If you have any doubts that psychic perception actually happens, the Psychic Window Technique (visual telepathy exercise) will eliminate them once and for all. This exercise produces visual "distortions" that happen to both participants at the same time, and with the same level of constantly varying intensity. These visual changes are subjective perceptions, subjective meaning others are not capable of perceiving your personal, psychological experience using the physical senses alone. Yet this exercise enables you to describe the subjective experience of another individual (alterations in their visual perception) simply by describing your own experience while performing the technique. This is proof of psychic perception, and essentially anyone can achieve convincing results in just minutes.
This sharing of subjective experience is not limited to describing alterations in the visual perception of another individual. It is also possible to describe other subjective perceptions, such as emotional sensations, mental images, and with sufficient practice, even thoughts. And the visual changes are not always "distorted." At times the image of the person you are looking at can be replaced with the clear perception of an entirely different individual, quite possibly a previous incarnation of that person. The exercise is extremely easy to perform. Two people sit a comfortable distance apart (two or three feet) facing each other. Each person looks at one of the other person's eyes, then attempts to expand the area of clear perception to include all of the other person's face. That is essentially all one needs to do in order to cause the effects to happen. (More specific instructions are provided later in this chapter.) Before performing this exercise it is useful to make some observations about the nature of our physical visual perception. Take a moment to glance around the room and notice that you can see everything in the room quite clearly. Please do this now.
Next I would like you to look at any specific word near the top of this page, then without taking your eyes off that word, attempt to read what the third to last word on this page is. Please do this now.
You can't tell what that word is without looking directly at it. Your visual perception, while looking at something a comfortable reading distance away, can only focus clearly on an area just over one-inch across. When looking across the room, depending on how large the room is, the area of clear visual perception may only be about one-foot across. When you looked around the room a moment ago and noted that you could see everything quite clearly, you actually couldn't do that. Our visual perception operates by relying on subconscious memories of our past experience. Our subconscious mind recognizes familiar shapes and objects and manufactures the impression of clear perception, when in fact we do not see most of our environment clearly at all.
The Psychic Window technique focuses upon what we actually see, rather than what we think we are supposed to see, and in doing so it provides a glimpse at the "reality behind reality."
Other chapters in this book describe reality as an "illusion" or projection of consciousness, and while performing this exercise you confront perceptions that push the truth of those statements right in your face. It can be a frightening experience for some people, but there is no need to be afraid. The physical world will still be the same place it has always been, and these psychic perceptions have always been occurring in the past but have simply been ignored. Telepathy is as real as your arm, as this book. It is simply an aspect of reality that most people are unfamiliar with, in the same way that we don't notice the radio waves which constantly surround us. The phenomena is there, we simply aren't tuned into it on a conscious level.
So don't fear your perceptions when you first experience the visual alterations this technique brings to your attention. You can instantly stop these altered perceptions simply by looking away or blinking your eyes. Everything will go right back to normal, and even if you were just intensely startled you might find yourself wondering if you actually saw what you think you did. This isn't something to be frightened of. It's actually quite exciting to personally experience something of a psychic nature.
So there you are staring at the eye of another person and attempting to see their entire face as clearly as you see their eye. If you are doing this properly all of your attention will be focused upon your visual perception. Concentrating upon what you see will automatically stop, or dramatically diminish, the thoughts you are aware of. It is important not to be distracted by your thoughts, but if most people deliberately attempt to stop thinking they instead focus nearly all of their attention upon thinking about not thinking. It is for this reason that the emphasis should be concentrated upon what you are seeing.
I define telepathic awareness as a merger of conscious perception. In order for your awareness to merge with that of another then, the differences between your perceptions and theirs should be reduced as much as possible. Theoretically, if there is no difference between your subjective perception and that of another you would experience being the same being. This has in fact happened to me on one occasion, as described in the first chapter, where a friend and I experienced looking at a blond girl in a farm house from an identical point of view, sharing every thought and perception for a few seconds. This is by no means a common experience while performing this exercise. It does, however, support the idea of a merger of consciousness being the basis of telepathic perception.
The structure of this exercise helps to reduce the perceptual differences between yourself and the person you are working with. Both individuals perceive an eye clearly and a face that is mostly blurred. Both are involved in visual concentration, attempting to pull blurry, undifferentiated information into a recognizable image. It sometimes helps to sit in exactly the same "non-defensive" position, but it is more important that both participants be comfortable and unconcerned with body distractions. Sitting in a non-defensive position means not folding your arms, crossing your legs or otherwise sitting in a way that "shields" you from direct emotional contact with your partner. You'll get a better idea of the sense of merging awareness when the visual changes begin to happen. These alterations in perception can occur almost immediately or could take as long as two or three minutes to begin, depending upon how well each person concentrates fully upon their visual perception.
Those individuals with a very analytical approach to life often have some difficulty stopping their thoughts. They actively analyze the experience while it happens, which slows it from happening. For those individuals I recommend simply letting the experience happen, then analyze it later. The experience can be analyzed to your hearts content once you are able to make it happen in the first place.
Other individuals experience dramatic changes within a few seconds. These are people, mostly women, who approach life in an intuitive way. They are more focused upon their feelings than their thoughts, and often make "gut level" decisions rather than relying heavily upon reason. Surprisingly, those people with such excellent, natural psychic potential are often the most fearful of the experience. They are not so readily able to fall back on rationalizations and so fear losing their hold on reality.
It is always disappointing to me to encounter someone with great natural ability who refuses to continue the exercise due to their fear of the unknown. One woman told me of having numerous paranormal experiences she couldn't understand, and I tried to explain how this exercise would help provide a rational framework for such experience. Within seconds of beginning the exercise she disappeared right before my eyes. I was thrilled to have discovered someone with such tremendous psychic potential, but since I had also disappeared in front of her she became so terrified that from that moment on she made deliberate efforts to avoid me.
The point here is simply to remember that all this is just another aspect of the world we live in. As such there is nothing to fear, and much to gain from learning more. There are three main categories regarding the type of visual alterations which result from applying this technique. They are: blurs; hallucinations; and the perception of what appear to be other people.
The blurry effects are the first thing you will encounter. Of course, everything outside of the limited area of clear visual perception will initially be somewhat blurred, but you will have no trouble recognizing the face of your friend. After a moment, however, parts of the face may become darker while others may become brighter. There is a sort of slow motion in the way these areas change. Individual parts of the face, say an eyebrow or cheekbone, may become suddenly clear. The entire face seems to change, except for the eye you are looking at, which is to remain in clear focus at all times. You are trying to expand that area to include the entire face, the object being to see the face as clearly as you possibly can -- but without taking your eye off the eye of your partner. The intensity of the blurred image will vary over time, with certain areas of the image becoming quite clearly perceived, but at the same time different. For example, the other eye may stand out sharply for a moment and be surrounded by dark shadows, while the cheekbone seems higher or lower than normal. It is of critical importance to point out when these changes occur, and how intense they are relative to other changes. This is how you establish that "something" is connecting your individual subjective experiences. Without this psychic connection the changes would not happen to both of you at the same time and with the same degree of intensity.
Hallucinations occur because the subconscious mind is still trying to construct a coherent image from the limited visual data it is receiving. Subconsciously your brain might detect a high forehead, then a large nose and perhaps a long chin, then try to assemble all these elements into a coherent, albeit frightening image, perhaps quite monstrous. Because this image is manufactured by your subconscious it can be perceived as clearly, say, as a chair appears when you glance around the room. Such a perception can scare the daylights out of you.
But it is nothing but an image generated by your subconscious mind. It's totally harmless. Blink a few times or glance to the side and it instantly goes away.
I encountered my first full blown, hideous, hallucinatory image early in my experimenting. A young girl I was doing the "eye thing" with suddenly turned into a blurry but frightening monster. She broke off our stare and told me I had also appeared in a monstrous form to her. Both of us were equally terrified by the perception. I have since learned that bit about subconscious image construction, and have also realized that if I am perceiving such a hallucination, so is the person I am working with. Telepathy involves a merger of conscious perception, so if the effect is working well enough to produce a hallucination, a similar type of image, and the same unpleasant emotional reaction, will be experienced by both people involved.
Here we find even more concrete evidence that this is a form of telepathy. Any strongly felt emotion experienced by one person while performing this exercise will also be experienced by the other. If you feel an unusually strong emotion, ask the other person if they felt the same thing. If your attention was fully focused upon the other person when the emotion occurs, you can be fairly certain they also felt it. You may sense the emotion originating in the body of the other person, in which case it is quite likely that the other person originated the thought which caused the emotional response. You might recognize the emotion within your own body as a feeling you initiated, or you can sense the emotion in the space between you both, meaning each of you originated the same feeling together. (These are general guidelines and may not always indicate who initiated a perceived emotion.) In all of these situations both people are aware of the same emotion occurring.
At this point in your experience you have to be very aware of what I call "mental etiquette." Personal, subjective ideas become objectively observed, and one needs to be especially courteous about what you allow your own attention to focus upon. For example, because this exercise is an intimate activity, it is very common for sexual interest to be perceived. This doesn't necessarily mean the other person is sexually interested in you, but if the idea of sexual interest enters the arena it is felt by both participants in most cases. It's a very touchy issue and needs to be handled gracefully when dealing with strangers or others with whom you do not have an existing, intimate relationship.
It is possible to "probe" the other person in an effort to determine if they are sexually interested in you. This is done simply by concentrating on your sexual interest in the other person. Because both of you have your attention so clearly focused on each other, what one feels can easily be felt by the other. The idea of sex will occur "out of the blue" to the other person in this case, and the way they react to that idea will be perceivable. The feeling will either grow stronger, a sense of distraction will occur as the person tries to "change the subject," or the other will break off the link because they find it unpleasant subconsciously.
At first this might seem like a fine tool for those still involved in the dating scene, since you can find out what you want to know without having to be up front about it. Unfortunately, it is very easy to misinterpret the sensations, which can get you in a lot of trouble. And hitting a stranger with a sex vibe can turn them instantly into someone who will make it clear they have no interest in any sort of intimacy with you, including continuing this exercise.
Another downside, if you happen to be a person who equates intimacy solely with sex, is that any attempt to do this very intimate exercise with someone will almost always result in sexuality being brought into the situation. For example, a straight guy doing this purely harmless experiment in psychic perception with a good buddy, might find himself uncomfortably aware of sexual ideas, which might cause your friend to think you were gay or something. A gay man might give a straight woman the wrong impression, etc. Anyway you look at it, if you are not very careful to avoid probing someone in an inappropriate way, they will walk away from the encounter with a very clear indication of your character. They may not understand that they picked up the information psychically, but they will none the less be certain of their opinion of you.
The third type of visual perception produced with this technique is the perception of other people. The experience always starts with the blurry effects which can then intensify into recognizable images. If you begin to perceive unpleasant hallucinations, remember you can stop that by blinking your eyes to regain a clear focus, or by simply looking away for a moment. At some point, however, intense images become rather clear perceptions of entirely different people. This sort of perception is, essentially, within anyone's ability to experience.
You will know, without a doubt, when you perceive this sort of image. It feels the same way you would feel if you were talking to one person only to have someone entirely different instantly take their place. It feels like you are looking at an entirely different person, and it's the feeling, much more than the image, that will blow you away. It almost seems like you could carry on a conversation with the new "person" before you. Whether or not an image like this is a previous incarnation of the person you sat down with, or just another creation of your subconscious mind, is something I haven't yet been able to determine. All I know is what it feels like to perceive such an image, and believe me, it feels like a real person is there, someone entirely different from who you sat down with. These other images can be of a different gender, some have beards or hats or other such characteristics. It's quite a mind blowing thing to experience, and again, it is well within the ability of virtually anyone to achieve these perceptions using this technique.
Skin capacitance (electro-dermal response) changes when emotions occur. It is one of the variables monitored by lie detection machines. If both participants performing this exercise actually experience emotional reactions at the same time, and with the same intensity, this can be proven by monitoring the electro-dermal response curves of both participants. The curves should show strong correlations while the subjects are performing the exercise.
Years ago I had an opportunity to test this theory using biofeedback equipment, though in this instance only one monitoring device was available. A subject was connected to the equipment via electrodes attached to her skin. The output of the electrodes was displayed on a computer monitor as a constantly changing graph with peaks and valleys. I sat across from the subject, with no way for me to see the monitor, and successfully described the timing and relative height of these response curves. I did this simply by noting when I personally experienced an emotional sensation and how intense that sensation was relative to other such sensations.
In this case my substantial experience using the Psychic Window technique enabled me to be successful, but it should be even easier to prove the correlations in emotional experience by employing two monitoring devices. The subjects would require very limited experience with the technique and the results would not be subject to the discrepancies of verbal description. The resulting graphs could be compared directly.
NOTE: It helps to describe the nature of normal visual perception, as explained earlier, before performing this exercise with someone who is entirely unfamiliar with it. Remember to blink your eyes only when they need wetting, but not in order to regain a normal visual focus. If you wish to stop any perception from progressing you can do so by blinking your eyes or looking away for a moment. Relax. No effort beyond simple concentration is required.
Part One: Initiating Visual Telepathy
1) The two participants should sit a comfortable distance apart (two or three feet) facing each other. Sit in a "non-defensive" manner, without folding your arms or crossing your legs.
2) Focus your visual attention upon one of the other person's eyes. I have found it more effective to have "all the action" on one side. That is, if you are looking at the other person's right eye, they should look at your left eye, or vice versa. This would mean the attention would be on your left (or right) rather than criss-cross from left to right. All the action happens on one side.
3) Attempt to expand the area of clear perception to include all of the other person's face. Always seek to perceive the clearest image possible.
4) Both participants should describe any alterations in their visual perception. This means pointing out when the visual changes occur and how intense they are relative to other changes. If possible, describe the nature of the changes you see; variations in blurry effects or increased detail, light or dark areas, etc.
Part Two: Merging Emotional Experience
Basically, emotional experience naturally merges while performing the above instructions. You will first notice this when one person or the other reacts emotionally to strong changes in their visual perception. Any time you feel an emotion stand out, check with the other person to see if they felt something similar at the same time. You can do this by asking if they had just felt an emotion similar to what you experienced. Within ten minutes of first beginning this exercise you should have plenty of evidence supporting simultaneous emotional experience.
It is also possible to "communicate emotions" by having one person deliberately experience a predetermined emotion while the other simply remains open to any emotional experience that may occur. Remember to continue maintaining eye contact. The "receiver" should not venture a guess as to what emotion the other is feeling until he or she actually experiences a particular emotion quite strongly.
A variation of this part of the exercise is to concentrate upon a physical sensation rather than an emotion. You can tighten up your toes and concentrate on that physical sensation, for example, while the other person mentally scans their own body, or yours, to determine which sensation you are concentrating upon. It is not necessary to produce a sensation deliberately, as it is possible simply to concentrate upon any sensation already available, such as your feet upon the floor, arm upon a table, etc.
Part Three: Perception of "Other People"
No deliberate effort beyond the basic exercise is required to perceive images of "other people." They become perceivable simply by concentrating upon seeing the clearest image possible. Again, it is the feeling of being with an entirely different person which makes these perceptions so startling. Whether or not you are perceiving a previous incarnation of the other person is not something I can objectively verify at this time, but it sure feels like that may be the case. It is as if we normally perceive only one of dozens of people who are superimposed together, that this exercise seems to allow us to tune into these other people, who stare right back at us but can't seem to talk.
All I can suggest is that you do the exercise, perceive such images, and draw your own conclusions.
Psychic perception operates in a manner that is quite alien to the word symbolism of conscious thought. Most psychic perception comes in the form of an "intuitive impression" which must be broken down into words, feelings or images in order to be consciously understood. For this reason, emotion is the easiest subjective experience to communicate on a conscious telepathic level, followed by images and then words.
Other Telepathy Exercises
Communicating Emotionally Charged Mental Images
The combination of emotion and mental imagery is "relatively" easy for the conscious mind to perceive telepathically. It is much easier than perceiving word symbolism, for example, but still requires a capacity for perceiving subtle mental impressions. Once you have experienced a fair degree of success with the preceding exercises you will be ready to move on to communicating mental images. You can do this with you eyes closed. You can even achieve results with the other person being in a different room, or across the world while in contact by phone or via text on the Internet.
It can help if the sender concentrates upon images associated with a strongly felt emotional experience in the past. The emotion is genuine in this case and can be remembered rather than imagined, which enables greater ease in concentration. The receiver simply clears all distractions from his or her mind and describes any visual impressions that occur, while focusing complete attention upon the sender.
For example, a woman I once did this exercise with remembered feeling free and happy while riding down a winding canyon road on the back of a motorcycle. The experience stood out in her life as a special moment when everything was wonderful and fun. I concentrated my attention on the woman and got the feeling of moving from side to side, being happy, wind in my hair, and the image of a winding road came to mind. So I guessed that she was thinking about driving a car along a winding road with the top down.
Sometimes you will get the impression of large areas of different colors. The top of your mental image may be all blue in this case, which would indicate an outdoor image on a clear day. If the blue is lower in the image it may be an ocean or a lake. A rectangular blotch may indicate a door or window. There may be a dark spot somewhere that feels like a house or trees, and if you are patient you should be able to separate which of the two it might be. It's not so much that you actually see an image, but the broad details will be received in vague impressions that are half felt and half seen.
Again, you may not necessarily see an image, but will experience an impression or feeling that implies an image. The image itself is not usually communicated directly, at least not in the beginning of your practice. It is the emotion (intuition) associated with the image which produces the impression you later translate into particular visual details.
Communicating Specific Information
From the preceding information it should be obvious that "mind reading" or actually perceiving the words that go through someone else's mind is not the way telepathy usually works (though on rare occasions I have experienced this). The information almost always arrives as an impression which must then be translated into words.
I will try to clarify what this impression is like by asking you to pay close attention to what you experience, right now . . . Ready? . . .
How do you feel about cats?
If you were quick enough you may have caught yourself pausing briefly while all your past experience regarding cats was sorted by your subconscious mind before being presented to your awareness in a form that could be expressed in words. You experienced an overall "impression" of how you feel about cats. That impression or feeling contains a great deal of information which could easily require several minutes of dialogue to express verbally. I refer to this type of impression as an "intuitive package."
Before you begin to speak a sentence you perceive an intuitive package which contains all the information you wish to express. You begin speaking in spite of not knowing which words you will use to complete that sentence. You may not know which words you will use, but you are very aware of the meaning you expect to convey. It is that meaning, that intuitive package, which is perceived during telepathic communication. It must be translated in order to be expressed, but this is something you do every time you speak.
If you wish to communicate specific information telepathically, be sure to remember the basic nature of telepathy. Emotions are easiest to communicate, followed by images and then words. ESP cards (Zener cards) contain images which can easily be associated with different emotional states. A star shape "feels" different than wavy lines, for example. This emotional component enables better results to be obtained when attempting to communicate the specific card via telepathy. Numbers or letters of the alphabet, on the other hand, have far less emotional association and are much more difficult to communicate.
Visual Changes as Cues
When attempting to communicate something specific, it sometimes helps to maintain eye contact and look for changes in your visual perception. These changes occur as subjective experience begins to merge, so it stands to reason that when two people are thinking the same thing the visual changes would happen. Theoretically, if the sender is concentrating upon a particular number while the receiver slowly counts through a series of numbers, the changes would happen when the correct number is reached.
This is true only if there are no other distractions separating the subjective experience of the two participants. As mentioned, letters and numbers have very little emotional energy associated with them and as such are more difficult to communicate. You should attempt to communicate emotionally charged information if possible, particularly in the beginning. You might try selecting among mental images of people known to both participants as the target, since there is generally some degree of emotion connected with the way we feel about particular individuals.
Colors are somewhat easier to communicate than purely analytical data. If you limit the choices to a specific set of colors, you can watch for the visual changes to occur while one person concentrates on a given color and the other scans mentally and emotionally through the choices. Suggested colors are: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white and black. It helps if both people discuss how they feel about each color prior to experimenting.
The greatest difficulty in communicating specific information can result from the sender not actually concentrating upon the target. It is quite natural for someone to choose a specific color to "send" to the other person, then drift off to other thoughts. The target must be concentrated upon at all times while being the sender.
I should point out that whenever someone stares at a particular, stationary object for an extended period, visual perception will begin to distort. Doing this exercise in a mirror will also produce similar, though generally less intense changes in the perceived image. When performing the exercise alone no telepathy is involved, since telepathy occurs only when more than one individual experiences similar perceptions at the same moment. You can do this exercise with a photograph of a friend in order to "send a message" to that person, but in this case the photo only serves as a way to focus your attention on that person and results may be uncertain.
The next chapter analyzes physical reality in an attempt to explain why various forms of psychic perception are possible.