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Excerpted from The Heart of the Mind by Jane Katra and Russell Targ. Copyright © 1999 by Jane Katra and Russell Targ. Excerpted by permission of New World Library.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.
 


"The experience of God is possible without belonging to a church or following a religion, as long as one's basic motive is to discover truth."

Jane Katra and Russell Targ
The Heart of the Mind
, Part 3

The culmination of an extended trip Jane took through Southeast Asia, her experience happened while she was observing spiritual healers in the Philippines. She presently works as an "immune system coach," helping her clients to "change the host (themselves) so the disease doesn’t recognize them." She helps people change what they feed their mind and heart, as well as their body an soul.

The other author, Russell, is an internationally known laser physicist and psychic researcher. He cofounded the government sponsored ESP research program at Stanford Research Institute (SRI) documenting the existence of human psychic abilities in the 1970s and 1980s. He began his investigations of extrasensory perception as a result of his own ESP experiences while performing as a stage magician during college. Often when he was pretending to read the mind of someone in the audience, he would receive a clear mental picture of the person's distant home environment – a white house with brick facade, for example, or the details of their bedspread pattern, or the arrangement of living room furniture. Many well-known professional magicians – some who hate having to deal with ESP - have reported similar occurrences.

In addition. to our shared scientific background, we have been students of the Perennial Philosophy and A Course in Miracles for many years, and have been blessed with the opportunity to study with inspiring spiritual teachers of Christian, Theosophical, and Buddhist paths, as well as in the self-inquiry tradition of the Indian sage Ramana Maharshi.

We have detailed our remote viewing and spiritual healing experiences in our book Miracles of Mind. We hope here to expand on these topics to show how modern scientific evidence of parapsychological phenomena fits with millennia of mystical wisdom teachings. We seek to explore the rich intersection of mysticism and parapsychological science, and to show how they both represent an experience of God that is available to us all.

Wisdom teachers throughout history have shown that the experience of God is possible without belonging to a church or following a religion, as long as one's basic motive is to discover truth. Dr. Herbert Benson recently proposed that we – our bodies and our brains – are "hardwired for God." By this he means that through-out the past twenty-five hundred years - from Buddha, Jesus, and the Baal Shem Tov (the founder of Hassidic Judaism), to such poets as Blake, Emerson, and Rumi, to the Maharishi's contemporary transcendental meditators – mystics have shared a common experience that is actually available to us all.

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