- A name of Vishnu
- Historically, paganism has been used as a generic term to
describe non-Christian religions and superstitions - primarily,
but not limited to, the old religions of Europe and Indo-Europe
and ancient mythologies (Celt, Norse, Egyptian, Greek and
Roman). .Any religion other than
Christianity, Islam, or Judaism. The term literally means
"country dweller" and was originally used by Romans todescribe
religions and philosophies not of Rome.
- The divination practice of
psychically reading an individual's past, present and future, as
well as health and character, by studying the lines, shape and
texture of the individual's hands, fingers and wrists. The
technique was very popular in the Middle Ages, practitioners
believing that the lines in the hand were stamped by occult
forces and would reveal character and destiny. The lines, digits
and bumps on the hands all have supposedly astrological correspondences,
which indicate such factors as longevity, general health,
intellect, love, money, and so on. In the fifteenth century the
church banned the practice, and after the Enlightenment
palmistry became little more than a parlor trick.Modern
palmistry differs from ancient methods in concentrating on Chirognomy at
the expense of Chiromancy. The later was much interested in
prediction, attempting to determine future events in the life of
the individual concerned, and the former is generally interested
in determining the general character, the psychological type and
the inclinations of the person. (Chiromancy, Palmomancy, Chirognomy,
Chirology, Hand Reading, and Hand Analysis)
- Panachyda: (Russian)
- A requiem
- Fivefold method of forecasting.
Also the name of a Vedic astrological almanac. It is based upon
Vara, nakshatra, Tithi, karabna and Yoga
- The belief that God is all that exists. God is at once the
entire universe, and transcends the universe as well. Subtly
different from Pantheism.
- The belief that all that exists is God and all that exists
is God.. This God is an all-encompassing, impersonal principle
or force of which everything is a part.. A central doctrine for
most eastern religions and New Age groups. This leads naturally
to the concept of the divinity of the individual, that we are
all Gods. They do not seek God as revealed in a sacred text or
as exists in a remote heaven; they seek God within the self and
throughout the entire universe.
- All the gods of a people. Also, a temple
dedicated and/or sacred to all gods, especially the one built at
Rome by Hadrian (circa 120 AD, after the one built by Agrippa in
27 BC was destroyed by fire), which has been used as a Christian
church since the 7th century AD.
- Papa Jim:
- The publisher of a quarterly magick, voo doo, supply catalog
out of San Antonio, TX
illustrative discourse or story that uses common events and
culture and is meant to convey a meaning or lesson. Jesus
used parables extensively.
nom de plume of the German physician and alchemist Philippus
Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim, who was born in
- Paracelsus was a medical reformer who
introduced a new concept of disease and the use of chemical
medicines. He studied at several Italian universities and began
to practice medicine and surgery in the 1520s. A difficult
personality, he created controversy because of his wholesale
condemnation of traditional science and medicine. He never
obtained a secure academic position or permanent employment.
Paracelsus's new concept of disease emphasized its causes to be
external agents that attack the body, contrary to the
traditional idea of disease as an internal upset of the balance
of the body's humors (yellow bile, black bile, blood and
phlegm). Therapy, according to Paracelsus, was to be directed
against these agents of disease, and for this he advocated the
use of chemicals rather than herbs. Alchemy became
the means of preparing such chemicals; in this way Paracelsus
changed the emphasis of the alchemical art from chasing the
of Life or Philosopher's
Stone, to making medicines. In his " Biographia
Francis Barrett appends to the name of Paracelsus the following
titles of distinction: "The Prince of Physicians and
Philosophers by Fire; Grand Paradoxical Physician; The
Trismegistus of Switzerland; First Reformer of Chymical
Philosophy; Adept in Alchymy, Cabala, and Magic; Nature�s
Faithful Secretary; Master of the Elixir of Life and The
Philosopher�s Stone," and the "Great Monarch of Chymical
- 1)Bible - the state or place of
humanity before awakening to physical existence, the Garden of
Eden, 2) According to orthodox Christian doctrine - The place of
the righteous departed souls after death - some say for
eternity, others until the resurrection. 3) Bible - a division
of Hell or the spirit world in which the righteous dwell between
- Paramahansa: (Sanskrit)
- A highest
- The Supersoul
- Describes events or abilities
beyond or above normal human powers or senses.
- The study of ESP and
other supernatural phenomena dating to the foundation of the
English Society of Physical Research in 1882 and continued
through laboratory research at Duke University Parapsychology
Laboratory, Stanford Research Institute and elsewhere.
- Parashar(a), Maharishi
- One of the fathers of Vedic
astrology. Author of the text which is the basis for the most
commonly used astrological system in India
- The sixth incarnation of Vishnu
- Pashchimotoanasana: (Sanskrit)
- The back-stretching posture
- The recall of past-life,
including reincarnational, information through the subconscious
mind by the use of techniques such as hypnosis. Also obtaining
information regarding simultaneously existing future lives
through the same methods.
- Author of the Yoga
- Name for a kind of modalism or monarchianism;
the word means that the Father (patri-) suffered and died
(-passian) on the cross.
- Peace Mission Movement:
- Based on the teaching of founder Father
Divine, which contains elements of New
Thought, asceticism, perfectionism, utopian communalism, and
denies existence of race and strictly prohibits discrimination
among members. Requires all members to turn over all property
and income, severing all ties to everything but the Peace
Mission. Room, board, and a small allowance for incidentals are
provided in exchange for otherwise unpaid labor in Peace Mission
owned businesses or projects. Father Divine did not actually
claim to be God, but he fostered the belief in his followers,
and required loyalty and obedience from them due only to God.
The group claims the biblical prophecies about the coming Jewish
Messiah and Christ�s
second coming were all fulfilled byFather
- Peale, Norman Vincent:(1898 - 1993)
- Was a clergyman, popular writer, promoter of the belief in
the power of positive thinking popularized through the
interfaith magazine, Guideposts.
He was of author of the important, perennial favorite, How
to Win Friends and Influence People. Peale�s
views of Christianity were heavily influenced by his mentor
Ernest Holmes, the founder of Religious
- Pearl of Great Price:
- One of the scriptures or "Standard Works" of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Contains
Joseph Smith's biography, The Book of Abraham and the Book of
practice of infant baptism.
teaching of a monk named Pelagius (b. Britain, d.420) He taught
that man's will was and still is free to choose good or evil and
there is no inherited sin (through Adam). Every infant born into
the world is in the same condition as Adam before the fall and
becomes a sinner because he sins. Pelagius said we are able to
keep the commandments of God because God has given us the
ability. Therefore, there is no need of redemption and the
crucifixion of Jesus is merely a supreme example of love,
humility, obedience, and sacrifice. (Compare to Arminianism and Calvinism.)
- Heavy object on a string, used
for dowsing or fortune-telling.
- A disc containing a
five-pointed star used in magical ceremonies. Also called a
pentagram. A pentagram with a circle around it.
word comes from the Greek which means fifty. It is a celebration
on the fiftieth day after Passover. It was a culmination of the
feast of weeks. In the book of Acts it says that on the day of
Pentecost following the Passover upon which Jesus was executed,
disciples of Jesus were gathered and they heard a great wind and
spoke in tongues as tongues of fire that settled upon them.
Christians interpet this as the reception of the Holy Ghost.
- A five-pointed star drawn with
a single line. Upright, it resembles a human figure, with spirit
taking the highest importance. Inverted (upside-down) it is
often considered a Satanic symbol. When inverted, it represents
the elements taking precedence over spirit. An inverted
pentagram becomes Baphomet.
word is from the Greek penta,
"five" and teuchos,
"a tool". It refers to the first five books of the Bible -
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. All five
were authored by Moses and are also known as "the Law".or the
- People's Temple Christian Church:
- Jim Jones, influenced by Unitarian Humanism, Father
Divine, and Marxism,
founded this church in 1977. He later claimed at various times
to be God,Buddha,
and Lenin. In 1978 after the majority of church members moved
to Jonestown, Guyana, at Jones� command, 914 people (including
Jones) committed suicide or were murdered. The group is now
- Perennial Philosophy:
- A term coined by Aldous Huxley
that refers to that thread of eternal truth that weaves through
all religious truth and philosophy. Even though the externals of
the various religions may differ, the essence or core truth is
the same in each.
- Personal Transformation:
- A profoundly intense mystical experience that leads to the
acceptance and use of New Age beliefs and practices. Guided
imagery, hypnosis, meditation, and (sometimes) the use of
hallucinogenic drugs are useful to bring about and enhance this
transformation. Believers hope to develop new potentials within
themselves: the ability to heal oneself and others, psychic
powers, a new understanding of the workings of the universe,
etc. Later, when sufficient numbers of people have achieved
these powers, a major spiritual, physical, psychological and
cultural planet-wide transformation is expected.
- Hallucinogenic used by some Native
American and New
Age groups as a
sacrament in order to produce altered
states of consciousness.
- Peyote Way Church of God:
Native American church
founded by Anne L. Zapf in Willcox AZ. It uses peyote as
- A classical work on Hindu
astrology by Mantreswara
Phallus:The penis as a symbol.
- Pharoah: (Egyptian-
great house, house of Ra))
- One of the kings of ancient Egypt. Its
popular use stems from the Bible, but its use as a term for the
king of Egypt begins during the 18th Dynasty. Egyptian
priests made lists of their pharaohs and noted the most
important events of their reigns. About 280 BC one of these
priests, Manetho, grouped the pharaohs into 30 dynasties (a
dynasty is a succession of rulers of the same line of descent
- Philosopher's Stone:
Also known as stone of the philosophers (Latin:
is a legendary alchemical substance
capable of turning base metals
such as mercury into
or silver. It is also able to
extend one's life and called the elixir of life,
for achieving immortality;
for many centuries, it was the most sought-after goal in alchemy. The philosopher's stone was the
central symbol of the mystical terminology of alchemy,
symbolizing perfection at its finest, enlightenment,
and heavenly bliss. Efforts to discover the philosopher's stone
were known as the ;
- Philosophical Research Society:
- An organization founded by Manly P. Hall in Los Angeles,
- A potion, especially for love.
- Phoenix: (Egyptian-House
- Egyptian mythological bird of gorgeous
plumage, sacred to the sun, reborn from the ashes of the funeral
pyre which it made for itself when each life span of 500 or 600
years was over.
"At the top of a palm
tree a bird's nest catches fire. It has been ignited by a spark
struck from the hooves of celestial steeds drawing the chariot
of Ra, the Egyptian sun god. Amid the flames a beautiful Arabian
bird extends its golden neck and purple wings, but instead of
flying off, it dances. Eventually, it is consumed by the fire
and reduced to ashes....but this is not the end. Indeed, it is
only the beginning " for 500 years later a new bird is reborn
from the ashes. It seals the remains of the nest in myrrh, wraps
it in aromatic leaves, and molds it into the shape of an egg.
This it carries as a sacred offering to the temple of the sun at
Heliopolis, then flies away to paradise. Five hundred years
later it returns to earth, where it begins again the cycle of
self-immolation and resurrection " a process that continues
The phoenix, originating in the mythology of
ancient Egypt, has become a universal symbol of rebirth and the
most famous of all fabulous birds. Clad in feathers of red and
gold, the color of the rising sun, it had a melodious voice that
became mournful with approuching death. Other creatures were
then so overcome by its beauty and sadness that they themselves
fell dead. According to legend, only one phoenix could live at a
time. The Greek poet
Hesiod, writing in the 8th century BC, said that the phoenix
lived nine times the lifespan of the long-living raven. Other
estimates went up to 97,200 years. When the bird felt death
approaching, it built itself a pyre of wild cinnamon and died in
the flames. But from the ashes there then arose a new phoenix,
which tenderly encased its parent's remains in an egg of myrrh
and flew with them to the Egyptian city of Heliopolis, where it
laid them on the Altar of the Sun. These ashes were said to have
the power of bringing a dead man back to life. The profligate Roman Emperor
Elagabalus (AD 205-22) decided to eat phoenix meat in order to
achieve immortality. He dined off a bird of paradise, sent in
place of a phoenix, but the substitute did not work. He was then
murdered shortly afterward. Scholars now think that the
germ of the legend came from the Orient and was adopted by the
sun-worshipping priests of Heliopolis as an allegory of the
sun's daily setting and rebirth. Like all great myths, it stirs
deep chords in man. In Christian art
the resurrected phoenix became a popular symbol ofChrist risen
from the grave. Strangely, its name may come from a
misunderstanding by Herodotus, the Greek historian of the 5th
century BC. In his account of the bird he may have mistakenly
given it the name "phoenix" because of the palm tree (Greek:
phoinix) on which it was customarily pictured sitting in those
days. In their attempts to identify the gorgeously plumed
phoenix of Egyptian myth with a real bird, scientists tended to
discount New Guinea's birds of paradise otherwise likely
candidates because of the island's great distance from Egypt. In
1957, however, Australian zoologists discovered that New Guinea
tribes had exported bird of paradise plumed skins for centuries
and that among those visiting the island, as long ago as 1000
BC, had been traders from Phoenicia in the Middle East. Another
significant discovery was that the tribespeople used to preserve
the skins for export by sealing them in myrrh, molding them into
an egg shape, and wrapping this in burned banana skins � a
procedure that tallies almost exactly with the mythical bird's
reputed treatment of its destroyed nest. Perhaps most
significant of all is the fact that the brilliantly colored
males of Count Raggi's bird of paradise are adorned with
cascades of scarlet feathers that, during their courtship dance,
they repeatedly raise aloft, while quivering intensely � a
spectacle reminiscent of the phoenix dancing in its burning
nest. On reaching the Middle East, descriptions of this
spectacle, combined with the egg-like parcels of skins, may well
have been sufficient to inspire the myth of the phoenix.
- Character analysis by studying
the shape and surface of the skull. Also
known as Cranioscopy and Bumpology,
it is based on the study of the structure of the human skull to
determine a person's character and/or mental capacity.
- Pike, Albert:
- See Freemasonry.
- The right astral conduit of the
masculine energies from the Kundalini which is wrapped around
the Sushumna It ends at the right nasal sinus.
- The biological fire humor. Used
in Ayurvedic medical typing
- Plan. The
- A phrase that occurs often in
the writings of Alice Bailey. It refers to specific preparations
in the world for a New Age and a New Age Christ. These
preparations are carried out by the "Spiritual Hierarchy," a
group of exalted beings who supposedly guide the spiritual
evolution of people on Earth. The term has been sensationalized
by some Christian writers.
- An instrument designed for use in a seance.
It is a sort of mounted pencil on castors, which permits the
hand to rest, yet move freely to the supposed direction of the
spirit control as in automatic drawing and writing (see automatic
writing). It is said to have been invented by a French
spiritualist named Planchette in 1853.
- Planetary Logos:
- As a microcosm of the Solar Logos, it
has manifested this planet and all life on it as his physical
body, as well as the laws of nature that govern it. And each
Soul, as a sub-component of the Planetary Logos, manifests a
human being with a physical body, emotions and thought. Thus
form on every level is a component or a microcosm of the unity
that we call God, and is, in every molecule of its being, a
result of divine purpose.
- Plural Covenant:
- See Dual
- A belief in many gods. The doctrine that reality consists of
several basic substances or elements. Many see the universe as
composed of three basic elements: God, the Devil and the arena
in which the battle is acted out. Others see God and space and
- The study of the Holy Spirit, His person,
works, relation to the Father and Son, relation to man, ministry
in salvation and sanctification, conviction, and indwelling.
- Polarity Therapy:
- A therapy that
attempts to remove energy blockages in the body by applying
hands on certain places on the body surface. Polarity therapy is
based on "balancing the life energy that moves through every
part of the body and moves in currents, or channels within and
around the body. If the body's currents are balanced, the person
relaxes and is able to heal more efficiently." By
this name it was originally
designed by Dr. Randolph Stone which aims to remove energy
blockages in the body and restore balance and harmony.
Practitioners move their fingers above the meridian lines of the
body to create an energy circuit between the client and the
therapist, thus creating a polarity of electromagnetic charge.
It also stresses exercise, diet and positive thinking.
- Poltergeist: (German
- rattling ghost"}
- The term is applied to a variety of invisible
entities which manifest in an unruly and disturbing manner,
often involving unexplained noises, the moving or throwing of
objects, vile smells, strange shrieks, as well as such curious
phenomena as apports.
While some occurrences may appear to involve actual spirits or ghosts,
the disturbances may also derive from subconscious psychokinesis on
the part of an individual. Poltergeist phenomena have been
reported around the world throughout history. Before the
nineteenth century, these occurrences were blamed on the Devil, demons and witches.
In the 1930s the psychologist and psychic researcher Nandor
Fodor suggested the theory that poltergeist disturbances were
caused not by spirits but by individuals suffering intense
repressed anger, sexual frustration, and hostility. This
psychological dysfunction theory has been supported by other
research indicating that in a significant number of reported
disturbances, the agent was a child or teenager possibly
unconsciously unleashing hostility without fear of punishment.
Psychological profiles of agents show that mental and emotional
stress, personality disorders, phobias, obsessive behavior and
schizophrenia are linked to supposed poltergeist phenomena, and
in some cases psychotherapy has eliminated the poltergeist
- The belief in the existence of a plurality of gods, in
contrast to monotheism (one God) or atheism (no
God or gods). The belief in both God and Satan is not considered
polytheism by most Christians.
- A magical doll (also known as ritual
effigies, voodoo dolls, Kolossos and Kolossoi) made for the
purpose of spell-casting and/or ritual magic in Witchcraftand Voodoo.
Poppets are usually made to represent someone or something that
for some reason is not present at the ritual performance, or it
is the object of the spell-casting. If the spell is a curse, the
poppet is either pierced with pins, nails or shards, bound with
cord, covered with hot candle wax or hung by the neck. This
actions are supposed to bring death, misfortune, illness, or to
bind and stop someone from a particular activity.
- Positive Thinking:
- 1)A ritual trance state, learned through extensive training
and achieved in religious ceremonies, during which individuals
are said to experience the indwelling presence of powerful
spirits. Possession may be an involuntary condition or one
deliberately sought. It may be a peripheral experience, judged
negatively by the culture, for which an expert in curing
(exorcism) is required. It may be the central experience of a
religious group, highly valued and desired, for which an expert
guide sometimes serves as an enabler. Possession is a relatively
widespread phenomenon found in religions ranging from Shinto to
Santeria, but the experience of or belief in possession occurs
only under specific conditions. Possession trance cannot occur
unless the religious community acknowledges both the independent
existence of spirits and the reality of possession. Other
factors supportive of possession include a high degree of
rigidity and differentiation in social roles outside the
religion, the acceptance of psychological vulnerability for the
sake of wisdom, and a religious worldview including multiple
spirit worlds. 2) The traditional Christian and popular
Western view of possession limits it to the unwanted presence of
demons and evil spirits who maltreat the human host, although
glossolalia, or speaking in tongues, and the experience of being
"moved by the Spirit" are related phenomena. Other religions,
with more flexible understanding of the varieties of spiritual
experience, encourage the direct communication with them that
possession rituals allow; possession is thus an important
element in many indigenous religions of Africa, Asia, and the
Americas, as well as in the African-influenced new religions of
Umbanda, Santeria, and Voodoo. In those communities, greater and
lesser spirits are worshiped directly when they descend into the
bodies of devotees or specially trained mediums; once among
their followers, the spirits transform the behavior and
appearance of the one possessed and offer transcendent advice
for the spiritual and material problems of their congregations.
belief that through the preaching of the word of God, the entire
world will be converted to Christianity and this will usher in
the kingdom of Christ. This is when Jesus will return.
- Potter's House:
- Founded by Wayman Mitchell, Prescott, AZ: Originally called
Victory Chapel, churches affiliated with Mitchell go under the
names Praise Chapel, The Door, Grace Chapel, The Christian
Fellowship, La Capilla de la Victory, La Casa Del Alfarero, and
La Puerta. Begun in 1970, Mitchell has over 1,000 churches in 73
countries including Mexico, South America, Australia, Europe,
and the Philippines. Numerous former members have alleged mind
authoritarian/abusive leadership, and the group was the focus of
a CBS News 48
report. Mitchell�s churches are not affiliated with the Potter's
House in Dallas, TX, pastored by T. D. Jakes.
- Power Centers, Power
- Places on the planet that have extra special energy. Power
Centers include places like Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid, Machu
Picchu, Mt. Shasta, and the Vortexwa in Sedona. New Agers
believe that Power Spots are directly connected with: 1) Ancient
civilizations 2) Secret societies 3) Flying saucers, and 4)
Planetary Chakras New Agers like to visit Power Spots because
they consider them places for 1) Great Meditation and 2) Great
- Prahlada: (Sanskrit)
- A devotee of Vishnu.
- Hndu lord of all created beings
life force or energy which animates material forms. It is also
present in breath. Prana can be compared to the concept of the
"Breath of Life" in Genesis activating the created world and the
physical being of man. Also Chi or Ki.
- Pranayama: (Sanskrit)
- The control
of the breath.
- Precognition is the perception of future
events over which one doesn't seem to have much control over.
As the name suggests, in precognitive dreams the
dreamer experiences an event, in whole or in part, before it
occurs. It has been suggested that some experiences of de'ja'vu
can be explained by precognitive dreams. Precognitive dreams
differ from prophetic dreams,
in that prophetic dreams predict the future, but the events
predicted relate to important areas of life. See ESP.
- Predestination: :
doctrine that God has foreordained all things which will come to
pass yet Predestination maintains that God is the one who
decides who will be saved and that it is not up to the desire of
is a teaching concerning the end times (eschatology). It says
that there is a future millennium (1000 years) where Jesus will
rule and reign over the earth. At the beginning of the
millennium Satan and his angels will be bound and peace will
exist on the entire earth. At the end of the 1000 years Satan
will be released in order to raise an army against Jesus. Jesus
will destroy them and then the final judgment will take place
with the new heavens and the new earth being made.
- A warning of an impending event, experienced
as foreboding, anxiety and intuitive sense of dread.
Premonitions tend to occur before disasters, accidents and
deaths.In October 1966, 28 adults and 116 children were killed
in a landslide of coal waste in Aberfan, Wales. Over 200 people
reported experiencing premonitions about the disaster, according
to surveys taken afterwards. In January 1967, a British
Premonitions Bureau was established to collect and identify
early warnings in an attempt to prevent such disasters. A
similar organization was established in New York a year later.
In the following years most of the tips they were given never
happened, and those that did were too inaccurate in terms of
time and place to be of any help.
- See First
Presleyterian Church of Elvis the Divine
- Supernatural, otherworldly, transcendental, supassing the
ordinary or normal, different from what is natural, or contrary
to the natural order of things.
- Priest:(Greek, presbyter)
- One who offers sacrifices or performs sacerdotal functions.
- A female priest.
- Process Theology:
- Built on the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead, process
theology is a treaching within liberal
holds that reality is becoming rather than being - in process
rather than static. The Bible has a relative authority in that
it concurs with one�s own self-evident experiences, rather than
having absolute authority over all human experiences and
beliefs. Process theology teaches panentheism (God
is in all), which is to be distinguished from pantheism (God is
all). Panentheism teaches that even though God is somehow
transcendent, he also includes the world within Himself.
Therefore, God is in �process,� evolving along with creation
into future possibilities. Some New
Agers (e.g., Matthew
Fox) and some Mormons have found value in process theology.
- One who predicts the future,
usually receiving his information from a divine source
Elizabeth Clare and Mark:
- See Church
Universal and Triumphant
means the turning away of wrath by an offering. It is similar to
expiation but expiation does not carry the nuances involving
wrath. Used primarily by Christians in reference to the
sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
- Prosperity Doctrine:
- lternative name for Positive
Confession; the term also can apply to some Mind
- Often used generically of all Christian churches
that are neither Roman
Catholic nor Orthodox,
the term more specifically refers to the movement that
originated in the 16th century Reformation.
Luther, Zwingli, Calvin, King Henry VIII and others led efforts
to correct, reform or �protest� the errors in doctrine and
practice that they saw in medieval Roman Catholicism.
- Psi, PSI:
- The term used in parapsychology to
include ESP and psychokinesis,
because both are so closely related. The term was suggested by
the English psychologist Dr. Robert Thouless in 1946, and is now
popularly used to cover a whole range of paranormal phenomenon.
- The use of drugs, electronic
equipment, etc, to amplify and alter the mind so that it can
perform previously impossible tasks of ESP and psychokinesis.
- A general term describing a
person with one or more paranormal abilities such as
extrasensory perception, clairvoyance or telepathy.
- Psychic Birth:
- A quickening of spiritual or
cosmic consciousness and power. This new consciousness is one
that recognizes oneness with God and the universe. Psychic birth
is a spiritual birth. (cosmic Consciousness.
- A psychic practitioner who uses
his or her psychic abilities during private or group sessions to
psychically tune into a client's life in order to help the
client deal with problems. Common psychic tools for tuning in
include Tarot cards, pendulums, clairvoyance and channeling.
- Psychic Energy:
- Any form of paranormal activity.
Examples would be; Full human apparition, pin lights, globules,
and cold spots. The
energy that enables people to be
psychic and perform miracles.
- Psychic Healer:
- A therapist who uses healing energy through touch or hand
movements by the practitioner over the body of the patient.
Also, employing spirit guides to aid in health
- Psychic Massage:
- A New Age healing system that
uses touch to harmonize or balance the physical, etheric or
astral vehicles. It was developed almost simultaneously in
three locations - California, Australia and Arizona. See Psychic
- Psychic Surgery:
- The performing of paranormal surgery, in
which the body is opened and closed using the bare hands as
surgical instruments. Patients remain fully conscious and
allegedly experience no pain. While some observed surgeries
remain unexplained, many have been exposed as fraud,
accomplished by sleight-of-hand tricks known to most stage magicians.
Psychic surgery received much Western media attention in the
1960s and 1970s, prompting thousands of sufferers to seek
treatment in the Philippines and Brazil, where psychic surgery
was easily available. Some patients have reported cures that are
supported by medical diagnosis, but many have not been cured.
Some of the 'tumors' removed from patients have been found to be
chicken or pig organs, other lumps of animal flesh, or balls of
cotton wool palmed by the surgeon. Kidney stones have been
exposed as ordinary pebbles. Animal blood is concealed in little
plastic bags in the palm or in false thumbs; in some cases the
blood is already congealed when it allegedly spurts out of the
patient. Using the blood, wads of cotton, and sheets for
diversion, the appearance of penetration can be created by
folding the knuckles against the skin. Many psychic surgeons
demonstrate on obese patients, whose fatty skin is easy to
manipulate. If patients complain of pain, no cures, or other
postoperative problems, psychic surgeons often blame them on the
spirits, past-life karma,
or a lack of harmony between the patient, healer, and magnetic
vibrations in the room.
- Psychic Vampire:
- One who consciously or
unconsciously drains people of their vitality. (see Psychic
- A role-playing group therapy
founded by J. L. Moreno.
- The power of
mind over matter without the use of physical or sensory means.
Together with ESP, psychokinesis is investigated by
parapsychology. Psychokinesis includes telekinesis, the
paranormal movement of objects; levitation and
materialization; mysterious events associated with given people
or houses such as rappings,
overturned furniture, and flying objects; and psychic healing.
Since the 1930s PK has been a major research interest among
parapsychologists, especially in the United States and Russia,
but, in general, the results have been inconclusive. In 1968
Russia released film and other evidence to the West showing Nina
Kulagina, a housewife from Leningrad, apparently using PK to
move a variety of stationary objects. She was also photographed
apparently levitating objects. In the 1970s the Israeli psychic Uri
Geller dazzled TV
audiences with his alleged powers of bending metal with a few
gentle strokes or taps with his fingers. Under laboratory
conditions, experiments with Geller proved inconclusive, and
certain professional magicians have
claimed that Geller is a fraud using simple sleight-of-hand to
achieve his extraordinary feats. Most scientists deny the
existence of PK, and the difficulty in reproducing PK phenomena
and the lack of an adequate theoretical explanation excludes it
from systematic scientific investigation.
- A form of divination based
on communication with spirit entities or ghosts
- Reading information or
impressions from a physical object the
history of the object (and the history of things and people
associated with the object) which is hidden to ordinary
sensibility. The term was coined in the mid-nineteenth century
by Joseph R. Buchanan, an American physiologist, who claimed it
could be used to measure the 'soul' of all things. Buchanan
further said that the past is entombed in the present.
Researchers who followed Buchanan theorized that objects retain
imprints of the past and their owners variously called
'vibrations', 'psychic ether', and aura �
that could be picked up by sensitives.
The doctrine that human souls sleep or
cease conscious existence between death and resurrection.
Usually (but not always) a doctrine associated with
Advetism and Jehovah's Witnesses.
- A developmental psychological
and educational process formulated by Roberto Assagioli. Its
goals are the integration of personality and awareness of the
- The various approaches or
systems aimed at deliberately altering one's consciousness.
- Puja: (Sanskrit)
- Punya: (Sanskrit)
- Piousness. Purification
acquired by virtuous deeds
consisting of myths, legends, and historical events; also
occasionally used by those in the New
doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church. Purgatory is a place
after death where some of the sins of people are purged through
suffering. After a period of time corresponding to the suffering
necessary for the sins committed, the person is then set free
and enters heaven. It no doubt is derived from an earlier
understanding of Hell or the Spirit World.
- Pursel, Jach:
spirit entity called Lazaris.
- Purvotanasana: (Sanskrit)
- The front-stretching posture in
- A pointed solid with three or more flat sides
- Pyramid Power:
- (Also called form resonance) The energy generated by the
geometric shape of a pyramid other three-dimensional form.
- Study of the Ancient Egyptian and/or Central American Mayan
pyramids, which are believed to possess keys to hidden mystic
knowledge or secret spiritual messages.
- Divination by fire.
- See Kabbalah
- Qoheleth: (Hebrew)
- The book of Ecclesiastes
- Society of Friends
- Quantum Healing:
- A term coined by Deepak Chopra in his book Quantum
Healing. He asks the question, Why, when your body mends a
broken bone, it is not considered a miracle, but when your body
cures itself of cancer, it is? Copra suggests that the two
phenomena come from the same cause - the body is able to do much
more than we suppose it can. He calls this ability to heal and
cure from within "Quantum Healing." He says it is an expression
of the intelligence possessed by the body within each of its
- Quarter Days:
- Old Celtic festivals of
Samhain, Bride, Beltaine, and Lughnassad. These days are
believed to be especially important for charms, spells, and
divination. These days are also believed to be lucky for
journeys, love, and new ventures.
- The north, east, south, and
west parts of the circle.
- Quartz crystal is the material from which genuine crystal balls
are made, but even small pieces have many uses. Quartz acts as
an amplifier of energy, and as such can be used for healing and
is used in watches, computers and other high-tech devices.north,
east, south, and west.
Quartz’s clarity and purity
give it magical properties similar to water and glass. It can be
used to “wash away” negative energies from your body and
environment. In crystal ball gazing, it acts as a window onto
other worlds.Quartz is believed to strengthen the link between
Earth and the heavens, enabling
its user to see into other times and places. Quartz is used to
aid psychic traveling and dream journeys.
- Queztalcoatl: (Aztec
- An Aztec god of the air or a sun-god and a
benefactor of their race who instructed them in the use of
agriculture, metals and the like.According to one account,
Quetzalcoatl was driven from the country by a superior god and
on reaching the shores of the Mexican Gulf promised his
followers that he would return. He then embarked on his magic skiff
for the land of Tlapallan.The Great Bird-Serpent is the most
powerful figure in Mexican mythology, and it was known and
accepted as a god in ancient Mexico and Central America.
Accordingly, he dominated the great early American
civilizations, from the land of the Incas in South America, to
the Pueblo Indians of the our southwestern desert; from
Teotihuacan (Mexico City) on the high plateau to Chichen Itza in
Yucatan, he is a prevailing motif on ancient monuments.
Sometimes with his jaws open, bifid tongue, and articulated
spinal column, he is easily recognizable. At others, he seems to
have been coded in an almost infinite variety of formalized
patterns derived from his famous scales, or feathers. To the
ancients, Quetzalcoatl became the force for understanding the
universe, as it was known before the introduction of modern
religion by the Conquistadors of Spain. The god Quetzalcoatl
represented, to the ancient peoples of Central and South
America, the very essence of life.
- A form of religious mysticism based on the
doctrine that the essence of religion consists in the withdrawal
of the soul from external objects and in fixing it on the
contemplation of God. Quietism is especially used for the
doctrine of Miguel Molinos (1640-96), who taught the direct
relationship between the soul and God. His followers were called
Molinists or Quietists. Outward acts of mortification were held
to be superfluous, and when a person has attained the mystic
state by mental prayer, even if he transgresses in the accepted
sense, he does not sin, since his will has been extinguished.
Molinos was accused of heresy and condemned by the Inquisition.
- Quimby, Phineas P.:
healer whose metaphysical theories influenced Mary Baker Eddy
(founder of Christian
Thought and other Mind
- Qur'an: (Arabic,
- The Qur'an, or Koran, is the Sacred Scripture of Islam.
Muslims claim it to be the actual words of God, spoken to the
Prophet Muhammad by the Angel Gabriel, between c.610 and his
death (632). The text contains 114 chapters (suras),
arranged--except for the opening sura--approximately according
to length, beginning with the longer chapters. It is generally
believed that the standard text of the Koran, adopted during the
reign of the caliph Uthman (644-56), is based on the
compilation of one of Muhammad's secretaries, Zayd Ibn Thalbit.