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Excerpted from Chapter 10 of Consciousness Becomes You


The important thing to understand about any telepathic work is that it is a team effort, the quality of which will depend on the combined efforts and abilities of the telepath, subjects, observers and sitters. Some psychics may be able to get some information and even impressive validations without the cooperation of sitters, with skeptical observers looking on. It’s tougher to do, takes far more energy and is nowhere near as productive as working with cooperative sitters and observers though. 

To give you an example of how easily a session can be derailed, even with cooperative sitters who understand the process, I’ll share a few details of a recent session where I sat down with university professor Imants Baruss, who asked me to contact physicist Richard Feynman. Although Feynman was one of the best-known scientists in the world in the 70’s and 80’s, and is considered to be one of the greatest physicists of all time, I didn’t know who he was at the time, or even that he was a physicist. I’ve never taken a physics course in my life and sadly only have grade 9 science. 

I provided Imants with a number of pieces of identifying information, including that Richard had passed from something kidney related, which Imants did not believe was correct. To validate Richard’s identity, Imants asked if Richard could provide the value of the fine structure constant, again something which I knew nothing about, but Richard would apparently have known. Richard started to give me the number “0.085…”, however, Imants indicated that this was not correct. He was looking for the number 137, which is apparently the accepted and well-known value for the fine structure constant. I insisted that there were more digits but Imants moved on. 

The session seemed like a failure, until, Imants tells me, he was talking about the session on the phone with his collaborating colleague, and their phone connection cut out, at which point his colleague noticed the number “0.08” on her desk calculator. Further subsequent research revealed the following quote from Feynman’s 1985 book, QED, The Strange Theory of Light and Matter:


“There is a most profound and beautiful question associated with the observed coupling constant, e – the amplitude for a real electron to emit or absorb a real photon. It is a simple number that has been experimentally determined to be close to 0.08542455. (My physicist friends won’t recognize this number, because they like to remember it as the inverse of its square: about 137.03597 with about an uncertainty of about 2 in the last decimal place. It has been a mystery ever since it was discovered more than fifty years ago, and all good theoretical physicists put this number up on their wall and worry about it.)” 

Later, after watching a documentary on Richard’s life, I didn’t even feel the need to let Imants know that the documentary told the story of how Richard had died of cancer, which initially originated in his kidney.

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