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OUR SECRET POWERS: TELEPATHY, CLAIRVOYANCE AND PRECOGNITION by Terje Gerotti Simonsen, Nonfiction, 528 pp., $21.48 (paperback) $9.99 (Kindle)

Is the paranormal normal?

Many readers will be surprised when learning that reputable scientists, among them several Nobel laureates, have claimed that telepathy is a reality. Their curiosity will increase when reading that both Cleopatra’s lost palace and Richard III’s burial place were recovered by means of clairvoyance. And some will think it to be sheer science fiction when finding out about Stargate––the espionage program where the American military and CIA for 20 years engaged in the development of psychic spies!

Simonsen, a Norwegian historian of ideas, introduces an array of entertaining paranormal tales from history, archaeology, anthropology and psychology, and presents scientific research that has provided fascinating results. He argues that the stories we hear about telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition ought not to be dismissed as superstition.

In step with spiritual and occult traditions, the author suggests that consciousness is not limited to our own head. Rather he thinks that all humans (and perhaps all living beings) are linked together in a “Mental Internet.’ Via this network we may exchange ‘telepathic emails’ with friends and family and make clairvoyant ‘downloads’ of information.  Thus perhaps what we usually call ‘supernatural’ is completely natural but little understood communications via this Mental Internet?

Our Secret Powers gives us a thoughtful and engaging presentation of a controversial subject and would make an excellent travel companion.

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Interview

Would you call yourself a born writer?

Yes, to some extent I would––but naturally I started out as an eager and fanciful talker, being often reprimanded at school by the teacher! I always loved stories; first when my mother and grandmother read for me as a child, classical things as nursery-rhymes, Winnie the Pooh, The Wind in the Willows, and Norwegian folk-fairytales. When I become older and started to read myself––I started to read quite early, at about 4 years of age––there were of course cartoons, especially the older Donald Duck stories by Carl Barks, which I devoured en masse. Then there came the one thousand and One Nights, and tons of mythology. All this quite versatile verbal input gave me a stark need for an output––a need first met by talking extensively, later by writing!

What was your inspiration for Our Secret Powers?

Well, I had some peculiar experiences that I did not understand, e.g. knowing beforehand what people would say during a conversation, which I perceived to be some kind of telepathy. Also some trusted friends told me strange stories—e.g. seemingly miraculous answers to prayers—that I found no real reason to doubt. Later, I met some professional psychics which made a mixed bag, but where some really impressed me. E.g. I was going to a date, and an old Norwegian psychic told me in advance that the particular woman I was about to meet that night would be 1,64 m tall––which turned out to be correct!

What themes do you like to explore in your writing?

I have always been drawn to heretical ideas and the esoteric––the hidden sides of the soul and the depths of reality, and as a Historian of Ideas and writer I have therefore dealt with such ideas and movements: the Kabbalah, Sufism, Christian mysticism, Zen-budhism, Occultism etc.

How long did it take you to complete the book?

The writing took about 2 years or so. But the preparations took several years ––the experiencing, thinking, questioning and reading.

Are you disciplined? Describe a typical writing day.

In periods I am quite disciplined; then I will typically work in separate 2 stints. First stint will then last for, say, 2-3 hours. Then I will have a break, go for a walk, go to a café and get something to eat––and hopefully also meet an interesting person or two to talk to! Then I will go home again, and have the second stint, which could last 3-4 hours. But I would describe my routine as being a ‘writing night,’ rather than a ‘writing day’, as I prefer to work when there are few distractions from noise, sunlight (which is terrific, but which somehow tend to ‘whiteout’ my concentration) phone-calls etc––all those typical day-things. Perhaps also the subject-matter––hidden traditions, secret powers, the depth of the soul etc.––more or less demands the Night to get in the right mood!

What did you find most challenging about writing this book?

I think I’ll have to say that it was to weave together the whole thing in an ordered tapestry. The paranormal is a puzzling field where there much irrationality of many kinds come together; so to say something structured and comprehensible about this field, and at the same time don’t trivialize the enigmatic nature of it, has been challenging, for sure.

What do you love most about being an author?

I would have to say it is the freedom. I have no interest whatsoever in participating in the conflicts, power-games, and positioning which quite often will occur in the usual work-space. I like people a lot, but prefer much to meet them as free and equal interlocutors and not as competitors! Perhaps it is my Christian background, or the influence from Buddhist ethics, or perhaps I am just shy of conflicts!

Did you go with a traditional publisher, small press, or did you self publish? What was the process like and are you happy with your decision?

My first 4 releases, 2 books and 2 long essays, written in Norwegian, were with traditional publishers. When going abroad, entering the English-speaking cultural field, I was––after having been turned down in the 11th hour by an academic publisher––lucky enough to meet Pari Publishing, a scientifically oriented indie-publisher with a soft spot for paranormal phenomena––not the most usual combination! I would say that I have been most happy with working with them; they have given me a great amount of freedom (and as said, freedom is what I really like about being a writer). The only problem, which they themselves also are very open about, is that they don’t have that much financial resources available; trivial as it may seem, that can make it difficult to produce large print-runs, as the printer will often demand to be paid upfront, and it will take months before the publisher get their money back.

Where can we find you on the web?

My author page on Amazon is one place, and here you will of course be able to buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/author/terjesimonsen
And if you want to ask me something, you can just drop me a PM on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/terje.simonsen.9
Soon there will also be a separate Facebook-page for the book, Our Secret Powers

About the Author

Terje G. Simonsen is an author with a Ph.D. in the History of Ideas. He has increasingly focused his attention on the esoteric and occult traditions and on paranormal phenomena, as telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, telekinesis, healing etc. Recently he published the highly acclaimed Our Secret Powers, based on his extraordinary knowledge within this field. Elegantly and with great personal wit and insight, he discusses parapsychological phenomena such as telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition. Several of the world’s most renowned experts on the paranormal has praised Simonsen’s work: The bestselling parapsychologist, Dean Radin, PhD, chief scientist at the Institute of Noetic Sciences, says: ‘As an encyclopedic introduction to the psychic side of the fascinating but puzzling domain known as the paranormal, there is no better choice than Our Secret Powers.” And Stanley Krippner, PhD, expert on hypnosis, shamanism and altered states of consciousness, former leader of two departments in the American Psychological Association, says: “This is an outstanding book and it deserves all the attention it can get. Not only is Our Secret Powers a book for all seasons, it is a book for all reasons!’”

 

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