Allan Snyder claims that he can turn on a person's inner
Rain Man, and then turn it off again, with the flick of a
switch. All it takes is a strange set of electrodes - and
a radical new theory of autism, genius and the
Allan Snyder says that "switching off" parts
of the brain can help people tap into hidden genius. "What
I'm looking at right now is creating a real thinking cap." Graham
Phillips reports on amazing Australian research into developing
scientific tools that can enhance non-conscious problem-solving.
The work is based on the study of "savant syndrome".
People with severe mental disorders who can exhibit extraordinary
talents in the field of art, music or mathematics. Professor
Allan Snyder believes that savant type abilities "reside
equally in all of us." He believes we all have access
to this fundamental mechanism but with our higher order
cognitive processing we are unable to tap into it.
Researchers have found that healthy volunteers showed
similar talents when parts of their brains were briefly "switched
off", some volunteers were capable of "savant" abilities.
As Phillips reports, Snyder's 'thinking cap' actually
exists - when placed on the wearer's head, it is able to
temporarily switch off the brain, and clear the way to
the hidden talents that could lie inside. Will it work
for our intrepid reporter?
What if you could become a savant for a few minutes? Australian
National University neuroscientist Allan Snyder says you
can. Snyder induced instantaneous "jelly-bean counting" skills
in normal people using transcranial magnetic stimulation.
He used the powerful magnetic pulses to zap the brains
of 12 volunteers, disrupting activity in the left anterior
frontal lobe, an area where damage is known to cause sudden
savant syndrome. For an hour or so after treatment, 10
of the volunteers were twice as accurate in guessing at
a glance the number of dots flashed on a computer screen. "This
is an extraordinarily good result—I'm amazed it came
out so well," Snyder says.
When Snyder used the same technique three years ago to
induce episodes of savantlike artistic ability in ordinary
people, skeptics objected to his claims, saying that artistic
abilities were too subjective to judge. But numbers don't
lie, says Eric Wassermann of the National Institute of
Neurological Disorders and Stroke. "There's nothing
that looks bogus about it."
THE 8-COIL HEADSET - DESIGNED FOR INTENSE
With the 8-Coil Shakti, you can activate your brain, one
part at a time. If you like the altered state a particular
session brings up, you can repeat it (with specific schedules)
often enough that your brain 'learns' to access the effects
on it's own.
Your brain produces electrical signals as it operates.
Shakti For Windows applies magnetic signals to your head
that mimic these signals. Because some brain structures
have known 'signatures', they can be 'targeted' by applying
their signature signals. EEG (electroencephalography) reads
the electrical activity from the brain, and it's 'traces'
are the original source for most of the signals used in
Shakti For Windows.
The target structures respond to these signals and, to
a lesser extent, other structures connected to it.
.Shakti For Windows has session designs to facilitate: Out-of-body experiences
~ Lucid Dreaming ~ Bliss and other positive feelings ~ Remote viewing
~ And More.
Each brain is different, and there are many ways to use
SHAKTI For Windows. Your experiences will depend on what
you're prone to, and the choices you make in using it.
Not everyone is equally sensitive to this kind of mind-machine,
but the Shakti project yielded observations that can help
slow starters get going.
With the 8-Coil Shakti, you can activate your brain, one part at a time.
If you like the altered state a particular session brings up, you can
repeat it (with specific schedules) often enough that your brain 'learns'
to access the effects on it's own. If you don't like the effects of a
particular session, don't repeat it.
One of the ways this technology has been effective is as a meditation
enhancement. Meditation can be improved when sessions are done so that
they end about an hour beforehand. The same thing has been reported by
people who are using other mind-machines after their Shakti sessions.
Using other mind machines, or doing meditation during Shakti sessions
doesn't work as well. The 8-coil Shakti can induce induce spiritual experiences
and transformation for many people when used according to instructions.
It's also a powerful tool for consciousness exploration.
The 8-Coil Shakti represents a new generation of a technology
developed at Laurentian University's Behavioral Neurosciences
Program, under the direction of Dr. Michael A. Persinger.
In laboratory settings, this class of technology had succeeded
in inducing experiences that people call religious, spiritual,
This refers to deep states of relaxation as well as 'visions',
enhancements in dreaming, mood elevations, and a whole
range of 'special' experiences.
DOES THE 8-COIL SHAKTI WORK?
AND ALTERED STATES
Shiva Neural technology can be used to get into altered
states of consciousness, though the standard configurations
are geared to produce one specific kind - the more introspective,
calmer, detached kind. These are often called 'theta' states
because the brain produces theta-rythm when these states
of conscoiusness are going on. Trance and silent forms
of meditation are associated with theta activity.
There are two ways to use Shiva for altered states. One
is to do sessions in sensory deprivation and just relax
as much as you can without falling asleep. The most important
componant of sensory deprivation is silence - not just
quiet. The batch sessions will put you through a set of
different configurations, making for different effects
in each section.
The 'simple signals' influence specific structures (unless
indicated otherwise), and their success depends on your
unique brain history. If a structure isn't very sensitive,
then it won't respond to it's signals as well as another
structure will respond to another signal, so personal experimentation,
to find the signal that works for you, is a good way to
use the simple signals.
The other way to use Shiva for altered states is to do
Shiva sessions without sensory deprivation, and to work
on your consciousness about an hour to 90 minutes after
a Shiva session. Meditation, other mind machines (excepting
other magnetic brain devices), trance work, or any other
practice can 'bring out' Shiva effects, sometimes subtly
and sometimes dramatically.
Shiva is based on an apparatus studied for its ability
to induce psychic perceptions, and it hasn't been studied
for altered states. However, given that psychic perceptions
are commonly had while people who are in altered states,
Shiva has great potential for inducing altered states of
There were a series of experiments, which we look at on
a page in the software that demonstrated the accuracy of
some psychic reports. On this page, we're not going to
ask if psychic skills are 'real'. We're going to make the
assumption that they are, knowing that there are many who
make the opposite assumption.
Now, using the tremendous power that a good assumption
confers on those who accept it, we can ask how psychic
skills work. There are several assumptions we have to make
in order to explain how psychic skills work. In doing so,
we go a bit beyond the scope of the studies that inspired
the Shiva neural stimulation device.
Although the underlying mechanisms for all such perceptions
are very similar, different psychic skills call for different
explanations. Remote viewing and telepathy involve perception
in spite of spatial distances, while precognition involves
seeing things in spite of temporal distance.
Let's look at remote viewing
and telepathy first.
The best way to start is to define the words. Telepathy
is "... a significant correlation between specific
components of the behavior of a stimulus person and of
a response person" (Persinger).
Remote viewing is "... awareness of distant objects
or places without employing normal senses" (Persinger).
Precognition is "Awareness of events which occur
after their perception" (Author).
These aren't absolute definitions. They're only intended
to give us working definitions for this one article. There
are many psychics would would offer different definitions,
and there are other researchers who have their own way
of seeing things. These are taken from some of the research
publications describing the technology Shiva Neural Stimulation
is based on.
Persinger and Koren have offered a metaphor where two brains in telepathic
communication are compared to two tesla coils, a special kind of electrical
coil. Tesla coils have a unique property. When one Tesla Coil vibrates,
another one some distance away, will vibrate at the same frequency,
though not with as much force (or amplitude). Tesla coils also emit
electricity, lighting unconnected fluorescent lights held a short distance
Another metaphor is sympathetic resonance, which happens
when an object is vibrated by a sound. The most common
example is when a singer breaks a glass with their voice.
It was discovered when a physicist who also played the
clarinet heard a buzzing sound whenever he played a certain
note. His name was Helmholtz, who he also invented the
ocarina (along with many breakthroughs in acoustics).
He walked around his study, playing the note, listening
to find the source of the sound. Eventually, he found that
it was coming from the lid of a jar. The size of the gap
between the jar and it's lid matched the frequency of the
note. When the note was played, the lid would vibrate.
Tesla coils emit electricity, while Helmholtz's clarinet
emitted sound waves. So what does the brain emit?
In the brain, like everywhere else, electric current is
accompanied by magnetic fields. Each electrical pulse that
goes down an axon (a connection between neurons) also creates
a magnetic pulse. A magnetic field becomes weaker as you
get farther from it's source. It can become vanishingly
faint, but it never drops to zero, and they don't break
down, so any information they might contain will be preserved.
We broadcast our brain's activity through it's magnetic
output at all times.
Interestingly, in one of the studies, where couples volunteered
to participate, the researchers noticed that the couples
who were most connected ("emotionally congruent")
were also the ones who reported the most episodes where
they felt they were "reading each others thoughts".
The implication is that telepathy is easier when the people
are emotionally connected.
In fact, our brains seem to have an entire magnetic system
built into them (link). It consists of the five million
magnetite crystals in each gram of brain tissue. They were
discovered in 1992, and so far, scientists have yet to
understand their function, but one possibility is that
they provide a basis for magnetic broadcasting of our brain's
information, in addition to whatever other functions they
To explain how the jumble of electrical activity, with
all of its frequencies, pulses, bursts, 'trains' and even
bits of random noise can be turned into meaningful information
in another brain, we invoke the theory of holographic memory.
This theory, though not universally accepted among scientists,
has acquired acceptance in many fields. It says that our
memories rely on holograms. Information packages in which
each part contains all the information present in the whole
system. Holograms are also a popular art form. You can
buy pendants with holographic pictures embedded in them.
If you break a hologram into two pieces, each piece will
have the whole picture in it, but in order to see the picture
in each piece, you have to hold it at just the right angle.
Holograms are created using a laser beam which is split
into two using a special mirror. Splitting the hologram
(using a special mirror) creates two laser beams which
are slightly out of phase with one another. When the lasers
are pointed at an object, each laser beam sees it slightly
differently. Holograms are usually sold on a glass medium.
When the two laser beams are combined together again, so
that a single image is created, the image is not only three-dimensional,
but when it's broken, each part contain the whole. These
days, the technology is so simple that you can even see
holograms on magazine covers and cereal boxes. If you want
to understand this better, an Internet search on holography
will yield a lot of information.
The crucial notion in understanding how holography explains
memory and consciousness is that each part contains implies
the whole. Now, let's suppose that the information content
of your brain right now were to be written holographically
onto a piece of glass. Then, you take that piece of glass
and shatter it. Pick up one of the pieces, even the smallest
of them, and all the information in your brain would then
somehow be available through that tiny fragment. With a
real hologram, it would be a question of looking at that
fragment from exactly the right angle. The smaller the
piece, the more precise the viewing angle will be.
The holographic theory of memory says that our memories,
and even our experience of conscious awareness, consists
of holograms existing in our minds. Each perception, each
memory, each thought, each emotion, involves a whole, and
cannot really be broken up into its parts. When we see
the pattern of neural activation for one of the technologies
that creates images of our brains activities (like PET,
CAT, EEG, MRI), we are only seeing one of the parts.
It's a difficult concept for people who do not understand
holography, and when holographs were new, people were unable
to understand them based on descriptions. You had to see
one. Like the brain, a holograph can store an enormous
amount of information in a very small space. In fact, that's
one of the reasons the holographic theory of memory became
so popular so quickly.
It also allows us to understand how one person's brain
is able to perceive pictures, words, and emotions in other
people's brains, some distance away. The holographic theory
tells us that each part implies the whole. In order for
a psychic to perceive what's happening with another person,
they only need to receive a small amount of information.
If one small bit of information in one person's mind is
available to another, a much larger bundle of information
can be inferred from it.
Most psychic perceptions are visual, though there are
other modes. Few psychics, and none I've ever spoken to,
have said that their perceptions appear as spoken words.
They almost always appear in non-verbal form. The implication
is that the right hemisphere of the brain - where there
are no language centers - is the place where we expect
psychic perceptions to arise. More exactly, the hippocampus
on the right side is implicated. In experiments with "The
Octopus" (the predecessor to and inspiration for Shiva)
the right side of the brain responded more than the left.
The Medium of Transmission
The earth's magnetic field provides a medium for the
transmission of information between brains. It's not just
that each brain can broadcast information about itself,
it's that all brains exist in one magnetic field. The earth's
magnetic field has certain resonances. These are called
Schumann resonances, and the most common of them is 7.3
Hz. That frequency is in the theta band, a range of frequencies
that also occur in the human brain. Theta activity in the
brain associates with the images that appear during twilight
sleep, imagination and hypnosis, as well as meditative
states, trance, and simple relaxation. According to many
teachers of the psychic arts, these states are the ones
that are conducive to psychic perception. Research with
the former 'intelligence agency' remote viewer Ingo Swann
found a pronounced 7 Hz pattern from the right occipital
lobe. The frequencies associated with psychic perception
overlap those from the earth's magnetic field, making the
geomagnetic field the best candidate for a medium to transmit
information perceived using psychic skills.
This can explain how information is transmitted between
two brains, but not how people can sometimes get information
from the future - precognition. For that, we need to indulge
in some serious speculation, and to take note that this
is where we leave the laboratory studies behind. None of
what follows has the backing of lab studies, but there's
nothing wrong with that as long as we don't pretend it
has more certainty than it does.
Magnetic fields are forces - things that "alter or
tend to alter" the way mass (matter and/or energy)
moves (or doesn't move). Magnetism is a force, like gravity.
Forces are not composed of particles (like photons or electrons).
According to one physicist "Indeed, it is widely accepted,
even if less widely known, that the speed of gravity in
Newton's Universal Law is unconditionally infinite" (1)
An experiment done in 2002 (2), gravitational fields propagate
at 95% the speed of light, but with a large (25%) margin
of error. The result is controversial because General Relativity,
used to set up the experiment, predicts that gravitational
fields move at the speed of light, so critics argue that
the experiment's result was programmed into it. Even if
the experiment is valid, it's margin for error allows the
possibility that gravitational fields are propagated faster
than light. Almost nothing is known about the speed of
magnetic fields. A "Googol search" on the subject
found only 20 results, none of them from qualified sources.
In contrast, a search for "speed of gravity" got
over 73, 000 results, many of them from university physicists.
Both magnetism and gravity are forces. Both get weaker
as you move away from their source, and at the same rate.
They have enough in common that extrapolating the possibility
of faster-than-light transmission from one to the other
is not unreasonable.
In any case, we're going to make the assumption that magnetic
fields, like gravity, could move at speeds in excess of
the speed of light, an assumption (or postulate) which
is consistent with contemporary physics.
Now, using the tremendous power that a good assumption
confers on those who accept it, we can ask how precognitive
perception might be possible.
If the Earth's magnetic field is a suitable medium for
telepathy and remote viewing, then it will also explain
how information can get from the future to the present
as is implied when precognition is accepted as veridical
At this point in this discussion, the explanation should
be easy to guess. Information embedded in the earth's magnetic
field, moving faster than the velocity of light make the
information available in the present. It's holographic
packaging allows large amounts of information to move in
very small units. One candidate for the mechanism within
the earth's magnetic field would be a complex magnetic
soliton, an individual, 'standing' wave.
Both the information psychics perceive and the psychic's
brain are embedded in the earth's magnetic field. The information;
the holographic representation of events in the future
is as available in the present as it would be to a remote
viewer working at the time of the future event. Although
the experiments with the "octopus" were not concerned
with precognition, there was one study that found that
geomagnetic activity was the same on days when precognitive
predictions were made as it was on the day they were validated
(3). Considering that geomagnetic variations account for
many of the variations in the results for the studies on
telepathy, the assumption that the underlying mechanisms
for telepathy and precognition are the same isn't unreasonable.
Another explanation for precognition appears through Kaluza-Klien
theory, which is an area of physics that works with the
idea that there are more than four dimensions; the fourth
dimension being time. If we suppose that there are multiple
dimensions for space, it becomes possible that specific
states of consciousness allow access to 'windows' in space
and time, so that no transmissions have to occur in the
normal sense of the word. According to this model, precognition
would involve perceiving something in their immediate environment.
The concept is one that takes us into abstruse physics,
and is outside the scope of this discussion.
Becoming Psychic with Shiva
Although the best known modality for psychic is 'seeing',
which implies visual perception, there are other. Some
psychics have their perceptions appearing through their
own thoughts. Others have a sensation appear in their bodies.
Other have a simple sense of 'knowing' that doesn't form
into clear perceptions but that still allow them to understand
the answer to their inquiry.
One issue is that each person needs to find out which
kind of psychic perception works best for them, and that
can't happen until they've had a psychic perception and
seen it validated. They need to learn which part of their
inner world, their total subjective experience, is the
Many psychics maintain that everyone has the potential
to be a psychic, and that everyone has psychic perceptions,
but that most people can't recognize them for what they
In laboratory studies a device designed like Shiva was
able to elicit psychic perceptions from a majority of the
subjects. It's not known how prone the subjects were, but
the possibility exists that some of them had never consciously
had a psychic perception in their lives. They were not
informed of the purpose of the experiment, so volunteering
wasn't more attractive to psychics than it was to anyone
else. The implication is that at least some of the subjects
may have had the first psychic perception of their lives.
Because of the design of the experiments, they may not
have known their thoughts and inner images were psychic,
but they were.
In principle, the same session lengths that were used
in other experiments (20, 30, and 60 minutes) should also
be able to elicit striking effects - far more so than the
brief exposures that showed clear psychic responses.
Some of the advice I'm about to give is based on personal
experience, some of it is based on conversations with psychics,
some is from books and some is based on my understanding
of the neuroscience on the subject. I'm not going to try
to separate it out for the reader, but it's important that
I make it clear that what follows is my own understanding,
and doesn't reflect the ideas of any psychic school or
the research group I belong to.
In the martial arts there is a metaphor for the speed
with which the ideal swordsman moves to block an opponent's
blow: "As the spark flies from the flint" meaning
simply immediately. Without any intervening processes or
hesitation. The same concept also applies in psychic perception.
Once I was taking to someone about their new apartment,
and they were telling me about how it was perfect for them
except for one thing. As soon as they said that, I instantly
had a mental image of fireworks. I said "Don't tell
me. Let me guess. Fireworks." Amazed to hear this,
they answered that I was right. In their last home they
had a small fire pit, and had done private ceremonies in
which they took bath salts and threw them into the fire,
making small displays of fireworks to punctuate their prayers.
The point to this story is that I had my mental image
of fireworks appear instantly - immediately after I heard
them speak. I discussed this with a psychic of over 30
years experience, and they answered that that was how it
was done. To be 'open' to psychic experience, one only
has to be able to recognize which of the many thoughts,
feelings, images, and sensations is the first to appear
in response to something. That one will be the one that
has psychic content.
The next thing is to pay attention to what it (the immediate
response) was. Was it a visual image? A sensation in your
body. An emotion, or just a sense of knowing?
It helps to begin with things that are related to you.
Questions about your friends, family or lover. The more
you relate to a person, the easier it will be to garner
information about them psychically.
Many, if not most psychics go into a trance state before
they begin their work. There are exceptions to this. I've
met a couple of people who just 'knew' the answer to any
question (or perhaps just 'had' an answer to anything),
but they had something in common that should have made
a difference they had been through near-death experiences.
Most go into a trance or 'zone' of some kind. One explanation
for the effects seen in the lab, together with the need
for psychics to prepare themselves to do readings, may
be that this technology induces the same theta states that
psychic trance achieves. Once that state appears, paying
attention to something automatically allows information
from non-sensory sources about that thing.
When that person mentioned that they only wanted one more
thing for their home, and I replied 'fireworks', I wanted
to know what they wanted. That, I think, is also crucial,
just "Wanting to know". When you focus your attention
on hearing a sound, or focus your vision to see something
far from you, or ask yourself if you need to use the bathroom
before you go out, you 'check in' with one of your senses.
I believe that a similar 'checking in' with your psychic
perceptions is a part of the process.
One thing that I'm very sure is crucial in the development
of psychic skills is knowing the difference between your
perceptions and your response to them.
We have thoughts and feelings that appear in response
to our perceptions, and they can often be more evocative.
This makes it easy to mistake our responses to things for
the things themselves. One reason some people are psychic
and others are not is that the psychics are able to tell
the difference, while other can't. The succession of thoughts,
feeling, sensations that run through our minds is so fast
that it's easy to mistake our thoughts about a perception
for the perception itself. Most of us have had the experience
of having our actions and words twisted into something
they never were. You disagree with someone, and are told
that you are 'making them wrong'. You express an attraction
for someone, and are told you're 'hitting on them' (a violent
metaphor). You oppose the death penalty, and are told that
you want to 'coddle' criminals. You believe the findings
of science, and are told you have no 'heart'. You believe
in the teachings of a religion, and are told that you want
to keep the world in the middle ages.
It takes self-discipline to think of what others say and
do without out also thinking of what it means to us. It
also takes discipline to have a meaningful perception and
stop to pay attention to it before the next mental process
begins. But it can be done. That interval, and the special
state of consciousness in which it happens, may be all
that distinguishes psychics from others.
Another possible difference between psychics and others
is that 1) psychic information is received via the earth's
magnetic field and that 2) the ability to receive information
from the geomagnetic field varies from one person to the
next and 3) psychics are the ones at the high end of the
scale of sensitivity to geomagnetic changes. They are more
able to perceive information the geomagnetic field makes
available. We'll return to this theme soon.
When you use your Shiva unit, you can give yourself jobs
to do to make use of whatever psychic skills are available
during and after your sessions. Think of a friend. Note
the first thing that comes to mind about them. Think of
a situation at work. What's the first thing (your immediate
response) that comes to mind about it? After the session,
call your friend and see what they were doing during your
session. Were they doing what you 'saw' them doing? If
so, you probably 'remote viewed' them. If not, your perception
might be your own imagination at work, or it might be a
psychic perception in another mode. If you think of someone,
and you get a tight feeling in your stomach, perhaps you
are 'getting' that there is a problem with the person you
thought of, or perhaps it's something else.
You have to recognize the modality - the form - of your
psychic skills before you can take the next step. Testing
No matter how your psychic perceptions manifest, you won't
progress as a psychic unless you put your psychic skills
on the line by testing them. If you 'remote view' a friend
and see them doing something, check it out. Call them and
ask them what they're doing. Find out if you're right or
not. If you think of someone you know and get a bad feeling,
check them out. Find out if they're having a crisis of
some kind. If you see dark patches on a person, as some "medical
psychics" do, ask about their health. If you awake
from a dream with the word "Zambia" on your lips,
go online, and see if there's any news from there.
No matter what your consciousness puts in front of you,
look into it as much as you can. If you have perceptions
that you can't check out, ignore them. Following up on
your perceptions is a part of the process, and it works
out better to develop skills that can be verified (or better
still, can't be falsified) before moving into psychic work
like "past life reading" or "intuitive Chakra
Viewing". I'm not saying that there are no such things,
only that they don't offer good training grounds for learning
psychic skills because you can't 'prove' claims about past
lives and chakras.
Maximizing Your Chances
One good way to begin learning psychic skills is to pretend
you have them. If you go to a Catholic priest and tell
them that you can't believe in God, but that you feel an
urge to join his church, one of the things he's likely
to tell you (following St. Augustine) that you should begin
by pretending there's a God, and let your faith unfold
through your pretension.
Something similar can help you develop your psychic skills.
Not that they can be pretended into existence, or that
some people who claim to be psychic are just pretending,
but something else. When you pretend you're psychic, it
becomes very much harder to sabotage your own efforts through
with your own skepticism.
One piece of advice is that when you feel it's being productive,
disconnect from your psychic work before you reach the
point where your mind 'fatigues'. Although no one knows
why this is so, we can make a guess. It comes from the
fact that psychic perceptions rely on altered states of
consciousness, and with them, specific patterns of brain
activity. Stopping psychic activity when it's at it peak
mean that ending the period of psychic work involves 'coming
down' suddenly and dramatically. The result will be a sudden
withdrawl of activity from specific areas in the brain.
This technique trains the brain to enter and exit the states
more quickly and accurately. The 'brain fatigue' that appears
as psychic perceptions taper off also lowers their accuracy.
Stopping when you feel the most clarity, when images come
most strongly will mean that you come to see that state
of clarity as the goal, so that you reinforce yourself
in getting there.
While it's not true that you "gotta believe" it
is certainly true that you can't disbelieve. At least,
not while you're doing a Shiva session, and exercising
your consciousness between your sessions. Keep your skepticism
as intellectual as possible, and your belief in your feelings.
When you're doing one, don't do the other. "Let not
the right hand know what the left hand is doing".
It's also worth looking at some other ways you can maximize
One is pretty simple. Don't look for psychic perceptions
when you're in a bad mood. Not only can your mood make
psychic work more difficult, but if you succeed, you may
find you become specialized for negative 'readings', and
nobody likes a psychic whose skills are confined to warnings
and danger signals. This is also a good reason to heal
yourself of any psychiatric disorders you have before you
begin with Shiva. If the pathways in your brain responsible
for psychic perceptions are linked to those that support
a disorder, you may find your skills dominated by the phenomena
of your disorder.
One of the best things you can do is to make sure that you do your sessions
on days when the geomagnetic levels are either very quiet or 'unettled',
depending on your goals..
There have been many studies that show that heightened
geomagnetic activity inhibits psychic perceptions. These
studies used the octopus as well as similar technologies.
Geomagnetic quiet provides a far more conducive environment.
They aren't common, and they don't follow a rhythm. Present
Geomagnetic Field State: (more info)
During geomagnetic storm, the times when it's most active,
there is a lot of extra information, most of it meaningless.
This 'garbage' information is embedded in the geomagnetic
field along with the meaningful information - the 'stuff'
a psychic is looking for. On days of geomagnetic quiet, "the
signal-to-noise ratio" favors psychic work. During
geomagnetic storm, the 'signal' - the information one is
seeking - is easier to lose in the 'noise' of a magnetic
The brain is sensitive to the geomagnetic field. That
includes the times when it's too busy supporting the earth
in it's orbit to have things clear for psychics to work.
All the psychics I've talked to about it say they have
days when they're 'on' and days when they're 'off'. So
far there have been no studies investigating to see if
these days line up with days when the earth's magnetic
field is at rest, but it would be worth doing. Even the
professionals find that "sometimes the magic works,
and sometimes it doesn't".
Looking at only 'quiet' times, one stands out. Immediately
after a geomagnetic storm (4, 5). What seems to happen
is that the brain somehow adapts to the geomagnetic noise,
creating a sort of 'inner quiet'. When the storm is over,
the brain stops it, but slowly enough that there is an
interval when both the inner and outer quiet combine to
create especially favorable conditions. Interestingly,
this effect didn't occur when researchers looked at precognitive
perception, only telepathy. However, this only applies
to psychic perceptions during sessions. Training your brain
to allow psychic perceptions is another matter.