Issue 35, January
This issue commences with a paper focusing on personal, personality traits and proposes a method which uses strong traits to overcome weak traits, thus empowering individuals to attain better control over their lives and evolution. This paper was written by Adriana Kauati, a Brazilian PhD who has been studying Conscientiology, since 2005.
The second article also focuses on the analysis of strong and weak traits. The author, physician Bruno Wong, puts forward a discussion on mentalsomatic intrusion and proposes techniques to perform mentalsomatic deintrusion. Wong describes mentalsomatic intrusion as a thosenic intrusion with predominance in the mentalsoma, which produces a destabilizing effect in one's internal homeostasis through provoking deceptive or toxic ideas.
Following this, Julia Silva, presents a complimentary line of discussion, which involves the use of strong traits to overcome personal limitations that can hinder one's performance. Silva communicates in a candid yet technical way, her experience in facing her fear of speaking in public and her anxiety prior to conscientiological lectures or specific classes, caused by personal weak traits and extraphysical pressure. She also shares with JofC readers the techniques she used to tackle those conditions.
Rodrigo Guedes' essay proposes a kind of epistemological discussion on multidimensional semiotics or, rather, parasemiotics - an expression he uses to refer to a semiological approach in examining the relationship between the consciousness and signs, in a multidimensional context.
The importance of keeping records of one's parapsychic occurrences in order to facilitate a deeper analysis of one's microuniverse is the theme of Maria do Carmo Pena's article. She considers that these records (of one's paraperceptions), are a vital source of self-knowledge, and presents ideas on how they can be recorded, organized and researched.
A Finnish colleague's experience in the Projectarium laboratory in Portugal is the subject of this issue's 'Personal Account' section. She relays how a rather unexpected but welcomed winning of a draw, to experiment in the Projectarium on the day of its inauguration, led her to a quite interesting multidimensional event.
In this issue of the 'News and Notices' section, readers will find a tribute in memory of author and researcher of past-life experiences, Ian Stevenson. This tribute was written by Jim Tucker, a child psychiatrist who became one of Stevenson's successors in his work, at the time of his retirement, in 2002. Tucker worked directly with Dr. Stevenson for a number of years and together they presented a work on Children who Claim to Remember Previous Lives, in January 2002, for The Medical Center Hour, at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.
In addition, the 'News and Notices' section gives a firsthand account of the closing of the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) lab program, which was established at Princeton University in 1979. This news is co-authored by fellow researcher Brenda Dunne, who used to be the Laboratory Manager of the PEAR lab. She now continues her contribution with the International Consciousness Research Laboratories (ICRL) and with the Society for Scientific Exploration (SSE).