November 5, 1962
1. Lacking generally accepted terms, the above is used to indicate the rare but confirmed observations of either voluntary mind contact, in which case two or more persons know what the others are thinking – or involuntary contact, in which case a “mind-reader” may know what another or others are thinking without cooperation or even without the knowledge of the objects. these may be removed from the “reader” any distance on this globe.
2. In 1957 an army project for research in this matter was contemplated. This project was, in my view, too exclusively based on mediocre results reached by large groups rather than on achievements demonstrated by a few individuals. So I wrote some suggestions to Brigadier-General Theodore J. Conway, Director of Army Research and Development.
3. Our correspondence concluded with talks with Colonel Shrimp in the Pentagon in 1959, following my return from a trip to the Himalayas. Colonel Shrimp was interested in my suggestions but apparently not authorized to change or add to the project scope, which was limited to sponsoring university studies and studies in Japan.
4. University studies along these lines have so far chiefly been confined to group results, even though many scholars are informed of the more interesting results achieved by rare individuals.
5. My own concern began at the age of eight when I found I had some limited capabilities which were suppressed by hostile reactions from friends, not from parents. Generally a sympathetic home and school environment in the formative years is a first requirement. My lost early talents were occasionally and spottily revived.
6. From 1924 through part of 1927 I was a friend and pupil of the late Hindu musician Inayat Khan, who seemed to have a complete mastery of mind rendezvous. In his presence and then only I could also read him. Inayat, in his youth, traveled widely in the Himalayas where he met men communicating mentally with ease. His son Vilayat, whose mother was an American and who studied at the Sorbonne, also traveled in the Himalayas and met mind communicators. I met one myself in the quite civilized city of Mussorree in the lower Himalayas.
7. Several Americans, some in influential positions, are interested in and/or have achieved in this matter.
8. Colonel Warren D. Langley, present Director of Army Research and Development, informed me last Wednesday that Colonel Shrimp’s project had been discontinued, but that resumption was possible … “if a breakthrough in University research would be forthcoming.”
9. The ‘breakthrough’ rather happened long ago when we first discovered that minds were pooled and the common pool could be tapped. The problem may not be to discover new procedures but to recover and broaden knowledge already possessed.
A. In view of the military and civilian importance of this matter it is suggested that at least one project be started in which interested University personnel should certainly take part, though these should not be the exclusive operators and shold not be permitted to limit the studies according to their views.
B. Among the first steps of such a project might be these:
a. Establishing schools for picked children from homes sympathetic to the idea. A great many such homes can be found in this country today. Should we experiment with children? We do, every day, and not always safely. The proposed experiment could do the children nothing but good.
b. These schools would teach the acknowledged courses in addition to special training in reliable mental responses, special mental and physical exercises, certain dietary considerations under supervision of medical doctors versed in these disciplines. There are quite a few such doctors.
c. Generally these schools might be tilted toward Dr. Montessori, Inayat Khan and similar trends. The results of such an education could be nothing but good, whatever else might be achieved.
d. Similar courses could be established for interested adults.