Zener cards are often used to test psychic ability. There are five different cards: a star, a square, a circle, a plus sign, and three wavy lines. A deck of 25 Zener cards consists of five of each symbol.Click here to print out a set of cards on your printer. Print 5 copies of the page and cut out the cards to make a full deck. (You can also buy a deck here.) Once you have the cards, you can begin testing psychic ability.
Time Required: 5 - 15 minutes
- Select a “subject” and a “sender.” The subject will be the person whose psychic ability is being tested. The sender is the person who is looking at the cards to be guessed.
- Select an “experimenter.” A third person can act as the experimenter to oversee the test and make sure it is conducted fairly and properly.
- Decide on number of trials. With your deck of cards, decide how many trials you will conduct — how many times you will go through the complete deck. The more times you go through it, the more significant the results.
- Situate sender and subject. They can be in the same room, but it’s preferable that they cannot see one another. Putting the subject in another room is better to prevent the subject from accidentally seeing the card or the sender giving subtle signals.
- Eliminate distractions. The rooms should be as silent as possible. No TV noise or music should be heard.
- Shuffle. The experimenter should shuffle the deck thoroughly before giving it to the sender.
- Begin the trial. Beginning with the deck face down, the sender takes the top card and looks at it, again being careful that the subject can in no way see it.
- Concentrate. The sender concentrates on the symbol on the card. The sender must be completely silent throughout this test to avoid any unconscious signaling.
- Guess. The subject attempts to “guess” or psychically receive the symbol.
- Record the answers. For each card, the experimenter records whether or not the guess was a hit or a miss.
- Complete the trial. The sender continues through the complete deck of cards, one card at a time, for as many trials as agreed upon. The experimenter should shuffle the cards between each trial.
HOW TO ANALYZE THE RESULTS
Analyzing the results to see if they are scientifically significant requires a little math and perhaps the aid of a calculator, so perform this part carefully. Here’s how to calculate the results of your test.
- Calculate your odds of being correct. Because there are five different symbols to choose from, the odds of guessing a card correctly strictly by chance is 1 in 5… or 1/5 = .2.
- Write down the total number of guesses made. We’ll call this number g. (For our example, let’s say g = 100 guesses.)
- Write down the number of right guesses that the subject made. We’ll call this number r. (For our example, let’s say r = 28 right guesses.)
- Calculate the average score by multiplying the number of guesses made by .2… or g x .2 (For example, 100 x .02 = 20) We’ll call this number a.
- Calculate the result of: 1 minus your odds of being correct… or 1 - .2 = .8
- Now multiply this result by your odds of being correct… or .8 x .2 = .16 We’ll call this number b.
- Now multiply this result by the total number of guesses made… or b x g (For example, .16 x 100 = 16) We’ll call this result c.
- Use a calculator to figure the square root of c. (For example, the square root of 16 = 4). We’ll call this number s.
- Now subtract the average score from the number of right guesses… or r - a. (For example, 28 - 20 = 8). We’ll call this number d.
- Finally, divide this result by s… or d/s. (For example, 8/4 = 2) We’ll call this number m.
- m is your magic number - what the statisticians call the “critical ratio.”
- If m is less than or equal to 1.96, the results are considered not very significant.
- If m is above 2.58, the results are considered significant.
- If m is above 3, the results are considered very significant.
- Remember that significance works both ways. In other words, if your “m” score was higher than chance or much lower than chance, the results are significant.
- Again, remember that the more trials you conduct in a session, the better the test of abilities becomes.
- Try performing the test at different times of the day to see if this seems to make a difference.
- Try other variables, such as just after eating, just after awaking from sleep, for example, to see if there is a significant difference in results.
What You Need:
Have you live before? Here are 9 clues you might find in your present life
The idea that our souls or spirits reincarnate reaches back at least 3,000 years. Discussions of the subject can be found in the ancient traditions of India, Greece, and the Celtic Druids. It’s a tantalizing belief - that our spirits are not confined to the seven, eight, or nine decades of life on Earth (if we’re lucky), but that we have lived before and that we might live again.
What do you believe? Do you believe that you have had a past life or lives, growing up, working, loving, and suffering in roles very different from the one you are now playing out? Perhaps you were a different race, socio-economic class, or gender. Some even believe you could have been another living species entirely - a dog, gazelle, or fish perhaps.
Those who believe in past lives suggest that there might be clues to what our past lives were in the various complex aspects that make up our current physical, emotional, intellectual, and psychological personalities. Here are some of them.
Most of us have experienced the eerie feeling of déjà vu - the sudden, surprising feeling that an event we are going through at the moment has happened exactly this way before. Psychologist Arthur Funkhouser has broken down this phenomenon into sub-categories: déjà vécu - an event already experienced or lived through; déjà senti- already felt, perhaps triggered by a voice or music; and déjà visité - a place so familiar we feel we’ve been there before.
While scientists and psychiatrists insist there are neurological explanations for these phenomena, others wonder if these strange feelings could be vague, fleeting memories of past lives. You enter a house or building, for example, in a town you’ve never visited before. Yet every detail of that place is familiar. You know what’s in the next room and up the stairs. You have the overwhelming feeling that you’ve been there before. Have you - in a past life?
My daughter has “memories” of childhood events that we know never really happened. Is she just remembering a child’s fantasy, misunderstanding, or even a dream that she now interprets as reality? Or is sheremembering something that happened to her before she was born into this lifetime?
Human memory is a fraught with error and incongruities, and I’m sure many of us have memories of things that family and friends can attest never occurred. So the question is: Is it faulty memory or a remembrance of lives past?
DREAMS AND NIGHTMARES
Recurring dreams and nightmares also have been suggested as being memories or at least clues of past lives. I have experienced this type of recurring dream. There are two locations with specific details that crop up in my dreams several times a year, yet they are places I have never been to.
The first is a large city and I am walking down the street… there is a candy/magazine store on the corner, and I go in any buy something… then I go farther down the street to another building, and in the lower level is a small restaurant where I meet some friends and make the acquaintance of some girls… and later I think that I must go back to that place to see if the girls are there again.
The second is a smaller city - I get the distinct feeling of a “college town” - and I can see the specific view of a specific corner, how it looks, what’s there, how the street slopes down, etc.
These are not memories of places or events that have happened in this life, yet they recur in my dreams often. Are they memories of something important that happened in a past life?
Likewise, can nightmares be reflections of past life traumas that have clung to our spirits and haunt our sleep?