For the most part, the notion of what most consider the paranormal is considered the territory of odd-ball fringe dwellers, people who don’t deserve serious consideration by those living a “normal” life. Indeed, most in the Western world give scant regard for the skills and abilities displayed by the yogis of the Himalayas, amongst others, as if what they do does not exist, as if, even they can display these skills, they are not relevant to those of us living an everyday Western life.
For me, one of the best entrees into this world for we Westerners is Yogananda’s wonderful book Autobiography of a Yogi. Apart from being beautifully and sensitively written, it is a wonderful window into the possibilities of what it means to be human that most of us in the Western world do not currently contemplate.
Returning to the notion of the paranormal, there is a group of scientists who have brought the strongest of scientific rigor to the investigation of the paranormal. Perhaps the most well-known of these is Dean Radin, who has been researching these phenomena in an uncompromising manner for over 30 years.
In 2009, a wonderful film was made entitled “Something Unknown Is Doing We Don’t Know What”, which I was fortunate to see soon after it was released. It is a very thorough and careful entrée into the work of a variety of well-respected, classically trained individuals who work in this space. It has recently become available on YouTube and you can watch it here. I commend it to you.