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If This Be Magic

Playfair, Guy Lyon

 The starting point for this popular book is the cure in a single hypnotic session of a patient with a rare skin disease reported in the British Medical Journal and labeled by doctors as a challenge to current mind-body theory. Playfair theorizes that psi ability (both ESP and PK) are neglected aspects of the art of healing. In Part One he discusses the power of the mind over its own body, with or without hypnosis. In the second part, he deals with PK, or "will force," including a chapter on Batcheldor's work. Part III, "Magic," consists of accounts of "the use of true magic in modern medicine" (p. 205). In a chapter on "The Magic Moment," he discusses the methodology of magic, followed by a chapter on "How to Work Miracles." In his "Conclusion," he describes the work of the Religious Experience Research Unit, and notes: "It is becoming more and more difficult to separate what we call religion from . . . psi" (p. 261).
Publisher Information:London, England: Jonathan Cape, 1985. Chap.notes; Index
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