Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Ed Dames and Secular Apocalypses

Over on Twitter, @farmerjaneusa and I were having this conversation about Ed Dames, and I couldn't answer her there.

This won’t be an exhaustive list of what concerns me about folks like Ed Dames ... just a couple examples. Anyone who wants detail can Google Dames’ record. Before I get into my examples though, I want to say that I think Ed Dames, and some of the other well-known “modern prophets” actually do have an interesting track record and some pretty amazing “hits”. I believe Dames may have some ability in remote viewing, and I have heard positive feedback from students of his classes. But I’m ambivalent about prediction work in general and Ed Dames has a special place in the “toxic” category of psychics whose work I’ve followed.

I categorize “predictions” into the following categories:

“Horoscopes” are purely for entertainment value, imnsho. Yes, I do write horoscopes for my site Astrology.ca. I wanted to do a site where I taught people astrology, and it was all very serious, and when I finally let my business-savvy boss back at TUCOWS talk me into adding horoscopes, it finally started paying for itself, traffic went up by 5000% (not kidding). I do say though on that site that all horoscopes are purely for entertainment value. I want no one to take them seriously – the only reason I still offer them is it brings in enough traffic to pay for itself, and that gives me the ability to promote real astrology.

“Forecasts” can be visions, dreams, astrological or Tarot interpretations that focus on the future and stick mainly to a description of the vision or the energies involved. Forecasts avoid rigid interpretation. Interpretation is left up to the listener, or it is made clear that there can be alternate possibilities for the way a forecast may manifest (See “Forecasting versus Prediction”). I see forecasts as potentially useful, depending on how they are approached, and I have used them in my psychic work.

“Disaster Predictions” and “Apocalypse Predictions” are the two categories that trouble me the most. They seem similar, but the main difference is that a “disaster” prediction only focuses on a given event: an earthquake, terrorist attack, another peccadillo in the life of a troubled celebrity. The argument for making disaster predictions public is that a disaster could possibly be averted or modified in some way if the affected parties were made aware of it. I personally prefer a forecast mindset to the prediction, but I take no issue with disaster predictions in and of themselves. It’s only when there is an endless stream of them, or they seem to carry an agenda that I begin to question them. Apocalypse predictions however, I look at as toxic. Apocalypse predictions end in global disaster, the “end times” or the destruction of civilization. There are sub-sets within apocalypse predictions, the Christian Biblical Apocalypse being the most popular variant, however the Islamic faith also has a strain of Apocalypse prophecy that few in the West are aware of. What I call “Secular Apocalypse” is the variety favored by Ed Dames. He does not to my knowledge have a Biblical or religious tie-in to his “Kill Shot” Apocalypse.

Dames has been predicting his “Kill Shot” Apocalypse since back in the mid 1990s in appearances with Art Bell on Coast to Coast AM and on his web site. As I recall the course of events, he said that this “Kill Shot” would take the form of a gigantic solar flare aimed directly at the earth that would wipe out most if not all life on the planet. His school of remote viewing has (according to Dames) perfected a method of timing such events by looking at events immediately preceding the “main event” and in the case of the “kill shot”, he foresaw a Space Shuttle being forced down by a meteor storm, followed by the massive solar flare.

I actually give Dames credit for a “hit” on the “Kill Shot”. But I believe the “Kill Shot” has already taken place. I recall an appearance with George Noory during a Shuttle mission where the shuttle was brought back early and immediately afterward one of the largest solar flares in history was indeed recorded. I believe, as is often the case with psychic ability, that Dames and his team were affected by his own interpretation of the events they viewed. They “hit” on the Shuttle issues and the solar flare, but missed on it actually hitting the earth. Dames claims to be so certain of this prediction because many of his team see the same events, but he’s failed to account for the possibility that his students are “following the leader” so to speak. It’s a well-known psychic phenomena that sometimes a group of psychics will all be strongly influenced by their perceived leader. They may all get the same vision because it is the one strongly held by Dames.

Regardless, Dames must now insist that the event which has past is not the “real” “kill shot”, and that it is soon to come in the future. The “Kill Shot” web site continues to say “within ten years”, a very long predictive cycle that keeps getting pushed forward as it fails to materialize. That’s tremendously important for Dames, who makes a good deal of money selling “survival” CDs. In the meantime, the people who take this prediction seriously continue to live in fear of something that has already passed harmlessly.

Why I would call that toxic and irresponsible should be obvious. If you believe in the Law of Attraction, then you know that to focus on a negative, fearful event is to give energy to it and to risk creating it. While I think the momentum of thought is on the side of those of us who trust in the continued health of our solar system, I think it’s unhealthy to promote such an idea. First off, if it were to actually happen, there is absolutely nothing anyone could do to prevent it. It’s healthier to let people live out their lives without that burden of fear. I think it’s also unhealthy on an individual level. What kind of lives do people have when they live in this kind of fear? What kind of lives do they give their children? As a child of a parent steeped in fearful Biblical prophecy I can testify that it can have a profoundly stunting effect on a child’s psyche. Why strive for a better life when you are convinced you are going to die horribly anyway?

Not long ago, Dames predicted that Steven Fossett would be found in a specific location and as I recall that broadcast, he told Noory that if Fossett wasn’t within a certain radius, it wouldn’t be a hit. The searchers were covering a huge area, and (again if I recall correctly) that very evening that he was on Coast, they had found Fossett’s ID card. Dames’ location was considerably outside that radius and he stated quite emphatically that Fossett would not be found near the documents, and that if that did happen, he would count it as a “miss”. The next day though, some bones later confirmed to be Fossett's were indeed found near the documents. That night, Noory had Dames back on ... and while I listened with incredulity Dames claimed it as a “hit” and Noory verbally patted him on the back for his incredible powers. This last visit to Coast (what little of it I could bring myself to listen to), Noory again used this event as one of Ed Dames “major hits”! I’m flabbergasted by this revision of history. It’s almost as bad as what Sylvia Browne pulled on the Coast show, yet Noory is letting Dames get away with it. Then there is the history of his legal and PR problems with PSITech. I love Coast, but Noory is doing a lot of damage to his own credibility when he not only doesn’t question claims like this, he becomes a cheerleader for them.

As an intuitive myself, I believe in the power of what Dames calls “Remote Viewing”. It’s nothing new, it’s been done for centuries, and it can be effective to a certain degree. I also think notoriety for this ability can be abused for profit, political or religious gain. I think the true power lies in the now, not in the future or the past.

I also believe there will be disasters and challenges in our future, that’s part of life. No matter how good their disaster predictions, the big-name famous psychics cannot tell you or me individually who will be effected and who will not. So their predictions are interesting, entertaining and irrelevant. It makes sense to be informed and prepared for disaster no matter where you live (if you only store water you are ahead of 90% of people out there). Before you give any psychic prediction credibility, make sure to look at their overall record. Have a look at the skeptic sites. If our media interviewers won’t challenge the self-proclaimed prophets who appear on their shows, it’s up to you to do your own homework before you decide who and what to believe.


Farmer Jane said...

Sorry it's taken so long to respond. I've been really busy working on a project.

Please know, Brandi, that everything I say henceforth is with respect for your words and your beliefs, and for the sake of debate and discussion. I do value your continued friendship.

Ed Dames and the Remote Viewers that work with him have been developing protocols that have made pinning down a specific point in time more predictable. When he was on Coast to Coast AM recently he mentioned this. He also mentioned that he tries to stay away from the "Doom" persona attached to him, but that he is just trying to get people to listen. He wants to help people help themselves by giving them the information that he knows. If someone has the knowledge of a dangerous event, they feel a certain responsibility to let others know.

Fear in general is what motivates people. What people do after feeling fear is up to them. If they want to continue to be scared and do nothing, that is up to them. If they want to ignore it and no longer feel the fear, that is also up to them. Ed Dames doesn't want people to sit around, doing nothing and be scared. He wants to motivate them to save their own skin. It is senseless to listen and let yourself be scared, yet do nothing. Why bother having fear? The fight or flight response is supposed to help the human race, not hurt it.

As for what you said about your horoscopes, I am glad you took the advice of your boss at TUCOWS. Smart move! We all have to eat.

I understand what you are expressing when you say forecasts. I happen to follow astrology. Tarot readings are divination and have no science behind it. Astrology however has a solid framework and is mentioned in The Bible. (The Magi were actually Astrologers but those that have translated The Bible had their own agenda, at least that is my belief.) Although there is some part of Astrology that is open to interpretation, any group of good Astrologers should be able to come up with the same basic outline when coming up with a transit forecast, synastry, progressed or natal report. I used to read Tarot cards on the side and realized, when I had reached a certain level of expertise, that it was not me at all, but entities attached to me that were giving me the information. It took me some time, but I finally gave them up altogether. Although the story that is told through the Major Arcana is an interesting one, and useful in understanding a person's progression through life stages, the interpretation of cards is something I will never again do. It is addicting and took me ten years to understand something was inherently wrong with this "art".

The Bible speaks of End Times and also that we should not know the time of His return. Each day is one day closer. It is my belief that it is not to fear those changes, but to be prepared by having faith in Our Lord and following the teachings of Jesus. It is only then we have nothing to fear.

There are those that have agendas, most do. God gave us a brain for a reason. We must fine tune our BS detector. It does not mean that we cannot find truth in words of those that have an agenda, but that we must factor in what that agenda is once we have discovered it. As for Ed, he has made his money and is now giving away he DVD for only a reasonable shipping and handling fee. We all must put food on our table. Ed is not trying to be deceptive. He truly believes what he has seen, as many have.

There are many who think they are doing good, and after you have discovered whether they will stand, no matter what, for what they believe in, the next question to ask is whether they are divining or whether they are providing prophecy. Once you realize there is a difference, there will be portions of The Bible that will make much more sense, which formerly appeared to be contradictory. Tarot card reading is divination. Remote Viewing, when done under strict protocols, is prophecy.

I will not name names, but there is a certain psychic who has seen her more accurate days. That is because she was not pulling her information directly from the source, but through an entity or entities that enjoyed playing with her. They are deceptive and patient. It is obvious that it or they allowed her to reach a peak of success and have now sought to drag her down by giving her false information and making her look foolish. She may not even understand why this is happening, or refuses to see it, thinking she is above it all. This happens to many psychics who do not seek to pull their information from the source, and rather choose to receive it from a third party of some kind. How many psychics have fallen from grace? It is not just the media that is trying to make a mockery of them, they are being used and used up, all for the enjoyment of deceptive transdimensional beings.

If you can find these older shows with Ed Dames, from the 1990's I would love to hear them. Honestly I am not aware of them. I didn't start listening to Coast to Coast AM until much later.

As for being influenced by a leader or teacher of some kind in regards to Remote Viewing - if you are pulling information directly from the source, your information cannot be "influenced" in such a manner if you are operating past the beginner stage. It is a bit difficult to explain without going into great detail. The easier fail safe to explain is how Remote Viewers often work together. It is not uncommon when working on an important project to pool together ten highly trained Remote Viewers who have proven themselves to be accurate and on target and give highly usable details. In most cases, to further maintain that the final report of each viewer is not tainted, each one will not know about the other one, or how many people are on the project. They will also be given a target reference number which is attached to the target but does not identify the target in anyway. The collective data is then gathered and a process takes place that pieces all the data from all the sessions together. If a remote viewer does not know ahead of time (not front-loaded) what they are to be viewing, and is trained not to jump to conclusions, but to only accept pieces of the data stream and only after the session is completed, put those pieces together, how then can they be influenced by their teacher or leader or monitor, or in fact anyone?

If someone is just towing the line and they were not part of a session, but a fan, that is a completely different animal.

There is one truthism that most do not know or care to understand. I dare even to speak it, but it is this: those who are selfish, or go on too long being selfish, will undo themselves and no longer be able to maintain the integrity of their own sessions. It is complicated yet it is extremely simple. Your belief in a higher power must be strong and if you stray from your teachings you will not prosper because you will no longer be right with God. There is nothing wrong with being wealthy as long as you are helping others as much as if not more than you are helping yourself.

There are always those that will be lead astray and those that don't have the strength to think for themselves. Those two groups of people are a match made in hell. If there were no people that failed to think for themselves, there would be no one to follow those that wish to deceive. It is the danger of free will. We are allowed to make up or own mind, even to our own demise.

It is a choice to live in fear. It is a choice to live prepared. No one should tell you how to think. Either you listen or you do not. Either you do something about it or you do not. I rarely watch the so called news because of this. Most stories are contorted truths at best. The real important news is rarely reported. Fear mongering buzz words are prevalent to no good end.

If you don't like the way something makes you feel, hit the end transmission button.

As for the project I have been working on... http://www.survivethat.com

Peace and Love,

Jane Farmer

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Mulvaney said...

I was surprised that during the most recent show with Dames, Noorystill pointed to Dames' predictions about Fossett as a "hit." Dames originally said he had gps accuracy, mapped a square mile search area, and talked about his team going there to recover the body. He was 50 miles off. The original search area was closer. The only thing he had right was the state, for which there was a 50-50 chance. I guess people will believe what they want to believe and revising history makes for better radio.