Nils O. Jacobson, M.D.
Journal of the Society for
In 1987 Mr Göte Andersson of Värmlands Nysäter, Sweden, discovered a phenomenon which has been named 'the psi track'.
The Psi Track
Briefly, thepsi track has the following basis:–
A person, called the sender, is in a place called the sending place. For a few minutes the sender concentrates vividly on a target object hidden in the surrounding area. The distance to the target object may be tens or hundreds of metres, or even further. After some minutes, a 'track' is established from the sending place to the target object. This track can be detected by dowsing, until it gradually fades away after one to two hours. In real life, thepsi track may be used to find lost objects.
Jacobson and Tellefsen (1994) published a study of thepsi track, consisting of a detailed description of the procedure, discussion of anecdotal cases, and a report of controlled field experiments. The authors hoped that their study would encourage other researchers to repeat similar experiments. Unfortunately, neither I nor my co-author have so far seen any such reports.
On the other hand, Göte Andersson and my co-author and I have received reports about the practical use of thepsi track to recover lost objects. Information about the procedure has been published in popular articles in Swedish magazines, and in a book by Göte Andersson (1994).
A Real-Life Report
The latest report of the practical use of thepsi track comes from Göte Andersson. The event took place at the Skäggebol farm in Värmlands Nysäter, where Mr Andersson lives and works part time. He writes:
This is a typical example of the practical use of the psi track. Of course such a trial has no 'scientific' value. It is impossible to prove that no one knew that the kitten might be in the cellar. Perhaps someone had noticed the kitten around there and then forgotten about it.
However, we have dozens of reports of similar cases, some of them rather remarkable, where actual lost objects of very different kinds have been found, again with this procedure. In this case, we may even assume that the psi track saved the kitten's life, which is more important than scientific proof.
A real test of the psi track would be in connection with a police search for a missing person. However, this would need skilled dowsers who were well trained in the procedure beforehand.
I would be glad if this case report might inspire researchers to investigate the psi track. Until confirmatory studies are reported, the psi track may continue to be regarded as useful in practice but scientifically unproven.
NILS O. JACOBSON
Department of Psychiatry
S-291 85 Kristianstad, SWEDEN
Jacobson, N. O. and Tellefsen, J. A. (1994) Dowsing along the psi track. JSPR 59, 321-339.
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