Are you curious about research topics such as telepathy, precognition, clairvoyance, mind-matter interactions, complementary healing methods, afterlife communication, and mediums? Have you had one of these experiences and want to learn more? Are you interested in learning about how these experiences might be applied to our everyday lives? Then you are in the right place!
Science that Matters.
Here at the Windbridge Institute, we are concerned with asking, “What can we do with the potential that exists within our bodies, minds, and spirits?” Can we heal each other? Ourselves? Can we affect events and physical reality with our thoughts? Can we know things before they happen? Are we connected to each other? To the planet? Can we communicate with our loved ones who have passed?
To answer these questions, we study three broad areas:
Parapsychology: The scientific study of mind-matter interactions (also called psychokinesis), telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition, collectively known as psi (ψ, not PSI or P.S.I.), and applying them to solve real-world problems.
Afterlife Science: The technical term for this research topic is “survival of consciousness after physical death.” Our research focuses primarily on mediums (people who experience regular communication with the deceased); specifically, we are interested the accuracy of the information they report, how the mediumship process works (both psychologically and physically), and the application of mediumship to healthcare and other areas. Other areas of research within this area include the field investigation of reported haunted locations and instrumental transcommunication (ITC) which is the application of different technologies to help facilitate possible communication and interaction with the dead.
Non-Human Animal Consciousness: This includes animal psi, the human-animal bond, and the survival of animal consciousness after physical death. Research methods used are observational and noninvasive. No animals are harmed or artificially stressed.
Why is this research important?
Practically: Our research has applications in healthcare, palliative care, and grief management.
Socially: Evidence collected during our studies may shape public policy and the justice system.
Culturally: Our modern society tends to rely on science as an authority.
Academically: Our findings speak directly to the nature of consciousness.
Knowledge You Can Use.
The uncommon is more common than you might think A spiritually transformative experience (STE) is defined as a personal event that causes a person to perceive themselves and the world in a profoundly different way resulting in a change in their values, priorities, or life purpose. One class of STEs, known as after-death communication (ADC), has been reported by at least one-third of the US population. So, while these events may be outside of one’s every-day experience, they are, in fact, part of the normal human condition.
What have we learned? A lot! While our research covers a wide range of topics, since 2008 we have been focusing primarily on mediums and mediumship and our body of knowledge keeps growing. For an overview of our current findings and active research projects, download our current New Year Note HERE. It covers all our major finding since 2008, and looks ahead to future research projects.
In addition, we have put together a selection of short, non-technical, downloadable Research Briefs which cover specific research areas. You can find these on the Publications page or by clicking HERE. Of course, if you are interested in all the details, you can also access the full text of many of our peer-reviewed scientific papers directly from the Publications page as well.
About the Research Mediums During all of our research to date, we have been working with a group of pre-screened and tested mediums known as Windbridge Certified Research Mediums (WCRMs).
Before participating in research at the Windbridge Institute, each research medium completed an intensive 8-step screening and training procedure.
Upon successful completion of the procedure, each WCRM agrees to donate a minimum of four hours per month to assist in various aspects of the research, to uphold a code of spiritual ethics, to embrace a strong commitment to the values of scientific mediumship research, and to abide by specific Windbridge Institute standards of conduct. About 25% of the mediums who attempted the procedure failed to achieve passing accuracy scores and many mediums self-selected to opt out of the screening once they fully understood the protocol and required on-going commitment to the project.
A list of current WCRMs can be found HERE.
The WCRM program was funded by a research grant and that grant has ended. We are no longer certifying new WCRMs.
New research starting in late 2015 will be open to a wider range of mediums and a prescreen process will not be required. To stay up-to-date on this and other research projects and institute news, be sure to join our email list.
Our Research Methods For general descriptions of studies with mediums at the Windbridge Institute, you can check out this video of the institute’s Director of Research, Dr. Julie Beischel, speaking at the 2009 Society for Scientific Exploration meeting.
Dr. Beischel has also written several non-technical books about her research with mediums. Among Mediums covers her methods and findings to-date, Meaningful Messages is short book that covers all you need to know about how to receive a successful reading from a medium, and From the Mouths of Mediums examines what it’s like to be a medium from the medium’s perspective and how you can have similar experiences.
For a list of all of Dr. Beischel’s books, click HERE.
Featured Media As part of our mission to disseminate our research findings to the general public, Windbridge Institute researchers regularly grant media interviews or contribute articles for general publication. The full list of available media can be found here, but below are a few to get you started:
Noory, G., & Beischel, J. (2014, October 22). Interview. Coast to Coast Radio [national radio]. (Note: A membership to the Coast to Coast show is required for access.)
Beischel, J. (2011). Contribution to: “The importance of mediumship research: A variety of perspectives from contemporary investigators of mediumship.” Paranthropology, 2, 20. [Link opens a new window]
Beischel, J. (2010). The reincarnation of mediumship research. EdgeScience, 3, 10-12. [Link opens a PDF document in a new window]
Important Information As we are not clinicians, if you are experiencing any physical or mental distress, please consult a licensed healthcare provider. Always consult with your a licensed healthcare provider while you are considering treatment options.
We cannot recommend a specific medium for you.
ACISTE http://aciste.org/ The American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE, pronounced ‘assist’) was “established to support people who have had spiritually transformative experiences (STEs).” They offer:
- Competency guidelines for professionals working with clients who may present issues related to their STEs
- Education, training, and certification to professionals who want to provide support for experiencers
- A directory of professionals certified by ACISTE
- Free online and regional support and discussion groups for individuals who’ve had STEs
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