CONFESSIONS OF A TESLA NERD Marc J. Seifer, Ph.D., February 1, 1997


    The year was 1970. I was working as a messenger for DJM Films, which produced commercials, located off Fifth Avenue at the time, and taking courses on filmmaking and also graphology at the New School For Social Research. One day at a local library I chanced upon a book by a man whose name I did not know, Andrija Puharich, M.D., entitled Beyond Telepathy. Puharich, whose "real" first name was Henry, had also written a book about a sacred mushroom that could make a person telepathic, but he was yet to achieve widespread acclaim. That would occur, virtually overnight, about four years later when he published his illustrious biography on Israeli psychic and spoonbender Uri Geller.

    Perhaps it was the utter gall of the title that caught my eye. At that time, I didn't even know telepathy existed. Two years later, while preparing for a graduate Masters program at the University of Chicago, I discovered such theoreticians as Wilhelm Reich, who hypothesized that repression was linked to the inability to achieve correct orgasms, P.D. Ouspensky who wrote about a six-dimensional model for the space/time continuum, and Ouspensky's teacher, Georgi Gurdjieff, who taught that higher states of consciousness were directly linked to acts of one's own will power.

    By the time I had arrived in Chicago, I had already completed reading a number of heavy esoteric texts, but that was only the beginning of my journey. My Master's thesis, entitled "Levels of the Mind," was an attempt to explore the infinite dimension of the mind beyond Freud's unconscious and Jung's collective unconscious. This led me to Fredrick Meyers and his weighty book Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death.

    There's no pulling any punches there. Much like Jung, yet predating him, Myers hypothesized a concept of a universal psyche shared by all humans. This realm became the pathway for extrasensory information and a realm where the departed could communicate with the living.

WIZARD: THE LIFE & TIMES OF NIKOLA TESLA has been called the definitive biography on the inventor's fantastic life. The story begins with Tesla's heritage, follows childhood and early life through his school years in Graz and Budapest to his first jobs in Europe and then to his acclaimed work in America.

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