Tuesday, February 26, 2013


I just finished reading one of the most fascinating books I have read in years - Breakthrough to Creativity, by the neuro-psychiatrist Shafica Karagulla.  Rarely do I find a non-fiction book that will make me stay up late at night until I finish it.   Dr. Karagulla is the aunt of George Noory of Coast to Coast AM, a late night radio show that I listen to most nights.  I had heard him mention his aunt a few times and that she had written a book on telepathy.  When I found the book in a used book store in Hot Springs, Arkansas I bought it for something to read on the drive home - not realizing that I would not want to put it down.  

Dr. Karagulla received her MD from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon in 1940.  She trained at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital for Mental and Nervous Disorders under a well known psychiatrist Professor Sir David K. Henderson.  During this period she was awarded the Walter Smith Kay Research Fellowship in Psychiatry and the Lawrence McLaren Bequest by the University of Edinburgh.  In 1950 she passed the examination and became a Member of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh - the highest medical qualification in Britain.  In 1952 she received a research fellowship in the department of neurology and neuro-surgery at McGill University and the Montreal Neurological Institute in Canada, and for three years worked as consultant psychiatrist in association with the world-famous neuro-surgeon, Dr. Wilder Penfield. In 1956 she came to the U.S. on a priority rating and became a citizen and a practicing physician.  In 1957 she became Assistant Professor at the State University of New York.

Dr. Karagulla became interested in telepathy after a friend asked her to read a book about Edgar Cayce.  Mr. Cayce, who died in 1945, could put himself in a trance while laying on a couch and observe and diagnose people who were hundreds of miles away.  Impressed by the amount of well documented evidence that Cayce possessed amazing abilities, she decided to devote her career to research what she called Higher Sense Perception.  With her outstanding credentials she was eventually able to receive a grant from the Eliot D. Grant Foundation to research different types of Higher Sense Perception.

When looking for sensitives to study, Dr. Karagulla did not go to psychics or mediums who advertised or accepted payment by giving readings.  She found sensitives whose talents were known to only some of their friends.  Some were other doctors and others had very successful careers.  Their talents are amazing to say the least.  Healing, being able to "see" inside a human body or see an energy field are some of the abilities that were researched.  

A lot in this book seems unbelievable.  But, you have to consider the source and when I look at Dr. Karagulla's professional bio I realize how much she gave up to do this research.  You can't get more credible than that.   Fortunately you can still get this out of print book through Amazon for a reasonable price.