Our Secret Powers

Telepathy, Clairvoyance and Precognition. A Short History of (Nearly) Everything Paranormal

Non-Fiction - Spiritual/Supernatural
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Reviewed on 08/10/2018
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

Our Secret Powers: Telepathy, Clairvoyance, and Precognition. A Short History of (nearly) Everything Paranormal by Terje G. Simonsen explores the idea of the paranormal through what Simonsen calls the big five: telepathy, clairvoyance, precognition, telekinesis, and healing. Something not as prevalent in modern society, the paranormal is examined with examples from history and reports given by established names from a wide range of fields, including archaeology and philosophy. Our Secret Powers shines a light on these paranormal occurrences through an intellectual and psychological lens, while also addressing the skepticism surrounding them and introducing the Mental Internet, which is simply a mental (or telepathic) link that connects everyone.

Terje G. Simonsen has a grounded tone with facts that are well researched and thorough. The writing has a well organized structure, pulling forth instances from history and backing them up through a psychological understanding. The facts are concise and clearly presented, opening up the mind to coincidences and theories of the paranormal, and showing another way of seeing the world. Prominent figures from throughout history are used, presenting their notions and ideals. Simonsen digs deeper into the ideas of these notable people, with names that are easily recognizable, including Freud, Jung, and Einstein. The most interesting concept presented is the idea of the Mental Internet, which goes into the idea of Consciousness being something we're all doing together, and is described as a form of networking with a telepathic connection at the root of this network. Simonsen puts a new perspective on history by taking some well-known facts and mixing them with lesser known information with the focus on the paranormal as what connects them.

This is a book that will make you think about similar coincidences in your own life, such as when you're thinking of someone and then they call, or you pick up the phone and the person you're calling is already on the line, having picked up to call you at the exact same time. Our Secret Powers is an intelligent and fascinating read that will appeal to those who enjoy science, history, psychology, and the paranormal. Simonsen will make you want to hop onto the Mental Internet and see what can be discovered.

Gisela Dixon

Our Secret Powers: Telepathy, Clairvoyance and Precognition. A Short History of (Nearly) Everything Paranormal by Terje G. Simonsen is a non-fiction book that presents a broad overview of what is commonly known as paranormal or supernatural phenomena along with hundreds of examples from the real world. In Our Secret Powers, Terje has divided the book into separate sections, each devoted to a supernatural phenomenon or aspects related to it such as telepathy, parapsychology, psychic powers, clairvoyance, mysticism in world cultures, Freudian and Jungian psychoanalysis, anthropology, trance, psi, reason, consciousness, “mental Internet,” occult, Tao, Vedanta philosophy, time and space, quantum physics, psychokinesis, dreams, reincarnation, and much more. Each of these sections is provided with real world historical examples and findings from various research studies. There is also a bibliography and index included at the end.

I loved reading Our Secret Powers and was amazed at how much information and data Terje G. Simonsen has been able to gather and consolidate. Indeed, as the title suggests, most aspects of what is known as the paranormal or supernatural have been covered in some form or another. This narrative has been presented with real world examples, case studies, and research data which I appreciated. Above all, Terje G. Simonsen writes in an engaging, light-hearted tone that never imposes these findings on the reader as a certainty, but at the same time encourages people to appreciate that there are many things we don’t understand in the world and it is worthwhile to seek answers. This is a wonderful book that I would highly recommend.

K.C. Finn

Our Secret Powers: Telepathy, Clairvoyance and Precognition. A Short History of (Nearly) Everything Paranormal is a work of non-fiction by author Terje G. Simonsen. This lengthy work on the spiritual and supernatural focuses on the controversial topic of ‘real’ telepathy, which some people believe in and others dismiss as pure fiction. Taking the former approach, Simonsen suggests that there is a layer of consciousness outside of our own minds that exists in a similar way to the internet, where information can be sent and acquired through clairvoyant means. Added to this are examples of tales from ancient and modern history where people have believed in and even relied upon those with psychic gifts in order to solve problems of their own.

Terje G. Simonsen presents a really well-balanced argument as he advocates for belief in telepathy, and I really enjoyed the fact that he doesn’t resort to insult or force to try to convince readers. Instead, Our Secret Powers is a fascinating study of human belief which showcases many instances where we have relied on psychics to discover hidden wonders and military secrets, and some kind of scientific exploration of how and why this might actually be possible. This is accompanied by an engaging writing style and a solid structure. Overall, Our Secret Powers: Telepathy, Clairvoyance and Precognition. A Short History of (Nearly) Everything Paranormal is a highly recommended read for anyone curious about humanity’s belief in psychic powers. Whether you think they’re real or not, Simonsen’s arguments are still fascinating and extremely enjoyable to read.

Mamta Madhavan

Our Secret Powers: Telepathy, Clairvoyance, and Precognition. A Short History of (Nearly) Everything Paranormal by Terje G. Simonsen is a fascinating book that tackles the topic of para-psychological phenomena. Remote viewing, dream telepathy, and foretelling future events on many levels make the book entertaining and informative. The book reaches out to all those readers who wonder if ghost tales are true or a fantasy, and takes them on an exciting trip through the paranormal landscape. The topics of clairvoyance, telekinesis, telepathy, precognition, and healing have always been mysterious and intriguing and this book delves into those topics with open-mindedness. The case studies shared by the author are meaningful and will make readers consider paranormal phenomena. The author gives a lot of information about PSI and will help readers tap into their Secret Powers.

Considering that this is not an easy topic to deal with, the author handles the topic extensively and expansively and there is a lot of information about the views of spiritualism and mysticism. Much information is based on the weird happenings reported by archaeologists, anthropologists, psychologists, physicists, and philosophers. The book gives a lot of insight about paranormal phenomena and will make readers have an entirely different perception of the universe. The book reaches out to readers and takes them on an enthralling journey to the Borderland of Consciousness, as the author puts it, ‘a fairytale kingdom which more often lies bathed in moonlight than in sunshine, where telepathy is the prevailing language, where Space doesn’t limit our view, and where the Past, the Present and the Future are one!’ To sum up the entire book in one word – FABULOUS!

Kris Moger

Our Secret Powers by Terje G. Simonsen is a succinct journey through the history of research into the possible powers of the mind. From before Freud to present day, Simonsen delves into various accounts from prominent people, published and unpublished, to explore paranormal history. Some of these accounts are well known while others offer new information and experiences. In this book, Simonsen presents the idea that paranormal activities, like telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition, exist because all people are connected by a cosmic web like the Internet.

By presenting this cosmic Internet idea in Our Secret Powers, Terje G. Simonsen expresses a possibility that goes far back into history, to the most basic of societies—that we are all connected to each other and the entire earth. I have had limited experiences with such paranormal talents and have often shied away from them as they were both unexpected and strange. Simonsen’s book has helped me see a bigger picture for such activities by putting them in the broader context of history. So much of it is a mystery and difficult to prove.

What Simonsen does in his book is ask the reader to keep an open mind and look at the concept that these experiences are not only possible but are an integral and untapped part of being human. Simonsen’s enthusiasm for this topic is evident as he presents his findings and accounts with great passion. I recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the history of such gifts and is willing to explore the topic with an open mind.