A Tribute to Alan Vaughan
Alan Vaughan, Ph.D., at age 64, died at peace in his Santa Monica home on Sunday, April 8th, 2001 at 7:15 a.m. after a long illness. Vaughan was an unusual man, known for both his intellect and his intuitive abilities. He openly celebrated the part of himself that was psychic. An excellent obituary of Vaughan, written by Stephan A. Schwartz, has been published in the June 2001 issue of the Journal of Parapsychology. This tribute seeks less to recap the remarkable events in Vaughan’s life than to share the human impact he had upon me as well as others who knew him. An additional contribution of the present tribute is its bibliography of publications by and about Alan Vaughan.
I first met Alan in 1973 at the annual convention of the Parapsychological Association in Charlottesville, Virginia. There he presented a number of papers of his original research. He was in the unique position of being both a respected psychic and a researcher, a noted author and the editor (at that time) of Psychic magazine.
Later, when he was invited by Arthur M. Young (inventor of the Bell helicopter) to teach a course on psychic development at the Institute for the Study of Consciousness in Berkeley (where I was then living), we became close friends and colleagues.
Alan stunned many in the field of parapsychology in 1968 when he wrote an urgent letter from Germany warning of the impending assassination of Robert F. Kennedy—just weeks before the actual event.
His unique abilities touched many people. Weston Agor, the founder of the Intuition Network, has written about how Alan predicted changes in Weston's own life that ultimately led to the founding of the Network. Physicist Fred Alan Wolf also had a reading from Alan at a seminal time in his life. It accurately forecast the exciting new directions that his career would take.
Alan actually created the nonprofit foundation now known as the Intuition Network. Originally, he called it the New Ways of Consciousness Foundation. In that sense, he deserves to be remembered as one of the founders of the Intuition Network, of which I am the director.
His books include several classics, especially Dream Telepathy, Patterns of Prophecy, and Incredible Coincidences. Alan coauthored the often-cited book Dream Telepathy with Stanley Krippner and Montague Ullman. He served as a successful psychic in the monumental research study they had conducted at Maimonides Medical Center of Brooklyn.
Another important contribution of Alan's was documented by researcher Gertrude R. Schmeidler and a graduate student (Schmeidler & Goldberg, 1974) who conducted a free-response ESP study with Alan and some of his students. They determined that the students seemed to be telepathically linked to Alan himself during the tests—so that they were able to correctly identify the targets that he also identified. And, when Alan missed the correct target or accurately described a different target, so did his students. This study offers some key insights into the relationship between student and teacher in the process of intuitive and psychic development.
He also achieved a significant breakthrough in his design of the Psychic Reward software package. He was able to demonstrate a method for reversing the "decline effect" that had haunted many parapsychology researchers. He also conducted numerous, well controlled studies showing that his Psychic Reward really did train ESP abilities. This was a singular accomplishment for which Alan will be remembered for decades to come.
I had the privilege of knowing Alan well during the last twenty-eight years. I was with him at the New Year's Eve party at which he met his second wife, Diane, and was later one of the two guests invited to attend their wedding. During his final illness, I visited him on several occasions—and always found him willing to share joyful memories, even in the midst of his physical pain and suffering. I can attest that Alan was consistently a gentle, sincere, and intelligent soul, a man whose life was unwaveringly devoted to the cause of intuition and parapsychology. I know I will always remember Alan with love, affection, and respect.
Many others have made strong statements attesting to the influence of Alan Vaughan on their lives. Some of these remarks follow.
I have always been touched by Alan Vaughan's stunning predictive accuracy. He goes above and beyond what the ego wants to hear and presents the true picture. For example, I was looking for a publisher for my first book and of course wanted to be contracted immediately. When Alan told me it would be three years I was totally dismayed. And then three years later, [I was] totally delighted when his prediction came to pass. The gift he has given me with his precise prophetic acumen has enabled me to shape my life in a more meaningful way.—Marcia Emery, Ph. D., author of The Intuitive Healer
In the 15 years I have known Alan Vaughan, I never cease to be amazed at his ability to see into the future. He has predicted world events and events in my personal life with such accuracy that it is as if he had a book in his hand and simply leafed forward a few pages and read what the future would bring. For years I have seen him predict the highs and lows of the stock market within a hundred points and predict the dates of those highs and lows within a week or so. His personal guidance in this area helped me to make over 100% on my investments last year. He is in a class of his own. As far as I am concerned, there is no one [who] can remotely compare with his ability.—Joe Brown, Entrepreneur
Alan Vaughan is one of the most accurate psychics with whom I have worked. For more than two decades in both basic and applied research, from remote viewing to healing, he has demonstrated a rarely seen consistency of successful effort.—Stephan A. Schwartz, President, Mobius Society
Not only was Alan an extremely talented sensitive, he was willing to put his talents on the line so that parapsychologists could learn more about the process by which telepathy, clairvoyance, and precognition occurs. He even attempted to meet the Amazing Randi's challenge! His many friends will miss him, and we will all be indebted for the contributions he made to parapsychology as well as to our lives in and out of the laboratory.—Stanley Krippner
Alan was always the epitome of kindness and patience insofar as I observed his personal life. Likewise, he was the epitome of critical thinking and careful investigation in his professional life as a parapsychologist. As an editor, he wielded an ivory-handled nitpicker with skill and grace, with the result that my writing, whenever it was submitted to him, was invariably improved through the enjoyable interaction we had as an editor-author team. That relationship was once reversed when I, as editor of the Edgar D. Mitchell anthology Psychic Exploration: A Challenge For Science, invited Alan to contribute a chapter on the history of psychical research, but even that was an occasion for me to learn and grow by that interaction.—John White
I can personally attest to his influence, as I often re-read the classic book, Dream Telepathy, which he co-authored. His participation in dream telepathy research, and the striking examples of precognition and synchronicity in his book, Incredible Coincidences, gave me confidence to press on with my own precognitive investigations. Some of my spontaneous precognitions helped me keep one step ahead during my Stargate career.—Dale Graff, author of Tracks in the Psychic Wilderness
I would like to express the bright light Alan was when I worked with the Mobius Group. He was an incredible psychic and remote viewer, a kind and compassionate human being, and lots of fun. I intuitively feel Alan now very strongly after his passing. I honor the man he was and know that his spirit is soaring in a beautiful place. I will miss him.—Judith Orloff, M.D.
Bibliography of Works by Alan Vaughan
Books by Alan Vaughan
Vaughan, A., & Bolen, J. (1972). Psychics. New York: Harper and Row.
Vaughan, A. (1973). Patterns of Prophecy. New York: Hawthorn.
Vaughan, A. (1979). Incredible Coincidence: The Baffling World of Synchronicity. Philadelphia: Lippincott. (Reprinted by Ballantine Books, New York, 1989.)
Vaughan, A. (1982). The Edge of Tomorrow: How to Foresee and Fulfill Your Future. New York: Coward, McCann and Geoghegan.
Ullman, M., & Krippner, S., with Vaughan, A. (1989). Dream Telepathy: Experiments in Nocturnal ESP (2nd ed.). Jefferson, NC: McFarland.
Vaughan, A. (1991). The Power of Positive Prophecy: How to Envision and Create Your Best Future. London: Harper Collins.
Vaughan, A. (1971). On precognitive dreams. Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, 65, 119-122.
Vaughan, A. (1973). Spontaneous precognitive dreaming. Parapsychology Review, 4(5), 21-26.
Vaughan, A. (1974). Experimental tests of Silva Mind Control graduates [Summary]. In W. G. Roll, R. L. Morris, & J. D. Morris (Eds.), Research in Parapsychology 1973 (pp.13-15). Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow.
Vaughan, A. (1975). Twenty-fourth international conference of the Parapsychology Foundation—Education in parapsychology. Parapsychology Review, 6(6), 1-5.
Vaughan, A. (1980a). Alan Vaughan takes issue. Parapsychology Review, 11(4), 26-27.
Vaughan, A. (1980b). The meaning of coincidence. Parapsychology Review, 11(4), 9-12.
Vaughan, A. (1980c). Synchronicity: Causality and consciousness as creator [Summary]. In W. G. Roll (Ed.), Research in Parapsychology 1979 (pp. 21-23). Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow.
Vaughan, A. (1982a). Applying precognition to space systems. Applied Psi Newsletter, 1(2), 1 +(2).
Vaughan, A. (1982b). The coming psi technology. Applied Psi Newsletter, 1(5), 1+.
Vaughan, A. (1982c). Intuition, precognition, and the art of prediction. Futurist,16(3), 5-10.
Vaughan, A. (1982d). Review of The Parapsychological Impact of the Accident at Three Mile Island by Larry E. Arnold. Theta, 10, 47-48.
Vaughan, A. (1991). Channeling past lives. Journal of Regression Therapy, 5(1), 29-35.
Vaughan, A. (1999, June). Alien Dawn: An Investigation Into the Contact Experience by Colin Wilson: Review and interview with Colin Wilson by Alan Vaughan. MUFON Journal, 18-19.
Vaughan, A., & Guttilla, P. (1998, November). A testable theory of UFOs, ESP, aliens, and bigfoot. MUFON UFO Journal, 8-10.
Vaughan, A., & Houck, J. (1991). Software for training anomalous cognition: A preliminary report. Subtle Energies, 2(2), 29-53.
Vaughan, A., & Houck, J. (1993). A “success” test of precognition and attitude toward the future. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 59(833), 259-268.
Vaughan, A., & Houck, J. (2000). Intuition training software: A second pilot study. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 64(3), 177-184
Krippner, S., Vaughan, A., & Spottiswoode, J. (2000). Geomagnetic factors in subjective precognitive dream experiences. Journal of the Society for Psychical Research, 64, 109-118.
Vaughan, A. (1968). Patterns of precognition. Light, 88, 59-63, 70.
Vaughan, A. (1970). Development of the psychic. Psychic, 2(1), 40-46.
Vaughan, A. (1971). The Psychical Research Foundation: Does man survive death? Psychic, 3, 18-23.
Vaughan, A. (1973). The phenomena of Uri Geller, Psychic, 4(5), 13-18.
Vaughan, A. (1976). Phantoms stalked the room. In M. Ebon (Ed.), The Satan Trap: Dangers of the Occult, Garden City, NY: Doubleday.
Vaughan, A. (1977a). Viewpoint: Levitation. New Realities, 1(1), 39.
Vaughan, A. (1977b). Viewpoint: The big lie. New Realities, 1(2), 47.
Vaughan, A. (1979a). New phenomena. New Realities, 2(4), 44-45.
Vaughan, A. (1979b). New phenomena: Influencing the past. New Realities, 2(5), 42.
Vaughan, A. (1979c). New phenomena: The psychic backlash. New Realities, 2(6), 46.
Vaughan, A. (1980). The riddle of coincidence. Fate, 33(1), 65-72.
Vaughan, A. (1981). What to do about your premonitions. Fate, 34(9), 52-60.
Vaughan, A. (1982a). How to shape your future. Science of Mind, 55, 46-51 +(8).
Vaughan, A. (1982b). Voodoo drums, temples and zombies. Fate, 35(7), 36-44.
Vaughan, A. (1984a). The how of healing. Fate, 37(8), 69-73.
Vaughan, A. (1984b, November). Toward a technology of psi. Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, 58-68.
Vaughan, A. (1987). Channeling: An old phenomenon goes modern. New Realities, 7(3), 43-47.
Vaughan, A. (1988). Kevin Ryerson: The thinking man's channel. New Realities, 8(5), 31-33; 36-38.
Vaughan, A. (1989). Your own inner voice. New Realities, 9(5), 49-52.
Vaughan, A. (1990a). The intuitive frontier. Venture Inward, 6(3), 45.
Vaughan, A. (1990b). Learning to heal. Venture Inward,6(5), 12-16.
Vaughan, A. (1990c). Channeling prophecy. Fate, 43(8), 78-86.
Vaughan, A. (1991). Psychic reward. Fate, 44(4), 78-87.
Vaughan, A. (1992a). Psychic reward test results. Fate, 45(1), 67-70.
Vaughan, A. (1992b). Test your success potential. Body, Mind Spirit, 11(1), 42-43.
Vaughan, A. (1992c). Learning to be intuitive. Venture Inward,8(6), 18-20.
Vaughan, A. (1992d). Love and intuition. Body, Mind Spirit, 11(6), 40-42.
Vaughan, A. (1993a). Using intuition in the future. In G. Feuerstein & T. L. Feuerstein (Eds.), Voices on the Threshold of Tomorrow (pp. ??-??). Wheaton, IL: Quest.
Vaughan, A. (1993b). Psychic love. Fate, 46(2), 71-80.
Vaughan, A. (1993c). Listening to the inner voice. Venture Inward, 9(6), 21-23.
Vaughan, A. (1994). Positive dreams about the future. Venture Inward, 10(3), 26-29.
Vaughan, A. (1995a). How to achieve precognitive success. Fate, 48(5), 46-50.
Vaughan, A. (1995b). Do we live after we die? Fate, 48(6), 52-54.
Vaughan, A. (1996a). Early prophecies of earth changes. Venture Inward, 12(1), 16-17.
Vaughan, A. (1996b). Premonitions and how to deal with them. Fate, 49(1), 40-44.
Vaughan, A. (1996c). A call for precognitive dreams. Dream Time , 13(3), 15, 26.
Vaughan, A. (1996d, Spring). Improving psychic ability by computer. Free Spirit Journal, 26-27.
Vaughan, A. (1996e). Intuitive dreaming. Intuition, 8-10.
Vaughan, A. (1997). A hero must die: The RFK prediction 30 years later. Fate, 42-44.
Audiotapes and Videotapes by Alan Vaughan with Jeffrey Mishlove
Vaughan, A. Creating Success With Intuition: Put Yourself on the Path and Make it Happen—Alan Vaughan. Intuition Network Conference, August 1997, Berkeley, California. Conference Recording Service. 1308 Gilman St. Berkeley, CA 94796. Phone 510-527-3600 or Fax 510-527-8404. INT97-015.
Vaughan, A. Spiritual Channeling. 30-minute videotape. Thinking Allowed Productions, 2560 Ninth Street, Berkeley, California 94710. Phone 800-999-4415. S380.
Vaughan, A. (2000). Future-oriented people score higher on precognition. Unpublished paper prepared for the Parapsychological Association Convention, 2000, Freiburg, Germany.
Vaughan, A. (2000). Attitude toward the future and precognition: A replication. Unpublished paper prepared for the Parapsychological Association Convention, 2000, Freiburg, Germany
Vaughan, A. (2000). Psi training with Psychic Award software: A pilot study. Unpublished paper prepared for the Parapsychological Association Convention, 2000, Freiburg, Germany.
Vaughan, A. (2001). Best techniques for remote viewing the future. Unpublished paper prepared for the International Remote Viewing Association annual conference, 2001, Las Vegas, NV.
Books That Refer to Alan Vaughan
Cooper, P. (1966). The 100 Top Psychics in America. New York: Pocket Books.
Csere, T. (in preparation). Psychic Horoscopes. Box 49, Portland, CT 06480.
Emery, M. (1999). The Intuitive Healer: Accessing the Physician Within. New York: St Martin’s Press.
Franquemont, S. (1999). You Already Know What to Do. New York: Tarcher/Putnam.
Joseph, F. (1999). Synchronicity & You. New York: Element.
Melton, J. G. (Ed.). (2001). Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology (5th ed., p. 1629). Farmington Hills, MI: The Gale Group.
Mishlove, J. (1987). Psi Development Systems. New York: Ballantine.
Mishlove, J. (1997). The Roots of Consciousness (rev. ed.). New York: Marlowe.
Naparstek, B. (1997). Your Sixth Sense. New York: HarperCollins.
Time-Life Books. (Eds.). (1995). The Psychics. Alexandria: Time-Life Books.
Wigal, D. (1999). Visions of Nostradamus and Other Prophets. New York: Random House.
Wilson, C. (1985). The Psychic Detectives. San Francisco: Mercury House.
Wilson, C. (1978). Mysteries. New York: Putnam’s.
Braude, S. (1980). Review of Alan Vaughan, Incredible Coincidence. Parapsychology Review, 11(1), 18-20.
Randi, J. (1981a). Claims of prophetic powers. Skeptical Inquirer, 8(2), 106-107.
Randi, J. (1981b). “Superpsychic” Vaughan: Claims versus the record. Skeptical Inquirer, 5(4), 19-21.
Schmeidler, G. R., & Goldberg, J. (1974). Evidence for selective telepathy in group psychometry [Summary]. In W. G. Roll, R. L. Morris, & J. D. Morris (Eds.), Research in Parapsychology 1973 (pp. 103-106). Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow.
Schwartz, S., & DeMattei, R. (n.d.). The Discovery of an American Brig: Fieldwork Involving Applied Remote Viewing Including a Comparison With Electronic Remote Sensing. International Remote Viewing Association. www.irva.org.
Simon, J. (1991). Review of Dream Telepathy. Journal of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 19(4), 669.
Vaughan, A. (1993). Predictions for 1993 and profile as psychic detective. Fate, 46(4), 53-54.
Tributes to Alan Vaughan
Schwartz, S. A. (2001). Alan Vaughan: 1936-2001. Journal of Parapsychology, 65, 157-159.
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