Picture: Neihardt in Fall 1961 in his study at Skyrim-Farm holding Black Elks Sacred Drum.
In 1961 the late Professor
John G. Neihardt formed a group called SORRAT (Society for Research on Rapport
and Psychokinesis). The meetings were regularly held at his home, Skyrim Farm,
near Columbia, Missouri. Neihardt was widely recognized as an author and critic,
but his longstanding interest in psychic phenomena was less well known. His
charismatic leadership was the base, that let the group survive the initial
barren period which had to pass before PK-activity was observed.
John GneisenauNeihardt (1881-1973) started
1965 a second row of Sorrat-Experiments, after the first experimentation period
was reservated for Out of Body-Experiences and General Extrasensory
Perception-Experiments, and he limited the Group from the beginning on to
himself, his daughter Alice, his granddaughters Lynn and Erica, Joe, Elaine and
Dr. John Thomas Richard, all three being already part of the first era from 1961
The group sat first around a wooden table in a closed circle,
fingers touching the fingers of the sitter beside. The "circle" itself was seen
by Neihardt, who studied extensively the Rituals of the Oglala and Sioux - he
himself was the spiritual son of an old Shaman Black Elk - as an archetypical
order, that exists on many levels of existence. Relatively early athe second
Sorrat-Generation experienced success. Without bringing power into the process,
the table around they sat, began to move, walk and finally levitate.
they were successful early, Neihardt published for the first time his
experiments, not before Batcheldor published his well-known "Table-Experiments
Report" in 1966.
Sorrats early successes were the table-phenomena, cold
breezes, an undefined psychological sensation of being connected with the
others, including spontanous quasi-religous insights, and raps in all
variations. Beside the successful communications with the rapping entities, one
of the sitters, Joe Mangini went into trance and began with trance speaking,
when many spirits came through, talking about their ability to influence our
materialistic plane of existence through PK.
Not only that, during the trance
states, the PK-effects seemed somehow to increase!
Because Neihardt was in
his earlier years involved in many researches into mediumism, he once had the
opportunity to begin and strengthen his friendship with J.B. Rhine, the initial
researcher on Psychokinesis. And Rhine was impressed, what his old friend had to
tell him and so decided to send his assistant W.E.Cox to Skyrim to categorize
and observe the phenomena as best as possible.
That was the juncture, when in
connection with Cox' inventions to make it hoax-proof and acceptable for the
scientific community, the phenomena skyrocketed and became so strange partly,
that not only a controversy was started that attacked the reputation of all
involved, but that also accused them of fraud. The slightly larger SORRAT-Circle at Skyrim,
June 6, 1978. From the left, clockwise Alice, Joe Mangini, Hilda attempting to
levitate the table,Janet, William, Edward Cox, Kathy, Sarah, and J.T. Richards.
the primary target object was Cox' "Sectioned Observation Box" on the
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SORRAT - OR THE PECULIAR OUTCOMES OF A LONG TERM PK-PROJECT
These photographs were probably taken very early around 1967.
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