Yes, there is a field force beyond all that those noise about creating apps and interpreting data analytics. It's a craving to get in touch with our loved ones who have died, guardian angels who can guide us in decision-making, canonized saints who have special expertise such as for making the impossible possible, and our pets who have passed over.
For just 30 minutes of the latter with a pet medium, I ponied up $70 cash. That was a decade ago. To have a Victorian house "cleansed" of restless spirits not willing to move on, I paid $100 15 years ago. It saved the lives of my animal companions and myself since the spirits were pushing us down the stairway. Today, that service probably is a lot more.
As Tiffanie Wen reports in her The Atlantic article, "Why Do People Believe in Ghosts?" the Harris poll indicated that 42% of us did indeed give credence to the existence of a spirit world. In the U.K. that's at 52%. Here is that coverage.
More and more of us have had it with the extremes of technology and supposed scientific research. In college we Baby Boomers were taught the scientific method of investigation. Then The Economist and other influential media properties expose rampant fraud in that research. So much for rigor.
At the Woods Public Library here in Tucson, Arizona there is brisk business in checking out books and videos on the occult.
At St. Philips in the Hills Episcopal Church in the same city there was a scholarly lecture on the medieval saints of the Roman Catholic Church. Of course, King Henry VIII, who ushered in the Reformation, didn't cotton to all that mysticism, putting his foot down on how many saints' feast days could be celebrated. Here is my coverage of that.
Also, in the same city, on Tuesday nights a growing number of us attend sessions on spirits at the Tamara Spiritual Center. Yes, we do make a donation. On Thursdays, at Tamara there is also the "Course in Miracles." There's also a donation for that.
Troubled? Maybe conventional psychotherapy isn't the most effective/efficient way out of suffering. For three years at the University of Michigan Medical Center and Psychology Clinic, a David W. Harder, now a professor of psychology at Tufts, tried to lift my clinical depression. It seems to me that I have had better luck with voodoo. But I can only speak for myself, of course.
Not that we should discount what STEM can offer. But that alone hasn't been been healing too many of us of our very human troubles. The UN's new report found there is a suicide every 40 seconds. Recently, two young medical doctors in Manhattan leaped to their deaths.