“Ploy Touch” (Joy Touch energy healing)

JOYTOUCH2There are people who make a good living selling homeopathic tablets, Q Ray bracelets, and tachyon water. But those who really have it figured out eliminate shipping and manufacturing costs by selling consumers nothing.

Joy Touch is a meditative technique developed by MIT graduate Pete Sanders. He says the Joy Touch will help people conquer fear and disease, aid in weight loss and smoking cessation, and do whatever else the customer needs it to. It works, at least for Sanders, as customers will attribute whatever good comes after using the technique.

In the Joy Touch method, one assumes the standard meditative pose and posture. Next, the subject imagines a line from the center of their forehead to the center of the brain. Then, they envision gently massaging that region while contemplating the desired change. The idea is that the center of the brain works as a remote control for the hypothalamus, the brain’s pleasure center. That’s pretty much it for the Joy Touch. So if you were thinking about using it, I just saved you $25 and a trip to Sanders’ business in Sedona, Ariz.

Sanders also authored, “You Are Psychic,”, which would seem to make buying a book on becoming one superfluous.

Sanders wiggles technical terms into his work in order to impress and confuse. For instance, he references String Theory, but presents it as a settled issue that there are 10 dimensions, all of which humans can enter. In truth, the world’s best physicists have genuine disagreement on String Theory, and none of them assert it can be used to foresee people’s emotions, access undiscovered senses, or interpret a body’s energy field.

With no proof, he asserts the existence of four Psychic Reception Centers. He claims these will lead to four senses that remain locked inside most of us. “By doing this you will double your number of senses,” he asserts, using rather shaky math for an MIT graduate. Whatever the numbers, Sanders claims this will help the customer increase the amount of information they receive about people, places, and events. None of his claims are falsifiable, none of his work has been subjected to peer review, and none of the conclusions have been arrived at by the Scientific Method. Another pseudoscience trademark is the book abounding in undefined and unproven terms, such as free soul reflection, joy center, and scientific vortex.

As to the Psychic Reception Areas, Sanders writes that, “Once you know their location and how to use them, you will be able to access your four psychic senses on command.” The only thing students will have command of is improved post hoc reasoning skills, as whatever good that occurs will be attributed to their new abilities.

Jumping back onto scientific coattails, Sanders writes, “Vision depends on light waves striking the eye. Hearing works by sensing sound waves.” From that he veers into, “Psychic senses follow a similar pattern, except the energies they interact with cannot be discerned physically or measured by current technology.” Put another way, there’s no evidence for them.

He writes that we didn’t always understand electricity, but now enjoy its benefits. This is another common pseudoscience technique, trying to attach one’s self to vindicated geniuses.

Sanders notes one need not access the four bonus senses continually and, in fact, you want to be able to turn them off when needed. To be sure, we wouldn’t want to disrupt our sense of Future Time or overwork our Cosmic Energies.

Sanders relates that his interest in this stuff began in his teens, when he “went on search for spiritual sustenance with my mother, Aurora.” I have issues with most of what Sanders writes, but I believe him here. Searching for spiritual sustenance with Aurora, no way he could make that up.

This search succeeded, and he writes he learned that mystics and psychics knew things that “could not be known or obtained through physical senses.” To be sure, they are known or obtained through cold reading, generalities, and subjective validation.

Sanders says some psychics, feeling pressured to perform, exaggerate their abilities. They want to help, so they make the people think they can do it. But when the expectations or promises fall short, customers become disillusioned. To relieve the overburdened fortune tellers and their frustrated clients, Sanders wrote “You Are Psychic” so everybody can become one. Among the advantages of using these techniques is being able to gauge people’s genuineness. For example, he writes, “Wouldn’t you like to be able to hear the truth about a product when a salesman is trying to sell you something?”

Careful what you wish for, Sanders.

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