by Michael E. Tymn via e-mail|
Now residing in Palo Alto, California, Dr. Jane Katra offers higher vibration healings
by phone and locally, and workshops in esoteric wisdom, psychic and spiritual
development, forgiveness as transformation, facing death and meeting soul, and spiritual
Growing up in a science-minded family with four brothers who played cards,
young Jane learned how to play five-card draw before playing with dolls.
“They taught me to assess the probabilities of my being dealt the card I
needed for a royal flush before placing a bet, but I found my hunches and
intuitions to be much more reliable,”
she recalls, adding that she often had a feeling of “excitedly just knowing”
what the top card was, so much so that her brothers would accuse her of cheating
and throw her out of the game.
Those early years of card playing showed Katra the validity of
her inner knowing. Her first life-changing intuition occurred when she was a teen,
riding in a car with friends. “I had a sudden urge to return home, so I asked to be
dropped off at my house. An hour later a phone call informed me that my friends had
crashed, killing my boyfriend and another friend. I have always wondered what caused
me to change my mind and get out of that car.”
Katra’s psychic ability may have been in her genes, as her mother gave evidence of being
highly psychic. “She knew when my brother was in a car accident an hour before receiving
the phone call, and she also had an after-death communication from her own mother who died
in hospital after being injured in a car crash,” Katra explains. “My grandmother visited
my mom as a light being at three o’clock in the morning in mom’s hotel room, telling her
that she was free of her pain, and saying goodbye,” she continues. “I believed my mother’s
ADC, but when similar things happened to me as an adult, I at first found them
After receiving her Master’s at the University of Oregon in 1987, Katra went on to earn
her Ph.D. from the same institution in 1993 while mothering 3 children. She taught public
health at the University of Oregon in Eugene for a number of years, taught
therapeutic touch healing to over 700 nurses in the area, and learned how to apply
her healing gift “by just trying and seeing what happened” in her off
In 1993, parapsychologist and physicist Russell Targ asked her for spiritual healing for
a metastasized cancer for which allopathic medicine had little to offer. When his tumors
disappeared, she joined him in doing remote viewing and consciousness research, teaching
workshops, and writing two books: Miracles of Mind: Exploring Nonlocal Consciousness and
Spiritual Healing (1998) and Heart of the Mind: How to Experience God Without Belief (1999).
Over the years, Jane has participated in research carried out by many parapsychologists,
including Helmut Schmidt (RNG PK with dots on a computer monitor), William Braud, and
Marilyn Schlitz (distant mental influence), Ed Cox (with an alleged spoon bender in
Germany), Russell Targ (remote viewing), Steve Baumann (measuring photons, EM and
infrared radiation correlated with healing), and Dean Radin (PK of photons in the double
This interview appeared in the March 2010 issue of The Searchlight.
Dr. Katra, how did your keen intuition develop into healing, remote viewing, and other
“My interest in the study of psychic phenomena intensified in January of 1974 when
I experienced what I thought was some sort of hallucinatory nightmare resulting from
overwhelming pain from an ongoing headache. I was in the Philippines at the time, by myself,
locked-in in an old hotel turned into a youth hostel, because it was past the 7 p.m.
curfew decreed under Ferdinand Marcos’ martial law. Many years later I learned that my
experience that night was what is now called a near-death or fear-death experience, brought
on by trauma. In any case, I experienced the bright light and a life review, as well as a
life preview; encountered my deceased high school boyfriend, and I received instructions
from a kind and patient Asian man who appeared as a cocoon of light and knew all about me
and told me that I was not to die yet and that I was to be a spiritual healer when I
returned to my life.
“I flatly refused, and told the man that he’d made a big mistake; that I was the wrong
person. I didn’t know any Bible verses and I got Noah and Jonah all mixed up and my family
believed in science and we didn’t do religion and I planned on contributing to the world
by being respected for my intelligence. No way was I going to act like Kathryn Kuhlman,
and he couldn’t make me do it. He told me that no one would make me do it, that I would
do it on my own accord, and that I would do it the next day but that I wouldn’t remember
that he had told me until after I had done it.”
So did anything happen the next day?
“Yes, surprisingly. I offered to help a total stranger who was crying out in pain.
I was leaning over her with my hands extended over her head, intending to try to massage
her neck if she would just quit writhing around in pain, when she suddenly stopped moaning
and told me I had healed her. I told her I had done nothing of the sort, but she insisted,
saying, ‘When you brought your hands near my head, it’s as if you opened a dam and all the
pain flowed out.’ (This incident is told in more detail in the first of the two books
“The next day, a backpacker gave me the book Psychic Discoveries
Behind the Iron Curtain. When I returned to the US I read books by the
Rhines, and Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. I feel I was guided to attend
a lecture by clairvoyant healer Dora Kunz, who walked up and asked me if I knew
I was a healer? I burst into tears! How could other people know something like
that about me when I didn’t know it? She encouraged me to attend Theosophical
Society meetings, and I also attended my first Parapsychology Association conference
in 1975, where Puthoff and Targ gave their introductory slide show on remote viewing.
As I understand it, you first sensed the presence of Dr. Elisabeth Targ, your late friend,
and then heard her distinctive voice. Would you mind elaborating on that a little?
“I was shocked when in late August, 2002, a month after Elisabeth died, I was eating
lunch in a Duke University cafeteria with my physician friend who had just introduced me to
two other faculty members. The nursing professor looked beyond me as she carried on
talking, saying, ‘and I want you to understand that I am not a medium, but this has
happened to me twice before and both times I spoke really fast and had no memory afterwards
of what I said.’ Since I didn’t know this woman, I looked around to see to whom she was
speaking. Seeing no one behind me, I asked, ‘Are you speaking to me?’ ‘Yes! There’s a
spirit behind you who really wants to talk to you!’ I turned around to look. ‘No, dear,
you can’t see her, but I can!’ Then the nurse started telling me how intensely the spirit
woman was trying to communicate, repeating over and over again, ‘You, Jane! You, Jane!
You, Jane!’ (“You, Jane!” was how Elisabeth always addressed me, after her second brain
surgery. Her saying those words now was quite evidential for me.) The nurse said the female
spirit was standing behind me and trying to stuff information into my head by repeatedly
pushing her hands towards my ears with shoving motions. ‘She’s frustrated! She can’t do it. She says she has to go somewhere to learn how to communicate with you directly. You won’t be hearing from her for awhile. But she really wants you to know that she’ll be back. You WILL hear from her again!”
“That was the first of many communications from Elisabeth which occurred in the
company of others and also to others without me, insuring that I was not the sole person
imagining the surprising ADC phenomena. Mediums and non-mediums alike who sense her
presence universally comment on her intensity and strong determination, which were
characteristic of her when embodied, and which I interpret as a continuation of her
lifetime determination to produce good psychical research data.
Has any of it been particularly evidential?
“The most evidential aspects of Elisabeth’s communications are the number and the
variety of ADCs she’s produced, which have often included her palpable signature vibrations
that ordinary people are able to perceive. A few hours after she died, she silently awakened
both her father and me independently, filling the room with pulsating pink light which
we both perceived to be emanating from a field of vibrations eight feet above us and to
our left. She communicated that she still existed out of her body, and vibed us up with
intense blissful love as she said goodbye, leaving us in an orgasmic-like loving state
of altered consciousness for many hours.
“In the weeks that followed, family members had the more common ADCs of lights
flashing on and off in the house when they were discussing Elisabeth.
“But better evidence of survival from physician Elisabeth has been her giving medical
information unknown to anyone at the time of her communication. In dream visitations,
she’s diagnosed illnesses of her friend Kate and me. Kate had a dream in which she saw
physician Elisabeth with a stethoscope around her neck, sitting at a hospital desk,
busily filling out forms. Elisabeth looked up at Kate, pointed to the work at hand,
and said clearly, “These papers are for you, Kate!” Kate had recently passed her medical
check-up exam with flying colors, so she thought this dream was meaningless. That evening,
however, as she was driving home from work, she felt a sudden onset of flu-like symptoms
of dizziness and body aches. Ordinarily Kate would have driven straight home, taken some
aspirin and gone to bed. Because of her dream of Elisabeth, she instead drove herself to
the hospital where she was diagnosed with a heart problem, and the following day had
stents inserted into her arteries.
“In my own case, in 2006 I had been diagnosed by three physicians as having multiple
sclerosis, despite the fact that I had many symptoms that did not fit that diagnosis.
During the night after the last doctor had told me that I needed to start MS medication
immediately, I was awakened from a deep sleep by Elisabeth’s voice in my right ear, stating
firmly, “You, Jane! You, Jane! (!) ... “You …Have …Lyme …Disease!” She was right!
“More evidence from a dream visitation was Elisabeth’s compelling a
woman to write down what the woman thought was a long list of nonsense
syllables, all of which turned out to be a meaningful message in Russian, a language in
which the living Elisabeth was fluent. So she’s gotten a living person to demonstrate
an unusual skill that she had developed. She also foretold behavior she intended to
carry out in the future that did, in fact, occur: An amateur medium (a computer program
manager by day) phoned me one morning to say Elisabeth had contacted him in a dream,
and predicted she would communicate her presence by touching and writing, and had told
him to phone me and tell me. I got very excited, and asked, ‘What part of the body would
she touch?’ The medium said she was communicating as we spoke: ‘Arm, upper arm, upper
right arm; and head, on the top of the head.’ And ‘When would she do this?’ I asked. Her
answer: ‘Oh, I’m not telling! It will be a surprise!’ I told my partner this by phone,
and no one else.”
Did something happen?
“Yes. The following week I presented a high vibrational healing evening at the Rhine
Research Center. One woman unknown to me, while driving to the event, felt fingertips
tickling the top of her head and flicking her hair around. She looked into her rear-view
mirror and saw a tuft of her top hair sticking straight up while it felt like her scalp
was being tickled by fingers. She was so upset when she arrived at the event that she ran
to tell the resident medium there about it. The medium told her it was a relative of mine,
and that she should tell me what happened. Later in the evening, during a closed eye
portion of the event, the woman felt the upper part of her right arm being squeezed
repeatedly. She thought I was doing the squeezing, so she opened her eyes and saw me on
the far side of the room. In the week following, a woman emailed me from Norway,
apologizing for being intrusive, but explaining that she sensed the presence of Elisabeth
beside her, squeezing her upper right arm, and dictating a message to me that she was to
send to me by email. The content was specific and meaningful for me, referring to a
situation that only Elisabeth and I had discussed when she was alive.
As I understand it, you had the healing ability before Elisabeth communicated in 2002.
I’m unclear, however as to how Elisabeth has changed that ability.
“Sometimes when I did healing (this no longer occurs), her extra-strong pulsating
energy would spontaneously course through me so intensely that I’d have tears coming out
my eyes. I felt temporarily blasted and assisted by her. Many mediums have independently
told me that I was her research project. I interpreted that to mean that she intended not
only to communicate with me without a medium, but also to increase the healing love power
emanating from me.”
What does Reading Vibrations from a Person Involve?
“We have to develop sensitivity to the vibrations before we can interpret them.
It involves developing steady attention with specific intention. Indian mysticism is
concerned with the laws of perception of subtle non-physical levels of reality, and the exchange of energies between different levels of being. I spend time every a day in silence, while I direct my attention inward and observe my awareness, which sensitizes me to subtle vibrations inside and outside myself.
I started doing this when I became aware of the teachings of Ramana Maharshi,
an enlightened saint from India. He silently emitted an intensely vibrating energy that
put people near him into a loving blissful state. His teachings changed my life, because
he talked of how we are all naturally psychic, but seeking to be so doesn’t evolve anyone
or lift the consciousness of the world. He said that the most powerful psychic ability of
humans is to radiate a palpable power of peace, and that this was the primary purpose for
which we came into a body. Since I radiate an energy that people find healing, and it
mysteriously works over the phone, I figured Maharshi could help me understand what was
“Reading people’s vibrations involves feeling distinctions and fluctuations in the
quality (harsh, sharp, erratic, coherent, dense, gentle, airy, expansive, tight, prickling,
short, etc.); and intensity (intense like Elisabeth, or tentative or weak) of what they
radiate. Feelings, thoughts and intentions are of different densities and amplitudes. I
now sometimes see colored light shining out of people’s heads and heart chakras, with
varying colors and expansiveness. Sensitives interpret what they perceive in their own
way, just as we interpret the images and words that appear in our minds when remote
viewing. For interpretation, I change intention from being open and attuned to the person,
and switch to the ‘analysis channel’ and ask my inner self, ‘What does this mean? and then
wait for what I receive. Finding the right words to express my perceptions can be the
hardest part. Analogies and metaphors are common.
“Reading vibrations is a different intention and more contracted mind state from doing
healing, which is a state of no thinking or interpreting, just letting the energy of
consciousness (love) flow through me. When I feel Elisabeth’s vibrations, it’s spontaneous.
They are thrust upon me when I least expect it.”
Before Elisabeth communicated, I gather that you were more or less of what might be called
the non-spiritistic parapsychology mindset. Am I correct in inferring that you now
accept the spiritist hypothesis?
“I wouldn’t expect anyone to believe in the reality of ADCs unless they had
experienced one. I never thought ADCs would happen to the likes of me. Before they did,
I was never compelled to acknowledge the full implications of remote viewing. It shows
that our true nature is nonlocal consciousness which still endures after the body dies.
I had never before seriously investigated all the evidence we have for life after death.
Because of the more than 30 ADCs I’ve experienced from Elisabeth, I was forced to come
to a conclusion that most people think is crazy. I now do believe that some people, for
some period of time after leaving their bodies, are able to initiate contact with us in
this dimension of being. I think they are motivated by strong love, their desire to let
us know that they continue to exist, their desire to help and comfort and protect us, and
to carry out unfinished goals. In one of the readings I had with a medium, Elisabeth,
who was a proficient remote viewer herself, asked me, ‘Can’t you see that the most
important thing about the work you did with my father is that it shows that we don’t die?’
The startled medium jerked her head up and exclaimed, ‘Wow!! What kind of work was that?’
“For most of my life, I did not allow myself to believe in the power of the healing
gift I’ve been given. I was waiting for parapsychologists to let me know what was OK to
believe. Elisabeth was totally skeptical about her father’s healing. She was so irritated
about the idea of spiritual healing that it motivated her to carry out the distant healing
research she did with healers from all over the country and men in San Francisco with AIDS.
Her own research results convinced her that distant healing was real, and that she wanted
to be a spiritual healer, herself. I now believe she has become one. ”