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Re: [atheists-705] Research Study on Extraordinary Mate Selection ~ Please Help if you Can!

From: D. Eric H.
Sent on: Wednesday, January 6, 2010 1:42 PM
Most atheists don't believe in magic, so good luck with finding participants...
follow truth, no matter where it leads....

From: sarah N. <[address removed]>
To: [address removed]
Sent: Wed, January 6,[masked]:32:23 PM
Subject: [atheists-705] Research Study on Extraordinary Mate Selection ~ Please Help if you Can!

Dear All,

I am writing today to ask for your help on a project that is most exciting and fun to me. I am a doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and am conducting research on:

Extraordinary Mate Selection: Magical and transpersonal influencers toward the marriage commitment. 

This study is exploring new approaches to mate selection that go beyond evolutionary and social psychology theories. Eventually this research will be turned into a book. 

For the study I need to interview people who have NO RELIGIOUS or SPIRITUAL background and yet had some out of the ordinary experience that influenced the decision to marry his/her partner.

I am interviewing people who are MARRIED and ENGAGED and who have had any kind of spiritual, magical, mystical, supernatural, psychical, paranormal, or transpersonal experience that helped influence their relationship in the direction toward marriage and/or helped them have a felt sense of knowing that he/she was "the one."

Examples of this could include:

* Receiving guidance from a spiritual teacher about whether to marry one's partner
* Significant meditative experience.... that led to the decision to marry or get engaged
* Bizarre synchronicities or signs of confirmation from the universe
* Consulting a psychic, oracle, tarot cards, I-Ching, or shaman for clarity about the decision
* Having a special dream that influenced the decision
* Encounter with the deceased that led to the decision to marry
* Transcendent sexual experience that caused a "knowing"���
* Transformation through the death of a loved one
* Near Death or Out-of-body experience... 
* Past life recognition & this made it clear you were to marry one another
* Soul mate awareness....
* Felt sense of being in an uncommonly bonded relationship....
* Or anything else that is in this realm of experience...

I deeply appreciate any thought you can give to this as I know your time is precious. I would love to interview you and hear your stories!!

Participation in the study involves one face-to-face  hour-and-a-half long interview and a follow up phone call. All names will be kept confidential unless you have a preference otherwise.  

If you feel you meet the criteria for this study and would be willing to participate please feel free to contact me at: 
[address removed] or call at (650) 380-1586. 

If you know of someone who would be a good fit for the study please feel free to forward this email as widely as you feel comfortable.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I look forward to any correspondence we have on this! (PLEASE respond to MY EMAIL and do not hit "reply" otherwise everyone will receive your email.}

With warmth and grattitude,


Sarah Neustadter
Doctoral Candidate~Clinical Psychology
Institute of Transpersonal Psychology

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