HENRY REED, PH.D. Appointed Professor Emeritus at Atlantic University
During a research sabbatical from Princeton, Henry served as a research consultant to Professor Carl G. Meir, at the C. G. Jung Dream Laboratory in Zurich, Switzerland. When he returned to Princeton to resume his own research at A.R.E. camp and at Atlantic University field programs, Henry invented a neo-shamanic, transpersonal paradigm to successfully create a demonstration of an ancient form of dreaming. His resulting report, “Dream Incubation: The Re-Creation of an Ancient Ritual in Contemporary Form,” was published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology in 1976.
The community-like context of this research led to the serendipitous discovery of a form of transpersonal dreaming: “The Dream Helper Circle.” In this experiment, a group of volunteers agree to dream for the undisclosed problem of a stranger in distress. It is such a wonderful expression of Edgar Cayce’s idealism with regard to psychic ability and service, Henry began a research program to bring to light the psychodynamics of the intuitive connection that occurs in these dream circles.
Engaging A.R.E. workshop attendees as his co-investigators, he developed a neo-shamanic interpersonal hypnotic induction method to explore the subconscious connection Cayce proposed as existing between the two parties involved in hypnotic rapport. When he published in 1994 the results of that research, “Intimacy and ESP,” in the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, the editor, Rhea White, Ph.D., described Henry’s shifting the focus of ESP from brain waves to intimacy as “the dark star of parapsychology.”
Henry then switched from a one-way to a two-way interpersonal paradigm, to explore the subconscious connection that arises when two people agree to experience the presence of one another in silence with their eyes closed. As Cayce had predicted, when two people experience each other via the imagination, rather than with the senses, they experience feeling “close” in consciousness rather than separated in distance. The experience of intimacy is significantly enhanced when the two parties first make a “heart connection” with each other. When in 1996 the prestigious Journal of Analytical Psychology published Henry’s research, “Close Encounters in the Liminal Zone: Studies in Imaginal Communication,” the editor, John Beebe, M.D., called it a “minor classic,” because it showed that the intuitive communication observed during intensive therapy could be replicated in a matter of minutes using Henry’s heart connection method.
As an answer to the question regarding the Dream Helper Circle, “how do they do that? “ Henry responded when he published an invited paper, “When Hearts are Joined: My Story of Exploring Our Interconnectedness through Intuition.” in ReVision: A Journal of Consciousness and Transformation. Through an act of intention, he concluded, using the intuitive imagination, folks can experience “nonlocal” empathy with others.
For several years, Henry curated exhibits of art created by his students, using dreams as their source material. From 2004-2011, Henry created a visual blog, The Daily Mandala, creating and sharing more than 2565 different mandalas over that period of time.
Henry has served in various capacities at A.R.E., including Director of Research, Director of the Library, as well as Venture Inward Psi Research Editor. Henry is Director of the Edgar Cayce Institute for Intuitive Studies, "To create a socially recognized, valued and applied spiritual science of intuition following the inspiration of the life and work of Edgar Cayce" Intuitive-Connections network, which began as a place for Atlantic University students to publish class papers and develop skills as book reviewers.
As Emeritus Professor Henry’s research focus is to create reliable, meaningful and useful demonstrations of the use of intuition to “normalize the paranormal” within society. Using cyberspace as the new laboratory context, he has been working with others to replicate the Dream Helper Circle online, as well as the derivative “Remote Empathy Circle” to provide needed reconciliation among folks of different backgrounds.
Henry lives a quiet mountain life with his wife, Janis, horses, goats, and a burro, on “Flying Goat Ranch,” named after Henry’s first dream upon being introduced to Edgar Cayce in 1967. His personal web site is henryreed.com