“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed.”
Ninel (Nina) Sergeyevna Kulagina (1926 – 1990) was a Russian woman who exhibited great psychic powers, particularly in psychokinesis and telepathy. She was born in 1927, joined the Red Army at 14, entering its tank regiment during World War II.
Kulagina later reported that she first recognized her abilities, which she believed she had inherited from her mother, when she noticed that items would spontaneously move around her when she was angry.
Over the years, she worked to develop her ability to move items of her own volition. Kulagina said that in order to manifest the effect, she required a period of meditation to clear her mind of all thoughts. When she had obtained the focus required, she reported a sharp pain in her spine and the blurring of her eyesight. Reportedly, storms interfered with her ability to perform psychokinetic acts.
During the Cold War, silent black-and-white films of her appearing to move objects on a table in front of her without touching them were produced. These films were allegedly made under controlled conditions for Soviet authorities and caused excitement for many psychic researchers around the world, some of whom believed that they represented clear evidence for the existence of psychic phenomena.
Academic research of her phenomenon was conducted in St.Petersburg for the last twenty years of her life. According to reports from the Soviet Union, forty scientists, two of whom were Nobel laureates, studied and tested Kulagina under laboratory conditions. Some noted researchers included; physiologist L. L. Vasiliev and neurophysiologist Genady A. Sergeiev of the Uktomskii Physiological Institute, Leningrad; Czech psychical researcher Zdenek Rejdak; psychologist B. Blazek; and Dr. J. S.Zvierev.
Tested by Vasiliev in the 1960s, Kulagina caused a compass needle to spin by holding her hand a few inches above it and also moved matchboxes at a distance.
She was filmed demonstrating her ability to move small objects such as a pen or cigarettes without contact. In 1968 this film was presented by Sergeiev before an international meeting of parapsychologists in Moscow. American parapsychologists who tested her, including Montague Ullman and J. G. Pratt, considered her a most successful subject with respect to producing PK regularly on demand.
To ensure that external electromagnetic impulses did not interfere, she was placed inside of a metal cage while she demonstrated her ability to remove a marked matchstick from a pile of matchsticks under a glass dome.
One of Nina's most notorious experiments took place in the Institute for Brain Research in Leningrad on March 10th, 1970.
Having initially studied the ability to move inanimate objects, scientists were curious to see if Nina's abilities extended to cells, tissues, and organs.
Sergeyev was one of many scientists present when Nina attempted to use her energy to stop the beating of a frog's heart floating in solution. He said that she focused intently on the heart and apparently made it beat faster, then slower, and using extreme intent of thought, stopped it. Following that experiment, a human volunteer agreed to be the guinea pig. The results were equally successful, since they had to cut the experiment short since the subject had a heart attack and nearly die.
In the late 1970s, a near fatal heart attack forced Kulagina to scale back her activities. According to a report produced by Dr. Zverev, her heartbeat was irregular, she had high blood sugar, and her endocrine system was disturbed. Over the long term, she suffered from pains in her arms and legs, could not coordinate properly, and experienced dizziness.
The report said that these symptoms were the result of her paranormal exertions, and limited her ability to demonstrate psychokinesis under controlled conditions.
A personal note in parallel is the example of UriGeller.
I once attended a show with Uri Geller here in Cyprus and he told us that he was taken by the CIA in a remote animal farm and instructed him to make a hearts? pig to stop. Uri rejected their demand saying that he doesn?t use his abilities to harm in any way other people because the harm will come back at him. Uri also told us the story when he was young; he visited a Las Vegas casino and used his abilities to win at a roulette game. I am not quit sure about the amount he told us he won, maybe half a million or a million dollars, but when he was returning to his hotel in a taxi he felt a general sickening feeling, dysphoria and he realized that it was coming from the money that he was carrying with him. So he told us, he opened the window and started throwing the money from the car window. When he finished doing that he felt relaxed again.
Personally I believe that Nina Kulagina once realized where she was heading, basically to use her abilities to harm other people or manipulate them in some form telepathically, i.e. To take certain decisions, kill people from a distance and felt discussed about it. I personally believe that Nina made the right choice, brought on herself that heart attack and the other symptoms enabling her useless and powerless so that the KGB would have no use for her anymore and let her go.