Vaughan, Alan (1936– )
Author, editor, and psychic who has written widely on psychical
and parapsychological topics. He was born on December
28, 1936, in Akron, Ohio, and studied at the University of
Akron (A.B., 1958), Rutgers University (1958–59), the New
School for Social Research (1966–67), and the University of
Freiburg (1967–68). He held several editing jobs before going
to work for Psychic magazine (later New Realities) in 1969. He
was the editor of Psychic for five years (1972–77). From 1978
onward he was president of New Ways of Consciousness Foundation,
San Francisco. He also started a Los Angeles-based
computer software company called Mind Technology Systems.
Vaughan has worked in parapsychology, especially with the
Dream Laboratory at Maimonides Hospital, and he is an associate
member of the Parapsychological Association. He is also
a psychic, having begun his development in Europe in the
1960s. In 1983 he began channelling an entity named ‘‘Li
Sung’’ who claimed to be an ancient Chinese healer and herbalist.
Vaughan reflected upon his unusual dual life
‘‘The transition from a skeptical science textbook editor to
a parapsychologist and practicing psychic was a painful one. I
had to give up the cherished idea of traditional science to discover
the more important underlying realities of consciousness
and its psychic effects. The research leading to Patterns of Prophecy
opened up my own prophetic talent, and enabled me to
teach others how to develop their latent psi gifts. . . . Each of
us has a unique consciousness and a unique task in life. We also
have unique problems to solve. But only our consciousness has
the answers to our problems. Your inner self has the wisdom of
the universe locked up within it. By finding the key to unlock
that wisdom, you will enrich your life.’’
Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of
Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York Paragon
House, 1991.
Vaughan. Alan. The Edge of Tomorrow. New York Coward,
McGann, 1982.
———. Incredible Coincidence The Baffling World of Synchronicity.
New York Lippencott, 1979.
———. Patterns of Prophecy. New York Hawthorn Books,
Ullman, Montague, Stanley Krippner, and Alan Vaughan.
Dream Telepathy. N.p., 1973.
Vaughan, Alan, and James Bolem. Psychics. New York Harper
& Row, 1972.