How Savants Show Us the Power of the Human Mind


When Leslie Lemke was born prematurely, he had brain damage, cerebral palsy, and had to have his eyes surgically removed due to glaucoma. When he was put up for adoption aged six months, May, a nurse who was 52 with 5 children of her own, welcomed him into her family.

When Leslie was 16, May was woken up in the middle of the night by the sound of a piano playing in her downstairs sitting room. Thinking she’d left the television on she went downstairs to turn it off. When she entered the room she was astonished to find Leslie playing Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 flawlessly on their baby grand – he had heard it on TV earlier that day.

From that day on, despite him having no musical training, Leslie began to play all styles of music – from ragtime to classical. All it took for him to play a composition perfectly was to hear the music once. For many years afterwards, before his health declined, he gave regular concerts in the US, Japan and Scandinavia, and also appeared on many US TV shows.

Another astonishing person is Ellen, who has stunned the world with her ability as a human chronometer. When she was eight Ellen became fascinated by the speaking clock, listening to every announcement, right down to every last second. From then on Ellen was able to tell the exact time – precisely to each hour, minute, and second of the day.

Both Leslie and Ellen are Savants. This is a human condition brought to the world’s attention by the fictional character Raymond Babbitt, played by Dustin Hoffman, in the 1988 film ‘Rain Man.’ Savant syndrome is a rare, but extraordinary, condition in which people with serious mental disabilities, including autism, have an individual genius which stands in marked contrast to their disability.

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The real ‘Rain Man’ was Kim Peek. What Kim could do was astounding: he had read some 12,000 books and remembered everything about them. ‘Kimputer,’ as he was affectionately known to many, used to read two pages at once – his left eye scannng the left page while his right eye read the right page. It took him about 3 seconds to get through two pages. Kim could recall facts and trivia from 15 subject areas from history to geography to sports. Give him a date, and Kim could tell you what day of the week it was. He also remembered all the music he had ever heard.

Some savants are also known as Lightning Calculators. These are people who can do mental arithmetic very fast in their heads without using a pencil, paper or a calculator. Daniel Tammet first became famous when he recited Pi from memory to 22,514 decimal places – a feat which took over 5 hours.

Numbers, according to Daniel, are special to him. He actually ‘sees’ figures and calculations – a rare ability called synaesthesia. In his Mind each number from 1 to 10,000 has its own unique shape, colour, texture and feel. He has described 289 as being particularly ugly, 333 as especially attractive, and Pi as beautiful.

So once again the ability of the Mind to tap into a field of information ‘out there’ is dramatically demonstrated. But is there any way that ordinary mortals like you and me can access this information? The answer is a definite ‘Yes.’ One of the ways that ordinary folk become extraordinary is through the ancient skill of Dowsing.

When inventor Thomas A. Edison, was once asked, ‘What is electricity?’ He replied: ‘I don’t know – but its there – so let’s use it’.

Dowsing is the same. Something is there. When dowsers use the skill, it works. Dowsing is a human faculty allowing access to information not normally available to our five senses. This ancient art had almost been forgotten but has experienced a comeback – perhaps in response to today’s reliance on technology, which is separating us from the natural world.

Historically, dowsing was known for its ability to locate water, gold, oil and other minerals. But it has also been used in matters of life and death. During the Second World War Colonel Kenneth Merrylees worked as a bomb-disposal expert, using his dowsing skills to find unexploded ordnance with delayed-action fuses which had penetrated deep into the ground. And during the Vietnam war, some US.marines used dowsing to locate underground mines and tunnels.

During the Cold War in the 1960’s, American dowser Verne Cameron, using a pendulum, shocked US Navy officials by successfully map dowsing (locating on a map) every submarine in the Navy’s fleet. He then went on to locate every Russian submarine in the world. Afterwards, the CIA determined that Cameron was a risk to national security and he was forbidden to leave the United States!

In computer terms, dowsing is a kind of spiritual search engine – scanning all that is known for answers to anything and everything: From, ‘Would applying for this job be a good career move for me?’ To, ‘How many past lives have I lived?’ From, ‘Should I wear a waterproof coat today?’ To, ‘Is there life elsewhere in the universe?’ Dowsing for answers is limited only by your imagination.

A recent study by scientists tested the depth of meditation reached by adepts like yogis, Sufis, and monks. This was done by measuring their brainwave patterns. The scientists discovered that professional dowsers reached the same Theta levels as Zen Buddhists, who had perfected their techniques over many years.

In short, dowsing harnesses the ability still there deep down in each one of us – our Intuition. And through honing our intuition, we become increasingly psychic.


Anthony Talmage is author of four books in his Psychic Mind series, Dowse Your Way To Psychic Power, In Tune With The Infinite Mind, Unlock The Psychic Powers Of Your Unconscious Mind and the just-published Crack the Cosmic Code (and write your own tomorrow) all available in Kindle, printed and audio versions from Amazon. Anthony also covers more of the above themes in his popular podcast, available for free to listen or download here. It’s had over 18,000 downloads so far!


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Anthony Talmage
Anthony Talmage, through his many years of researching the metaphysical, esoteric, mystical, occult and paranormal, came to the conclusion that human consciousness has the ability to harness the power of the Universe. He puts his theories into practice as President of the Guernsey Society of Dowsers, specializing in healing detrimental energies.


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