Have you ever had a random thought, and just moments later, the person next to you mentions what was on your mind? Or had a mystic experience that defied time and space but felt more real than reality? This is likely the occurrence of a noetic experience.
Noetic experiences can include mind-to-mind communication, knowing the future before it happens, and communicating with a deceased family member.
Having an inexplicable experience can feel intense, magical, or vulnerable – maybe all of them simultaneously.
Some people even question their own sanity. Perhaps they just make it all up? The insights gained can also push for life changes they don’t feel ready to undertake.
If you recognize this, you’re not alone! These types of experiences are much more common than we may think. It’s normal to feel the need to process your experience. Attempts to discuss it may sometimes be met with isolation from others who don’t understand. It’s part of what inspired IONS to offer a space to share your experience.
I want to share my noetic experience
Maybe you feel fine with what happened. Perhaps you’re even in awe to the point that you also wish to share it. Your experience can also help others going through something similar! IONS has developed Noetic EXperiences Archive, NEXA, where you can share your experience. By sharing, you contribute to our scientific understanding of noetic experiences.
The NEXA study aims to collect specific and remarkable noetic experiences that many people have to support future research on this topic. The survey takes about 5 minutes to complete and submissions remain anonymous. Your participation is appreciated.
I need support
To help support you through these experiences, visit the Spiritual Emergence Network (SEN) USA. SEN provides support by mental health professionals specifically trained in psychospiritual matters. Find a therapist in your area through their online, self referral directory. Alternatively, you can reach SEN through safe and encrypted phone/video calls.
SEN also publishes a useful list of USA National Hotline, Information & Self-Help Support Groups that can be contacted by telephone. If you are experiencing a crisis requiring immediate assistance, please dial 911.