Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Born in the high mountains of Telluride, Colorado, on September 14, 1933, Ingo Swann came form a Swedish background. His grandfather, Andrew Gustafsen, had immigrated to America as a stonemason and helped build the base of the Statue of Liberty. Mr. Swann ( the second "n" added later on the advice of a numerologist) as a child played a mental "game" of following the veins of metallic ores through the earth, similar to his recent experimental work in out-of-body vision.
After his family had move to the Utah desert, Mr. Swann took a degree in Art and Biology in 1955 at Westminster College in Salt Lake City, Enlisting in the Army after college, he served nearly three years in the Far East where he was able to study aesthetics and art with instructors in Japan, Taiwan and Korea.
I 1958 Ingo Swann moved to New York City to begin his career as an artists. As his awareness of aesthetic and philosophic aspects of art increased, he expanded his interests in the paranormal and metaphysical. Meanwhile, to support himself, he took a position with the United Nations Secretariat until 1969. During that period he painted over 800 canvases. The largest of these a symbolic representation of death and afterlife ("Death of a Man"), is in the collection of the Erickson Educational Foundation in Baton Rouge, LA.
Exhibitions of Ingo Swann's art have been given in several places, including, the New York World's Fair of 1964, and in 1972 at the American Society for Physical Research in New York. His panoramic spacescape titled "Aft Ship's View of Sagittarius" was featured on Psychic's July 1972 cover, representing, he says, "a new concept associated with extended awareness... an impression of actually being in space with full awareness via an out-of-the-body experience, "He is currently attempting to enlarge this concept with three large new paintings comparable to "Sagittarius".
In the years 1069-1971 Mr. Swann studied with L. Ron Hubbard, who, he states "did a great deal to help restore self awareness and brought about a rehabilitation of many abilities, abilities experienced as a child but suppressed, as is usually the case among children". This experience seemed to open up new (i.e. "rehabilitated") talents of a paranormal nature. He felt he could generate light energy from his hands and above his head by going out of the body. Photos taken in the dark with a new highly sensitive film showed these light effects.
Becoming interested in experimental parapsychology, Ingo Swann worked at the American Society for Physical Research as a subject in out-of-the-body vision experiments, which he helped design. In another project at City College of New York, as recently reported by Dr. Gertrude Smeidler to the Parapsychological Association, Mr. Swann was able to effect temperature changes in the graphite thermisters at a distance. And currently he is participating in an experimental psi project with physicist Dr. H. E. Puthoff at Stanford Research Institute in California.
Stressing the idea that man's basic nature is spiritual, Ingo Swann has lectured at college seminars on expanded awareness and art. His lecture on "Cosmic Art" was abridged in the last issue of Psychic Magazine.
As a keynote to the future, Mr. Swann feels that " mankind is obliged to move forward into the study and application of greater areas of human and spiritual potential".