About Douglas James Cottrell
Douglas James Cottrell, Ph.D. (1949 – present) is an ordinary man who demonstrates extraordinary abilities. In 1975, his mind was opened to the possibilities of intuitive phenomena when a co-worker at the Toronto Star newspaper handed him a book about Edgar Cayce, an American intuitive who practiced in the early 20th Century. At that time, Douglas was quite a skeptic, but he was desperate to find help for his young daughter, Cheri-Anne, who had been living in a handicapped children’s institution for four years.
Cheri-Anne had been suffering with a number of seemingly unrelated medical conditions, and was prone to grand mal seizures. Douglas and his wife, Karen, were overwhelmed. They eventually relented to the medical opinion of the day and sent their daughter from their home in Toronto to Plainfield Children’s Home near Belleville, Ontario. They were told to get on with their lives. However, they refused to give up hope, despite the fact that the doctors at the time had given Cheri-Anne a life expectancy of twelve years. She was only two at the time.
The book that Douglas had been given, There Is A River: The Story of Edgar Cayce, recounted the history of an American man who lived at the turn of the Twentieth Century, famous for demonstrating the remarkable ability to describe someone’s health condition while he was in an altered state of consciousness. Though uneducated, in this hypnotic trance, Cayce gave recommendations to treat numerous health conditions which often baffled the greatest thinkers of the time. These “readings” were the subject of numerous books. Unfortunately for Douglas and Karen, Cayce had passed away in 1945.
By a cosmic coincidence, shortly after reading this book, Douglas was in his workshop when he had the urge to go upstairs and turn on the television. The program that was on was called “World of the Unexplained” with host Allen Spraggett. Spraggett was interviewing an American man named Ross Peterson, who had been called “the new Edgar Cayce.” Douglas knew that he and Karen had to see him. In short order, he had his first-ever intuitive reading. Needless to say, it not only met his expectations, but it confirmed all his hopes and dreams that there really is something more to our world. This single experience started Douglas on a path that changed his life, and the life of his family, forever.
In a deep meditative state similar to sleep, Ross was able to discuss Cheri-Anne’s condition from hundreds of miles away, as if he were reading her medical chart. Speaking in a dry, steady monotone, Peterson described neck trauma that Cheri-Anne endured at birth, which was causing the seizures. This was information he could not have known or guessed. In this meditative state, Peterson made numerous suggestions for treatment and assured Douglas and Karen that their daughter, although unable to communicate through speech, was quite intelligent and aware of what was going on around her. On the strength of that single consultation, Douglas and Karen defied the medical community and withdrew their daughter from the institution. They applied the remedies Peterson suggested, and her life was spared. Cheri-Anne never fully recovered from her four years in the institution, but she was happy and lived until the age of thirty-eight.
In that intuitive reading, Peterson told Douglas that he, too, could practice this meditative trance, if he wanted to. “Ye have been a prophet of old, and ye will be a prophet of new,” he said. Douglas knew that he had to make the attempt to find out what intuitive ability he had. “If only one child is helped," he said, "it will be worth it!”
Inspired by this genuine experience, twenty-six-year-old Douglas began to study everything he could about the unseen world – from chakras and the aura to energy healing, dreams, and meditation. Aided by his family doctor and his chiropractor (both followers of Cayce), he began conducting experiments. He was young, determined, and driven to persist. He wanted to prove to the medical community that this phenomenon could help save lives. But he needed evidence. The doctor and chiropractor were able to verify that what Douglas was "seeing" in his meditation experiments was not imagination or guessing, but real information about real test subjects.
"Douglas: I have just had a long conversation with the person in charge of programming at the A.R.E. (Association for Research and Enlightenment), Nancy Stephenson. For all these years, the A.R.E. has never presented psychics on their programs. Yes, I most certainly do remember you, and the fine reading you gave me! The explanation of a certain relationship was extremely enlightening. I certainly hope things work out for you, Doug; you truly deserve to have wide exposure here in the States. Many good wishes!"
—Dr. Gina Cerminara, Edgar Cayce Author, Virginia Beach, Virginia
- On December 7, 1977, Douglas retired from his job at the Toronto Star newspaper, where he worked as a printing press operator.
- In 1979, Douglas co-founded the Omega Research and Development Group in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada, to offer spiritual development classes and other events to the community.
- In 1985, Douglas participated in an invitation-only psychic research project conducted by Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment. Douglas was "Psychic #10" or "Psychic J" and scored well.
- In 1988, Douglas became a regular columnist for Psychic Guide magazine (which was later rebranded as Body Mind Spirit magazine), the largest "new age" publication in the United States.
- In 1989, Douglas was invited to present at the landmark Whole Life Expo in Los Angeles, California.
- In 1990, Douglas participated in a scientific test of his abilities by a senior MD from a major North American hospital (and head of the Juvenile Diabetes section at the time). Unfortunately, the intended academic paper never manifested (read more about this test below).
- In 2004, Douglas published his first full-length book, Secrets of Life, based on information from his Quantum Meditation™ readings.
- In 2008, Douglas was invited to present at the International New Age Trade Shows in Denver and Phoenix.
- In 2009, Douglas was ordained in Montreal, Canada as an Interfaith Minister by the Spiritual Science Fellowship (SSF) and the International Council of Community Churches.
- In 2009, Douglas was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (Specialization in Therapeutic Counseling) degree by the Open International University for Complementary Medicines in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
- In 2009, Douglas founded the not-for-profit organization, Many Mansions Spiritual Centre, to encourage people to develop their spiritual gifts and to experience the power of spiritual healing.
- In 2014, Douglas was invited to present at the prestigious A.R.E. Edgar Cayce Centre of New York.
In 2017, Douglas was invited to present at the exclusive Edgar Cayce Canada Annual Fellowship Conference in Kingston, Ontario.
Testing Douglas's Clairvoyant Ability
by Robert Appel, B.A., B.C.L., L.L.B.
During one “test” of Douglas, done in a hotel room in Toronto, Canada in the early 1990s, a medical doctor – head of the Juvenile Diabetes section at the time – read the names and addresses of five of his private patients who were not actually present in the room at the time. To the doctor’s satisfaction, Douglas described the symptoms of each. Independent testing and verification suggest that the health/medical information is accurate to approximate the 99th percentile and may, in many cases, be contemplating a link between cause and effect (as it relates to particular conditions) that even modern science is currently unaware of.
In another instance of "pushing" Douglas’s ability in a Quantum Meditation™ session, a very educated and intelligent woman came to Douglas for a dream interpretation. As was the case with Cayce, Douglas cannot only interpret dreams via this trance-like state, but he does so with specific reference to the singular and specific "archetypal library" of the individual being read. That is quite a feat all by itself. In this particular case, however, the client had forgotten the ending of the dream and was frustrated. This writer was present during the session and, on a hunch, suggested that Douglas locate the "record" of the dream, based on the arcane notion that even thoughts can, in theory, leave a residue on the universal parchment, or those mysterious "Akashic Records" that Cayce himself had referred to. Douglas then proceeded to fill the missing ending of the "forgotten" dream, which the woman agreed was fully accurate. After filling in the blanks, Douglas proceeded to interpret the dream which, in this particular instance, was quite anticlimactic.
And then there is the "sound and feel" of the reading. It can be unsettling, even to a seasoned experimenter. Douglas's natural tone, grammar, and syntax all sharpen up significantly. Even more extraordinary is the speed at which information leaves his lips (lips which, given his low respiration and heart rate, should not be able to talk at all). While today, aspiring toastmasters and speakers consider themselves lucky if they can get through a dinner salutation without an "um" or "err," Douglas, in the Quantum Meditation™ state, dumps information on the listener in an almost non-stop, contiguous fashion, pausing only to breathe.
And for those who choose to attend a reading in person and discourse with him (they don't have to, of course), there is the disturbing phenomenon of having to interact with someone who not only knows more about most things than you do; but, to an uncomfortable degree, knows more about YOU than you do. [Often, when doing the reading with the client in the room, Douglas will demur from the written questions the client is nervously reading from, and instead move ahead, offering to answer "the question held in the mind of the questioner.”]
And finally there is the fact that Douglas, as did Cayce, handles the Quantum Meditation™ entirely in the first person plural. The explanation for this? Here is an "urban legend" popular within the para-psychological community—and one which is probably based in fact. A man spends years learning to acquire a deeper and deeper trance state to experience "freedom from attachment." One day, with his wife and friends in the room, he achieves his goal. His wife then asks him, in the trance, if he has a message for her. He opens his mouth to speak and then seems to get "stuck" with his mouth wide open. This lasts for several minutes, until his worried spouse panics and brings him out of the trance. When awake, she asks him what happened. The fellow remembers the whole event (itself fairly uncommon, as most trance practitioners do not remember anything of the experience) and explains, "I tried to say the words I LOVE YOU, but there was no word for I."
When you clear the mind of ego, there is no word for I!
Cheri-Anne Cottrell passed away in 2006.
Karen Cottrell passed away in 2016.