In the Beginning
The Association TransCommunication (ATransC) was founded by Sarah Estep in 1982 as the American Association of Electronic Voice Phenomena (AA-EVP). Her objective was to “provide objective evidence that we survive physical death in our individual conscious state.”
Sarah’s focus was on EVP and ITC, and her friendly style of reporting endeared her to many people just learning about these phenomena. She provided a community for people who knew of EVP, but had no one to discuss it with or who could teach them how to use EVP to contact a loved one. Remember, Jürgenson discovered EVP in 1959 and the AA-EVP was begun only twenty-three years later. For a time without the Internet, that is almost like a week in “Internet days.” Sarah was a true pioneer
Tom and Lisa Butler assumed leadership in 2000, and attempted to continue Sarah’s work without changing to Association’s personality. Sarah was not technically oriented. She was good with the recorder, but she had yet to think in terms of an Internet presence for the Association. The first change the Butlers made was to introduce this website. It was designed from the beginning with a focus on factual, level headed disclosure of what is known about these phenomena. The intention was to provide a source for information scientists would feel comfortable using, while at the same time, giving people grieving for the loss of a loved one, a place to learn reason for hope. An online discussion forum quickly followed as the Idea Exchange. Today, the forum includes a Gallery and an archive containing most of the past NewsJournals.
The Butlers also expanded the newsletter from the six 8.5″ X 11″ page newsletter to an average of 20 pages and refocused it to include research reports as a NewsJournal. They also made it available as a PDF file for email delivery. Because of the emailed version is sometimes forwarded, estimated circulation is well over 1,000 readers.
EVP was officially “discovered” in 1959, so it was still very new in 1982. Back then, there were few support groups for people wishing to learn about it, so Sarah filled an important need of the time. But in fact, EVP is just one form of communication from the other side. To understand such communication, it is necessary to study all forms of trans-etheric influence. For instance, audio forms of ITC (known as EVP) shares important characteristics with visual forms of ITC. Knowing this makes it reasonable to look for similar shared characteristics in other field.
The Association has been recognized around the world as a good place to learn about these phenomena from an objective and well-considered perspective. The Butlers have always attempted to make the organization accessible to scientists and grieving parents alike.
The focus continues to be on compassion, objectivity and research, but now there is an added focus on understanding what the implications of the evidence on how we live. It is important to understand that there is a “so what” to understand we survive physical death. The aim is to help all of us understand what that is.
Think of the website as a place to find information about transcommunication and some of the people working in the field. Everything you need to know to work with these phenomena should be available on the site.
The Collective is intended to involve a collaborating group of editors who represent many parts of the greater community. The Association TransCommunication is sponsoring the project and hosting the forum on atransc.org.
The objective of the forum is the development of articles that might help people who want to learn about and work with things paranormal avoid making the usual beginner mistakes.
Best Practices are an important tool for culture building because they bring a degree of standardization without imposing rules. In principle, if people begin learning about something like conducting a darkroom séance by following the practices, they will have a good chance of success in so far as the community understands the process. As people learn, it is hoped that their lessons will be fed back into future versions of the practice, maintaining them as “living documents.” Properly managed, the forum is very good for version control and evolution of documents.
Interested people can contact the Association via the Contact tool below. A brief description of qualifications should be included. Because there are so many different specialty areas in things paranormal, most people are potentially good editors; however, there is a need for editor discernment and at least some experience in one or more of the paranormal specialty areas.
The ATransC still has members, just not member dues. The ATransC has changed from support with member dues to support from earnings from AA-EVP Publishing and affiliate programs when website visitors use the eBay and Amazon links to make purchases. All of the funds, including proceeds from the Butler’s book, There is No Death and There are No Dead, are applied to operations, outreach and research. None of the volunteers, including the directors, receive compensation.
There has to be a “so what” for any study. Yes, there are unexpected phenomena, and yes, they appear to provide evidence of survival of personality, a greater reality and transcommunication. Of course this has important implications for science, but what does it mean to the individual? How should people respond to the likelihood they will find themselves very much alive on the other side of the veil?
As new information becomes available, the ATransC directors have been evolving a version of the Trans-survival Hypothesis(phenomena are caused by survived personalities). It is based on the version of the survival hypothesis referred to in parapsychology as an alternative to the Super-psi Hypothesis(phenomena are echoes of the past) but is influenced by what has been learned via etheric studies. As part of this effort, a suite of essays are also being evolved which address important concepts such as Mediumship, The Creative process, Etheric Fields and Personality.
An extensive White Paper on transcommunication and many examples are maintained on the website for public access. Personal stories offered in the Circles section and articles in the Article section are intended to provide role models for people wanting to learn how others have experienced these phenomena.
A very useful search tool is provided so that you can search the paranormal community.
Occasional Update Email List
One form of ATransC membership is to be on the Occasional Update Email List. This is a very occasional newsletter used to help keep you informed about what we think is important to this work. You can register to receive these updates here
Today, the ATransC is amongst the very few organizations in the English-speaking world that provides information about the Trans-survival Hypothesis from the perspective of current understanding about transcommunication. If you think this study is important, then please consider supporting the organization by participating in the Idea Exchange, Collective and subscribing to the Occasional Update email.
A person can become knowledgeable about these phenomena and learn to work with ITC by taking the time to study the contents of this website but it is important to work with others who can act as “objective advisors.”
Archived ATransC NewsJournal
The 129 issues of the NewsJournal and (57th by the butlers) represent an important history of ITC beginning with Sarah Estep in 1982 and ending with the Butlers in 2014. Reading the past NewsJournals affords an important education about transcommunication that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
All of the quarterly ATransC NewsJournals published since 2000, and those published by Sarah Estep from 1982 to 1991, are in PDF format. The Directors plan to establish an online library for public access to these files.
There are no peer-reviewed journals specifically dedicated to study reports about transcommunication. The ATransC Journal is an online feature that provides important background information for people wishing to conduct research in this field.
Tom and Lisa Butler have been writing a column about current news items concerning things paranormal since 2001. The columns are archived on ATransC.org and have a dedicated search tool. Anyone wishing to research such subjects as energy healing, belief surveys and new discoveries about psi functioning should consider using the Media Watch Archive as a beginning resource.
The ATransC Logo
The gold logo is a Möbius strip folded into an infinity sign. A Möbius strip is formed by twisting a strip of material 180 degrees and connecting the two ends so that the backside of one end is connected to the front side of the other. An ant walking along the surface would be on the opposite side each time it passes the front of the symbol.
The symbolism of the logo is that “both sides are really one and that one continues forever.”
The study of transcommunication is the study of conceptual influences causing objective effects. They remain conceptual as long as the influences are in the mind of the experiencer or observer. While all objective influences appear to require a physical person as a conduit, the ATransC attempts to focus primarily on those phenomena that have a substantial objective component which can be experienced by many and studied using the tools of physical science.