Skip to main content

Vaughan, Alan (1936-)

Vaughan, Alan (1936-)

Author, editor, and psychic who has written widely on psychical and parapsychological topics. He was born on December 28, 1936, in Akron, Ohio, and studied at the University of Akron (A.B., 1958), Rutgers University (1958-59), the New School for Social Research (1966-67), and the University of Freiburg (1967-68). He held several editing jobs before going to work for Psychic magazine (later New Realities ) in 1969. He was the editor of Psychic for five years (1972-77). From 1978 onward he was president of New Ways of Consciousness Foundation, San Francisco. He also started a Los Angeles-based computer software company called Mind Technology Systems.

Vaughan has worked in parapsychology, especially with the Dream Laboratory at Maimonides Hospital, and he is an associate member of the Parapsychological Association. He is also a psychic, having begun his development in Europe in the 1960s. In 1983 he began channelling an entity named "Li Sung" who claimed to be an ancient Chinese healer and herbalist. Vaughan reflected upon his unusual dual life:

"The transition from a skeptical science textbook editor to a parapsychologist and practicing psychic was a painful one. I had to give up the cherished idea of traditional science to discover the more important underlying realities of consciousness and its psychic effects. The research leading to Patterns of Prophecy opened up my own prophetic talent, and enabled me to teach others how to develop their latent psi gifts. Each of us has a unique consciousness and a unique task in life. We also have unique problems to solve. But only our consciousness has the answers to our problems. Your inner self has the wisdom of the universe locked up within it. By finding the key to unlock that wisdom, you will enrich your life."


Berger, Arthur S., and Joyce Berger. The Encyclopedia of Parapsychology and Psychical Research. New York: Paragon House, 1991.

Vaughan. Alan. The Edge of Tomorrow. New York: Coward, McGann, 1982.

. Incredible Coincidence: The Baffling World of Synchronicity. New York: Lippencott, 1979.

. Patterns of Prophecy. New York: Hawthorn Books, 1973.

Ullman, Montague, Stanley Krippner, and Alan Vaughan. Dream Telepathy. N.p., 1973.

Vaughan, Alan, and James Bolem. Psychics. New York: Harper & Row, 1972.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Vaughan, Alan (1936-)." Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology. . 21 Jan. 2019 <>.

"Vaughan, Alan (1936-)." Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology. . (January 21, 2019).

"Vaughan, Alan (1936-)." Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology. . Retrieved January 21, 2019 from

Learn more about citation styles

Citation styles gives you the ability to cite reference entries and articles according to common styles from the Modern Language Association (MLA), The Chicago Manual of Style, and the American Psychological Association (APA).

Within the “Cite this article” tool, pick a style to see how all available information looks when formatted according to that style. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, cannot guarantee each citation it generates. Therefore, it’s best to use citations as a starting point before checking the style against your school or publication’s requirements and the most-recent information available at these sites:

Modern Language Association

The Chicago Manual of Style

American Psychological Association

  • Most online reference entries and articles do not have page numbers. Therefore, that information is unavailable for most content. However, the date of retrieval is often important. Refer to each style’s convention regarding the best way to format page numbers and retrieval dates.
  • In addition to the MLA, Chicago, and APA styles, your school, university, publication, or institution may have its own requirements for citations. Therefore, be sure to refer to those guidelines when editing your bibliography or works cited list.