One day, Boris Zolotov and several persons from his team were riding in a
car with the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. They were
discussing the attempts of an American and a Russian scientist to
determine, using a high-tech device, which of the Russian battleships were
carrying nuclear weapons and which were not.
A woman on Zolotov's team offered the observation that one does not need
such a device to determine something of this nature. Moreover, she said,
she could prove it!
So they drove to the Russian naval base, where this woman was able to
describe to the Admiral not only which ships had nuclear weapons, but
their type and quantity.
It is reported that this Russian Admiral went into a drinking bout that
lasted several days, in his frustration that he — a high-ranking Navy
officer — had not been informed by his country's government that such
things were possible.
Bronnikov: Teaching Blind Children to ''See''
In two previous articles, I have discussed the work of Viacheslav
Bronnikov, a man from Feodosia, Ukraine, who teaches blind children to ''see.'' In this article, I will present to you the work of two
other Russians — Nikolay Nikolayevich ''Nik-Nik'' Denisov, and Boris Zolotov
— who are doing the same kind of work. Both of these men are quite different
from Bronnikov and from each other — not only in their methods, but in their
philosophical emphasis and their personal motivations.
First, before going on to discuss Denisov and Zolotov, I would like to say
that — despite Bronnikov's great results, as reported in my previous articles
— there are some limitations worth considering when we evaluate the man and
First of all, Bronnikov has been criticized by some for his disinterest in
spirituality — his ''mechanical'' approach. (This criticism is much less
applicable to Denisov, and not at all to Zolotov, for whom spirituality is a
key aspect of his work.)
Secondly, Bronnikov's ''biocomputer'' model apparently can become so
obsessive that a person needs to turn this imaginary device off for the night,
and must not forget to turn it back on in the morning. This seems like an
unnecessary limitation, since of course there is no real ''biocomputer'' in
our heads — only formerly ignored neurons that, when activated, reflect the
world around us in new ways.
Thirdly, it is said that the Bronnikov Method for the most part only reaches
children. Even Bronnikov's instructors, although they can teach alternative
vision, reportedly do not possess this faculty themselves. Both Denisov's and
Zolotov's teachers possess alternative perception abilities.
Finally, on the medical side it is claimed by some that in the human sight
center there is only so much energy, and that in using the Bronnikov Method
of alternative vision, one's normal eyesight will worsen. Alternative vision,
critics say, is thus a good option for blind people but not for the normally
sighted. (Denisov has also found difficulties with this ''energy barrier.''
Zolotov, as you will see, neither believes in nor encounters an energy
barrier in the use of superpsychic abilities.)
Denisov: A Trainer
In my view, Nikolay Nikolayevich ''Nik-Nik'' Denisov has gone farther than
Bronnikov. Denisov's students learn to do the same things that Bronnikov
students do — alternative vision, and so on — but Denisov's reason for
learning and teaching it are very different. If Bronnikov seems interested in
using ''superhuman'' skills to perform better in society, Denisov wants to
use them in order to free himself and others from society's limitations.
Before devoting full time to study and teach alternative perception, Nikolay
Denisov studied at the Moscow Energy Institute and the all-USSR Foreign Trade
Academy. In 1972 he began researching human evolutionary development and won
recognition for his work in the area of information access technologies.
Today, his priority is to teach as many people as possible to use alternative
data-access channels, both in their private lives and in their jobs. He
believes that the use of these abilities will heighten human adaptability to
our changing lifestyles, and also will initiate or enhance people's artistic
and spiritual development. In this connection, he developed the ''Golden Ray''
program, a method that allows people to broaden their perceptual limits by a
factor of several hundred. More than 10,000 people from a few score Russian
and ex-USSR cities have taken the Golden Ray program, and it has received
wide coverage in both newspapers and TV.
Predicting the Future
Although he is striving for 100 percent accuracy, Denisov has already
achieved results that seem remarkable. He can predict the future with 70 to
80 percent probability. And that's enough for one of his students,
psychologist Dr. Boris Boyar, whose Academy of Game Technologies teaches
students to win at gambling casinos by ''seeing'' dealers' cards and
influencing the roulette ball. Also, casino personnel can learn to
psychically prevent players from winning, and businesspeople are taught how
to influence others and arrive at optimum decisions.
Moscow Psychiatry Institute researched the work being done by Denisov and his
students — specifically brain activity when a person is using alternative
vision or during telepathic communication. The scientists found specific
areas of the brain that were apparently responsible for the processing of
extrasensory information. Denisov says that he is using the research results
to make the learning in his school ''more conscious, more directed, more
accurate, and faster — and not for children only but also for adults.''
''All the instructors in my school,'' Denisov asserts, ''can read blindfolded.
This is why they can provide the students with both theoretical and practical
Economic work in the USSR
Nikolay Denisov is a very practical person. He used to work as a negotiator
for Soviet foreign trade institution Vneshtorg, and enjoyed the privilege —
very rare in the USSR — of traveling abroad once every two months to
negotiate building contracts.
''Others considered me a man that had everything one can dream of,'' he
writes. ''But I was bored!'' He saw that his position made him part of a
social machine, and decided to get out of this predictable routine and look
for something new, unusual, and unknown.
Denisov met Boris Zolotov early on, during his university student years. ''Boris
and I are friends back from the Institute,'' he says. ''He was the first to
show me that a man possesses many abilities unknown to science. It's because
of him that I began my learning of this vast and interesting world of
extrasensory perception. Now I am doing my own research. I have a school of
my own — my own methods and personal approach to the world. But our
friendship is something very big. It's a mutual understanding and respect
between two men that transcends the usual.''
In his own research, being as I have said a very practical person, Denisov
takes nothing for granted. He believes in nothing that cannot be proved. For
this reason he is skeptical of channeling and of otherworldly ''Teachers,''
claiming that sources of this nature do not serve his needs. Instead, Denisov
develops his techniques from working closely with people who actually possess
the unusual abilities he seeks to learn. In this way, he acquires
understanding of the phenomena and develops methods of teaching this to
Denisov first used 14-day seminars, but decided to make them shorter because
his students wanted faster results. Now, he aims for his students to have
their first results in only five days.
His seminars usually take place at night in a big hall, where students go
through a series of exercises and one-to-one interactions. Night time is
chosen, not only because some of the students work during the day, but also
because the techniques seem easier to perform at night.
The alternative-vision seminars last for two hours, and take place in a
typical classroom environment, with desks and chairs. Denisov — a trainer, as
he calls himself — teaches his students a specific ''meditation'' that allows
them to achieve the desired results. But it is not verbal teaching. Instead,
Denisov himself enters the meditative state and ''broadcasts'' it. By tuning
in, his students are quickly able to have experiences proving that what they
have come there to learn is possible. They go on from there to develop the
abilities themselves through exercises.
Here is where Denisov's work differs most markedly from that of Zolotov, for
he feels that ''lazy'' people cannot learn to do what he teaches, and that
seems to be what happens. In one seminar, for example, my friend Alina was
able, with closed eyes, to read a newspaper. But she couldn't do this at home
because she did not pursue the exercises. (Even so, her overall ESP level
became very much heightened after the Denisov seminar.)
Energy: It's Not Free?
So, in line with the above-mentioned exercise requirement, Denisov differs
from Zolotov in his belief that achieving results requires energy — not only
the energy of practicing and not being ''lazy,'' but a kind of psychic energy.
The impression I get is that he and his students feel that energy is not free:
You have to work hard to get these extraordinary results.
Also, Denisov feels that remote viewing (e.g. reading a text that was in the
room yesterday, or one that is in another room today), requires a ''high
density'' of the energy body that most students cannot achieve. Denisov and
his students have been working with lucid dreaming, as taught by Castaneda
and others, in an attempt to solve the dilemma of this ''energy barrier.''
Freedom in an Unfree World
What perhaps attracts me most about Denisov is his view of personal freedom.
In an email interview, I wrote to Denisov saying: ''Jim Schnabel claims that the U.S. used psychic spies against the USSR,
but later dropped this practice because of the 'weirdness factor' and because
one can't be 100 percent sure of data that's gathered in such a way.'' And I
asked Denisov whether the Russian military and intelligence people were
cooperating with him, or whether instead they perhaps interfered with him, or
tried to limit what he was allowed to teach.
Here is Denisov's answer:
Same thing here. They [the
government] say: ''We will give you help, financing, students, a laboratory
— if and when you have developed data-gathering techniques that we can use.''
They don't understand that when I can access any information at will, I will
need help from nobody. I will simply disappear from society, it will no
longer hold any interest for me. What are they talking about financing me to
do, if I can already predict tomorrow's market quotes, or next week's sports
results and lottery numbers?
I don't possess big ambition, and I am not looking for popularity. So as
soon as I achieve success in my research, nobody will hear from me [any more].
As for now, they neither impede nor help me.
So Denisov's vision is one of personal freedom, for himself and others.
Trainings in the United States
Denisov has conducted alternative vision seminars in the United States, in
the Russian language, for about 40 immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
There were articles about this in Russian newspapers, and a program on
Russian radio. ''Everybody was reportedly satisfied with the results,''
Denisov says, and adds that he would be willing to do this again for an
Boris Zolotov: A Teacher
For half a year I have been starting and stopping the process of writing
about Boris Zolotov.
It was easy to write about Bronnikov. He explains all that he does. And it
was not difficult to write about Denisov. He uses normal logic when
communicating with his students.
It's totally different with Zolotov. For although he talks a lot, he doesn't
really teach with words. Instead, he teaches by creating transformative
experiences for his students, using Sufi-like teaching stories and other
So although I have strong feelings about Zolotov's work, I couldn't seem to
make an article from them. It seemed that Zolotov was giving just enough
left-brain ''food'' to his students so that they would return to class each
day (Zolotov's courses usually last from ten days to two weeks, but students
may come and go as they please) — and no more.
The solution I came up with was to tell some of his stories, and to describe,
not theories, but ''what happens'' to people when they take a Zolotov seminar.
For example, it's pretty common to hear from Zolotov's students, especially
novices, that his lectures reveal knowledge of what they are thinking. It
seems to many that he is tuning into their unspoken thoughts, and giving them
answers to unspoken questions. These experiences convince them, in a left
brain way, to continue with the work.
Another way that Zolotov talks to attendees' left brains is by telling
stories from his own life. Half legendary, half ordinary, these tales excite
something in the listener — perhaps the inner child who has always known how
easy miracles are to do.
One ''miracle'' story Zolotov's tells concerns a time during his student
years when he was in charge of bringing the ''booze'' to a New Year's party
at a dacha outside Moscow. But he had forgotten to get the address of this
dacha, and there was no one left in Moscow for him to ask. So what did Boris
do? He simply hailed a taxi, got into it, and told the driver: "To dacha!"
The driver did not even think to ask for further directions. He simply drove,
while they two men made small talk about hunting. And after some time, they
arrived in a village where Boris's friends were gathered waiting for him in
Another story Zolotov likes to tell gives some insight into the man himself,
rather than miracles or superpsychic abilities. It concerns a time when he
was working on dolphin research at Russia's Far East Institute. One evening
he went with a group of girls — young scientists — to a border outpost to
give a lecture for the guards. There, the master sergeant (Starshina
in Russian) invited them all to a dinner of roast suckling pig. This
invitation had a catch, however. Literally, the guests were supposed to ''catch''
the meal. It turned out that the border guards grew their own pigs for food,
and watching city girls in their short skirts trying to collar these baby
pigs was one of their favorite and more hilarious forms of entertainment. As
for actually rounding up the pig in this way, the guards had given their
guests an impossible task.
Impossible, that is, until Zolotov came along. He simply thought about the
problem for a moment, then removed a single plank from the pen and chased the
pigs toward the too-small hole in the fence, where one of them, in trying to
escape, got stuck.
In telling this and other stories, Zolotov is engaging our left brains, but
he is really talking to our right brains. Some of his critics even claim that
he uses NLP to ''program'' his listeners.
Usually, when asked questions, Zolotov does not answer in plain language, but
gives half-cryptic explanations. When asked once why he does this, he
explained — half cryptically, of course — ''I say this not for your mind to
understand, but in order to let your mind change in such a way that it would
be possible for you to understand me.''
Love and Learning
In the summer of 1999, at a time when I was feeling very full of love from
experiencing Klaus Joehle's work, I felt I really just
knew everything about love-as-energy! But Zolotov showed me something new:
the connection between love and learning. In a seminar I attended, he gave
the following hypothetical example:
Let us say that a husband
is a member of an expedition to the North Pole, and his wife is a surgeon
back home. There is an emergency in the expedition — somebody needs urgent
surgery. If those two people are really in love, then the husband can
connect with everything his wife knows, and do the surgery as she would do
Zolotov's work takes account of this love energy. And as a result, in his
seminars people fall in love, go through jealousy and suffering — everything
that happens around being in love in everyday life. So if you dare to love in
one of Zolotov's seminars, then you learn a lot — and quickly.
For example, my friend Irina fell in love in a Zolotov seminar, and all three
individuals — she, the man she fell in love with, and her husband(!) —
learned a lot about freedom, love, and jealousy.
Zolotov seminars usually take place in out-of-city sanatoriums throughout
Russia, Bulgaria, and Hungary. The part of the hall where the seminar
attendees sit is called matrasnik — referring to the Russian word for
''mattress'' — because during lectures it is covered with mattresses for
people to sit or lie down on.
A large rectangular area in the center is called the ploschadka, or ''the
work,'' and the word also refers to what goes on. It is where the one-to-one
processes take place. This area is free of mattresses. It looks like a dance
floor or an improv theater stage.
EOI: Expert-Operator Interaction
What happens during ploschadka is what Zolotov calls ''expert-operator
interaction,'' or EOI.
As an expert, you learn to feel with your body — to feel your body moving, to
express your feelings through your body. You learn to feel your partner, or
anything else. This experience starts with an ''operator'' — a person who is
conducting the work and who is broadcasting his feelings to those
working on ploschadka.
As an operator, you learn to send different signals. You can, for example,
make deep contact with an object, and after that contact is established —
after you become ''one with'' the object — you can make changes to the object
by changing something in yourself. The easiest example that is regularly
shown in seminars is making clouds appear and disappear. (After my first
Zolotov seminar I was able to disperse tiny clouds myself, but for some
reason this ability left me later.)
Using EOI, you can cure a person from cancer. ''Ten years ago,'' Zolotov says,
''we were researching curing cancer, and we cured everyone who came to us at
that time. But we have learned it, and it's no longer interesting for us. Now
we are doing other things.'' (You will note in the picure below-left that
there are spots of white light in the photo; these were not visible when the
photo was taken.)
Now — and this is where the crazy stuff begins — Zolotov's team uses EOI to
''cure'' things like submarines. After all, both a person with cancer and a
malfunctioning submarine are simply outside objects, and you work with them
using the same methods. In fact, it is said that Zolotov's EOI team helps
take care of the Russian Pacific submarine fleet. While the subs are still at
the base, the team tells commanders which parts might malfunction during the
next underwater cruise. His team doesn't fix the problems, Zolotov said,
leaving that part to the Russian sailors. But I know, from my own personal
knowledge, that the tragedy to the Russian submarine Kursk happened exactly
after, and apparently because, Pilulka — one of Zolotov's most important EOI
team members — left his organization.
If this all seems unreal, other examples of EOI results are equally so:
radiation-resistant human skin. . . the prevention of earthquakes. . .
releasing Souls that descended into Hell to find and free their loved ones,
then got stuck there.
Zolotov's tales, although provocative, used to seem far-fetched to me, unreal.
But I began to take him seriously when I met live people who had been cured
in his seminars. Here are some examples:
- Tania, from Kiev, had had her spleen surgically removed at the age of
15. Recently, both she and her doctor were surprised to find on a CAT scan
that Tania's spleen had regenerated. Tania is sure that this was due to her
work on Zolotov's team.
- Larisa, from Moscow, told Zolotov in a seminar that she had been
diagnosed with a type of incurable cancer. Zolotov worked with her
personally. His method was to take her into his arms and to lie with her,
side by side, for two hours, while a seminar was going on all around them.
Subsequent tests showed that Larisa no longer had cancer.
- Vita's parents insisted that she attend a Zolotov seminar, despite the
time shortage — it was only days before she was to defend her graduation
diploma. But doctors had found a benign tumor in her breast, and so her
father was being insistent. Vita came to a seminar and was shocked to
receive, from a Zolotov team member, a breast massage, right in the middle
of matrasnik. While this was going on, the EOI team member explained
to the audience what he was doing and how. And the result was there — the
If You Meet the Buddha on the Road. . .
I was present in a seminar near Moscow when Pilulka, mentioned before in
connection with the Kursk submarine, was leaving Zolotov's team. It appeared
to me then that Zolotov was taking this very hard, as she had been his
closest friend. But I have since come to a different understanding. For it
appears that Zolotov — in the way of all truly important Teachers —
intentionally creates situations where his most promising students will leave
him. It is the only way that they can continue to progress.
Here again, Zolotov uses what seems to be a Sufi-like method. He doesn't send
his students away, explaining why they must go. Instead, he makes it happen
in a natural way, where the former student begins to feel that he or she must
begin to rely on the Self alone.
Sergey Romasenko is a 22-year-old from the small Ukrainian industrial town of
Alchevsk who left the Zolotov team to conduct his own seminars. At first, he
tried to mimic Zolotov, and this didn't work well. Since then, Sergey has
begun to do more things that are natural to him, things which happen to be
about love and feelings. In doing this, he is attracting students away from
Denisov, whose focus is more on superhuman abilities. People seem to be ''voting
with their feet'' for love.
Sasha Klein, of Moscow, is another example of a leader who realized himself
because Zolotov ''sent him away'' at the right time. He has expanded his
website to include a great print-version magazine, conducts seminars, and
conducts a "Second Logic" school on the internet. His teaching method
involves the use of koans.
Zolotov and Alternative Vision
As with curing cancer, there was a time when Zolotov also was interested in
alternative vision. He no longer works with this in his seminars, but doesn't
let an opportunity pass to demonstrate what he and his teams have achieved in
the past. In Moscow seminars, for example, you can usually meet Denis Savkin,
a teenager who can play computer games with a blindfold on. Denis also enjoys
rollerblading blindfolded on the streets of Moscow.
Null Transportation and Borders
Null transportation means instantaneous travel at any distance. I like this
that Zolotov said about it: ''When you learn null transportation, this will
be the end of states as you know them. No longer will there be any borders.
There would be no sense in maintaining them.'' I cannot help wondering if the
''Invisible Government's'' apparent resistance to letting us know about UFOs
might have something to do with these kinds of eventualities.
Laziness: The MiniMax Principle
If Nikolay Denisov says that his students must not be lazy in order to learn
from him, Zolotov goes in the other direction. ''The best student,'' he
claims, ''is the laziest student.'' He also likes to say, ''The universe is
the place where everybody practices being lazy.'' (In Russian, this is an
amusing pun, because the Russian word ''universe'' (vselennaya) sounds
like ''everybody lazy'' (vse leniatsia).
And I guess this is what I like best about Zolotov's work, and why I am more
attracted to it than to the other work that is being done in teaching
superpsychic powers. Because for me, laziness about doing something is my
body's way of protesting that what I am thinking about is not in harmony with
Closely related to Zolotov's ideas about laziness is his MiniMax Principle:
''Maximal Result with Minimal Cost, and the Result Is Guaranteed." He likes
to tell his students: "Why bother? Why work hard? Instead, make it so that
you do nothing, and everything happens by itself — and happens in just the
way you need it.''
It seems that because of the MiniMax approach, there is no ''energy
barrier'' in front of Zolotov. The only barrier is how far and how deeply his
students can follow him.
Three Men of Power: In Conclusion
Bronnikov: I can say that I felt great excitement when I first
learned of Bronnikov's work, and I certainly support what he accomplishes in
teaching blind children to see. But for myself, when I had a chance to join
the Bronnikov Method group in my city I declined. What do I need radar
vision for? I don't even use 100 percent of the senses that are already
available to me! That was my thinking. Somehow, it felt that learning the
Bronnikov system did not take me where I wanted to go.
Denisov: Denisov's work resonates well with my left brain, and his
motive — personal freedom — resonates with my own interest in freeing myself
from society's limitations. But. . . I don't want to work hard! I prefer to
allow myself to be lazy. And, again, I am not that interested in the results
themselves (although my left brain is). Denisov is truly conscious about who
he is and who he's not: ''I am only a trainer,'' he says. ''I am not a
Zolotov: Above and beyond the intrigue of developing superpsychic
powers, I am basically interested in living a life of joy and love. Love and
joy seem to be the method of walking the path, and the compass in our journey.
And so this takes me back — and forward — to Boris Zolotov. I see in him a
real life person who radiates the Light of a Teacher.