Translations by Tomas Jandik
Excerpts from Jagr's Autobiography (part 3) - Lidove Noviny - 8-Oct-01
The third set of excerpts from the upcoming Jaromir Jagr’s second autobiography “Jaromir Jagr - My Years in Pittsburgh” (written by Jan Smid, published by the “Gutenberg” publishing house)
HOW I WORKED WITH A PARAPSYCHOLOGIST
I have always had the feeling that there is something inside of me, something that helps and influences me. I sought it in different things, which is the reason why I was, for example, interested in UFOs. I have long believed in the a supreme force, in new energies, I have felt that there is some guardian angel around me. I am very open to those things, and I think that I possess certain abilities that others don’t. Or abilities that the others don’t know about. I am convinced that the society or the life we live is responsible for blocking such special abilities in people, and, ultimately, we tend to focus on developing something completely different from what we should. Maybe we also tend to put too much importance on just one sense. If we don’t see something with our eyes, we get the feeling that it doesn’t exist. I myself do strongly believe in some sixth sense.
You have to exercise not only muscles, but also intellect
When I talked with others about my feelings, people laughed at me. Only gradually did I start meeting those who thought the same way I did and who had the same doubts. I definitely went a greater distance than a lot of other people, but I came to the conclusion that you have to work on developing this initial gift. You have to exercise not only your muscles, but also your intellect and imagination. I have a very intensive experience in this area, and I must caution you that if you open yourself too much, it can even get quite dangerous. If somebody works with you, try to make sure that this person doesn’t get in between you and certain forces, because then you can be easily manipulated. Such person can help you, but also destroy you. (…)
Mrs. Kabosova arrived to Kladno to see me and she brought one specialist from Moscow with her. “He is one of the most famous Russian parapsychologists. He attempts to explain these phenomena in the context of modern physics, and he also knows how to control some of them. He claims that he is able to teach everybody how to work with transfer of information and energies not discussed by conventional sciences. I had a feeling that you may find it interesting to meet with him,” she explained. And so I decided to start to work with him. At that time, I had no idea about what I got myself into. How thin the ice was that I stepped on. I knew nothing about suggestion/hypnosis, which can also have a dark side. But everything I got to know at that time totally fascinated me. I was captured by his ability to recognize people’s dispositions just using someone’s photograph. When he was shown a photo less than a year old (after that time it loses its energy), he managed to recognize the aura of the person on the picture and whether this person can become a great player. (…)
[During the hockey camp at Hluboka Castle] we started the following small experiment. We gave him the pictures of all the present players. He went carefully through all of them, and at the end he asked about their dates of birth. Finally, he said: “I like this player. He will have an excellent future”. There was a picture of Radek Dvorak in front of him. It was fascinating. I, together with Marian [Jelinek, Jagr’s personal trainer], then hit the books about eastern philosophies, Buddhism, energies, and tried to think about it.
Marian was always one step ahead; most of the time I was getting the books from him, and he already underlined everything important. Some of the other books were selected by Mrs. Kabosova, because she claimed that we shouldn’t concentrate on just one interpretation, one concept, one person. She suggested that not everything you read has to be 100% truth, because even she started to doubt some things. Based on all that stuff, I started to realize, how crucial it is to use your head in sports. We thought about the forces that prevent an athlete from performing at an optimal level. Why does a soccer player shoot over the goal when kicking a penalty shot, even though during practice he usually scores nine times out of ten? Or why does somebody like the tennis player Jana Novotna collapse during the most critical moments of the match, even though she has the opponent literally served ‘on the plate’ – which is what happened to Jana during her Wimbledon finals against Steffi Graf. I can give you a simple example. Put a three-meter long board with the width of 10 centimeters on the ground. And try to walk on it to the other side. No problems there. But try to move that board, for example, ten meters above the ground. Then it would be a completely different situation. But why is it different, given that you already know the basic technique to succeed?
He used to put a program into my head during hypnosis
He started affecting me during our very first session. To say it as simply as possible, he put me into a semi-hypnotic state. He said he was balancing the magnetic field where it had been broken. In addition, he was attuning my body and its frequency to a certain level with the help of special syllables and sound resonance; the same exercise that yogis use. The objective was to prepare me for insertion of a certain program into my head. And that’s where the catch is. These days I think that nobody has any right to work with your sub-conscience and put anything into your head. There apparently aren’t many athletes who try to look for something new in this area. Here at home maybe just Honza Zelezny [ http://www.mizuno.com/mtc/athlete/j_zelezny.html], in the NHL I know with certainty only about Karyia who goes through a similar preparation. I have never talked about this, maybe a lot of people may consider me to be crazy, but I just simply believe in those things.
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Tomas Jandik is the resident Czech on LetsGoPens.com and is a man who unifies all the goodies of the American dream - meaning, of course, being a Pitt graduate, a Razorback, and a Penguins fan.
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