Are You Ready to be Psychic?

For many millennia, the psychic gift has been known as something mysterious, distant, unreal, even frightening. Most individuals rarely, if ever, come in contact with psychic phenomena. Largely, this is due to their early education, a structured belief system that is primarily based on concrete, left-hemisphere-centric mathematical vision of the world. Children are often capable of experiencing something beyond what their 5 senses tell them, but parents, religious influences, and society at large tend to suppress these abilities.

Psychics are seen as charlatans in modern society and, frankly, not without reason. Psychic advertisements are pervasive on the internet, promising love, money, a trouble-free life. Real psychics make no promises. They aren’t offering change, all they can provide is information and, optionally, support. The change is not up to them. They keep a low profile, they do not look very different from other people, and they rarely promote themselves. They just do their job, and clients that truly need their help will always find them.

That said, there are quite a few well-known historical figures who were known to possess extrasensory abilities.

Edgar Cayce

In the United States, one of the most well known examples is Edgar Cayce, also known as the “Sleeping Prophet”. He performed 14,306 readings with an estimated 85% accuracy rate. A large library of his reading transcripts is available in a Virginia museum, still a source of inspiration for many.

Robert Monroe

Robert Monroe is another example, most famous for establishing the “Monroe Institute” in Virginia, with emphasis on the study of Out-of-body experiences.  As a scientist, he brought a highly structured, experimental approach to the study of the world beyond the physical. His books have inspired many to explore that which lies beyond the confines of the ordinary mind.  

Ingo Swann

Ingo Swann helped develop the process of remote viewing at the Stanford Research Institute in experiments that caught the attention of the Central Intelligence Agency.

Baba Vanga, born in Bulgaria became blind at an early age but developed remarkable inner sight that brought her fame throughout her country and around the world. Even Presidents consulted with her on multiple occasions. 

Baba Vanga
Wolf Messing

Wolf Messing was a psychic, telepath and hypnotist. He was born in Poland and did a significant amount of work for the Russian Government during World War II.  He correctly predicted details of Hitler’s defeat.

Most countries employ psychics in their military and police forces. These individuals do not advertise their work and focus on helping governments locate dangerous items and stop terrorist attacks, although is it reasonable to suspect that psychics may be used in espionage. Some information about these projects can be found with some effort, while much remains confidential, both because it is unpopular in the modern scientific mindset and because exposure can be dangerous to the psychics.

This image is from the movie “The men who stare at goats”.

Some well known research has been done by the Princeton University’s Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research group (PEAR).

What is psychic phenomena?

We can describe it as an ability to see, feel, hear, taste or simply “know” something that can not be picked up through the five major human senses. Scientists tell us that most people only use 10% of their brain capacity, but individuals who demonstrate superhuman abilities tend to have some areas of their brain more developed than other people. Young children usually perceive the world as an integrated, interconnected continuity. At a certain age, the little bridges that connect sensory input break down, and we begin to perceive everything as discrete external objects, entirely unrelated to each other. It is therefore reasonable to say that psychic ability is not something we attain but something we learn to forget.

Psychic children are those with above-average sensitivity, able to experience the vibrational matrix behind dense physical reality. Most of them remember being surprised that people around them cannot perceive the same thing. They are able to see the souls of their deceased relatives, they can tell that someone is lying to them, they can feel the pain of animals and even plants, they see the sadness hiding behind the smiles around them.

Only a minority of these children retain these abilities into adulthood, primarily because people in their lives convince them that it is all a product of their imagination, and they need to focus on the “real world”. At that point, there are two possible outcomes. Some children realign their perception to match that of their peers, while others fight back and stubbornly continue seeing the multidimensional reality that is all around us, refusing to become “Slaves” to the ever hungry “Machine” of the status quo.

People who continue developing their abilities are those who see it as an exciting pursuit, regardless of the amount of effort. For them, tuning their sensory perception, almost like tuning a piano, allows them to live a fuller life, providing them with an opportunity to play this “instrument” to its highest capacity and not settle for the limited state of consciousness.

Ethics associated with psychic work

On this topic I highly recommend a little-known French movie named Green Beautiful

In my opinion, the importance of ethics cannot be overstated. For some time I was very hesitant to write this article, simply because I understand that some people would like to develop special skills just for their own ego gratification. Many people assume that someone with a “paranormal” ability is necessarily highly evolved, but this is not so.  It is possible to develop an ability without becoming a compassionate person. Fortunately, the reverse is also true, and many spiritual schools consider personal (and ethical) maturity to be far superior to any ability.  To draw a pop culture parallel, Yoda is on the side of ethics when he advises Obi-Wan against teaching Anakin, since the future Darth Vader lacks a solid moral foundation and emotional maturity. 

Let us take a sober look at the consciousness level of our contemporaries. Most people, to varying degrees, are angry, cruel, sad, vengeful, and many cultural and ethnic groups continue to carry resentment from past generations of suffering. These are normal qualities on the path of personal growth, but that does not make them harmonious or beneficial to the world. Let us imagine that these people suddenly attain the ability to directly influence reality. What do you think would be the first thing that they will do? This way of life is not what we would want in the next evolutionary stage of humanity! If we all become psychic today with the level of consciousness that we have now, we will destroy this planet in a day, simply due to lack of an ethical foundation.

This is why that which I would call “True Spiritual Knowledge” has always been kept hidden, disclosed and practiced only in private circles and secret societies. I feel that even to this day, most of this information remains hidden from the public eye, waiting for the global consciousness to grow up.

While becoming an ethical being is the long-term destiny of all, those that intend to develop the broader vision of a psychic take on a much greater responsibility.  It is important to walk with compassion, love and peace in our hearts, to drop this heavy baggage of grievances that we carry with us everywhere we go, thinking that we are somehow entitled to share it with the world! What we are actually doing is spreading dense, chaotic energy of violence and suffering all over the planet, perpetuating old stories that could have been put to rest long ago.  

Let’s take Tibetans and many indigenous people around the globe. They have suffered greatly from various cruel actions of others, but many of them can still live with love and compassion in their hearts, praying for Peace, Compassion and Equanimity. Feel the essence of this Tibetan prayer:

May all sentient beings possess happiness and the causes of happiness.
May all sentient beings be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
May all sentient beings never be separate from joy and free of suffering.
May all sentient beings remain in equanimity free of attachment and aversion.

I feel that it is important to connect to our hearts, our Soul, to see nature as Sacred, to see Divinity behind every Living Being before we can be allowed to walk in Both Worlds.

Prerequisites for Psychic Development

Here are my observations on the necessary qualities and steps towards developing a greater-than-normal perception.

  • A boundless interest in the world.
    If a person spends all their time focusing on personal issues, be it finances, relationships, entertainment and social media, they will not become aware of the energy flowing around them.

  • An organized mind.
    Most people can report that their mind is chaotic, restless and out of control.  One of the most important qualities that a psychic individual possesses is the quietude of their mind. You can only begin perceiving other realms and expand your consciousness if you stop your inner dialogue!

  • Sensitivity.
    Once you learn how to quiet your mind you need to learn to listen to subtle feelings in your body, noticing unusual sensations and trusting them.

  • Discernment.
    Learn to discern what is real from what is the product of your mind. It is important to face our illusions, fears and past traumas and release them. That can allow us to be a clear channel of Universal Consciousness and allow information to come in unobstructed into our awareness.  A psychic’s job is not to interpret the information they receive according to their personal biases, it is to deliver it in its original state or as close to it as possible. The job of the mind here is to understand, to find words to convey, not to compare and corrupt.

  • Emotional Control.
    It is important to learn control of your emotions, because one needs to be able to sustain a clear and neutral consciousness to receive information from other people’s or object’s energy fields.

  • Practice. 
    The rest is just a matter of fine tuning through practice.  Learning never ends, and if we think that we have arrived somewhere or achieved something on our journey, it is time to get very concerned.

To Be Continued…..

The Dark Side of Mediumship – who are you really talking to?

In my work I am asked to act as a psychic medium on a regular basis.  This means that a living person (the client) asks me to act as a “medium” between them and someone who is no longer alive.  There are two styles of mediumship that I am familiar with, let us refer to them as “active” and “passive”.  The active style involves a psychic that is actively conversing (in a manner of speaking) with the consciousness of the target being and is then relaying the results of this conversation to the client.  The passive style involves the psychic becoming effectively unconscious and giving up control of their body to the target being in a form of temporary possession.

In my practice I employ the “active” style.  This is a personal choice, but I feel that remaining conscious, thereby retaining my ability to discern, is paramount.  It is this discernment that is the focus of this article.

The typical mediumship client expects to talk to their deceased loved ones immediately.  This is not too different from the typical owner expecting their car to get fixed when they bring it to a shop.  What the owner does not expect to hear back is “I’m sorry, that’s not possible in the short term.”  Even if the engine was blown to bits that are now evenly distributed over the interstate, the non-technical owner will still expect prompt and convenient results.

So when a hypothetical client named Anne asks to speak to her favorite uncle Jimmy, she does not wonder whether Jimmy is currently available to talk.  Understanding this part of the equation requires some agreement regarding belief systems.  Does Anne subscribe to the Judeo-Christian single-lifetime worldview?  Does she believe in infinite (or even fixed-count) reincarnation?  Understanding reincarnation will make the conversation easier.  The reason this is important is that it raises a not-so-obvious question: What is uncle Jimmy doing when I try to establish communication with him?

The way I see it, there are several possibilities for Jimmy.  Let’s name a few.

  1. He may be living a relatively conscious Astral life, meaning that he is at the very least aware that he died and that this is a different world.  You can also describe this as being “in between” physical lifetimes, and the specifics will vary a lot.
  2. He may be confused over his death, having learned nothing while alive that would have prepared him for the transition.  In this case he is probably stuck trying get back to what was, and, unfortunately, there is no telling when he will move on.
  3. He may be living a new physical life.  In this case, Jimmy may now be a teenage girl named Roxie who has little if any memories of being Jimmy and even less interest in the matter.  Recall that you yourself are most likely a reincarnated Jimmy, and you probably would not be in any position to answer a psychic call while you’re busy living your own life.

This is by no means a complete list, but you can already see that it would be unwise to assume that you can always get in touch with any deceased consciousness.  Yet I will try, and, interestingly, there are multiple possible outcomes:

  1. Jimmy is not too busy and, better yet, has an important message for Anne.  All is well.
  2. Someone responds to my call and claims to be Jimmy.   This is where discernment comes in.  I can see that this is just a random lost soul that would answer just about any call.  There are many incentives for non-physical entities to do this, but for the most part they are the same motivations that would entice a human being to pretend to be someone else.  The living person, be it the psychic or the client, is giving them energy and entertainment.  Enough said.  This is why I prefer the “active” mediumship style, where I retain my discrimination.
  3. Jimmy is busy.  If he is currently physical, I may be able to see something about his current incarnation, or I may not be allowed to see it in some cases.

So how do I tell Anne that Jimmy is now Roxie who will not be chatting with her today because she’s on a date and couldn’t possibly hear me over the chatter of her busy mind?  I start by telling the truth using option 3 above.  Some people accept this, but here is what happens otherwise.  Anne then tells me that I’m a crackpot medium because she feels Jimmy’s presence all the time, and when she went to see another medium just last month she had a pleasant conversation with him!  Will Anne believe me when I explain that this is because of option 2 above, that the being she’s been sending love to is simply an energetic leech that responded to her call?

Would she want to believe that?  I’m guessing not, and this is why many psychics will tell their clients only what they would want to hear.  I still tell the truth, but I’ve learned to gauge how gently it must be delivered to each individual.  In the end, I believe that Anne would be better off leech-free.

Meditation: Light from above and below

Energy from above and below

Once you are settled and your mind is somewhat under control, imagine that there is a stream of bright white light descending and entering the top of your head, filling every part of your body with light and energy that you require.  Allow that energy to accumulate in your navel, because this is our energy storage, in Oriental tradition this center is called “dan tien”.

Now bring your attention to the bottom of your feet and feel how a flow of golden energy ascends from the core of the earth and enters your feet. Observe and guide this energy throughout  your whole body, again allowing it nourish every cell of your body and then bring it to your navel.  Mix the two energies in your navel, feeling the radiance and lightness that spreads throughout your body and the space around it and stay with it for a while.  

Stay present, still aware of your breath and the energies that are flowing within you.  

Now send love and gratitude to all creation, feeling the sacredness of this moment.  When you are ready, open your eyes and spend some time in silence before you return to your daily life.

Practicing awareness and various spiritual practices will enhance your well-being and bring joy and freedom into your life, allowing you to be present and conscious with every word you speak and every breath you take. This is how we become creators of our life, stepping out of victimhood, taking our power back and saying “ Yes” to possibilities, taking full responsibility for who we are and what we have to offer to the world.  

  

Starting out on a journey of self-discovery

You may have heard this before, but we start self-discovery with the heart.  

Many traditions place great emphasis on this center in the middle of the chest.  In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) this is the place of Shen (精神), or Spirit.  It is the “Presence”, our sense of vitality and joy.  It is said that when this center is open and functioning well, the person has brightness in their eyes, strong mental health and visible well-being.  

In Indian Yogic tradition this center is called “Anahata Chakra”, also located in the center of the chest, and it is associated with love, compassion, and all aspects of being truly loving within and outside of the self.  

The heart produces an electromagnetic field that is much stronger than the one produced by the brain, in fact it is thousands of times stronger.  This organ pulses our existence into being, showing us that life is about sound and rhythm.

But what becomes of our hearts if we spend our lives worshiping the intellect, brainpower and logical thinking?  Intellect allows us to assimilate and discern, it is an indispensable tool in everyday life.  It permits us to collect, interpret and apply data.  Without this ability, even a spiritual master would not be able to communicate well with their surroundings, nor would they be able to pass their wisdom to others.  A well developed brain and rational thinking allowed creative geniuses such as Leonardo Da Vinci, Albert Einstein and NIkola Tesla to make remarkable contributions to humanity.  All of them were rational thinkers, and despite their differences they all were able to make sense of great volumes of information in their work.  There is another distinctive characteristic they share.  They were driven, inspired, sometimes even obsessed, but they were all “led” by an invisible force, a force that used them as vessel, a means of communication, bringing information in the form of art or scientific discoveries to humanity at large.  This fiery inspiration is born in the heart, it is the force that gives us purpose and a single-pointed direction.  

Heart vs Mind, the process of self-discovery

The world of today seems to create a separation between the left and right hemispheres of our brain, between the intellectual and the creative, and we tend to assume that one is better than the other.  On the one hand we have the scientifically minded, a group that asserts that only facts and rational mind can lead humankind toward understanding the nature of reality and all phenomena.  The other side believes that intuition and feelings are paramount and that understanding reality should be approached as a quest for Higher knowledge and being.  For the rational thinkers intuition is mysterious, and, if they accept its existence at all, it is something reserved for individuals possessing extrasensory abilities.  Is intuition truly out of reach of mere mortals, or is this nothing more than a limiting belief?  The answer can be simply in our own programming and relationship with the world.  If we believe something to be worthwhile and possible, it usually is.  What, then, keeps many of us from our dreams?  Have we locked ourselves into a limited form of thinking and feeling that dictates how we interact with the world?  This seems to be true for the overwhelming majority.  The few who are guided by intuition learned to question the system and it’s “rules”.  These are the children who ask endless questions and are never satisfied by the answers they get, invariably going on to do their own research. These are the people who are not okay with the way things are, and they can usually feel the suffering of others.  They are driven to continue to investigate the causes of suffering and the ways in which they can help.

We all know how to train our rational minds, we were taught from a young age how to think, how to analyze and resolve logical dilemmas.  What we were not taught is how to develop our intuition and perceive life beyond what our five senses are telling us.  To do that we need to learn to concentrate on our heart center and our feelings.  Some religions use prayers, chants, meditations, fasting, even volunteer work to accomplish this.  These methods work because they turn off our logic and enable us to feel what is going on inside.  We learn to spend time with ourselves without distractions.  When we chant or pray, we align ourselves more with the right hemisphere of our brain, the part that is responsible for creativity, our feelings, emotions and intuition.  This is why in the East various spiritual traditions have been using repetitive chants called Mantras for quieting the mind and for attuning oneself to the finer realms of consciousness.  One of the examples is the Sanskrit mantra “So Hum”, which can be translated as “I am that”.  Here “that” refers to all of creation, the one breathing us all into existence.  This contemplative meditation is an opportunity to focus the thinking mind on the mystery of being and to reflect upon the interdependent nature of all phenomena revealed by the sages and later confirmed by contemporary physics.

Another way to connect to our intuitive nature is to practice meditation.  Meditation helps us to connect to the deeper layers of the Self and see the world for what it reality is, unobstructed by our beliefs and impressions.  It peels away these convictions layer by layer, revealing the Nature of all things.  There is a common belief that meditation is too difficult for many people, especially for those whose minds are hectic and busy with concerns, worries and expectations.  Although it is true that a state deep meditation is unlikely to happen on the first attempt (there are of course exceptions to any rule), it will gradually deepen with practice and positive intention.  It can become an integral part of our daily life, a place where we connect to our deeper layers, resolve internal struggles and free ourselves from the endless sense of being hamsters in the wheel.  We can learn to live in the present moment and to enjoy that moment, understand our struggles and failures in order to become stronger and wiser.  There are many ways you can approach meditative practice.  Many spiritual traditions suggest starting by finding a quiet place, where you will not be disturbed, perhaps decorating it in a way that elevates your mood and gives you a sense of lightness, kindness and joy.  It need not be elaborate, some flowers, inspiring messages or images, candles or anything that will make you feel comfortable and motivated would go a long way.  It is better to do it on an empty stomach or after a light meal.  You can use various breathing techniques to quiet your mind, such as deep breathing, segmental breathing or Ujjayi breath.  It can prepare you for a deeper experience, naturally changing your brainwaves from Beta state to Alpha, Theta and, finally, Delta. Delta state is usually achieved by advanced practitioners of meditation.  Beginners can start with simple guided meditations or visualizations, these can act as a jump start and allow one to feel subtle flows of energies in the body and aura.  Here is one technique that is easy to perform and it usually doesn’t take much to feel the effects.  

Spirituality is not a Band-Aid

These are my thoughts about the mistakes spiritual aspirants make on their path.  Mistakes are probably not the most popular topic, yet I feel that it is relevant at this time, perhaps more than ever.  Maybe “mistake” is too harsh, so let’s call it a “misunderstanding”.  These misunderstandings often lead to disappointment and confusion.  I have observed how people get trapped in their patterns and get locked into their perceptions, with the end result being a loss of interest in their own self development.

Spiritual Consumerism

There is a plethora of information available on the subject of spiritual studies, including material on self development, energy practices and spiritual disciplines.  How do we know which teaching is authentic?  How do we know which teaching can lead us to increased spiritual awareness, understanding and wisdom?

Peeling away the illusion

In this century most information can be regarded as a tool for sensory entertainment, in other words, it is another way to satisfy our need for constant stimulation.  To borrow from Yogic terminology, “Rajasic” tendency is a continuous need for sensory stimulation of the mind and body, a state where the mind is always stimulated and desires arise endlessly.  Much of what is taught today is merely an expression of the Rajasic mind.  Many people desire quick solutions and believe that more is better where it concerns spiritual information and various techniques and practices.  I’ve encountered many individuals on a perpetual quest for more information, yet they never seem to “digest” what they read or practice.  They merely collect new techniques, new rules, new systems.  Many of them derive their sense of self-worth from the sheer volume of unintegrated knowledge they carry.

Catering to this desire for greater and for greatness, a lot of esoteric and spiritual schools now promote workshops and even daily classes that promise extraordinary abilities and long lasting happiness.  How is this approach different from going to a mall and purchasing something new on a daily basis?  Sure, it may bring some satisfaction for about an hour, but will it bring happiness?  Probably not.  If you have ever been to a yoga class, or even a meditation class, you may notice that people come and go, never noticing each other.  Their only desire is to fix themselves, to feel better about their lives, often by means of escaping, at least for a time.  They may succeed in escaping, but it is not a spiritual practice.

The Spiritual Path

What, then, is true spiritual practice and how does it work?  I can only offer my own observations and what I have learned from being in the presence of those who truly walk their talk.

True spiritual path chooses you.  You are being guided, and sometimes you have to make very tough choices along the way.  Yes, you chose it before you were born and that’s why even the most strenuous situations and conditions can seem like a blessing to some while causing others to leave their path altogether.  I have not seen one true Master or Teacher who didn’t encounter obstacles on their path or who could claim that their life was free of suffering and hardships.  How can one become compassionate and wise if they never learned to be motivated by something other than their desires?  They listened intently to their inner guidance, even when it told them to abandon all comfort and move to a place where there is no certainty or sense of safety.

Goals

    So how do we get there?  First we need to identify our goals.  Having clear goals is critical in any endeavor, and will often determine the outcome before we take the first step.  What is the goal?  Why are we doing this?  What is the real reason behind our intention to pursue this particular path?  Some schools of thought claim that you will be given enough knowledge and energy to accomplish what you’ve committed to do.  In other words, If you truly know what you want and possess a strong intention, all the necessary tools and information will be provided.

You may have noticed that people are very inspired when they are just being introduced to spirituality, but as time goes by, more commitment and perseverance is required, and the ranks grow thinner.  The ones that remain have a strong goal that focuses their energy, allowing them to see their purpose amidst chaos.  The ones that drop off do not.

Those of us just starting out on the spiritual path require a certain environment that is free from major distractions, from outer and even inner noise.  Once the student advances in studies and practice, environment should become secondary and play little role in their inner life.  It can be compared to the way we raise our children.  At first, we keep them from harm, but at some point we need to trust that they can determine what is right for them.  The same approach applies to our spiritual journey, and at some point we have to trust our inner guidance and the wisdom we gained through our practice.  At that point we can trust ourselves to maintain our inner focus and openness, even when we encounter unpredictable situations.

Expectations

Even with a goal, we may find ourselves asking: “What’s next?  Why am I meditating and doing my daily practice?  When can I really experience something miraculous, something that will prove to me that I am on the correct path?”  The answer can be quite disappointing for some and yet is a relief for others.

For some it will be disappointing, because they start spiritual practices as a way to escape their not so “warm and fuzzy” reality.  The grass does seem greener on the other side.  They don’t realize that in order to be able to enjoy our existence anywhere, be it working on Wall Street or seeking spiritual wisdom and becoming a spiritual practitioner, we still need to face ourselves, our reactions and tendencies.  Yes, there are moments of bliss that arise during practice, but going from these moments to a fully awakened life requires courage, self discipline and trust.

On the other hand, those who are genuinely interested in delving into their true nature by paying close attention to their thoughts, emotions, reactions and habits without expectations, those who trust the process and feel the guidance from within might actually enter a state that Yoga calls “Samadhi”, an all pervading awareness and self realization.

Summary

I am not suggesting that living a spiritual life is only accessible to a select minority willing to seclude themselves in a remote monastery.  As with most things in life, living consciously, with greater awareness will require effort.  The benefit is being able to experience everything in your life from the state of joy and wonder, where nothing is ever certain and anything is possible.  You can be happy with little and enjoy simple things, including the proverbial flower blooming under your window or bird chirping joyfully on the warm summer’s day.  It allows you to see beauty in all things, despite our mind’s effort to polarize and categorize.