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Psychic Ability 101

October 25, 2010

Today, I’m going to take the “Free-topic wild card”, but don’t worry, I’ll keep my post Halloween related.

In ancient mythology around the world, as well as in many New-Age religions, October 31st is the one day of the year in which the veil between the physical and meta-physical is thinnest. Many believe this is why ghost are able to walk the Earth on Halloween night. In addition to spirits passing between the astral plans, psychic energy is also able to move more freely on Halloween night.

Contrary to common belief, psychic “powers” isn’t something you’re just born with. Though some people are more naturally in tune to their intuition, the truth is anyone can learn to be psychic, should they choose. Psychic abilities are a skill and, just like writing or wood carving, require practice to develop. Today I’m going to give you all a small lesson in Psychic 101 that you can use to impress your friends and family with at you next Halloween party.

But first, you must understand some basics about psychic abilities. It helps to have an understanding of how psychic abilities work. Being psychic has nothing to do with a “sixth sense”. Developing your inner psychic is all about learning to take your five senses and turn them inward. For example, instead of using your eyesight to see the world around you, you would use your inner eye to see the world inside you. It’s all about learning to trust your gut instinct.

There are 3 ways in which people “see” or “use” their psychic abilities and they are, in fact, linked with the senses:

  • Clairvoyance: The ability to see images and pictures in your mind.
  • Clairaudience: The ability to hear with an inner ear.
  • Clairsentience: The ability to feel or simply know something with your inner mind.

Some people use a combination of the above. I, for example, am clairvoyant and clairsentient.

Now, how to use and develop your psychic ability? There is a very simple exercise for beginners that requires a deck of playing cards and a quiet space. Begin by getting comfy on the floor, sofa, bed, etc. Shuffle the deck of cards and then place them turned down in front of you.

Next, quiet your mind. If you’ve never done this before, Google Yoga meditation/breathing techniques. This part of the exercise may take several minutes for beginners, but try your best to keep your mind clear.

Now, pick up the first card off the deck. Without turning the card over, try to use your inner psychic to tell if the card is red or black. This exercise is easy because you have a 50/50 chance of getting it right, but you must resist the urge to simply guess the color. Really put an effort into focusing on your mind’s eye. What do you see/hear/feel? What’s the first thing that comes to mind? Usually your first thought or feeling is the correct one. Second-guessing or dwelling on the correct color for too long will mess up the process. Remember, developing your psychic ability is all about learning to trust your intuition.

A word about what you might see with your inner eye:  A large part about being psychic is learning to decode symbols. For example, even if you are clairvoyant, you won’t always see colors. Let’s say the card in your hand is red. You might not see red. You might see a heart or a diamond. Or you might see something completely random that you do not understand, but, in some way, symbolizes the color red. If you are clairsentient, you might feel heat when you touch a red card because red is usually a “warm” color. So even though you might not “see” what color the card is, do not think you’re doing it wrong. You just need to figure out how your unique inner psychic works.

So go ahead, give it a try! Now’s the time of year when this neat little trick will be easiest. Don’t be shy. It’s lots of fun. And if you’re good at it and want to develop your ability further, try guessing if the card is a face card or a suite card. Once you get good at that, go ahead and try to predict if the card is a heart, diamond, club, or spade!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. October 25, 2010 10:44 am

    Very interesting choice of topic, my friend. But you probably knew I would say that!
    These abilities of yours makes me feel so much better. Now, God forbid I ever send you a message that comes out horribly wrong (for the sake of an example, let’s say on Twitter), I won’t panic because you will be able to decern the true intended meaning. Let’s not admit what kind of horrible, twisted message it could be; let’s allow that sleeping dog to sleep right where he’s at, shall we?
    Have a great week.

    • J. D. Brown permalink*
      October 25, 2010 1:04 pm

      LOL. James, you always crack me up. I wanted to blog about something different this week, and I do believe this is the first time I’ve landed on the “Free-topic” choice since I’ve joined Wicked Writers, so I took the chance. Something fun and differnt for you all to enjoy, or leave it, which ever. Doesn’t matter to me. But at least you all got to learn a little something about me that you didn’t know before, right? And it is Halloween-ish. 😛

  2. October 25, 2010 11:03 am

    Interesting! Never thought about trying this, but I think I will. I’ve always had a good sense of intuition when it comes to people in person. Harder when it’s at a distance. But I think I’m reading body language and not other senses. Who knows?
    I’m sure there’s more to this whole story than we give ourselves credit for. Thanks for opening the box for us to peek inside! It is, afterall, the time of year when we explore all those scary things.

    • J. D. Brown permalink*
      October 25, 2010 1:11 pm

      Yay, Sharon! I’m glad you’re going to try it. 🙂 It’s a fun little trick I do from time to time.

  3. October 25, 2010 12:42 pm

    Good blog, J.D.

    But, I haven’t gotten the card thing yet. I’ve tried and tried and then I realized I was using greeting cards instead of playing cards.

    And I have to wonder about the senses you didn’t mention:

    Clairedanes — ability to think you’re a better actress than you really are
    Clairehuxtable- ability to have a body that doesn’t look like you had five kids
    Clairol — ability to have great hair all the time
    e-clair — ability to use psychics over the Internet (or something with creamy filling)

    But, seriously, I knew there was something really unique about you, J.D. I knew we were destined to be together — on a blog.

    I guess the good thing is that you’ll always know what you’ll be writing about.

    • J. D. Brown permalink*
      October 25, 2010 1:21 pm

      Haha, Greg. In that case, I guess I’m also Clairehuxtable and Clairol. 😉

  4. October 27, 2010 4:21 pm

    Hi JD… now, …this clairwhatsit stuff?

    I’m with you, to a point… the ability to use (and trust) your senses to determine what I would call the “absent other” (I’m a philosopher, after all) Artists are troubled by the visions they see/hear about the things that others cannot see! But should I pass an artist a pack of cards and say “practice your art”? Interesting!

    As I’ve always said, this place is an education!

    Now where did I put that pack of cards… I have a painting of clowns to finish and I cannot envisage their faces! 🙂

    • October 28, 2010 11:44 am

      Hehe. Yeah, I’m pretty sure this post will in no way help you be a better artist – well, maybe? But I just wrote as something fun to write in the spirit of Halloween. You know, taking a break from writing about writing. 😛

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