For hundreds, if not thousands of years, human beings have been fascinated by the supernatural and by those who appear to wield psychic powers. Our ancestors revered and feared them in equal measure. For people fear what they do not understand. But at the same time, hold those who seem able to sense and see things that the ordinary person cannot, in awe and respect. They believed that their Shamans; Medicine men and women, Oracles and Seers all had the ability to see beyond the physical world and commune with spirit. They were deemed to play a vital and important role in taking care of the physical and spiritual welfare of their people. In times of sickness, famine and war, they were the ones that the people turned to for help and guidance.
It is important to recognize that psychic ability is an inborn, universal, human capability. A natural extension of our other faculties such as – sight, hearing, speech, touch and smell. Some people are born with a strong ability to perceive things that most of us cannot, at least not easily. People who exhibit strong psychic ability from the beginning, also tend to have other traits; Such as inborn right-brainedness, dyslexia, musical or artistic ability, emotional sensitivity, imaginative and strong spiritual leanings from a very young age. With focus and awareness however, there is no reason why we all cannot expand our current level of psychic ability to an impressive extent.
Psychic abilities come under the following basic categories:
Clairvoyance: Clairvoyance means ‘clear seeing’. It is the ability to visually see through Psychic senses. Someone with this gift sees images, shapes, colours, still pictures, moving pictures, etc that are not seen by others nor seen by ordinary eyesight.
Clairsentience: Clairsentience means “clear feeling” and relates to the sense of touch. It is the ability to perceive energy fields through physical sensations using Psychic senses. This includes auras, vibrations, and the presence of entities. When you get a “gut feeling” about something, you are using your clairsentience.
Clairaudience: Clairaudience means ‘clear hearing’. It is the ability to hear through Psychic senses. in other words, to hear in a paranormal way. Someone with this gift hears sounds, words, voices, and/or ideas through the hearing centre of the brain. There are two forms of clairaudience. The first form is hearing thoughts within ourselves, which sounds the same as when we talk to ourselves. The second, is through hearing at a higher vibratory level. This the vibration of the spirit world.
So how can we expand our psychic ability?
The first step is to learn the art of relaxation and meditation. To discover your inner power and how to communicate with it. Learn to know your inner self. You must have faith in, accept and acknowledge your intuitive senses. To relax is something we all know how to do to a certain extent. But rarely do we relax properly. The body may be still and in repose, but the mind is often still busy. Racing ahead, thinking of 101 things that need to be done. To allow the psychic senses to be in a receptive state, the mind needs to be still and quiet. If it is not, we cannot tune in to, or hear what our inner voice is trying to show or tell us.
The most powerful tool we have at our disposal for quietening the mind is meditation. There are various techniques for doing this. Buddhist techniques, such as the breath meditation is but one. With this method, you focus so strongly on your breathing that all other thoughts recede. Visualization is another way of quietening the mind. One of the easiest ways of using visualization is to hold an image in your mind, such as a candle or an image of a place where you have always felt calm and at peace. A sunny day at the beach. Or sitting in a sunlight grove, breathing in the scents of the earth and listening to the sounds of nature. Music can also be very relaxing. Lie quietly, listening to a favourite piece of music. All these things will help to still your thoughts and allow you to drift gently.
The higher self: Is believed to be the aspect of ourselves that is connected to the universal source of divine wisdom and energy. While meditating, you are opening up a channel between your physical mind and your higher mind. Keep a diary or journal, where you can record any thoughts, images, and feelings that you receive while in this state. Another good source of intuitive and psychic information is our dreams. When we dream, the conscious mind recedes and the unconscious mind becomes dominant. While asleep, we are very open to the power of thought and guidance from spirit.
In the dream-state, people who would not consider themselves to be Clairvoyant or Mediumistic, have been known to receive messages from loved ones in spirit, intuitive guidance and inspiration. Record your dreams, write down every bit of information you can remember. The time of day, the weather, the people you see. All will have symbolic meaning. Symbolism is the oldest form of communication, as the images will have universal meaning. Which is a powerful way of communicating in such a way that anyone, no matter what their language, belief system and cultural background is, will understand. Do you have a psychic ability?