by Dr. Rita Louise
Oda May Brown isn't the only psychic on the
block any more. Neither is the butcher wife or the little
boy who sees dead people. Even Steven King has had to share
some of the pie when you talk about this topic. What is it?
In the last thirty years the interest in the paranormal,
extrasensory-perception (ESP) and the use of psychic powers
has escalated. Beyond your basic Steven King novel, the idea
of being psychic or having psychic abilities has penetrated
deeply into genre of mainstream television and movies.
In 1990, the movie Ghost with Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore
and Whoopie Goldberg as Oda May Brown was the first blockbuster
film to portray psychic phenomena in a positive light. The
following year, The Butchers Wife was released where Demi
Moore portrays a clairvoyant woman who is married to a butcher
in Greenwich Village. This speaks nothing of the impact Haley
Joel Osment had on viewers as he portrayed Cole Sear, the
young boy who could see dead people, in The Sixth Sense.
On television this interest is not diminished. We are bombarded
with commercials for the Psychic Friends Network, Miss Cleo
and other psychic advise lines. Unfortunately, these shows
do not promote the credibility of this once coveted art. There
are however a number of shows emerging that explore this phenomena
in a more serious light. Dramatically speaking, we have shows
such as the Outer Limits, the X-Files, Profiler and even Star
Trek. We are also starting to see a growing number of real
life documentaries such as Crossing Over with John Edwards,
Beyond Belief with Melissa Ethridge and Encounters with the
Unexplained with Jerry Orbach. Sylvia Brown, Caroline Myss
and James van Praagh are frequent guests on shows such as
Oprah, Maury and Montel. In fact, stations such as the Learning
Channel, the History Channel and the Discovery Channel have
also jumped onto this bandwagon, setting aside a large number
of viewing hours each month to cover this and other paranormal
With all of the attention being given to psychic phenomena,
its true nature still lies deeply shrouded in mystery. Mass
media has significantly improved the sinister and evil stigma
once associate with this ability, but in doing so it has inadvertently
misrepresented the essence of the psychic experience.
When I was twelve years old, there was a television series
called The Sixth Sense starring Gary Collins as Dr. Michael
Rhodes. Dr. Rhodes was a college professor who investigated
mysteries involving extra-sensory perception, spirits, possessions,
and other paranormal topics. It was like "Murder, She
Wrote" with a psychic twist.
As Dr. Rhodes worked to resolve the predicament of that particular
episode, he would walk into a room or touch a specific item
and would have a psychic (clairvoyant) experience. Limited
by the constraints of film making, the producers portrayed
these intuitive insight as appearing of this world. It was
not unusual to see the ethereal image of Mr. Green's, the
recently deceased, float across a room as if visible to the
naked eye or illustrate a precognitive impression as a dreamlike
encounter. It is images like these that have mislead individuals
as to the character of the psychic experience.
The truth is, is that we all have psychic experiences daily.
Some people describe these experiences having a moment of
intuition, as an impression or even a gut feeling. Others
write them off as a weird happenstance or coincidence. When
we have a psychic experience, we are receiving information
on non-verbal levels. It is as if we each act as radio transmitters,
sending out our thoughts, feelings and emotions. In turn,
we also possess finely tuned reception equipment built into
us that allows us to receive this information from others.
When we receive psychic information, it can be experienced
in a number of different ways - a thought, a feeling or even
knowingness. By paying attention to sensations in our physical
bodies, to changes in our emotions or to what we are thinking,
we can "tune in" on psychic levels. This is the
One form of psychic input is called kinesthetics. This is
where our physical bodies reflects the attributes of another
person. On kinesthetic levels, we can experience a headache
for no apparent reasons, only to have it to go away as mysteriously
as it came. Our backs may ache if we are in contact with someone
who has back pain. We may experience stuffy sinuses, heart
palpitations, indigestion, and even soreness in our muscles
and joints. The range and depth of what we can intuit from
others on physical levels is as varied as the number of health
issues that plague man.
Don't worry about catching a malady when picking up this
type of psychic information. Once these individual move out
of our physical space or awareness, we no longer receive information
from them. While they may still be transmitting, we are out
of the reception zone. When this occurs, the physical symptoms,
aches and pains that were being experienced go away as quickly
as they came.
Another way in which we receive information on psychic levels
is through our feelings. Feelings are a felt sense, meaning
we experience them in our bodies. Unlike the literal aches
and pains we may experience on kinesthetic levels, here we
experience emotional type feelings such as certainty, peace,
harmony, tranquility, apprehension, jealousy, distrust, hate
Being open to experiencing the feelings of others is called
clairsentience. We are having a clairsentient experience when
we feel the "vibes" in a room or get the creeps
when we meet someone new. This ability allows us to be empathic,
to share in the joys of others as well as in their sorrows.
It alerts us to when things aren't quite right and can help
us when making decisions by giving us a "gut feeling".
It is only when we don't pay attention to these feelings that
many of us end up saying to ourselves after the fact, "You
know I had a feeling about that!"
"Listening to what a little birdie told us" is
a way of describing another psychic ability. It is called
clairaudience. Technically speaking, we are having a clairaudient
experience when we receive information on auditory levels.
As humans, we constantly have an inner dialog going on inside
of us. This dialog is on two separate and distinct levels.
Our mental dialog is aptly described as the non-stop inner
chatter that we hear in our heads all day and for some well
into the night.
Conversely, when we receive information on clairaudient levels,
non-verbal information is send out subtly. It can be a soft
and gentle reminder that prompts us to take our umbrella with
us even if it is not raining outside. At times, this inner
voice can be firm and directing. It also has been described
as having a persistent nagging like quality, working to guide
us onto bigger and better things. Similar to the clairsentient
experience, we oftentimes find ourselves saying in hindsight
"I should have listened to myself!"
We also receive psychic information on visual levels. This
ability is called clairvoyance. This ability is the one most
often portrayed in movies and on TV. It is also the capability
that is most often misrepresented. When asked, a surprising
number of people expect to see waiflike ghostly apparitions
floating around a room or have corporeal entities materialize
out of nowhere and then interact with them on physical levels.
This expectation is anything but the truth.
When we have a clairvoyant experience, we see things in the
mind's eye. It is the faculty we use when we employ our imagination,
visualize potential outcomes or even daydream. We use our
clairvoyance at work to help us plan projects. We use it at
home when we "keep our eyes" on our children. Sometimes
when we receive information on this level, it is experienced
as a fleeting thought or image. In fact, most people assume
that when they use this capability it is just their imagination
at work. The truth be told, it's not.
The final form of psychic information we commonly receive
from others is referred to as knowingness. When we are utilizing
this ability it seems as if we just know stuff - right off
the top of our head. If asked, many of us would not be able
to explain how we knew, but we did. When we share insights
received on this level with others, they often seem prophetic.
If these insights are left unspoken, we may end up saying
to ourselves "Oh I knew that!"
The simple truth regarding psychic abilities is this: we
all have access to this form of non-verbal communication.
In fact, many of us recognize it when we receive it, even
if we don't have the correct word to associate with it. In
the end, however, regardless of the amount of information
being received, it does us no good at all if we do not use
it. So if you are getting bad vibes from somebody, trust it!
If your inner knowing is working to guide you in one direction
or another, listen to it. If you find that you just know something,
believe in it's worth. And for God's sake, if you find that
a friend or loved one has a headache - get them an aspirin.
About The Author: Dr. Rita Louise
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