The Magickal Universe

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What is Psychic Energy?

Psychic energy is a byproduct of the trance state. Psychic energy is neutral, but it intensifies anything it touches. One of the greatest myths people foster is that psychics don't have to be that way, they can ignore it and "be normal". "Why mess with that stuff?" has nearly been a liturgical question handed to me over the years. Yes,  psychics can tone down the psychic stuff,  but they really can't turn it off completely. And if they aren't controlling where their focus goes, and the kind of energy they are creating,  that energy will control them and possibly create chaos in their lives.

What is a Psychic?

A Definition, paraphrased from Webster's describes it as "about extraordinary, esp. extrasensory and nonphysical mental processes", or someone "responsive to psychic forces". 

A good definition as far as it goes, and that is the problem. What, exactly, are those extraordinary processes?

Modern parapsychology may disagree, but let me offer other definitions. 

One, it is "the capability of the human body to change focus, either mentally or emotionally,  and connect with sensations or experiences beyond physical reality as it is currently defined". Psychic abilities may well be normal human abilities currently repressed by the majority of the population, for a variety of reasons, the strongest being cultural.

The process of changing focus may be called trance, a state of altered consciousness, or running energy, to name a few. The energy generated during this process is called psychic energy.    

This process is not all that uncommon. Most people who use drugs touch on altered states.  Does this make them psychic? By my definition, yes, for that moment. There is however, psychic for the moment,  and psychic as a character trait. A psychic... that soul who is responsive to psychic forces.....differs by not needing any kind of mind altering chemicals to reach states of altered consciousness, and his experience of that state is so frequent that it has become part of normal reality.    

This does not mean psychics run around in a perpetual state of trance. But or them,  slipping into trance and looking at the world from a different perspective is as comfortable as putting on a pair of slippers. Most days,  I probably slip in and out of trance for a few minutes about once an hour;  this does not include formal trance as when I am doing readings, when I change focus for an hour or more. I have a hard time understanding others don't do this. It is my reality.  

Types of psychic phenomena range widely.  There are those who have extrasensory sight, touch, hearing, and smell, those who remember past lives, healers,  ghost busters,  mediums (they are covered, in detail, on their own page). Some have the ability of knowingness; and.... all of these abilities are physical.

From time to time,  I have had people confuse my psychic ability with spirituality. Psychic is a property of the body,  not of the soul. Psychics have a choice - they can use their abilities to connect with their soul (my definition of spirituality), or do harm and disconnect from their soul. 

Who is Psychic?

Everyone. All fetuses connect to the outside world using telepathy. They begin to create the beginnings of personality through clairsentience, the ability to feel other's emotion. Not only do they know Mom's thoughts and
emotions, but also those of anyone she connects to. From birth to about age six or seven, the ability becomes more and more sublimated, and/or forgotten, only to surface again sometimes during emotional or physical trauma . In 1-5% of the population, however, this process doesn't happen. 

Why are these people different? Two Reasons: The first has to do with ability. Though everyone is born with a
baseline psychic ability, so to speak, some bodies are born with more. In their case, turning it off is harder. The other reason is sadder. A person born even with great psychic ability in a loving home is much less likely to ever express it than a person from a dysfunctional one. If a person has the higher psychic ability and a need to use it to stay safe as a child, chances of it disappearing are much less. This may not be totally conscious. Some children have no idea they are reacting to their environment in a psychic way until they are much older. Then, often the first paranormal experience (something as simple as getting a psychic reading, or seeing an astrologer) can 'blow them wide open' - ie. They become acutely (and painfully) aware of their abilities.

Are some people more likely to be psychic than others?Absolutely! Psychic ability is an inherited trait. Not everyone in the family will be 'wide open', but psychic families have certain characteristics. One, there will be many eccentrics; Two, there is a tendency for more drama (particularly in a mediumistic household. See What are Mediums?); Three, there will be a rich family folklore - stories about rappings on doors, ghosts, premonitions, visions before death, matters usually not discussed outside the family. Then, at some time, there will be born into that family one who has those experiences so often, that they become normal. It is this person others call 'wide open' or psychic.

Should everyone seek to cultivate his psychic ability? At the risk of blowing a lot of people's bubbles, no. Not unless you want to spend the rest of your life spending a good deal of your time cultivating it. Once the psychic stuff is turned on, it doesn't go away that easily. I have seen too many people mess with the stuff and get themselves in deep trouble. If one has the ability, then it should be cultivated.  For them, not cultivating it could be dangerous. Trying to cultivate this ability when the body and emotions are not ready for it is not advisable. If, for instance, one wants to have psychic ability to have control over something or someone, he is not mature
enough to have it. (There are enough immature psychics out there - we don't need any more). A mature psychic understands the major reason he gets psychic ability is to help himself grow in consciousness, and secondly help others grow. This may sound selfish, but it is not. Anyone on a growth path will naturally help others as he grows in consciousness and matures, unless, of course, he is evil. An evil psychic (and there are a few) will use what consciousness he has to harm, and enjoy doing so.

What are Mediums?

The average person is apt to put mediums and psychics under the same umbrella, and this is not always true. Mediumship is a type of paranormal ability, but it can manifest alone, or with other psychic abilities.

So what sets a medium apart from a psychic, or a 'normal' person? A medium has the neurological and not yet recognized circuitry in his body to allow other energies beyond his own soul to come into his body. So how did that come to be?  At one time,  all human beings on this planet could directly converse with non physical reality.  When that ability became lost,  there were those that could still converse better than others.  There was an attempt to keep the connection alive with breeding programs;  I have reason to believe that this went on as late as druidic times in pre Christian England.

Today, almost everyone has a little mediumship in his bodily makeup. Most normal people are 25% to 75% medium, and have little awareness of it (though the 75 percenters plus might occasionally have some interesting experiences). Mediumship (or trance mediumship, as some call it) begins at about 80%. Full control or direct control mediums are 95-100%. In their case, other beings can take them over completely. These are the people most capable of channeling, though anyone with 90% or better can channel, as a rule.

Many people who learn they are mediums react to it with as much loathing as if someone told them they have leprosy. To learn that other souls can come in and take over, many times when you are not aware of it, is not a wonderful thing to learn. That is the down side of mediumship. A medium will bring in whatever energy it is feeling; if the medium is feeling angry, he will attract angry souls into his body; if he is happy, he will attract happy souls. A medium without training, and in a dark place, can be possessed, not only by otherworld spirits, but also living spirits. This is the scariest piece of all. Most people know who they are; mediums may never be sure if pieces they identify as self are self or some squatter who came into the body as a child and blended in.

For a medium to sort out self from squatters may take training of many years, particularly if the training does not begin until after age thirty or forty, which is common. Like everything, mediums have a plus side and a minus side. On the minus side, they are highly susceptible to possession. On the plus side, the circuitry that allows them to take on other energies gives them more energy than a normal person to deal with life situations, if that's what they choose to do.  Not all mediums channel, nor do they want to channel. Some use the energy to do amazing creative works on this planet, or horribly destructive works (many of my sources claim that Adolf Hitler was a full control trance medium).  It's a sobering thought.

Mediums, on the average:

  • Have a difficult time seeing gray. Everything is black or white, all or nothing.
  • May have periods of  'fugue' when they can't recall what they were doing.
  • May have handwriting that changes from day to day.
  • Tend to be extreme in anything they do. This includes being quiet. I know a direct control medium that is so quiet you might never notice he is around at all.
  • Often have health problems, particularly if they are channeling. Bringing in spirits takes years away from the body. I asked once what would happen if I decided to channel for a living and was told it would cut my life expectancy by seven years. I was also told it would increase my quality of life by about 200 percent . A medium with a life goal to work as a medium, and isn't, is not a happy person. Losing seven years of unhappiness then, doesn't look like much  of a sacrifice.
  • Neurological problems: the brain of mediums is different, and often causes imbalances resulting in depression, manic depression or attention deficit disorder (ADD). Most mediums I know have problems with at least one of these, if not more. (I have mild ADD, and have suffered from depression)

Are mediums the only people who can communicate with nonphysical beings? No,
many psychics can do that. The difference is the psychic who is not a medium cannot bring spirits into his body. I am also told that astral travel (out of body experiences) done on any regular basis is usually only done by mediums. Anyone can have an out of body experience, but the more mediumship he possesses, the easier it is. Astral travel for a medium vs. a non medium is a different experience: the non medium is apt to experience it as remote viewing whereas the medium's will be more experiential

Since I have had mediumship training and am capable of seeing who has high levels of mediumship and who doesn't, I have been amazed at the number of people who see themselves as normal who are in the 65-80% level.  I work with highly intelligent people, and that is another indication of mediumship. Some mediums (but not all)  may blow off regular education, may end up with tragic lives and may even have learning disabilities; nevertheless, the basic IQ is usually above average.

As mediumship is a form of psychicism, it is highly hereditary. Again, like psychics, there may be only one 'flaming' or direct control medium in a family. If you had psychic ability and could see the entities clustered around the medium (beings love mediums), you would most likely see the mob hovering around almost everyone.

Dos and don'ts for mediums: alcohol, drugs, illness and lack of sleep weaken the body and make the incursion of other souls more likely. A medium probably cannot prevent illness, but it is in his best interest to stay away from
chemicals (except in small doses) and get enough rest. Another chilling caution: if you are out of your body and the being who is in does something harmful or karmic, it is your karma. It is your responsibility to keep that level of energy out, whether you are aware of it or not. It's not fair, but that's the rule. It is interesting that a high percentage of people in prison committed their acts of crime while they were on some kind of drug. Was it them, or some evil entity that could get through and do something  awful? Before anyone reading recognizes himself as a medium and starts blaming something nonphysical on an act that got them in trouble, remember it is your responsibility to keep the nasty ones out. The devil made you do it is a cop  out.

I have concentrated on the dark side of mediumship deliberately, for there are  far too many who see the sweetness and light of the channeling without  understanding the responsibility. This includes some mediums, who can get  caught up in the bells and whistles and forget they are human, and sometimes  can get taken over without knowing it. Unless a medium is born with  extraordinary karma, anyone who wants to work as a medium should have training  of some sort. Those who don't can get themselves in a ton of trouble.  One odd observation: psychics and mediums tend to marry one another, and have  little attraction for non psychics. I have observed long term relationships of  people who were involved with someone who professed not to be psychic: after a  few years, almost without exception, that person opened up.  They might not  have been able to work as professionals, but their abilities became quite  apparent. Were these people psychic and didn't know it? I think so. (I have  also seen marriages end after one partner opened up.)

Responsible Psychics.

There are many people who call themselves psychic professionals; some are real, and others are fakes. Very few, real or not, have any conception of the responsibility being a professional psychic entails. Real psychic professionals deal with souls, and harming of a soul has a much higher karma than anything one can do on this planet.  Charlatans, on the other hand, are living a lie. If that lie harms a soul in the process, then their karma is double. Putting the fakes aside, the caliber of the real professionals also vary from highly irresponsible, to responsible, and it is in your best interest to know the difference.

What to look for, then in a responsible psychic:

  •   A responsible psychic knows his limits. People often call on psychics when what they really need is a therapist, a lawyer, or a doctor. Unethical and  irresponsible psychics will play on that; you really want a psychic who will say to you " I can't help you on this matter. Who you really need to talk to is a _______". 
  • A responsible psychic is not autocratic. This means that he can see his data  is one opinion, and allows questions and debates, as long as not abusive, from his clients. His answers will be more from the approach of "this is what this situation looks like," rather than "this is what this situation is". The responsible psychic knows you are the ultimate holder of your own truth, and encourages you to find it. The responsible psychic does not give advice on personal decisions, even when asked. If asked, the psychic might answer, "If I were you, this is what I  might do, but I am not you." A responsible psychic understands that controlling others decisions is highly karmic. 
  • The responsible psychic is careful about giving future information, even if he sees it. If the future is probable, and not set, a psychic could possibly program the client into one probability. His question to the universe, before providing any kind of future data should be "Will this be harmful to this person in any way?"
  • The responsible psychic always asks if the client can 'have' the information. Having the information means the body and soul is ready to receive the information. Giving information out of time will do one of two things: it will  be ignored, or the person will take it in and use the information unwisely. 
  • The responsible psychic gives data in neutrality. If he is not neutrality, it  is his responsibility to identify the non neutral issue and put it aside, or  terminate the reading.  
  • The responsible psychic does not promise to interfere with another's life  process. He will not try to 'cast spells' to bring back lost lovers, or run any kind of power or control trip. In spite of the psychic's protestations, spells (unless heavily karmic) usually do not work for very long (if at all), and , on an energy level, traps the psychic messing with this level into karmic situations he will likely regret. Asking other world beings to help a  person get clarity on a life situation, however, is an entirely different matter, as long as the psychic keeps his energy out of that person's space. The responsible psychic will not guarantee 100 % accuracy. I have known the  best, and their information is no more than 80% right on. The responsible psychic understands he is not a machine, and that the accuracy of his information will fluctuatate with physical cirumstances, and unconscious (or  conscious) neutrality issues. 
  • The responsible psychic is conscious of his own narcissism. Very many psychics  have areas where they can be self centered, and use their abilities to caretake rather than help. To not be able to see beyond self and see the needs  of the client beyond what the psychic would need personally is another trap even the best of psychics can fall into if they are not careful. 
  • The responsible psychic is not grandiose.  If the person is hung up on some kind of 'title' - guru, minister, whatever,   has some kind of  self important  or  'better  than thou' attitude, or lives to have his name remembered by posterity, watch out.  The responsible psychic knows he is a regular person with a talent.  Period.  He also knows that the real saints, etc. , on this  planet were given the title by someone else.  Most of them spent their lives just doing their job to the best of their ability.  Grandiose people are  looking for worshipers, and will do whatever they can,  often subconsciously,  to suck people into that role.  If you happen to be a medium with self esteem  problems (worse case scenario),  you could be a sitting duck for this kind of person.

Developing Psychic Abilities

Every once in a while, you get the feeling that the phone is going to ring... and it does. Or you know who it is that is calling... and you are right. A song is playing in your head; you turn on the radio, and there it is... the same song. You are overwhelmed, somehow, with the feeling that a close friend or relative is in trouble or needs your help at that moment... and you soon learn that is actually the case.

Are these examples of mere coincidence? Or is there something more profound taking place? Are we, in fact, tapping in to what many researchers believe is a shared consciousness - or super-consciousness – that connects all people... perhaps all living things? These are no longer just "New Age" concepts, but are subjects of serious speculation and research by a growing number of mainstream scientists in the fields of quantum theory, psychology and other disciplines. The idea that extrasensory perception (ESP) and related Psi abilities are quite real (if difficult to measure) phenomena is gaining respectability.

Those who research ESP suspect that most if not all people have this remarkable ability to varying degrees. The ability is often likened to that of musical talent. Some people are naturally gifted with the ability to play and compose music, and practice makes them virtuosos. Others must learn and work and practice to be able to play an instrument even adequately or in the simplest way. But nearly everyone can learn to play to some degree. The same may hold true for psychic abilities.

Here's what you need to know about developing your psychic abilities.

Acknowledge the Ability

The first step is to acknowledge that ESP exists and that it is present within you to develop. Although this might sound silly or trite, begin by telling yourself that you are psychic. Make it a mantra that you repeat to yourself daily and often. This kind of self-talk has a scientific basis. It is now known that when a person learns something - whether it's a physical skill like wood carving or a mental exercise like memorizing poetry - through repetition, his or her brain physically changes - "rewires" itself, if you will - to accommodate that task. This process of rewiring your brain for psychic ability begins with your belief in it.

It takes time for the subconscious to be able to communicate with the conscious mind, and the best way to do this is to simply start thinking about it. All these thoughts have a positive effect on developing your gift. Read about the subject. Knowledge will help, as you need some understanding of how things work. Adopt the policy you would take with a new hobby. Become involved in it, buy books and magazines, and look for more information on the Internet.


Like a difficult sport or musical instrument, ESP ability requires diligent practice. Unlike sports or music, however, your progress can be hard to measure because of the elusive nature of psychic phenomena (it's difficult to know how or when it's going to work). So the frustration level can be high, but the key to success is to not give up. (You should know going in, too, that there are no guarantees of success when it comes to trying to develop ESP; yet if you don't try, you're guaranteed not to get anywhere.) You should set aside some time to practice. Calm the mind, play gentle, soothing music and try to relax. Allow your thoughts to wander. Sometimes it helps to picture a summer scene, a field or meadow with the sun shining. It's all about getting used to information coming to you from a different source. The more you practice, the easier it becomes. Try pausing before you do something. For example, when the phone rings, pause a few seconds before answering. Can you tell who it is? Try it when someone knocks at your front door. Try it at work. Can you tell when someone is happy, sad or preoccupied?

Such exercises require concentration, an ability you need to develop in and of itself. You need to have an incredible amount of concentration, the type of concentration that calls for you to ignore the crowd at a football stadium in the middle of a touchdown, and be able to clearly recall a passage on a book, a face of a friend or a situation. Thoughts are flowing out there at an incredible rate. Every nanosecond there are thousands, or millions of thoughts flowing back and forth. Each individual is sending and receiving thoughts from outside of his mind. Imagine that all the radio stations are broadcasting at the same time into one single frequency on your radio receiver and you will get an idea of what is going in your mind at any point in time. Now imagine that you are able to focus your tuner to receive just one radio broadcast.

Don't let frustration or failures make you stop. Be realistic. You can't expect to practice for a few days, then be able to predict when Uncle Louie is going to call or who's going to win the Super Bowl. Psychic abilities, even for those who have developed them to a high degree, can be unpredictable and erratic. The trick is to learn to recognize when your
ESP is working... and that comes with experience.


Here are some practical ESP exercises from various sources:

The first one I refer to as "The Light Ball Exercise".

The Light Ball exercise teaches you how to scan someone's electrical field. It is designed not just to prove you have psychic ability, but to show you how you receive psychic information.

Here's how it works:

Two people - preferably two who haven't met before - stand about 4 - 6 feet apart from each other, facing each other, eyes closed.

Each person then closes their eyes, takes a moment to breathe, relax and ground, then visualizes the other as a ball of light or pure energy. Each looks with their inner eyes into the ball of light and scans the person opposite top to bottom, bottom to top, noticing any words, images, colors, thoughts, sensations in their own body,... anything at all that comes up while they’re scanning... After a few moment, when they each come back, they tell each other what they saw, felt, whatever, and describe how what the other experienced might fit in their lives at this time....

Everyone is shocked to discover that something happened, although occasionally people don't recognize what did, and that's when things can get exciting. For example, one woman thought nothing happened because all she could see was colours. She's a very creative person whose psychic ability is centered on her feeling body - she needed to be encouraged to learn about the symbology of colours and to learn to feel colours, so she could interpret what she was reading.... Another woman worked from pure intuition, and had for years overlooked her very real ability to "just know" what was coming. Until she did the exercise, she didn't realize that her knowing people and life so well was about being quite psychic.

Give this exercise a try yourself, and be sure to notice everything that happens while you’re scanning, every little thought or sensation that flits through your being will be relevant in that moment...You can save yourself a lot of trouble, by learning to scan the territory ahead....

The second exercise I refer to as "Predicting" .

Sensing and learning to interpret what you sense are two separate skills. This exercise helps you discern how you receive information and what certain symbols and feelings represent for you.

Every day this week, sit down to write 3 predictions for the next day. Here's how: Close your eyes, breathe deeply, be sure you're comfortable and feet are firmly planted on the floor. After a few deep breaths, project yourself into the next day.

See yourself following through on your plans for tomorrow. Look around you. Notice any colours or sensations. Who is with you? What are they wearing? What are they doing? What are you doing? If nothing seems to come, then listen. Any words? Any song lines start running through your head? How does your body feel? Do you smell anything? What subtle changes do you notice? Is your mood changing? Note everything you sense. Write your "predictions" based on the information you received. These can be quite simple:

1) Something yellow around me - someone I am directly in contact with is wearing yellow tomorrow.
2) Feel excited, good news in the air for tomorrow
3) Heard my friend's voice - may be calling or coming by tomorrow.

At this stage, be as specific or as detailed as you can be. Next day, before you start again, check off what you noted the previous day. Are there any connections? Were you right? How were the feelings or symbols that appeared for you played out in the next day? Was no one wearing yellow, but you were uplifted in the afternoon by a beautiful garden of yellow flowers outside the restaurant where you ate your lunch ? Begin to notice what the sensations you picked up the day before may have meant. By the end of the week, you'll likely find that you can account for 3 out of 3 symbols or messages received, and that you've learned something about the way in which you receive

The next exercise is called "Looking Into A Mirror".

This exercise done over a period of time will help you to develop your awareness and psychic abilities. It is simply achieved by looking into a mirror....every household has one. This is also a good exercise to practice for anyone who is using self-healing.

By looking into a mirror at yourself, it will help you achieve at least two objectives: First, you will look at the reflection shining back at you from the mirror. We do not often take enough time to do just that. Second, depending on your mood and how you feel about
yourself, you will notice aspects of yourself that you had not noticed before. Some people will notice first the positives: I have a cute nose, nice eyes; I like my hair. Some will notice what they see as negatives: my eyes are too small; my nose is not straight; my skin looks blotchy. Others will observe the reflection of themselves and make more general or sweeping assessments: I look tired; I look old; I look happy; I look great.

Before starting this exercise, get comfortable. Sitting is preferable. Have a mirror in front of you, and decide on the distance that the mirror should be from your face. First, look at your face in the mirror, allowing yourself to make observations. Then move on to looking at your face without making judgments. For example, if you judge your nose as too large or your smile as crooked, tell yourself now: "Enough!" Continue to look at your face and features and have the thought in your mind: "I love myself completely without condition." Say this clearly and firmly in your mind three or four times. At this point, you may feel that your chest, or heart center, opens and you may experience warmth in this area. Enjoy the moment.

Take a break now for a couple of minutes and allow your face to relax by opening your eyes wide twice. Open your mouth wide and stick out your tongue. Rub your forehead and the area just underneath your eyes, gently touching, massaging and loosening the skin and facial features.

When you are ready, go ahead and look at your face again in the mirror. This time, look straight into your eyes. Try to remain looking into both eyes rather than selecting one. Do not look for anything in particular, but keep looking. If you feel strongly that you have to close your eyes, just close them and notice any interesting colors or pictures in your mind.

Some of the possibilities that you may see as you are looking into your own eyes might include: your face disappearing for moments; your features fading and only an outline of your face and head being reflected back to you; you may notice a face looking back at you that looks familiar to you, but one that is not you as you see yourself everyday; you might see yourself as being very old, or a lot younger than you are presently. Another possibility is, if you are a man, to see a woman looking back at you, and vice versa. This can be both surprising and exhilarating the first time it happens. Just stay calm and deal with any fearful feeling you might have. The person staring back at you is not a stranger, a ghost or alien entity. The person staring back at you as you gaze into the mirror is you; it is a part of you. It can be someone you have already been, or someone for you to become. You may see it as a part of you that you are being at the same time as the "you now" that you know so well.

It is important to be open to the acceptance of seeing and realizing those other parts of yourself you may see while looking at yourself. Remember that you are in control, and you will not see any part of you that you cannot handle.

Looking at yourself can be useful and beneficial. It can be classified under the headings of "letting go," "illumination, " "realization" or "expansion of awareness." When you are using this exercise, it is important to remember not to expect to see anything of a specific nature, but rather to look and relax. Do not push to make things happen, as this can block your experience. The letting go that occurs during this exercise is one of a most positive healing nature. Enjoy some deep breathing with this exercise. When you feel that you are finished looking, close your eyes for a few minutes; let your body and mind relax. Surround yourself with yellow, blue, pink, purple, green, orange or white light if you feel the need.

Initially, I would recommend ten to fifteen minute sessions. As you use this exercise more often, you can easily find yourself sitting for thirty to forty minutes as it becomes both fascinating and relaxing.

More Information on Developing ESP

ESP and Divination

How Do You Know If It's Working?

After your days, weeks and months of meditation, practice and experimentation, how will you know if your psychic powers are improving?.. experience! Store the episodes in your memory. All those things you knew that came true, all the things you could tell other people about themselves, each and every episode fuels your proof.

Better yet, keep a journal of your experiences. Write down the results of your tests and exercises. The physical act of writing it all on paper will help reinforce the conscious-unconscio us connection.

But how do you know if your "hits" are still just coincidence? An increasing success rate will determine that. At some point chance and coincidence are mathematically no longer a factor. You search your feelings, you begin to trust yourself. The mysteries of the universe lay before you, no longer mysterious, but like a giant unread book.

Remember.... .like anything worth learning.... it takes lots of practice and patience!

More Tips On Developing Psychic Abilities

Focusing - Focusing is an important aspect of developing your awareness and your psychic and healing abilities. First, you need to be clear, you need to get focused. To be clear means to be without distraction nor obstructions. To be focused means to have your mind and visions fixed on one particular point. So you will need something to use as a focus: a crystal prism would be great, a crystal pyramid, ball, tear drop, some kind of shape which is faceted. A fire could be used as a focus, a bowl of water; you might draw a spiral on the wall. You need something that you can look at, and "go into", rather than something which faces you flat and head on, something with depth, which allows your gaze and ultimately your mind to go into that depth.

Sit comfortably, take long slow and deep breaths, make sure you are relaxed, no watch on, and no crossed legs or arms. Select a point of your chosen focus, keep looking into it and just mentally say to yourself: "I am now letting go of everything I no longer need." Say this a few times and just keep looking. If you feel like closing your eyes after a while, do so. Just stay relaxed for a few minutes. That's all. Practice this, after a while, you may see colors or symbols, you may feel the speed which your mind is letting go or is traveling, but initially, don't be concerned with anything, only focusing your mind on one point and letting go. Also, do not try to clear your mind, it's a process which happens after a while automatically. So don't push. Take a few minutes or up to ten the first time you try this practice, not more than around three times a week. Take it slowly, there is no hurry, everything in good time.

Intuition & Reality Testing

Intuition is a way of knowing, just like any other source of information; and because we can misunderstand or misinterpret. ..reality testing is useful.

How can we approach reality testing so that we utilize our intuition more effectively, without building distrust of our intuition?

Here are several ways you can explore:

1. Realize, and remember, that you interpret and apply intuition, for it to be useful. Most mistakes are made in the interpretation and application. ..sometimes with the assumptions that we make....such that we inadvertently add to the original.

2. Make a note of the intuition, without adding anything at all, as you received soon as possible. Since intuition is first held in our short term memory, it can be forgotten, easily, if we don't take steps to remember. It might seem like we don't need to write it down...and sometimes, when we don't...we are later sorry. So write it down, faithfully, adding nothing.

3. Realize that intuition comes to you through your own filters, prejudices, and cultural assumptions. Some intuitions have a hard time being recognized or realized, when they are counter to our personal or cultural filters. Sometimes only part of the information gets through, so we don't have a full realization.

4. Practice trusting and acting on your intuition, quickly; the more quickly, the better -- unless, of course, you have an intuition about when and how to act.

5. If you have strong personal needs, that is likely to color what intuitions you receive or don't, and how you understand them. It is hard to maintain personal integrity while you have unmet needs. When you do have unmet needs, take responsibility, and be open about them to yourself and others. This helps prevent them from tending to act on their own, without your approval. Perception, including intuition, is likely to be cleaner.

6. See if you can tie in your intuition with other knowledge or other indicators. Several indicators, together, is strongest.

7. Use your intuition to check on your understanding of an intuition.

8. Many times your intuition isn't clear until you are getting ready to act on it. Before taking a final, committing step...check if your intuition and inner peacefulness are in harmony with what you are about to do.

9. Check to see how your intuition fits with other, earlier intuitions, and also with inspirations from our Creator that you know about.

10. Consider an intuition a private source of knowledge, a secret source, a privileged source...such that you use the knowledge but don't reveal its source...unless your intuition tells you otherwise. This can help keep you from appearing crazy or pushy, to others. Sometimes an intuition is for you to know and pray about...not to act on, directly. If you are unsure...ask!

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