Everyone is Psychic

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
— Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Everyone has the ability to develop psychic awareness. Some may be more talented than others by nature, but like most of life the key to our ultimate ability is practice. If we grow up in an environment where our intuitive and creative instincts are nurtured and respected, then those abilities develop naturally. If our intuitive side is discouraged, or even demeaned, and we have no intuitive role models to learn from, that part of ourselves remains stagnant. It may seem as if that part of ourself doesn’t exist. But it does exist and it can be developed at any stage of life.

The first step is to learn to focus your attention on something and leave it there — concentration. Concentration will eventually cause the left (conscious) brain to become bored and turn awareness over to the right (subconscious) brain. The key to developing psychic ability is the subconscious brain. Intuitive and creative impulses reside there. They must be interpreted by the conscious brain, but the conscious brain doesn’t manufacture them.

When we listen to a guided meditation or directed visualization, we are directing our attention to the sound of someone’s voice. We are concentrating on what someone is saying. It is a good way to begin to experience the shift in awareness from outer to inner. To become proficient psychically, however, we must learn to focus our attention ourselves so that we can access our subconscious at will. Ultimately the goal is to be able to turn psychic awareness on and off just by intending to do so.

The second step is to enhance the five senses. Practicing attention to sights, sounds, smells, touch, and taste exercises the nervous system and makes it easier for us to experience and, eventually, imagine those sensations intensely. When we can vividly picture an apple in our mind — when we can taste it, smell it, feel it, and hear the crunch as we bite into it — it will be easier for spirit helpers to begin communicating the idea of an apple to us. This second step is especially aimed at developing an awareness of The Astral Plane. It also helps us to move from concentration to meditation, from a left brain (outer) consciousness to a right brain (inner) consciousness.

Moving into a meditative state (from beta brain waves to alpha brain waves), enables our spirit helpers to begin communicating with us. Spirit helpers work through the subconscious/right brain. They send psychic energy into our nervous systems, via our auras and our etheric doubles, stimulating sensations, emotions, and ideas. As we work with spirit helpers (consciously or unconsciously) we gradually build up a vocabulary which enables them to communicate effectively with us. If you are one of those people who choose to believe that psychic information comes from your Higher Self and not from disembodied spirits, the same rules apply. The Higher Self works through the subconscious.

Some metaphysical systems say that there are two ways of receiving psychic information: through our solar plexus chakra (gut feelings) and through our third eye (from the other realms). I think of all psychic work as being part of a continuum, variations on a theme.

The knot in the pit of your stomach just before things are about to go wrong might arise because your solar plexus is receiving psychic information. It is also possible that the stomach area is functioning as an agent of your nervous system, registering energetic changes picked up by your Third Eye and communicated to you by a physical reaction in your body.

Try thinking of the Third Eye as a highly refined sense organ which “sees” energy. When I consciously engage the Third Eye to search for energetic patterns, I refer to it as “sending out.” I perceive the Third Eye as containing a psychic laser beam which can be used to scan the universe around us. With practice we can use that laser beam to scan our immediate environment and present circumstances, or we can use it to search backwards through the past, forward into the future, and out through the world, the universe, and into realms we don’t even understand completely.

When we seem to pick up information “from our gut,” we are scanning with our Third Eye unconsciously (or intuitively) and letting the energetic patterns register on our nervous system and work their way through our mind to a conscious interpretation. This would explain the knot in our stomach when we are approaching a threatening situation.

Developing psychically (referred to traditionally as unfolding) happens as we practice shifting our awareness to the right brain while maintaining enough left brain consciousness to observe what goes on. Shaman tradition refers to this as walking with one foot in this world and one foot in the other world. When we become fluent at this shift in consciousness, we can begin learning to navigate through the unconscious part of our brain with a conscious awareness of what we are experiencing. With continued practice we become more able to direct our inner awareness toward specific areas and specific tasks. The first step remains concentrating until we achieve a meditative state. “How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Practice. Practice.”

Sometimes the knot in our stomach is created by an energetic impulse from our spirit helpers to warn us something is wrong. Consciously enlisting the help of those spirit helpers is what we will discuss in the next chapter.

Copyright © 2008 Anna Jedrziewski

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