About Psychics & Psychic Abilities
Meaning of psychic (adjective)
pertaining to the mind or soul
- psychic(Also,)ˈsaɪ kɪkof or pertaining to the human soul or mind; mental (opposed to physical).
- psychicˈsaɪ kɪkPsychol. pertaining to or noting mental phenomena.
- psychicˈsaɪ kɪkoutside of natural or scientific knowledge; spiritual.
- psychicˈsaɪ kɪkof or pertaining to some apparently nonphysical force or agency.
- psychicˈsaɪ kɪksensitive to influences or forces of a nonphysical or supernatural nature.
- psychic(n.)ˈsaɪ kɪka person who is sensitive to psychic influences or forces; medium.
What is a Psychic?
Elaborate systems of fortune-telling, such as astrology and divination, existed in ancient times. When their power was said to be given to psychics by a god or goddess, their abilities were more generally accepted. Many served important leadership roles as advisors and priests.
For as long as people have been recording history, there have been reports of psychics.
A handful of people who were somehow believed to reach beyond the “here and now”, and gather information about events “yet to come” have popped up in every culture and every era. They have been called mediums, wizards, necromancers, witches, clairvoyants and spiritualists, and dozens of other titles.
Psychics in the ancient world
In many early cultures such as ancient Egypt, psychics were an essential part of the royal court. They were consulted for decisions large and small, and their abilities were held in the highest regard. Entire battles, decisions about crops and even choices in government officials were often based on the advice of psychic.
With the advent of Judaism, and later Christianity and Islam, psychics lost their position of honor as advisers to the leaders. Priests and other clergy took over the role of spiritual consultants though their claim of direct and ongoing communication with the deity.
Some say that monotheism made psychics unnecessary, but it is more likely that the power structure withing the various religious bodies saw those who could foresee the future as a threat to religion’s control over behavior. So as with earler events in the history of psychics, the very gift that brought one a following, ir even fame, could also result in prison time or death.
This reached a fever-pitch with the now-infamous Salem witch trials, where dozens of women were beaten, stoned, hung or crushed for their “second-sight.” Christianity, in particular came down squarely against psychics and other forms of fortune-telling, claiming them to be the work of the devil and a affront to the all-seeing power of the creator.
There is a difference between being psychic and being enlightened. Psychic are not all knowing, elevated beings. They are people. Everyone has a destiny, life purpose, life path. And everyone has a skill set that they have developed, learned, and worked at to be successful in their career. If you are going to a psychic, you are going to see them to utilize, appreciate and pay for their knowledge, training, and (usually) their patience and understanding.
Did you ever get a Psychic Reading and walk out thinking “How did She/He Know that”?
In the swirl of misconceptions, misunderstandings, and general confusion surrounding the fields of parapsychology and psychic activity, most people have no idea how to make distinctions between different types of psychic abilities. Wait a minute, you say, I didn’t even know there were different types! You’re in the same boat as most everyone else who has a basic understanding of psychic reading and activity. Little does the general public know, it’s not all tarot cards and psychic phone reading — There are sharply defined distinctions between everything from the obvious (tarot reading and telepathy) to the surprising ( clairsentience, and clairvoyance).
First, let’s discuss what defines psychic ability in the first place! Extra-sensory perception (ESP), prophesies of the future, and a “sixth sense” could all be defined under the blanket term “psychic ability”. But where does psychic ability come from? Actually, no one really knows – not even psychic readers. People who claim to have psychic abilities describe a sense of just “having it” without having any conception of how it got there. Most say that it is part of their regular consciousness, and that they simply “know” or “feel” things before, during, or after they happen – despite being unable to explain how. Though parapsychology has been heavily criticized, scrutinized, and stigmatized, the truth is that as much evidence points towards its veracity as against it.
So what are some of the different types of psychic abilities?
To begin with, there is the art of “channeling”
which is defined as the ability to receive and transmit information from another external consciousness while in a decidedly altered state of mind. Though each incident varies in intensity and resulting activity, many share the same basic traits: a semi-trance like state and the appearance of an outer entity expressing itself through the channeler. Many people have been able to obtain a psychic reading of another entity and consciously channel that entity – but professional parapsychologists don’t recommend trying it until you’ve been well-trained and prepared.
Some types of psychic abilities have names that begin with “clair,” which means “clear” in French. They are named to specify the way you are sensing or receiving information spiritually.
There is a correlation between which physical-level five senses you usually use the most, and which of the related ”clair” types of psychic abilities you usually use the most.
The “clairs” are:
- clairvoyance (clear seeing, or psychic vision)
- clairaudience (clear hearing, or psychic hearing)
- clairsentience (clear feeling/sensing or psychic feeling/sensing, including clairempathy)
- clairtangency (clear touching or more commonly, psychometry)
- claircognizance (clear knowing or psychic knowing)
- clairgustance (clear tasting or psychic tasting)
- clairalience (clear smelling or psychic smelling, sometimes also called clairscent)
Astral Projection – The ability to leave one’s body and travel in spirit to another location.
Aura Reading – The ability to see the energy fields that emanate from living beings. Psychic ability can often reveal itself throught the seeing of auras.
Automatic Writing – Writing through the subconscious mind without conscious thought, or through the guidance of an outside intelligence.
Channeling – Associated with mediums, this is the ability to act as a channel or vessel for an outside intelligence.
Clairaudience – Put simply, this type of ability is used to hear what is “inaudible”. For example, someone with this ability could be a thousand miles way and “hear” a loved one’s cry of distress.
Clairvoyance – Usually confused with Precognition, this ability actually has much more in common with “Remote Viewing”, True clairvoyance is not the abilitly to see into the future, but the psychic ability to see visions of that which is hidden or far away.
Clairsentience – In this instance the psychic has an insight or “knowing” of and a hidden or forgotten fact.
Divination – A broad term that includes fortune telling, precognition, prophesy, and other methods used in an effort to predict the future.
Dowsing – Also known as “water witching”, dowsing involves the use of a rod, sticks, or pendulum to locate water or lost objects.
Empathy – The talent to sense the needs, drives, and emotions of another. As with Aura Reading, psychic ability can often reveal itself through the development of empathy.
E.S.P. – Extra Sensory Perception is the awareness of information about events external to the psychic that are not gained through the senses and not deducible from previous experience. Often used to describe clairvoyance, precognition, telepathy, etc…
Intuition – Similar to clairsentience, this is the power or faculty of attaining direct knowledge or cognition without rational thought or inference.
Levitation – The ability to cause one’s body to hover off the ground. One of the more well-documented cases of levitation involved St. Theresa of Avila during the 16th century.
Mind Over Body – Suppressing or mentally satisfying the need for water, food, or sleep. There is some debate over whether this is actually a psychic ability since many of those who are associated with this trait (monks, yogis, mystics, etc…) are not generally called “psychics”.
Precognition – Quite simply, “knowing the future”. However, since time is a dynamic construct, no one psychic can ever know every detail about the future. Usually this ability refers to knowing general outcomes of specific courses of action, with occasional flashes of detailed insight.
Psychometry – Also known as “object reading”, psychometry enables a psychic to pick up on psychic impressions (vibrations) left on an object by someone connected with it. Someone with this ability could use an unfamiliar object to reveal much about its owner.
Pyrokinesis – The ability to start fires with one’s mind.
Telekinesis – Also known as psychokinesis, the ability to move objects with one’s mind.
Telepathy – The ability to communicate mind-to-mind with another.
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Psychic Intuition Center Team