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Psychics 101: Introduction

Posted by Gary Robusto on July 10, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Written by Rev. Joe

What many people do not realize is that everyone has psychic abilities to some extent. But what does this really mean? The French astronomer and spiritualist Camille Flammarion is the person to first “coin” the word psychic. The word is derived from the Greek word psychikos meaning "of the mind" or "mental." The word psyche is often used to refer to the human mind. In ancient history people we now refer to as psychics were called, seers, oracles or prophets. References to seers, oracles and prophecy are also mentioned in many ancient texts. Flammarion studied spiritualism (also called spiritism in Europe), psychic research and other paranormal subjects in a relatively scientific way. Flammarion said, “It is by the scientific method alone that we may make progress in the search for truth. Religious belief must not take the place of impartial analysis. We must be constantly on our guard against illusions." We might think of him as one of the first paranormal investigators. As you can see people called psychics, seers, etc.., have been around as far back as we have written history. It is very important to note that not all psychics are mediums, but all mediums are psychic! Mediumship, mediums and Spiritualism will be discussed in future articles.

A professional and ethical psychic is not a fortune teller and should not need any props, such as crystal balls, cards of any type, runes, crystals, spirit boards, etc.., to give a reading or use their abilities. In addition fortune telling is illegal in many states, including New York. A tarot or other card reader, (a.k.a. known as cartomancy) may have psychic abilities but, reading the cards is an interpretation of the symbolic nature of the spreads. Card readings, readings of crystals, runes or anything else are not psychic abilities; those things are considered divination and are ritualistic. The psychic abilities/phenomena include: clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairalience (or clairescence), claircognizance, clairgustance, clairsentience, precognition, retrocognition, apportation, automatic writing, telepathy, psychometry (a.k.a., psychoscopy), psychokinesis or telekinesis, remote viewing and prophecy. Unless a psychic is a licensed medical or mental health professional, they should not be giving anyone a medical or mental health diagnosis. That is practicing medicine without a license.

Psychic abilities are only part of the world of ESP, Extrasensory Perception; the ability of an individual to identify or interpret information beyond using our normal senses. Prior to the beginning of Modern Spiritualism in 1848, individuals such as Emanuel Swedenborg, Franz Anton Mesmer, (the father of hypnosis/mesmerism), the Shakers and Andrew Jackson Davis, (known as the Poughkeepsie Seer), were influential early historical figures in the area of ESP and psychic phenomena.

Today there are many people who call themselves psychics. However, few are formally trained in the area of psychic development and spirituality. This is not to say that formal training is absolutely necessary for all psychics. There are many psychics who are good at what they do; and are well respected by many. Then there are those who are in it only for the money. And use magician’s tricks to give you information. Unfortunately too many people believe what they see on television or read in the tabloids. Psychics are not 100% accurate. A psychic can only give you what they are picking up from your auric field, your subconscious or universal consciousness. Additionally every person has a frequency and vibration of their own which fluxuates. Don’t expect that if you see two different psychics that you will get the same reading! A psychic will pick up and give you the interpretation of what their getting at that time. I’ll provide more on getting a reading from a psychic in a future article.


More to come, Namaste!


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