Psychics aren't special or unusual: they've worked to expand their perceptual abilities, a skill accessible to everyone. A psychic's vision straddles both the physical and spiritual dimensions. My aim with these newsletters is to give you some groundwork, an introduction on how you might experience various forms of expanded perception. I hope you gain some sense of the psychic landscape, so you can travel these regions yourself and recognize the key landmarks...
Through the Eyes of a Psychic
Clairvoyance, Dreams & Inner Movies
Let's talk about dreaming... There is a relationship between dreaming and clairvoyance. I view the world of dreams as much bigger and meaningful than merely the recesses of the mind digesting and recycling our emotions. Dreaming is a form of perception, a way of relating to reality. It is a state of awareness we can use for multiple purposes to gather information on the condition of our environment, our health, our future, and our family. The dream guides us into understanding all of life.
Clairvoyance is born out of dreaming. Clairvoyance and dreaming rely on the same language -- the language of imagery -- to reveal a story. Intuitive awakening usually shows up when we are not in our usual routine: going through a divorce, changing jobs, moving, having a nervous breakdown, traveling afar, or when we've lost a loved one. Our awareness, the root of perception, stays alert and fresh by altering day-to-day rhythms. Change itself is a mind-altering experience.
The birth of precognition
In the fall of 1982, I had a series of third-eye opening experiences. I had returned from a trip to Europe, my first trip overseas. Upon arriving home, my dreams started to forecast the events of the next day. I felt uneasy and startled that a dream about running into friends at a local bar happened the very next evening. My dream life and waking life began to feel like TV reruns; I'd dream it, and then experience it shortly afterwards. This was the beginning of an exploration of a variety of metaphysical experiences. Traveling overseas where I had to adjust to new languages, cultures, climates, even bathrooms transformed me from a young woman who always remembered her dreams into a woman whose dreams often came true.
The nature of reality
I wasn't prepared for the changes that followed. My roommate situation changed at that time, and I ended up sharing a place with someone I didn't know - a woman I soon discovered to be mentally ill. She was from Vietnam and her adoptive family later told me that she had been in and out of mental institutions since she was a girl. My roommate would let out piercing screams late at night, and told me unusual stories about the “sky people who controlled events.” We only roomed together for three months before she was put into a group residential home for young people who require managed care.
As you can imagine, the whole experience shook me deeply. How I viewed reality underwent a radical change after living with this woman and I sought out people in the community who were familiar with astral travel, healing, channeling to try to make some sense of this experience. I talked with a medium who had several published works, and a healer who used Bach Flower Remedies. I dove into countless books, reading voraciously on subjects from numerology to the Seth books on the nature of reality.
Although that young woman was troubled, in her unbalanced way she acted as a teacher for me, showing me that there are many ways to perceive reality, some less grounded than others. Watching her I began to understand that reality could shift based on your vantage point. Although she shattered my conception of reality as generic, one-size-fits-all, she opened up a big wide world of possibilities. Reality now had some interesting nooks and crannies to behold.
Clairvoyance and Grand Canyon National Park
In the early 1980s, I spent a few summers working at Grand Canyon National Park. I started seeing little movies -- moving images, waking dreams -- playing in my third eye. I saw them especially after dusk. I couldn't decipher each group of images. Some images appeared to take place in the present day, others in colorful historical settings. I had my own built-in movie projector, but I hadn't mastered the controls yet. The only control I had was the on/off switch. Being able to zoom in for a closer look wasn't in my grasp. This went on for a few years before I began to discern the meaning of these movies, and pull them out in distinguishable groups to unveil their story.
Clairvoyance often begins with a flooding of the third eye - inner satellite television reception. It takes time to separate one image from another, and interpret them, and see how they connect with your life. Staying in touch with your dream life helps because reading dreams and reading images from clairvoyance is a similar process. The remote control for this inner satellite TV station comes from first recognizing that a movie is playing, and then writing it down. To remember a dream, give it some attention by writing it down in your favorite journal. Any metaphysical experience loves to be acknowledged and heard. Don't run from it, forget about it, or shoo it away. Acknowledge your experience, and understanding will follow.
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Cleansing and Protection
Sensitive people require cleansing and protection, and we all are sensitive to varying degrees. It's a good daily practice, like flossing your teeth. This keeps your energy field clear of negative energies. One of the key signs of a lack of protection is fatigue, a feeling of life weighing you down, and loss of direction. If life seems draining, heavy, and downright confusing, you may require more protection.
Protecting oneself energetically is basically another way to set boundaries. We can set boundaries by saying no and by setting up a force field. In the much loved television series Star Trek, the crew put up a force field to protect their ship. A force field can be a protective layer to prevent attack, but more commonly it's used to keep out the dust and debris from the sea of energy that we all inhabit.
Protection and cleansing are energetic first aid, the primary medicine to pull from your medicine cabinet when life seems out of order. When praying for protection, make sure to include all aspects of your life, everything that feels like an extension of yourself: your family and loved ones, your home, your car, even your pets. And, of course, the wider community is also an extension of ourselves: the neighborhood, the homeless, the earth itself. All of these need our energetic protection as well.
Protection serves the following basic functions:
Shields and Insulates -- Proper insulation protects your home from drafts and extreme temperatures. Protection is a form of insulation to preserve the integrity of your energy field.
Seals -- Invoking protection keeps your energy well sealed. Then, you don't leak your own energy and let negative energies in; you are energy efficient.
Distinguishes -- Identifies your energy as unique from someone else's. Without protection, your energy signature can get enmeshed with others.
Buffers -- Reduces impact of negative energies that are sometimes unavoidable. A major accident becomes just a fender bender with a little protection.
Anoints -- Declares your energy as a sacred resource. The act of praying for protection connects you to what is sacred in your spirit. To protect is the act of imbuing your energy with the sacred, which is an exercise of self-respect and honor.
The bubble of protection is a common mode of shielding. Put a bubble of protection around you that is impenetrable. Make sure it covers you top and bottom, front and back. I usually make the bubble feel “thick,” with dimension and strength. Fill up the bubble with your energy using your breath. If there is a color you are drawn to, make it that color. Put protective symbols in the bubble with you from your spiritual tradition. Use your intuition on how you would like to personalize your bubble of protection.
I also will frequently ask my guardians (helpers, guides, and angels) to encircle me with protection. They are happy to provide protection.
Transforms negative energies into positive; an energy cleanser.
Say three times, “Blaze, blaze, blaze, the violet fire of transformation.” Visualize a deep violet purple color pouring into a room, showering and cleansing an area, person, or situation: purple rain. I learned this from several priests in the 80s who practiced the teachings of Archangel Michael. I use this visualization to clear a room after an argument, or prevent an argument from escalating into a fight. Great purifier.
Blessings radiate goodwill and kindness so that we may open and connect with the world. A blessing restores us and all things to the sacred.
I use the words: “May you be blessed, guided, healed, and prospered.” These four intentions of blessing cover a lot of life's essentials. Blessing is the antidote for a sick world. There's not enough well-wishing, and too much downgrading in this world. I also draw a lot of inspiration and wisdom from the Buddhist traditions for blessings. If you want to find many a good blessing, read the sacred Buddhist texts. Training to be a bodhisattva requires opening the heart to pure loving-kindness, and an open heart is a true blessing.
Book Recommendations -- on protection and the art of blessing:
Psychic Protection: Creating Positive Energies for People and Places
by William Bloom
William Bloom is a metaphysical teacher from England. This is one of the most upbeat books on protection I've read. Some protection techniques can evoke feelings of defensiveness and fear. Bloom recommends learning how to infuse the situation or environment you're in with positive energies. Protection is the art of transmuting energies to a higher level. He has an upbeat common sense approach to protection techniques. For example, he recommends that good health is fundamental to staying clear of negative energies. Very grounded, positive, and easy to read!
Blessings: The Art and The Practice
by David Spangler
In the 1970s, Spangler was one of the directors of Findhorn, a spiritual community in Scotland. A lovely book! I'm happy that such a book exists. Contains a valuable selection of blessing exercises to explore, and examples of blessings so you have a template to work from when creating your own blessing. To bless is to connect and unite with a person or place. Spangler eloquently describes the uniting affect of a blessing: “Although we do something in order to create a blessing, a blessing is not something we do to someone. Rather, it's something we become with that person. In sharing our blood and breath with another, we discover that we become a part of a larger body that contains us both. It's this recognition, and the power inherent in that larger presence, that is the blessing.”
Thought for the day
“To walk on water, you have to dive in first.”
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