How to Develop Your Own Psychic Ability to Improve Your Life
Everyone is psychic. Some people are more so than others
and every one of us possesses this ability. You do. I do. And we can
further develop, train, and direct, what we already possess. . . expand
our psychic potential until every measure of our lives is vastly
Psychic abilities are practical and usable.
This is true because psychic abilities are merely extensions of faculties
normal to us. For instance, clairvoyance extends the ability to see,
clairaudience extends the ability to hear, telepathy - the ability to
communicate, precognition - our sensing faculties, deja vu - past memory
recall. Every psychic ability you've ever heard of is but an enhanced
version of what is normal and typical for each member of the human race.
What does it take to extend our faculties?
First and foremost, a positive attitude. . . plus the ability to relax and
imagine and trust.
Faculty extensions (what most people refer to as "psychic abilities) allow
us to access multiple layers of information, and sometimes simultaneously.
And they enable us to reach that wellspring of inner knowingness which
resides in the deeper depths of our being.
Our intent, that directive force of our attitudes and beliefs, determines
the type of results we can achieve once we accept our psychic potential
and begin the process of developing this inner resource. As with any other
talent, practice makes perfect - use establishes value.
You may notice that the process of extending faculties normal to you has a
special "feel" to it. This feeling signals the coming together of your
head and your heart. When the energy of head and heart join and function
as one unit, all aspects of yourself unite as if teammates working for the
same goal. Amazing things occur when this happens. You become healthier,
happier, more loving and patient, wiser; and you attract more friends
and exciting opportunities.
Literally, to be alive, truly alive, is to be psychic.
Developing your innate psychic abilities is one of the best investments
you can make in creating a better future for yourself. The fact that you
are reading this article tells me you are ready to take this positive step
forward. So let's begin - right now!
What follows are the four basics necessary to improve and expand your
psychic potential. They are: a positive attitude, the ability to relax,
imagine, and trust. Simple explanations and easy exercises are provided.
A POSITIVE ATTITUDE:
Research has consistently shown that a positive state of mind
automatically increases your psychic abilities. The more positive and
enthusiastic you are, the more your faculties will stretch beyond any
limitations you may have thought you had. Negative thinking or excessive
skepticism (some skepticism is desirable), will impede this process or
block it altogether.
To insure that you remain in a positive frame of mind, read uplifting and
inspirational literature, at least a few pages, each morning before you go
to work or begin your day's activities. This starts you out on the right
foot, and helps you to maintain a sense of objectivity as the day
Also use affirmations. Post them at eye level in your home; an especially
good place is around or on your bathroom mirror. Make certain your
affirmations can readily be seen, and that includes in your car and at
work. Most bookstores and gift shops sell a broad range of such
eye-catchers, or you can make your own.
Try affirmations such as these:
"Every day and in every way, I am getting better and better; I am becoming
more and more."
"I am peace. I am love. I am joy."
"Health and wealth are my birthright, success my tool, kindness my
"I am beautiful and loved RIGHT NOW, for I accept and express the goodness
which resides within me."
By noticing affirmations like these posted throughout your environment,
your spirits will perk up; smiles will replace frowns. Incredible as it
may seem, what you affirm on a regular basis often manifests in your
THE ABILITY TO RELAX:
The more thoroughly you can relax while remaining consciously alert, the
quicker you can unleash your heart's ability to feel and your mind's
ability to create - hence, your psychic potential.
Relaxation alters your state of consciousness. The deeper the relaxation,
the more benefits you receive. As your brain decreases the speed of its
brain waves, breathing slows from the normal twelve breaths per minute to
about six, for the average person. When this happens your body uses less
oxygen, thus enabling your metabolic rate to lower. The result? Tension
and stress melt away. Cellular repair and new growth accelerate, as your
body uses this opportunity to rid itself of toxins.
Relaxation also fosters patience and understanding. It gives you the "time
out" you need to wind down from the day's many activities and switch
into "neutral" - that wonderful, non-judgmental state where all things
are possible, and you can feel good about yourself.
Here's a way to relax that is quite effective:
Sit in a comfortable chair, with both feet flat on the floor, legs
parallel to each other, spine straight. Your head will automatically
balance itself on your neck, as if cradled by your spine - thus a head
rest on the chair is unnecessary. Shoulders and arms simply hang loose, as
your hands lie effortlessly atop your legs - or to one side. Eyes are
Breathe slowly and deeply, allowing your abdomen to fill to capacity with
air. Establish a breathing rhythm. With each inhalation affirm that you
are protected and whole, and that all is well. With each exhalation,
affirm that all tension and stress, problems and concerns, are released.
Move your consciousness to each area of your body, one section at a time,
beginning with your feet and ankles. In your mind's eye, envision your
feet and ankles at peace and completely resting.
Continue to move your consciousness, this time to the area of your lower
legs, knees, upper legs, and hips - relaxing each member as you do. Affirm
complete and total peace for all.
Now travel in consciousness to the trunk of your body, its many organs and
functions. In your mind's eye, focus on each section as you affirm the
reality of its perfect peace, perfect rest.
Next, become aware of your chest, back, shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists,
and hands. Clearly focus on each member, knowing that it is resting and at
Your neck, head, face, and brain are now totally relaxed as well. Know
that this is so. Feel it. Affirm the peace that you are.
While you drift in the joy of being completely relaxed, be aware that at
some special spot within you is located your center - the very center of
your being. Move your consciousness to that spot. Go there now. You know
your center. You recognize the place. It is that part of you still
connected to the purity that is God, the oneness of all creation. Your
center is a place of radiance, of perfect love, perfect joy, perfect
peace, perfect knowing. Just be there. Be in your center, safe and warm,
secure in the knowledge that you are wonderful, and that you have the
right to be who you are. For you are an expression of God's blessings,
part of The Great Spirit and A Greater Plan for All Creation.
When it feels right to leave your center and return to full conscious
awareness, do so slowly, in steps, knowing that at the count of three you
will be wide awake and ready to resume your day. Counting one. . . affirm
that every part of your being is healed and whole. Counting two. . . feel
surges of energy refreshing and reinvigorating your body. And counting
three. . . eyes open; you are alert, joyful and happy.
THE ABILITY TO IMAGINE:
The faculty of imagination is just as important to your health and well
being as any other faculty you possess. Your imagination enables you to
visualize possibilities, to act out in your mind and rehearse before you
physically perform any given task. Athletes use this ability to great
advantage, for it enables them to practice and prepare, over and over
again, before they ever move a muscle or take a step. Artists of any kind
also find this ability invaluable, since it is on the "canvas" of their
imaginations that they initially splash their "paint" and explore the
mystery of form. In science and in math, the imaginative faculty is what
often proves to be the final connecting link, enabling problems to be
solved that were formerly unsolvable. Einstein fully credits his
imagination with producing the actual formula of E equals MC squared -
the theory of relativity - that revolutionized the entire world of
rational thought and scientific inquiry.
To exercise this incredible storehouse of invention and fun, create
fanciful daydreams for yourself. Let your mind run wild. Don't try to make
sense of anything. Just play. Pretend you are a child again, and see how
creative you can be. Daydreaming helps you to visualize storylines.
To hone this ability, to discipline the imaginative process, train
yourself to visualize carefully and in great detail. For example, place an
apple on the table in front of you. Look at the apple. Note its contours,
blemishes, features. Now close your eyes. Can you still see the apple?
Does it look like it did when your eyes were open? Are there differences?
Open your eyes and compare the real apple with the apple you saw in your
mind's eye. Try again. Practice holding the image inside your head, until
what exists in your imagination exactly matches what exists on the table
in front of you. Practice with other items, even walk through unfamiliar
environments, using the same technique, until you can visualize in your
mind what you see with your eyes - with the same exact detail. Eventually
your mind will catch on, and you will be able to imagine anything you want
without ever having physically seen the item first. Expand this ability to
include smell, taste, sounds, textures, and feelings. The better you can
imagine, the more psychic you can become. It all begins with the innocence
of belief and the child-like desire to play.
The root word of "psychic" means "soul." Thus, psychic abilities are
really soul abilities. The "gifts of spirit" you hear so much about are no
different than psychic abilities. These gifts and talents differ only in
the label you apply to them, in how they are used, and what for. Because
it is so easy for thoughts of greed and selfishness to distort such gifts
and talents, it is wise for all of us to remember this simple truth - we
are not the author of the greatness which exists within us. The power of
our being, the gifts and talents we possess, are merely on loan from The
One Power, The Creator of All Things, the God within who doeth the work.
Give the credit where it belongs.
It has been said that "God can do no more for you than through you." This
is true. We supply the "elbow grease," the initial effort. The rest
unfolds in ways both magical and miraculous. That initial effort is based
on our choice, our freedom to decide. As our free will is inviolate, so is
everyone else's. No one has the right to interfere with or try to control
the life of another. This is a universal law based on the sacredness of
The only person you can ever change is yourself. The only things you can
ever really control are your own thoughts, feelings, and actions.
Put your trust in the divinity of being and in your God-given right to
improve yourself; strive to be all that you can be.
You may want to investigate and learn various methods of how to meditate
and pray affirmatively. Both skills are invaluable assets for a successful
and satisfying life.
WAYS TO USE YOUR PSYCHIC ABILITIES:
Give yourself fifteen to twenty minutes each day to practice the
techniques presented in this article. Pick a time of day and a particular
place in your residence where you can be alone without being disturbed. If
you live with other people, politely request that no one interrupt you
during your special periods of silence. Unplug your phone. Turn off the
radio and television set. Practice what you have learned thus far until
your state of mind improves, and it is easier for you to relax, imagine,
and feel comfortable with issues of trust and faith.
After you have been doing this for awhile, test yourself. How quickly can
you relax and still receive full benefit? Can you form clear images in
your mind by simply deciding to, instantly? How confident are you of your
ability to improve your life, to be all that you can be? Are you willing
to trust your inner guidance? Are you willing to trust yourself? Are you
willing to love yourself?
Look in a mirror. See the eyes of perfection looking back. Say to your
face in the mirror - "I love you. I appreciate you. I forgive you of any
mistakes you have ever made. Today is a new day. The past is gone. I
choose to begin anew, better, wiser, kinder than before. I choose the path
of excellence because I am unlimited in how wonderful and productive and
creative I can be. I treat others as I want to be treated. I respect the
rights of others, and I choose to respect myself. I am grateful for my
life, my health, and my intelligence."
When you resume activities, after your period of silent relaxation, notice
the objects around you. Allow your vision to slip lightly past the first
object you see, almost as if you were beginning to see double. Do you see
anything unusual? Look again. Eventually you will begin to notice a white
misty band of energy around the object, usually an inch wide, some times
wider. Scan the room you're in. If you are still relaxed, you may notice
that everything in your room has this same band of light surrounding its
surface. This is an aura.
Everything that exists has an aura; people, animals, objects, plants, the
land. That misty band of light you see is caused by the speed that in
individual or object is vibrating, and by their temperature and degree of
consciousness. Many times, especially around people, the aura will be
colored and have designs in it, such as rays or spirals. Artists
throughout history have painted auric bands around the heads of wise
leaders and saints, as a way to depict holiness. But the fact is, everyone
and every thing has an aura - some larger than others.
To test this, invite a friend to join you. Find a wall that is white or lightly colored. Remove
all decorations so you have a blank surface. Dim the lights. Have one
person stand with his or her back to the wall, looking straight ahead.
This person should take a few deep, quick breaths to increase air
capacity, and relax, empty of thought or expectation. The other people
should stand at least half a room away from the person in front of the
wall. When looking, allow your gaze to slip slightly past the individual,
as if you are seeing double. Does an aura appear? Most people will see a
white glow around the individual almost immediately. Some will see colors.
Others will see designs in the colors. Have the individual in front of the
wall move his or her consciousness to the left, then right, then high up
near the ceiling. (This is done by the person deciding to; thinking makes
it so.) Does that person's aura change location as his or her
consciousness moves around? Most people will see this, especially after
practicing for awhile. Don't try too hard, though, as too much effort
actually blocks your ability to see an aura.
Once you are able to see
auras in dim light, you can begin to train yourself to see them in full
light. Tell yourself you can do it and you can. Trust the process. It
Find books about auras and read what is known about possible meanings to
the colors and designs. Each color or hue seems to be reflective of how an
individual feels, including moods and basic personality. Large, expansive
auras of bright, clear colors are usually found around people with a lot
of strength and charisma, and who are healthy. Training yourself to see
auras can be a beneficial extra, especially if you are in the healing
profession or work in sales and promotion.
Open your hands, bend your fingers somewhat, and bring both of your hands
together, stopping just before the fingers of both hands touch each other.
Relax, and empty your mind of thought. Can you feel anything between the
palms of your hands? Is there any heat or energy movement pre sent between
your finger tips? If you feel nothing, rub your hands together rapidly
until you create some static electricity. Now, repeat the exercise. Bring
your hands and fingers almost together, but not quite. Do you feel
anything this time? Most people will feel something akin to a body of
energy or a presence between the hands and fingers. Some recognize that
this energy or presence is elastic, and that they can stretch it as they
slowly move their hands further apart. The body of energy you feel is the
power of your auric field.
You can see the aura, as in the exercise you did before this; or you can
touch it, in this simple hand demonstration. While you're looking for
books on the aura, search also for books on healing hands, touch for
health, or working within the auric field. Once you train yourself to
sense and see this energy, there is no limit to what you can accomplish
once you put the skill to use.
For instance, staying about three inches away from a person's body, you
can glide your open hands through the air around that person, moving
down the body to relax the individual, and moving up the body to
energize the individual, until you have massaged the entire auric field
of the person involved.
Historically, this kind of sharing, of helping another to feel
more comfortable and cared for, was reserved only for religious or
spiritual rituals, and practiced during services dedicated to healing. Now
this type of knowledge is universal, and anyone who wishes to can practice
the skill. The effectiveness of this gentle technique is incredible!
When distraught, confused, or nervous, use the relaxation technique given
earlier (when you put your consciousness in your center). This time, once
you have aligned yourself with your center, remain there for awhile,
affirming and knowing that Divine Order is in effect, that you will be
guided to take the right step and do the right thing that is the most
appropriate for your highest good and the highest good of all concerned,
when full consciousness returns. This is all you need to affirm. Be in
your center, that place of perfection and wholeness. Relax and be.
Invariably, once you are alert again, you will be guided or inspired in a
positive way and any confusion you once had will either lessen or
disappear. Train yourself to reach your center without much effort. A few
deep breaths should be enough to free your mind from its present state,
and take you there. Relaxation is the key. Intent is what makes it happen.
I know a man who built his entire house using this technique. Knowing
basic construction methods and with a few how-to books handy, this is what
he did - each time he needed advice, he would clearly and in detail
outline his problem within his mind's eye, and propose a question. Then he
would sit down, take a few deep breaths, relax, blank his mind, and align
his consciousness with the center of his being. His, yours, mine,
everyone's center is THE CENTER OF ALL KNOWINGNESS, all power, all wisdom,
all perfection. And we can go there whenever we need aid or advice or
assistance at any time, no matter where we are. When this man returned to
his wide awake, alert state, he took the first thing that popped in his
mind and actually did it. His finished house is one of the most ingenious
dwellings I have seen, a tribute to the power we all have within us, if
we would but tap into that wellspring of knowing within us and
discipline ourselves in how to access what is there.
One way to clear your residence and your body of any distracting energies
or unwanted spirit forms, is the following:
Relax fully and in your mind's
eye imagine a giant circular disc. This disc is radiantly powerful,
unbreakable, and functions as if a screen or sieve. Envision that this
huge radiant disc is located in the ground below your residence, and that
it is large enough to fully encompass your entire property. Now, slowly
lift this disc with your mind (you do it by deciding to); silently tell it
to lift. As it does, see and know that all discordant and distracting energies are caught in its sieve-like screen, and are removed from your
environment and from your body. Continue to see the disc lift higher and
higher, until it has passed through your residence, your body, all
objects, air space, walls, floors and ceilings, until it dissolves in the
upper stratosphere, leaving no trace of any essence, spirit-form, or
substance caught in it. Your environment is now clean and cleansed, and so
are you. If you feel the need, repeat this exercise two more times. Open a
few windows to let the air circulate freely. Place a house plant or
bouquet of flowers in a central location to add that final touch of
freshness and beauty.
The circular disc technique is an example of using creative storylines
(like when you practiced how to daydream), that can have an immediate and
positive impact on your life. Another example of this is when you are
about to have surgery.
In a relaxed state, prepare your body for what is
about to happen. Envision all parts of your body, each cell, listening to
you and paying attention. Explain the surgery in detail, illustrating in
your mind's eye that only what medication is needed will be utilized, and
anything else will be immediately flushed out of your system. Show your
body how appropriate this surgery is, and how much better it will be able
to perform once it has healed. Affirm Divine Order, that all medical
personnel will accomplish their tasks ably and efficiently and without
When the surgery is over, rehearse any movement you might make in your
mind first, and in detail, before you actually do it. Rolling over,
sitting up, going to the bathroom, eating, bathing, whatever. During your
psychic rehearsals, affirm and know that as each movement and task is
made, there will be little or no pain, and you will be able to accomplish
that movement without risk or problem. Make no exceptions. Practice in
your mind's eye before you do anything, all the while imagining a speedy
and safe recovery. In most cases, a technique like this will bring about
stunning successes and incredibly rapid healing. Surprise your doctor, try
it! Thank you for reading this article, and for taking the time to do what
was suggested. Remember, practice makes perfect. The more you use your
psychic abilities, the broader their range and the greater your
Believe in yourself.
© 1996 P. M. H. Atwater, L.H.D., Ph.D.
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