How to Be Psychic: Part One
Recognize and Develop Intuition
Many people have asked me over the years if someone can learn how to be psychic. Some people believe that you are either born with psychic ability or you are not. Those people don’t believe that you can learn how to be psychic. While certainly I believe that there are some people who are born with much more talent for psychic sensing than others, I think it is a mistake to assume you either have it or you don’t. In truth, we all posses psychic abilities. Every time you experience a powerful and emotional memory, you are using your psychic abilities. Every time that you anticipate your future and visualize how it may play out, you are using psychic ability. Most importantly, every time that you get a feeling you should do something, maybe something a bit out of the ordinary like taking a different route to work or maybe calling a friend that you haven’t reached out to in years, you are using psychic abilities. We are not used to thinking about psychic sensing in this way, but that is in fact how psychic abilities really work.
Intuition: The Voice of Your Imagination
First I would like to talk to you about intuition. Intuition is that sense of knowing without knowing why you know. We have all experienced it and most of us have ignored those feelings, sometimes with disastrous results. The thing to understand about intuition is that it is the voice of your imagination. Many people talk about the subconscious mind or the unconscious mind as if those things really exist. The truth is, there is no unconscious mind or subconscious mind, there is simply the mind. What those labels seek to describe is the fact that some of the functions of our mind happen without our conscious attention or awareness. While other functions are fully within our awareness and control. The more you pay attention to your supposed subconscious mind, the more conscious that part of your mind becomes. Therefore, the terms themselves begin to lose meaning. It is for that reason, I prefer to use the term imagination.
Our minds are capable of both logic and imagination. The logical analytic mind is what we use primarily for day-to-day problem solving and interacting with other humans. The imagination is what is responsible for filtering, recording and processing all the data that our senses take in. We are only able to maintain conscious awareness of about 7 to 9 bits of information at any one time. This is the reason why phone numbers are about the biggest string of numbers that most people can easily remember. Our imagination filters out all but the most important and pertinent information from our conscious awareness. This results in the filtering out or our conscious awareness something like 99% of all the available information our senses pick up. The imagination is responsible for processing all this information. We use all that information while dreaming and while daydreaming, we are constantly reworking and remixing all that information. Its where our imagination gets all the raw material for our creative expression.
People seem to discount the imagination. Even though human imagination is responsible for everything that has ever been created, people still seem to feel that imagination is “just fantasy” and that it is a waste of time and non-productive.
What these people may not realize is that human imagination is how our mind organizes and understands the world. While we can only be aware of a small amount of information at any one time, our senses are collecting and transmitting to our brains millions of bits of information every second. What happens to all that information? It become the raw material for our imagination. Our imagination organizes it, remixes it and combines it in millions of creative ways. It becomes the raw materials for our dreams. All of this information is gathered and processed below our normal level of awareness. Those experiences that we are aware of also get stored and processed. Those experiences become the memories that we are consciously aware of and can consciously access.
What may be surprising for you to hear, is that memory is a function of imagination. That is the ONLY place memory exists. When you think about something from your past, especially an event that was emotionally powerful, your imagination accesses that stored memory of that event. Not just the sensations of what you felt, but also the thoughts and emotions that you had at that time as well. Your imagination recreates that memory and you re-experience the emotions and thoughts associated with it. The imagination does the same thing when we think about our future. If you are anticipating a future event and you associate the thought of experiencing that future event with events from your past, you will tend to associate the emotions from that past event with this imagined future event. This is exactly how we create our own future.
So how does all this relate to intuition? When you get a flash of intuition, it usually doesn’t make any logical sense. However, it comes with such a feeling of urgency that you just have to sit up and take notice. Even though it makes no sense, you just know that you must take action. Its something everyone experiences at least once in their lives.
When an experience like that happens, its easy to disregard it afterwords. Even if acting on your flash of intuition possibly has saved your life, people still tend to think of such experiences as pure coincidence. After all, how could I know what was going to happen? That is what many ask themselves in trying to make sense of the experience.
In fact, your intuition is always whispering to you messages from your imagination. Your imagination has access to millions of times more information that you can be consciously aware of. Your imagination has access to the big picture.
Your world is in a constant state of creation based on your imagination. Most people will acknowledge that we can only sense the universe through our senses. Further, many would concede that without our physical senses, our sense of reality would cease to exist.
Take for instance someone who has no senses. No vision, hearing, touch, taste, smell or even body awareness. Imagine someone’s brain kept alive in a jar but with no body to sense the world with. Reality would not exist for such a person. Their only experience would be based solely on their imagination. Their imagination would be their entire reality, almost as when dreaming.
Now, realize that all of our senses are just our brain interpreting signals from our senses. All of our senses actually exist only in our mind. Your eyes don’t see, your eyes pick up light waves and transmit signals to your brain. Your brain takes those signals and constructs a visual image for you. So…. Only what is in our mind is real for us. Imagination and our sense of reality are both creations of the mind!
Our physical senses are very sensitive. The produce a huge amount of information each and every second of our lives. We ignore most of it. We have to in order to focus on what is important in the here and now. However, we also tend to ignore those stray thoughts, nagging feelings and urges throughout the day. Our senses are tuned to work with conscious awareness, so its natural that our focus and attention tends to be on what we get the most sensory stimulus from. However, as you may know, our conscious awareness is very good at selecting which sensory information to pay attention to. This is why you can read, write or hold a conversation with someone in a very noisy environment. WE can also tune our conscious awareness to focus on our imagination, to listen to for that voice of the intuition. By paying attention to those stray thoughts, ideas, urges and insights and deliberately focusing our attention on the imagination, we can condition our mind to filter out less of that intuitive information. The voice of your imagination gets louder and clearer and your intuition becomes a more frequent and reliable source of information.