Monday, March 28, 2011
Developing your psychic powers
EVERY ONCE IN a while, you get the feeling that the phone is going to ring... and it does. Or you know who it is that is calling... and you are right. A song is playing in your head; you turn on the radio, and there it is... the same song. You are overwhelmed, somehow, with the feeling that a close friend or relative is in trouble or needs your help at that moment... and you soon learn that is actually the case.
Are these examples of mere coincidence? Or is there something more profound taking place? Are we, in fact, tapping in to what many researchers believe is a shared consciousness - or superconsciousness - that connects all people... perhaps all living things? These are no longer just "New Age" concepts, but are subjects of serious speculation and research by a growing number of mainstream scientists in the fields of quantum theory, psychology and other disciplines. The idea that extrasensory perception (ESP) and related psi abilities are quite real (if difficult to measure) phenomena is gaining respectability.
Those who research ESP suspect that most if not all people have this remarkable ability to varying degrees. The ability is often likened to that of musical talent. Some people are naturally gifted with the ability to play and compose music, and practice makes them virtuosos. Others must learn and work and practice to be able to play an instrument even adequately or in the simplest way. But nearly everyone can learn to play to some degree. The same may hold true for psychic abilities.
Here's what you need to know about developing your psychic abilities.
ACKNOWLEDGE THE ABILITY
The first step is to acknowledge that ESP exists and that it is present within you to develop. Although this might sound silly or trite, begin by telling yourself that you are psychic. Make it a mantra that you repeat to yourself daily and often. This kind of self-talk has a scientific basis. It is now known that when a person learns something - whether it's a physical skill like wood carving or a mental exercise like memorizing poetry - through repetition, his or her brain physically changes - "rewires" itself, if you will - to accommodate that task. This process of rewiring your brain for psychic ability begins with your belief in it.
"It takes time for the subconscious to be able to communicate with the conscious mind, and the best way to do this is to simply start thinking about it," says Russel Steward in an article for Psychic Journal. "All these thoughts have a positive effect on developing your gift. Read about the subject. Knowledge will help, as you need some understanding of how things work. Adopt the policy you would take with a new hobby. Become involved in it, buy books and magazines, and look for more information on the Internet."
Like a difficult sport or musical instrument, ESP ability requires diligent practice. Unlike sports or music, however, your progress can be hard to measure because of the elusive nature of psychic phenomena (it's difficult to know how or when it's going to work). So the frustration level can be high, but the key to success is to not give up. (You should know going in, too, that there are no guarantees of success when it comes to trying to develop ESP; yet if you don't try, you're guaranteed not to get anywhere.)
"Set aside some time to practice. Calm the mind, play gentle, soothing music and try to relax. "Allow your thoughts to wander. Sometimes it helps to picture a summer scene, a field or meadow with the sun shining. It's all about getting used to information coming to you from a different source. The more you practice, the easier it becomes. Try pausing before you do something. For example, when the phone rings, pause a few seconds before answering. Can you tell who it is? Try it when someone knocks at your front door. Try it at work. Can you tell when someone is happy, sad or preoccupied?"
Such exercises require concentration, an ability you need to develop in and of itself. "You need to have an incredible amount of concentration…The type of concentration that calls for you to ignore the crowd at a football stadium in the middle of a touchdown, and be able to clearly recall a passage on a book, a face of a friend or a situation. Thoughts are flowing out there at an incredible rate. Every nanosecond there are thousands, or millions of thoughts flowing back and forth. Each individual is sending and receiving thoughts from outside of his mind. Imagine that all the radio stations are broadcast at the same time into one single frequency on your radio receiver and you will get an idea of what is going in your mind at any point in time. Now imagine that you are able to focus your tuner to receive just one radio broadcast."
Don't let frustration or failures make you stop. Be realistic. You can't expect to practice for a few days, then be able to predict when Uncle Louie is going to call or who's going to win the Super Bowl. Psychic abilities, even for those who have developed them to a high degree, can be unpredictable and erratic. The trick is to learn to recognize when your ESP is working... and that comes with experience.
Here are some practical ESP exercises from various sources:
•Scanning - "Two people - preferably two who haven't met before - stand about 4 - 6 feet apart from each other, facing each other, eyes closed. Each person then closes their eyes, takes a moment to breathe, relax and ground, then visualizes the other as a ball of light or pure energy. Each looks with their inner eyes into the ball of light and scans the person opposite top to bottom, bottom to top, noticing any words, images, colors, thoughts, sensations in their own body,... anything at all that comes up while they're scanning... After a few moment, when they each come back, they tell each other what they saw, felt, whatever, and describe how what the other experienced might fit in their lives at this time." - The Light Ball Exercise
•Predicting - "Write three predictions for the next day. Close your eyes, breathe deeply, be sure you're comfortable and feet are firmly planted on the floor. After a few deep breaths, project yourself into the next day. See yourself following through on your plans for tomorrow. Look around you. Notice any colors or sensations. Who is with you? What are they wearing? What are they doing? What are you doing? If nothing seems to come, then listen. Any words? Any song lines start running through your head? How does your body feel? Do you smell anything? What subtle changes do you notice? Is your mood changing? Note everything you sense. Write your 'predictions' based on the information you received." - Sensing and Interpreting
•Online Tests - Work with the many ESP tests that can be found on-line. Work in a quiet room without distractions. Try different tests and work with them repeatedly. Try them at different times of the day. Are you more successful at certain times of the day than others?
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF IT'S WORKING?
After your days, weeks and months of meditation, practice and experimentation, how will you know if your psychic powers are improving? By experience. Store the episodes in your memory. All those things you knew that came true, all the things you could tell other people about themselves, each and every episode fuels your proof."
Better yet, keep a journal of your experiences. Write down the results of your online tests and exercises. The physical act of writing it all on paper will help reinforce the conscious-unconscious connection.
But how do you know if your "hits" are still just coincidence? An increasing success rate will determine that. "At some point," continues Steward, "chance and coincidence are mathematically no longer a factor. You search your feelings, you begin to trust yourself. The mysteries of the universe lay before you, no longer mysterious, but like a giant unread book."
How To Tell If You Have A Ghost!
This is a bit longer article but it may help those who want to know!
Ever think to yourself, “Is my place haunted? Do I have a ghost?” Sure, it is important to know what a ghost and a haunting is, especially when one begins to wonder, “How do I know if I have a ghost or not?” First begin by ruling out all explainable phenomena. Is it truly paranormal, in other words extra ordinary? Can the strange activity be explained, if one takes a closer look at the evidence?
As human beings, our minds have a tendency to work over time, and thus create situations that are very believable, and seemingly paranormal, at times. Look for natural causes of any events, and be a little skeptical. This will keep one level-headed and calm while trying to conclude if a place is haunted or not. A rational, but open mind is the best tool in determining if source of a possible haunting is indeed ghostly.
What are ghosts and spirits?
The two words “ghosts” and “spirits” have been used inter-changeably for hundreds of years. Ghost is from the Anglo-Saxon gast, while spirit is from the Latin spiritus. As language evolved the word ghost came to being used in describing the appearing of a recognizable person appearing after their death; while a spirit came to be understood as the manifestation of an unknown person.
Ghost hunters on the other hand, will look at ghosts and spirits differently. In the ghost hunting community, ghosts would be disembodied people who are “stuck” in this physical world, typically due to trauma or unfinished business here on earth. They have not moved on into the light after the death of their physical body, and are still attached to people, things or events that occurred in the past. The key word with this is past, as the past seems to hold them here, instead of looking to the
future which would cause them to move beyond their prior physical life. For whatever reason, they cannot let go of the earthly realm, and either need direction or are looking for assistance in delivering a message or fixing a situation. This ghostly activity is known as an intelligent haunting.
Furthermore, it should be mentioned that some ghosts are non-intelligent, they are only residual energy of a prior event and not interactive. A ghostly action, such as walking down a hall will occur over and over, whether someone is present or not. This type of ghost manifestation known as an unintelligent haunting will not interact with the physical world. In contrast, a spirit, to most ghost hunters, represents someone who has moved beyond death, into the light, having had
their life review and now understands they are spirit. Issues of their former physical existence have been worked through or are being worked through, and peace, love and joy are being experienced. Often, all of us are watched over by spirits on the other side, who want to comfort us, guide us and observe our lives. These spirits typically are loved ones, family, and friends – some are known as spirit guides and angels.
How to tell if you have a ghost.
The following are some descriptions of ghostly activity, and thus are common phenomena. It is important to not be afraid and understand that a ghost is a person who is most likely wanting to be recognized for assistance. The following phenomena are not all-inclusive:
1) Cold spots. The manifestation of a ghost requires energy, and thus the area could be cold from the ghost using the energy of a specific location.
2) Electrical disturbances, such as flickering lights and radios turning off and on.
3) Movement of physical objects, such as doors.
4) Items missing or moved.
5) Water turning off and on.
6) Goosebumps, chills, the feeling that you are being watched, or touched.
7) Sounds, such as foot steps, music, voices, whispers, rapping, banging, something being dropped etc.
8) Balls or orbs of light that appear and float around.
9) Shadows moving about a room or in the corner of one’s eye.
10) Odd behavior from a pet. Animals are very in tune with spirits around them.
11) Unexplained or known fragrances of the deceased.
12) Levitating objects.
13) Mists, or vapors that appear.
14) Hearing voices, talking or whispering
What does a ghost look like?
Ghosts can and do manifest physically in various forms. It is not understood why the forms vary, but perhaps it is due to the condition of the soul of the entity. Ghosts appear as:
1) Orbs - These balls of light can float or move at rapid speed. Some believe these to be the first or most basic manifestation of a ghost…perhaps the soul of a person.
2) Mists, Vapors, Ectoplasm - This form appears as smoke or fog, and is believed to be the manifestation of spirit.
3) Shadow People - Known as “dark shadows” or “black ectoplasm,” these ghosts will often be seen moving about. It is possible that the darkness represents a condition of the soul not yet understood, such as immaturity, lack of understanding or knowledge.
4) Apparition - This is the full-bodied, non-vaporous appearance of a disembodied person’s spirit, and is very rare. Typically described as “see-through.”
Ghosts can manifest anywhere. They may appear more at night, because they most likely cannot manifest around a lot of people. It is surmised that the energy it takes to manifest in the physical realm, may be depleted when a ghost is around a crowd of people. Although ghosts may appear during day or night, the night could provide a time when less people are active, and may afford a time when all types of ghosts could appear more readily. Others believe that intelligent ghosts only
manifest around people, either through use of their energy, or to communicate with this world. A ghost is a subtle energy in most cases, but can vary in intensity.
What to do with a ghost?
If one has a ghost, then the obvious question is, “What do I do with the ghost?” Maybe a better question should be, “How can I help a ghost?” Finding common ground and comfort in the fact that a ghost is only a disembodied human being, seek to speak with the ghost. Most ghosts are lost and looking for simple direction. Follow your instincts and try and understand if there is any left over, unfinished business that may help the ghost move on. Ask the ghost person openly, how can I help? Be not afraid to tell the ghost that you know they are there, that you recognize this and
that they should understand that their physical body has died. Let them know this. Tell the ghost, that there is nothing to fear, and that they should move towards and into the light, where peace, love, joy, friends and loved ones await. Often times, a ghost doesn’t understand that they have passed on. Sometimes a simple conversation will free the troubled soul, and bring peace to the situation.
Ghosts often will take simple instruction, such as, “Stop banging the pans at night.” Many times the ghost just wants someone to know that they are there, but if a ghost is troublesome, remember you are in control. If a ghost will not head to the light, then demand the troubled spirit leave.
This is your place, and you don’t have to accept visitors.
Some ghosts are just looking to be recognized, until someone hears their story. Other ghosts are in dire need to deliver a message to a loved one. It is not uncommon for relatives of the deceased to receive a phone call from the other side of the grave, with a parting, “I love you.” The voice is typically immediately recognized by the loved one, and the message is usually short but clear.
When phone records are checked, in most cases there is simply no record of the call at all. These are known as, “phantom phone calls.” Ghosts, though disembodied, are not without means.
An intelligent ghost will get your attention if need be, whether through sounds, sight, smell or even touch.