Every once in a while, you may get the feeling that the phone is going to ring. And then 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 the same song is playing. 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 and 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 phenomena is gaining respectability.
Developing Psychic Abilities
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. So the frustration level can be high, but the key to success is to not give up.
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 to 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 or anything at all that comes up while they're scanning. After a few moments, they share what they saw, looking for accuracy.
- 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. Write down your predictions and check back the next day.
- Online Tests - Work with the many ESP tests that can be found online. 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?
After your days, weeks and months of meditation, practice and experimentation, how will you know if your psychic powers are improving? Through experience and practice, you can see your predictions coming true.
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.