When wondering how to channel your inner psychic, you undoubtedly think of crystal balls and palm reading. The truth is though, psychic abilities aren’t limited to novelty acts or television reality shows. In the study of parapsychology, scientists research such paranormal phenomena as clairvoyance, precognition, hauntings and extrasensory perception. Some schools of thought even propose that given training or practice, psychic abilities can be developed. You might not predict the winning lotto numbers or the next natural disaster, as fiction would have you believe, but if you’re looking for fascinating ways to channel your inner psychic, keep an open mind and read on.
1. Silent Meditation
The first step into using any hidden power the mind may hold is to clear your head and just breathe. Close your eyes and relax. Focus on your heartbeat or the expanding of your chest as you exhale. Abandon any fears, anxieties or thoughts of the day. If you’d like to channel your inner psychic, it’s important to remember that connecting with any thoughts or feelings from a moment of extrasensory perception, or ESP, is often times impossible with the intrusions of everyday life.
2. Connect with Nature
Some may confuse simply seeing nature for truly connecting with nature. Smell the flowers. Listen as the wind rustles the leaves in the ree branches. Run your hands over the swaying blades of grass. Developing a sixth sense is meaningless if you’re not fully utilizing your other senses to their full potential.
3. Rely on Intuition
Sometimes you may inexplicably have an urge to act or have a feeling of dread that begs you not to do something. This can be a strange and seemingly silly feeling. But the next time you have a mental pull away from an action or a place or a mental attraction toward something, follow it. As always, make safe and sensible decisions, but if intuition is leading you in a certain direction, maybe there’s a reason. Try exploring that reason and the results could surprise you.
4. Automatic Writing
Automatic writing has been a long standing psychic tool since the late 1800s. Clear your mind. Sit comfortably with blank paper before you and a pen in your hand. Put the pen to paper without any thoughts or ideas and let the pen move on its own. Maybe it will be just doodles or maybe words or sentences. Don’t worry about spelling, grammar or punctuation. Don’t stop to read what has been written until you’re satisfied that the automatic writing experience has ended for you. While some spiritualists believe that automatic writing evokes a force to guide the pen, other scientific research suggests that the texts produced are results of the subconscious mind. Either way, it’s a creative exercise that relies on a peaceful atmosphere, an open mind and a bit of practice.
5. Keep a Dream Journal
Some of the most imaginative and psychologically relevant elements enter our lives during REM sleep. While dreams may not always be remembered, or even be sensible enough to document, keeping a dream diary of sorts can be beneficial. While some researchers believe dreams are released tensions and anxieties of the day, others believe they’re symbols meant to represent repressed desires. Some even suggest dreams are slightly precognitive and can potentially predict certain occurrences. But no one is quite sure. Analyze your dreams for imagery and symbolism and what they could represent in your life. While you may not dream of events before they happen, you could at least decode some problems you might need to address in your waking life.
6. Tarot Cards
Tarot cards predate playing cards and have been enjoyed as an entertaining pastime since the 1500s. While originally crafted as a game much like poker, tarot cards evolved into a tool for divination-- a sort of ritual to gain psychic insight. You can pick up a deck of tarot cards from the New Age section of most chain bookstores. While scientists don’t credit divination or the occult with any parapsychological merit, a tarot reading can provide an interesting interpretation of your past and perhaps your future.
7. Practice Reading People
Reading people has nothing to do with palms and everything to do with presentation. Watch movements, facial expressions, nervous ticks and body language. Make a mental note of tone and volume changes in conversation. Don’t be a creep about it and make your friends and family uncomfortable. Just learn to look and listen in a more observant way. Sometimes the ability of foresight can come from simply knowing someone and developing a closeness that allows for a sort of psychic communication. You know when two people say the same thing at the same time, or make a reference to something in the past that you were just thinking about? It might not be magic, but you have to admit that’s a connection that not everyone may have. Reading people won’t help you read minds, but it will give a personal insight and maybe even make you a better judge of character.
You may not believe in the mind’s potential for psychic abilities and think this is all a lot of mumbo jumbo. But perhaps it’s possible that everyone is capable of some degree of psychic awareness and maybe all we need is a little practice. Have you ever experienced a psychic moment?