Friday, November 20, 2009

The Origin of Psychic Ability

Welcome to my first blog. If you are here, it means you have a thirst for knowledge and are seeking some answers in some fairly unusual places. That's very good, for starters. I believe I can supply some answers and information that you won't find elsewhere.

I have spent many years training to be a psychic detective and a spiritual medium. Most people tend to believe you have to be born that way. Most psychics and mediums will try to convince you that they have special inborn gifts. Many of them make sure to tell you that they have had these psychic "gifts" and "talents" since birth or from a very early age. They will tell you they saw their Grandma Rose appear before them at the very moment she passed away; that they saw angels, orbs or Native Americans walzing through their bedroom late at night; that they were able to "see" diseases or ailments in total strangers. All of this seems, at least to the uninitiated, patently unbelievable - or, at best, the highly romanticized memories of a young child hoping to be perceived as "special."

I didn't experience any of that stuff. Nor did my friends. At best, we were too "reasonable" to accept that these kinds of experiences might co-exist in our "real" world. This was the stuff of fantasy and make-believe. At worst, we simply did not have special inborn gifts. We were ordinary.

Having now spent more than a decade attempting to understand these kinds of experiences, I have now (strangely) experienced most of them! A good friend of mine, an abject skeptic, once asked me, "How come these crazy things only happen to you? Why don't they happen to me?" It was a good question. How do you explain the fact that I never saw a table fly up into the air, or was able to feel the physical vibration of pain emanating from other person's body, or ever heard a ghost's footsteps, until I started seeking out this kind of phenomena? Strange that it only seems to appear to those who look for it.

My friend's question actually requires a fairly sophisticated answer. You cannot simply dismiss these experiences as mere wishful thinking in all cases. In other words, you can't say that just because people want to believe in fairies they can actually bend their reality to accomodate their desires. The psychological dismissal only works in a few cases, but certainly not all.

The answer has everything to do with your internal belief structure. In 1943, well-known parapsychologist and professor of psychology at City University of New York, Gertrude Schmeidler, created what has become one of the most famous psi experiments in history. She tested a group of students to see how well they would be able to guess the sequence of certain target cards using classic ESP cards. She divided the students into two groups: the first group, which she called "sheep," were more predisposed to believe in the existence of psi ability, while the second group, called "goats," tended to doubt the existence of psi ability or at least its relevance to accurately guessing cards. The results of the testing showed that the sheep scored significantly above chance, while the goats scored well below chance.

The moral of the story? Your belief or skepticism will LITERALLY change your reality. If you are a skeptic and believe this stuff can't, and doesn't, exist because you have never experienced it, well then, take my advice: rearrange your beliefs. Then wait and watch. As sure as I am sitting here today writing this new blog, I can testify that there is an expanded world of phenomena waiting for you if only you will BELIEVE. Sounds corny, but there is a scientific basis - to be discussed at a later date.