Developing your natural psychic abilities

Anyone wishing to develop their psychic powers can take some simple steps and learn to use their innate gifts. We are born with psychic ability, some use it as naturally as breathing, some work to release it, within others it lays dormant, and some dismiss the idea completely. Everyone at some time in their life has had, or will have, a moment where they instinctively know something is going to happen, they can’t put their finger on how they know, but it is as strong as the sense of pain that no one can deny.

The vast majority of psychics are not Witches. Let me make that clear up front. There is a difference between being a psychic and being a Witch.

However, developed psychic abilities can really help improve your efforts in The Craft. Psychic abilities allow us to sense, work with and manipulate energy better, and this is an important part of learning Witchcraft.

Psychic abilities are natural and inborn, and everyone has them to some extent. These are what’s behind the kind of curious moments everyone occasionally gets—a gut feeling not to board a plane that ends up crashing, a dream about grandma coming to say goodbye to you and then you wake up and find out she passed away in the night. Skeptics write off such instances as ‘coincidences’ whereas believers consider them natural intuition.

When these kinds of things happen to you a lot, and you learn to control them to some extent, you would be considered psychic. But this is not considered magic, it’s considered an innate ability.

Spend any time at all in the Pagan or metaphysical communities, and you’re bound to meet individuals who have some fairly pronounced psychic abilities. However, many people believe that everyone has some degree of latent psychic skill. In some people, these abilities tend to manifest in a more obvious manner—and in others, it just sits under the surface, waiting to be tapped into.

Types of Psychic Abilities

There are different kinds of psychic abilities.

Some people are able to divine the future. Others get messages from the spirit world. A few may be able to read the thoughts of others or see “auras” that tell them how the person is feeling.

Precognition is the ability to know the future. For some people, it’s very definite messages, like “You’re going to get on a bus and meet a dark-haired man.” For others, it may be more vague, such as, “Someone close to you is going to have some big changes in their family.”Intuition, or intuitiveness, is the ability to just *know* things without being told. Many intuitives make excellent Tarot card readers, because this skill gives them an advantage when reading cards for a client. This is sometimes referred to as clairsentience.Clairvoyance is the ability to see things which are hidden. Sometimes used in remote viewing, clairvoyance has occasionally been credited for people finding missing children and locating lost objects. Empathy is the ability to sense the feelings and emotions of another person. Someone who is an empath often needs to learn to shield themselves from the energies of others, or they might find themselves feeling drained and exhausted.

Practice Automatic Writing/Drawing

You will need a pad or pencil.

1) Choose a location to which you’ve never been or seen pictures of, somewhere public so you can go there soon.

2) Go into a light meditative state.

3) Let the pencil move freely, unconsciously, to write or draw whatever comes through your mind.

4) Go to the places and see if there are any connections to your written description or drawing.

As usual, don’t get discouraged if it’s not dead-on accurate; it takes time to train the mind, and your own brain will inevitably throw in some of it’s own ideas that are not necessarily coming from any psychic impression. Keep trying.

Practice Reading Auras

You will need a friend and a blank wall for this (preferably white).

1) Have a friend sit or stand in front of a blank wall. Dim the lights but don’t make it dark.

2) Soften your focus and gaze around the edges of your friend’s form. See if you can see a difference in light, colors, or if you see any shapes or sparks—anything.

3) You and your friend can change places after a while and try it on each other.

You can begin doing this everywhere and anywhere—try it with rocks, trees, houses, plants, animals, people in crowds, etc.— the more you get used to seeing auras, the stronger and clearer the impression will become.

Practice Psychometry

You will need a friend to bring you an item or photo of someone you do not know. Your friend should know the person who owns the item very well.

1) Ask your friend to bring over the item, and not to say anything about it.

2) Take the item and hold it. Open your mind to explore the impressions that come to you.

3) Begin asking your friend questions. “Is this person a female? Is this person elderly? Was this person in a war? Etc.

4) Instruct your friend to answer “Yes, ” “No, ” or “I don’t have that information.” There should be very few “No” answers; instruct your friend to only say “No” if they are 100% sure — your friend might be 100% sure the subject is not female, but may not be 100% sure he’s never been in a war (or lived in some kind of war zone, or been connected to some kind of battle).

5) Write down impressions and let your friend tell you how you did. Anything that your friend didn’t have the information, ask her to investigate and find out.

Practice Clairvoyance

You will need cards– make sure you can’t see through them or tell what is on them from looking at the back.

1) Pick a card and put it face-down in front of you. Concentrate on what might be on the face.

2) Write down #1, and whatever image you think is on the face.

3) Don’t look at the card– put it aside in a new pile.

4) Do it again, and put the #2 card on top of #1. Keep going, keeping the cards in order. It’s important to keep the deck neat.

5) When you’re finished with the deck, turn the card pile over so you can see the faces. The first face is card #1, you can then compare the order of the deck to your notes to see how you did.

Again, 10 to 14 is considered average; 20 and above shows real talent, especially if you can pull off 20+ consistently.

Practice Telepathy:

You will need a friend and cards. You and your friend don’t have to be in the same room. You can do this over the phone or the internet.

1) The ‘caller’ picks a card and concentrates on it. The caller should write a number and what the card is (#1, #2, and so forth).

2) The ‘receiver’ tries to guess the card by either saying what it is or writing it down (number them). The receiver might even write down any other images or feelings that come to mind.

3) After all the cards are done, compare notes to see how many ‘hits’ (correct guesses) and how many ‘misses’ there are. Then discuss any other odd sensations you might have jotted down.

The caller should not say ‘hit’ or ‘miss’ after every card, as this can disrupt concentration for the receiver. About 10 to 14 cards right in a 52 card deck is considered average chance. Above 20 indicates some pretty developed psychic abilities.

Practice Remote Viewing

You need a note pad and pencil for this.

1) Choose a location to which you’ve never been or seen pictures of. For example, you might choose a new store across town that you’ve never gone into. It must be a place you have access to so you can visit in the near future.

2) Go into meditation and envision the store. Try to call up a picture of it in your mind.

3) Note sizes, colors, and any impressions.

4) Write down all your impressions.

5) Over the next couple of days visit the store and see what you might have gotten right.

Don’t get discouraged if things are not as you imagined—for example, if you saw something blue in the corner, and there is nothing blue in that corner, there might have been a customer or employee wearing blue there on the day you practiced your exercise.

Practice Telekenisis

Telekinesis is very rare and very difficult to control. The trick behind learning it at all is to use something that already is in motion (has kinetic energy behind it). This is the same principle as why it’s easier to steer a boat drifting down the river than it is to push a boat that’s on dry land.

You will need an object with a little bit of weight to it, a string, and something to suspend it from so it hangs freely (a ceiling hook, a tree branch, a rafter, etc.).

1) Hang your object up. I actually like to lay under it so it’s hanging over me.

2) Push it to get it in motion. It doesn’t matter how it’s swinging.

3) Focus on it going in a different direction (for example, if it’s swinging clockwise, focus on it going counterclockwise).

4) If you’re successful, focus on changing the direction again (to swinging side to side maybe, or making a figure 8).

5) Keep practicing—this could take a number of times before you get it.

Tip: pay attention to your state of mind and how you feel when you’re successful.

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