Psychics are people who have abilities
of extra-sensory perception, such as clairvoyance, psychometry and
precognition, or other paranormal abilities such as psychokinesis
and hence can be a form of natural therapy that aims to promote natural
health- it is considered an alternative and natural therapy used to
enhance a happy and healthy lifestyle.
Welcome to Psychics
at Natural Earth
The claims of psychics are widely disputed by mainstream science,
and are regularly attacked by skeptics. However, parapsychologists
have scientifically studied psychic abilities for over a century,
and many have claimed that belief in some psychic abilities may
be scientifically plausible. For instance, many parapsychologists
claim that psychokinetic alteration of the output of random number
generators is scientifically well-founded.
Mediums, like psychics, also claim to have extra-sensory abilities
but claim to obtain their information through spirits or dead people.
Some mediums also claim to possess psychic abilities.
Psychic Theory By Michael Russell
- Part I
If you look up the definition of psychic in the dictionary you
will find something like the following:
Main Entry: 1 psy•chic Pronunciation: 'sI-kik Variant(s):
also psy•chi•cal /-ki-k&l/ Function: adjective Etymology:
Greek psychikos of the soul, from psyche soul 1 : of or relating
to the psyche : PSYCHOGENIC 2 : lying outside the sphere of physical
science or knowledge : immaterial, moral, or spiritual in origin
or force 3 : sensitive to nonphysical or supernatural forces and
influences : marked by extraordinary or mysterious sensitivity,
perception, or understanding
Pretty fancy mumbo jumbo for what we normally refer to as somebody
who has the ability to predict the future. Yes, of course there
are other definitions of psychic besides just predicting the future,
such as dream interpretation and psychokinesis but for most people
we associate psychic with fortune telling.
Any way you slice it, we're talking about something that most of
us don't understand. And those who say they DO understand are usually
looked at with much scepticism, if not downright contempt, that's
of course until we go to our local fortune teller to have our palm
or cards read, or our astrological or numerical charts reads. Then
we're ready to believe just about anything, especially if it's what
we want to hear.
The debate as to whether a person truly has the ability to see
into the future has been going on for centuries and no doubt will
continue to go on. In this series of articles we'll try to answer
some questions about this so called science, trace some of it's
origins and go over a few of the tools that psychics use to see
into the future.
I want to personally thank an associate of mine who claims to be
a psychic for some of the information in this article. No, I wont
be giving his name so as not to add to the already growing amount
of email he is already getting on the subject. Let me start with
a quote he gave me that might help explain how a typical psychic
first realizes that he has this ability.
"There is no mystery to how someone knows he has psychic power.
As in my case it usually starts at a young age. The person gets
a vision of something happening in the not so distant future. There
is no explaining where this vision comes from. It just does. Then
the event occurs. This may happen a dozen or more times in the young
person's life before he or she realizes that they have psychic powers.
It is really that simple. It is something that is out of their control
at first. As time goes by they simply learn how to control the visions."
Sounds simple enough. To many it might sound like a bunch of bunk.
But my associate reminded me of the famous Jean Dixon predictions
of the early 1960's when she foresaw the assassination of US President
John F. Kennedy. Luck? Maybe. But who is to say? We may never know
for sure if psychic power truly does exist.
In this second of a three part series we're going to cover a brief
history of psychic phenomena. It should probably come as no surprise
to anyone that people have been reporting psychic phenomenon since
the very beginning of time all the way up to the present. What may
surprise you is that these reports were widely accepted by many
people including those who were quite well educated. As a matter
of fact, many of the pioneers of modern science were believers in
So when did modern psychic phenomenon come about? In order to understand
this you have to go back to the beginning of the scientific revolution
which was started by the British Royal Society in the 1600s. Men
of real science were referred to as "natural philosophers."
Many of these natural philosophers like Isaac Newton were men who
also believed in psychic phenomenon.
After the scientific revolution came what is known as the "period
of enlightenment" which started in the 18th century around
1734. The first man of enlightenment was Franz Anton Mesmer who
was a Viennese physician. During this period theories like "electricity"
and "magnetism" were considered "invisible fluids."
Mesmer discovered another invisible fluid which he called "animal
magnetism" which is supposed to be able to heal certain ailments
without having to depend on the supernatural. He developed what
is called Mesmerism. This induces a state of mind that today we
call hypnosis. What Mesmer discovered in addition to this was that
certain people had more of an affinity to be able to perform Mesmerism
than others. These people were referred to as "gifted."
The Mesmerism movement never really gained scientific acceptance
and finally in 1784 The French Royal Society of Medicine and the
French Academy of Sciences issued some negative reports on this
movement. One researcher associated with Mesmerism, a Baron Carl
Reichenbach, developed a vitalist theory to explain parapsychological
phenomena. By the 1850s, though it didn't go down without a fight,
the Mesmeric movement finally came to an end but the teachings of
the movement didn't die with it. Partly because of changes in religious
attitudes these teachings were repeated by others who called themselves
"mediums" and started what is called the "spiritualist
movement." These people claimed to have contact with spirits
of dead people. By the middle of the 19th century these mediums
were found throughout Europe and in every part of society.
As psychic phenomenon began to spread, spiritualists began to break
off from normal scientific society. This was quite evident in 1882
when a number of scientists left the Society For Physical Research
located in London because of differences of opinion. Basically the
scientists didn't believe in psychic phenomena and the members who
broke off did. This has since continued throughout history to the
Today, we are more tolerant of people who claim to have psychic
ability. You see them on talk shows TV and hear them with their
own radio shows. As an enlightened society we no longer fear these
people as they were feared years ago when many of them were persecuted
and even killed. Still, many of us are still sceptical. Many of
us also believe. It's kind of like religion. We'll never really
know for sure who is right.
- Part III
In this last in our 3 part series of psychic theory we're going
to cover just a few of the tools psychics use to predict the future
or simply to communicate with the dead.
One of the most popular ways of seeing into the future is Astrology.
If you look up the definition of Astrology in the dictionary you'll
find something like this...
“The study of the positions and aspects of celestial bodies
in the belief that they have an influence on the course of natural
earthly occurrences and human affairs.“
In other words, how the stars and planets line up will determine
just how good or bad a day you're going to have.
If you look in your daily newspaper you will see a section that
reads "horoscopes." This is where you look under when
you were born to see what kind of day it's going to be and read
any kind of advice the astrologist might have for you on that day,
such as "be kind to a stranger. This may help you with an ongoing
relationship problem." There are many people who actually believe
in Astrology and horoscopes and believe that the stars and planets
indeed have an impact on our lives. Right or wrong, they certainly
keep the Astrologists in business.
Another popular means of looking into the future, and for that
matter into one's past, is Tarot Card reading. Tarot cards go back
to ancient times. A typical deck of Tarot cards has 78 cards in
it; 52 minor arcana and 26 major arcana. Each card has a meaning
and depending on where they turn up in a reading, the most common
being the Celtic Cross, this determines seeing into person's past
and being able to predict their future. There are Tarot reading
establishments just about everywhere and now on the Internet even
more so. Tarot cards equally rival Astrology in popularity.
Another form of telling about someone in detail is Numerology.
Numerology is the science of taking things such as a person's name,
address, birth date, etc., and doing a numerological analysis on
these things. Each letter in the alphabet is given a numerical value
and based on these values a numerologist can tell you something
about your name and what kind of person that makes you. While this
form of divination is not quite as popular as Astrology and Tarot
Cards, it does have a substantial following.
After those three the rest of the lot is pretty much up for grabs
as far as popularity. Psychics can predict the future or tell something
about a person's life by reading tea leaves, reading their palm,
looking into a crystal ball, using the I-Ching, and using coins,
marbles, matchsticks, dice and just about anything that they can
get their hands on. Yes, there are more kinds of psychic phenomena
than you can possibly imagine.
And what exactly does this all mean and what does it prove, if
anything? Again, like religion, nobody has ever REALLY been able
to prove anything and while my associate is a psychic himself, he
is the first to admit that this is a science based solely on faith.
He adds in closing, "That's what makes it so wonderful."
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