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What is ESP?

Extrasensory perception (ESP), also known as cryptesthesia and the sixth sense, is the ability to acquire information without the use of the five physical senses. Many people believe that everyone is born with one form or another of ESP. For some people it is more developed than others. Often, by the age of four or five years old, logic and reason start to take a stronger hold on the mind and these abilities are weakened or lost. However, there are those who do continue to develop their ESP, especially those individuals who are born into a family where psychic abilities are multi-generational and/or nurtured and encouraged.
 
The following are the abilities that fall under the umbrella of ESP.

 

Clairvoyance – Ability to see events from the past, present or future without the use of the regular five senses.
Clairaudience – Ability to hear sounds from the spirit world.
Clairsentience – Ability to feel or sense auras, vibrations and the presence from those that have passed on.
Claircognizance – Ability to psychically know something without pre-knowledge or being told.
Precognition – Knowledge of an event before it occurs.
Retrocognition – Ability to know events that have taken place in the past without previous knowledge.
Telepathy – Ability to transfer and receive thoughts and feelings from one mind to another without verbal conversation.
Psychometry – Ability to pick up impressions, visions, thoughts, or events relating to someone by holding an object belonging to that person.
Psychokinesis – Ability to physically move objects with one’s mind.
Psychic Mediumship – Ability to communicate with humans and animals who have passed on to the spirit world.
Premonition – A forewarning that something is going to happen.
Déjà vu – The feeling of being in an exact situation or place before.
Intuition – Ability to know something without the use of logic or conscious reasoning. Knowledge gained by feeling, not fact.

 
In the field of parapsychology, these paranormal events are referred to as psi experiences. There are two major fields of study: 1. psi-gamma, which refers to the ability to acquire information through nonsensory or nonphysical methods, for example telepathy, clairvoyance and precognition; and 2. psi-kappa, which refers to the ability to affect something or move physical objects through nonphysical methods, for example, psychometry, telekinesis or psychic healers. Its purpose is to understand the processes or causation of these events. The studies of psi phenomena are done under well-controlled conditions, in order to remove doubt and provide valid conclusions.
 
In the 1930s, Joseph Rhine and his wife began research into these events. Rhine and his colleague, Carl Zener, developed Zener cards, a 25-card deck containing five groups each of five like symbols, to be used to test the telepathic ability of an individual. Each card contains an image of either a circle, cross, square, star or wavy line. The 25 cards are shuffled and kept out of sight from the individual being tested. The subject is then asked to give the identity of the card. A scoring system of how many correct card matches made by the subject determines his/her level of telepathy. For example, a score of 10 correct out of 25 indicates some form of telepathy. A score over 10 correct shows a more significant level of abilities. The test should be taken several times to rule out that the answers were just by chance.

 
The use of Zener cards in ESP testing has been significant in measuring its accuracy. Also, changes in brain activity have been recorded during the testing of psychics who are exercising their abilities. All of this research will prove invaluable, given the increased amount of people who either claim to possess psychic abilities or who have experienced many of these phenomena first-hand.

 

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Am I Psychic? – Take A Test

Are you wondering if you have psychic abilities or powers because you were able to predict a future event that happened? Or have you realized that you had information about people that had not been previously given to you?  Are you sensing things about strangers you meet? Can you tell what an animal or pet is thinking? And ultimately, do you believe that you are connecting with people who have passed away?

So, just how psychic are you and which psychic abilities do you have?  

Specific types of psychic abilities have been recorded. The most common form is intuition. Everyone is born with it. Intuition is that gut feeling you get regarding people, places and events.  All of the other forms of psychic abilities depend on it. When intuition is heightened, there is a lot more you are able to do.

These forms of extrasensory perception (ESP) or heightened abilities are collectively known as psi phenomenon and are listed below.

 

 

INTUITION — THE FIRST STEP

 

Intuition is part of the sixth sense and everybody has it. It is an awareness of a fact or reality that is not related to any usual reasoning power or logical assumption. It is an insight about events that may or may not take place. It surpasses logic and is more than an educated guess. Intuition is your internal communication system and is on call at any moment.

 

It is acquired through past experiences, current events and a natural instinct. Somehow all of this information is bundled and stored in our gut.

 

AURA SENSING

At one time or another, you have sensed someone’s aura. This is often referred to as the “vibes,” or vibrations you get from a person.  Aura sensing is demonstrated in children between the ages of four and six. For example, when drawing family members, some children use a specific color for each person. They do so because they sense the human aura, although they do not consciously realize it. Parents and teachers often question them about why they have chosen these specific colors. Believing that there might be something wrong about drawing this way because of all the questioning, the children eventually stop. As they continue to mature, the ability fades as logic gets in the way of psychic abilities.

 

CHANNELING

Channeling is the ability to connect with spirits of people who have passed away. This can be done in several ways. Direct channeling is when a deceased person connects directly with a living individual or through a psychic medium. A spirit or spirit guide often work as conduits to facilitate the transfer of information to someone or to a psychic medium in the physical world.  It can be also be accomplished through various types of  trance states to obtain information.

 

CLAIRAUDIENCE

Clairaudience, which means clear hearing, is the ability to perceive sounds or words from outside sources in the spirit world. Psychics who are clairaudient hear voices, sounds or music that are not audible to the normal ear. They receive these messages mentally or within their ears. Most often, psychics have this ability in tandem with clairvoyance.

As with clairvoyance, many people have this ability without consciously realizing it. It is similar to that of someone repeating prior conversations or phrases from the past within his own mind. In some cases, the conversations are actually audible in their physical ears.

 

CLAIRSENTIENCE

Clairsentience, which means clear sensing, is the ability to feel the present, past or future physical and emotional states of others, without the use of the normal five senses.  Psychics who are clairsentient are able to retrieve information from houses, public buildings and outside areas.  It is also one of the abilities used in aura sensing and psychometry.

Many people have this ability without consciously realizing it. They are the individuals who talk about getting a gut feeling, good or bad, when looking to purchase a home or just entering a building. They might pass an internal judgment of an individual when they meet.

 

CLAIRVOYANCE

The term clairvoyance, or clear seeing, originated from the French words clair (clear) and voir (to see).  It is the ability to see events from the future, present and past within the mind’s eye.  Clairvoyance differs from telepathy, which is one of several other psychic powers. Telepathy is a conscious, direct sending of information from one individual to another, without the use of the five senses. Clairvoyance is the knowledge of past, present or future events that is gained without direct conscious thought.

 

PRECOGNITION

Precognition is the ability to actually perceive or see a future event through extrasensory perception (ESP) or clairvoyance, before it happens.  The term is derived from the Latin præ, meaning “prior to” and cognitio, meaning “to learn.” Precognition is often confused with the terms premonition or prophecy, which only relate to a feeling of or sensing that something will happen in the future.

Precognitive events usually appear to individuals as a flash or spontaneous vision — when, in an awakened state, a person receives a short intense mental scenario.

 

PSYCHOMETRY

Psychometry is also known as psychometrics or token-object reading. The term psychometry is derived from the Greek words ‘psyche’ meaning mind or soul and ‘metron’ meaning measure. It was named for the science invented by American physician and professor of physiology, Joseph Rhodes Buchanan in the 1840s. During a psychometry reading, a psychic is able to pick up impressions, visions, thoughts or events relating to someone just by holding an object, piece of jewelry, photograph or letter belonging to that person.

 
TELEKINESIS

Telekinesis (TK) or psychokinesis (PK) is the movement of objects from one place to another without any form of physical contact. It also means re-shaping objects using one’s own mental energies, such as bending a spoon or small metal object by focusing on it or holding it. The term psychokinesis comes from the Greek words “psyche” meaning mind or soul and “kineisis” meaning distant-movement.

 

TELEPATHY

Telepathy is the direct communication between two living beings on a level that is void of written or verbal communication or the use of the five senses. One is considered the “sender” or “transmitter,” and the other is the “receiver.”  Telepathy is not limited to humans. It occurs between animals and between humans and animals.

The term telepathy was coined in 1882, by Fredric W. H. Myers, one of the founders of the Society for Psychical Research. The science of parapsychology, which is the study of psi, divides telepathy into three different types.

 

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Precognition: Has it ever happened to you?

Precognition is the ability to actually perceive or see a future event through extrasensory perception (ESP) or clairvoyance, before it happens.  The term is derived from the Latin præ, meaning “prior to” and cognitio, meaning “to learn.” Precognition is often confused with the terms premonition or prophecy, which only relate to a feeling of or sensing that something will happen in the future.

 

Precognitive events usually appear to individuals as a flash or spontaneous vision — when, in an awakened state, a person receives a short intense mental scenario. One example of this would be that of a mother who is driving in her car and sees a vision of her child injured at a playground. She quickly turns the car around to find her child about to fall from a tall tree. Another example would be of a person who is about to board an airplane and has a vision of a crash that is so intense that he decides not to board the plane. He finds out later that there was in fact a plane crash.

 

Some people experience precognition through dreaming. A future incident is vividly played out in the dream, thus allowing the ability to predict something will happen or to avoid an upcoming situation altogether.

 

In studying precognition, it has been found that most of the predicted events happen within a short time frame. In 80 to 85 percent of the time, the events involve a loved one, family member or close friend. The rest of the events fall under the category of individuals who are unrelated, i.e., strangers or public figures.

 

Joseph Banks Rhine and Louisa Rhine performed extensive studies of precognition in the Parapsychology Laboratory at Duke University in the 1930s. The psi phenomenon of precognition is still being investigated today by parapsychologists.

 

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