"Do or do not. There is no
try." Yoda never explains, but his quote is accurate. This section will
explain what he did not—the reasons belief is important and how to
Belief is a requirement for learning psychic abilities.
If you believed touch typing was impossible, and so you wouldn't even
put your hands on the keyboard, you wouldn't be able to learn it.
Well-informed belief is best. Read research, case studies, stories, and
if possible talk with people. Learn about the psychic abilities that
have already been studied, proven, and understood.
As you research, you will be more enthusiastic and
interested in practicing. You will trust yourself more. This keeps you
more relaxed and make practicing easier. It improves your concentration,
your focus, and your accuracy.
This chapter contains worksheets to help you understand
your beliefs and become comfortable with psychic abilities. Consider
each question carefully, and notice your reactions. The first worksheet,
just below, is to help you recognize your past experiences. Your
experiences shape your expectations and influence your beliefs and
Have you participated in psychic ability experiments?
Have you read case studies of psychic people, or experiment results?
Have you read any other books describing psychic experiences?
Do you believe psychic abilities exist?
Critical analysis and doubt
have their place—that is, laboratories, not classrooms. Skepticism is
not specifically disbelief. It means uncertainty: "Skeptic, n.: One who
is yet undecided as to what is true; one who is looking or inquiring for
what is true; an inquirer after facts or reasons." (Webster’s
Dictionary) Taking a realistic view in experiments is useful. Uneducated
disbelief is not useful. Fanatical disbelief is as illogical as
fanatical belief. Experiments are meant for learning what is true. A
person can’t learn the truth if he or she has already decided what that
‘truth’ must be.
However, new skills practice is not the time for
experiments. The skills must be learned before they can be tested in a
controlled situation. If a person were testing to prove whether any
human could type 80 words per minute, he or she wouldn’t start with
people who couldn’t type at all. Choosing people who had been typing for
many years and already typed quickly would be wiser. Similarly, it
makes no sense to try to prove psychic abilities in people who have not
practiced with them. People need to learn first, and then they can test
the skills later.
If you have some fears about
learning psychic abilities, you’re not alone. Most people are nervous,
doubtful, or outright scared when they first consider learning the
abilities. Spend some time understanding those feelings and discovering
which ones are unreasonable.
Each time you find yourself
feeling bad or scared, give yourself a pep talk. Explain why the worry
is unrealistic. Some examples are given here for the fears listed in the
worksheet. If you have a fear that’s not in the list, research it.
Decide whether it’s realistic and useful to keep, or whether you want to
Psychic abilities don't really exist. People can't really do that.
Psychic abilities do exist, and have been proven
scientifically. This isn't fiction or fantasy; it's here and now, in
Even if psychic abilities do exist, only a few people have them. I'm not special. I can't possibly do it.
No correlation has been found between psychic
abilities and anything else yet. Anyone could have the ability, and
quite possibly, everyone does.
Psychic abilities are just too weird. I can't think about that.
Why are they weird? They’ve been a normal part of
being human for thousands of years. We've just ignored them out of fear
of the unknown. If we learn about them, then they become known and
normal, and they aren't scary or weird.
If psychic abilities existed, I would have to change my beliefs about the world, and my stability would fall apart.
Changing one belief, or even several, won't shake me
to pieces. Disbelieving is superstitious. Psychic abilities have
existed at least as long as humans have, and the world is fine.
Accepting reality won't hurt me.
If I try to gain psychic abilities, I might lose control of them and hurt someone.
Psychic abilities can only be gained a little at a
time. I can stop at any point and wait until I feel okay about it before
moving on. They are within me to control. Just like I control my daily
reactions to people, I would be controlling psychic abilities. I’m no
more dangerous than I would otherwise be.
I don't like who I would be if I could use psychic abilities.
I would still be myself. Who I am is not determined
by what I can do. I would be the same person I am today, and the same
person I've always been. I would just have a new skill to play around
with, and use in the ways that I feel are appropriate and right.
Psychic abilities are scary.
Psychic abilities are only scary because I haven't
learned enough about them. Any ability I gain is within my power to
control, and since I am in control of it, it can't do things I don't
want it to. It wouldn't be scary if I let myself learn more about it and
consider it okay.
Meditating and the feelings I get using the abilities are too deep; I’m scared I might lose control of myself.
I can stop at any time. My mind and body are under
my control. They can’t do anything I don’t let them do. I let go of
control every night when I sleep, and I don’t have any problems then. If
I go too deep into a trance, I’ll just fall asleep. No spirit can
affect my body without my permission. I am totally safe, because my
subconscious keeps protection around me at all times.
When you’ve challenged the
fears, and you’ve started learning psychic abilities, there are many new
feelings you may encounter. Although they feel unfamiliar, they are
As you fall asleep, or as you start to go out of body,
you may feel for a moment like you are falling. This is a common feeling
that is the result of your mind relaxing and letting go. Many people
experience this feeling. It may interrupt your concentration, but it has
no other effects.
Meditation can also feel different. It may feel like a
deep daydream. Your body may feel like it’s buzzing once you relax
physically. This is due to your blood flow increasing, just like it
would after exercise. It’s a normal part of relaxation. Your body
temperature may go down a little, making you cold. This, also, is a
normal part of relaxing. Take a blanket if you tend to get cold.
As you practice any abilities, you may notice feelings
in your head and forehead. This is because you are concentrating on
those areas when you use the abilities. Relax, massage your face a
little, and the feelings should be gentle. If your head hurts, you’re
probably tensing your muscles and giving yourself a headache. Relax and
take a break, and then try again without getting tense.
Trusting your feelings and avoiding fear takes time.
Repeat the challenge statements every time you notice disbelief or
fears. You must convince yourself that you have as good a chance as
anyone at learning the abilities, and that it is possible to learn them.
You are just as good as anyone else. Practice, practice, and keep
practicing. Stay enthusiastic and relaxed, and you’ll make fast
Psychic experiences may shake
up your religious beliefs. They give you a new perspective on the world.
Much more is possible than you may have previously believed. Religious
beliefs will influence your skill development. If you believe most of
the skills are evil or wrong, you generally won’t want to learn them, or
may have trouble with them. It’s important to recognize what your
beliefs are related to the topics in the worksheet below.
Are psychic abilities are related to religion or spirituality?
Are the ethics an important topic to you?
Is your religion's view of psy important to you?
What is your religion's view on psychic abilities?
They don't exist.
They exist, but only special religious officials have them.
Neutral - it doesn't say anything about them.
They exist in some special people.
They exist in everyone.
Everyone can and should develop them.
Do you believe that you personally can learn and use psychic abilities? ___ Yes ___ No
As with any skill, you will
want to consider the ethics of psychic ability use. Psychic skills can
be used in a variety of ways, almost invisibly to the general world.
Psychic skills are not good or bad, just as any type of skill can not by
itself be good or bad. Certain uses of the skill can have good or bad
consequences, however. The question I consider when determining the
ethics of a situation is, "Would this be ethical to do, if I used a non-
psychic method to achieve it?"
Of course, that question does not give a clear answer in
all cases. You will need to decide for yourself if what you choose to
do is appropriate to your beliefs.
Aura vision helps healing abilities, empathic
understanding, and deeper spiritual caring. It leads to a deeper
understanding of human actions and relationships. Telepathy, empathy,
clairvoyance, and other information skills help you understand events,
relationships, and human life. A healer can help people accept and love
each other, work out difficulties, and solve difficult interactions in
creative and helpful ways. The abilities also simplify everyday life by
giving you extra information, which helps you make wiser decisions.
When you begin psychic skill
development, your first few experiences will probably change your
beliefs. A world that seemed stable, measurable, and known, suddenly has
mysteries at every step. Your beliefs, habits, and interests may all
change suddenly. Your restrictive beliefs fall apart, and beliefs that
are more realistic replace them.
Experiences that shake up your ideas can certainly be
scary at first. That doesn't mean they’re dangerous. Learning the truth
is useful, and there’s no need to fear it. Trust the change without
feeling threatened. Your new abilities are simply giving you extra
Sometimes this feels like being a toddler, just
beginning to explore a vast world of new things. You will need something
stable and safe to return to after a bit of exploring. Choose a special
place or routine to return to each day. Lighting a candle to relax for a
few minutes each night is one routine. Familiarity provides security,
safety, and relaxation after a very intense period of learning.
Your perceptions will change
along with your beliefs. Energy flows, emotional relationships, and
spiritual interactions between people appear much more visibly. Humanity
and philosophy may become more important. Astral projection and
out-of-body experiences sometimes accompany this. You may have more
interest in spiritual values and ethics. You’ll also continue to gain
Some of this may be uncomfortable because it’s
unfamiliar. You can work through those discomforts once you realize you
have them. The worksheet below will help you identify your comfort zone.
You may have trouble learning abilities related to uncomfortable or
scary experiences. Once you know what scares you, consider whether it’s
realistic, and challenge any unrealistic fears.
Getting visions of an object's past by holding it?
Knowing what might happen tomorrow?
Being directed to do things?
Being talked to by spirits or other creatures?
Changing how a plant grows by feeling kind or unkind to it?
Causing dice to roll differently?
Accidentally causing electrical equipment to break or behave strangely?
Causing lights to flicker?
Causing time to slow down or speed up slightly?
Accidentally or purposely, making small objects levitate?
Accidentally or purposely, making large objects levitate?
Accidentally or purposely, causing scorches or small fires?
Feeling other people's emotions?
Hearing other people's thoughts in your mind?
Knowing personal information about a stranger?
Causing other people to feel your moods and hear your thoughts?
Knowing someone dislikes you, although they are polite?
Knowing someone is lying to you, although they aren't showing it?
Feeling the presence of every person and animal in the room?
Knowing when someone is about to get hurt?
You may find that after a period of practice, you
develop several new skills at once. Then you have some time to work with
them and gain comfort before another set of skills begins to develop.
Skills tend to develop in waves. Practice will improve your psychic
interactions, auras, and perception of events at a distance.
As you perceive and work with the psychic energy around
you, you will have an increasingly strong effect on people. They will
notice and consider more seriously the things you do. You may
re-evaluate your beliefs to make decisions on your interactions with
other people. You may reconsider your place in learning from and
The most common type of
psychic ability is perception of information. Empathy, telepathy,
precognition, remote viewing, aura sight, seeing ghosts, knowing about
illness or injury before it happens, reading cards, telling fortunes,
recognizing disease, perceiving energy, and predicting dice rolls are
all perceptive abilities. Many people have experienced these abilities
at least once, but may not talk about them for fear of ridicule.
The other type of ability is
alteration: abilities that directly cause a change in the world.
Telekinesis, levitation, healing, telepathic commands, empathic
projection, teleportation, helping or hurting a plant's or animal's
growth, and directing energy are alteration or projection abilities.
Fewer people experience these, but the abilities are still somewhat
Preparation Worksheet: Goals
What kinds of results do you want?
Understanding of psychic abilities or a specific experience
Gaining understanding of life and this world
Proof of psychic abilities existing, or of my own psychic abilities
Better understanding of people and spirituality
How long are you willing to wait for those results?
A day to a few weeks
A month or two
As long as it takes
Look through the table of contents. What skills do you eventually want to learn? Why?
As you look at your plans, how do you
feel? Are you excited about the skill you're going to learn? If you
aren't excited, you may have trouble staying focused. Choose what
interests you. What would be most fun and exciting to learn?
You've decided which skills
interest you. You've determined how patient you will be while learning
them. You've considered whether to seek a teacher. You summarized your
interest in the worksheet.
Any time in the future that you feel like quitting, or
get discouraged, come back and reread this. Maybe your reason for
learning abilities will change. Maybe your patience isn't as good as you
thought. Maybe you will need more help from other people. Changing your
mind is fine. Over time, you'll learn more about yourself. This
worksheet may provide the reminder you need to stay motivated through
the tough spots.
This section investigates your
learning personality. If you choose to work with a teacher, these
things are important for the teacher to know. If you are working alone,
you should still understand them so you can work past any difficulties.
A teacher can help starting
certain abilities and increasing your control of them. With patience,
you can learn the abilities even without a teacher. Most practicing will
happen at home without teacher supervision.
Students are responsible for practicing, recognizing
their own styles and feelings, and choosing which abilities to develop.
The teacher may suggest that you improve certain abilities before
learning others, because the basic skills generally need to come before
the more complex ones.
Some expectations of teacher/student relations are
reasonably normal. Others are unreasonable, because they require the
teacher to do the impossible, or because they are an unnecessary drain
on the teacher's time. The lists below explain some common expectations
and which are acceptable.
Preparation Worksheet: Personality, Frustration, and Guidance
How easily frustrated are you?
If I can't do it the first time, it's not worth the effort.
I'll try a few times.
I sometimes get frustrated, but I keep trying. I'll figure it out eventually.
Things worth learning are worth practicing. When I want to learn something, I don't care how long it takes. I keep trying.
How much guidance do you want?
I want a lot of instruction and guidance.
I like to do things by myself.
How much do you want to control what you do?
It'll happen on its own.
I'd like to be able to guide it a little.
I'd like control of some of my abilities, so I can use them when I need them.
I'd eventually like to control all my abilities, but they can still happen on their own.
My abilities should only happen when I specifically try to make them happen.
I want to understand every detail and control everything about it happening.
What do you want from a teacher or book?
Things to try
Advice on difficulties
Advice on how to learn
Someone to understand me
Someone to explain my experiences to
Someone to help me understand my experiences
Teacher provides information, answers questions, and solves problems related to learning the skills.
Teacher psychically observes student progress, and points out strengths and weaknesses.
Teacher uses own aura and energy to assist student or psychically point the way.
Teacher shows consistent control of own abilities in the areas being taught.
Teacher and student respect each other's beliefs and communicate kindly.
Student practices regularly and sincerely.
Student has questions or goal for each practice session with teacher.
Teacher answers students' questions about own teaching history, skill levels, and specialties.
Teacher provides help finding information on subjects beyond own ability to teach.
Everyone prefers one sense out
of sight, hearing, touch/feeling/emotion, and intuition. When you
receive information psychically, your perceive it through your favorite
If you are a visual person, you will receive mostly
images. If you understand more easily through hearing, you will hear
voices or words telling you the information. If you learn more through
touch, you will feel yourself in the situation. You may also be an
intuitive person who simply knows the information without it taking any
Regardless of your strength, you will probably receive
some information in every form, so be open to all of it. You will
receive information best when you open all psychic senses.
Visual people prefer a variety
of sights and colors. They prefer pictures full of meaning, written
directions and maps rather than verbal instructions. Visual people say
"show me" rather than "tell me." They are able to imagine vivid pictures
and scenes. They may imagine colors and pictures when listening to
music. They also read books by picturing scenes more than by hearing the
words in their heads.
Audio people are drawn to a variety of sounds. They
consider music and speech important. An audio person asks to be "told"
directions and may spend much time on the telephone. They can get more
information from listening to someone talk than from reading about a
topic. If they do read, they may whisper or hear the words in their
heads as they read.
Touch people are drawn to textures, crafts, and other
people. They enjoy working with their hands and are often very good at
it. They may learn massage techniques or sports early in life. When
reading, they may follow the line with a finger to keep their place.
They care about temperature and textures. When they shop for clothes,
they care most about the feeling of the cloth.
Emotional/empathic people do something because it feels
right emotionally. They are able to sympathize very well with friends in
any emotional situation. Friends who are not feeling well may depress
them. Likewise, if they have friends who are feeling good, they will
tend to feel good also. They understand others' situations by feeling
those emotions themselves. Some emotional people are also touch people.
Intuitive people often act on impulse, doing something
because they know it is right. Intuitive people know unquestionably that
their choices are right, but may not be able to explain why. Their
information appears as sudden inspiration, but it doesn't last long.
They enjoy games of anticipation, because they have just enough
knowledge of what is coming to do well in them.
This book uses "picture" and
"visualize," visual words, to describe imagination. If you are not a
visual person, use mostly your own sense. Also, deeply involve as many
senses as you can, so that the images are complete. That way if some of
the information gets lost, there is still information left.
Learning any ability is a step
by step process. Choose a skill, try it once, repeat until you are
doing it properly, and then practice, practice, practice.
Practicing helps you remember how the skill feels. If
you practice riding a bicycle, you learn how it feels to pedal, where
your feet go, how to steer, and how to stop. Bicycling feels unfamiliar
the first time, but after you do it many times, it gets easier. After a
few weeks, you can get on a bike and ride down the road without thinking
about how to steer.
Psychic abilities improve with practice just the same.
You may feel awkward at first, paying attention to many details while
you practice. With time, they will get easier. Learning a psychic
ability involves remembering how it feels to use it. Once you know how
it feels, you create that same feeling later to use the ability again.
The first step of learning a
new psychic ability is the hardest: making it happen once. To remember
what it feels like to use the ability, you have to use it once. Most
abilities will occur instinctively in day to day life. You just have to
watch for them, and notice when they happen.
Pay attention to subtle thoughts and gut feelings. If
you feel you should take a different route to work or school, take it,
even if you aren't sure why. If you get a vision of a speeding car as
you near an intersection, wait a moment to see if one passes by. When
you notice yourself worrying about someone, give him or her a phone call
and ask how things are going. Respond to the intuitive thoughts you
have. This encourages them to happen more often and encourages you to
notice them sooner.
Read about the abilities you want to learn. Gather
information on how they work. Notice when they happen, who uses them,
and what effects they cause. Read experimental studies of them,
especially any with successful results. Daydream about using them, and
consider ways to practice them every day. What fun things would you use
them for? Thinking about using them will encourage your subconscious
abilities to show up more often.
As you think about the abilities and watch for them, you
will begin to notice them occurring throughout your normal daily life.
When they happen, notice your mood, surroundings, thoughts, feelings,
and activities. Remember exactly how you felt just before they happened.
After you have an ability
occurring "randomly" throughout the day, you will want to learn more
control. Start out by trying to make it happen on cue. Recall how you
feel just before an ability happens. Try to feel exactly the same again.
Don't try too hard; if you were relaxed the first time, you need to
stay relaxed and calm again.
Learn to turn the ability on and off like a light
switch. You may not yet be able to control it when it's on. Just
practice turning it on and off. Become open to it happening, ready to
receive intuition, or whatever the ability requires. The important part
is being able to remember and cause the same feelings and thoughts. When
you can turn on the ability a few times each week, without too much
hard work, you're ready to learn more control.
You've found an ability, and
you can turn it on and off. Now, you want to make it useful—direct it
toward a particular goal. This can mean receiving psychic perceptions,
causing something to occur, or whatever. Choose the goal you want. What
is this ability to be used for? Just as you thought about the ability to
turn it on and off, now think about and focus playfully on your goal.
What do you want to have happen?
Keep the same feelings you needed to turn on the
ability. Stay in the same mood and same thoughts. Gently direct your
thoughts to the goal. Visualize it as strongly as you can. Feel it, see
it, hear it, touch it, smell it, taste it. Involve all of your senses,
and focus on it. If you feel your mood change, guide it back to keeping
the ability turned on.
If you don't get results after a few minutes, stop,
relax, and try again later. Results may not happen until you try many
times. Sometimes you may find that as soon as you quit trying, it works.
This means you were working too hard at it the first time. Stay relaxed
and playful. If you aren't having fun, you aren't going to make
Life is exciting—you made the
ability work! You've gotten noticeable results once or twice, and you
want more. Keep trying the same way you have been. Notice what works and
what doesn't work. Where are your inaccuracies? Are some of your
perceptions symbolic, instead of realistic? Do you consistently mistake a
telephone pole for a pencil? How do you feel about the things you get
right or wrong? You will probably feel some differences in your
incorrect perceptions. Aim for what feels right, and remember carefully
how it feels.
Don't judge your results while you are still trying to
receive. This will usually cause incorrect results. Receive everything
and, if necessary, write it down so you don't forget. Stay open to all
the perceptions, no matter how strange they seem, until you are fully
done (usually 2-10 minutes). Don't let yourself give up early; stay
confident and enthusiastic, even if you think all of it is wrong. You
may be surprised at the results.
Keep a journal of your perceptions. Any time you have a
chance to confirm or disprove something you received, write it in.
You'll learn more from your mistakes than from your successes. Your
mistakes show you what to improve and help you learn how to do it. With
practice, you may be able to receive details with about half or a little
more of the details being totally correct. Sometimes they may all be
Practice, practice, practice. Stay relaxed and have fun;
find games to practice with daily. Use the skills every time you get a
chance. If you can find an interested friend, talk about your
experiences. No matter what, don't give up! I took nearly 20 years to
learn one particular skill but I did eventually get it. Most skills will
only take a few weeks or months, but even if they take longer, just
keep trying. Practice and play!
Seances, fortune tellers, and
ouiji boards brings to mind dark rooms, candlelight, and a distinctly
spooky mood. Telling ghost stories around a campfire brings up similar
feelings. You may feel scared, excited, or paranoid after a few such
stories. You may feel the world is magical and different for a few
Atmosphere and mood contribute to the experience. They
direct your feelings and perceptions in a particular way, to enhance the
story. A spooky mood may help or harm, depending on your intentions.
Watch how mood affects your psychic perceptions, and learn how to use it
to help get the results you want.
When you are scared, you spook easily, jumping at the
slightest sounds. Your heart races and everything that moves seems
threatening. This is a normal reaction; it kept us alive centuries ago
in the wilderness. It still helps us now to react to balls flying at us.
However, your perceptions are sometimes inaccurate when
you are scared. You perceive and react quickly, but your perceptions may
not be correct. That creak wasn't the sound of an intruder; it was the
house settling. That shadow wasn't a bat in the house; it was only a
curtain flapping in front of a fan. The movement in the corner of your
eye was your own reflection in a mirror. Because you are scared, the
things you perceive will tend to be scary.
For accuracy and concentration, you may want to avoid
spooky settings when trying to use psychic abilities. You'll have enough
doubts, fears, and new experiences to deal with. Once you are more
experienced, you can use a spooky mood if you enjoy it. For now, if you
get scared, your psychic abilities may perceive scary things. If you
stay relaxed, you will tend to perceive more objectively.
Some moods are useful tools to
enhance your psychic practice sessions. A relaxed, contemplative, quiet
mood works best to begin with. It should feel slightly dreamy, or
romantic like a plush room with candlelight. It will take you away from
your daily worries. It will let you focus more completely on what you
are practicing. Feeling a bit new and strange is okay; it'll help you
focus as long as it doesn't worry you.
Choose a mood to create, and
think about how to best create it for yourself. Do you want candles or
dim lighting? Do you want a soothing bath first? Do you want special
music? Will it be energetic and playful, or quiet and soothing? Choose a
time when you can be alone for an hour, and decorate a room for your
mood. Set up lighting, music, a fan, soft blankets, a bed sheet tent, or
anything that will help the mood. Spend at least half an hour relaxing
in it. Learn how it feels to be totally immersed in that mood. Let the
world fall away, daydream, and enjoy.
Practice setting up moods for yourself before you
practice any psychic abilities in them. They will help you feel secure
and stable while you practice. If you feel best in the middle of a sunny
field in July, the field is as good a place to relax as any other.
Lighting level only matters in how relaxed you feel. Having practiced
with various moods will help you be familiar with various states of
relaxation. Familiarity helps you be comfortable and more confident, and
confidence improves your ability to learn.
Some moods to consider experimenting with are quiet,
deep, trance-link, fluffy, light-headed, relaxed, contemplative,
inquisitive, hypnotic, ritualistic, and playful. All of these can be
used with other people involved, also. Cooperative, interested people
will make the mood much more intense, if they are respectful rather than
Recreational drugs are
sometimes used to set a particular mood. They do not help people gain
controlled use of psychic abilities, however. If they do open the
abilities at all, they do so wildly and without giving the person time
to learn proper control. They can cause terrifying experiences, without
any of the long-term practice needed to understand what's going on.
If you're already using such drugs, nothing I say will
make a difference. However, don't start using them as a shortcut to
psychic abilities. It would be like jumping off a cliff instead of
climbing down the rope; you might get to the bottom, but it wouldn't
necessarily be comfortable. Anyone can learn these abilities, completely
safely, in only a few months. It's not worth risking your health for a
shortcut that may not even give you the experiences.