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What is a Psychic?

The subject of psychics is immense. There is a ton of information regarding not only what psychic abilities are, but how to increase your own abilities, and what you should know before visiting a psychic. Let’s explore this mysterious world and find out “what is a psychic”.

Psychic Abilities

  • According to a article written by Sally Painter, the following list is the different types of psychic abilities people may have.

    Astral Projection-Astral projection is the ability to achieve a different level of consciousness.  This is obtained through meditation and is said to be a voluntary process.

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    Out-of-Body Experience (OBE) and Near Death Experience (NDE)- Now you might ask, what is the difference between astral projection and an out-of-body experience? Aren’t they the same thing?  No, and the main difference is that an OBE is considered involuntary and can happen when frightened, threatened, hurt, or for no apparent reason. Some people experience OBEs when they have a Near Death Experience (NDE). In the book, The Nightmare Encyclopedia: Your Darkest Dreams Interpreted, authors Jeff Belanger and Kirsten Dalley describe OBEs of NDE survivors floating above their bodies as their death scene unfolds below them.

    Side note: My wife, Val, used to have OBEs as a child.  She attributes them to the stress of her family breaking up. She had the experiences at the end of her Grade 4 school year when the family was scattering to different parts of the province and she ended up as the only child to live with her mother and new stepfather.  Val has said that the experience did not last for a long period of time but she would feel that she was outside of herself, watching what was happening for just a minute or so. The feeling or sensation was significant to her as she still remembers them many years later.

    Aura Reading-Some psychics are able to see and therefore “read” peoples auras. An aura is an energy that your body emits and it appears to those with the ability to see them as different colours.  The different colours have different meanings and are interpreted as showing how you doing emotionally, spiritually, and physically.

    Automatic Writing-The New World Encyclopedia states automatic writing doesn’t occur from the conscious mind.  The writing is generated while channelling spirits. This was popular during a séance with the medium often going into a trance-like state. The Spiritualism Movement that began in the late 1840’s embraced this form of mediumship in the 1920s. Automatic writing was also popular within the Surrealist Movement (the 1920s) when artists used automatic writing as a tool to induce their flow of creativity.

    Channeling-The First Spiritual Temple (founded 1883) describes channelling as the use of a medium for communication with a disembodied spirit. People who have this ability are called “mediums” because they serve as a medium or vessel for this communication. Some mediums allow the spirit to take control of their bodies similar to automatic writing, yet other mediums don’t relinquish control over their bodies.

    To someone who has spent time watching programs and learning about possession from Ryan Buell, and Lorraine Warren, I would be very wary of channelling. But on a lighter note think of Whoopi Goldberg’s character channelling Patrick Swayze’s character in the movie Ghost.

    Click here to read my article about mediums

    Clairaudience-The ability to tune in and hear what the spirit world is communicating, including music.

    Claircognizance-Empathetic Perspectives explains claircognizance is also known as clear knowing or clear recognition. Psychics with this ability can know things without having any previous knowledge about the topic. This knowledge is inexplicable, but the psychic “knows” it to be true. Psychics believe that the knowledge is communicated to them by spirits, or spirit guides.
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    Clairvoyance-The Llewellyn Encyclopedia defines clairvoyance as being one of the several psychic abilities known as “supranormal visual talents.” This ability refers to seeing visions of events, people and places beyond physical eyesight. Clairvoyance includes seeing the past, present, and future events. It is often thought to be the same as extrasensory perception or ESP.

    Clairsentience-According to Psychic Elements, another supranormal psychic ability is clairsentience. This isn’t a physical ability to feel, such as touching an object. It’s the ability to feel or sense something beyond the physical realm. A person with clairsentience is able to sense the presence of a spirit or other energies. This ability has also been described as a knowing. For example, a psychic with this ability can meet someone for the first time and know their name or their birthday. The Psychic Library states that those with this ability are able to “feel the present, past or future physical and emotional states of people.” The ability works in unison with psychometry and aura sensing to allow the psychic to pick up information from buildings, geographical locations and objects. I am left hoping that psychics with these abilities also have the ability to turn them off.  Otherwise, it must be incredibly distracting to travel or experience historical locales. I would love to hear from a psychic who can tell me how they turn this ability off.

    Divination- The Paranormal Encyclopedia describes divination as a practice used to find answers by the observation of various natural signs believed to come from the spiritual world. A psychic can use dowsing, tarot cards, tea leaves, crystal balls, pendulums, Ouija boards, bibliomancy, and “scrying” to obtain answers.

    Click to read more about Ouija boards

    Empathy- A psychic with empathic abilities is able to feel another person’s emotions as well as their physical pains. The ability is involuntary, but the psychic can learn to control how they react to these often confusing feelings that don’t belong to them. I believe this is a common ability that many people have, and it involves the ability to read body language and have compassion.

    ESP (Extrasensory Perception)-Perhaps one of the best-known psychic abilities is ESP (Extrasensory Perception) that are often called the sixth sense. Encyclopedia Britannica describes ESP as an independent sensory perception. It also states ESP is an ability to perceive things that others might not. ESP is grouped with other psychic abilities, such as telepathy and clairvoyance.

    Intuition- Intuition is an innate “sense” of events, thoughts, activities, or feelings of others that are outside of the normal human ability to perceive them. An intuitive person has a borderline psychic perception.

    I have always thought of intuition as that “little voice or gut feeling” that I occasionally experience when meeting someone new or entering a new relationship whether that be a new job or a new pursuit. I get the best results when I listen to and obey my intuition. Trust me when I say that the times I have ignored it have ended in both emotional and physical pain.

    Bare Hand Surgeons- The other type of psychic surgeons are known as the Filipino Bare Hand Surgeons who practice the ancient Asian art of energy incision surgery. The energy incision is made, and the surgeon plunges his or her bare hands into the patient’s body to remove diseased tissues or correct an internal disorder. The energetic incision automatically heals once the surgery is over. Psychic surgery has a controversial history plagued by hoaxes and charlatans.

    Precognition- The Psychic Library explains precognition as the ability to see future events or have prior knowledge of an event. This is often done through the use of other psychic abilities, such as ESP (Extrasensory Perception) or clairvoyance. There are several ways that a psychic receives details of a future event. This can be in a vision or a flash of knowledge about the impending event. I believe that psychics or psychic mediums that help solve crimes have a strong precognition ability.

    Psychometry- The Psychic Library describes the psychic ability of psychometry as utilizing one or more other abilities, such as clairsentience, clairaudience, or clairvoyance. The psychic can pick up information, impressions, events, thoughts, and even visions of a place or object. This often involves the sense of touch and psychics believe that objects can hold emotions or memories of the person who owned them.

    Telepathy- Esoteric Science states telepathy uses physical senses in order to create a direct communication between individuals through thoughts, emotions, and imagery.

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    There are three types of telepathy that include:

    • Instinctional– This form of telepathy is subconsciously controlled and the lesser of the three. It’s the type of communication a mother and child have and is often based on an emotional tie. These communications are vague and often subtle forms of impressions.
    • Intuitional: This form of telepathy is strictly mind-to-mind with direct communications absent of any possible misunderstandings or misinterpretations.
    • Intellectual: This form of telepathy is about entire concepts being communicated in the blink of an eye with a complete understanding between the two participants. It has been studied and reported that twins can have this ability to communicate with each other and even feel each other’s pain when they are not near one another.

    Animal Telepathy- Psychics with the ability to communicate telepathically with animals are known as pet psychics. Psychics with this ability believe they can establish a psychic connection with the thoughts and feelings of animals. Some people believe that people who excel at training animals tend to have this form of telepathy without realizing it. Debbie McGillivray is a professional Animal Communicator and Pet Intuitive and explains her ability as receiving thoughts, images, feelings and even words from animals either in-person or over distances.

    How Can I Become a Psychic?

    If you are curious about developing psychic abilities you can check out, or  There are fees involved, of course, but pursuing the training is up to you.  Let me know how it goes if you proceed. Would love to have a review of the programs.

    I Want to Visit a Psychic

    William Stillman suggests that you consider these things before consulting a psychic.

    -Be open to the experience.  Don’t go into a reading with a set agenda.

    -Allow the psychic to guide the session. This means that the psychic should do the talking and your job is to acknowledge the information you are receiving if it resonates with you.

    -Listen for credible details. An authentic psychic will be able to tell you bits of information that are not common knowledge to others. But also understand that you may not fully understand a message until you have had time with it after the session.  This is referred to as “psychic amnesia.”

    -Are you booked to see a psychic or a medium? Yes, there is a difference. All mediums are psychic, but not all psychics are mediums. Know what you want and decide accordingly which type of a professional you want to see.

    -Terminate any session that does not feel right. A psychic can sometimes have a difficult time connecting with someone. If that happens the psychic will stop the session and will not charge for the time they have spent with you.  Do not listen to someone who claims they are a psychic who can tell you the winning lottery numbers, or who wants you to pay more, or buy items from them. Do not fall for a fake.

    Like any type of relationship, whether it’s with your dentist or a psychic, you should feel comfortable. I would not continue to see a dentist that I felt was ripping me off, nor would I stay with a psychic that had me feeling ripped off either.

    Have you been to a psychic, or a medium? If you wish to share your experience I would love to read about it.  Comment below.


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6 thoughts on “What is a Psychic?

  1. BingC

    Wow, I really got into it while reading your post. When I was a kid I really thought I had ESP. I even read books about it to really bring it out. Unfortunately, I kind of just forgot about it and it seemed to just go away as I grew up and started dating.

    • Bill

      Hello. It is a very interesting subject. I heard somewhere that all humans have a psychic ability but only a handful are in tune with it.

  2. Samuel Winick

    Very interesting! I didn’t realize there were so many different types of psychic abilities. I feel like I have definitely had some precognitions before.

    Thanks for sharing this information, I look forward to seeing your future posts.

    • Bill

      Thanks for stopping by. Psychics are fascinating subjects. Many are fakes but there are some…

  3. Darcy

    ooooh!!! I am ALL OVER this site! I am very much into the mysterious and unexplained and one of my most favorite TV shows is the Mentalist. (It is a show about Psychics and crime)

    You have provided a great informational site here and I cannot wait to see how big this haunted realities database will get!!!

    • Bill

      Thanks for your kind words. I have been a fan or this since I can remember. I like the thrill of being scared. If anything actually happened like in the movies. I would be hiding under the bed.

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