Tuning In: How I Recognized My Gifts
I did not wake up one morning and decide I was psychic. It took a couple decades to gradually realize I had various psychic abilities. Then I had to experiment with using them, and learn their usefulness.
As a child I spent many days tromping through the woods, hiking a creek, playing with mud and clay, picking walnuts and blackberries and watching hawks circling above meadows. I now understand that those were my first semi-conscious contacts with Spirit and with the many guides and helpers who protected me through the trials that were to come.
I also now understand that my sensitivities were partly responsible for why I was shy and socially awkward well into adulthood. I would be picking up other people's thoughts about me along with what they were saying out loud -- something that the mainstream would later call being "too sensitive."
Worse yet, I had no idea that my body experienced many of the same emotions and sensations that people around me were having -- making it difficult to relate well in groups and with people whose energy was different. Spending time in crowds was exhausting, and although I lived in cities at times for my mainstream career, I could not stand their noise and overcrowding.
But hawks as power animals and feeling other's pain in my heart chakra were unknown concepts until I was older. My spiritual path included four adolescent years active in a liberal Christian church, the broadening of my beliefs caused by the study of history and diverse religious traditions in high school, my interest in New Age topics during college, and my resonance with feminist spirituality in my late 20's (i.e. late 1980's).
Picking Up Thoughts: Testing My Psychic Abilities
The first time I realized that something psychic might be going on was in the late 1980's. I was driving through a town in Maine with a long-time lover when he said something I'd just thought. With this close friend, it could go either way -- he could speak my thought or I'd receive his thought moments before he spoke it. Over the next few years the same thing happened many times.
The next pivotal moment was in Boston in the early 1990's. I had been supervising a new employee, he had seriously messed up, and we were having a formal meeting about it when a thought came in to my head that I knew was not mine. For me, it was dramatic, though I shared it with no one.
A few years later I found myself in another job that involved a lot of collaboration and teamwork. Often faced with workplace problems, I would think over the issue many times on my own. Then, while having a conversation about it with co-workers, a solution or new idea would pop into my head. Why didn't this idea occur to me the many other times I'd considered the issue? I hypothesized that the new idea was not mine. So I decided to test it.
While in a group discussion, if a new solution to what to me was an old unsolved problem came to mind, I would hold back and not share the idea. Usually, the next thing that happened was someone in the group would propose the same idea -- identifying the person who originated the idea. (Or another psychic!)
During group discussions I had to think fast to recognize what was happening and refrain from expressing the idea. I realized that ethically, it was better to wait and let the other person state the idea, so that credit was given where credit really belonged -- i.e. to the other person.
More recently, during a Tucson class in animal communication, the teacher distinguished between telepathy and psychic abilities. Picking up others' thoughts is telepathy, she said. Communicating with Spirit is psychic communication. At that point I had been doing psychic readings for a few months, so I appreciate the difference between the two. I ocassionally experience telepathy in my daily life. As others have observed, it seems to happen more often with people with whom one has an emotional connection or, more rarely, with a stranger whose energy is similar.Communicating with Spirit is a different phenomenom. I did not understand that I was clairvoyant and clairsentient until taking a class in Phoenix in early 2009.
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