By Daniella Breen
It is true that every one of us has psychic powers, extrasensory abilities that can extend our experience and insight to the world we live in. We depend upon these abilities even without realizing it, using intuition to make decisions, making ‘lucky’ guesses, especially in areas that we are skilled in or enjoy. But for most of the time, we remain unaware of this potentially explosive ability that we have at our fingertips!
As much as it is true that we all have these abilities, just like any gift or facility, these talents can lie dormant until they are developed through practice and exercise.
Before we delve into the development of these gifts, it is important to understand that there are many types of psychic ability and they come under four headings.
Clairvoyance – The ability to psychically see clearly;
Clairsentience – The ability to psychically feel or sense clearly;
Clairaudience – The ability to psychically hear clearly; and
Claircognisance – The ability to psychically know clearly.
Each of these categories covers a range of gifts and abilities the likes of which vary from person to person. Clairvoyance, for example, can include vivid dreams, visions, seeing auras around people as you look at them, or closing your eyes and seeing auras and much more. Furthermore, each person has all of these gifts, but to varying degrees. So one individual may have wonderful clairvoyance, good clairaudience, but minimal Clairsentience and claircognisance. Another may be extremely strong in Claircognisance but have little of any of the others.
As you develop your psychic gifts you will discover your strengths and weaknesses. It’s important to develop all of the psychic gifts as all of them have the potential to expand and grow. Also, you may find with a little work, what was once considered your weakest gift can become an extraordinarily strong talent.
Developing your natural gifts is actually quite easy and much of their maturation comes from your intention to progress and the effort you put in to them rather than the exercises themselves. It is important to remove all over exerted effort or force. Imagine that the work you are doing is being fueled by a river of energy flowing through you rather than being forced or pushed by you. With each exercise you perform, focus on the activity itself rather than worrying about getting a good outcome, just enjoy the exercise for it’s own sake.
Prior to starting the psychic development exercises, it is first important to understand how to protect yourself. Protection is important in any area of life, for example, you would not send a child off to walk to school on her own without first teaching her the skills involved in crossing the road safely. Likewise, in developing your psychic ability, you are stepping in to a new area of life, and it is important to do this work safely. These protection techniques will help you to do that.
Here on Earth, we have healthy and unhealthy people. Violence, hatred, bigotry of all kinds abound. To some degree we have all learnt to create boundaries for ourselves that protect us from the worst of this focus and behavior. As you develop your psychic gifts, you are opening the ability to tune in to people and energies in ways that you previously have not been able to. It is therefore important, to learn how to protect yourself at these new levels as well. These exercises are simple to use, and are powerful. The important thing to remember is to focus on the river of energy running through you that is being used to build this protection, rather than relying on your own energy and your own mind.
The first exercise is a visualization. It is as powerful as it is simple. Simply visualize a giant, sparkling, spinning mirrorball completely surrounding you. Each time a negative thought, focus, or being of any kind comes your way, they are repelled by the blinding light that they are faced with. This is a great exercise to do if you spend a lot of time around negative or needy people.
The second exercise involves Archangel Michael. This powerful angel is the protector and defender. He will never cause harm and he will always protect and keep you safe. For this exercise all you need to do is call Archangel Michael to you. You can do this out loud or in your mind. Say “Archangel Michael, please come to me now! Wrap your powerful wings of protection around me until I am completely shielded by you. Protect me from all negative or dangerous energy, Now!” Make sure you are clear and strong, not derogatory or rude.
These tools are two of many techniques that help to keep you protected and strong as you journey into your psychic gifts. As you develop your psychic gifts, you will come across many other methods of self protection and I thoroughly encourage you to explore and implement new tools if you feel guided to.
We have discussed important clarifications regarding individual psychic ability, you have learned about the four different categories of psychic talent and important tools in protection to be used during psychic development. Now you will learn a number of wonderful exercises to develop your own psychic talents and more important tools to keep you centered and strong as you develop your gifts.
The exercises used here are designed to develop your clairvoyance, clairsentience and clairaudience. I have yet to determine practices that specifically develop Claircognisance, although it does seem to develop as your other abilities grow.
Before you commence the exercises, remember to set up the protection tools introduced in the previous article. If you already have protection tools that you feel more comfortable with, by all means use those instead.
Once you have completed your practice and development session, make sure you ground yourself. Grounding is being fully connected to your physical body and the Earth. You can become ungrounded in a number of ways, but one of them is by working with your psychic gifts. When you do this work, you raise the level of psychic light or energy that is running through your conscious mind to the point where it can become unsettled and you can feel lightheaded, vague, disconnected. To remedy this, simply do something very physical. Wash the dishes, eat some food, dance to music with a heavy base or beat, or step outside and walk around barefooted on the Earth. These are all easy to follow actions that will bring you fully back into your body.
The first procedure you’ll be introduced to in this article, is an exercise designed to help you identify your current level of skill in each of the four psychic areas. Please do not put too much emphasis in the results of this exercise, merely use it as a guide for helping you understand your current standing with these talents.
In The Kitchen
For this exercise, please use all aspects of your imagination. Experience this exercise in whatever way is easiest for you. Make sure you are comfortable, and that you won’t be disturbed. Remember to relax and enjoy this.
You find yourself in the most beautiful kitchen with a great big picture window looking out over lovely forest. See the trees swaying in the gentle breeze, watch as some lovely kookaburras land in a tree and begin to cackle, laughing away as you listen to their delightful sound! Your attention is drawn back in to the kitchen when you feel heat on your leg. You remember that you are cooking a beautiful, chocolate cake!
Just as you remember this, the smell of chocolate cake comes wafting through the air! There’s nothing like the smell of baking to make your stomach rumble! Then, just as you think you can’t wait any longer, the buzzer or bell goes off on your oven. You grab some oven mitts and open the oven door, careful to avoid the rush of steam that pours out of the oven. You take out the cake and place it carefully on the bench. When it has cooled a little, you tip it out on the rack, and decorate it in whichever way you wish, icing sugar, cream, frosting.
Now here you have this beautiful chocolate cake and you just have to have a piece, so get a knife and cut into it. Watch (and smell) the steam rising out of the freshly baked cake. Pick up your piece and take a big bite out of it. That is the most perfect chocolate cake you have ever tasted!
When you are ready, return to the room, wiggle your fingers and toes to bring your consciousness fully back into your body.
So the questions are:
- Did you see the kitchen, the forest, the kookaburras?
- Did you hear the kookaburras laughing, the oven bell going off?
- Did you feel the heat, taste and smell the cake?
- Was any of this experienced more as a ‘knowing’?
- How easy was it to experience all of these things?
- How clearly did you see, hear, feel all of these things?
- Which was the easiest, seeing, feeling or hearing?
- Which was the hardest?
The answers to these questions will provide some insight into where your more developed gifts lie and where your least developed gifts are. It is important to recognize that every individual’s experience of their gifts is just that… individual. People can spend a lot of wasted time, lamenting the gifts and psychic experiences that others have and that they don’t, instead of exploring and developing the wonderful gifts they do have. Let go of preconceived notions of what constitutes a psychic experience and begin opening up to the wonderful gifts you have been given!
So, on to the psychic development exercises. I encourage you to practice each of these, even when you feel you are getting nowhere, you will be making crossroads at some level. Remember for every session to protect yourself prior to starting and ground yourself once you’ve finished.
If at any time you experience responses that invoke fear or discomfort, immediately call on God or Archangel Michael, to take you out of ego (fear and darkness) and into the light. Allow yourself to be lifted above any negativity.