To Be or Not to Be Psychic…

…that is the question. Are you psychic? Many people believe that everyone has psychic or intuitive abilities (of course, many people believe that no one does). This doesn’t mean that everyone can foretell the future or talk to your dead aunt or lead the police to a murderer. Everyone has their own unique ability, or abilities, and just because you’ve never used yours, or don’t know what yours is, doesn’t mean you don’t have it.

psychicThe word “psychic” can conjure up images from the circus fortune teller to Miss Cleo from the Psychic Friends Network. Saying that you’re a psychic opens up the door to skeptics thinking that you’re just out to rip people off by telling them just what they want to hear, whether it’s true or not, then putting your hand out flat to take their money. Don’t get me wrong, there are plenty of people out there who do that. But that doesn’t mean everyone who claims to be psychic is a charlatan.

So back to my first question, are you psychic? What does psychic really mean? According to Merriam-Webster:

  1. of or relating to the psyche : psychogenic
  2. lying outside the sphere of physical science or knowledge : immaterial, moral, or spiritual in origin or force
  3. sensitive to nonphysical or supernatural forces and influences : marked by extraordinary or mysterious sensitivity, perception, or understanding

There are, of course, different types of abilities including talking to dead people, seeing visions, hearing voices, or even just knowing things. Chances are you’ve experienced at least one of these in your life and didn’t realize what it really was. Call it what you’d like, intuition, “gut feeling”, third eye vision, connection to the Divine, hearing the Holy Spirit; it all basically fits into the same box of psychic ability. We all have that connection, that energy exchange with every other living thing, with Spirit or the Divine or God or Goddess – whatever fits your definition of a higher presence.

If you don’t like the word “psychic”, use your own definition – intuitive, sensitive, spiritual, it’s up to you. The more you notice that connection, the stronger it can become. Take some time to notice those connections and how they work for you. And realize that just because you may see things or hear things, that others don’t, doesn’t mean you’re crazy (you may still be crazy, but that’s a whole other story)!

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  1. Donna Hudson

    08/15/2014 at 2:18 pm

    Renee–I really appreciated your topic on being psychic. It is nice to know that just because I hear and see things other people don’t, that I’m not crazy. I enjoyed your insight in this article. Thank you for posting it.

    1. ReneeL

      08/15/2014 at 2:33 pm

      You’re welcome Donna 🙂

  2. Janelle Alex

    08/15/2014 at 2:36 pm

    The word “psychic” has been so abused over the past decades. Thank you for sharing a wonderful post on this topic. 🙂

    Honoring you,

    1. ReneeL

      08/15/2014 at 2:40 pm

      I agree, thank you for your comment Janelle!

  3. Harriet Stack

    08/15/2014 at 3:33 pm

    Thanks for a clear explanation. I probably would not have gone so far as to label myself psychic but am very comfortable with intuitive. And now that I am more aware of my intuition and welcome it, that part of me seems to be growing. I tend to get very clear verbal messages planted in my head from time to time. I don’t actually hear them but the words are specific as if someone has typed them in my head. I certainly take notice of that!

    1. ReneeL

      08/15/2014 at 3:48 pm

      You’re welcome Harriet 🙂 Yes, paying more attention to those messages can certainly help your intuition to become stronger!

  4. Mary Oquendo

    08/15/2014 at 7:04 pm

    Words hold a lot of power. I like to use the word guide instead of psychic.

    1. ReneeL

      08/15/2014 at 8:35 pm

      Absolutely, Mary, words do hold a lot of power!

  5. Kelly St. Claire

    08/16/2014 at 5:01 am

    Renee, wonderful topic. I believe we all have intuitive capabilities, but some more developed, and we each have a specific way we are psychic. However, there are many people who have either shut down or never awakened. I also struggle with the word ‘psychic’ to describe myself. I prefer intuitive (and I really feel there’s a different word that I would prefer but I haven’t thought of it.)

    1. ReneeL

      08/16/2014 at 10:51 am

      Thanks Kelly 🙂 I’m sure there is another word but I don’t know what it is either!

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