When you google the word “psychic” and view the images, a clear association or stereotype is very evident. For most, the idea conjures up the image of a female, medieval, eastern European mystic. The practices and ideas of the psychic are often perceived as baseless and detached from objective reality or thought of as the work of shrewd and crafty persons. People have an antiquated perception of the psychic, the eccentric mystic, and have very little knowledge of the actual mechanisms of psychic (intuitive) abilities and spiritual work. The modern psychic is not a gypsy, a vagabond, a swindler, or crazy. They’re your doctors, therapists, teachers, parents, children, and everything else imaginable. There are many people with psychic abilities that do not realize they are psychic, are not willing to “come out”, or that fully embrace them.
A psychic is simply a person that can perceive information and stimuli outside of the normally perceptible range. Humans have the ability to interact in the physical world and perception is thus based on the physicality of the stimuli. Stimuli of a physical origin can be either seen, touched, heard, tasted, and smelled. This is because humans have a limited spectrum of information that is accessible to them through their senses. For example, we can only see certain types of light and perceive ranges of electromagnetic energy. This allows us to access a only small range on the spectrum of visual, auditory, tactile, gustatory, and olfactory information that exists. We can see highly developed senses in both wild and domestic animals. Our pets always seem to hear and see things that we can’t because their range is greater than ours. A psychic person can perceive information that most people can’t.
The specific mechanism by which this occurs is a little more complicated, especially with the diversity of abilities in existence. I would be surprised if any two psychics functioned the same exact way. Psychic abilities are highly developed senses that typically rely on more developed intuition. Some psychics have the ability to see (clairvoyance), hear (clairaudience), taste (clairgustation), smell (clairolfaction), know (claircognizance), and feel (clairsentience) without their more traditional senses being used and employ their “6th sense” (ESP) or intuition to perceive. Aided with these abilities, which occur in different configurations in varying degrees in each person, psychics can do numerous things. In fact, most people have at least one “psychic” sense that’s more developed than the others. Have you ever had a dream or a few come true? Ever just know something but have no idea how you know? That’s your ESP kicking in.
Most highly psychic people use their abilities to help people in whatever way they can. Some become humanitarians because they are feelers and can experience the pain of others, or doctors who can know what part of the body needs healing, and others become professional psychics offering life counseling in numerous areas. Typically, strongly psychic people have a higher vibrational frequency than the general population and therefore feel the calling to help humanity in one way or another.
Hopefully this helps you understand what exactly a psychic is!
Also, it should be noted that this is different than mediumship but most mediums are psychic as well.
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