A recent scientific study has given scientific credibility for the first time to the notion that healers have psychic abilities. This includes the ability to see auras (clairvoyance) and the ability to feel the another person’s feelings (clairsentience).
This really is revolutionary and will change what some skeptics think about healers. But this news comes at a terrible cost.
You see, psychic abilities have been shown to be a form of synesthesia. Syne-what you say? Synesthesia is a fascinating neurological condition. People with synesthesia (called synesthetes) have a cross-wiring in their brain. This might enable them for instance to “see” sounds or smells, to “hear” colors and to “feel” other people’s feelings.
People with synesthesia see the world in a different way. Often they go insane. But with time and treatment they learn to use their gift to see the world differently. Many of the world’s greatest artists have been synesthetes. These includes painters David Hockney and Wassily Kandinsky, musicians like Billy Joel, and great inventors such as Nikola Tesla.
According to the University of Granada study, published in the prestigious journal Consciousness and Cognition, healers can in fact see auras because of their emotional synesthesia. Here is a summary of their findings about one of the famous healers in the study:
Many people attribute “paranormal powers” to El Santón, such as his ability to see the aura of people “but, in fact, it is a clear case of synesthesia”, the researchers explain.
El Santón presents face-color synesthesia (the brain region responsible for face recognition is associated with the color-processing region); touch-mirror synesthesia (when the synesthete observes a person who is being touched or is experiencing pain, s/he experiences the same); high empathy (the ability to feel what other person is feeling), and schizotypy (certain personality traits in healthy people involving slight paranoia and delusions).
“These capacities give synesthetes the ability to make people feel understood, and provide them with special emotion and pain reading skills”, the researchers explain.
But there’s a terrible catch
The above research sounds great – a scientific explanation for many psychic abilities. Our skeptical mates wont laugh at us again. But at what price?
You see, synesthesia is a neurological disorder. As wonderful as it can be (e.g. for the artists I mentioned above), you wouldn’t really wish it on anyone. People who acquire synesthesia through trauma often go insane because they cannot handle or control their gifts. (Now that I think about it, many people with a psychic or kundulini awakening have the exact same adjustment problems as acquired synesthetes.)
How do you become synesthetic / psychic?
The main causes of synesthesia are genetics and trauma. Some people are born synesthetes, others become synesthetic after experiencing head trauma. Many other things can cause synesthesia if they can alter neural pathways (the connections between parts of the brain to each other and to the outside world). Examples include deep meditation and mind-altering drugs.
Not suprisingly, the way to becoming psychic seems the same as the way to become synesthetic. Some people are born psychic, usually because they have psychic relatives (i.e. it’s genetic). Some people have a sudden awakening after some trauma or near-death experience (trauma is a cause). Finally, deep meditation, mind-altering drugs and certain spiritual practices can “awaken” psychic abilities. These spiritual practices do relate to changing beliefs (altering neural pathways).
In short, I am 100% convinced that some (not all) psychic abilities and synesthesia are one and the same thing, and that some (not all) psychic development courses are creating a mild form of acquired synesthesia. Why do I believe this? Well for one thing, the link between trauma and psychic abilities is actually well established.
The best example I can think of comes from my former healing teacher (VS), who was quite open about her childhood trauma caused by having a mother with multiple personalities. As my teacher said, “I learned to be psychic to protect myself, I needed to know who my mother was going to be when she came home so I knew whether to hide.” (it would be funny if it weren’t so sad.) That’s one good anecdote but I’ve heard the same basic story from countless people including my wife. (Read about her story here.)
I am convinced beyond a shadow of doubt that there is a link between trauma and acquired psychic abilities. This raises all sorts of difficult questions like, “is it worth the price?” And what about intuition development courses – can they ever work without causing the necessary trauma?
Is it safe to study intuitive / healing courses?
In part 2 of this article, I will examine the implications of this research for people who undertaking psychic development or healing workshops. I’ll be examining important questions such as:
- Does developing your psychic potential damage your brain?
- Is there a way to enhance your intuition without this psychic damage?
- Can RPT heal the damage caused by “psychic development,” let alone synesthesia?
- How is RPT mastery different to being psychic?
Your comments and questions please
I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on this article.
Do you think that psychic abilities and neurological damage are one and the same? If being psychic meant acquiring synesthesia, do you still want to be psychic?
I’d love to hear from you.