Science proves “psychic” abilities are real – but are they worth the price? (1 / 3)

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.

Source: PsyPost

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.

Warmest wishes;

Simon

65 Comments
May 6, 2012 in Logic and skeptical thinking, RPT theory and teachings, Spiritual ideas and theory
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  1. So are you saying that you now believe in psychic abilities but that it now has a scientific basis or that psychic abilities are just sensory crosswiring that people have previously misinterpreted as a sixth sense because it seemed mysterious and couldn’t explain it any other way?

    I think it’s a bit early to jump on the “psychic ability = synesthesia” bandwagon. It may well be true that people with psychic abilities also display some signs of synesthesia but, to me, it’s a big leap to then say “therefore psychic abilities = synesthesia”. That’s like saying most people with blonde hair have blue eyes therefore blonde hair causes blue eyes. No, blonde hair doesn’t cause blue eyes. Genetics (related to ancestry from cooler and less sunny climates) causes blue eyes. Those genetics then cause both the blonde hair and the blue eyes.

    To me this is an example of how some scientists are so eager to disprove anything paranormal that they’ll forget their own rules – correlation doesn’t equate to causation! I don’t have any objection to the observations showing a correlation but I do object to the notion that “science has now proven that psychic abilities are nothing more than a brain disorder”. In fact the words “disorder” and “damage” are loaded words because they imply that there’s something “wrong” or “bad”. Obviously extreme synesthesia could be difficult to cope with in extreme cases but, from my limited experience, whilst some psychics can be a bit “different” I haven’t seen any correlation between the skill of the psychic and their ability to cope in the world. The differences I’ve observed relate more to beliefs and consequential behaviours rather than functional abilities. If there was a direct correlation then that correlation should be consistently proportional but I haven’t seen it. Whilst I don’t think of myself as psychic, I’ve certainly had some psychic moments and I’ve never once in my life heard the colour red or tasted green.

    Rather than being a disorder, it may actually be a more advanced form of perception. Just because it’s “abnormal” doesn’t mean it’s bad. So long as it doesn’t interfere with one’s ability to function in the world it doesn’t sound like anything to be afraid of and some of the names you mentioned seemed to have done pretty well. Some of the symptoms actually seem quite intriguing like being able to “see music”. I think that’d be quite cool (or should I say I think that would taste quite cool :) )

    Clearly, if psychic phenomenon is real then those with that ability must have something different with their brains than the majority. Even if one believes in non-physical energy and spirit, those that can perceive it are doing so through their brains at some level or else they wouldn’t be able to perceive it – the brain has to ground it in physical reality even if something beyond the physical brain is also involved. So there must be a difference in the brain and perhaps synesthesia comes along with the territory to some degree but that’s not the same thing as saying psychic ability is synesthesia.

    Sorry but I’m not convinced. Whilst the observations may be real I think the conclusions drawn from those observations are more a reflection of the beliefs of the authors than any objectively valid truth.

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    hi mate, excellent comments as always. No, I’m not saying a=b, and I’ll re-read it in the clean light of tomorrow morning.

    Probably the confusion here is because I decided to split the article in half, so I’m afraid you need to wait till Tuesday’s part 2, in which I expand on what I believe. But here is a very quick overview.

    I see this synesthesia as being another piece of the puzzle. A puzzle I started putting together with the Peak States explanations about intuition.

    If there’s a point (and I’m not sure that there is one other than “hey cool, scientists believe in some psychic stuff”), then it is this: I do not believe that psychic abilities are the rational goal of any well-balanced individual. I know some wonderful psychics, but they are all broken (usually it’s child abuse but it could be other trauma). Clearing their trauma does relieve them of the burden of this “gift.” And they are grateful.

    If I can be of some service through my blogging, I hope that I can sacrifice some of the new age’s sacred cows. I cry to see people actively traumatizing themselves in the hope of achieving this elusive psychic ability.

    Probably the happiest I’ve ever made someone was when I said to a client (she was a theta healing teacher) that there was nothing wrong with her. She was so upset because everyone else in her group could “hear god” and she couldn’t. She lacked the requisite trauma. She didn’t know what was wrong with her, but she trusted me when I answered, “nothing; nothing at all is wrong with you.”

    Most of this response has been repeating Tuesday’s part 2, so it probably makes sense to adjourn till then.

    I will just add that I don’t see the relevance of the causation v correlation argument since no one is arguing causation. When you re-read my admittedly very loaded sentence ““science has now proven that psychic abilities are nothing more than a brain disorder,” I hope you’ll see that it contains no assertion of causation. For what it’s worth though (and this again is part 2), the causation is just as likely to be the opposite of what the scientists think, ie psychic activation causing neurological damage, rather than the damage causing psychic activation. I have more personal experience with the former than the latter, but would not want to argue for causation.

    Thanks again and I’ll re-read this article in the morning with the intent of clarifying those points you raised.

    warm wishes
    Simon

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    Shane Marsh Reply:

    Okay, thanks for the clarification – makes more sense now. I’ll wait for part 2 to get the full picture

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    karen Reply:

    As long as I can remember ive been the way I am, yet for many years I repressed memories, feelings, etc, till about 28 when I was put on anti- depression drug, I told my DR. Something isnt right, I felt like my brain was being shocked. But he said it was side effect. I stayed on this for a year. Cymbolta. I finally couldnt take it , I felt likeI was going crazy. So (dont ever ever do this) aabruptly took my self off. For me was the best thing I ever did, at the time I told my husband im gonna die,. Everything , every memory, feeling came back at once. As long as I can remember ive seen the world different. I feel others feelings, some occasions if somebody touched me Isaw there past like a flash Iin my head a memory but not of my own, im empathetic with animals, I have strong connection with animals,, surgery is also different fo me . When put under I hear everything, hear the surgery, surgeons conversations, but dontfeel pain. Yet I have incredible pain tolerance. I didnt have best childhood but not the worst, my grandmother is the same. Im 39, and in the last year I finally reviled my gifts to my husband of 17yrs, it was time, they seem to increase daily. And yes twice I on the brink of crazy but now know im not crazy and have learned to accept me, and my abilities, we live with it. My kids know and understand me, so . My question is, whats the purpose. This couldnt be all for nothing, I feel like theres something I should be doing, acceptance over coming crazy was not at all easy, in my case I believe god (higher being) whatever the belief I feel are one in the same made me face my fears, overcome them and humbled me. To handle such gifts. Whats your input of all this.. sincerly kari

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    Hi Karen, thanks for sharing your story
    “What’s the purpose?” The purpose is whatever you create, whatever you choose. As a matter of personal opinion, I don’t believe in pre-destiny or fate. So I believe we choose our purpose as we go along. Things don’t happen for a reason and people don’t choose suffering to make them better people or whatever. Rather, we make the most of what we have. Why did I have a brain tumour at 27 years? You could say it was for a purpose, so I could become a healer. That logic makes people feel good, but it’s rubbish. I developed a brain tumour because of unresolved childhood trauma. But I made a decusion to turn it into something positive, to become a better man.
    Whatever the obstact you can become a better person and be of service to the world. You can do the same. I can only speculate on what trauma created your experience, but whatever it was, you can be grateful for it, and you can consider how these “gifts” help you to serve humanity. Not because you have to, not because it’s your duty or purpose. Just because it’s the best way to be in control of your life and choose a positive ending.
    By the way just a side comment – you said about your childhood “not the worst.” You should know the the relationship between emotional trauma and physical symptoms is very subtle. It’s not a blunt instrument like “worst trauma, worst symptoms.” Quite the opposite. Also my childhood was not the worst – the abuse was very mental, not physical. I hope this helps put things into perspective.
    with love
    simon

  2. I have no science to back this up other than perhaps mentioning mirror neurons. That there’s some advantage to empathy was, I seem to remember, the evolutionary argument. Most of us, possibly not sociopaths or psychopaths, demonstrate empathy to a degree. It’s a question of degree, I think. Everyone can draw in the sense of making a representative mark on paper. Some people are amazing at it. There’s a spectrum. That’s one of the hermetic laws, isn’t it? Can’t remember the name of it. No opposites, just a spectrum. I think that applies to empathy/intuition/psychic abilities. We all have them, some of us hone them and others are particularly gifted in this area. Just like anything else. There’s probably a genetic element to it and no doubt an epigenetic element, too.
    I think we’re all psychic and I take that, in my own little universe, to mean that we can read each other’s fields and that those fields contain everything about us: our past, our “angels”, our dead relatives, our feelings and so on. That info is there and available. Some people are born really good at reading those fields, some purposely develop the skill and some have it thrust upon them. MAybe the bit you’re talking about is the “thrust upon them” group.
    As I said, not much science, just a gut feeling, possibly of the brain-damaged variety. I choose to believe not.
    One person’s trauma is another person’s passing incident. MAybe what you describe above is a certain person’s response because of the baggage they’re already carrying.
    Hard to say that “all” of a group is broken.
    Look forward to watching this discussion develop. x

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  3. I’m waiting for the second part, too

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    hi guys, sorry I lost part of part 2 in a computer crash, which I decided was a sign that I needed to re-read it closely, make sure I take Shane’s comments on board etc. Will get it up as quick as possible. I’ve spent the week getting my tax returns finished and packing for the trip to Kazakhstan on Sunday!

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  4. I’m very interested in reading this for myself, so if you don’t mind, could you include a link to the study that concluded this in the next part? I’d also like to add that I was on my way down that road a few years ago, struggling to “open my senses”, only to wake up one day and understand that there are no answers down that road. It gave me no happiness or enlightenment. I really feel that this makes sense based on my experience with the psychic senses.

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    hi Mats, thanks for sharing your experience. I’d like to hear more about what you learned on the journey. I personally would say that “opening the senses” is a good thing but it depends greatly on HOW this is done, which is the focus of part 2.

    I always link to the study. I’m sorry you missed it, it was on the name of the journal, “Consciousness and Cognition” before the quote. I’ve added a second link in the very first link of the page so that no can miss it.

    regards
    simon

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    Mats Reply:

    Oh, I certainly did miss it! Clearly, all my senses are completely closed off! :P I will read once I get the chance.

    I can agree with you on that “opening the senses” can be a good thing, and as you said, it depends on the how this is done. I’m thinking that the intention does mean a lot. Why do you do it? What do you want with it?

    I also think that it depends on what “opening the senses” really means to you. Something I am really grateful for, is that the process I went through led me to a deeper understanding of people, and of myself. If that’s something we can call “opening the senses”, then it certainly is something I would wish for anyone. This can however, really originate in the wish I had to be of help to other people, so that I could finally feel worthy of life.

    My experience with psychic senses in the textbook definition (if there is such) was that it really was more a hassle than it was a gift to strive towards. I began to feel exhausted by just having to deal with another “dimension” and understanding how this dimension works. I felt that more and more power was taken away from me because whatever I wanted to do in my life, I had to first consult with angels/ancestors/guides/gods/laws/spirits and whatnot just to know if the decision was right for me. I had to because I had the ability to do it, if you see what I mean. I started getting a mild form of paranoia thinking that everything that happened in life was a sign from someone more powerful than me (a topic I know you’ve written about before). It all reached a point where I just realized that this was not what I wanted. Enough was enough. Since that, I’ve gotten a liberating simplicity in life. It felt so good allowing myself to see upon an event and just discard it with the thought: “well, sh*t happens…”. Acknowledging the moment.

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    vince Reply:

    Not all psychics have suffered childhood trauma. I had a storybook childhood. It has to do with brain wiring. I am moderately bipolar. My brain is mis-wired. I attribute my psychic ability to my bipolar disorder.

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    Thanks for sharing another perspective Vince.
    Just to be clear – there was nothing in the scientific article or my blog suggesting that all psychics have suffered trauma. Rather, it was a validation of one type of psychic profile.

  5. Rebecca Dettman

    Hmm well as someone who makes a living and pays all her bills working as a psychic and channelling information for people every day, this is all pretty interesting. Your tone seems a bit ‘anti-psychic’ Simon so I’m curious to read Part Two, like everyone else on here!

    Like any profession on earth, there are good/ethical/unbiased/advanced psychics, and there are bad/unethical/biased/under-practised psychics. Speaking only for myself personally, I certainly did not ‘come into’ my psychic ability through trauma or pain, nor do I associate it with damage, or feel the need for science to even begin to explain it. It probably won’t and can’t, for some generations to come, if ever!

    I was a journalist and writer who simply realised that by switching into a different brainwave state (a bit like switching your focus when looking at those ‘Magic Eye’ pictures) I could access higher information. So technically I’m still a journalist, it’s just that now I’m a cosmic one ;-) …I still take information and rehash it so the average person can understand it, but I’ve just changed subject matter!

    I do lots and lots of regular ‘self-work’ to ‘clean myself out’ emotionally, spiritually, energetically, financially and physically, and I believe that if you are dispensing spiritual advice, then you must talk the talk AND walk the walk.

    For me, psychic skills boil down to learning to listen to your heart or inner voice, so you can get back in alignment with your true path. I fail to see anything “damaging” about teaching people to honour that?

    As for synesthesia, well, I’ve never been able to see auras. I do think that certain words have their own colours, but maybe that’s just me ;-) And synesthesic skills could only take you so far in a 60min psychic reading. Sure, you could ‘hear some noises’ and ‘see some colours’ for a few minutes, but beyond that… where does channelling someone’s dead great-grandma, past life or family secrets from when they were six-years-old fit in?!!?!

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    hi Rebecca, thanks for the comment and for the emails we exchanged off the blog about this. You have helped me to clear up some confusion in my head about terminology.

    I have changed the last couple of paragraphs of this article after talking to you. I think it’s clearer now what I’m trying to say. For one thing, I agree with you that “psychic” is broader than seeing auras and that there has got to be a lot more to being psychic than synesthesia. I still think it’s mostly trauma, but as you say, you can’t do a 60 minute reading on auras alone. Correction, you CAN do it, and people charge a lot of money for it at New Age expos, but it’s basically a rip-off compared to what a good intuitive like you can offer.

    Note how I think you are an Intuitive, despite your business name being Psyched. I guess it’s arbitrary but to me there is no trauma in intuition and it is not just another word for psychic. But since that’s a bit of a hair splitting argument I’ve decided to drop that bit for my article.

    Thanks again for your contributions.

    Simon

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  6. There is a lot of psychic activity around us and we don’t even know it. I notice on t.v. a lot-that there is a tendency(especially if you watch news programs, or reality shows)-for celebrities to psychicly attack each other as a game to try to induce stress on each other. you think all of us are good people? think again. there is A LOT of bad people in this world that use their psychic abilities to induce fear in others. here is a perfect example.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZYlRnjTJNE

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  7. All this new age terminology of psychic was usually labelled under ESP. If you could tune into something beyond what was perceived as normal sensory perception, then you had ESP. In india every village has people, some good,who can just reel off amazing things about you. So here there is no debate about this. Everybody just accepts it and all the high and mighty make a beeline to such individual when they are faced with trouble. These people mostly are highly religious dedicating their lives to the service of their chosen god/goddess.
    Just like some kids are born brilliant at math and some at sport some have ths ESP. It is said that by meditation one can access these abilities.
    Trauma of tumours,extreme stress,life threatening events often cause sudden upsurge in these ESP abilities in people who never had them. So maybe it has something to do with a a particular neural pathway aided by a certain cocktail of hormones which produces these and meditative practices may be producing them.
    All great poets,artistes,inventors,philosophers must definitely possess ESP and accessing it unconsciously.

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    thanks Ravi
    I agree with everything you said
    Simon

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  8. Melissa Feick

    Simon
    Do you have a different definition for ‘Intuitive’ and ‘Psychic’? Do you feel they are one and the same or different? What is your distinction?
    I took neuropsychology in college and remember thinking that if we used more of our brain we would be able to connect both sides and have them work together. I have encouraged my children to use both hands so they have the Neural Pathways between hemispheres more developed. The more the hemispheres are communicating, the better a visual-spatial learner your child will become. I think we are ‘short brained’ if we are not using both hemispheres as one. Maybe the separation between these hemispheres attribute to some people saying they feel separate from God, maybe it is the separation of hemispheres. I believe Meditation practices creates new connections in the brain as well as in our consciousness
    In this article they had some interesting things to say about synesthesia. http://www.latimes.com/health/la-he-synesthesia-brain-20120220,0,6760571.story

    “synesthesia is caused by increased connectivity between areas of the brain that are normally separated”
    “David Brang, a UC San Diego neuroscientist, says nature provides a strong hint that the brains of synesthetes may have some kind of cognitive advantage.”
    “Synesthesia is a perfect model because we have a healthy brain that has some kind of perceptual tweak that changes the relationship between various regions of the brain,”

    What if the other non intuitive are abnormal and the Intuitive is normal or where we need to be to raise our consciousness.

    I also want to say that for some I believe that trauma traps the intuition and can lock it away. I am much more intuitive after releasing old trauma then I ever was before RPT. I did not live my daily life in a traumatized environment so I did not need intuition to keep me safe but I do believe that I closed my intuition down because of trauma, very different situation.
    Melissa

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    hi Melissa
    Yes, I do have a huge difference in my definition of intuitive and psychic. I believe that you and I are intuitivies. I also believe that Ms Rebecca “Psyched in Stilletos” is Intuitive. But as I told her, “Intuitive in Inappropriate Footwear” doesn’t have the same marketing edge. And yeah, I have a terrible sense of humor and no ability to come up with brand names (hence RPT).

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    hi Melissa

    Yes, I do have a huge difference in my definition of intuitive and psychic. I believe that you and I are intuitive. I also believe that Ms Rebecca “Psyched in Stilettos” is Intuitive. But as I told her, “Intuitive in Inappropriate Footwear” doesn’t have the same marketing edge. (you can groan at my bad puns)

    I was planning on making the intuitive/psychic distinction in part 2, but decided against it after discussions with Rebecca, Evette and others. The main reason was that I didn’t want an important discussion to be sidetracked by debate about definitions. So I have dropped the definition argument and will just focus on inside/outside. That’s what it’s all about.

    I agree with you that trauma can close down “intuition” (inner knowingness) just
    as much as it can awaken “psychic skills” (external projections of our knowingness). There is no conflict here. Trauma blocks the connections in the brain which takes awareness from the senses to the center of consciousness (i.e. blocks intuition). Trauma can also cause a re-wiring of neural pathways so that information enters our consciousness in a distorted and inaccurate way, as if it was coming from outside of us.

    To me, this is clear. My evidence is based on having taught nearly 1000 RPT students now (not counting those taught by other RPT teachers like you) so I’ve seen time and again what happens to people’s intuition when they clear trauma. A lot of times I just speak my mind without having done my own independent research. Today I’m being scientific!

    I am glad you recognize that you are much more intuitive since doing RPT. You are also working very differently since you are trusting yourself and not the invisible friend upstairs (TH). Of course the information will be more accurate, it really goes without saying (though I will repeat it anyway).

    You can see why I postponed publishing part 2 for several weeks (it’s live now). My final conclusion was that all intuition ultimately comes from “source” (because we are ultimately all one). However we process it differently according to how our brains are wired (and this was your point too). At its simplest, trauma causes us to (a) externalize our intuition and (b) hear/see voices etc hence psychic work and mediumship. My proof as I say in part 2, is simple. Clear trauma and these “gifts” disappear. Now is something really a gift if it requires trauma for it to exist? Of course not.

    Enjoy parts 2 and 3.

    Simon

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  9. I identified with this statement: “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”. As a paranoid schizophrenic, my mother was also inclined towards emotional mood swings, and I know my “self” survived in part by knowing how to avoid making her angry, for instance. It was only when I was on board a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier for three years that “having the radar ‘on’” all of the time, started to take its toll (in part because there were So Many People to be “sensing” all of the time”). On one level I though I was just “being sensitive” to people for Their benefit. Then I realized I was actually doing all of that “extra-sensory sensing” to Protect Myself. Once I realized that, I consciously turned the radar “off”. That does not mean that I have lost my capacity to empathize with others, as I can always employ that capacity as appropriate, but it has definitely been removed as a “defense mechanism”, and the emotional/psychic energy I have conserved as a result has been pretty incredible. I feel I have had Much More energy to channel more effectively in other ways as a result of “turning the radar off.”

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  10. Oliver J R Cooper

    Hello Simon,
    Great research here and something that I can also relate to.

    I used to be extremely empathic and although this allowed for increased awareness of others; it caused many problems. I don’t know if I would describe my mother in the same way that VS has, but she definitely had many different sides. So it would make sense that the reason I was tuning into her was to protect myself.

    And as I have worked through the trauma, this ability has gradually calmed down.

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    hey Oli, nice to hear from you, it’s been a while. I hope things are going great for you. thanks for visiting the blog again.
    Simon

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  12. I wrote a psychology paper back in cogelle (~1976) about synesthesia, because I could really hear colors and see some sounds, (tho rarely taste words or smell music). There had been an article about synesthesia in Psychology Today, a magazine my mother subscribed to. Finally I had a term that could describe my condition . I wish I still had my paper; someone stole it from the professor’s office after he mentioned it in class. (That was back in the days of typewriters and I hadn’t made a carbon copy.)It’s interesting that these sensations aren’t as strong in me as they once were.

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  13. Hi Simon, I’m not sure where this is going or that I’ve read your post correctly so feel free to correct us. I can most certainly tell you, first hand, that psychics are or do have synesthesia going on. Second sense intuition etc, there are many labels to it.
    I suffered head trauma in an auto crash over a year ago. All signs per my neurologists point to healthy brain. They do concur that something unexplanable is still happening. I know what it is and have pinpointed it. Synesthesia occuring due to the accident. I crossed off all other psysophrenic assumptions when my hightened sensation started disproving the theory.
    We are not losing it nor will i die confused. I fully accept the gift and realize things or actually see things very differently these days. Would be happy to answer questions if you want to know more. Thx Dawn

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    hi Dawn
    thanks so much for sharing your experience. It really does help to validate what I thought.

    Out of interest, would you heal the trauma from the accident if you knew that it would change or release the synesthesia and “psychic gifts”?

    Of course you never lose these gifts, but they do become integrated into the body experience. Seeing becomes knowing, etc.

    If you are interested in healing the car accident trauma, I would be interested in monitoring the results to see how the synesthesia and other gifts change. (You could work with me personally or any recently trained RPT practitioner.)

    In terms of self-testing for whether there is car accident trauma left, the easiest way is just to picture the accident in your mind’s eye. If you can feel it, or visualize it (perhaps as a movie) then you are still in the trauma state. When you reach the “resource state” you cannot even picture the trauma because it isn’t there. (I am over-simplifying but this is a quick and simple test.)

    Thanks for taking the time to share on this blog.
    Warmest wishes
    Simon

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  14. How many people were in the study that gave them the idea that there were people with psychic abilities?????? Were there at least 100 people??????

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    Hi Matt, you may have misread it slightly. I do not believe that the study “proved that there were people with psychic abilities”? If that happened it would have received a LOT more publicity! As I read it, the article was proposing a scientific basis for something which might be incorrectly labelled as psychic abilties. That is not the same thing as proving it!

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    Teti Reply:

    Oh wow. Cop out. There are people with psychic abilities. Yesterday before my client sat down I knew his name is Alan. Just because you’ve never experienced anything other than boring, doesn’t mean there aren’t people on earth who do. And no we are not mad and we are not lying.

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    Hi Teri,thanks for visiting. No I don’t think it’s a cop out. Quite the opposite if you read the blog or the linked article. I think it’s AMAZING that science can validate something “psychic.” The thing is, the kind of abilities you claim to have have never been proved. More to the point, thousands of people like you have tried and failed to prove these abilities in a controlled environment. That’s why scientists have always said there is no proof of psychic abilities. That makes this article really ineresting. It’s small, sure, but it’s proven. That’s not a cop out.
    If your talents are real I suggest applying for the $1 million Amazing Randy challenge. (I don’t doubt that you can tell your client’s name etc, I’m extremely intuitive myself, but there’s a reason for skepticism here.)

  15. I almost died from a gang of thieves, I was so traumatized that I kept having nightmare, soon after that, I dehydrated and was taking to the hospital, when the doctor scanned me, it registered no brain activity, then they test my iq, they confirmed I got everything right but when they scanned me again, they did it with multiple machines, some register error, brainwave unknown, and warning dangerously high activity. They didn’t know why but released me the day morning. Through my 4years in high school, ppl saw me as Shadow, I was invisible until I talked, no one knew that I was there, I could mind control ppl around me just by thinking of it, then on November 1st 2011 in gym class I was hit with a tennis racket and passed out. When I woke up, I could no longer do anything, my mistake was coming to close to a tennis racket, even now I’m trying to find who I once was.

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    Hi Abdur, thanks for visiting this blog. It sounds like you are suffering from the effects of trauma. For instance in the moment of trauma (from the thieves or tennis racket) your body goes into a survival mode such a “fight or flight” or “freeze.” You survive, but get stuck in this mode. What we do in RPT is to release this survival mode so you go back to being who you were before.
    best wishes
    Simon

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  16. Hello, I know this is late post as this topic started last year! But I’ve been searching for clarification of my own personal gifts. I consider myself a psychic channeler. Spirits/entities/ and all other good and evil energies communicate through me. They take energy from me and use it to communicate either vocaly or showing me themselves, or showing me little vidoe clips as I explain it. I was born extremely intuitive. However throughout my life I have experienced trauma, abuse, addictions, and so forth. As an adult I began searching for inner peace and began meditating which I believed opened the flood gates to my gift. So It’s been a mixture of all that everyone mentioned above. Now if I could just earn a living doing it instead of doing for free for everyone! That would be even a bigger gift! Blesings to all!

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    Hi Shawn, thanks for commenting, I value your input. What do you feel blocks you from following your calling and doing this professionally? Do you feel that there is a type of mental/spiritual block to charging money for doing this work? If so, RPT can help to clear this burden.

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  17. I’m a little confused….All these big words are giving me a headache @.@”…..But is their any psychic abilities where they…well for example if someone was in a fight with another person…and one of the persons have a vision on when or how the other person will attack them…but the visions are really fast •_•….because I’ve been trying to look it up but I can’t really find anything….

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    hi Jasmine, it’s outside my expertise but I think you might be describing a martial arts skill/technique which would be a type of body or kinesthetic intuition. I’m sorry that I do not know more about it – for one thing I haven’t been in that sort of fight!

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    Jasmine Reply:

    Thanks @.@

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  18. Hi Simon, Thank you for the response. I am currently undergoing EFT (Tapping) to release the blockage that you touched on in your response. My life coach is aware of my strong abilities and also feels I’m blocking my own success. I do live in a smaller town in Wisconsin so psychic readers/channelers/mediums are frowned upon by many. I will definately keep your offer of RPT treatments a future possibility.

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    hi Shawn, just a quick note to observe that most effective techniques work quite well over the phone (or Skype, which I use every day). So you are not limited by what’s available in your town.

    I’d also add that the best healing techniques are quite distinct from psychic / channelling stuff. That is why RPT is taught in several Muslim countries, in very Orthodox Christian countries, even in places like Salt Lake City. The locals are (quite rightly) wary of New Age nonsense but they get that RPT is not a threat to their beliefs.

    Simon

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  19. I was born with it .what is your connection with reincarnation to this?I really dont care if its discussed I just want you to email me your thoughts answer. I`m not even interestedin others. Not to be harsh just nothing to prove.

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    hi Angelo
    the short answer is that I don’t think that reincarnation has “explanatory power.” In other words, whether or not you believe in incarnation, it doesn’t provide the best explanation for our current state. Whatever you believe reincarnation explains, there is a stronger explanation. There are other things which are more influential. The proof (and this is too short to do it justice) is that healing other things like biological trauma automatically clears the past life issues. That’s why I don’t focus on reincarnation. My personal belief is that most “past life memories” are not really past life memories but actually system issues. That is, if you are familiar with Hellinger’s Family Systems Therapy, I believe that the memories people have, which are not their own or an ancestors, are memories caught within the family system. There’s all sorts of proof of this but it goes way beyond this pay. At the end of the day, you will believe whatever you believe, and that is absolutely OK.

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  20. I have synesthesia. I look everywhere for answer about this phenomenon. The visuals i have with everyday concepts, as a teacher of healing arts, helps tremendously. I have many psychic or mystical things that happen on a daily basis. I cant wait for more research in the link between synesthesia and mystical abilities. Everything you mentioned i experience. Especially feeling people and their feelings. It can sometimes make me look odd because of the energy i feel off of people. I see letters and number and days of the week as colors and textures and sometimes emotions…words music all float around in my brain making my life like an lsd experience with out lsd. I am a painter, musician, massage therapist healer, teacher, writer….idealistic blah i could keep going. Thank you for this information.

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    Erika! Thanks so much for visiting, it’s really exciting to hear from you. I have not met a synesthete as well integrated as you. (Many are afraid to leave their homes.) I would love to learn more about how you experience the world. Were you born with the condition or was it acquired post-trauma? You mention being a healer and teacher – do you find that you can teach others to see aspects of what you see? I’d love to do your course some day! Where do you teach?
    best wishes
    Simon

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  21. Thanks for your fast reply. I have had synesthesia for as long as i can remember. I use to ask my mother why some letters numbers where colors or try to explain it. She thought it was odd and dismissed alot of it. I grew. Up thinking it was silly. yvor abnormal. But i liked it. When I was introduced to painting, it served me well. Math was easy..i can remember phone numbers by color sequences…i like certain phone numbers vs other because of this. Il everything is spatial to me. Concepts like anatomy. And chakra work..i can see my students auras. I draw virtually everything on the board at school andto help them understand and see it like i do. Because it is so clear to me in ny mind. Like being able to shrink and travel in the body or certain cell and also associated to something bigger that contains the same processes. My memory is like ive been holding a camera my whole life recording everything and travel to any memory. Its good and bad. I feel i also know things without knowing how but the images i see in my brain are some sort of hieroglyphic language that i understand but sometimes cant verbally communicate.

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  22. Texting off of phone…sorry for the misspellings

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  23. i don’t know what i have to be quit honest am very young i am only 16 of age i am well cope with the world but i wear glasses and contacts but i noticed that when i dont have my contacts or glasses i am able to see people feeling to a certain degree i cant really feel them unless i try but when i was in freshman year of high school i was called gay because i helped my classmates with their feeling and communication i was able to understand them on a personal level even if i dint know them to my best knowledge i have learned to read their body language voice induction of any emotions i don’t think i have a cross wiring in the brain because am not able to see numbers as colours i haven’t had any trauma scratch that that when i was little i cracked my head twice ya funny i know but i am able to empathize on a high level when i desire to i cant see the emotions or aura as u describe them unless i focus on the person i can tell what there feeling and come up with real world solutions but i am not able to feel what they feel what am i .

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  24. Hi,

    I haven’t inherited any synesthesia or psychic abilities. I haven’t had any trauma apart from a difficult boyfriend in my teens. But I have had many waking traumatic precognitive experiences that revolved around that boyfriend. I later understood those experiences as warnings to keep away from that person – a bit extreme I think lol. The precognition went on for 9 years and has so far taken 2 years for my nervous system to recover from the annual bouts of traumatic shock. Immediately before it happened the first time, my mind was relaxed.

    In an attempt to understand those experiences (and to stop them), I went to psychic development classes and was initially bullied into meditating every day and to learn to be a medium. I didn’t meditate because I didn’t know what I was doing, and my first lesson in opening my mind to being a medium felt really horrible; it felt like I was making pathways that shouldn’t be made. I stopped going.

    My second teacher, female, introduced me to Reiki where I could scan someone’s body, and pick up (as a reaction in my stomach) any problem areas. I don’t see auras but I have a weird form of tinitus whereby the frequency increases when I do rudimentary meditation. I got woken up one night by my tinitus practically screaming, I thought there was a thunderstorm outside, then I felt something sit on my bed. I would like to know how synesthesia produces all this.

    I have witnessed my brain working in brief periods of lucid dreaming, I know my subconscious is much cleverer than my conscious, and I’m pretty sure there is some manipulation going on. If you follow the logic of that, you come to a conclusion that the subconscious is accessing something outside itself when required.

    If our physical sciences could ever explain all physical reality that would mean that the universe is finite, creativity and change would cease; since that can’t happen, you could conclude that the universe’s potential is infinite. Science can’t ever know everything and the human brain will forever remain a mystery because the human brain has access to the infinite.

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  25. I was a natural born hemokenetic user although, I didn’t figure out what my ability EXACTLY was until I was late into my High School years, and to be honest it was a little freaky. This article made me more aware on why I have these abilities and possible how to amplify them as well as possibly adapt new ones, so I’m thankful that it was published :) viva la science!

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    Thanks so much for shating this Anthonio. Please do tell us more about these abilities and your meaning of “hemokenetic”.
    Best wishes
    Simon

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  26. To Simon Rose,

    Shouldn’t you make clear your intentions for ‘understanding’ psychic phenomena? Rupert Sheldrake also delved into specific aspects of the psychic spectrum (telepathy), it didn’t do him much good professionally or personally (got stabbed in the leg). He didn’t make his intentions clear either which led to many people feeling that he was a scientist that was on ‘their side’, but he wasn’t at all. Their is something a bit patronizing about scientists investigating psychic phenomena, it feels like its something they are forced to acknowledge but they’ll do their damned best to investigate it in order to find some genuine reason for dismissing it. This attitude is cowardly, dishonest and is harmful for everyone, see below.

    In the past I would have loved science to have acknowledged and/or understood the horrendous experiences I had, but they didn’t and they can’t, neither can UK protestant Christianity, nor psychologists/psychiatrists, nor spiritualists; I was left to try to understand the problem myself.

    I’m also not convinced that we should necessarily develop these abilities, and I’m not sure that you are being responsible in encouraging people to intentionally, consciously manipulate these experiences.

    It seems that we exist to understand ourselves (probably in order to know ourselves – gnosis) and life supplies the experiences that lead to that understanding. Since everyone is different, their experiences will be different and their personalities will provide a form for those experiences. Psychics are probably just people who have very strange personalities or at least have a strange conscious mind that manifests strange experiences. What we call God might be something we access that helps manifest what we think are impossible experiences. Again, since we are all different, then our understanding of what a God is or does might also be different. I can affirm that whatever caused my experiences didn’t care that I was an atheist and definitely wasn’t caused by any prior belief. (For the sake of honesty I have to admit that I had read Brian Bates’s The Way of Wyrd and Mary Stewart’s Merlin Trilogy.)

    Since they happened then they can’t be impossible, though I can’t in any way prove that they happened. I would like science to explain how they happened, but science can’t prove a spontaneous subjective experience.
    Rachel

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  27. Hi to everyone,

    I have noticed much muddled thinking in people as regards psychic/mystical phenomena eg “I don’t believe in psychic stuff, therefore I won’t experience psychic stuff”, not knowing the difference between spontaneous and intentional psychic experiences, not knowing the difference between imagination, neurosis and ‘knowing’ and how that relates to psychic experiences, not knowing the difference between mediums and psychics.

    We need to clear the source of these muddles in order to have any kind of intellectual defence against scientists with agendas. The causes for these muddles can be found in history, philosophy and religion, and I intend to help clear some of this muddle in a book from an atheist-psychic POV. I thought it might be useful having experience from both sides and that I had to reconcile seemingly opposite positions.

    If anyone thinks this approach would be useful, or have any useful suggestions, could you please reply to this message. If possible I would like a medium’s POV too.

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  28. I have a gift for many many years. I have only really started to use it for the good of others over the last 18 months. I am not sure quite what to class myself as, I have the 4 C’s, can speak the deceased and guide people. I work on the vibrations from Tarot Cards and also do Psychometry. If anyone has an idea what title or name I should refer to myself then that would be appreciated.
    Thankyou for taking the time to read

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    You’d like a name? How about “spiritual intuitive?”

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  29. I believe you have given a terribly incorrect description of synesthesia. I am a letter/color and calendar synesthete and I also see auras and sometimes experience a 6th sense about other people. I am not insane. I do not have mental health issues and I don’t have problems “handling my powers”. I am a scientist with a good career, a mother, and a wife. I never experienced any traumas or injuries that would cause this. I believe it’s genetic and probably evolutionarily conserved as a creative advantage. I also believe that many people have synesthesia and just don’t know it. Many people probably see auras or sense others remotely and just don’t think about it. I came across the discovery via a Science Friday episode and took an online quiz called synesthesiabattery.org. My extra sensory abilities have only a minor influence on my daily life. Again, please don’t give people the idea that synesthetes are insane. This is unkind.

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    Dear Ellie, Thanks for taking the time to write. I am sorry that you felt hurt and that you so badly misread the post.

    If you had been able to objectively read the article, I was describing a scientific study. Nowhere in the study (or my summary) did it say that (a) this explains 100% of cases of synesthesia; or (b) that people with synesthesia are insane.

    I realise you have some understandable sensitivity about your unique skills. However please be careful not filter everything you read through over-defensiveness. I feel that you totally missed the point of the article because it triggered some trauma of being attacked or judged for your skills. This is a real pity.

    I found this scientfic study interesting, not because it explains synesthesia (it doesn’t – as you said yourself), but because it’s a scientific study that can account for some psychic phenomena. Don’t you think that’s awesome? I do. I think the very heading of this blog made it pretty clear what my perspective is (“science proves psychic experiences”).

    About your case – you may have had all sorts of trauma (physical or emotional) without remembering it. As a trauma therapist, I deal with this every day. People don’t come to me complaining of trauma. They come to me with symptoms (physical/emotional/spiritual) and I help them to find the trauma that caused their symptoms. It’s not always easy, but it’s always there. I’m sure if I were working with you we could find the original trauma that created your situation.

    Please – if I can offer 10 cents worth of advice – could you look why you thought there was anything in this article that suggested “synesthetes are insane”. I wrote with great respect for synesthetes – jealousy even! There’s no suggestion of such judgment. Your needless defensiveness might be a clue for the hidden trauma?

    Wishing you a fantastic 2014!

    Simon

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  30. Hello simon, i was researching on phsycics and was confused a bit. I have been going to a physcic in my town but not really sure whats the real deal here. She does palm reading, im not sure if she is accurate though. How can I tell? Most of what she tells me is pretty accurate. She tells me I have a lot of sadness in my heart and told me about a recent ex lover and says he will be back in my life again. Also I was wondering why she has these really green circles under her eyes…

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    Hey Alexis, interesting message, thanks. You don’t need psychic skills to feel someone’s sadness. As to the ex lover – it’s the kind of thing that psychics say and it occasionally is true, it’s randum and unverifiable enough that they can get away with it. Green eyes? Bizarre…
    If you have some issues/concerns, like sadness, you are much better off looking for a great therapist who really can help you let go and make permanent changes. (See Consultations page on my website for instance). I believe in creating your future not having it read.

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  31. Thanks for the advice. So would you say this “psyhcic” is scamming me for my money?

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  32. What about telekinesis? Moving objects with the mind is hardly something that could be explained by a mental disorder, however I actually agree it could be caused by some sort of trauma, meditation, or the other conditions you’ve listed.

    When I lost my job I was extremely unstable emotionally and that was when I seemed to be able to move objects from across the room, fast too, which I wasn’t able to do before, but my telekinesis was well developed already.

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  33. First off, I would say psychic abilities and neurological damage could be the same. It depends on how you define damage. It would certainly be a neurological abnormality to be psychic but whether you call it damage or not is up to you. Could neurological damage be the cause? Certainly. If psychic abilities were acquired in some way other than trauma or head injuries, then I would say it was an abnormality rather than damage. To answer the second question, I would take psychic abilities even if it meant I contracted synesthesia. Being an instrumentalist, it might be an interesting touch anyway. I was actually laying in bed today thinking I would take some consequences if I could have a specific psychic ability.

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  34. Hi Simon,

    You write:
    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).

    Please reply with the details of this study (title, authors, date).
    I’m not a critic nor skeptic, I’m deeply frustrated that the full potential of our brain is mainly spent in labour to pay the rent.

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    Simon Rose Reply:

    Mark, Literally the opening words of the article are the hyperlink to the article. Enjoy.
    Simon

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  35. of course it is not one and the same thing.. there is no reason it would be in any manner.. however provided the gangster networks who are controlling thing read from the symptoms of how shitty things are and how many people are subject to vulnerabilities wich they realise if they think deeply about the system.. indeed from their earlier methods these individuals would cause damage to others to build fear reactions and so forth. BECAUSE they are gangsters, evil.. wich makes these people with those capacities to perhaps acquire adventage otherwise, and then harm the gangsters.. wich they fear realy much or they would if they find themselves in such situation.

    a soul arrives in a body… the body has hands feet.. whatever.. this can be used.. the soul has itself capacities… something wich differentiate a few souls one from arriving in the body of a chicken wich lacks usefull fingers.. one arriving in a human. just the same way the soul have differences in psychic abilities.. while there are methods to fake psychic abilities of sorts.

    of courese trauma or damage has nothing to do with things.. only it is also written here, and the evil at least in their thoughts can laugh about it if people actually give credit to these sorta claims especially if they had allowed “research” being done, wich instead is just part of their intimidation practice done on individuals of one or another sort (psychic or not.. jsut a person who they have control over.. to educate as prey).

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