Do you need to be traumatized to be psychic? Is there an alternative to being psychic (in the traditional sense of the word) which is safer and healthier?
In my previous article (read it before today’s article), I wrote about how scientific research linked certain psychic abilities with a type of brain damage called synesthesia. This was amazing research for two very different reasons. Quite amazingly, it looks like a limited scientific acceptance for some “psychic abilities” (mainly aura reading). I never thought I’d live to see that happen! But more importantly for my research, it validates my own theories about the links between psychic abilities and trauma.
I’ve spent years asking questions like:
- why there is a correlation between psychic abilities and abusive/traumatic childhoods;
- why so many “gifted psychics” are a bit “unhinged;”
- why many people’s lives fall apart when they have a psychic awakening (or kundulini experience); and
- why people are healthy (free from trauma) and spiritually motivated complain that they lack intuition (they think there’s something wrong with them that they cannot “see” or “hear” psychically).
In this Part 2 (of 3), I want to share my own personal thoughts and experiences on the relationship between psychic abilities and trauma, and to get your feedback/experience.
Not all psychic abilities are created equal
There are very different types of psychic or intuitive skills. They often go by names like “clairsentience,” “clairaudience,” “clairvoyance” and “claircognizance.” In traditional healing or intuitive development courses you may be taught (falsely) that these “gifts” all come from the same place, and that none are more important than the others. This isn’t really a lie, but it’s hugely misleading. For one thing, “there is clairaudience, and then there is clairaudience.” (It’s one thing to hear, it’s another thing to know who/what you are hearing.”
From my research, and building on the research of Peak States and others, I would split psychic or intuitive skills into 2 categories: information from within and information from without (outside).
Of course the bright sparks among you will point out that there is no real difference between the two, as the Law of Correspondence says “as above so below, as within, so without.” That’s a valid principle. But in practice there IS a difference. The differences might relate to (a) where the information is coming from; and (b) how your brain processes the information. This might sounds rather technical, but it changes everything.
My own personal intuitive experiences
I have always been intuitive and never really understood or questioned it until I started doing healing work. I had my first “psychic” experience on my first healing workshop, when I was 27. Without going into detail, it was a strong visual experience and it blew me away. That was when I found out I could do “clairvoyant work.” Later, after intensive mentoring and training, I developed the ability to “hear” guidance, what’s known as clairaudience. I used these two abilities to guide me through my work as a teacher of an old healing modality (TH).
In 2008, I was exploring the relationship between certain healing techniques and trauma (such as the fact that changing beliefs about a trauma does not heal the actual trauma). That was when I came across the Peak States work which was very influential to me. I had sessions with a Peak States practitioner to heal the trauma of having done TH. [This work inspired the first version of RPT. For information on the different versions and how RPT evolved see here.]
Something extraordinary and unexpected happened after this first session. After clearing the trauma of “belief work,” I lost my ability to be clairaudient and clairvoyant. For the most part these abilities never returned. Many of you might be freaked out by this idea of losing your “gifts.” But believe me, something even more amazing happened. Whatever intuition I had before was magnified a million times and internalized. What I had heard described as “claircognizance” became just “Being.”
My personal beliefs about psychic abilities
To me, “psychic abilities” are the poor man’s intuition; a mere parlor trick to fill classified sections of New Age magazines. If I sound “anti-psychic” (as Rebecca of Psyched in Stilettos commented in the previous post), then it’s only because I think that something which disappears when you clear trauma is not something to covet.
Rebecca and I swapped a few emails and I’m not convinced that our abilities are so different, we just use different language to describe what we do. I think that any really good psychic has internalized their gift, accessing a deep knowing rather than outside guidance (so-called angels, guides, gods etc – all of these are parts of yourself which you are externalizing). Given that Rebecca calls this “psychic” and I call it something else, I delayed publishing this page until I could get my terminology clear.
So let me be clear, I’m not anti-psychic. I’m anti-trauma. If you have cleared all trauma from your life, your childhood and your conception (fertilization and in vitro trauma), and if you STILL want to talk to invisible friends upstairs, then please be my guest. However I find it almost inconceivable that someone free from trauma (the definition of Mastery) would externalize their intuition.
I’m biased of course because as a Taoist I don’t believe that there is a god/angel/guide outside of us in the first place. It is much easier for a Taoist (or a scientist) to believe that psychic ability is trauma, than for a religious or spiritual person who believes in such beings.
So let me quickly add that I’m not necessarily saying that these beings don’t exist, and if you want to believe in higher guidance, I’m fine with that. The point of this article is that the method of communication with such guidance is what matters. Do you place it outside of you (seeing or hearing it) or inside of you (feeling and knowing the right path)?
Well that’s my three cents… and I quite respect your right to disagree with my beliefs. At the end of the day, my soul purpose as it were is about clearing trauma, and RPT can be done by anyone of any spiritual, religious or scientific belief. That’s why I keep “Simon says” so different to “RPT principles.”
In part 3, next week I’ll take this conversation a step further and ask the question “does psychic development = creating trauma?” What really happens on psychic development courses? Can they, for example, cause synesthesia? I’ll share my own thoughts about how intuition development may be done safely, and talk about where RPT fits into this (since it is an intuitive method).
Your comments and feedback
I’d really love to get your input. Do you agree with my logic? If healing your trauma meant losing your psychic abilities, would you still want to heal trauma? I’d love to hear your experiences of psychic activation, or the opposite, of what happened when you healed trauma.
I look forward to hearing from you.