The Emerging Psychic – Exploring ‘Causes’ of Paranormal Experiences
The veil between our solid world and the world of the spirit is thinning. More and more of us are having extraordinary experiences. We are catching evidence on the new digital and full spectrum equipment that makes ‘Photographing Fairies’, investigated by none other than Arthur Conan Doyle, child's play.
When I asked Chris Fleming, well known sensitive and inventor of devices that communicate with the other side, about this amazing shift in our abilities, he replied in part, "We are all connected to this matrix of higher consciousness. Everything that is, was and shall be is stored there. Our growing awareness and curiosity has allowed more individuals to open up .... In this age of Aquarius we have to learn to survive at this different level..."
Being the research coordinator of Coast Ghost Paranormal Research Society for over six years, I've gradually became ultra sensitive to spirits. It's part of the job and, I thought, no big deal. Although walking into a ghost can shake the most seasoned ghost hunter, and for a newbie it's not only a visceral shock, but the EMF (electromagnetic force) associated with ghostly presences engenders highly unpleasant physical symptoms.
What I did not expect was the sudden emergence of a full blown psychic talent called retrocognition. I had been suffering months of severe dizziness. The doctors, of course, told me it was due to age and long-ago serious inner ear damage. And a Naturopath found I had severe gluten intolerance. All explained? All dealt with?
On a bright sunny day hiking with the dogs on a familiar path, I stepped into a thick wall of air and was hit with vertigo so powerful that reality and time went away. Instantly, evening surrounded me, a hundred and fifty years ago. I was walking in a man's body at this exact same spot on the path, exhausted from working on the new railroad bridge nearby. A small group of Chinese labourers were ahead, seated around a campfire. Dinner was cooking, I could smell the smoke, smell the food. I wanted only to hear my own language and sit with my own people.
Thank goodness the solid me knew what was happening! Because nothing at that moment was more important than reaching that campfire and the other Chinese workers. If my dogs had not come up and nudged me, asked for treats, I felt I may have gone forward into that other time.
I am not alone in having sudden psychic events. The rate of experiencers is exploding. We're becoming hitchhikers in a universe transiently glimpsed by our forebears.
Symptoms Of Impending Psychic Events
Usually the experiencer has been sensitive since childhood, perhaps had an invisible friend or talked about events in a past life. Perhaps there was an instance later in life in an unguarded moment, something of high strangeness discounted as a one off event. But now the events happen regularly.
One's psychic ability should emerge bit by bit and the most common first sign is light-headedness and dizziness ranging to severe vertigo. Because each person has an individual gift, each talent develops in its own fashion. Perhaps you now can see auras distinctly or have a clear thought image from the person standing near. Or your dog says something and you understand. You become aware of a traumatic event about to happen to a friend. The inner ear process in the brain which takes care of balance and our place in the solid world cannot handle the sudden shift as boundaries of self vanish.
Full blown psychic events are really scary to the first time experiencer. More alarming, if the experiencer hurries to a regular medical doctor or psychologist, the diagnosis is instantly 'crazy'. A woman is labelled hysterical (yes, the term is still widely used) or depressed; if a man - you become tagged as 'paranoid'. Such diagnoses mean, at the least, a prescription for Dramamine and more commonly, you're put on anti-depressants or even powerful anti-psychotics. The skyrocketing jump in prescriptions for these medications can be attributed to heavy pressure sales techniques by the pharmaceutical companies (Angell). But also to something spectacular happening to a lot of people.
For example, the psychic skill of clairaudience means you hear someone speaking to you beyond your own self. One of the primary criteria for a diagnosis of schizophrenia is 'hearing voices'. Auntie Jane coming to say goodbye as she passes may not send you to the doctor. Hearing a complete stranger crying for help in a wrecked car miles away definitely is a shock.
Clairvoyance means receiving images, sometimes entire scenes like watching a movie of an event happening right in the moment or perhaps slightly in the future. No one would be surprised to learn how many people 'saw' the events of 9/11 in the month before it happened. Most often though, what comes through at the beginning, are emotions. Going through an episode of paralyzing fear, seemingly without any connection to your own life events, and then having the emotion switch off - definitely unpleasant.
Perhaps you've been in a big box store and touched the handle of the shopping cart and gotten an electric shock? Have you also had a vivid sense of who pushed that cart around last? That is psychometry. Or walked into a thick glob of air giving you a chill that raises the hair on your arms or even surrounds you with a smell. You've just met a spirit.
Not surprising, the second most common 'symptom' for the emerging psychic is panic attack. (Curry)
The shock of being in someone else's reality, as in the case of ESP, can make the first time experiencer truly believe he or she's gone insane. If there are accompanying physical effects, that is, if the newbie psychic tunes into the mind of someone being murdered, no wonder a panic attack ensues.
The third effect often goes along with the other two. Dreams and nightmares. The mind is most vulnerable to intrusion while in REM (alpha-theta). The clairvoyant or prophetic dream is stark, waking the person abruptly and sometimes continues in waking REM - daydream.
What Physical Causes could there Be
As any good paranormal investigation team does, first eliminate the physical, non-paranormal reasons. Because the primary symptoms look so much like inner ear damage, that is vertigo and panic attack, it would be wise to refer to my article: Coping with Vestibular Trauma. Inner ear damage produces nausea to the point of sea sickness, vertigo, tinnitus and panic attacks.
Starker effects of a first time psychic episode, such as experiencing a replay of some horrible event, signal white coat doctors to give the label: PTSD (Post Traumatic Symptom Disorder). This is not really an illness, per se. It was a diagnosis constructed of a list of symptoms. I prefer to call actual embedded trauma experiences a fear process. Emotional and physical triggers are inlaid in excruciating detail. Smell and sounds often being the most vivid. Without learning to use WREMS or doing clinical EMDR, the event can replay or at least be recalled over and over.
PART II of this article continues tomorrow Sunday, April 13, 2014!