Parapsychology Journalism: The People, The Theory, The Science, The Skeptics
This question is occasionally asked by people who suspect they have psychic abilities, but are not quite sure. For most of us older psychic people, this is a completely understandable dilemma. We had trouble sorting all out too. In this post, I’m going to do my best to directly address this issue. It might seem to an outsider that this should be an easy question, but it’s not.
How Psychic Am I?
The truth is, no one knows. With the scientific community in denial in fields from psychology to physics to biology, we’re not getting answers to this question any time soon. There is no scientific body of knowledge to draw upon.
Based on my own limited research, I can offer the following explanation:
Consciousness appears to be something important in the universe and it appears that it obeys quantum physics bypassing regular physics altogether. In quantum physics, time is flexible, observation affects reality and communication is instantaneous across any distance.
So in reality, everyone is at least a little bit psychic. This has been demonstrated to be true in scientific testing. What this means is that we’re not talking about whether or not you are psychic, but whether you are psychic enough to set you apart from most other people. Think of it like an IQ, only with psychic ability. There are degrees of ability. At this point in our history, the only definition that can reasonably be applied is that a psychic person has more psychic ability than most other people. It is not possible to be more certain than that.
While this could certainly be measured, it has never been done across the general population. There is no standard testing and no way to know how psychic you are in relation to other people, (which is the only standard to measure against). Even if there were such a test, it would be a poor indicator at present. We can only test skill, not latent ability and for most people, latent ability is all there is. If no one has practiced using their psychic abilities, then a psychic test of those abilities would have very little meaning.
If you even think you might be psychic, you are probably more psychic than is ordinary. I only say this because most people do not regard themselves as having any psychic ability at all.
So How Can I Tell if I’m Really Psychic?
You can certainly test your existing abilities with any number of psychic tests. The best one I’ve come across is this one: Institute of Noetic Sciences: The Garden of Dreams. If you think you can move matter, you can try the Retropsychokinesis Project.
But this will not necessarily reflect your true psychic ability. Psychic ability is so completely tied to our emotional state that nervousness, lack of practice, poor self esteem, having a bad day or any number of things can drastically reduce performance, which is tricky under the best of conditions. The best thing to do then, is to look at the personality traits that most commonly accompany psychic ability. Anyone possessing those traits probably has psychic ability, latent or otherwise in direct proportion. A list of those traits can be found here: (Characteristics of Psychic People)
Emotional sensitivity appears to be strongly tied to psychic ability. The more emotionally sensitive you are, the stronger your psychic ability is likely to be. Socially, psychic people are a bit off. Fitting into the crowd and hanging with the gang are pretty much a distant dream. If you don’t have any trouble fitting in, you’re probably not very psychic. Being alone comes easily, especially to men and animals and children are easier to relate to.
There is a tendency to be more tied to ideas than things and to value community over personal gain. Nature has a strong appeal.
Of course there are exceptions, but in general the more strongly psychic people are, the less likely they will want to stand out because of it. If you spend a lot of effort trying to fit in and just be normal, then this might be an indication of psychic ability.
I haven’t spent any time yet addressing the things we ordinarily think of when we imagine psychic ability, but there is all that too. For a psychic person, psychic experiences are an ordinary thing. Much of it occurs in the background without thinking. Some of the more dramatic experiences are more rare. If you don’t have experiences that you think are psychic enough, it doesn’t necessarily mean anything.
Psychic people have abilities related to their personalities. Some people see ghosts, some people hear them, others get information and still others, like myself, are healing types. You may be different. This area is not well understood.
In the end, you just have to keep taking in information either by reading things such as this blog or by experimentation and observation of how you really perceive the world and what your personality is. Ultimately you will have to make this decision with very little outside help. Take your time and don’t feel obliged to hurry. In time, you’ll know what is true for you.