This post may cause a few good unfollows but I felt it was time to write and share it. Make what you want out of it. As I heard yesterday on the Life Coaching School podcast, we are never responsible for what other people make out of us, and I shied away from all this for far too long. Hello, this is me.
A woman wearing a 15th century dress, a man emphasising his hypnotic eyes, and another gentle soul posing in a very exotic way. What do they all have in common? They identify themselves or work as a psychic. I can’t say whether they are psychic or not, but I can say they did put me off, and they do make me feel a bit frustrated about how stereotypes around psychism have contributed to the mass denial of the existence of human abilities that go beyond our old-fashioned paradigms.
I too was a skeptic until the year of 2014. By then I had been already studying Psychology with emphasis on experimental research for five years. I had a fascination for intriguing psychological theories and I always wondered why we had never been taught on Jung’s notion of the collective unconscious or Maslow’s notion of transpersonal psychology. I had to study these authors outside my curriculum, looking for old, dusty books in the library. We didn’t have much at the faculty’s library though. I once found the book Toward a Psychology of Being by Maslow but that was it.
In 2014, however, I woke up to the realisation that what had always been weird about me was actually a series of gifts I was not even aware of. I was very good at reading people but I thought that was just an add-on to the reason why Psychology had been a good option for me after all. The problems started to rise, nonetheless, when my ability to read people and a room’s energy became the source of many upsets between me and my boyfriend of that time. I didn’t know why I would get so disturbed or how I could sense deceit, I didn’t even know someone could read or sense energy that way. But I could feel it, and later, sometimes much later, my boyfriend would give me reason.
The right information came later, almost at the end of 2014. I had and recalled a premonitory dream about my father, which I will tell you about another time. That’s when I became aware and started to put different pieces of the puzzle together. I wasn’t weird or picky, I could just see through. I also became even more restless though. I had and wanted to understand it, so for the last five years I have been studying different religions, ancient mystical schools, works and studies from Transpersonal and Parapsychology, besides my traditional and scientific training in Psychology.
Psychism does exist. It may not be what you think or what people have made out of it, but there is something. There is science behind it and there are explanations. I think sensitive is much of a better word to describe someone who can tap into the invisible, even more than empath. We become sensitive to electromagnetic fields and we read information. Anyone can become sensitive, because human beings are like any other living beings – they have access to an incredible source of intelligence that connects and binds everything in the world. When animals sense that an earthquake is coming, we too have that ability. We have been just desensitised, disintegrated and made believe that magic is not real. Well, magic is just a name we give to what we don’t fully understand yet. Do you ever wonder whether it’s magic what keep us rotating around the Sun? It’s physics; and so it is with psychism.
I don’t wear a medieval robe and I don’t use my gifts to anything else but to help people heal and find their place (I do use Tarot, by the way as a means to translate the information I can read from the field). I believe one day we will all accept and see how human beings can develop these skills. Until then, I think we need to keep alert and question whenever we label someone with a mental illness that is, after all, a sign of something greater and that few people feel safe to talk about. There are economical and political reasons to stop people tapping into their sensitive abilities, just like there are reasons to keep the psychoactive industry alive and kicking. Can you imagine a world of people who can sense deceit at a distance? Can you imagine a world of people who go to the supermarket and instinctively know what to buy to heal their arthritis? I can see it. It’s very far away, but it is possible.