The Truth About Psychism


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.

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22 thoughts on “The Truth About Psychism

  1. I can often feel people’s energies and can sense discomfort when other people don’t seem to notice it. I try to turn it off at times as it can be a bit overpowering. However, I’ve not experienced some of the things you talk about. It might be because I’m not really open to it and am scared in some way but it’s a subject I’m interested in learning more about.
    Nicky – http://www.365daysofwellbeing.com

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    1. That’s very interesting. I used (and sometimes still do) get very drained because switching off is hard to learn. I can understand what you say, I think I haven’t developed the capacity to see ‘spirits’ because the simple idea of it scares the hell out of me. The more I have accepted it (and learned) though, the more it expands. There was also the phase of thinking “I must be crazy” but the numbers either reflect a mass collective hysteria or a reality we still don’t know much about…

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  2. Super relateable. Reading Witch by Lisa Lister & listening to podcasts like Your Own Magic and Shaman Durek were great tools in remembering.

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  3. Very cool!, I can feel the energy in a room and can tell when someone is upset. I’m beginning to open myself up to allow more to come through, sometimes it’s tiring being able to sense others emotions. I am on a journey to learn how to accept and adapt. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. There is definitely more to this world than what we can see! Don’t worry about unfollows. Probably just those people with only 3 posts with 500 followers that followed you, hoping you’d follow back πŸ˜€πŸ’œ

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  5. What a wonderful post. You’re certainly not losing this follower any time soon. You’ve made me want to read Maslow…
    I look forward to hearing about your dream. I’m really curious about these psychic abilities or super (bionic?)-empathy or reading energy or… whatever it is. Love your vision for the future 😍

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    1. Thank you! I’m glad I haven’t scared my favourite people here yet πŸ˜€ The book is very interesting and it definitely makes us think that the so famous hiearchy of needs might have been misinterpreted. More witchy things to come for sure ❀

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  6. Great post, Vanessa!
    I am glad that you are rocking this point of view; it’s greatly needed. So often, psychics are portrayed as deceivers in TV shows and movies. I also like how you relate your comments to people who have been labeled with certain mental illnesses; that perhaps we are missing a fuller understanding of who they are because it’s easier to dismiss them as being outside a particular norm. I also like how you connect psychism to an ability; one that we have become disconnected to, but also one that could be developed; that there is a wealth of untapped potential available to us. I wonder what your thoughts are about ways we can develop this sensitivity.

    I also am interested in learning more about Jung’s ideas about the collective subconscious. I was first introduced to the idea in a series of books by Robert A. Johnson. It resonated with me.

    Great post once again. Thank you for sharing and i encourage you to keep exploring ideas that you think might not be widely accepted. I, for one, really appreciate it!

    Roger

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    1. Thank you, Roger, that’s very motivating and reinforcing πŸ™‚ I didn’t find this kind of support when working in the field and it has been nice to meet other people and professionals that are open to talk about it. I believe psychism is very related to extreme empathy and awareness, I wrote a brief link here (https://wp.me/p8qOa1-1xa) but I’m putting the different pieces together to come up with something more structured and practical in terms of “how to develop it”.

      People who are extremely sensitive are prone to this kind of phenomena and are also more likely to suffer from depression and chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia and fatigue if they never learned how to deal with their sensitivity since childhood.

      The collective unconscious is based on the idea that we all have certain shared ideas, notions (archetypes), about different aspects of life and inherent to human development. It would be something we carry unconsciously but which affect how we perceive and interpret reality (e.g. the lover, the mother, the wise woman). The more we integrate these different ideas, the ‘healthier’ we would be. From a cultural perspective, we find the same archetypes over and over again – like God: different ‘faces’, same ‘learning’ function.

      Being more sensitive, having more awareness, developing one’s own stream of consciousness is basically ‘opening the portal’ to these ancient ideas that have populated humankind’s mind and cultures. So it’s indeed a bit annoying when psychism is resumed to charlatans in the TV, hehe.

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  7. Thank you so much for this. I have had to learn how to switch that part of myself off at times to guard myself from negative energies or vibes or people. As an extrovert, I find I easily “absorb” the energy of others. It has been a huge work in progress for me to learn how to handle being sensitve, but now at 40, I think I am finally getting the hang of it. Also, some advice to people just discovering this part of themselves, guard against over-reacting and overexphasising an emotion that should have just passed for someone because you sensed it! Peoples moods change! Don’t react to everything you sense! xxx

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    1. Thank YOU for sharing, that’s really interesting and comforting in a strange way. It must be hard for an extrovert to deal with it, it sounds like it’s fighting fire with fire. I honestly think I had a hard time understanding sensitives who are extrovert, it can be difficult to respect each other’s way of functioning on top of all the sensitivity πŸ˜€ What you say makes total sense, I wish I had known that earlier xxx

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  8. So lovely to read and I could almost sense your breathe out with relief when you published the post to get it out there. Too right, you should be you and put the whole you out there. Well done and you certainly won’t lose the people who love your posts. I think it is a fascinating subject and love all things to do with it. There are so many things that we can’t explain away so why hide it, it is important so we can all learn and see what us humans are capable of! I very much look forward to hearing more about your gifts. xx πŸ™‚

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  9. Thank you ❀ It's very much like "are people going to think I'm literally crazy?", hehe. Being bluntly direct about it felt, honestly, good and I didn't imagine the outcome would be so positive. There is probably the need to understand how these things connect with each other and where do we go from here. Lately, I think a lot about children and the need to help families create psychological safer environments. How many of us grew up with the idea that it wasn't ok to be sensitive and thus locked their access to this kind of abilities… the good news is that these people are also the ones who have a particular interest for wellbeing πŸ˜‰ (turning to you here, haha) xx

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