The basic foundation of the human mind’s processing is split into two categories: concrete and abstract. Concrete thinking reasons in terms of facts, events, objects, and specific examples, while Abstract thinking intuits without the ideas of now and here to gain an overall impression that transcends time and societal impression.
Everyone, everyday uses both of these types of thinking, and it’s there in the infinite combinations of concrete + abstract thinking simultaneously that the magic of psychic ability exists.
Let’s look at intuition for a moment in an abstract way, devoid of societal implications or personal conceptions revolving around the word itself; and without attachment to the desired or projected outcome of using intuition.
♥ intuition: the ability to understand something immediately, without the need for conscious reasoning.
1. a thing that one knows or considers likely from instinctive feeling rather than conscious reasoning.
♥ apophenia: experience of seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or [seemingly] unconnected data
From this definition, abstract thinking is the foundation of intuition and apophenia is the method of intuiting. When we understand that EVERYTHING is related, and that our subconscious is actively seeking – no, yearning for – symbols. Apophenia becomes the fancy word for a sacred language of intuitive discernment. It is an artistic way of viewing the Universe.
So, if you see a $ sign and a dove, apophenia allows us to intuit that we will have peace (dove) surrounding money ($).
An example of abstract vs concrete thinking:
The dollar sign. Abstract thinking recognizes the dollar sign as a form of payment required or earned. It is universal. There is an understanding that goes beyond the literal analysis of then symbol $. The broader, more symbolic meaning of $ is exchange, capitalism, commerce, trade, etc.
Now, consider it in terms of concrete thinking. The $ symbol first “attested in British, American, Canadian, Mexican and other Spanish American business correspondence in the 1770s, referring to the Spanish American peso, also known as “Spanish dollar” or “piece of eight” in British North America, which provided the model for the currency that the United States later adopted in 1785 and the larger coins of the new Spanish American republics such as the Mexican peso, Peruvian eight-real and Bolivian eight-sol coins.”
So as we can see, abstract thinking transcends space and time, encompassing all knowledge of all time and space within that symbol; while concrete thinking is linear in nature and has an obvious starting point and an end point.
It’s just two different ways of perceiving a symbol. Concrete thinking asks, “how does this serve me right now?” Abstract thinking asks “what is the universal understanding of this?” The understanding and awareness of abstract thinking is important when working with Angels, Spirit Guides, Mediumship, Divination and more because they speak to us in a symbolic language.
A symbolic language IS the language of the Universe. Angels, Guides, and our friends/family on the Other Side, cannot communicate with us in terms of concrete thinking. At least, we have not tapped into that technology and resource yet.
How do they communicate with us?
They communicate with us by giving us impressions and feelings or symbols that are deeply personal, yet universal. For example – when I think of my grandmother, I see yellow roses. That is the ‘symbol’ I have attached to her so when I see yellow roses in my waking and dreaming life, I know it is my subconscious communicating with the energy of my grandmother. And, when I see yellow roses near someone else, I know that that is also a symbol for me to know that their grandmother is also with them.
The truth is, all symbols are programming (and therefore, programmable once you’re aware! More on that later when we discuss the creation of symbol dictionaries). All symbols and meanings will vary by culture, time period, and values of the people at that point in space. There are *no* symbols that exist without a meaning placed onto them by man. Take any Holy Book for example – it is the word of God symbolically to a large group of people who identify as followers of what that Symbol represents, but it is a book made by men who were intuiting feelings and impressions of the Divine.
However, there are static truths that unite us collectively, and therefore present themselves as collective guides – such as Ascended Masters, Gods and Goddesses, and more. These collective guides are based off universal truths.
The names and images of the symbols (or Gods and Goddesses in this scenario) may change over time (Babylonian to Greek to Roman) but the wisdom they impart does not. This really all represents universal storytelling through archetypal symbolism.
So yes, it is all in your head. And that’s the only place it can ever be. We are mental beings, exploring intuition and abstract thinking in a highly concrete thinking world. From the moment we are born we are being initiated into the Matrix of a concrete thinking dominant species. This is our dharma as human beings. We cannot evolve further and recognize the significance of abstract thinking without the ability to think about it concretely.
This awareness and understanding does not negate from the magic of intuition. It simply adds layers for our logical mind to understand. We need both to come to a full understanding.
Take animals for example – I know that if I jiggle a box and it makes a sound (a symbolic reference for getting a treat), that my dog is going to react to that sound because she has an inner knowing and understanding that she will get a treat from that box. She does not technically use concrete thinking, or else she would know the difference between a box of treats shaking versus a box of marbles shaking. But if I shake each box, marbles first, she is going to come running.
That is a really crude example but I think you get the point. This is the difference between animals and humans. We have evolved so much we are constantly thinking critically and making assessments based on tiny amounts of linear information. So, when we work our intuition or psychic abilities we are really activating the animalistic, instinctual side to our brains – something that we use every day, but we have science to explain in ways that seemingly take away the magic or woo-woo to it.
So, when we work our intuition or psychic abilities we are really activating the animalistic, instinctual side to our brains – something that we use every day, but we have science to explain in ways that seemingly take away the magic or woo-woo to it. Knowing how our intuition works does not decrease its value!
If anything, it increases its value because when we understand where the information is coming from and how we are perceiving it, we can then program it and utilize and manipulate it further to take it to all new levels. It becomes a tool we can use, rather just be at the mercy of. We become in control of our abilities.
Are psychic abilities real?
The answer is yes. It is real. But, it is symbolic, and not based on fact. Intuition is not, and can never be, factual. That would defeat the purpose of intuition!
Is intuition always correct?
The answer is yes. You are always 100% correct in your intuition, or what you’re perceiving from a person (in lieu of a symbol) as long as you’re being truthful.
Is your intuition always right?
No. There can be no 100% right answers with intuition. Intuition is not concrete thinking. We are giving psychic impressions only, not spouting facts. Our human bodies are not perfect and we are prone to breakdown and misinformation for any number of reasons.
Perhaps we aren’t feeling good, or perhaps we are interpreting signs and symbols based off our experience (concrete thinking) instead of universal experience (abstract thinking). This is why it is so important to heal ourselves in conjunction with healing others. We must be a non-biased filter of symbolism to a measure of accuracy.
Types of Psychic Abilities
Now that we have a really great foundation to understand the basic psychology of psychic abilities and intuition, let’s talk more about the specific types of psychic abilities out there. So we understand that we interpret the Divine through the use of feelings, impressions, and symbols – but just how do we actually access that information?
I am going to break down the psychic abilities in the format of using the chakras. An easy way to open up a specific ability is to do work on the chakra linked to it. You will notice I have left out the Crystal Heart Chakra and the Soul Star Chakra because they are cosmic chakras and not linked to any psychic ability in particular.
Root Chakra: Clairtangency (clear touching) — More commonly known as psychometry. To handle an object or touch an area and perceive through one’s hands (or touch in general) information about the article or its owner or history that was not previously known by the reader. For example, knowing that the ring on your friend’s hand was actually her great grandmother’s wedding ring without anyone telling you.
Sacral Chakra: Clairgustance (clear tasting) — To taste a substance without it being physically present. Those who possess this ability are able to perceive the essence of a substance from the spiritual or ethereal realms through taste. It is not limited to just food and drink! A person may have a specific taste, or a car may have a specific taste. For example, when thinking of a red convertible, someone with clairgustance may taste copper pennies.
Solar Plexus Chakra: Clairaudience (clear hearing) — To perceive sounds/words and extrasensory noise, from sources from spiritual or ethereal realm, in the form of “inner ear” or mental tone which are perceived without the aid of the physical ear and beyond the limitations of ordinary time and space. These tones and vibrations are more easily perceived in an alpha state and during meditation, though many clairaudients can obtain verbal and sound-related information regarding the past, present, and future in a variety of environments.
Heart Chakra: Clairalience or Clairscent (clear smelling) — To smell a fragrance/odor of which is not in one’s surroundings. These odors are perceived with or without the aid of the physical nose and beyond the limitations of ordinary time and space. Example: Cigarette Smoke, Perfume, Grandma’s Cookies.
Throat Chakra: A Channel is person who allows his/her body and mind to be used as a mechanism for etheric world intelligence to bring psychic information or healing energy to others. Channeling allows an etheric world intelligence to enter one’s mind and impress thoughts upon the consciousness to be spoken aloud, using one’s voice or body to deliver the information or healing energy.
Third Eye Chakra: Clairvoyant (clear vision) — To reach into another vibrational frequency and visually perceive “within the mind’s eye”. A clairvoyant is one who receives extrasensory impressions, and symbols in the form of “inner sight” or mental images which are perceived without the aid of the physical eyes and beyond the limitations of ordinary time and space. These impressions are more easily perceived in an alpha state and during meditation, though many clairvoyants can obtain visual information regarding the past, present and future in a variety of environments.
Crown Chakra: Clairsentience (clear feeling) — The ability that empaths use. An Empath is a person who can psychically tune in to the emotional experience of a person, place or animal. Clairsentients sense, rather than think, through the information they receive. In my own personal opinion, empath is an umbrella term to describe someone who is clairsentient or clairempathic (clear feeling) but has yet to develop their abilities or learn about them. For example, a person might develop a headache because the person they’re on the phone with has one. Also, Clairempathy (clear emotion) — Clairempathy is a type of telepathy to sense or feel within one’s self, the attitude, emotion or ailment of another person or entity. Empaths tune into the vibrations and feel the tones of the aura. We perceive other’s auras through our Crown Chakra.
Other Types of Psychic Phenomena
Apportation – Materialization, disappearance or teleportation of an object.
Aura Reading – Perception of energy fields surrounding people, places, and things.
Automatic Writing – Writing produced without conscious thought.
Astral Projection or Mental Projection – An out-of-body experience in which an astral body becomes separate from the physical body.
Bilocation or Multilocation – Being in multiple places at the same time.
Death Warning – A vision of a living person prior to his or her death.
Divination – Gaining insight into a situation, most commonly through a ritual
Dowsing – Ability to locate objects, sometimes using a tool called a dowsing rod.
Faith Healing – Diagnosing or curing diseases using religious devotion.
Levitation – Bodily levitation and flying.
Mediumship or Channeling – Communicating with spirits and/or Guides.
Precognition or Premonition – Perception of events before they happen.
Psychic Surgery – Removal of diseased body tissue via an incision that heals immediately afterwards.
Psychokinesis – The ability to manipulate objects by the power of thought.
Psychometry – Obtaining information about a person or object, usually by touching or concentrating on the object or a related object.
Pyrokinesis – Manipulation of fire.
Remote Viewing – Gathering of information at a distance.
Retrocognition – Perception of past events.
Scrying – Use of an item to view events at a distance or in the future.
Telepathy – Transfer of thoughts, words or emotions in either direction.