Oda May Brown isn’t the only psychic on the block any more. Neither is the butcher’s wife or the little boy who sees dead people. Even Stephen King has had to share some of the pie when you talk about this topic. What is it? Psychic Phenomena.

In the last 30 years, the interest in the paranormal, extrasensory perception (ESP) and the use of psychic powers has escalated. Beyond your basic Stephen King novel, the idea of being psychic or having psychic abilities has penetrated deeply into genre of mainstream television and movies. In 1990, the movie Ghost with Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg as Oda May Brown was the first blockbuster film to portray psychic phenomena in a positive light. The following year, The Butcher’s Wife was released where Demi Moore portrays a clairvoyant woman who is married to a butcher in Greenwich Village. This speaks nothing of the impact Haley Joel Osment had on viewers as he portrayed Cole Sear, the young boy who could see dead people, in The Sixth Sense.

On television, this interest is not diminished. We are bombarded with commercials for the Psychic Friends Network, Miss Cleo and other psychic advice lines. Unfortunately, these shows do not promote the credibility of this once-coveted art. Fortunately, there are a number of shows emerging that explore this phenomena in a more serious light. Dramatically speaking, we have shows such as the Outer Limits, the X-Files, Profiler and even Star Trek. Sylvia Brown, Caroline Myss and James van Praagh are frequent guests on shows such as Oprah, Maury and Montel. In fact, stations such as the Learning Channel, the History Channel and the Discovery Channel have also jumped onto this bandwagon, setting aside a large number of viewing hours each month to cover this and other paranormal topics.

With all of the attention being given to psychic phenomena, its true nature still lies deeply shrouded in mystery. Mass media has significantly improved the sinister and evil stigma once associate with this ability, but in doing so it has inadvertently misrepresented the essence of the psychic experience.

The truth is that we all have psychic experiences daily. Some people describe these experiences having a moment of intuition, as an impression or even a gut feeling. Others write them off as a weird happenstance or coincidence. When we have a psychic experience, we are receiving information on non-verbal levels. It is as if we each act as radio transmitters, sending out our thoughts, feelings and emotions. In turn, we also possess finely tuned reception equipment built into us that allows us to receive this information from others.

When we receive psychic information, it can be experienced in a number of different ways – a thought, a feeling or even knowingness. By paying attention to sensations in our physical bodies, to changes in our emotions or to what we are thinking, we can "tune in" on psychic levels. This is the experience.

The simple truth regarding psychic abilities is this: We all have access to this form of non-verbal communication. In fact, many of us recognize it when we receive it, even if we don’t have the correct word to associate with it. In the end, regardless of the amount of information being received, it does us no good at all if we do not use it. So if you are getting bad vibes from somebody, trust it! If your inner knowing is working to guide you in one direction or another, listen to it. If you find that you just know something, believe in its worth. And for God’s sake, if you find that a friend or loved one has a headache – get them an aspirin.

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Rita Louise, Ph.D., is a bestselling author and medical intuitive. She is the host of Just Energy Radio and the Founder of the Institute of Applied Energetics. She is the author of Man-Made: The Chronicles Of Our Extraterrestrial Gods, Avoiding The Cosmic 2X4, Dark Angels: An Insider’s Guide To Ghosts, Spirits & Attached Entities and The Power Within, as well as hundreds of articles that have been published worldwide. She has appeared on radio and television and has spoken at conferences on health and healing, ghosts, intuition, ancient mysteries and the paranormal. For more information, visit www.soulhealer.com or listen to her live at www.justenergyradio.com. Contact her by email.

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