How to Focus Psychic Abilities

Are you trying to “focus” your clairaudient intuition, your awareness of guiding voices, your psychic perception? Are you trying to concentrate and isolate these channels, to hear the “other voices” of your higher self, of your spirit guides?

Your full awareness — your total consciousness — includes your intuition, your subconscious, your emotions, your psychic abilities, your vibes, your gut… It’s bigger, broader, softer, looser, fuzzier — it encompasses much more than just your Thinking Mind.

Visualizing the Invisible
In this particular example, I’m going to elaborate about your clairaudience, but the same concepts apply to all the clair‘s.

Picture your psychic abilities, or your intuition, as the beam of a flashlight. When you concentrate — when you focus — you tighten up, you narrow, you limit the beam of your “hearing.”

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Fig 1 — Normal Listening

Let’s say the above illustration represents multiple channels of information — other voices — on different levels:

  • The big White Wave represents the information you hear in your normal, real, everyday perception — say it’s me, talking to you — or your reading this article…
  • The smaller Gray Waves represent “other voices” — let’s say they are your spirit guides or your higher self…
  • The translucent White Circle represents the beam of your conscious awareness when you listen — what you’re paying attention to…

Or you could picture this as a car radio tuner:

  • The big White Wave is the station you’re hearing loud and clear…
  • The thin Gray Waves are the other voices — other stations — that are potentially in your range, if you just tune them in…
  • The White Circle is the dial you can adjust to pick up other stations…

You know how, sometimes, when you’re looking for something on the radio, you can set your dial between two stations, and actually hear both of them, overlapping? There may be a little noise, or static, one may be clearer and stronger than the other, but you can hear more than one station at the same time.

If you tune the dial up or down, to bring in one more clearly, you lose the other. But when you’re sitting on one “station” you have no idea what’s coming in on another station right next to it — even though the other stations are there.

If you tune in too tightly — if you focus or concentrate the beam of your perception too much — you end up with a smaller, narrower awareness, like this:

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Fig 2 — Over-focused Listening

Focusing and concentrating with only your Thinking Mind does the opposite of picking up more — if you try to isolate or pinpoint or laser-focus your awareness, without knowing exactly where the best “spot” is, you end up narrowing the beam of your clairaudient intuition. You could point this narrow listening at three different places, and hit silence, noise, or a smaller section of what you’re already getting.

Here’s what narrow spots of clairaudient listening look like — these are limited expectations — what you think you’re supposed to be going for:

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Fig 3 — Little Listening, All Over the Place

This lesson or instruction is channeled information from someone else’s spirit guides. I did a reading for a woman a few years ago who had powerful natural psychic ability. She asked me to ask her spirit guides how she could improve or develop her clairaudience — what could she do to hear them better.

What I’m trying to describe here is what they explained to me.

The sitter for that reading wrote back:

“I know that I am clairaudient — I know that I hear my spirit guides — but I’m not always clear what they’re saying, unless [certain moods, circumstances, or conditions apply]…”

Your Thinking Mind is the “culprit” in limiting your clairaudience, clairvoyance, and intuition. Look at your word choice: “I am clairaudient… but I’m not always clear… unless…” You are negating your ability and attaching expectations as well as conditions. You are identifying limitations.

“Okay. I can accept this. When you’re unaware of an aspect about yourself, and then it suddenly comes through to you in your field of perception, it’s often very difficult to see and understand. And that’s where I am at. I don’t totally mentally comprehend what you’re saying, but I can feel that it’s spot on. I think I need to just re-read it several times till it starts to sink in. What you’re suggesting is that I completely change the way I have been my whole life. (Not that I don’t agree with you that maybe it’s time that I try that, I do!) It’s just no small task. I’m not sure where to start in this mess of me. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated.”

Again, let’s say your intuitive abilities are like a flashlight:

You know how you can twist a flashlight to focus the beam into a tighter, brighter, smaller spot, or twist it the other way and it expands the circle of illumination with a looser, fuzzier pool of light?

Okay — don’t think “I need to change” as in “I need a new flash light.” You don’t even need to turn it on — it’s already on, it works.

What your guides are telling you about expanding and developing your intuitive abilities is this:

You experience limitations because that beam is too tightly focused. Don’t change it. There’s nothing wrong with it. Just allow it to become bigger, fuzzier, expansive — allow your definition of what is intuitive information to become looser, more relaxed.

The Goal for Hearing More:
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Fig 4 — Psychic Intuition doesn’t begin as anything precise

Yes, listening clairaudiently will be fuzzier — it’s not a laser beam — it’s not about precision — you will see more and learn how to hear more and discern more in your psychic channel by letting it get bigger, softer.

Note how you’re catching more by doing the opposite of focusing or concentrating. With a big, broad, sloppy, relaxed intuition you’re more likely to pick up “a bunch of stuff” at the same time.

Then, you can start isolating within that “bigger bunch of stuff” — tightening up and tuning in and spotlighting a smaller area within the bigger source — then you know where to shine that focused beam — like this:

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Fig 5 — Begin to focus after you find the right area to focus in

Your spirit guides are suggesting you change, but not as you expect. They’re not saying you can’t, you don’t, or you’ve got it all wrong. They’re just telling you to back away from that tiny spot of expectation and view the intuitive information from “higher up,” with a larger focal point.

Maybe to focus your psychic abilities, what you actually need to do is let the light you’re shining grow to illuminate more by twisting it in “the other direction.”

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Psychic Boxes and Bubbles

Image - Bubble BoxThe Oneness — the Connection between All Things — is central to your reality as an intuitive.

Some would argue that any “separateness” is an illusion — more an abstraction of reality than a fact.

Yet, to maintain the balance between your professional effectiveness and your well-being, working as an intuitive requires you to continually explore and manipulate perspectives of connection and separation.

Healthy Psychic Distance

In addition to rituals of psychic protection and energy clearing, there are ways to create healthy psychic distance — even when you’re in the middle of an intentional reading.

Sometimes you DO have to retreat into yourself.
When you’re physically ill, feeling tired or stressed or a little bit blue, the connection can cause discomfort, anxiety, or even pain — the sensitivity, the empathy, the input, the impulses and pulses of information, the psychic data — the vibes you normally might invite and labor to maintain can feel unwanted, unmanageable, and unhealthy.

Little Boxes

Instead of avoiding your intuition or totally yanking the plug on a reading, “put a box around” the information. In clinical psychotherapeutic terminology, the concept is very similar to “compartmentalization.”

Choose to identify exterior thoughts and feelings as separate from your own — and contained within a different energetic space and/or contained away from your mind and body.

Visualize the images you receive as existing inside a frame, or viewed through a window, or appearing on a monitor (like a television or computer screen).

You can often control psychic sound as you might a stereo or other audio equipment. Imagine yourself manipulating the controls on a radio, such as turning the volume down or changing channels. You can even hit the mute button or turn it off.

Blow Bubbles

It’s a little trickier to impose psychic distance when emotions are involved. If you’re an empath, you’ve probably grown accustomed to absorbing the emotional vibes of other people and mistakenly accepting these feelings as your own.

You can control much of this phenomenon by consciously identifying that some of the emotions you experience are not your own.

Creating this “psychic box” may require a bit of visualization as well as feeling. Picture yourself, other people — every other entity — as dwelling inside a bubble, like Glinda the Good Witch.

Question the origin of the emotions:

  • Who do these feelings belong to?
  • When and where did they originate?
  • When and where did you come into contact with them?

The very definition of claircognizance is direct thought download — thoughts are just there. You just know, and you don’t know how, when, or why you came to know.

Adapt the bubbles visualization from the section above on clairsentience — impose the concept of separation and compartmentalization. Then, invoke an interior animation or instant replay of events. Ask your spirit guides to supply information.

Investigate the origin of the thoughts, facts, data, or ideas:

  • Did these thoughts belong to someone else?
  • When and where were they first channeled, created, or manifested?
  • When and where — and perhaps by whom — were they projected to you?

By employing boxes and bubbles, you can remain consciously aware while imposing just a little — just enough — psychic distance.

What techniques do you use in this context that the rest of us might like to borrow?
Please share in the comments.

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How is Your Spirit Like a Web Browser?

WebI find computer, internet, and technology metaphors extremely helpful in wrapping my brain around metaphysical concepts. Not the esoteric, complex, mechanical explanations, but the simple way we relate to virtual environments in everyday life.

You can log on to the Internet from your computer; I can log on from mine. We can view the exact same web page — yet we accept and understand the fact that the page is not IN our computers (or inside any one machine, for that matter).

You can download one of my audio meditations or lectures and listen to me on your computer or your mp3 player or your stereo, but I am not IN your computer, or inside your iPod earbuds or stereo speakers.

These are just physical devices that allow you to connect to information. These devices can interface with virtual or non-physical forms of information. These machines can also translate the information forms from one type into another and back again; the information can exist in more than one location simultaneously; the information can travel across space, time, and dimensions.

It all seems amazing, wondrous, even magical when you contemplate our technology in this way — yet even the most amazing man-made machines are crude compared to the nuanced complexity of the human body, mind, and spirit.

It may help you (as it does me) to think of your body and your spirit working together as hardware and software.

The senses of your body are like antennae — computer inputs; your consciousness (the synergy of your mind and your soul) operates like a web browser. Your “computer” can be technically connected to the Internet even if you’re not viewing it. You have programs installed on your computer which may be running in the background without your paying attention to them or actively using them. You have programs that you’ve never even opened up or ran before — the programming is nevertheless available to you. You also have multiple programs that can perform the same function, but you may prefer to use one instead of another, for any number of reasons.

Your body, as a machine, has a variety of antennae or inputs which receive different kinds of signals and can process a lot of different forms of information. There are the five basic physical senses that you’ve known about since you were a child; there are the four basic metaphysical senses — clairvoyance, clairaudience, claircognizance, and clairsentience.

Different forms of information can be received and processed by different types of antennae or input centers.

Your spirit is a connection to a vast Universal Search Engine…log on! And remember: you don’t have to be a computer programmer to surf like a pro.

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