A question I am often asked is how I ‘control’ my psychic sense. My answer is I don’t because I can’t. Most of the psychic impressions I receive on a daily basis occur of their own accord, not as a result of my efforts. In fact, ‘effort’ can have the effect of blocking subtle information from reaching my awareness. Throughout my life psychic moments have arisen spontaneously but when I began doing readings professionally I obviously had to call on my abilities at a particular time for a particular client. I wasn’t at all sure how this would work but I had prepared myself in a few ways that I feel made it possible to “tune in” in a more structured way. This is a delicate process so I made use of both meditation and some of the remote viewing skills that I learned how to use in the Silva Method courses as a way to begin each reading.
My personal psychic sense never entirely ‘shuts down’ as evidenced by premonitory dreams and moments of sudden ‘knowing’ that occur in the course of an ordinary day. Nevertheless, I do need to ‘screen out’ random information when I’m in social situations so as to avoid being overwhelmed and incapable of normal social contact. The active ‘scanning’ – for want of a better word – that I do in readings requires that I shift into a very relaxed and receptive state that becomes a mild trance state as the reading progresses. Obviously, this is not an ideal state for social gatherings – or driving to and from them!
When we meet new people we need to be able to concentrate on what they are saying so that our responses are appropriate in the circumstances. This comes naturally to most of us in any case. Even in the active listening mode however, we may pick up more than what is being said to us. We are forming impressions of other people all the time so at some level our ‘radar’ is still functioning as it should be in order to provide at least minimal protection from people who might pose a threat or otherwise create future problems for us. So although I don’t deliberately ‘scan’ everyone I meet in every setting, my intuition is still aware and will signal me at some point when there is reason for caution. The difference is that I don’t enter social or casual encounters with the intention of ‘reading’ them and the nature of intention itself sets the level of awareness appropriate to the situation.
© Delia O’ Riordan 2012
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