Many people ask me how to know when a psychic/spiritual message is
real. In other words, how can we know the message is not just from our
own imagination or wishful thinking? Not to minimize the value of
imagination or wishful thinking! In my experience imagination and
psychic ability are very closely connected anyway which is why it’s hard
to differentiate one from the other.
Run with Your Imagination
In the beginning you’ll just have to run with your imagination for a
while until you’re able to feel the difference. Keep detailed records
of when you’ve acted upon with what you assumed was imagination and soon
it will be apparent that the way you felt while in that mode was one or
the other. Like everything else you want to develop in yourself, the
more you practice the better you get at it. I’ve been practicing using
my psychic senses for fifty years so naturally I’m pretty good at it.
You would be too at anything you’ve practiced for half a century!
You can think of it as the same as touch. You are aware when you
touch your own hand by the double sensation not only the sensation of
the hand that you touch, but of the hand that touches the other portion.
The mental process by which you arrive at any thought is a double
process too; you are not only aware of the thought vibrating upon the
brain, or within the brain, but you are aware of the consciousness which
produces the thought as a subtle thread which lays along the
intelligent power named volition. It is the vibration upon the brain
When a thought enters your mind without this dual consciousness,
without this other subtle process, a distinct thought that is just as
palpable as the dropping of a drop of water upon the hand, or the touch
of another person upon the body that thought is not yours; that is a
Frequently such impressions come in a whirl of distraction, when your
mind if preoccupied with something else, as distinctly as if a pebble
were dropped into a clear lake. You just know it’s not yours. Your
next challenge of course is figuring out just whose it is and of course
what to do with it. If you are receiving what you believe to be
spiritual messages that are guiding you along a path you would normally
consider immoral or unhealthy then chances are these are coming from you
shadow self. That’s a whole different matter. Good to know your
shadow thoughts but no so good to act on them.
Beware of Impressions in Direct Accordance with Wishes
Furthermore, you should be wary of any impressions which are in
direct accordance with your wishes. When human desire is activated,
there is lack of clarity in the perception of truth, particularly if
your desire is a selfish one. Love not desire is the source of all that
is in spirit.
Many of our night dreams are really simply wish fulfillments so not
surprisingly much of our imagination is assigned a similar task. We all
have wishes that we know will remain unfulfilled. This can be so
annoying and stressful that our imaginations are triggered to quickly
kick in to ease the pressure. This is why it can be almost impossible
to do readings for yourself. You are just a tad too invested in the
outcome and the likelihood that your reading is simply a wish realized
is too high.
Even having a dear friend read for you can be problematic. It’s
hardly pleasurable to be the bearer of bad news. A loved one also can
be vulnerable to becoming overly invested in seeing you happy. I always
warn my students about this snag. Be careful to avoid reading for
loved ones – pass them along to another student. Share your relatives
and friends! The reading has a better chance at accuracy and honesty.
Trust only your impressions and intuitions that come at variance with
your selfish wishes, for they are not only from the inner nature of
your own spirit, but are doubtless the promptings of the guardian spirit
to lead you aright. The moral energies here intervene and frequently
an impression may be in direct opposition to your individual wish and
will. If the impression however does come upon a subject that you have
no knowledge of and no judgement on, and an impression distinctly comes,
obey it, for in nearly every instance when you do not obey, you regret
If you are attributing a message to spirit, the first question you
must ask yourself, “Am I at all attached to any outcome?” If there is
even a hint of yes, you are very likely caught in a rationalization of
wishful thinking and listening to the voice of desire not spirit.
Better to Know the Truth
It’s not easy to be impartial and impart bad news. That too takes
practice and commitment. I won’t sacrifice my gift at the alter of
feel-good readings because they don’t serve my client fairly anyway.
Better to know the truth of what is going on here and crack on in a new
direction than hang around in the same conundrum for years on end
wasting all that precious time on something that’s never going to make
you happy or bring you the fulfillment you are seeking. To be true to
spirit, I must tell the truth and if you are going to develop your
psychic gift in earnest so must you learn to do this first with yourself
and then with others who are seeking your advice.
The best gift of self-discipline you can give yourself is to develop
your intuition to its highest possible degree. It will serve you well
in every aspect of your life!
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