Psychic development means purposefully developing awareness and control
of natural non-physical aspects of ourselves, so that we can live and
express more fully and openly. It is a rewarding pursuit that allows us
to refine ourselves as individuals, as well as being of service to
others. Psychic abilities are not spiritual pursuits in themselves,
although, like anything else, they can be used in a spiritual manner
according to the intent and purpose of the person using them. They are
tools that help us to live fruitfully.
An understanding of the metaphysical world is useful in
developing psychic skills. Every physical structure is permeated and
animated by complex metaphysical structures and energies, which bring
order to the physical, feeding it energy and allowing it to change and
be flexible. Without these forces, all would be either in a state of
chaos or static and unchanging.
Other planes co-exist with and within the physical realm, vibrating at
increasingly higher rates. The closest to the physical in vibration is
the astral realm, which we access during sleep, even though most people
do not remember it. Human beings have a body to match every plane. All
physical matter also has etheric material that occupies a place between
the astral and physical worlds. This acts as a filter, allowing in
appropriate astral energies and keeping out those energies that we are
not yet ready for. As we refine ourselves and grow, our etheric
changes, allowing in more of the higher energies.
We also have energy centres, chakras and flows of energy throughout and
around the physical body. A part of this is the aura, which is a
strikingly colourful and active energy field that interpenetrates and
surrounds the physical body. We receive energy from the Earth and from
the Universe, which we transform and use in every aspect of our lives.
The physical realm could not exist without all these metaphysical
It is natural for us to have conscious awareness of and to access these
non-physical aspects of ourselves and our world. Often we are just out
of step with them through the way we live, think and express in our
physical lives. We allow ourselves to become too busy and stressed to
put time aside for spiritual and metaphysical activities.
We can learn to perceive the beautiful flows of energy and colour that
are part of our world. We can learn to feel the energies flowing
through us and value our part in such great processes. We can become
conscious of our astral activities while we are sleeping. Other psychic
abilities include development of intuition, perception of nature spirits and other beings, awareness of the Earth's processes, healing,
scrying, visionary experiences and many other types of metaphysical
journeying and events. These can be very personal and the type and
feeling of the experiences can vary greatly from one individual to the
next. All provide insight, understanding and a feeling of reverence for
all Life. Once a person has experienced even a small part of these
possibilities, it is impossible to imagine living without them as they
are so natural and wonderful.