The word psychic is loosely used to describe a wide variety
of mental phenomena such as "telepathy", "precognition", "clairvoyance"," clairaudience",
"psychokenesis" and others. The word itself is derived from the name of
the Greek Goddess Psyche, who was believed to rule over dreams, visions,
mental illness and other mysterious manifestations of the deep mind. The
word itself is associated with the concept of going deep, of plunging or
probing the depths of self to gain insight, knowledge and inspiration.
In a practical sense it means to obtain solutions to problems that cannot
seemingly be solved, at least from the viewpoint of our waking or "normal"
self and perceptions.
The Goddess "Psyche", and other cultural manifestations of the Divine
Feminine are intimately connected with water, and springs that arose from
the ground. The water that gushed forth from the depths of the earth was
inextricably linked in the subconscious with the emotions, dreams and visions
that bubbled up from the depths of the mind as mysteriously as the water
coming forth from the earth.
Water collected from these springs was thought to possess qualities
that potentate the process of "Psychic" inspiration, and was put into
special containers and gazed into to obtain visions and knowledge. This
practice we know of as "Scrying", is as ancient as these springs, and is
found almost universally. The use of crystals and mirrors were developmental
offshoots of "water Scrying".
Psyche was eventually associated with man made wells and fountains.
The practice of throwing coins into a well or fountain while making a wish
is a direct descendant, a vestigial memory of spiritual practices associated
with the "Goddess" worship of cultures worldwide.
"Psychic Abilities are viewed as somehow evil, or satanic by many
western religious organizations. Yet upon examination we find that most,
if not all of these religions and sects were founded upon the "mystical"
and "psychic" inspiration on the part of their founders.
The history of the Christian church is filled with persons bearing
There is Paul the Simple, born in 339 A.D. A student of St. Anthony
in Egypt who performed miracles of healing and the power to read men's minds.
He was called "The Simple" because of his childlike innocence.
There was Mary Magdalene Dei Pazzi, born in 1566 who possessed the
gifts of Prophecy, the ability to read thoughts, and performed miracles
of healing. She was Canonized a Saint in 1669.
Francis Croese, born in 1804 at Comporosse, Italy, was known all
over the city for Miracles of healing and for farseeing. He invariably
possessed knowledge of persons and events far from Italy, that dumbfounded
A prime example is Albertus Magnus, born in 1206. The eldest son
of the Count of Bollsdadt in Swabia, of what is now Germany. He was the
Mentor of St. Thomas Aquinas. Known for his brilliance and erudition, and
his encyclopedic knowledge, he was dubbed by his contemporaries" the universal
doctor". He was for a time the personal tutor of theology to Pope Alexander
He was widely renowned for his ability to know men's thoughts, to
commune with the souls of the departed, to prophecy men's fates, as well
as healing, the ability to alter weather and other charisms of the Spirit.
He was also an Astrologer, Scientist and Philosopher who was the first
to reconcile Platonic rationalism with the Theology of the Church and the
question of Faith.
His gifts lead to such controversy during the early years of the
Inquisition, that he resigned as the Bishop of Regensburg and very narrowly
escaped being a victim of that Shameful Blight on the Soul of the Church.
A very vocal opponent of this Inquisition, and the horrors that it wrought,
he was ultimately unassailable because of his high standing and unquestionable
holiness. Never the less his Gifts were so profound and varied that he
remained a controversial figure, and in spite of constant calls for his
canonization was only recently canonized a Saint and declared a Doctor
of the Church by Pope Pius XI in 1931.
These are simply a few examples relating to the early history of
the Christian Church in the West, not including the wide history of these
Gifts of the Spirit as they manifest in all the major world religions both
in the West and The East.
The nature of psychic abilities are found in the fundamental reality
of the deep interconnection that exists the apparently singular person
and their environment. The Buddhist religion points to this interconnection
and interdependence between seemingly disconnected and independent phenomena
We are all interconnected through more avenues and upon subtler levels
than we normally perceive. Our physical senses distract and limit us from
perceiving this. Our individual personalities, prejudices and other mental
and emotional rigidities block and distort what enters our awareness and
how we react to what we perceive. This is why the forced development of
"psychic" abilities is frowned upon in spiritual disciplines that understand
them. We cannot often gain clarity through our normal perceptions, and
the forced development of perception without the ethical grounding and
mental discipline that is required, will inevitably lead to greater confusion
and not clarity. In short, everyone is psychic simply by virtue of existing.
Like musical ability, the ability to be psychic is universal in principle,
in practice of course this is not the case. Musical ability ranges hugely,
from someone who is tone deaf, to a Bach, Handel or Mendelson. In spiritual
and psychic genius the range is greater, from a self centered, ego bound,
psychopathic serial killer, to a spiritual and psychic Einstein such as
The Christ and The Buddha.
Spiritual Clairvoyance is not a well understood charism , but I will share
my experience of this. At a very young age I began experiencing what can only
be described as visions of the spirits of the departed. These visions were not
simply visual, but also encompassed elements of sensation and thought that are
very hard to describe verbally. It was at this same age, that I began
experiencing what can be described as bright multicoloured light around the
bodies of those around me, what I now know is commonly called "the
Aura". You can imagine how difficult this was to describe at such a young
age. My poor grandmother had no idea how to deal with me and my "vivid
imagination". This is how most in our culture refer to such experiences.
Yet how is one to describe such perceptions, how can someone describe colour
to a person who is blind?
It was of course very difficult to integrate these experiences into the
meaning and purpose of everyday life. To try and maintain a focus on practical
routines and the demands of everyday life is difficult enough, never mind
distractions of this nature. I was very fortunate that as time went on that I
discovered in books descriptions of phenomena that corresponded with my own
During my adolescence as my experience and understanding grew, I
naturally became more and more driven to delve more deeply into the nature and
meaning of these "gifts". That is how I consider them now as gifts,
although for most of my life the emotional and social isolation that resulted
from these "gifts" caused a great deal of pain. It can be extremely
difficult to hold a conversation with someone while some deceased relative of
theirs is standing behind them demanding attention and determined to
communicate some message. Of course this is not an easy topic to insert into
the conversation for obvious reasons.
As my study of these matters deepened, my interest in all matters of a
religious and spiritual nature intensified over time. I have studied the dogma
and philosophy of the major world religions, and some of the more obscure ones
as well. I particularly focused on the elements that dealt with matters of
mystical experience within the more dogmatic outer expressions of popular
religion. The attitude towards these type of experiences varies widely within
all religious contexts. In many religious structures, mystical experience is
feared and considered inherently evil. At the same time within these same
structures you will find mystical experience to be the pivotal force both
creating and inspiring these structures. The acceptance of these experiences
limited to the structure itself and ultimately rejecting the experiences of
nonmembers, or when the experiences of members challenge the existing power
Contrary to many popular "new age" conceptions, and those held
by many adherents of spiritualism, not all and indeed very few of those in
spirit seemed to me to be sainted and all wise simply by virtue of having
died. During my youth I encountered spirits of widely differing character and
temperament. Some seem lost, dazed and confused, tied to a particular
environment or person. Some were of good character and motivation whose chief
concern was the guidance and protection of those still living that they had
cared about in life. Indeed many in this category seem to have gone through
some sort of transformative experience with their death, in the sense that
they seemed to possess a deeper insight into life, and a perspective that had
a profound change upon their character. There seems to be a sense of mission
about these presence's, and I did receive intimations that they were receiving
some sort of higher guidance.
There have been encounters with beings of great wisdom and love that I
can Only describe as Angelic. I encountered beings who were when alive people
of great hostility and anger, these people in their after death state seem
quite earthbound. They congregate around certain people and environments that
are saturated with emotions and thoughts of a darker quality. I have also had
a number of encounters with entities that in no discernible way seem human at
all to me, they carry with them an atmosphere of such hatred and pure
malevolence, that it is not describable in words. Let me just say that they
inspire such fear in someone confronted with them, that the emotional and
mental well being of that person is threatened in such encounters.
Overall the contact that I have had with persons on the other side of
the veil is a positive one for all concerned, much pain and unresolved issues
have been repaired with such encounters.
A final word on this subject, I am not a trance medium or channeler, I
am in full consciousness in these communications with my free will and
faculties fully functioning. There is a fundamental difference between these
two activities that are fully dealt with in another article on this site.
Trance medium ship, channeling and such tools as the Ouija Board are dangerous
methods of spiritual communication that can lead to obsession, hauntings and
potentially full spiritual possession.
What is a Reading?
A reading is exactly that, "a reading", of the conditions that
exist both within and without the individual, the patterns which exist that
are creating suffering in that persons life and consciousness. I reflect upon
and receive inspiration and guidance that will be of the most direct and
practical use to that person at that time. I am not omniscient of course, but
my readings are accurate and relevant to my clients. I place great emphasis on
self responsibility and self empowerment.
Contrary to many peoples perception of "fortune telling", the
future is very seldom set in one path and we have a greater influence on our
futures than we normally believe. In short, these readings are practical and
useful. They should be used as a tool and a guide to assist in dealing with
the issues confronting you, not as a crutch. I do not supply fantasy and
palliative platitudes. You must test and evaluate the truth and value within
my readings for yourself, and if you find the information of value and of
benefit, then and only then should you apply it yourself.
I look forward to being of service.
Respectfully, Adam Black