How to Expand Your Psychic Awareness–Pittsburgh lecture

How to Expand Your Psychic Awareness

Friday, March 4th, 7-8:30 PM

Journeys of Life

810 Bellefonte St, Pittsburgh, PA 15232

$5

Everyone has psychic ability. It can be a gut feeling, a premonition or ability to connect with those who have passed. Learn about the different skills and abilities used by professional psychics. Get simple tips and pointers that anyone can use to improve.

$5. Please call 412-681-8755 or EMAIL us (jean@journeysoflife.com) to reserve a seat. There is limited space. This is a community event, a great opportunity to get a feel for Victoria’s work. Bring your questions!

Introduction to Parapsychology, Part 2 Webinar

Introduction to Parapsychology, Part 2 Webinar

Wed, Sept 2nd

8-9:30pm EST

¬†Parapsychology is the scientific study of psychic phenomena, which many people are not aware of as it is not popularized in mainstream media. In part 2, I will discuss psychokinesis studies that cover mind over matter effects such as prayer, hands on healing, intention and meditation. We will cover the results of healing studies, the “feeling of being stared at,” as coined by Rupert Sheldrake, the Global Consciousness Project, studies of Transcendental Meditation, clairvoyance, and the government funded remote viewing program. I will also talk about my own experiment in remote viewing I conducted in graduate school. And we will also talk about what Dean Radin calls the “taboo of psi” an explanation as to why psi is not widely accepted by mainstream science. This is not a “woo-woo” type of lecture series, it is about science, although I will give my perspectives on the info I present.

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If you are not available for the live stream, you will have access to the recording.

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Meditation–Tips for Success!

Please see my other articles under the category of meditation¬†for information about the benefits of the practice and information for beginners. ¬†In addition to my work as a psychic medium, I also take people through guided meditations that are customized personally for your needs (whether it is for meeting your guides, releasing an emotional issue, or just simply to relax!). ¬†I also teach meditation and coach people in meditation, helping them to fit meditation into their life. ¬†And that is one of the most important parts–making meditation a habit! ¬†Here are some pointers to get meditation to work for you!

1: Carve out a meditation time and stick to it‚ÄĒAM or PM is fine.¬† Do not do more than you can reasonably fit into your schedule.¬† In the beginning it is more important that you do it, preferably every day‚ÄĒrather than how long your session is.¬† You can start with 5 minutes per day then gradually increase to 10 minutes, 15 minutes and 20 minutes.

2: Choose a practice that you like and/or change it up.  It is important that you enjoy your meditation practice especially in the beginning.  It is great to stick to a certain practice for a period of time to gain a deeper understanding of that method, but it is not good to become bored with or disinterested in your practice, so make changes and experiment when necessary.

3: Do yoga or stretch first. Physical activity will draw your own awareness into the body and away from your mind. A practice like yoga loosens the muscles and tendons allowing you to sit more comfortably. Additionally, yoga opens the body not only at the physical level but also at subtle level, which facilitates movement of energy in the body.

4: Pick a specific location in your home to meditate. Ideally the place you choose will be somewhere that does not have much activity at other times. Two reasons for doing this are, the subconscious is conditioned by repetition, so by going to the same place at the same time each day to meditate you can get yourself to expect to meditate when you are there. The second reason is that when you meditate you begin to create a particular vibration in that spot. With time, the space  will become increasingly attuned to this energy of meditation, again making it easier for you to meditate when you are there.  However, do not feel that you need this in order to meditate.  Meditation can be done anywhere, anytime.

5: Make sure your meditation time is respected. If you live with others make sure that they understand that you are not to be disturbed while you are meditating. Make the same commitment, for example if your phone should ring, be aware of it and continue your meditation.

6: Create some representation of sacred space in your meditation spot. This should obviously be what is meaningful for you, maybe an actual altar with pictures and objects, or maybe just a special rug and your meditation cushion.

7: Use ritual if it helps you. This doesn’t have to be elaborate it could be as simple as lighting a candle, or a lighting incense. The repetition of a ritual before you meditate, is again conditioning preparation for your body and mind.

8: Commit for the long haul. When you begin with the clear idea in your mind that the greatest benefits from meditation will accumulate with time, and get easier with time, and see it as an ongoing process, you are less likely to give up in frustration.

9: Meditate with understanding. Get clear in your mind exactly what you think meditation is and what it will be like before you start. Invariably everybody has ideas and expectations, it is very helpful to make them conscious before you start.

10: Be clear of your motivation to begin meditation. When you understand your reasons and objectives in beginning meditation you are more likely to find a practice or technique that will work for you at that time.  You can also convince yourself of its importance by studying the benefits of a regular mediation practice and support this conviction through the use of positive affirmations.

11: Begin with a particular practice that you have actively chosen and commit to doing it for a given time period.

12: Educate yourself. Confusion and misunderstanding is primarily caused by ignorance. Find a good teacher, or online community where you can get answers. Read some books on meditation and spiritual practice.

13: Notice if frustration starts to creep in to your practice. If you notice this happening take some time to explore what is going on for you, what expectation is not being fulfilled. Then examine the expectation itself and what is it based on.

14: Be prepared for some discomfort. It is normal in the beginning to experience some physical discomfort when sitting to meditate. Most people are not accustomed to sitting still, other than maybe slouched on a couch. Your body needs time to develop strength and openness in the right places to allow you to sit comfortably and alert. Sooner or later discomfort will also be experienced at the emotional and mental levels (emotional clearing.) If you are not consciously prepared for this it is likely to deter you from continuing.

15: Until you are well versed in your meditation practice it can be very beneficial to use a recording to guide you (and/or to make use of a meditation guide to guide you through the process.) This will help your mind to let go of concern about what you are doing, and the recording or personal guide can act as a guide until you no longer need it.

16: Start to look for moments of awareness during the day. Finding space to be consciously present during everyday activities is a wonderful way to evolve your meditation practice. Take advantage, of the time spent waiting in traffic, waiting in line, waiting for anything, to become present to yourself and what you are experiencing within yourself. Look for such opportunities in your day, however brief, simple as they are, can radically change your experience of life.

17: Do it together. Meditating with a partner or group can have many wonderful benefits, and can improve your practice. When meditating with others many people say that it improves the quality of their meditation. However, it is necessary to make sure that you set agreed-upon ground rules before you begin.

18: Don’t stress about it. This may be the most important tip for beginners, and the hardest to implement. Many people in beginning meditation become anxious about whether they are doing it right or not, or whether something they experience should be happening or not. In meditation it is important to accept and work with the experience you ARE having, rather than the experience you THINK you SHOULD be having.

19: Invest in a good, comfortable meditation cushion. If you need other things to allow your body to sit comfortably in without strain, get them. If you set yourself up with the things that you need, you are removing a future potential pitfall to your practice.

Many of these tips are originally from here, but I have placed my own little twist on these suggestions.

Happy Meditating! ¬†OM ūüėÄ

Tips to Increase your Psychic Ability–from Parapsychology

I have written elsewhere on this blog that parapsychology is the valid and legitimate, scientific study of “psi” phenomenon. ¬†Rather than justifying it here, I am interested in letting you know about what parapsychology can teach the average person about enhancing their own psychic ability. ¬†Yes, we all have it. ¬†I give thanks to William Braud’s work, and this work is representative of what others have said about what conditions allow for psychic ability to blossom. ¬†As a practitioner and a teacher of psychic development, I attest to each and every one of these, in fact, the great majority of training that I offer people uses most of these methods to increase one’s own natural ability.

This is why I teach my students that to maximize your ability (to do this for a living, for example,) steps need to be taken that are largely a lifestyle choice (or shift, if you are not familiar with these methods.) ¬†It does take some discipline and application of hard work and training to be proficient at this work. ¬†There are certain conditions that provide an optimal environment for psychic ability to function at its best. ¬†Here are some of those criteria (adopted from William Braud’s paper, available here, but this paper is very much in line with many other writings on the subject.)

“Psi” Conducive States

  • Relaxation, the relaxation response, and muscular relaxation (as achieved by progressive muscle relaxation, and meditation.)
  • ¬†A state of low arousal ( a lack of physical and mental stimulus.)
  • Cognitive quiet (the ability to slow the stream of thoughts prevalent in the “beta” brain wave, as achieved through meditation.)
  • Mild sensory deprivation (reduction of external visual and auditory sensory information.)
  • The hypnagogic state (achieved just before falling asleep and before becoming awake and alert, this is why many people have psychic experiences in their beds.)
  • Hypnosis (states of hypnosis are especially helpful for past life regressions, life between life sessions, in part because of the state of consciousness achieved, which includes enhanced imagination, suggestibility, absorption, and dissociation.)
  • The dream state (this is where your consciousness is more open, particularly to visits from those who have passed, it seems that for the beginner, this may be the most common state of consciousness related to psychic impressions.)
  • Psychoactive drugs (certain drugs that encourage shifts in states of consciousness….I do not however, recommend this to my students!!)
  • Less distractions or “noise” reduction (in our multi-tasking world, constantly being pulled in this direction or that, it is especially hard to achieve.)
  • The ability to turn your attention inward and focus on the internal world and impressions (as achieved through meditation.)
  • Confidence, belief in psychic ability, and expectancy of success (confidence and trust in the ability itself, those who believe in psychic ability are much more likely to experience it, also the power of positive thinking. ¬†This is where it is important to recognize how you may be blocking yourself here.)
  • Positive emotion/affect and states of mind, particularly, faith, hope, and love. ¬†(Love, caring and compassion are correlated with greater healing outcomes for healing practitioners, this is also achieved in many forms of meditation.)
  • Feedback, in terms of hits/misses and accuracy (Especially in the beginning, when trust has not been established by much practice and familiarity with the ability, it is helpful to have validation and feedback from others. ¬†This is a major part of the mentoring program that I offer. ¬†Once you are more confident, the need for feedback diminishes.)
  • Reduction of Egocentrism and increase in altruism ( A big one, the ego is a big stumbling block not only for the spiritual path, but also for psychic development.)
  • Love/Bonds between individuals enhances how the abilities are expressed specifically between them (such as occurs with soul mate telepathy, for example.)

As you can see, a common thread here is–meditation! ¬†This is the number one point that I really stress for all of my students. ¬†So does any other knowledgeable teacher. ¬†If you are interested in exploring this further and becoming my student, please let me know! ¬†I currently help students from all walks of life and ability levels individually to open to their inner knowing. ¬†Many of my students are applying intuition to practices such as massage therapy, art, music, healing work, and counseling, to name a few. ¬†Not to mention that developing your ability is also, coincidentally, a spiritual path that will also dramatically improve your life in so many other ways. ¬†I am proud to teach it! ūüėÄ