06/16/2012 09:14 am ET Updated Aug 16, 2012

On You Being Psychic: Part 1 -- Knowing It

Here is a premise to ponder: that you were born psychic and intuitive -- meaning you came in with extrasensory radar that could move beyond time and space and report back with information you had not heard nor seen, tasted, smelled or touched.

Every now and then you likely get glimmers of your psychic ability in the form of "intuition." There is something you just "know" or feel. Most of us commonly dismiss, diminish or ignore this awareness. Think of the times you have later muttered "Oh, if I had only followed my intuition about this situation (or person)!"

Given my premise that you were born psychic, meaning with access to knowledge and information which did not come through your five senses and that often go well beyond the subtle pattern-recognition phenomena of your brain, then those moments of intuition or psychic clarity would hardly be remarkable in their own right. They stand out sharply ONLY against a general daily life in which you are out of touch with this side of yourself and instead are running on (and thinking with) other information and systems -- or as science has shown, with other parts of the brain.

In fact, we know from voluminous research into psychic phenomenon by scientists and scholars associated with many leading universities and institutions that psychic knowing is normative, not unusual. Some people have an extraordinary amount of it. Others have inklings.

Continuing with my premise, if we were all born psychic, there are profound implications to this.

- Ipso facto, you possess some yet-unexplained receptors that allow you to read or detect subtle information fields.

- That those subtle information fields exist somewhere.

- That this must be an innate human ability, the degree of which varies with different people.

- That this ability must to some degree either be quashed or encouraged by the experiences in childhood, including the manner in which you are nurtured and programmed by family, friends and community.

- Because so many of us don't retain much access to this level of knowing, it is fairly safe to conclude that most societies and child socialization processes tend to suppress rather than encourage this latent ability.

- That this ability is not something you created. It MUST have a larger and brilliantly-intelligent source.

- That if this capacity is innate and lying dormant in you, there may be ways to reclaim that knowing by clearing away your programmed, reactive and emotional blocks to accessing it.

- That the blocks to it can be cleared given that some people become more intuitive and psychic as they age or as they train themselves (evolve themselves) differently.

- That the clear evolutionary possibility of the species is to evolve past the mind chatter we call "thinking" into a clear state of operating and choosing from a deeper knowing that ipso facto is connected to a universal field of all-knowing.

I write this as a person who is myself highly psychic and who knows many others who are as well. My earlier business success was helped along significantly by a clarity in specific situations that went beyond any information I possessed or ego claims I might have made for rational decision making. My more recent success as a life coach has been consistently supported by an ability to see the very specific childhood development pattern of my clients and, even more profoundly, by a gift that I certainly didn't create for myself: to be able to fathom the authentic nature and innate specific creativity of my clients, e.g., who they would be and how they would be expressing themselves in the world if they could shed their inhibiting socialized programs and beliefs and heal their reactive emotional bodies and mind chatter.

My experience of clients happily acknowledging their inner alignment with these visions, which are akin to "soul readings," and then moving their lives into successful alignment with these paths, has shown me the extraordinary value of operating from an inner knowing that transcends the senses and taps into a field of awareness with which mystics (and many meditators) are familiar -- and which, alas, has been socialized into insignificance in the daily lives of most of us.
No surprise then that my preference is that we all learn to reclaim this gift, and my belief is the species and each of us will thrive as we do so. Moreover, in an age of potential self-inflicted mass annihilation from nuclear or human-created ecological causes, not to reclaim this aptitude is extraordinarily dangerous, in that it leaves individual, societal and political decision-making to the more mechanical parts of our brains and therefore to the mercies of our socialized trainings -- and these significantly work to disconnect us from both our true selves and from each other, whereas inner knowing is a taproot to wisdom and to connective, sane thinking in alignment with nature.

Jay Levin founded and for many years edited the LA Weekly newspaper, which he grew to be the largest urban weekly in the U.S., before being drawn into life, relationship and business coaching by a passion to facilitate and witness positive transformations in people's lives, relationships and careers. He has developed his own life, relationship and career success training programs that he provides to individuals and groups. He has been trained in hundreds of workshops and in a master's degree program in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica. For more information visit

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