Anyone can catch a glimpse of spirit these days. Not that long ago in Western culture only religious leaders could, or at least that's what the rest of us were told and believed. Still, I can remember feeling something when surrounded by other humans, all of us singing a celebratory hymn. And, as a young adult, I lived a wonderful couple of years praying to God and quite clearly receiving guidance. As I matured and learned more about the ways of the world, however, I had to set belief in God aside. There was so much about human thinking about God that did not make sense.
In those young adult years I also became curious about spirit in a different way. I didn't call it 'spirit' in those days, but I was curious about psychics and their ability to see into the future. Some of this was curiosity about my own future. But most of it was curiosity about the ability to be psychic—what could be known and how.
After I caught my glimpse of spirit and began researching all things 'spirit,' I came across a definition that included reference to the root of the word 'psychic.' I loved the idea that the root meaning is 'of the soul or mind.' Since I had glimpsed spirit through my own mind, I realized the way that I could be psychic was by waking up to myself as soul or spirit. My physical self to this day still experiences itself in a physical world, but the more I have woken up to spirit, the more I have experienced things around me as spirit. Psychics do the same, except from the perspective of being human as if looking out through a telescope at some small part of spirit.
This is not something the typical psychic knows, nor is a typical psychic working to wake up from being human into being spirit. They have simply not yet caught a big-picture glimpse of all that is spirit with the big reveal that human life is nothing but a dream. My glimpse of spirit was such a glimpse and that big-picture view stayed with me. So being psychic for me meant being a big-picture psychic. My primary work is waking up to spirit, a work in progress that amounts to seeing the world less and less and less and less physically real and seeing instead more and more and more and more of the spirit that is real instead.
Any one of us can do what a psychic can do—catch a glimpse of a bit or a piece or a part of spirit. There are exercises to help which I'll be detailing over a few blog posts. Any one of us can also catch a bigger glimpse of spirit, even catch the big-picture glimpse I caught, and a natural-born psychic has to work as hard at stretching to catch that glimpse as do you and I. A natural course of stretching your awareness is key. I'll be helping you work through some stretching exercises over the next few blog posts. The exercise that follows is a good place to start.
1. Rub the palms of your hands together until they start to feel warm.
2. Palms still facing, pull your hands away from each other approximately body-width apart.
3. Slowly and gently move your hands back toward each other and pay attention to your palms as you go.
4. Somewhere along the way you'll notice a subtle sensation—a warmth, a buzz, a resistance. This is your spirit, something new agers might call your essence or energy.
5. This will likely be something ever so slight that you might not notice it right away, but don't worry if you do not. Simply repeat the exercise, play with it and relax, and sooner or later you will.
6. Repeat this exercise until you do feel yourself as spirit, and then keep repeating it each day just like you're exercising, because you are exercising, exercising your ability to feel spirit. Your ability to feel spirit, with your awareness or consciousness, will grow stronger.