What Psychic Ability Is and Is Not: Signs You’re Psychic

A Word About Psychic Ability and Intuition

The steps we take on life’s journey are fraught with ups and downs, misconceptions and falsehoods, unexpected realizations and unprecedented understandings. Life is learning. Even our ability to observe firsthand events correctly is impacted by the inability of our brains to record more than five specific facts at one time. The other facts—rightly or wrongly remembered—are filtered out of our recollection. Our observations are also influenced by our worldview and past influences, not actual facts. The realm of psychic and otherworldly happenings, like our observations, can’t be definitively defined. But in spite of that, the world of psychic phenomena has thousands of followers, and the people who believe in an active, unseen world practice its teachings.

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What we do know about this area of life is that such belief structures are part of our culture. The world of active spirituality, of psychic seeing, mediumship, and other psychic modalities, is growing. Just as many people are interested in religious principles and inspirations, many are interested in the mysterious realm of the supernatural. In the past, people thought something was wrong with anyone who thought about psychic or spiritual matters. Now people are curious. They are in the midst of reconsidering any information they’ve learned about the universe and the world of the unseen. There is a new wave of investigation into such things as intuition, hunches, instinct, unusual awareness, and the possibility of a sixth sense.

Insightful Perspectives About Intuition & Psychic Functioning

Malcolm Gladwell, in his book Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking takes a long, hard look at the power and presence of the seldom-understood phenomenon we call intuition. We can’t conclusively explain intuition, but researchers like Gladwell have taken a stab at it. His argument suggests our mental processes work quickly and automatically, using an overabundance of information acquired over a lifetime. He puts forth a theory that expert judgment and instantaneous decisions are often accurate without the benefit of extensive knowledge. He also looks into factors that prevent us from using our intuition knowingly and investigates the influences that appear to destroy this mechanism of human intuition.

Others also believe intuition is the result of a lifetime of experiences—an exposure to information residing in our subconscious until the accumulation of that information can be used. These people believe our minds have the ability to archive all types of information we don’t log in on a conscious level. They believe we pick up information subconsciously, never really comprehending it—body language, tone of voice, a particular look, or something out of place—and this is the root of intuition.

To others, however, intuition is a knowing or sensing that comes from within because we are a part of a universal mind, and it comes without the benefit of rational explanation. They believe intuition is an unnamed something that operates beneath our layers of logic, something that works as our conscious and unconscious minds communicate in unexpected ways, an unconscious reasoning that propels us to do things without telling us why or how. In the book Steve Jobs, by Walter Isaacson, Jobs, an inventor and pioneer of the computer revolution, called intuition, “more powerful than intellect.” Intuition, for both camps, is the sum of our intellectual ability, acquired knowledge, past experiences, and sensory perceptions. For some, it also includes psychic input.

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What Psychic Ability Is and Is Not


Instinct is an internally driven, fixed pattern of behavior exhibited in animals in response to a specific stimulus. It is an inborn impulse, a motivation to action. Salmon swim upstream and fight strong river currents in response to a compulsion to return to their birthplaces and spawn a new generation. Salmon do this in response to instinct, not intuition. Intuition is an experience unique to humans.

Mental Sensories

Intuition not only uses our mental senses to inform us, but it also uses our bodies to send us unique messages. You may have heard it said, “He makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.” That is intuition using your physical body to signal something may be wrong or needs your attention. It may be telling you the person or situation in question is unsafe. Intuition might be a tingle, a feeling in your stomach, or an unsettling emotion. It is intuition sending you a message.

Science or Spiritual?

To people like Gladwell, intuition and foreknowledge are scientific in nature. To those who believe in otherworldly existences, it is spiritual. While it may seem incompatible to forge a link between the common, everyday experiences of intuition and the trained and developed powers of a psychic, psychics tell us intuition is the foundation upon which psychic abilities are built.

A Worthy Compass

Regardless of where the truth lies on this issue, our culture actively encourages us to rely on rational judgment as the only true expression of reality. We know, however, that purely rational assessments aren’t always accurate. We have all experienced instances where emotional input has aided in the discovery of a truth or the reality of an event or situation. Intuition is a worthwhile guide for evaluating situations and informing decisions. It has the ability to take us to unexpected destinations without the benefit of logic.

Signs You’re Intuitive or Psychic

If you have ever had a gut feeling that turned out to be true or had a sudden impulse to do or not do something but later discovered you should have listened, you were using the intuitive insights with which we are all endowed. Given that intuition lives in the realm of the unexplained, you may be able to conclude (in a broad sense) that you already have the foundation for acquiring psychic abilities. All individuals are born with a tendency toward a psychic mind, whether they know it or not or believe it or not. Psychic abilities are an integral and important part (albeit a small part) of intuition. Here are some very specific indications you may be psychic:

  • Pay particular attention to their inner voices and listen to its urgings
  • Pay attention to their bodies and are not afraid to be mystical
  • May feel the illnesses, aching, pains or physical symptoms of others when near them
  • Are inspired to support those who they see as being intimidated, bullied or who are suffering
  • Make time for solitude and take advantage of opportunities to contemplate the mysteries of existence
  • Cherish creativity and put time into feeding that creativity
  • May experience ear ringing or odd unexplained body sensations
  • Rules and regimen are stifling to them and freedom is essential
  • Control of any kind is met with great resistance
  • Strict regime, procedure and guidelines can be a challenge
  • Awaken at the 2 am hour feeling restless, anxious or ready to get up
  • Crowded or loud, busy places are overwhelming
  • Psychic ability is in the family and/or generational
  • A natural affinity and connection with animals
  • Find themselves rooting for the losing team or the underdog in a situation
  • Observe everything around them and attempt to make sense of what they see
  • Pay attention to their dreams, have vivid dreams and understand truth can be found in the spirit world as well as the physical world

It is quite possible for individuals to make the conscious decision to develop, rekindle, or magnify the powers of their intuitive voices, their psychic minds. The path to the supernatural world of the psychic begins by expanding and fine-tuning intuition and then paying close attention to the seen and unseen worlds that surround us. Wayne Dyer, internationally renowned author and speaker on the topics of self-development and spiritual growth, like many in his field, believes current scientific investigation around the mysteries of matter and energy proves it is quite possible there is more beyond what our logical minds can consider.

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No Surprise, Our Planet is Onboard the Psychic Train

For many, religion is the answer to universal truth and a connection with supreme intelligence. Current statistics report a majority of Americans believe angels and demons are active in the world. Eighty percent believe miracles happen, and 92 percent believe in God. To others, cultivating and establishing psychic abilities will aid in a search for the power of a universal mind and a universal spirit that unifies us all.

The acquisition of psychic abilities is not simply the pursuit of a psychic mind. It is more about embarking on a journey of self-discovery to awaken an innate desire to understand the universe and the unseen world. It is not a question of being more intuitive than anyone else, and it is not a question of being endowed with more psychic abilities than anyone else. It is only about you and whether or not you want to engage in an exploration of the spirit realm or acquire psychic abilities by becoming familiar with the practices of the psychic world.

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If you have ever had a gut feeling that turned out to be true or had a sudden impulse to do or not do something but later discovered you should have listened, you were using the intuitive insights with which we are all endowed.

20 thoughts on “What Psychic Ability Is and Is Not: Signs You’re Psychic

  1. Hello Michelle,
    My name is Esther and I am very interested in advancing my physic abilities! I will be buying your book also. I have helped many spirits pass on. I don’t always see them with my eyes, just in my mind. Also can you teach me how to see auras? I have had mine read several times. From the top of my head it starts with Pink, above that, yellow then above that, white. White is the biggest of all. Can you tell me what these colors mean please? I also have had quite a few premonitions , mostly bad or tragic ones.
    Thank You so very much for your time. I’m very blessed you came into my life.
    Esther Moretz

    • Hello Esther!

      Thank you for your comments. I think you’ll find these articles very helpful:

      Five Steps to Swiftly Tap Into Your Psychic Power of Seeing Auras
      How to Read Your Energy Color

      The colors of auras have different meanings, as do the shades of the colors. Meaning, dark pink vs. light pink have different meanings. So, do be mindful. The color pink generally means kind hearted energy/person; white is connected to purity and highly spiritual people; and yellow correlates to the physical body and its energy source often called chi. Also keep in mind that each color can also be connected to the person or what’s happening in their life – past, present or future. So, lots of things to consider in discerning the color and its meaning. I’m delighted you’re following, learning and developing your psychic ability! Do let me know if I can help in any other way.

      Warmly, Michelle

  2. Hi Michelle!
    I cant tell if I am Phyisic or not but I have been waking up at almost 2am every morning and at night when I am sleeping. I have mixed dreams in one. Some of it I remember and the other half I dont. Some of the dreams I have are just to real.


  3. Hallo Michelle…I have been having dreams of things that eventually happens to me or others. It started when I was a teenagers and as I get older I started to get visions about people I haven’t met yet and eventually not more than a month or 2 later I meet them. the dreams are short but have detail in them that I won’t have ways to know about.
    One time I had a vision of a car accident my family and I were going to get involved in and 3 minutes later it happened.
    I feel extremely attracted by some people and come to find out I had dreamed about members of their family.
    I feel uneasy weeks before something traumatic happens to me or around me.
    I have never seen a post but I sense the presence of something in building and I had to leave rooms before because of the feeling I was having.

  4. I haven’t figured out if I’m a psychic or not, but, my moms a psychic and it has always interested me as well as her. But what I was going to say originally is: I sometimes will get a random chill while I’m in my room, or I’ll feel like there’s someone here with me, but I’m too scared to focus on anything but my safety when I feel that way. Other times I will see a quick shadow and it will suddenly disappear once I look over at it. I’m not quite sure what this means but I thought I would take the time and share!

  5. Hi there Michelle.. well for years now I’ve had so many experiences with empathy I feel like I absorb people’s feelings and sometimes it makes me depressed to where I need to be alone for a little while , I’ve had several weird encounters with people and many people open up to me way too much I’ve had the severe gut intuitions That I’ve followed only to bring me out of harms way I’ve actually seen a ghost like figure of a man very quickly standing in front of me and within seconds he was gone it didn’t scare me but all this has really been frustrating and has me freaked out sometimes it has me questioning my own sanity But I do believe in ones Psychic ability I just really need to know where to go from here .. Thank you -Stacey

  6. Hi, I’ve always felt like I could feel or see this things others cannot, I cant tell if I’m a psychic or just imagining things but I can see this when I close my eyes and when my eyes are open in a pitch black room, others emotions deeply effect me and I’ve always had dreams and or nightmares about things or emotions that could happen in the next day to a year, i have no idea if I am a psychic and if I am I would have to practice alot more.

  7. My name is levi, I have all those things and much more…. it’s scary sometimes. People dont believe me so I dont talk about it. but after they get to no me it almost scares them as well. I don’t t no what I am sometimes as weird as it sounds. My friends tell me to get out of their head, but I’m not doing anything to get in it. Idk, I guess I’m lost looking for answers myself… take care

  8. Hi. When my mother was pregnant with me, a psychic told her that I would have psychic abilities. I’m now in my mid-40’s, and I’m still not sure. I always have extremely vivid dreams but have a difficult time remembering most of them. But I can still remember some that I had when I was a small child. I always feel like someone or something is next to me – whether I’m sitting at work, taking a shower, watching tv, everywhere. I have a ringing in my ears most of the time, but the doctors have said my hearing is perfect. I always feel like I can hear “conversations” and “music” when I’m in a quiet room, usually at night. I constantly feel like I’m being touched, but nothing is there. I have no idea where to begin to research any of this, or if I’m just imagining things. Please help! Thank you so much!!!

  9. I dont know if I’m psychic or not but ever since I was a little kid I would talk to spirits and I foreseen things before they would happen. My mother was the same way and our church told her that it was of the devil so as I got older I tried to push it away. I got drunk alot. Now my youngest child has “imaginary” friends and she’s came to me and asked me if I ever dream about people that I don’t know and then meet them in real life. If I am psychic, how do I tap I to it and how do I explain this to my 8 year old daughter?

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