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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58 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.


    • Hi Abigail! It’s sure good hear from you. Thank you for taking the time to comment. You are indeed psychic, as we all are. It is now a matter of cultivating it so it becomes stronger and clear. Dreams are one of the first ways of discerning psychic messages and ability. As a start you might peruse this article on how to discern a precognitive dream providing psychic information about the future. Do keep in touch and be sure to join our newsletter! Warmly, Michelle https://michellebeltran.com/the-precognitive-dream-telling-the-future-how-do-i-know-im-having-one

      • hi Michelle,
        i have been having dreams of things ever sens i was 5 years old and i am now 14 going on 15 and the dreams i am having is of events that happen in the dream and then i wake up and sometimes i can remember some of it but some i cant and like 2 weeks later the dream comes true and sometimes i see ppl and thare feelings but i have never even met them but sometimes i run into them and its odd becuz i can sens what thay are feeling and every night i have been waking up at 2 am every night for past 5 mounths can u give me ur feed back plz becuz idk if i am psychic or not


  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?

  10. Hello,

    I have spoken to two different psychics whom both states i have psychic in me. One of the psychic said “wow, you can see things before it happened, wow” that one shocked me because I didnt know i could do that. The second told me “You have a gift, you should be a psychic”. I have been paying close attention to my dreams.

    There is a guy missing and has been since last year. No one knows anything about me. I dont know him personally nor have i ever spoken to him. I dreamed of him 2 nights again. He came to my job and brought me spaghetti with a roll or something to lunch. He was holding two or three full trashbag like as if he was taking out the trash. When he looked at me he seemed nervous moved quickly and walked out the door with the trashbags,

  11. Hi, ive been wondering whether I have psychic abilities or whether things are just a coincidence. Ive had minor things in the past such as ringing my sister to get mascara from a shop and it turns out she was at that shop looking at them . Last year my daughter was going on a school trip and I had a feeling something was going to happen to the school transport…..I got a call later on from the school saying they had a problem with their bus so would I give permission for a taxi All of my family and friends were healthy in November 2019 but I told people I was dreading new year as a close family member was going to die, everyone said i was daft but xmas day 2019 my grandma got took to hospital with a broken knee and died 1 week ago with a bleeding ulcer. Some things I vision do not come true so im not sure whether its just all anxiety? Since my grandma died last week ive recieved a few signs, I feel like she has strong energy. Its hard to work out if i have abilitys or just overthink.

    • Hi Amy! You want to be sure to quiet your mind and be in neutrality as you are in a psychic space. There are some foundational tools you want to be sure you have in place in order to receive accurate psychic information. Right now, I’m sending out a Foundational Psychic Development Series via my newsletter. Do be sure to sign up at MichelleBeltran.com. If you’ll email me directly, I’m happy to send you the past two newsletters on Grounding and Neutrality! Warmly, Michelle

  12. Hi! I’ve recently become very interested in psychic abilities and mediums and things like that—however, unfortunately, I’m not sure if I am a psychic or not—and I’m not sure if I even have abilities. I don’t know anyone in my family who has psychic abilities, but on my dads side, they are very connected with nature, and have great inner focus (not sure if those are psychic things).
    However, one time, my family was leaving a place early in the morning. I was tired, so I tried to sleep for the long drive home, but I got a strong urge to take a different route home. Not 5 minutes later, we got into a car crash (not a serious one, thankfully).
    I’ve had other experiences like this, although that was my most notable one. One other thing is, that while I’m not sure if a loud ringing in my ear is tinnitus or a spirits voice from the other side, but it comes to me when I’m feeling lonely or sad. It’s very interesting, and I wonder what it is…
    If you have any tips for how I can find out for sure whether I have abilities or not—and if I do, how to develop them.

  13. Hi, I have been getting frequent premonitions in my dreams and my thoughts just recently as well as noticing very frequent synchronization. For years I have had dreams premonitions as well as very good intuition however ever since I saw a trusted psychic just before Christmas last year the premonitions are happening almost daily. I have always experience weird glitches with my electrical devices and ever since seeing a medium the electrical glitches have increased and I seem to now be affecting other people’s electronics. As well as this, I have seen unexplainable shadows, a huge bright orb in my old bedroom, I have had weird ear ringing ever since I was a young child even though my hearing is fine, I would often hear faint muffled voices even though nobody was talking, I have had stuff disappear and occasionally reappear without any explanation, I have constant deja vu and as a child growing up I would lucid dream naturally. I empathetic and always have been. Unfortunately, I have been through multiple bereavements at the young age of 23 and I noticed my premonitions getting more frequent after each bereavement. Do you think I am psychic judging by what I am saying?

  14. Hi, I read this whole article and it explained a lot of things to me or at least made unexplainable things make more since. I personally, and very deeply related to this article. I’ve always thought I was just crazy and my experiences were just me overthinking everything. I’ve always had the dreams but I have trouble remembering them but a lot of the time they always seem to be related to things in my life I couldn’t possibly have known about. I’ve always felt other people’s emotions without even knowing them or talking to them but I thought I was just sensitive or something. I’ve always felt like there was some kind of “spirit” around me, especially since I’ve lost people where important to me. Lately, without the intention, I somehow already know what about to happen or what’s going to be said or who someone is, even. Could I psychic or something? Do you think I am or might be or might have the capability to be? I’d love to grow in this. Please help !

  15. Hi, I am very confused that I may have a psychic ability and what the names of my abilities are in general. I spoke to a psychic and they told me to look into reiki more and that I can heal people with my hands and how I’m an empath for sure. The thing I’m unsure about is if I’m psychic or not and if theres any other ability titles out there that I should know that I am. Every time I read an article I just feel as though it never really answers my question as far as me knowing for sure what the abilities I have are (the titles) I always have feelings that random things will happen and once they do happen, I end up being right. I can read someone very easily, even a person I’ve never met before or when a person passes by me I can pick up their energies and what kind of person they are. I get feelings if the person is a good person or a bad person and usually when my gut is telling me to stay away, I stay away and then later on find out something about that person that was bad. I feel also that I can tell the future before things even happen. I can feel others emotions as if their my own, psychical pain, mental, anything they feel I feel as my own. Basically what I really want to know is what the titles for my abilities are. Am I psychic and would there be any other abilities that I’m unsure about that I have?

  16. Hello! I’m katie and I was recently told by a psychic that I am also a psychic. When I mentioned that another psychic told me I was a little psychic one time, she disagreed and said that I am “extremely psychic”. She said I should be able to feel and see spirits, as well as be able to see the owner of an object by touching it, talk to my spirit (she described it as a guardian angel), and have premonitions. She also told me that i’m already experiencing the premonitions, just in my dreams. She gave me some starting points, such as meditating and writing down my dreams, but i’m not sure how to actually pursue this. She was right about all the things I was experiencing, such as dreaming in color, dreaming through other people’s eyes, hearing the ringing in my ears, and feeling as if there are spirits around me, but i genuinely don’t know where to start or how I know that I’m doing it right. Id love to hear what you have to say!

  17. Hello! I’m very puzzled and I’m getting a little scared about something strange that has been happening to me. On about 3 occasions, I would think about death and start crying out of nowhere. It would just come to mind that I would go crazy and start to cry when I think of something happening to one of my kids or family members. Either the same day or next day I would be informed that someone I know personally or just know of in some way passed away around the time that I cried when death crossed my mind. What could this possibly mean?

  18. Hi! I just read these signs and i almost possess them all . All the astrologers that i have met have told me one way or the other that i can see things and i can even connect with spirits. But i just want to know why? Ever since i was a kid, i could talk to spirits in my dreams and they keep asking for my help . In fact, i once had a random dream as a kid saying that i was born to help people but i want to know why and i want to control it my self. It scares me at times a lot. Hope you reply.

  19. I’m not sure if I’m a psychic or not, I’m 23 and have always felt different inside, all the qualities listed suits me, i have strong institutions and often have dreams of the near future which comes true, I’m not sure whether it’s a coincidence but I also feel nothing is coincidental and I have lots of prophecies told to me from others, I have always looked or searched for who I am, can you help me ?

    • Hi Cathy, Yes, I sure can. Please do start with my podcast, The Intuitive Hour: Awaken Your Inner Voice at Podbean, iTunes, Stitcher Radio! This will give you a good foundation. I’ve got a beginning psychic development online course at MichelleBeltran.com that may interest you as well. I look forward to hearing from you! Warmly, Michelle

  20. Hi my name is Gabrielle (Gabby) ever since I was a kid I’ve been to in touch with music as …I feel as it speaks to me directly as I’m thinking of what should be my next move or just in general (all the time ) what is the meaning to this experience & thank you now I’m 34 and really feeling as if I could be psychic … But am I ? It’s not coincidence BCS it’s with every song or radio announcement or TV . An uncontrollable amount of flowing thoughts and my questions being answered by my surroundings … Thank you so much for your time I truly appreciate your time 🙏

  21. Hello Michelle!!!
    So blessed to come across this!! I am a clairvoyant, claircognizant, and clairaudience psychic. Since i was a young girl i felt spirits around me. I had a NDE at the age of 17. At that point I saw the light/ the tunnel of light but it wasn’t my time. I have became so unified with the universe I have predicted many of my friends either having babies, what their child would look like, their upcoming situation in the months to come and many other situations that became true. I also connect to spirits that pass over. They give me little messages that I would not know. I practice tarot card reading also. I have a true gift from what I’ve been told by friends. Can you tell me how I can use my gift to help others on a wider spectrum? I believe it is my true souls Destiny to help heal others around the world. It is a passion of mine and I am looking into how I can do this at bigger conventions. Are you able to help me? Thank you!!

    • Hi Michelle! It’s sure good to hear from you. Yes, I’m delighted to help and the extent of which is beyond this note. That said, do get started with journaling as your gift of guidance will be on a broad perspective ahead and largely in print/publishing. Warmly, Michelle

  22. Hi Michelle! I don’t know if I’m psychic or not. But sometimes I hear voices in my head telling things. I also had dreams about traumatic experiences in my life. I always wake up about some where between 1 and 3 am. I had many dreams about my friends and some have came true. I always know when my friends are upset or happy.

  23. Hello! My name is Destiny, and I recently just turned 15. I see myself as unique in my family. I stand out in a lot of ways. But, I have this feeling I could be psychic. Like yesterday, I got this text while my phone was off and I was sleeping. I woke up because I felt that somebody needed me. So I checked my phone, and i was right. I also feel drawn to cemeteries. I’ve always wanted to talk and connect with spirits because they could be lonely and I feel for them. I really like Halloween and just creepy things in general. I don’t know… I’m just confused and scared 🙁

  24. Hello! My name is Samuel, and am 19 years old. I dojt know if am psychic but I have this voices and sensations. I can feel peoples pain, and like take peoples pain or sickness most times. And I wake up by 2am in the morning and its like I have been experiencing time loop. What I mean is that when I close my eyes I have this dream and then i wake up and then its like am living for that day but when things go wrong I still return to that exact time( 2am) in the morning. It’s like taking time back. And everything for that day, just happen like I have lived it before.I can read minds. See future and vibe to see peoples past….Am confused and scared

  25. Hi Michelle,

    I’ve had a dream about a bad situation with particular people and when I woke up, I had a gut feeling that something was going to happen but I wasn’t sure when. And later that day, a similar situation happened involving the same people in my dream. It was really crazy for me to believe. Then just recently, an old friend had cut me off of their life and I somehow accepted that – 2 weeks had passed and I never thought of the person and before they decided to call me yesterday, I had a dream of them. It seems to me that I dream of things a day before it happens in real life. Is it just a coincidence? Am I looking at it too closely? I just want to know if this is a possibility that I’m psychic. Also, I think I’m clairsentient because I deeply feel others when they’re sad.

  26. Hey,am almost at my forthies but ever since I was a child I’d all ready had couple of encounters with spiritual or alien like creatures and also I always have this dreams like premonitions often and often again…..
    Mostly it’s scary but now I think am man enough to explore that realm now….I have so many abilities but I don’t know how to use them… please can you guide and tell me how to connect

    • … there is nothing to fear about this divine and innate ability we are all born with Olabode. I would encourage you to begin by setting a foundation and reading, learning and immersing in study of all things metaphysical. Your interest is in premonition dreams, so you’ll enjoy this article on the topic. Do consider continued insightful learning at my podcast The Intuitive Hour, where there is a plethora of free psychic development learning! Warmly, Michelle

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