Basic Psychic Development: A User's Guide to Auras, Chakras & Clairvoyance

Basic Psychic Development: A User's Guide to Auras, Chakras & Clairvoyance

by John Friedlander, Gloria Hemsher

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Unlock your psychic ability with this powerful easy-to-use guide to energy awareness. Basic Psychic Development offers step-by-step exercises that explain how to understand and use auras, chakras, and clairvoyance to make the invisible world visible.

Based on the work of Lewis Bostwick, founder of the Berkeley Psychic Institute, Basic Psychic


Unlock your psychic ability with this powerful easy-to-use guide to energy awareness. Basic Psychic Development offers step-by-step exercises that explain how to understand and use auras, chakras, and clairvoyance to make the invisible world visible.

Based on the work of Lewis Bostwick, founder of the Berkeley Psychic Institute, Basic Psychic Development encourages an open, playful approach to experiencing the energies.

Basic Psychic Development shows how to:

  • Read auras
  • Use intuition to develop clairvoyance
  • Overcome blocks and boundary issues
  • Develop meditation and breathing exercises
  • Give chakra therapy

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"Basic Psychic Development is both engaging and informative and offers the newcomer to Psychic Energy a clear explanation of our spiritual anatomy as well as a workable plan for awakening Higher Awareness. I recommend it for anyone who is serious about using all of his or her potential to live a creative and meaningful life." -Sonia Choquette, PhD, intuitive and spiritual teacher, author of The Psychic Pathway, Your Heart's Desire and The Wise Child

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By John Friedlander, Gloria Hemsher

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Copyright © 2012 John Friedlander and Gloria Hemsher
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ISBN: 978-1-60925-547-3


The First Relationship: Earth and Cosmic Energies

The first relationship we'll explore is the deeply loving and supportive relationship we each have with two vast entities—our living Earth and the cosmic energies. We'll begin with the powerful underpinning of our humanity—the nurturing and increasingly playful relationship we have with Earth.

The living Earth, with her space and time, provides us with what Lewis Bostwick called our kindergarten, our playspace. Earth ensures that our experience is distilled and simplified from infinite dimensions of the cosmos to the four dimensions of space/time. Earth provides us with the loving structures that form the psychic kindergarten we live in, play in, and explore. It supports a three-dimensional space where we can grow and learn to become what Seth calls a conscious co-creator with God, where we can learn to create our own reality, without having so much freedom that we're overwhelmed by our infinite possibilities.

Our admission ticket to Earth's psychic kindergarten is our body. Psychically, our bodies reach deep into Earth, where they are nourished in unfathomable ways and grow out of Earth much like a tree. They are wondrous intuitive and emotional instruments that perpetually send and receive vital waves of energy and information, like a radio receiver/transmitter. Psychics have discovered that the body operates most capably and comfortably when "grounded," that is, when appropriately "tuned to" and aligned with Earth's frequency.


Grounding balances and centers your body and allows you to feel safer, clearer, and supported. Being grounded enhances your ability to see, feel, and hear more deeply. Life seems to just flow more easily when your body is grounded.

You can ground yourself by creating a powerful energetic connection between your body and Earth called a grounding cord. Your grounding cord provides the unconditional support of the Earth's energy and allows you to align your body at an optimum frequency. It also provides a safe and powerful mechanism through which you can release excess and outdated energy from your aura.

In the first exercise, you create a grounding cord (an open "pipe" of light 3 to 6 inches in diameter) that extends from your pelvic area all the way down to and connected with the center of the planet. First, we'll discuss the varied aspects of grounding. Then, using the outline on page 8, you can practice it at your leisure.

Posture during meditations

In the past, many of the best meditation systems used a closed meditation posture, such as the famous lotus posture of the Buddha. That posture provided many benefits, but was directed at isolating the meditator from worldly relationships.

Since this meditation system embraces life's relationships, the most effective posture for practicing these techniques is an open posture. The posture called the Egyptian posture is an excellent open meditation posture. You sit comfortably in a chair, with your back straight, both feet flat on the floor, arms and legs uncrossed, and your hands resting, palms down, on your thighs. In this posture, your energy can flow freely throughout your body and aura. It allows you to remain open to life, grounded in your body, and more in the moment (see figure 1, page 4).

You can be grounded regardless of your posture. The ideal is to be grounded all of the time, whether you are sitting, walking, running, or flying. Once you become familiar with the process, you will find that you can easily ground while standing and moving throughout your day.


Breathing gently, smoothly, and deeply into your belly during the exercises will increase their benefit and effectiveness. Shallow, rapid, or erratic breathing often indicates a need to increase your grounding.

Visualize your grounding cord as green

While you can ground yourself with other colors, we find that it is particularly effective for beginners to visualize their grounding cord as green. The natural healing, calming, and earthy qualities of green contribute nicely to growth and grounding.

Initially, you will probably find it easier to visualize your grounding cord with your eyes closed. Eventually, you will be able to, and will want to, ground with your eyes open. You can imagine your grounding cord—see it, feel it, hear it, or intend it—looking somewhat like a green fiber-optic tube or an open pipe of green light.

The chakras used in grounding

The grounding exercise will introduce you to three important energy centers in your body: your first chakra, your third chakra, and your foot chakras. Chakras are dynamic psychic organs, confluences of vital energies that are received, transmitted, and metabolized in your body and aura. They often appear as two cones of energy, connected to and emerging from the spine, one forward and one backward. The chakras have numerous qualities attributed to them. In the beginning, you will be working with the aspects of each of these three chakras that ground you and facilitate the energy flow into and throughout your body and aura (see figure 2, page 6).

The chakra that you ground from is called the first chakra. This psychic organ facilitates your bringing grounding energy into your body and aura from Earth. In this system, the first chakra is placed differently for women than for men. For women, the first chakra is located between the ovaries; for men, it is located in its traditional site, at the base of the spine. Placing the first chakra a little higher on the spine for women allows them to run their bodies at a higher frequency. This seems to be a more natural female level.

The third chakra is located at the solar plexus, just a little below where the ribs come together in the abdomen. This chakra facilitates the distribution of the various energies throughout your body and aura.

Facing downward in the arches of the feet are the foot chakras. The foot chakras allow you to effortlessly bring Earth energy directly into your body.

How to create a grounding cord

You create your grounding cord by first imagining a spinning ball of earthy-green light anywhere from 3 to 6 inches in diameter in your first chakra. Let it spin (the direction of spin doesn't matter), then let it fall through your chair. As it falls, imagine that it creates an open tube of green light behind it, similar to the tail of a comet. Allow it to fall effortlessly all the way down to the center of the planet. You may enjoy imagining gravity as a form of love that gently pulls your grounding cord down to Earth's center for you. When it reaches the Earth's center, let the ball expand and merge with Earth's energy. Allow Mother Earth to greet you with a warm embrace and to align your body to just the right frequency for life on our planet.

The larger the diameter of your grounding cord, the more grounded you will be. To facilitate an increased grounding capability, once you've established your grounding-cord connetion, allow it to expand to 6 to 10 inches in diameter, or to whatever size feels appropriate and comfortable for you. Check to see that your grounding cord is securely connected to your first chakra, and unobstructed and unbroken all the way down to its connection to the center of the planet.

Your grounding cord will help regulate energy flow

You may find it beneficial to intend that any excess or out-dated energy in your aura will automatically flow down your grounding cord. Your grounding cord, much like the grounding wire in an electrical circuit, helps keep your body safe and comfortable, never running more energy than is appropriate for you at any time.

Advanced student: I'd had deep meditations for many years but never quite knew how to carry them into my day. Soon after arriving at work I would be just as harried as everyone else. "Let go" was the advice I'd get. I'd wonder, "Let go to where?" When I learned how to ground myself, it seemed apparent to me that I had probably never been "grounded" a day in my life. It felt great. Grounding made it so much easier to stay centered. And the first time I released that "nervous" energy down my grounding cord I understood what it meant to "let go."

Bringing Earth energy in through your feet

Once you've established your grounding cord, you will want to bring the nourishing Earth energy up into your body. You can allow fresh green Earth energy to flow effortlessly up into your foot chakras, through your calves, knees, and thighs, then up the front of your body and into your third chakra (your solar plexus, where your ribs come together). Next, you'll see, feel, hear, or imagine the fresh Earth energy energizing your third chakra for a moment. Allow the nourishing energy to flow out into your entire body, mind, and aura. You can bring as much fresh Earth energy into your body as you like.

Allow any excess or undesirable energy that you are ready to release from your body and aura to simply flow down your grounding cord. Earth will neutralize and recycle it for you.

Establish a comfortable proficiency

With a little practice, you'll be able to ground in about ten seconds or less. While familiarizing yourself with the specifics, you can expect your practice sessions to take up to ten minutes. Since grounding is the foundation for every technique in this system, you may want to establish a comfortable proficiency with the process before proceeding on to the subsequent exercises. To keep pace with your growth, release your grounding cord (letting it dissolve back into the Earth) and create a new one each time you meditate or make any big changes.

Exercise 3: Grounding

1. Sit Egyptian style in a chair.

2. Breathe gently and deeply into your belly.

3. Close your eyes and imagine a ball of spinning green light, from 3 to 6 inches in diameter, in your first chakra. Then allow it to spin a little faster still.

4. Let the ball drop effortlessly all the way down to Earth's center and create a grounding cord for you.

5. Allow the ball to expand and merge with the Earth's core.

6. Feel yourself more secure, more at ease, more playful and aligned with the Earth's frequency.

7. Let your grounding cord expand to 6 to 10 inches in diameter, or to whatever size feels comfortable to you.

8. Let fresh green Earth energy flow up into your foot chakras, through your legs, then up the front of your body and into your third chakra.

9. See, feel, hear, or imagine Earth's nurturing energy in your third chakra for a moment, then allow it to flow out into every cell of your body, mind, and aura.

10. Check your grounding cord to see that it is securely connected to your first chakra, and unbroken and unobstructed all the way down to the Earth's center. Make adjustments if necessary.

11. Bring as much fresh Earth energy into your body and aura as you wish.

12. Give your body permission to release any excess or unwanted energy down your grounding cord.

13. Remind yourself that, henceforth, your grounding cord will continue to operate, setting your body at your Earth frequency, bringing fresh Earth energy into your body as needed, and releasing unwanted or excess energy as well.

14. When finished, stand up and stretch.

Being in the center of your head

We find another powerful technique that can assist you in grounding is bringing your awareness into the center of the head. The center of the head, often called the seat of the soul, is a very calm and lovely energy found in and around the pineal gland. While there are slight individual variations, the center of the head can be found roughly between, and about as high as the top of the ears (see figure 3, page 10). Resting your awareness in the center of your head helps you focus your body and mind in the present and increases your clarity and neutrality as well.

Take a moment now to locate and become familiar with the feel of having your awareness in the center of your head.

For some people, placing their hands over their ears makes it easier to find. There are no rules, just exploration.

Advanced student: I just play with my awareness, shifting it back and forth in the general location of the pineal gland until it "feels" good. When I reach a certain calmness, I know I'm in the center of my head.

Exercise 4: Finding the center of your head

1. Relax, and breathe gently and deeply into your belly.

2. Ground, or check your grounding.

3. Playfully notice where your awareness is.

4. Bring your awareness into the center of your head, and explore how that feels.

5. Allow your awareness to rise to the ceiling for a moment and explore how that feels.

6. Invite your awareness into the center of your head.

7. Practice letting your awareness rise to the ceiling and bringing it back in until you feel reasonably familiar with the energy in the center of your head.

8. Conclude your exploration by allowing your awareness to rest in the center of your head.

Bringing your awareness to the center of your head is a progressive exploration. You will continue to discover its subtlety, but even your first efforts will heal previously hidden levels of your being. From now on, you can bring your awareness to the center of your head whenever you ground, or anytime you want increased effectiveness and clarity.

Owning the Room

Every exercise in this book will begin with grounding and the following technique, owning the room. This exercise, though simple to do, has very deep ramifications. Owning the room develops and enhances your appreciation of the fact that the universe has provided you a personal space in which to flourish. Owning the room develops and enhances your appreciation of the fact that you are entitled to thrive, and that you are completely supported in your growth.

What makes this exercise so exceptional is that, when you own a room psychically, you acknowledge, validate, and own it from your unique frequency, your unique self. Others can own the same room at the same time from their own unique frequency. You are not in competition with or in violation of anyone else's right to their unique space. You are understanding, seeing, feeling, hearing, and validating that you have a right to thrive. You have a right to be safe and be supported, as do others.

The universe wants you to make your unique impact. Through you, the universe, or God, knows itself by your uniqueness. In owning the room, you are claiming your own uniqueness and allowing others theirs. It could be said that you are not owning space, so much as owning your own uniqueness which we call owning the room.

There's an important but subtle difference between occupying a room with your energy and owning it from your unique frequency. You own the room with your intent, without filling it with your energy. If you filled the room with your energy, you would be in competition with others. Owning a room is an abstract process. While doing the exercise, you can affirm for yourself—see, feel, or hear—that you are where your uniqueness will bloom. While the exercise does change the quality of the energy in the room, the change is simply one of validating the universal permission given to you by All That Is to learn, to explore, to grow, to engage the cosmic dance of life.

Exercise 5: Owning the room

1. Resting your awareness in the center of your head, breathe gently and deeply into your belly and ground yourself.

2. Imagine sending a thin green line out from each foot to the four corners of the floor.

3. Affirm silently to yourself, "My floor," as you own the floor from your unique frequency.

4. From just above your head, send a thin golden line out to each corner of the ceiling.

5. Affirm silently to yourself, "My ceiling," as you own the ceiling from your unique frequency.

6. Own the entire room; floor to ceiling, front to back, and side to side.

7. Affirm silently to yourself, "My room."

8. Release any excess or old energy from your aura, and replenish your aura with fresh Earth energy.

9. Check your grounding.

10. When ready, stand up and stretch.

Owning the room is not the same as owning your space

Owning the room is accomplished with your intent, not with your energy. In addition to owning the room, we'll introduce another concept later in the book that we refer to as owning your space. Owning your space is equivalent to owning your aura. To own your space or aura, you do own it with your energy, because it's you. It's who you are. The space you "own" in a room is not "who" you are, but a permissive space where you can grow and thrive.

You can own the room wherever you are

You can use this tool in imaginative ways to own the room wherever you are by your intent; out in the middle of a field, flying in an airplane, driving in your car. You don't literally need a room. You can own your right to thrive as a human being anywhere you are.

One student credits the technique with having helped her overcome an incapacitating fear of driving. She created a safe and supportive environment for driving by first grounding and then owning the room for a space surrounding her car. Then she'd ground and own her car. Within six weeks, she had released her fears about driving. Soon after, her career changed and she has since found herself on the road quite a lot.

Excerpted from BASIC PSYCHIC DEVELOPMENT by John Friedlander, Gloria Hemsher. Copyright © 2012 John Friedlander and Gloria Hemsher. Excerpted by permission of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC.
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Meet the Author

John Friedlander graduated from Duke University and Harvard Law School, and studied with Lewis Bostwick at the Berkley Psychic Institute in California. He is a popular speaker and seminar leader in psychic awareness. John and his wife currently live in Saline, MI.

Gloria Hemsher studied yoga and meditation and lived for several years in one of Swami Muktananda's ashrams. She lives in Cincinnati, OH, with her husband and two children. Visit her at:

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