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The Everyday Psychic: A Practical Guide to Activating Your Psychic Gifts

The Everyday Psychic: A Practical Guide to Activating Your Psychic Gifts

by Karen Harrison

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Discover how psychic you really are with this comprehensive and practical guide to developing and honing your psychic skills. The Everyday Psychic shows you how to harness your natural psychic abilities and experiment with psychic tools to get answers, guide your decisions, and enrich your life.

For the curious seeker as well as the skilled practitioner,


Discover how psychic you really are with this comprehensive and practical guide to developing and honing your psychic skills. The Everyday Psychic shows you how to harness your natural psychic abilities and experiment with psychic tools to get answers, guide your decisions, and enrich your life.

For the curious seeker as well as the skilled practitioner, The Everyday Psychic offers techniques, tips, and tools designed to awaken, refresh, and sharpen one's natural psychic gifts.

The Everyday Psychic offers techniques, tips, and tools designed to awaken, refresh, and sharpen one's natural psychic gifts by:

  • Activating Your Psychic Gifts
  • Becoming More Intuitive
  • Remembering Your Dreams
  • Tools and Techniques for Accessing the Subconscious

Karen Harrison has helped many thousands of people awaken their psychic selves and improve their daily lives. Now she offers that in a book.

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By Karen Harrison

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ISBN: 978-1-60925-643-2


Sensing, Understanding, and Using the Flow of Energy in Psychic Work

Energy and its flow is being unconsciously experienced by everyone, all of the time. We are all surrounded and impacted by the action and movement of energy twenty-four hours a day. When you feel the warmth of the sun on your skin, you are feeling the electromagnetic energy of the sun, which is expressed in the energies of heat and light. When you get a sudden chill and perhaps the hair raises a bit on your arms upon entering a room, you are experiencing the residual electromagnetic energy of an event that occurred there, or of a person who was once in that place. The energy frequency residue has been left behind in that room, just like when you get a whiff of perfume that has been left behind by someone who was once there. When you feel a slight tingle on the back of your neck and then turn to observe someone looking at you, you are experiencing the outflowing electromagnetic energy from that individual as they focus their attention on you. When you feel a small, subtle tug at your diaphragm, you are sensing the electromagnetic energy pull of a person or entity seeking to connect with, and perhaps partake of, your own energy flow. What you are sensing or feeling in each case is the electromagnetic currents, wavelengths, and frequencies produced by the outflowing radiation of electromagnetic energy inherent in each experience.

You are familiar with many physical forms of electromagnetic energy waves and how they work in your daily life. You experience these energy frequencies and their results when you turn on your radio and receive the audible sound waves of the news or music. When you turn on your television or computer monitor, you see images and hear sound. When you answer your phone, you are responding to a call that is composed of electromagnetic energy waves, which have been transmitted by a satellite through space, or by electrical impulses that come to you by way of electrical transformers to the receiver of your phone. When you speak to the person standing next to you, they are receiving your transmitted vocalized sound wave frequencies through their own receivers—their ears and their brain. You can't see any of these electromagnetic frequency waves with your physical eyes, but you do experience their results through your physical senses.

What is this electromagnetic energy, and how does it work? Electromagnetism manifests and acts as both an electric field and magnetic field. These fields are simply different aspects of electromagnetism. Basically, two sides of the same coin, if you will. A changing (transforming) electric field generates a magnetic field; while a changing (transforming) magnetic field generates an electric field. This effect is called electromagnetic induction, discovered by scientist Michael Faraday in the 1830s (Williams, L. P. Michael Faraday, A Biography. New York, NY: Basic Books, 1965).

When energy is being released or sent out, it is acting as an electrical impulse in a series of pulsating frequency waves. The reception of this electrical impulse is transmuted into magnetic force by the act of receiving it.

The human brain is both a transmitter (electric) and a receiver (magnetic). On average, each person's brain contains about ten billion nerve cells, called neurons. Each of these neurons is connected to other neurons throughout the human system by the conductor of electrical impulses within the body's system—the synapse. A synapse is the junction at which a nerve cell (neuron) communicates and transmits information to another cell. An example of this electrical neuron communication is when you make a decision to move your foot. You decide, consciously or unconsciously, to move your foot, and the electrical impulse in your brain's neuron instantaneously communicates, using the synapse, to the nerve cells in the muscles of your foot, causing it to move. Your brain and your response can work the other way, too. Perhaps your foot steps on a sharp rock. Immediately the nerve cells in the foot communicate to the neurons in your brain that you are sensing pain and you have an instantaneous reaction of "ouch" and you remove your foot from the source of pain.

Thoughts, perceptions, and memories are created and contained within the brain, an organ made up of physical, organic mass. The brain uses the electrical currents and magnetic impulses within its mass as its method of retrieving or processing knowledge, experiencing and interpreting the world, and making decisions regarding how to react to inner and outer stimuli. These thoughts, perceptions, reactions, and memories each generate electrical currents within the brain, and are part of what creates and makes up our own personal magnetic energy field. Our feelings and emotions contribute electrical energy, too, as our bodies respond to emotional stimuli, such as joy or fear.

It is by the nature of these electromagnetic energy flows within the brain, and the energy fields of people, animals, and objects that the many techniques of acquiring psychic knowledge occur. We know that, like everything in the universe, our earth has its own electric current and its own magnetic field. For example, subtle energy paths on and beneath the earth's surface, called ley lines, are discernable using dowsing rods or the psychic senses, due to strong electromagnetic transmissions. These energy lines typically lead to, and connect, power centers such as Stonehenge and Avebury in England, or indicate energy vortexes such as those located in Sedona, Arizona. In Chinese practice, these ley lines are called Dragon Lines or Dragon Currents, and form the basis of the practice of feng shui. In dowsing, it is the magnetic quality of water which allows the dowser, using his or her own subtle energy sense or dowsing rods as a tool, to locate aquifers of water, springs, and streams.

Many creatures, such as homing pigeons, salmon, turtles, and bees, navigate using their inborn sensitivity to the earth's magnetic field. Studies performed in the late 1980s and early 1990s showed that each of these types of animals possess a small amount of a magnetic substance called magnetite within their tissues, leading researchers to conclude that the magnetite within their systems sensitizes the animals to the magnetic field of the earth and the specific magnetic frequency of the geographical location that is imprinted within their particular DNA memory (Kirschvink, J.L., A. Kobayashi-Kirschivink, B.J. Woodford [1992] "Magnetite biomineralization in the human brain." Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, USA). Thus, without a map or a GPS, these animals instinctively find their way back home or to their spawning ground through their sensitivity to, and unconscious awareness of, the magnetic frequencies in the earth. Magnetite has also been discovered in the human brain near the brain's magnetically sensitive pineal gland, a gland that secretes hormones that affect the entire body, including melatonin, which regulates our sleeping cycles. It is the pineal gland that has always been associated with human psychic abilities and the Third Eye.

This is how we receive psychic information. Everything in our universe emits an electromagnetic force. Everything in our universe has a magnetic field—in humans this magnetic field is often called the aura or auric field. People have magnetic fields, places have magnetic fields, and trees, animals, and stones have magnetic fields— all created by the radiation of their own electromagnetic energy. In humans and animals, it is primarily thought processes and emotional responses that create, inform, and make up this energy flow. By tuning in to the electromagnetic currents of an individual and their thoughts or feelings surrounding a question or concern, information that is clear and helpful can be obtained by a variety of psychic means. For example, when working with clairvoyance or techniques of psychometry to ascertain the energy flow and flavor of an object, such as a ring or letter, the psychic is tuning in to the residual energy that is attached to the object as well as the person for whom they are consulting.

Of course, psychic information can sometimes be clearer or more easily interpreted when a direct question is asked, but we also receive psychic information unconsciously and randomly all the time as we encounter people who are emitting waves of information by way of their thoughts, focused attention, or elevated emotions. We pick up these bits of information unconsciously through our psychic senses. Places and things that we encounter can also send us an energy "impression" through the residual energy patterns present in their auric fields, due to circumstances or events that involved the place or thing in the past. We are constantly bombarded by electromagnetic energy waves as those frequencies pass through our own energy fields and even through our bodies: interacting with another person's energy field, using a cell phone, working on a computer, watching television, experiencing the magnetic energy field of the earth, sensing the gamma rays produced by lightning, and feeling the electromagnetic waves emitted by the sun. You might think that this cacophony of energy would drive us mad, but we are beings of energy ourselves, and we are equipped to filter out what we don't need, absorb what we do need, and pay attention to the parts that we want.

It is our conscious awareness, and understanding of, the electromagnetic action of energies in the body, the mind, the emotions, and the general environment that is vital to the clear use of psychic abilities. When we choose to deliberately engage our psychic senses and subconscious minds in the receiving, examination, and analysis of the information contained within these energy flows, we acquire psychic data, knowledge, and clues. We then use the information we have acquired through our subtle senses to analyze and diagnose what is happening within a person, as well as the events and circumstances which are surrounding that individual. This leads us to informed conclusions about how that individual is acting within their personal world, as well as the world as a whole, thus navigating and creating their own future. By initially accessing the information via the psyche's sensitivities to energy flows and flavors, the subconscious mind begins to work with the knowledge it accesses—deciphering the symbols, feelings, colors, and facts that are being presented in a psychic reading. The subconscious mind then partners with the conscious mind to translate that information into knowledge and advice that can be verbalized, verified, and shared. The person for whom we perform the reading then has the information that they need in order to make decisions and determine what actions they need and wish to take in regards to the situation.

This work is not limited to the reading of the subtle energies of a person. Sensing and recognizing the type of energy flows within a space can also be part of a psychic's work, if they are seeking to understand what types of events may have happened in a home, building, room, field, or any other physical location. Energy residue can be left in a place due to ongoing emotional distress experienced in that place. This residual force can also be due to a haunting or an act of violence that has occurred within the space. Once the energy flow information residing in a location is received and analyzed, the psychic will then understand what type of techniques or tools will work the most efficiently to clear or transform the energy in a home, a public building, or other space if that is the goal.

Energy residue is not created or left in a space by only negative events or emotions—it can also be created by positive actions, thoughts, and feelings. There is nothing so peaceful as walking into a church and allowing the calm and solace that resides within that structure from the energies of the prayers and healings that have occurred there to soothe and quiet the soul.

When reading for an individual, receiving, diagnosing, and understanding the different types and flavors of the energies working within that person gives the psychic insight into the individual's dayto-day life, their motivations, challenges, fears, strengths, emotions, and attitudes. Accessing the energy "flavors" of an individual—their thoughts and feelings, potential health issues—and the energy currents presently acting upon a person by a coworker, spouse, or family member, allows the psychic to feel and receive information from those energy flow sources. The psychic can then work to analyze the problems or choices their client is facing in order to give the best and clearest counsel.

It is the sensing and diagnosis of these energy flows that allows the psychic to receive and understand the subtle information present in and around the individual for whom they are performing a reading or psychic healing. By becoming consciously aware of any energy blockages challenging their client, and the locations of these blockages (whether within the physical system, the auric field, the mental perceptions, or emotional responses of the individual), the psychic can analyze, understand, and begin to counsel their client about ways that they can take control of and transform attitudes and situations of concern to them.

To begin to recognize and strengthen your sensitivity toward the acquisition of knowledge within energy flow patterns, practice the following exercises to learn the different flavors energy can express.

What do you do with these energy flows once you have been able to feel them physically and psychically? You will begin to hone your skills at interpreting these flows and what kind of signals you are receiving on a psychic level from them. Does the energy feel hot to you? It could be an accumulation of vital force, which is either gathered to perform a specific function (healing or blocking), or as preparation for a release. Does it feel cold? This could be a break or tear in a person's auric field that is leaking energy, leaving the individual fatigued and susceptible to ill-health or stress. Do you get a color association with the flow when you feel it? As you pass your hands over the area, does a color spring to mind, or do you psychically see or feel a color? Part of your diagnosis of this energy color will be the type of expression associated with that color as well as your emotional response to it and any snippets of sudden psychic information or insight you receive when experiencing it.

One of the interesting things about psychic insight is how the information that is received sometimes has the action of a process called synesthesia. Synesthesia comes from the Greek syn, meaning "with" and aisthesis, meaning "sensation." This is when two of the body's physical senses pair up and trade sensory places in the way an experience is interpreted by an individual. This is the phenomenon that takes place when a person has the experience of tasting a color, smelling a musical note, hearing a number—when two or more of the senses entwine. Synesthesia is actually something commonly associated with newborn humans as they sort out how to interpret the various stimuli they receive to their physical systems. But synesthesia is also very common with the psychic senses. You may find that as you train your psychic abilities, when you read for others, certain types of energy always seem to come across to you as a green or a brown energy. You will learn then that when you encounter a flavor color of energy, its color denotes a certain quality or bit of data.

You can also use focused energy techniques to direct energy and intention into objects or places for energy storage purposes. You may wish to infuse your psychic reading room, your dream chamber, or your meditation space with a calm and clear flavor of energy to enhance and strengthen your work in those spaces. You may choose to give additional clarity and connection to the tools you use in your psychic work (tools such as a pendulum or divining rods) and to any healing tools you use to release or transform energy flow.

You want the kind of calm, focused energy that is discussed above in a space in which you are going to be doing psychic or energy healing work. But there are other uses for this technique as well. You can set a specific energy in a space for any purpose. Perhaps you are going to have a talk or a meeting with someone and you want to be sure that the communication is clear and honest and that both of you are receptive to each other's ideas. You would work as above, using pink (compassion) and light yellow (communication and comprehension) to infuse the energy of the room for the best results. Perhaps you have a child who has trouble sleeping at night. You would infuse the child's bedroom with the energy of light blue (peace) and white (purification) to help them relax into sleep and experience dreams that would be refreshing and restful.

Excerpted from THE EVERYDAY PSYCHIC by Karen Harrison. Copyright © 2013 Karen Harrison. Excerpted by permission of Red Wheel/Weiser, LLC.
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Meet the Author

Karen Harrison has been involved with magick, the psychic arts, and occultism since early childhood. She holds a Masters of Herbology and is the proprietress of Moon Magick Alchemical Apothecary. She and her husband also own Isis Books, Gifts and Healing Oasis in Denver, Colorado, the largest and most complete brick and mortar store in the U.S. specializing in world spirituality, magick, and herbs/essential oils. Visit her at www.isisbooks.com

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