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Psychic Exercises
By:Margaret Morris

Practice is the key to learning a skill, and developing your psychic powers is no different. If you focus on the areas that interest you most, or in which you feel you have natural abilities, you'll gain confidence and strengthen your psychic skills.

Relax

As in any type of learning, you'll be more successful with psychic exercises when you're relaxed. Some psychics rely on yoga and prayer to prepare themselves to receive impressions. You can also try meditating, lighting candles and playing soft music. Your brain will be most receptive when you're not trying to force yourself to perform.

Exercises

Dr. Richard Boylan, director of the Star Kids project, recommends the following exercises for both kids and adults:

While someone stands in front of a mirror, look carefully at his image to see if you notice the energy outline of his body, his aura, in the area of his head and shoulders.

Put a paper or plastic pinwheel that's attached to a stick under a glass bowl. Concentrate on the pinwheel and try to move it.

Make flash cards to practice remote viewing. Draw a simple shape such as a box, circle and star on each card. Have another person draw one card at a time while you try to identify the shape on it.

Invite a friend to share silent communication with you. Sit quietly together, maintaining eye contact, while you each try to intuit what the other is feeling and thinking. After a few minutes, share your insights.

Ask a friend to go to a location of her choice and concentrate on a specific object such as a building, a tree or a mountain. Agree on a beginning and ending time for the exercise, during which you'll attempt to see what your friend is seeing and make notes of your impressions. When your friend returns, compare your notes to her actual experience.

Knot a piece of string around a small, heavy object to make a pendulum. You'll ask questions and the pendulum will swing in a certain direction to answer. Decide which direction will mean "yes," "no," or "can't answer" by asking questions to which you already know the answers. For example, you might ask, "Is Monday a day of the week?" for a "yes" answer. Observe the pendulum's motion when answering "yes," "no," and "can't answer." Then begin asking questions to which you don't know the answers. Keep a record of both questions and answers, and research the answers when you're finished, using the library or Internet.

To practice precognition, focus on an upcoming event. Make a note of your impressions. After the event, check your notes against actual happenings. It's best to use events that are outside your usual areas of interest or experience for this exercise, since you won't have preconceived ideas about what will happen.