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How to Accept the Psychic Torch
By:Christina Hall

According to psychic Sylvia Brown, "Accepting the psychic torch" is the noble and almost obligatory act of continuing in a family member's psychic footsteps. The term, coined by Brown in her book of the same title, is a reflection of the beloved student/teacher relationship that she enjoyed with her psychic grandmother. To accept the psychic torch is to realize and encourage the development of any extrasensory abilities that are inherited or otherwise innate so that the gift can be used to help others. Brown asserts that handing down and keeping family and community spiritual traditions alive can be a catalyst for positive change.

Maintain a respectful and sacred relationship with familial and community elders. Ask psychically gifted elders to describe their personal journey to you in as much detail as possible. Take detailed notes of colorful conversations and review them at a later date to see if you recognize any eccentricities in yourself that may be a sign of latent psychic gifts. If you find yourself feeling any psychic stirring, which is described by some as a feeling of being whimsically in-touch, foster and reciprocate the feelings with your psychic mentor.

Keep loved ones busy and enthusiastic about life as they age. Often times, with age comes heightened psychic ability. Unfortunately, if overall brain function and healthy emotionality declines rapidly or traumatically, psychic ability can be lost. Help to nurture your mentor's gifts by keeping in touch often and frequently doing new things. A weekly movie date can be an effective way to remain close and have a good laugh or cry. Moments of emotional closeness seem to help seal a psychic bond that may be developing.

Develop your psychic faculties on your own. One way to begin a psychic journey is to keep a dream journal. Jot down everything you see and feel during a dream sequence and analyze the data later in the day. Refer to works by Carl Jung and other respected dream researchers to gain the most insight possible. The subconscious, or the part of the mind thought to be accessed during dreams, is often wrought with psychic clues and proof of extrasensory ability. Other symptoms of psychic phenomenon, like instances of deja vu and emotionally-laden synchronicities becoming very apparent in everyday life, will often become more common at this point.

Share your psychic gifts with the younger generation. In addition to "accepting the psychic torch," passing on your wisdom of the unseen, or "handing off the psychic torch" to a receptive younger relative or community member, will help to continue the circle.