Someone gave me a hard time last weekend about having claimed to be psychic. Besides mild irritation, because I have not (nor would I) ever declared myself "psychic," this denunciation brought up some thoughts that I thought I would share.
I began this blog with the thought that if I, a very linear and logical
person, could develop a seer's capacity, then probably most people could
do the same. The blog itself is actually an exploration into concrete
aspects of the practice.
There, I've said
it. It's a PRACTICE.
We live in a cold and rational world, and people
in general try to restrict themselves to that sort of "thinking" way of
being. However, that is by no means the only technology with which to
experience the world. A useful comparison
might be that of the very small range of electromagnetic radiation that
can be directly experienced by the human eye (370 to 780 nm or so)
compared with the whole of the known EM spectrum, from gamma rays to
radio waves. It goes without saying that humans can readily
see the visible spectrum easily, but the remainder of all radiation can
be detected using sensors to relay the information to the eyes and then
to the mind. Therefore, we can "sense" the entire EM spectrum, if we
have the right technology.
Seership is something like that. Want to open yourself to different
realms? The mystical realms are yours to explore. There are the ways
that take less effort, such as entheogens and alcohol. There are
physical ways, like exercise and sex. There are ways
that have been documented by mystics throughout time, such as trance and prayer. It is very
passive and receptive, and there is great work sometimes involved in the
act of removing oneself from the path of information. A rough paraphrase from a Meister
Eckhart text: "One must agree to the flow, as it rushes
forth from the unmanifest, and be buoyant enough to keep up with its
unfolding. Nothing can snag or delay the person awakened to the simple
matter of rising to this life. The repetition of seeing involves living
life as a seer who is purified by the seeing."
I bet that Eckhart was not directly discussing the issue of seers
and spirits, yet for me, his description is very pertinent. I cannot
say whether or not my experiences agree with those of other
workers, as I haven't been doing this for very
long, but as I develop the opportunity to perform these comparisons,
you'd better believe I'll write about them. Even if the comparisons don't seem to match, because...well, I never claimed to be psychic, but I do claim to
be a experimentalist. One that documents the events.