How We Plan Our Birth

Why Am I Here?An Excerpt from Why Am I Here?

by Joyce Keller with Elaine J. Keller

“You have not chosen me, but I have chosen you.” 
— John 15:16


One of the most commonly asked questions regarding reincarnation is about whether we choose our parents, and if so, why? The answer, which is of course, yes, happens to shed light on the concept of karma.

We do choose our parents. Yet it isn’t merely the parents that we select, but the lifestyle, personalities, and experience a particular family offers. This is a selection over which our angels hold particular influence. There may be many sets of parents who are attractive to the incoming entity, and it is only with the angels’ help that the right ones are chosen. Even though we may be completely unhappy with our parents—and at one time or another most of us have felt this way—ours are the correct parents for our soul’s karmic needs.

Angels are able to access the Akashic records and to note an entity’s past deeds, intent and experiences. When it’s the soul’s turn to come into a physical body, a great deal of effort and co-ordination is involved. Should the entity be born to a single mother? Should it be adopted? Should there be two devoted, loving parents?

The possibilities are carefully explained to the enti­ty. A lifetime of easy karma, comfort, and affluence, may offer little opportunity for growth or challenge. A lifetime of difficult karma, however, may be just what the soul needs to bal­ance previous experiences, and proceed at an accelerated pace.

Being born into poverty to a single mother, may, for example, work out unfinished karma of a lifetime of selfishness. There may be a physical handicap, such as a short leg and a limp, to help work out the karma from the lifetime as a soldier when the entity took pleasure in maiming and killing. The problem with this soul was not that he killed, but with his attitude of enjoying the suffering of others. This is not in keeping with the universal law of love and compassion. Since at the time of his death the entity had still not learned compassion or mercy, his is considered to be unfinished karma.

While the angels of the Akashic records are patiently explaining to the protesting entity why he needs a life of deprivation rather than one of luxury, the birth experience might actually be occurring. This would explain why so many babies are born howling…


Before the birth experience many souls enter and leave or “visit” the developing embryo or fetus. This coming and going can occur up to six months after birth. Sometimes it happens that a soul will enter the embryo at conception and stay for a lifetime. On other occasions, no soul will stay within the fetus, unable to find the experience or vibratory level compatible with his needs. When this coincides with the parents needing that particular karmic experience, a stillbirth or miscarriage (or abortion) can occur. …

A soul has to be born at the right time, in addition to being born to the proper parents and place. Can you imagine the cosmic work that’s involved in a challenge like that? When an entity takes his first breath, he is astrologically pro­grammed for life, within an ethereal grid that stays with him for that entire lifetime. This grid indicates the lessons to be learned and to what degree. This pattern can be read in the aura, or the individual’s electric field. Since astrological patterns contain all past, present, and future karmic indications, it is essential that the person be born at the precisely correct moment in time, and to the right parents.


Some parents need the experience of raising children born to somebody else, perhaps balancing the act of giving up one’s own children at another time. So too, the birth mother may need a wrenching or a relieving experience, perhaps having perceived life with indifference, or still harboring grief over a related experience.

Incoming souls given up by the mother have experienced a cut-off from one of the most important ties a person can have. In another incarnation they may not have appreciated the bond of motherhood, or may have abused it, rejected it, or simply under-appreciated it, or may have been a child who left or hurt his parents. Having done the rejecting in another life they now have to experience rejection to fully understand that this is not God’s plan.

On the other hand, the adoptive mother in this incarnation is desperately seeking maternal satisfaction. Having not succeeded at natural conception, possibly due to having failed to appreciation the blessings of motherhood, she is now given the opportunity of having a child…

When a surrogate mother refuses to let go of her child sometimes her soul memory is jogged, and while it is true that she is reneging on the promise of a contractual arrangement, sometimes nature can’t be ignored. As in the case of infertility, nature has to be dealt with honestly. The Universal plan may be that the natural child stays with the natural mother. God may not care about contracts where a baby is concerned.

The mother’s soul memory, or the Akashic record, may be touched when she’s seeing her child for the first time, or it kicks in her womb and she realizes it belongs to her. Many of the fathers involved in the surrogate relationship have felt cheated, and have fought to the death to get their children, who often have come from their seed. Such a father may also have in his soul memory the experience of rejecting of an incoming child, or in some way failing to appreciate the bond of fatherhood.


This is an excerpt from the book Why Am I Here? A Concise Guide to Your Purpose and Potential

Joyce KellerJoyce Keller is an American television and radio host, author, and psychic medium. She has hosted a live radio show since 1989 on New York’s WGBB, and is featured in both editions of the book, 100 Top Psychics in America(Simon & Schuster). She has also authored seven international best-selling books, including the Angel Series books, Seven Steps to HeavenCalling All Angels, and The Complete Book of Numerology.

An undeterred seeker of the truth, Elaine J. Keller writes in many genres, including fiction and nonfiction, in the areas of unknown history, alternative health, personal spirituality, and more. Visit her online at



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Sacred Journey

Sacred Journeyby M.K. Welsch

Every story has a beginning—the precipitating event that kick-starts the action into motion. This book is no exception. It began many years ago when I stumbled across the name Edgar Cayce and read about his life and extraordinary psychic readings during a time when I was searching for more meaning in my life. At first I was leery. Was this some kind of cult or religious scam perpetrated by a skillful con artist out to fool gullible people? I promised myself then that if I ever discovered anything in the work attributed to Cayce or the organization he founded—the Association for Research and Enlightenment—which didn’t ring true or deviated from my highest and best sense of what was right, I would run away as fast as possible. I never did.

By the end of his lifetime, the renowned seer Edgar Cayce (1877-1945) had given more than 14,000 psychic readings on subjects ranging from the mundane to the mystical. A humble man with only an eighth-grade education, Cayce hailed from the small town of Hopkinsville in Christian County, Kentucky. Ever since he was a young child, this simple tobacco country farm boy had demonstrated remarkable psychic abilities. Luckily for young Edgar, he was brought up in a loving family surrounded by people who accepted his prodigious gifts. Cayce always believed his unusual talents to be God-given and decided early on to make it his life’s purpose to use those powers for the greater good of humankind.

That decision eventually led him to give psychic readings for thousands of individuals suffering from dis-ease of body, mind, and spirit… It is difficult to imagine the deep faith and personal commitment to service it must have required for Edgar Cayce to set aside the immediate circumstances of his life every day, twice a day, and to lie down on the couch in his office in order to give readings. (And near the end of his life, he was giving multiple readings per day to try to fill the thousands of requests for help from people with loved ones embroiled in the conflict of World War II. Overtaxing his body in this way would take a huge toll on his health, which eventually led to his death.) After lying down and putting aside his conscious mind, Cayce would enter into a semiconscious state, totally unaware of his physical surroundings and the people around him or the words he might utter in answer to their questions…

Remarkable information came through this sleeping prophet during those daily sessions, including medical prescriptions and advice, information about the history of the human race since the beginning of time, and material on astrology, dreams, world events, planetary sojourns, previous lifetimes, religion, and philosophy to name several. In addition to some of the amazing events that transpired during the time Cayce was actually asleep, such as his proclivity for describing in detail the state ofhealth of people located thousands of miles away, what has always struck me about his body of work is its astonishing breadth and consistency.

Taken together the 14,306 readings Edgar Cayce left behind present a formidable record of important but heretofore unknown information… It’s easy to overlook the fact that in the 1920s, ‘30s, and ‘40s, during the period when Cayce was most productive, topics such as reincarnation, meditation, and astrology were not widely acknowledged or discussed as they might be today. The taproot of the philosophy outlined in the readings is the Christian tradition as defined by the ideal of the Christ, but its branches spread across cultures, traditions, centuries, and the world. The readings paint a picture of history as the story of the movement of consciousness through space and time as human beings seek to fulfill the soul’s deep longing to return to its Source, to God. In the years since Edgar Cayce’s passing, numbers of outstanding books and articles have been written expounding on the wealth of information compiled in the readings. And more than a few have served as guideposts on my own spiritual quest. My aim in adding to that library was to try to explain in laymen’s terms Cayce’s story of the soul and its passage through the earth as viewed through the lens of one particular soul: Jesus of Nazareth. In general, the mystical thread running through the Cayce material begins with Spirit, manifests in the multitudinous religious philosophies the world has embraced throughout history, reaches its apex with the appearance of the second Adam, Jesus, and will culminate one day in the expression of the risen Christ in each and every incarnated soul.

The approach this book takes is to synthesize information scattered among a cross section of the readings with select passages from the Bible, especially the New Testament, in order to highlight the congruity of the two messages. The significance of the Christ sits front and center in the Cayce philosophy, but it is difficult for most people to get their arms around the somewhat presumptuous notion that the man called Jesus really did lay out a pattern others could follow in order to do what he did—a pattern detailed in the most practical way by Edgar Cayce who interpreted the Master’s message for people living in the twentieth century and beyond…

My aim in integrating Jesus’ parables and teachings with the wisdom culled from Edgar Cayce’s unconscious mind was to merge the two records into a more cohesive whole. Seeing the ideas laid out side by side might help fill in some of the missing pieces of the puzzle about why the Prince of Peace came to earth and what he did while he was here. The Cayce information changes the picture of the Christ from an “idol” to be worshipped from afar into an ideal and presence within, and the Master soul, Jesus, to our elder brother and teacher who came to show us that we, too, have the ability to advance to the same level of spiritual understanding and expression he had achieved. My secondary objective was to try to unravel some of the symbolism coloring the Old and New Testaments, which supports this more inclusive description of Jesus’ words and work. Hopefully the result will allow others, perhaps for the first time, to catch a glimpse of the greater purpose for humanity’s sojourn in the earth and begin to understand its meaning to the destiny of the soul.

I hope, dear reader, you will join me in fearlessly venturing into the uncharted territory of this sacred journey to find the God within.

[This is an excerpt of the Preface for Sacred Journey: Edgar Cayce, the Bible, and the Path to Enlightenment.]

M.K. Welsch is a 40-year student of the Edgar Cayce information and accomplishedM.K. Welsch writer who has spent the majority of her professional career in the not-for-profit arena, helping dedicated people engender positive change in the world. A lifelong spiritual seeker, she has served on the Board of Trustees for the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) and written for its magazine, Venture Inward.

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Don’t Look Beyond Yourself for the Supernatural

Angels, Fairies, Demons, and the ElementalsAn Excerpt from Angels, Fairies, Demons, and the Elementals: With the Edgar Cayce Perspective on the Supernatural World

by John Van Auken

We have a natural inclination to look outside of ourselves for the supernatural world. It is not out there. Well it is, but it is not visible. And it’s important to recognize that those who “see” the supernatural do not have additional parts to their eyes that you and I lack. Our physical eyes are virtually the same as theirs. We all see by the functioning of two types of photoreceptors in our retinas: rods and cones. We have roughly 120 million supersensitive rods and 6 to 7 million color-sensitive cones. Every healthy human has this arrangement. Normally we only see things that are within a very narrow range of the electromagnetic spectrum (the EM spectrum). This range includes less than five percent of the entire EM spectrum. When energy frequencies within the “visible light” spectrum strike our retina, electrochemical impulses are created that are transmitted to the area of our brain responsible for vision. A pattern in the visual cortex is created by these electrochemical impulses that imitate the visible light pattern striking the retina. Energy outside of this narrow range produces no response from the retina’s rods and cones. We normally see wavelengths from red to violet. But some creatures see frequencies on the outer edges of our visible light spectrum, namely infra-red and ultra-violet. For example, owls, hawks, and eagles perceive infrared frequencies—that is, they can perceive the energy waves created by heat. Bees, reindeer, sockeye salmon, and many birds perceive ultraviolet frequencies. Curiously, butterflies, which are often associated with fairies and the fairy kingdom, are considered by researchers to have the widest visual range of any creature!

Those who see the supernatural or, more likely, saw it when they were very young, were using the same eyes that you and I have; the only difference is—or was—their consciousness. A mind that is completely structured around the universe of matter only sees matter. A mind that is open to seeing, or probably more correctly, perceiving, the energy in all matter and particles will likely perceive these. Without getting too deeply into quantum field theory, it is helpful to understand how “fields” and matter interact and coexist. Every particle exists in a field related to that particle, and particles cannot exist without a field, but fields can exist without a particle (such as the Higgs field). And this is where the visible and invisible worlds coexist—and where supernatural entities like angels and fairies live. They only occasionally express themselves in visible form. Perceiving angels, fairies, and the other normally invisible life forms is about expanded consciousness.

The paradox in achieving this necessary consciousness is that it is approached from within us. It is found through a shift in our usual consciousness and our normal perception. Since our physical self considers all life to be out here in physicality, we miss the angels, fairies, and other invisibles—unless they intentionally manifest themselves within our visual range of perception. The way to the supernatural is through perception beyond physical matter. Our physical, carnal eyes and ears are not designed to perceive non-physical entities and energies. But we do have within us the ability to perceive the supernatural if our mind expands our range.

In Edgar Cayce’s volumes, we find some seventy-two discourses on “the unseen forces” and how much more of an influence they are in our lives than the seen. Cayce explained that seeing the unseen requires “a consciousness of that divine force that emanates in Life itself in this material plane.” (281-7)

Consider this: All the stars, planets, and galaxies that can be detected throughout the entire, infinite universe make up only four percent of the universe! Four percent! The other ninety-six percent is made up of substances that cannot be seen or easily explained. These invisible substances are called “dark energy” and “dark matter” (“dark” here means unseen and undetected, not evil). Astronomers base the existence of dark matter on the gravitational influence that it exerts on “normal matter” (or the parts of the universe that can be seen). Let’s just consider this a bit further; our universe may contain as many as 100 billion galaxies, each with billions of stars, massive clouds of gas and dust, countless planets and moons, and enormous amounts of cosmic debris—yet everything that we detect is only four percent of the total mass and energy in the universe!

Perceiving the whole requires an inner shift in perception, not better eyes and ears. Expanding our consciousness is the key to seeing and hearing the supernatural realms of angels and fairies, and the like. Cayce teaches, “…the fairies and those of every form that do not give expression in a material way … are only seen by those who are attuned to the infinite.” (2547-1) Attuned to the infinite?

From the time he was a very young boy, Edgar Cayce could see fairies, sprites, angels, and invisible friends. He could see discarnate souls among the incarnate. He could hear them and talk to them. He explained that it was like having a switch in his head—a switch that he could flip on in order to see ghosts and communicate with them. He also saw auras around the bodies of incarnate people. These auras emanated colors and patterns that gave him insight into the person’s mental, emotion, and spiritual condition, even as it changed during a conversation. Here are a few examples from his readings:

[An] aura is the emanation, or the influence that is ever present with an animate body, that may change or alter as to that which is the impelling influence of or about same—or from within . . . Aura changes, to be sure, [according] to the temperament. (282-4)

The aura, then, is the emanation that arises from the very vibratory influences of an individual entity mentally, spiritually—especially of the spiritual forces.” (319-2)

Hence we find in the aura the physical and the mental and spiritual emanations, that show for developments and retardments as well as abilities for the studying, classifying and applying of same. (1612-1)

(Q) Am I beginning to see auras?

(A) Beginning to see auras. As life, light, and love—with understanding—is reflected in self, so may there be seen those of the same reflection from others.

(Q) What is the significance of the flashes and forms which I frequently see?

(A) Those of the higher vibrations of inter-between, as well as spiritual forces taking forms in or before the mental self. (281-4)

See how he said “taking forms in or before the mental self”? That’s the difference between seeing with carnal eyes and seeing with an expanded consciousness in the mental self. The mind is the true perceiver of angels, fairies, and the invisibles. Actually, in truth, the brain-mind is the perceiver of everything that strikes the retinas, and a more open mind perceives more than physical matter.

John Van AukenJohn Van Auken is a director at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., and is one of the organization’s most popular speakers, traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad to address audiences on the body-mind-spirit topics found in the Edgar Cayce readings. He is an acknowledged expert on the Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient prophecies, world religions, meditation, and ancient Egypt. John conducts seminars in the U.S. and abroad, and is a tour guide to the many sacred sites around the world.

For a list of John’s conferences and events, visit

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Healing with Sacred Stones

Edgar Cayce's Sacred StonesHow and Why Gem Healing Works

By Shelley Kaehr, PhD

Excerpted from Edgar Cayce’s Sacred Stones

Everything in the universe consists of vibrations, and this idea is highlighted in much of the Edgar Cayce material…

Gems and stones, along with music, essential oils, and other wonderful tools that we have at our disposal, are very beneficial for realigning us with our natural healthy vibrational balance.

Gem healing is like music. Have you ever heard people trying to play music when it is out of tune?  There is something off, and it doesn’t sound quite right.  That is what happens to the body—the physical body, as well as the energetic body. On the contrary, when you hear singing or playing that is harmonious, it lifts the spirit as though the heavens have parted.

When a guitar is off tune, the guitarist must strum a note and adjust the strings to bring the whole instrument back into harmony. We are similar.  The influences of other people, daily stress, environmental toxins, and more add up until we become out of harmony with our blueprint of perfection, which is how we feel when we are in perfect alignment.

We can get back on track. As I recently experienced, sometimes all it takes is slowing down.  However, if we don’t stop and listen to our bodies long enough to take the proper steps to realign, we might develop some unhealthy discomfort or dis-ease.

I am extremely concerned about the idea of frequency sickness.  Our society is often so plugged into phones, computers, televisions, and other devices that we have become out of sync with nature.  This is not good!

During those few days when I was ill, I could not stand the sight of any screens or loud sounds.  I was literally sick of anything electronic.  I had to unplug.  I am a very sensitive person, and I am greatly concerned about the masses that may be unaware of what electronics are doing to us.  I certainly believe that technology has been a blessing to society in many ways.  Communication has become more accessible, but on the other side of the coin, various health issues are arising. As they continue to emerge, I believe we will see more ramifications in the future.

Now more than ever, it is extremely beneficial to understand Cayce’s work and to learn how to use natural methods to shift our energy when necessary.

Subtle Bodies

Aside from the physical body, there are three areas of energy within all of us.  Actually, there is just one big energy field, but I like to break it down in order to work with it more easily.

The first is the etheric energy layer.  This is the field that resides closest to your physical body and is most intricately tied to your health and well-being. If you are blocked here, it will result in an actual, physical illness.

Second is the mental or emotional body, which is six inches away from the body.  This is where our memories and emotions are stored.  When we do not adequately express our emotions, this area is affected.

Finally, the causal or spiritual body is about a foot away from your physical body and extends to infinity.  I believe that all of our challenges in life begin here. Some challenges derive from karma that we incarnated here to work on, and some challenges are new lessons that we have decided to take on after our birth.  If we can address our issues at this level, then we do not need to be concerned with the emotional aspects or physical aspects of our energy bodies.  That is easier said than done, of course! As my story about being ill demonstrates, we do not normally make changes unless there is mental or physical discomfort first.

When you place a stone on your body, that mineral exists at a higher vibrational frequency than that of the body. Because it is natural and free from the mental or emotional garbage that affects the rest of us, the stone holds its own. When introduced to the physical shell, it will create a change in the above-mentioned energy fields.

Different stones bring different qualities to us.  Do you need love, health, or money/security?  Depending on what you want to create, certain stones hold a frequency for those circumstances or attributes. By using the stones, your field can begin to shift and align in order for you to attract what you want.  We will explore how this energy shift works throughout this book.


The other way gems work is to align us with the frequencies of colors in the rainbow spectrum as well as the colorful energy centers of light within each one of us.

Crown chakra:

Color – white

Location – top of the head

The crown center connects you to your higher power.  If this area is blocked, you will feel disconnected from life and depressed.  Clear crystals are best to help open your crown.

Third Eye chakra:

Color – violet

Location – center of the forehead

The third eye is the seat of your intuition.  Amethyst, which we will discuss later in the book, is a carrier of the violet ray and will help to open this center.

Throat chakra:

Color – blue

Location – under the Adam’s apple, just above the collarbone

The throat center helps us to speak our truth.  Sapphire is a carrier of the blue ray and will help to open this center.  There will be an entire section about sapphire later in this book.

Heart chakra:

Color – green or pink

Location – near your physical heart, in the middle of the chest

Society has many heart issues that are both physical and spiritual.  Learning to love others and ourselves is the key for this energy center.  You can use rose quartz or emerald to assist in opening the heart.  There will be more on emerald, the carrier of the green ray, later in the book.

Solar Plexus Chakra:

Color – yellow

Location – stomach, at the convergence of the ribcage

The solar plexus chakra is the seat of your personal power and material abundance, representing courage and manifestation on the physical plane.  Citrine is the carrier of the yellow ray.  Citrine is amethyst that has been heated up by either natural sunlight or, in many cases, artificial means.  A wonderful stone, citrine never needs to be cleansed as most other stones do. It is very good to use for opening up all of the chakra centers, and it will energize you.  A delightful by-product of citrine is that it will bring cash and money into your life (there is a difference between “abundance” and money).  Known as the “Merchant’s Stone,” citrine will stimulate growth when you put it in your cash register or wallet.

Sacral chakra:

Color – orange

Location – two inches below the navel

The sacral center is about creativity and productivity in the world at large.  Carnelian is a carrier of the orange ray and beneficial to use on this area.  More is written about carnelian later in the book.

Root chakra:

Color – red

Location – base of the spine

The root chakra helps connect you to the earth, grounding you in the physical body.  Ruby is the carrier of the red ray and is wonderful to use for grounding.  A remarkable healer, we will explore ruby at length in a later section.

Note: This is an excerpt from Edgar Cayce’s Sacred Stones.

Shelley Kaehr, PhDShelley Kaehr, PhD, a native of Albuquerque, New Mexico, became widely known as one of the world’s leading authorities on energy healing and mind-body medicine by using gems and minerals with her hypnosis clients. She believes our memories are stored holographically in the energetic fields surrounding our bodies, and by combining hypnosis with healing work, lasting change is achieved. She has been featured on Coast to Coast AM, Canada’s X-Zone and William Shatner’s Weird or What, and truly believes that everyone can leave the past behind to live happier lives. Shelley received her Ph.D. from the American Institute of Holistic Theology in 2001, and lives near Dallas, Texas. She is also the author of Edgar Cayce’s Guide to Gemstones, Minerals, Metals and More.

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Top 12 Reasons to Be Creative

An excerpt from Creative Synergy: Using Art, Science, and Philosophy to Self-Actualize Your Life

By Bunny Paine-Clemes, PhD

CreativityAre you creative and don’t know it? Creativity is in almost everything we do. Why is it so important? Here are the top 12 reasons from Bunny’s book Creative Synergy.

1.    Develops Your Full Potential

As the old army recruiting poster said, “Be the Best that You Can Be.” According to Abraham Maslow’s famous hierarchy, we fulfill our needs in this order: physiological, safety, belonging, esteem, and self-actualization. We must first have air, water, and food; then we need to have a safe place to live; then we need to have friends and/or a group; next we need to feel good about our accomplishments; and at last we need to experience actualization of our full potential. In his later years, Maslow added an even higher need: “transcendence,” the need to transcend our narrow identities and expand our awareness.

2. Creates Rapid Growth through Competition: The Best Ideas Will Win

Thomas L. Friedman calls our current world “flat,” because technology has connected us and eliminated many hierarchies. Bloggers are competing with standard news outlets. Mega-corporations are now competing all over the world, and one entrepreneur with a computer and an idea can compete as well. Friedman says that since the demolition of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, and the mid-nineties proliferation of the Windows PC, followed by the explosion of the World Wide Web, we are all in competition with one another, and the best ideas will win.

3.    Creates Effective Use of Resources

Because of the “flat world” mentioned above, we will have to learn to use our human resources wisely. Peter D. Hart Research Associates asked this question of U.S. employers. In 2006, the firm interviewed 305  employers with a staff of at least 25 and conducted focus groups with  executives in Milwaukee, Wis.; Fairfax, Vaa; and Atlanta, Ga. Overwhelmingly, these employers said that they wanted to hire new workers who had the “soft skills” provided by a liberal education: among them, teamwork (76%), oral and written communication skills (73%), critical thinking and analytical skills (70%), the ability to be innovative and think creatively (70%), and the ability to solve complex problems (64%). In addition, employers felt that colleges did not place enough emphasis on the same abovementioned skills.

4.    Fosters Discovery of “New and Better Ways to Solve Problems”

See the survey listed above. With critical thinking you can break problems into parts and critique them; with creative thinking you can synthesize ideas and have the “aha” moment that leaps beyond logic. Richard Ogle says that imagination isn’t just another form of thinking. It is a discontinuous leap based upon what he calls “idea-spaces”—nodes of influence where “the extended mind” shares ideas with others.

5.    Develops Society

According to Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us,  says: [While] “left-brain” capabilities powered the Information Age. . . thecapabilities we once thought of as frivolous—the “right-brain” qualities of inventiveness, empathy, joyfulness, and meaning—increasingly will determine who flourishes and who flounders.

In other words, the new global culture demands creativity. Walter Isaacson says that in this new global economy, “A society’s competitive advantage will come not from how well its schools teach the multiplication and periodic table, but from how well they stimulated imagination and creativity.”

6.    Enhances your “Knowledge” Base

When you study the notebooks of Leonardo, the design of Brunelleschi’s dome, the specifics of Newton’s experiment with prisms, or the process used by Einstein or Feynman to generate ideas, you will have a bag of tools that you can apply to your own life.

7.    It’s Part of Being Human

You may think that you are not creative, but you are. Most psychologists believe that like any other skill, creativity operates on a continuum, from the “Creativity with a capital C” that denotes the thinkers listed above to the “everyday creativity” you can apply to cooking or amateur art. By studying some processes and procedures, you can learn how to enhance the creativity you have.

8.    Augments of Your “Mental Health”

If we are prevented from exercising our full potential, we can feel depressed or even ill. Creativity, however we practice it, is part of our higher need for self-actualization. Industrial engineers have come to realize that the old assembly line jobs, with their mind-numbing monotony, have an adverse effect on workers. Creativity is one of the basic human virtues

9.    Grows Your Body of Interest

A rich diversity of materials is now available on creativity, from the popular to the academic or the pragmatic to the theoretical. Specialized approaches also abound. Biographies of scientists like Barbara McClintock and artists like Michelangelo illuminate their creative processes. The business community regularly comments on what it calls “innovation,” and in 2006, the academic liberal arts association AAC&U released an entire issue on creativity as one of its Peer Review magazines. Between 1920 and 1950, “out of the 121,000 titles listed in Psychological Abstracts . . . only 186 dealt with creativity . . . From the late 1960’s until 1991, almost 9,000 references have been added to the creativity literature.” See the bibliography at the end of this book for many examples.

10.  Applies to “All Disciplines” in Life

One of my colleagues, upon being told of creativity in science, engineering, math, business, and maritime transportation, exclaimed, “And I thought creativity was just an artsy-fartsy thing!” Not at all! Creativity is all around us, even in the everyday objects we use.

 11.  Fosters Effective Leadership

A leader today must know how to be creative and to inspire creativity in others. A good example is U.S. Captain Michael D. Abrashoff, who commanded what he called “The Best Damn Ship in the Navy.” He states his philosophy as follows: “I worked hard to create a climate that encouraged quixotic pursuits and celebrated the freedom to fail. I never once reprimanded a sailor for attempting to solve a problem or reach a goal. I wanted my people to feel empowered, so they could think autonomously.” In the modern maritime world, the empowerment that supports both creativity and leadership occurs in the system of Bridge Resource Management.

12.  Enhances the “Learning Process”

Thomas L. Friedman says that in our fast-changing global economy, “Average Joe has to become special, specialized, synthesizing, or adaptable Joe.” The world of the future belongs to the lifelong learner— someone willing to explore new ideas.

The last few decades have belonged to a certain kind of person with a certain kind of mind—computer programmers who could crank code, lawyers who could craft contracts, MBAs who could crunch numbers. But the keys to the kingdom are changing hands. The future belongs to a very different kind of person with a very different kind of mind—creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers, and meaning makers. These people—artists, inventors, designers, storytellers, caregivers, consolers, big picture thinkers—will now reap society’s richest rewards and share its greatest joys.

Bunny Paine-Clemes, PhD, is a professor of transpersonal studies at Atlantic University. For 20 years, she was a Professor of Liberal Arts at Cal State Maritime, specializing in humanities, world culture, and creativity. She has an MA and PhD in British literature. She lives with her husband, father, and many cats in an 1887 home once owned by a sea captain who corresponded with Albert Einstein and Edgar Cayce and is the subject of a novel by Jane Smiley. Her interests include creativity, metaphysics, Eastern philosophy, non-ordinary states of consciousness, reincarnation, and European culture. She is the author of the novels A Winter’s Day andLove and Death in Vienna, and many small works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.

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How Can I Develop ESP?

By Carol Ann Liaros

Unlocking Your IntuitionThere is nothing difficult about developing ESP. In fact, it is such an easy and natural process that most of us simply overlook it. The most difficult task I have consistently faced in my workshops is convincing students how easy it is to use. Once that hurdle is passed, individuals are able to see some clear evidence of their own intuitive abilities.

The real question may be “Why develop your intuition at all?” Some individuals have cited very practical reasons, such as wanting to use it to help solve problems or for obtaining insights in order to make better decisions. Others hope to gain objectivity for setting realistic goals or perhaps in order to increase their own creativity. Many are interested in using ESP in their daily lives, in their personal situations, and at the workplace. Some people clearly want to help in understanding personal psychic experiences which may have started at a very early age. Regardless of the reasons, everyone can benefit from getting in touch with the intuitive capabilities which we all possess. After forty-five years of experience, there is no question in my mind that developing ESP broadens self-understanding and brings people closer to one another. Many individuals see positive results in every area of their lives: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually as soon as they begin working with the additional insights that intuition has to offer. In fact, psychic development offers a larger perspective on life and a new sense of connectedness with family, friends, and all of humanity.

Unfortunately, there is still a common misconception that intuitive experiences happen infrequently and only to a handful of “special” individuals. However, the truth is that most people have experienced extrasensory perception numerous times in their lives, and for many it is actually a very common experience. Regardless of how common it is, many people remain skeptical of psychic phenomena and most never seriously considered the thought that they may be psychic themselves.

I would describe people who are psychically aware in this way: they are warm, sociable, and easy going; they are quick, alert, and show their emotions easily; they are adventuresome and show enthusiasm for life; and they are practical and realistic. In short, these are the very characteristics one would expect to find in any healthy, well-balanced individual. All healthy, grounded individuals have the ability to utilize psychic information in their everyday lives. Those who are out of touch with this fact are ignoring one of life’s adventures as well as an incredibly useful asset. Most of us haven’t begun to imagine the capacity of the human mind. Experts agree that we’re using only a small fraction of our brain capacity, perhaps as little as five to twenty percent. Regardless of the percentage, it’s an established fact that we are not using our full potential. Part of this untapped potential relates a heightened sensory system that each individual can become aware of through experience and training. It is something that everyone can develop because psychic awareness is not so much a thing as it is a process. Intuition makes use of the intellect and the imagination—both attributes of the brain. To understand how it works, it is helpful to understand how the brain functions.

Some of the earliest brain research was done with individuals who had suffered brain damage through accidents or illness. Researchers discovered that the two hemispheres of the brain controlled not only different sides of the body but also different brain functions. The left hemisphere controls the right side of the body and is involved with rational, analytical thought processes, for example language and mathematics. The right hemisphere controls the left side of the body and specializes in spatial and holistic functions, integrating many operations at once. Imagination, visualization, and psychic processes are all examples of right-brain functioning.


Neither hemisphere of the brain is smarter nor more advanced than the other. But in most individuals it is common to see one hemisphere more developed than the other. Ways in which connections between the left and right hemispheres can be accomplished include relaxation and meditation, creative imagery, intuition and laughter. The exercises in Unlocking Your Intuition can assist individuals in integrating the left and right hemispheres of their brain as they learn to balance the functions of the intellect, the imagination, and the intuitive processes. The result can be a more fully integrated, balanced personality and a balanced-brain individual, who can be more successful both personally and professionally. And, as an individual works at such integration, psychic or extrasensory information can be made extremely practical as well as much more readily accessible.

Psychic processes know no boundaries of space and time. Therefore, the impressions you receive may concern events from the past, the present, or the future. Precognition involves knowledge of future events obtained through psychic means. Retrocognition, on the other hand, involves having or perceiving knowledge of the past through the intuitive processes.In my experience, I have found that working in groups of two or more is one of the most productive environments for beginning students of ESP. A shared experience seems to enhance the process, for students learn as much from each other as they do from the material. Also, another person or a group provides immediate, direct feedback and support, which makes the whole experience more enjoyable. However, Unlocking Your Intuition does provide exercises for practicing on your own, and many of the group exercises can easily be adapted to try alone as well.


Although the advantages of obtaining psychic insights into the future are innumerable and obvious, the ability to obtain knowledge about the past is also quite useful. Archeologists have used it to help locate buried sites and gain information about artifacts and ancient civilizations. The police have used it to help solve criminal cases and find missing persons. Mental health professionals often use retrocognition in therapy with clients who may need to remember past events and experiences that have been repressed or forgotten. Retrocognition also allows for the ability to see into past lives. You should be aware that retrocognition and precognition impressions may be experienced through clairvoyance, clairaudience, or clairsentience. For information about future events, try concentrating on moving ahead in time. For information from the past, concentrate on moving back.

intuitionAs you can see, there is more than one way to receive information psychically. A common misperception is that all psychics are clairvoyant, receiving most of their impressions visually. This isn’t always the case. In a typical reading, various impressions of all kinds may be perceived. For example, I once gave a reading for a Chicago man who had come to me for a consultation. As I concentrated on him, I saw three arrows connecting him to three foreign countries. I wasn’t sure what countries were represented, but I told him my impression and he offered to get me an atlas from the next room to help identify the locales. As he got up, I heard these words spoken silently: “India, France, and England.” As I concentrated on his next question concerning his connections with those countries, I had strong feeling responses that provided the additional information he requested. I felt that his lifelong dream was to go India, that his ring was from France, and that he would be making a business trip to England. The man confirmed each of my feelings and in fact, stated that he would probably have to go to England within six months since he was collaborating on a book with an individual from that country.

This is a typical example of the kinds of psychic impressions you may receive in a reading, all in a very short span of time. In this case, the first impression was clairvoyant (symbols representing arrows and foreign countries). The next impression was clairaudient (the words “India, France, and England” spoken in a thought). The final impressions were clairsentient (an inner knowledge about his connections with each country).

The intuitive process utilizes unconscious material and brings it to conscious levels of awareness. However, when a barrier exists between these levels of awareness, it can be more difficult to obtain the information. Fear, tension, and interference by the intellect are all barriers to the unconscious mind; these are also the most common problems experienced by individuals beginning to work with their ESP. Some people are afraid to contact the unconscious mind. They may have had negative or frightening psychic experiences as children, or they have learned to be frightened of them from parents or religious authorities who believed that it was “the work of the devil.” At the root of this fear is the belief that psychic processes are uncontrollable and therefore dangerous; the fear in losing control is a problem only if an individual is unbalanced emotionally or if he chooses for it to be a problem. The exercises in this book are all safe and manageable; at no time will you be out of control of your experience. Throughout all of these exercises you will be in complete control and have the choice to turn on and turn off the psychic process at will. Many priests, nuns, ministers, doctors, health care professionals, business people, parents, students, and children have been able to make personal intuition extremely practical, benefitting greatly from their own psychic abilities in the process.

There are many ways to develop intuitive abilities. The exercises here offer an approach I’ve been using for over forty-five years in workshops and training programs. These techniques have proven themselves again and again. They offer a wide range of learning experiences. Some of them will appeal to you more than others. I encourage you to find and use the techniques that work best for you. Although you may find that you are more naturally adept at one more than another, it is to your benefit to develop all of your psychic senses.

And one more thing: it’s important to have fun while you’re exploring your intuition. It is a process of self-discovery, personal unfoldment, and nearly limitless insight.

[This blog post is excerpted from the book Unlocking Your Intuition: 7 Keys to Awakening Your Psychic Potential by Carol Ann Liaros.] Continue reading

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