When I got a little older and first heard the word, “psychic,” I asked my mother what it meant. She got a worried look on her face and said she didn’t know. I ran downstairs to the office, opened the dictionary and looked it up. My family’s dictionary, the Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary, published in 1959, defines the word as:
Adj. Breath, life soul, FR. Psychein, to breath, blow. 1. Of or pert. to the psyche or soul or wind. 2. Not physical, lying outside the realm of known physical processes as, psychic forces. 3. Sensitive to nonphysical forces; as, a psychic medium - 1. A person apparently sensitive to nonphysical forces; esp., spiritualism, one capable of serving as a medium. 2. The field of psychic phenomena.
Once I read this, I began a quest for discovering more about what being psychic was all about and what exactly was meant by the word, “soul.” I recently looked the up the word, “psychic” online at the Merriam-Webster Dictionary page, and was surprised to see the company now defines “psychic” as:
Adj. used to describe strange mental powers and abilities (such as the ability to predict the future, to know what other people are thinking, or to receive messages from dead people) that cannot be explained by natural laws. Of a person: having strange and unnatural mental abilities: having psychic powers. Of or relating to the mind.
What happened to the soul? That word was omitted from the updated definition, which now limits psychic abilities to the mind. I don’t know the exact extent of these abilities, but I do know they extend beyond the mind. I don’t know what natural laws to which Merriam-Webster refers, but I know that abilities psychic in nature are just that: natural. No technology. No other form of human interaction. They are natural and innate to every person on the planet.
The mind helps us process the external world, full of uniformity and compliance, upon which the Western world places its focus. The Eastern world, by contrast, places at least some value on the internal world of the individual. To successfully engage and utilize one’s intuition, one must temporarily set aside the outside world, society at large, and shift focus to the internal world. Take a vacation and get out of your mind for a while and embark upon the psychic frontier.