Monday, December 11, 2006

Psychics and Psychic Reading

According to Wikipidea, a psychic is a person who has abilities of extra-sensory perception, such as clairvoyance, psychometry, and precognition, or other paranormal abilities such as psychokinesis. The study of such paranormal abilities is called parapsychology.

The issue of whether or not psychic abilities are real is controversial within science; however, recent polls show a high instance of support amongst scientists and academics.
Parapsychologists have scientifically studied psychic abilities for over a century, and many have claimed that belief in some psychic abilities may be scientifically plausible. For instance, parapsychologists such as Dr. Dean Radin, a leading para psychological researcher and President of the Parapsychological Association, claim that psycho kinetic alteration of the output of random number generators is scientifically well-founded.

Mediums, like psychics, also claim to have extra-sensory abilities but claim to obtain their information from spirits or the deceased.

The term "psychic" is also featured in many variations of Gnosticism. For a brief treatment of the subject, and how psychics related to pneumatics and hylics in the Gnostic hierarchy, see hylics.

The Bahá'í faith acknowledges the reality of the potential of psychic ability, but characterizes many claims as false. Of the true ability itself, it is suggested that individuals do not seek to develop it as it is an unnatural condition perhaps hurting the development of the soul and the natural practice of that ability is from the next world. However there is a distinction between psychic ability and a gift of the Holy Spirit - while the former is to be avoided, the second is to be lauded and the first is often faked while the second is rare and precious.

A psychic reading is an attempt to foretell the future of an individual or group. There are many types, methods and systems of psychic or extra-sensory readings employed by those who claim to have psychic abilities. A professional psychic may have one or more specialized areas of expertise such as Psychometry, Distant Readings, Tarot Teading, Astrology or Horoscope Readings, Numerology, Palm Reading, Past Life Readings, Aura Readings, or any number of other methods.

Psychic readings include face to face readings such as in-person readings at home, psychic party readings for a group, and the less detailed and shorter psychic fair readings. Distant readings include internet readings, phone readings and mail readings. In some rare cases, a method of psychic sensing known as remote viewing is used.