The word psychic means the ability to perceive things outside of the regular five senses. This is also known as Extra Sensory Perception or ESP. Sometimes psychic ability is called intuition, but this can be a little confusing because the word intuition is also used for the deep knowing that comes from the study and practice of various forms of spirituality. The two forms of intuition are not mutually exclusive, and ideally psychic intuition will flow out of spiritual intuition.
There are many different types of psychic ability and are used in many different psychic readings. Some of the most common types of psychic ability are clairvoyance and precognition. Clairvoyance is “clear seeing.” A clairvoyant has the ability to perceive past, present, or future events without conscious knowledge. Precognition is the ability to know the future.
Some people have telepathy, the ability to read the thoughts of others, or empathy, the ability to sense emotions. There are those that sense auras and those who can get impressions from objects.
Another type of psychic ability is channeling. Channeling, in its strongest form, is the ability to set oneself aside and let a non-physical being come through. A weaker and more common form of channeling is the ability to sense or communicate with such beings. A specialized form of channeling is mediumship, or the ability to sense or communicate with those who have gone to the Other Side.
While not technically a form of extra-sensory perception, there are people with telekinesis, or the ability to move objects from one place to another without physical means.
Most people have some psychic ability, and it can be a gift. On the other hand, unacknowledged or uncontrolled psychic ability can also be a source of difficulty. There are ways to learn to develop and control these abilities.