On a recent visit to my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA I went out with a couple old friends to a new bar in the city. Pittsburgh is blossoming from a gray, crotchety steel town into a youthful innovative place to visit and live. The new club was full of young hipsters; pasty white, tattooed and wearing all black everything. It was totally fun to sit among this new version of a Pittsburger and compare what I remember to what is. I was loving every minute from the moment we walked into the smoke-filled bar (you can still smoke indoors there), ordered the unbelievably cheap beer and held court as one of the oldest folks in the room. A rather middle-aged hipster, Ron, walked by, and I struck up a conversation with him. It was instant connection. He was clever and witty and we laughed and joked as new friends do. I introduced him to my friend, John, who teaches theater at a university since Ron was a theater technician looking for work. They talked a bit, and also joked and laughed and Ron wanted to say hello to my other friend, Tim. Tim was sitting there smoking, drinking and quiet. They talked but the energy changed a bit and Tim apparently wasn't so receptive. Ron had to tease him out and Tim let him, but the conversation continued at a different pace. I sat back and took in the other goings-on. I started to remember my youth in the gay bars of Pittsburgh and many of the not-so-good times started to flash into my mind. I started thinking more deeply and seriously about the past and in no-time at all I was feeling full of despair, fearful of the people around me, and wishing I could sink into the chair and disappear. My friend John leaned over and humorously confided that Tim HATES going to new places, and he HATES meeting new people, and he becomes a self-conscious mess whenever it happens. I took what he said in, and very quickly realized that my sudden change of mood had more to do with absorbing Tim's present-time fear and self-consciousness than my own life experiences. As always the heroic and somewhat schadenfreude part of me found hilarity in my absurd psychic circumstance, and I managed to laugh out loud and tell John (who is quite familiar with my psychic talents), "Well I was wondering why I suddenly started to feel like shit!" My good mood immediately returned as I did some reflexive energy work in the background to stanch the flow of Tim's emotions into me. Ahhhh clairsentience.
There you have it. A longer story to read than it was to play out, and such stories play out every day for all of us. Everyone is clairsentient. If you ever had an umbilical to your mother, you learned how to channel someone else's life experience and feelings into your own body and mind. The spiritual ability arises from the manifested physical reality and is ongoing even after the umbilical is cut.
Everyone can feel what other people feel. It's the foundation of a biological evolutionary drive to care about one another. This well studied phenomenon is called "Altruism." Clairsentience is NOT altruism. Clairsentience is the spiritual ability behind things like Altruism. Altruism - is an "ism” (code of conduct) that refers to putting someone else’s needs above your own -- most often demonstrating personal sacrifice to do so. It is considered a moral standard in the Western world which has been examined by everyone from clergy to evolutionary biologists. “Caring” about someone to the point of selflessness may in fact be built into our natures for various reasons, eg, attracting mates.
Women most often feel attracted to altruistic men when seeking long-term relationships. It implies that the man will share his resources with her and her offspring.
Men often feel more altruistic when courting women. Competitive urges are often suppressed by altruistic feelings -- especially if the woman is attractive. If she's pretty, men will perform even more altruistic acts including selfless gift giving and offering to be of service to the woman.
Generally, demonstrative and costly altruism signals to others the presence of resources, and also suggests that the person will cooperate and behave fairly. People generally feel that they can trust an altruistic person.
The fact that both animals and humans are more altruistic towards close kin than to distant kin or non-kin has been confirmed in numerous studies across many different cultures. Even subtle cues indicating kinship may unconsciously increase altruistic behavior. One kinship cue is facial resemblance. One study found that slightly altering photographs so that they more closely resembled the faces of study participants increased the trust the participants felt regarding the depicted persons.
There is science all over the place that has hypothesized what purpose altruistic behavior serves. All of which point to an array of emotions that have evolved along with the evolutionary need to care about one another.
There have been other thoughts on altruism. The author/philosopher Ayn Rand has this to say:
Did you know that self-sacrifice, self-abnegation and even self-immolation are spiritual tenets and practices? These are perhaps best and most directly expressed through the Buddhist religion, but they certainly exist strongly in Christianity, Islam and others as well. These behaviors are postulated to be the very behaviors that lead us to enlightenment or a one-ness with God. Enlightenment in this context might also be understood as the spiritual attainment that evolves our drives and motivations to become better expressions of the divine -- and it all derives from the milieu of the 2nd chakra.
It is fair to say we are driven to care about one another or at least to explore the nature of that caring to our own capacities. As I see it these are the basic drives and motivations we all share. An inherent drive for:
- Satiety of physical and mental appetites.
All the information that you broadcast and receive through your 2nd is relevant to one or more of these drives and motivations. We are all negotiating our paths in life with respect to caring about what other people think, how they will treat us, and whether we are satisfied by that thought and treatment. Clairsentience is how we stay hooked into one another so we can get a read on that information, MUCH of which is expressed as raw emotion.
How do we have clairsentient information without suffering what others suffer? How do we even know when we are channeling 2nd chakra information?
We all "officially" became psychics to look deeper within ourselves. The point of which is to gain clarity and eliminate pain and limits on our ability to create a happy life. We also became psychics because most of us had indications that we were highly sensitive people and that sensitivity demanded inquiry. It seemed that we could always know what people were thinking and feeling. We may have unconsciously developed and heightened our sensitivity so that we might find our answers in other people's deeply felt pain. We may have educated ourselves in psychology, religion, philosophy and other sciences as our need for more sophisticated, potent, and lasting answers grew to be even greater. Most of us realized at some point that we were healers. That we could acutely feel other people’s and even animal’s pain. (Many of us became vegetarians as a result.) We took for granted that we could naturally put ourselves in other people’s shoes, walk a mile in their moccasins, and willingly and perhaps even desperately climb inside their minds, hearts and feelings. Eventually we discovered that our sensitivity was heightened out of a need to release our own pain. We may have even become dependent on “linking up” to others as a means of validating that pain and our need for an answer to it. This “linking up” became an unconscious strategy for managing that pain in both ourselves and the people we were healing.
Pain and discomfort are factors in an evolutionary process.
Sensitivity is a sword that cuts both ways. It means we are excellent receivers of information, and it also means we are excellent senders of information. It really cannot be any other way. Pipes flow in both directions. We may have become so sensitive that we could in essence broadcast and telegraph our pain outward -- unconsciously knowing that it would connect to someone else; someone just like you, someone on the same or similar quest for an answer. And that action too, solves one kind of pain at least -- the pain of loneliness. We call this cording.
In time we may have so many cords or “feelers” out there that we are taking in (and likely giving away) more energy and information than is healthy. We are also broadcasting more answers to that pain which may begin to take a toll on us if that answer involves your life-force healing energy, and you are healing everyone you are connected to as a kind of reciprocity for them being part of your answer. As the axiom goes: You give a healing and you get a healing. As you evolve and come closer to the understanding you seek, you are able to process more information through those feelers. In fact, you may be able to take in very complex aspects of another person. The clairsentient mechanisms, once in place and validated, become quite formidable. Your sensitivity becomes more than a vague sense of attraction, repulsion, or recognition. In fact you start pulling in complicated emotional structures, like sexual drive, ambition, elation, euphoria, contentment, depression, and despair. As the information pours into you, you have in effect multiplied your life experience by viscerally experiencing things from others that you haven’t suffered or experienced yourself at all. In time you may learn excellent lessons about pain and pleasure, and you become quite good at recognizing and understanding the life experience of others - we call this empathy.
Empathy is a state of being that results from the clairsentient mining of information. It does not mean you feel what other people feel. It means you have FELT what other people were feeling and you processed that information into a kind of wisdom... hopefully. Empathy is the exercise of such wisdom. Conversely “apathy” is the avoidance of or indifference to such wisdom, and antipathy is animosity or hatred toward the source of such wisdom - the life experiences of others. All three of these states of being can result from merely being a “highly sensitive” person.
The pictures that make us highly sensitive are indeed core to our sense of self in this world. We run much of our life energy through these pictures so we know who we are when we are looking at ourselves in the mirror every morning. We define ourselves to others through them.
Have you ever heard?
- “Oh I'm very blunt about what I feel. I’m not a bullshitter.. I tell it like it is.” - Narcissism
- “I'm not so good in a crowd. I prefer small intimate gatherings or to be alone.” - Isolationism
- “I’m very selective about my friends. I don’t let just anybody in.” - Elitism
- “The only thing you can trust in life is that you can’t trust anyone.” - Anarchism
- “I’ll give someone the shirt off my back if they need it.” - Heroism
- “The good of the many outweighs the good of the one.” - Altruism
- “I’m not important. Only God is important.” - Spiritualism
- “I don’t do anything for myself. All I care about is my family” - Masochism
- “I don’t belong in this world. I was made for another time or place.” - Escapism
- “He made his bed, now he can lie in it. In fact, I’m going to make sure he does.” - Sadism
- “There is no greater deed than to die for one’s country.” - Patriotism
- “One for all and all for one!” - Egalitarianism
- “I’m all that matters.” - Egotism
Are any of these voices yours? Do any of these resonate more than others. If you've been channeling others your whole life, you've probably participated in every single one of these "isms" at one point or another, but which one is core to your sense of self? Mine is egalitarianism. I swear I was born that way. I did seek the answer as to why, and it took me over 4 decades, but I did get that answer. Lo and behold it was a core picture in my 2nd that basically said I don't belong and I am unwanted. This picture came through the literal umbilical for me, so I was indeed born with it. Perhaps it was the optimism of youth that I turned that picture into a conviction that nobody should ever feel left out, marginalized or unwanted. That picture dictated the nature of my childhood friendships and ironically made me into a bit of a doormat as I grew older. That picture took me on the brunt of my life's journeys, it brought me to create both the picture's fulfillment (in a life experience I never want to repeat), and to the picture's demise which took years to accomplish after I realized that it was even there. My "ism" was a gift and a curse.
All these “isms” are invented to fulfill a core picture in an individual’s space. All of them define who we believe we are in relation to others. ALL of them derive from clairsentient channeling of some sort that either created or fed a picture in the 2nd. They are all strategies to gain happiness and fulfillment of the picture driving them. But what of the happiness of the whole self? We aren’t just the sum of our core pictures are we? We said in the beginning that we became psychics to be FREE of such obligating pictures.
What is this state of psychic freedom-seeking about?
I offer this excerpt from the Creed of The Church of Divine Man. I once belonged to this church. It was in its seminary that I received training in psychic tools. The Creed is what drew me to show up at the door, and it still contains the gravitas to inspire me to my own betterment.
Lewis Bostwick, the church's founder, was talking about a feeling here - contentment. He suggested that a “one-to-one contact between the Cosmic and a living soul (flaming quietly) brings a lifetime of contentment.
What the heck does that mean? I take it to mean that when we connect our own souls to the Divine wisdom directly, and without highly energized life-experience pictures blocking or filtering that connection, we automatically experience contentment. And indeed if, “nothing in this world is worth exchanging for that attainment.” Then this contentment must also yield a fulfillment of some kind. Fulfillment of what though? Our life purpose? Or the purpose of life perhaps? Maybe both? I'm working on finding that out for myself.
But let’s face it, the spiritual tools associated with clairsentience are few. We learned in our training at The Berkeley Psychic Institute that we can cord and be corded by other people and often do so in the 2nd chakra. The BPI taught us clairvoyant tools to work the energy of the matching pictures that created these cords. The BPI taught us to turn down our lower chakras. (Which to many it was a relief to learn that we could squelch the flow of that information.) We were also taught that our healing spirit guides could remove cords. All of these tools work and can even work miracles in our space. And so we plug along improving over time and hopefully gaining more amusement and happiness as we chip away at the pictures that separate us from our soul’s connection to the divine. End of story. Right?
I heard from those that knew him, that Lewis intended for us to use the tools he taught not just to heal ourselves, but to go into the world and change it. He expected us to go beyond his teachings and to create new tools to take us further and faster to our goals. So I postulated a new tool for the tarpit of 2nd chakra entanglement, The Contentment Tool. People grounded in the use of spiritual tools will get how it works, but the essence of it is simple and timeless. Create a powerful intention to untangle the 2nd and energetically solidify that intention into a machine you clairvoyantly create. The Audacious Spirit has created a Contentment Tool, and we teach it to our graduates of the Next Level Intensive Program. The tool is built on the foundation of another unique tool, The Transmutation Tool which allows us to more holistically and ecologically create healings and energy forms that go well beyond stacking the deck to enable de-energizing of mental image pictures. We are launching our new graduate-level Shamanic Ministry Program in July 2016, and we warmly welcome all trained psychics to attend. We made it easy logistically and financially, and we are happy to speak to you about it any time.