I’m back

It’s been awhile since I posted anything. That’s my oops. Summer and fall were busy with a long term project I’ve been working on. But now that winter is setting in I hope I’ll have more time to ruminate and write.

People sometimes ask me, why is psychic stuff so hard to prove? I’m not a scientist but I have worked with scientists and there are a handful of very fine and dedicated scientists working on proving the validity of psychic phenomena. It’s not an easy task and they often relinquish their mainstream credibility in their pursuit. It’s not easy being a pioneer, especially when your search takes you beyond mainstream thinking. I encourage you to remember this.  If it weren’t for pioneers we would still believe the world is flat and that doctors who washed their hands before surgery were silly.

But because I am a psychic I can give you my perspective.

Scientists rely on method and analysis. They need concrete facts and they need to be able to acquire these facts by performing a process repeatedly under controlled circumstances to achieve the same result. Psychic phenomena doesn’t often work that way. It is fluid. It is ever changing. It exists in a realm of feelings and impressions. In a way, psychics – valid psychics – are like artists and musicians. Artists must feel their art, musicians must feel their music, otherwise the art is flat, the music lacks depth and inspiration. Imagine if Michelangelo tried to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling using a  paint by number set.

Nevertheless, progress is being made, slowly but surely. Researchers studying the realm of quantum physics are making discoveries and there is a growing body of evidence that substantiates the validity of psychic phenomena and the survival of consciousness (aka life after death).

For more information on serious, valid research being done today I encourage you to visit these sites:

http://www.noetic.org

http://www.windbridge.org

http://www.eternea.org

If there is a subject you’d like me to address send me a note here or drop me a line at kathe@kathemartin.com

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Coincidence?….Nope….

All this week I have been thinking about the title of a book I read many years ago, “Behaving As If the God in All Life Mattered” by Machaelle Small Wright.  It’s been years since I read it but this week the title kept swirling around in my mind, so much so that I checked my bookshelf but it wasn’t there. This probably means I loaned it out or gave it away at some point in time.  (Good news! It’s still available on Amazon – my new copy is due to arrive in a few days.)

Yesterday afternoon when returning home I saw the 15 year old next-door neighbor boy riding his bike with a new puppy attached to a leash trying to keep up. I asked if he had a new dog and he said he and his friend did. A few minutes later I saw the puppy tied to the tree in the front yard. It was about 88 degrees outside. Knowing how forgetful teenagers can be (I had a couple myself a few years back) I took the puppy a bowl of water then knocked on the door and reminded the boys they needed to make water available all the time, especially outside in the heat. A few minutes later I noticed they’d added a chunk of ice to the bowl and the puppy was avidly licking away at it. I barely gave the event a thought beyond, “Hum, maybe that’s why I’ve been thinking about that book title.”

This morning I went to take some trash out and noticed a squirrel had been hit in the road in front of my house. I live on a quiet residential street and there are woods behind my house. I feed the birds – and therefore the squirrels, and rabbits, and this year chipmunks and who knows what else, but the woodland creatures rarely venture beyond my backyard. This little one had and it had been a mistake. I went over and could see it was still alive and there was no blood but it was lying on its side and immobile. It looked up at me with a sad little eye. I went in and called my vet who said to bring it in and if it could be saved they would send it to a rehab facility. Quickly, I got a pair of gloves and a towel but when I went back out the little squirrel’s spirit had already passed on to squirrel heaven. So I said a little prayer, scooped it up in the towel and disposed of its little body so the ants and crows and other creature could recycle it as nature does when we humans don’t interfere with the natural process.  I came back in the house and proceeded to make myself some breakfast, then realized for the first time in a week the book title wasn’t banging around inside my head.

So how is this related to being psychic? Some people – a lot of people – wouldn’t think it is. But it’s a lot more related than the stuff you see in horror movies. Much of being tuned into your intuition or psychic abilities just means listening and paying attention. I am continually amazed at how much people just don’t pay attention to what is going on in their own lives. Sure, it would have been easy to just let the squirrel rot in the road or hope the boys remembered to give the puppy some water. But I believe last week my spirit guides or power animals or angels, or whatever you want to call them, were giving me a reminder to remember that the God in all life matters. Often being psychic just means connecting the dots to all the seemingly disjointed pieces that appear in your life.  This requires paying attention.  Psychics are often also called ‘sensitives”. As children many of us were criticized for being too sensitive. Often we were just paying attention to the little things, the subtle signals, the so-called coincidences in our lives.  I don’t believe in coincidence but I do believe the God in all life matters.

Wanna be psychic?  Pay attention to the little coincidences, that song on the radio, those tugs at your heart or in the pit of your stomach. They’re telling you something. They’re telling you to pay attention.

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So…what’s it like to be a psychic?

I get asked that a lot.  Years ago when I was first starting out a woman I worked with who happened to be a big gossip said to me, “Boy, if I could do what you do, I know everything about everybody and nobody would be safe!”  My immediate thought upon hearing that was, “Yeah, that’s why you can’t do it.”

It’s not about snooping around in other people’s lives uninvited.  At least it shouldn’t be.  Unfortunately, just like in any other profession there are going to be some unscrupulous people.

All psychics are different and process differently, just like no two artists or musicians are alike.  The domain of intuition, or psi, is mainly the right brain.  The left brain is the logical, analytical side, the right brain is the side that manifests imagination and creativity.  The right side is the touchy-feely side.  Artists, musicians and other creative people tend to be right brain dominant.

So psychics tend to get their feelings hurt more easily.  We tend to be more sensitive.  In fact, we are often referred to as “sensitives”.  We can also pick up on subtle clues more easily than others because we tend to be more observant.  (This doesn’t mean we can’t be fooled.  I recently got deceived by someone I trusted in a very, big, and hurtful way!)

Some psychics have a hard time tuning out the spirits.  Thankfully, I’ve never had that problem.  When I’m preparing to do a reading I flip into “psychic mode”, the way you switch from “work mode” to “home mode”.  It’s a change in focus.  I start with just a few minutes of meditation or at least a moment or two of quieting my active, thinking mind so I can let my feeling, right brain, mind step forward.

There are some pitfalls.  Some people want to befriend me so they can get free psychic advice or they just think it’s cool to have a psychic friend.  Some people are afraid of me because they think I’ll know everything about them, or at least things they don’t want me to know.  That can be sad.  But on the bright side, you do learn who your real friends are.

Having this ability, and more importantly, being able to use it to help people has given my life purpose and meaning and I am grateful every day for it.  I don’t take it for granted and I don’t ever want to abuse it.  (I did that ONCE when I was first learning and I’ll never do it again.)  Unlike what you would be led to believe in movies, that having psychic ability is a burden to bear, for me it is just the opposite.  In fact, I feel closest to God when I am doing a reading.

Coming soon … why is it so hard for science to prove psi?

A Couple of Prayers

Here are two prayers I especially like.  One is Christian in nature, the other Native American.  In general, I follow Taoism.  Go figure.  In essence these prayers make the same point, about behaving with integrity.  What does behaving with integrity have to do with being psychic, you might ask?  EVERYTHING!  Read on…

MOTHER TERESA’S “DO IT ANYWAY” PRAYER

People are often, unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway.  If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway.  If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Be successful anyway.  If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.  Be honest and sincere anyway.  What you spend years creating others could destroy overnight.  Create anyway.  If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.  Be happy anyway.  The good you do today will often be forgotten.  Do good anyway.  Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.  Give your best anyway.  In the final analysis it is between you and God, it was never between you and then anyway.

LAKOTA PRAYER

O Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the winds, and whose breath gives life to all the world, hear me!  I am small and weak, I need your strength and wisdom.  Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes, so when life fades, as the fading sunset, my spirit will come to you without shame.

It doesn’t matter what you call your god.  You can say God, Allah, Yahweh, Gaia and scores of other names.  It doesn’t matter how you envision your god.  What matters is how you behave to others because whatever you call your god there is a little bit of god in all of us.

Greetings!

For some time now I have been urged (read: prodded, nagged, even harassed) by a number of friends, acquaintances, clients, and most recently my branding consultant to write a blog.  The fact that you are reading this means they have won.  Congratulations friends, acquaintances, clients and branding consultant!  Not that I don’t like to write, I do.  I really, really do.  This is proven by the ghost of a long ago written (and unpublished) novel manuscript languishing in the back of a deep, dark closet.  In truth, that is where most first novels belong and mine is certainly among them.  But, the point here is that I like to write.  I just have a hard time figuring out what to write about.

So let’s start with the title of this blog, “inPSIghts”.  Nope, it’s not spelled wrong and it’s pronounced “insights”.  The formatting here wouldn’t let me capitalize the PSI in the middle of the word.  For nearly three decades I’ve been a professional Psychic Medium.  This blog is primarily about my experiences in that field.  Over that time I’ve collected lots of stories.  Some funny, some sad, lots are unusual.  And there’s other stuff to talk about, too.  Like what it’s like to have this skill and how others treat me – good and bad – when they learn what I do.  A lot of what I do depends on my ability – and willingness – to observe and listen.  Every day it amazes me how much we humans fail to observe and how much more we would know if we would just pay attention.  So…the title, PSI, refers to all things related to psychic phenomena, like clairvoyance, telepathy, and extra sensory perception or ESP.  The insights part refers to what I’ve learned and continue to learn because I have some psychic skills.  I welcome your questions and comments – please be respectful, remember what you put out in the world will come back to you – karma is a lot like a boomerang.     Next post coming soon!

Happy blogging!