I'm just wondering. But can anyone have Psychic abilities? Or do only a few lucky people get them?
I'd like to know how to do this kind of stuff. But I have no clue if I can even do 'em.
I apologize if anyone thinks my thread/topic is stupid/pointless.
First of all, don’t apologise for asking a legitimate question, especially not here on the Paranormal forum where far more esoteric questions have
been posed. If you can’t ask this kind of question here on ATS, where can you ask it?
To address the issues you raised, there are a number of schools of thought regarding the origins of paranormal abilities. These can be broadly divided
into the following areas:
Paranormal Abilities Are Common To All Humans
Proponents of this view hold that what we call paranormal abilities are in fact natural abilities that all humans possess to a certain extent, but
which are more developed in some than in others. We are all born with these abilities but, due to the fact that we are never taught how to use them
and are, in fact discouraged from acknowledging their existence, they fall into a kind of atrophy, much as muscles will become atrophied and weak if
they are never used. Like muscles, however, these abilities can be trained through repeated practice and specific exercises. With practice, any
individual can learn to utilise the “paranormal” abilities that all humans share. It should be noted, however, that this theory tends to apply
itself to the less direct paranormal abilities. By this I mean abilities which do not grossly alter the physical world. Abilities such as telepathy,
telekinesis, remote viewing and clairvoyance would all be held to be natural, common human abilities under this theory, whereas abilities like
levitation or summoning entities would not. This theory has grown in acceptance and popularity as a result of the focus on New Age spiritualities and
the associated commonality of paranormal abilities amongst Humanity.
You may find the following links useful in examining this theory:
Telekinesis – A Natural Ability of the Mind
How To Develop And Use Telepathy
Paranormal Abilities Are Limited To A Small Number of Humans
This theory holds that paranormal abilities, whilst possibly representing a group of natural abilities, are possessed only by certain people and
cannot be learned by everyone. Proponents of this theory sometimes embrace the argument that these abilities are genetically inherited and may be
passed down through generations. This thread
deals with just this
concept – that certain family members may be more likely to be born with and exhibit paranormal abilities as they are passed down from parents or
grandparents. Because this theory holds that paranormal abilities are possessed only by certain individuals or groups of individuals, it also implies
that these abilities may not be learned by just anyone. Either you have paranormal abilities or you do not. For this reason, those who hold to this
theory often refer to paranormal abilities as gifts
, denoting that they have been bestowed upon a small number of people only.
has some decent information regarding this
theory and remember to check out the thread here on ATS as well for more information.
Paranormal Abilities Are Bestowed By An External Force
The final school of thought holds that paranormal abilities are far from natural – that they are a manifestation of an external force. This force
has, throughout history, been considered to be both a personal force (the notion that the Devil, for example, or God, or demons, or Saints can bestow
paranormal abilities on specific people) and a non-personal force (such as the Wiccan concept of magic as an energy that is an external force, but
which can be harnessed by all). In ages past, the source of these powers was inevitably said to be the Devil or any one of the lesser demons. During
the European witch hunts
, for example, witches were said to have received any number of powers
from the Devil, including the ability to fly, shapeshift and curse others. In modern times, paranormal abilities are more likely to be attributed to
Angels, Spirit Guides, or through the use of a force such as magic, which is perceived as a natural force, like electricity, which can be harnessed by
people with the proper training. Curiously, this theory is often paired with the theory that paranormal abilities are natural human abilities. When
this occurs, the abilities are usually divided into less direct abilities (such as the ones I mentioned earlier – telepathy, telekinesis, etc) and
more overt abilities such as healing the sick or invoking an angel or spirit guide to appear.
There are tons of links relating to different aspects of this theory, but here are some to get you started:
I hope this has helped you, MasterDakata. Personally, I am of the belief that paranormal abilities probably are latent to a certain extent within all
humans and that they can be stimulated or awoken with the right techniques, patience and lots of practice. Let me know if you have any other questions
about this matter and I will be happy to help.