Monday, 21 April 2008

Do You Have First Sight?

First Sight is when you can see what’s really there, not what your heid* tells you ought to be there…. Second sight is dull sight, it’s seeing only what you expect to see.” (The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett)

[*heid = head]

I’m an avid fan of Terry Pratchett’s novels, even those that are technically for children, such as The Wee Free Men quoted above! The stories are amusing and entertaining, yet Terry also has the knack for including gems of astute observation on the world around him.

I love the idea of seeing the things that are really there, and it made me think about how we usually describe the psychic realm and psychic abilities. In everyday language, people often joke about “seeing what isn’t there”. There is most likely no malicious intent behind saying something like this, but it does contribute to the prevailing view that only what is visible in the physical world through physical eyesight qualifies as reality. I think I prefer Terry Pratchett’s viewpoint, which acknowledges the reality of the spiritual world!

The idea of “First” and “Second” sight also brings up the challenges that we face in trusting ourselves enough to acknowledge what we initially experience intuitively before our so-called logical minds try to convince us that the experience isn’t valid, that it’s all in our minds. For me it has been, and continues to be, a learning process. Although I was often described as “sensitive”, I wasn’t the “psychic one” in the family – my own abilities weren’t immediately apparent and I suppressed them in favour of the “real experts” in my own family. As a result, it took me some time to recognise my own intuitive processes and to trust that they were both valid and valuable. Thinking about this, it strikes me that, while I come from a family in which there was far more openness to psychic experiences, I probably had a similar journey in terms of developing trust in myself and my abilities that someone from a more skeptical background would have :).

I’d be interested to hear your experiences with overcoming doubt about accepting intuitive information – please leave a comment and share!


Mark - Creative Journey Cafe said...

Hi Mags -
I'm very interested in your writings about intuition. After recently not listening to my own inner voice about something, and paying a price, I very much want to embrace my intuitive powers. It's easy for logic to get in the way. Anyway - keep up the good work!

Andrea|Empowered Soul said...

Great article, Mags! I, for one, do believe that "reality" is far often more what plays out at the energetic/spiritual level, whereas we are subject to illusion and deception in the physical world.

Growing up, I never in a million years would have considered myself psychic. No way - I grew up in a nice, repressed German family where these things were definitely not talked about.

I stumbled into a class for Akashic Record Reading and clearing and discovered that I have a bit of a knack for this work. I was really, really resistant for a while. And now I make my living as a professional intuitive, and train others! It still surprises me when I think about it!

We all have intuitive and psychic abilities - we just have to learn to tune in and trust! It's an amazing gift when we can rely on our "First Sight!"

Mags | Woo-Woo Wisdom said...

Thanks, Mark! Even though sometimes it can take a negative outcome to make us realise the value of intuition, I think such experiences can ultimately be blessings. They can certainly give us a clear indication of what our intuition sounds like compared to our logical minds, and that can make it so much easier to hear that small still voice the next time.

Andrea - Thanks for sharing some of your background. You're definitely a great example of trusting one's intuition, and an inspiration to others who are wanting to do the same.