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Overcome Creative Blocks and Resistance to Starting and Completing Projects

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By Debra Lynne Katz
Tonight, I’d like to talk about a critical phase in any creative process that determines whether one will actually move forward with a project or endeavor…or not. Whether the end goal is writing a research paper, a chapter of a novel, a blog post; painting a portrait, or moving forward with a challenging remote viewing session, many, most, maybe all people will at some time in their life struggle with this phase that I could call the “pre” embarkment stage or “the phase of ultimate resistance” or for those poetic types who are metaphorically inclined, the “storm before the rainbow”.
Some will hit this whirlwind of resistance every single time they are close to sitting down to the task at hand. For many people, it will keep them from ever even getting close to starting the project and these are the people you’ll hear say, “I’ve always wanted to write a screenplay, invent something, start a business, but just didn’t have the time, the money, the drive”.
Whether there is some truth in the excuse doesn’t matter – it’s never the whole truth. It’s not that they literally couldn’t have even gotten started somewhere – even if the start was doing a bit of research, talking to someone about it, drawing up plans, taking a class to get prepared for it – even if it required them to get up at 3 am when the babies were asleep, or do it from their car if the house was too noisy or distracting – there was a way to start – but along with these outer circumstances there was just so much resistance to what seemed like such a monumental feet that they didn’t know how to break into manageable bites and pieces (which often times might be comprised of hundreds of steps over lots of time with a lot of growth (learning, developing and maturing) in between, but every time they go to think about it they compare where they are now to where they ultimately want to be and the gulf feels so wide, dark, stormy with so many unknowns, that the only way to emotionally/mentally deal with it is for a NO CAN DO MAYBE LATER mindset to emerge.
While there is a lot more that could be said about those who can’t even get close to getting started on their “wouldn’t it be nice to do this, if only I could” project, what I’d like to now focus on here in this article are those are literally minutes away to getting started (continuing, or finishing) and hitting a wall, or mountain of resistance. I call this the critical moment because this will determine if they move forward over the hump, or slide backwards down the hill, remaining still at arm’s length (which translates to now hours and days behind) from that actual start.
What is this obstacle that we hit minutes before embarking on the next step or task – again whether it’s the first step or its somewhere in the middle of the project?.
Emotionally it feels like a mixture of “This is going to be hard”; with some doubts as to how well we will be able to carry this out. A feeling of overwhelm may ensue with the thought, “there is just so much to do here before I come close to being finished”. There is also a mixture of unknowns with knowns. Those who have done this before can logically know, “OK I’ve gotten past this, I’ve done a good job, it’s paid off, I am competent” but at the same time, underneath lurking is the fear, “what if I can’t do it this time – what if they won’t like it, what if I’m wasting my time, or someone else’s time, what if this isn’t as important as I think it is or want it to be? What if it’s just too hard?”
And on and on which at this point usually if you are me you are on your way to the kitchen for some peanut butter and jelly crackers, a handful of chocolate chips, a glass of ice water, a few gummy vitamins, no maybe I’ll make some ice tea instead, a couple of spoonful’s of ice cream, a half of an apple (gotta eat healthy) and oh yeah, I could use some more coffee, and maybe a beer that I won’t end up drinking once I open it. And then there is the floor to sweep, the laundry to hang up, the crumbs others left to wipe away, and I think maybe I’ll just slip out of the house, make a quick trip to Target, we do need some more toilet paper in the house you know.
While the food, drink, distractions, procrastinations might change shape or form for person to person they are still coming from a similar place to most of us. As we plop our butts back in our chairs or where ever else they need to be, plug in the computer, get it turned on, close out the 100 plus documents and apps and files already opened on the screen, the discomfort builds monumentally.
If you have the misfortune of having a yahoo email like me you get sucked into reading the news of the day about a courageous grandma who smacked a would be carjacker with her oversized purse; a dog that rescued his family during a wildfire, and the outrage of people on social media over a Chinese flight attendant fired from her job when her boyfriend proposed mid flight.
Finally, extracting yourself from the daily news blasts to your inbox, you check the remaining emails, answer a few with the greatest of ease (thankfully something here is easy!) and then with a mixture of surprise, disappointment, and relief realize that at least momentarily, there are no more emails that need to be answered, and amazingly, nothing else absolutely pressing in this very moment.
Now the tension grows as you begin the tedious search to find the latest version of the document from all the other previous versions, which is buried somewhere beneath all the folders/docs on your desktop that are now overlapping that you can’t find anything – which launches you into another hour of filing and deleting documents.
And then there you are. Your desktop is clean, you’ve located the correct document. It’s there before you, like a vast open desert, ready to swallow you up in a massive sink hole of doubt if you aren’t careful.
Getting over the peak vs. Sliding back down right when the top is in sight.
What happens in this very moment will determine if you move forward, or slide backwards up running with yet another day or hour at least still standing in between you and your goals. Ironically, as big and hard as this moment feels, It’s usually just a single tiny step getting settled on what needs to be done next – “I need to edit this paragraph, I need to look up this citation, I need to write a brand new sentence” – and doing it, a simple act that may take all of 5 minutes where now we are on the hump – at the top of the precipice, and once the words are out on the paper or out of our mouths, the first paint is on the canvas, we made it. We are there. It’s happening.
Depending on where we are in the process we may move into a flow, even forget ourselves as we happily type or paint or talk away or it may be still require a lot of focus and have a knowing feeling if it’s at the start or a particularly challenging part that there is so much to do, but at that moment, we’ve accomplished a monumental feat – one that whom ever may be observing us in our home will ever know what we just went through – to some this may be as big and unique as climbing to the top of Mount Everest, to others it was painful but a painful daily familiar.
If we are lucky we can stay focused long enough to get enough done so that there will be less starting phases of resistance we have to go through the next day and the next – I think this is why when I get started on a paper I often want to just keep going – sometimes for 8, 12, even 20 hours – while this may lead to carpel tunnel syndrome and a severely cramped neck and a moody spouse feeling sorry for themselves for having to go to bed alone – the more progress made in one sitting means less of these painful start up moments across the length of the full project.
For many, with less of an attention span, or more household distractions at the moment, they will have to go through this unpleasant phase many more times. There is no easy way to go through this phase, I’d like to say, and I’m sure readers are like “what, you just made me read this run on sentence and now you are saying it’s avoidable?!!! It’s not.
But maybe there is some solace in understanding it’s normal, it’s there, it’s like having to walk through a dark scary room where the light switch is far across the room – there is no avoiding the dark to get through to the light but once you get the light on and look back, you realize there was never anything very scary in the room to begin with. It was all in your head. But you pretty much knew that already. Knowing didn’t help. You made it, and tomorrow night, when it’s dark, and nature calls you to the bathroom down the hall, you’ll have to go through this again. And you will. And you’ll get through it, not just because you don’t want to pee in your bed, but because yes, you can do hard things.
Of course there is always the light on your cell phone you could use to brighten the journey through the dark hall way, and in this already too long analogy you can look at that as equivalent to taking the time to organize your files (or art supplies), carefully label your documents to make them more retrievable, and clean your work space from extra clutter.
The more prepared, organized and together you are the less the resistance and anxiety will be.
In fact you may be so excited to have an excuse to sit at your beautiful, clean, organized desk, or marvel at how your computer files are so tidy, your enthusiasm may occasionally override this phase completely for a day or two before things get messy again. Also, you can tell your family they are not allowed to disturb you as what you are doing here is important, and part of your overall work portfolio, even if any possible income from it may not manifest for many years to come (you don’t have to share that part).
Of course for many it will not be about money at all – this doesn’t mean this still isn’t important and valid “work” if doing it and completing it is going to feed your soul, so you have every right to tell those around you “this is my work”, especially if they are safe, well fed, and not going to really perish if you withdrawal your attention from them for a couple hours a few times a week.
Finally, it’s important to constantly forgive yourself for all the times you were so close and then at that very moment when all obstacles were, if even just momentarily, cleared away, you still slide back down tthe hill, and procrastinated. NOT forgiving yourself will freeze you up further – creating more emotional resistance as the last thing you want to do is put yourself in situations where you are going to be disappointed and angry with yourself.
Having a balanced attitude of “I want to accomplish this, I know I will accomplish it, but I’ve also got a lot of other things I want to do in life like sleep, eat, relax, drink beer, and watch TV and these are my goals too”. In owning that most of the things you do that take you away from getting started each time are also part of your overall goal portfolio will empower you as they also become a choice. When you have a choice you are no longer a hapless victim to your complicated life.
By the way – you can drink beer and watch TV at the same time for many writing/art based projects, that might help wash away some of the resistance too – These days I do much of my writing in front of the TV, sitting on the comfy reclining sofa with my feet up and people and pets running around me? However, if your project is meditation or intuitive work – that’s going to be harder. People embarking on these will therefore often hit even more resistance. This will specifically be the topic for my next blog post.
Recap of what will help
1. Get organized with your files, workspace, project. Yes this takes up time but is part of the overall goal. Just don’t get lost in this where that’s all you do as organizing can get out of balance and become an excuse too.
2. Establish a firm goal for yourself that is high, ambitious, even lofty, but realistic. What does realistic mean? It means is it even conceivably within your power to achieve in the time frame you are setting out. For example, yes it is possible to write an entire book and publish it in a month. But is it possible to write and find a major publisher (no you are not a major publisher…yet!) besides yourself, who will publish it within a month, not likely, unless you’ve just had an affair with the President or something and that’s what you are writing about (no please don’t do it, it’s not worth it!).
3. Once you decide yes, this is conceivable possible, even if challenging it is, then you need to constantly remind yourself of that goal right at the moment of most resistance and throughout the day.
4. Also, see yourself having completed it and enjoying the benefits.
5. Remind yourself you can do hard things, and it doesn’t matter if you have to go through periods of physical, mental or emotional discomfort. So what!? Remind yourself you are not a wimp. And if you are you don’t have to be a wimp in every part of your life. In this aspect, you can be strong.
6. Celebrate your smallest of achievements to date and congratulate yourself often for what you soon will be achieving via the law of attraction – even If you’ve got a few new pages, an outline, that’s just awesome!
7. Forgive yourself!
8. Never look at the resistance or hard to do aspect as a reason not to be moving towards your goal! Whoever thinks things in life should be easy all the time, or that there must be meaning if something is not easy all the time “maybe I’m just destined to not doing this” is taking the way out.
9. Be Goal oriented but not obsessed. Don’t put extra stress on the project by feeling like this is the thing that has to save you financially, that your life won’t be ok without it. Just be balanced. It’s important, but so is staying in balance.
OK, now that I’ve managed to procrastinate returning to the final write up of research paper which has about 75 citations – all of which I need to look up to make sure are correct and put into APA format, by instead having written this post, I think I’m ready to get started on that fun little project (uggg!).…just need to go make some pop corn first…..
If you find this post helpful, or even mildly inspiring, stimulating or distracting (can never have too many distractions!); or you feel like you’d love to do some kind of project, but have been feeling uncreative lately, (whether the project is a book, business, or man), you may also find my book “Freeing the Genie Within: Manifesting Abundance, Creativity, Success in Your Life” useful. Available at Amazon.

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Why Care About Psi Related (aka parapsychology) Research?

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Attention all experiencers, including but not limited to psychics, healers and remote viewers who are already learning by doing:
Being aware of the plethora of research done in the area of psychic functioning (which includes topics such as remote viewing, telepathy, mediumship, PK, Clairvoyance, Dream ESP, etc) is important for many reasons! This body of research is refered to as Parapsychology.
Research can help us to understand how to make better use of our intuitive abilities and how to strengthen them to enhance our own practice. For example, in the first page of Dr. Jessica Utts paper entitled, “An Assessment of the Evidence for Psychic Functioning (2005)”  she points out that studies indicate that precognition (perceiving future events) and other psychic senses have to do with detecting change.  This is so interesting to me because I’ve observed this in several informal experiments I’ve done with students where I was having them remote view an object I had in my home while they were in theirs. Several times, they didn’t seem to be describing the object until I moved it.  Then they gave a surprisingly excellent description. For a long time I believed this had to do purely with the concept of motion. While I do still believe motion is a very big factor because in remote viewing sessions of lets say a rocket ship or a baseball game, the movement of the ship or the whizzing overhead of the ball is what is quite often perceived (by myself and others) before all the other details. However, this movement is about change and perhaps the change is the biggest factor. 
However, what I do know in using the clairvoyant (visual) technique of the flower, which I write extensively about in my books and teach in my classes, is that the core of the technique is really based on noting changes in the flower when a name or word or question is dropped in or a person says their name and the reader directs their attention to the flower. This is because once the change happens, we have something to focus our attention on.  Once we explore a certain line of questioning and it seems like nothing else is happening, we ask it to show us more or ask a specific question and then simply wait for something else to show up. This showing up is about change.
Both clients and psychics themselves often wonder why it is that we get certain bits and pieces about the future while so much other information just eludes us.  While this is a very complex subject, it has become more and more clear to me that more dramatic and even unexpected life changes tend to show up more readily and clearly than other events, whether they just happen spontaneously during the reading or in response to the clairvoyant’s inquiries. Sometimes I think it’s about the client’s emotional reaction to these changes that catches our attention too.
So by gaining awareness of the importance of change in psychic perception from Dr. Utt’s meta-analysis study, (or at least having it validated) we can now develop more techniques based on the concept of change that will move us further along in our psychic related pursuits.
It’s always exciting when research matches up with real life experience! Becoming familiar with the research can SOMETIMES break through the barriers of skepticism of those people who have just not had enough of their own experiences, or thought highly enough of them, to accept that we (“we” defined here as humans) do really have these abilities. It can help convince those we care about that we are not just crazy or foolish. That has to make life easier for us, and hopefully for them too. Of course there are a certain element of people who are never going to change or grow no matter how much quality evidence they are presented with. We just can not waste any more time on these, these…..people! Dr. Stephen Schwartz calls them “doubters”, which is a more appropriate word then “skeptic”, yet they are people too. So just remind yourself they had mothers too and probably like Twinkies just as much as you do.
Research can validate what we are already often experiencing and to an extent, takes away the element of “is this all just coincidence” or “am I just deluding myself?  This may not be all that necessary for those who have been doing this for a while and know that one’s own psychic ability such as telepathy or clairvoyance is as real as their ability of sight or hearing. But how do so many of us know we truly have these things; why are we so insistent it’s not simply just a belief?……
Many of us are constantly engaged in what could be thought of as informal personal experiments!
Therefore we are not that different than the scientists who do this for a living. It’s just these informal experiments wouldn’t pass the scrutiny of a peer review for most science publications because we haven’t achieved statistical significance through having enough repeated trials under completely controlled or blind conditions. A lot of scientists act like information isn’t valid if it hasn’t been published in a peer review journal.  This isn’t that different then the public not believing something if it hasn’t aired on CNN or FOX news or made official by a statement from the President.
I’m sure all the millions of kids who suffered from child abuse and molestation by adults in powerful positions felt there experiences were very real even though there was no one officially to witness it and those closest to them were unaware of it, ignored it, dismissed it, or simply lied about it.  Why do I use this emotionally charged analogy?  Because there is something very traumatizing for many of us who experience something on a psychic level and then are told to either forget about it, keep quiet about it or that it didn’t really happen, especially when this comes from the very people who are supposed to be there for us….the parapsychologists.
The problem for both spontaneous experiences and those of us who utilize our daily life experiences as personal laboratories in which to make observations and draw conclusions from, is that so many scientists and researchers seem so slow and lagging behind what we’ve already observed and concluded.  These guys uphold the scientific method like a devout Christian worships the Bible. There is truth in both, but much is lost in the interpretation.
Those of us who have been on the path of personal exploration know that sometimes our psychic abilities are functioning well and sometimes not. Results are not always consistent. In one moment we may be able to access another’s thoughts, or see an image that has clear meaning, and in another moment we may not. We know that it’s sometimes hit or miss. While our psychic experiences are sure to be repeated in some way or form, especially when we have training and more experience under our belt with them due to this training, we still know that no two psychic experiences are ever exactly alike. We know that we can set the stage by following methodologies and creating an environment that is most conducive to the manifestation of our abilities, but we will never be sure of what is about to show up or grace the stage we have so carefully set.  This just doesn’t always fit well with the harsh dogma known as modern science.  So our reaction to scientists or skeptics (two totally different animals) who don’t seem to want to validate our very real and significant experiences, is to reject them in turn. Not that different then avoiding the guy who dumped you or made fun of you in the second grade.
A lot of the researchers seem to be more interested in addressing skeptics who aren’t scientific , but merely have a chip on their shoulder (“doubters”), rather than people like you and me who really are committed to being able to make use of them in our own lives and for the benefit of others. We know we have something to teach and offer the researchers, but they just dismiss us as if we were just foolish children who just don’t possess the slightest ability for critical or careful analysis.  From reading some of their articles, they do sometimes take a snobby approach to the lowly masses, which includes us. A fellow remote viewer joked that he hopes when I go to the parapsychology convention in a couple of weeks, that I’ll be able to find at least a few parapsychologists who believe in parapsychology.
Which brings us to the heart of the matter: for so many of us experiencers or practitioners, many researchers, including parapsychologists, at a distance, just seem kind of silly. I know that’s funny since they usually have impressive 3 letter degrees, and often use really big words for simple things, but that’s precisely why they seem silly.   It’s like insisting a person who is deaf is not deaf, but rather is “hearing impaired”.  All this does is confuse us. Words like “anomalous cognition” and “nonlocal perception” in place of the more familiar words of psychic or ESP (which I still like and use because we know what these mean and I’m not about to give up useful words just because some people have infused these with negative connotations) doesn’t help us with understanding what the heck it is they are talking about.
The Solution – So how do we fix the problem that those who experience and utilize psychic abilities in their daily life seem worlds away from those who officially study it? Well how to fix any problems between two groups of people from different cultures?… You get them acquainted! You get them to interact. You invite them over for dinner, and to your classes, and to your events and you go to theirs, and you really listen to what THEY have to say while sharing your own ideas too. I’ve found that scientists are people too….often their first reaction is to insist you are wrong, but they do take note of your comments and sometimes over time these start to sink into their stubborn skulls and a brand new perspective may pop out back at cha somewhere down the road a piece.
Since there is so much research on this subject, and much too little time in most of our lives to get through it (and a lot is rather tedious reading), I’ll recommend that you explore Meta-Analysis Studies that are written by researchers who do seem to value us little people out here AND who really have found there is scientific proof for what we’ve known all along:
META-ANALYSIS STUDIES – A meta-analysis study is one that looks at all the existing research, of which there is a TON when it comes to parapsychology studies (telepathy, precognition, PK, etc).
Dr. Dean Radin’s most recent book “Supernormal” looks fantastic as are all his others ones.
Lynne McTaggart’s first book “The Intention Experiment” is a classic. I recommend all books by her.
Dr. Stephen Schwartz has done an insane amount of research and in addition to his own books and articles, offers a comprehensive selection of parapsychology and remote viewing research on his personal website.
For those of you who don’t have a lot of reading time, I’d like to quote Dr. Utt’s (retired Chair, Department of Statistics, University of California, Irvine) because this is what I’ve been saying myself for the past 3 decades, without published, scientific evidence to back it up:
“It is recommended that future experiments focus on understanding how this phenomenon works, and on how to make it as useful as possible. There is little benefit to continuing experiments designed to offer proof, since there is little more to be offered to anyone who does not accept the current collection of data”. 
If you are interested in learning more about parapsychology, the study of all things psychic, check out these organizations – highly recommend attending a conference where you can meet all sorts of researchers who may be interested in working with you and where you can learn about the latest updates and educational opportunities in the field.
I am a member of all of these!
Universities that are open to Psi Research in the U.S.

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How to Raise a Psychic Child

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1.     Honesty is the best Policy.  Your child will know when you are lying on a subconscious level and this will create confusion for them and lead them to doubt their own inner voice as adults.  This sets them up for future low self-esteem and relationship problems.
2.     Do not unload your adult problems onto your child.  Psychic children are also healers.  They are usually wiser then their years.  This makes it tempting to confide in them about issues they don’t have the emotional capacity to deal with.
3.     Make sure your child has plenty of alone time.  Psychic children pick up the emotions of others around them.  They need extra time and space to separate from others.  They need to not have every second of their time scheduled with social activities.
4.     Notice if your child’s tantrums or sour mood corresponds with your own.  Children (and adults!) channel the emotions and pain of those closest to them.  It doesn’t matter whether these emotions are openly expressed by the parent.  This is what makes your child psychic!  Try visualizing a separation object in between the two of you.  See yourself connected into the earth with a heavy cord, and your child connected in with a different colored one.
5.     Be very careful about who your child is exposed to.  Adults who are alcoholics, drug addicts or have sexual addictions or mental illnesses often have negative entities attached to them that a psychic child can sense and even fall prey to.
6.     Don’t discount their psychic impressions.  If your child says she’s just seen a ghost, or has a feeling someone is going to have an accident, or tells you something about yourself that is embarrassing, do not deny this or tell them it’s their imagination.  Instead ask them how they arrived at that conclusion and show interest in what they are saying.  You don’t need to do anything more.
7.     Guide your child to use his imagination to fight his monsters.  When your child has a bad dream, or is fearful about something he has just seen, lead him/her in a quick meditation where he has superpowers that help him to defeat the monster.  For example, if he dreams a monster chased him down the street, have him go back into the dream and imagine that he turns on the monster and chases him instead, perhaps with a large sword, wearing a superhero costume.  Then let your child decide the final outcome.
8.   Don’t encourage your child to read other people. If your child is spontaneously getting psychic impressions, encourage her to communicate these to you before sharing them with others so you can decide together the best course of action.  Children will often project their fears or ideas onto their intuitive information and therefore it’s best for them to not become professional psychics until they have reached a certain level of emotional maturity.
9.     Remember: Our imaginations are never just imaginations! Our imaginations are vehicles to both view psychic information (i.e. a ghost or knowledge about someone’s fate) and manipulate it for healing (i.e., getting rid of the ghost, performing an energy healing).
10.    Don’t forget to have fun together!  You and your child can play psychic games. Try to read each others minds or take turns hiding an object in a box at a remote location and see who is more psychic!

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Time to Slaughter the Greedy God Whom Hast Stripped Us Of Our Common Language

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I wonder if in other disciplines/fields of study, there is as much confusion, disagreement and misunderstanding when it comes to the semantics regarding both those engaging in the practices of the field, and what it is they do.  When it comes to the field of psi or “non local perception” (a word that most of the world has never heard of, including the majority of those who actively practice or inadvertently utilize this skill), part of the difficulty in coming up with a cohesive and agreed upon vocabulary is that the existing words are so emotionally charged with connotations that the ego (particularly the male ego or those who want approval from it) just can’t bear to be associated with it.
So they develop new smart guy sounding words, like “non local perception” and then confuse the hell out of mostly everyone else by insisting that what they are doing is not what the definition of the word says they are doing – namely utilizing and developing their “psychic” abilities. This reminds me of Sigmund Freud, who is quoted in Carl Jung’s autobiography, “Memories, Dreams, Reflections” as insisting, after a demonstration by Jung that there is such a thing as recognitions and telekinesis, that even if his entire sexual theory was wrong, it needed to be upheld as a “bulwark against the unknown tides of occultism”.
Also reminds me of Hans Christian Anderson’s story “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, but in reverse: Instead of the emperor thinking he is wearing clothing when he is not, he is thinking he is not being psychic when he is, and everyone else can see it except for him and those who want to be in his favor. So I’ve been reading this discussion of whether someone is using CRV, RV or is a natural psychic.  To me, the word “natural psychic” denotes someone who has not been trained but knew they were psychic at a young age, as opposed to some adults who had no inkling they were psychic but received training and discovered they were. Once a “natural psychic” gets some level of training, they can’t be considered to be using no method.
There happens to be other well-developed methods of psychic training besides for CRV. There is the field of Clairvoyant Training (ability to access information via mental image pictures) developed by Lewis Bostwick in the 1960’s of which I write extensively about in my three books. His program required no less than 1 year of rigorous training and 2 or 3 for those over the age of 30 (who were thought to have more mental blocks to get past).  There are actually mediumship training programs developed by University based researchers (I sat next to one at the last IRVA conference).
One program that I am currently enrolled in requires no less than 5 years of intensive training before graduation.
Whether RVers want to admit it or not, occasionally they get information in the same way that mediums do, whether from their clairsentient ability – feeling others emotions (aka: the ‘AI”) –  and telepathy (hearing the thoughts of others, (aka: p7), just to name a couple. Whether or not an RVer would be abhorred at the thought that they were called a “psychic” or even worse, “a medium”, does not take away from the fact that they are sometimes (even if just once or twice during an RV session) engaging in the same behaviors as one that is called these things. Not all the time, but some of the time.
During the course of a session, any number of abilities can kick in, and the source of information, whether from the subconscious, another person’s mind, another spirit’s mind, from the mind of the all, are at play. 
Even when it comes to telepathy between two people, a remote viewer and a psychic can communicate with another’s conscious mind or unconscious, from their ego or from their heart. In the same way, they can occasionally communicate with those in the spirit world directly if that spirit is present, or they can communicate with the memories of these people who may no longer be present in any form. With practice, you can sometimes tell the difference, sometimes not. These abilities are all at play even during CRV sessions, whether or not those in the RV community want to admit it or realize it.  Ultimately, the only difference between those who call themselves “psychics” and those who call themselves “remote viewers” is in the methods used and their subject matter (i.e., a live, willing person or a physical target), with the exception that CRV either seems to involve a lot more communication with one’s own unconscious, or in the course of doing a session, it’s easier to recognize when the unconscious is communicating then in other forms of psychic work/methodologies.
The bottom line: It would be nice, in these discussions, if instead of focusing so much on how can we legitimize ourselves, that there would be more information shared on how we can hone our skills, and raise them to levels that have not yet been achieved by remote viewers or anyone else utilizing any psi related discipline. Even the methods of CRV, which I often use and passionately endorse, are not perfect and could be improved on or advanced. I, along with a lot of other people who lurk in the shadows of these RV lists but are afraid to speak up, agree:  We need to all come together and instead of debating everything, share new discoveries gained from practice or elsewhere.
This means slaughtering that greedy, psychic hating God we’ve placed on such a high pedestal in our own minds: he whom we are so fearful will disapprove of us that we sacrifice huge amounts of energy, time and each other in order to convince him we are good little scientific boys and girls. Once he is gone, not from the Sci Fi channel but from our own psyches, we will be free to move into a realm of creativity that will allow us to advance our methodology and skill set to even greater heights.
One of the things I frequently tell my students, who are fearful of or even ashamed to tell their own family members about their interests in this subject, is that you are not going to convince them to change their perceptions by any other means then serving as an example. When they see you are happier, more passionate, leading an easier, more authentic, productive life because of your psychic or remote viewing practice, this is what will begin to open their eyes, break down the barriers and peak their interest. And if they don’t change, then you will be at a better place to accept them as they are, because this is really what it comes down to: not finding a way to convince those who are stuck and ignorant, but rather, finding a way so YOU can be OK with them being stuck and ignorant.Yes, conducting and sharing quality, solid research will convince many of those on the fence, and will undoubtedly lead to information that can advance our methods and understanding of the underlying forces at play behind all things psi and even the great mystery’s of life.
Yet ultimately, what will bring the most legitimacy to this field is the good that we do in this world, as remote viewers or as psychics or as whatever the hell we want to call ourselves.

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FROM IMAGINATION TO MASTERY

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A STUDENT’S METAPHOR FOR TURNING CRIPPLING DOUBT INTO PLAYFUL EXPLORATION
By John Knight, former student of the International School of Clairvoyance
At the beginning of developing/exploring one’s psi related, students are unsure that what they are doing is “real” and what it is exactly they are trying to do when they practice.  Crippling doubt seems to be fundamental to process for most people.  Many teachers and authors use the words “pretend”, “made up”, things like that.  I think it’s done to allay anxiety and fear, but it has the opposite effect for me.  It makes me uneasy and reinforces my doubt.
Assertions that it will work ring hollow without a mechanism of why this might work.  These doubts then make it hard to settle in, focus, and feel confident that I’m doing something that will lead me somewhere I want to go.  I suspect at least some others feel similarly. I think this is a hard problem to work your way around even with constant reassurance.
So here is a possible way of explaining it.  Consider asking a room filled with 5 year old children to create a picture of a house.  You give them all the same picture and ask them to copy it and you hand them all the art supplies they want – glitter, macaroni, pencils, water colors, finger paints, colored paper, everything.
You will get an amazing array of results, every single one of which will be seriously flawed in terms of accurately reproducing the picture.  Objects will be missing, the colors incorrect, windows missing.  Objects will be present that weren’t in the original picture.  Some children will draw their dog in front of the house even the picture clearly doesn’t have a dog. Nothing will be to scale.
Now perform the same exercise with a group of 55 year old career graphic illustrators giving them each a comprehensive set of pencil lead drawing instruments.  You would get back precise, complete, accurate representations of the picture.  Interestingly though, despite using the same equipment and having years of the same kinds of experiences and training they will not be identical.  Each person will use shading a bit differently and lines will be thicker or thinner.  These different techniques will yield significant differences, but each drawing will clearly represent the picture accurately, completely and without superfluous information.
It is clear we will need to spill a lot of glitter and get marker on our face while we figure out how these tools work. We must do this before we can even try to represent anything with accuracy.  We lack discipline and must cultivate concentration and focus.  We keep thinking of our dog or older brother or ice cream trucks, so we draw them in there when they shouldn’t be.  As we practice though, we move in the direction of the accomplished graphic artist who correctly filters out these distractions and knows how to use the tools and which tool to use for the given situation.
Fortunately, we don’t have to be at this advanced stage of development to do something important and feel like we are progressing.  Even the 5 year old will capture some of the essence of the picture.  Maybe it’s just the color of the roof, or the fact the house has a door on the left.  Maybe it’s not even the house itself we portray, which was supposed to be the focus, but it’s the tree adjacent to the house that caught our 5 year old mentality and skill level.  Regardless of how distorted and incomplete our final picture though, it will represent some aspect that is recognizable in the original picture.  Something that is important.  With practice, more of the essence will be found in the result and it will have greater accuracy and happen with less difficulty.
Maybe you end up being a straight line and colored block person, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t perceiving something important.  At this end of the spectrum the object the artist may be using as inspiration is unrecognizable as that particular object, but the way it is rendered still brings forth important information about it.So, I guess the moral is that you must play with the glitter.  Get the glue in your hair.  Smear marker on your nose and fingers. 
John Knight created this essay in an effort to understand his own self perceived shortcomings in viewing psychic phenomenon, and to help others having the same struggle.  His issues with chronic illness and longstanding acquaintance with Debra Katz prompted him to embark on this rewarding path of inquiry by taking her Level I course. He attended the University of Utah obtaining a Juris Doctorate (JD), Master’s Degree in Public Administration (MPA), and Master’s Degree in Computer Science (MS).
He passed away in 2016.