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Excerpted from Talking to Heaven by James Van Praagh. Copyright 1999 by James Van Praagh. Excerpted by permission of Penguin Putnam, Inc.  All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"When we use our psychic ability, we are tuning into the energy of the soul, or the natural life force that permeates every living creature."

James Van PraaghTalking to Heaven, Part 2

Well, needless to say, she calmed me down and told me not to get upset. "Many children and grown-up people know things before they happen," noted Mrs. Weinlick. She said that I was "one of God's messengers" and that God had given me a special gift. She continued, "So that one day you could help people." She told me not to ever feel bad about things I might see in my mind. "You are special," she said. But she warned me to be careful with whom I share my specialness.

That was my first explanation of psychic ability. When I look back on that time, I am grateful to Mrs. Weinlick for explaining it to me. It was an aid to me in so many ways. If I had had a nun for my homeroom teacher instead of a layperson, my life might have turned out a lot differently.

Today, I fully understand my ability to see and feel things that are not of this physical world. Often referred to as a sixth sense, psychic ability is also known as intuition, gut feeling, a hunch, or a certain knowingness one has about something. And all of us use this ability every day without even knowing it. For instance, how many times have you thought of someone, and minutes later the phone rings and that person is on the other end of the line? Or you get a hunch to switch lanes in traffic, and you find out further along the way that there was an accident in the other lane. Perhaps you get a feeling on the way to work that the boss is going to be in a bad mood, and sure enough you get to work and it's true. How many times have you been thinking of a song, and minutes later you hear it on the radio? These are all examples of psychic ability. Where does this sixth sense come from? In Greek, the word psychic means "of the soul." When we use our psychic ability, we are tuning into the energy of the soul, or the natural life force that permeates every living creature.

As infants, we are even more psychic than we are as adults - maybe not more psychic but more open to our psychic senses. Not only because we are still very close to the other side of life but also because our speech and thoughts are not developed so we have to rely on our feelings, or our sensing, to relate to the physical world. 

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