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14 Easy Ways to Develop Psychic Abilities, Intuition and ESP

When you think of psychic abilities, what comes to mind?

Maybe you think of a person lifting a car mentally.

Maybe you think of someone reading someone else’s thoughts.

No matter what you conjure up, there’s no doubt that psychic abilities are fascinating.

Psychic abilities include things like Clairvoyance, Lucid Dreaming, Telepathy, Telekinesis, and Extrasensory Perception. (Ryan Dube, Love To Know, List of Psychic Abilities)

While many people believe people are born with psychic abilities, it’s possible to “learn” them as an adult. There are many benefits to doing this. Some of the biggest benefits include the following:

  • A deeper connection with the world. By learning to feel energy, you can understand the people, places, and things in your daily life.
  • Increased Confidence. Learning how to be psychic is confidence-booster for people of all ages.
  • New friends. Building these skills can help you make like-minded friends.
  • A greater understanding of yourself. Digging into your mind allows you to understand yourself. This is wonderful for anyone who wants to experience a deeper relationship with themselves.
  • Improved intuition. Developing these mind powers improves intuition. (Psychic Junkie, List of Psychic Abilities & Forms of Prophesy)

Learning how to develop psychic abilities is an exciting task. While it takes some work, the process is fun!

While precognition and clairvoyance are desirable, few people understand what extrasensory perception (ESP) is. This understanding, of course, is one of the first steps toward mental development and a mastery of psychometry.

According to Ken Andes, L.Ac.:

“The term “ESP” simply implies the ability to perceive sensations that are normally not perceptible to the physical senses. You need to keep in mind that our senses already block out over 90% of the sensory input that we receive during the day otherwise we would not be able to process information efficiently. ESP is the ability to perceive this other dimension of sensory input which includes information from the energetic/metaphysical realm.” (Andes, Yang Sheng, 2011, The Secret for Developing Extra Sensory Perception)

In this article, we’ve laid out 14 easy ways to develop psychic abilities in your life.

If you’re interested in developing mind powers, here are 14 tips:

  1. Psychic Abilities, Open hand with light coming out of it agains a backdrop of a swirl of primary colors Practice Psychometry on a regular basis

Psychometry is a type of extrasensory perception that allows a person to “see” the history of an object by touching it. It’s one of the best ways to develop ESP and get information from the energetic realm is psychometry.

For example, an individual skilled in psychometry would be able to touch a sword, and know that a Spanish Conquistador used it in battles.

According to Psychic Readings Guide, practicing psychometry is important for your psychic abilities:

“By practicing psychometry, you can deepen your mind powers and develop a stronger connection with the world around you. A fun way to increase your clairsentience is to practice psychometry. Psychometry is learning about objects through touch by reading the energy on them. It’s a great way (and was my favorite) to learn how to develop psychic abilities.” (Psychic Readings Guide, How to Develop Psychic Abilities)

To start dabbling in psychometry, you’ll need to find some objects with which to practice. Ideally, these objects will be metal, since metal holds energy well.

With these objects, you’ll be able to practice “feeling” the past of the item. Rub your hands together to get your energy flowing before you lay them on the object. Once you’ve done this, ask yourself the following series of questions:

  • Who owned this item?
  • Did this person have kids?
  • What was the person who owned this thing feeling?

Keep in mind that, even if it feels silly, psychometry is an excellent thing to practice during the process of developing your mind.

This is because it helps you get used to feeling the energy of inanimate objects, which makes it easier to feel the energy of people later.

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  1. Practice your skills on a regular basis

Developing psychic abilities is a lot like learning any new sport or skill – you need to practice.

Because you’re training your mind to do new things, practicing on a regular basis is important. It helps new skills become second nature, and allows you to take your mind powers to the next level.

Be aware that practicing is more effective when you do it well. Be sure always to practice in a quiet area where you can focus.

But, practicing in the right environment is critical:

“’Set aside some time to practice. Calm the mind, play gentle, soothing music and try to relax,’ recommends Russel Steward. ‘Allow your thoughts to wander. Sometimes it helps to picture a summer scene, a field or meadow with the sun shining. It’s all about getting used to information coming to you from a different source. The more you practice, the easier it becomes. Try pausing before you do something. For example, when the phone rings, pause a few seconds before answering. Can you tell who it is? Try it when someone knocks at your front door. Try it at work. Can you tell when someone is happy, sad or preoccupied?’” (Wagner,, 2015, How to Develop Your Psychic Abilities)

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  1. Develop a meditative practice, and meditate each day for ten minutes

“Meditating strengthens the mind and makes your focus more acute”.(John Cloud, Time, 2010, Losing Focus: Studies Say Meditation May Help)

According to the Intuitive Souls Blog, the best way to break into meditation is to practice it daily:

“Meditate every day for at least 10-15 minutes. Raising your vibration is super important when you want to develop your psychic abilities. This is because Spirit energy vibrates at a higher frequency. Meditation will allow you to be in a relaxed state and raise your energetic vibration.” (Jessica, Intuitive Souls Blog, 2015, 28 Ways to Develop Your Psychic Abilities)

While many people are unsure of how to develop a meditative practice in their lives, there are dozens of simple ways to do it.

One great way is to start with mindfulness meditation .

“This meditation focusses on the breath, not because there is anything special about it, but because the physical sensation of breathing is always there and you can use it as an anchor to the present moment”.(Mindful,Getting Started with Mindfulness)

Alternately, the Intuitive Souls Blog recommends getting outdoors, “Take a walk in nature. Meditation doesn’t have to be boring or done sitting down. Do a mindfulness meditation by taking a walk in nature.” (Jessica, Intuitive Souls Blog, 2015, 28 Ways to Develop Your Psychic Abilities)

Here’s a link to another article where you can learn even more benefits of meditating: 7 Benefits of Mediation: The Science of How it Helps You.

  1. Psychic Abilities, a lone yellow marigold in a filed of purple cornflowers Accept that you have a unique, remarkable & extraordinary ability

While everyone can develop extrasensory perception, it’s important to acknowledge your unique psychic abilities.

According to Stephen Wagner, a Paranormal Phenomenon Expert, recognizing your mind powers is important.

“The first step is to acknowledge that ESP exists and that it is present within you to develop. Although this might sound silly or trite, begin by telling yourself that you are psychic.” (Wagner,, 2015, How to Develop Your Psychic Abilities)

With this in mind, develop your unique gift instead of trying to embody someone else’s version of it. Learn to understand what ESP looks like for you, rather than for someone else.

  1. Believe in yourself & your powers

Believing in yourself is critical to the development of your abilities, and it will influence your experience hugely.

When developing ESP, it can be tempting to doubt yourself or to believe that the incredible abilities you’ve heard about won’t apply to you. Unfortunately, this does nothing but cloud your vision.

Remember, Keen believes negative thoughts damage your mind powers. “Negative thoughts hinder psychic abilities. However long it takes, just have faith and stay upbeat.” (Keen, 10 Ways to Improve Your Psychic Abilities)

  1. Stay positive as you learn your new skills

Building your mental powers can get a little tough at times. Because of this, it’s important to keep a positive outlook. Remember that you’re doing something exciting and extraordinary.

When you get frustrated, remember that staying positive will enhance your experience and success.

With that in mind, Keen recommends taking proactive steps to remain positive,

“Do whatever you need to feel content with your life. This might mean taking time out for yourself every once in a while or finding a hobby that you enjoy.” (Keen, 10 Ways to Improve Your Psychic Abilities)

While this may not seem related to building your powers, it’s an excellent way to keep yourself healthy and happy.

Here’s a link to another article that is about the power of positive affirmations and how you can use them to get the life you want: Positive Affirmations-The Secret to Getting Life Changing Results.

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  1. Maintain a “quiet” state of being

Imagine if you were trying to hear a whisper through a screaming crowd. You wouldn’t be able to do it, and you’d get frustrated trying.

The same thing goes for developing your mind powers.

You’re asking your mind to do something extraordinary, and that can take some time to master. Because of this, keeping a quiet state of being is essential to honing your abilities and enhancing your vision.

What is a quiet state of mind, you ask?

It’s a state where your body, mind, and intuition are all steady and calm, ready to connect with extrasensory things. In this way, a quiet state of mind is very different from a noisy state of mind.

Ken Andes, L.Ac. describes a noisy state of being this way:

“A noisy state of being is where your body is full of tension, stiffness, and discomfort. How can you feel the delicate pulse of the formless Universal when you are too preoccupied with the rigidity of your physical form? A noisy state of being is where your emotions are being constantly pulled and pushed by what you judge to be right or wrong in this world, which by the way, never has any grounding in objective reality and is always dependent on social factors, cultural factors, and self-interest.” (Andes, Yang Sheng, 2011, The Secret for Developing Extra Sensory Perception)

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  1. Don’t be afraid to experiment or to fail

When it comes to developing your mind, experimentation and concentration are both essential.  According to the website Metaphysics Knowledge,

“Developing extra sensory perception is an art which requires pure dedication and concentration for one to be able to develop it.”(Jyotsna, Metaphysics Knowledge, 2014, Developing Extra Sensory Perception)

One of the best ways to develop it, though, is to experiment on a regular basis. Because experimentation helps you learn what works and what doesn’t, it’s a smart way to develop your mental powers.

A willingness to experiment is essential to the presence of extrasensory perception.

According to Sharon Franquemont’s article on the University of Minnesota website, experimenting is essential.

“Experimentation is part of developing your intuition. If you want to enhance your learning, keep an Intuition Journal. A Journal will help you maintain a record of what has happened, evaluate your intuition, and learn what exercises work well for you.” (Franquemont, University of Minnesota, 2006, Exercises for Developing Your Intuition)

Science has been reluctant in even acknowledging that ESP exists but we are starting to see that change.  A recent study , published in an issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (JPSP) by respected and well known Cornell psychology professor Darl Bern, is a big reason for that shift.(Daryl J. Bem, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 100, 407-425, 2011)

“While a long period of cautiousness regarding the commingling of science and anything considered supernatural — like perceiving the future or the impact of consciousness on physical systems — has been an understandable and adaptive response, surely we can trust ourselves in the 21st century to examine these issues intelligently without losing our heads. Such examination may lead to radical revisions in our understanding of how the world works and our human potentials.” (Cassandra Vieten, Huffington Post, 2010, It’s About Time: The Scientific Evidence for Psi Experiences)

Psychology Today offers some more information:

“Scientists have discovered that humans appear to have two, very different “operating systems.” System 1 is our quick, instinctual, and often subconscious way of operating“ it is controlled by our right brain and by other parts of our brain that have been around since prehistoric times, known as the “limbic” and reptilian” parts of our brain. System 2 is our slower, more analytical, and conscious way of operating “it is controlled by our left brain and by newer parts of our brain that have only developed since prehistoric times (also known as the “neocortex”). (Turner, Psychology Today, 2014, The Science Behind Intuition)

By experimenting and refusing to give up on your gift, you can quickly become one of the Fortunate people of people who enjoy (and are willing to develop) the gifts of ESP.

  1. Work on developing your intuition

Intuition is a critical tool for developing mind powers.

In addition to allowing you to connect with the things around you, intuition allows you feel more.

For some people, though, the concept of intuition is strange, and learning how to develop intuition requires practice.

Hereford states the following:

“Your intuition, sometimes referred to as your inner guidance, is a mechanism of inner or instinctive knowing which neither requires nor employs logical thought processes. It is an alternative source of knowledge, level of awareness, or as some refer to it, an inner voice. We all possess this mechanism to varying degrees, as well as the capacity to develop it further.” (Hereford, Essential Life Skills, How to Develop Your Intuition)

Hereford explains that that intuition can have a positive impact on ESP development:

“Many great thinkers, from Immanuel Kant to Carl Jung, have emphasized the importance of intuition and the great impact it had on their personal and professional lives. They defined it as ‘a priori’ knowledge, and as being an essential and indispensable tool for us as humans. According to Jung, intuition is one of four major functions of the human mind along with sensation, thinking, and feeling. By balancing all of these functions within ourselves, we have the ability to maximize our potential. He wrote: ‘I regard intuition as a basic psychological function that mediates perception in an unconscious way. Intuition enables us to divine the possibilities of a situation….”(Hereford, Essential Life Skills, How to Develop Your Intuition)

Think of it as any form of exercise: you must build your muscles before you can excel.

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  1. Meditate on your personal symbols

Developing mental powers relies in large part on developing an understanding of your personal symbols.

To do this, it’s important to practice personal symbol meditation.

According to Dr. Cate Howell, this is one of the best ways to get in touch with our intuition:

“Sometimes our intuition emerges through signs or symbols, sometimes in our awake state and sometimes in dreams. (Dr. Cate Howell, Conscious Lifestyle Magazine, Developing Intuition: an In-Depth Guide to Accessing and Decoding the Language of Your Soul)

Personal symbol meditation allows us to access these things and draw them out in a more unique and exciting way.

To start personal symbol meditation, adopt a comfortable seated position and shut your eyes. Take a deep breath and bring to mind a symbol that will assist you in your journey to develop mental powers.

Even if no symbol comes to you right away, this practice will eventually help you develop a feel for the personal symbols that are essential to you.

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  1. Pay attention to your dreams

When it comes to getting in touch with your inner voices, powers, and thoughts, paying attention to your dreams is critical.

Our dreams, often vivid, help us understand the world. When we learn to listen to them, they can be incredibly persuasive and illuminating.

In the words of Jung,

“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes”.(Brainy Quote)

Dreams are a powerful tool for evaluating our history, ambitions, and development, but far too few people pay attention to them.

Because of this, it’s essential for you to pay heed to your dreams when developing your mental powers.

Consider keeping a dream journal and interpreting your dreams when you awake. This may help you uncover important symbols or signs that re-occur in your dream state.

  1. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals

Strengthening your mental powers can be tough, but it’s easier when you’re surrounded by people who respect the pursuit.

Each individual is capable of building mental powers. It’s also a great way to get in touch with the world around you. Remember that there is no one set of people who are deemed to have extrasensory perception. Everyone else just lags behind. According to the website Metaphysics Knowledge, a willingness to develop these powers is all that’s needed to reach your goals:

“Of course many people claim that this is something which one is born with and cannot be developed. We totally refute this view since this places one human being as being different from the rest, so if one person can do it, others at least have the potential to do that, even if they actually do not develop it.” (Jyotsna, Metaphysics Knowledge, 2014, Developing Extra Sensory Perception)

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  1. Research your areas of interest

One of the best ways to keep your pursuit of mental powers going is to learn as much as you can about it.

Just as if you were learning a new skill or language, researching mental powers is a wonderful way to incorporate them more fully into your life.

“It takes time for the subconscious to be able to communicate with the conscious mind, and the best way to do this is to simply start thinking about it,” says Russel Steward in an article for Psychic Journal. “All these thoughts have a positive effect on developing your gift. Read about the subject. Knowledge will help, as you need some understanding of how things work. Adopt the policy you would take with a new hobby. Become involved in it, buy books and magazines, and look for more information on the Internet.” (Wagner,, 2015, How to Develop Your Psychic Abilities)

  1. Understand the proven science behind mental powers

One often-overlooked aspect of developing extrasensory perception is to understand the science behind it.

Many studies show that extrasensory perception is natural, and people only need to practice to access it.

In one study, scientists measured a person’s brain waves while they viewed different images on the computer screen. Some images were calming landscapes; others were crime scenes.

While it was expected that the brain would react to the negative pictures, the findings were fascinating.

According to George Lowery:

“Your physiology jumps when you see one of those pictures after watching a series of landscapes or neutral pictures,” Bem said. “But the remarkable finding is that your physiology jumps before the provocative picture actually appears on the screen — even before the computer decides which picture to show you. What it shows is that your physiology can anticipate an upcoming event even though your conscious self might not.” (Lowery, Cornell Chronicle, 2010, Study Shows That Humans Have Some Psychic Powers Caps Daryl Bem’s Career)

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How Psychic Abilities are Essential in the Modern World

While many people dismiss psychic powers, developing them can help you live a happier, fuller, and more exciting life, no matter what you’re facing. From getting more in-touch with your emotions and perceptions to being able to “read” other people more effectively, psychic powers have many benefits.

While it’s true that psychic abilities take some work to develop, the people who choose to acknowledge and honor their own unique mind powers will be rewarded by a fun experience and years and years of enhanced awareness, improved happiness, and a deeper connection with the world around them.

Have you ever sought to develop your psychic abilities? What are you working on right now?

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