I’ve been listening to a course by John Edwards about how he developed his psychic abilities and I’m finding his formula very fascinating, especially as it relates to the Prophet Joseph Smith. John, like Joseph, was enthralled with metaphysics and supernatural experiences. And while John has oft-times been persecuted for his abilities, he is in good company as historical allegations suggest Joseph was a necromancer, diviner, dreamer, visionary, gold digger, and a fraud. Again, accusations anyone who dabbles in “the other side” is familiar with.
Joseph Smith was a seeker, spiritualist, mystic, and a mason. Was it his interest in these arts that led to his great abilities? Or was it God who planted these desires in him from birth that led him to explore these mysteries and further develop these talents and abilities?
Today, if Joseph were a member of a traditional religious congregation, and he was feeling pulled to study ancient arts, wouldn’t he be just as fiercely ridiculed or ostracized as he was back then? If he were found to be divining with a rod, peeping with a stone, searching after gold, would he not be labeled a charlatan, misguided, and/or deceived?
I guess we should not find it so interesting that when others today seek for answers outside the traditional institutions of their day, they are equally criticized. Not much has changed when it comes to organized religions and long-established institutions. Their survival depends very much on committed individuals who subscribe to and support their ideologies. Free-thinkers and seekers are a subversive threat who, if their ideas spread, can undermine the entire organization.
Interesting food for thought, huh?
In closing, I wanted to quickly note John’s steps in futhering your psychic abilities:
- Psychic Protection
John Edwards says the first step in awakening your psychic abilities is to pray or meditate. It’s imperative to be still and clear your mind so that you can start receiving inspiration. Sound familiar? Doesn’t sound evil to me.
Second, John says you must protect yourself psychically from the negative energy of others, and you must consciously surround yourself in the white light of love. I’d say this is similar to praying for charity and seeking after that which is virtuous, praiseworthy, or of good report.
Third, you must pick a tool to help you develop your psychic abilities. John favored Tarot Cards. I really like astrology, numerology, psychometry, and dreams. I don’t know much about Tarot, but just placed a bunch of books on hold at the library so I can learn more about it.
Circling back around to psychics and prophets, I find it fascinating that Joseph Smith relied on 2 of the 3 of John’s steps. He prayed before receiving revelation, and he was known to first use tools when he was developing his abilities. He used a peeping stone, a black hat, and some special spectacles.
What’s really exciting to me is that all my life I was taught that we must not study these things, but as I learn more about the supernatural, energy work, and world of the spirits, the more I realize that prophets and psychics are those who have learned to attune themselves to the other side. We all possess psychic abilities, but some of us don’t ever put forth the effort to hone and develop them. I, like Joseph, John, and other seekers before me, am grateful for the learnings stemming from my yearnings.