Psychic Intuition, by Nancy Du Tertre (Softcover, 2012)|
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Reviewer: Mark Lamendola, author of over 6,000 articles.
This was a good read. And I think it brings balance to the discussion of
intuition and psychic abilities.
On the one hand, you've probably heard of those folks who think they are some
kind of telepathic marvels. They are "channeling" this or that celebrity and
of course are the reincarnation of some famous person like Cleopatra or
Napolean. Never mind they never really accomplish anything and can't carry
an intelligent conversation. This book isn't for or about those people. And
it's not trying to put a veneer of science over utter hogwash.
On the other hand, we have all experienced the unexplainable. Nearly all of us
have had premonitions, and the general tendency is to chalk these off as
"strange coincidences" because obviously there's no scientific explanation
for these. Or is there? And what about perceptions outside our five senses?
Have you ever felt someone was watching you, and it turned out they were? Du
Tertre explores some possible explanations for these sorts of things.
Most of the time, her logic is sound. Sometimes, it's not. She's actually
an attorney, and this fact explains why there are both strong and weak
arguments. Sometimes when arguing in litigation, it is not necessary to
prove a particular point. It is only necessary to point out reasonable
possibilities and force the other side to disprove those.
She could have chosen to limit the book to a particular set of intuitive
abilities, allowing her to safely construct the logical arguments to explain
those abilities from a scientifically sound perspective. Instead, she looks
at the broad spectrum of abilities and positions the various ones against
the facts we have.
Think of these abilities as being arranged on a horizontal scale from 1
through 10. Now, let's use a bowling metaphor to illustrate how this scale
works. You have your novice bowler, showing up for the first time. This
person rents a ball and shoes and never gets close to throwing a strike.
Total score at the end of his first game is a 53. There's your 1 on the
scale. Next up is a bowling pro. She bowls a 300. There's your 10 on the
scale. Bowling, like any sport, requires mastery of many individual skills,
plus the confidence and inner calm to coordinate them together.
So it is with psychic abilities. Consider someone you seldom call who,
when you do call, says, "Gosh, I was just thinking about you!" That's pretty
impressive, if that happens consistently and you tend to call for no other
reason than you felt like it. But it would rank near the low end of that
scale. What about the Rain Man type of person who shouts out a number when
someone drops a jar of marbles (or beans or whatever), and it's exactly how
many were in there? Probably toward the higher end. Then we have the "remote
viewing" folks who have an amazing track record for seeing things thousands
of miles away just by concentrating on a single clue--what explains that?
In her introduction, Du Tertre says her purpose in writing this book was
to logically explain the illogical experience of psychic ability (but not
the origin). If I understand Du Tertre correctly via my reading between the
lines, her goal in writing this book was to show people that psychic
abilities really aren't the purvey of nutty people and aren't necessarily
the product of delusion or wishful thinking. And if you relax and are open
to letting these abilities emerge, you'll find yourself much more in touch
with the reality around you.
Consider again the novice bowler. Maybe this person quickly picks up on
how to hold and throw the ball, but still can't get past a 120 game. So a
friend says, "Relax and just let your bowling abilities take over instead of
trying to rationalize why your game stinks." After a little of the "breathe
in, breathe out" coaching, he bowls a 180. Not good enough for the pros, but
respectable among friends who sometimes go on a bowling outing.
I think psychic ability is much like that. And while Du Tertre isn't
advocating some crazy idea that we're all really X-Men with hidden mental
powers to levitate objects or whatever, she does seem to be saying that most
of us have far more psychic and intuitive ability than we think we do. And
she helps show why that ability is there. That is what, in my opinion, makes
this book valuable.
Psychic Intuition consists of eighteen chapters and a conclusion,
occupying 242 pages. The Foreword and the Introduction are both worth
reading, and nicely set the framework for what follows. The bibliography
runs 15 pages, with some sources I'm doubtful about and others that appear
to be of probably high authority.