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Psychic Intuition, by Nancy Du Tertre (Softcover, 2012)|
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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.