I’m not psychic. I’m not exactly a skeptic, but I tend to err on the side of science rather than the supernatural. Still, it’s always possible that information will come to light that makes me change my views. Sue Bishop’s book Sixth Sense (everyday experiences and what they reveal) isn’t about to change my views in a hurry. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad read, but it’s not exactly convinced me that there is such a thing as the supernatural and that it’s influencing my life, or that I can influence it.
On examination of the sixth sense, it comes down to whether you believe that you can take control over outcomes simply by the power of the mind. Positive thinking, memory reinforcement, using your intuition and just being observant would go a long way to helping you influence outcomes, and underneath Sue Bishop’s chatty style I can’t help but think that she is highly in control of those aspects of her life. She is able to channel her innate intuition and skilled observation to manage situations. Again I say, this is not a bad thing, and this is not a bad way to go about it.
As a manual for the budding psychic, or for those who want to open themselves up to developing their sixth sense, Sue does provide handy hints at the end of most chapters – homework exercises, of a sort. The reinforcement and positive visualisation, and meditation skills that she teaches would help anyone to see the world differently. The reasons her techniques work are surely based in studies of how we perceive the world around us, though maybe only unconsciously. Still, I do think being more open to the world and the outcomes possible in everything that we see, do, or influence, wouldn’t be a bad thing for our society as a whole to take on board.
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