Are some people gifted with supernatural powers? Yes, some individuals exhibit extraordinary abilities at a young age. ESP, medical intuition, remembering past lives, and surviving a near-death experience can all come under the definition of the supernatural.
Why Are People Afraid of the Supernatural?
Human beings have an instinctive fear of things that are unknown. “Super-”natural includes many things for which there is not a complete understanding. Compelling evidence shows that these things exist. For young people who experience them, it is just part of who they are. People, who see these talents in others, typically have two reactions. One is that the talent is awesome. The other is the talent is something to fear. Fear comes from superstition.
Why Are Gifted People Viewed with Awe and Fear?
The awe comes from recognizing the extraordinary talents. The fear comes from superstition. Superstition is an unjustified belief that comes from a false association between one thing and another.
Why Are Gifted People Sometimes Bullied?
Superstition about psychic phenomena may seem silly. However, in the Livescience article it notes that Dr. Dossey of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in North Carolina estimates about 17 million Americans have “friggatriskaidekaphobia,” which is the fear of Friday the 13th.
These superstitions, and similar illogical reactions to the unknown, sometimes cause gifted young people to seem weird or strange. Sometimes they suffer from bullying for simply being different and having a special talent. These negative reactions are unwarranted and young people with special talents should get respect for their abilities instead.
Young People with Supernatural Talents
Many children and teens appear to have special talents that became evident at a very young age.
Extrasensory Perception (ESP)
ESP includes telepathy, which is the ability to “read” another’s mind or thoughts. Clairvoyance is a form of extrasensory perception about things, events, or places where something is currently going on. Precognition is having advance knowledge of future events. Psychokinesis (PK) is the ability to use mental influences to manipulate physical things without touching them.
The Rhine Organization at Duke University was one of the earliest pioneers in the study of ESP, including ESP talents appearing in children. They give examples of children with these skills, such as a 14-year old girl Patsy who had precognitive dreams about what clothes a friend would be wearing the next day, Or Fred, age 10, that while walking down the street with a friend began to sing the same song at exactly the same time.
Another example is Nancy who is 17. She frequently seems to know what people will say before they say it or what song will play next on the radio. Nancy also has precognitive dreams, such as one dream that warned her about her older sister, who was a flight attendant, facing the dangers of an air crash. Her sister missed the air flight and the plane did crash, with only one survivor.
Dr. Louisa E. Rhine conducted this research with her husband, Dr. Joseph Banks Rhine. They recommend that parents of children with these special abilities keep an open mind and avoid being fearful of them. Children who have these experiences need to be able to talk openly about them, without teasing or having the feeling, they are not believed.
Many young people who have these talents do not understand what they are. They may be more sensitive than others are and feel different or strange. However, even though they may have special ESP talents, in other ways they are just like other children.
People with ESP talents need to know that these experiences are normal and they should not suffer judgment or ridicule for having them. Instead, the appropriate response is encouragement and acceptance. It is helpful to keep a written journal of the experiences, especially for precognitive intuitions about things that may come true sometime in the future. This helps validate the experiences.
Hollywood Teen Physic
There is a new breed of teen psychics in contemporary times, which arose to Hollywood fame. One is Tyler Henry who became popular for his readings given to celebrities. The Producers of the show say that Tyler’s charm allows celebrities to feel at ease, and television viewers to see him deliver messages that contain hope, support, closure, and have the theme of forgiveness for the biggest stars as they share intimate stories about their lives.
Another teenage girl that gets lots of attention is Nandana Unnikrishnan. Is she real? Is she fake? No one knows for sure. Nandana supposedly has the ability to read people’s minds. She is autistic, which makes regular communication very difficult, yet she seems to have telepathic communication skills.
Medical Intuition and Precognition
A simple farm boy started to demonstrate psychic abilities to his family members when he was in his teens. As an adult, he would go into a trance and then be able to make an accurate medical diagnosis of a person’s illness and suggest a treatment, even though he had no medical knowledge and had never studied medicine. He was Edgar Cayce, fondly called, “The Sleeping Prophet.”
Over a period of forty years, he gave more than 14,000 “readings” while he was in this trance-like state, lying on a sofa. All he needed was the name of the person and their location, which could be anywhere in the world. Then he would answer questions for that person. A stenographer wrote down the answers. Copies of these readings are in a private library at the Association for Research and Enlightenment, Inc., in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and are available for review by the public.
Edgar Cayce also made many accurate predictions well in advance of the events happening, such as predicting the stock market crash of 1929, five years before it happened and World War II, years before it started.
Remembering Past Lives
Psychology Today reports on children who remember past lives. Jim Tucker, who is a psychology professor at the University of Virginia, documented over 2,500 cases of children who remembered past lives. Some of the children have detailed memories, including their names, their previous occupations, their previous families, and even recognize a photo of themselves in the past life.
Surviving Near-Death Experiences
Children and teens sometimes have a near-death experience and when they come back to life, they describe the process of leaving their body and being able to observe their own body from a position above the body.
One case was the near-death of Anna Beam. She suffered from a life-threatening disease and when she was so sick, she accidentally fell from a tree she climbed. Upon her recovery from the fall, she described her near-death experience and her physical illness disappeared completely with a miraculous spontaneous remission. Her story was made into the movie titled “Miracles from Heaven.”
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