Thursday, July 28, 2011
Several people have asked recently about the meanings and differences of some terms used in discussion of psychic/ Paranormal events. I thought this listing from Wikipedia might be useful.
"# Apportation - Materialization, disappearance, or teleportation of an object.
# Aura reading - Perception of the energy fields surrounding people, places, and things.
# Automatic writing - Writing produced without conscious thought.
# Astral projection - An out-of-body experience in which an "astral body" becomes separate from the physical body.
# Bilocation - Being in two places at the same time.
# Biofield energy healing - Healing by channelling a form of energy.
# Clairvoyance - Perception outside the known human senses.
# Death-warning - A vision of a living person prior to their death.
# Divination - Gaining insight into a situation via a ritual.
# Dowsing - Ability to locate objects.
# Faith healing - Diagnosing and curing disease using religious devotion.
# Mediumship - Communicating with spirits.
# Precognition, premonition, prescience, precognitive dreams, and second sight
# Perception of future events before they happen.
# Psychic surgery - Removal of diseased body tissue via an incision that heals immediately afterwards.
# Psychokinesis or telekinesis - Manipulation of matter, space, time or energy.
# Psychometry - Obtaining information about a person or object.
# Remote viewing - Gathering of information at a distance.
# Retrocognition - Perception of past events.
# Scrying - Use of an item to view events at a distance or in the future.
# Telepathy, extrasensory perception, and sixth sense - Transfer of thoughts or emotions, especially knowing another person's thoughts.
# Transvection - Bodily levitation or flying.
# ^ Fontana, David (2005). Is There an Afterlife: A Comprehensive Review of the Evidence. Hants, UK: O Books. pp. 352–381. ISBN 1903816904.
# ^ a b "Glossary of Paraspychology Terms". http://parapsych.org/glossary_a_d.html. Retrieved September 2010.
# ^ Suki Miller (1995). After Death: How People around the World Map the Journey after Death.
# ^ Astral Dynamics by Robert Bruce. Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc, 1999 ISBN 1-57174-143-7
# ^ McGoven, Una (2007). Chambers Dictionary of the Unexplained. Chambers (published December 19, 2007). p. 68. ISBN 978-0550102157. http://www.amazon.com/Chambers-Dictionary-Unexplained-Una-McGovern/dp/0550102159.
# ^ Ernst, Edzard (2001). "A primer of complementary and alternative medicine commonly used by cancer patients". Medical Journal of Australia 174 (2): 88–92. PMID 11245510. http://www.mja.com.au/public/issues/174_02_150101/ernst/ernst.html#suba10.
# ^ Podmore, Gurney and Myers (1885). Phantasms of the Living.
The word psychic is derived from the Greek word psychikos ("of the mind" or "mental") and refers in part to the human mind or psyche (ex. "psychic turmoil"). French astronomer and spiritualist Camille Flammarion is credited as having first used the word psychic, while it was later introduced to the English language by Edward William Cox in the 1870s.
Early seers and prophets
Elaborate systems of divination and fortune-telling date back to ancient times. Perhaps the most widely-known system of early civilization fortune-telling was astrology, where practitioners believed the relative positions of celestial bodies could lend insight into people's lives and even predict their future circumstances. Some fortune-tellers were said to be able to make predictions without the use of these elaborate systems (or in conjunction with them), through some sort of direct apprehension or vision of the future. These people were known as seers or prophets, and in later times as clairvoyants (French word meaning "clear sight" or "clear seeing") and psychics.
Seers formed a functionary role in early civilization, often serving as advisors, priests, and judges. A number of examples are included in biblical accounts. The book of 1 Samuel (Chapter 9) illustrates one such functionary task when Samuel is asked to find the donkeys of the future king Saul. The role of prophet appeared perennially in ancient cultures. In Egypt, the priests of Ra at Memphis acted as seers. In ancient Assyria seers were referred to as nabu, meaning "to call" or "announce"...."
Picture is the Psychic Gift Box from