An old friend came to see me recently and said that somebody asked her if I were a psychic, or just pretending to be one. I almost fell off my chair laughing!
You see, I have never claimed to be a psychic, as we understand and use the term in the Philippines—that is, one who can read minds or tell the future. I have never made a single public prediction since I started writing in the newspaper and magazines.
Am I a psychic? The question is meaningless to me, because I believe, and I know for sure, that everybody is a psychic. No exception.
The word psychic comes from the Greek word “psyche,” which means “soul” or “mind.” So everybody who has a soul or a mind is psychic.
And I prove this to everybody who attends my Basic ESP and Intuition Seminar.
For the first psychic exercise, I make partner-participants perform, without any preparation (except to make their mind quiet and passive). The task is to “read” someone they have never met before, scan their body for any marks (such as a mole or birthmark) and diagnose his or her illness without talking. More than 80 percent of the class is able to do this successfully, to their great surprise.
Everybody, therefore, is psychic, in the same way that everybody can draw. But not everybody can draw like Fernando Amorsolo, or my great-grandfather Damian Domingo. Everybody can sing, but not everybody can sing like Lea Salonga or Diomedes Maturan.
We all have the same number of brain cells or neurons (except perhaps politicians), and in some part of our brain lies hidden this faculty for higher sensory perception or clairvoyance, which some people call the Third Eye.
But despite numerous and incontrovertible proof of the existence of ESP (an unfortunate choice of word), this is still denied by mainstream materialist science. It cannot accept the existence of nonphysical or higher reality or higher sense perception, or the existence of a higher dimension, which can be tapped or accessed by the human mind under certain circumstances.
Some pioneering Western scientists who have studied this field in-depth include Dr. J.B Rhine of Duke University, Dr. Russell Targ and Dr. Harold Puthoff of Stanford Research Institute (now called SRI International), Professor Tenhaeff of the University of Utrecht (Netherlands), Dr. Robert Jahn and Brenda Dunn of Princeton University, Dr. Dean Radin and Dr. Rupert Sheldrake of the Institute of Noetic Sciences, Dr. Stanley Krippner of Saybrook Institute, and many others.
Only a few noisy skeptics, who have not done their own research, continue to ridicule belief in psychic phenomena.
But what about me? How come I believe so much in ESP and supernatural phenomena? Do I have proof of these?
I do not have scientific or laboratory proof of these powers or phenomena, but I have, at one time or another, had my own personal experiences which I cannot deny.
Some of these extraordinary psychic experiences which I don’t usually talk about are as follows:
I have walked on fire in Tagaytay without my feet getting burned. I have accurately diagnosed illnesses of several persons and healed at least two cases of severe toothache (a French woman who lived in Grenoble, France, and a well-known local TV personality and comedian), and the severe stomach pain of a female assistant.
I have seen ghosts or spirits of the dead. I have been hacked six times in several parts of my body with a 21-inch sword without being wounded. I have received messages from spirits of the dead (including from my dead brother-in-law, and the late President Marcos) which were confirmed by those concerned.
I have moved a small object and bent a spoon through telekinesis, and even met and spoke briefly with a female extraterrestrial or alien being inside a boulder in Lucban, Quezon.
Most of these I have written in detail in my book, “When the Impossible Happens.” Despite all these extraordinary psychic experiences, I still do not consider myself a psychic or a mystic, because I cannot always repeat them at will. They usually happened spontaneously. I do not have any psychic ability or power that is not possessed by everybody else.