On Being Special

The following is from a very ‘special’ woman that I had the fortune to interview on my podcast  some time ago. 
She has written  a very ‘special’ book called Application of Impossible Things about her experience and the subsequent learnings from a near fatal bombing and her NDE (Near Death Experience) in Iraq.  Well worth the listen and the read.

“A few thoughts about being special, because to my mind the “spiritual community” (I don’t like that phrase, but it works here) too often implies levels of holiness, enlightenment, wisdom and specialness …

Intuition, psychic ability, does not make any of us special. If you think it makes you special or if you think that if you get or grow that ability you’ll be special, you’re mistaken.

It’s not special because everyone has it. It is a universal trait of humans. Some people might be especially good at it in the same way some people are especially good at music, art, math, baseball. But just because the exceptional exists doesn’t mean that the exceptional is the measuring stick, making a little look like nothing. A little is some. Everyone is psychic, intuitive.

Gut feeling, an urge, pulled toward, just felt wrong/right, … however it gets verbalized in our culture, it’s still intuition – psychic ability.

There is nothing especially spiritual or holy about intuition/ psychic ability, either. Financial advisors and successful business people are psychic. Successful criminals use psychic abilities. Soldiers, fathers and mothers, teenagers, sweet people and assholes all have psychic ability. It is not special, and it is not spiritual. It’s a built-in tool.

Like any tool, it’s neutral until you pick it up and aim it with your intention.

If you will aim for coherence, meaning that place where all of yourself is in harmony — clean out the closets of fear, straighten out your truth, anchor yourself in the humble confidence of your own deep respect and affinity for the self — when you bring yourself into coherence, abilities may come as a result.

The yogis understand the psychic abilities as nothing to brag about. They are merely side effects of the growth into coherence.

Figure out what you’re really aiming toward, what you really want — do you want better psychic ability? Why? Maybe what you really want is to feel valuable, or to know yourself, or to feel connected to all.

Figure that out, then aim for that real thing that you want … try it.”

Posted by | Paul Reynolds
Paul has been a yoga teacher on the Island of Kauai for many years and is the facilitator of the weekly Living the Question Blog - a repository of wisdom and inspiration. Paul also produces and hosts Le Guru is You Radio Show, showcasing everyday gurus.

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