If you’re like me, you weren’t born psychic, predicting the
future, seeing ghosts or reading other people’s thoughts. That was what these other strange people
claimed to do – and their claims were, at least to me, rather dubious. I came from a very academic family of Ivy
League graduates, and my father was an internationally-recognized medical
scientist. My parents didn’t believe in
psychiatrists, let alone psychics! We
never once discussed paranormal phenomena.
It simply didn’t exist for us.
Psychics were the fringe element of society – a bunch of soft-headed,
rather egocentric and pathetic folks desperate for their moment of glory.
All that changed for me.
I don’t really understand why, but my first experience and contact with
a spirit didn’t come until I was about 35 years old and a practicing attorney
in Manhattan. I was invited to attend a
workshop for professional psychotherapists learning about intuition. At the end of the workshop, I felt compelled
– it was like someone or something was pushing me from behind my chair – to ask
the woman who was the subject of the psychotherapy exercise a couple of bizarre
questions. Even I wasn’t sure why I was
asking her these questions. I didn’t
want to tell her, but somehow I knew a spirit had just walked between us in a
three-foot distance and was standing
facing her to my left. I coyly asked
this woman if she knew anyone with the initials “M.S.” to which she quickly
responded “no.” Then I asked if she knew
a person with these initials whose first name was “Mary” “Maria” or “Marie.” She hesitated, but said no again but demanded
to know why. I wasn’t sure I knew why –
except, as I reluctantly explained, there was a spirit standing next to me with
those initials and name, and I thought it was her mother. She gasped and then began to sob. It turned out it was her mother’s sister, who
went by that name with those initials, and who had just passed away. This woman hadn’t been able to attend her
aunt’s funeral and was devastated.
Again, I felt compelled to tell this woman that her aunt loved her, and
it was okay.
Now, what do you do with an experience that comes at you out
of the blue like this? How do you
process it with everything you ever understood about life? How do you integrate it with what you already
know and believe? How do you share it
with the people you most respect? Bottom
line, how do you explain psychic knowledge of paranormal events to a rational
person who has never had such an experience?
That was really one of my motivating influences in writing my new book,
“Psychic Intuition: Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask But WereAfraid to Know.”
It has always bothered me tremendously that when you ask a
psychic or medium how they know something, they usually just shrug their
shoulders and say they just “knew it.”
This is very unsatisfactory for someone who loves reason and logic. There had to be a reason and I wanted to know
how they (we, I) get this kind of illogical information seemingly out of thin
In my book, I set forth my theory about how psychic ability
actually works. I explain why it is a
completely natural, universal human biological capability – it is not some
magical gift given only to a few slightly nutty people at birth! Today, I am a trained psychic detective,
spiritual medium, medical intuitive and energy healer. I work with law enforcement and victims’
families on missing persons and homicide cases.
I have learned, over many years of practice and apprenticeship, to trust
my weird thoughts, images and intuitions.
Strangely, they are often highly accurate! In my opinion, psychic ability puts us onto a
kind of superhighway of human intelligence.
We can think at warp speeds because we are not constrained by the slow,
ponderous, sequential process of thinking rationally.
How do we get psychic information? I suggest that it comes not only through our
regular five senses, but through our body’s cellular sensing, and through what
we have traditionally called our “imagination.”
Psychic thinking is actually a form of sensing. Just like our five senses, psychic thinking
requires the brain to interpret the electric and chemical signals. Any time you have interpretation, you will
have errors. That is why no psychic in
the world is 100 percent accurate. And
if they say they are – beware! They are
playing some game of delusion and power.
I have interviewed some of the most famous psychics and mediums in the
world. None of them claims to be
accurate all the time.
In my book, I not only give scientific data to back up my
theories, but I also explain from my own personal point of view, what it is
like to “be psychic.” I don’t merely say
“I knew it” but I actually take the time to explain what psychic information
feels like from the “inside.” And
surprisingly, very often, a psychic thought feels very much like our normal
thoughts, images or a product of our imagination. There are often very subtle differences – but
these are difficult to distinguish unless you have really trained very hard to
Many people simply don’t believe you can train to become
psychic. They believe either you’re born
with or not. I totally disagree. I believe almost all of us are born with the
natural ability to sense things that lie beyond the electromagnetic spectrum of
our five senses and permit us to mysteriously know things that are considered
impossible in terms of time or distance.
The CIA’s remote viewing, or psychic spy program, demonstrated that this
is a reality. Prediction is actually a
very normal human characteristic. Every
time we walk , we “predict” the distance of the pavement to our foot, and avoid
any obstacles up ahead. It’s the same
thing with psychic predictions, but we have a harder time cross-confirming them
with our other five senses because they are further away in terms of distance
(sometimes the other side of the world) or time (some predictions don’t occur
for several years).
Unlike any other book I have ever read, my book explains
what psychic ability is! It offers
specific exercises for you to enhance your psychic abilities, and shows you how
you have lost your abilities over a lifetime of logic and communication through
words, and how you can retrain yourself.
If you could think faster and better, why wouldn’t you?
Nancy DuTertre is an attorney who became a trained psychic detective, spiritual medium, medical intuitive, and paranormal investigator. A magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, she is a frequent media guest. DuTertre also lectures to university psychology students and paranormal conventions and hosts her own radio show— Hot Leads Cold Cases—on Para-X and CBS Radio.
As darkness steals
slowly over the islands of the West Indies, there are strange stirrings amongst the lonely
canebrakes and in the shadowy buttress-roots of the silk-cotton trees and as
the moon comes up, peculiar shapes scurry along the
dirt roads between the isolated rural settlements of the countryside. It is
well to keep ones doors and windows locked and to light the lamp and think of
good and Christian things for this is the hour of the duppies, the supernatural
spirits of the islands who stalk the islands when the lights begin to fail –
spirits and beings which torment human kind. And even if the doors are locked
and bolted, duppies might still get
in to torment good Christian people in their homes. Duppies permeate West
Indian folklore, particularly that of Jamaica, and those who travel aboard on the
tropical nights would do well to be afraid of them.
What exactly is a duppy? The origin of the word is
uncertain, although it is widely used in the patois of Jamaica. However it is generally thought that it comes from the Northwest African tradition and
that it was brought to the West Indies
by slaves who worked on the sugar plantations. It is strongly connected to
obeah which started out as a slave religion – sometimes a mixture of Christianity
and older pagan religions. Some say the creature is created by an “unfortunate
soul” – in obeah belief, a person has two souls, and when a person dies, one is
taken to Heaven to be judged by God, the other lingers around the community for a specified time. It is this
latter soul, some believe that generates the idea of the duppy.
What form then
does a duppy take? No two accounts can agree. For some they are the unquiet
spirits of the dead who haunt the lonely roads and canefields after dark,
entering the houses of their relatives as they see fit. Those within the house
can “dream them” <that is, they appear to them in dreams> and in this
form, they can either be benevolent or malignant. For example, a “good duppy”
can either give advice or impart wisdom whilst a “bad duppy” can cause
nightmares or illness. In some cases, an evil duppy can cause physical harm.
These are not the only form of duppy however for it is believed that a duppy
can also be a creature which lurks in the undergrowth waiting to terrorize any
who pass by. They do this by following the individual at a distance, making
strange and unsettling noises and making a person feel odd, sometimes as if his body or head is growing,. In some cases the duppy will magically cause blindness.
Duppies need not
necessarily be ghosts. They can be created by obeah men and women <island
witches> for some specific purpose. However, while creating the duppy is one
thing, controlling it is another matter. It takes an extremely strong conjure
worker to control the being – once created, many duppies are independently
There is not even
any real agreement as to what a duppy looks like or what its actual powers
might be. It is thought, however, that the creature can take a number of forms.
One of the most common is that of the Rolling <or
Although this entity is described as a Calf, it might also
appear as a dog, a bird or a goat. The main form, however, seems to be that of
a small but bulky bull-like animal, usually black in colour but with red,
slitted eyes. From its nose hangs what appears to be a length of chain which
clanks on the ground whenever it moves. This is sometimes the sound that the
island traveller hears when he or she walks along the lonely Jamaican roads
after dark – the steady clink-clink of
the chain on the ground – signifying that the rolling calf is abroad. The thing can inspire terror in even the
stoutest of hearts and may even bring on a fatal seizure and there is little
escape from it. The thing to do is to walk swiftly on until one reaches a
crossroads and then to stick the metal blasé of an open penknife with a white
handle into the ground. The duppy will then disappear, but may return again on
some future occasion .Another trick is to throw beans or peas on the road
behind the individual as it is believed that the duppy would then have to stop
to count these – duppies were considered to be fastidious creatures – thus
giving its victim time to escape.
On occasion, the
Rolling Calf will lie down on the road <sometimes even invisibly> and
will create problems for those who wish to pass there. It will stop cars, carts
and even people on foot and will not allow them to pass. No matter where they
go, the Rolling Calf obstructs their way, sometimes growing in size in order to
do so. Obeah men <local witch-doctors> can sometimes dismiss Rolling
Calves but not always and even when they do, the creature might still return.
The Rolling Calf
is, of course, not the only celebrated duppy which threatens and torments
islanders in Jamaica. There is also Ol’ Hige. There is some
debate as to what Hige actually is – some say that it is a huge black man in a
stovepipe hat and burning eyes, others that it is a witch who sheds her skin at
night and assumed the form of a great owl in which guise she roams the country
late at night. She will mainly attack sleeping babies and the elderly,
destroying them by sucking their breath as they sleep. The shedding of her
skin, however, leaves her vulnerable and if it can be located, it must be
filled with salt and pepper which makes it impossible for Hige to put it back
on. Without her skin she can be easily killed, according to island folklore. A
protection against her attentions is to place an open Bible at the end of one’s
bed or on the edge of a crib. Either that or a hot chilli pepper <perhaps a
Scotch Bonnet> which will also certainly drive her away. The concept of Ol’
Hige is not confined to Jamaican folklore but appears in tales throughout the
isles particularly in Trinidad where she is known as “Sukuyan”
In some parts of Jamaica, Ol’ Hige is known as Mama Caliba. She
travels the island in the form of a bird or a great bat, roosting on the cribs
of new-born babies or sleeping individuals and drawing their breath or their
sweat as they sleep. The Mama usually goes about as a dark shadow and wherever
this falls, vegetation rots, milk sours and bread goes moldy. People suddenly
fall weak at her passing and if she passes more than once they can sometimes
die. She can, however, be driven away using certain obeah charms but there is
always a possibility that she may return again.
linked to Mama Caliba, is the River Mumma which is some kind of cross between a
water creature and a witch. She will appear at certain river crossings and is
the guardian of certain springs on the island. She is said to appear in various
guises – sometimes as an old woman or as a young girl who will try to lure
passers-by into the river or the swamp which she guards. She is said to have a
soft siren call which is almost hypnotic and which no traveller can resist.
Once she draws them into the water, she transforms into a hideous creature –
somewhere between an octopus and an alligator – leaping upon them and drowning
them. There is no escape from her clutches.
During the slave
period in Jamaica, sacrifices were made to the River Mumma
in times of drought or to ensure a safe crossing of a river. It was even
forbidden to eat fish from the river since these were her children and
devouring them would draw down her wrath. It is extremely possible that Mama
Caliba or the River Mumma were native spirits or folkloric creatures in African
tradition which have transferred themselves to the West Indies.
The notion of a
duppy as a cross between a supernatural spirit and some form of monster is
known all across the West
Indies and every
sort of misfortune, whether it is individual or communal, is blamed upon them. On islands
other than Jamaica such as Trinidad and Barbados, they are known as jumbies but have
similar characteristics. In some areas, it is believed that they can speak
<although they are usually silent> and when they do it is in a
high-pitched affected voice. In order to get rid of them, it is believed that
individuals should either eat salt or have salt around them since this in
anathema to duppies.
But are duppies a
spirit or an actual creature? It is hard
to know since they seem to embrace elements of both. Perhaps they are a form of
supposedly supernatural being which has animalistic traits. However, it would
take a brave person to walk alone between the lonely cane breaks in order to
Dr. Bob Curran was born in a remote area of County Down, Northern Ireland, but left to travel and work in the United States., France, Italy, Mexico, North Africa, Spain, Holland, and parts of Eastern Europe. This has given him insight into the cultures and beliefs of people around the world. Living again in Northern Ireland, he holds several university degrees and acts as a consultant to such bodies as the Office of First, Deputy First Minister, and Tourism Ireland Ltd. He is author of many popular books on folklore such as Vampires; Werewolves; Man-Made Monsters; Lost Lands, Forgotten Realms; World's Creepiest Places; and his newest release A Haunted Mind. He can be found musing on drbobcurran.blogspot.com.
Susan Shumsky spent 20 years living and studying with a world-famous Maharishi, only to find that going through someone else to get to God wasn't the answer. Finally, she discovered the direct link to God within. With How to Hear the Voice of God, you can open the pipeline to Spirit and begin the flow of love, healing, wisdom, and inspiration from the being within.
Here we share an excerpt from Chapter 8 entitled the 10 Tests of Spiritual Discernment
“Don’t think you’re on the right road just
because it’s a well-beaten path.”
In the next chapters, you will learn how
to test the divine messages that you receive with a 10-test system. Every time
I receive an inner message, I use these 10 tests to determine whether the
message is from God, from my mind or ego, wishful thinking, an entity, or
environ-mental static. These 10 tests are essential for anyone who desires to
hear the voice of God clearly.
When you use this system, all 10 tests
must pass the evaluation. Not one test, two tests, or five tests. All 10.
Therefore, as you move down the list, validating your message, make a mental
checklist. Every test will either pass or fail. All 10 tests must pass in order
for you to be reasonably sure that the message
is from God.
Now, let us learn the tests.
Test 1: Experience of God
How would you feel if God spoke to you?
You would feel loved, healed, and inspired. You would experience joy and
fulfillment. Do you believe in a God of retribution? Or do you believe God is
pure love? If you are really in communication with God, you would be
uplifted—not judged, condemned, and sent to hell.
When you are in touch with God, you
- Happiness, Joy, Light
- Peace, Tranquility, Serenity
- Oneness, Wholeness, Unity
The most important of the 10 Tests of
Spiritual Discernment is the Experience Test. And the most important feelings
are wholeness, oneness, and unity. That is because wholeness cannot be
fabricated by astral entities, because they are not in that elevated state.
They are scattered, confused, and incoherent. Therefore, under entity
influence, you will feel disintegration—not integration.
Also, contacting the mental world cannot
make you feel whole. This is the realm of duality, not unity. Oneness is felt
solely in the presence of God. Thus, if you are unhappy, agitated, fragmented,
or other negative emotions, then the test has failed.
When Test 1 Fails
If you are experiencing the spiritual
feelings described when you are in touch with God, then the Experience Test has
passed. If you are not, then the test has failed, and it is time to return to
oneness, unity, and contentment. How would you do that?
Let us perform an experiment. With eyes
open, please notice how you are feeling in body, mind, and spirit. Now close
your eyes and take three deep breaths. Observe how you feel after taking the
breaths. Are you more relaxed, connected, and at peace? This demonstrates
firsthand how breathing can immediately bring you closer to God. Here are some
ways to help you return to a state of oneness:
Breathe: Often you are not connected with God
because you are not deep enough in meditation. Take deep breaths and relax your
body and mind. Get centered, balanced, and focused. Or practice pranayama or
other breathing exercises.
Ask to Go Deeper: Call upon God or a divine being by name,
and ask to be taken deeper. For example, you might say, “Jesus, please come now
and take me deeper,” or “God, please take me deeper,” or “Lord Buddha, please
take me deeper.”
Heal: Use the Thought-Form Healing Affirmation, or another
appropriate healing affirmation from Chapter 7.
Pray: Say a prayer. Craft your own prayer, or read a favorite
prayer from the Bible, prayer book, or scripture of your choice.
Meditate: Go into deep meditation, experience the
stillness, and reconnect with God.
Connect: Go outside and take a walk in nature. Feel
the presence of God in all life.
Relax: Lie down on your back. Relax and feel the energy in your
body until you sense a feeling of unity with God.
Exercise: Practice yoga asanas, Tai Chi, Brain Gym,
or other spiritual practices to become centered, balanced, and energized.
These are just a few of the many ways you
can reconnect with Spirit.
Beverly Marrick, a writer from Salt Lake City, described that during her Divine
Revelation Breakthrough, she “felt a clearing of the mind for the first
time, which allowed me to also meditate for the first time. I came with
expectations of positive visual experiences as opposed to the negative I
typically receive, and was surprised to have no visuals aside from the bright
A receptionist from St. Louis reported: “It really took me a long
time to calm down because thoughts were racing. I was frustrated and blocked. I
had trouble meditating and relaxing. After I took a lot of deep breaths I began
to go deeper, get calm, and release my baggage. Then I finally got my clear
signal and message from the Holy Spirit.”
An Exception to the Rule
There is one exception to the Experience
Test—a situation in which an individual might be fully connected with God, yet
not peaceful or relaxed. For people in mortal danger, the sympathetic nervous
system produces the fight-or flight response. Although there is no love, light,
or joy, such people might be in full contact with Spirit. Time seems to slow
down or stand still. Primal instinct takes over, and a sense of alertness,
assuredness, and calm emerges. In that life-threatening situation, they know
exactly what to do, with complete confidence.
For example, Tova Prager of San Diego, California, describes: “A friend was teaching me
to drive. I didn’t know much about cars, but she thought I knew more. So I was
behind the wheel for the first time. A slow-moving lettuce truck was in front
of us. She said, ‘Just speed up. We’re going to pass him.’ I said, ‘Okay.’ I
sped up, but then got scared and jammed [on] the brakes. Bam. We hit the truck
and spun around and around. Suddenly, lettuce was everywhere.
My six-month-old daughter was in the car,
seated between us. A few minutes before, she had been seated on my friend’s
lap. But the most amazing thing was, while everything was spinning, the three
of us were perfectly calm and did not feel we needed to hold onto anything. It
was like an angel had come into the car and held us solidly in place like we
were sitting at home on a sofa—not in motion. When the car finally stopped, the
truck driver (thank God nothing happened to him) came over. He got down on his
knees and said, ‘Santa Maria, oh my God.’ He thought we were dead. The
car was totaled and completely demolished. Four tires were blow out. But we
walked out like nothing happened.”
After Test 1 has made a passing grade on
your checklist, then you can move on to Test 2. Make sure that, as you move
through the tests, each test is passed before going to the next one.
Test 2: Challenge of God
If a stranger were to knock on your door,
would you invite him to come in and take over your home? No. Before opening
your door, you would ask who sent the stranger. Similarly, before letting
anyone or anything give you a message, first make sure it comes from the
spiritual plane. Challenge that being by asking one of the following questions:
“Do you come in the name of God?”
“Do you come in the name of the Christ?”
“Do you come as the Christ?”
Whenever you contact any being, first ask
one of these questions. You will receive a “yes,” a “no,” or no answer at all.
Please do not get “creative” with this test. Just use the question exactly as
Some people believe that a faker spirit
will answer this question with a lie. After teaching tens of thousands of
people, I can say with assurance that if you ask one of these exact questions,
you will not have this problem. Often, a faker spirit will not say no. It
simply will not answer. However, if there is no answer, then consider that the
same as a “no.”
Many spiritual teachers advise their
students to ask, “Do you come in the light?” However, I do not recommend this.
What light are you speaking of? The 10-watt lightbulb? The fluorescent light?
The light of burning hell? Bud Light? Miller Light?
Let us now discuss how you would get a
“yes” or “no” response in the answer to your Challenge question. Here are
Clairaudience: You might hear “yes” or “no” in your inner
Clairvoyance: You might see the word “yes” or the word
“no” in your inner vision. Or you might see a green light for “yes” and a red
light for “no.” Or another visual symbol that represents “yes” and one that represents
Clairsentience: You might sense a specific body feeling representing
“yes” and another representing “no.”
Body Movements: You might get a finger tapping, hand movement,
head movement, or other body movement for “yes” and another for “no.”
Muscle-Testing: Use muscle-testing to get “yes” and “no” responses.
Intuitive Kinesiology: Use dowsing instruments, such as a pendulum,
L-rods, Y-rod, bobber, planchette, or tabletipping to get “yes” and “no” responses.
Please now take a moment to ask God to
indicate and verify your “yes” and “no” signals, through one of these methods.
Please write your signals in Figure 8b, so you will remember them. If possible,
contact a qualified Divine Revelation teacher to verify your signals. A list of
those teachers is at www.divinerevelation.org.
When Test 2 Fails
If you receive a “yes” response from your
Challenge question, then the test has passed. However, if the answer to your
Challenge question is a “no,” or if you get no response, then take the following three steps:
1. Heal All the Way: My mentor Peter V. Meyer often said, “Heal
first and ask questions later.” In other words, without further inquiry,
immediately use the Astral Entity Healing Affirmation. Heal the entity or faker
spirit, and send it into the light. Then use the Self-Authority Affirmation on
2. Breathe and Meditate: Once you have healed the entity, take a
few deep breaths. Then regroup and return to a deep meditative state.
3. Ask Again: After you have reconnected with Spirit,
ask the Challenge question again until you receive a clear “yes.”
If Test 2, the Challenge Test has passed,
then move on to Test 3.
Test 3: Name of God
When a stranger knocks at your door, would
you open the door and say, “Come in”? Or would you first ask, “Who’s there?” It
is essential to first determine who or what is at your door. Get the calling
card. Find out its name.
Every divine being has a name—even God has
a name. The word G-O-D is a name. And there are many other divine names. Please
refer to some of these names on page 35 of this book. Also, please review what
we discussed about inner names on pages 46 to 48.
Perhaps when you ask for the name, you
receive a name that makes you uncomfortable. Maybe it is an aspect of God that
you do not believe in, or that is not part of your religion. Please remember
that you have the right to refuse contact with any being, no matter what your
reason. Therefore, only accept inner names that you feel comfortable with, and
dismiss those that you do not want to work with.
BUYER BEWARE: Be sure to check all 10 tests, not just
That is because faker spirits might give
you a counterfeit name, often a biblical or “high”-sounding name, in order to
impress you. Therefore, it is safer to work with names of God that you know and
trust. However, do not be surprised if an unfamiliar, yet genuine, deity
appears. Please consider that possibility. You might learn something new.
Do you know how to receive an inner name?
Here are a few ways to discover the name of the being with whom you are in
Hear the Name: Receive the inner name through clairaudience.
The name might occur to you in your inner ear, or you might hear an inner voice
saying the name in your mind.
See the Name: You might see the name with your inner
eye. It may appear as letters, or you might see a figure that you recognize.
For example, you might see Jesus Christ, Lord Krishna, Our Lady of Guadalupe,
or another being in your inner vision. Even if you never hear the name, you
will know the name by recognizing the figure.
Spell the Name: You might use muscle-testing, dowsing, or intuitive
kinesiology to spell out the name..
When Test 3 Fails
If you have received a clear inner name,
then the test has passed. What would you do if the inner name is not clear, or
if you do not want to communicate with the being that comes to you? Here are
Heal All the Way: Heal names you do not know and trust, whether
or not you think they are astral entities. Use the Astral Entity Healing
Affirmation. If it is a divine being, it will not be offended that you tried to
heal it. If it is an entity, it will be healed and move into the light.
Use Trusted Names: If you want to be absolutely safe, then only
work with names that you know and trust.
Heal Your Mind: If you are not getting the name clearly, then
heal yourself. Use the Thought-Form Healing Affirmation. Or use other suitable
healing prayers that are needed.
Go Deeper: Take deep breaths and go deeper into meditation.
Then ask for the name again until you receive it clearly.
Call on the Name: At any time you can call upon any divine being
or deity that you want to contact. For example, you might say, “Archangel
Michael, please come to me now,” “Jesus Christ, please come here now,” “Kwan
Yin, please come now,” or “Hashem,” please come now.”
Test 4: Signal of God
The signal is the sign that you are in
contact with a particular inner name. We discussed the signal on pages 48 to
51. I recommend that you reread and study that section thoroughly. To review
briefly, your divine signals come in six possible ways:
The Signal is a crucial test, because it
identifies the divine being that you are contacting. Getting its unique signal means
that you are in contact with that particular divine being. You will receive
that signal the entire time you are getting a clear message from that aspect of
God. When the signal disappears, either you lost contact or the message is
over. Pay attention to when the signal stops. That is the time for you to stop.
To illustrate this point, a channeler from
California is known for speaking long discourses on
philosophical topics. One evening I attended his presentation, which he
channeled in a conscious state. He spoke through discourses from various
beings, including Sananda and Saint Germaine. The following day, I approached
him with some trepidation, because I did not want to offend him, and I
explained that in the beginning of his speeches, I had experienced inner
signals and divine feelings verifying his clarity, but, as he continued to
speak, I lost my inner contact. He then openly admitted that he began each
lecture with a clear inner contact, but when he realized he had lost his divine
contact, he simply continued speaking, elaborating on the message. At that
point he was no longer a divine messenger. He became a showman.
Signals are very useful, because they
identify the specific aspect of God that you are communicating with. Your
divine signals always stay the same. The signal may become subtler with time,
but will always be the unique signal corresponding with that particular inner
Why is the signal so important? Because
you can rely on this experience, which you probably have been receiving your
entire life in every meditation. Divine signals elevate your spirit and attune
you more powerfully to your higher self. Signals can be accurate gauges to
measure the depth and clarity of your divine messages.
BUYER BEWARE: Be certain to use all 10 tests along with
the Signal Test. Astral entities might give you signals or try to imitate your
divine signal. Psychic mediums have been receiving signals for centuries from
astral beings, not divine beings. Always use the Challenge Test first before
attempting to get your signal.
When Test 4 Fails
If you receive a clear, strong signal from
the aspect of God whose name you have identified, then the Signal Test is
passed. If you do not, the test has failed. What if the signal is missing,
imprecise, or ambiguous?
Ask: Call upon the name of the divine being from whom you want
to get a signal. Then ask for your signal. You might say something like,
“Mother Mary, please feed me your signal now,” or “Lord Shiva, please give me
your signal now.” Remember, when you get a signal, ask for the name. When you
get a name, ask for the signal. When you get the name and the signal, ask for
the message. Always ASK.
Ask for Stronger Signal: If the signal is not strong or clear, then
call upon the divine being and ask the signal to be fed stronger. You might
say, “Holy Spirit, please feed your signal stronger. Please make it stronger.
Please feed your signal stronger,” until you receive the signal clearly.
Heal All the Way: Heal anything blocking the clear experience
of your signal. Perhaps thought-forms, entities, psychic ties, or other
negative energies stand in the way. Therefore, use the appropriate healing
prayers in Chapter 7. These healing prayers are indispensable to this entire
Breathe: Take deep breaths and go deeper into
meditation. Then ask the divine being to feed you the signal again.
Pray: Speak prayers for clarity in receiving your inner signals.
Test 5: Awareness of God
You can receive your divine messages with
an alert, clear mind. There is no need to be unconscious in order to get
messages from God; therefore, be awake and aware when receiving messages.
You may have seen channelers or psychic
mediums who enter an unconscious trance-like stupor when receiving messages.
After their reading or performance, they wake up and ask, “What did I say? I
don’t remember anything that happened.” Then you are supposed to be impressed.
You are expected to be in awe that this person checked out of the human hotel
and let some strange, nameless entity check in and take over his body. This is
not impressive. It is a dangerous game of psychic roulette.
Do you think God requires you to become
unconscious in order to give you a message? Did God require Jesus, Moses, or
other prophets to go unconscious? No. God’s message is received in a conscious,
Although readings of unconscious mediums
might be helpful for their clients, they are definitely not helpful for the
mediums. Expert psychics, spiritual teachers, parapsychologists, psychologists,
and researchers agree that the effect on those who engage in unconscious
mediumship is as follows:
Breaks the body/mind coordination.
Causes early death.
I cannot overemphasize the dangers of practices
that involve unconscious psychic mediumship or trance channeling. It is easy
for a robber to plunder a vacant house with the owner elsewhere. In contrast,
few thieves would risk entering a house when the owner is at home. Similarly,
entities are more likely to enter your
body when it is left untended and unoccupied. But when you are at home,
centered, balanced, alert, awake, and grounded in your body, astral entities
dare not enter.
There is only one safe way to receive
inner messages in an unconscious state that is during sleep. You might receive
divine revelations in your dreams. However, if you get a nightmare, then I
recommend using the Astral Entity Healing Affirmation. Also, say the
Self-Authority Affirmation on page 99 to close off your aura every night, right
When Test 5 Fails
If you are conscious and alert as you
receive inner messages, then the test has passed. What would you do if you
begin to go unconscious? How can you stay alert? Here are some guidelines:
Be Objective: Do not be overly passive. Do not be too introverted
or meditate too much. Lead a balanced life of meditation, prayer, healing, and
Be Vigilant: Do not open to unknown entities. Do not
allow anything to “take over” you. Do not let yourself be used by anything or
anyone. Do not make bargains or contracts with entities.
Wake Up: If you find yourself going blank or
unconscious during meditation, or if you notice something or someone trying to
gain entry, then immediately open your eyes and say, in a loud voice, “I AM in
Test 6: Permission of God
Now the first five tests have been passed.
The next step is Test 6. You have a question in your mind that you want to ask
God. Before asking your question, it is important to get permission from your
higher self, from the person in question, or from God. Why? Because you might
be asking an inappropriate question. So, use the three-part Permission Test.
1. Can I? The first part of Permission is “Can I get
the answer?” This means, “Am I capable of receiving this message?” For example,
imagine that you are a psychic and a client wants to
ask questions about quantum physics. Yet
you have no science background. The question then becomes: Even though you have
never studied the subject of your client’s inquiry, is your intuition good
enough for you to receive clear answers?
2. May I? The second part of Permission is “May I
ask this question?” This means, “Do I have consent to ask this?” Getting consent
is important, especially when asking questions for or about other people. For
instance, you would probably not receive permission to satisfy your curiosity
about how much money a friend makes. Another example would be asking God how to
You might not receive permission without
that person’s consent. On the other hand, you might get permission to ask a
question or do a healing, even without the person’s consent, if it is for
the best of all concerned. It is important
in such cases to get permission from your higher self or from the higher self
of that person. This is particularly important if the individual is unavailable
to ask for permission.
3. Is it highest wisdom? This third part of the Permission Test means,
“Is this the question that is best to ask?” There are three sections to
A. Is this for the good of all concerned? This means, “Will receiving the answer to
this question harm anyone, or will its effect be entirely beneficial?” Perhaps
the answer to a particular question will cause negative repercussions.
B. Is this the best question to ask? Perhaps you are wording the question
incorrectly, or you are asking the wrong question. For instance, asking a
confusing or vague question will result in an imprecise, unclear answer.
Therefore, it is better to reword the question.
C. Am I ready to receive the answer? Maybe you are unprepared to hear the
answer or will not accept it.
When Test 6 Fails
If you receive a “yes” response when you
ask your Permission question, then the test has passed. What would you do if
you do not get permission?
Take the three following steps:
1. Discover Why: Ask God to show you the reason you are not
getting permission to ask your question.
2. Make a Change: Depending on the reason, you might change
the question, reword it, or drop the question.
3. Make a Decision: If you can change the question properly, then
you might get permission. However, if you do not get permission, then do not
proceed at this time. Ask again later.
Test 7: Voice of God
Have you encountered mediums or trance
channelers who speak in an accent different from their normal voice? Some of
them conduct melodramatic performances, altering their voice, either
consciously or unconsciously, to amaze, astonish, and create mystique. When
they begin their reading or performance, suddenly they feign an Irish lilt, a
bizarre brogue, or another strange, creepy accent.
Because the medium’s voice changes as they
purportedly channel the spirit, the client or audience is supposed to be
impressed by such theatrics. Misguided, gullible followers are in awe, as
though the weird accent adds value and glamour to the message.
A linguist named Sarah Thomason from the University of Pittsburgh conducted a scientific study on 11
channelers. She reported in Psychology Today that not one of those
channelers spoke in an accent consistent with the time and place in which the
entity supposedly lived. They were all fake!1
Here are some reasons a channeler or
medium might speak in a weird accent:
Faker Spirits: The medium is channeling a faker spirit
that is mimicking a bizarre accent in order to impress the client or audience.
Earthbound Spirit: The medium is in contact with an entity from
the lower astral realm that had a foreign accent when it was alive.
Performance: The medium is staging a theatrical
performance in order to impress the client or the audience.
Channeling the Departed: There are very rare mediums that allow a
spirit to use their body and vocal chords. These mediums sound exactly as that
departed spirit did when alive.
Disbelief in Divine Contact: Some psychics or mediums might receive
authentic messages from the voice of God. But if they do not believe God can
speak to them, then they will unconsciously sabotage those messages. Instead,
they might invent an accent. This will give them “permission” to receive messages,
because they unconsciously rationalize that, although it is not okay to receive
messages from God, it is okay to get messages from entities. Such false beliefs
invite lower vibrations, and soon astral entities take over.
Do you think God requires you to change
your voice in order to give you a divine message? No. God’s message comes in
your own normal inner voice (your mind) and may be expressed in your own normal
outer voice (your speech). The feeling of your voice might change when God
speaks through you. It may become softer, sweeter, gentler, stronger, or more
authoritative. But it will still sound like your own voice.
Beware of any voice that pounds in your
head in an accusatory, overly aggressive tone. Here is an example:
Jamie Michaels, an art director from Detroit, wrote: “I heard a voice tell me three
separate times that I had to give up sex. The last time I heard the voice, it
shouted in my ears so loud that I had to put my hands over my ears. It
screamed, ‘The wages of sin is death!’ after I went ahead and had sex with my
boyfriend about six weeks after the voice told me not to. Strange stuff to be hearing
from someone that was not ‘Christian’ at that time.”
When Test 7 Fails
If the inner voice sounds normal, like
your usual thoughts or usual voice, then the test has passed. If you hear an
inner voice with a weird accent or harsh tone, what would you do? Here is the
best way to handle the situation in three steps:
1. Heal All the Way: The moment that you hear or sense a strange
voice, immediately use the Astral-Entity Healing Affirmation. Send the entity
into the divine
2. Breathe: Then take a few deep breaths and go deeper
3. Start Again: After going deep into meditation and
getting connected with God, begin the process of using the 10 tests again. Go
back to Test 1.
Test 8: Message of God
If you receive a message from the voice of
God, what would the message be like? Would it be a message of judgment, anger,
and vengeance? Or love, light, and peace? I believe that God is pure love;
therefore, God’s message can be described as:
No Judgment, No Guilt
Positive, Optimistic, and Helpful
Inspiring and Uplifting
Relevant, Practical, and Sensible
No Conditions or Demands
No Threats or Fear
No Control or Manipulation
No Irreversible Doom and Gloom
The Message Test is so complex that it
cannot be adequately covered in this chapter. Therefore, Chapter 9 is devoted
entirely to this test. Please study it carefully before attempting to use this
When Test 8 Fails
If the characteristics of the message are
inspiring, positive, and so forth, as described, then the test has passed. But
what if the message is judgmental, conditional, complicated, or otherwise
Please refer to Figure 8c on the following
page. Perhaps the message was skewed by your subconscious mind’s interference.
Or an entity jumped in. Maybe it was distorted by your ego or false beliefs.
Most likely, you were not deep enough in meditation, and you received your
message from the surface level of mind. When you go deep into meditation, you
will receive true spiritual messages. Here are ways to get a clear message:
Heal All the Way: If you feel entity influence, then use the
Astral-Entity Healing Affirmation. If your mind is in the way, use the
Thought-Form Healing Affirmation. If you are influenced by a person or thing in
your environment, use the Psychic-Tie–Cut Healing Affirmation on page 106.
Pray: Read a prayer in a scripture of your choice.
Breathe: Take a few deep breaths and go into a
Ask to Go Deeper: Call upon an aspect of God and ask to be taken
deeper. You might say, “Jesus, please take me into a deeper meditation,” or
“God, take me deeper.”
Ask for Clarity: Call upon an aspect of God and ask for clarity,
or pray for clarity. You might say, “God, please clarify my mind and connect me
Test 9: Knowingness of God
When you receive a clear message from the
voice of God, you know that you know, without knowing how you know. You
just know it. You know beyond a shadow of doubt, with complete certainty and
Have you ever had the experience of “I
just knew that I should have invested in that stock,” “I knew I should have
closed that business deal when I had a chance,” or “I knew I should have
avoided that relationship”? These are examples of inner knowingness.
Inner knowing is not the same as wishful
or magical thinking. Wishful thinking is hoping that something is true, even
though, in the back of your mind, your inner voice warns you that it is not. An
example that some young women experience is: “Oh, I just know he’s the right
man for me.” Her wishful thinking might say he is Mr. Right. But the “still
small voice” of God, that tiny voice within her heart, may be screaming, “Run
the other way as fast as you can!”
Other examples of wishful thinking might
be: “Oh, I know I will become a famous actor within a year if I just move to
Los Angeles,” “Oh, I know I will win the lottery if I buy just one more
ticket,” “I know I can make him convert to my religion,” or “I know I can make
that woman love me.” Listen to your inner voice, and do not accept the illusion
of false hopes and magical thinking.
On the other hand, if the message is
clear, then trust it. The true voice of God might give you guidance that
appears unachievable, incredible, or impossible. Yet, if the message is true,
then follow it, even if it seems difficult or challenging.
Inner knowingness means knowing with
absolute conviction. If you know that the message from your inner voice is
true, with complete certainty, beyond any doubt, then this test has passed.
When Test 9 Fails
What would you do if Test 9 has failed?
What if your message does not sound right or feel right, or you mistrust the
message? How would you get a clear message with the experience of inner
knowingness? Here are some suggestions:
Heal All the Way: The reason you are not getting inner knowingness
is that your message is not clear. Use an appropriate healing prayer from
Chapter 7 to heal whatever is preventing you from getting clear messages.
Pray: Say a prayer that gives you greater confidence and inner
assurance, such as a Psalm from the Bible or a prayer from your favorite
Take a Few Deep Breaths: One reason you are not getting clear
messages is that you are not deep enough. By taking a few deep breaths, you can
go deeper into the meditative state.
Ask to Go Deeper: Call upon a divine being or your higher self
to take you deeper. Simply say, “God, take me deeper,” to enter a more profound
Ask Question Again: After you have healed your mind and achieved
a deeper state of meditation, then ask your question again.
Test 10: Result of God
If you receive a true message from God,
how would you feel? Would you be inspired and fulfilled? Or agitated and
drained? If you were truly in touch with God, then you would be positively
transformed and healed. You would feel:
Relieved and Comforted: God gives comfort and release from care.
Healed, Vital, and Strong: God brings restoration and wholeness.
Confident, Empowered, and Assured: God brings self-reliance, self-sufficiency,
Motivated, Inspired, and Elated: God is your cheerleading squad of divine
Positive and Hopeful: God always says “yes.” God is affirmative
and ever optimistic.
Joyous and Happy: God is the source of happiness, joy, and elation.
Integrated and Whole: God is one—one without a second. God is
divine union of all disparate elements.
Fulfilled, Peaceful, and Content: God is the one source of satisfaction and
realization of all desires.
ENERGIZED: Above all, God is the fountainhead of all energy
in the universe. Therefore, God is the source of strength and vigor. Contact
with God energizes you.
Test 1 and Test 10 are the most important
tests. The most important part of Test 10 is that God makes you energized. Why
is this significant? Because no astral entity can energize you. Astral entities
are energy vampires. They drain your vitality and leave you sapped. Therefore,
contact with God will NOT make you feel:
Drained, Let Down, or Deflated: God’s presence feeds you continual,
infinite energy. But contact with astral entities exhausts, depreciates, and
Empty or Hollow: God is fullness and completeness. However,
astral entities make you feel empty and hollow inside.
Disintegrated: God is integration and wholeness. But
astral entities make your mind scattered and fragmented.
Negative Emotions: God brings positivity and optimism. However,
astral entities make you depressed, discouraged, demoralized, and hopeless.
Intimidated and Insecure: God is friendly and welcoming. God makes
you feel comforted and included—never excluded or self-doubting.
Anxious, Worried, or Fearful: God brings solace and peace. God never
makes you uneasy, nervous, or apprehensive.
Isolated or Separate: God is one with you and with all life. God
is accessible and immanent—not impossible to attain. God makes you feel close
Best-selling Bantam author Kathryn Ridall,
who teaches channeling, describes contact with her “guide” as a feeling of
tiredness, heaviness, and weight in her body. After her session she feels exhausted.
She claims that the feeling of tiredness as “an excellent sign” that one is
“really channeling.” Yes, Ridall has underscored Test 10. After being in
contact with discarnate entities or faker spirits from the astral plane, you
will be drained. But why would anyone want to do that?
In contrast, contact with God is an
uplifting, energizing, inspiring experience. You will feel motivated, inspired,
and eager to put your divine guidance into action.
When Test 10 Fails
If you are receiving a positive, energized
result, then the test has passed. But what would you do if Test 10 fails? What
if you feel drained, flat, empty, or hollow?
Heal All the Way: If you feel drained and empty, then use the
Astral-Entity Healing Affirmation. If you feel flat and uninspired, then you
have not gone deep enough in meditation. Use the Thought-Form Healing Affirmation.
Otherwise, use whatever healing
prayer is appropriate for the situation.
Pray: Read a prayer from your favorite scripture.
Breathe: Take deep breaths and go deeper into
Ask to Go Deeper: Call upon a divine being or deity to take you
Ask the Question Again: Once you have reconnected with God in deep
meditation, ask your question again and receive clear inner revelation.
Using the 10 Tests in Eight Seconds or
Right now, you might feel overwhelmed.
Perhaps you are thinking, “This is so complicated. How could I possibly use all
10 tests?” Remember that, when using this 10-test system, it is necessary to
check all 10 tests—not just one, two, or three tests. However, believe it or
not, every time I ask any question of Spirit, I go down the checklist and
verify every one of these 10 tests.
With a little practice, the 10 tests can
be used in eight seconds or less.
That is because, when checking the tests,
only four tests involve questions that take time to ask and answer. Here are
1. Do you come in the name of God?
2. What is your name?
3. Give me your signal.
4. Do I have permission?
These are the only questions that take
time to answer. And perhaps you already received the inner name and signal
before you even started checking the 10 tests. So you might just need to ask
two questions. Outside of these four basic questions, all of the other tests
are automatic and immediate. They take no time. For instance, you are either
experiencing oneness, or not. You are either conscious or unconscious. The
voice either sounds weird or normal. The message is uplifting, helpful, and
practical, or not. You either experience inner knowingness, or not. At the end,
you are either energized, or not.
So when you distill the 10 tests into four
main questions and another six checkpoints on your list, then eight seconds
becomes realistic. Memorize these 10 tests, and use them whenever you receive
inner messages. Your life will be greatly transformed and enriched by listening
the voice of God and using the 10 tests to
verify the messages you receive.
Dipak Patel of Boca Raton, Florida, writes: “This is what I have been
to cut through the confusion of lots of
paths to enlightenment—something practical I can use
every day to tune into God myself. I have
always believed you can do this yourself, but I did not
voice to listen to. Now I do.”
Dr. Shumsky has practiced self-development disciplines for more than 40 years. For 22 years she was the student and personal assistant to the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Transcendental Meditation and guru of the Beatles. She then studied New Thought and metaphysics for another 20 years. Dr. Shumsky has taught thousands worldwide to meditate, develop their intuition, and attain self-realization and enlightenment. Books available in the market include: , Exploring Chakras, Exploring Auras, Ascension, and the upcoming January 12 release - Instant Healing