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Basic Psychic Development: A User's Guide to Auras, Chakra & Clairvoyance [Paperback]

John Friedlander , Gloria Hemsher
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March 1 1999
The key to psychic development and spiritual healing lies in understanding your aura. The authors explain how to work with the two major types of aura limitations: blocks and boundary issues. Combining both Eastern and Western traditions, using a variety of techniques ranging from meditation and breathing exercises to chakra therapy, you'll learn how to get rid of blocks and clarify identity boundaries. With bibliography & index.

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Based heavily on the work of Lewis Bostwick, founder of the Berkeley Psychic Institute, Basic Psychic Development is a complete learning system for would-be psychics. Rather than closing oneself to outside energies, Friedlander's system encourages an open, playful approach to experiencing the energies around us with new tools like auras, chakras, and clairvoyance. While the premise of Basic Psychic Development is to advance awareness, understanding, and control over one's psychic abilities, the ultimate goal is individuation--owning one's identity--something more valuable than any psychic ability. --Brian Patterson

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5.0 out of 5 stars Extrememly helpful, wonderful information June 2 2001
By Pamela
I have been studying various areas of metaphysics for over 20 years and the information in "Basic Psychic Development" is truly some of the most useful and helpful that I have come across. And because of its simplicity, it is good for both the beginner as well as the non-beginner. The journey can be as basic and simple or as colorful and deep as each person chooses it to be. The techniques work for any level of approach. However, as the authors lightly remind you, a sense of humor is always helpful.
"Basic Psychic Development" provides basic, useful instruction about our energy fields and centers in an easy to understand format, with a lightness that is sometimes difficult to find in books about this subject. The techniques that John and Gloria have expertly written about in this book have facilitated my psychic development, but for me, more importantly, they have helped me to clear out a lot of unwanted "stuff", energetically speaking. Which often reflects on the physical level, as well.
This is information that I personally wish had been available to me as a child. I recommend this book to those who would like a hands on, no mumbo jumbo approach to psychic development and clearing tools. And for the advanced practitioner, my experience is that it can only enhance whatever system one is already using.
I have purchased this book for a number of people, the two most important being my own children. I feel it is a must-have for the personal library.
Thanks, John and Gloria....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Basic Psychic Development March 11 2001
The word "practical" easily applies to this book--much like one of John Friedlander's other books, The Practical Psychic. This book is full of down-to-earth and literally "connecting to the earth" advice about living in a physical world with more awareness that you ever imagined possible. Beginning exercises include grounding and running earth and cosmic energies complete with helpful diagrams and full explanations of each step. The reader quickly graduates to exercises directed at cleansing the chakras, learning easy and simple techniques to clear energy blocks, past, present and future. Next comes helpful advice for distinguishing personal energy from the energy of others. Awareness leads to the ability to cleanse the chakras of "stuck" energy and shed the intrusion of other's energies. Once the reader has bookmarked and practiced these exercises over and over, a sense of freedom, lightness and clarity rarely achieved in a lifetime is the expected result. The reader is ready to move on to achieving a profound place within to connect with Higher Self, your God of the Heart. With a sense of humor throughout, the reader can finally gain access to "a gentle state of neutrality, one of the most powerful and effective tools for dealing with difficult situations," the core of the entire practice. Neutrality is not the absence of emotions, but rather it is "an opening up to the complexity, subtlety, and multidimensionality of emotions and experience." Eventually the reader is able to find an increase in compassion, both personal and for others. This compassion leads to a state of forgiveness, both for yourself and for others, and the creation of a place of gentle acceptance of the self and the absence of blame and guilt. Add this book to your tool kit for forging a new self for practical living in the new millennium.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! March 4 2001
For many years I have been involved in spiritual matters and practices, and spiritual goals are an essential part of my life. At the time I came across the material presented in this book, I considered myself devoid of psychic ability, even while desiring it strongly. Having read the book and practiced the exercises, I realised that I did have an ability, and that what increased it was more practice. Given my strong scientific and rational upbringing and education (I write mathematical software), the basic premise of the material was exactly what I needed: stop worrying about what should make sense and explore a different direction, just to see if something new and interesting presents itself. This book makes no claim to contain the ultimate truth (I used to look specifically for that) or even verifiable facts. Instead, it proposes a system that says why this or that might be a good idea (pick and choose). The way I see it, this book contains loads of pre-information. Having processed some of those ideas and suggestions, my outlook has expanded dramatically, and yes, being psychic (just a little :) is quite useful in daily life and pretty fun !
Gilbert Choudury (Gloria Hemsher's husband)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Informative March 10 2003
This book contains a lot of great basic information and numerous exercises for expanding your psychic awareness. Also, the descriptions of the various chakras are excellent. I had no idea for example that we all have hand and feet chakras, as well as four chakras above and below us. I also discovered each person's aura is quite complex with several different layers that correspond to each chakra.
The book's first chapter starts off not surprisingly with grounding exercises, running earth and cosmic energy. Always good to start with basics. The next chapter discusses the various chakras. Subsequent chapters discuss topics like distinguishing your energy from others, cords and how to "dissolve" them, "screens," aura layers and repairing them if needed.
I found the book along with all the various exercises, to be fascinating and plan to refer to it often in the future as I expand my psychic awareness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In what do you believe?
I was looking for a way to develop an awareness of myself, especially the part of me I knew was truly magical and beyond the simple level of the physical. Read more
Published on March 18 2002 by "bwess"
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Well Done and Easy to Follow
I found the book to give great insight into the use of one's psychic abilities. It leads the reader step-by-step into the most important aspects of psychic development. Read more
Published on March 18 2002 by Dennis R. Drake
3.0 out of 5 stars All The Information One Needs
While this book does provide a lot of information, I found it to be tedious and technical in its presentation. Read more
Published on March 13 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!
This book is an excellent reference. As a clairvoyant, I found information well organized and the exercises perfect for beginning pshychic development. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
I enjoy the book. I met Gloria and found out that she offers classes. The classes (based on the book) are wonderful. Read more
Published on May 21 2001 by Linda El'Saleh
1.0 out of 5 stars HOOEY!
Not a real treatment of the phenomina. I think there are other books out there that are more serious on these subjects. Check out the Smith/Moody work on Auras. Read more
Published on Jan. 24 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
I have always been drawn to this area of mysticism and I finally found excercises that work for me. It is not over the top and very easy to follow and understand. Read more
Published on Dec 19 2000 by "redvolcano"
5.0 out of 5 stars Great spiritual development inside
First of all, let me tell you that this is book is full of very useful exercises that'll aid you in developing and clearing your charkas and aura, and THEN acquiring psychic... Read more
Published on Dec 13 2000 by Mario G. Perez Fonseca
5.0 out of 5 stars Basic Psychic Development:A users Guide to Auras,Chakra ....
It is wonderfully simple to follow and I felt it working immediately. You just have to follow the steps and as they say have fun.
It is the best book for beginners
Published on Aug. 3 2000 by "redvolcano"
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