By James Donahue
As we read through various
articles about the contemporary “psychic” phenomenon, most penned by journalists lacking much knowledge about
their subject, there is a realization that people are confused as to what right-brain functioning is all about.
When we read stories
about psychics, the writers often expect these people to have clear visions of future events, something very rare, indeed.
While we all have heard stories about people who have strange intuitions and refuse to board a doomed ship or aircraft, these
are not true prophetic visions, but rather they are a sense of foreboding that is our inner-self warning us of looming danger.
The true prophetic vision
is achieved only by a prophet, and throughout history, these gifted people have been few and far between. Indeed, many would-be
“prophets” have crawled from the woodwork in recent years, all of them issuing warnings of the “end times”
events that they say they see coming upon us. The Internet is filled with their web sites, many of them promoting the sale
of books that claim to be filled with details of visions of apocalyptic events.
Many of these writers
are basing their prophetic visions on interpretations of Bible prophecy, and all of that was written thousands of years ago.
Those visions, by real prophets in their day, are vague because the “seer” failed to recognize what he or she
was looking at. It would be like picking those people up from the time in which they lived, and plunking them down for a few
brief moments in the heart of a modern city and expecting them to understand what they were looking at.
Then there are the map-makers,
people like Gordon-Michael Scallion, Lori Toye, Aron and Doris Abrahamsen, and Mary Summer Rain who claim to have had visions,
or talked to someone who had such visions of the United States following some great future
catastrophic event. All appear to show less land and much more water, which appears to be coming true because of the melting
of the polar ice caps.
Of these, Mary Summer
Rain’s prophetic book, Phoenix Rising, based upon interviews with a blind native American woman named No Eyes, who looked
upon the world with her third eye, appear to already be coming startlingly true. No Eyes told of labor strife, of nuclear
power plant disasters, and other events marking the future of the United
All of the contemporary
“prophets,” however, are yet to be proven as true visionaries of future events. The maps, for example, predict
that major portions of the United States
will just sink down into the sea, much as Atlantis was said to have been lost in the ancient past.
There is a difference
between a prophet and a psychic. A prophet is capable of predicting future events with great accuracy. The last known prophet
was the French physician Nostradamus, who foretold of the death of kings, and many believe he saw far into the future and
that his poems, published in the 16th century, described current events.
There have been many
lesser-known prophets, people who rise up from common stock, who have made startlingly accurate predictions about future events,
yet never gained fame nor fortune because of what they saw. Such a man, Matthias Stormberger, a German cow herder who lived
in the early 19th Century, accurately described the looming world wars and some catastrophic events that may yet
be ahead of us. We expect to present his story in the near future.
The psychic, on the other
hand, is identified as a clairvoyant, or a person who has visions about things that are secret and out of view. A wonderful
example of a psychic was Edgar Cayce, who found cures for a wide variety of illnesses, interpreted dreams, spoke of philosophy
and reincarnation, and wrote volumes about the visions he experienced while he slept.
There are many people
claiming to have psychic powers that range from accurate tarot readings and palm readings, to dreams, mental visions and remote
viewing. Some of these people possess real gifts, but many of them are con artists out to get your money. Beware the psychic
that charges for his or her information.