Many of you know, Psychic Horizons Center is one of many psychic centers around the world that teach the curriculum of Berkeley Psychic Institute, which was founded by Lewis Bostwick in 1973. Not a lot has changed about the curriculum since then, although we’ve shortened some of the courses over time as our students are getting the concepts quicker than they did back in the day. Some argue the veils between the worlds are thinning, others would say each generation is coming in more spiritually aware. I tend to think it’s both.
Our curriculums stress the concept of kindergarten. The beginners classes are simple and very repetitive as the students integrate the tools. We encourage them to make mistakes and to try things, to say what they see even if they feel self-conscious or silly or “wrong”. Each one of us was born intuitive and we use it every day. But in our programs, students are learning to do it consciously, some for the first time in their lives.
Like all new skills, using your clairvoyance has a learning curve. I tell my students, it’s like learning to walk. You don’t just do it, you watch other people do it, then someone holds your hands or you pull yourself up, and eventually you put one foot in front of the other. The process takes time and at first you keep toppling over. You bump into things and you might be slow. People let you have that experience because it’s normal! It’s the same with learning to be clairvoyant, but I think we feel shy about it because in the 3D world, there’s tremendous emphasis on the body. We tend to see each other as what we do, much more than who we are as spirits.
I stumbled across this tidbit on kindergarten from Lewis Bostwick’s Memoirs of a Mystic, A Safe Place:
“People always ask me why I have a psychic church, and why all the classes are in a kindergarten space. There are a number of reasons. One of them is that a kindergarten doesn’t create competition. Probably the most horrible thing that can happen to people who are sensitive and psychic is when someone comes along with a lot of physical energy (rather than spiritual energy) and continually invalidates the spirit until it is devastated. This is what happens to most people. Having each other’s energy all entwined can be overwhelming. [This might be experienced as boredom or apathy.]
“The second reason for kindergarten is to have everyone in a group. Most people remember kindergarten as one of the best times of their school days. It was where you got in a sandbox and played with toys and when you were through playing, everybody hugged and went home. I liked to go to kindergarten because it was a safe space where you could show love and get love. You didn’t have to worry about making a mistake. So when we talk about finding oneself in spirit and in the physical body, we have to have a safe place – a place where we can make mistakes.
“IF we’re going to teach the body and the spirit not to resist other bodies and spirits, to become neutral and find the first step of one’s own evolvement, then there is no space here for being reprimanded or censored. Only in amusement can a person start to climb the ladder of spirituality, because every time you get knocked down in the physical universe, so to speak, you have to find neutrality and amusement about what made you fall. We call this a meditation space because it’s like clearing the decks for action. We clear out all the mistakes and all the orders made in the day which we are still analyzing and classifying as right and wrong, good and bad, pretty and ugly, harassing and not harassing. Being in kindergarten puts us where we can say, “Hey! I’m in kindergarten. I don’t have to play those kind of games.
“We have no political groups, no groups other than people trying to find their spirituality and psychic freedom together. [People] can find their own male and female spirituality. This is a great place to find out who you are, what kinds of energy affects your life, and how the body is programmed to communicate to spirit. We’ve found that where there is happiness, negativity can’t enter. Everything starts out in faith, which is just a place where you take someone else’s word. Step up higher than that, into your own knowingness. Come over and we’ll teach you how. Have a good day.”
If you’re a student and you feel intimidated by reading other people psychically, it’s normal. The best way to get over the resistance is to do it! Each time you read when you’re reluctant to, you’re blowing up a little of that energy that says you’re not good enough, or you’re not ready or whatever it is. You do that a few times and you’re going to feel lighter, it’s going to get easier. Sometimes you only have to do it a few times to move a little bit of that resistance and then the whole load can fall away.
No matter your age or experience, it’s okay to be in kindergarten! It’s okay to make mistakes, no matter what you’re attempting. Every once in a blue moon a toddler suddenly hauls itself onto a piano stool and plays Bach’s Prelude in C major in its entirety without making a mistake, but the rest of us have to learn by biffing it, as my brother would say. I remind myself often, I am an imperfect creature because I’m supposed to be. The people around me are imperfect because they’re supposed to be.We’re all learning, that’s why we’re here. Welcome to kindergarten!