Call Me Psychic But…

Does the trend to call yourself ‘intuitive’ rather than psychic make a difference?

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There is debate in some spiritual circles as to whether someone should describe themselves an intuitive or a psychic. In fact some I know are purist about it.

If we consider that the word ‘psychic’ is derived from ancient Greek ‘psykhikos’ we discover that it relates to ‘breath, spirit, soul, mind.’ This would appear to be the ideal terminology for those engaged in either psychic or intuitive work. So why don’t we just use the term psychic and ignore the debate? It is after all, close to it’s origin.

Before we dismiss the term intuitive, a quick search shows that intuition, denotes, insight, spiritual perceptions and ‘the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning.’

It would appear that ‘intuitive’ is equally relevant and it then becomes a matter of preference. Surely the Greek interpretation is covered by ‘spiritual perceptions?’ Whilst some may believe their preference is purist, there could be a tradition or a school of thought behind it.

The Spiritualist tradition generally leans towards the term ‘psychic’ and refers to it as a faculty. Yet the broader ‘new age’ movement appears to prefer the term ‘intuitive.’ On definition alone it doesn’t matter, but is it merely a fad to adopt a new name for it?

Are we reinventing the same wheel? Is it time to move on, regroup and redefine? The Greek psychics at Delphi were called ‘oracles’ so it is possible to move on, despite the definition of the ‘p’ word from the same language.

“we shall allow our intuition to guide us”

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