I don’t believe in coincidences, so when I’ve stumbled upon a press release promoting new book about psychic abilities by Nancy du Tertre, it took me only few minutes to send her an email, kindly asking for review copy. After that, things went smoothly – she responded, sent the copy, and a week later, I’ve read over first few pages.
And I have to say – Psychic Intuition is a hard book to read – no, it’s not bad, it’s great! And that’s the reason why it’s so difficult to read, because nearly each and every page was giving me inspiration for articles, and thoughts to consider. So every few pages I had to stop reading, and start thinking about so many things I can’t even remember right now. But let’s start from the beginning.
Nancy du Tertre is a trained psychic. This means she is like me – she had never got any in-born gift, but she learned psychic abilities when she was already adult. She works as psychic detective, organizing psychic workshops from time to time. And of course, she also writes, and writes a lot. Psychic Intuition contains over 430 pages filled with text. Sure, I could mention the paper is too white which makes letters hard to read, but for people with perfect sight, it won’t really matter.
I’ve mentioned paper colour, so I just need to mention the general DTP work – the layout of all pages is clear and simple, and quite elegant. Add a great cover design, and here, you have another nice book to place on your shelf. But as always, the content is what really matters.
That headline explains everything – Nancy du Tertre writes about psychic abilities from sceptical, scientific perspective. If you expect talking about energy work, chakras, meridians and invisible psychic energies, then you will be disappointed, as none of these things is mentioned within the book. Here you have the difference between me and Nancy – while I work with psychic energies and include them in my training guides (because I can sense them, and I know they’re out there), Nancy prefers less esoteric approach. She talks about intuition.
Intuition, as the “cooperation” of all our physical senses. She explains the nature of our senses, and the way our brain works. Giving many examples, and providing examples of current state of common knowledge, she explains how the reality of our senses and our brain causes psychic phenomena. She looks for causes of psychic abilities not in the mysterious world of energies, chakras and meridians, but in the brain processes, and both conscious and subconscious mind.
Which means that Psychic Intuition isn’t really a guidebook, so everyone who would expect that will be disappointed. Nancy do provide examples of her own psychic abilities, she also explains some exercises she used to develop her extra-sensory perception skills, and she also provides explanations for the way psychics receive their psychic information, clarifying the reality of psychic perception. Everyone, who reads carefully, is capable of picking up the most important practical tips from the book, and adding them to own training system. But no one should expect practical guidebook in case of Psychic Intuition.
And the only thing that make me slightly angry was the amount of examples – after reading over 300 pages, it was a little bit boring to read all that examples of savants, senses and brain work.
First thing that I really like about Psychic Intuition is lack of spiritual and New Age talk. This is a true plague of many psychic related books, fortunately Nancy is definitely not a New Age fan :). And of course I like that Nancy also provides some exercises that can help “redefine” the way we perceive reality, at least to some degree. Along with many examples and that skeptical approach, she presents a fresh, and quite “western” point of view upon psychic abilities, showing that they’re not mystical, but very normal.
And of course, I like that she have a clear statement through her book – that we are all psychics.
I would say – everyone! At least everyone who is interested in psychic phenomena, from both theoretical point of view, and practical training. If you’re a person trying to learn psychic abilities, you will learn few important things from this book. If you’re a scientist, it might push you towards more open minded approach to psychic phenomena. And if you’re a psychic practicing Eastern esoteric art, you will notice something interesting – that nearly everything what Nancy writes about, is well known in the Eastern arts. Of course not directly, but through practical exercises and philosophical teachings. A proof that the Western world is re-discovering things that has been known for thousands of years on the other side of the World.
But even those who prefer esoteric approach to developing psychic abilities should read over Nancy’s book – because after all, we’re human beings, and our brains control the body and our perception. Learning how do we perceive the world is helpful for everyone who thinks about becoming psychic. Therefore, I’m placing Psychic Intuition on my “psychic wannabe mandatory reading” bookshelf. Carefully researched, perfectly written with a little dose of humour, will suit every person interested in practical psychic abilities. Some people will find the exercises useful, for everyone else, it’s a groundbreaking, eyes opening publication setting a new path towards understanding psychic phenomena.