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Beliefs In Psychic Ability

The belief in psychic ability is an ancient one. There are many important psychic cultures scattered throughout history where an obvious connection with the spirit world and the serious development of some individuals’ psychic abilities was a key part of that culture. Often these psychics would become particularly revered in their society. Often they would have the ear of the leaders if they were not part of the leading elite themselves. In ancient history there is evidence that many cultures had a very strong connection with the spirit world. They would consult the psychics amongst them with regard to all the important events in their lives including hunting, farming and conflict. The psychic world could also play a major part in their ceremonies and celebrations.

One of the most famous psychic cultures from history is ancient Athens. Athenians made many important choices based on divination on a public and private level. The famous oracle at Delphi shows many signs that it was a link to the spirit world. The rapture that the priestess and her minions entered into is very reminiscent of a strong physical psychic link with the spirit world. There are a number of surviving descriptions and many modern psychic historians consider this to be the case. The Delphic Oracle would provide prophetic statements and answers to specific questions. The person who channeled the oracle is reported to have spoken in a form of speech that was then interpreted by trained priests. They believed the messages were coming from their god Apollo. We would probably see these priests as psychics using the oracle as their link to the spirit world.

Other famous psychic cultures include Tibet. The Tibetan culture is very well known for its psychics. As in ancient Athens the first known Tibetan psychic practices are the oracles. This involved what they understood as being possessed by gods, in much the same way as the Athenians understood it. These were “Mo divination” and “mahasiddhis”. More recently Tibetan culture has gained its psychic connections through the development of Buddhism. The use of meditation and their belief in the ability to have influence over reincarnation are two clear psychic elements of their culture. There are many other cultures that, in a similar way, contain strong historical evidence of the importance of the psychic world in their society.

Historical psychic cultures have had a huge influence on the modern understanding and use of psychic abilities. Many of the methods and tools that modern day psychics use are derived from historical psychic traditions and cultures. Meditation is a technique that has risen hugely in popularity over the last few decades. Many people use this technique purely for relaxation purposes, but it is also an ancient way of helping to focus psychic abilities.

Language and Culture in Spain – What a Joke

Spain is often a world apart. Once you understand Spain, you understand the world… A little incident is striking for what is happening here sometimes. This is obviously all about Culture.

To understand what is going on, some basic information is required; Spain consists of communities of which some of these would like to be independent national states. We are not there yet. But this struggle influences the (central) political debate.

Recently Montserrat Nebrera a deputy for the PP (a political party – “el Partido Popular”) representing the Catalan community expressed that the Andalusian accent of the minister of Development Magdalena Álvarez was “a joke.”

Interesting… because what we experience here is a combination of: a national (central) political party the PP, a local community Catalunya – represented by the causer of this little incident Montserrat Nebrera – and the central government represented by the “Andalusian minister” who was being politically attacked and being a member of another political party.

What happened afterwards was that the Andalusian representative of the PP urged the dismissal of the Catalunyan member Montserrat Nebrera, in that way not only defending the Andalusian language but also someone of another and rivaling political party: Alvarez is from the PSOE. The Andalusian representative of the PP said that the Catalan deputy was “uneducated and ignorant”; she doesn’t represent neither Catalunya nor the PP uttered their general secretary Antonio Sanz.

Later the deputy said “I was referring to her tone of voice. I may have been wrong in using the right word”. The foreign reader interested in Spanish culture should understand that in Catalunya they speak a different language (Catalan), whereas the Andalucian only speak a dialect, but completely compatible with standard Spanish.

The story doesn’t stop here. In a playful comment someone from the other political party (the PSOE) also from Andalusia send the deputy of Catalunya two of the works of the famous Andalusian poet Federico García Lorca – attached with the message: “so that you may get to know us better.”

Just another day in Spain…