Saturday, September 8, 2012

Guest Post: Nancy Du Tertre author of Psychic Intuition

Nancy Du Tertre, author of the book Psychic Intuition, stopped by to share with us a piece she wrote.

Psychic Intuition
by Nancy Du Tertre

Skeptics argue fiercely that all things psychic are merely products of wishful thinking, delusion, and ordinary probability. They do not experience such things themselves. They maintain psychic phenomena is not real, otherwise it would lend itself to observation in the laboratory. On the other end of the spectrum are the believers. They trust their perceptions implicitly and do not question the origins of their strange experiences. They are as disinterested in a debate as the skeptics. They are less skilled at analysis and don’t wish to argue facts. Moreover, they don’t care. They have no need to be convinced one way or another.

In this strange atmosphere of ridicule and mistrust, lies a fascinating riddle. If psychic phenomena and ability are real, how can we explore and exploit the benefits of such extraordinary perception? Imagine what our world would look like if psychic claims were real.

  • What if you could locate the bodies of homicide victims and identify their killers without any physical evidence or witness testimony?
  • What if you could accurately identify enemy war installations and weaponry in foreign countries without any other form of spy operations?
  • What if you could medically diagnose and even cure any kind of illness or disease simply by understanding
  • Your own brain’s interpretations of electromagnetic vibrations?
  • What if you could actually have a conversation with a dead person and learn something about what happens after humans die?
  • What if you could find a lost document, key or piece of jewelry without having a logical clue where it was last seen?

These are all “impossible” feats, right? Well yes, at least within our known, logical world and the understanding of science. However, anyone who follows the growing psychic and paranormal fields knows that these things are not only “possible” but they are being done every day. Psychic detectives can locate crime victims based on nothing more than a name or a photo of the victim. CIA remote viewers can describe any geographic location in the world with nothing more than a pair of numbered coordinates. Medical intuitives can accurately diagnose a person, either in person or over the phone, knowing absolutely nothing about them. Energy healers can cause instantaneous healing, pain relief and even cures while never even touching a person’s body! Mediums can not only speak with the dead to obtain information, but they can often see them as well! Psychics can feel the vibrations of an object and accurately specify characteristics of its owner using a method called psychometry The author actually claims to have become a better lawyer after her psychic training!

It is a shame that those who have these skills are so unskilled at communicating how they do these things! It is equally unfortunate that those with the ability to scientifically investigate and probe the universe’s great mysteries are so disinterested in these amazing feats because they have already been adjudged to be phony.

“Psychic Intuition” was written as a way to create a starting point for a conversation between skeptics and believers. The author, using her own background as an attorney and trained psychic medium, carefully straddles both worlds. She offers a groundbreaking new approach to understanding how psychic ability functions. She proposes new approaches based on current neuroscience, psychology and linguistics and offers a logical framework for explaining how psychic ability works.

One of the main problems in getting skeptics interested in psychic phenomena is that they don’t have their own psychic experiences. Why is that? The author proposes that skeptics aren’t psychic, not because psychic phenomena aren’t real, but rather because the neural systems of skeptics have literally been altered over their lifetime so they can no longer experience psychic phenomena! Most skeptics are intellectuals ‐highly analytic, logical, sequential thinkers. There is nothing wrong with that – except it is antithetical to psychic sensing. To experience psychic events, a person must be open to receive data in a very different way.

Skeptics tend to have a blind reliance on our five senses. This is a mistake since even modern science cannot define what constitutes a “sense” and, in any event, we have more than five senses and possibly as many as forty that have been identified to date! How can you claim to rely on your five senses to tell you the whole truth ‐ or even the accurate truth ‐ about reality?

The psychic senses – clairaudience, clairvoyance, clairsentience, clairgustation and clairolfaction – are like the shadow senses of the five physical senses. Are they any less real? No, says the author, because the psychic senses are – just like our regular physical senses – only giving us helpful imagery in our brain. We live in a world of vibrations. The brain’s job is simply to make enough sense of these vibrations so we can effectively navigate and survive. The psychic senses respond to much more subtle external vibrations. Often our five physical senses aren’t sufficiently sophisticated to recognize these vibrations so we fail to recognize them. The real obstacle is not so much physical as mental. The brain has a tendency to reduce everything it experiences into something it already knows. This is where skeptics fail to experience psychic phenomena.

Psychics aren’t actually crazy but they resemble certain people with neurological conditions – notably, autistic savants and synesthetes. Savants are able to access extraordinary information that is “invisible” to the rest of us by virtue of their unusual brains. Synesthetes experience cross‐over of their senses. They may be able to “see” music or “taste” shapes. They too have an enriched sensory experience of the world. Ultimately, the author suggests that none of us is the sole proprietor of our own thoughts. Even our imagination does not belong exclusively to us. The imagination is our most active sensory organ. Many of our so‐called fantasy thoughts are actually reflections of sensory data gathered by our body and brain! The imagination, thus defined, lies at the heart of psychic ability.


About the book:
In her new book, “Psychic Intuition: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask,” author Nancy du Tertre presents psychic ability in a brand new light and in a way that is acceptable to skeptics and believers alike.

Because of her background as an attorney, the author is able to explain psychic ability from two simultaneously different angles – objectively, using evidence from current neuroscience, psychology and linguistics, and also subjectively, drawing on her own unique personal experiences as a trained psychic detective and medium. She explains how she 
learned to read the future, see auras, communicate with dead spirits, recognize ghosts, intuit medical conditions, and work with healing energy – while fighting her own personal skepticism every step of the way!

The author argues we lose our psychic abilities as a process of “unlearning” them over our lifetime and replace them with logic and sequential thought. She maintains that psychic ability is a natural and normal human ability. We all have the potential to be psychic. Psychic ability, like educated guesses, emotional reactions, and vague hunches, is just one type of basic intuition.

The key to understanding psychic ability is in understanding our five senses. Human beings are limited by the electromagnetic and chemical range of their five senses. The author suggests we are all able to receive far more information beyond that received by our sensory organs. We are able to sense vibrational information about the universe that bypasses our sensory organs. However, only certain highly sensitive (think: “psychic”) people are able to properly identify and interpret the meaning of these kinds of vibrations. This is not magic. It can be explained.

Women, says the author, are more intuitive than men not only because they are more emotionally attuned to others, but also because all five of their physical senses have scientifically been shown to be far more acute than those of men. Sensing ability, she concludes, is a fundamental part of being psychic since it allows you to “see” what is invisible to others.

The author then poses the question of whether psychics are really just self‐deluded or psychotic individuals. She explores all kinds of sensory hallucinations and compares them to psychic sensing, and concludes psychic sensing is something very different. Psychics are not crazy. So what are they? The author suggests that psychic ability is actually very similar, in many respects, to two kinds of well‐known neurological conditions: autistic savantism and synesthesia. Both of these conditions involve extraordinary sensing abilities and the ability to “know” things that are invisible to others.

Finally, the author proposes a revolutionary new theory of the human imagination. She proposes that the imagination is a giant sensory organ and that we are not, as we believe, the sole proprietary owners of our thoughts. Our brains are like giant fishbowls. Others can see in and we can see out!

About the author:
Nancy du Tertre, known as “The Skeptical PsychicTM,” is on the cutting edge of the growing spiritual movement in the United States. She is one of the new breed of psychic mediums in America today. As an attorney, specialized in securities litigation, she embraces a healthy skepticism and loves evidence. She was not born with her psychic and mediumship gifts – she learned them! Moreover, she believes anyone can become psychic with proper discipline and training. She has devoted her career in the paranormal to teaching skeptics why psychic ability is real in terms of neuroscience and psychology – and they don’t have to compromise any of their skeptical values!

Nancy is a trained psychic detective and works with law enforcement and victims’ families on missing persons/homicide cases around the country. Nancy was apprenticed for over a decade with a famous psychic detective in New Jersey, and also works with a former New Jersey police officer on private cases. Nancy is also a spiritual medium, medical intuitive and energy healer, having trained with many British, American, and Russian experts in these areas, and gives private readings to clients worldwide. Nancy is a serious paranormal investigator, and has participated with paranormal teams all around the country, and is a frequent guest lecturer at paranormal and psychic conventions. She is the founder of the New York City & New Jersey Skeptical Psychics Societies and teaches regular workshops in the tri‐state area. Nancy also lectures about psychic intuition to psychology students at universities (e.g. New York University, Pace University, Montclair State University, Hofstra University). Nancy also trained for more than 10 years and is certified in Intuitive Gestalt Psychotherapy dialoguing from the SomaPsyche Institute in New York.

Nancy hosts a regular weekly Friday night radio show called “Hot Leads Cold Cases” on CBS and Para‐X Radios in which she interviews fascinating guests from many different professions (e.g. homicide detectives, astrophysicists, neuroscientists, spiritual mediums, mentalists, submarine commanders, audio engineers, paranormal investigators, biologists) about how they use their analytic and intuitive skills to investigate mysteries.

No stranger to publicity, Nancy has been a frequent guest on broadcast/internet radio programs, and also television. She offered expert commentary on the paranormal in the Sundance Television Channel’s “Love/Lust & the Paranormal” and was in “Mystery Hunters” on Canadian television. Nancy was previously a regular weekly guest on the KAHI News, Sacramento, CA, making predictions about politics, economics and weather. Nancy has also written other books ‐ an art history book considered authoritative entitled “The Art of the Limoges Box” (Harry N. Abrams Co., 2003) and co‐ wrote the memoirs of a NYC homicide detective entitled “Behind Criminal Minds” (2011).

Nancy graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with a prize for best thesis. She later received her JD degree with honors from Pace University School of Law, where she was a published member of the Law Review and editor of the law school newspaper. Nancy has been the publisher of an award‐winning newspaper specialized in the health care industry, owner of a small printing company, co‐owner of a 242‐bed skilled nursing home in Brooklyn, and managed the U.S. operations of the largest manufacturer of porcelain giftware in Limoges, France. As an attorney, she practiced securities litigation with a NYC law firm for nearly a decade.

Nancy is married to Patrick du Tertre, an aristocrat from the second‐oldest family in France, and they have two children. Nancy also managed her young daughter’s early acting career. Her daughter appeared in roles opposite Leonardo Dicaprio in Spielberg’s “Catch Me if You Can” and Sean Penn in Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River.”


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