Someone on a Facebook thread today asked about how to cultivate her psychic powers, as a way of connecting to her ethnic heritage.
I felt compelled to pipe in since, as readers of Leaving India know, my great-great-grandfather Motiram (at left) was reputed to be psychic.
At the risk of sounding woo-woo to some people, I’ll say that in writing intimately about my long-gone ancestors, I found it extremely helpful to develop my own spiritual relationships and connections. So I said:
For me, writing really helps the most. Keeping a dream journal. Writing questions just before sleep, then being ready to write answers if they are present when I wake up. Nurturing my imaginative space with images, metaphors, beauty, experiences in nature, art. Developing a personal metaphorical language so that I know what stuff “means” to me. Like, if you know a certain color resonates — or images, or gems, or a tarot image — try carrying it around or wearing it or looking at it every day for a week/month — inviting it in and getting to know it. What happens if I wear red every day for a month, what energies shift around me? Or blue? Taking notes/noticing that sixth-sense level of reality as much of the time as I can. Squinting, peeking, peering, opening my eyes (+ 3rd eye) to see what others don’t see/say.
Writing is a psychic power, after all. So is art-making. Care-taking. Loving.
Activism, too. Later this week, I’m teaching a writing workshop as part of a five-day camp for young South Asian American activists. We’ll work on cultivating the sixth sense: Seeing what others can’t or won’t see. Developing the resilience to keep on looking, witnessing, speaking out. Learning to articulate a new vision. Scrying into the future, toward a better world that we believe can exist, with our own earnest vision.
I think that’s better than all of Bruce Wayne’s paramilitary-industrial-complex “superpowers.”