The origin of the word ‘psychic’ harks back to the Greek word psychikos which means "of the mind - mental".
A psychic is someone who gathers information by methods other than using the usual five senses this is known as extrasensory perception or ESP. It can also denote an ability of the mind to influence the world physically, this is known as telekinesis.
It is generally thought that the word ’psychic’ was first used in English by Edward William Cox in the 1870s. Nevertheless, the ideas associated with the notion of phone psychic reading gifts reach much further back in time.
What we might call psychic ability was important to early civilization and people believed to possess such talents were enrolled as advisors, priests, and judges. In Ancient Egypt the priests of Ra were believed to be able to predict the future.
Similarly, in Ancient Greece, starting in the 8th century BC, the priestess who presided over the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi known as the Pythia, was thought to make prophecies which were divinely inspired. There is some debate about how these prophecies were delivered: some sources claim that the Pythia prophesied in a frenzied state induced by vapours rising from the ground, and that she spoke gibberish which priests interpreted for the laity. Other writers have argued that contemporise records suggest that the Pythia spoke intelligibly, and gave prophecies in her own voice. The last record of the Pythia was in 393 AD, when the emperor Theodosius I ordered the closure of all pagan temples including Delphi.
Still, the Pythia has returned in a modest way recently, as geological investigations suggest that ethylene gas found at the site of the historic shrine may have aided the change of consciousness she used whilst delivering her prophecies.
Much more recently, in 2005, a survey of the beliefs of the US population about paranormal topics was conducted by Gallup. It found that 41% of those polled believed in ESP and 26% believed in clairvoyance. 31% of those surveyed indicated that they believe in telepathy.
In contrast, few scientists have any sympathy with the notion of psychic reading ability and in 1988 the U.S. National Academy of Sciences reported that there is "no scientific justification from research conducted over a period of 130 years for the existence of para-psychological phenomena”.
Despite the sceptics phenomena still interests very many people. And if you think of phone psychics as ladies of a certain age draped in shawls think again, Hollywood actor and hard man Vinnie Jones has gone on the record as claiming to have experienced precognition and I for one won’t be arguing with him! Now then if you want to partake in some very special Psychic Reading knowledge, why not check out my Readers Team...