Or had your palm read, or had someone read your cards, or had someone analyze your aura?
|Sir Arthur Conan Doyle|
with a "spirit"
I never did in the past--I thought all those people at fairs were fakes. But then I found I had this weird ability to "sense" dead people. I know, I still can't find the right word for it. You see, I can "see" them (or what's left of them--they don't always look completely solid) and I can "hear" them if I touch something of theirs (I don't hear their voices, but I get their message inside my head).
Okay, some of the people I've told about this think I'm crazy. I can't blame them. Others are just curious and want to use me as a guinea pig for their experiments. I guess I can understand that: if you're a scientist you want to analyze a phenomenon and see what makes it tick. Is it electrical? Biological? Supernatural? I really can't help them much because I don't have any answers. It's hard enough for me to keep an open mind and just let it happen. (I'd be willing to bet that plenty of people could do what I can, but I bet they were told as children that they shouldn't talk about what were probably called their "imaginary friends," and they just shut it down and forgot about it.)
Anyway, now that I've been living with this for a while, I've gotten a little braver about investigating it, with kind of mixed results. Out of curiosity I started with a local psychic fair (a fundraiser for a charity), and I found pretty much what I expected, which was mostly people who wanted their customers to believe they had some special ability to read minds or see the future. Mostly they didn't. But I did stumble on one woman who connected with me immediately, and it shocked her as much as it did me. We may end up working together more, once we both get used to the idea.
And then I let Ned, my boyfriend or whatever he is, connect me to a scientist colleague of his who does research on brain waves. And I do mean "connect"--he hooked me up to this heavy-duty machine so he could watch what my brain was doing (at least he didn't try to drill holes in my head). Since Ned vouched for him, I went along with it, but the results were kind of upsetting. There's something going on in there, all right, but we still don't really know what it is.
But one thing I've decided: if I ever find a way to control this thing, I want to use it to help other people. Not those so-called psychics, but people who can't physically communicate with others. I think I can learn to reach them. At least, I hope so.
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