I sometimes hear from people who believe that either you naturally have psychic ability or you don’t. And if you don’t have it, you struggle to develop it.

This is a common belief about psychic ability and although I can understand why people think this, I believe that it’s totally untrue.

Yes – there are some people who are born with a high degree of psychic ability that they retain throughout life

BUT there are also people who are born with a little bit of obvious psychic ability that they later develop to something impressive

AND there are people who seem to have no psychic ability and then develop some.

I’ve seen all three scenarios.

So basically, as with most things, everyone’s experiences of this vary.

But before I go debating whether anyone can be psychic, it would probably help to define what ‘psychic’ actually means.

What does it mean to be psychic?

Being psychic is the ability to obtain information from spirit (from someone’s energy body, your Higher self or Spirit Guides).

There are several ways in which to be psychic –

  • You can be clairvoyant (and ‘see’ things)
  • You can be clairaudient (and hear things)
  • You can be clairsentient (you get lots of hunches and gut feelings.)
  • You can be claircognizant (you just get information popping into your head.)
  • You can be an empath (and have the ability to place yourself into the experience of another person and feel their emotions and desires.)
  • You can get information from dreams.

There are many more gifts than the ones I mention here – it’s not an exhaustive list.  (If you have a specific gift that isn’t mentioned here, maybe leave a comment and tell us about it.)

Some of these gifts seem more obviously ‘psychic’ than others – I’m thinking of clairvoyance and clairaudience in particular.  And some are thought of as more ‘intuitive’ – like hunches and gut feelings.  But it’s all information from spirit, coming to you in some form.  And that’s what we call being psychic.

The above gifts will fall into one of three categories for you.

The first category = gifts you naturally have.

For example, my natural gifts are claircognizance and empathy.  I can put myself into someone else’s experience without even trying (empathy) and know exactly what it feels like to be them.  And during readings I get information about people popping into my brain as if it’s from nowhere.  I also know a lot about the people around me without them needing to tell me.

The second category = gifts you don’t naturally have but can develop.  For me, those gifts have been clairvoyance and clairaudience. Although I can use them easily during readings, it does feel a little different from using my natural gifts – a bit like driving a manual car when I’m used to automatic.  I have to think about what I’m doing – it’s more conscious.

The third category = gifts you’ll never develop.  I have heard that empathy as a psychic gift is the only gift it’s impossible to develop if you don’t have it naturally. In my experience training students to develop their abilities, it’s true. Some students were able to ‘tune in’ to others empathically and others just couldn’t do it no matter how hard they tried.

Why I Think Anyone Can Be Psychic

I have learned that anyone can be psychic from my own experiences and my experiences teaching (or rather, helping others rediscover) their psychic ability.  I’ll talk more about those experiences in a moment.

In terms of theory, the reason why everyone can be psychic is because everyone has a soul.  We are spiritual beings in a human experience.  (Your soul is also sometimes called your Higher self or your spirit.)

You are wired to keep in contact with your Higher self (and Spirit Guides) while you’re in your physical experience that you call life.  If you don’t stay in contact with your higher self, you can get very off-track in your life and go down roads that bring you no joy.  So, your Higher self will impulse and communicate with you in various ways about what to do and where to go.

So, for me, saying that not everyone can be psychic is a bit like saying that not everyone has a soul! Obviously we all have souls and we can all have that connection to spirit.

My Own Experiences

I grew up knowing that I was very sensitive and empathic, but I couldn’t always use my abilities on demand to know stuff.  Yes, they were there to some degree but I was nowhere near as psychic as I am now.  I also went for long periods without seeing much sign of them at all, earlier on in life.  I later developed my abilities to a higher level through practice.

I have also read for and coached dozens of people who thought that they were not particularly psychic – and then realized they did have the ability.  They managed to awaken their most natural gifts and even try out using some that weren’t natural to them. Towards the end of the Intuitive Awakening course, I get some of the students on the course to read for one another.  And they always surprise themselves with what they are able to do.   And most of these people didn’t think of themselves as especially gifted when they started.

There are certainly some factors that contribute towards the level of psychic ability you can reach. Here are some of them (along with some that really don’t!):


I would say that the most important factor that contributes towards the level of ability you develop is motivation and life purpose.  A good level of psychic ability is available to everyone, but how many people with dormant abilities are actually motivated to do the work and find out how to get there? Those who are feeling motivated to develop their psychic abilities often feel it’s part of their life purpose and are driven – they can’t not do it.


Another factor that people sometimes ask about is gender – are women more likely to develop psychic ability than men?  I have gotten more women taking my course than men.  I am not sure why that is.  But I’d say that the only (conditioned) difference between men and woman is that women are sometimes more in touch with their emotions, so they can sometimes be more open to spirit in that regard.  But of course, that’s not true for everyone – it is just a conditioned tendency resulting from our culture.

(For more on the role of gender when developing your intuitive side, check out this article: Are Women More Intuitive Than Men?)

Your Beliefs

Other factors that do make a difference are your beliefs and how open-minded you are.  Remember that the Law of Attraction underlies everything so if you don’t make room in your belief system for psychic experiences, you won’t see them. Someone who believes is much more likely to develop a high level of ability than someone who doubts a great deal.

Ability to Quieten the Mind

Another factor is how good you are at being still in your mind.  But some people, myself included, have a lot of nervous energy and find it hard to create that space of stillness and quiet in the mind. But meditation actually really helps with this and you can learn to create stillness in your life for psychic insights.  However, those who are naturally good at this have a higher chance of getting insights spontaneously, because intuitive information comes through gaps in your thoughts.

Finally, people sometimes ask if aspects of your astrological chart make it easier for you to develop a high level of psychic ability.  I am not an astrologer but have heard that certain aspects to Neptune in the chart are an indication of ease for developing psychic ability.  Some people say that if you have a lot of water in your chart (Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces) it demonstrates a good connection to your emotions and perhaps to your Higher self.  As I said, I am not an astrologer but if you know a lot about psychic ability showing up in the natal chart, please give us your take on this.

So, there you have it.  That’s my take on developing psychic ability: I believe that in general it’s a fundamental human skill – not so much a gift.