Are Kids Psychic?

by Debbie L. Kasman in ,


When my son was five years old, he told me his dad had called to see how he was doing. When I checked the phone, sure enough, there was a message from his dad waiting for him but he had no way of knowing that his dad had called.  

Another time, I asked my son if he’d had any dreams in the night.  He told me he had dreamed about his grandparents.  They had both passed away.  I asked what they were doing and he said they were dancing.  Hee had no way of knowing that they had loved to dance together. 

When my cousin’s daughter was eight, she was looking at photographs with her grandmother.  When she saw a picture of her great grandmother, she said, "That's the lady who comes to all my birthday parties and sits in the corner.  She never talks to anyone."  Her great grandmother had died long before she was born. She had no way of knowing who the lady was.

Kids are born with an innate sense of intuition but as they get older, they shut the door to this gift. I think it's because many of the adults around them don't trust this intuition.

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University released a study in July 2012 in the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology that shows kids are born with an intuitive sense of number quantities. They call it the “approximate number system.”  Researchers discovered that the number exactitude of math we develop later in life and this primitive sense of number are linked.  They also discovered we can actually boost kindergartners math performance simply by exercising their intuitive number sense with a quick computer game.  A strong early gut sense of approximate number can predict a child’s math ability later in life.  Until now, no one had figured out that working with gut sense can make a child better at math.   

We think we live in one world but we actually live in five.  There are five different states of consciousness to match each of the five worlds, too. 

There’s the awake state of consciousness.  That’s when we are awake, as in not sleeping. It matches our gross physical world, the world we can see and interpret with our five senses.  This is the world most people think is “real.”

There is also the subtle state of consciousness and the subtle world.  We enter this world when we are sleeping and having dreams, when we are awake and “in the flow” like artists and athletes, and when we are awake and having visions.  (It’s not very common for people to have visions or dreams when they are awake but some people do.) The subtle world is a very valuable world.  It constitutes a range of experiences from emotions, to ecstasy, to dreams.  It provides an infinite source of potential and imagination when we are sleeping.  It provides an infinite source of potential and imagination when we are awake, too.  The subtle world is the home of the very highest form of potentials we have.  We feel qualities like bliss, infinite awareness, absolute love, happiness, compassion, and joy when we are in it.  People have premonition dreams when they are experiencing this state.  They also have intuitive thoughts and feelings. 

There is also the causal state of consciousness and the causal world.  This is the world we enter when we are in a deep formless sleep.  We don’t have any dreams during this state.  It’s an empty, formless state.  When we are asleep in the causal world, there’s no content in our mind whatsoever.

There’s also the witnessing state of consciousness, which many people call the causal world for simplicity.  We enter this world when we are awake and aware of ourselves noticing things. 

And there’s the non-dual unity state of consciousness, which many call the causal world, too.  We enter this state when we are experienced meditators.  This is the state Buddha was in when he meditated in the jungle for thirty-nine days and discovered his four noble truths.

Simply put, these three states – gross, subtle, and causal – are body, mind, and spirit.

We can all access all five states but we have to learn how.  These five states provide the raw materials of all our experiences.  They help us see the truth and they help us experience our own spirit.  When we experience the non-dual state – emptiness or spirit – we are experiencing ultimate reality itself.

Intuition and paranormal abilities come from these expanded levels of consciousness.  We become receivers of energy vibrations and information from the four invisible worlds like a radio receiver tuned in to a certain station or channel.  We are meant to be and live in partnership with these non-physical energies but we have to allow, invite, and trust ourselves enough to make the connection.

The next time a child tells you something unusual, says there's a strange lady sitting in the corner at her birthday party, or solves a math problem in an interesting way, pay attention.  She may be accessing her intuition.  Don’t tell her she’s being silly, that things like that are not possible, or that you aren’t supposed to solve math problems that way.  Show interest in what she has to say or what she is doing.  Ask questions.  Listen.  Encourage.  You’ll be enhancing her intuition, her imagination, and her ability to be creative. 

Intuition, imagination, and creativity are gifts and we need to nurture them - in ourselves and in our kids. 

Debbie L. Kasman

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Debbie is an international educational consultant and former teacher, principal, principal assistant to the superintendent for Special Education, acting interim superintendent for Curriculum and Special Education, and student achievement officer at the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat at the Ministry of Education.  She is author of the book Lotus of the Heart:  Reshaping the Human and Collective Soul.  She has lots to say about spirituality, female leadership, and the need to transform education.