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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Making of a Psychic - Part 13

In earlier posts on psychic spies, I mentioned empathic abilities. This is something that Intelligence agencies are cultivating, not only with psychic spies but with analysts as well. It is also something that is increasingly being shared with law enforcement, airport security and others tasked with being on the front lines of stopping crime, whether it is domestic or acts of terrorism.

When someone is empathic, it means they have the ability to "read" a person's emotions. We have all experienced this at one time or another. For example, when we see a child or an animal experiencing trauma, our eyes might well up with tears, we might feel sadness, or we may even feel agony or heaviness.

We've all watched movies where we had to reach for a tissue. Who didn't feel compassion while watching Lassie, Old Yeller, Steel Magnolias, Forrest Gump or Pay It Forward?

So what makes a person a professional empathic?

Someone who cultivates their empathic abilities or who uses those abilities in their work is a professional empathic.

Step number one is in recognizing our own feelings and our own prejudices.

Step number two is in recognizing what is coming from someone else.

For example, suppose you are feeling pretty "normal" one day and then you attend an event and suddenly feel the heaviness of anger wash over you, for no apparent reason? Then shortly after you leave, you feel back to normal again. Most people would brush this off, never giving it a second thought. But an empath will look for the reason for the sudden change in emotion. They'll go into the meeting or event knowing that they are not angry. When they feel that emotion wash over them, they'll begin to observe others in the crowd, particularly those physically closest to them. They will often be able to identify the source.

What goes hand-in-hand with the abilities to feel the emotion are the capabilities needed to observe specific behavior.

The CIA has in recent years employed more women in positions where they can observe behavior. Women pick up on nuances that men often overlook. A woman might say that a particular behavior just doesn't feel right, or they'll question why someone had a particular habit or why they've suddenly picked up a new one. Men are much more likely to curb their curiosity or brush it off.

Female analysts were behind a great deal of the work that went into finding Osama bin Laden. In The Pendulum Files, Sam, the CIA department head, explains to Dylan how the agency allocates analysts:

“We’ve got scores of analysts in Washington,” Sam said. “Some of them are tracking on one specific individual. That’s all they do, day after day. They know what that person ate for breakfast, lunch and dinner. They know who they saw and where they went and who they phoned. Hell, they even know when they’ve crapped.”
“Scintillatin’ job, I’m sure.”
“Others have a target group. The Russians. The Chinese. The Eastern Bloc. Then those are divided into sections, reaching down to groups of three and then to one.”

Psychic spies take this a step further. When more information is needed than what an analyst can obtain through other means, they use the psychic spies to infiltrate the individual's life. Suppose, for example, that an able-bodied man is seen suddenly using a cane - but only when he walks a particular path. Could it be that the cane is equipped with a poisoned tip, such as one used by the Soviets? An analyst might pick up on the fact that the cane is used and narrow it down to when it's used. Then a psychic spy is tasked with determining what is going on behind closed doors that the analyst can't see.

This series is based on the psychic spy, Vicki Boyd, in the suspense series Black Swamp Mysteries. The author, p.m.terrell, researched the use of psychic spies in a variety of governments including the United States and the former Soviet Union, and shares some of her research in this series of blogs. The latest in the series, The Pendulum Files, is available in all fine book stores and online. Visit to download a sample chapter or visit the amazon page here.