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                   Psychic - from Webster's New Universal Unabridged Dictionary


  -  Of or pretaining to the human soul or mind; mental (opposed to physical).
  -  Psychology pertaining to or noting mental phenomena that cannot be explained
             otherwise originating outside of or independently of normal psycholgical processes
  -  Outside of natural or scientific knowledge; spiritual
  -  A person who is specially sensitive to psychic influences or forces of a nonphysical,
apparently supernatural nature; medium.
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WordNet Dictionary
 
  Definition:   [n]  a person apparently sensitive to things beyond the natural range of perception
[adj]  outside the sphere of physical science; "psychic phenomena"
[adj]  affecting or influenced by the human mind; "psychic energy"; "psychic trauma"
[adj]  pertaining to forces or mental processes outside the possibilities defined by natural or scientific laws; "psychic reader"; "psychical research"

 
  Synonyms:   mental, paranormal, psychical, psychical
 
  See Also:   clairvoyant, medium, occultist, spirit rapper, spiritualist

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Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
  Definition:   \Psy"chic\, Psychical \Psy"chic*al\, a. [L. psychicus,
Gr. ?, fr. psychh` the soul, mind; cf. ? to blow: cf. F.
psychique.]
1. Of or pertaining to the human soul, or to the living
  principle in man.

Note: This term was formerly used to express the same idea as
     psychological. Recent metaphysicians, however, have
     employed it to mark the difference between psychh` the
     living principle in man, and pney^ma the rational or
     spiritual part of his nature. In this use, the word
     describes the human soul in its relation to sense,
     appetite, and the outer visible world, as distinguished
     from spiritual or rational faculties, which have to do
     with the supersensible world. --Heyse.

2. Of or pertaining to the mind, or its functions and
  diseases; mental; -- contrasted with physical.

{Psychical blindness}, {Psychical deafness} (Med.), forms of
  nervous disease in which, while the senses of sight and
  hearing remain unimpaired, the mind fails to appreciate
  the significance of the sounds heard or the images seen.


{Psychical contagion}, the transference of disease,
  especially of a functional nervous disease, by mere force
  of example.

{Psychical medicine}, that department of medicine which
  treats of mental diseases.

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Psychic energy is an all pervasive energy or force (hence George Lucas' 'force' in Star Wars) that modern science has failed to discover and thus chosen to take a negative, skeptical stance upon it's existence. Thus anyone who claims to believe in the reality of psychic energy or the paranormal in general is deemed a superstitious 'kook'. The standardized and accepted definition of psychic energy is that of the biochemical energy essence of internal psychological thought and emotion whether as a part of the conscious or unconscious mind equivalent to Freud's concept of libido. The metaphyscial and/or paranormal definition generally views psychic energy in part as the above definition suggests in being physically interactive but is not itself inherently dependent upon the physical for it's sustenenance and/or existence. Thus a being of 'spirit,' a soul, i.e. a psychic energy life-form would have no problems with life-after-death since it was merely the physical body that died and not the actual being.

Psychic energy is generally conceived of as an all-pervasive essence which is not only the quintessential life-force but is also the medium or essence of force for all paranormal phenomena as well. People seem to have less problems with the concept of a psychic energy life-form whether angelic, demonic, or somewhere in between in characterization being the source of paranormal phenomena than they do with the idea that all physical beings are in truth psychic energy life-forms incarnate.

While science has yet to capture in a net and place in a jar a sample of psychic energy so that it can finally feel secure in venturing forth even so much the theory of it's reality, we 'lay people' can still speculate, experiment, and venture our own theories about what it is and how it work.
Various clues about the reality of psychic energy:


Psychic energy is often described in a fluidly dynamic energy wave or vibe analogous to both light and sound.


The physical manifestation of psychic energy is commonly associated with:


Brownian motion reminiscent of Maxwell's demon.
[i.e. unusual atmospheric disturbance whether local {e.g. indoor 'dust devils'}or regional {e.g. sudden storms}- check your physics text for a more accurate and precise definition with regards to pure physics].


Electo-magnetic fluxuations.
[e.g. swirling compasses, electro-magnetic surges both major and minor, etc.]

All of which involves quantum interactions and thus would seem indicative of the probability of a quantum or subquantum existence of psychic energy (although most scientists would seek other causes for these anomalous events).


Psychic energy is mentally maleable. (Even science has had to accept this one although only as an internal medium.)


To date the only 'tool' indicative of the capacity to measure psychic energy as a paranormal force is the psyche of both humans and animals.
In general it is best to seek a more mundane probability of cause(s) for an unexplained event before jumping to conclusions about it being a paranormal phenomenon. In most cases such causes can be found. However, that does not preclude the reality of both psychic energy and the paranormal.

Psychic interactions and Biophysical interactions. The synaptic conduction of biochemicals (e.g. acetylcholine - ACh) in the central nervous system (c.n.s.) occur at the quantum level. This has lead many quantum theorists including both physicists and metaphysicists to speculate that the interaction of psychic energy with the physical body begins at this level within the central nervous system. Certain paranormal and/or mystical experiences such as kundalini or chakra (i.e. energy center) awakenings where the agitation or stimilation of the c.n.s. especially along the spine (i.e. the primary path or center of the c.n.s.) is a commonly associated albeit secondary symptom also suggest a psycho-physical connection

© Frater Merk 1996


   



7 entries found for psychic.
psy·chic    ( P )  Pronunciation Key  (skk)
n.
A person apparently responsive to psychic forces.
See medium.

adj. also psy·chi·cal (-k-kl)
Of, relating to, affecting, or influenced by the human mind or psyche; mental: psychic trauma; psychic energy.

Capable of extraordinary mental processes, such as extrasensory perception and mental telepathy.
Of or relating to such mental processes.


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[From Greek pskhikos, of the soul, from pskh, soul. See bhes- in Indo-European Roots.]
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psychi·cal·ly adv.

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Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.


psy·chic (skk)
adj.

Of, relating to, affecting, or influenced by the human mind or psyche; mental.
Capable of extraordinary mental processes, such as extrasensory perception and mental telepathy.
Of or relating to such mental processes.
n.
A person apparently responsive to psychic forces.


Source: The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.


Main Entry: 1psy·chic
Pronunciation: 'sI-kik
Variant: also psy·chi·cal /-ki-k&l/
Function: adjective
1 : of or relating to the psyche : PSYCHOGENIC
2 : sensitive to nonphysical or supernatural forces and influences psy·chi·cal·ly /-ki-k(&-)lE/ adverb


Source: Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.


Main Entry: 2psychic
Function: noun
: a person apparently sensitive to nonphysical forces


Source: Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary, © 2002 Merriam-Webster, Inc.


psychic

\Psy"chic\, Psychical \Psy"chic*al\, a. [L. psychicus, Gr. ?, fr. psychh` the soul, mind; cf. ? to blow: cf. F. psychique.] 1. Of or pertaining to the human soul, or to the living principle in man.

Note: This term was formerly used to express the same idea as psychological. Recent metaphysicians, however, have employed it to mark the difference between psychh` the living principle in man, and pney^ma the rational or spiritual part of his nature. In this use, the word describes the human soul in its relation to sense, appetite, and the outer visible world, as distinguished from spiritual or rational faculties, which have to do with the supersensible world. --Heyse.

2. Of or pertaining to the mind, or its functions and diseases; mental; -- contrasted with physical.

Psychical blindness, Psychical deafness (Med.), forms of nervous disease in which, while the senses of sight and hearing remain unimpaired, the mind fails to appreciate the significance of the sounds heard or the images seen.

Psychical contagion, the transference of disease, especially of a functional nervous disease, by mere force of example.

Psychical medicine, that department of medicine which treats of mental diseases.


Source: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.


psychic

adj 1: pertaining to forces or mental processes outside the possibilities defined by natural or scientific laws; "psychic reader"; "psychical research" [syn: psychical] 2: affecting or influenced by the human mind; "psychic energy"; "psychic trauma" [syn: psychical] 3: outside the sphere of physical science; "psychic phenomena" [syn: psychical] n : a person apparently sensitive to things beyond the natural range of perception

Source: WordNet ® 2.0, © 2003 Princeton University
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