Exercise your third eye - an interview with television psychic John Holland of the 'You Can Do It' Conference

So have you been confident in your abilities from childhood?

Oh, absolutely. I came out of my mother knowing. I was fascinated with the metaphysical as a child. I would predict things I couldn't possibly know, and of course, I was treated as being very strange in those times.

I was brought up in a very traditional Italian/Irish Catholic household. But, I believe that there is an influx in intuitive children right now. We need that here in the world. It was after an auto accident I had in my early 30's that I really opened up to the gifts that I was born with and decided to really embrace them.

What have been the most influential experiences that you've had?

I'm also a medium. For me, it is helping parents who've lost children contact them on the other side. If a parent can walk away from a sitting feeling comforted or better, then I feel like I've done my job. I've fought my gift for many years.

I kept my day job for nine years, and I'm so glad I finally made the commitment to devoting everything to this. It's a life of service.

The stigma of using a medium to communicate with a loved one tends to be that the person is stuck or has not yet crossed over. Is that the case with the children that you contact for these families?

No. The people I connect with are already on the other side. I'm sure there are people who are stuck here, but I'm not sure how common that is. I'm not that kind of psychic. I don't want people to think that when someone passes they are in limbo. I don't believe that happens. I just don't believe it.

So, just for the record, Mulder or Scully?

(laughs) I think you need them both. To be honest, I can't make a choice. I love the science part of what I do, but you also need to be curious open to it. Be skeptical, not cynical, and stay open to being shown what's out there.

Your professional renown is heavily focused around assisting people in tapping into their own psychic abilities. Do you have any advice for our readers on perhaps trying out a few basic techniques to see what they're capable of?

We feel intuitively in different ways. Some people are clairesentient. A room or a place or a piece of furniture doesn't feel right. Clairesentience is to feel. Others have that internal voice that speaks to you, the Clairaudient, the voice that says, "don't go down that road," or "take another route, be careful!"

There are also the clairvoyants, who see. So, I always say that you should try to find out which you are. You'll know by the words you're compelled to use. "I don't like the feel of this room" - Clairesentient, or "I don't like what I'm seeing" - Clairvoyant. And basically, it's like a muscle, and like a muscle, you've got to use it.

We all were born with souls, and with those souls are soul senses that come with the package. It's free. People don't trust it and because of that, they don't use it.

So, for example, if you work in an office building, which elevator is going to come down first? What color shirt will your boss wear today? How many unread emails will be waiting for me? Try little things like that, and you'll be amazed at how much better and better you'll become. And it's not all about predicting the future. It can help you in business and in relationships. There are many uses for it.

Why is it, do you think, that we are so uncomfortable trusting those instincts?

Because of television! TV and the way that they portray using your intuition or psychic abilities. It's the same thing. It's fear. We're taught to think too literally.

Kids are all very psychic until about the age of seven. They use the right sides of their brains, their artistic sides, until they start school with all the teachers and the books and the reading, and push aside the things that are natural.

I always tell people that if your child is saying something to you like, "Mommy, daddy, I don't like that person," you'd better listen to them, because kids see the world the way it really is.

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