By best-selling paranormal author Joni Mayhan
Mary-Jane’s five-year-old daughter Shaely ran from the bathroom screaming, telling her mother there was a monkey man in the mirror behind her as she brushed her teeth. After calming down her daughter, Mary-Jane hesitantly approached the bathroom, fearful of what she might find.
Would she discover a real live person who broke into their home? Or could it be connected to the other events that had transpired over the course of the past few months? She stepped into the bathroom, finding it empty. As she leaned against the doorframe, she wasn’t sure whether to be relieved or more concerned.
Her daughter had been talking to a playmate that nobody else could see for months. While she first blew it off as an imaginary friend, she began to wonder as her daughter shared more details about her friend. She said the girl came with the old woman, who couldn’t walk because her legs were broken,and she described the girl down to the color of her dress. Shaely went on to tell her mother that the two ghosts came across the bridge. Little did Mary-Jane know, but her rental house was located in an area that was once a hot-spot for the spiritual revolution at the turn of the twentieth century. The bridge Shaely spoke about was considered the gateway to the community. When more and more invisible friends began showing up, Mary-Jane knew she had a problem. Her Kindergartner was a medium.
Most people with metaphysical gifts first discover their abilities in childhood. It’s typically something we’re born with, passed down from parent to child like blue eyes or an aptitude for music. In generations past, the abilities were often repressed or ignored, due to social constraints, but as the paranormal world is becoming more mainstream, more and more psychic children are emerging from the shadows.
Some people theorize that children are more psychically inclined than adults because they are more receptive to unusual circumstances. Until they’ve learned that it isn’t normal to see the shadows move by themselves, they might not question it. Children also have a boundless sense of curiosity and are inclined to push reason aside to learn something new. It’s the age when we’re allowed to believe in unbelievable concepts, such as Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy or magic.
While most signs probably aren’t as prevalent as Shaely’s were, there are indicators that a child might be metaphysically gifted.
1. Does your child have an imaginary friend?
Children can’t always tell the difference between what is real and what is paranormal. If a ghost child shows up to play with them, they might not even question it. They might simply be happy to have someone to entertain them. One way to determine if the invisible playmate is real or imagined is to ask your child about the friend. Find out personal details about the playmate, such as name, age, type of clothing. Another way might be to slip a digital recorder into the room to see if you capture any responses you can’t hear with your ears.
2. Is your child unusually perceptive?
Does she notice things you miss, details that didn’t seem important at the time but became more relevant later? Perceptive children are tuned into the world better than other children. They might also have an extraordinary imagination or be sensitive to emotions or physical sensations.
3. Is your child empathic?
An Empath is someone who feels other people’s emotions. An empathic child might be unusually good with animals or seem to sense when you aren’t feeling well. Watch how he reacts to people with disabilities or people who are ill. An empathic child might mirror some of the same behaviors or emotions. Empathic children will also be dialed into their parents and siblings. If one of them is ill or is having a rough day, the empathic child will often feel it too. Empathic people tend to require ample time alone and have difficulties fitting in with traditional groups. If your child spends more time alone than with friends, this could be a sign.
4. Does your child have vivid dreams?
Some say that people with vivid dreams are more connected to the Universe and are able to tap into a world we can only dream about. Perhaps your child has mastered Astral Projection, the ability to leave her body and travel along the Astral Plane. Other possibilities could be revisiting past lives or delving into lucid dreaming. Listen to the stories your child tells you about her dreams. Do they have a richer texture with more detail than a child should be able to describe?
5. Does your child simply know things?
Psychic abilities are unique to the owner, but most of them come with a knowing. Psychics often just know things they shouldn’t have access to. An example might be that the child has a knack for finding lost objects or seems to know when a visitor will arrive.
6. Does your child have frequent spells of nausea or hear ear-ringing?
Both of these symptoms are signs of mediumistic abilities. When people who are Clairsentient are near ghostly energy, they will often feel it in their stomach, either as a clenching feeling or through nausea. People who have the ability of Clairaudience will often hear sounds or tones when a ghost is nearby.
7. Secretive nature
Children with a metaphysical gift might attempt to hide their abilities, depending on their age. Younger children won’t know any better, but an older child might grasp the concept that “different isn’t always better” and attempt to hide the ability. This could be especially true if the parent is a firm non-believer in the paranormal.
8. Do you have any metaphysical abilities?
Psychic and mediumistic abilities are almost always passed down from parent to child. Many times, the strength of the ability will vary from generation to generation, depending on usage. If a parent works with a gifted child, they will raise a gifted medium, but this doesn’t happen as often as you’d think. Parents who are frustrated by their own abilities might not encourage their children to follow the same path. Children of gifted mediums might also repress the ability after watching their parents endure hardship from having the abilities.
If you suspect your child has metaphysical gifts, find a good mentor for him or her to work with. Teach your children about paranormal protection so they can fend off any unwanted paranormal advances. Most of all though, give them the support they’ll need because it isn’t an easy life.
As for Mary-Jane and Shaely? Shaely’s encounters with invisible friends has faded as she’s grown a few years older, however, her younger brother Logan is steadily following in her footsteps. Mary-Jane continues to work with both children, teaching them how to stay protected and providing them with the love and guidance they will need to see them through.
Joni Mayhan is a paranormal investigator and the author of 11 books, including Devil’s Toy Box, The Soul Collector and Bones in the Basement, all available on Amazon.com. To learn more about Joni, check out her website Jonimayhan.com.