By Alicia Doyle

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Giving your mind a psychic workout

Ventura County Star/June 12 2008

When Ned Drulard enlisted in "Psychic Bootcamp" to gain a better understanding of his own abilities, the course exceeded his wildest imagination.

"It confirmed that I do have these abilities and how to use these abilities," said Drulard, 61, of Atlanta, Ga., who took the course in Sedona, Ariz., after reading "You Are Psychic: The Art of Clairvoyant Reading and Healing." The author is Moorpark resident Debra Katz, founder of the two-day camp designed to teach people just how psychic they really are.

"After reading many books on the issue, Debra's book was the most informative and provided a clear direction on how to improve your abilities," Drulard said.

For him, the camp "was a complete life-changing experience. I view it as a spiritual awakening and being more open to things that I did not understand before."

Drulard is among many recruits who say they have reaped results from training exercises that help reveal natural clairvoyant abilities that in some cases have been dormant or hidden since birth.

"There are so many people, millions of people, having spontaneous psychic experiences, (such as) knowing what a loved one is thinking, having a precognitive dream or thought about something that will happen and then it does, seeing or feeling spirits, or things far stranger than all of these," said Katz, 40, whose second book, "Extraordinary Psychic: Proven Techniques to Master Your Psychic Abilities," is set for an August release.

"These people are desperately seeking information and answers," Katz said, "and there are so few sources out there that can give them a method by which they can get more understanding and control over these experiences so they can use them to their advantage."

Explaining the phenomenon

Clairvoyance is a specific psychic ability that allows a person to access information in the form of images, pictures, visions and colors that they cannot access through normal logical processes, Katz explained.

"During the workshop, we focus on this ability, but also people usually experience their other abilities of telepathy, which is hearing other people's thoughts; clairaudience, which is hearing messages from spirits; and clairsentience, which is feeling other's emotions," said Katz, a single mom and professional clairvoyant who has a master's degree in social work from the University of Utah and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Montana.

Angela Sparks of Orlando, Fla., participated in boot camp in 2007 and 2008 in Sedona, after reading Katz's book: "I've always been highly intuitive and was ready to take it to the next level," said Sparks, 40. "I found and bought Debra's book and read that there are actually colleges that train people in clairvoyance and other metaphysical skills. I was floored."

For those who are skeptical about psychic abilities, "think about the times when the phone rang as someone you were just thinking about has called, or when you had an urge to do something or move in a direction that you wouldn't usually and how well that decision to follow that urge turned out, or when you ignored it and wound up saying, I knew I should have done that,'" Sparks said.

"It's the same thing," she said, "the same source, that little voice inside you that is always right, that is trying to steer you in the right direction."

Books disseminate details to larger audience

Katz was inspired to launch Psychic Bootcamp while doing clairvoyant readings for people seeking answers about their past, present and future, from relationships to jobs, from health to creative projects.

"When I would finish their readings, they often asked me questions about how they could develop their own skills, or how they could heal themselves," Katz said. "I found I didn't have enough time to teach each person. This is what motivated me to write my books and then start to teach these classes."

Past and current students include doctors, attorneys, therapists, nurses, teachers, electrical engineers, writers, artists and construction workers, she said.

Designed for beginning and expert psychics, Psychic Bootcamp has been offered in Simi Valley, Sedona and Warsaw, Poland, where Katz taught more than 360 Polish residents with the help of an interpreter.

This is her favorite topic, she said, because of her discovery that everyone is psychic and has the ability to see visions like the greatest shamans, psychics and yogis — although most don't have the slightest clue how to tune in to this ability or control it.

"There are also so many people who say they don't believe in the psychic realm, but then these same people go to church each week and pray to Jesus and God and the various saints, asking for intervention in their lives and healing," Katz said.

"It's so funny to me because how are they doing anything different than what psychics and clairvoyants do? It's not any different," said Katz, pointing out the popularity of TV shows such as "Medium," "Ghost Whisperer" and "John Edward Cross Country." "There is a growing interest in this subject."

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