"A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience."
So wrote Oliver Wendell Holmes in The Professor at the Breakfast-Table. Psychic Gordon Banta agrees. He says, "Every successful person in the world is using his intuition. All creative thinkers are dreamers."
Common wisdom has it that intuition is purely a woman's prerogative. That, however, is where Banta disagrees. Getting in touch with one's feelings, he thinks, shouldn't be exclusive to one sex because "Everything is in the mind; women just use it more. If a man is gentle, it doesn't mean he's lost his aggressiveness, it means he's more balanced.
Banta claims he can say these things because he spent 12 years as an overroad trucker and once stared down the barrel of a shotgun aimed at his head by a drunken preacher who thought he'd found the devil. "I'm just as rough and tough as anybody."
He started listening to his intuition while driving his rig one day about 15 years ago. A strong feeling that his wife was ill made him turn around and head home, where he found his wife in a coma. Since then, he has studied and taught about extrasensory perception and psychic phenomena.
It's difficult to write about a psychic without making him sound like a crackpot. When we realized, however, that all he's talking about is self-improvement through self-awareness and positive thinking, we're more able to accept what he says. When, as Gordon Banta does, he offers suggestions specifically about relaxation and positive self-image, that certainly will do no harm and probably will do some good, it behooves us to listen.
People are imbalanced, according to Gordon Banta, "because we rely more on our conscious, less powerful side of the mind. This is our 'body mind.' The 'spirit' or 'soul' mind is very subtle, but the more powerful side. You have to draw the two sides into balance to become more powerful." He compares the conscious mind to a radio transmitter, the unconscious to a receiver.
"When you're daydreaming, you're into your subconscious. Pay attention to it and direct it into something positive and constructive." Banta says this works for all troublesome situations. "Say I'm having a difficult time with my job. I've tried everything I know consciously to resolve it. Then I go into a daydreaming state of mind and direct what I want to see. I see myself going to work and the problem is no longer there. Recreate situations in your daydream. See things already resolved, without looking for details, but leaving your subconscious to work it out. Keep doing it until, like and inventor, you find the right solution."
What you're actually doing, Banta says, is creating "an energy flow in a positive direction, causing something positive to happen." The effect, he continues, is to "create a desire inwardly. When you get the maximum desire, let it filter to the back of your head. Go about your daily affairs knowing in the back of your mind that the problem will be worked out."
Answers are revealed in many ways. You may get "a clear picture in your mind of the end result. You may picture something seemingly symbolic that doesn't seem to relate to anything, but you can get and answer from a symbol." A bird, he says, is a good example. Outwardly, it means nothing. But symbolically, examine whether it's flying or standing, active or still. "Grab on to an idea and think about all aspects of it," he counsels. "Usually it will have the answer to your problem."
Some people refer to this intuition as a "gut feeling" or "animal instinct." Banta says, "You should always act on it because it's always right. Your soul knows."
Relaxation is also important. Complete relaxation can help you get though many stressful situations. To release tension, just close your eyes, take nine deep breaths and relax. "Get your conscious mind out of the picture," he notes. "This is the true creative way to think." Before making any major decision, he adds, "take at least three deep breaths, tell yourself to calm down and relax." He likens this process to initiating a telephone conversation. "When you call somebody, you pause, hesitate, then wait patiently for an answer. This is the same thing.
Banta has three children: a 27-year old son, a 26-year old daughter and a 12-year old son. "It's great to be a father and see their minds develop," he says. He wasn't involved with psychic phenomena when the older two were younger, but he's raised the youngest differently and says it's had an effect. He tells the story of a bully on the school bus who once