This is a detail from an illustration I did a few years ago for a woman called Petra. She had herself forgotten all about the incident it described, until it was re-presented to her here.
It’s been my experience that in each illustration I do, there’s at least one ‘undeniable’ bit of information for the subject that gives them cause to think, ‘wow, there’s no way this psychic /artist person could have known that; perhaps I’d best pay attention and be open to what else is being communicated here, in terms of information that might be helpful to me’.
When I first described this part of her drawing to Petra, I asked, ‘who’s this boy running towards us with his arm upraised (as though he’s trying to get someone’s attention)? I know it looks as though this person’s wearing a gown or dress, but I distinctly feel that it’s a boy that’s being depicted here’.
Petra was astonished. She said, “Ohhhh… that’s John! I forgot about John!”
Petra recalled a memory from the orphanage that she’d lived in when she was a very young girl in the Philippines…
You can see in the drawing that there’s the face of a girl with her mouth open and a blank expression to her eyes, and there are a couple of nuns on either side of her.
Petra relayed the story, saying that rabbits had been going missing from the orphanage, and a young orphan called John had been accused of stealing them. John was a bit of a troubled boy, but now that he felt like he had a community where he belonged, he couldn’t handled being accused and ostracized – by the sisters and the priest, even – and he committed suicide.
While he was alive, John had had a young friend in the orphanage called Maggie. Some time after John’s suicide, Maggie seemingly fainted. A couple of the sisters were there trying to help her, which was important, because had the children relayed the story of what happened next, they wouldn’t have been believed. As Maggie lay seemingly unconscious on the ground, she opened her eyes and started speaking, not in her own voice, but in John’s.
John said through Maggie, ‘I am not the one who took the rabbits; it was some boys from the village that stole them.’
Hearing (and seeing) this, the sisters had a local policeman do some investigating, and sure enough, some boys in the village admitted that they were the ones responsible for taking the rabbits.
Psychic illustrations aren’t just a way to show off what’s possible in terms of revealing information, they can provide incredibly profound guidance.
In this case, for instance, this was a way for John not just to clear things up, but to help Petra reconnect with her own path. While she’d been brought up in a religious orphanage, what was revealed in this illustration confirmed feelings she’d been having about following the beliefs of her own indigenous culture and pursuing her interest in the traditional medicines her people practiced. With John coming forward in the way that he did, it empowered her to open up to her own psychic abilities and to use them to help in healing others.
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