Is being psychic a sin? I’ve been looking at this fear for a long time. Then I received a question from a woman in my “Ask Terri” section this week that said, “I’m working on listening to my inner voice, but sometimes I’m not sure if it’s ‘ego’ or my ‘higher self.’ How can I be sure?” This blog may not have the exact answer she is looking for, but her question definitely got my juices flowing about being psychic. Let me explain why.

First off, let’s describe what the ego is and then the higher self. The ego is that part of us that says we “must do this” or we “need to do that” to get ahead, to have success or to receive God’s rewards. It’s the part that is competitive, feels lack, and often feels alone and unloved. The ego says “we are not enough” or “we need to do it right” so others will approve of us. Think of the good girl rules in your life. Your ego is the ringmaster with the whip who has you jumping through hoops to keep you from breaking those rules.

The higher self, on the other hand, is your connection to God. Some call this Source or the Universe. No matter what, it is love. For this blog, I’m going to call the higher self, God, because when we get out of the way with our minds and tune into our higher selves, we tap into God’s guidance and love.

The reason we struggle with knowing which is ego and which is God is because we are taught from a very young age to shut down our intuition. Your intuition is the direct channel to receiving God’s messages.


During childhood, parents, teachers and adult figures play the authorities in our lives. Instead of asking us what we think or feel, or encouraging us to find the answers within, the adults, instead, tell us that they know best. Thus, we shut down to trusting our knowingness and developing our intuition.

We all have the ability to be intuitive. It is our sixth sense. But unlike the five senses that we are taught about in school, the sixth sense is ignored, and is often taught to be evil. This is one of the key reasons I had a hard time trusting my intuition.

I was raised to believe that anything closely related to being intuitive was of the devil. “Seeing” was wrong. To even enquire about expanding my intuition was considered evil. So I stayed in my head. But being in my head and following the rules made me miserable! I constantly questioned myself as to whether I was doing the right thing or doing it wrong.

I often prayed for guidance, but never felt I could receive an answer. This confusion kept me in emotional chaos and often filled my life with remorse and guilt.

You can only imagine how I felt when I entered into a school for energetic healing and intuition. In other words, to become a clairvoyant, which means, “to see clearly,” otherwise known as being psychic. (FYI: Clairaudience is another form of intuition/psychic abilities, which means, “clear hearing,” and so is clairsentience, which means, “clear feeling.”) Upon entering the healing school, I had people tell me, “I’m afraid you’re working with the devil.” In the beginning, these remarks made me angry. The first time someone said this to me, my whole body trembled uncontrollably. I knew there was a gift, however, and went within to clean up the old beliefs that said I was evil for being psychic.

I am so glad I did! With every fear that raised it’s ugly head and with every release of the rules in my mind, I not only got clearer with my intuition, but also created a deeper connection to God than I’d ever known. That’s because not only did I pray for guidance, but was also open to receive messages via my intuition.

Now, most of the time, I trust and allow God to guide me because I know my intuition is fairly open. Some days it’s not. But for the most part, I stay pretty tapped in because I have worked diligently to clean up the old rules in my mind that said it wasn’t okay to be psychic.

I’ll never forget the day I walked into my home and Pastor Joel Osteen was on TV. I heard him say, “And Isaiah opened up his sixth sense of faith to see the band of angels.”

“Holy crap!” was my response. “Joel is talking about intuition.”

Why have we been taught that being intuitive/psychic is evil? defines intuition as “direct perception of truth, fact, etc., independent of any reasoning process,” and defines being psychic as “sensitive to influences or forces of a nonphysical or supernatural nature.” Well, to me, they are one and the same. God is truth, omnipresent and supernatural. Why wouldn’t we all want to be sensitive to the influences of God?

I’m not a theologian in any way, but I do know that in the Bible, it says in 1 Corinthians 12: 4-11, that there are many gifts. Here are the verses taken from the New International Version (NIV).

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,[a] and to still another the interpretation of tongues.[b] 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

I don’t believe being psychic is a sin. I believe it is a tremendous gift! We are all intuitive in one way or another. I know that those of us who choose to expand our intuition are simply using one of these gifts. Whether it’s for seeing, hearing, or feeling, every person on this planet has some form of the sixth sense. We just have to get rid of the programming that tells us we are wrong for tapping into it.

I have a friend whose dad is a preacher. She said her dad used to feel that being “psychic” was evil, but now feels that it is all a matter of intention. I feel the same. Are we using these gifts to tap into God so that we can be an expression of love and service? Or are we doing it to harm another person?

So, to get back to the original question from one of our “Ask Terri” readers about how to know when it’s your ego or your higher self, my answer is to go within and clean up your past beliefs about tapping into your intuition and knowingness. That means to look at who you’ve made the authority of your life. Is it a parent’s voice in your mind that makes you question yourself? Or is it programming that says it is evil to tap in to your intuitive abilities? As you clean up these beliefs, you will gain clarity as to whether it’s your higher self or your ego speaking to you. Just remember, your ego tells you to “act” or “perform” and to seek others’ approval.  Your higher self, on the other hand, is all about connecting to God. And, expanding your intuition is the pathway there.

I’d love to hear your comments about being intuitive/psychic below! How do you feel about this? Have you shut down your sixth sense due to subconscious rules in your mind? What scares you most about saying yes to your intuitive gifts?

And if you have any questions regarding another concern, I want to hear from you. Go to the “Ask Terri” section on the Home page and fill in the drop down form. Who knows, your question may be the topic for my next blog!