Right Brain Activities for Home Practice – Part 8: ESP Games

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8. ESP games

ESP – the controversial part of right brain education and possibly the main reason why right brain education receives a lot of skepticism.  However, ESP is part of right brain education and to provide an accurate picture of what right brain education is about, I feel I must include it in the discussion even if it offends the sensibilities of some readers.  Not to include it would be like presenting half a picture.

Do I believe ESP is possible?  Yes, I think it is possible.  I would like to believe it is possible.  The theory seems sound, there is enough testimonials to raise questions regarding its existence, and I think it would be arrogant to assume we know enough about the brain to rule it out as an impossibility.

One of my physics teachers once said, “If our brains were simple enough for us to understand it, we wouldn’t have the mental capacity to understand it.”  Well, we’ve come a long way towards understanding the brain, but I do agree we are still very far from truly understanding everything about it.

If you still question the existence of ESP, consider that we once thought the Earth was flat and that the Sun revolved around the Earth.  Anyone who thought differently was believed to be crazy.  Today we know that the Earth is round and it revolves around the Sun.  It is possible that in future the same may be said of ESP.

And if you’re still unconvinced, then you can look at it from this perspective: many of the activities that are recommended for developing ESP abilities are actually fun games that you might easily play with your child.  Other activities are useful for providing other benefits which we will examine in greater detail in another post.  So even if you don’t have any intention of developing your child’s ESP senses, you may still want to play some of these games just as a fun activity to engage your child.  At the very least, it is something entertaining.  At its best, your child may develop his ESP senses and convert you into a believer.

Besides, from what I understand of right brain education, even if you don’t play ESP games, just by practicing the other right brain activities, you will be opening up your child’s ESP senses.  According to Shichida, activities such as imaging, develops all the right brain abilities, including ESP.  In Shichida’s book, one parent shares an incident when her children were playing with the memory cards.  Her son, who was taking his turn at naming all the cards from memory, told his sister, “Stop whispering the answers!”  She wasn’t whispering the answers – she had been silent the entire time.  So what did the boy hear?  There are many other similar testimonials of children performing ESP after receiving right brain education.  It seems that if you do want to develop your child’s right brain, then you have to accept the fact that you may also be developing his ESP senses – like it or not.

These are some of the ESP games that are played in Heguru:

1. Pick the right card

Show your child two cards, e.g. a card with a blue shoe and a card with a yellow shoe.  Tell your child to find the yellow shoe.  Shuffle the cards behind your back then show your child the two cards with the pictures facing down.  Ask your child to tell you which card is the one with the yellow shoe.

2. What’s on the paper

On a small piece of paper, draw a shape, e.g. a circle, and fold it up.  Give your child the piece of paper and ask him to hold it without looking.  Show your child three different shapes including the one on the piece of paper he is holding, e.g. a circle, a square and a triangle.  As your child which shape is on the piece of paper he is holding.

3. How many items in the basket

Place a random number of items into a basket.  Without showing your child the items in the basket, ask your child how many items he thinks is in the basket.  Give him some options, e.g. 3, 5, 8, or 9.

There are many other variations of this game you can play.

If you’re out and about, you can make this a fun activity.  For instance, you can play the game of guess which elevator will arrive first.  In the book ESP for Kids by Tag Powell, they have a few other variations you can play:

  • Who’s at the door?
  • Who’s on the telephone?
  • What’s in the present?
  • What’s in the bag?

When you first play these games, it is important to encourage your child to get it right and praise him for his successful attempts.  For instance, in “guess the present”, get your child to offer as much description about the present as possible.  What colour is it?  Is it hard or soft?  What shape?  When the present is revealed, look for the similarities between the present and your child’s description.  E.g. “You said it was soft – look, it’s a teddy bear”.  Powell also recommends that you avoid interference from the usual five senses.  For instance, with “guess the present” don’t let your child hold the present since the weight and other tactile clues may influence your child’s answer.

If you are intrigued by ESP, stay tuned – there is more coming.  If you aren’t, just skip those blog posts because there is still a lot about early child development and education that I haven’t had a chance to write about.

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  1. True, doctors aren’t all-knowing but there is a difference between “you’re never going to walk again” and “there’s a chance you could walk again but your odds are slim to none”.

    There is a reason why the Placebo Effect was coined. Because some people will get better just because they think they are getting a cure rather than because they are actually getting a cure. The effect is happening inside the mind. If you could take the placebo effect and make it work for everyone, you would have a new kind of medicine…

    Ah… but have they been disproved? The fact that no one has been able to show that it works doesn’t mean it doesn’t work.

    I may question the existence of ESP, but one thing I do believe in without a doubt is the power of the mind. If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t.

    A few years back, I was at the rock climbing gym watching a group of people bouldering. They were working on a problem route and no one could do it. Eventually I heard them saying stuff like, “Impossible!” “Can’t be done!” “It’s just too hard.” They had mostly given up except for one person. After a long time, that one person made it. In rapid succession after that one person achieved it, the rest followed suit.

    For a lot of people, the mind has to see to believe. That’s where we’re at – we haven’t seen it so we don’t believe it. But then there are those who don’t need to see to believe – like the guy who finished the boulder problem before everyone else. They are the ones who are going to pave the way for the rest to follow.

  2. Gib says:

    Doctors aren’t all-knowing, due to practicalities of particular cases, and due to humans not knowing all there is to know about medicine. There are always going to be people who are on either end of the bell-curve on anything, who will either do much better or do much worse than a doctor predicts.

    It doesn’t take a miracle for a doctor to be wrong.

    I think most discoveries are worth looking like a fool to achieve. But the ones that have been mostly disproved aren’t worth spending much time or money on.

  3. Therein lies the problem… There are too many frauds around which makes it all harder to believe in. Yet, if we’re too skeptical, we kill off the potential a child might have in developing these abilities.

    One of the books I read mentioned a child who demonstrated an ability to heal others. After being made fun of at school, he stopped using his ability and eventually lost it. Was he really a healer? We’ll never know. But to think of the possibilities of having a person who can heal the sick just by touching them – it’s something worth believing in.

    I’ve read about medical miracles:

    – patients whom doctors said would never walk again but they did.
    – patients whom doctors declared terminally ill but they beat the disease.
    – patients whom doctors said would never make it but they lived.

    The doctors know the science and the science says these people shouldn’t be alive, yet they are. Some people believe it is “The Secret”. Some believe it is will power. Others think it’s a miracle from God.

    I know people with cancer who did everything the doctors said and still they didn’t make it. Then I hear about others who rejected the treatment from the doctors and are now in remission because they believed they could beat the cancer.

    If we can raise a generation of children with the answers to these questions then I’m all for it. Even if I end up looking like a fool for it, I think it will be worth it, don’t you?

  4. Chris Severn says:

    Hi Shen-Li,

    There are plenty of people all around the world who seem convincingly psychic. I’m sure the guy from Nagasaki is one of them. But you’re right, magicians already can fool us, while admitting they’re using simple (and not so simple) tricks. It’s not surprising that there are also lots of people around that use similar tricks, but don’t admit they’re tricks and make more money 🙂
    It’s also true that people can really think they’re psychic, unknowingly using simple cold reading tricks.

    None of them, over the many years of Randi’s million dollar challenge has demonstrated any real supernatural ability. I used to think I was psychic – until I realised how easily the human mind can be fooled.

  5. :-p Yes, you did cross my mind. However, I do think there must be others out there who probably thought I’d lost my marbles and didn’t bother dropping me a comment at all.

    I think there are plenty of others who will be ready to claim Randi’s millions dollars before my kids – if the testimonials from parents about their children’s ESP abilities are true. Then there is the man Shichida met in Nagasaki who demonstrated his abilities in ESP. I am very curious to meet him – unfortunately, being a mother of two young kids, I can’t exactly just drop everything and fly off to Japan to meet him to find out more. Is he the real McCoy or another fraud, I’ve no idea. Some of the stuff he’s been able to do is pretty amazing – then again, “magicians” have also been known to do some pretty amazing things, so who knows?

  6. Chris Severn says:

    You were possibly thinking of me when you were worried about the “sensibilities of some readers”… 🙂

    Yes, we used to think the earth was the centre of the universe. The reason we don’t any longer is because of the evidence. We’re still waiting for evidence of ESP.

    In particular, James Randi is waiting to give a million dollars to anyone who can demonstrate ESP, and has been for many years. Nobody has won it yet. I hope you successfully train your child in ESP, and win the money. You’ll be a million dollars richer, and change science forever.