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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.