Renee Lloyd tells her story living as a psychic
I’ve long believed that if we give validity to religions, spirituality and the metaphysical, then we have to be fully open to the psychic realm where people today claim to have gifts in the paranormal, including extra-sensory perception, foretelling the future and other unexplainable skills.
Alas, many orthodox and traditional believers in a higher being are skeptical of contemporary metaphysical practices, from channeling to crystals to angels to Reiki to palm reading to astrology and earth religions. Some write off these as New Age woo-woo. Yet, humans’ now and in the great past have developed broadly diverse and sincere religions, beliefs and practices that are rich with inexplicable occurrences. For example, Catholics believe Christ’s body and blood are truly present in the consecrated elements of the Eucharist. It takes verifiable miracles for Catholic heroes to reach sainthood.
If the Holy Bible can chronicle countless supernatural events — many metaphorical rather than real — then why must they be only legitimate if they came out of the Judeo-Christian experience? Surely other religions have every reason to call “real” the events of their traditions and history. Miracles and unexplained things are still happening. The United Church of Christ’s mantra, for example, is “God is still speaking.”
Renee Lloyd of Scottsdale has produced a small book, “Power of the Mind: Living and Coping with Psychic Abilities, Spiritual Gifts and Paranormal Information.” Released in February by AuthorHouse, the 63-page book is Lloyd’s quest to tell her journey from discovering her psychic powers as a young child to how she has fought her own demons as an adult. “I trust that my experiences will assist all those who believe in dimensions unseen, uncommon and without resolve,” she writes in the introduction.
When she was a child, Lloyd said she had 75 percent accuracy in calling out cards to be pulled from a deck. Or when the family dog ran off, she knew it went off to die. But in her fundamentalist family, her gifts were called evil gifts. Lloyd never thought she had gifts and thought she was normal. A tomboy, perfectionist, strong self-critic and highly intuitive, she still grew up believing she had special powers and “my mind had no limits.”
“Most organized religions forbade the affirmation of paranormal activity and most deemed those who seek out the paranormal as witches or devil worshipers,” writes Lloyd, who tells of many times when she felt evil presence. In one segment, she noted during her 20s that she was driving a vehicle in a rural area, saw blue canisters and idly told a companion that they contained bodies. Time passed, and, indeed, bodies were found there.
In much of the book, Lloyd intimates times in her life when she was a kind of man-chaser, often recklessly, and having bad consequences. There were moments of jealousy, betrayal, cheating and lying. At times, I struggled to understand the relevancy of some of those stories, including extensive focus on being accused of child neglect by Child Protective Services. Yet she chronicles false accusations that she was an occult member who sacrificed animals, performed rituals, poke pins in children’s skin and “you are satanic.” Each time she took a child to the doctor, “the medical professionals treated me like a child abuser and criminal even if I took my sons in for a cold, vaccination, flu, chicken pox or fever.” Eventually, she was cleared.
“Religious organizations were always quick to label me as a witch, occult member or devil worshiper,” she said. “However, I always knew where I stood with God and I was always willing to obey him regardless if I were a sinner or saint.”
Lloyd makes many points in her book: 1) people sensitive to the spiritual world generally fail to be able to tell others what they are experiencing; 2) such people know the difference between fact and fiction, and whatever enters their minds without meaning; and 3) “a great deal of information that psychics know is information that he or she does not want to know, but finds that he or she cannot stop the information from occurring.”
She tells about surviving a car accident and having a near-death experience. She was not wearing her seat belt when a truck struck her car. Her body slammed into the steering column and windshield. She saw herself rise more than 50 feet above the wreckage. She thought she was lost and “realized I was not ready to meet my maker.” Soon she was jolted back into her body. Hours later, she walked out of the hospital “unscathed,” a witness to God’s power.
The little book may go a full page without a paragraph break. At times, it rambles and leaves questions hanging. Yet, Lloyd, a teacher, has produced a thoughtful book that attempts to give a taste of her own experiences. It whets the imaginations for readers who may think they, too, have special powers.
“Love one another and yourself,” she concludes the book. “The best way to use a gift is to help other people self-discover and find his or her own way. The best way to heal is to forgive everyone, including yourself.”