Originally appeared in Planet Jackson Hole

When intuitive training helps solve crimes

Most psychic detectives keep a low profile and work behind the scenes helping police departments in locating missing persons, as well as identifying and finding the perpetrators. The psychic gift comes in many forms. Some psychic detectives literally experience the crime through the eyes of the victim, which can be very emotionally draining. Others have the gift to gather all the information by holding a piece of clothing owned by the victim. Some are able to immediately plug into the scenario as if observing it from above. Others literally see and communicate with the deceased person who discloses the details of the crime.

It is estimated that perhaps 10 percent of people in any profession are consistently stellar performers. The same holds true for psychic detectives. And though a lot of their work is debunked, much of it has proven accurate.

One example of a contemporary professional psychic detective and author is Kristy Robinett. Like many others who have paranormal gifts, her ability to see and communicate with people no longer alive began in her childhood. A pivotal experience in her career happened when out of the blue a woman about 20 years old came to her in a psychic vision and told Robinett she had been kidnapped and murdered in another U.S. state. The young woman also gave her the exact location of her body. At the time of Robinett's vision, this woman had been missing for four years. Long story short, Kristy informed Crime Stoppers and the police went to the location, found the body and the murderer exactly as Robinett had received in her vision.

There also is a collective of psychic detectives called the U.S. Psi Squad, a group who has developed specialized skills through training. They emphasize that they are not "natural psychics" and they don’t do readings for people. Instead they apply special human cognitive abilities to help the police. They never take money for their work and only work at the request of official law enforcement sources.

Some police departments are training their officers to be more intuitive and to value their intuition more on the job. For example, courses are offered in remote viewing, a technique originally used by the military for long distance espionage. It is a technique with strict science-based protocols that trains a person to use their consciousness to "view" remote targets and to describe in detail, and with great accuracy, what they perceive.

There are at least two ways of knowing things are true: one is via the facts and observations of the five senses and the logic of the left hemisphere of our brain. The other is called "direct knowing," with information delivered to our awareness via the intuitive, spontaneous, non-linear right side of our brains. In police work, as in all aspects of life, using information from both hemispheres of the brain is a winning combination.