Psychic and medium Chip Coffey has just published his book “Growing up psychic: My story of not just surviving but thriving – and how others like me can, too.” In it, he cogently sets forth a kind and intelligent way of helping children who are having psychic openings – usually distressing ones. Chip Coffey is so relaxing, I wish I could be a psychic kid, so he could be my mentor.
He has also been the heart of the A&E TV series “Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal.” I think this show is just fantastic. I cry every episode. The kids and their parents go from being terrified and miserable to feeling deeply relieved and good about themselves.
Really, Mr. Coffey is doing an incredible service, filling a unique niche. He’s educating children and parents about how to live a grounded, normal, happy, humanistic life with psychic abilities. Societally, these abilities are currently teetering on the brink between being seen as evil, deluded, or deformed v. being seen as beneficent, evolved, and desirable.
I so admire his courage in taking up this mission. Especially as a man. Our society is becoming more open to psi, but he is still very much in the vanguard. Our society is also becoming more aware of child abuse, which is a great thing, but it’s going through a phase of being knee-jerk mistrustful of men around children. So, it’s very brave of him to be a psychic man who mentors children who are having difficulties with psi.
He says he has some training and experience in psychology and counseling, and it shows. I had wondered how he came to be so therapeutic with the kids on the TV series. He has rock solid common sense, a superb set of values about what all children need, a nice sense of humor, and he’s very natural and humble.
One of the purposes of this blog is to defuse the conflation of psi and fear. This book contributes to that project. In the vast majority of childhood and teenage psi openings that Mr. Coffey encounters, the kids feel terrified, but there is, in fact, nothing to be afraid of. Many times, they are being contacted by deceased humans who simply want to get a message through. On one occasion, the presence that the child was scared of was actually a spirit guide. There is the rare instance of a more aggressive being contacting a kid, but, even then, it does wonders simply to support the child's development of a healthy entitlement to self-respect, personal power, and boundaries.
Just for fun, here are a couple of the more unusual anecdotes from the book –
One mother reported that she was driving with her nearly non-verbal 11-month-old son in Alabama, when he suddenly started crying, and shouted, “Bad men on the plane! Buildings going to fall! Many people hurt! Help them!”
She was so shaken by hearing complete sentences from her 11-month-old that she pulled the car over. The boy was still upset, so she turned the car radio on to find some soothing music. As you’ve probably guessed by now, what she then heard on the radio was the breaking news of the attack on the World Trade Center. The date was 11 September 2001.
This boy has since been diagnosed as autistic. His mother says that he has precognitive, clairvoyant, empathic, and telepathic abilities. Many people in her family history have had psychic abilities. (pp. 12-13)
Another anecdote –
A 12-year-old boy was riding his bike, and was seriously injured when hit by a car. He drifted in and out of consciousness for a bit, then, from his perspective, everything went blank, and he found himself out of body looking down on his body. Then, he felt himself traveling fast through a white fog and tunnel.
Up ahead, he saw shadowy figures, and eventually drew close enough to see his grandmother. He felt confused because he knew she had died a year earlier, but he was very happy to see her.
She smiled, shook her head, and said, “Kylie, you really have to be more careful from now on when you’re riding that bike.” She wrapped her arms around him, and hugged him close.
Suddenly, he felt a huge pain in his chest, and found himself in the back of an ambulance.
He recovered well, and told his parents about his experience. It turns out that that the chest pain he had felt coincided with being defibrillated by the paramedics. And his mother was stunned to hear of her deceased mother hugging her son, because, when she was finally allowed to see her injured son in the ER, she had leaned over to give him a kiss, and had smelled her mother’s perfume on him!
In the decade since his NDE, Kylie describes himself as having occasional precognition and clairsentience. (pp. 85-87)