The Natural Psychic by Ellen Dugan

Being a natural and gifted psychic can put you into a very lonely and isolated position—the sort of place very few people would be comfortable living in for any period of time.

Ellen Dugan is a successful psychic—someone who learnt from her earliest years not only that she was a naturally-gifted intuitive but also that being such would create a direct clash between who she is and those around her who were less-accommodating of her mystic gifts.

In her book The Natural Psychic, Ellen shares her wealth of experience and insight gleaned from over twenty-five years of professional work.

She begins with a look at ‘The Three Ps of Psychic Experiences’: premonition, precognition and the lesser understood principle of post-cognition.

Here, she describes the role that the solar plexus plays in psychic work along with its ability to relay intuitive information about people, events and circumstances.

Personal guidance follows for those readers seeking ways to understand their own intuitive skills and, as the author insists, …we all have them but not all of us choose to use them.

Following directly on from this, the author offers a series of guiding questions specifically designed to help the reader understand which of four main avenues of psychic development is the one that you have a natural inclination toward.

These can be psychic knowing, psychic seeing, psychic hearing or psychic feeling.

As Ellen explains, there are many strands of psychic work that extend off from these four and in chapter four, she looks specifically at the art of mediumship—probably one of the most popular of all psychic skills.

Here, she interweaves personal anecdotal stories—many of which offer insights into the sometimes tough world of connecting with the spirits of the deceased as well as clear guidance on the sort of personality and emotional characteristics that a medium should naturally have.

These can be quite specific and, as the author herself states, …when it comes to being a medium you either are one or you are not.

Perhaps the second most popular form of psychic work today is that of Tarot card reading. Ellen offers a general description of what the Tarot is and how it works. She also offers specific guidance on how to perform a Tarot card reading for others. This includes a number of Tarot card spreads that the reader can try out for themselves.

Paranormal investigations have also become popular—particularly with today’s reality TV audiences—and Ellen looks at the work of some of these such as psi-sensitives and ghost hunters.

Directly related to these skills is the practice of using a ouija board, which is a powerful occult tool in the hands of a knowledgable user but which, as the author readily admits, has a somewhat checkered history.

Ellen returns to offering practical guidance to would-be psychics and includes a number of helpful daily exercises that the reader can follow as a way of stretching and developing those fledgling psychic talents.

Later on, these also include information regarding the need to develop a strong psychic armour in order to protect oneself from astral interference, psychic burnout and negative elemental encounters.

The author offers four stages of psychic first aid-and a Tarot spread that can be used to identify any form of psychic attack.

The Natural Psychic closes with a look at the human aura, the use of crystals and stones in clearing bad energy as well as some closing thoughts on the nature of psychic work in general.

The book includes a glossary of terms used throughout the book, a bibliography and index.


I defy anyone not to be delighted by this warmly engaging foray into psychism and the work of a working intuitive.

At the end of the day, we tend to learn best through the personal experiences of others and the rich inclusion of personal recollections and anecdotes by the author drawn from her life makes this a book worthy of reading for that reason alone.

It would be wrong to suggest that the working career of a psychic is an easy one. It most definitely is not and sometimes the general atmosphere generated by this excellent publication fails to reveal the sheer hard work and years of dedication that the author has put into her profession.

The Natural Psychic is not an autobiography as such but the inclusion of her personal experiences drawn from over twenty-five years of psychic readings enriches a book that already offers a wealth of personal guidance to those readers who would like to learn more about the art.

In many ways, it is a book that offers a way of helping others avoid the sort of pain and confusion created by emerging psychic talents that she experienced herself.

For natural-born psychics, and not just the merely inquisitive, this book will undoubtedly pave the way to a richly rewarding career—one guaranteed to comprise of a wealth of personal experiences and a deeply rewarding sense of helping ones fellow human being.

The Natural Psychic is a fascinating spiritual guide and deeply valuable collection of insights into the colorful world of the professional intuitive.