Boulder, CO- Although the title of these unique classes, Psychic Courses for children, conjure images of young children learning to tell fortunes using crystal balls and communicating with spirits, they are not like that at all.
Not all 5-year-olds in this class claim to have a “sixth sense” or to be able to talk to ghosts and “monsters” but some do. In Stacia Synnestvedt’s opinion, the word “psychic” has become misconstrued. She states that most of the students in this class are typical kids.
Synnestvedt teaches the classes on the third Friday of every month at Boulder’s Psychic Horizons Center. They are available for children aged 5 through 10. Along with teaching these classes, she also ran a psychic camp designed for older kids, as well as a children’s “healing clinic” recently.
If you didn’t know the title of these classes, you would never know that this class is unlike a normal class- here is an idea of what Synnestvedt teaches the children:
She teaches them how to sing songs, discover their creative side by making art, and spending time practicing being quiet.
The point of these classes is to listen to these children and validating them as well as encouraging them to stay connected to their intuition. She also teaches them important lessons such as giving people their personal space and how to draw relational boundaries by teaching them how to stay their ground and not get wrapped up in that person’s emotions (such as a parent or friend) if they do not see eye to eye on something. Synnestvedt states that these activities help children sleep better, channel their energy in a positive manner, and help them feel more confident.
“It applies to everything,” she stated.
She uses the words “energy” and “spirit or essence” to explain all of these concepts to the students. She says that these words are actually the true meaning of “psychic”. She is ultimately teaching awareness of energy.
“You learn tools like grounding to the earth, letting go of energy that isn’t yours and then refilling, and calling your energy back. It’s a way to sit in the observer place, without getting sucked into the drama of it. That’s when you become intuitive. You tap into a neutral place, because intuition is basically observing.” Synnestvedt said.
Although this may sound a lot like attending a meditation or yoga class, Synnestvedt takes it a step further when the kids are ready. She does this by teaching them how to set energetic boundaries, set intentions, meet spirit guides, and read auras.
“I don’t expect a 5-year-old to grasp all of this right away, but it’s like we’re planting a seed”, she says.
She made the decision to enroll herself in psychic classes because she was unhappy, sick and tired, and wanted to learn how to take charge of her life. “You start to peel away more layers of the stuff you pick up as you move into adulthood” she says about taking the classes.
In her opinion, it is best to teach these lessons to children at a young age, before their “true selves” are covered in layers of society’s influence because then there will be fewer layers to peel away. The number of students in these drop-in classes (which she has been teaching for about one and a half years) ranges from a handful of kids to up to a dozen per class.
Vicki Smith is a frequent attendee at the Psychic Horizons Center and commutes from Arvada to Boulder to attend classes and channelings. She has also taken four of her grandchildren (ranging in age from 9-16) to classes offered to children. In fact, the youngest two of her grandchildren attend the class every month.
Smith states that every time her grandchildren leave class, they cannot stop talking about it. She believes that it is helping her older grandchildren deal with peer pressure and is also teaching them how to exercise their “right brain” which strengthens their creativity.
According to Synnestvedt, teaching kids about how to ground their energy has the effect of calming their bodies and it can also give shy kids the tools needed to feel more confident and empowered.
“Kids don’t learn intuition, unless you have some exceptional teacher or an exceptional school. They need to learn to go with their gut. Our education system is failing a lot of these kids because they are not going to learn in the same way my generation did, or my children’s generation did” Smith states. “We need to learn how to help them.”