Be­lieve it or not

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - ROX­ANNE ALLAN

PSY­CHICS peo­ple who claim to have ex­tra­or­di­nary abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing talk­ing to dead peo­ple, have been at the cen­tre of on­go­ing ar­gu­ments be­tween be­liev­ers and scep­tics for decades. Do they ex­ist or are they clever ac­tors and fakes?

South­ern Cross’s The One is look­ing for an an­swer or, at least, look­ing to chal­lenge the way we think about psy­chic phe­nom­ena as it searches for Aus­tralia’s most gifted psy­chic. Hosted by An­drew Daddo ( pic­tured),

The One pits 10 of Aus­tralia’s top psy­chics against one an­other in a bat­tle for the pres­ti­gious ti­tle.

Each week, they are asked to demon­strate their abil­i­ties in a se­ries of stu­dio and lo­ca­tion chal­lenges such as un­cov­er­ing a ‘‘ thief’’ on a crowded train or solv­ing a real un­pub­li­cised mur­der.

One of the gifted 10 who is in the hunt is Ade­laide-born mother of two, Heidi Han­ley, a psy­chic healer who de­scribes her­self as an ‘‘ in­tu­itive’’ and ‘‘ em­path’’.

From a very young age, Han­ley re­alised she could feel oth­ers’ emo­tions or phys­i­cal pain and hear their thoughts and from this point on­wards re­alised she would never lead a life quite like her fam­ily and friends. ‘‘ I’m like a sponge,’’ she says.

‘‘ I can walk into a place or I’ll be stand­ing next to a per­son or even an an­i­mal and I start to feel what they’re feel­ing.’’

But it’s not just the liv­ing she can feel, it’s the dead too; and this was some­thing that be­came bla­tantly ob­vi­ous to Han­ley when she fin­ished school and started work­ing in a pal­lia­tive care unit in a nurs­ing home.

While there, Han­ley be­gan to see, hear and smell res­i­dents who had died.

‘‘ I’m kind of a mixed bag in the way that I work, so I feel emo­tions but some­times I have clair­voy­ance so I’ll have im­ages or I’ll ac­tu­ally see words writ­ten in my mind’s eye,’’ Han­ley says.

‘‘ I’ll also use clairau­di­ence, which is the abil­ity to hear spir­its.

‘‘ But then there’s the smelling, we call it ‘ clairsmellient’ as a bit of a joke, and par­tic­u­larly in the nurs­ing home I used to be able to smell cigar smoke and all kinds of other things.

‘‘ It’s all about the en­ergy of a per­son com­mu­ni­cat­ing and the way they’re com­mu­ni­cat­ing or mak­ing their pres­ence known.’’

While Han­ley was fully aware of her abil­i­ties, it wasn’t un­til she mar­ried and had two chil­dren that she had to fully con­front her abil­i­ties when she suf­fered a haunt­ing.

‘‘ When my chil­dren came along, it be­came glar­ingly ob­vi­ous to my­self and my part­ner that things had stepped up to the next level,’’ she says.

‘‘ We started hav­ing house dis­tur­bances, it was quite ex­tra­or­di­nary.

‘‘ But I kind of view the ex­pe­ri­ence I had in that house as a bit of a wake-up call.’’

Han­ley’s rev­e­la­tion, she says, led her to make bet­ter use of and de­velop her psy­chic gifts, be­com­ing an aroma-ther­a­pist and a crys­tal healer and un­der­go­ing Shamanic train­ing be­fore be­com­ing a Reiki mas­ter and med­i­ta­tion teacher.

Han­ley was ap­proached by the Seven Net­work to ap­pear in The One and ex­pects to cop some crit­i­cism as she show­cases her tal­ents to the Aus­tralian pub­lic.

‘‘ When you put your­self out in a pub­lic fo­rum, par­tic­u­larly this medium, ex­cuse the pun, you’re go­ing to get some crit­i­cism, but if I can even help one per­son then it’s been worth it,’’ she says.

The One: Aus­tralia’s Most Gifted Psy­chic,

South­ern Cross, Wed­nes­day, 7.30pm

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