How children who believe they have psychic abilities say their lives are affected by their gifts

Ethan Edmonson and Kendyll Pekarek may seem like two average kids to anyone watching them. They both play, go to school, and hang out with their families, but they also both have something a little different. The children, both 11 years old, have what they call psychic abilities.

“I’m healing, I’m clairaudience, clairvoyant, and I just know things sometimes,” Ethan told Inside Edition Digital.

His parents, Jon and Ellen Edmonson, said they first noticed his abilities when he was around 2, when Ethan said he played with his late grandmother.

“My mom passed away when Ethan was about three and a half months old, so we both just looked at each other and we were like ‘OK, that’s interesting’, and that was the first kind of look at when it started, ”Ellen said.

Eventually, however, Ethan, who lives in Maryland, began to shut down. He felt misunderstood at school, where he had also started to be bullied because he was seen as “weird”.

Skepticism towards the supernatural or paranormal is not a new concept, but neither is acceptance and belief in such abilities.

According to a 2005 American Gallup poll, more than a quarter of people believe humans have psychic abilities, such as telepathy and clairvoyance. This same survey found that 42% of those surveyed believed that people may have extrasensory perception, or ESP. Twenty-one percent of those surveyed believe that some people can mentally communicate with a deceased person.

While dealing with issues in the living world, Ethan began to discover that his abilities were a cause for concern as well.

He started to see shadows, his mother said.

“And the spirits, they were just looking at me and that really scared me,” Ethan said of the dating.

At the same time, in Pennsylvania, Kendyll was going through similar experiences. She began to isolate herself and her mother, Denise Pakerek, was worried.

“When I first found out she had abilities, I was just mortified,” Pakerek said. “I didn’t know what to do. There is no number to call. I first looked for paranormal groups in the area to help me, which they did. They came to tell us about it. what Kendyll saw and verified that she saw and heard many spirits.

The spirits Kendyll saw, however, were not so friendly.

“She had stopped all her activities, dancing, gymnastics, everything stopped. She sort of isolated herself, ”said Denise

In an attempt to better refine and understand their abilities, Ethan and Kendyll’s families independently decided to contact the team behind A&E “Psychic Kids”. Kendyll and Ethan both said they came out of the show with a better understanding of their gifts.

Kendyll now identifies as a medium, which means she can communicate with the dead. She also identifies as empathetic and psychic. Among her gifts is the ability to touch objects and get a feel for their history, as well as the ability to see from a distance places where she has not yet been, she said.

Ethan said he’s an empath, which means he can sense people’s emotions, he’s clairaudient, which means he can hear spirits, and clairvoyant, which means he can see them.

Kendyll now regularly conducts surveys to listen to the spirits of a place.

“My hopes for Kendyll are that I really hope she expands her abilities,” Pekarek said. “She’s very, very good at what she does.”

Kendyll says she thinks she received these gifts to help people, but she doesn’t often tell people about them.

“If they don’t ask, I don’t like to tell them because I don’t know. I’m a calm person, ”Kendyll said.

Ethan also thinks he received his gifts for a reason, but thinks he looks more like other people than they think.

“I always feel different, but I still know I’m human and not too different from everyone,” he said.

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