Reviewed by Leni Hester
Michelle Belanger does not want to startle or astonish you. She doesn’t want to mesmerize you with mysterious tales of supernatural occurrences, or impress you with tales of her mad Gypsy family. She doesn’t want to convert you to her spirituality, or sell you assurances that she can make “anybody, even you, a swami or trance medium in ten easy lessons.” What she offers instead, in her latest book, The Psychic Energy Codex, are the tools and expertise to develop your own psychic abilities as far as you can, probably much farther than you believed possible. She does this with such humor, grace and sensitivity that she really manages to demystify psychic awareness.
Belanger herself came from a family where psychic perceptions were the norm, and talked about very casually. However, once she began probing the source and characteristics of these experiences, her family shut her down by calling her inquiries “witchcraft.” She continued with her research and in time became a recognized authority on such arcana as magic, psychic phenomena, and the Gothic and Vampire subcultures. Her many years of work and exploration into the human energetic field and parapsychology makes her uniquely qualified to write what amounts to an “Energy Encyclopedia.”