Susan Bostwick, the president of the Berkeley Psychic Institute, is also one of its teachers.
"What we do is teach people to discover, go in and find out what your abilities are, and how do you want to use them for the greater good," she
stressed that, unlike Harry Potter and his
friends, what she
students are practicing is not magic.
"We talk about magic and miracles, [but] it's allowing yourself to have what you're experiencing in life as a miracle," she
"I'm teaching people to use their psychic ability.
They already have it."
The institute, which is an offshoot of the Church of the Divine Man
, is a new age religious group, which bases its teachings on the Bible's New Testament and has been around for 38 years.
It has had 300,000 participants come through, according to Bostwick
said that part of what they teach in "psychic kindergarten" is how to put the disappointments of life in perspective because they believe there is more reality than people can see.
"Learn to be amused by the things around you," she