This post is a departure from my posts about myth-busting, numerology and palmistry. But it had to be written!
August 2017 – Mamamia has shared this post, yay!
Eclipses are a great time for sudden realisations. Last night, I was inspired after seeing this facebook quote by Foundr Magazine for entrepreneurs – “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.” Thanks to Cas McCullough from Writally** for the information share.
The psychic industry in Australia is unregulated – although there are associations, anyone can set up shop and proclaim themselves a spiritual guru. So it’s a case of buyer beware. It’s up to you to choose wisely. No wonder people joke to me ‘do I have to be psychic to find a good psychic?!’
Of the dozens of readings I’ve had, I’d say 20% were spot on, 60% were average and 20% were downright dodgy. The statistics are probably similar for most of you reading this post.
So, how do you know if a psychic is misleading you? You don’t always know at the time, but you may get a tightness in your stomach, or feel like you can’t wait to leave the reading. The tightness can indicate a temporary loss of power from your Solar Plexus Chakra (gut) – this happens when we think someone is smarter or better than us. It can also be a sign of energetic cording, in an unhealthy way. Our bodies tense in defensiveness, as a way of warning us that ‘something isn’t right’.
Afterwards, you might find yourself thinking ‘I knew all that’, ‘Oh dear, I’m feeling less confident than before’, ‘He/ she didn’t give any straight answers’ or even ‘That was a waste of time. I’m going to stop seeing psychics’. These are signs that the experience was not an equal energy exchange.
How do you rebalance after these encounters? By reminding yourself that no one knows you better than you. Who do you trust more? The tourist who visits a country once, or the person who was born there and speaks the language 24/7? As a reader, I always say to people ‘I should be your second opinion, your intuition comes first’.
To be fair, even good psychics have bad days (we’re human first, readers second). That’s why I check in with people during my sessions (my refund rate is <5 people a year from hundreds of clients).
However you may still meet dodgy psychics, who aren’t spiritually mature, enjoy spreading fear and superstition, and/or are trying to make a fast buck. For the purposes of education, here’s a digest of the five craziest things I’ve heard in readings. I’m listing them, so you can see that even professional psychics like meget fooled – it’s how we learn what not to do.
The Five Craziest Things Psychics Have Told Me
1) “Your mother is cursed – give me USD10 000 and I’ll cure her.”
I discussed this reading in another post, so won’t rehash it. Suffice to say, these days I always read for, or research other psychics before I let them counsel me. My first preference is to meet them in person, e.g. at an event.
Second choice is to get to know them by email or Facebook. If someone won’t give me their date of birth (so I can check their lifepath) or show me their hands, I scour their website, videos, reviews, products – all the due diligence you’d expect of an ex-scientist.
It’s amazing what people’s posts and videos reveal. A red flag is if I find insults towards their peers or clients. I don’t need trash talkers in my energy field! I’m looking for people who appreciate their occupation and supporters.
2) “You’re going to die at age xx.” I went to see an expensive and famous palmreader in Hong Kong. Due to my amateur Cantonese, I used a translator, who wasn’t quite as poetic as the man she was speaking for. Imagine my horror when, five minutes after sitting down and forking over a wad of cash, she cheerfully told me the age I would cark it. What the ?!?
Needless to say – I tuned out after that. Look – an older person might like knowing their expiry date (so they can update their life insurance), but I was only in my 20’s. Plus, as someone who has studied metaphysics and whose brain still works, I believe that our day and time of death can be negotiated with Spirit. Since then I’ve been a lot wiser with words in my sessions, so it was a great lesson from that point of view.
3) “You’re not strong enough to succeed, so you must use people to get to the top. Oh, and your parents will try to smother your husband…and you won’t be close to your son.”
Mamamia! I only released this reading yesterday, with the help of Veronica Farmer. Again, this was a session with an Asian fortune-teller. Although it was accurate in some ways, it was wildly disempowering in others. Put it down to a culture clash, misunderstanding on both parts and/ or energy vampirism. For every nice thing this guy said, in the next breath he’d take away my faith in Go(o)d.
In the next decade, I must have questioned his words 500x – I kept thinking ‘how could he be spot-on with my personality, and wrong about my life?
Am I off-track?’ Almost everything he predicted didn’t happen – I didn’t have kids at 31 and 34, I didn’t sell my Soul to run a business, my parents haven’t put a bag over Kris’s head, and Forrest and I don’t have issues. In fact, we adore each other! See photo.
4) “The relationship won’t become anything serious.” This is what someone said about Kris after I met him – yes, Kris my fiance, the father of my child and Soulmate. In this instance, I feel the person meant well. They knew I’d had some breakups, and probably wanted to protect me.
Their comment echoed those of another coach, who coldly suggested that I choose Landmark Education over Kris – read more. Of course, I didn’t listen to them, especially as they had been single for years. Recently, I discovered that this person left Landmark after I did – perhaps we woke each other up.
5) “This aspect in your chart could mean that your child might die before you. Don’t worry, maybe you’ll both be old, or it might not happen.” Eek! This was a readingI thought was going well, until they pointed this out at the end. As in 2), there are some things no one needs to know. As psychics, we must remember that our clients are sensitive, no matter how good their poker face. They’re coming to us because they’re facing big choices, and we have a responsibility not to misuse our power.
Telling someone their baby won’t outlive them is a big deal. Yes, it’s made me more grateful for my child, but it’s also caused huge anxiety. This was an amateur (swap) reading that cost me weeks, if not years of stress – hence the quote at the top of this page.
In conclusion, words are important and people are fallible. If you’re having a reading where the psychic says something ridiculous, please tell them – even if that psychic is me. We are all each other’s teachers and without feedback, no one improves.
A final story – once upon a time a woman asked me a question at work – she just happened to walk past my door. Here’s how our conversation went:
Woman: ‘Hi Sarah, I’ve wanted to speak to you ages. I see that you are a psychic. Hope you don’t mind me asking, but when will I get sick?’
Sarah: ‘Excuse me? I’m not sure what you mean…’
Woman: ‘Well, last time I saw a psychic, she said I would get really sick, but couldn’t tell me when. I have had everything tested but nothing is wrong. It really worries me.’
Sarah: (sighs) ‘I’m so sorry to hear about that. We attract the psychic we need to meet, but that doesn’t always mean they are accurate. If you’re feeling healthy, then you are! Trust yourself.’
Woman: ‘Thank you so much, that’s a big relief.’
As I said above – buyer beware. The reason I am a competent numerologist is that:
a) I’ve done thousands of readings,
b) I ask for reviews,
c) Where possible, I act on reviews appropriately, and
d) I grade myself after each session. Every reading is recorded, so that there is 100% accountability for what’s been said.
You’re entitled to expect the same level of professionalism from any therapist – whether they are a psychic, teacher, healer or other person you’re investing time, money and energy with.
There’s a reason my mission is “Transforming the Public’s Perception of Psychics and Their Own Intuition from Scepticism to Trust.” I genuinely want people to trust their Higher Selves again.
I hope this article has inspired you to hire professionals, be they psychics or other advisors. When you pay someone, you’re expanding their business – that’s why I like to buy local and avoid big multinationals where possible.
Money talks – please make sure your hard-earned cash goes to someone who’s worth it. Love, money and energy well-spent, always returns ten-fold!
7 Signs of Spiritual Whitewashing – How to Avoid New Age Silliness
Why a Psychic Reading is Like a Bottle of Wine (colder post)
Free Will vs Destiny – How to Spot a Dodgy Psychic
Karmic Debt Numbers (info on spiritual maturity vs psychic ability)
Frequently Asked Questions
**Cas is a marketing expert and 24/6 lifepath in numerology (The Lover/ Visionary) – here to heal the Third Eye Chakra in herself and others. Find your lifepath. Words like TRUTH add to 24/6 and Cas has a gift for opening minds. My nephew Phoenix is a 24/6 and I credit him (and my sister) with inspiring me to have my son ‘Forrest Bump’. Lifepath 6’s tend to put love before money, which makes them inspiring leaders – think of John Lennon, a 24/6 lifepath and his song, ‘Imagine’. My dear friend, fellow Brisbane psychic and past life regression therapist Vicki Haspels is also a 24/6.
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