Who is a Psychic?

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There are very few things in life as certain and unavoidable as the need to make decisions. Every day, we are faced with questions that need to be answered. When facing a big decision in our lives, or a turning point at which we need to take one path or another, we often don’t know which way to choose. That is where a psychic or a medium can come in and clarify our options.

Naysayers and critics believe that all psychics are frauds, but many people all over the world swear by their own personal psychic readings for guidance in the most troubling of times. The caveat in choosing a psychic, they say, is to find one that is real, and not just a phony who spends more time looking in a client’s bank account than at the client himself.

The Random House Dictionary defines a psychic as, “a person who is … sensitive to psychic influences or forces,” or, alternatively, “medium.” What are these psychic influences and forces to which psychics are sensitive, which the rest of us are not privy to, and where do they get these powers of second sight?

Most of us rely on the typical way most mammals receive information from the world, which is through our five basic senses (touch, taste, smell, sound, and sight), but psychics are attuned to something extra as well. This is sometimes known as a “sixth sense.” This extra sense helps psychics see (or feel) what we cannot, and can illuminate the choices that are available to us.

The work of a real psychic involves tuning into extra-sensory sources to obtain information about people and situations related to a client’s questions or life. Can just anyone be a psychic? Yes, and no. True psychics and mediums are touched with a blessing which has allowed them to finely tune an innate ability we all have to cross into the understanding of the psychic or spiritual plane upon which all our lives are written.

This spiritually ability is not the only thing that makes a good psychic or medium. A quality psychic practices his or her skills, and learns everything he or she can about the spiritual world. This knowledge can come from mentors, books, and other sources, or can come from tuning in with nature, the divine consciousness, or meditation. As with any other trade, psychics must practice their skills in order to improve them. A good psychic’s spiritual education is never finished.

In addition to practicing the art of the spiritual, a good psychic or medium will be a positive force in a client’s life. Most people who have never seen a psychic in real life have an image stamped into their heads by books, movies, and popular culture of the odd, spooky psychic who prophesizes death, dismemberment, or other ills for an unsuspecting client. Some others imagine psychics and mediums as the conductors of evil spirits, or the purveyors of curses and their spiritual antidotes.

But a good psychic is not any of these scary, ominous things. A real psychic will not try to suck the happiness, money, or life out of their clients with negativity and outrageous claims. Instead, he or she will be compassionate and optimistic, and won’t rely on the diagnosis of curses and evil spirits to extort financial compensation from their clients. He or she also won’t forecast death of the client or the client’s loved ones for any reason – even if it is seen in the cards, or whatever medium the psychic is using for a reading. It is unethical to do so, because it takes the component of free will out of the client’s hands, and can result in negative consequences in the client’s life.

Good psychics and mediums will be honest, even if they must be blunt and tell a client what he or she doesn’t want to hear. The truth can be painful, but a real psychic will always give the client what they need, and not just what they want. Good communication is necessary to make sure the client gets all the information he or she needs to make informed decisions and take control of his or her own destiny.

Clients are able to do this because, unlike what the movies would have us believe, our fate is not set in stone. A quality psychic can give his or her client information about the past, the present, and the future on the path he or she is already taking. However, the future is uncertain, and is based upon the choices we make every day, so a smart client will be able to use insights from a good psychic to sidestep misfortune that is within his or her current trajectory.

Psychics are people, though, and just like the rest of us, they make mistakes or misread signals. They are not perfect, so it is possible that a good psychic can be wrong in some situations. This is why a great psychic will always be humble, and won’t make promises he or she cannot keep.

He or she will not guarantee to be able to lift curses, brew love potions, or read a client’s mind, nor can they tell a client exactly what is going to happen in the future for certain. We all have free will to make our own choices and mistakes in this life, and no one – not even a psychic – can tell us what tomorrow will bring with 100% accuracy every single time.

Good psychics can help their clients to work through and even solve the problems in their lives. They do this not by asking questions, but by giving answers. False psychics tend to ask a lot of questions of their clients, but will not let their clients ask them questions in return. This is an immediate red flag that the so-called psychic a client is seeing is actually a fraud.

These fake psychics ask for information like a client’s birthday, sun sign, or location, then use that to regurgitate pre-printed newspaper astrological horoscopes, or make educated guesses about a client’s life, social status, education, and economic background from a sociological standpoint instead of a spiritual one.

This system of ask-and-guess may not seem like much to the layman, but to fake psychics, or “cold readers,” this kind of personal information can help them make blanket statements that seem to unsuspecting clients like information gleaned from a spiritual connection with the divine.

Real psychics can access a client’s spirit guides, the incorporeal beings that help guide us through our lives, in order to gain insight into the best path for a client to follow. Real psychics can also teach their clients how to identify and communicate with these individual spirit guides, or at least tune into them and their messages.

Spirit guides can send messages through seemingly coincidental events that happen during our typical day, a sense of intuition or deja vu, the arranged meetings of people, places, or things, and so-called gut feelings that some clients might ignore if not prompted to do otherwise. A good psychic can pick up on these messages for a client, and help that client understand what the spirit guides are trying to communicate, so that the proper action can be taken.

True psychics have a lot of empathy for others. Empathy is the capacity a person has to feel what another person is feeling from the other person’s point of view, and is one of the hallmark abilities of a real psychic or medium. Empathetic feeling is different from the ability of a cold reader to intuit information from an unsuspecting client, because a psychic can tune into a spiritual level of understanding with the client, while a cold reader simply leeches information off a client in order to con them into giving up their money.

There are many ways that a true psychic might perform a reading for a client. Some psychics use tarot cards, while others use numerology to divine information from a client’s name. Others use astrological charts, cleromancy (the casting of small objects), lithomancy (gemstone casting), and psychometry (the reading of energy in a client’s meaningful possession, such as a ring or pair of glasses). Through all these means, real psychics can discern information from their clients that can help guide them.

No matter what the method, a real psychic will be open with a potential client about what he or she can and cannot do. Any psychic who promises 100% accuracy, or claims to be world-renowned (but you haven’t heard of them before) is probably a fraud.

True psychics are not braggarts who boast and lie like politicians; they are humble, kind, and helpful people whose goal is to use their spiritual gifts to help solve the problems of their clients. Before you go to a psychic for a reading, make sure that they meet all these criteria, or you may end up lining the pockets of a con artist.

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Dana Copeland

A creative personality with solid writing skills and a penchant for technology, I consider myself more than a jack-of-all-trades. My fiction has been published by journals, magazines, and within electronic and print anthologies. I have published two speculative fiction anthologies and a suspense novel, and plan to continue the novel through a trilogy or further.

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