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“Love and Light,” My Ass….

I’ve been in the psychic/metaphysical world since the mid-1980s. When I first fell into it, I was deeply impressed by the people who seemed so….well, serene and all-knowing. For a Type-A like myself, this had a certain appeal.

I remember the owner of my favorite New Age bookstore (this was way before Barnes and Noble or Amazon carried every damn thing….). His store was incense-soaked, filled with the sounds of wind chimes, Tibetan chants — and his Birkenstocks squeaking across the floor. And he seemed like he’d been to the mountaintop and knew the secrets of the Universe. He always handed me my bag of books with some random spiritual catch-phrase – sincerely offered.

He was a lot like THIS dude…

Observing him, I was convinced that delving deeper into spirituality would be my ticket to becoming just as serene and untouched by The World.

Sadly (but not surprisingly), my super-chill bookstore owner went out of business. Mainly, because he let “love and light and Namaste” be his driving force – not things like keeping books or paying taxes. Oh, and apparently, he’d slept with his partner’s wife. So there’s that.

Since those early days, I’ve noticed that a lot of spiritual types easily throw around phrases like “Love and light!” as if they were Skittles. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken a course or been at a workshop where I hear these words. Repeatedly. And often given with a hug that lasts just a smidge too long.

But, frequently, the people uttering them are doing just that: uttering them. They use them as a kind of shield, a way to mask very human feelings like fear, jealousy, anger, frustration. “Love and light” is the LAST thing on their mind; I can pretty much tell by the conversation that goes before or after the phrase (#cattybitches).

“Stop trying to make ‘fetch’ happen…”

It’s like that “Seinfeld” episode where George Costanza’s dad keeps uttering “Serenity Now!” as a seeming verbal antidote to annoying things. In the end, he goes nuts.

Look, I’m all for trying to remain positive and offering kind thoughts to others. But I also recognize that outside of extremely advanced spiritual types (and I can only pick out about 8 or 10 of them off the top of my head – like Jesus, Buddha, St. Germain, those guys), most of us struggle to just get through our day without smacking someone in the head with a hammer. Because human life is hard. Even Jesus went gangsta on the money-changers.

He is NOT playing….

Back in the 80s, I was fascinated with a “channeler” named J.Z. Knight. She was an ordinary housewife who claimed she had encountered the spirit of a 3,500 year-old warrior named “Ramtha” — in her kitchen of all things. She began doing public sessions, in which “Ramtha” would enter her body and dispense all kinds of “wisdom.” Eventually, these events drew hundreds of people, including celebrities like Shirley Maclaine. J.Z./Ramtha became a really big deal. And it was all “love and light.” Until her real human side showed up. In spades.

In the beginning, I believe these sessions were honest and true, and a lot of people were helped. But then, came word that she was using her connection to this powerful spirit to encourage her celebrity (meaning: “rich”) clients to invest in her stables of expensive Arabian horses.

Bitch, please.

Her fakery ultimately caught up with her; “Ramtha” deserted her and she’s now trafficking in UFOs.

Talk about a “Debbie Downer”….

The point is, that the most spiritual types among us struggle with being human. Like “Serenity now!”, we can say “love and light” all we want to, but it won’t paper over the less-benign feelings that too often intrude. Psychics, and anyone in that space, need to stay grounded in their humanity, and embrace the fact that we are frail, flawed creatures. We don’t need to put a happy face on it.

The other day, I received one of the most passive-aggressive messages EVER on Facebook – and in the end, she signed off with “Love and Light.”

Yeah sure, honey.

This is what drives me ‘round the bend: nasty feelings covered with a Zen-face emoticon.

The other reason I share my rant is because I also want to remind those on the other end of a reading or whatever, that a psychic, teacher, guru, whomever is NO BETTER THAN YOU ARE. They may have studied different things, read different books, but in the end, they are not someone you should surrender your power to. If what they tell or teach you is useful, great. But please – don’t just blindly follow. At best, you’ll wind up disappointed and angry. At worst, you’ll reveal that “sweet spot” that scammers look for.

Use your common sense.  Follow your own gut on whatever information you get, or experience that you have.  Trust your feelings on any reading, etc. that you get.

I believe that each of us is here to walk a particular path. People who have explored different belief systems can be helpful in navigating that course – but, speaking as one who’s dipped more than one toe in these particular waters, we don’t possess any special “secret sauce.” We just offer alternate perspectives, insights and talents towards that goal.

OK, so maybe some of us keep this in the fridge….

When I began reading professionally, I chose the name “The Sensible Psychic,” because – frankly – this whole “love and light” thing annoyed the hell out of me. I preferred – and still do – something more grounded in how we really are, warts and all. So just because some purportedly “spiritual” type lays all kinds of “love and light” on you, keep it in perspective: it’s very likely that –behind the scenes –they’re chewing their fingernails, feeling jealous, insecure or frustrated about something. Because they’re human.

“Namaste”, bitches.

[PS — would love to hear your thoughts on this.  Leave me a comment!]

Destiny Is BS

The other day, I did a reading for a client who had been told months earlier by another psychic that her “destiny” was pretty much signed and sealed – and not in a good (or Stevie Wonder) way.  And please — take a moment to enjoy the genius that is Stevie…..

 

This particular destiny described to her was not good – and naturally, she was freaked out at the prospect of all that janky stuff heading in her direction, with no way to get ahead of it. Or to stop it.

That kind of assessment makes me sad. Look, one of the main things I emphasize with my clients is that you always, ALWAYS have free will. And that means that you can change the course of things. Nothing is EVER carved in stone. EVER.

I cannot emphasize that enough.

Our lives here on the physical plane have a certain elasticity. There are lessons we need to learn, but the way(s) in which we “get” what we need to “get” comes in myriad ways. Some may be gentler, some may be harder – how that is all determined is above my paygrade, but the one thing I do know is that the more flexible and open you are, the easier the path. Let it unfold in its own way and go with it.

“Destiny” is a very heavy-duty term, and it can really do some work on you. Please know that nothing is done until its done. Our lives are very, VERY flexible and as the saying goes, “Where there’s life, there’s hope.” Up until the last second, you can always change your mind, your behavior, your attitude. It may not be easy, but it is the blessed option we humans are allowed.

If I can help you get past something hanging you up, get in touch.

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What You Should Know About A “Sign”

I got an email from a friend the other day about her mother. Mom was in the hospital, undergoing some tests, and was understandably a nervous wreck. In the past, my friend had told me that she wished her mom could be more “open” to the spiritual and metaphysical worlds – but nope, that’s just not how this woman rolled.

However, spirit can sneak up on you.

As Mom was laying there, waiting to be wheeled in, an attending nurse came in. Her nametag read “Carmela,” which happened to be the name of Mom’s grandmother.

Then another nurse came in with some paperwork for her to sign. Her nametag read the name of Mom’s mother. And she used that cute (and overused) phrase, “I just need your ‘John Hancock.’” Turns out that Mom’s father had worked for that company.

My friend tells me that Mom’s face relaxed considerably as she asked, “I think those were signs that they’re near me today.”

As Fonzie said back on Happy Days, “Exactamundo.”

Here’s the deal about signs. Many of us assume (or hope) that they will come in a very specific form of our determination, or that they’ll be done in skywriting. The truth is, signs are frequently much more subtle than that – but their timing is always impeccable. It’s just that we lunkheads often miss them. Because we put our own conditions on things. We need to let go of the reins and let them speak to us on their own terms and timing.

It would be helpful if it happened like this, but generally, it doesn’t.

What I want to stress is that, like my friend’s mother, you will KNOW a “sign” coming from your loved ones or guides on the Other Side when you experience it. There’s something slightly “different” – the timing, the place, that sort of thing. As I tell my psychic development students, “Trust what you get.” Don’t overthink or excuse these moments of magic; let your heart (and intuition) be the barometer by which you judge a sign.  Here are more of my thoughts about this topic.

And PS – my friend’s mother is just fine.

7 Things About Your Crap Situation

Very often, when someone comes to me for a reading, they sit down and proceed to dump a whole lot of crap. I mean, a WHOLE lot. That’s OK – I get it and I understand that they need to “offload.” They’re in a super-tough spot and need some clarity. And I love helping them with that (I’m a freak like that).

I had a client the other day who’s had quite the “pile-on” in the last four years: the loss of her father, diagnosis of an illness and – worst of all – the sudden loss of her son in a tragic accident. She sat across from me, wondering why all this horrendous stuff has happened to her.

This is why I always keep a well-stocked box of tissues on the table.

Over the years, there are a few things I’ve learned about “crap.”   And let’s be honest – each and every one of us has had (or is having) their share of it.

Look, I am the least Pollyanna/Maria Von Trapp type you will meet. I generally stay positive, but I’m also aware that bad (and sometimes very bad) stuff happens. Many times, it seems to be so random, and it’s easy to say “Why me?” (right after you utter, “WTF??!”) So, as a psychic, here are a few things I’ve learned about challenges. Take it for what it’s worth.

Sorry, but sometimes, I want to punch her in the throat….

-Challenges are not “personal” – don’t waste time in beating up on anyone or anything (including yourself). Just deal with what’s in front of you. It’s like that classic line from The Godfather: “Its not personal, its business.” No matter how painful the situation, know that the Universe is NOT necessarily trying to come for you. [See the next point.]

Michael does NOT play….

-It’s a lesson – and when its really loud and obnoxious, pay attention. I passionately believe that tough times are put in our path to teach us something. And when something is really, REALLY making a ruckus, the more you need to stop whining and take a hard look at what that might be.

Not saying that it’s easy, but it puts a context around it. For example, if there’s a really crappy person that just won’t go away, what’s YOUR part in that? Trust me, I’ve had many clients who say they just can’t shake a toxic relationship; but on some level, they don’t want to. It takes bravery to admit your role in a problem – but when you do, you’ll be free. Or free-er. NOTE: there are some problems (like the client who lost a child) in which you don’t have a big hand. But you can still find something to learn from. Don’t give up. [See next point].

-The worse your situation, the braver you are. I know (and have had confirmation during many sessions) that we choose to deal with really hard stuff before we come into this life. Our souls understand that we need to grow, so we tee up experiences that will get the job done. If you’re dealing with a total crap-storm of tough times, consider yourself a true Warrior. Fight on.

…neither does the Mother of Dragons….

-It will make you stronger and better – if you let it. Challenges are aerobics for the soul. If you can face them, and see how they are re-shuffling the deck in your life, you will be better for it. I’m not saying it’s fun, but it DOES give you the chance to grow. And I believe that’s why we are here. You will be wiser on the back end.

-Challenges are a reminder of how truly badass you are. As I mentioned, we outline the experiences and challenges we will have before we take human form. And taking that form, otherwise known as “incarnation,” is seriously  gnarly.  Choosing to walk in human shoes is exceptionally tough stuff, and on spirit-side, it’s understood that the truly cool souls are those who choose to put those human shoes on — despite how badly-fitting or tacky-ass they may be.

Coming to a Lady GaGa show near you….

-Your crap situation can help other people. Yes, really. Going through something dreadful can fine-tune your empathy vibe. You’ve been somewhere unique, and now have the capacity to truly understand someone who’s going through something similar. You’re now closer to “the right words “– and that can be invaluable to someone who is lost. Personally, I had a terrible 2016. And once pulling out of the darkness (and frankly, there are days that I know that I’m still pulling out of it), I realized that what was left was a super-clear realization of what others going through a similar time were experiencing. My sensitivity increased; my snarkiness decreased. And that has made all the difference. I can help on a level I couldn’t have before.

-“The troubles,” as my Irish grandmother would’ve called them, are not permanent; change is possible – and even ordained. The sea can teach us here: waves come in, waves go out. Change is the currency of nature. Seasons, the way night turns into day, the phases of the moon…. examples are all around you. So please, do not get locked into a fake idea that your crap is destined to hang on forever and ever and ever. Embrace that this is a moment in the present space and time. Also, embrace the idea that the moment will pass — and things will turn for the better.

Salvador Dali was on to something….

Lessons from Lily Dale

I recently stumbled across an article about the spiritual community of Lily Dale in upstate New York. It brought back a bunch of memories about a trip that I took there a few years back, which I feel like revisiting.

If you’re not familiar, here’s a quick refresher: Lily Dale was established well over a century ago as a community of spiritualist mediums. The area itself (north of Buffalo – and a long-ass drive from my home in New Jersey) has a long association with Native Americans and has great energy. This is one reason why it was chosen. It’s a favorite destination of anyone seeking spiritual growth.

Pretty, isn’t it? Yes. Yes, it is.

The community is tiny. You need to park your car outside of the neighborhood and walk in. While there, you can take classes, attend lectures or daily public “message services” where the mediums deliver words from loved ones on the Other Side.

More importantly, you can avail yourself of any of the dozens of mediums who live and work inside Lily Dale. In order to nab one of the cute little Victorian homes dotting the streets, mediums must go through some rigorous vetting. It’s reportedly like the world’s toughest hazing ceremony. So customers have pretty high hopes for the quality of the readings. Especially after said “long-ass drive.”

When my friend Janet and I finally got there, we felt the “energy” of the place immediately. We checked into their ancient hotel, then started poking around up and down the tiny streets

The resident mediums hang out a shingle, letting you know they’re available for a walk-in appointment (some of the more popular ones require advance bookings). Janet and I had agreed beforehand that if one of us went in first for a reading, we’d give a discreet “thumbs up” or “down” to let the other know if it was worth following on.

Over the weekend, we each did a few readings, some together, others independently. Most were perfectly fine – nothing mind-blowing, but nothing that especially sucked, either.

But there was one reading that DID stand out – and not in a good way. Janet went in to a young woman’s parlor while I waited on the porch. When she emerged 30 minutes later, her eyes were wild and she was subtly shaking her head in my direction. The medium had a smile on her face, like “Next?” – but I was up from the lawn chair and off the porch before she knew it.

Turns out, this reader did something I am vehemently against, as are most readers that I know of: she had told Janet that she was dying. Of cancer. I’m still mad, just writing that. SO irresponsible, and you know what? Not for her to put that in someone’s head. I spent the rest of our time talking my friend off the ledge – and came very close to writing a letter to whomever chooses the Lily Dale readers.

A psychic reading is very intimate, and the client is especially vulnerable at the time– they open themselves to the reader. Health issues are especially dodgy; when people ask me for that kind of information, I’ll do an energy scan, but I always, ALWAYS tell them that if they have specific concerns, go see a doctor, not a psychic. ‘Cause we are far from perfect.

And I’m always aware that you don’t want to put anything negative in their psyche.   Because we can easily create some bad “juju” if someone else tells us that’s what’s on the menu. This is essentially how voodoo works – or any other “mind control” method, for that matter.

Now, while I personally wasn’t overly impressed by Lily Dale’s readers (and hey, they’re entitled to having an ‘off’ day), I also feel for them: the history and standards about the place set up some insane expectations.

To balance it out, there were some positive things about my visit to Lily Dale: several “otherworldly” moments where I connected with spirits on the Other Side; many ghostly experiences in the woods around the place, learning about the earliest days of the spiritualist movement – and evidence of the interactions from those times (check out the onsite museum).  Plus, when I got home, I was “inspired” to adopt my kitty, Pyewacket (long story –but Lily Dale def had a hand in the decision).

My kittyboy lounging in the sun.

I think my main takeaway from my visit to Lily Dale is that one needs to maintain their own power; psychic-mediums can provide powerful insights, and that’s what most of us strive to do. For clients, it’s tempting to hand things over to an “expert.” But in the end, all of us are responsible for our own life. This is why each of us is here: to make the best of the lessons handed to us. Psychics can provide guidance, but you need to pull the trigger. Or not.

So my message to you is this: don’t be too dazzled by the reputation of any psychic, psychic place or spiritual summer camp. Keep it in perspective. Psychics are not magicians; we are human. So take what you get in a reading and use what rings true to move you forward – not freeze you in a place of fear and powerlessness. You should NEVER leave a reading feeling hopeless or scared. You should come away feeling ready to kick some ass.

How I want you to feel when you leave my office. “Rawr!!!!!”

 

PS — I just finished an interesting book about Lily Dale.  Find it here.

Kiss 2016 “Buh-Bye”; How to Prep for 2017

If you hadn’t yet noticed, 2016 has been one of the suckiest years on record. At every level, it has been awful, with a capital “awf.” All those celebrity deaths….international tragedies…the political nastiness. I want to take a shower, just writing those words. On a personal note, I had to take a biiiiiig break from my psychic work to deal with some stuff.

Again, “suckiest year on record.”

I knew it was gonna suck when we lost THIS guy right off the bat….

 

The good news? It’s almost over. Numerologically speaking, 2016 was a “9” year, meaning, “endings, wrapping-ups, loss.” And boy howdy, did we get ‘em. I can’t tell you how many people I know who lost jobs, relationships, their minds, you name it.

The flip side of this s**t show is that 2017 is a “1” year – meaning, “fresh starts, new beginnings, do-overs.” So we’re all getting a chance to hit “reboot” on our lives. But to make that energy really effective, we need to send that janky crap from 2016 out the door. With a giant kick in its ass. Here’s what I plan to do before the ball drops in Times Square.

  • SAGE THE S**T OUT OF EVERYTHING: Sage has long been a go-to tool for clearing negative energy. Get yourself a sage stick, light it and let the smoke do its thang in your home, your office, car – pretty much anywhere and everywhere you hang. Open a window if you can to let the stale vibes out. Hit the corners of every room (where energy, like dust-bunnies, tends to congregate). As you work, envision all the crap of this year going up in smoke – literally.
  • WRITE A “FAREWELL LETTER” TO THE YEAR: It’s easy to let the heaviness, frustration and despair of 2016 leave a mark on our energetic fields – kind of like holding on to a grudge. Clear the slate by writing a letter to the year, venting all your feelings about whatever went down in your world, and releasing them. Really, let it fly. No one else will read it. This exercise is like writing to a bad ex, telling them to hit the road, and good riddance. If possible, burn it in the fireplace, on a grill or (super-carefully) in your sink or bathtub. The point is to put those feelings down, then (as with the sage) send them up in smoke.
  • USE SALT TO YOUR ADVANTAGE: Salt is a traditional element for clearing and holding off bad “juju.” After sage-ing your space, take a little salt and put it around windowsills and doorjambs, to keep anything funky from entering your nice, cleansed space.

My other favorite use for salt is in the form of salt scrubs. If you’ve been feeling a little “off,” use a salt scrub in the shower to remove it. I do this on a regular basis to stay a bit more balanced.

OK, so now that you’ve done some clearing, give the fresh energy of 2017 a boost by setting your intentions for the new year. “Intention” is the key here; whether you write your goals down or just “think” them, adding “I intend to….” adds some extra punch. So take full advantage of the “I” word as you consider what you want to make happen this year. Because we have more power than we know; the Universe doesn’t operate in a vacuum. We are the other half of the achievement equation. Step up, and make your stand.

THE MAIN THING IS…2016 made many of us feel powerless. Too many people died. Too much negativity overwhelmed any sense of making a difference. I felt it; so did many people in my world. But with this fresh new “1” energy entering the scene, we need to reclaim our sense of autonomy. Perhaps we can’t directly influence the big stuff; but we can make an impact in small ways. So focus on what you’re able to impact: little acts of everyday kindness (especially to your self); putting your energy into the one or two things that really matter most in your world, like supporting certain charities; keeping your attention on what makes you happy or fulfilled, and not letting any residual negativity drag you down. For me, I’ll be tuning out cable news and watching a lot more old movies, like “The Thin Man,” reminders of a more civilized time (and funny, to boot).

How can you not love Asta?

The thing is to reclaim a sense of power over your own life in 2017. Because the “1” energy is yours to use. Happy New Year – now go forth and be the badass that you are.

And remember: if I can help you sort out the path forward, get in touch.

A Psychic’s Take on Halloween

Ah, Halloween. Even these (many) years after trick-or-treating, I still remember how cool that night felt. Racing out the door after dinner, meeting your friends on the neighborhood streets that were lit only by streetlights (who DOES that anymore?), and of course, the candy. The frikkin’ candy that would keep you in a perpetual state of pre-diabetic shock for days after.

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But what I most recall is that magical energy in the air. You could feel it – literally. Like any spooky thing could really happen.  My friends and I saw ghosts and goblins hiding everywhere — and man, was it fun.

As a psychic-medium, I’ve since learned that there’s a very good reason for that magical “feel” of Halloween. All Hallow’s Eve – or “Samhain” – was one of the most important religious times of the year for ancient Celts. Samhain is still celebrated by Wiccans, as it marks the end of summer and the harvest, and is, quite literally, their “new year.”

The spooky angle of Halloween came about because of an ancient belief that this night was when the veil “between the worlds” was at its thinnest. The Celts knew that the spirits of the dead could come back and walk the earth – hence, dressing up in costumes to “scare” them away. That scare factor also accounts for the plethora of walking-dead-blood-spurting-chainsaw-wielding type movies that run on cable all week long.

I’ve since learned to view Halloween as not only fun, but sacred. There’s a certain power to honoring another “turn of the wheel” and the natural rhythms of the earth that were so well known to my ancestors.  Consider this time your “new year” and think about what you want to bring about or change in the coming months.

And because the wall separating us from deceased loved ones is not as high on this night, place a photo of someone who’s departed under your pillow. Invite them to join them in your dreams, and know that their presence is very real.

Happy Halloween!

(Just because it is one of THE great dance videos, here’s some Michael Jackson to celebrate. And admit it — you’re gonna be doing some of these moves in your living room. I know I am. Trick or treat!)

 

3 Things To Know About A Psychic Reading

I was at a Labor Day barbecue yesterday, and met up with an old semi-acquaintance. It had been years since we’d seen each other, and during our catch up, my work as a psychic came up. Apparently, she didn’t know this about me. Well, the look on her face was one I see a lot: a mixture of curiosity and fear. She shared that she’d never had a reading, was nervous about the prospect, afraid of hearing “something bad.” I get this stuff all the time.

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So I offered to give her a quick reading, as a way to show her what was what. She’d already had a glass of wine, and was game. We found a quiet spot on the patio, I tuned in to her and off we went. The end result was, that she now understands that a reading can be empowering and interesting. It was a real breakthrough moment – her face was glowing with the possibilities now in front of her.

This experience made me feel that it was worth going over a few points about readings for those who’ve been a bit gun-shy. Because they do not have to be scary—in fact, a reading shouldn’t be. Read on…

  • Psychics cannot predict death. I am not going to tell you when, where or how you will meet your maker. That is not for me or anyone else to know or see. If a reader tries to sell you on that, get out.
  • On that same note, psychics can neither place nor remove curses.   This is classic mind-screwing. Curses (which I don’t believe in) are simply a way to get in your head and make you surrender your own power. You think you’re “cursed,” so you start making janky choices (big and small) and the negative consequences pile up. See? The curse must’ve been the cause of [FILL IN THE BLANK].  And sadly, we’ve all heard about those fakes who promise to “remove a curse” in exchange for lots and lots and LOTS of dollars. They are utter money-grubbing frauds (and will get theirs in the end, promise. Karma is a big, sparkly, Disco Bitch). Please don’t surrender your common sense and personal power to anyone with a slick way with words.
  • As to “seeing anything bad,” most psychics I know (myself included) view tough times or situations as a lesson from the Universe. If we can get under the hood of that thing via psychic info, a look at past lives, etc., you can gain some valuable insights into how to better navigate the problem. You do NOT have to stay stuck. To me, that’s the point of psychic insight: to help the client find additional ways to improve their life. It’s not the only way and it should be combined with practical action -but this “out of the box” approach can be very helpful.

So if you’ve ever thought about having a reading, but are still on the fence, think about what I’ve said here. At the very least, you’ll have a new experience to talk about at your next barbecue. At the most, you could come away with a fresh new way to solve your problems – and a doorway into a brand new life.

I recently had a client here who told me that he was taking a psychic development class. But he quickly added that he had no intention of “turning pro” like Yours Truly. Another one of my blog followers posted something similar in a comment.

As if becoming a professional psychic, medium, animal communicator or whatever is the only goal. It most certainly is not. And it doesn’t mean you have to use whatever gifts you possess to read your cousin/sister/co-worker whenever they ask you to.

This does not have to be you.  It's definitely not me (at least in the wardrobe dept.)

This does not have to be you. It’s definitely not me (at least in the wardrobe dept.)

Learning to tap into the hidden ways that the Universe speaks to us every single day is something well worth your time. It can completely change the game, make you see things in a fresh new light, and give you unexpected tools to solve your problems.

My own journey started when a girlfriend told me about a psychic development course she was taking. It sounded fun, so I signed up, too. The first night blew my mind, and from that moment on, my whole life would be different. I dove right in, opting to further develop my abilities because it gave me a new way to do my life.

Reading professionally happened by accident when a New Age store opened by me. I wandered in to have a look, started a conversation with the owner and before I knew it, she asked if I’d like to do readings for customers. The rest is history.

I enjoy being a professional psychic; but there is absolutely no rule saying that you have to do the same. Psychic and metaphysical information is fundamentally meant to enrich life in ways you can’t even imagine.

Whether it’s a single book, an ongoing class or even just reading my blog (thank you!) – make some room in your life to explore the metaphysical world on a regular (OK, semi-regular) basis. Whatever speaks to you: Akashic Records, mediumship, angels, Reiki and energy healing, Wicca, Tarot, past-life regression – there’s an endless subject list, and it’s all fascinating.

If you’re like me, you may find that bits and pieces make the most sense. My library is a complete mash-up of topics. Some of those books really engage me; others make me roll my eyes (those are the ones I re-sell on Amazon!). I’ve taken some fascinating classes, and some that made me want to suck down an airplane bottle of gin in the ladies room during our breaks. All of it helped me find my own “psychic style” — which is more like a crazy quilt.

In case of ridiculous classes/teachers/co-students, break seal and drink.

In case of ridiculous classes/teachers/co-students, break seal and drink.

You may opt to delve deeply into a single subject and make that your primary focus. It doesn’t matter: all that information is out there to help us become better, stronger, wiser humans. You’ll find your groove.

Although you may be inspired to share what you’re discovering, remember: using what you learn to benefit others is not a pre-requisite. Let what you unearth transform you first. Then see where it takes you. Or doesn’t. Each of us has a unique path. That’s the beauty of it.

PS – if you want some fun ways to start opening your own channel, check out these posts. Here’s one….and another….and another.

Are Psychics Legit?

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The other day, I got a call from a prospective client who had a ton of questions for me. Before she would book an appointment, she wanted to know things about my rates, how I work, my sign, the usual stuff. But finally she asked, “Are you legit?”

(Me) “Um, what?”

(Her) “Like, are you always right? Are you 100 percent accurate?”

The answer to both questions is, “No.” But that doesn’t mean I’m not a legitimate psychic. Some people think a psychic is a machine, some sort of cosmic Wikipedia that knows every damn thing. But that’s not how it works.

We use our special sensitivities to tune into a 10,000 foot view of your situation, then give insights and advice as best we can. But we’re never 100 percent. Sorry to bust your balloon — and if any reader tries to tell you that they are, they’re yanking your chain.

Some think this admission of imperfection means that psychics are therefore utterly phony. Its either 100 percent or nothing. While I freely admit that there ARE those who set out to defraud people, a greater number of us genuinely want to be of service. Like any professional, we do our best, but we have good days and bad. I actually think admitting that should make you feel better – only a fake would tell you otherwise.

I’ve gotten some comments on celebrity psychics like John Edwards, Theresa Caputo and the late Sylvia Browne, about how they’re fakes. I don’t know any of them personally, but have heard through various channels that they are/were each “legit.” Sadly, though, celebrity bring its own pressures, namely, to be dazzling and right every damn time. I can only imagine the dilemma that puts them in – trying to explain to producers and handlers how this really works. Then being overruled or edited a certain way to make it look like your psychic brain is being run by the computers at NORAD. It sets up some unreal expectations among the civilian population.

Psychics are not circus freaks. We are human. The best advice I can give anyone concerned about “legitimacy” in a psychic is 1) get a personal recommendation from someone you trust and 2) take what resonates from the reading and leave the rest. Don’t try to force anything – some things will make sense, other things won’t (why I suggest recording your reading; it might come clear later on. Or not).

And if you want 100 percent accuracy, get a sports watch.

 

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