Sylvia Browne, The Imperfect Psychic
I was saddened to see that Sylvia Browne passed away. Although I got the feeling that she had been sick for awhile – she didn’t look good in some recent pictures. So I’m glad she’s at peace and romping on the Other Side. That must be some party.
Anyway, as I was scanning the news stories about her, I was pretty p’o’d to see a snarky link to a YouTube clip entitled, “Sylvia Browne, World’s Worst Psychic.”
Like many people, I first came upon Sylvia when she was on The Montel Williams Show. She gave messages to audience members and answered questions. On one of her televised appearances, she announced that Amanda Berry was dead. Amanda was one of the women kidnapped and held hostage for years by that monster in Ohio. Fortunately, she was found alive recently. And Sylvia was pilloried for putting Berry’s mother through that agony.
She later posted a message stating how happy she was that Amanda was alive and regarding her TV appearance, that “Only God is 100% right.”
I’m sure that wasn’t the first time she was wrong about something, but this was certainly the most public example. And it gave skeptics all the ammo they needed to discredit any of the good work she’d done through her career.
This is a point that needs to be discussed. No psychic or medium, no matter how gifted they are, is always right. But a lot of people expect us to be. I had one potential client ask me if I was “100 percent accurate…or close.” I laughed. There’s something about psychics that inspires magical thinking – like we’re elves or hobbits.
John Edwards was also touched with a little scandal when he had his regular TV show Apparently, it was discovered that producers had the audience miked ahead of taping, eavesdropping on conversations and then ‘feeding’ some of that info to John.
I don’t think that John needed feeding, but clearly, the producers were trying to impress the audience by having him appear to be 100 percent right, all the time. Which is bullshit. And by trying to make the impossible seem real, it tainted John’s very real gifts.
For some, there seems to be an “all or nothing” mentality when it comes to psychics. You’re either totally amazing or you suck. But being sensitive to the spirit world is just that – being sensitive. And real life has its impact. We psychics know what affects us, positively and negatively, and live each day accordingly. But sometimes you wake up from a bad night’s sleep and step in cat vomit. Stuff happens.
Human foibles and challenges allow the psychic to better empathize with their client. Our spirit guides “use” our experiences to translate higher knowledge into something useable and understandable. It’s the equivalent of “Been there, done that, got the spiritual t-shirt.” Expecting perfection from any intuitive is unrealistic.
As psychic-mediums, we do our best to be of service. But in the end, its up to you to consider the information you’re getting, apply it or discard it. I remind my clients to take what resonates with them, and leave the rest.
And that goes for Sylvia Browne. In her life, she provided more good, healing, hopeful information than she did goofs. And that’s what she should be remembered for. RIP, girlfriend.