One of the very valid concerns that was voiced was about people becoming dependent on psychics to make all their decisions for them. That is what one would refer to as con artists. There are con artists in almost any field, so this is not something unique to the metaphysical community. Unfortunately, they do exist, and con artists bring down the reputation of everyone in their fields. In contrast, great psychics don’t want their clients to be dependent upon them. Instead, they are working to help their clients develop their own metaphysical skills and abilities. In addition, great psychics don’t ever tell their clients what to do. Instead, they present options that let clients use free will to determine the best course of action in their own lives. If a metaphysical practitioner ever starts demanding you do certain things or that you have to return to see them at certain times, then you should seriously consider walking out the door. Those aren’t healthy behaviors. Likewise, if a psychic medium promises you that they can definitely connect with a specific someone who has died, you should also consider discontinuing using their services. Mediums really can connect with those who are dead, but they can't control who actually shows up for your session. Claiming to be able to do so can be a sign of a con artist.
One of the radio hosts brought up the issue that he doesn’t want to know the future, and so he didn’t see the point in going to a psychic. I actually completely understand that one. I really don’t want to know most of what’s in my future. When I am doing metaphysical work on myself, I usually am seeking information on my past so that I can work to heal it and on my present so that I can make wise decisions. On occasion my future does come up, though I would rather not know the details about the future unless they are about something malleable that my actions can change or improve. There are also times when knowing the future can be a horrible and painful burden: I had premonitions that my daughter would die unexpectedly. That was an awful thing, but at the same time, it prepared me mentally for her death and allowed me to function when others around me collapsed. Not wanting to know parts of the future is really understandable.
So why see a psychic if you don’t want to know the future? With the work I do, I help people who are “stuck” in their lives. They might have health issues that they can’t get past. Their doctors are out of options, and the clients can’t figure out what might help them. The insight I get from higher guidance can set them on a path of healing. Likewise, I’ve assisted people who can’t find employment due to blocks they were creating but couldn’t see for themselves. I’ve also helped people clean out negative energy in their homes that was making their lives less than pleasant. The bottom line is that people utilize my services in order to improve their lives. The work I do is not just a fun party trick, but it can really make a difference in people's happiness and health.
The radio hosts questioned whether or not a psychic was obligated to tell clients things about the future if they came up. This is a matter of personal ethics that varies between psychics and their belief systems. In my work, I do generally tell clients what I see, but I always frame it clearly so that the client understands the role of free will in our lives. Our futures are not written in stone. For example, I might foresee a client dying in a car crash because he was driving while intoxicated. This is something that is completely within the power of the client to change. Thus, I would relay to him that it could be possible for him to die in a drunk driving accident, but that this tragic death could be prevented if he chose to quit drinking while intoxicated. At that point, the client has the information, and he can make his own decisions as to whether he wants to continue driving drunk or not.
The radio discussion ventured onto a question of how much some psychics, palm readers and tarot readers must be making based on the high rent locations of some of their businesses. First of all, in Austin, there is a weird disparity that involves certain locations in town. If one bought the property 20 or 30 years ago, then one probably has it paid off or is still paying on a very small mortgage. Thus, some people are able to live or work in areas of town which they could never afford to buy in nowadays. If one is renting, that’s a different story unless one is locked into a long term low rent deal. Otherwise, metaphysical businesses are still businesses. Those who have offices in prime locations can charge more for their services because of conveniences. They also are more likely to gain clients from drive by publicity. Aside from that, there are some well-known or popular psychics in Austin who do amazingly well for themselves. Not everyone does as well as they do, though.
Overall, one of the radio hosts kept stating that he wanted to believe but he just couldn’t. That’s called healthy skepticism, and any good psychic will encourage it. Prior to coming into my own abilities, I definitely wanted to believe, but my rational brain just couldn’t accept it all. Even since developing my own metaphysical gifts, I still am a healthy skeptic of anyone I meet who claims to be psychic until I’ve witnessed their abilities in action. Just as in any profession, there are a wide variety of abilities among practitioners. Until one has experienced a great metaphysical session firsthand, it can be hard to believe, and that’s completely legitimate. However, declaring all metaphysical experiences bogus before one tries a session (or several with different practitioners) is simple prejudice. That's like going to one doctor who can't figure out why your stomach hurts and then declaring all of Western medicine to be bogus.
At some point after the discussion, a call was played from a listener who clearly has metaphysical abilities herself. She correctly stated that all of us are psychic and that this is most often demonstrated through our intuition when we get a gut feeling about doing something or not doing something. How much we each choose to use or develop our individual abilities varies, and the level of our metaphysical giftedness varies as well. Some people can hold a basketball, some people can dribble a basketball, and some people can make a three point shot from half court. The same is true of metaphysical gifts. We all have different abilities.
The best way to find a psychic, intuitive or other metaphysician is through word of mouth. Talk to friends about their experiences. Picking up the phone book and dialing a number or walking up to an office you see on the street often isn’t the best approach as it could lead you to a con artist. Alternatively, you can check out practitioners’ websites, read their reviews, and ask them questions before booking a session if you have any. Most of all, listen to your own intuition. If you don’t feel good about a certain psychic, then no matter what your friends are saying, then don’t use their services. Just as with doctors, lawyers, and other practitioners, there is no perfect match for everyone. Find someone who is able to work with you as you need them to.
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