Originally Posted by julie128
I always wonder if people like Sylvia Browne and John Edwards are just doing what people like Marc Salem
are doing, only they're claiming they're psychic instead of just being very perceptive. Is it possible for people to believe that they're psychic when they're just very perceptive?
fwiw, I don't think Sylvia Brown is psychic, but I believe John Edward is. The way he has to get confirmation is exactly how my psychic stuff works. I get stuck on something and until someone says they know what it is, or otherwise confirms it for me, I can't get anything else for them. So I totally relate to it when he insists to someone that something is important or is somehow related to their dead relative once they have confirmed that it is
them he is talking about. I don't have to know what
it means, just that it means something
to my client. Then
I can get more information. It's frustrating.
I've had online discussions with James Randi worshippers about how I probably research people online before I do their readings,
among other things. It's so ridiculous. Like I have time to do research on everyone on the planet on the off chance that they'll call me or come see me for a reading, then give me their real name,
and then I'll actually have a photographic memory and be able to recall all the details of every single person I could possibly research so I can dazzle them for a few dollars?
Not to mention pathetic.
The thing about psychic ablilities is, it isn't at all like what you see on tv, or in the movies. I have very rarely known anyone who was seeallknowalltellall. Some people get names, or dates, some don't. Some see,
and some just know.
Put any 5 legitimate psychics in a room one by one, have them do a reading about a particular subject, and each one will get different details in different ways.
And each one will miss things, too, because it isn't like learning your alphabet, or learning to tie your shoe. It isn't something that is the same every time for everybody. For me, sometimes I get stuff just out of the blue without asking for it. And there have been other times when I've been too stressed, or too involved in a situation to get any psychic information about it at all, which is why you have to learn to ground yourself, through meditation or various other exercises. I still have trouble with that one, as do many of my friends and colleagues.
In my personal experience, the people I know to be legitimate have been so amazingly accurate at times it's frightening. They have also been glaringly inaccurate on some things. It doesn't make them 'not psychic,' rather, it reminds me that some things are not meant to be known beforehand, all things can be changed due to free will, and no matter how psychic you are, you can always misinterpret the information you get. A lot of it is symbolic and you have to learn how to read it, which is really a continual learning process that isn't going to ever be complete.
Which is probably why a psychic reading is better used as entertainment than for life or death matters. I can understand wanting to help someone find a missing relative if I got a vision, but unless I was 100% sure and could go there to see for myself that they were there, I would not want to add to that family's grief by being one of the many people who call and say I can help,
yk? A psychic gave details about where Chandra Levy was, but in the long run they were not enough to help police find her. After she was found the details matched, but to me, if the information isn't enough to do any good, it's harmful.
It makes me wonder if those psychics get that stuck in their head and have no choice but to communicate with the people involved so they can move forward to receive new information. I had not thought of that before, but if that is the case it would really be an awful moral dilemma.