Science and Psychic Data Points
Copyrighted by Lorna Tedder. Originally published in Third Degree Tilt.
The writersâ€™ conference Â in Daytona Â had promised Â to focus on paranormal Â thrillers as well as psychic fiction. Iâ€™m fascinated with psychics and intuitives and how they actually see or hear things.
When a medium says, â€œI see a handsome man in your future but heâ€™s not tall or dark,â€ I want to know exactly what it is that the medium does see. Is it a visual flash? Is it her mindâ€™s eye? Does she see it playing across my face in front of her? Or is it just a wild guess?
Consider it a scientific approachâ€”the fact that I like to gather data from various clairvoyants so that I can better understand how this process works as well how it ties in with unified field theory. I Â chat with several psychics during the course of the conference, some of Â them far more intuitive than others. But one thing that surprises me is Â being able to see the process for those who read and donâ€™t necessarily Â have â€œthe gift of sight.â€ Yeah, not quite frauds but still with a certain bag Â of tricks. At the very least, my own intuition tells me that what theyâ€™re saying â€œjust Â ainâ€™t right.” Â I’veÂ been very Â fortunate Â to work with some of the best clairvoyants in the country on various Â projects, Â and Â Iâ€™ve Â received Â very Â accurate Â readings from them largely, I think, because I was very Â open to them, shields Â down, letting Â them Â through, Â letting Â them see and see everything and with me scheduling times with them when they werenâ€™t off their game with a headache or emotional Â upset or anything Â that Â might obscure Â the exchange of energetic information.
Iâ€™ve been Â given Â descriptions, Â right Â down to tattoos, double chins, jewelry, favorite sayings, names, and birth- dates. Iâ€™ve been given motives, warnings, and insight into events I never could have guessed.
But in Daytona, I meet a woman, not from Daytona, who wants to sell her services to me as a spiritual coach or a life coach. She uses Â Tarot Â cards and offers a free reading, along with a little counseling session. Itâ€™s all marketing to get me hooked on needing her services.
Iâ€™m not seekingÂ counseling, Â I tell her, and I already have a spiritual Â coach Â that Iâ€™m quiteÂ pleased with. She persists, thinking I might like her better. Snicker.
Since I have my own interest in becoming a life coach, Iâ€™m curious about her processes and how she does it and how sheâ€™s managed Â to build Â such a large clientele. Â She asks me to shuffle a deck of cards and think Â about my â€œsituationâ€ while she focusesÂ on the deck. The deck is one Â Iâ€™ve Â seen before but havenâ€™t looked at closely. The images are interesting, Â but they donâ€™t appeal to me at a gut level. Crowley, Â perhaps? Â Or based Â on the Crowley deck? Hmmm, maybe not.
She â€œlays cardsâ€ in a formation Â Iâ€™ve never seen used before. I like Â thatâ€”I like learning something newâ€”but then I discover thereâ€™s really no Â rhyme or reason to the spread that I can determine or that she discloses. No past, no present, no future, no challenges, no attitudes, no environment, Â no Â dreams Â or Â outcomeâ€”just Â simply Â nine cards thrown down in a triple row. Some of them, I know their meaning, Â just Â with a Â sideways Â glance, Â and theyâ€™re similar to cards I often pull in readings with friends who are quite good at this psychic stuff.
Weâ€™re watching each other, trying to get a grasp of the other. She asks my question and I give her the same one I previously gave to my High Priestess friend, where every word felt dead-on. This woman doesnâ€™t offer up anything immediately. Instead, she asks my birth date.
Plenty of psychics, Â good psychics,Â ask this question eventually. They get a better handle on the querentâ€™s personality based on Â astrological factors. But a month and day arenâ€™t enough. This woman needs my age, too. And she needs to know if Iâ€™m in a relationship. She asks odd- ball questions that make me wonder if sheâ€™s ever going to offer up anything herself. She spends way too much time focused on my ex and the reading might have wowed me 3 years ago when her offerings would have been accurate.
Theyâ€™re not now. She asks other questions, too. Whatâ€™s the biggest disappointment in my life? What themes keep coming up? Do I have Â children? Â How old? Would I
consider having another and why? Would I like my writing to be more prosperous? Do I love myself? Would it be okay if I had a man in my life whoâ€™s joyful and happy?
Theyâ€™re good questions for a counseling session, per- haps, Â but Â she Â spends Â too Â much Â of Â the Â time Â second- guessing me, suggesting I might want to get back together with my ex, for example, Â or that she doesnâ€™t believe me when I tell her that yes, I do love myself. If she were intuitive at all, sheâ€™d know how hard Iâ€™ve worked to get to this place.
But itâ€™s Â almost Â from Â a Â script. Â Thought-provoking questions, yes. Â But they feel more like marketing hooks than guidance or anything useful. Sheâ€™ll help me learn to love myself. Sheâ€™ll help me move on from Â my marriage. Sheâ€™ll help me rebirth myself.
She could never be my coach or my counselor. Sheâ€™s far too sure that everything sheâ€™s seen and suggested to me is 100% correct, and when I shake my head that sheâ€™s wrong, she tells me that she knows itâ€™s the not answer I want but I just need to take her advice and accept what she â€œseesâ€ as true.
No thanks. Â I see Â too Â much Â myself Â that Â contradicts her. But still, Â itâ€™s a useful data point in seeing how this process works Â and how Â some Â people Â simply Â work Â the process.