Dispel your skepticism for a second. Let’s just say you believed in psychics. I would follow, then, that you would be willing to tell them your most intimate concerns. Your yearnings. Your fears. Your pain for a lost spouse, or the desire to talk to a deceased child.
Now pretend you’re the psychic sitting across the table. It’s a lot of responsibility.
Listen, you may or may not believe in psychic powers. But its customers do: customers, it must be taken into account, which include politicians, doctors and industry leaders along with heartbreak, search and daily bereaved. You can take a toll.
“Many media are very sick. Have autoimmune diseases, diabetes. It’s stress.”
So says Joanne Gerber, a consummate and half psychic with bona fide scientific credentials. A participant in the VERITAS program of the University of Arizona, program of integrative research with the help of PH.D who studied the connection between science and consciousness, Gerber will quickly disavow him of any scaly and caricature image he may have of the psycidecos. Based, fact-finding, and forthcoming about both legitimacy and struggles in her field, she, along with 2 other highly respected psychics-former radio host Glenn Klausner and popular author Laura Scott-agreed to talk about the real, day-to-day duties of a professional psychic.
“The work is very, very sensitive, very deep, very personal,” Gerber says. “You’re really opening up a person’s life….there’s a lot of sadness.”
If your default image of a psychic is a jeweled artist sitting behind a curtain of beads, you may not be alone. But we wanted to have an image of what the work really involved, of the psychics who take their work seriously and, in turn, work with serious problems.
What does a psychic do every day? How does a good day’s work look? Or a bad day? How do you prepare before you see the customers? Or relax when you get home?
Most people turn to psychics to learn about themselves. Here in Top10.com we approached in the hope of learning more about them, and the answers we received were nuanced, insightful, sometimes devastating, sometimes fun and yet sometimes surprisingly related to anyone who had to work for a living. Believe in your gifts or not, but psychics are real people with unique responsibilities. Read on to see more closely how they do what they do.
Visiting the Other Side: and You Thought You Had a Rough Trip
Call it spiritual jet-lag. A common theme that emerged during our interviews was the stress that psychic work can put on a practitioner: skillfully juggling emotions, navigating energies, traveling back and forth between past lives, future events and sometimes other realms. He’s bound to leave you annihilated, to make it light.
How can you cope?
“It’s important to stay healthy,” Gerber says. “It’s really important. Really important.”
Repetition says a lot. Gerber meets many colleagues who suffer physically from the demands of work. When it started, she found herself depressed by the burden of absorbing the emotions of others. One of her early teachers taught her that, as psychologists do, the media must learn to create boundaries for themselves to protect their emotional and physical well-being.
Scott agrees. Psychic over 25, she was the author of the popular series “The Complete Idiot’s Guide on divination”, and today she has a clientele that includes politicians, celebrities and even police and military personnel. (All the psychics of 3 we interviewed refused to reveal the names or identities of their clients).
“An hour with a client could mean several hours of recovery time for the healer,” Scott says.
So what does that recovery time entail?
Gerber emphasizes staying healthy. She meditates, gives walks, practices chakra and yoga work, anything “to release energy.”
While some people start their work with a cup of coffee, average Klausner starts with an appeal. Prior to each session, the frequent guest talk show, which has appeared in the Washington Post and ABC and NBC, sits for “meditation to receive messages for the greater good of all involved.”
Maintaining a state of receptivity, being prepared to give your client what he needs, seems to require conditioning that is limited to that of an athlete. “I would never eat a meat dinner before I read,” Gerber says. “I wouldn’t be able to lift my energy.”
What Kind of Person is Going to See a Psychic?
You may be surprised.
“I have a lot of decision makers,” Scott says. “People in positions of power find great value in seeking help and support of good quality.”
Gerber and Klausner also have clients ranging from everyday civilians to well-known celebrities and politicians. But none of them let their client’s States influence their work.
“I’ve read several celebrities, “says Klausner,” and they’re like us, much more than people think.”
“I don’t count my clients as statistics,” Scott says. “As a humanitarian, I take it easy that we all need help from time to time. My job as a channel for healing is to maintain a safe space for that.”
It sees itself as a channel for customers with all kinds of needs, and sees the needs of its customers as all derived from a common place: the “ongoing triggers that affect public consciousness.Whether famous or not, she welcomes each client as a unique individual with a universal need for clarity and guidance.
What subjects, we wonder, gather the greatest attention during psychic readings?
Although matters of love, career and destiny are regular issues, the most common seem to focus on deceased loved ones, and especially deceased children.
After September 11: Psychics in the Time of Tragedy
Most Americans of a certain age remember where they were on September 11, 2001 and the following days. Turns out a lot of people were consulting with media.
By September 12, just one day after the attacks, Klausner, based in New York City, was sought after by dozens of families seeking support, healing and tranquility over their lost loved ones. His specialty in connecting the living and the Dead made him particularly attractive to those directly affected by the attacks. In fact, he spent the next three years helping the families of 9/11 victims to communicate with their loved ones and find a sense of closure.
Even those who are not directly affected by 9/11 sought comfort from psychics during the aftermath of the attacks. The event was certainly, to borrow the term Scott, a trigger that impacted the public consciousness of all Americans. Scott also saw a surge in clients after the 9/11 events, and not all of them were families of the victims. While many went to her, too, to see if their loved ones suffered, there was an increase in customers in general who had not been directly affected, but they were simply trying to make sense of everything.
You Think Psychics Are Away? Think Again
You may imagine them as belonging only to the inner realms. But psychics, by necessity, if not by choice, are barely immune to the occurrences of the outside world.
As with doctors and therapists, psychics often see the effects of current events that leak into their work. All the psychics of 3 we interviewed talked about how national and global events are likely to influence the tone and content of their consultations. When there is a war, upcoming elections or economic recession, for example, customers tend to move from esoteric questions to more practical issues. Which makes sense. Agitation on Wall Street or Washington is bound to destabilize people and influence their decision-making processes. Many turn to psychics at times like these to calm their fears and measure their next moves.
According to Gerber, today’s political atmosphere is particularly ripe for psychic turbulence. In recent years he has noticed an influx of people seeking guidance on decidedly more political issues.
“I have a lot of people who are afraid because of all this division that’s going on here,” he says. Green cards have been an unlikely subject in their recent readings. “I have a lot of people calling asking if they’ll ever become citizens.Another common theme these days, he says, is that people ask if it’s safe or not to travel.
As tension and division continue to dominate the headlines, it is safe to say that psychics will continue to be a source of comfort and guidance for nervous people for the state of the world.
What if a Psychic Sees Something Negative?
People visit psychics for guidance, insight, tranquility and such. That doesn’t mean it’s a psychic job to tell them what they want to hear.
All 3 psychics were unanimous in stating that they do not retain information from their clients, even if a reading reveals something less than positive.
Klausner says: “the tongue has no bones, and if a deceased loved one tells me something negative for a client, I will reveal it especially when it can be of help to a person / people.”
“I can’t say I filter the information,” says Geber. “Sometimes you say things in a certain way. If I felt someone was really sick or had cancer, I tell them I can’t diagnose them, I’m not a doctor, but intuitively I feel they need to go to a doctor right away.”
Scott says, ” My job is to transmit information in a way that is empowering. The information is shared with the aim of clarifying confusion and promoting healing; therefore, regardless of what is seen, it should be used forever.”
What was really surprising was that often, the negative energy they were dealing with did not come from a disease, a past life or a deceased relative, but from another psychic.
Psychics, it turns out, often have the task of clarifying the negative energy created by previous psychics. Both Gerber and Scott related the frequent need to eliminate the bad energy left by an unskilled practitioner who had arrived earlier.
“I help do a lot of cleaning work for clients left behind by other readers with information that is landless, dissociative and fragmented,” Scott tells us.
“Many times I’ve been involved in repair work,” Gerber says. Customers have come to her saying that another psychic had discovered curses placed upon them, and asked exorbitant fees to eliminate them. “Our field is infiltrated with all kinds of strange psychics, not so honest they’re getting in the car,” Gerber says.
How can you avoid that?
For Gerber, it means evidence-based work. Before becoming a psychic, she says it was ” a business-like, brain person.izquierdo.De in fact, she was a business specialist when she first became interested in spiritism. But the part of her left brain never left. With all your heart against easy generalizations, take a probative approach to your work, offering your customers the greatest possible certainty that a connection has been established:
“When I meditate to connect on the other side with your loved ones, I ask you to provide evidence, to provide certain information that can validate that you have survived the change called death.”
For Scott, investigating, avoiding fashions and finding professionals with legitimate conviction are important. “I don’t pursue fashions, or work in a form on demand, just work on a phone call. Customers work with me on the phone during normal business hours. My website offers a lot of information about my experience.”
The Effect Patrick Swayze?
If you’re going to talk about topical issues and the role of the psychic in society, then, naturally, the conversation is going to resort to pop culture. Writers have been attracted to psychics and psychic phenomena since the early Greeks at least, and there has been an increase in entertainment with psychic characters, from innovative Crossing Over With John Edward to dramas with scripts such as Medium and Mentalist. To what extent have these elegant, stellar-time representations influenced the work of practicing psychics today?
“I was around then, when the movie Ghost came out,” says Scott. “Hollywood can expose people to work, as well as create misperceptions.”
According to Scott, pop culture convinces people that psychic abilities are simply a “gift” and do not require work. “Asking,” How can you charge for a gift?”It’s a misplaced question,” she says. “We do not question other professions where ‘gifted’ people are compensated for their talents.”
Klausner has been asked to bring back the life of a client’s lover through magical spells, an idea he quickly rejected for being outside the domain of a real, professional psychic. As both psychics admit, pop culture has the ability to direct interest to its field. But it is just as capable of creating unrealistic and even harmful misconceptions.
“A ‘on demand’ culture has driven an on-demand readership industry, ” says Scott, who refuses to allow Swayze, Bruce Willis, or NBC’s executive to influence their work. “No, I am pursuing fashions.”