I’m going to be blunt: I have little tolerance for the “superstar psychic.” Divination is not a spectator sport. It’s a sensitive, intimate venue of counsel that belongs behind closed doors — so yes, in all fairness, with that I can say I have the same issue with “superstar psychiatrists,” too.
Every industry has its charlatans and swindlers. But, ours has always been extra controversial, always under the microscope, as it can be very easily manipulated as well as misunderstood. In fact, “fortune telling” is still illegal in some states because of this. One right advice and we are praised to the Gods, one wrong and we are tied to the whipping post before put in front of a firing squad. We’re questioned as to whether or not we should even be able to do this for a living at all. In fact, many of us that do any kind of spiritual counsel for a living, actually work hard, stay focused, stay balanced, truly care, and practice with a strong code of ethics and we can only afford to do it on the side or simply live very modestly.
Sylvia Browne has been in the spotlight, with fame and fortune, chipping away at her credibility by jumping to conclusions, not taking responsibility for other people’s welfare, and being energetically reckless for years. The Amanda Berry faux pas is not the first time she’s made a majorly definitive, very wrong interpretation of the signals under that spotlight, (if she was even connecting with a signal in the first place), and now she and all of us who practice divination are under attack – again.
The article from The Wild Hunt blog, “Sylvia Browne, Amanda Berry, and Psychic Arts” http://wildhunt.org/2013/05/sylvia-browne-amanda-berry-and-psychic-arts.html was the first I had heard of Sylvia’s latest humiliation and this is the response I had posted on that article:
“I’m a professional, full time divinationist and I’ve been practicing for over 20 years. One thing to keep in mind is no psychic is doing anything that no one else couldn’t do. Everyone — everyone and everything — has instincts, as they’re part of the survival package when we come into this earth. It’s like a muscle, the more you exercise it, the stronger it gets. It’s nature, not supernatural.
There is no art in ESP. We’re radios, nothing more…at least that’s what we’re supposed to be.
Sylvia Browne and other “superstar psychics” demonstrate is not the danger of using or abusing their psyches, but exploiting them. There is no way for any human being to be able to clear and ground themselves, then separate, translate, and interpret a single stream of information in a room full of hundreds and surrounded by electronics every day, with a string of endless private sessions in between, and not be completely exhausted, over-exposed, and therefore confused. She may be genuinely gifted, but she’s taxed herself so high all she’s doing now is embarrassing herself. She needs to stop.
‘Healer, heal thyself.’
If you want to be rich, get in the market or go into porn. If you want to be a genuine assistance to others, keep it in a limited setting where you can actually focus and spend quality time with each unique human being. You’ll be of much better use, it’s healthier for the both of you, and you’re less inclined to misinterpret the signals, never mind scar someone’s life forever.”
There are so many slices of wrong with Sylvia’s…“performance” regarding the handling of the Amanda Berry question, but the biggest offenders are:
1 – The flippant, “yeah, sorry, she’s dead” attitude. It’s not funny. It’s not comforting. It’s not professional and it’s not appropriate. Doctors don’t even break such news so callously and they know for sure! Whenever you’re dealing with a life-altering event of any kind, one better double, triple check themselves before they even say a word, let alone just blurt out the first thing that comes to your head. Honesty is important, yes, but compassion and sensitivity are far more paramount. A client, even if they’re on the defense, are coming to you because they’re in need of something much deeper than a pair of shoes or even a meal. Do it with love or don’t do it at all.
2 – The venue. Too many people. Too much energy. Too many lights. Too much distraction, too much disruption, too much attention, too much, too much, too much. Again, sensitivity dictates that a delicate question such as this demands full attention, full focus, and complete care.
3 – The intent. Again, I reiterate that I do believe Sylvia has a strong satellite dish, but it’s obviously been exhausted. I also believe that it’s been corrupted. After so much demand, there’s no way that she can see each client as a person anymore, but a paycheck. Yes, it’s true that she does give refunds, however most of us in private practice don’t even accept money in the first place if the client is unhappy with the session. Everyone needs to eat, but you don’t have to sell your soul for a meal.
Please forgive my lack of tact, but there’s no other way to say how I feel: Sylvia Browne is just a bad example of what true divinationists, psychics, and mediums stand for. At this point in her career, she has done far too much damage to her clients, our industry, and herself to be of any use to anyone in this capacity. If she is truly connected as she claims, then she will see the omens and see that it’s time for her to retire for everyone’s sake, especially hers.
In a way, I feel very ashamed and sorry for her.
She’s a talented writer. Perhaps she should look into trying her hand at fiction…