Concerned woman looks at phone

“Hello?” I said, responding to a call coming through from a number I didn’t recognize. There was silence. “Hello?” I said again. “Is anyone there?”

“Um—hello. Hi. Hi there,” a voice came so softly over the line I could barely hear it.

“Hi. How can I help you today?” I knew already what was going on—a first-time caller, and one who felt unsure or possibly afraid.

The caller continued. Angie was her name, and it was indeed her first time talking to a psychic. We took some time getting her comfortable, although she didn’t stay too long the first time. But she called back a couple days later, and we were able to talk further and address her fears.

It’s common for people to be unsure about contacting a psychic. There is so much misinformation about what psychics do and how we act—much of which is fueled by TV or movies and isn’t very true or flattering. Today, I’d like to address some common fears to help you feel more comfortable working with a psychic advisor.

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Fear #1: Are Psychics Evil/Bad/Going to Hurt Me?

I blame horror movies and the terrible real deeds of the Inquisition on this one. In times not far distant, any person—but especially women—were burned, tortured, or otherwise killed if they were thought to be witches, heretics, or otherwise possess supernatural powers. Obviously, this is a violation of human rights, but it’s left a flavor of distrust and suspicion in our cultural subconscious about people with supernatural powers. This is exploited by horror movies that depict scary possessed children or creepy ladies exhorting us to “go to the light.” No wonder people are afraid of what psychics do!

The truth is, psychics—intuitives, guides, astrologers, palmists etc.—are just regular people who have developed certain skills and abilities, just like a musician, athlete, or artist develops their abilities. We are everyday people who just want to help people using our particular gifts.

Now, just like there are flamboyant musicians and low-key musicians and everything in between, different psychics take different approaches. Some of us ply our trade for spiritual development and others for entertainment. One isn’t better than another—but it’s important that you choose the right type for you.

A psychic is a regular person, and so their degree of “badness” or “goodness” is the same as anyone else. This is a debatable and subjective judgment, and one person’s good is another person’s bad. You need to use your discernment when choosing a psychic, just like choosing a doctor. Pick someone you like who has the experience and credentials that make you comfortable.

A psychic can’t do you any kind of spiritual or supernatural harm. We can’t put a spell on you, hypnotize you, or otherwise take away your power unless you agree to that with full consciousness—but it’s extremely unlikely we’d want to do that in the first place.

Fear #2: Am I Going Against My Religion?

This is a question that requires it’s own post, but the short answer is: only you can answer that. If you belong to the sort of religious organization that clearly and explicitly bans working with intuitives, then there’s your answer. My own opinion is that working with a psychic has nothing to do with religion. I have my own spiritual beliefs, as most psychics do, but we aren’t in the business of trying to woo you away from your present path.

Fear #3: Will I get Possessed if I See a Psychic?

Nope. For more information on what a possession is, check this article.

Fear #4: What if I Hear Something I Don’t Want to?

Well, if you are asking a psychic to reveal an aspect of your future (which is actually not the best use of our skills), there is a possibility you may hear something you don’t like. You have free will, and a psychic can only look at probabilities based on your current choices and trajectory. You can always make new choices which can nullify what a psychic has seen, so if you don’t want to hear “bad news” about your future, I’d advise you avoid asking questions that involve the future. I know, I know—the future is a fascinating topic that everyone wants to know about. But psychics can help with so much more than just reading your past or future; they can help remove blocks to relationship happiness, read your chakras and aura, help guide your career, heal heartbreak, and more!

Fear #5: How Do I Know They Are For Real?

This question also merits its own article, but, in a nutshell, you have to trust your instinct and do your research. There are fake psychics out there, sure. Sadly, they put us all in a bad light. But people who work for a site such as Keen have a rigorous vetting process before they are able to work there. If you are seeing a psychic who works on their own, check testimonials, read about them, and see if they offer intro or mini-sessions try those out first.

Seeing a psychic is a wonderful addition to your support network. We can help you in so many ways, and the relationships we build can last a lifetime. Be realistic about what a reading will do for you, and be clear with yourself about what kind of guidance you are seeking. The vast majority of psychics are kind individuals who have worked hard to develop their skills in order to be of service to humanity.

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