I think you would agree that everyone is on a continual path of personal development and spiritual growth but being Psychic, you’re often confronted with that taboo though what are mundane things to ordinary people, like what to write in as your profession on your taxes, medical forms or as you mention in your book Everybody’s Psychic I Just Get Paid For It: A Behind The Curtin View Of A Professional Psychic what to tell your child’s teachers. After 27 years of giving Readings, do you feel respected or do you still feel confronted by the taboo and if so, what would want people on the other end asking your profession to know?
I think now that I’ve been in the business for over twenty years I feel more respected. Occasionally I do get caught off guard by a comment or look. I want people to understand that this is real to me. It’s my profession and I feel like I deserve basic respect. I don’t mind answering questions as long as they are civil and aren’t thinly veiled insults.
The question above is answered more fully in your book in a way that relates to both sides of the coin – psychics and people that haven’t tapped into or acknowledged their psychic abilities. Would you say your book is written this way to benefit any book reader throughout or more specifically, whom is your book for?
I was very mindful when writing my book to make sure that everyone could understand where I was coming from. I wrote the book in hopes that people would see what it is like to be a psychic in a world that is slow to accept differences. The book if for anyone who has every been curious about psychics and what goes on after the cards are put away and mundane life starts.
Besides the taboo, when you’re a psychic medium out of the closet you’re also confronted with a lot of doubters who can’t to let you know just how offended they are by the idea. Would you share an instance like this, how it made you feel in your younger years, how it would make you feel now and why you think that is?
I was reading at a coffee shop when a religious zealot started screaming and berating me all the while working themselves up even more and causing a huge scene. None of the other patrons, including clients I had just read for, came to my defense. Somehow they were able to justify it to themselves that I deserved it. These days I know how to defend myself and ignore the ignorance.
The first event I gave Readings at, I realized nearly everyone thought I was a fortune Teller that knew their lives story and would tell them the rest of it. Located in Ohio you’ve worked local events. Have you experienced this and do you have any tips for people attending events, like a psychic fair for their first time?
I used to get people who assumed I knew every event in their life, but not as many these days. Society seems to have become more aware metaphysically aware. For people going to their first event, I would suggest going in optimistic and approach it as if going on an adventure. People should take the opportunity jump in and experiences the kinds of readings they’ve always been curious about.
In your book you talk about how Hollywood portrays psychics, would you say people new to psychic fairs and psychic readings have these expectations because of TV and Movies and what other myths do you see frequently instilled in new clients?
I do think that there are people that expect me to have some sort of super powers. I’ve been asked if I got my abilities as the result of a brain injury. People often assume that I am going to give them an answer that is going to completely “fix” their life without them ever having to take any action or responsibility.
I know growing-up your mother was very supportive and embraced your abilities; my mom other hand was not. A lot of parenting are now finding themselves with more spiritually aware children. Can you tell us how having an understanding mother affected you and what advice would you give parents with psychic children?
My mother’s understanding gave me a safe space to explore what I was going through without it becoming my entire identity. It’s important for parents to understand that their children aren’t doing this for attention and to know that it is a part of their child, but not their whole being. Basically, to normalize it. The bottom line is that some children are good at sports and some are psychic.
I know you were widowed as a young adult with two young children to raise and life was difficult already on-top of all the challenges you faced being psychic but, from it all you’ve this book. Can you tell us what compelled you to write Everybody’s Psychic I Just Get Paid For It and what you hope others will gain from reading it?
I had seen so many misconceptions from people as to what psychic are that I felt the need to add some authenticity to the conversation and put in my two cents. I want people to understand that we are a professional and respectable group of people that deserve to be treated as such.
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