As I’ve been following the conclusion of a decade long missing persons case along with so many others, I am grateful that a tragic story has become a triumphant one. The story of Amanda Berry, Georgina DeJesus, and Michele Knight is beyond comprehension. After being swiped in their teens/early twenties, missing for nearly a decade, and thought by many to have been dead, suddenly they are miraculously present and alive. They broke free. They survived. They are found.
I’m sure plenty more will unfold in this case and justice certainly still needs to be served, but my attention has also been drawn to psychic backlash in connection to this story. While these women were hidden away against their will, Amanda Berry’s mother was told by famous psychic Sylvia Browne that her missing daughter was dead. According to an article with Good Morning America by Colleen Curry, this isn’t the first time Browne has been in the negative spotlight for providing inaccurate information and a site is even up cataloguing her failed predictions.
In this same article Dwayne Baker shared his story: “My son was missing for two years, two months and 12 days. Psychics called me. I even received a DVD in the mail that a guy claimed he could talk to the dead and this was Travis’ voice, with no return address. I don’t understand why people would want to do that.”
But I could. While I wouldn’t go sending out unsolicited DVDs, when an old friend of mine went missing I quietly called on my own inner guidance in an effort to find answers to help bring resolution amid the horror. While I’ve had accurate predictions in the past, I didn’t share anything in this case because in the end if I wasn’t accurate I didn’t feel I could handle the backlash. I didn’t want to dishonor the family and my personal sense of psychic responsibility wouldn’t allow for chance in such dramatic events. That’s not to say I was right or wrong in choosing to share or not, but if I had acted on it, my intention would have always been for love and healing.
“I don’t understand why people would want to do that.” It’s a statement that sticks with me because it deserves to be answered for the benefit of both sides.
From my personal perspective there is the good and the bad, as with anything else. Mechanic, doctor, teacher, officer, business person, psychic, etc. Some seek money. Some seek attention, importance, success, and fame; this is the ego rush. Some simply want to help with absolutely no hidden agenda and I feel this is the largest group. Some are bleeding hearts who feel the pain of other’s stories and want to offer a helping hand. Unfortunately in an effort to do good, they may overstep their boundaries by offering assistance when it’s not asked for. But in the end their intention is to bring understanding to the journey, resolution and relief to pain, and healing in an often wounded world.
So as a personal promoter, practitioner, and fan of psychics and intuitive ability why am I even highlighting this story? Why give it more attention than it already has? The more I tried to wave it off, the more it pulled and nagged at me to process and share. For the part of me that heard the outcry and thought, “See,Â it’s better to always hide all my intuitive guidance,” I had to start a discussion, because I know that thought isn’t right.Â I have to call it out because I can see both sides. We can’t look at this in black and white because the world doesn’t work that way. I’ve seen a pained family peppered with unwelcome psychic messages. I’ve withheld my own information to not overstep boundaries. I’ve been accurate at times and inaccurate at others. The black and white response that all psychics are evil, irresponsible con artists is hard to watch, but I get it. It’s why psychics have worked in hush for so long and have only been coming strongly back into the public eye recently. So will a story like this set this community back? Will it set you personally back if you’ve been working to trust your intuition independently?
I would love to see more discussion from all sides including those in the psychic community, those who appreciate or criticize psychic services, and those who are simply trying to honor that still small voice they know as their higher spiritual self, an internal GPS, or even God. In the end, it’s not Sylvia Browne alone that’s in the spotlight. It’s anyone who trusts their intuition or puts faith in the spiritual ability of others. Perhaps sometimes it’s right or sometimes it’s wrong, but do we only determine this and paint with a broad brush when we realize we’ve been wrong to give or receive information? What are your thoughts?