information and receiving it both carry a level of accountability.
A person claiming to be a psychic takes on spiritual karma for
whatever they say and share with the Client. But the Client also
has an accountability for what they do with this information.
This article is designed to explain the responsibility of both
and give insight into what a reading is, how it works and under
what circumstances a reading can be given, ie: in person, over
the phone or on the internet.
How Do Readings Work?
Energy is energy and it can be sensed, "picked-up",
or "tuned into" in a variety of ways. For the person
receiving a reading, there is one very important thing to remember.
Absolutely no one, and I mean NO ONE can read the future. Because
the future is not set. You have free will and choice and what
you decide today can change in an hour and alter the future.
What a psychic can do is interpret the energy patterns around
you and gain a view of the "possible" outcomes that
lay before you. If and only if, you do not change the patterns
as they are at the time of the reading, then there is a good
likelihood that the events will occur.
If you want to see a good example of this, try watching "A
Christmas Carol" for 100th time this season. Dickens knew
what he was talking about when he wrote this wonderful saga.
If Scrooge didn't change his attitude, if he didn't change the
patterns of his energy, then the future outcome for him would
be grim and bleak. But through the help of his Ghostie friends
(kinda like spirit guides, don't you think?). Scrooge was able
to review his life in the past and present. By doing so, he saw
the karma he had created and the negative energy he had put out
into the universe. Learning about the soul inside the man, Scrooge
then changed his energy and therefore changed his patterns for
So basically it works like this. You make choices during
your every day life. What you think, feel and do all create energy.
That energy exists within your being and around you. The energy
patterns that exist between you and the interactions you have
with other people, animals or situations in your life are also
attached to you. A psychic comes along and 'feels' those energy
patterns. Depending on what their specific talent is, they can
'see', 'hear', 'feel', 'taste' or 'smell' that energy and interpret
the flow or outcome of those patterns for you.
A very simplistic example is this. You sleep walk and head
down the hallway of your home. A psychic can follow you and based
on your current direction, they can tell you're heading for the
kitchen. They can feel what you feel and interpret your direction
and the probable outcome is that you're going to get something
to eat. A good psychic will be able to 'feel' your energy enough,
that they can tell you what you're craving and know you're going
to make a peanut butter sandwich, eat it and go back to bed.
A really good psychic will be able to pick up on all the
energy around you. And they'll be able to sense the cat in the
living room that will jump across the coffee table and knock
off the cup of tea you left before going to bed. So they'll be
able to sense that your journey to the kitchen will be diverted
and you'll head for the living room instead of the kitchen.
Well let's say you had such a reading, so that night you
decided to have a glass of warm milk instead of tea. You didn't
sleep walk that night, didn't make a sandwich. You altered the
energy patterns, simply by make a different choice in your nightly
routine. ...But perhaps the cat still knocked over the glass
you left on the coffee table. Instead of knocking it over to
follow you to the kitchen, she knocked it over trying to get
the last bit of milk you left in the glass... This really is
a simplistic example, but you can see how your choices can alter
the information you're given, but parts can still come to pass
because some patterns of energy still exist.
There are so many people who are just starting out and don't
really know what they're doing yet. They don't really understand
the energy they are tapping into, and yet they feel qualified
to give readings. Many people take these readings very seriously.
To the point of making life choices based on what they are told
in a reading. For these people, I'd simply tell you DONT
DO THIS. No matter how good the psychic is! Or how much you trust
them! Don't change your life because someone else told you to.
Receiving a reading is simply an additional guidance or awareness
of information. But just like you wouldn't base a job change
on one persons opinion, you should not make life choices solely
upon a reading, or even several readings. That is not taking
control of your own life. Bluntly put, it's a cop out. You're
putting the responsibility of your choices on the shoulders of
someone else. That is not fair to them or to your souls purpose
here on earth.
On the other side of the coin however. If you are just becoming
aware of your psychic gifts, don't assume you're qualified to
give readings to people without first telling them of your experience
level. You might think you're accurate, but don't make that assumption.
There is a GREAT deal of responsibility that goes along with
the position of psychic reader or channel. If you are unsure
of the information you're receiving, then tell the client that.
If you're really unclear about some of the information you're
receiving or picking up on, then ask your guides for clarification
before you give it. If you're still unclear, skip it and say
nothing. This is how one acquires discernment, which is a key
ability in becoming a psychic reader.
The alternative for both sides is gaining karmic debt. As
the reader, you're karmic burden is greater. If you give the
wrong information to an individual and that person makes decisions
based on your information, than you have interfered with their
path in this life. Big no no. However, if you're the client and
you make choices solely based on a reading, then you too are
gaining some karmic debt. By not taking responsibility for your
own life and your own choices. Some people even phrase this is
as "Giving up your power". I won't get into the issues
of the word "power", but the concept is correct.
It's up to the receiver to determine which people have the
talent and experience and which ones don't. But sometimes you
need to the reading results to make that determination. So set
up some criteria before you have a reading to help with your
People who have the ability will give you more information
than you give them. They won't probe you for information. And
you need to be weary and cautious when giving information to
a reader. You don't want to give too much, because they may simply
turn the words around and give it back to you. In other words,
they don't tell you anything you don't already know. This is
true regardless of how you receive a reading, in person, over
the phone or over the net. But it's easier to fake being psychic
on the internet, than it is in person.
A good reader will simply ask you for some information that
helps them make the connection to you. Your first name, birth
date and general location. Once into the reading they may ask
you to confirm some information they give you, so they know they
are appropriately connected to you. They may say..you are married,
right? Now of course there's a 50-50 chance they're taking to
be right or wrong, but you will have to determine how good the
reader is as you get farther along. Sometimes a reader will ask
you some questions up front, that seem like they're probing when
they're merely trying to ensure they're connecting to you specifically,
but then they'll feel comfortable with the connection and start
telling you more and in more detail than what they're asking
A good reading is one where specific information is given
to you. Not generalized high level stuff. But detailed enough
to be specifically about you. Having a reader give you a name
of your friend or relative is a good indication they are what
they claim to be. However, don't use this as the only criteria.
Some psychics don't do well in picking up names. So your criteria
should be some what flexible and looks at the reading overall.
Finally one key component to telling if you received a 'real'
reading is that you're left feeling very uplifted and empowered.
Spiritual readings that are nothing but doom and gloom are very
often questionable, in their accuracy and information. Even if
you're having a hard time right now, a good psychic will receive
information from the spirit guides around you and provide you
with possible solutions to facing your problems. You are left
feeling empowered to make positive changes and energized by the
But you also have to be wary of the psychic who tries to
build you up too much. One of the common things I hear is "you
are a stronger or more powerful psychic than I am". Well,
if that were true, would you need to go to a psychic to get this
information? Wouldn't you have known that before you walked into
their domain? Sometimes there is such a thing as too good.
There are different kinds of psychics, tarot readers, healers
and so on. A channel is not the same thing as a psychic. You
might want to review the posting on Psychic
Abilities and Psychic Development
for a more detailed explanation. But in general, everyone is
psychic to some degree. But not all psychics are channels. A
psychic interprets energy from you, the universe or whatever.
A channel is a conduit for this energy. They do not interpret
it, they simply deliver it. A channel is at a higher level or
degree of ability than a psychic. But this is a different topic.
There are many types of psychic abilities, some people can
feel energy, some can "hear" spirit, others can "see"
spirit and so on. Each person can find their particular ability
and work to develop it. Through that work they may enhance their
other psychic abilities and expand their awareness and talent.
Again, if this is something you're interested in, read the Psychic
development article link above.
So how do people read over
Tuning into someone in person is the easiest way to conduct
a reading. But if a psychic is sensitive enough, that energy
can be connected through a phone line, or through a computer
or even just by connecting to the person mentally in an absentee
reading, then the information can be just as valid or accurate.
However, it does depend greatly on the level of the psychic and
But in some ways,
using computers and phone lines to "connect" to a client
is really a misnomer. You don't really connect through these
different types of equipment, you really connect to each other
through the astral or universal plane. But, if you haven't heard
this before, my favorite quote comes from Albert Einstein
"Thought is energy. To create it, use your imagination".
When we talk to someone on the phone or over the computer,
we are using this medium to aid our imagination in creating the
bridge between us. Even though the bridge is really created on
the astral level, we can imagine a connection going through the
monitor, or phone receiver to help us create that energy connection.
The only difference between using these devices and connecting
to someone in person is that the distance between us is shorter,
so the connection can be created quicker or more strongly.
Think of it like a lamp and an outlet in your home. If you
take your favorite lamp out to the end of your driveway. Use
an extension cord to plug the lamp into the same outlet inside
your home. The result is a loss of voltage through the cord because
of the greater distance between the source of the energy (the
outlet) and the receiver of the energy (the lamp). The same is
true between a psychic and a client. The greater the distance,
the harder it is to make a stable connection and provide accurate
For a healing channel, using the computer is a great method
to use for helping others. But as a "reader", it's
a very difficult medium to use. I am a channel, and although
I love doing readings, it really takes a lot out of me to make
a connection to someone, then connect with their guide, and then
try to type the information out on the screen. It causes me to
be more "here", to be a little more conscious about
what is happening during the course of the reading. In some ways
I feel like I'm fighting the energy from spirit in order to remain
partially conscious in order to type the reading.
The alternative would be to do what I normally do in person.
To simply step aside and allow the guides to "take over"
for a brief time. To use me as a tool. But if I did this, it
would mean giving complete physical control over to the guide
in order for them to manipulate my hands and type on the keyboard.
As a channel, I don't want to give up that much control. I know
few channels who do. But I know very few guides who even want
that type of control over a physical human. it's basically a
matter of respect and an understanding of who's body this really
belongs to. If that makes sense.
The best method for these type of readings is for the channel
to have a partner. The partner does the actual typing so the
channel can utilize their complete being for the reading. But
you don't have to be a channel to use this method.
So..your homework, for your own information . Is one
of two things.
If you have had a reading over the net, sit down and review
the information you were given. Try to recall how much information
you freely gave to the reader, and how much they gave you without
probing. Try to remember how you felt after the reading, did
you feel uplifted and ready to take on the world? If so, it was
probably a good read. If not, if you felt drained, and hopeless,
then it's probably a reading you can completely discard and forget
If you haven't had a reading over the computer or even
if you have and you'd like to try this go to the video store
and rent Dickens Christmas Carol. Try watching the movie with
a new perspective and see how much of this classic tale has some
pretty big metaphysical lessons beneath the story line.