posted on Aug, 8 2012 @ 04:08 AM
I hate jumping in so late on threads like this, as the lines have already been drawn. I feel like everyone has already made up their minds, and no
amount of anything will change the skeptic or the believer. None-the-less, this is ATS, a place where discussion of the unknown is encouraged. So,
with that in mind: I've only ever met one true psychic, but I've been to a lot of phony ones.
I myself read palms, analyze dreams, and study Tarot cards. I'm familiar with the New Age mumbo jumbo that get's passed off as psychism these days.
I don't do any of that. In palms I look for bodily conditions, in dreams I help people psychoanalyze their thoughts, and face situations they've
been avoiding, or are unaware of. And Tarot I use only as a personal meditative tool. I almost never read for other people, and when I do, I teach
them how to read the cards as we go, so they can do it for themselves from that point on.
In my mind anyone who uses palmistry, dream interpretation, or Tarot for reasons outside of what I have outlined above is a fraud, a liar, a con
artist, scamming you, or doesn't actually know the craft they claim to be demonstrating.
That being said, my friend Bree is the only legitimate psychic whom I have ever met. She's also the only one I've met who does not want to be
psychic. I make a habit of visiting the local psychic shops, getting their readings done when I visit colleges, and generally putting them to the
test. Bree's different, she pretends she can't do it, generally only letting it slip that she can by accident, or when it scares her.
Among the hundreds of small things she foretold, including pieces of dialogue between people, where a specific person was, where a lost item could be
found, and one time an unexpected visitor I'd host (an old ex-girlfriend who had lost her house in Cali and come back to me because it was the only
"free room" she knew of), she also had four rather frightening psychic intuitions:
- the death of her grandfather
- an electrical fire starting in her house
- the Valentines day NIU school shooting of 2008
- the I-90 100-car pile up near Madison WI, also in 2008
The first incident was a dream she had, which she told me about. We both used to study dreams from a Jungian perspective (she's majoring in
profiling, and police psychology her early college classes were on general psychological theories). It was a week before he died of a heart attack.
Being an older man (in his 80s) this one is not as impressive, because old people are prone to heart attacks and eventually death. The propinquity to
the actual event was a bit disconcerting though.
The second was a phantom-smell that she had sitting in her room while we texted one evening. It was not a bonfire smell, but a plastic burning smell.
I told her to go check her house and yard since it was probably just neighbors, or someone in her backyard. There was no source and the smell went
away. Three days later an electrical fire started in her kitchen. The fire dept. was able to put it out, but she needed to renovate her kitchen
The NIU shooting was bad. She called me around noon the afternoon it happened, said that she knew something terrible was going to happen that day; she
didn't know what, or when, but she knew. I told her to get her things together, get in her car, and leave; go to her mother's house. This was
several years into our friendship, and I knew by now to just roll with her feelings, because something did usually happen. Her dorm was in Neptune
Hall, she called me sometime after 3, when I had gotten home from my own college classes for the day, and said she was on the road and that she'd
heard shots fired. Cole Hall is right across from Neptune. She was so shaken by the event that she almost dropped out, rather than go back. We've
visited the memorial every year since.
The I-90 pile-up near Madison was a premonition she had about her sister, who was driving home from Wisconsin. It was the first time her sister had
made the drive alone, and the general thought was it was just familial nerves. Even I made the mistake of ignoring this one. Her sister ended up
coming to the stretch where the pile-up began, just shortly after it had started. When her sister finally called she said about 20 cars were smashed
up. This was just before the rescue workers had arrived, and the entire road had been closed down while the bodies of two victims, and the 100 cars
Can she control her gift, or use it like some superhero power? Not at all. Does it terrify her? Most of the time, yes. So, say what you will about
psychics. Most of them are frauds. I can't say all of them are though, because I know of one unwilling one, who happens to be the genuine deal.
~ Wandering Scribe