Since ancient times, humanity
has been faced with frustration about confusing and often contradictory
situations. At the same time, it has also endured curiosity mixed
with anxiety about the problems and challenges in the unforeseen
future. It's no different today. At the dawn of the twenty-first
century, science and communications have shrunk the world into
what may literally be called "the global village."
Impressive as it is, on a daily basis, people continue to struggle
with problems much closer to home. Matters of personal concern
including relationships, finances and health are the order of
At times, all our analysis
and logic fail to provide answers to the ongoing perplexities
of life. Churches, the traditional providers of spiritual strength
and hope, no longer seem to wield the influence they once did.
In apparent desperation, many people are turning to alternate
sources of guidance and help, and in doing so, often find themselves
in even worse situations than before.
One source of help, which has
taken on a high degree of visibility in recent years, is the
area known as intuitive consulting. Almost every newspaper in
the nation carries ads for psychic readers. Hardly anyone who
has watched television can avoid the blaring ads about psychic
networks willing, for a hefty per minute fee, to provide instantaneous
solutions. Call 1-900-123-4567, the infomercials proclaim, and
all your troubles will be solved! Celebrity sponsors are brought
in to endorse these various services and millions of dollars
are made by those who benefit from the anxiety, confusion and
misfortune of others.
But does this mean that the realm of the psychic is an absurd
and dishonest one? Not at all. As a matter of fact, it may be
the only source that can provide answers and solutions to problems
beyond the reach of logic and analysis. What is important and
most often forgotten, is that we must use the same common sense
in choosing an intuitive consultant as we would in selecting
other professional services.
Most psychics are not irresponsible,
money-hungry, manipulating, egotistic individuals who prey on
the weak, anxious or confused. I would be totally wrong in making
such a gross assumption, just as I would be completely wrong
in stating that all chiropractors, physicians or therapists are
predators. What I'm saying is that in any field - medicine, religion,
business, law or politics, there are responsible, professional
practitioners, as well as irresponsible frauds. Don't throw the
baby out with the bath water. "Doing our homework"
and careful selection are always necessary in choosing a professional
practitioner for any service we require.
The metaphysical field is not
an area primarily reserved for saints or mystics but is a totally
natural part of our birthright. As such, it's not cause for fear
or embarrassment. Usually, our embarrassments are the result
of our basic insecurities and fears. Just as we seek the help
of a medical doctor when we are ill, or the assistance of a plumber
when we need our water pipes fixed, we should seek the help of
qualified intuitive consultants when we're in need of their service.
AN INTUITIVE CONSULTANT
The question then arises as to how to find a truly qualified
intuitive consultant. The answer is: The same way you would find
a qualified doctor, carpenter or therapist. You check them out.
First, ask around and get the personal recommendation of someone
you trust. Many people have consulted psychics and return to
the same one over and over, again. They will be willing to share
names with you.
After getting the name and phone number of the intuitive consultant,
call and inquire about fees. If you're told to make an appointment
to come in and the fees would be arranged at that time, beware!
Some consultants, like some unscrupulous auto salespeople, use
your initial phone call as a means to get you to come in, in
order to sell you a bill of goods you never bargained for. Many
excellent but busy intuitive consultants may not even need to
see you face to face to provide a good reading. Some consultants
are as good or better with phone readings as they are with personal
face to face consultations.
If the fee is exorbitantly
high, be careful. If it's ridiculously low, be wary, because,
most times, you get what you pay for. This is not to say that
someone who charges an extremely high or low fee should be suspect.
Intuitive consultants come in all types and their fees may just
be a reflection of where they are in consciousness. My fees for
example, are considered very low by some and extremely high by
others, yet, there are clients who have had numerous consultations
with me over the years and are amazed that I have not increased
my fees in over a decade years.
The fee is more indicative
than conclusive. One of the most valid readings I ever received
was from someone who charged me five dollars for an hour. On
the other hand, a fantastic reading once cost me $300 for a half
hour but gave me enough insight and hope to handle some problems
that eventually saved me many times the cost of the consultation.
If an intuitive consultant asks you what your problem is and
then instructs you to bring or send cash and that he/she would
take care of the problem, be forewarned. Some consultants claim
to see and know everything and, for a steep price, will tell
you exactly what you want to hear. There are those who say they'll
increase your prosperity, bring back a lost love or get rid of
an illness or curse. Be careful! No one can do these things for
you. All they can do is examine your reality life-field and offer
probabilities of what may occur. No intuitive consultant can
honestly claim a hundred percent accuracy.
Check references. If the intuitive
consultant has a brochure or promotional material, see if it
includes personal testimonials. Are these testimonial names of
real people or just initials that could have been made up for
convenience sake? Many of my clients have given me permission
to use their names as references. If a consultant is very good,
most clients would permit their names to be used as testimonials
for promotional purposes. Naturally, there are exceptions. Some
of my clients are household names and I use discreet, professional
judgment in deciding whether or not to mention their names, even
when they've given me permission. Respect for a client's privacy
is a must in this business.
Finally, don't let your excitement
at finding an intuitive consultant overshadow your common sense.
Ask yourself how you feel about this person and watch your feelings.
If you're apprehensive that you'll get negative information which
may scare you and adversely affect the way you think, perhaps
you ought to find another one. If these feelings are strong enough,
you can create the very thing you fear. A good consultant won't
tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear to
help you deal with your concern. However, this will be done professionally
and with sensitivity.
Now that I've said all of the
above, I want to assure you that there are many excellent intuitive
consultants who could be of tremendous help. Use their services
as you need them. Don't become dependent on them, however. A
good consultant will try to help you solve your problems, but
won't encourage overly-frequent consultations. Many of my clients
consult with me three to four times a year. There are those who
would like to call me every month or every week and sometimes
every day, but I strongly discourage this practice.
For those of you who are enamored
by the 900+ numbers and the proliferation of infomercials and
commercials, I would suggest that you find yourself two or three
good intuitive consultants and rotate them regularly. Spirituality
is not an assembly line process. It develops from a sense of
purpose and an awareness of who you are. There are many fine
intuitive consultants who work on 900+ phone lines, but sometimes
the commercialism and stress of the environment makes it difficult
for them to always be in balance. This is no reflection on the
consultant, but only a commentary on the circumstances.