Someone asked me recently if I was “certified” to be a psychic. I was slightly stunned for a moment at the question. My first reaction (as is usual for me) was to make a joke. I said, “Certifying psychics is similar to licensing cats.” But then I realized that they do license cats nowadays and that she meant it to be a serious question.
Her point was that the process of certifying and/or licensing psychics might prevent the abuses that occur. It is a very valid question. There certainly are plenty of abuses in the area of psychic readings, just as there are in all professions. Still, the idea that anyone could certify another person to be a psychic strikes me as an impossible task.
For one thing, psychic ability is not completely predictable. Over the years, I have been asked occasionally to take part in “scientific” studies regarding psychic ability. I was part of a rather successful study examining skill in remote viewing. I was one of approximately twenty psychics from around the country who were asked to “focus” on certain targets and then describe what we saw. While each person had a different degree of success, the study concluded that, as a group, we were accurate approximately 60 percent of the time. Which means, of course, that we were wrong 40 percent of the time. The truth is, everyone is wrong sometimes. Any psychic who says he or she is never wrong is, well, wrong.
Before I could practice law, I had to take the bar exam, a valid measurement (I guess) of one’s knowledge of the law.Â But, there really are no valid tests to measure psychic ability. A teacher of intuitive skills could give a student a certificate indicating that the person had completed a course of study, but that is only a piece of paper certifying attendance, not ability. I, as a psychic you may trust, can refer you to another psychic I think is good, but I can’t promise that your particular reading will suit you. There are just too many variables.
Licensing is another matter, of course, and would allow the state to regulate things like criminal record. Other than that, however, I shudder at the idea of a state-run “Department of Psychic Licensing.”Â I would hope that this is an area, as spiritually guided people, where we can regulate ourselves. Perhaps it would be interesting to start a conversation on the ethics of giving readings.
There are a few guidelines I would hope we all might agree on, although I know some of you won’t like them. For example, I believe psychics should tell a client how much a reading will cost upfront and then not ask for more money at the end of the session. Similarly, I think most would agree that a psychic should not use their power to influence a client to “give” them money, invest in their business or have sex with them. A psychic should not tell a person he or she is sick but that the psychic can “cure” them for X dollars. In my opinion, using the reading as a way to sell product should be avoided. (i.e. “The thing you need to be better, wiser or more spiritual just happens to be my candles, crystals, potions, vitamins, classes or books.”)
It would certainly be a lot easier on the rest of us if some psychics did not scare their clients silly by saying things like, “You will die in three years” and then ushering them out the door. I have had to assure more people than I care to count that no psychic can accurately predict the date or time of a person’s death.
The bottom line, in my mind, is that the only license or certification we really need is common sense and the golden rule. Kindness is something your can’t measure, regulate or license, but it is the most important quality a good psychic can have.