What is the Difference Between Psychic Ability and Intuition?

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When you know who is calling before you look at your phone, that is intuition. When you have a feeling that you shouldn’t do a particular thing on a particular day, that is intuition. If you know what a friend is going to say before they speak, that too can be called intuition.

Intuition is always speaking, in every person. It’s the small, voice, the hunch, the gut feeling, the last minute change of mind. But you have to be listening and then choose to act on that hunch or feeling. Intuitive guidance is received.

Psychic ability is not different than intuition. It is merely the intuitive faculty that has been paid attention to, developed, and honed. It is directed and conscious use of intuition. Psychic ability appears supernatural because so few people choose to consciously refine and actively use their intuition. Anyone can work to develop their psychic abilities, although some people are naturally gifted in this way, just like others are natural musicians, or athletes.

Intuition or psychic ability is accessed through specific senses, in this case Clairaudience,  Clairvoyance, Clairsentience, or through direct knowing—Claircognizance.

Are You Intuitive or Psychic?

Although it usually is not necessary to differentiate between the two, let’s look at some examples of intuition versus psychic ability:

• You are working out a tough problem at work, and all of a sudden you get the solution. This is intuition.

• You are curious about what your next boyfriend might look like, so you sit down in meditation to consciously “look” for information. This is accessing your psychic ability.

• You consciously hold the object of a person to access information about them or the object itself. This is a psychic exercise.

• You are out to dinner with a friend, and you just know that she’s going to order the crab salad, even though you’ve never seen her eat such a thing. This is intuition.

How Psychic Ability Develops

Professional psychics usually have a natural talent or interest in the paranormal and the mystical. They take their ability or interest and cultivate it. Many will be drawn to the Tarot, Astrology, or other tools of divination. Psychics may also call themselves intuitives or sensitives.

Psychic ability can also develop over time through various forms of spiritual practice, or it may come after a big life change or trauma. Typically, when people find they are “suddenly” psychic, it’s because they are finally noticing their intuition! Their sixth sense has usually been there all along.

In my case, I had clairvoyant and clairaudient ability as a small child, but, without any context for what I was seeing or hearing, it became quite unnerving. I regularly saw animals that “weren’t there” or heard noises like a running soundscape in the background of what was audible to everyone else. I also saw auras and what I called “light beings.” I remember asking my guardian angel to make it stop. And it did. Many years later, I was studying to be an energy healer. Being a professional psychic was the last thing on my mind. Yet, as I studied healing and went through rigorous personal growth, the abilities I’d had as a child just reappeared. And then, delighted by this, I made a specific effort to hone the skills.

Another psychic I know has no memory of being especially intuitive in childhood, but found herself hearing voices at the onset of puberty. She thought she was going crazy, and actually did get tested for mental illness and hearing issues. But it turned out that this was just her intuition speaking, and this is the main way she accesses guidance for clients today.

Just like a musician needs to practice scales in order to be better at their craft, you can practice using your intuition to become more psychic.  Having greater access to your intuition is a wonderful thing, whether or not you want to use it as a professional skill.


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When Is It Time To Visit A Psychic?

psychic ladyFor many people, seeing a psychic is a one-time bucket list item that is indulged in while on vacation or having a party. Many bachelorette parties have trooped into their local palm reader’s shop to spend an evening celebrating a final night of freedom. But for others, visiting a psychic is as serious an occasion as seeing a doctor. Visitors seek out palm readers, tarot interpreters, mediums, or psychics of other nature to offer them healing, guidance, or advice.

But how do you know when it’s time to see a psychic? With a doctor of medicine, painful symptoms or reduced health can be great clues to make an appointment. Here are some signs that you may need to schedule yourself some time with your psychic advisor:

  1. A major change has recently happened.

If you frequent the psychic’s office, studio, or shop more than a few times a year, you may want to consider staying home if nothing has really changed in your life recently. For most people, it would be a waste of money and time to see a psychic for guidance or advice if you are in the same career, the same relationship, the same general state of mental and physical health, or have experienced no other major change.

Additionally, if you’ve visited a psychic for the same topic more than once, it may be time to let a natural course unfold. For example, if you’ve been single for many years, and have visited a psychic about this situation on multiple occasions, you likely won’t hear anything new if you ask about your love life again. You know the situation, and anything holding you back in the situation, and you’ve heard all that your psychic can tell you about it.

  1. You know why you are visiting a psychic.

While there is certainly something to be said for visiting a new psychic with an open mind and no expectations, future visits will be most helpful if you have a reason to visit. Remember that too-specific questions don’t often work for tarot readings or palm readings (“On what day next month will I meet my soul mate?”) General questions focused on you and your own behavior are best. (“What can I do to attract more positive people into my life so that I might meet my soul mate?”)

Your reason doesn’t need to be very specific. You may want to receive understanding and validation for a recent feeling; obtain insight into a new situation; receive guidance on a major decision; or simply gain a better understanding of your path in life. In any case, having a general idea of your focus means that you’re ready to visit a psychic.

  1. You have identified the right type of psychic service.

Just as you wouldn’t go to a dermatologist when you need an appendix removed, you should not assume that all psychics are the same. If you are wondering if it’s time to visit a psychic, take some time to find the right kind of service. A medium, for example, is a psychic who has some connection or ability to communicate with those who have passed on. Tarot cards and palm reading can be used to find new ways to approach situations or problems.

  1. You feel comfortable with the decision to see a psychic.

Visiting a psychic is often like seeing a therapist. Though you may not reveal any personal information about yourself, and the psychic may only offer you a few guiding phrases or words as they read tarot symbols or perform other techniques, you will be going through a great revelation inside yourself. Behaviors, situations, and new paths will become clear to you based on what the psychic shares. You may leave feeling as though you’ve just had an intense therapy session.

For this reason, it’s important to feel comfortable before you visit a psychic. You should be relaxed and ready to accept any revelations that come through the psychic. Some psychics may have trouble giving a reading if you are too tense or nervous, so it’s in everyone’s best interest that you take the time to become calm about the visit.

How Often Should You Visit a Psychic?

All psychics will have a different opinion on this question. Some insist that once or twice a year is plenty, while others open their doors to the same clients every week. If you’ve gone through the four questions above and believe you are ready for a psychic reading, don’t hold yourself back from seeking out help and guidance.

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What is Reiki?

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A Brief Overview

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive. If one’s “life force energy” is low, then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high, we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

The word Reiki is made of two Japanese words – Rei which means “God’s Wisdom or the Higher Power” and Ki which is “life force energy”. So Reiki is actually “spiritually guided life force energy.”

A treatment feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including body, emotions, mind and spirit creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results.

Reiki is a simple, natural and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to relieve side effects and promote recovery.

An amazingly simple technique to learn, the ability to use Reiki is not taught in the usual sense, but is transferred to the student during a Reiki class. This ability is passed on during an “attunement” given by a Reiki master and allows the student to tap into an unlimited supply of “life force energy” to improve one’s health and enhance the quality of life.

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Its use is not dependent on one’s intellectual capacity or spiritual development and therefore is available to everyone. It has been successfully taught to thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds.

While Reiki is spiritual in nature, it is not a religion. It has no dogma, and there is nothing you must believe in order to learn and use Reiki. In fact, Reiki is not dependent on belief at all and will work whether you believe in it or not. Because Reiki comes from God, many people find that using Reiki puts them more in touch with the experience of their religion rather than having only an intellectual concept of it.

While Reiki is not a religion, it is still important to live and act in a way that promotes harmony with others. Mikao Usui, the founder of the Reiki system of natural healing, recommended that one practice certain simple ethical ideals to promote peace and harmony, which are nearly universal across all cultures.

During a meditation several years after developing Reiki, Mikao Usui decided to add the Reiki Ideals to the practice of Reiki. The Ideals came in part from the five prinicples of the Meiji emperor of Japan whom Mikao Usui admired. The Ideals were developed to add spiritual balance to Usui Reiki. Their purpose is to help people realize that healing the spirit by consciously deciding to improve oneself is a necessary part of the Reiki healing experience. In order for the Reiki healing energies to have lasting results, the client must accept responsibility for her or his healing and take an active part in it. Therefore, the Usui system of Reiki is more than the use of the Reiki energy. It must also include an active commitment to improve oneself in order for it to be a complete system. The ideals are both guidelines for living a gracious life and virtues worthy of practice for their inherent value.

The secret art of inviting happiness
The miraculous medicine of all diseases
Just for today, do not anger
Do not worry and be filled with gratitude
Devote yourself to your work. Be kind to people.
Every morning and evening, join your hands in prayer.
Pray these words to your heart
and chant these words with your mouth
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The founder , Usui Mikao


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5 Things You Should Know Before Consulting a Psychic

Interest in psychics, mediums and all things paranormal is at an all-time high, especially at this time of year. Working as a professional psychic for the last decade, I’d like to offer some helpful tips to those considering a session with a psychic.

1. Don’t have a specific agenda. It’s okay to want to know certain things as a result of your psychic session; your psychic will probably allow you to ask questions as well. But if your sole intention for booking a session is to get “the” defining answer to a specific question, you’ll likely end up disappointed. The reason being is that if the psychic is authentic, the information they communicate doesn’t come from them, it comes through them. This means that the psychic has little control over what they are being spiritually guided to convey. You’ll receive what you need, not what you want – which may be two very different things.

2. Let the psychic guide the session. You’re paying a professional psychic for their time; allow them to do their job and lead the discussion where it needs to go. A good psychic should do most of the talking and asking you to validate or confirm the impressions they receive. You will likely frustrate an authentic psychic with your emotional overload by going off on tangents or venting your life story. And you’ll be giving a fraudulent psychic way too much information that can be manipulated to their advantage. When in doubt, politely ask the psychic if you may elaborate to underscore a point.

3. Listen for credible details. An authentic psychic will be able to spontaneously provide you with (sometimes odd or unusual) tidbits of information to affirm that they are indeed connecting with you properly. Don’t expect to hear the exact “code” word you had with your deceased wife or the secret signal you had with your boyfriend. In fact, just the opposite may be true. Once during a session, I felt I was connecting with a gentleman’s brother who had passed on when they were younger. I kept “seeing” activities centered on a tree house, climbing trees or jumping out of trees. The man confirmed that his brother used to always torment him by jumping out of trees to scare him when they were kids – a totally random thing. Also, be open to what is being communicated. Often people will develop “psychic amnesia,” by which they become oblivious to the obvious for not having total recall in the moment. Grant that you might require process time beyond your session for recollections to surface in your memory bank.

4. Are you booked with a psychic or a medium? All mediums are psychic but not every psychic is a medium. A medium is someone who can willfully connect with one or more of your loved ones who have passed on; a psychic is someone who specializes in communicating intuitive information about your life, relationships and your future. Find out in advance if the practitioner with whom you’d like to book a session is a psychic, a medium, or both. It will aid you in tempering your expectations. As before, go in open-minded. While it’s okay to have expectations of wanting to hear from a loved one, don’t be surprised if your deceased alcoholic uncle who abused you when you were a kid comes through instead. This tends to be the way things work spiritually, and the communication from the uncle could very well be exactly what you’re intended to receive as it pertains to healing your family and life in general.

5. Terminate any session that doesn’t feel right. No reputable psychic will ever predict your death, foretell a tragedy, give you winning lottery numbers or inform you that you have a curse put upon you and your family and that to remove it, you need to return repeatedly. A reputable psychic will also not keep increasing their fee with each visit, or expect that you buy ancillary merchandise from them on a regular basis. Run, don’t walk, from anyone who conducts business with you in a manner that does not feel authentic. On rare occasions, I may be challenged in connecting with a client. In the past ten years, this has happened about four or five times. In those situations, I will stop and ask the client how they’d like to handle it, an option of which may be to end the session at no charge to the client. An inauthentic psychic will bluff their way through for being focused on making a buck.

These principles are a good place to begin when considering a psychic reading. Don’t hesitate to ask for references or to research a psychic online. Word of mouth is how I’ve always done business and I have received many clients as referrals from others who were satisfied customers. A good psychic’s work will speak for itself.

7 Benefits of Getting a Psychic Reading

It’s reasonable to feel skeptical of people charging a fee to tell you about your own life, especially after hearing some cases of scammers playing dress-up in gypsy clothes. Even if you do trust the abilities and integrity of a particular psychic reader, it may still be difficult to feel optimistic about the outcomes of a reading or to justify the money spent.

After all, what can a psychic do for you that a close friend or psychologist can’t?

Not everyone needs a paid reading to make life decisions or cope with hardship, and if you have sufficient support from your loved ones, all the better. However, psychics do offer a unique suite of services that could be helpful in times of need.

Below are some of the many invaluable benefits of a receiving a quality psychic reading.



Before booking an appointment, please exercise caution when discerning whether or not a psychic reader is both genuinely gifted and trustworthy. This article describes the potential benefits only of high-quality readings given by experienced spiritual professionals, and does not condone nor take responsibility for poor readings with scammers. Please keep in mind that it is also possible to have negative experiences with an honest psychic, so this risk should be taken at your own discretion.

1. Understanding Your Past, Present, and Future

Life is chaotic, and clarity can often seem like an unattainable concept. It’s easy to feel lost when you’re simultaneously trying to debrief the events of the last few years, plan for optimal happiness in your future, and still get a better grip on things in the present.

When you’re feeling overwhelmed from hyper-analyzing all the different cross-sections of your life, a big payoff of a psychic reading is a bird’s eye view.

A good psychic will pull energies from your past, present, and future in order to give you the most helpful insight. They may explain some key points of connection to give you peace and confidence about how your path has been, is, and will be progressing.

They may recap some instances of karma and life lessons that served you, offer an explanation of “why”, or point you to the bigger picture that will make your earthly worries seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

A psychic’s synthesis of your past, present, and future may leave you with a sense of alignment between your self and your life’s course. It’s a gut-warming feeling of knowing you’ve been doing the best you can with this messy human experience and that you’re still on the right path.

2. Getting in Touch With Spirit Guides and Loved Ones in Heaven

Psychics serve as a medium to deliver messages from the other side. They communicate with the abundance of spirits around you, from guardian angels to your loved ones who’ve passed on.

You may receive a touching, personal note from a lost relative or be given information about their death that will help you understand their passing and trust their wellbeing in the afterlife.

Your psychic may even describe a vision of an animal sitting next to you, which may turn out to be an old childhood pet.

3. Hearing Possibilities You Haven’t Imagined or Considered

Our hope is often clouded by a limited view of what is practical or feasible in our current reality. Especially when we are experiencing adversity, it can be very difficult to consider or believe in creative solutions to our problems. You may feel like you’re out of options, but a psychic reader might reveal an unexpected outcome that resolves your worries.

While I was attending an out-of-state university, I became consumed in despair over how I was going to afford my tuition and graduate on time. Even with working multiple jobs, I could not afford the out-of-pocket payments in addition to the maximum amount of loans I had taken out. Both my parents were unemployed at the time and couldn’t take out additional loans either. I felt my only options were to transfer back home to an in-state school or take a couple years off to save up money.

The summer before my junior year, a psychic told me not to worry. She predicted something happening the following July that would provide me with the financial resources to graduate on time.

With that being said, I never quit my second job or stopped my daily search for scholarships, but I did experience a change of mindset that eased some of my stress. I realized that I was working just as hard to make money whether I spent all my emotional energy worrying about it or not. I started going to work a little calmer, a little more curious, and a little more patient with what my future might be waiting to give me.

That July, my mother got hired by a company based out of our home-state, but they sent her to their alternate location across the country, right near my university. Her new residency allowed me to qualify not only for in-state tuition, but an in-state grant program for medium-income families that paid for my final year of college in full.

While I don’t recommend making any large decisions purely based off a psychic’s prediction, I do believe a positive reading offers an important lesson in getting you to think beyond your own perception of what is possible.

4. Receiving Confirmation and Validation

Another benefit of a psychic reading is the validation of your struggles and the confirmation that your actions are in line with your life’s purpose. Support from friends and family may not always be enough to restore confidence in your future or heal regret from your past. Psychic readers will often bring up tough decisions you’ve made to affirm your choice and link it to opportunities in your future.

Perhaps you are experiencing guilt and regret for suddenly leaving a good situation: a job, a relationship, or team commitment, for example. You might be unsure of whether or not it was the right thing to do, but something in your gut told you it was time to go. A psychic reading may give clarity as to why this leave was not only positive for you but necessary. Turning away from this chapter of your life may have been a required step in order to gain the availability and resources needed to reach the next thing in your path, while also leaving space for a better fitting person to fill your role and benefit the other party.

A psychic can also confirm your own intuition. Maybe you’ve been having recurring dreams about a particular person or scenario which is later brought up as a significant factor during your reading. There could be a handful of other “coincidences” that eerily line up with what your psychic tells you, like noticing repeating numbers throughout the day, finding white feathers in odd places, or getting a call from an old friend out of the blue. A psychic might assure you that no, you’re not crazy, you’re just receiving an important message—and it’s exactly what you think it is.

5. Acknowledging Your Blocks

While it may be the least fun to hear, advice from a psychic may help you come to terms with actions and behaviors that aren’t serving you. Your reading may help you reflect on fears and insecurities, resentment, dependencies, and other toxic factors that could be interfering with your ability to move forward from negative situations.

A psychic reading can often provide a sense of closure and cleansing by helping you recognize and dissolve your blocks. Identifying the ways you resist change is a big step toward letting go of past traumas and flowing freely into a healthier outcome.

6. Affirming Your Gifts

That limiting view of practical reality can also be holding you back from realizing your creative potential. A psychic may mention talents you might have not discovered yet due to lack of free time or self-confidence. After leaving a session, you might feel inspired to pick up a new instrument or finally enroll in that after-work dance class.

It’s also very possible a psychic will let you know of your own spiritual abilities. They may recommend exercises to help you get in touch with the divine. You might be more empathic than you realize.

7. Coming Back to Center

The vaguest, yet potentially the most effective benefit of a psychic reading is the eerie and unmistakable feeling of coming back to center.

Anxiety and high emotions may temporarily subside and make room for a feeling of groundedness that can last hours or even weeks after your reading. You may feel as if someone has drawn back the curtains or reached out to let you know you’ll be okay.

This effect can be both calming and rejuvenating, inviting you to slow down while giving you an energetic push to manifest the things you desire.

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Brianna Olsen 

Brianna has been getting psychic readings, dabbling in divination, and developing her own intuitive abilities for over eight years.