Ethics of Psychic Intuitors

Psychics fall into two main groups.The first is an unscrupulous con artist that is out to make a large quick cash fall. As with any aspect of life, there are people out there willing to take advantage of a person in need. They are skillful enough to spot a need during a reading and capitalize on it.Using the methods in this book, they will trick people out of sometimes large amounts of money promising to perform miraculous feats or cures. Psychics in this group know they are not gifted and are only into it for the money. Unfortunately, the few of these types out there have given all psychics, both “shut-eye” and “open-eye” a bad name.

A word of note is necessary here. I will not say that all psychics are frauds. There may be people who can read the minds and the future. There is no proof they do not exist. These people truly believe that they have occult powers; that they can see the future or have other mental powers. Real or not, the term used for these people is “shut-eyes”. They are not out to fool you or feloniously take your money. They truly believe they have clairvoyant powers. Without consciously thinking about it or realizing it, they use the same techniques put forward this book. They can naturally notice the clues presented to them without consciously analyzing them.

The converse, “open-eyes”, are people who knowingly use the techniques of the psychic intuitor. “Open-eyes” gather information about the person using various cold reading techniques, reading body language and other subtle methods.

The second group is those readers who provide readings, for a fee or not, at parties, fairs, home readings, picnics, in their offices or other events. If they charge a fee, it is not exorbanite, but enough to make it “worth their while”. These readings are usually short and uplifting lasting no more than an hour, often less, leaving the person feeling good. They do not attempt to extort money or force someone to come back for a more expensive reading. Psychics in this group may believe they truly have powers (shut-eyes) or they might just use the techniques in this book (open-eyes). Orson Welles explained it well in an interview with David Frost in the 70’s.He explained that the subconscious mind could make a deduction with such accuracy that it can be mistaken for psychic ability. The psychic truly believes he is presenting a psychic experience to the sitter. Either way, the reading provides the sitter a brief and entertaining visit into the supernatural, and leaves them feeling good about themselves.

In my research, I have come across many “Ethical Statements” for the reader. After sifting through all the many codes of ethics, I have boiled them down to five major points:

You do not have to deny you that you have powers but the ethical intuitor should not tell people they have a connection to the other side. It is all right to add “smoke and mirrors” to your presentation to set the mood. Actually, this often helps with the illusion. A few mystical tchotchkes or knickknacks add to your illusion, but do not overdo it. When I personally start a reading, I prime the sitter by saying something like “I have no special powers, I can only read what the cards are saying, and you have to apply what the cards say to your situation.” This immediately gives me two advantages. First, since I have no special powers, any mistakes are attributed to the cards and not to me. Secondly, and most importantly, when a statement does not seem to fit the sitter (a miss); I look to her to apply it to her life. If she cannot, I tell her it most likely is in the future.

Psychic intuitors should not be religious in any way.

Offer to do more readings for a client but never force a reading on the sitter.

A true psychic intuitor will never ask for additional money outside of his or her fee for the reading or show.

First, you are not a doctor and your advice may cause further injury. There are many laws about giving out legal or financial advice without the proper license. If a question is in these areas, politely decline to answer or sidestep the questions with a statement like, “Look inside yourself and you will find the answer you seek.” Remember also, you are not a therapist or counselor. As tempting as it may seem, you are not there to help a person recover from a personal dilemma. Trying to perform the role of therapist for a sitter, without the proper training, could complicate the person’s situation. Remember the first rule of the medical field from the Hippocratic Oath that certainly applies here “First do no harm.”

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