"Look keenly," the old Gypsy woman told her young novice; "fix thy glance sharply, especially if it be a girl. When she is half-frightened, she will tell you much without knowing it ... soon thy eyes will look like a snake's, and when thou art angry thou wilt look like the old devil."
While this advice may have been good more than a century ago, few psychic readers today would agree with it. Or practice it. After all, if you depend heavily upon repeat business and word-of-mouth advertising, to make a living as a reader, it's much better to have a satisfied client than it is to have a frightened one.
Indeed ' far from deliberately frightening your client, the opposite should be true. From the start, your efforts should be to create an empathy, a strong sense of rap ort, with her. The reading will go more smoothly, and it will be much more successful.
It's always a good idea to explain to the client how you work, and tell her what you intend to do. A new sitter may have heard of you, made an appointment, sat down with you, and still not know what to expect. She probably has been drawn to you because she has a problem or worry she has not been able to resolve. She may be nervous, perhaps a little frightened.
Try to make her relax, feel comfortable. Explain that you will attempt to establish an empathy with her, that, during your reading, you will attempt to focus in on tier need for information. You might explain to her that it takes two to produce a good reading, that the two of you must create a rapport in order for you to obtain impressions.
Tell her that, as in many other areas, psychic impressions are never a certainty. It's not an exact science. Certainly, you mustn't fall into the trap of letting her attribute to you an image for accuracy you can't match. You may explain to her that, while you have developed a high degree of accuracy, your impressions will not all be one-hundred per cent on the mark. You can acid, however, that you do expect seventy to eighty per cent of your thoughts to have meaning for her.
Another pitfall to guard against has to do with the mind-set the client brings to the reading. It will not be unusual for a client to have one thought, one worry, uppermost in her mind. If you fail to anticipate this mind-set on her part, you may find at the end of your reading she has concentrated so totally on listening for information about her problem she has missed most of what you have had to say.
"If you are here looking for the answer to one , specific question," you might tell her, "I ask you not to dwell on just that one question, because you will flood the reading with those vibrations and you will not hear anything else I have to say. My impressions will come both from your subconscious and your conscious mind. Take what you can from those impressions."
Although it's best to exercise control over the number of predictions you make during the reading, since they are not something the client can verify in evaluating the reading, it's obvious that some predictions are appropriate, in each reading.
You will discover you'll have better results, however, if you substitute the word 'potential' for the term 'prediction.' Instead of saying, "I predict you will be rich," you might say, "You have the potential to acquire vast riches in your lifetime." Instead of saying, "I predict you will marry" a specific individual, try saying "You have the potential to overcome the odds to marry" the individual.
Most clients will better relate to the word 'potential', and you will have left it up to the sitter to make it turn out the way you have foreseen.
The time element in a prediction is viewed by many as a potential pitfall in psychic readings. Indeed, some see it as a lurking bogeyman, poised to spring from the shadows and grab the psychic reader by the throat. It need not be. Simply point out to the client that sometimes you will be off in terms of the time frame, but that you sense a very high degree of accuracy with respect to the prediction, itself.
How do you practice to become a psychic reader? How do you learn? It's a question asked often. The answer is to do readings, actual readings. Read for your spouse. Read for your friends. Read at parties, and for your fellow workers. That's the best type of practice.
Many attempt imaginary readings for persons they see on the street, or in a restaurant. The pitfall to this approach is there is no feedback. You might size up a burly man at the next table in a restaurant as a truck driver, who is having marital difficulties. In reality, he may be a florist, who shares an apartment with his male assistant.
At the end of every reading, take a moment and have the client evaluate it for you. Critiquing every reading should become a lifelong habit. Ask the client to assign some percentage figure to the reading, indicating how accurate you were. If the client says you were sixty per cent accurate, don't ask her to tell you where you were right. Instead, ask her to indicate where you were wrong.
You'll learn quickly to be a better reader. And earn a reputation as you do it.
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