Fake psychic. Join us as we discuss the last of a three part series on psychic scams. This page will discuss unethical promises - when those claiming to be Lightworkers take advantage of others by making unrealistic promises. Before continuing, you might like to catch up by reading page one and page two.
Technically, this does not fall under the fake psychic category, but since more and more metaphysical practitioners are blending modalities, I thought it was important to include it in this series. Plus, I have my own experience to share with you in a moment.
Benjamin Franklin said it best centuries ago: "nothing is certain except death and taxes."
Don't get me wrong. I love energy work as much as the next girl. Reiki, reflexology, cranial sacral, EFT, acupuncture - I've tried them all and loved them all. These are all legitimate forms of energy work, and all have their merits.
But, some fake psychics try to take advantage of people when they are vulnerable by promising that they can heal them.
Here are two warning signs to watch out for:
1. Someone guarantees that they can heal or cure you - it's unethical to promise such a thing, and even the medical community cannot usually make such a promise.
2. Fees are outrageous. It's fine for energy workers to be compensated for their time and expertise, but beware of those charging unusually high fees in exchange for a promise of healing.
It Happened to Me...
If you are a regular visitor of this site, you probably know that I could write a book entitled "It Happened to Me."
Looking back, I'm glad that I had all of these wacky experiences so that I could share them with you. If my stories help one person, then my experiences were worth it.
I was not exploited out of money, but an unethical energy worker did try to take advantage of me.
One day, I had an appointment with a man who claimed to be a Lightworker offering Reiki. This was before I was attuned to Reiki myself, or understood how it really worked. All I knew was that I was desperate to get my fibromyalgia under control.
I arrived for my consultation, the man explained how our sessions would
be conducted. He explained that I would have to be completely naked
during our sessions, and that there would be no sheet or drape to cover
me. (Oh yes, you read that right... n-a-k-e-d, as in, no clothes.)
I picked my jaw up off of the floor, I asked if that was really
necessary. He explained that the energy transmitted better without the
restrictions of fabrics (which is total nonsense).
Needless to say, I never went back to see that man. I went on to learn about Reiki, and found a wonderful, ethical Reiki master to work with.
Remember on page one of this series we talked about the number one psychic scam of all time - when a fake psychic says that you are cursed and they can cure you for a fee?
In this scam, it's the opposite.
This is when a fake psychic promises that they can bring you true love or financial abundance by casting a spell or curse on someone else.
They may claim that they can do things like:
Many people fall into this trap because the con-artists are so good at telling people exactly what they want to hear. They position themselves as the person who can fix a longstanding problem or fulfill a desire.
They may also tell you that they are working with white magic - all for your benefit - and that no one is getting hurt.
But that's not true. The victims of this scam are getting hurt. Not only are they throwing their money away, they are also on an emotional roller-coaster getting their hopes up, only to have them dashed when the con-artist announces that they need more money to perform a "stronger spell."
As I was writing this article, a fellow Lightworker shared a distressing story about a woman she met who had given over $70,000 to a psychic that promised to find the woman's true love by casting a love spell.
The victim of the scam is a highly intelligent and educated woman with a flourishing career. But the fake psychic was able to find her weak spot and prey on it.
How about we end this on a positive and uplifting note?
Everyone wants to be happy and there are specific things that we would all like to have: money, love, career, etc.
One of the most empowering things I've ever done for myself is learning about the Law of Attraction. There are so many great books on the topic that you can find in either your local bookstore on Amazon.com.I particularly like the work of Esther Hicks (she is a channel for a collective consciousness known as Abraham). I can honestly say that the teachings of Abraham have changed my life.
Learning about manifesting, and spiritual laws (such as the law of attraction) is something that you can do at your own pace without spending tens of thousands of dollars. Start with one book. If you can't afford that book right now, visit your local library and borrow a book for free.
Create your own happiness, and you'll never fall for a fake psychic again!
I hope you have enjoyed this special series about psychic scams.