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"My repeat clients see their readings with me as a partnership."

  Echo Bodine, The Gift, Part 5

If the psychic were in a private session and not on TV, he or she would have time to wait for more pictures to come and possibly put the whole message together by him- or herself. But because this is television, the producers donít want any dead-air time, so the psychic has to move quickly. Once the psychic has an adequate amount of information, he or she will start asking questions, saying something like, "Iím feeling a connection to someone on the left side of the audience. Iím feeling a brother. Who has a deceased brother with a connection to an elm tree? Iím also seeing a mallard duck. The name Don is coming to me. Thereís a significance to the color yellow. Does any of this mean anything to someone on the left side of the audience?"

At this point, the psychic may not know if the name Don is the deceased person or the person in the audience. As he or she waits for someone in the audience to respond, the psychic is also waiting for the deceased loved one to give more information. At the same time, the psychic knows the producers are watching the clock and also that there are other deceased loved ones waiting to get their turn to speak. In the space of thirty seconds or a minute, the psychic must interpret all the information as accurately as possible. 

Usually it doesnít take long before someone in the audience responds. For instance, a woman wearing a yellow blouse might raise her hand and say she has a deceased brother named Don who collected replicas of mallard ducks. The psychic, not wanting to make a mistake, will ask what might be significant about an elm tree, and the woman might say, "We lived on Elm Street." Now that the psychic knows who the message is for, he or she would go back to the deceased person to see if there is a specific message for this person. Once he or she has passed this on, or if there isnít a message, the psychic would then step back, clear the deceased personís energy, and ask for the next spirit to move forward.

As a clairvoyant who has struggled with this many times, I would love it if the information came in like a telegram. "Hello, my name is Don. My sister, Velma, is sitting on the left side of the audience in a yellow blouse. We used to live on Elm Street, and when I was living I collected mallard ducks. Please tell my sister Iím doing great, as are Mom and Dad, who are both with me. Tell her we love her." But that isnít how it comes in. Instead, the information arrives in shorthand: brother, sister, yellow, elm, ducks, happy.

I think the only way weíre going to make the shift away from thinking of psychics as entertaining fortune tellers is by learning how these gifts work. My repeat clients see their readings with me as a partnership. We work together to unravel some of the goofy pictures I receive so that they can get all the information they need in order to move forward in their lives. They are not looking to be entertained or to have me prove that psychic gifts actually work. They have gotten to the stage where they want to work together with me to solve problems or heal themselves. And I really believe thatís how itís supposed to be.

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