Sylvia Browne is perhaps the most recognized psychic alive in America today. She made countless television appearances, most notably on “The Montel Williams Show.” She announced that she was retiring in 2009, but has since postponed her retirement. She has a very personable nature and does not seem to take any of her talents or fame too seriously. She’s co-authored numerous best-selling books, written (probably for the most part) with, Lindsay Harrison.
The books do contain some vaule for me, even though I’m an atheist. I also don’t bother buying them but taking them out from a public library. That way I get my advice for free. The books are well organised, flow quickly and are peppered with lots of humor. They can be soothing reads before going to bed. They’re sort of a literary Xanax.
Then There’s That Whole Rarely Accurate Prediction Thing
Are her predictions accurate? For the most part, no. She consistently picks the wrong winner for Presidential elections and cures for diseases. However, she constantly predicts hope-filled messages of people finally treating each other nicely in the afterlife and in the future. Maybe by giving hopeful predictions, she is hoping to plant some suggestions in the minds of all of our own future behaviors. In that way, the question as to whether her predictions are accurate is kind of moot.
The worst thing a psychic can do is tell you that you are cursed or that only doom and gloom lay ahead for you unless you pay the psychic a lot of money to cure you. Even if that is what a psychic really sees about your future, they are not to frighten you or make you feel hopeless. They might say, “You will have some challenging times ahead, which you have within yourself to overcome.” Although this is true for anybody, sometimes we won’t listen to it until a psychic tells us because we paid them money to. Hey, they’re cheaper than therapists.
Not A Supernatural Power
Sylvia Browne seems aware that the future is something that this not set in stone. When a psychic peeks into the future, they are seeing what might be IF there aren’t any changes made in a person’s or a government’s current actions. By giving hope-filled predictions, we can better tap into our own power to make a better future for ourselves. Well, that’s the theory, anyway.
Back in the days when I really into Wicca and Paganism, I read in many an occult-flavored book that one of the signs of a genuine psychic is that their personal lives tend to be in a mess. They are able to see clearly for everyone else — but NOT themselves. This seems to be part of the price they pay for being able to see into the futures of others. This is a quirk that appears in every psychic and also appears in Sylvia Browne’s life, as her divorces might attest. She even had a brother in law steal a small fortune from her.
Now as an atheist I can see that everyone knows how to run other people’s lives but their own. This is not exactly a supernatural power. We are all able to do it. Browne just figured out how to make a living with it without having to get a psychology degree. But these goof-ups just makes Browne all the more comical and, I have to admidt, more of a person a reader can sympathize with.
It is only with hindsight can we see if a psychic was any good or not. As to predicting future events, Browne isn’t so good. As to her visions of an afterlife, don’t take them seriously, but they are a nice read if you already have a taste for fantasy and science fiction.
But the message in her books has been consistent — that things will eventually get better if we decide to not be so darn selfish. Psychics who are only trying to make a quick buck will tell you anything you want to hear and change their interpertations of their own predictions many times in their lives. But with Browne, we can see that here is a melodic voice of hope rising above the tumultuous din of doom.
She says that basically humanity gets their crap together in the near future. This isn’t really such a bad thing to tell people in a series of books. She repeats this message so often that maybe it will sink into some people’s subconscious. It’s a lot better than reading about hellfire, damnation and Armageddon.