“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” - William Shakespeare; Hamlet (1.5.167-8)
While reading this widely used and still famous excerpt from one of the literary masterpieces composed by arguably the greatest English bard and playwright of all times, you may get the impression that this is some sort of boring and ‘good for nothing’ critical review on a wonderful quotation that is on the verge of becoming a cliché, thanks to professors and students of the English language from all over the world. Let me assure you, this article is not the 'food for thought’ type, lectured by a gray-haired, all-knowing, free-time philosopher.
Rather, this is about saving your hard earned dollars from getting wasted, only because you felt compellingly itchy to shell out money for hearing nonsense from an odd-looking person, who is ready to mesmerize you with his thoroughly practiced pitch. In fact, many a times this generalized speech starts with the assertion that angels and spirits talk to psychics in mysterious ways - something that their clients are unable to see, hear, touch, feel or understand. If any client asks awkward questions and counter the psychic’s invaluable realization that is supposed to be from some higher source of wisdom, they usually have a rich reserve of parachute pitches for saving the day.
These days, there are various graded services offered by psychics in exchange for humble fees; some of the figures are 'humble’ enough to surpass your monthly salary. While most of them stick to one-to-one private session in a room with dim lights, burning incense sticks and repetitive music, psychics offering their services over phone calls, live chats and emails are also available aplenty. Typically, you will find a mixed bag of skills ranging from tаrоt card based revelations pertaining to all tenses and aspects of your life, to talking with the spirits of your deceased kin. The irony is that, although the entire session is a dramatic, voice modulated and brilliantly executed show, there is hardly any statement that gives you a verifiable and quantifiable answer to a specific question. In such cases, fake psychics with unmatched skills of cold reading manages to dodge you by creating a win-win proposition.
The most common trick adopted by cold readers is to convince the client that both parties must participate and cooperate with each other during the session, by which they usually dupes you to say a lot many things about yourself, without you being conscious about it. Add to that their statement that includes all contrasting possibilities in smartly crafted lingo to make it appear more serious, you simply can’t refrain from gawking with awe-struck expression. Just for an instance, if you are in your early twenties and striving to build a strong foundation for a rewarding career, chances are that you will consider me as a psychic after reading my wise analysis - “Although you feel that you have extraordinary talent and once-in-a-generation ideas that can potentially alter the course of human race, there are times when most people, simply don’t see things the way you do. However, there are also some that recognize your potential and the impact your work has brought to your organization… ”. Hit me if you are not impressed!
We are ordinary mortals with limited intellect and as of now, far from attaining holistic wisdom and perfection as a living species. Yes, there are may things in this universe and beyond - waiting to get explored. And with due respect to real ones and sincere apologies to the fake ones for daring to write this article, the same principle applies to any individual who makes a living by proclaiming to have gifts in the form of an extraordinarily tuned mind, that can sense incredibly subtle stuff which is incomprehensible by gross minds. So, the next time you feel bogged down by pressure from family, spouse or boss and really believe that fine cosmic energies can be attracted, it’s better to start practicing meditation or take a vacation at some secluded spot, than to consult a fake psychic reader. If, by chance, you are lucky to come across a genuine psychic reader of unquestionable professional integrity, please do me a favor - mail the psychic’s address to me, because I am really eager to know my future.