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Straight Dudes! Get Thyself to a Spirit Triangle! – Big Seance Podcast #132

Straight Dudes! Get Thyself to a Spirit Triangle! A Roundtable Discussion with Ash Riley and Slade Roberson - Big Seance Podcast: My Paranormal World #132


Where are the straight men in the metaphysical and spiritual communities? Previous guests Ash Riley of InMySacredSpace.com and Slade Roberson of the Shift Your Spirits Podcast join Patrick in a roundtable (ahem – triangle table) discussion of a rarely approached topic!


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What Social Media Sandboxes Are You Playing In?

Recently I was inspired by Lorelle on WordPress, who in her post Bye-Bye Facebook: Changes in the World of Social Media, says that “you need to play in the sandbox where your audience plays.” Since creating Big Séance, I’ve been hesitant to play in too many social media sandboxes, but it is becoming clear that social media is once again beginning to change. Right now, your social media community options for finding me are limited to Facebook and Twitter (@BigSeance). Most of the community interaction and traffic to Big Séance tends to come from Facebook and search engines, and very rarely from Twitter.


Where are my readers and listeners playing the most? 

Please tell me where I need to build the next Big Séance community! 


Sylvia Browne: In her own words…

My last post on the recent and ongoing backlash and criticism of the psychic medium, Sylvia Browne, brought on more discussion and comments than we’ve seen here at the Big Séance in a while. It’s still a hot topic among bloggers and in online paranormal and spiritual circles.  

Since that post I’ve discovered that Sylvia responded in a statement. 

“For more than 50 years as a spiritual psychic and guide, when called upon to either help authorities with missing person cases or to help families with questions about their loved ones, I have been more right than wrong. If ever there was a time to be grateful and relieved for being mistaken, this is that time. Only God is right all the time. My heart goes out to Amanda Berry, her family, the other victims and their families. I wish you a peaceful recovery.” – From the Huffington Post

Regarding the other similar highly publicized case involving Shawn Hornbeck in 2007, Browne’s publicist told CNN “She cannot possibly be 100 percent correct in each and every one of her predictions. She has, during a career of over 50 years, helped literally tens of thousands of people.”

Psychic Medium Sylvia Browne


Since it is highly unlikely that Sylvia Browne would pop in to defend herself on my blog, and since I own many of her books, I decided I would highlight just a few of her statements that seem to fit this situation. 


“I have never used a ‘ringer’ in my life, or participated in a hoax. I would never forfeit my credibility, my career, and my life’s work for the sake of a cheap trick.”
From Life on the Other Side: A Psychic’s Tour of the Afterlife


“Don’t get me wrong, I’ve made some mistakes along the way — and I mean some real whoppers — that if you don’t know the whole story could make it look as if my integrity was a little blurry from time to time. Again, ask me and I’ll tell you exactly how stupid I’ve been, how naive and inappropriately trusting of the wrong people I can be, and just how incredibly unpsychic I am about myself. But accuse me of ever being deliberately dishonest, or indiscreet, or greedy and ambitious at someone else’s expense, or careless about the issue of integrity, you’ll have a fight on your hands, and that includes the subject of celebrities, both past and present.”
From Visits from the Afterlife: The Truth about Hauntings, Spirits, and Reunions with Lost Loved Ones


“I love being right. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t. My career depends on my being right a lot more often than I’m wrong, and I’ve been tested at somewhere between 85- and 90-percent accuracy as a psychic. Averaging, let’s say, twenty clients a day for fifty years, plus another forty years of lectures, print interviews, radio and television appearances, added to several decades of very private pro bono work with the medical and psychiatric communities and various law enforcement agencies, and my own extensive research and writing, I wouldn’t have the strength, the skill, or the courage to try to calculate the number of hours of information I’ve transmitted in my sixty-six years on earth this time around, and I’d be ecstatic to find out that 95 to 90 percent of that information has been accurate and give all the credit to God where it belongs. 

There’s no doubt about it, either, that when I miss something, I miss it, and when I’m wrong, I’ll be the first to point it out. The terrorist attacks of September 11? Not one inkling. The sniper killings that held the Washington, D.C., area hostage in the fall of 2002? I called Lindsay and recorded detailed descriptions of the two suspects several days before any arrests were made. They turned out to be very accurate descriptions of the two alleged suspects who were mistakenly surrounded by the authorities at a gas station and completely exonerated several hours later. I’ve been thrilled to hear it when I turned out to be wrong about the outcome of a missing-persons case or two, and heartbroken on more occasions when I turned out to be right.”
From Visits from the Afterlife: The Truth about Hauntings, Spirits, and Reunions with Lost Loved Ones


“Psychics don’t solve crimes. Law enforcement solves crimes. We simply bring another set of tools to what’s usually a long, exhaustive, difficult process of identifying criminals and putting them behind bars. We’re no different from the criminal profilers, the geographic profilers, the forensic anthropologists, the sculptors and other experts who were viewed with initial skepticism until they proved their worth, as any participant in an investigation should be expected to do.”
Included in her section on “Psychic Forensics” from Phenomenon: Everything You Need to Know About the Paranormal


“However, Mr. Randi and other anti-psychic skeptics have called me a liar and a charlatan numerous times, and there are even entire Websites devoted to trying to stop my work for God. How miserable is it that instead of helping others, some people choose to start atheistic or skeptical societies and ridicule, or even try to destroy, the men and women who are trying to help others?”
Mystical Traveler: How to Advance to a Higher Level of Spirituality


Update for 5/13/13

I have been reading Prophecy: What the Future Holds for You by Sylvia Browne and had actually started it just before the women in Ohio were found. Today I came across a passage that I sure wish I would have found before I put this post together. In this particular section she was discussing the prophesies of Edgar Cayce. It’s the perfect response to this situation. I probably wouldn’t have even needed the passages I included above. Here it is.

“There are prophesies of Edgar Cayce’s that haven’t come true. I wouldn’t presume to speak for him, but my guess would be that his explanation for that would be similar to mine when I find out I was wrong about a reading or a prediction. Any prophet, psychic, clairvoyant, medium or other paranormalist who claims to be accurate 100 percent of the time is a fraud and a liar. Only God is right 100 percent of the time. All the rest of us can do is receive and transmit information we’re given, and stay out of the way as best we can. We can’t take credit for any of the information, but blame for inaccuracy falls justifiably on our shoulders, because it means that somewhere along the line we misspoke, misunderstood, misinterpreted and/or somehow involuntarily interfered, and the messages suffered in the translation.”



Sylvia Browne: Are members of the “spiritual community” turning on her?

Psychic medium, Sylvia Browne

Psychic medium, Sylvia Browne

I have to admit I didn’t necessarily think much about the psychic medium, Sylvia Browne, until I read a few of her books. Seriously, you should read one. I really do think that her unusually gruff voice and appearance causes people to form unfortunate opinions of her when they may know nothing about her. For many people, her appearances on the Montel Williams Show (cancelled in 2008) may be all they know about her and her work.

Most likely you’ve run across some statements or articles being passed around social media this week following the shocking, sad, yet celebratory news of three missing women in Ohio escaping the hell where they were held captive for a decade or more. In 2004 Browne told the mother of one of the missing women that her daughter, Amanda Berry, was dead. The other big miss that people remember and refer to was in the case of Shawn Hornbeck. For me, this story was close to home and I remember it well. I had just moved to the St. Louis area to begin my teaching career when the young man went missing. In 2004 Sylvia told his parents that he was dead and a few years later he was found alive. (Click here for Shawn’s recent interview by the St. Louis Post Dispatch in light of this week’s events.) These were two very unfortunate blunders that no doubt caused pain and suffering.

This week I’ve seen some people from what I’ll call the “paranormal” and “spiritual community”, some psychic/medium personalities, turn on Sylvia Browne so very easily and quickly. Some of these community members constantly plaster statements all over social media about how everyone can learn to use their natural psychic abilities, trust your intuition, use your third eye, kum ba yah, etc. Most psychics and mediums (including Sylvia) will tell you that not all readings or predictions will be accurate. They are human just like anyone else. Apparently for some people, practicing what they preach doesn’t count in some situations. I don’t have any personal experience to back up whether or not Sylvia truly has the abilities she claims to possess, but scientists have gone back and forth for over a century trying to prove or disprove these phenomena. With so many psychics and mediums popping up on the scene, most of whom are relatively unknown, how is anyone to know who truly is “the real deal”? Is someone keeping track of and publicizing all of the misses of every local psychic/medium? Perhaps shaming another while they’re down will make them look more real and put some distance between them and the skeptics? 

This has definitely caused a setback for those of us interested in learning and researching all things paranormal or spiritual. All of this just shows how very careful a psychic/medium should be with their gift. Maybe these very heavy and emotional statements should never happen in such a public forum, and maybe they shouldn’t even be stated if they can’t be more certain of their accuracy.

But… a few highly publicized misses does not make someone a horrible fraud.

I hope I never have to eat my words from this post, but I’m not jumping on the tar and feather wagon just yet. Maybe I’m a fool. For now, my thoughts and prayers go out to those women and their families, and to the many missing people in this world who are holding on and just waiting to be found. 

Sylvia Browne during one of her many appearances on the Montel Williams Show.

Sylvia Browne during one of her many appearances on the Montel Williams Show.

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