Goldengrain: It is probably true that those who read and charge no money would be inundated with requests from the great unwashed for free readings.
I think such a psychic would refuse because most of the requests would probably be for some form of entertainment. What did Jesus say about casting your pearls before swine? I think people who do not have a driving need and just do it 'for fun' should pay.
It's true -- people who do it for free (who are authentic -- which is not easy to find....lots of wannabes and frauds out there) -- DO get overwhelmed with requests.
However, I do know that some will frequently offer free readings for people, or may put a price on their reading, and not actually charge. By putting a price on the reading, you automatically filter out those just looking for "fun."
I think it is better if one has the gift to use it wisely, be clear that it is a deep responsibility, and to set yourself apart from those whom one often finds at psychic fairs and book stores. The "real" psychic/medium will be found easily through word-of-mouth. I have rarely seen those who are "real." I do not think it is as common as all those websites make it out to be -- which is sad, because that's how the bad rep starts in that field. Although I can understand people wanting to have that ability because it sounds so interesting...thus, lots of wannabes.
Word-of-mouth is the key. PLUS, be sure to find out if the psychic or medium (the one I know gets her psychic information through her mediumship -- a real psychic only is extremely hard to find) ASKS you questions beforehand. If they do, that is a red flag. A medium who receives future information is usually "told" by a passed on person that information -- it's setting aside the medium's ego/personality and allowing the body/mind to be utilized in such a way as to receive information. Hard to explain.
A psychic only -- those are even harder to find because .... well, again lots of wannabes and frauds ... and people seem to forget that life is not set in stone. I, personally, think some things are "destined," but those are few and far between. I have a huge metaphysical philosophy and won't even venture there now (lucky for you!
), but I think that predicting the future is pretty tough to do unless it's already predestined. Mostly, we CHOOSE to do what we do. Just think of the many times you had a "choice" to either be with someone or not, to take a certain job or not, to go to school or not, or to lie or not, etc. Many, many things are through Free Will, not destiny. So, even a "real" psychic might find it hard to "tell your future," because it really isn't set in stone, and people have more control over their lives than they often think they do. It's very interesting to me.
I find it disturbing when people like Sylvia Browne actually let people ASK questions -- "Is my mother okay since she died of brain cancer?" "Oh, yes, dear, she is just fine...." That upsets me to see that because that is not real. That is cold reading -- well, it's not even cold reading or reading at all -- it's merely what anyone could say to someone who asked that question.
An authentic person will often NOT want to be known, as has been stated. If they have true ability, they will NOT ask questions beforehand. And when they DO become known -- there are various ways things can be revealed to others -- then the individual has to decide if they want to actually use this ability or not. If they do, can they actually work a full-time job and still serve people? Often those who are working a regular job and people know about them are forced to only see a few people because they still have the bills, mortgage, utilities, etc. to pay, and they can't afford to go off and just read for free....thus, the amount of people they see is limited, too. Catch 22. And because many people feel that psychic/mediumship services should be for free, then unless you are independently wealthy, there is no way without a benefactor to survive....again, Catch 22.
I am always very wary of those in that field. I have seen some real phonies in my life. Most authentic people are not on TV, or are not on posters, at psychic fairs, etc. You would be surprised to see what some of them actually look like and you'd probably never, ever guess if you walked by them on the street.
It's a fascinating topic and I've had experiences with an authentic medium around here (who also sometimes brings in future information), and it is very weird to see it in person. But this individual, although they have a site, mostly does word-of-mouth and has become popular in the San Francisco Bay Area. I know that they often do readings for free as a "gift," and certainly would never charge anyone they could not read. They realize how unusual it is, and how precious it is -- it is not something to be tossed around like a little toy -- you're playing with people's lives and emotions here. I've heard that they are now offering free services to anyone in hospice or is dying....do not know how that is working out, but it's an interesting concept for those who would be open to such a thing.
I also know that this medium also often will refuse to read for someone and accept their money if it is something that a psychic/medium can't actually do anything about or is not even needed. Such as if the person actually needs counseling -- some dead relative will not solve a person's life by chatting with them through a medium. Sometimes people need real down-to-earth services and it would be dishonest and not honorable to take a fee or even read for someone who did not actually need the reading. I guess that some people find it hard to solve their own problems and think a psychic/medium can do it for them. I have heard of a mother who wanted to get her son in line and thought that by talking to the grandfather it would work! I think a bit of discipline would work a lot better than a dead grandfather telling his grandson to shape up! lol
It's very interesting, but would still advise people to use caution in this field.
I am not here much -- I have an out-of-town guest right now, and I'm going out-of-the-country for over a month in two weeks!! Yikes! So much to do, so little time!