Alright, alright – I’m hellbent on playing a quick catch up here. I mean business! Upper respiratory funk? So what! I’ve given up enough of my precious time and productivity to this sickness (was there a productive cough pun in there? you betcha!).
Today is another catch up day: here’s “day seven.”
I know I posted “day six” just a little while ago, but I’m trying to get back on track and post in line with the other participants. So you’re getting another installment today, and it’s a doozy! (Seriously, as per usual I went nuts and just typed and typed and typed). Not everyone participating is exactly on the same day, and that’s okay – but I don’t want to be a week behind. This is getting close enough for me though, and I’ll probably go back to one a day after this.
I’m super duper thankful for everyone’s patience, all the new readers who I’ve met during this event so far (I love that new people have been checking out my happy hippie place! hooray!), I love the encouragement… and even though I never imagined I’d write about poop and pre-marital sex, I’m excited to have something pushing me.
Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read up here, my intro. I’m participating in 30 Days of Blogging Honesty, a blogging event created by Tom Baker and Cherlyn Cochrane; you can check out the rules and see all of the prompts right here.
Want to see who else is playing? Check out this list: Cherlyn Cochrane, Jenn Miko, LJ, Melanie, Last Civilized Woman, Princesa Musang, Primadonna Zel, Caroline, Koi, Aurathena, Terriblethinker, Sleep and Salami, Marliz3e, Prysmatique, DLonelyStar, AnonymousBurn, Nicole, Sylvia Garza, Mariana, Nenskei, MyNakedBokkie, Bluefiadiarries, VeehCirra,Bannatreasures, Sajeev, Happyhippierose, TheFerkel, Tom Baker, *Sofia, *Everything Love & Lust, *TemptingSweets99, Sites with an * contain NSFW material. If erotic or sexual material is offensive to you, please do not visit these three blogs.
That’s a lot of links, eh? If you’ve any time at all left to actually read this post, let’s get to it now!
Day 07 — I went to see a psychic, and was given the opportunity to ask three questions – I would ask…
I don’t really believe in psychics to tell you the truth. At least not most of the ones, the kind that charge a bunch of money and claim to read your future. Many of the ones I’ve ever encountered seem to be rip-off city. And well, you can never truly know the intentions of someone trying to use and harness supernatural powers. That kind of stuff can get real serious and real dangerous, and I’m not sure it’s such a good idea to go and open yourself up to that kind of thing.
Don’t get me wrong – I believe in psychics. I’ve had plenty of my own unexplainable encounters, I know that the supernatural is real. I’m open-minded to all kinds of unexplainable things… I truly believe I’ve experienced ghosts (or whatever you want to call that phenomenon), I think that there are all kinds of things that go on that we don’t understand or even know about, non-human supernatural things. God and Jesus are supernatural entities, as well as the miracles and all kinds of wonders explained in the Bible (immaculate conception and burning bushes aren’t the typical stuff our earthly existence is made of).
So it’s not for lack of believing!
My viewpoint and thoughts on this matter are actually because of how serious I know this type of stuff can be. Some things we just shouldn’t go meddling in. Self-protection is one thing, being faced with something when you don’t ask for it or open yourself up to it is one thing – going out, seeking it, looking for trouble, that’s another thing altogether!
I’ve been to psychics in the past and from my experience there’s a lot of bullcrap that goes on, a lot of generic fluff that could be true for anyone. Sometimes I think I have my own borderline insights. I’ve had dreams come true, I’ve guessed things or known things that I had no way of knowing based on the info available to me. My hunches and instincts are usually pretty right-on, and in an attempt to be modest and keep my nose out of trouble, I chalk it up to being a good observer, with good common sense, people skills and insight.
I used to be REALLY superstitious. Probably OCD (I’ve been diagnosed as OCD by two diff doctors, I do NOT use that term as slang or hyperbole for when I’m quirky or hyper-organized, I mean legit OCD).
In an attempt to break off some of my more intrusive habits, the ones that infringe on my day-to-day like (like counting steps all the time, being unable to pick anything up that’s “face down” on the floor, and so on… they get way worse)… so in order to break off of the control these weird unfounded fake beliefs had over me AND to show my true faith and trust in God, I walked away from a lot of this crap.
I used to make up ultimatums all time – weird stuff. I’d tell myself, “if I grab a red Skittle first without looking, I’m going to have really good luck today,” or “if my friend calls me back within 3 minutes, it means I’m totally going to pass my test.” It gets weirder too… it gets more intense. I hated all the counting I would do, I used to do this weird “layered thought” thing where I’d narrate all of my thoughts and once I would start doing it, it was so hard to turn off. Like when you think about breathing, it takes so long to go back to just breathing without obsession.
So yeah. I decided to make a clean break. No more rituals. No more counting, over-thinking, no making weird fictional “deals” with myself. No horoscopes. No tarot cards, numerology, none of it. So in that pile, I toss on psychics and other seers. I think that God is stoked on my decision. I’m telling Him that I trust Him, and things will happen in His time, as He sees fit, according to His plan. And my end of the deal is to chill, let life happen, have faith, and handle things as they happen – and reach out to God whenever I need reassurance, help, comfort, guidance. Him and Him alone!
But… of course there’s a but. This IS the 30 days of blogging HONESTLY, and I have some hypocrisy to cop to.
I watch the TLC Reality Show, Long Island Medium. It’s the wackiest show, I know. I actually first started reading it as more of a lark than anything serious. The star of the show, Theresa Caputo, is so very over the top. She’s a super stereotypical Long Island mom who claims to be a medium – she has access to the spirit world of deceased people, and she can communicate with these souls.
(^The pic above is from TLC’s website. I’m giving you the link here, because the last time I opened it up to check it out, it totally froze + crashed my whole browser (Chrome). So annoying, right? I hate that. The page runs slow and takes forever to load… so I’m pretty miffed right now, lol. I also am trying my durndest to NOT be superstitious. I sit here and say how I’m not into psychics and people who try to meddle with the super natural, and then I go and blab about this one medium I’m okay watching and bam! The page for her show crashes. Is that a sign? Or just coincidence. You tell me.)
My Duggs is from Strong Island, so when I first heard about this show I had to tune in just to get a good giggle. He loves where he’s from, and he’s also super annoyed at all the crazy behavior that just screams I’m-from-Long-Island!! I tuned in to get a laugh back in the first season, and what I found instead was the really sweet show about a pretty amazing lady.
She claims to love God, she’s a Christian. And what she does (as portrayed on the show) is actually a nice thing. Her “gift” brings an awful lot of closure and peace to people. She delivers messages of hope, encouragement, love and peace to those she “reads.” Theresa claims that “spirit” (that’s her word for this other plane that she communicates with) seeks her out, it’s something she can’t shut off or ignore. She’ll be out running errands and feel compelled to tell total strangers the messages she feels nagging at her, she also takes private paid readings. It’s her career. She says her bookings are full for more than a year in advance, she’s world-renowned.
I’ve seen the old John Edward show, Crossing Over. I thought that guy was super fugazi. He did those big studio audience readings… he’s say, “I’m getting the letter A… does anyone have the letter A?” Everyone knows the letter A, so a ton of hands would go up – “My mother was Annette,” or “My cousin passed and we used to call him Ace as a nickname,” “I’m from Austin, TX – it’s where my uncle died.” And then he’d pick one and keep going with more vague imagery, and often the person being read would lead him there, proving the info he needed. That + strong observation + educated guesses + who knows what back-stage pre-show research went on = he could deliver a reading that seemed impressive.
Theresa does the letter thing, and she scribbles down little notes… like times, numbers, catch phrases, expressions. On a recent episode she was reading a widow and Theresa wrote down “11:11.” When she asked the client if that meant anything, she said, “Do you know what 11:11 means? Do you find yourself always looking at the clock when it’s 11:11?’ The client said that her husband died at 11:11, and she always notices that time.
She’ll do the letter thing, sometimes she guesses a name… “They’re telling M, like Mike or Mark.” ”Oh yeah, Michael was my brother.”
The 11:11 thing could go either way. LOTS of people notice the clock when it’s 11:11, right? It’s a superstitious time. I think that people who would be down to chat with a medium are likely the kind to be into other beliefs like that.
But when she pulls these other things out of thin air, I’m impressed. She’ll know the way someone died, she’ll bring up memories of specific events, or talk about significant things – she knows the hobbies and interests of those who passed, she’ll be able to describe the personality of someone. She claims that all she knows about the client is their first name and a phone number (in case she needs to cancel and/or to confirm the appt time). And like I said, she’s always going up to total strangers. All kinds of super skeptics give testimonials after a reading saying that Theresa knew details and tidbits that there’s no way she could have known.
Here’s a video clip that shows a little bit about what she does and in her own words she explains her abilities:
(if that doesn’t work – my attempt to embed it – here’s the link).
(Why do I always write so much? Why am I so long winded?).
Anyways. I’m not sure how I feel about her. I think that if her ability to connect to the dead is real, well, that’s AMAZING. For so many people, death brings with it a lot of unanswered questions, hurt feelings, loose ends. If there’s a woman who can bring peace and closure – well, I think that’s a wonderful thing to offer others. I get the impression that she truly has good and noble intentions.
I fully admit that I’m super duper gullible, easily duped. I’m naïve as all get out.
But, I do like her. I get the vibe that she’s a good woman and she’s helping others. She’s a family lady – her kids and hubby are on the show too. And she’s funny, thoughtful, she seems to really take her gift seriously and she employs a lot of tact. Well, she is from Long Island… so how one defines “tact” is up in the air, lol. She’s delicate when she has something sensitive in nature to say, though.
Another cool video, the show’s producer explains Theresa, the show, readings, how it works, and more:
(again, the link in case that doesn’t show up the right way).
So, maybe she is evil or on the wrong side of the spiritual spectrum, and she is using her powers for dark purposes… maybe she’s in communication with the devil and that’s where she gets her insight? Perhaps she’s unwittingly doing so. I know that those things are vital to consider, and I don’t rule anything out. I don’t know, nor do I have a way of knowing.
But, I sure do believe in the gift of prophecy. I know that sometimes God really does use us to help one another in a special way, providing us with divine insight.
Also, I’ve read “Heaven is For Real” and I totally believe the story the Burpo family tells. (If you haven’t read it yet, do so! It’s a quick read and it will just warm your heart. A little boy technically “dies” during surgery and has an incredible vivid experience in Heaven with Jesus).
So, I’m very open-minded to all kinds of paranormal / supernatural occurrences. I want Theresa to be legit, and I want her to be on the good team, a believer in God, and speaking the truth about the people who are up in Heaven with Him. I really want her to be for real!
If Theresa was legit and good and her gift is God-given AND I had the chance to get a reading from her… I can think of three things (at least!) that I’d want to know. Oh man, there are so many things I’d like to know. But this prompt asked me to name three.
1. Are all of my deceased loved ones doing okay? Are they all in Heaven? (of course I’m asking multi-part questions! ha!).
2. Are the encounters that I’ve had with deceased loved ones real? Was it really them – when I sense someone watching or with me, looking out for me, is that real?
3. Are there any messages for me or for other living loved ones that I can pass along to offer peace, closure, or say something that needs to be said?
I’d love to know more. I can be patient though. I know that once I get to Heaven (to which I’m in no rush to do, I love being alive and in this life on earth), I’ll get to be reunited with everyone, and I’ll get to have so many questions answered. But there’s a lot of sadness amongst my family over people who’ve been taken too soon, I have passed friends who I think about often, and I miss them.
I’m named after my maternal Grandmother. She died before I was born, but I have so much in common with her, and I so badly want to know her. I’d love to have a conversation with her, to know that she’s proud of me and she watches out for me. I want to know that she’s in peace now and she’s not suffering anymore.
Yeah, if I ever got the chance to really break that barrier and have a chat with our angels there would be tons of things to talk about. A million questions to ask.
I guess from the tone of this blog and my abundant enthusiasm, it’s plain to see that I really do dig Theresa Caputo and I extend a lot of credit to her. It’s a balancing act though, a fine line. I don’t ever want to follow a false prophet or insult God – I don’t want to get mixed up in something dark or bad, evil or untrue. I know when it boils down, the best and safest, most sure way to do just this is to trust only God!
But much like I trust in various Pastors to teach me about God’s Word, interpret, to pray for me or with me… I think there’s some amount of trusting one another that’s okay. Usually I just defer to my gut and my hunches (it is, afterall, that part of God within me that steers and guides my own conscience).
So while I must play it safe and keep Daddio as #1 forevs – I do have curiosities, which I hope are harmless.
Was that a doozy of a post or what? Man. These crazy prompts, I tell ya! I was going to try and write up Days Seven AND EIGHT in here but yeah, I went on way too long for all that. Times a million.
Stay tuned for day eight’s post very soon, and keep encouraging me. Are you digging these 30 Days? I feel like I’m certainly finding inspiration in the topics and that while doing so I’m getting out of my normal comfort zone. It’s been fun, albeit very very wacky.
As always, thanks for reading!! xoxo, hhr