Like the heroines of my novels, Miriam the Medium (Simon & Schuster) and Kaylee's Ghost (Amazon and Nook) I have been a professional psychic working over the phone for thirty years and what everyone always wants to know is: “How do you get your information?”
First of all, I inherited my gift from my Russian grandmother, my bubbie, Sarah Shapiro, who made potions to heal people as well as giving them psychic readings. The psychic gift is a brain function, located in the right lobe. Just as you may have inherited musical talent or a smooth skin, you can inherit a gene for being psychic.
But still, how does it happen that I might know what a person looks like by just speaking to them on the phone? Or know that he or she has a bunion or a bad marriage. (Both are painful and make it hard to walk away.)
I receive images, both visual, auditory, and olfactory, and kinesthetic. I might smell cigar smoke and know that someone’s parent smoked cigars, for example. Or I might feel a numbness in my leg and know the person I’m doing a reading for had sciatica. Or I might hear something, just a word, that gives me information.
You still might be wondering how that happens, how I get these images.
I have to answer what my bubbie would. “Ver Vais?” which is Yiddish for “Who knows?”
But I do have my ideas. The Universe is electromagnetic and each of our thoughts and words and actions send out electrical currents. Marconi invented the radio without knowing exactly how people received the waves as sound in their ears. And so it is for the psychic gift.
Moreover, I find that people unconsciously know their forgotten past, or things they’ve blocked out in the present, and even the future.
There is an old Hassidic tale that before you are born, you know your entire future, but then the Angel of Forgetfulness lays his index finger on your lips and you are born without that knowledge. But it is in there somewhere, waiting to be unlocked. In dreams you get glimpses, in half-waking states, you might see a flash of what you knew before you passed through the birth canal.
Causes Rochelle Shapiro Supports
MADD, The Queens College Alumni Association, The Nature Conservancy, The Anti-Defamation League, The Red Cross.