Those who are familiar with my writings know that I have been fascinated by the mental abilities of psychics and mediums. I am keenly aware of the number of fakes and phonies who claim this ability but am personally convinced that this ability or "talent" is real.
Philosopher, psychologist and all-around American intellectual of the late 19th and early 20th century William James studies this phenomena. While disputing and unmasking those who pretended to offer legitimate readings, he also concluded that some gifted mediums/psychics were real.
My own experiences confirm this conclusion. A recent reading with a medium/psychic Lynn Milano from Metuchen NJ were extremely compelling.
But regardless of their ability and regardless of how convinced someone is of their predictive gifts, the other factor which remains most predominant is free will–our choice.
I do believe such individuals can "see" tendencies or trends for the future. But they do not "know" with complete certainty what will happen to us or our loved-ones.
The future remains uncertain. Even physics speaks of probabilities and possibilities for the evolution of the physical universe.
Without our ability, our necessity to make free will choices, there is literally no purpose to our lives.
On a deeply metaphysical plane, free will is the mechanism for spiritual development.
We come here with possibilities, opportunities and certain circumstances which may limit or facilitate these choices.
But…..how we deal with life's challenges remain the free will decisions which lead us down one path or another.
So I still find such readings fascinating. They may confirm our belief in a deeper more complex universe in which we reside. They may confirm our belief in a spiritual dimension to reality. They may encourage us to pursue certain possibilities over others. But they are not definite, not fixed.
We all know of individuals who transcended extreme difficulties and disappointments and reach high levels of satisfaction in their lives. Likewise we know of others who squandered opportunities and possibilities. How can we explain these two extremes?
Courage, determination, perseverance, making the most of opportunities, resisting pessimism and continuing to move towards a goal are real possibilities for us all.
Within reason our futures are in our own hands.