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Not an Exact Science

You may have heard it said that "Fortune telling is not an exact science". What does that mean? Is it just something that fortune tellers say to excuse themselves when their predictions don't come true? Not every prediction made by a fortune-teller, even a good one, will come true. Why not? Does this mean that the fortune-teller is incapable or a phoney who is trying to trick you out of your money? This is certainly a question that has been asked by many people. Yet, throughout the history of mankind, people have sought out those who could foresee the future and provide answers and advice about love, life and career. The ones that could provide these answers were called psychics, or fortune-tellers. They used various methods - some even claiming to communicate with the spirits of the dead.

Impressive and widespread reports of amazing psychic powers have ensured that a fortune teller will never be out of a job, and will also attract immediate attention - not always good - but attention nevertheless. Of course, in any profession, you will find those who are dishonest, and fortune telling is no exception. Such a position is inevitably going to be a magnet for charlatans and con artists who can see "easy money". Some have very little - if any - psychic ability and will tell you anything, in order to line their own pockets, but for the most part, a true psychic will genuinely try to do a good job for you. Indeed, some, driven by great compassion and a desire to help will go above and beyond what is expected.

As the world entered the age of technology, it was, perhaps, inevitable that psychic phenomena would attracted the attention of scientists. Under the category of parapsychology, subjects such as telepathy, clairvoyance, hypnotism, spiritualism, ESP and other phenomena began to be investigated seriously. Such events are electromagnetic in nature, causing energy disturbances across the entire spectrum. Nowadays, we use very sophisticated electronic equipment to test for psychic and paranormal activity, which has provided us with hard scientific evidence that psychic events do occur in the world around us. So, whether you believe in psychic activity or not, science has proved its reality. Just because a thing cannot be seen, felt, heard, tasted or smelt, doesn't mean it doesn't exist. Think of radio waves, or the wind - we experience only the effects, yet they are real.

So, if we have scientific proof that psychic phenomena exists, why is fortune telling "not an exact science " ?

Before you decide to go and see a fortune teller, there are a few things you should know. First, no fortune teller, no matter how great his or her psychic ability, can tell you with 100% certainty that everything they have predicted will come true. You may find this surprising - even a little disappointing - but it's true.

There are several important reasons for this. You see, being human in this reality includes the gift of free will. This means we have the ability to choose our own destiny by changing our minds, viewpoints and way of life. So the psychic can only predict the most probable future based on past and present conditions, feelings, and current mind-set. He or she can tell you what is likely to happen if you follow your current way of thinking and acting. Indeed, some times these factors are so strong, and the likelihood of changes being made so minute, that the prediction is almost certain to come true. Almost. But there is always the chance that you will put on the brakes or change your course midstream and alter the whole outcome. There is always free will. A wise person once said "The thing about the future is - when you look at it you change it." There is a lot of truth in this statement. For instance let's suppose a fortune-teller warned you about some unhappy event that was going to happen if you didn't make some changes. Well, you'd have a choice wouldn't you? Most people would make the necessary changes and by doing so, they would avoid the unhappy event and change the future.

Another factor that can throw the predictions off a little is the state of your mind and your emotions at the time of the reading. If you are upset, angry, fearful or depressed, the psychic will pick up on these negative feelings and unless he or she can separate them out, the reading is likely to be more negative and gloomy than it would otherwise have been. If you do have these feelings, it would be wise to tell the fortune-teller about them before you begin, An experienced reader will usually be able to allow for temporary negativity.

Then of course, there is the skill of the fortune teller in making sense of the, often obscure thoughts, feelings and images that are presented to him or her. Sometimes, it's like being given random pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. It's not always immediately obvious where the piece fits, whether it is part of a tree or a bush, or even which way up it is supposed to go. It's all down to how the fortune-teller interprets the information - and sometimes we get it wrong! Sorry, that's just the way it is. Hopefully there are more hits than misses!

Finally, I also believe that occasionally there are things that the person simply is not meant to know. Perhaps the knowledge would stop them from learning an important lesson, or maybe they're simply not ready for it yet. I further believe that in such cases, that information will simply not present itself - or will be presented in a way that is too confusing to decipher. It's kinda neat - like a passive protection.

So in closing, yes, psychics, psychic abilities, divination and ESP are real scientific facts, whether you like to think so or not. And yes, the statement "It's not an exact science " (though sometimes used as an excuse) is valid.

By Sylvia Richards 7th July 2009

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