Are a No-no.
In case you didn’t know, a sidewalk reading is just as it sounds. A medium or psychic walks up to, taps your shoulder and gives you a psychic reading or says your grandmother is standing right next you and then starts describing what she looks like.
Most times the information is a little tidbit, to get the unsuspecting person’s attention, perhaps enticing the person to want more of a reading. Maybe that psychic or medium books a reading from doing this. Very unprofessional.
I have said this before and I will say it again – there’s no place like Cassadaga Spiritualist Camp, also known as the Psychic Capital of the World. People come daily looking for readings – most book them before they arrive.
Backstory: I did watch about 20 minutes of the first episode of the Long Island Medium. I was appalled as to how she just walked up to people to give them the news that their deceased grandfather was in front of them.
Television and the movies never really depict psychic mediums and the unfoldment of their gifts in a true to life way. It’s all about the hype. At times, I can be a little naïve. One friend told me don’t you think the Long Island Medium has a crew of researchers getting every single bit of information about people before going on camera. The thought never occurred to me.
When I book readings, I get first names only. I never get last names unless the client pays me through Zelle and then it’s not until after the reading.
One never knows what a sidewalk reader might tell you.
Back, back story: One time a student healer noted that I had a crease in my earlobe, which told her that I had “heart disease.” I do not. Way to try and plant a seed. Not good for someone who is not well versed in this arena.
If you decide to get a reading, be sure to do your research on the psychic medium – look for reviews, a website, a biography, credentials. Finally, how do you feel about the person. Do you vibe with them on some level?
By all means, when you are in reading and you feel there is not a connection, say so early on and excuse yourself. The psychic medium should not charge you for that. Don’t go out running looking for another psychic medium. You might run into a sidewalk reader.
Blessings of Peace, Joy and Love
Lori Carter is a freelance writer and Spiritualist Medium -- truly a Spiritual Being, and aren't we all.