The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette prints a rosy, comforting, credulous story about paranormal and psychic beliefs and people’s search for answers.
From the famous and the infamous to the conventional and the kooky, many people seek to be enriched, entertained, improved or comforted by those who claim to tap into the energy of the stars in the sky, the spirits in the room, the angels on your shoulder.
Suzanne Vincent of Butler said she believes those who dabble in the paranormal are exploring their personal sense of connection to “the other side.”
“Everybody has an ability,” she said. “You might get a vibration or a dream or a hunch or an intuition. Maybe you don’t give it much notice. But, it could be an angel or a spirit guide coming to you.”
Paranormal beliefs are often exciting or comforting thoughts. Those, like psychics, who really believe they have a special gift wish to share it with all good intentions. But the results are not all good. Psychic powers have yet to be established as genuine human potential after over a century of investigation. Many claim to help solve missing persons cases or murders but no solid case has withstood scrutiny. People who claim to have or believe in these concepts exaggerate the hits and forget the misses thus reinforcing their beliefs. Mix in there some ideas like positive healing and God and goodness and light and it all sounds very enticing.
Is it harmful to believe in angel healers and psychic mediums? Most often it does not cause too much trouble but it is really healthy to believe in nonsense, stuff that isn’t true? Of course there is an endless parade of incidents of people who have fallen into ruinous situations due to scammy psychics. Investment in supernatural agents will be a tradeoff for accepting a personal responsibility to deal with life’s troubles and tragedies.
Ms. Babkes [a "certified “health practitioner and healer”] said there’s a big part of the world — conventional people who spend most of their time doing conventional things — “who go to psychics and mediums because they’re wanting answers. Some people can get all they want from their doctors and their medications and their therapists [and their religion], but there’s a lot of people who realize that the conventional ways don’t always satisfy. For them, the mystical is that additional element that offers consolation and revelation.”
Will the paranormal give you answers? Not ones based in any reality.