My Psychic Wife

When we met and fell in love, I had no idea how much my wife had been sought after. But not by Don Juans bearing roses in clenched teeth. No, the people who had stalked her, and who had clamored for a few minutes of her time, were the lovelorn, the desperate, and the distraught.

After we’d been together for awhile, Kay revealed to me that at one time she had worked as a psychic. Not only that, but she’d had such a reputation for accuracy, people would flock to her from miles around to pay for a reading.

I wished I could say that I knew that, but I couldn’t. I’d never been psychic.

She charged $20 for individual readings, and $25 for group readings, and this was back in the 1970s, when the minimum wage was around two bucks an hour. So she made some decent money on the side, exploiting her psychic powers for profit.

But Kay says the work was mentally draining. She’d have to spend the day before a reading, in a meditative state. Visions, and other revelations would come to her at this time, but the deep meditation required for this would leave her feeling exhausted.

But did she really have psychic powers? I’m a skeptic and told her so, right from the start. To my surprise, she said she felt relieved. Now I wouldn’t be hounding her to read my fortune, and to tell me all the terrible things that might be in store for me.

Bushwa! I thought. But then again, who knows? Since I believe nobody can read minds, how am I supposed to get into her mind and know that she can, or cannot, read minds?

Another reason she felt relieved is because she claimed she had turned her preternatural powers off. Kay says that you can get in a mental place where your powers become stronger. But you can also let go of your powers and they will become weaker. One day, Kay decided to allow her powers to weaken and fade away. These days, she says it’s very rare for something psychic to occur to her.

She claims she was born with these powers. When she was a small child, she claims to have had the premonition that her brother would die young. But she kept it a secret, because she didn’t want her mother getting upset. Sure enough, when her brother was 33 years old, he was killed by a drunk driver while jogging by the side of a highway.

In fact, the day she decided to stop being psychic was the day her brother died. She knew it was coming, and she didn’t like knowing such things. But there were other reasons. She had also grown tired of hearing people’s problems, and feeling their pain, and being liked only for her psychic powers, rather than people getting to know her as a person. Especially because it wasn’t just strangers who treated her this way, but also coworkers, friends, and even family. Plus, the Bible says it’s a sin to be psychic, and Kay is superstitious about the Bible.

And then there were those times when she’d read someone’s fortune, and dread telling it. For instance, how do you tell someone who has cancer that they aren’t going make it? Kay hated being the bearer of bad news.

When she was 24, she worked at a nursing home. She kept sensing something about the charge nurse who worked at the home. One day she had all the nerve to walk up to her and tell her that she knew something about her past. That she’d had a baby girl who had died. The nurse felt shocked. It was true, she confessed, and it was something she had not told anyone about, because she didn’t like talking about it.

Kay also told this nurse something else that had been weighing on her mind for several days. She informed the nurse that soon there was going to be a mass killing or mass suicide somewhere in the world, and that a lot of people were going to die. About a week later, the Jonestown Massacre in Guyana occurred.

After this the nurse was so impressed, she started hounding Kay for readings. This left her feeling irritated. Then another nurse began hounding her for a reading. But she refused. She was tired of being pressured to provide psychic services.

But one day she changed her mind. She suddenly got the urge to do a reading for the nurse. So she went to her house and sat in front of her. But then her mind drew a blank. Nothing came. It was an awkward moment, and Kay felt embarrassed.

Then the lady’s daughter walked in, whom Kay had never met before. Kay looked at her, then looked back at her coworker, and warned her, “Don’t let your daughter get into any red sports cars this summer.”

The mother freaked out. It so happened her daughter had a friend who drove a red sports car. She absolutely forbade her daughter from riding in it. And that summer, the daughter’s friend got into a terrible wreck that destroyed the passenger side of the car. Kay’s advice had possibly saved the girl’s life.

When Kay gave an individual reading, only about one or two things about a client would come to her. But her clients would press for more. She could have embellished, like many so-called psychics do, but she chose not to take advantage of her clients.

There were only three main areas of interest for her clients: They wanted to know about their future love life. Or, they were going through a difficult time, and wanted to know how things would turn out. Or, they were distraught over the loss of a loved one, and wanted to hear some news from the departed soul.

In group readings, Kay would ask for a piece of jewelry from every member of the group. She would hold it, rub it, and do readings from what she picked up off the jewelry. Kay could also feel their physical pain, such as back pain, or any other pain they were currently experiencing in their body.

The information she got only applied to the owner of the jewelry, so it wasn’t the way fake psychics work, where they say something aloud that’s vague, and almost guaranteed to apply to at least one person in the group.

One day Kay was shopping, appropriately enough, in K-Mart. An employee walked up and told her that he’d heard of her, and that he didn’t believe she was psychic. He challenged her to prove it to him. Kay had never met him before, and knew nothing about this guy. But she said, “Okay. You can’t wait to get off of work. You have a brother who’s in the military, who is visiting, and he’s at your home right now.” The guy turned pale. He looked like he’d been stricken. He admitted, “You’re right,” and turned around and walked away.

Sometimes a skeptic would accompany a client to a reading, and would scoff and jeer in the background. Kay always found this funny, because she always shocked these skeptics with her accuracy.

I’m a skeptic, myself. And even as I write this, I too am scoffing and jeering. Yet with a wary mind.

I worry that if what Kay has told me is true, she may secretly harbor psychic powers, even now. That’s a little unnerving. How the hell can I get away with anything?

And so, as I go about my day, I try to think random thoughts to throw her off. I’ve gotten very good at this, and can sometimes get away with being sneaky. Now, what the hell was I doing? Oh yes, I’m writing a post. I’ll admit that I get distracted easily, using this strategy, but it’s worth it.

Kay will never be able to read my mind.

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  1. I have trouble believing in psychic powers as well, but the things your wife has predicted do seem to suggest some sort of psychic power.

    and what’s this about the Bible saying it’s a sin to be psychic? Isn’t that what the prophets were?

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    • She has me half-convinced that it’s true. But that’s about as far as I think I’ll ever get.

      I guess the prophets were supposedly psychic. But I think the Bible also talks about how fortune tellers will be damned, or some such thing. As an atheist, I’m no biblical expert, but I am aware that there seem to be many contradictions contained within the “holy” scriptures.


    • I have an in-law (husband’s aunt) who claims she can do Reiki over the phone. Which I’m sure came in handy during the pandemic. She has done it on/to me and I can’t claim that it made any difference.

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      • My friend is a kind of old-style, traditional Japanese Reiki practioner (something you have to careful to announce in Japan). She’s done it one on me a couple of times, once when I had the start of what I knew was going to be miserable headache. Maybe it just relaxed me or something. She also did some Reiki on my mom once. Something like a year later, my mom brought it up out of the blue, saying that she was surprised that it had seemed to help.

        I wrote in here about her taking me to Kurama-dera, the mountain temple/shrine near Kyoto where Reiki is said to have originated. I even stood on the spot where the mountain’s energy is said to be focused. Alas, the god must have sensed my skepticism.

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  2. Very interesting about Kay! I don’t blame her for giving it up though for yes, who wants to be the bearer of bad news! Do I believe in psychic powers? I believe there are many fakes out there who prey on taking people’s money but are there true ones, like your wife? Well what ahe said did come true…..

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  3. I tend not to believe in these kinds of things, but I’m sure there are things in the world we can’t sense, or most of us anyway. I had a friend do a tarot reading for me once and never will again. There were three death cards. I brushed it off, but decades later three of the people closest to me – my husband and parents – died within a short period of time. Like you, I would rather not know!!

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  4. I stay as far away from psychics as I can. Because I do believe some people have that ability, and it scares the heck out of me. In my early 20s I had a neighbor who was a foreign student, from somewhere in the mideast (Iran, Iraq?). She claimed to be a palm reader and seemed very serious about it so I let her read my palm, thinking it would be amusing. She lifted my hand, looked at my palm – then gasped, threw my hand down and left my apartment. When I asked her about it later, she refused to give any explanation, and her husband told me he had also asked about it and she refused to talk. That lady avoided me thereafter until the day that they moved back home. So, for more than 40 years I’ve been wondering just what it is my future holds that terrified that poor girl so much.

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  5. It’s not easy for me to believe that people got paranormal talents, but I know their are special people out there with powers and with the info provided about Kay, I truly believed she have or had it. After all, the first time I entered my husband’s bathroom I told him that I saw an image of a woman dead in the bathtub. My husband laughed it off, but spoke about it to the building janitor. The janitor revealed that the two owner before him, the woman is said to have committed suicide in the tub. They found her dead there.

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    • Thanks. Well, I’m not gifted, and my wife has lost much of her gift, so I suspect the danger is very minimal.

      Sounds like that could be a fascinating life, being a psychic.


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