Visiting a psychic place in New York City

There are so many psychic reading places in NYC. So I checked one out.

  • Me: can you read my past? I don’t need to know the future.
  • psychic: well, tell me your birthday and name, and show me your palm.
  • me: …
  • psychic: okay, so for the past several months, it’s been really difficult for you.
  • (which is not true)
  • me: okay… like what?
  • psychic: are you really stressed? Are you feeling pain?
  • (a common emotion of people who go to see a psychic, but not my case)
  • me: not so much. I have just been traveling and relaxing.
  • psychic: tell me what you do?
  • me: like my job?
  • psychic: yeah
  • me in mind: can’t you tell what I do?
  • me: I do this bla bla
  • psychic: you must have encountered many obstacles.
  • (again, most people go see psychic because they are experiencing stress in life. i can be a psychic, too)
  • me: can you be more speccific, like what?
  • psychic: how are your relationships going?
  • me in mind: again, can’t you read it? if you are a real psychic, you can read how are my relationships going.
  • most psychics try to make the atmosphere really negative so that people scare and pay more for more of their “services.” so after couple minutes,
  • psychic: i see there’s a bad spirit that has been with you. Do you want me to find out what it is?
  • me: like how?
  • psychic: i will light a candle and perform rituals. the more i help people like you, the more energy i get.
  • me: sure.
  • psychic: it’s another 125 USD.
  • me: i don’t have money.
  • psychic: do you want me to help you or not?
  • me: probably not.
  • psychic: so you want the bad spirit to go with you forever?
  • me: no. but i don’t want to know anything more about it today.
  • psychic: you sure? so how much would you like to pay then? for me to help you.
  • me: i think i’m all good for today. here’s 20 bucks for the past reading.
  • psychic: well, good luck then.
  • I don’t believe in any of the things she said. As you can see, she just wanted to get more money from me. Supposedly, after she performed the candle things, she will keep adding more psychic services to “help” her customers. i’m a buddhist, i know how this works in my spiritual practices, and i don’t need anything from her. i have also met enough real psychics that I know this is not how it works.
  • so the conversation went on, as she asked me more questions than I asked her. I believe in that some people can read in to the past, present and future, but I definitely don’t believe this one. I think there’s a thing as fate, but it is not entirely unchangeable.