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By Lisa Wechtenhiser

crystalballMany years ago, I had a really wonderful therapist named Gail. She walked me through hell and back again many times.

What I most remember about our time together was that I loved to ask her questions about what she thought was going to happen in the future.

Her response (time and time again): “Lisa, I don’t have a crystal ball.”

Many times I wished she did. I wanted to know what the future held so I could either be prepared for it or (if I decided it sucked) hide from it.

Are you like that, too? I think it’s human nature to want to know what’s happening up around the bend.

And even though I have the batphone to Spirit Guides (who DO know what’s happening up around that bend), most times, they won’t tell me. Not my own Guides and not those of my clients, either.

My begging for my therapist to tell me the future notwithstanding, I hold the belief that there’s nothing set in stone about any of it. There are possibilities and probabilities and energies surrounding things but there is no one out there who can tell you the future and be 100% right about it all the time.

Look at the story about renowned psychic Sylvia Browne and her prediction about recently found captive Amanda Berry:

“Sylvia Browne, a self-described spiritual teacher and psychic, has made a career out of prophetic readings and lectures. Back in 2004, Louwana Miller turned to Browne for help on an episode of “The Montel Williams Show.” She wanted to know what happened to her daughter, Amanda Berry, who disappeared at 16 years old on April 21, 2003. The psychic told the mother Berry was dead.

“She’s not alive, honey,” Browne said at the time, according to NBC affiliate WKYC’s report on the segment. “Your daughter’s not the kind who wouldn’t call.”

Can you begin to imagine the pain that Amanda Berry’s mother went through hearing that?

(And in such a damn callous way. Really? That’s how you deliver news that you (think/feel/whatever) someone’s child is dead? For that reason alone although there are many others, I could slap Sylvia Browne.)

How does that answer, in any way, help that woman process the possible loss of her daughter? It doesn’t. At all. Did it bring harm? Maybe. Who knows? I surely don’t.

I take what I do very seriously and I don’t just make pronouncements the way Browne did nor would I ever. I do not have access to that information. And it’s way too damn important a question to someone to just toss out “Sorry, honey. Your kid’s dead.”

Are there psychics who can see things that may occur in the future? I won’t rule out that possibility although I’ve not met one nor am I one.

And I guess the question I’d ask you is this: If you are seeking that information from someone, what are you really looking for?

Because one thing is for sure: life gives no certainties. No guarantees.

And not a one of us has a crystal ball.