Should Psychics Predict the Future?

Should psychics and mediums predict the future?

Article by Craig Hamilton-Parker. There has recently been some debate in our chat rooms about what is the purpose of a psychic reading and should psychics predict the future? Many that visit this site believe that psychic readings should be about telling people the future. Others say that the work of a psychic – and particularly of mediums – should have nothing to do with prediction at all.

I agree with those that say that it is inappropriate for predictions to be included in mediumistic readings. Mediumship is done to give proof to the grieving that we survive death. It is perhaps wrong to hijack this spiritual gift for banal worldly concerns. This doesn’t mean to say that mediums cannot see the future, or be told it by their spirit communicators but the primary purpose of their work is to give comforting proof of the survival of the personality after physical death.

In the Psychic News today there was an interesting article by Lew Sutton about the now ‘dead’ medium Gordon Higginson – who for many of us mediums working today is considered as the mentor and example of good mediumship that we try to aspire to.

“Gordon Higginson used to quote a story about when he asked one of his students, aura-graphic medium Joyce Jamblin, to draw an aura graph of well known medium Nella Taylor. The top of aura graph depicted the future, the middle the present and the bottom, the past. However, Joyce found she was unable to draw anything in the top area of the drawing, even after Gordon asked her to try again.”

Two weeks later Nella passed on. Gordon was amazed that even he had not sensed the imminent passing, but the aura graph had.

Should psychics predict the future?

I have also posted this wonderful MP3 audio file with one of Gordon’s talks about the difference between a medium and a psychic.

As well as showing how magnanimous Gordon could be in recognising and quoting the ability of his students it also raises interesting questions about prediction. Clearly, the spirit world did not intend, or perhaps know, about the immanent death of Nella Taylor but the unconscious precognition being applied by the student knew something was amiss. Could it be that precognition is sometimes censored by the spirit communicators – particularly when it comes to predicting deaths? Or is the knowledge of the time of death denied to all the psychic senses?


I do not like predictions being made on the chat room areas and forums of my website because predictions can too easily be misunderstood and in some cases upsetting. Anyone can make a prediction irrespective if they are psychic or not and many have premonitions that they believe to have a supernatural origin but in reality may be nothing more than their own subconscious fears bubbling to the surface of their consciousness. Prediction in the hands of an untrained person who has no grasp of the moral responsibilities that are beholden with psychic gifts is a dangerous thing. It can be disencumbering to the recipient if they feel they have no control over their destiny for good or ill.

I have had readings from ‘psychics’ that the skeptics call ‘cold readers’. These people will tell you generalities, feed back things you’ve let slip or make guesses based upon your facial expressions, body language and so on. Invariably, they can say nothing particularly meaningful about your past or present but make detailed and precise accounts about what your future holds. So how come they are rubbish when it comes to the past and present conditions but seem to know absolutely everything about the future? The sad truth is that they are guessing, in fact it’s much worse than that, they are conning us.

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I do believe however that we can predict the future and there is empirical evidence to substantiate this. For example, Zener card experiments by Joseph Banks Rhine seemed to suggest that we can unconsciously know what’s going to happen and a lot of excellent psychical research has been done with precognitive dreams. However whether we can predict the future with absolute certainty is another issue – for example in An Experiment with Time Dunne cites the case where he dreams of being killed by a bull then next day is chased by a bull. The dream saw the bull but it was wrong about his death.

Contrary to this some of the things that Doris Stokes and other mediums told me when things were dark in my life have actually happened to the letter and bang on time which sometimes gives me the eerie feeling that an unseen hand guides my fate whether I like it or not! And so too things I’ve predicted to other people have sometimes come true absolutely to the letter without and attempt on the sitter’s part to bring about a self-fulfilling prophecy.


From a spiritualist standpoint it is stated in the seven principals that we must take ‘Personal responsibility’ which implies that we have free will. It also could be argued that this negates the Christian idea and the first Principle of Spiritualism ‘Fatherhood of God’ i.e. that God is the guide in our life and that man’s free will is therefore second to the will of God. In the East they believe that we have total responsibility for our lives as it is determined in advance by the karma we have accumulated in previous lives and our future is determined by past karma and our current thoughts and actions.

The power of though may be so absolute that it may act upon our future’s in a similar way that a placebo will bring about a cure. Could it be that the placebo effect actually changes the fates? If we are told by a psychic with absolute certainty that something will happen our resulting belief and conviction may make it happen, either by encouraging the recipient to change the way they behave or perhaps also by having a magical influence just as a prayer or a curse can trigger all sorts of unusual turns to events some of which can be explained and others that can’t.


I don’t actually believe that we have complete free will. We have partial free will because all of what happens to us is the result of our past karma which either has to be played out in our lives or negated by positive spiritual work on ourselves. (This is the yogi in me speaking now) All we have is the choice to choose a spiritual life or not.

The spirit people believe they have free will because the astral worlds are very similar in many ways to this world and subject to karma. When we transcend the astral worlds into the Causal World, free will is completely surrendered as in this state we are at one with God.

So can a psychic see a person’s future? Yes they can, but that future may be altered by our actions. Can a psychic predict world events? Maybe, but I’m not particularly convinced by the predictions of Nostradamus and Sylvia Brown’s prophecies which I believe are complete nonsense. (We’ll all be long dead when most of these happen so we’ll never know for certain.)


Perhaps we shouldn’t worry too much about giving or getting predictions about the future. What we really need is information that will help us to make a better life and become better people. The meaning of the word psychic is ‘of the soul’ and perhaps this offers us a clue to what we should be doing.

Psychic readings can help people with their earthly problems, can give them guidance for the future, but most importantly should reveal to them the spiritual reasons for their life on earth.

7 comments… add one
  • Dolores Sears Nov 9, 2017, 8:26 am

    Has anyone had a dream so real that you woke up to tell the person who was in it what the dream was about and that you knew this was going to happen at night on a thursday. Then that Thursday came and just ike in the dream it all unfolded identically as the dream did. Now how is that possible? I don’t know but it happened to me.

  • C Perkinton Jun 20, 2013, 10:25 pm

    Please can you give me information about Nella Taylor, as a descendant , I am interested to learn about her life and work and can find few refernces online.

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Jun 26, 2013, 10:45 am

      I recall a medium called Nelly Taylor who worked a lot with the police. She wrote a book about it I think. Not sure though that your comments are relevant to this topic about whether psychics should predict the future. Try asking in our forums where we accept more general questions.

  • thalia Apr 17, 2013, 6:56 pm

    What about Tarot card readings: Can they predict the future? Another question to ask is: Can psychics really predict the future? ..but I think that’s been answered by you Craig 😉

    • Craig Hamilton-Parker Apr 18, 2013, 1:02 pm

      If the future is not set then neither psychics or tarot can predict the future. The tarot – and all oracles – are reflections of the conditions that govern the present time. They are a form of synchronicity. From them we can diagnose the most fortunate TRENDS and make better choices to bring about a more fortuitous outcome. Few readers or clients properly understand this.

  • Reinhard Jun 19, 2012, 12:36 pm

    Mediums may predict the future if it is unchangeable future. And, revealing must not cause kharma due to it becoming known. This is subject to spiritual law in relation to the event.

    The medium`s obligation is only wanting to predict subject to this discernment, not doing any exploring by themselves. As a consequence, a medium would only see what may be told, what has to remain untold would remain hidden.

    • Craig Jun 19, 2012, 12:52 pm

      An interesting idea. Of course the question is: is the future unchangeable? My take is that – at the level of normal human life – there is free will – or at least the illusion of free will. We can make choices that appear to change the future. So I made a decision to reply to this post.

      However at the divine level, our decisions may be arbitrary. People who are enlightened (i.e. at one with the divine will) see free will as an illusion. There are various stages of enlightenment but the ‘without seed’ enlightenment that Patanjali refers to may be a person whose will is at one with the divine. (Ramakrishna, Jesus, Krishna, Buddha and so on)

      For these great souls – and for our own higher self as well – there is no fate. It has all already happened.

      The karmic implications of pecognition are a fascinating idea.

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