The Ethical Psychic: A Beginner’s Guide to Healing with Integrity, Avoiding Unethical Encounters, and Using Your Gifts for Good

North Atlantic. Oct. 2022. 208p. ISBN 9781623177386. pap. $16.95. PARAPSYCH
Vest, a BIPOC scholar and former philosophy professor (Seattle Univ.; Univ. of Central Florida) as well as a highly trained psychic medium, medical intuitive/healer, and reader of Akashic records, delivers a much-needed treatise on what makes for an ethical practitioner for a wide swath of metaphysical fields where training can be informal and sometimes nonexistent. Vest lays out explicitly the six skills required to use one’s supersensory powers and skills for good and to serve others; to be motivated by service not profits. Even more clear are the risky behaviors that signal exploitation or potential fraud of the patron, which can incur karmic repercussions to the unethical practitioner. The explanation of what is and is not cultural appropriation is particularly thoughtful, timely, and pointed. Colonialism is alive and well in the spiritual arts. The classic example is the “white expert” displacing their Indigenous teacher by “detribalizing” and commoditizing the learned traditional healing methods and becoming an Instagram star.
VERDICT Insightful, wise, and clear, this is required reading for all psychics, mediums, shamans, brujas, spiritual healers, and the vast array of magickal arts practitioners. It is also an eye-opener for the 38 percent of Americans who are patrons of these services.
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