Psychic Mediums Feeling Burned Out Over Private Readings
what to do, where to go, is this normal?
In the movie, The Hereafter, Matt Damon famously plays a psychic medium with genuine gifts, however, he's sick of giving readings and in fact never wants to give a reading, see a dead person or talk an angel for anyone ever again.
The movie then follows his character George around as:
- His brother pressures him to open up his practice again,
- Dates pressure him to read them on their first night out together
- Others notice him on the street and follow him to his apartment demanding readings
He shuts out all of these attempts because he's just so drained and honestly, just needs to take a step back. He doesn't care who died, when, for what reason, or who's hurting because of it, because he's just done.
Psychic mediums, just as other support professionals do, tend to face regular practitioner burnout or as it's called in other industries... compassion fatigue.
Compassion fatigue is defined as an indifference to charitable appeals on behalf of those who are suffering, experienced as a result of the frequency or number of such appeals.
According to Psychology Today:
Medical professionals such as physicians, nurses, psychotherapists, and emergency workers who help traumatized patients may develop their own Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) symptoms as an indirect response to their patient’s suffering. This phenomenon has been referred to as compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, or secondary traumatic stress.
In 1994, a survey showed that 86.9% of emergency response personnel reported symptoms after exposure to highly distressing events with traumatized people . . . [and] . . . 90% of new physicians, between 30 to 39 years old, say that their family life has suffered as a result of their work.
Psychic mediums also fall into these categories as they are secondary trauma professionals.
But don't worry, you aren't alone.
According to Stress.org, Mother Theresa understood the phenomenon of compassion fatigue all too well:
She wrote in her plan to her superiors that it was mandatory for her nuns to take an entire year off from their duties every 4-5 years to allow them to heal from the effects of their caregiving work.
So... it's true.
Being surrounded by death, drama, tears, and pain day in and day out can wear on a person, and because of the nature of the work, it only makes sense that a psychic medium would experience compassion fatigue too.
Sometimes it doesn't matter how many clearing meditations you do, the heaviness lingers, and it seems like the only thing you can do to save yourself is to quit.
But hold on.
You can take a break.
There are things you can do to take care of yourself all while redirecting your work in a positive momentum.
There are techniques you can use to both prevent and manage compassion fatigue (check out Good Therapy.org for a few and also this blog of mine on psychic burnout) and as I mention further along in this post, there are ways you can make money in the interim, too.
Readings day in and day out isn't necessarily the answer or the way.
To say being a medium means you only give readings all day is like saying being a musician is only about doing private shows in people's living rooms, all for an audience of one... all the time.
We know this isn't true.
The work of a musician, just like the work of any freelancer does, means you wear many hats and sometimes, to get new material, you've got to return to the source of the well and not do any shows at all for quite a while.
Likewise, also consider that like a musician, a mediums' journey naturally evolves over time.
As each medium grows, they move from:
Giving private readings >> giving group readings >> classes >> public speaking and so on.
By and large, the general rule of thumb is that as the medium grows, the podium they speak on only get larger and larger.
Also what can happen is the reverse.
The growth happen can in the other direction and instead, the medium, with their newfound confirmation of their gifts, and all the experience and wisdom they gained from their readings, can then returns to their "old work" with their "new gifts," making life better for themselves and their families at home, all while still answering the call when the bell tolls for thee.
Think of the standard Greek Hero's (or Heroine's) journey where the hero returns to his homeland after a time at sea, bringing the wisdom he or she learned on their journey back to the tribe.
It's like that.
So before you quit, consider the possibility that you can bring your gifts with you anywhere you go and also, evolve those gifts into new roles.
You can also take a step back and take a break.
It is worth noting, that there is more than one type of delivery method for mediums just as there is more than one type of reception method.
In 1861 Allan Kardec listed 79 different types of mediums doing all sorts of different crafts and employed in all types of different ways - from poetry to painting to parenting to songwriting - so you've got options as to how you use your gifts.
Readings mediums, being just one type of medium.
You could move into songwriter type medium and as long as you're still getting those lyrics claircognizantly, in your dreams, or through visions... you're still technically being a medium.
So if you've been doing a bunch of readings and want to stop, please note that it's normal.
Believe it or not (I'm sure you believe it), continual readings can get taxing after a while, but thankfully, it's not the only way you can use your gifts.
The good news is that there are many ways to incorporate your abilities into new areas of your life, all while sparking a new flame of inspiration - here's a blog I wrote on a few of the possible ways you can use your gifts all while not giving a single reading, but in the meantime, here are just a few more ideas of ways you could use your gifts while stepping back to manage and heal from client fatigue.
- You take what you've learned in your readings and turn it into a book that you can then sell and collect royalties on.
- You gather up the details from each reading you've ever done, remove the identifying details and turn those articles into blogs which you can then set up advertising on - much like the way newspapers and periodicals have worked for decades.
- You teach classes on topics related to what you learned in your readings on your own website, a local shop, or by partnering with a bigger site such as the DailyOm.com.
And remember, compassion fatigue is normal.
In fact, if Mother Theresa insisted upon it, then you know it's real.
Taking a break from your work or applying your gifts to new areas of your life is okay, in fact, in some cases it's necessary.
Thankfully, you can switch gears at any time and take your gifts with you into whatever craft you choose, and thus, making it better.
Amanda Linette Meder
Other Articles You May Enjoy:
- 5 Creative Ways To Make More Money (While Not Giving a Single Reading)
- 5 Signs You're Experiencing Psychic Burnout (and What You Can Do To Recover)
- The Pros And Cons Of Working At A Psychic Hotline
- How To Make Psychic Gifts Temporarily Disappear
- Taking A Blogging Break - Why It Can Be Good For You
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