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Would you listen to The Ethics & Responsibilities of Being a Psychic again? Why?
Yes. There's a lot of wonderful, pragmatic advice and important information throughout this book. In order to get the full information, and to be able to think about all the different ways in which one can bring a code of ethics into one's fortunetelling or psychic our business, listening to this book more than once would be beneficial.
Who was your favorite character and why?
My favorite character is "you" and "me" the audience and the practicing psychic. That's who the book speaks too.
What does Kay Nazarchyk bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Nazarchyk has a lovely voice. I felt that she did a very good job with delivering the content, offering interesting inflections, as well as a nonjudgmental reading of the text. Good work.
What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?
In order to defuse the negative stereotypes regarding the business of fortunetellers and the psychic arts, we must develop a code of ethics, one practice by our community, and one that upholds our wider community's business ethics as well.
Any additional comments?
"The Ethics and Responsibilities of Being a Psychic" by Alexandra Chauran was a good listen. This particular text poses a problem and a solution. The problem is this: unlike other businesses, the business world of the psychic is not necessarily bound under an umbrella of shared ethics (ethical code and agreed responsibility code) shared among those in the business of psychic arts. As such, negative consequences have emerged regarding the arts and business of psychic advice. Psychics are often seen as charlatans, con-artists that take your money and run. Further, a lack of ethics and a fear of the charlatan as psychic have encouraged many laws, throughout many states and countries, outlawing the business of psychic advice and fortunetelling. These realities are the consequences for not having a more unified code of ethic among responsible psychics.
Chauran proposes that we take a lesson from ethics and businesses, and that we start to structure the business of fortunetelling in such a way as to encourage a collective code of ethic and business sensibility. This will allow the business of psychic arts to better serve the communities we live in, and to finally break down the negative stereotypes many psychics live with.
I am both a psychic and an ethics and communication’s college instructor. From this viewpoint, I would have to say that the advice offered by Chauran is strong, pragmatic, and helpful. Rooting her ethical code in the non-consequential reasoning behind the moral imperative of “do no harm,” Chauran also argues that we should use a type of consequential, rule-utilitarian, reasoning in order to achieve the “do no harm” philosophy. Although she promotes “do no harm,” a common ethical code for many practicing pagans, she does not root her code of ethics in paganism. Rather, as she points out, “do no harm” is an ethic shared by many religious and spiritual peoples throughout the world. As such, Chauran is able to speak to a larger audience, reminding people that we all have a common goal – do no harm.
But that is as far as her non-consequential ethical reasoning goes, I am glad to say. From this point on she suggests very pragmatic ways in which we can promote “do no harm” in the business of psychic arts and fortunetelling. Each chapter lays out different, difficult scenarios in which the fortuneteller may find him or her self in, and how to best react and navigate these scenarios. Each scenario helps cement a code of ethics that can help the psychic as well as his or her clients. It also works well to help the business community at large.
Chauran, in an ethical and respectful way, uses her own experience regarding how she is developed her own code of ethics. Her experiences offer us, her reader, a template for how we might go about creating our own code of ethics. The template is also extended to the community of fortunetellers and those involved in the psychic arts. Chauran’s most important ending advice is this: we must talk to each other, and we must develop this code of ethic as a community of psychics, not simply individuals. Working together toward this new goal, the business of fortunetelling and psychic arts will be better respected not only within the psychic community, but also in the larger business communities that we serve.
I have read several of Alexandra Chauran’s books and I find them helpful and chock-full of pragmatic advice. The reader of this audiobook was enjoyable to listen to as well. I found the experience quite lovely. I would highly suggest this audio book to not only practicing psychics but also the clients of psychics as well.
What did you love best about The Ethics & Responsibilities of Being a Psychic?
There was a lot of good information, and it was very well organized. I loved that the book was inter-active, with scenarios and questions in each chapter to stimulate discussion and initiate taking public action. I am not a psychic professionally, but I am developing my intuitive and psychic abilities in my work as an acupuncturist and Reiki practitioner; this book included some information that I have learned in prior training, but also offered new information that was very helpful in thinking about where I want my practice to go in the future.