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Do All Psychics Give A Quality Reading? Here’s What You Need To Know: Guest Writer – Jenny Holt

Welcome back guest writer, Jenny Holt! She has written on our site quite a few times. Feel free to check out her other articles! If you would like to hear about a certain topic, please reach out and we will do our best to accommodate.


Over a quarter of people believe that humans have psychic abilities, but does that mean that each and every psychic has the same quality ability as the next? While you may visit a psychic in hopes of receiving answers, guidance, or even a paranormal reading, it’s possible that you could walk away from a session wondering exactly how good the psychic’s abilities actually were. With that said, it’s worth knowing how those abilities work in order to understand what separates a good psychic from one of a lesser quality.

Psychic abilities explained

A psychic is much more than just a fortune teller, and contrary to popular belief, they can’t simply read your mind and tell you what you want to hear. Those who are genuine rely on the special ability of extra-sensory perception (also known as ESP), an extraordinary phenomena that allows the psychic to sense and then read energy that others can’t generally see for themselves. In using this ability, a psychic can give you information about your future regarding an array of subjects. And, while many genuine psychics charge a decent fee per minute for a good quality session, others might leave you questioning the quality of their abilities.

Are they all the real deal? 

There are many genuine psychics out there that have ESP, are enthusiastic about their work, and provide a great experience for their client. After all, psychics have been around for thousands of years and many have great reputations. However, in the past many people without the supernatural abilities of a genuine psychic have taken advantage of clients looking for the real deal – in fact, several people have even gone to jail over the matter, by impersonating a psychic and then committing crimes such as fraud or larceny. With that in mind, it’s important to do some extensive research before you jump into booking a session, as doing so can allow you to find a real, genuine psychic who can give you a quality session for your money.

Booking a genuine psychic

If you’re considering visiting a psychic anytime soon, there are a few ways that you can ensure that your psychic of choice is the real deal and nothing less. For example, one way to plan ahead is by doing your research before you book. For example, starting out by searching psychic readers near me and then looking at past ratings and reviews (along with other general information, like how long they’ve been practicing their skills) can prove to be very helpful when looking for a psychic online or in person. If your research doesn’t convince you, then there’s no harm in asking if there’s a possibility of getting a few free minutes to get a feel for the psychic’s abilities (after all, the worst they can say is no). While in person (or face-to-face or online), it’s important to take a mental note of signs, such as if the psychic is enthusiastic about their job and if their personality seems genuine, as this can also give you a major clue as to their caliber.

Going to a psychic can be a great experience for anyone who is looking for answers or guidance in their life. However, it’s important to keep in mind that it’s possible that not every psychic is as genuine as they should be. With that said, it’s always a good idea to do your research ahead of time before you book a session.

SWFL Paranormal Panel 10.23.19

Join us Wednesday, October 23 in North Port for the SWFL Paranormal Panel. Doors open at 5:30pm and event begins at 6pm To register, click on the photo below! Can’t wait to see everyone!

Locals Barbershop Podcast – Part I – Take A Listen!

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Higher IQs Mean Better Psychic Abilities – Guest Blogger Jenny Holt

Our guest blogger, Jenny Holt has written for our website a few times. Check out the recent article she shared with us. Thank you, Jenny!!

Higher IQs Mean Better Psychic Abilities
The link between a person’s quick thinking and potential psychic powers has been a topic of research for years. But with the advent of more in-depth ways of studying the human brain, recent years have seen the establishment of a standard measure known as the Intelligent Quotient, or IQ. As a mathematical measure of one’s brain, IQ may be the missing link in measuring psychic abilities.
What Are They?
The first thing to note is that a person’s IQ is the measure of their ability to quickly analyze and comprehend new knowledge. That doesn’t mean having a high IQ means they are, as the saying goes, book-smart. Instead, scientists believe IQ allows one to handle new or alien knowledge with a calm demeanor, allowing them to accept things faster than those with a low IQ. We’ve even standardized IQ tests enough to use them to test robots or AIs to see how they think.
On the other hand, psychic powers are the ability to unlock the latent talents of the mind. Most professionals in the field of parapsychology (studying the mind in ways normal science cannot) agree that everyone has psychic talents. Due to either the stress or foreign nature of them, we suppress these new feelings and stifle any psychic abilities before we know what we are capable of. Thus, meditation or exercises to clear one’s mind can help to awaken dormant powers.
Mind And Body
It stands to reason, therefore, that having a higher IQ allows one to endure this phenomenon of the mind easier and learn to control it quickly. Psychic abilities are most often reported in those who constantly attempt to expand their understanding of the world, and a correlation between this pursuit of knowledge and rapid thoughts or high IQs have been drawn


Another commonality that has been drawn is stress. Those who grew up in medium to high-level stress environments tested higher on IQ tests, possibly because they learned to focus and tune out the stress present around them. Focusing the mind is similar to a muscle; the more you practice it, the better you become. Not only that, those who report control over their psychic powers have also reported having their talents jolted awake by a traumatic or stressful childhood.
Likewise, reports have cited overly stressful environments where subjects couldn’t cope with their surroundings as causes for lowered IQs anddisappearing psychic powers. It may be that wellness of mind, a critical factor in both quick thinking and awakening the dormant parts of the mind is an integral link between them. When one becomes overwhelmed, they can’t control their thoughts properly, and in the modern environment causes of stress have only grown in number.
Give It A Try
Psychic powers have been reported in cultures all over the continent, from past to present. While anyone could awaken to them, the reality is that many have drawn a connection between the ability to quickly solve problems in a clear and concise manner, and psychic powers. The modern term for this is a high IQ, and if you happen to be blessed with this tool, you may find yourself tapping into your psychic talents sooner rather than later.

New book sheds light on the local paranormal

By Kristin Swain – October 30, 2018

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The book “Haunted Manatee County” is available now. – Liz Reed | Submitted

You might find her a little creepy or kooky, maybe a bit mysterious or spooky, but one title it’s hard to deny Liz Reed is the queen of the local paranormal.

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Local author and paranormal investigator Liz Reed signs copies of her new book “Haunted Manatee County.” – Liz Reed | Submitted

With her leadership of the Paranormal Society of Bradenton, a group which she founded with her husband, Ron, in 2013, a new book and a burgeoning ghost tour business, Reed is closer than ever to realizing her dream of studying the paranormal on a full-time basis.

“I love doing what I do,” she said. “I wish I could do it full time.”

In her new book, “Haunted Manatee County,” Reed explores the ghosts and history of what was historically Manatee County, including De Soto, Glades and Hardee counties. She said the book took about three years to research, including the research she did for The Original Downtown Bradenton Ghost Tour and it’s Bradenton Beach counterpart, and two years to write.

The hardest part, she said, was finding period-specific photographs of the places she and her team encountered paranormal activity for inclusion in the book. She said writing it and using many of her own photographs in the book helped realize two of her lifelong goals – to be a professional author and photographer.

Rather than reaching out herself, Reed said she was contacted by publishers Arcadia Publishing and The History Press to write the book based on her popular ghost tours. Soon she’ll have a second book published on the haunted history of Sarasota County.

In her Manatee County book, Reed uncovers the stories of the ghost of famous mobster Al Capone, who occasionally rides the elevators at the Hampton Inn, the history of the Cortez Village and the fishermen who lost their lives at sea, the ghosts of a woman and girl who play hostess at The Sign of the Mermaid and the shades seen frolicking on Bridge Street.

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Visitors to Coquina Beach may encounter glowing spirit orbs or see the ghost dubbed the Black Phantom wandering the path and through the picnic area. – Kristin Swain | Sun

One of her most active Anna Maria Island ghosts, she says, is the spirit of George Bean Sr. whom she said likes to flirt with some of the ladies on the ghost tour, going so far as to mischievously take one lady’s glove, which was never recovered. Reed said Bean likes to follow along with the ghost tours, and she believes he roams the Island to keep a watchful eye on things.

On the downtown ghost tour, she said her favorite areas to explore are the Hampton Inn and the old location of the Manatee Players theater, now a construction site for a new hotel. She said that site is very active due partially to the Native American burial grounds that were used as fill in the area.

When the new hotel opens, Reed said she hopes to be one of the first to check in.

The information for Reed’s book and ghost tours comes from various sources including the spirits themselves. Her paranormal investigation team has several ways of communicating with the ghosts. While some members of her team are especially sensitive to the spirits and can see and communicate with them just like they’re talking with the living, others rely on the electronic equipment they bring with them on paranormal investigations including video cameras, digital voice recorders, voice boxes, K-2 meters and other devices.

Sometimes, she said they find nothing on these investigations. Other times they may think they haven’t found anything but get home and hear voices on recordings and see orbs of light and fully developed spirits walking past their cameras as they record. When they record evidence of spirits, Reed often posts the recordings on the group’s social media or website for the public to see for themselves.

When told a legend of a haunted place, encountering a new spirit or preparing for an investigation, Reed says she attempts to verify stories through historical documents. When the investigators know they’re going to a new place, Reed studies the history of the building to help better prepare for what might be found there.

Her fascination with the spirit world is born of her own experiences and attempting to find an answer to the age-old question of what happens when we die.

“We’re all made of energy so where does that energy go after we die?” she asked.

Reed said she believes that some of that energy stays here, some of it crosses over to whatever lies beyond this life and she’s fascinated by all of it.

“There’s no explanation for what we have found,” she said of the paranormal investigations, adding that she loves being able to explore the history of the area and verify stories from the past. For the naysayers, she offers guests on her ghost tours the opportunity to use some of the equipment that her paranormal group uses on investigations to allow them to experience the spirit activity for themselves.

“They just want to be known, that they’re still here,” she said of the ghosts she encounters.

As for the book, she said it was an interesting project and she hopes that readers will enjoy it.

“I want five ghosts, not five stars,” she said.

“Haunted Manatee County” is available through local retailers, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.

To schedule a ghost tour or to follow Reed’s paranormal investigations, visit the Paranormal Society of Bradenton online and on social media, or call 941-704-0621.

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