The General Reading: Friend or Foe?
The General Reading: Friend or Foe?
As readers and mediums, we are often requested by callers to give general readings.
As all mediums and psychics know, there is really no such thing as a “general reading.” A better term for this might be an overview or an outlook, but every caller does have something in mind and heart that they want to know, even if it is unclear to them what exactly that is.
Many readers feel somewhat put off by this request, preferring direction from the caller to guide the reading, but a general request is clear direction in itself. The caller is asking you what you feel, so be confident in your guidance.
Clients asking for general readings maybe truly unsettled or uncertain. In some cases, they might be testing you a little, but usually they are simply interested in what you are picking up.
What to do?
The great and glorious benefit of the general reading means your client has given you permission to go anywhere spirit directs the call, so you are not limited to any one topic.
When a client asks me for a general reading, I am always excited.
I usually say something like, “That’s fine, is there any particular area of interest or someone you would like me to focus on?”
Often, they will say yes and go into an explanation about someone or some situation. It is amazing how just one little question can help open them up .
Saying yes to the general reading assures them that you are listening and that you are confident in your gifts. Saying yes creates connection because you have heard and responded to their request in a positive fashion.
Responding to a client in a negative way can set the stage for a disconnected reading.
I have heard many readers respond to a general request by saying, “I don’t do general readings, not my forte, or spirits needs a question.”
What the client hears from you is a no. This can be very difficult for someone already in a state of emotional angst. They need some light, a positive response from you and to know you can help them.
Saying no effectively tells them you cannot, and you may lose or lessen your chance to connect with the caller.
Respecting that many readers and guides do prefer a question or direction, the fact remains that many callers simply cannot open right away. They need to feel safe and connected first before they can begin to explain.
It is also very possible they simply do not know which direction to go in and trust you as their guide to lead them to what they need to hear.
The reason I love general readings is that I know that spirit will always reveal what the caller needs whether they voice it or not. The path is always made clear when we trust our spiritual intuition to lead us.
If you feel shy or uncertain or simply prefer a question, try to shift your perspective and look at the wide array of things you can discuss with your caller.
I always remind my callers to feel free to redirect their questions as we go along, and I make certain to check in with them now and then through the reading to see if they are feeling connected.
Whether you pull a few cards, look at their chart or channel trust that what comes through is what they need.
The next time your client asks for a general reading , say great and move ahead. You will be amazed at how confidence in your gift can yield powerful results.
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I became aware of my gifts at age 3 when I began seeing spirits in my room.
My mother and grandmother were both gifted and from a very young age, I was taught to respect nature and to read her signs along with herbalism, tarot cards, and healing.
I have worked in the healing and psychic world for many years and have taught, read and counseled and written. I trained with many masters and have studied to enhance my gifts in Italy, Greece and many places in the US.
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