Should You Pass on Psychic Messages to People You Don’t Know?

I wanted to write about this because it’s something people ask my advice about, from time to time.

Personally, I do my best to be ‘switched off’ outside of readings. On top of that, I shy away from passing on messages to people who have not asked for it and I feel this is a good policy to have for any intuitive who wants to keep their sanity.

I also like to work on the premise that it’s not appropriate to help others unless you have been asked for help.  To do otherwise (in many situations) constitutes interfering in someone’s life. Plus if the potential recipient of your message is a total stranger you can’t assume that the person you feel prompted to read for has the same beliefs as you.

In my view, the only exception to this approach might be when you feel that the situation is a life and death one.

In the book Psychic Development for Beginners, the author William Hewitt told the story of how he saved an employee’s life through the clairaudient message that he received.  This person was planning on committing suicide that very evening, and the author’s guide or Higher self warned him of this. He was able to talk the person out of their plans for suicide.

I believe those situations are rare and unusual and may only come up when a soul has sufficiently wandered from the path that they chose for themselves – the kinds of situations where the person needs urgent spiritual help getting back onto it before they make a decision or take an action that cannot be reversed.  Otherwise, in my opinion it is not our responsibility to pass on messages or guidance to people who have not asked for help or guidance.

What if it is a message from the afterlife?

This is a situation that some of my former students have been in, having received a message from a deceased person which they feel prompted to pass on to someone they do not know.

This is 100% a judgement call. I personally would shy away from it. Just as a person may not wish to hear from a living relative or friend if something went wrong in the relationship, a person may not be ready to hear from a deceased person. People who schedule a mediumship reading are taking a big step to communicate with a deceased loved one, but those who have not taken that step are not asking for a mediumship reading.

Remember also that the deceased have their own agenda and they can sometimes be a bit pushy if they see it as their last chance to get their message across. So your sense of urgency to pass on the message may, in fact, belong to the spirit you’re communicating with and has nothing to do with the person who is potentially on the receiving end.

If you feel an urge to read for others often in inappropriate situations, then it may indicate a gift that you are not using, that your soul longs to use. One way to deal with this would be to learn to read for others.

If on the other hand you are so switched on psychically that you receive information about strangers left, right and centre, you might want to do something about that to prevent it from happening. It can be exciting because your gifts are so switched on but the downside is that it drains your energy over time.  I recently wrote an article about this issue: How to Switch off Your Intuitive Abilities

What do you think of this question? Have you ever passed on a message unprompted, to someone you did not know?

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  1. BigAppleChick

    It’s no surprise this article fell on my lap during some turmoil I have over an issue. I’m a reluctant intuitive, I’m “green” – I get what I call “imprints” – fast, immediate, layered information in audio, visual, dreams etc.

    When those two cousins went missing in Iowa I had an imprint of the situation. A description of the man. I did research online and felt like some of the things in my imprint were accurate. My husband is begging me not to call a tipline because I live across country and I’ll be another crazy phoning and clogging up the phone lines. But I keep checking the news and they are no further ahead in this investigation! If they had an online tipline I’d feel less embarrassed. I appreciate this could be life or death but I’m so green at this stuff and I could be wrong. So I’ll post it here?

    Elizabeth Collins & Lyric Cook missing – I saw this online and had an immediate imprint. I don’t know how accurate I am – it could be a reading of someone who helped the person prior to this abduction (and by helped I don’t mean accomplice, I mean had a moment with them) or I could be totally and embarrassingly wrong.

    My imprint told me it’s someone who may have taken a course with the EMT department and or/fire department – something that is helping volunteers in the community. It was taught by the fire department maybe. I get the imprint of a relative of someone inside the department who either had contact with this person, knows them, taught them. This person has the same last name and had nepotism in the department.

    This person wore a neon green t-shirt with a red EMT type insignia on the left side the looks like a cross, a T or something official – the girls thought he was official, like a paramedic. He is in his early 30’s, sweaty, not fit – has that heaviness to him – about 30 lbs. overweight and he hates his double chin. He sweats, can wear glasses (but gets flakes on them) he has flaky skin. He has dark hair, recently got more of a buzz cut.

    Again, he has attended something related to safety, paramedics, fire department, I don’t think he works for them – of it he does, he is second tier and not in great condition to do so. He feels inadequate. He doesn’t get respect from people his age.

    I don’t know if I should submit this and waste their time – and/or how to tip if it’s something where I live on the East coast and I’m totally unrelated to this. Sigh. This is my first time I would have an imprint totally unrelated to me (I get them for large disasters before or when they happen but never this).

  2. Joey

    I do agree that you only give the message if it’s asked or even ask if they want the message.

    This is not just a psychic issue but a general “intrusive” issue. What if you were walking in a store and some random person said to you, “You need to go on a diet” You would be offended and want nothing to do with that person.

    But if you went to a weight-loss clinic or even asked a fit person how they managed to lose weight you’d be more open to advice.

    We live in a world of free will and infringing what people ought to do breaks that free will.

  3. K Shah

    I had a rather unusual incident whereby I told my prof that she was going to pass away and that she only had 3.5 months to live. She was sick, the next week she confirmed that with me and was shocked as to how I had found out.

    Of course telling people randomly without them really knowing you is kind of creepy and if the urgent need to tell them then it should be done in a more approachable manner.

  4. AJ

    I agree. I don’t think we should pass on intuitive information that wasn’t asked for. First off, it’s very annoying when people do that. Second, you don’t know if you’re accurate. Context is everything.

    I don’t really think there’s a “should have” in this world. Just because you hear it from a spirit doesn’t mean you have to or even “should” do what they say. Quite honestly, I’ve been getting very aggravated by some people in the psychic community that do this very thing.

    I do exactly what you say, I turn it off when I’m done. I feel very uncomfortable holding onto that energy for more than an hour anyways.

    There is somebody here in America who is famous for “on the spot” readings. She is on that T.V. show Long Island Medium. In every episode, she runs into people at coffee shops and super markets and reads for complete strangers without their permission. It’s very entertaining, but not something I would ever feel is appropriate.

  5. Codruta

    Well… I’d have to disagree with this. I’ve been ”passed” on such messages when I’ve needed them most, although didn’t consciously ask for them at the time – and the fact that someone went out of their way to say them to me when I really needed it made a whole lot of difference.

    So my take on this is tell them if you feel you should. If they aren’t open to it, then… they’ll leave it out the door anyway. And if something stirs up for them, then all the better.

    Of course I’m not talking here about frightening ppl with it all the time, but timing can be right sometimes. And also it wouldn’t be something ”fearful” to say anyway.

  6. V

    I think there are some very valid arguments against passing on messages outside of the context of a reading.

    I think the same arguments could be made about ever talking to strangers about anything.

    Sometimes people will be grateful, sometimes they’ll have no clue what you’re talking about until later. Sometimes the message isn’t for them at all. Sometimes they’ll look at you as if you’re kooky, or question how you know so much about them.

    The first person to whom I delivered a message from ‘the other side’ burst into tears and told me she’d been praying for a sign/message from just this deceased loved one.

    Sometimes people have no idea that mediums/intuitives exist, or they have no clue where to find one.

  7. Anna

    Thanks for your comments everyone.

    I think they all illustrate how much this issue depends on personal judgment and the individual case. Perhaps the best advice would be to just follow your gut and to do what you think is right in the situation 🙂 If you can approach a stranger and pass on information, you’re a braver woman (or man) than me.

    BigAppleChick – I’m not sure what to advise. I have no experience of these cases so I’m not sure how they’d respond to information that was based on something you got intuitively. I guess it can’t hurt to submit it?

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