Erin Pavlina is one of the top psychic bloggers in the world. She runs Erin Pavlina’s blog, where she shares her knowledge on all things psychic, from using your intuition to astral projection. Erin also does readings for people and offer professional intuitive training for those who are interested in developing their own psychic abilities.
Erin, please introduce yourself to our readers.
Hello, I’m Erin Pavlina. I’m an intuitive counselor, blogger, and speaker. Although I’ve been intuitive all my life, it wasn’t until 2006 that I realized I could use my intuitive gifts to assist others. Since then I’ve been living the dream of being able to do what I love, make a good living, and help others all at the same time.
You’re one of the most popular psychic bloggers out there. How does the life of a psychic blogger look like? What should people who are interested in this path expect? What is the upside and what is the downside?
When I first started blogging I was posting 2-3 articles a week. I think you’ve got to in order to build traffic, establish yourself as an expert, and build content. Nowadays I’m lucky if I can get one blog article a week up on the site. Partly that’s because I’m so busy creating, planning, and doing readings that blogging is now a small part of my business.
I would say the upside is that blogging lets you build up a loyal following, which makes it easier to reach your readers when you’ve got something you want to share with them. The downside is that you must keep blogging in order to keep yourself in the minds of your readers. If you’re not committed to writing – a LOT – you should not start down the path of blogging.
Do you think that people who have psychic blogs are at risk of attracting more negativity (evil glances, energetic vampires, negative entities, etc.) than those who stay quiet about their psychic pursuits? What was your experience with that? Are there any dangers psychic bloggers (or bloggers in general) should be aware of and how can they protect themselves?
Coming out publically as a psychic isn’t easy if you don’t have the social support around you. People will definitely judge you and make assumptions about you that are not based in fact. They will sling mud at you and try to tear you down. However, if you are passionate about who you are and what you do, then you will push through the negativity and continue to serve those that DO appreciate and understand you. It’s definitely helpful to have close friends and family who support you.
In terms of non-corporeal entities being more attracted to you, I would have to say yes. When the lower vibrational conscious beings see that you are having a positive impact on people and helping others, they aren’t too happy with you. They can sometimes try to trip you up or bring you down in an attempt to get you to stop leading people away from fear. But they will fail if you are strong in your beliefs and your self-esteem is high.
For the last 6 years I’ve continually received communications from people who tell me I’m a fraud or charlatan or criminal simply because ALL psychics are, so I must be too. That’s frustrating. I also get the religious zealots who send me pages and pages of scripture telling me how I’m going to hell. Sometimes it’s amusing and sometimes it’s a little annoying. I now have a filter in place so I don’t receive communications unless they are sincere and earnest.
You weren’t always as open about your psychic abilities as you are now. Was it scary for you to come out of the closet as a psychic? Were you afraid that people will judge you or reject you because of that? How did you deal with it? What would be your advice for people who are still in the closet as psychics, but want to come out?
Actually I was always open about my abilities, just not public about them. Before 2006 and before I started my blog and if you were a friend or family member of mine you would know that the paranormal and the psychic realm have always been something I speak openly about. But when I went public, on the blog, I was a little nervous about it. At first I wasn’t afraid people would reject or judge me because being intuitive is so natural to me I figured everyone shared my feelings on the subject. So I was surprised when people I thought were friends of mine told me they couldn’t have anything to do with me once I came out as a psychic. It was against their religion or something.
Over time though, I realized that if people had a problem with me, it was their problem, not mine. It is helpful to have a tribe of other intuitives to talk to for support so you don’t feel alone.
If you are still in the closet but want to come out, I might come out slowly. Open up to family and friends first and let that settle. Then build a community of other lightworkers and intuitives around you. Then go public. However, never let someone else tell you that you are wrong to be intuitive. That’s like telling someone they are wrong to have eyes. Being intuitive is part of everyone, it’s just that some people are more aware of it than others. Be a bright shining example of how living an intuitive life is awesome!
Many young psychics aren’t confident in their ability to distinguish real psychic experiences from their own imagination. This leads to a lot of self-doubts. Did you ever doubted your abilities? How did you deal with those doubts?
I never really doubted my experiences. I sometimes doubted my interpretation of the experiences. I have found in my years of teaching others how to develop their intuition that most people are easily capable of receiving intuition, but many people do not interpret the signals and information correctly. That must be learned, experienced, and practiced.
I would encourage people to learn, study, and practice. Intuition is like a muscle and you can strengthen it by using it as often as possible.
It’s one thing to believe in your abilities yourself and another to prove them to other people. How did you get other people to see that you’re indeed a psychic? How can people who would like to become psychic bloggers prove to their readers that they’re the real deal?
You can’t really get people to believe you are psychic unless you do an accurate reading for them. Blogging can help them get to know and trust you, but only an actual reading can provide proof. Testimonials from those who have gotten readings from you in the past are very helpful as well. I usually tell my students to do 60-100 practice readings for free before going public. Once you do that, you have the confidence you need to go into business. Along the way, you can get testimonials from those you’ve read for.
Believe in yourself and your abilities. Use them to help others. And trust your guides. They are there to support you and assist you on this path.
Psychic pursuits can be more dangerous than most people think when done without a guidance. I think that many new psychic bloggers don’t take that into account. Careless writing on these topics can do more harm than good (like someone reads an article, plays with astral projection, meets a strong negative entity and then can’t get rid of it). How can psychic bloggers make sure that their readers won’t harm themselves? How do you go about this yourself?
Great topic and I’m glad you brought it up. It irks me when I read information on the internet that is either wrong, fear-based, or designed to disempower a person. It is my hope that psychic bloggers will do everything in their power to empower, inspire, and motivate their readers to take charge of their own lives and make decisions that are best for them.
Years ago I did have someone tell me that I shouldn’t write about the negative entities you might encounter on the astral plane because I was scaring people. I had thought long and hard about whether I wanted to bring up the negative or not. In the end I decided that truth was truth. And providing information and guidance isn’t scaring someone, it’s preparing them. I hope people never encounter a negative entity, but I would feel partly responsible if I didn’t prepare them for the possibility. Just like in life, it’s helpful to know how to escape your home in case of fire. Hopefully there will never be a fire, but isn’t it better to be safe than sorry.
What’s your take on giving away dark arts–related information on psychic blogs (..anything from making a specific person fall in love with you via black magic to casting curses and making someone ill or unsuccessful)? Is it just unethical? Or will karma come back and bite them in the ass?
I believe it to be very unethical. Some of the top questions I get are how to sell your soul to the devil, and also how to curse or remove a curse. It’s distressing that there are people out there wanting to enslave another’s will.
And you can bet karma will bite you in the butt! If you live by the sword you will die by the sword, as the saying goes. Whatever you put into the lives of others comes back into your own. Be very sure that whatever you do to others you’d be willing to experience yourself.
I bet that many psychic bloggers would love to be able to charge what you charge for readings. However, it’s obvious that you didn’t get there over night. What would be your advice for beginning psychic bloggers who would like to start monetizing their blogs by adding readings to it? How can they get the ball rolling?
You’ve always got to start at the price the market will bear. When I started out I didn’t know what to charge. So it was $30 dollars for an email reading, $55 for a half hour on the phone, and $90 for a one hour in person reading. I was flooded overnight! By the end of the week I had so many readings booked that I had a 2 month waiting list. The demand was insane. It wasn’t long before I had a 6 month waiting list. That’s when I realized that no one wants to wait 6 months to have their questions answered. I slowly raised my prices until the supply and demand met. Now I can get people in within 1-4 weeks.
If you’re just starting out and you don’t have a lot of traffic, you’ll have to start out at the lower end of the price scale. $20-$30 perhaps? But then gauge the demand and begin raising your prices as your abilities improve and as your traffic and demand improve.
..by the way, there’s this popular belief that it’s somehow unethical to charge people for readings and that bad things can happen to you if you do. What’s your take on that?
It’s not remotely unethical to charge money for your time, energy and service. Everyone does it. Mechanics charge. Lawyers charge. Accountants charge. If you are capable of providing value to someone else, then accepting money for that value is completely reasonable and normal.
You are not forcing someone to book a reading. They are choosing to do it because they trust you. Just make sure the service you’re providing is good. A great deal of my clients consult with me multiple times during the year because the value I provide them is worth the price. I’m sure they’re happy my kids have food to eat and a roof over their heads, and I’m happy I can do something I love well enough to support myself.
I’d assume that being openly psychic you must get a lot of “it’s not proven scientifically” criticism. What do you say to people who use this argument?
I say, “I don’t require science to prove something to me that I’ve already proven to myself and others.” I may never know exactly how this ability works. Heck, I don’t know how my brain really works, but I can still use it effectively. Science will catch up one day. In the meantime, I appear to have the ability to receive information from “somewhere” that helps my clients find happiness, purpose, and joy. I don’t need science to tell me it is or isn’t happening. I can see it for myself.
Last, but not least, is there anything you would like to say to our readers who want to start a psychic-related blog and are on the very beginning of this path?
Yes. Regarding blogging… you must commit to it fully. Write 2-3 times per week in the beginning until you’ve got at least 50 articles on your site. After that, cutting down to 1-2 times per week should be sufficient. Also use all the social media tools and technology at your disposal to market yourself and reach new audiences. Guest blog too.
Regarding being a psychic… keep training and practicing until you are certain of your method and ability to connect. Then put up some testimonials, and start doing readings. Accept feedback from your clients, and learn from it. Don’t be afraid to be psychic and out in the public eye. The more of us doing this, the more accepted it will become.
Good luck to you all! I wish you well! Let your light shine!
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