“Coming Out of the Psychic Closet”: Kara Thompson

This is the last interview in the series I have called “Coming Out of the Psychic Closet”. I want to thank all intuitives interviewed, for sharing of themselves personally through their interviews.

I received comments and emails from those who benefitted from learning from your experiences.  Your answers also helped me to come to terms with many questions I had myself.  I find the feedback from readers so gratifying because the point of the interviews was really to help others who were grappling with the same issues.  So thank you again to all the interviewees, for being such a supportive community for others on the same path.

On that note, here is the last interview.  Surprise!  The interview is with me. This post is my formal coming out as an intuitive, for better or worse.  (I admit I may not have improved my credibility by using this photo of me at work on Halloween, but I just couldn’t resist.  Interestingly, if you look closely you’ll see the top certificate on my wall is a degree in “Mindreading”, created by a co-worker that is totally unaware of this intuitive work that I do…so some people there must have some inkling…)

What are my intuitive services?  I offer intuitive sessions (psychic readings), answering your specific questions or I can find out what to do next for your best soul growth.  I also offer a four-part intuitive counseling sessions over one month, for those that want to integrate their newly discover knowledge into their lives.  Also, my dear friend Lisa and I have started podcasting as the “Soul Sisters”. You can listen to our first show on Lisa’s blog here.  While it is not perfect since it is our very first try, I celebrate our efforts, as we have started.

Read all about intuitive “me” below.

What general label to do you use for your “super powers”? (intuitive, psychic, etc.) Why did you chose this the term?

I call myself “intuitive”, because the word “psychic” has been badly used in current times. I’m not very comfortable with the word “psychic” because of the images of psychics presented by the entertainment industry.  I think many people believe a psychic is someone who can tell you a bunch of stuff that will to happen to you, that you powerless to do anything about, or will scam you. Of course a reputable psychic would never do that, but I don’t think what psychics do is well understood.

I describe what I do as “intuitive counseling” because the point of sharing messages received, is to try and encourage a person to act on the information, and choose a course of action for themselves based on their highest good.

On the other hand, many people are only familiar with the word “psychic”, as a point of reference for what type of abilities you might have. Sometimes it is handy short hand for getting people to understand the nature of what you do.

Do you have specific “super powers” (ie. clairaudient, clairsentient, etc.)?

I am uncomfortable labeling my gifts. Perhaps I don’t want to feel like I am restricting them. I primarily see images when I’m doing a reading – of the person doing something, or a place, or their power animal. I also hear names and specific words and phrases too. Also I sometimes get a feeling in my body or just know something.

So I guess I’ve got a little bit of everything! You can label it however you want to, I just know what I do.

Do you believe you were intuitive/psychic as a child? What kinds of experiences made you think this?

If I was intuitive, it was all very unconscious. I had trouble dealing with being too empathic, particularly to animals and people in pain. Although I had happy childhood, I spent much of my childhood trying not to cry. I was constantly told that I was overly sensitive. I was a happy child, but I just felt things too intensely.

My parents took me to see King Kong at the theatre when I was a child, a move I’m sure they’ve always regretted. My parents had to grab me and run out of the theatre as I couldn’t stop crying, and I was screaming “Why are they killing him?”. I was heartbroken for days. There are still movies I just can’t watch.

I remember a moment when I was a small child, when I realized that “the truth” – what I could feel people actually meant, not necessarily what was being said – wasn’t always appreciated. That was when I started coming up with “acceptable answers”, despite what I knew to be “true”. I am still working on being able to more consciously shut my empathy on and off, for my own mental health.

I can’t recall any other specific psychic experiences as a child.  I think I have fine-tuned these abilities more recently.

Was your family aware and/or accepting of your psychic abilities?

My immediate family has always been very loving and accepting of anything I’ve done. I’ve had conversations with them about my skills in the last couple of years. Seeing how other have accepted these skills as a normal part of me, like a good singing voice, or an ability to make people laugh, has highlighted for me how, while these skills really are an amazing gift from God, so are all our skills.

Who was the first person you told that you thought you were psychic? What was their reaction?

My husband. Of course he wasn’t surprised at all. So annoying.

When did you fully accept that you were psychic?

Just in the last couple of years…I’m still exploring facets of it, and figuring out what I can do, and what it means to me.

Was there a turning point that made you accept this gift? If so, what was it?

Yes, I think it was when I did a reading for one person, and they told someone else, and more and more and more people just kept asking me over a period of four or five months. I thought, “Well, if they think I can do it, I guess I can do it.”

Are you fully out of the psychic closet today? If yes, why. If no, why not.

Well, this is really the first time I’ve really admitted it publicly in this way. Of course I’m hiding in plain sight, as I have a blog with my real name and photo, so I can be found for those that wish to find me.

I learned from the experiences of some of the other psychics interviewed, that it isn’t necessary to be “out” in all aspects of your life. I still work in the fairly conservative legal field where I’m not sure there would be acceptance of this gift. It might even erode my professional reputation.

I’ve sometimes fantasized about what a fantastic intimidation tactic it would be in my job. Unfortunately, I could never do that, I’m just not wired like that, what with ethics and all that stuff. But it does make a great B-movie in my mind…

What was the worst reaction you ever got after telling someone you were psychic?

I haven’t had any really bad reactions yet. I don’t know that I’ve told anyone that I’m “psychic” per se….I usually say “intuitive” but some people don’t really entirely catch the context in which I’m using that term.

For awhile, I was going through a phase where I thought “I’ve got to tell everyone, even if they don’t really want to know about it”. I wouldn’t particularly recommend this.  Trying to “force” everyone to acknowledge what you do isn’t fulfilling for either party.

Those who really did not want to know or couldn’t comprehend such a thought, just got a strange expression on their face, like they had no idea what I was talking about.  They usually changed the subject. I found it was kind of like banging my head against a brick wall… it just felt so much better when I stopped.

There are some people who just cannot relate at all. And that is fine.  There are some people’s skills I can’t relate to either!

What was the best reaction?

The best reaction was from an old friend who wasn’t surprised at all. She asked me “Well, you aren’t really surprised you can do that stuff are you?” she asked me. “Hell yes I am, aren’t you?” “No, not really. You’ve always kind of been like that”.  Well, I was surprised, but I guess my friends knew before I did.

Also, I got a very nice rejection from a friend I know who is not spiritually oriented at all. She basically said “That’s nice. I’m not interested at all, but I hope it goes well for you.” Nicest rejection I ever had. This is also an excellent reminder that friendship is based on respect and affection for each other, that it isn’t necessary to have all of the same interests.

How do you feel about being psychic?

I think it is one of the most amazing things that has ever happened to me. I am constantly awed by the information I am privy to and am entrusted to deliver. I feel very blessed that I can do this, and that I am able to give people information to understand their own lives better.  Nothing else touches that sense of awed satisfaction of helping in a profound way.

What would you recommend to other psychics who are “coming out of the psychic closet”?

I would recommend that they pick and choose their moments and audience, to reveal what they do. I would also recommend they connect with a supportive community (like the blogs of all the psychics I’ve interviewed) before they come out, so they can feel strong and confident in their skills first, in case they encounter challenging opinions.

What other advice would you have for any psychic who is coming out of the closet?

Be yourself, no matter what they say, (apologies to Sting).  Slade Roberson, who I highly respect, provided my favourite mantra applying to coming out. “Those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”  You will find it is true.

Being truly and fully yourself is the best thing you could do with your life.

Kara

Thanks for remaining faithful readers.  If you want to put me to the test and see if I am REALLY what I say I am, email me at conduitofjoy@hotmail.com.  I dare ya!

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4 Responses to “Coming Out of the Psychic Closet”: Kara Thompson

  1. Lindsay says:

    I’ve loved this whole series! Your interview in particular really resonated with me – seems like we have some very similar experiences (and intuitive strengths).

    Great costume, btw. ;)

  2. conduitofjoy says:

    Thanks so much for the support Lindsay. I’m glad you resonated with my interview. Hopefully we can connect more at some point. I will be out of town for 3 weeks starting today, but I’ll try to connect with you in late November.

    I went dressed as “the original bloodsucker” – lawyers. I didn’t have my teeth in for the rest of the day (as you can imagine).

    Kara

  3. darlene says:

    i heart you and enjoyed all these interviews especially yours … and that costume ~ fantastic!

  4. conduitofjoy says:

    Thanks so much Dar! I heart you too.

    Kara

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