Review: You are a Psychic by Michael Priv

First, I’d like to say that I do intend to get back to the non-book-review posts soon, I’ve been slack lately and have only been posting the reviews I committed to getting done in a reasonable time frame because I respect externally imposed responsibilities more than I do my own goals. It’s a problem I’m working on. Anyway, back to the business at hand: this book I received in exchange for a review. Cover and synopsis below, as usual.

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I’m a bit conflicted about the cover, I think because I like the concept but think the execution is a little amateurish. Great idea, compelling colour scheme, but it seems a little unfinished to me

This handbook is an attempt to do something that has never been done before: train anyone as a psychic healer by helping them unleash their psychic abilities to heal themselves and others using specific extra-sensory techniques. The esoteric knowledge presented here is not “normal,” although it is fully demonstrable as the truth. If these concepts were widely known, accepted and understood, we would all be psychics capable of pure magic, and with a bit of drilling, it turns out we are!

I’m going to go ahead and say that if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool¹ skeptic, or you rolled your eyes at either the title or description of this book, not to bother reading any further. What you see is what you get, and I’m not going to be arguing for or against the idea of psychic or spiritual healing. I’m evaluating the book, not investigating the claims it makes.

Okay! Five thousand disclaimers out of the way, I enjoyed this book more than I expected to. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but what I received was a fairly no-nonsense guide to a better, more certain, more pro-active approach to life. Being somewhat of a skeptic about spiritual matters, I wasn’t sure You are a Psychic was the book for me, but I’m glad I read it.

This book presents the idea that everyone in the world is an immortal spirit trapped in a cycle of birth, death and re-birth, and that all negativity or illness we encounter is a result of the debasement of the natural state of being for both individuals and the universe; that state being unconditional love. If that sounds far-fetched to you, just know that you don’t have to believe or accept that world-view as your own to benefit from the lessons and wisdom this book can impart.

I’ll give an example: chapter seven discusses the idea of certainty, and how essential it is to anyone seeking control over their own life and potential. One line in particular stood out as wise:

“…any choice made is the right choice for a person with a lot of certainty, provided they made it themselves with no pressure. They will commit and make it work, if at all possible.”

I make it a habit to seek out methods of self-improvement and common sense life advice, and the line above would fit in just fine with the document I keep full of quotes from world leaders, renowned psychologists, self-help gurus and navy seals².

The book is full of lessons like that one, that require no mysticism or belief to be helpful in your day-to-day life. You are a Psychic gives advice on acknowledging your weaknesses, and working to ensure they hold as little sway over your life as possible; it advises about the long-term futility of operating from a place of anger and discusses the inevitable negative consequences of fighting or sabotaging your own efforts to improve.

I can’t speak to the effectiveness of the drills or more esoteric advice contained in the book (and I disagree a little with the limited value assigned to modern medicine); but if you are at all intrigued by either the title or synopsis of the book, consider reading it. If nothing else, there is some great observations of human nature and some great, optimistic suggestions for taking control of your life.


¹A phrase that expects far more wool-dying knowledge than I posess, but that I can’t think of an adequate replacement for. Die-hard would work, I suppose; but that seems too strong a descriptor and can you tell I’m sleep-deprived? The rambling today is ridiculous, even for me

²Navy seals may seem like an odd addition to the list, but any public-figures among them tend to be oddly quotable

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