Psychic Robert Hansen has a great racket. He gets in touch with dead people that supposedly tell the friends and family in the physical world how to settle some dispute. Recently, TLC has backed him by putting him on his own show called Paranormal Court.
The episode I saw tonight showcased a couple whose daughter died from a drug overdose. The mom has turned the daughter's room into a shrine, leaving everything just the way it was when she died. The dad wants to turn the room into an office. Who's to settle the dispute? Robert Hansen, psychic-medium!
After some generic questions that sounded rather...well...generic (read: applicable to anyone who is obviously going on a show to speak with a 'medium' to get in touch with someone dead), he gets right down to it and lets the couple know it's ok to turn the room into an office. He's encouraging. He doesn't really seem opportunistic. He seems like he genuinely wants these people to know this information.
Here's my beef: How can you market this? I give readings on occasion to close friends and family when asked, but I have never - and will never - charge for this service. And, I'm not one of those pagans who's totally against paying for a service given, but to go on a television show and toy with these people's emotions? This I have an issue with. The whole thing seems silly, trivial, ridiculous.
Now, I know the question is a bit...hypocritical, against the mainstream ideas of paganism - if any ideas can be called mainstream - but how do we know he's not just making it up? I mean, they're looking for a solution to their dilemma. And, supposedly, he doesn't know a thing about it before he meets them, but that would be supremely easy to fake. I'm just wondering how this guy, and guys a lot like him, can get their own shows.
But, I'd really just like to hear your thoughts on his show! Do you like the idea? Hate it? Skeptical? Or, am I being overly cautious for no reason?
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Love and Lyte,