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A Conversation with Psychic John Edward

The famed psychic talks about the ethics of doing a reading, what it feels like to hear voices from beyond, and more


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John Edward

He sees dead people!

Well, not exactly. It’s much more nuanced than that. But physic medium John Edward has made a career out of communicating with people who have died and by sharing those messages with their loved ones. He’s appeared on Oprah and Larry King, but is perhaps best known for his show Crossing Over.

On January 15, the best-selling author will visit San Diego for a one-night engagement at the US Grant Hotel. Here, we chat with him about some common misconceptions when it comes to psychic readings and what people can expect during his upcoming show.

San Diego Magazine: What’s the difference between a psychic and a psychic medium?

John Edward: Take doctors and surgeons. A medium is a specialist. Not every psychic is a medium. But every medium is a psychic.

SDM: A medium has the ability to communicate with people who have died. Can you describe what that feels, sounds, or looks like? 

JE: It’s not Hollywood; it’s so subtle. People are still glamorizing what they do and not explaining it in a simplistic way, and making it seem much more conversational. It’s a symbolic conversation, the same way a deaf person can communicate through sign language. The psychic ability that I’m using is clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience. So that translates to clear seeing, clear hearing, and clear feeling. So whatever it is that I’m seeing, hearing, and feeling, I start reporting back to the client.

SDM: Do you hear voices?

JE: It’s more like thoughts. Not voices. ‘Did I lock the car?’ But it’s not you; it’s them. And these ideas are being imprinted on me, like that thing at a Brookstone store that looks like a bed of nails. When you put your hand in it, it leaves your hand imprint. That’s the feeling. So anything I see, hear, and feel, I share. I share everything. I don’t hold anything back. I make sure I let them know how I’m getting it, what it means, how I would interpret it. And I could be completely wrong.

SDM: Is it ever frightening?

JE: No. I’ve always approached this from a very skeptical, objective, scientific, analytical, logical mindset. It’s very cerebral and unemotional. I don’t make people cry; I make people think.

“The way my kids are being raised is to not be psychic and do readings, but to be intuitive and psychic about their choices.”

SDM: You’ve had this ability since you were a child. How does it affect your personal life?

JE: It affects my life in every aspect. I have a 13-year-old boy and an 8-year-old daughter. And they know, as soon as they meet friends, I want their birth dates. I call it their breed. So if you know a person’s breed, you know their astrology, you know their numerology. I don’t know my kids’ friends. I know energetically who they are. I know how they’re going to communicate. I know how they’re going to get along. I know which ones are going to be trustworthy. I know which ones are going to be trouble. And I empower them to recognize the same thing. I’ve left them with a language of how to look at life, a gage about how to look at people. The way they’re being raised is to not be psychic and do readings, but to be intuitive and psychic about their choices. It’s not just about predicting the future, and it’s not just about talking to dead people. It’s about making empowered choices and decisions based upon the world of energy that you’re currently in, and understanding.

SDM: You talk a lot about the ethics of your ability. What are some of the do’s and don’ts of psychic readings?

JE: A psychic should never tell somebody what to do. There might be a predictive element to it, but it shouldn’t be for that reason. I think the reason a person should go for a reading is if they’re looking for information to help them make choices. I do not think a person should go for answers. Most people will seek out a psychic when they’re in crisis, and they will seek out a psychic when they’re at a crossroad, and they want that person to just tell them what to do. One of the things I tell people all the time is not to go to people who will tell you what to do, because then they’re taking on the responsibility for your actions. And you’re not learning the lesson that you’re here to learn.

SDM: So you believe we all need to make our own fate?

JE: It’s not for me to say, ‘Yeah, you should take that course,’ even if I know the answer. Because if I give the person the answer, if I know the answer, it doesn’t help them learn. Now certain things are predestined, or fated to happen, but in between those major moments, how we do is really up to us.

SDM: You mention that the holidays are a particularly difficult time for people who have suffered loss. Would you encourage those people to come to your show in January?

JE: It’s one of the most difficult times of the year for people who are grieving. But specifically, if somebody is going through their second year of loss, it’s harder. And nobody tells anybody that. This wave of ridiculous heavy grief hits them, and then they feel worse because they feel like they should be more advanced than they actually are. There are no should-be’s in grief. Grief is patient; it waits for you. When I do events in November and December, people will literally hug me and say, ‘Thank you for saying that. I thought there was something wrong with me.’ You have to be patient an honor your feelings.


See John Edward live at the US Grant Hotel on January 15. Tickets at johnedward.net.

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