When you hear the word "psychic," what's the first thing that comes to mind? Jeanne Dixon? Crystal balls? 1-900 call lines staffed by people who somehow know everything about you?
Well, for psychic medium Konstanza Morning Star of Silver Spring, Md., predicting the future is something she's rarely asked to do. Konstanza says most of her clients "want to find out about options that they might have available. Or they want to have some insight into difficulties that they have."
And more often than not, in order to do that, she says, "they want to hear from their loved ones."
In other words: their deceased loved ones.
"I make contact with their loved ones on the other side," Konstanza says, with help from the various Clair senses.
You've no doubt heard of the first one. Clairvoyance allows one to perceive the visual impressions from the spirit side of life, while clairaudience is the ability to hear sounds from the spirit side of life.
Clairsentience enables one to sense and feel emotions and physical conditions. Clairalience is the ability to smell scents, and clairgustance is the ability to taste foods.
"And that is really powerful when somebody's loved one comes through with a favorite dish," Konstanza says. "Especially if it's something that is really unique that I cannot possibly know about, with special ingredients."
Once Konstanza makes contact with and senses a loved one, she says "I very carefully describe everything that spirit brings me. These are the details that make it clear to people that I'm really communicating with their loved ones, because these are things that they would know. But that I could not possibly know."
By communicating with these spirits, Konstanza says she can help people with their grief, first and foremost, and with whatever personal issues or problems they're dealing with. Because the spirits have what Konstanza calls a higher view.
"They can see what is going on around us," she explains. "So it's very much like at a ballgame, where you're in the bleachers and can see what goes on in the field. The players don't necessarily know what's coming from further out."
Regardless of whether you believe in this stuff, when you talk with Konstanza Morning Star, you can't help but notice how little the psychic medium mentions the future. And she says it's with good reason.
"I think when we work with people, if we're sensitive, and if we're good at what we're doing, we certainly receive a lot of very good and accurate information," she says of her and her fellow psychics. "But nobody can say that X, Y and Z is going to happen."
Because the way Konstanza sees it, the future isn't set in stone.
"It is actually something that we have control over by our thoughts, by our actions, by our attitudes," she says. "So we all have our own will, and we can say, 'Nope. I don't believe that. I'm not going to do that, and I just refuse.'"
There may of course be some things beyond our control, but what Konstanza Morning Star tries to do is help people where they are today, with what they have today, so they can start to create a more outstanding tomorrow.
[Music: "On a Clear Day" by Relaxing Instrumental Jazz Ensemble from Dinner Music]