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14 November 2012 @ 09:41 pm
So, an odd footnote of my trip is regarding fortunes and fortune-tellers. I've had the odd experience of one museum guide who claimed to have some facility for those things say I had a big story on my hand, but then refuse to actually do a full reading. Then a few days later, I had a street fortune teller call me over to his booth to entice me to get a reading. But once he took one look at my hand, he also would not do it.

Tonight, I had a Sikh fortune teller actually pop out of his shop after I passed to chase me down and ask to do it. I'm sure a lot of what he had to say were things he says to everyone, but some other things were uncanny. That what I lack and most want are love and truth, I am sure are common themes, but knowing my birthdate and a few other weird details of life history was odd... I'm not sure the advice he gave me was actually anything I did not already know, but it was still hard to hear some of it aloud from someone else and made me a little weepy.

I'm not quite sure what to make of it... I probably should not dwell on it, except that it is along themes of things I had already been perseverating on. :/ 

Anyway, more later when I am on a keyeboard that does not suck so hard. 
Current Mood: indescribableindescribable
Albredaalbreda on November 14th, 2012 07:26 pm (UTC)
My scientific brain doesn't credit such things at all, but I've likewise had a very creepy experience with palm-reader: she was all confused for a bit, and I asked what was up? She answered that she was stumped as to how I could study a language that can neither be written down nor spoken aloud. I laughed and signed the equivalent of "what, you mean like this one?" to her in ASL. Hard to contemplate, really.</p>

Hearing hard truths is always challenging. Hearing your birthday from someone half a world away from home would, I imagine, be very unnerving, and then hearing hard truths as well? Guh. That sounds very hard indeed. Hugs!

eithni: greeneithni on November 20th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
I know - usually I am a very scientifically-minded lady, but some of the stuff he was saying was just uncanny... Again, cause for more thought, in any event.
reneekytokorpireneekytokorpi on November 15th, 2012 04:20 am (UTC)
I'm not sure if that's good or bad, but I'm hoping things improve for you.
eithni: greeneithni on November 20th, 2012 04:43 am (UTC)
We'll hope for good and see how it turns out, eh?
Elizabethliz_bet on November 15th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
I think there are some people who have extremely good instincts when it comes to 'reading' people. In our culture there are plenty of people who use this to tell people what they want to hear and use it to get what they want/get ahead. I don't know if I believe in fortune tellers so much as I think some people are really good at noticing the details (intentionally or instinctually) and putting together the whole picture better than most other people. (although the birth date thing.. hmmm ;) ).

In any case, I think being told the things you don't want to hear is some of the best medicine one can get. From my limited people watching observations, people (in general) tend to avoid others/situations where they will hear things they don't want to hear until they are ready to hear them... until they are (at some level) ready to do something with that information and confront what they've been avoiding.

From my limited knowledge you are already on that path, and to someone who is good at reading people, you likely have an imaginary beacon over your head just advertising that you're ready to listen. ;)
eithni: greeneithni on November 20th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
Yeah, if it had just been the standard vague fortune-tellery things, I would not have been so unnerved. But with the first two refusing (including one who was actively trying to make a buck... er, rupee) and then this one being so spot-on specific including dates and personal details... very, very odd.

Anyway, you may be right. I was essentially in India because I knew it was time to listen to the world, and it certainly had things to say to me.
DameJ: Moaidamej on November 17th, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
India is a logical place to begin a journey of spiritual growth. Different cultures have different mirrors for introspection. Some people in our culture use psychotherapy the way those in other cultures use fortune tellers. It's a form of structured, focused attention on the self that can lead to new insights. Sometimes prophecies come true in ways we do not expect, and sometimes we come to love a change that we once dreaded. I hope your future has more happiness than sadness.
eithni: greeneithni on November 20th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
Thanks. I've never been a particularly religious person, but there definitely were elements of spiritual growth to this trip. I need to solidify exactly what they mean for me and the path I want to choose, but changes are in the works.
Sweet Ol' Berwynbaron_berwyn on November 27th, 2012 02:47 pm (UTC)
The technique is called Cold reading. The reader uses a standard script, modifying on the fly by claeverly analysing your reactions. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cold_reading
eithni: greeneithni on November 27th, 2012 03:20 pm (UTC)
I'm familiar with the technique... This wasn't really the "vague things anyone can relate to" sort of thing, though. It was more along the lines of one of the first things he did was he write something on a slip of paper and had me hold it. When I was looking like I was going to walk away, he had me open the paper and on it he'd written my birthday (month and date, not year). He also was very specific about an unusual event in my life, including a description of the parties involved. It was just very, very odd.