Are Psychics Real? Meet Rebecca

I am one of those people who wants to believe that some part of our brain has the capability of extending well beyond the typical.  The idea of seeing the future, reading thoughts, or moving something with only our minds is very appealing to me.  I tend to be skeptical, but I really want to believe.

At first I thought that maybe there is a hypothesis that psychic ability is in the part of the brain that most of us do not use.  Researching that possibility I discovered that the “We only use 10% of our brain” is a complete myth.  We use all of our brain, but few of us maximize our brain’s capabilities. For example, when someone loses one of his senses, his other senses tend to strengthen in an attempt to compensate.  We all have intuition, but as we mature we tend to ignore it and replace it with practical logic.  After a while our intuitive abilities weaken as we rely more heavily on practicality. What would happen if we ignored certain logic and began developing our intuition?  We’ve all had those moments when logic took over resulting in us making the wrong decision.  We think, “I had a suspicion but I ignored it. I should have gone with my hunch.”   What are these hunches and why do we ignore them?  Intuition is a sense, a largely ignored sense.  Maybe we should stop ignoring ourselves?

I’m writing this entry because a woman by the name of Rebecca, who describes herself as an intuitive psychic, asked for my help in promoting what she does.  She is not looking to become a celebrity and does not want a reality show, but she does want to share with people some of her views.  We discussed a few PR possibilities, but I first wanted to discover just how “legitimate” she was as a psychic.

We met in her Seal Beach office.  It’s a small room filled with candles and various symbols epidomizing eastern philosophy.  Actually, there were symbols of all philosophies now that I think about it.  The first impression you get from Rebecca is that she seems so normal. There are no gimmicks.  She greets you with a smile and you immediately feel disarmed. Suddenly a women who you have known for only moments feels like a close friend.

I brought along a friend to the appointment, someone about whom she knew nothing.  I asked her to do a brief reading on him.  She took a moment to clear her mind and then began speaking with confidence.  She was not asking him questions, she was making statements.  She described his personality perfectly. She stated that he absolutely knows who he is and that there is no emotional conflict. Part of me was trying to decide if his presence, how he walked into the room, and how he was dressed could have lead her to the conclusions she was making.  Maybe, but that would be a pretty gifted person.  Finally, at the end of the brief reading she just asked, “What’s the deal with the yacht and Greece?”  He turned his head toward me with his mouth dropped open.  This was his fantasy vacation.  There is no way she could have known this and the idea of it being a guess is too far fetched.  Had she said it to me it would have had no meaning, but to him it was significant.

Later we went to Bogart’s Coffee House in Seal Beach where Rebecca does public discussions for two hours about once a month.  She definitely has “regulars” who participate and enjoy a little free guidance.  Several others arrived because they had “heard of her” and others were there having no idea Rebecca would be speaking.  A woman, who was part of a couple who fit into the latter category, asked Rebecca about her mother.  She immediately commented that the mother’s mind wasn’t always there.  It was in and out, but that she wanted the daughter to know how grateful she was for being taken care of.  The woman confirmed this to be true and stated that her mother was constantly thanking her for her care.  She asked if her mother’s name was Mary….it was. She then asked about her husband’s mother.  Rebecca tried but said Mary was still present.  She asked her if in her day Mary was woman with a “sailor’s mouth”?  The woman said “no.”  Rebecca concentrated again and said “I am seeing a woman who plays cards, drinks alcohol, and is one of the boys and she says she’s Mary.”  Again, the woman said “no.”  Rebecca asked the husband if this could be his mother, he also said “no.”  Not letting up, Rebecca insisted this was pretty strong.  The man said, I had a cousin who was like that but she died years ago.  Rebecca asked what her name was.  He thought for a couple seconds and sure enough, it was Mary.  She had two Mary’s coming in at the same time for the same family.  This was a fun exchange, but confusing for a little bit.  Rebecca fervently trusted her intuition and it proved correct.

I spoke with another woman who has been following Rebecca for a couple years.  She explained that on her first meeting Rebecca told her she would be having children but there would be problems with getting pregnant.  She saw something as twisted.  But she said it would work out and she saw November as being significant.  At the time the woman told me that they were not even thinking of having children.  A year later they began trying to get pregnant, but it wasn’t happening.  During a doctor’s examination of her husband it was discovered that the epididymis (coiled tubes in the penis that lead to the testicles) was twisted.  A surgery corrected the problem and she is now pregnant.  She is due in, you guessed it, November.  For you doubters out there I am not sure we can get much more specific than this.

Something that Rebecca does that is unlike other psychics is that she gives steps one should take based on the readings.  She doesn’t just state something and leave you alone to deal with it.  She understands the steps that should be taken to help someone achieve their dreams or happiness.  In fact, she has written an eBook on this topic, which will be promoted very soon.

She has been developing her ability for well over 20 years but she is just now making herself known.  There is something special about her.  Something compelling that makes people want to return to her for years.  In fact, my friend on whom she gave the brief reading will be doing a 30-minute telephone reading very soon.  I will write on his new experience as well.

To learn more about Rebecca please visit her still developing website (my fault, not hers) at www.iamrebecca.com.  This is the best place to make an appointment with her.  I’ll keep reporting good and bad and more people speak with me about her and as testimonials become available.  Write to me via the website at www.jeffsteck.com if you want to share your experience with Rebecca.  In my opinion Rebecca is the real thing, whatever that means to you.

 

 

 

Occupy Wall Street – It Is Time We Learn About Capitalism 101

What is Occupy Wall Street?  We keep hearing that protestors are ‘occupying’ streets outside of financial centers protesting the greed of the 1%.  People chant, “We are the 99%”.  Can 1% of the American population financially cripple the remaining 99%?  Why would we let this happen?

The actual reasons for these protests is multifaceted, but essentially it is a protest toward the inequality of corporate ‘greed’ and financial institution management or perhaps mismanagement. However, for the individual I think the foremost reason is frustration. Many protestors are stating that Wall Street greed has destroyed America’s economy.  But when asked for examples many are unable to provide them.  To me, this means that people are frustrated, angry and desperate. I’m right there with all of them, figuratively that is.  People are upset and are begging for those in the know to do something. They want their lives restored or at the very least a path to take so they can rebuild themselves.

This movement has now grown to over 1,400 cities worldwide and is currently being referred to as the Occupy Together movement.  Largely in opposition of the conservative Tea Party, Occupy Together is hoping to reshape American politics.  MSNBC reports that the success of the Occupy Together movement is because “it was born out of anger toward the financial community’s success during a time of prolonged economic hardship.” In other words, as the typical American suffered economically, the financial power players were profiting.  We have the same amount of money in this nation but it is distributed among fewer people.  How can this happen?  Is this evidence of a flawed economic
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The United States operates from an economic system known as capitalism.  Capitalism is not easily defined, but generally it is the freedom to own or produce and the freedom to sell for profit. Freedom is the operative word here.  If government controls Wall Street through reform, which is what many seem to want, will we still live in a capitalistic society? Will we lose our freedom to do what we want and be whatever we desire?  At a time when so many are suffering, people are willing to give up some freedoms for some economic equality.  While this is understandable, will we be protesting government control over our lives when the economy is thriving again?
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I needed to learn a little more about capitalism.  I could read books by economists who could teach what they have always known.  A more interesting route was to read a book titled Capitalism 101 by Leon Weinstein.   Mr. Weinstein was born and raised in the Soviet Union during the Stalin era.  When his parents married they wanted to have a religious ceremony but had to do so in secret or they would lose their jobs and be blacklisted.  In the 1970s the Soviet Union was unable to feed its population.  People were poor and hungry.  The United States stepped in to help, but a condition of that help was the insistence that people be allowed to emigrate out of the USSR, something not permitted.  People’s lives were traded for food. Leon states he was traded for about 20 tons of wheat.  He is very familiar with socialist ideologies.  Ideologies he fears are seeping into the United States. Americans are known for asserting that America is the greatest country in the world.  When asked why they will frequently answer, “Because we have freedom.”  Capitalism allows for freedom.
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Capitalism 101 (eBook on Amazon for $2.99) explains capitalism by someone who has personal experience living in a socialist regime and how he flourished in a capitalistic society.  It is a good read.  In fact, it is probably a necessary read to fully grasp what we really want in this country.  Weinstein very early on states that he is a member of the Tea Party, at least from a fiscal point of view.  While this will encourage many to read this book it may turn other off.  But I ask, how well do you know your political position if you are not fully aware of the position of those you oppose?  While not everything can be compromised I assert that our positions are not as contrary as we are made to believe.

I challenge you to read this book and make comments about it on Amazon, on this blog, anywhere you can.  Not just positive comments but all comments.  Let’s start a dialogue. Protesters are being heard, but there is no solution on the table.  The first step toward a solution is a conversation.  Let’s start here and now.

Removing the Uncertainty of Buying Art

First and foremost buy what you love

If you see something you love, buy it; don’t worry about whether it goes with your colorscheme.  Any high end interior design magazine will provide examples of this fact.  Art is art and works regardless of your decor choices.  If you need it to match you can always repaint a room or the wall on which the painting will be hung. Repainting is easy, but finding a piece of art that you love is not.

Mix up eras and styles

Again, don’t be restricted by your home decor. There’s no rule that says you can’t put modern art in a traditional setting, or vice versa.  Some of the most amazing homes have a wide collection of art.  The variety in genres is more interesting.

Size matters

Keep proportion in mind when you buy art for a particular spot. A small painting, for example, looks out of place on a big wall.  Be familiar with the dimension range when you are looking for art to go into a particular space.  Most serious art collectors buy what they love regardless of size and make it work after the fact.

Buying for investment?

Don’t buy art just because someone says it’s a good investment; there’s no way of ensuring that it will increase in value.  It’s almost like buying stock.  If you are buying hoping for increased value you need to consider how long the artist has been working, plans for his or her professional future and any significant changes in the art’s current value.  For example, while Jess Black has been painting for many years, he has only seriously been working as a career artist for a year and a half.  He has still not reached the pique of his career.  Over a year ago paintings were selling for $2,000 that today comparable pieces would sell for $3,800.   Nevertheless, If you’re going to buy art make sure it’s on a piece you really love.

Does the amount of time it took the artist to create the painting affect value?

No, not really.  Artistic endeavors are usually mood driven and sometimes paintings are created naturally and quickly because the artist feels especially inspired.  For example, a painting that Pablo Picasso created in under a day sold at auction for $106.5 million.  If the painting is good, regardless of the time it took to create, it will be a good purchase.