Public vs. Private – A Matter of Ethics

I was recently asked whether the missing-person readings I do were requested by the families or loved ones of the missing individuals; the implication was that I might be flouting ethical standards if I don’t first obtain the “green light.” I decided when I started exploring them a couple of years ago that, because these cases were revealed openly (up to a point) in the regional media, they were a matter of public record so there was little concern about violating anyone’s right to privacy as long as I maintain professional decorum in my observations. (The police have already assured that any sensitive information is being withheld.) My work is experimental and I’m handling it as a series of case studies to demonstrate the effectiveness of my predictive methods. I see it as no more objectionable than reading on world affairs, public figures or sporting events. What has happened in several cases is that I have been contacted after posting my initial results by the friends and families of the individuals to request further inquiries; occasionally they have already hired a psychic to explore the disappearance and are looking farther afield. I haven’t been charging for my efforts because they’re more analytical and investigative than advisory.

That said, I will never publicly post the outcome of readings for private individuals as test readings or case studies unless I scrub them of names and other identifying features. If there is any chance, however remote, that they might be recognized, I will refrain from posting. Although I haven’t done so yet because I’m not sure what kind of reception I will get, law enforcement typically requests any and all tips that might aid in solving the cases. I know they listen to psychics hired by the families (although I’m not sure it’s as common as it once was), but I have some concern that if I have even moderate success with my suggestions I might be inundated with official queries. I’m retired and do this stuff at my own pace as a hobby. The last thing I want is a demanding full-time job; I already push myself hard enough in the interest of metaphysical “science.” I also don’t want to become overly involved in the private affairs of anyone who might have a subsidiary interest in the cases. As my wife keeps reminding me, it could be hazardous to my health.

Offering these insights in a public blog while remaining sensitive to the private hopes and fears of the family can be a fine line to walk, and some may feel that it shouldn’t be attempted. If – as they often do – the cards and charts say “Yes, they’re dead” either plainly or cryptically, it is crucial to be able to say so in as sober and clear-eyed yet considerate a manner as possible. Sometimes tempered optimism is all that can be furnished, and often not even that as time slips away. At the point I get involved (and I try not to jump in when these cases are too fresh because the situation is still unsettled), the friends and relatives of the individuals are usually desperate for any shred of new information they can get. Although it’s fairly rare to hear from them in any given instance, the internet makes it more likely than ever that we will connect, and I’m more than willing to share anything I learn from my efforts.

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