Last week, ABC aired a special edition of Nightline on Psychics. The rationalist me (and even the not so rational me) definitely appreciated the drubbing they delivered to the most famous psychics, James Van Pragh and Sylvia Brown, who go pretty far afield from (the admittedly weird) paradigm that I hold to.
My own personal feelings about the BPI also colored the way I watched the segment in which their crew did a house healing. (@17:30 – if you want to avoid watching all the rest. Do spare yourself the 2 minute pharma and insurance commercials!) From my own critical, competitive view, I wanted them to fail, and yet I want to believe that my work works! There’s human nature for ya. After watching the segment, I wondered if I am, as the host suggested, a scam artist, or simply self-deluded?
The media does have incredible power to shape our thoughts, and we naturally take them at their word. Realizing how tainted the Chronicle article about me was (it failed to mention that the house I worked on sold within a month), I thought I’d look a little deeper.
This case was of particular interest to me, because I went out cold calling on houses for sale in Mid-July, and left my card on that very house! I called the realtor, Luis Munoz, to see what had happened, and why he had chosen BPI over me! The fact is, however, that the show was filmed on June 26th, more than two weeks before I stumbled upon it.
It’s difficult to give accurate up to the moment reportage of the facts (and terribly inconvenient when the facts you’ve gathered already support your conclusion), but as much as it galls me to think they may have gotten something done there, Mr. Munoz told me that the house is now (some two months later) in escrow.
Now, two months seems a long time (my houses have never taken more than a month), and certainly the property took a hit on price – down $180K from the purchase price five years ago – but the information on how long it had been for sale and what price reductions were made is no longer available, so it may be that the job turned around what appeared to me to be a pretty funky place and got the most possible money out of it too.
We may never know, but if we accept Nightline’s reportage as proof, we still won’t. As I point out repeatedly in my writing, it’s all about the feel of a home, which is why I prefer to work with clients who want to keep their homes. They know that things feel unpleasant, and recognize the change after I’m done.
Whatever you may say about the feasibility of psychic house cleaning, the market factors in the sale of a house make up a pretty hefty back end. While people definitely respond to the feel of a house, a psychic can’t change the price, condition, or location, and that house, IMHO, had problems in addition to its energetic state.