When I saw the full title for this book – Memoirs Of A Clairvoyant: Unforeseen Circumstances – I knew I was likely to get on with it. It takes a certain kind of humour to offer yourself to the world as a psychic and go straight in there with the unforeseen, and this very much sets the tone for the book.
Colette Brown tells the story of her life, from clairvoyant experiences in childhood, through growing up, finding her path, getting on TV, trying, and frequently failing to make a living as a psychic, and growing as a spiritual person. It is a very down to earth book, full of pitfalls and mistakes, and predictions that only make sense in hindsight. Alongside this are some startling and touching stories about when it did work out in a meaningful way. It all feels very real, and not the kind of self aggrandizement you normally find in New Age writing. It cheered me greatly to see clairvoyant work portrayed in such a human way.
I’ve read Colette’s work before (although it took me an embarrassingly long time to remember what I’d read!) I interviewed her on the blog four years ago – https://druidlife.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/antidotes/ I read and I’m pretty sure I reviewed “Maybe the Universe Just Isn’t That Into You!” But where I reviewed it I cannot recall. Reading the Memoir I happily re-encountered the mix of reverence and irreverence that runs through Colette’s work. She knows when to take something seriously, and when to laugh at it, when to offer herself as someone to take seriously, and when to laugh at herself. It’s a skill many of us could do with – myself most certainly included.
I think this book would be an ideal read for a younger person starting out on the clairvoyant path and wanting some sense of how it goes. This is not a life story of endless ease and success, this isn’t a person whose experience of spirit looks an awful lot like an experience of privilege – Colette has faced all the sorrows and challenges of a normal life, plus some. Her path hasn’t made things easier for her, but it has given her the tools to deal with the tough times. I suspect it has also inclined her to wade into trouble when others might have slipped away and taken an easier path.
It is good to be reminded that we are magical and mundane, that we can be very normal people and very spiritual people at the same time. It’s also good to be reminded that the better you are at putting your intent into the world, the more careful you have to be about the wording!
I enjoyed reading this book, it was very accessible and I found it affirming and encouraging.
More about the book here – amazon.co.uk/Memoirs-Clairvoyant-Circumstances