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The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle: Lessons in Reincarnation

I just finished reading The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton. While many of the reviews I saw about the book before I read it describe it as being about time travel, I found it to be a book that touches on the themes of reincarnation, spirit guides and karma. If you love exploring metaphysical topics like I do, it provides a lot of lessons on how the soul grows (or doesn’t grow) and evolves from life to life.

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle

I’m recommending this book to anyone who has an interest in past lives, parallel lives, spirit guides, karma and deja vu, so if this is you, bookmark this page and come back after you’ve read it.  If you haven’t read it, this post may still be interesting as it will discuss some of the spiritual lessons the book offers. Don’t worry; I won’t include any major spoilers. 

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle explained

First let me give you a summary of the plot. The book is about Aiden Bishop, a man who wakes up and finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery. A woman is murdered at a social event, and Aidan must figure out who killed her. But there’s a catch. Each morning, Aiden wakes up in a different body of someone who attended the event. Also, each morning is the beginning of the same day — the day of the murder. Bottom line: Aiden will relive the same day as a different person until he is able to solve the murder. That means he can’t go back to his regular life (and doesn’t even remember what his regular life even looks like).

The book then tells the story from Aiden’s eyes as he moves from person to person ( or life to life). While the essence of Aiden is the same, he takes on the characteristics and qualities of the bodies that he inhabits. Sometimes he has a hard time distinguishing between his true essence and the body he is inhabiting. 

I believe this is something we humans do all the time — we have a tough time distinguishing between our higher self or our soul and our ego or our physical body. Sometimes it is difficult for us to remember that our soul transcends our body, which is just a temporary house for our spirits. Here are some other spiritual truths found in The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle.

Every life gives you a different perspective

Each time Aiden wakes up in a different body, he has a different perspective of everything that is happening around him. When he’s in the body of Sebastian Bell, the world is a scary place. On the other hand, when he is in the body of Cecil Ravencourt, he has a knack for seeing the beyond the surface. Each perspective contributes to his ability to solve the mystery. In fact, he would not be able to solve the mystery without all of the different perspectives. 

The same goes with us when it comes to our many lifetimes. Each one gives us a different perspective and by seeing the world from many different perspectives, we evolve spiritually. None of our lives are more important than the others; it is through learning from all of our lives that we become more evolved souls. 

Strengths and weaknesses have a purpose in each lifetime

All of the bodies Aiden inhabited came with their set of strengths and their set of weaknesses. In the beginning of the book, whenever Aiden inhabited a new body, he focused more on that body’s weaknesses and how difficult it was for him to work around them. For example, if a body was old, he complained about how painful it was to move around.  However, in time, he realized that each body also had its strengths, and the strengths were ideal for helping to solve the mystery. 

In our own lives we each have strengths and weaknesses. We came here to learn certain lessons in each lifetime. The strengths and weaknesses we choose to have are the best ones to help us achieve what we want to achieve. When you look at life that way, you realize that your weaknesses have a purpose. So why not lean into those weaknesses and work with them to see what they can teach us? Likewise, our strengths are gifts for this lifetime so when we waste them we are doing ourselves a disservice.

Past life memories can solve current problems

Each time Aiden woke up in a different body as a different person, he had one thing going for him: he could remember what he had learned in all the other bodies he had inhabited. That allowed him to peace things together and see situations more clearly. While most of us can’t remember much, if anything , from our past lives we sometimes have memories or dreams that include fragments of who we were in other lifetimes. 

We can also get some of those answers from past life regressions — sessions in which we explore past lives while under hypnosis. When I had a past life regression, I had insights that helped me through a challenging period in my current life. My past life memories shone like a beacon in the darkness of my struggles at the time. 

We may have been wicked people in some of our lifetimes

I’ve noticed that a lot of people like to romanticize the concept of past lives, believing themselves to have been royalty, spiritual, a healer, or having some other desired status. Noone wants to find out they were a murderer or someone who is known in history for being an awful person. Noone wants to find out they were Hitler in a past life, right?

In The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Aiden finds out the person he was before he started inhabiting the different bodies had several flaws.  Anna, a character that Aiden befriends on the journey, also had her flaws; in fact, she had committed many ruthless crimes in her former life. That begs the question: Does that make her a bad person today? 

I believe we all have lifetimes that we would be ashamed of. We’ve all done things considered ‘bad’ and we’ve all had lifetimes where we did extraordinary good for the world. Neither type of life is more valuable than the other. We learned from both of them. Also, I believe certain challenging things are meant to happen because they spark change in the world. A war may bring about massive collective change for the good if it leads more people to turn away from war and violence after the fact. The leader who instigated the war may be fulfilling their spiritual purpose by bringing those events to pass. 

Spirit guides won’t stop you from making the same mistakes

I’m sure there are a lot of theories about the character known as the Plague Doctor and what he represents. I saw him as something of a spirit guide, helping Aiden when he could but not stopping him from making mistakes — and learning in the process.  We learned that the Plague Doctor was rooting for Aiden and was doing things to try to make it easier to solve the mystery. But ultimately Aiden had to complete his journey on his own. 

That’s my basic vision of spirit guides. I believe they are here to help us and guide us and give us messages if we ask for them. However, they never take away our choice. We don’t have to take a certain path even if that path will lead us to our purpose. Eventually we will get there, even if it’s in another lifetime. Our spirit guides know that and allow us to choose our life path. 

What we do in one lifetime can affect all of the others

One of most interesting parts of the book was how actions Aiden took in one body affected everything that was experienced by Aiden in a different body — even things that seemed to have happened in the past. Though Aiden was simply tasked with finding out who the murderer was, he decided he wanted to try to stop the murder. So when he woke up each day in a different life, he attempted to rewrite history by making a change — and those changes did affect the timeline for all of the other bodies he inhabited.

This is a popular concept in reincarnation. Since our lives are all connected to our one soul, lessons we learn in one lifetime can affect what happens to us in all of our other lifetimes. So that means a future life can have ramifications on our choices today. Yes, that’s mind-bending.

Until we get the lesson, we are doomed to repeat it

This theme was pretty clear thoughout: until Aiden solved the mystery he had to keep repeating the day of the murder. It was like Groundhog Day, and there was a torturous element to that.

Think about the mistakes we make over and over again. We all have them. And until we correct the mistake or make a different choice, we keep having similar experiences. These repeat experiences can also go from lifetime to lifetime. If there’s a lesson you are meant to get in this lifetime and you don’t get it, you’ll likely be faced with similar experiences to help you get the lesson in a different lifetime. 

This concept could also explain deja vu, or the feeling that we’ve had a certain experience before. When we have these experiences, it could very well be true that we’ve lived it before. We may be repeating a lesson or experience with our higher self’s hope of getting it right this time. 

It’s a blessing to be able to start a new life without the memories of past lives

When Aiden and Anna are finally able to move on and free themselves from re-living the fated day, they have the opportunity to forget everything about their past lives. That means they get to walk into the unknown without knowing about their past mistakes or frailties. They have a clean slate and won’t be weighed down  by past failure or doubts. 

While it can be meaningful to have a past life regression, I’m glad I don’t have past life memories intruding in my mind all the time. I’m glad I can live this current life fully and immerse myself in the lessons I’m faced with in the present. It allows me to move forward without expectations weighing me down and embrace what lies ahead. The 7 1/2 Lives of Evelyn Hardcastle is a reminder to embrace the gifts of the present in order to make the most of the journey. 

I’ve always been a lover of fiction — particularly stories with metaphysical and paranormal themes. I’m even working on my own novel. I’m adding a section to this blog that discusses metaphysical, New Age and paranormal fiction, and some of the themes the stories have.  If you have any book suggestions, email me at mara@psychiclessons.com.

How Past Life Connections Helped Me Heal

A couple of years ago I wrote about my past life regression experience. It was the first time I had explored a past life with a professional, and it was also my first experience with hypnosis. At the time, I remember thinking it was like watching a movie where I was the star but the storyline was entirely different from the storyline in my current life. Since then, I’ve realized that there were past life connections to my current life that I was not aware of at the time. I also wonder if that past life experience was preparing me somehow for the challenging couple of years that would lie ahead.

Who was I in a past life?

First let me say I have read — and I believe — that most of us have had many past lives. I’ve heard it said that when we have a past life regression, the lifetime that comes to mind is a lifetime that has something to do with the current life we are leading. 

The lifetime that we regress to is there to teach us something that we can use in our lives today. On the flip side, there are many other lifetimes that we may not remember because they have no relevance to our current life, or at least this period in our current lifetime. 

When I had my past life regression, I was regressed to the life of a woman named Grady who I believe lived in Ireland. She and her husband had financial challenges; they had a lot of land and made their living working the land. However, they had to get rid of all of the workers who helped them to keep the land up because of their money problems. 

So I lived through two pandemics?

Grady didn’t seem to be a happy woman. She had a lot of regrets. For one thing, she felt guilty because one of her children had died of an illness. She felt like the family couldn’t afford to get him the best medical care so she was partly responsible for his death. I also got the sense during the regression that Grady and her family had lived through some type of plague because she describes how everyone was getting sick at the time that her son got sick and died.

past life connections

Little did I know when I had that past life regression that the world I lived in would experience a pandemic. I remember reading about plagues in school and thinking they were just horrible experiences people in the past lived through. I never thought I would live through one. Then in 2020 the Covid 19 pandemic hit and suddenly I, like Grady, was living in a world where everyone was getting sick.

This was the first of the past life connections to my current life that I was able to see. 

I remember wondering in the fearful early days of the pandemic if this was how Grady had felt. Having had that past life regression, I felt some semblance of peace during the pandemic because I knew Grady had survived. Sure, I could have picked up a history book and seen that there were plenty of survivors of the 1918 flu and other plagues. But having that connection to Grady and knowing that my soul had already survived that experience helped me to believe that I would get through it again. 

However, I was worried about my family members and loved ones getting Covid and becoming very sick. I thought about Grady’s son and wondered if I was destined to live that experience over again. Sickness seemed to be such a dominating force in Grady’s life. Was sickness meant to be a major part of my current life too?

Past life memories repeat themselves

I was lucky that none of my loved ones died of Covid. I thank God every day. Some of my family members and friends did get Covid in the early days, but everyone was ok. However, I was not immune to serious illness. At the end of 2020, I began having digestive problems that led me to see a doctor and I was later diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Now I was fighting a life-threatening disease. I couldn’t help but wonder if the guilt I had experienced in the lifetime in which I was Grady had contributed to the illness in my body in this lifetime.

I have read that we can carry our burdens from one lifetime to the next. For example, a painful love experience in one lifetime can lead us to date unavailable partners in the next lifetime. We may not understand why we keep picking the wrong men because the answer lies not in this lifetime but in a past one. In this case, our past life connections are keeping us from flourishing in our current lives.

I wondered if I had felt so guilty about not being able to save my son in that lifetime that I punished myself by going through a major illness myself. 

Connecting with my past life counterpart: A ritual

As I went through traditional medical treatments I also practiced some alternative healing practices as well. (I’m not a doctor and am in no way offering medical advice; if you have an illness please make sure you see your doctor. I credit my doctors at the Mayo Clinic for surgery that saved my life.)

One thing I did was I went into meditation to try to connect with Grady. 

I closed my eyes and visualized myself in a forest. During the illness, I often saw myself lost in a forest and the sky would typically be overcast showing that there was a storm ahead. During this visualization, the sky was dark and I saw Grady walking toward me. She sat down next to me but didn’t speak. 

I asked her if she believed we deserved this illness. I said ‘we’ because I believed I was she and she was I. She continued to say nothing, and she looked down toward the ground. I explained to her that we had done everything we could during her lifetime. I explained to her that our son’s death was not our fault. And I told her I wanted to live. I told her I had a lot of things left that I wanted to complete in this lifetime.  While we sat there, I could see her in my mind’s eye starting to cry and that’s when I started to cry. We hugged in my vision and she told me to heal and live. 

That was a powerful visualization that I had — just one of the many metaphysical experiences I had during the illness. One day I will write a book about them and share them. I believe these experiences played a role in my healing. 

Past life lessons abound 

I write all this to say that we can learn so much about our current lives by exploring our past lives and past life connections. While I plan to have another past life regression to see if I can learn about another one of my lifetimes, not everyone has to have a past life regression. Some people just have memories of past lives that flash through their minds. Others can pick up on past lives through dreams or meditations. If a past life is calling you, there is a reason for that. It has something to tell you. The past life connections to your current life can be the beacon that shows you the next steps on your path.

Modern Witch Tarot Deck Review

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I have always loved tarot cards so I have seen my share of decks. The Modern Witch Tarot deck is one of my favorites of all time.

Modern Witch Tarot

Tarot cards play a major role in my life.  In the mornings, I often pull one to three cards to get guidance for the rest of the day. I’ve had fun trading readings with a group of friends who are as interested in metaphysical topics as I am. I also have turned to tarot cards to delve into my psyche, using them as journal prompts and serving as something of a therapist when I didn’t have the money or time to see a human one. I’ve even used tarot cards to attract a love relationship or two.

So yes, you can say I’m sold on their usefulness.  

Once you’ve purchased more than one deck, you’ll quickly realize that all tarot decks are not the same. Each one has its own personality and your interpretations of the cards will often vary by deck.  (Of course this assumes that you are using your intuition to read the cards rather than simply memorizing meanings.) 

For many people, the Rider Waite Tarot deck is their introduction to tarot. Once they get familiar with the cards, they often look to other decks. The Modern Witch Tarot is one you should definitely check out.

What is the Modern Witch Tarot deck?

The Modern Witch Tarot deck was published in 2019, and was created by Lisa Sterle and Vita Ayala. Lisa Sterle is a comic book artist and Vita Ayala is a writer.  Like all Tarot decks, the Modern Witch deck has 78 cards, all rich with their own symbolism. 

The deck is divided into two parts. The 22-card Major Arcana is a subset of cards that represent major events in your life. The 56 Minor Arcana cards have to do with your day-to-day life and all of the little things that make those days up. 

While many tarot decks feature more masculine energy than feminine energy, the Modern Witch deck features only women in its imagery. It also features many women of color, making it one of the most diverse tarot card decks I have ever seen. 

How to read the Modern Witch Tarot deck?

The Modern Witch Tarot deck comes with a little introductory booklet that gives you meanings for each of the cards. And you can certainly read the meanings and memorize them. But I don’t recommend that. I believe tarot cards are designed to help your intuition verbalize what it is picking up on. 

For example, I might be looking at a tarot card and the sun in the picture may stand out to me, telling me that the outcome of a particular situation would be a bright one. I might look at that same tarot card at a different time and a body of water might stand out, telling me that abundance would be an outcome of the topic at hand. 

When you get a new tarot deck, I recommend that you take some time to get to know it. Meditate on each card and ask your Spirit Guides what message they want to convey through that card. Some people bond with their tarot cards by sleeping with the card under their pillow.

The more time you spend with the Modern Witch Tarot deck, the more comfortable with the deck you will be. Here is an excellent exercise to help you bond with your tarot deck. The more comfortable you are, the more likely you will be able to interpret the messages that are being relayed in a tarot card reading. 

Is the Modern Witch Tarot deck good for beginners?

I don’t believe there is a one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to which decks are best for beginners. I believe tarot cards are personal, in that everyone will be drawn to the deck they are meant to use. If you are drawn to the Modern Witch Tarot deck, I believe you should work with the deck whether you are a tarot beginner or not. 

I will say that the Rider Waite can be a good deck to use for beginners mainly because so many books and web sites that deal with tarot refer to that deck in their writings. When I first started learning how to read tarot cards, I did start off with the Rider Waite deck and I still use it sometimes today, along with other decks I am drawn to. 

Most people I know who work regularly with tarot cards have multiple decks. Sometimes I’m drawn to work with one; other times I’m drawn to another. There’s no reason why a beginner can’t work with multiple decks as well.

What I like most about the deck

Hands down, the thing I like most is the deck’s diversity. This deck features women and women of color, making it relatable to the world that I live in. I feel empowered when I’m working with these cards, which is a good way to feel when you’re working with a tool to get answers to your biggest life questions.

The imagery also seems very gentle to me. Some tarot cards can seem scary when you pull them.

For example, the 10 of swords in the Rider Waite deck features a man lying face down with 10 swords in his back. Not the most refreshing image to contemplate. The Modern Witch Tarot deck comes with two different 10s of swords cards that you choose from. 

In both a woman is lying down with 10 swords in her back. However, in one of the cards, the woman appears to be lying comfortably as she looks at her phone, and below her read the words, “Everything is fine.”

If you’re looking for a new tarot deck, give the Modern Witch Tarot deck a try

Psychic Protection for Empaths

Having a premonition that you are about to get a promotion can be thrilling. Sensing the jealousy of your co-workers — not so much. But if you’re an empath, you can feel the heaviness when someone has negative thoughts about you. It can leave you feeling tired, drained, anxious, or even depressed.  That’s why psychic protection for empaths is so important. 

psychic protection for empaths

An empath might also feel the presence of a spirit or a being that is no longer in the physical realm.  I remember one time sensing the presence of a spirit.  I woke up one morning and felt a heaviness on my chest. I knew that someone or something was there, but I could not see it, and I didn’t know what it was. All I knew was that I felt uncomfortable and I was positive that I was not the only one in the room. 

When you focus on strengthening your psychic ability, you begin to open doors between the physical world we live in and the supernatural world. Sometimes those open doors are obvious, such as if you are playing with a ouija board. However, other times, you may not realize that the energies of those around you are impacting you. Empaths are particularly vulnerable when they are working with psychic energy. 

Empaths can get weighed down by energy

Empaths feel the emotions and the energy of others. Sometimes they even  mistakenly believe that what they are sensing is their own energy when in fact, they are sensing the energy of someone else. I’ve had this happen to me and it can be a confusing experience. For example, an empath might feel depressed all of a sudden and not realize what is making them sad. It might be that they aren’t sad at all; rather they are picking up on the sadness of a family member, a friend or someone else around them. But if they don’t know that, they may feel overwhelmed by a sadness they don’t understand. 

I sometimes wonder if some people who commit suicide are empaths who feel so weighed down by other people’s sadness that they can no longer cope. 

Here’s another reality empaths must deal with: they are often the victims of psychic attacks. Anytime someone directs negative thoughts toward you that is a psychic attack whether they mean to or not. So those co-workers who are jealous of your promotion and who wish you would mess up at work or get fired are actually launching a psychic attack against you. 

If you experience some of the signs of being the victim of a psychic attack, there are ways that empaths can protect themselves or minimize a psychic attack’s effects.

What happens when empaths don’t protect themselves 

There are a lot of things that we can’t control. For example, an empath cannot stop someone from initiating a psychic attack either consciously or unconsciously. But an empath has some control into how that negative energy is experienced. 

However, when an empath does not take steps to protect themselves, they could experience physical and emotional consequences. 

They might feel overwhelmed, tense, anxious, depressed. They may find themselves dreading certain people or types of experiences. For example, if you’re an empath and there is a lot of negative energy expressed in the workplace, you could begin to hate going to work and the quality of your work could suffer. Over time, the quality of your work might suffer so much that you are in danger of losing your job. In this scenario, failing to protect your energy could cost you financially if you lose your job.

Empaths who don’t protect themselves may also feel extreme stress. There are many studies that show the consequences of stress. For example, several physical disorders have been connected to stress, including heart problems, digestive challenges, and respiratory problems.

Empaths who don’t protect themselves may also suffer socially. If you feel overwhelmed whenever you are around people, you’re going to start looking for ways to avoid being around people. This can keep you from enjoying friendships, romantic relationships, and other interactions that can bring much joy to you in life.  Psychic protection for empaths is a critical need that should be addressed.

How to block negative energy as an empath

One of the best ways to protect yourself from negative energy is to literally block it. When I was growing up, I used to love the Wonder Twins, a cartoon about twins with special powers. They had the ability to shapeshift into whatever form they needed to be in order to solve their current dilemma. When I block negative energy, I often think of myself as one of the Wonder Twins, using my powers to keep energy vampires and other toxic thought forms at bay. 

If you want to block negative energy, first you have to believe you can do it.  If you don’t believe it’s possible, stop reading right now. Once you are ready to embrace your power, do the following:

1. Set the intention that you will protect yourself from any negativity that is formed toward you.

2. Visualize yourself surrounded by a white light, a bubble, a veil or some other form that can separate you from harm. 

3. Ask God/your Spirit Guides/the Universe or whatever higher power you believe in to keep all negative energy on the other side of the light, bubble or veil. 

4. Say a prayer of thanksgiving and know that it is done.

Setting the intention to block negative energy can be powerful and effective, but you may have to do it on a regular basis before you see a noticeable difference. Some people suggest doing it every day. I think that’s a good idea but in all honesty, I don’t remember to do it every day. If you feel negative energy around you,  employing this exercise regularly for a couple of weeks may make a big difference in how you feel. 

Some of my favorite empath protection stones

If you’re into crystals, it probably comes to no surprise to you that there are crystals that offer psychic protection for empaths. After all there’s likely a crystal that can help you in any endeavor,

 Some of these stones help to ground empaths and keep other energies from affecting them as much. Others literally help to block negative energy. Below are a few of my favorites.

Hematite: Best for general grounding. When I wear or carry hematite, I tend to feel calmer and less anxious. 

Amethyst: Raises one’s vibration. Amethyst has a spiritual vibe, and I carry it when I need to feel uplifted or when I need spiritual guidance.

Obsidian: I use obsidian when I’m dealing with negative energy and I want to protect myself from it.

Black tourmaline: I use black tourmaline when I’m dealing with negative energy and I want to protect myself from it.

You might want to keep one of these crystals in your pocket or pocketbook. You can also keep them in a location where you are particularly impacted by energy such as the workplace.

While being an empath can feel like a curse at times, there are resources that can help. Hopefully, this blog post gave you a few tips on psychic protection for empaths that can make your life easier.

How My Intuition Saved me from a LinkedIn Scam

I like to think I’m too sophisticated to get scammed. But today, I almost fell for a LinkedIn scam. Until my intuition kicked in and saved the day.

Linkedin Scam

When you make a practice of using your intuition daily, every now and then something happens to make you realize just how much of a superpower you really have.

Sometimes you just know things you don’t want to know, such as that your boyfriend is cheating or a loved one is dying. But other times, your intuition kicks in and keeps you from doing something you might just regret. When your intuition is working on all cylinders, you have a built-in lie detector, bullshit meter and opportunity identifier all rolled up into one. 

Why I was vulnerable

As a full-time freelance writer, I make my living writing articles and other content for a broad range of clients. I’ve recently been unable to work because of an illness, but now that I have recovered, I’ve been getting back into the swing of things and working hard to rebuild my bank account. I’ve also been saving money to pay off the mounting medical bills I’ve had to deal with. 

So when this guy reached out to me via LinkedIn, telling me he was in desperate need of a writer for a project, I was intrigued. I told him I wanted to know more about the project and suggested we schedule a phone call where we could discuss more details about the project. I wanted to know: What exactly was he looking for? When would he need the work completed? And most importantly, How much was he willing to pay?

Instead of agreeing to schedule a call, he sent me back this super-long DM, telling me the topic — he wanted me to write about addiction. He also said he was willing to pay $1 per word, which is a decent rate, for a 6,000-word article. He said he would need this article in three to four weeks. 

While I’ve had steady work for the past few weeks, after this week, my calendar begins to lighten up. So I knew I had time to work on the article, and as I said, the rate is pretty good for freelance writing. Sure, I have some clients that pay more than $1 per word. But the sheer length of the product ensures that I would enjoy a nice payday when the project was completed. But I had this little nagging feeling that something was not right.

I couldn’t put my finger on it…

Now on the surface, this sounded like a good gig. And it would fill up my work calendar for the next three-to-four weeks. I could definitely use the money, and I had no idea if other clients would have work to keep me busy over that same period of time. So it was a no-brainer. Take the gig. Yet I hesitated.

Instead of getting back to the man about the offer, I procrastinated. I worked on one of my projects. I went to a physical therapy appointment. I came home and worked on another project. I recognized that I was putting off responding to this guy. And I know very well that procrastination is often one of the ways that our intuition lets us know something is not for us. We keep putting it off because on some level we know this isn’t right.

I asked myself, what is the holdup? Why aren’t you jumping at this opportunity?

I went back to LinkedIn and looked at his message. Something about it bugged me. Yet I didn’t know what it was. I googled the man’s name and nothing came up. The thought popped into my head that it might be a LinkedIn scam, and I even went so far as to google the man’s name with the word ‘scam,’ half expecting to see something come up showing he was, in fact, a scammer. There was nothing.

There was nothing to suggest this man was a scammer, and nothing to suggest that I shouldn’t do business with him. So if I wanted to run a successful business, I needed to accept this assignment and be grateful for the abundance, right? Yet I still felt a nagging desire to walk away from the opportunity.

Flexing that trust muscle

One of the most difficult lessons I’ve learned when it comes to using psychic abilities is that you have to trust them. If you don’t trust your intuition, what is the point in having it?

So I’ve worked on following my intuition even when I have no proof that it is right. I’ve worked on following it even when what it’s telling me defies what my eyes see. So I took a deep breath, went back onto LinkedIn and emailed the guy, letting him know I didn’t have the availability to work on the project in the timeframe he was looking for. I thanked him for reaching out and wished him luck on the project.

And that’s when things got a little weird 

I had gone back to my other work when something made me want to look at that man’s email again. I recognized the nudge and the strong desire to go back to the email as my intuition. I knew there was something I needed to see. 

When I logged back onto LinkedIn, I saw that the email was gone. I expected to see the email showing our back and forth. That’s what I see when I log on and look at all of my other exchanges. But there was no trace of this email, nor could I find the man’s name again when I searched for him via LinkedIn.

I didn’t understand what that could mean so I did a little research. I learned that an email will disappear on LinkedIn if the person who sent it blocks you or if that person deleted their account. 

I didn’t think the former made sense. I mean I turned his project down, but I was nice about it. Why would he block me simply for being unable to work for him. However, I immediately thought of my earlier musings about whether he was a scammer. I also know that sometimes thoughts that pop in our head are actually intuitive insights.

I would imagine a scammer would delete a fake LinkedIn profile and move on to a new fake profile for a new mark.

Was this a LinkedIn scam? I wondered if LinkedIn scams are prevalent and found an article that explained that they are. One theory is that LinkedIn users are professionals and they trust others on the network because those people are assumed to be professionals too. Scammers find that to be too good of an opportunity to pass up.

I also read about a LinkedIn scam in which someone offers a user a job and later in the interaction requests money for an application fee or some other bogus charge. 

While I know I wouldn’t give someone money for a job that I did, I would be very frustrated if I spent my time working on a project only to learn that I had been scammed and wasn’t getting paid.

While I don’t know for certain that this man was a scammer or if it was a LinkedIn scam — I may never know — I’m ok with that. Because I trust my intuition, I know that agreeing to work with this man would have been a monumental mistake.