Thomas John is a psychic medium and clairvoyant who predicts things from natural phenomena to celebrity events, such as the divorce between Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes (not that we all couldn't see that one coming). I caught up with him over the otherwordly Skype and asked him about his life as a psychic.
Can you explain in layman's terms what's the difference between a psychic, medium, and clairvoyant?
A psychic is basically someone who gets information about the past, present, and future. A medium is really more someone who talks to spirits, who channels people. If you wanted to talk to your great grandmother, that's what a medium is for. Every medium by their definition is a psychic, but not every psychic is a medium. The way psychics get their information is through claires: clairvoyance, clairsentience, claircognizance.
So do you consider yourself a medium and a psychic?
Yes, I am a medium and a psychic. I find in general people seek me out more as a medium. More psychics are intimidated by being a medium; obviously anybody can say stuff about your future, but psychics are intimidated about being wrong about someone's past.
When you experience those things, how do they come to you?
I experience things through the claires. I'm shown literal or metaphorical images. I also experience sensations. So if I'm doing a health reading, I might actually feel a pressure on my chest. I might feel something on my wrist, which means blood pressure. So it's a heightened sense -- it's the same experience anybody has, those split second moments when you're walking down the street and get a creepy vibe. It's just that, but it's my life 24-7.
Is it lonely being a psychic?
It is a little lonely. It has perks like anything else, and downsides. I feel blessed to be able to help people empower their lives. I have a way of tapping into things people want guidance on. So many people are crippled by a loss. It's different if your grandmother who is 100 years old died, but with people who lose children or with murders, you can't put a price on being able to communicate with them. The downside is that there is a lot of taboo. I'm always a defense attorney. If I go to a party and say I'm a psychic, people aren't socialized to accept it. It is a pain sometimes because people think that you're God. The truth is that I'm not God. I just get special information and try to share it as best as I can. And also, people can't throw me a surprise birthday party.
When you do readings through the phone, not in the physical presence of someone, how do you access them? That mystifies me.
I don't know. Psychotherapists do phone sessions. You can call a lawyer and get legal advice over the phone. It's just like that. Basically I'm tapping into someone's energy. Just like when you call 411, and you get some bitch on the phone, and you're like "This person's a wacko, I can tell," it's the same thing with a reading. If I'm tuned in it's fine.
Are there any times when you're not a psychic, but just a regular Joe shopping for bread?
I have certain agreements with my spirits, but that being said, the spirit world always has surprises for me. I've given people readings in the Starbucks line, at the gym, to somebody I've just had sex with. Sometimes the spirits just need to get a message through. It's usually something very urgent. I have an agreement though with my peeps on the other side that I need to take one day off a week.
Alright, just one prediction question -- who is going to win the election?
I have already publicly predicted Obama, so I'm going to stick with that.