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My Experience With Sylvia Browne


Many of you might be familiar with the famous psychic Sylvia Browne. I have always been skeptical of her, but I have to admit that my mother and I had an interesting experience with her.

I moved in with my parents after my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was 27. My mom bought us tickets to see Sylvia, as she was going to be in town to do a seminar in a huge auditorium that seats a few hundred people. Our house is set up kind of strangely. I have to walk through my parents' room in order to get to the bathroom. For three nights before the event, I would get up around 3am to use the bathroom. As soon as I walked into my parent's room, I would get an overwhelming and powerful whiff of roses. I was half asleep, but it was so strong it was like someone was holding a bottle of rose perfume right under my nose. Each time this happened, I would try to remind myself that I've got to tell mom to go easy on the potpourri or room freshener. It was strange because (1) my mom never buys potpourri or room fragrance and (2) my mom doesn't like the smell of roses and would never buy anything rose scented.

On the day of our Sylvia Browne event, my mom was one of the very few audience members who were allowed to go up to the microphone and ask Sylvia a question. My mom went up to the mike and explained that her son, my baby brother, had died when he was 3 years old. She asked Sylvia if he ever visits us and is there any way for us to tell. Sylvia said, "Yes, you'll smell flowers--roses." I never smelled that rose scent in my parents' room since those three nights prior to the event. I HAVE smelled flowers at random times when there were clearly no flowers in the house, but never as strong as those 3 nights.

It was amazing! I had another experience with my brother when I was in college, but this was further confirmation that he is alive and well, just not on earth.

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Blake (guest)
13 years ago (2011-10-10)
l like her show and it's great that she has such a long waiting list! Sucks for the people who want readings from her now.

There is an amazing psychic named Justin Terry that I swear by. He is only 23 years old but he's really gifted and amazing.

Here is his website:

psychicAngel (guest)
14 years ago (2010-07-05)
Thanks for your response Vanillabean...
You sound confident about your path and development.
I would imagine you have connected with people in the group, who you can talk to about how the meditation went... I say this because you are doing the same meditation as part of the same group, because I would have thought this would be easier, but I appreciate sometimes you also may to talk and have more objectivity.

I am sorry that you are obvioulsy experiencing people around you who are skeptical and judgmental.
vanillabean (9 stories) (168 posts)
14 years ago (2010-07-04)
Hey Psychic Angel, I just came across another post of yours on someone else's story and I read your profile and then realized you were the one who was responding to this chain. Sounds like you are looking to connect with people. I am doing the same thing... Trying to develop my abilities. I've been told by 3 psychics that they have been getting stronger (which is very true) and that they are going to get a lot stronger, which I believe based on the past 6 months. I recently found a church and a meditation group in my area, so I don't feel so alone now. I am enjoying learning with others and sharing experiences. Anyway, my email is greenpsychic [at] in case you would ever want to email me in private. Sometimes it's good to just talk about what happened in your meditation today... Or other experiences that you just wish you could talk with someone about, someone who won't judge or be skeptical. 😉

Greenpsychic [at]
psychicAngel (guest)
14 years ago (2010-07-03)
Hi Vanillbean,

Re: breaking up posts... Thank you and I know what you mean! We're all only human and I've done that very thing myself...

The one million challenge guy is someone I think if all psychics stayed well clear of him, they would silence him. The fact that he is offering money puts it in dodgy territory from the get-go... There are plenty of people, for example who worked in the forces, who demonstrated their extraordinary abilities to those they worked with for many years and changed the course of history because of it without any need for money to be part of the equation.
I also question his scientific approaches... HE gets to decide how the experiments go, and they are controlled so rigidly and in such a way as to suggest he has set it the tests up deliberately so that they cannot be passed, that way he can prove himself, his disbeliefs, right... Boring...!:-) Because a) he wants to be convincd himself he is right and b) he has created a self-fulfilling prophecy by not working with other scientists from different schools of thought to ensure absolute objectivity with assessing and evaluating the results!:-)

He reminds me of a man I once knew: he has to be right to validate his own sense of self-importance and that his knowledge and superior intellect make him superior therefore, he has power over others.

I am not saying definitively this is what the the one million guy is like - but his approach is very questionable. So all in all my reaction is that he could have done the same thing and worked objectively without offering such a large amount of money, and got his proof. But did he really want it? Or did he just want to give the impression to the rest of the world that psychic mediums are all scam artists, hence their signing up out of greed, when they might not be at all greedy, but initial surface impressions are sadly very powerful and lasting. I would urge all psychic mediums etc to stay clear of this guy, but alas we were all given the Godly freedom and ability to exercise choices in life.

True or not, it gives off the impression psychics who take part are greedy. There are actually very respected psychic research institutions made up of a number of staff of very different backgrounds from skeptics to full on believers - all scientists, all keeping an open mind and operating fairly.

As a medium, I don't feel the need to prove myself to somebody like him and if I did, I would question why I thought I needed his approval!:-)
vanillabean (9 stories) (168 posts)
14 years ago (2010-07-01)
Oops, I noticed I said "you" a lot in my post, like "there is no convincing you." I was not directing my post at anyone in particular. "You" was just meant to refer to whomever might be reading the posts. Sorry for any confusion or sounding like I am being accusatory!

Also if anyone reading this has had an experience with Sylvia or her son themselves and know in their hearts that they were ripped off, you are entitled to your opinion.

I was just sharing my story not to convince anyone of anything but because it is a personal account that I thought could be of interest to some folks, particularly because of my experience with the StopSylvia guy. I got the impression from his website that he is very fair and would like to hear anyone's experiences. He claims to be a scientist, so I thought I would share my "evidence" with him. Now that I know he is extremely biased, I can see why no one will take him up on his $1 million challenge. No point in trying to convince someone who can't be convinced.

Most of the people who visit this website are either psychic or have had psychic experiences. Sylvia represents what each of us goes through every time one of our friends or family members don't believe what we see.
vanillabean (9 stories) (168 posts)
14 years ago (2010-07-01)
Hi PsychicAngel, thanks for reading. Of course no one is 100% right, but I was pretty amazed by Sylvia and her son. I can't help but remain skeptical of people who grow to be so extremely famous though. Like my experience with other psychics in my community, I just go with the reading they did for me rather than others' experiences.

About the length of the paragraphs, I know what you mean. I thought I broke it up and was bummed when I posted and saw it did not break where I thought it did. Take care.
psychicAngel (guest)
14 years ago (2010-07-01)
I am glad you got all the validations in readings that you did.

Sometimes people are afraid of what they interpret as confrontation, but communication is never wasted, as you will know as a psychic yourself it is what they are left with to think about that counts.

Please could you break up your posts in to paragraphs, so they are easier to read? Your posts are really interesting but I, like many find it hard to read one long block of writing. Thanks very much.

Take care.
vanillabean (9 stories) (168 posts)
14 years ago (2010-07-01)
Like I said, I am skeptical of her because I have looked at the Stop Sylvia website, so I don't really need to read more about it. However, what I am not skeptical of is my own experience. The fact that I smelled a heavy dose of roses for 3 nights preceding her seminar and that she actually said we'd smell roses... That was a big deal for me. Let's not forget that I am psychic myself, so I have seen my brother in dreams before and know he is alive and well on the other side. Further, my mother was having chemotherapy at 53. Sylvia said my mother would beat it. My mom has been in remission for 3 years now. I actually wrote to the author of the StopSylvia website. My mom had a reading done by Sylvia's son Chris 3.5 years ago. At the time, I was a suit-wearing broker, great career. Her son said I should go into healthcare. I was SO ANGRY that my mom paid for this reading because I would "never" choose to go into healthcare. Now, three years later in a twist of fate I have decided to make a drastic career change and go into nursing. Another psychic told me I should go into healthcare as recently as 8 months ago, and I did not believe it then either. But Spirit has a way of working these things out. My loser brother actually finished school "reluctantly" after dropping out several times just like Chris said he would. Chris also said that my father needs to watch his blood pressure and cholesterol. More than three years later, my mother is in remission and the only person who has had health issues in my family is my dad. He is on medications for blood pressure and cholesterol. Chris also said I would meet my next boyfriend in a while, not all that soon. He gave my mom the exact month and year. I didn't believe him at the time, thinking anyone could pick a random month and year... But I met the love of my life, my future husband with whom I will have a boy and a girl (just as Chris predicted and my own psychic visions have confirmed if you want to read about them I have posted them... Along with two other psychics all saying I will have a boy and a girl with this man). If that isn't enough proof, I guess there is no convincing you! And if a guy like Chris can be that accurate... He must get it from somewhere. If you have not had an actual experience with Chris or Sylvia... I think the judgement should be left to those who actually have. I told the author of StopSylvia about my mom's reading and our experience with Sylvia and that it took 3 years for Chris' visions to manifest. The author said he would post my story, just to give the other side of the coin. I asked him how many of the people who wrote complaints to him waited 3 years to see what happened. I told him that I dismissed Chris' reading until 3 years later when I dug the tape out of a box, only to find that he was about 90% accurate! The Stop Sylvia author then wrote me to tell me he is very sick and will not be updating the website for some time. Very convenient! He is not interested in asking these people to hold onto their tapes and let at least a couple of years go by to see if the readings come true. You get a tape recorded reading, so there is no question as to what was actually predicted.

So further, again it doesn't mean SYlvia is never fraudulent. I think she over charges--it's crazy! But it's also evident to me that the StopSylvia guy is not interested in hearing the truth. He only publishes what he wants to hear, and perhaps the only people who write to him are the complainers. I also told the author of StopSylvia that her following is so huge that it's not right or fair to assume all of these people are just dumb and stupid. He did not respond to my statement. He could not even acknowledge that I could be onto something. ❤
psychicAngel (guest)
14 years ago (2010-06-26)
Sylvia Browne has been spoken of ill and well in equal measures... I am not sure what to make of all this and haven't meditated on it to get a definitive answer, however it is a difficult thing to be right all the time, and a very real problem when sceptics jump on it and heavily publicise it so it spreads like wildfire, likewise, if she is a fake - that reputation means so many excellent mediums get tarred with the same brush... I was just hoping from all the mixed reviews I read that she was just wrong on some occasions and the pressure of tv studios and overwork may have contributed to her decline when she may have started out as a good medium.
I remember an excellent psychic who I compared notes with on students she was helping in a spiritualist church circle say: some of them flannel on the stage - when they get scared, then it becomes a security blanket they can't let go of when they become busy and better known and eventually they lose contact with spirit because they stop listening and receiving actual messages. I suppose there must be those who exploit vulnerable people and rely on cold reading, of body language etc, they are callous and it is horrifying that this sort of materialism gets a platform. Such a shame for all those in genuine need of wonderful mediums that this site proves do exist.
madading (1 stories) (10 posts)
14 years ago (2010-06-25)
i think Sylvia Brown is a fake I just don't like somthing about her I didn't even know who she was when I seen her name in your story I just didn't like her and that name.
I then researched her and I am sure she is a fake now. You can read wuy I think shes a fake here.
vanillabean (9 stories) (168 posts)
14 years ago (2010-05-19)
I spent way too many years grieving over the loss of my brother. This experience with Sylvia was my 2nd experience knowing that my brother is still alive, but in a different form. It has completely taken away my grief. The "frustrating" thing is that I can't talk to him or see him on command, and the experiences I have had with him are few and far between, but still, it's a relief.
Tara9282 (3 stories) (41 posts)
14 years ago (2010-05-18)
Oh wow that's amazing! I got one of her books from the library once- it was a good read:)
AnneV (4 stories) (1064 posts) mod
14 years ago (2010-05-18)
Thanks for your story and letting those who don't know that we live on, and a nice remember for those who do know.


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