- by Gall Barch
- People Staff Writer
"I have a bachelor grandson," said one woman.
"Will he ever get married?"
"My son is missing in Vietnam," said another woman.
"Is he alive?"
woman wanted to know where her friend's dead husband had hidden the
key to the couple's safe deposit box.
Such questions are all in a day's work for Patricia Mischell.
A self-professed psychic, Mischell is president and founder of
"The World of ESP" - a group that meets monthly in
Springdale, Ohio - and a regular guest on the Bob Braun show.
She was in Richmond this week to speak to the Woman's Club of
Mischell, 46, was born in West Virginia but moved to Cincinnati when
she was a child. She now lives in Fairfield, Ohio. She
is an attractive blond with high cheek bones, and long, violet
fingernails. Wearing a black suit, white blouse and high
heels, she talked about her past - how her husband
"disappeared" in 1967, leaving her with three children to
raise. She worked in real estate, then office management until
1972, when rheumatoid arthritis left her unable to drive. The
family went on welfare.
- AT THIS LOW POINT
in her life, her sister urged her to visit an elderly man who
claimed to be a psychic. He told her "I see you
lecturing. I see you healing. I see you doing the work
that I do," she said.
told her to try to "read" him, and she began receiving
messages, she said. She saw a younger boy of about 16 or 16,
who she thought to be his son; then she saw the youth going
away. When she told him this, she looked up to find the old
man crying. The boy she saw as his nephew, he said, who he
raised like a son. The boy died when he was 16.
Mischell began studying with the psychic. She read books on
the subconscious mind and positive thinking. She learned to
meditate. She visualized herself well and healthy. By
1979 the arthritis was gone.
"I don't have any problems," she said. "I
refuse to accept it. I do feel that each of us has a power
within us. The healer is God, but her works through us."
began doing reading at church and studying the Bible. For a
time she wanted to be a minister, but she settled on using her
psychic abilities to help others help themselves.
"I believe that every human being in the world is psychic, she
said. "We're constantly using our gift but we don't think
of it as being psychic. We call it intuition . . .
I'd like to take the miracle
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- out of all the psychic stuff
and put it in daily use, where it needs to be."
- SHE SAID THAT believing
something can make it happen. She points to her own life as an
example. Besides seeing the future, she said she has the
ability to heal by laying on the hands and counseling others to
think themselves well.
does not take credit for her abilities, however. " As
long as you look to Him who gives it, you'll never lose it,"
Mischell's clients include ministers, businessmen, nuns, FBI agents
and socialites. she has worked with police to help find
missing persons. One appreciative client sold her a $19,000
white Lincoln continental for $7,000 after she helped his wife.
the Richmond club meeting, Mischell spoke for almost an hour.
Then she spent another 90 minutes answering a barrage of questions
from an audience eager to learn about their career destinies, the
whereabouts of possessions and whether someone would live or die.
Working as a psychic is not always easy, however.
"Friends don't understand our lifestyle," said Cynthia
Zang, 26, Mischell's eldest daughter and secretary.
"Hollywood has made "psychic" such a bad word.
It has nothing to do with reality at all."
Mischell says her son, now 24, had a difficult time believing his
mother's ability. "My son though I was nuts,"
"I couldn't convince him I wasn't cheating. "He has
since studied the subconscious mind and is an advocate of positive
thinking, she added.
Mischell is planning to publish a book on her beliefs. In her
own future, she sees a national cable television show and a a center
for the study of psychic phenomenon with gifted children, possibly
in the Southwest. She will lead a 17 day tour to Egypt and
Israel in March to study the pyramids. she will continue to
hold "The world of ESP" at the Sheraton Inn in Springdale,
Ohio, ever second Sunday, and will continue to lecture.
role of the psychic, she said, is to encourage and to confirm where
one is in life. some people come to depend too heavily on the
psychic's advice, she said.
"I think people should be their own psychics. she said.
"You should take over and do. I don't believe we're
predestined. the beautiful thing is we have the ability to