Psychic Sylvia Brown Passes
Sylvia Browne, well-known psychic, passed away on Wednesday November 21, 2013 at Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose, CA. The cause of her death was not disclosed. She was 77 years old.
Browne was considered a leader in the paranormal world, published 50 books with 22 receiving a spot on the New York Times Bestsellers List, and frequently appeared on television and radio. According to her official biography she conducted hundreds of trance sessions and thousands of hypnotic regressions during her career. She was able to see into the future as well as communicate with the dead.
Browne explained, “I don’t know how I do it.” She also informed Larry King while making an appearance on his talk show that, “I’ve done it my whole life.”
Her life began during the Great Depression in Kansas City, Missouri. According to her official biography she became aware of her psychic abilities at the age of 3 and found it to be “a very scary thing” to know when someone was going to die.
“The only thing, I think, that saved my sanity was that there were so many well, we can track our lineage back to 300 years of psychics,” Browne also told King in 2000.
Moving to California
In 1964 she moved to California in order to help people publicly as opposed to privately like she had done before. Additionally she founded The Nirvana Foundation for Psychic Research in 1974 as well as The Sylvia Browne Hypnosis Training Center. It was here she trained ministers to spread her way of thinking through the Society of Novus Spiritus Organization. According to her website, her intention was to help “thousands of people gain control of their lives, live more happily, understand the meaning of life and to find God in their unique way.”
Over time she developed a following that included people she had helped as well as individuals who had read her books and viewed her numerous media interviews. She was featured on CNN’s “Larry King Live”, “Loveline with Dr. Drew”, and “Unsolved Mysteries”. Furthermore, she appeared as a special guest on “The Montel Williams Show” and made weekly appearances for 17 seasons.
Williams posted on her website the following statement after he received word of her death. “I, like so many of you, lost a friend today. But, as has been for the last 20 years, she’ll always remain a part of me.”
While Browne attracted a huge number of admirers, she also had her share of critics. Many found fault with remarks she made to the mother of Amanda Berry, a missing teen, on “The Montel Williams Show” in 2004. She informed the mother that her daughter was deceased and the next time she would see her daughter would be“in heaven, on the other side.”
However, Amanda Berry made worldwide news in May 2013 when she was rescued along with Michelle Knight and Gina DeJesus. The three women had been held captive by Ariel Castro in his Cleveland, OH home for close to a decade. Additionally, Amanda’s daughter, who was conceived and born during this period of time, was also rescued. Browne faced severe backlash and subsequently posted on her website the following statement. “If ever there was a time to be grateful and relieved for being mistaken, this is that time. Only God is right all the time.” It is worth noting that Berry’s mother passed away before she was found.
On September 10, 2013 Browne posted the following statement on her personal Facebook page, “If you are afraid to die, you will not fully live.” Her final message to the public came on October 27, 2013. She posted “My one prayer every morning that has carried me through my life is, “Hi God, it’s me again.”
“It doesn’t matter how you pray,” she added. “It can be just simply talking to God. Remember, God knows your heart and soul.”
There is little doubt that Sylvia Browne made a significant impact on the world. Her legacy will continue to live on through those that she helped as well as those that admired her.