Rose Smith heads up Absolute Soul Secrets, the largest psychic network in the southern hemisphere and says the once maligned industry is skyrocketing.
She attributes much of the industry’s change in fortunes to the failure of authority figures and religion, prompting people to seek spiritual advice from alternative sources.
“When I set up my business 18 years ago, if I went to a party and told someone I ran a psychic network I used to get odd looks and laughed at, like I was some kind of nutter,” Rose said.
“Now, I have the opposite problem, as so many people are genuinely interested in the services we provide.”
Today, she employs more than 60 psychics including Clairvoyants, Mediums, Channellers, Astrologers, Crystal Ball Scryers, Dream Interpreters, Tarot Card Readers and Spiritual Healers.
We asked her more about her journey from social worker to social outcast and now, rockstar business woman.
When you started in the industry, you said people laughed at you, so what made you decide to make a business out of it and stick with it?
This business was not my idea at all…nada…not even a little bit. But in 2000 I had a series of dreams that just kept on and on. It was Michael the Archangel writing the name in white light on my forehead. I had no idea what it meant but I persevered delving into the dream for months and then finally I had the realisation, it was actually a business I was meant to start. Previously, I had been working at the local women’s health centre as a counsellor and teaching counselling and ethics at my local university, so I was pretty shocked by my new found revelation that I was meant to be running a psychic network.
How long has your business been supporting you financially and have you reached a point where it provides you with the lifestyle you want?
Yes, I am financially self-sufficient these days with the lifestyle I want. My business has been operating 18 years now and the first five years especially, I ploughed all my money back into the business. The next five years my salary was approximately $40,000 per annum. My business leads the industry now in the Southern Hemisphere both in terms of the number of psychic readings and reputable service.
What is the hardest part of running a psychic network?
Initially I was working 24/7, that was really hard for me because I love my sleep. The most difficult thing I find these days is dealing with the red tape and regulations that all businesses have to do. I’m also time poor as there is still a lot of work regarding online social media and marketing, but the amount of work varies depending on how much I put myself under pressure to get things done.
What’s the best part about running a psychic network?
Lifestyle and following my passion. I am truly blessed in that I can do what I’ve loved doing all my life and that is developing awareness and evolving as a human being. If I want to go somewhere I do, as I can work online from anywhere in the world. I also get to meet a lot of fabulous people and deal with people across all walks of life.
How has digital media change the landscape for your business?
Absolutely the landscape has changed, now the amount of work and the corresponding opportunities are limitless. I figure at this rate, I’ll be working until I’m at least 75 or maybe even 80. Being psychic is probably the only job in the world where the older one gets, the more one is appreciated.
What have you learnt from being in business in the digital age?
I’ve given perfectionism away thanks to my online pursuits. I’ve learnt that you have to be an early adopter and get in there first (or maybe second). It’s really important to try and keep up with what is happening online and that is a never ending job.
Do you have any mentors?
No physical human mentors unfortunately, but plenty of spiritual helpers. I’ve tried three times now with humans and sorry to say, it’s never worked out. I learnt that no one really understands my business like me. Sometimes, I feel it would be great to find a good mentor, but I also know I’m learning to be more self-reliant and even now, I’m still learning to trust myself more. I think many women do suffer from the curse of self-doubt, it still bothers me occasionally but I push through it. Nothing lasts forever, not even self-doubt. So just keep ploughing through and eventually, you’ll get through it. I’m lucky in that I am extraordinarily determined once I make up my mind…that can take a long time though, as I’m a Libran and have to investigate everything first.
How do you find balance in your life?
It’s really important to live equally in four realms…spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. I’m most weak in the physical realm so most days I walk my dogs at the beach to get in touch with the earth. Most people these days are strongest in the mental realm which is a real trap. Analytical ability is only good when you need to think logically about stuff like money or your job perhaps. But today it seems like many live in their heads, with racing thoughts going all the time. That can cause all sorts of problems with sleep and eventually mental health. I used to be like that myself but I managed to give it up in my early 20s with lots of meditation.
I think to maintain balance we do need a range of alternative activities like singing, dancing, socialising, meditating and have quality time with family and pets.
What is your message to women over 40?
Don’t give up. I started Absolute Soul Secrets when I was 40 years old….I was very much inspired by Louise Hay as I had trained in her Teachers Program back in the 90s in California. I remember her talking about writing her first book You Can Heal Your Life at 50 and so I didn’t feel ‘too old’ to start a business at 40. In fact, I’ve just started another new business “The Spiritual Institute” developing spiritual online courses and I’ll be 60 next year.
I don’t believe there is an actual age to stop or start anything….always do what that small quiet voice in your heart tells you. If others don’t like it, be polite and then go and do your own thing anyway. Nothing polarises people like psychic readings, but bottom line is that it’s an important part of me and so I have to honour it. I can’t be someone else because others don’t like who I am or what I do.
Who uses your network?
Women account for around 80 per cent of our clientele but the amount of men who we do readings for continues to grow year on year.
Men are naturally more cautious when it comes to sharing information about their lives, whereas women are more in touch with their feelings.
What do people ask about in their readings?
The number one topic of conversation is relationships followed by career advice, spiritual development and then pets.
I always get asked if I know the lotto numbers, if I knew that I’d keep them for myself and donate the money to charity.
More about Rose Smith
Rose is in her 50’s, married, childless by choice and loves nature and all animals. She has two Great Danes and two cats from the animal refuge.
Rose has a degree in Psychology and undertook a postgraduate diploma in Counselling. She studied with Louise Hay in California as a ‘Love Yourself Heal Your Life’ Teacher in 1997, has a Diploma of Remedial Massage and is a member of the Australian Traditional Medicine Society.
You can find out more about Rose at https://www.absolutesoulsecrets.com
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