Considered one of Toronto’s top realtors, (coming in at around $100 million in sales per year) Gillian Oxley, does not hesitate to talk about her psychic Colette Baron-Reid when asked how she became so successful.
Oxley states that Baron-Reid is “her secret weapon”.
Oxley has been a consulting with Baron-Reid since 1997. She has an over-the-phone reading with her for advice once a month like clockwork. They discuss everything from client pitches and business opportunities to her personal life. Baron-Reid charges $800 for a one-hour session and up to $10,000 for an entire day. She refers to herself as an “intuitive counselor”. “Colette provides me with insight not only into myself but also about the people I’m up against, and that’s definitely a strategic edge,” says Oxley.
Baron-Reid is considered to be at the top of her (somewhat obscure) profession. She has a large number of top executives in various business fields that call themselves her clients. Higher ups in the entertainment, energy, and real estate industries seek her advice and do not hesitate to pay her price because they feel she is worth every penny. Brian Grazer, co-founder of Imagine Entertainment, has even included the psychic in a book he wrote, titled ‘A Curious Mind’, in which he writes about leaders in several different fields.
It’s no secret that some of the most successful professionals have employed the use of advisers throughout their careers, ranging from personal trainers, leadership coaches, investment advisers and the like. However, the fact that more and more professionals are including psychics-also referred to as spiritual advisers and intuitive counselors- is a lesser-known fact. Even the now deceased Apple chief Steve Jobs had a Zen master who served as his corporate spiritual leader.
An astrologer named Robert Ohotto says, “I think people would be astounded at the amount of entrepreneurs that consult people like me. Any entrepreneur that has been hugely successful either has a very well developed intuition of their own, or consults people who do.” Among Ohotto’s clients are high-level executives for mega corporation Google.
Even considering the few psychics who are fraudulent scammers and give real psychics a bad name, the psychic services business is booming. From 2009 to 2014 the field grew 2.2% and according to IBIS World research, it is expected to rise another 3% in the upcoming four years. Palmistry, numerology, mediumship, and astrology are all part of the $1.9 billion industry.
The economic recession that began in 2008 caused a large number of Wall Street executives to employ the services of psychics, yet not many of them are willing to talk about that publicly. Ohotto says that is because “there is still a strong negative public stigma surrounding ‘psychics’ and ‘astrologers’- admittedly somewhat warranted as there are many frauds or those who represent the intuitive arts in ways that are ‘woo-woo’ and off-putting. For an executive to admit they consult a psychic opens them up to being judged as ‘woo-woo’ themselves.”
Just as doctors and counselors don’t name their clients, neither do most psychics. ‘Financial psychic’ Laura Day is no exception, but she does state that a lot of corporate leaders spend as much as $10,000 every month for psychic services. She has a non-disclosure agreement with her clients to protect their identity but in a 2008 Newsweek article, a former client of hers who was the director of software for Seagate Technology at the time made a public statement about her, saying that “anybody who can afford her will get 100 times their money’s worth.”
Day states that she foresaw the 2008 financial crisis happening and she warned her Wall Street clients to leave the market an entire year in advance. For this reason she has been nicknamed “The Psychic of Wall Street” by many who have worked with her and whom she has helped.
“What I do actually works best if I know nothing, so I don’t look at the market,” the psychic told The Telegraph in an interview. “I’m a complete information desert. I just get a sense of the right thing to do. I’ll say, ‘I understand that you’re buying everything in China, but gosh I would hold off,’ and then they figure out why… I let the worlds come out of my mouth even though I may have no idea what I am talking about; my client will know what to do.”
Day is asked to give her insight and predictions for a variety of different purposes depending on the industry her client is in; for example, she has been asked whether a movie script should be rewritten, what are some weaknesses with a new technological device about to launch, and whether a drug will do well or not in clinical trials. “When I am working with a company, I’m working with the top leaders in the industry,” says Day. The psychic has worked with at least four Fortune 500 companies in the span of her career.
A lot of Ohotto’s business comes to him in the form of clients who are ‘stuck’ in their business and need advice on how to bring them back up or refresh their business. He also counsels those in the technology field as to when the best time to launch their product is. Hollywood producers come to him wanting to know what’s the best way to format a TV show that is in the works. Ohotto considers what he does as applying his gift to turn an entrepreneur’s risk from “reckless” to “intuitive” by guiding them on optimal timing and strategy.
“If you don’t take that intuitive risk, you’re not going to be the next Apple, the next Microsoft, the next Whole Foods. You’ll be behind the curve. Intuition is key,” he says.
However, like any real psychic should do, they admit that there have been times when their insight has been wrong. Baron-Reid remembers one time in particular when her intuition failed her and traumatized one of her clients. The client consulted her about a factory sale and Baron-Reid felt that a specific company would purchase it but the sale fell through and it devastated her client. “Listen, shit happens. You’re going to be wrong once in a while- you’re human,” says Baron-Reid.
In Oxley’s experience however, Baron-Reid’s spiritual insight has been nothing but accurate. Oxley and Baron-Reid first met at a music producer’s home office for a reading in 1997. At the time of the reading, Oxley was working at Ogilvy Public Relations and taking screenwriting classes at UCLA but Baron-Reid told her that she foresaw Oxley with her own company and advised her to start her own business.
“I learned I shouldn’t argue with a clairvoyant,” says Oxley. “Colette said, ‘You’re going to start a PR firm.’ I told her, ‘I absolutely will not.” She decided to continue working with the firm but it eventually became “inevitable” for her to not start her own PR firm because she had developed such a large network of her own clients and it just didn’t make sense not to go for it. She ran her own PR firm successfully for several years but then at a different reading with Baron-Reid she was told that she had real estate in her future so in 2010 she made the switch into that field and is now at the top of the real estate game.
Oxley feels that her successful business ventures are all thanks to the monthly readings she has with Baron-Reid. “I’m a pretty driven person, so I think no matter what I did in my life, I would be successful,” she says. “But Colette tells you where you’re going. That’s what gives her the edge, and this is a huge asset to any business leader. She has most definitely helped my business thrive.”