Predictions: Can You Change the Outcome?!

Updated: April 9, 2018

The most popular blog I’ve written in the past 10 years is on the subject of predictions. Given that everyone needs some empowering things to think about, I revisited the article and gave it a polish for you to enjoy this week.

Over the past 30 years, I think the most asked questions of me are from people asking for my thoughts on predictions they’ve been given by different psychics and intuitives. Some of the common questions are: What do you do if you get a negative prediction? Are predictions absolute or can you change them? Why hasn’t a particular prediction come true yet?

At this juncture, I’m going to mention that for the first 20 years of my professional life the concept of prediction was very important. It was, as an intuitive, my job to look into the realm of possibility and pull out a probable future. After all, it’s part of my skill set and I had a very high level of accuracy which helped build a solid reputation by word of mouth. Today I am not a fan of predictions, for the main reason that the minute we ask to see the future as an absolute – a place we land that promises us an outcome, we give our power away, and take ourselves out of the grounded moment where we have the power to co-create reality in partnership with the universe.

Why did I change my perspective on this subject? Things began to change as I personally explored the notion of absolute determinism vs free will. I started asking the hard questions. Why is it easy to see the future so clearly and at other times see multiple possibilities? Is it ethical to predict the future? What happens to someone when they hear a prediction that keeps them mired in a compulsive relationship pattern? Isn’t it better to track potentials and probabilities where there is room for course correction?

The way I worked changed as I began to focus more on how a person could create their future, attract certain situations and events, and as I explored the nature of synchronicity and intention, I began to recognize how asking for and making predictions could limit a person’s potential.

I’ve worked with over 50,000 people in 29 countries over the last 30 years and have seen many predictions come true while others changed due to free will. And, especially if that person’s focus on personal and spiritual growth and healing became primary, oftentimes they evolved past the prediction point anyway proving we have the capacity to move beyond our projected limitations. I’ve observed again and again that the future is a mutable (or changeable) place and isn’t written in stone for any of us nor should it be.

When I worked one on one with a client, I came to understand that I was looking at an outline of probable realities at the time of the reading. I would be looking at the story of your life—the past, present, and potential future—at that moment. Yes from a point of vantage a likely scenario would be presented, but when I looked there was always an alternative, just like the theory that we live in a multiverse with parallel lives, so can we move across those lines by becoming a new version of ourselves.

I believe we all have a blueprint that draws out the potential story of our fate and destiny, and that certain events and life experiences are preordained, but you still have the pen in your hands. We are always evolving, stories in motion, shifting as we learn, or repeating until we do like a spiral pattern. Although we’re all faithful pattern makers, there are always opportunities to change.

The future is like a moving hologram that morphs as you evolve or don’t evolve.

The popularity and demand for predictive readings spikes when there is social, economic and political unrest. Everyone wants to know what’s going to happen. If you do choose to go to someone whose specialty is prediction be mindful of how you feel during the reading and be clear going in that you have the power to course correct and change anything that is said to you. Always go to someone you know has a good reputation not just a fancy website.  And remember even someone popular may see something that you know isn’t right.

If you don’t feel a connection with the psychic or you have a bad feeling about the reading, then trust your inner voice.

For example, I once had a very popular psychic tell me I would never have a relationship with a faithful man. In my heart, I knew that was not true, but it upset me so much it took me ages to shake it. And, as you probably know, I’m now happily married in a loving, very honest, trusting relationship with a completely faithful man. This person also told me that I had reached the height of my career, and I should accept my path as someone who would never attain much. That was a year before I signed a record deal with EMI music followed by meeting Marc, then becoming a Hay House author. So was he wrong, or was it that his reading forced me to make changes in my life that aligned me with where I am today? I believe wholeheartedly in the statement “the act of observation changes that which is being observed.” What he said was impactful and a great impetus for deep inner work, which I did do. But I know about these things and many people do not, as they give power to the reading and accept it as finite.

Sometimes predictions are meant to wake you up.

Oracles can at times be like tricksters, especially when you aren’t listening to them and keep going back to get readings to hear what you want- “yes he is the one even though he dumped me etc. I will get him back, etc.”  I call this oracle abuse. In fact, as a general rule when I was still doing readings I wouldn’t do more than two predictive style readings a year for my clients. When you get too many readings looking for a future confirmation, you’re basically giving your power to the reader. If you keep asking for more signs and guidance through readings about the same subject over and over, the energy becomes desperate and all you see is what’s not there yet. You move from the reading empowering you to the reading fostering lack in your subconscious.

Predictive Readings (and all other kinds too) should be treated with respect. Look to a reading as a means to track your course and to support what you already know or reveal what you may not know on your path. Remember 9 times out of 10 the psychic is seeing what is potential and probable, but you still have to stay in the present and you can’t be a passive couch potato. You must take appropriate action and have faith that Spirit has a plan for you that may or not be revealed to you through a reading with a psychic.

Just remember you are a co-creator of your reality. You are not subject to the whims of fate unless you abdicate your responsibility and accountability for where you are in your life. You have a choice. Never take a prediction as an absolute. Anything can change.

Today when I work with Oracles and teach about them my focus is on empowerment and that means prescription and not an absolute prediction.


Are you getting caught up in a reading you had? Do you find yourself doing oracle card readings over and over about the same things? Even if these questions aren’t true for you, most of us have times when we need to let go and live more in the now. So, set an intention this week to go deeper into each moment and take action in the present. Then write down five steps to take this week, in the now. The actions don’t necessarily have to be about your future. You might need to clean out your closet and donate old clothes, start using sunscreen, or begin eating a healthy breakfast. Or, it may be time to get back to writing, sign up for a class, or do research on a career move.

Meditation is also an excellent way to keep yourself more at peace and in tune with the now. So take some time to meditate! Here is the Opening the Channel meditation. 

Remember, the power is in your now and even small steps will open your future to exciting new possibilities!





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Showing 28 comments
  • Anonymous

    Hi thanx you,I was caught up in a prediction.

    • Anonymous

      Collotte, & fans,
      i never speak out on my owe belief it be this subject or another. But some how laying here alone on the bed, that isn’t mine , in a big huge house that isn’t mine, and thinking to myself about how my dear friend Collotte, is always bring it back around. ” the other possibillilties” that’s what
      I call her yaws- growths her ability to strength far high or low but to be able to.make sure we are,always keeping possibilities open. Because anything is possible. I fell tjat through out my life time there were many times i could jave choosen an eastier way , different path. But they i would think. Everyone goes that way im taken the ruff and bumppy, rocks and bad breaks, prephaps not the best path but usually the leasy traveled.

  • Jennifer Spor

    Great blog, thank you for the reminders!

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for clarifying predictions. It is indeed easy to get caught up in negative ones, one of the reasons I have avoided many free readings offered over the years. It is great to know we have the power to change our course of events, and that a negative prediction can be a positive motivation to do so! xo

  • Anonymous

    Loved the meditation! Is that available to download? Also, I like the new shaman cards but just can’t connect as well as the Wisdom of the oracle. They are beautiful!

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      the deck can take some time to connect to if you’re comparing them you will notice a BIG difference in the energy. The Mystical Shaman can take on a more masculine feel even though its connected to Mother Earth. You need more time to percolate on those cards.

      • Jean

        Thank you for clarifying. I wondered about my reaction.

      • Bradley Scott Arnold

        I understand that. I have been way too distracted with grief and anger, to work with it much. My relationship is over. It was very abusive. There has been a lot of trauma in my life. The blog was excellent and very helpful. Thank you

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful. Prediction block a lot from proceding in life. Kudos to you

  • Judith

    I am so happy about your blog post! Thank you, Colette, it means so much. I thought I was the only one with experiences like that. Love your work 🙂

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for this update on your Blog, Colette. It supports the feelings I’ve had for years about giving predictions and the power of our words upon tender psyches. Look at hypnotism and how suggestion can totally rewrite our inner software!
    I honor the Divinity within you!
    Much Loving Light…

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      it is so true and the more we are conditioned to give our power away because we are seeking an escape from the fear of the unknown we become slaves to that conditioning. Oracles were never intended for this – in the Goddess culture- where all systems of divination originated it was about our partnership with the cosmos and our part in the co-creating of it. My mission is to reinstate that model! Empowered co-creators instead of victims of fate.

  • Eileen

    Your Amazing Collette , Thankyou for your great wisdom

  • Shannon

    Thank you for reminding us not to give our power away and that predictions can be wake-up calls. In your class a couple of years ago, you helped me understand the wake-up call cards I’d pulled for myself. I had accepted help from someone while in the intention that I wanted to be rescued. The cards were clear about this, but I couldn’t see it until you translated the message. At first, my ego ears had heard a surface prediction that the specific person was not someone to accept help from. Fortunately, after much inner work, I acted on the real message which was to wake up and transform my belief that I needed to be rescued and that another person could do that for me. No, I am responsible for and capable of caring for and supporting myself. It wasn’t the person or even the aid I’d accepted that was out of alignment. What needed to change was me and my story about my helplessness. It wasn’t about distancing myself from the other person, but about relating to that person in a more empowered way. As you say, it was an “impetus for deep inner work,” and I’m grateful for the nudges from the cards to continue that deep inner work.

    Thank you for the work you do along with allowing this information to come through you. Your service to the world is invaluable.

    • Colette Baron-Reid

      Thank you for your eloquent post about the blog I am so happy this helped you. The need to be rescued or to rescue in order to count is so pervasive and its so easy to be in that space but how amazing and magical it is when we move to another dimension of empowered consciousness.Bravo you. xoxox

  • Tracy

    Thank you Colette this was exactly what I believed to be true! I think you are a beautiful soul of energy that freely shares and teaches. Your meditation was absolutely warm and lovely!

  • Kath

    So very well said and such a great reminder! Thank you, as always, for sharing your wisdom and experience so liberally and with such integrity. And what a fabulous meditation you shared today; I was literally buzzing from head to toe! I love it, thank you!!!

  • Jane

    From a personal perspective this blog resonates so deeply, there is so much I would like to explain and give praise and thanks to you for but feel afraid I would waffle and perhaps this is not the right place.
    Blessings to you for all you do in bringing light to all xx

  • Alice

    I love reading your blog and all your wise words of wisdom. For me the blank canvas of the unknown future makes life full of potential and possibility but I think thats comming from a stable foundation and im very gratefull for that,right now thanks to you its full of Mystical Shamans guiding me👍🙂🙏

  • Laura

    Love this post! Rings full of truth and wisdom!!! Thank you 🙂

  • Bradley Scott Arnold

    The prior comment was written before I looked at the news#love#thankyou#magic

  • Shirley E

    Hello Colette
    Last week I chose cards on your site and like you I drew the Moon as my anchor card, then I had the Circle and then the Earthkeeper. What was more amazing for me was that I had chosen my cards before I saw your week’s predictions. I did it on Monday and I get your email through on Wednesday. Synchronicity.

  • Christopher

    This post had a great impact on my spiritual journey. A recent event really caught me off guard and I paid for a couple of psychic/oracle readings, that despite have some consistencies throughout, left me more confused.

    The reality is the future is not knowable, and can change based on free-will. But, it is the possibility that any credible psychic, is fallible and can only interpret what they ‘see’ and ‘feel’ and the time of the reading.

    What was entirely correct, from both this article and from the psychic/oracle readings that I had done recently, was that it is me that must do the heavy lifting in my own journey.
    Without this, you become an observer rather than an active participant in one’s own journey.

    Thank you for this insightful read!


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