Paula Curry works as a psychic, a calling she didn’t pursue until later in life. She ignored the feeling while she was married and raising her children. She had a career in information technology for more than 40 years before her gut told her: “No, the facts aren’t important. It’s what you feel.” Since her retirement from the IT industry, she has had a two-year apprenticeship with a Cherokee medicine woman and studied with a Peruvian shaman, Native Americans and the Karmapa Lama. Now she teaches every Wednesday night at Heart, Body, & Soul at 1004 W. Worley St. In her class, her 18 students attempt to embrace and feel psychic abilities by reading each other.
Cat Kelly and Deborah Carney are the co-owners of Heart, Body, & Soul. Kelly met Curry before the shop officially opened in 2015. “What makes her so effective as a reader is everybody can relate to her wherever you are on that scale of very grounded, down-to-earth, science all the way up to the very open, very psychic, very used to dealing with the spirit world,” Kelly says.
Curry discusses how she came to believe in her psychic ability and shares her perspective on the world.
How did you come to believe in psychic abilities?
I’ve been psychic all my life. It’s a family inheritance thing. I got it from both sides of my family, but I was the only who actually explored and used it. I was raised Roman Catholic, so we didn’t do any of that. I went to a psychic in Philadelphia and told her I didn’t want to feel this anymore. I didn’t want to feel other people’s feelings. I didn’t want to know all of this stuff; I wanted to be normal. I just wanted to go to work, come home and have a good time. She said, “It’s a gift,” and I said, “No, it’s not.” And she said I need to identify other people’s feelings from my own. “By tuning in to your ability, you can decipher,” she said.
What do you like most about being a reader?
I am more about working with people who have passed over. My ancestors come to me a lot and tell me their stories of what it was like growing (up). Many times people want to talk to someone who has passed, and I would say 95 percent of the time somebody will come through and leave a message. It’s about bringing closure to someone who’s still alive.
Describe your experience studying with the Karmapa Lama.
I went over to Dharamsala, India, in 2007 for two weeks. I studied and lived on their campus called Norbulingka, and there were about eight of us. He was kind of up on a stage. There’s the Dalai Lama, Panchen Lama and the Karmapa Lama. I actually studied more with the Karmapa Lama, the younger one. He just lectured, and he did blessings and things like that.
Why are psychic readers important?
I am helping people. The biggest thing you have to learn is being OK with who you are and loving who you are inside. Quit judging yourself. Your soul will do whatever you need to do at that time. I think a psychic helps you come out of a lot of that. You are okay where you are, and your path is fine. You’re doing exactly what you’re supposed to be doing, and let it happen.
Why don’t more people believe in psychics?
When you were going to school, you were told you don’t have imaginary friends. You were told that you have to see it to believe it. Well, no, you don’t. If you don’t have faith, you can’t see. Society kind of controls it because society wants to make it a fact. People who want to know the facts all time don’t embrace things that are new that they can’t prove. In reality, your brain is in two pieces. Your left brain is your logical side that wants facts, and your right side is your emotions and your gut feelings. You have to have a balance between those.