F A Q S 
How do I get a reading from Sylvia?
Sylvia does readings over the phone by appointment only, as does her son Christopher. In some cities you can actually see her in-person for a reading - San Jose, CA; Los Angeles, CA; New York City. Simply call the main office in California at (408) 379-7070 to discuss availability of appointment dates. You may wish to visit the pages giving more information about how a reading works and the fees charged.
 
How accurate is Sylvia?
Very accurate, especially regarding the events that are to occur in your life. Less precise is the exact timing of those events. It is impossible to assign a percentage of correctness, and we certainly do not promise a given value. But her work is tested time and again, with each client she speaks to, and if she was not good then the clients would go away. Also see the page on how a reading works.
 
Is Christopher as good as Sylvia?
Sylvia has many more years of experience than Chris (Sylvia's psychic son), so you could say that she is "better." But the real measure of a psychic is their authenticity and genetic predisposition to excellence. Chris shares the same psychic fluke that runs through Sylvia's family line. So when you find an authentic psychic, and they can see your chart clearly, then stay with that person. So if Sylvia is the best psychic around - then Chris is the second best - which is a very good choice. Note that Sylvia can contact deceased people (spirits) and communicate with them, Chris does not.
 
What about those (900) lines?
Sylvia does not sponsor a (900) line, and never will.  Some of them are simply a tragic scam.
 
Sylvia was asked to be the "celebrity psychic" for one of those operations. The money offered was very big, starting at $40,000 per week! But Sylvia asked a few important questions, like "how can I answer all those phone calls?" The producer answered that their "psychics" are just people off the street, paid minimum wage, then given a script to read back to the phone callers. Then Sylvia asked who makes most of the calls, the producer said 80% of the callers are women on welfare living in the South. Sylvia blew her top! She yelled at the producer "How do you sleep at night? Some day I must go back to God, and what am I supposed to say when asked 'How did you treat my people?' Never could I be part of such a horrid scam." She left in a huff, a big, really big huff - shouting a lot of angry "man words." One of these scam operators is even using Sylvia's name to promote their line, see letter.
 
Why is a reading so expensive?
Sylvia provides a first-rate service and charges accordingly. Yet she is the sole support of two organizations, with ten full-time staff members, big operation costs, and a church with 40 ministers. She earns big money but very little of it goes to her, most of it supports her efforts to bring a new Spiritual Message to the world.
 
I cannot afford a reading. Any alternatives?
Sylvia's son Christopher is an excellent psychic, his rates are very affordable. You can also get a lot of free advice from one of Sylvia's Ministers (from her Spiritual Organization called Society of Novus Spiritus). Note that the Ministers are not psychics, and do not offer any psychic counseling, but they have a great wealth of information gathered from Sylvia's teachings. Many times your questions can be answered from a Spiritual perspective without really needing psychic advice. Please give it a try by sending e-mail to a Novus Minister, include your name and how you prefer the reply - by phone, e-mail, or letter.
 
Can Sylvia help find a missing person or solve a murder?
Sadly the ongoing flood of requests for help with crimes and missing persons has become impossible to manage.  Sylvia is only a single person and simply cannot handle any more cases at this time.
 

Sylvia Information

Where does Sylvia's psychic information come from?
Sylvia works closely with God, asking God to work through her to help people. She does her best to properly translate God's information, but being human she is not always 100% clear. The other source of information comes from the individual "blueprint" each person carries into life. Sylvia can read that blueprint and reveal the events that were planned to happen during your life. Also see our page on how a reading works.
 
What is cell memory therapy?
Sylvia Browne's most significant contribution to personal health augmentation is the development of her "Cell Memory Therapy." This program is exclusive to Sylvia and can only be found in her organization. The basis of this work relies upon tapping into the innate sentience of all living organisms, including each cell of your body. Knowing how this principle works and using specific language techniques can significantly improve one's wellness. Students will learn how to directly access the genetic code within each cell, manipulate that code, and reprogram the body to a state of normalcy. This course is for people wanting to expand their Spiritual knowledge and for serious practitioners of the healing arts. See our page on lectures for more information.
 

Spiritual Issues

 
How do we live a good and Spiritual life?
Most religions have general rules to follow designed to help secure your place in heaven. We do not take that route simply because every life is unique and general rules cannot be applied to unique situations. Our measure of a Spiritual life is totally contained within the word intention. If all of your actions are done with pure intention, namely to truly help others, then you are living a morally sound and Spiritual life. Even if your actions have a negative impact, if your motive was pure, then you have not done a "wrong."
 
Here is a simple rule to help you decide on the right path to take in life: Firstly - realize that you will some day stand with God to review your life; Secondly - make all of your decisions and actions such that God will be proud of you on that special day. Jesus, one of the greatest teachers of all time said it simply; Love God, Love Each Other. Ensure that everything you do in life reflects these ideals and you will stand before God with pride.

Is Sylvia's church really Christian?
Actually, it is Gnostic Christian (which differs significantly from today's Christianity) because we follow the same traditions and teachings which Jesus himself followed. Recall that Jesus gave us this Spiritual Directive - Seek and you will find and Knock and it will be opened to you. These instructions tell us to use our intellect as we seek to understand God and our place in the world, hence we use the word gnostic (from the Greek word for knowledge) which means "seeker of truth."
 
Yet Sylvia's church does not exclude Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, etc. Every expression of religion is considered a valid path to knowing God. We simply feel that the gnostic path rises above all dogma and creates a Spiritual Umbrella under which all faiths can flourish.
 
For a more complete discussion of this topic, see Is Sylvia Really Christian.
 
What is Sylvia's view of the Bible?
The Bible is a fascinating chronicle of the journey toward Spirituality. The Old Testament is best viewed as an analogy of the path each person will take as they perfect their soul; it takes you from creation, through war and strife, to defamation and the "dark night of the soul" - but then you come upon the wellspring of hope that lives deep within each of us. Then we have the New Testament which gives us an all to brief look at one of the world's greatest teachers, Jesus. His brilliant and moving lessons in Spirituality are as valid today as when he spoke them.
 
Having said that, please realize that today there are about 25 different versions of the Bible in English, so the idea of the Bible makes no sense. Each time a new version appears the text changes, the meanings can differ, and the prejudices of the authors enter into the picture. So truthfully we cannot accept that "the Bible is the unaltered word of God." And then consider that the original language of Jesus was Aramaic, in which tongue he spoke and taught. Here is a simple example of how language affects meaning: In Aramaic the word "sin" simply means "to miss the mark" (as in shooting an arrow). So ask yourself how today's understanding of "sin" became such a horrible and evil idea? When you begin to question and study and find answers, then you have begun the gnostic journey which Jesus suggested we all undertake.
 
How can I participate in Sylvia's Church?
Novus Spiritus does not have church buildings all over the place, we do have two locations in which we meet each Sunday - Campbell CA and Renton WA. So for all those people "out there" who want to participate along with us we have a program called Study Groups. This is where people meet in their homes to study Sylvia's theology and Spiritual teachings. There are many such groups forming everywhere, and you can either join with an existing group or form your own. The program includes audio cassettes of Sylvia's spiritual sermons, a Minister liaison, and the opportunity to earn Lay degrees in Sylvia's Church. For more information simply call Sylvia's main office in California at (408) 379-7070 and ask for the Study Group manager.   Or just send an email to the Study Group manager, put your mailing address in the letter and you will get an info packet about the program.
 
How can I contact my Spirit Guide?
It is not really hard at all, and you have probably done it many times without knowing it. Do not expect to get an audible voice in your ear or to see a full form apparition of your Guide. Some people can get that level of interaction but it is very rare. The most usual experience of a contact is to feel their presence around you, or get a sudden thought-message, or even meeting them in your dream-time. For a wonderful aid to help you connect with your Guide get Sylvia's audio tape on Spirit Guides.
 
The Bible warns against psychics.
Actually the different versions of "the" Bible use terms like "sorcerers," "witches," "fortune tellers," "soothsayers," and "astrologers." This is odd because the Old Testament is full of prophecy and predictions.  Even King Saul consulted the witch of Endor to get in touch with dead Samuel, you can read it for yourself. We agree that you must exercise extreme caution when consulting a psychic, the fraud rate is very high.   Stay away from the (900) lines and be aware that the number one scam by fraudulent "psychics" is the old - You Are Cursed - garbage. 
 
What books or scripture support Sylvia's beliefs?
There are hundreds of books written during the time of Jesus that never got into the Bible we know. You may have heard of the Dead Sea Scrolls, or the Nag Hammadi Library, and many others. Such texts are just as valid as the books in the Bible, but were not included. Here is a good reading list if you want to see a much bigger picture of the ancient times and life of Jesus.
 
I am curious about the difference between Angels and Spirit Guides.
I am glad you asked this because it is confusing. A Spirit Guide is an actual person - like you and me - who had a physical life at one time then passed over to the Other Side, as we all do upon death. A Guide has their own identity and life chart just as you do. Then before you come into a life on Earth you will seek out a friend to "watch out" for you while you are in life. That friend is your Spirit Guide, and they remain on the Other Side helping and protecting you during your journey on Earth. Your Guide is always with you, they are the little voice of conscience we often hear nudging you to do the right thing or telling you to beware. I like the term used by Ruth Montgomery who called them "companions along the way."
 
Angels, on the other hand, are special creations made by God who never live a physical life. They all have the same appearance, tall and beautiful, but they do not speak. They also come to your side when you need help, and will always come if you simply ask God to send assistance. So if you are hearing, or even sensing, a voice then it is your Spirit Guide speaking, not an Angel.
 
It is a good practice to allow your Guide to read your thoughts. No Guide, nor anyone else, can read your mind until you give them permission. So simply give verbal consent to your Guide to enter your thoughts and mind. Then they are better able to help you by knowing your concerns, worries, and hidden issues. If you simply yell "Help me God" your Guide will not always know what to do, so let them into your mind and they can discern what needs to be done. Also you can easily get the name of your Guide, in dream state. As you are going to sleep tell your Guide to implant their name into your mind, then state to yourself that you will remember that name upon waking. Do this for at least three nights and you will have the name. Take your first impression, no matter how odd. Then you will have more personal chats with your Guide when you address them by name.
 
Does everyone have a Spirit Guide?
Yes, everyone does have a Guide. The basic pre-requisite to being a Guide is having lived a physical life. It just makes good sense for a Guide to have the actual experience of life, which is hard, before helping a friend with their life. Most of us will in-turn become Spirit Guides for others. Being a Guide adds a great deal of Spiritual Evolvement to your soul.
 
Do Angels have wings?
For many years I believed that the wings depicted on Angels were simply an artistic concept rather than an actual fact (my logical mind was always asking why would anyone need wings if they were in spirit form?). Yet when I was young I actually did see a vision of the most beautiful Angelic Being with very big golden wings. But then I have always had odd visions which seem to defy logic - at least until my intellect grew enough to see the bigger picture of reality. And more recently my granddaughter Angelia (also psychic) called me into a room with tall ceilings and pointed to an enormous winged Angel (yes, we both saw it). So I finally asked my Spirit Guide, named Francine, about wings on Angels. She replied that wings only appear on Archangels, not on any others. It is meant to distinguish their importance and get our attention.
 
Why is meditation beneficial?

For all of man's history we have tried to get into the "inner sanctum" of our soul. This is the place of calm and detached reason where the mind and soul can rest, and even give answers to the problems that face you. During meditation you can get better communication with your Spirit Guide, get healing from Angelic Beings, and strengthen your connection back to God. Even the doctors will tell you that meditation can lower blood pressure, defeat cancer, and control pain.
 
I have never been able to meditate and "blank" my mind.

Good for you! I do not know of anyone living in our society who can blank their mind. There is no reason to go blank anyway. Meditation is a place to let the mind flow of its own free will, but we just view those thoughts as though on a TV screen without any emotional attachment. A better technique is to mentally construct a wonderful place in your mind, and make that a destination for your meditations. Some people like a sea shore setting, where you listen to the waves while sitting against a palm tree in the warm sand. Allow the sun to gently warm your face and know that the light is actually God's hand touching you. Gently demand that all of your pain and worries drop away like sweat to be absorbed into the warm sands around you, leaving you cleansed and purified by God's love. The more often you do this the more real that special place becomes. Eventually you will be able to get there and back in five minutes, feeling refreshed and wonderful.
 
How do I even start meditating?
Sit in a comfortable chair, with head support if possible, or lie down somewhere. If sitting, do not cross your legs or arms, and leave your hands open with the palms facing up. First thing is to ask for your Guide to protect you and say, "In the name of God I ask for the White Light of the Holy Spirit to enter me, cleanse me, and heal me."
 
Now simply begin by relaxing the body one part at a time. In your mind focus on the feet, demand that they relax, then focus on the lower legs and demand that all tension and stress be gone, then up to the thighs and again demand full and complete relaxation. Do this up through the whole body demanding that all stress is relieved and every muscle group is relaxed, and ask that the White Light purge any darkness within the body, mind, and soul. Do not forget to relax the neck, face, and brain. Be sure to force the White Light into your mind to eliminate any trace of darkness or worry that you hold in your head.
 
Having done this alone is a great meditation. It only takes five minutes but you will feel like you just had a good two-hour rest. Then you can begin the journey to your special place discussed above to rejuvenate the soul.
 
Is the after-life a real place? Why does science say that Near Death Experiences are nothing more than a lack of oxygen to the brain?
I personally had a death experience at age 42 during surgery. I went through the "tunnel" and saw my beloved grandmother. But I came back to complete my work for God. My short visit to the Other Side was not due to oxygen depravation, it was an allergic shock from the anesthetic given to me. Just before "going out" I said to the doctor, "I think I'm dying..." and then was gone. The entire trip lasted two minutes, with plenty of oxygen getting to my brain the whole time. So that is my personal viewpoint from actual experience. I wonder if any of the critics have ever gone through the actual event? Generally not.
 
Now from a common sense perspective. The lack of oxygen theory does not hold water due to the fact that everyone having an NDE reports seeing similar places and experiencing similar events. This tells us that an NDE is an external reality that the soul goes to, not some internal jumble of personal experiences that a confused brain elaborates upon. Now for an actual experience with lack of oxygen talk to a person who has ever fainted. Mostly they simply black out, with no experience at all, yet their experience really is due to oxygen depravation.
 
And a final note, people from all religions report the same visions and experiences during an NDE; which again shows that personal viewpoints and predilections are not a factor in NDE.
 
Is Heaven simply a place of peaceful existence?
While every soul is certainly peaceful we do not just sit on a cloud with a harp and stare at God. How boring that would be, for us and for God. The Other Side has libraries, music, arts, literature, research centers, gardens (no bugs), animals - if you love it then it is there. Everyone has their full identity, their likes and dislikes, a love for learning, and we continue growing in knowledge of God and to perfect our soul. The most glorious aspect of Heaven is that we are always within the presence of God.
 
Since the Other Side is so wonderful why do we leave it?
The very reason that we leave Heaven is due to it being so perfect and wonderful. To truly test the mettle of your soul you must go to a non-perfect place. The Earth is one such testing ground for your soul. Any physical life is difficult because we a not with our loved ones and we feel separated from God. We design our life in great detail to help us learn for God and to gain perfection for our soul. The physical world is a place for us to learn harsh lessons and be faced with the decisions regarding "right and wrong." You simply cannot experience those lessons while in Heaven, or it wouldn't be Heaven.

Current Events

The death of Princess Diana
Sylvia did not foresee the tragic death of Di. Simply put, God did not provide this knowledge to Sylvia, for reasons only known by Them. Sylvia has always had an explicit contract with God - "let me know only those things which I must pass on to others, even if it is bad news, but promise me that they need to know that news and that it creates more healing than harm."

Paranormal Issues

How does a curse work?
They work solely through the imagination of the believer, they have no power other than that allowed by the "victim." In other words - there is no such thing as a curse! But curses are very big business even today. The scam usually goes like this: You go to a fortune teller (or whatever they call themselves) for a $5 reading. After you tell them about your life, and your various hardships, this person discovers the cause of all your troubles - You Are Cursed! Then, as luck would have it, this person is an expert at removing curses, a simple process of lighting some candles, but they are very special candles which cost about $80 each. It takes many, many of these candles to really fix the problem (a negotiable number, bigger number means more success). Of course, the entire deal must be cash only and kept secret. Please, turn these people in to your local police.
 
We can prove that curses do not work. Sylvia has gone on TV many times and blasted those charlatans. She was even on a show for an hour with woman who practices black magic (complete with human wax figures, big pins, etc) and for the whole show Sylvia gave her holy hell! So you know that there are a lot of Sylvia dolls with pins sticking in them, but she keeps on going, and going, and going ...
 
When Sylvia sees a spirit, what exactly does she see and hear?
There are three types of apparition: (1) an earthbound ghost (that is, one who did not make it to the Other Side); (2) a spirit residing on the Other Side (who is just visiting); and (3) a psychic vortex which is an imprint of events in the past. The easiest apparition to see is an earthbound because they are still attached to our world and have not yet attained the spiritual body.   For Sylvia, an earthbound looks as full and real as a living person, and she can hear their words with fair clarity (like a faint voice on a very bad phone connection). A spirit just visiting is much less clear and has a filmy look, semi-transparent, and almost no voice presence. They often use gestures and pantomime to get messages to Sylvia. The exception is a communicating guide, such as Sylvia's guide Francine, who trained for a long time to enable verbal interaction with Sylvia. But even with that Francine sounds like a high-pitched, fast talking chipmunk. Lastly, a psychic vortex has no real people with whom to communicate.  It is like a swirling jumble of images, sounds, feelings, and (usually) pain/sorrow/fear. Such places are not really hauntings, they just carry lots of psychic power which has left an imprint on the world.
 
Some people do not make it to the Other Side?
The vast majority of people make the transition to the Other Side upon their "death." There are some folks who do not go right away, but in the fullness of God's time they will, of course, make it eventually. Those who do not make it are called "earthbound," meaning they are still bound to the earth and have not gone into spirit.   Generally this is caused by not realizing you are dead, or some unfinished business you want to complete, or massive disorientation of the mind.   Another cause is not feeling worthy of meeting God, being afraid of God, or being convinced you are damned to hell.
 
Loved ones who die, do they become Guardian Angels?
Your loved ones will certainly come around you and help in any way they can.  They are not actually angels which are a separate creation of God. But if you call upon them at night, ask them to visit you in dream state, they will come. And if you feel their presence then they are around you, talk to them! Tell them what you need, ask them to make things right, and give them errands and little jobs to help your life.
 

Social Issues

Is suicide wrong?
Suicide violates your contract with God.  And nobody gets away with that! The deal is that you agreed to experience life in many facets, including the hard parts.   Since your soul really wants to make good on your agreement with God, then you will do what is necessary to fulfill the contract. If you take your own life, then you will immediately be placed back into an unborn baby and begin the process again.  The catch is that you will again face the same situations, the same problems, and the same pain - over and over again until you get it right. The best advice is that since you have made it this far already, keep on going - just as it is - rather than start all over again.
 
Is homosexuality wrong?
No, it is "charted" (that is, you decided on it prior to incarnating) as something to experience in this life. Just as you choose to be male, female, married, have children or not, etc. Often, but not always, it's like a female entity in a male body - who still feels like a female, thinks like a female, and sometimes acts like a female while still being in a male body, or vice-versa. Also some people choose a "different" life where bigotry and prejudice will be directed toward them; such as different nationalities, different religious beliefs, odd body type, etc.