This was a question I had to confront when I was writing Secrets of a Dangerous Woman. Vicki Boyd, a CIA psychic spy, was tasked with finding someone who had slipped through the CIA's fingers. At the same time, she wanted to find her sister who she'd been separated from as a child after their parents' tragic deaths in an airplane accident - an accident she saw before it happened but which no one believed until it actually occurred.
She had never used her psychic abilities for personal use. Here's an excerpt from the book on why:
Sam had not called her for another remote viewing session. There was a rule among psychic spies never to work on two assignments at once; the possibility was too great for two cases to become intertwined, leading to faulty results.
She remembered one case in which a co-worker was asked to penetrate a nuclear facility within Russia. As he worked on drawing the diagrams and providing information on the volume of energy produced and the number and types of warheads, unbeknownst to Sam, he was also trying to locate an old flame from his college days using his psychic gift. He found the old flame working in a hospital. The problem, though, was he drew the nuclear facilities with offices that didn’t exist, laboratories and surgery rooms, and additional floors that couldn’t be verified. He’d confused the hospital with the nuclear plant and the result was a total fiasco.
But now that she was between assignments, she thought, she could use her own psychic gift to locate a sibling.
This was based on a real case in which a psychic spy was working two cases at one time - one personal, and the other professional. The result was data that was unreliable, as scenes from both merged together into one.
Why does this occur?
Psychic spies tap into something that most people don't understand - and many of them admit they don't quite understand it, either. Something happens in their subconscious that connects them with the mission they are working. When they work two or more cases too closely together, their subconscious often recalls scenes from one and merges it with another.
After a mission, they need time to readjust to what is front of them in the here-and-now. Without that decompression time, the memories from one mission can work against them in the next - something Vicki finds out in Secrets of a Dangerous Woman.
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