The 'fortune'-ate life of Sylvia Browne
April 25, 2013
The 'fortune'-ate life of Sylvia Browne
Sylvia Browne knows for certain she'll die at the age of 88. Knowing one's own expiration date would alarm most; for her it's old-hat.

"I died at 26 and came back," Browne remembered. "The other side is magnificant. Unexplainable colors, landscapes, the meadows and the mountains. When you see something that gorgeous, how do you explain that? You just can't; words are stupid when it comes to that."

Just a day in the divine life of one of the most world-renowned psychics of our time. Calling from her home in San Jose, Calif., after a day spent performing readings Browne reflected on a life spent predicting people's futures, providing closure about the past and giving advice for the here-and-now.

"I think my abilities were God-given. When somebody comes up to you in the book signing line and says, 'Without you I would have committed suicide; you saved my life,' I mean, that can't help but give me tremendous gratitude for being able to help people, and it's very humbling too."

Born into a family with a rich history of psychic abilities, Browne's earliest prediction was at the tender age of 5 when she announced her great-grandmother's imminent departure.

"That wasn't a pleasant way to be introduced to it, because she did. I ran to my grandmother and I said, 'I don't want to do that'; she said, 'Listen, everything's in God's time and you don't have any right to judge that. You just say whatever comes into your mind when somebody asks you.'"

Browne kept true to her grandmother's word. In her career spanning more than five decades, she has gained a large following from her frequent appearances on programs such as "Larry King Live" and "The Montel Williams Show" and authoring dozens of books about the spiritual and supernatural.

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Posted by David Kleinman Correspondent at 12:00 PM