A reader on this site came out as an atheist to his mother a few months ago. They’ve handled it like many families do — by ignoring it.
That was fine by him, but lately, he’s been getting emails from his mom detailing her views on spirituality and religion…
Usually I ignore this sort of thing, rarely replying. However, the most recent letter from mom actually scared me. In it, she disclosed her long kept secret that she has the ability to see into the future. She says she’s had this gift (or, curse as she calls it) since childhood — but has fought to repress it because knowing the future was too stressful for her.
She has always had an interest in the occult, and spiritual weirdness in general, but this “new” claim of having magical powers is concerning.
Am I right in thinking that this could be a serious sign of mental illness, or is this just another “harmless” delusion like Christianity? I seriously want to get her help, but not sure how to go about it.
How would you approach this?
Does anyone have relatives who think they have similar “powers”?