Each of the tools is simply a way for the reader to focus their attention on what the seeker wants to know about. All of these tools (plus many others we have not named) are ways to help move consciousness out of the normal state and into the trance state. It is in the trance state that the reader goes beyond the everyday and out into that place where they are bringing through messages for the seeker.
What we do at the beginning of every session is to set an intention. So, for example, one person may want to get more insight into what their best career move is. Another may have questions about a relationship they are in. Someone else may want to contact the spirit of a loved one who has crossed over. Someone else may need help with a ghost in their house. Another person may want to know about their past lives. Someone else needs help understanding their dreams. There are as many reasons to want a psychic reading as there are people.
I know how to use all kinds of tools, but I have done more with cards over the years and I find that they open the way to other dimensions faster. There are some people who feel that way about runes, crystals or drumming.
The most important thing for a reader to do is to tune in. During the experiments that the CIA and the military were doing with psychics in the program known as remote viewing, the readers were simply given map coordinates and were asked to tell what they saw at those map coordinates.
Each method of psychic reading uses different training and different people respond more to one method than another.
Another method I have used is psychometry, where you can get impressions and messages by touching a thing that has another person's energy on it, such as a piece of jewelry, a pen, a pocket knife, a baseball cap, a stone or coin that they used to carry for good luck, or other things.
There are lots of ways to practice developing your psychic abilities and like all other things that we want to become good at, it requires practice.
Many times a person's first experience with psychic ability is accidental. In other words, something happened but they don't know what it is and they don't know how to repeat the experience.
Learning to learn is the first step. Psychic readings come in all kinds of forms.