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“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.”
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

What do you mean when you use the term ‘Spirit’?

Spirit is collective group of energy that encompasses all “Energies of the Light.” This includes the souls of our loved ones who have “crossed over” to the other side, our guardian angels, our spirit guides, Source, Universe, etc. Spirit is an “entourage” of energies that surrounds each of us in an effort to comfort, love, support, and guide us while we are here living a physical experience.

What does Spirit do on the ‘Other Side’?

From what has been shown to me by Spirit, your loved ones do a lot of what they enjoyed doing while here in the physical world. They have a lot of the same interests and hobbies. They also have responsibilities on the other side just like we do here. Much of their time there is utilized to help our Universe in many different ways. They also support and guide their loved ones that are still here on the physical plane. They help us navigate our way through life circumstances, specifically when it comes to soul contracts and life lessons. As they carry out all of this “work” they are able to ascend to higher levels on the other side. This evolution is the ultimate goal of each and every soul, whether we are learning and evolving here or there.

What can I expect to experience in a Reading?

Each “Reading” is divinely guided by Spirit. The intention that I set forth prior to our time together is that Spirit comes through with the messages that you need to hear in an effort to help facilitate a deeper level of peace, comfort, healing, and to heighten your own personal connection with your loved ones, angels, and guides. A “Reading” is actually not me “reading” you at all. Instead, I am actually being used as a vessel to channel Spirit for you. A reading is a platform designed to help restore emotional, physical, mental, and spiritual balance. While connecting with your loved ones through a channel such as a Medium, you are able to receive clear, specific, and detailed messages that only you and your loved ones would be privy to. These messages are shared with the intent to validate that your connection, the bonds shared between you and your loved ones, are infinite and everlasting. Your loved ones are still very much a part of your life, guiding you, and communicating with you in many ways. This experience is certain to awaken your heart and mind to the universal truth that we are all in fact “Spirit Living a Human Experience”.

How can I prepare for a Reading?

I always ask that all information that is shared within the sacred space of a reading be of the Light and always be for the Highest Good of all involved. All of the messages shared are provided by Spirit and then channeled through me. So it is very important that you understand that Spirit is in charge. This is their opportunity to share messages that they feel will best support you in your healing and also in you life experience.  Neither you, nor me, or any other Medium for that matter, has complete control over who or what comes through during a reading. You can never be unprepared for your reading, as this exchange is divinely inspired. It is important to come with an open mind. However, I have found that if you are looking to achieve guidance regarding specific events, questions or concerns, or wanting to connect to a specific loved one, that if take a little bit of time to think about what your goals are prior to coming to your session, your loved ones will often provide the answers you need. You can pray on it, write down a few notes on what you would like to achieve (for your reference only), set an intention, and then allow. As long as your requests are for the highest good of all involved, you will be amazed at how hard "Spirit" will work to deliver this information to you. Additionally, I encourage you to take the time necessary to educate yourself in regards to the process of mediumship. It is also important that you feel confident with the medium you choose, their abilities and how they channel. Lastly, yet most importantly, PLEASE make sure that you extend yourself the respect you deserve in experiencing the stages of grieving your loved one. Healing is a journey. Be sensitive to the importance of honoring this process so that you may fully embrace the opportunity for a reading when you feel the time is right to do so.

 What are you? A Medium, a Psychic? What is the difference?

I am a Psychic Medium, an Intuitive Counselor, an Empath and a Reiki Master. Each of these modalities joins together in my readings to synergistically enhance my ability to connect with Spirit. As a Medium, these messages usually come from a defined and known source such as a loved one that has crossed over. The process is very much like messages being relayed through a telephone wire. I am able to channel specific souls, universal energies, Divine, and specific vibrational forces like love and healing. While channeling, I work with my own Spirit Guides as well as yours to connect with your loved ones.  Although most of the information that I channel is obtained by communicating with Spirit, as a Psychic, I am able to connect with your “energy ” as well. All mediums are psychics, but not all psychics are mediums. Psychic work is often described by those who are psychic in terms of the extra-sensory (beyond the senses) ways in which they receive insight into people, events, or situations through clairvoyance, clairaudience, and clairsentience. Psychics differ from other types of spiritual guides in that they need to ‘translate’ the information they receive. A psychic obtains information by reading a persons energy and in order to convey information to another person, they must decipher the images, words, feelings, sounds, etc. they receive in a way that makes sense to the person they are guiding. As an Intuitive Counselor, again I am channeling “Spirit” this time with the majority of focus on guidance, insight, and support relating to your current life circumstances such as relationships, purpose, career, health, finances, etc. As an Empath I am able to use empathy to connect to Spirit. This allows me to feel emotions and feelings that were experienced here in their physical incarnation as well as in their crossing over to the other side. I am also able to connect with the client, which helps me to assist them process difficulties they may be experiencing, energetic blockages, etc. Most psychics are empathic, but not all empaths are psychics.

How do you receive messages and information from Spirit?

 In order to channel, I need to turn down my own thoughts, rational mind, ego, logic, and personal belief system in order to allow psychic, spiritual, and intuitive messages to flow through me.  During a reading, you can expect to connect with your loved ones, angels, and guides. I ask that your loved ones acknowledge who I am channeling so that you know any and all information shared is through Spirit and not in any way my own thoughts, opinions or words. You will receive insightful messages, as well as healing validations that your loved ones are at peace and are still by your side. Spirit will validate this by sharing details about themselves, their lives, events that occurred after their crossing, your life, and experiences they shared with you. They will offer you guidance, support and insight regarding past, present and future as it pertains to your relationships, career, finances, health, family, etc. The way I receive communication from Spirit is different from how I would communicate with you. The information comes through in words, images, symbols, etc. Spirit uses my own life experiences and frames of reference to channel messages to you. It is important to know that Spirit can never be “wrong,” but what can be incorrect is my interpretation of the information being given to me. My life experiences are of course very different from my client’s life experiences, so it is important that if you do not understand something you tell me so. This allows me to explain in greater detaiI what I am being shown so that I can better relay the message and ensure your understanding of it. Additionally, I experience many messages at the same time, through the sense of feeling, seeing and hearing. It is necessary for me to be a clear vessel so that I may receive, interpret, and deliver the messages in a way that connects to you. All information is shared is of the “Light” with the intention being for the highest good of all involved. There is no “Negative” or “Bad” information shared, however, if you are experiencing a difficult time or situation that Spirit addresses, it is only to prevent something that you may have control over or to give you peace of mind on some level. There is always a greater plan in motion than our conscious minds are often unaware of.

Are you able to “Turn Off” Spirit or is Spirit with you everywhere you go?

Technically the answer is No. I am not able to completely “turn off” Spirit communication because Spirit is always with me and is always with you and as they say, “Where there’s a will there’s a way.” When I first started to connect with Spirit to this extent, the messages where constant.  No matter where I was or what I was doing there were messages everywhere. It was quite overwhelming! Through my mentor, I had to learn how to set better boundaries with Spirit. This allowed me to ”turn down the volume” of Spirit communication, similar to how you would turn down the volume dial on your radio. Lowering the intensity of the messages, in turn, allows me to go about my personal life when I am not with clients. Now that I work this closely with Spirit it is important that we have “a contract” in place that honors both of us. Spirit understands that I have a personal life that needs attention and tending too. If I were constantly channeling messages it would be extremely difficult to be present in my own life here in the physical world. This can certainly be challenging at times but for the most part, Spirit honors boundaries outside of the setting of a scheduled appointment as “off limits”. It does not mean that I do not hear them but they understand that I am typically not going to share these messages. I do have one exception and that is that I will allow Spirit to come though with a message no matter where I am and what I am doing if this information would not otherwise be relayed to or received by the individual. 

Is the experience of a ‘Phone Reading’ the same as an ‘In-Person Reading’? How are you able to channel Spirit if we are not together?

‘Phone Readings’ offer the same exact experience and effectiveness as an ‘In-Person Reading’. Spirit is ALWAYS with you, whether you are aware of this truth or not. Your loved ones, angels, and guides are only with me for the purpose of communicating with you in a more direct way then you may be able to connect with your loved ones. They are very much responsible for pre-arranging our time together from the other side. Whether I am channeling Spirit with you sitting directly across from me or if we are on the phone with one another anywhere in the world, Spirit comes with you for this arranged interaction. You, yourself are the line of communication that makes it possible for your loved ones to interact with a medium. I am merely a vessel that Spirit uses to communicate through. This makes ‘Phone Readings’ ideal for those with geographical differences than myself as well as an option for local individuals with time constraints.

What are some of the ways our Loved Ones communicate or connect with us?

Our Loved Ones are always trying to get messages through to us in an effort to show us that they are still with us, that they are well, and at peace. They can certainly communicate with specific details and validations through Mediums but please don’t ever underestimate the power they hold that allows them to communicate directly with you. They will do their best to appear through any means they can in order to get your attention. They will often come to us in dreams because this is a very clear experience of visitation that many of us ask for from our loved ones. Sometimes they will come to us and project a smell that will remind us of them. It may be their perfume, flowers, the smell of cigar or cigarette smoke, or any other familiar smell that we might connect with them. There is usually no logical explanation of why the smell is there and yet it is. Other times when we are quiet or in nature we will intuitively “feel” their presence. Thoughts can be placed in our head almost as if our loved one is having a dialog with us. They also love to work through electricity. They will turn TVs and radios on and off, affect lights, doorbells, and phones. They seem to be able to manipulate energy very easily most likely because they themselves are energy. Another common way they will connect with us is through music. They may play their favorite songs for us at a gathering, or in the car, or when we walk into a restaurant or a store, etc. Songs may be heard at a time we are feeling like we really need to hear from our loved one and the words may seem as if they are speaking directly to us. Our loved ones also like to place objects in our surroundings that we notice such as coins, feathers, etc. Our loved ones are able to use their own energy to enter the energy of butterflies, ladybugs, birds, etc., for a brief period of time. The animal will do something it usually wouldn't do, such as land on us or next to us, watch us, or something else that cannot go unnoticed. They love to show us numbers that are relevant to either themselves or to you on clocks, billboards, bumper stickers, or the license plates, etc. It may be a birthday, an anniversary, the date of their passing, the time of their passing, or even repeating numbers such as 111, 444, 222, 333, etc. When little “things” happen, don't assume they are just coincidences. Everything mean something, there is no such thing as coincidences. The more we acknowledge our loved ones communication with us the more they will show us their presence in our lives.

What does an ‘Intuitive Counseling’ session consist of?
As an intuitive counselor, I channel “Spirit” just like in a session where you desire to specifically connect with your loved ones. It is the exact same process, where the information comes from the same source, Spirit. Yet instead of focusing the majority of our time together on validating information connected to your loved ones, we focus more on the here and the now. This is something Spirit LOVES to do! They will share guidance and insights regarding relationship, career, health, financial matters, etc. Spirit will shed light on past, present, and future events, while assisting you help in better understanding the meaning of your own life events and personal circumstances from a soul perspective.

How do ‘Small Group Readings’ and ‘Gallery Style Readings’ work?

Group Readings typically consist of family members or a group of close friends who desire to connect with many of the same loved ones who have crossed over to the other side. Most people like to share this intimate experience with those they are comfortable and close with. The process for how I receive information and channel is the exact same process as applies to ‘private one-on-one readings’ as well as ‘phone readings’. The only difference in a group setting is the amount of time that I am able to spend with each person physically present. There are many variables that influence the amount of time or detail that is relayed to an individual in a group setting as well as in a private setting. Spirit will often present themselves in a very similar fashion as they did here in the physical world. Meaning if they were more of a quieter personality, or an observer they may not be as forceful in getting their messages through to you as compared to someone who was the “life of the party” that is trying to come through at the same event. Spirit also does this purposefully so that you will recognize them by their unique attributes. The amount of time that has passed since the soul has crossed over can also have an impact on the strength of their vibration and thus their ability to communicate. Other examples of factors that may impact the ease or challenge in which I am able to connect with your loved ones and share messages can be the way in which the soul crossed, how much time they have or have not had to heal and review their life experience and choices while here in the physical world.  Additionally, if they have or have or have not been channeled before can affect how clearly they communicate in a reading. Spirit has to lower their vibration in order to be channeled, while I have to raise my vibration. This is necessary in order for us to connect and is a learned ability for both of us. Just like the more I channel the better I get at communicating with Spirit, the more a loved ones soul is channeled the better they get at this process. If you have more than one reading with myself or with other mediums you will see this to be true.   

What is an Empath and how do I know if I am one?

An empath is someone who can feel what other people are feeling. Being an empath means you were born with the ability to enter someone else’s aura and connect to another person’s feelings and experience of life. Much of the time this is done unconsciously. Empathy is also a psychic gift, which can be used to ‘read’ others whether it be elective or not. Until you learn to get your empathy under control you function much like a sponge, meaning you soak up everyone’s “stuff” and are often saturated with other people's emotions, both conscious and unconscious. Many people are empaths without knowing that they are or even what it is. This results in a person often feeling different or like they don’t fit in. They are often labeled by others as having sensitivity issues, are typically deeply spiritual mainly because the gift of empathy allows you to experience “oneness”. This connection to others gives you an expanded perspective on other people and on life. If you can relate to many of the above feelings then you are probably an empath. It is extremely important for an empathy to learn how to control their empathic abilities and create personal and spiritual protection so they do not energetically absorb others emotions, imbalances, etc.

Can you explain the ‘Clairs’?

The ‘Clairs’ include any and all types of psychic sensitivity corresponding to the sense. It is the ways in which we all receive information from Spirit.

Clairvoyant is clear vision or seeing, within the “minds eye” into another vibrational frequency.
Clairaudience is hearing, or the ability to perceive sounds or words.
Clairsentience is clear sensation or feeling, within the whole body, without any outer stimuli related to the feeling or information.
Clairscent is the clear smelling of something that is not in ones physical surroundings.
Clairgustance is clear tasting, without putting anything into one’s mouth.
Clairtangency is clear touching, also know as Psychometry. It is the ability to handle an object or touch an area and perceive through the palms of one’s hands information about the article or its owner.
Claireempathy is clear emotion, that is felt within one’s self. Physically experiencing the feelings, attitude, emotions or aliments of another.

What is Reiki?

Although I am no longer able to offer Reiki as a service due to my schedule with Psychic Medium and Intuitive Counseling Readings, I share with you this information because as a Reiki Master I am able to utilize this energy in my readings. It heightens my connection with Spirit and allows me to tap into additional ‘Divine’ energy that I can share with you during our time together. I also whole-heartedly believe that every individual will GREATLY benefit from the experience of energy work and I highly recommended finding a practitioner that can assist you in this avenue of clearing and healing emotional, physical, mental and spiritual aspects of yourself.  The word Reiki is made up of two Japanese words. Rei, meaning “God’s Wisdom“ or “The Higher Power” and Ki, which is "Life Force Energy." It is known as Chi in China, and Prana in India. So Reiki is "Spiritually Guided Life Force Energy." It is a healing technique based on the principle that the therapist can channel energy into the patient by means of hands placed just off the body or lightly touching the body, as in “laying on of hands.” Reiki can also be done “long-distance,” as a form of prayer. A Reiki session feels like a wonderful glowing radiance that flows through and around you. Reiki treats the whole person including the body, emotions, mind and spirit, creating many beneficial effects that include relaxation and feelings of peace, security, and wellbeing. Many have reported miraculous results after Reiki treatments. Reiki is a simple, natural, and safe method of spiritual healing and self-improvement that everyone can use. It has been effective in helping virtually every known illness and malady and always creates a beneficial effect. It also works in conjunction with all other medical or therapeutic techniques to reduce pain, decrease side effects, and promote recovery.

What do you mean by “We are all Mediums”?

As babies, we are so close to the 'veil' that exists between worlds that it is easy to see across it, through it and interact with Spirit in an effortless way. As we grow older if this connection is not supported in the environment we are surround by, we will become 'further' away from this “veil” thus weakening our connection and our abilities to channel. Depending on the personal belief’s of those around us during our formative years, a person can either continue to strengthen and develop their abilities or on the contrary become conditioned to think that these abilities are “not real”. When I say, “We are all Mediums,” what I mean is that we are all vessels by which energy flows though. Spirit communicates with each of us and if we are open and willing to feel the connection and receive the messages shared they will show us more and more. This does not mean that we all need to “be” a Medium and start channeling Spirit for others. Instead it means allow yourself to be open and let your loved ones into your experience so that Spirit can play a significant role in your life.

As to why there are differences in the intensity of one's ability, depends on previous life experiences, ‘soul contracts’, and our ability to quiet the mind and listen to the small still voice within.   I believe that these abilities are gifts from our creator. They are within us and available to us at all in different ways. 

How can I further develop my own connection to Spirit?

This is a very important question and something I want all of my clients to leave their time with me knowing how to do. Some of the ways that you can enhance your own abilities is my quieting your mind, going within through meditation and prayer and being able to discern between your own thoughts and what Spirit is sharing with you. Be patient, open and allow the process to evolve. Pay attention to what you are hearing, seeing, and feeling. Often we miss the messages given to us by Spirit because we are focused on something else. The more you become consciously aware, the more you will know your “truth.” I cannot stress enough the importance of faith and trust not only in your own abilities but also in your personal connection to Spirit. Ask Spirit to deepen your connection and you shall receive more. The more the messages are recognized and honored the clearer they will become. It is very important to express gratitude after every message and insight. Think of your ability to connect with Spirit as a muscle. The more you use it and nurture it, the bigger and stronger it will grow!

What is a ‘Soul Contract’?

A ‘soul contract’ is a sacred contract that is planned out and committed to by our soul prior to each incarnation or lifetime. We are bound to these contracts because they are chosen by our ‘higher self’ with the intention to support our souls evolution and enlightenment. We agree to specific karmic lessons that we will choose to learn, as well as experiences and circumstances we will encounter to help facilitate these opportunities for growth. These agreements also address relationships we will participate in with members of our ‘soul tribe’. The extent of the relationship, the level of interaction, and what we will learn from one another is determined by these contracts. Some of our current relationships that are key to our progress in this lifetime are those we experience with our parents, siblings, romantic partners, spouses, children, and certain friends. Additionally, we may only have a brief experience with some individuals, yet their impact on our life might still be significant, as they may open up opportunities related to our contracts. With all of this said, it is VERY important to know that ultimately, we do have control over our lives in many ways. Free will is still a BIG part of our soul’s journey. We have the power to make decisions about how we respond to experiences, how we navigate our way through life, and what paths we decide to follow. Just because an opportunity for soul growth comes to us does not mean we have to take it or that we will. If we do not learn a particular lesson or fulfill that part of our contract in this life, our soul may choose to bring it into our next life experience. An example of this can be witnessed in recognizing patterns around relationships and circumstances that continue to be a part of our experience. Always know that all experiences connected to our contract are ultimately for our soul's spiritual enlightenment and highest good. This is why it is extremely important to embrace all people and experiences in our lives. There is a far greater plan in action than our conscious mind could ever be aware of. 

If past lives are real then how come we cannot remember them?

There are quite a few reasons that most people do not remember their past lives on a conscious level. Living in the present moment is extremely important for the growth our soul has contracted to experience during this lifetime. If we were at all times privy to information relating to past life experiences, it would diminish our journey here. Knowing who we were in another time and space, what we experienced, who and what our friends and family were to us in that existence, would change the dynamics of the life we are living in the present time. Another possible reason is that many of us assume that things we actually do remember connected to past lives are not real. Instead we concede to a belief that they must only be dreams or our imagination. Additionally, our conscious mind by nature chooses to avoid pain. Many past life experiences involve different levels of pain and of course each life ends in death or loss, both of which are painful. Lastly and most simply, many of us accept a mistaken idea that we cannot remember past lives. This is simply not the case… you can. We have been conditioned to the idea that we only live once and to focus on the here and now. With accepting this belief, most of us do not try to remember or tap into other lives our soul has lived. Through methods such as past life regressions, mediums, meditation, and by remaining open many of us have been able to connect to past lives. Living in the present moment is very important, however, past lifetimes leave dormant impressions that when unlocked, can greatly assist us in fulfilling soul contracts and purpose in our present life experience. 

What is a Soul Tribe?

We are all a part of a soul tribe. Your soul tribe consists of people that you have deep connections with and have chosen to experience many lifetimes with for the purpose of growth and evolution. Your tribe does not only consist of your friends and your family but also includes those individuals that you have an immediate and undeniable connection with or an unexplainable pull towards. The energy is magnetic, regardless of the relationship. There is an attraction that goes deeper than a love connection or physical attraction. It is something you can feel deeply within, on a soul level. These individuals are part of your journey here and you are a part of theirs. These relationships can present themselves surrounded by challenging circumstances or they can be so easy and effortless. Recognizing members of your soul tribe is a gift and always serves a higher purpose.

What is Automatic Writing?

Automatic writing is the process of writing material that does not come from your own conscious thoughts. Instead the information is channeled from a spiritual source. It is sometimes done in a trance state and other times the writer is aware (not in a trance) of their surroundings, but not of what is being channeled and written down. It is often used as a way to directly connect to and channel Spirit in an effort to receive messages on a personal or universal level. 

How long should I wait between Readings?

I recommended that clients allow at least 6 months before seeking a ‘Mediumistic Reading’. This advice is applicable whether the reading is provided by myself or another professional Psychic Medium. This time period is for your benefit while allowing each of us to honor Spirit. It is also important for you to honor your soul's own personal responsibility, free will choices, and ultimately your individual journey. The frequency of ‘Intuitive Counseling’ sessions is determined on an individual basis.  

Do you have any Book Recommendations?

"Reading is sometimes thought of as a form of escapism, and it's a common turn of phrase to speak of getting lost in a book. But a book can also be where one finds oneself; and when a reader is grasped and held by a book, reading does not feel like an escape from life so much as it feels like an urgent, crucial dimension of life itself."  ― Rebecca Mead

-Echos of the Soul by Echo Bodice
-The Seat of the Soul by Gary Zukav
-A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson
-The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself by Michael A. Singer
-A Still, Small Voice by Echo Bodine
-There's More to Life Than This by Theresa Caputo
-A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose by Eckhart Tolle
-The Art of Happiness by Dalai Lama
-The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
-The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
-My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor
-Many Lives Many Masters by Brian Weiss
-Awaken the Spirit by Rebecca Rosen
-Heaven Is For Real by Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent
-Proof Of Heaven by Eben Alexander, M.D.
-The Secret by Rhoda Byrne
-Celestine Prophecy by James Redfield
-The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
-90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper, Cecil Murphy
-Spirited by Rebecca Rosen
-E2 by Pam Grout
-Discovering Your Soul Signature by Panche Desai
-Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch
-The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
-Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
-To Heaven and Back by Mary C. Neal, M.D.
-Healing with the Fairies by Doreen Virtue
-Healing with the Angels by Doreen Virtue
-The Conscious Parent: Transforming Ourselves, Empowering Our Children by Dr. Shefali Tsabary 

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