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I have several spirits “guides” whom I work with on the other side. about a year ago I was looking for a venue to put on a workshop about animal communication, a place in the city, (San Francisco) that I could book clients at for in person readings etc. I really had no idea where to go, what part of the city … or who to contact. The vast majority of people offering services similar to what I do use cards or some other aid and are not “pure” channels. I asked one of my guides to give me some help. My guide told me that I needed to go down to the Haight/Ashbury neighborhood and that I would find what I was looking for.

I went online and began searching for metaphysical shops etc., in the area and was having no luck. My guide then nearly hit me upside the head and told me that I was supposed to go there in person and that searching online would not work.

Having no plans to go to the city any time soon and being somewhat unsure of how things were going to play out, I never made it a high priority to follow up on my guides advice. That same week I had a call come in about a missing dog. I picked up that the dog was in or had recently been in Golden Gate Park. I then realized that the dogs body was in the park after having been attacked by coyotes. The woman then asked me to come and meet her in person to find her dogs body as she did not want to deal with it herself. After three hours of hunting I became very discouraged and called it off, my concern was that the body was no longer intact and possibly had been eaten, leaving nothing behind. The following week it was confirmed that the dog had indeed been in that area the week prior.

Leaving the park I headed over to the Haight/Ashbury neighorhood and remembering what my guide had said, found parking and began walking along the Haight. I decided to look for the venue where I might provide a workshop or do readings, I figured that I was most likely looking for a metaphysical bookstore, though a quick search online did not reveal any in this area. Stopping at the first business that looked as though they may know where to go, I was pleased to notice the display of books that dealt with the supernatural and channeling spirits in the window. I asked the clerk behind the counter if she knew of a place that I could go to find people who can talk to the dead. She shot me a weird look and then said no. I brought up the display in the window and she said “so… doesn’t mean I know anything about it.”

Walking further down the street I saw a small handwritten sign on a rough door in an alleyway. The sign said “psychic … press buzzer” I was not looking for a seedy hole in the wall, but that’s all that I saw. Walking on I saw another store that showed potential, I walked inside and asked the clerk if they knew of a place that I could go to talk to the dead and once again got the weird look. I was getting frustrated, but knew that I could not give up. Two more business later and I began to think that I was way off base, no one knew anything in this area. I figured I would check one more place and then go. I saw a store with some crystals and a large inventory of ethnic masks. Walking in I saw a younger Indian gentleman behind the counter and asked him if he knew of a place where I could go to talk with the dead and he chuckled and said “turn around, the woman behind you in line is a medium.” I turned around and saw someone who looked very familiar to me. I said to her, “exchange readings?” she said “sure … next cafe down?” I said “sure … got to feed my meter first.” she says, “Me too.”

As we walked towards our vehicles we noticed that we had parked pretty close to each other. As a bit of small talk started it was interupted by us both saying that we wanted to know as little about the other person as possible until after the reading. We walked in silence to a nearby cafe after feeding our meters and ordered some tea. I connected read for her first, connecting with a deceased family member of hers. When I was done she turned to me and said “You are looking for a venue in the city to do workshops and provide readings to clients in person.” I confirmed that she had hit the nail on the head. Then she told me to follow her and that a few minutes away she has just the space that I am looking for and that she is the manager there and in charge of scheduling.

To make a long story short, she led me to the Richmond district on the north side of Golden Gate Park near the Presido. Just a half block from the park is a lovely flat that has been converted into a spiritual center. The center has several rooms, each one suitable for doing readings, workshops and even a massage room with a table etc. The place far exceeded my expectations, I had found exactly what I was looking for.

At the end of May 2009 I was asked to put on a workshop on animal communication and to speak. The conference was held in Sacramento and I lectured Friday evening for about a half hour on animal communication and my own journey into this work. After the talk, the woman who I had ran into in the Haight, the one with the center in San Francisco, came up to me and told me what a great story it was about how she and I met. She also happened to be the one who invited me to be a speaker and a presenter at the conference. Her story that day involved her being late to get back to the center but her wanting to pick up a new crystal as a gift for the director who was coming in from out of town. She had limited time and had been delayed at the store that I ran into her at. The clerk had goofed or done something that had caused her to stay in the store until I came in.

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Today while browsing online I ran across an article on CNN about Michael Jackson and “psychics”.  They interviewed two individuals, one a numerologist, a “soul intuitive”.  In the article a big deal is made about Michael Jackson and his connection to the number five, his being born into a “6 life path” as well as him being a person born with a “2” birthday. Having never studied numerology I was not able to really follow the information and other than being what appeared to be a bunch coincidences and linking his birthdate with numerical similarities with other celebrities it really seemed to be a non-story. No offense to anyone, but there are millions who have been born with a “2” birthday that the whole world does not love and want to be closer to due to their charisma etc.

Then the article focused on the “soul intuitive” who stated that he fully expects people to come forward claiming to have communicated with Jackson, but that any credible professional psychic or medium will not attempt to connect with Jackson for at least six months to a year and will only do so at the behest of a family member or an intimate friend of the singer.

I am not so sure that statement is entirely accurate. Sure, there are possibly many who in the days, weeks and months to come who will have claimed to have made an afterlife connection with the King of Pop. I believe that several will but … honestly if they proclaim it in a public fashion, they are most likely simply trying to get noticed and are using Michael Jackson in order to draw attention to themselves.  Many genuine psychics have enough common sense to keep tight lipped about visits from celebrities who have passed. There is nothing to be gained by claiming that you have connected with a famous person. Many will ridicule such statements and accuse you of trying to ride the coattails of the celebrity whom the “psychic” claims to have connected with.

The part of the statement that really is odd is the part about any credible professional waiting 6 months to a year before making any attempts to connect with Michael Jackson, and only doing so at the request of Michael’s family members or a close friend. I beg to differ … what if the person who has passed decides to visit someone whom he or she has never met physically, yet is able to connect with, due to that strangers unique abilities to connect with those in spirit. I am not saying that I have connected with Michael Jackson, and I am not saying that I haven’t, I just am wondering about the accuracy of such a broad and sweeping statement.

If a “psychic” does come out and make an announcement that they had a conversation with the ghost or spirit of Michael Jackson, and they are a credible psychic they should be only doing so at the request of the family or a close personal friend, I’ll grant that to some extent, but consider the following; If you were on a trip to a foreign land and you were forced to only issue communications through your family members left at home and only when they decided they wanted to connect with you, you may think that was a bit odd if not controlling. To say that 6-12 months must go by before you can attempt to connect with someone who has passed is not accurate. I have spoken with the spirits of individuals within moments of their death/passing. Many times I have connected with the spirits of animals and humans who had passed within a week or sooner. In all honesty, it is possible to connect with someone within seconds of their passing.

Something that used to surprise me, but that I now take in stride, is just how easy it is to connect with someone who has passed, even if you have no connection to them or anyone that they know for that matter.

For example; earlier this week I was browsing headlines on CNN.com and came across a headline about a serial killer in SC. Now I did not read the article, I did not click on the link to the article and the link title did not reveal any details about the serial killer or his victims. I will allow that I briefly considered reading the article, but decided against it as I felt no need to do so. Later that evening I had the spirit of an older gentleman come and visit. At first I thought it was for my wife, one of her grandparents or a former friend from church. Nothing was clicking. He told us that he was a peach farmer and tried to let me know that everything was going to work it’s self out. I had no idea who he was or what he was talking about. The next day I decided to read the story about the serial killer in SC, turns out his first victim was a peach farmer. When the spirit of the peach farmer connected with me, he went so far as to tell me his last name which was Cash, I thought that he was making a reference to Johnny Cash and didn’t get the connection with his name until the following day. A few days later just as he had alluded to, the serial killer was shot dead by police.

People will have a much easier time believing the story above rather than a story about a celebrity visiting … whom I or anyone else around me for that matter has no physical connection to. Yet they can both take place just as easily.

In another example a client of mine whom has received several readings over the years from me once asked if a particular celebrity whom had passed recently was with them earlier that day. She told me that she had been thinking about the untimely passing this celebrity had suffered and how she felt her “presence” with her at that time. Having already made a connection with this particular celebrity I jokingly commented that if she had indeed connected with her earlier that day as she was claiming, she would be sure to let me know.

Right away I was greeted by the spirit of the celebrity in question and she told me that my client had connected with her while pulling weeds in the garden. I relayed the piece of information to my client and then went so far as to describe the pot that she was pulling weeds out of. Sure enough … my client had been “graced” by the presence of the spirit of the celebrity whom she had been a fan of. At this point the conversation opened up into a bit of a dialogue between fan and celebrity with myself relaying messages … pretty much just like any other reading.

If we are truly all connected and made of the same material and are all “one” as many claim we are, then it is easy to see how it is possible to connect with anyone who has passed.

We are pure electromagnetic energy. Just like magnets, we can “feel” each other without physically touching.

Once we have passed we are able “hear” and “feel” energy sent in our direction. Very much like calling someone who has caller ID and voicemail set up on their phone. If I call you, you can screen the call as it’s coming in and make a decision as to if you wish to answer the phone or let it go to voicemail. If it goes to voicemail it’s like me sending a request to a spirit and having to wait for them to get back to me. Even though they did not answer right away, they still know I attempted to connect with them, and my intent.

Over the years I have been visited by numerous celebrities and historically notable/famous individuals who have left the physical world behind. The vast number of the visits I do not keep a record of nor do I discuss with others. Many of the visits mean something to either myself or my family directly or the spirit coming through wishes to educate me concerning their life or some other detail such as to correct inaccurate records regarding them that have become “fact” in our history books.

One thing that I do agree with in the article is the assessment that most spirits of the departed wait at least 75 to 150 years before reincarnating, there is a very good reason for that. Most of us leave some kind of legacy behind on earth when we leave the physical world behind. We have businesses we founded, children and grandchildren we care about and perhaps our own spouses etc. who we have left behind. It only makes sense that you would want to keep an eye on things from the other side until those you really care about have joined you on the other side. When you factor in kids and grandkids etc., it usually works out to 75 -150 years until you may want to think about coming back to earth in a new body. The process of reincarnation involves a bit of “scrubbing” of your memory banks and you will also not be able to follow the lives of your loved ones who you left behind. It’s important to add that while on the other side, you are able to assist this side and so there is a great incentive to stay there until those you care about have joined you.

So … will Michael Jackson reincarnate within twenty years so that he can pick up where he left off? I greatly doubt it, though stranger things have happened.

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