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There seems to be a lot of confusion over the definitions applied to ghosts and spirits. Many times people may use the two terms interchangeably when in fact the two though similar are quiet different.

We are all spirits inside our physical bodies. Think: Car=body & driver = spirit.

The spirits of those who have passed, (died) have two choices upon their death.

The first choice is to “cross over” that involves stepping into a “tunnel” of white light and then being “whisked away” to another dimension – the other side, heaven, summerland … there are many names for it, but I will simply refer to it as “the other side” and then going through a life review.

The second option involves ignoring the white tunnel of light and instead remaining on earth, however unable to move between the two worlds and able to keep a close eye on things connected with your last life on earth. By making the choice to stay (for the time being) you have essentially become a ghost. While as a ghost you have the same body as a full fledged spirit from the other side, however you are vibrating at a lower frequency and are not able to move freely between the planes of existence.

Let’s discuss what happens when you elect to cross over. I must inform you that it is not a world like ours, and therefore it is difficult at best to describe it, in fact I will not bother to describe it, except to say that it seems to be a nice enough place and very similar in many respects to our world, yet vastly different. Spirits who come down from the other side tend to be relatively tightlipped regarding actual details of that dimension and so I will focus more on the difference between ghosts and spirits. I do know however that all of us must go through a “life review.” This life review allows us to see how our actions and thoughts have affected those around us and even the world at large. It is more of a learning experience rather than one where you are being judged and condemned for anything that you did to others that was harmful or hurtful in anyway. Regardless of what the other side is like, we all go through a process called a life review. This is not a judgment rather an opportunity to learn from our most recent incarnation and to appreciate how our thoughts, words and actions affected not only ourselves, but those around us. If you hurt someone physically, you too will feel what it felt like to be harmed by you and how it made them feel emotionally and physically.

After going through the life review, it is my understanding that you are then freed up to explore yourself and the other side. One of the greatest things that is revealed to you, is the history of your past lives. Once you begin to view your life as the sum of your lifetimes versus the results of a single lifetime, frequently you lose some of the interest in the intimate details associated with your most recent life and will begin to be far less attached to the way that things play out after leaving earth from your most recent incarnation into a physical form. This little detail seems to be what keeps some very well informed and “aware” spirits from moving on and staying earthbound as “ghosts” even though they “get it”.

Just as in life, so too in death there are those who understand what is going on better than others, just take a look around you. There are people who are great at “playing” the game of life, they are full of energy, tend to be a pleasure to be around and tend to be successful with good jobs and a great family life. On the other end of the spectrum, there are those who cannot seem to get it together. They tend to be the ones who end up homeless, wandering around aimlessly, no real purpose or understanding of how life works here. The same can be said for spirits once they cross, there are those who “get it” and those who do not. Let us discuss those who do not “get it” for a moment.

When someone dies, they tend to feel as though they still have a physical body. Many times there is confusion associated with a tragic and sudden passing such as a car crash. One moment you are fine and the next moment you are standing outside of the vehicle that just wrecked and even though you feel “fine” you can see your body laying there … broken, perhaps mangled. This tends to result in the person who just died, going into shock for a moment as they come to grips with what just happened. In some cases this is all it takes to become a ghost, they may refuse to accept that they are dead and avoid crossing with the hopes that it is all just a bad dream, a nightmare that they will soon wake from. This happens sometimes to people who die in their sleep, where they refuse to accept it. I had one where a lady who had passed at the age of 78 in her sleep, did not believe she was dead, she told me that she watched her funeral, but that it could not possibly have been real because she saw her body in the casket and being lowered in the ground, but was not in the casket herself … so therefore it had to be a nightmare that she could not wake from.

When there is unfinished business that needs to be resolved, it is not uncommon for a spirit to stay as a ghost, until the issue is resolved as many of them realize that they will not care as much once they cross. Ghosts have a bad rap since most of the cases we hear about are the angry ones … “content” (if there is such a thing) ghosts tend to make less of a fuss and tend to not get noticed as much. Angry spirits who have not crossed, such as the ghost of a serial killer who took his own life as the police were closing in on him would be a good example of the type of ghost that Hollywood has latched onto in so many horror movies. The dangers associated with interacting with such a ghost are genuine, though typically not nearly as freaky as shown on the silver screen.

An angry ghost may try and use a living persons body to act out, such as in a “possession”. This is fairly rare since you must allow the ghost to merge with you in order for this to take place. If you do not want to merge, it is fairly easy to resist, however … some enjoy the adrenaline rush and chaos that erupts when they become “possessed” and the host may actually get a “kick” channeling the spirit of the angry ghost.

In my experience often times those who report seeing a ghost are in fact reporting on the appearance of someone who is connected to them. Making yourself visible, or a full manifestation is not an easy thing to do and requires great effort on the part of the ghost. Frequently ghosts will connect with us without bothering to become visible to the naked eye, instead you may feel a coldness, an uncomfortable/unsettled feeling and or other sensations such as unusual smells and odd pains or shortness of breath, often associated with the ghosts manner of passing.

When called in to assist with a “haunted” location the first thing I do is to see if I can establish a dialogue with the ghost and or spirits connected to either the person or location that I am looking into. Ghosts can and do travel, they can be connected to the land or a building, but even then they are capable of traveling anywhere that they choose to go. In order to cross one of them over, I will try and find out what it is that is keeping them from moving on and if possible I will assist them in taking care of any unfinished business and if at the very least will give them someone to talk to. Once the “issue” has been resolved, (if possible) then I will call upon their family members who are on the other side to come and assist me with moving the “ghost” on to the other side.

Spirits on the other side can travel anywhere they please to including into the ghostly ream as well as anywhere in the universe while ghosts are earthbound. Spirits are at a much higher frequency than ghosts. Imagine if you will that in order to cross to the other side you must pass through a mesh screen. While holding onto your earthbound “baggage/issues” you are not able to pass through the fine mesh screen, however those who have dropped/processed their baggage are able to cross though with ease, both “up” to the other side and back “down” to this side.

Some ghosts are proud of their status as a ghost and may relish their position. Many I have spoken to who reside at historical inns, restaurants and the like … consider themselves to be good for the business as many may visit simply in hopes of catching a glimpse of the ghost purported to be on the property. Other ghosts stay behind on battlefields as ambassadors/caretakers of the land and in order to ensure that we never forget the events connected to such places so that we may not repeat them. Ghosts who are associated with locations popular for committing suicide (such as the golden gate bridge and the empire state building) may stay behind in order to attempt to scare people off from following in their footsteps.

Sadly the church especially the Catholic one has helped to “create” a great number of ghosts. When you are told all your life that once you pass you will be judged by St. Peter and either sent to heaven or to hell for all of eternity, you may choose to skip the life review/visit with St. Peter and simply stay where you are, in essence creating your own little “hell” and staying earthbound as a ghost.

If you feel that you may have a ghost or spirit hanging around your home or place of business and would like some answers, visit www.charlespeden.com.

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Recently while sharing a snippet of a recent communication with a dog on Facebook, someone commented that they could understand how an animal may be able to relay information such as fresh paint, but they were having difficulty understanding how an animal could relay a message that included something such as the name of a street, town etc. After answering the question to some extent, I realized that I should share my response (in greater detail) and with more than just those who I know on Facebook.

Essentially everything that the spirit of someone’s loved one on the other side is capable of doing regarding communication on a telepathic level is possible with living animals. Just as no two of us are the same in our communication skills and abilities, the same is true of spirits of humans and animals as well as living animals. I would also like to add that to me, all spirits are alive and referring to someone as dead is kind of silly. It’s like I am chatting with you on your cell phone while driving and then you step outside of your vehicle, you are the same and you sound the same .. you are just not inside your vehicle anymore. When I connect with spirit or living animals, it’s the same. Frankly, most of the time when I connect with an animal I have to ask if they are passed or living as it is not always clear right away.

Not all animal communicators are the same and some may be a bit more restricted in what they receive as they may not have abilities at quite the same level as others or may have stronger abilities in other areas. I will speak for myself here and no one else, though many will share all of these abilities at some level. Just like anything else, the more we use our abilities, the stronger they become and the more efficient one is at utilizing them.

Animals too vary in their ability to communicate telepathically with us and frequently the more practice they have with us, the easier it may be to connect, should they feel so inclined. Now … on to the good stuff, how information comes in from telepathic communications with animals, both living and or deceased.

How I communicate with animals both living and passed.

The vast majority of the communications I have with animals are while chatting over the phone with their person. I have no prior information concerning the animal, often times I do not even know the species I will be connecting with … all I want is a name.

Rumpelstiltskin Crane 1886 Illustration

Rumpelstiltskin Crane 1886 Illustration

To me, names are like addresses and (perhaps Rumpelstiltskin was on to something) even though I frequently connect through intent alone and do not even need a name, a name gives me something tangible to use to connect with them. I do not ask for a photo and find that they hamper my abilities, a photo or description removes one of the strongest ways to confirm a connection with the animal, what they look like. I understand that many animal communicators will ask for a photo to connect, but … if you are truly communicating with that animal, you should be able to describe the animal back to the “owner” without any help.

After receiving the animals name I will telepathically request that the animal with the name I was given and who is connected to the person that I am speaking with to please connect with me and describe themselves to me. Many times the animal is already connecting with me, I may have seen them in the minutes leading up to the reading or even days prior or perhaps just a few seconds earlier as they will have been following our conversation and waiting for their cue. Remember that communication is a two way street and if you are discussing a issue that is sensitive to the animal, they may not want to talk. When an animal does not want to talk I can employ the “burning ears” technique” which is where we discuss the offending behavior (usually) and at some point the animal may feel that they have to “butt in” so that they may present their side of the story. After a connection is made, the issues can be brought out and put on the “table” so that both parties may air their grievances and a compromise or some other type of resolution can be obtained if not at least a basic understanding of what is going on.

When I ask for an animal to connect with me, I may see another animal than the one that you want to connect with. Just this morning while doing a reading I was asked to connect with an animal named Kelley, (not her real name) and in the process of connecting with her a different animal came through. The first thing I “saw” in my minds eye, was a larger black dog with a bit of a thicker coat. As I described the animal to the person I was doing the reading for, they said that I did not have Kelley. After a few seconds, and after completing the description of the animal, the person told me that was a dog from her childhood. This dog felt that it was important to remind the woman that he was still a part of her life and that even though he had passed physically, that he was still there in spirit.

I asked the person what the dogs name from her childhood so that I could verify that this indeed was the dog coming through and immediately it was confirmed by him. After chatting with “Ralph” for a few minutes, I went back to connecting with Kelley. This time I “saw” Kelley coming through as the dog that I described next was indeed her. The vast majority of the conversation was in images as well as emotions. At a few points I teared up as touching details were brought through and memories were divulged. Kelley had to be put to sleep and the “owner” had been torn up about it, she wanted to know that she had done the right thing and at the right time. At one point during the “conversation” I simply heard the name of a dog breed and asked why it was that I was hearing the name of this breed, which I knew looked nothing like the dog I was chatting with and the woman confirmed that she had recently added two of that breed to her household shortly after the passing of Kelley. Kelley even went so far as to describe the color of the bedspread on her bed and to inform her that she now hung out on her pillow from time to time, in spirit.

When communicating with animals, they are able to relay information through physical sensations and feelings, such as feeling a broken neck, (yes I will feel like my neck was broken) or if they had been scared, feeling the adrenaline flowing through their body. Animals can also use taste and smell as information, I can actually taste what dog food etc., tastes like to them and in some cases this can be a bad thing for me. I now know what a live mouse tastes like compared to one that has been frozen and then thawed in a microwave, trust me the live mouse is delicious in comparison, according to the barn owl I was speaking with.

Emotions are used in pretty much every animal communication session … I will feel intense love, anger, fear etc., depending upon what the animal is relaying to me. When I tear up during a session, it is not my emotions. I will tell you that honestly I have had several animals pass that I was close to and with the exception of the first one, I have never shed a tear about their passing. I also had a friend who passed recently and I am yet to shed a tear at her passing … nor do I expect to as I communicate with her regularly and see the big picture, so when I tear up during readings it is invariably the emotions of the one I am channeling or communicating with as opposed to my own emotions.

Dog and Cat

Animals are able to live vicariously through us and as such they have a wealth of information about us, what we do for a living … what we think about when we are bored, our dirty little secrets … and our hopes, dreams and ambitions. Animals are often aware of such details as their home address, the proper spelling of their name, names of nearby towns, cities and streets as well as parks of course. Most of the time they will simply show me pictures, but sometimes I will simply “hear” the words or even “see” them spelled out in an image. Recently I had a dog that told me that he was off of a street named Paint. When I connected with the dog (who was missing) he showed me who was with him when he went missing and he described the physical surroundings such as the road, the surface not be paved, a long fence line, out in the country etc., then when I asked him where he was now, he sent the smell of fresh paint to me. I tried to figure out what had been painted recently and in what color, but was not able to get that information from him. Once again I was shown the smell of fresh paint again, it then dawned on me that this was not a reference to actual paint, but to something else. Later while looking at a map of the area he went missing in, I was pleasantly surprised to see that less than a mile away from where he went missing there was a road by the name of Paint! Sometimes the information is a clue and not to be taken literally.

With animals that are no longer physically present, there is one means of communication left and that is direct channeling/merging. Imagine if you will that your spirit is like the driver of a car and that the body is like your car. Just as you can scoot out of the drivers seat and allow someone else to drive your car, in some cases spirits of those who have passed will merge with me so that I may channel them directly. When this happens I will frequently take on their physical traits and will move like them, act like them and even sound like them. I do not permit this to take place very often, most recently it happened during a group reading where all of a sudden I began to shake as if I had Parkinson’s, the father of the woman I was reading for at the moment had Parkinson’s and had chosen a dramatic way to make his presence known, trust me it worked very well.

Not too long ago I was watching a nature show on PBS and it occurred to me that I appreciated most animals but had a bit of a problem with snakes. Now I have never been bitten by a snake but sadly in my past I had an aversion to them that was very strong … to the point that I may have ended some snake lives prematurely. So … I was watching this show and they began discussing snakes and they showed footage of thousands of them coming out of hibernation. As I watched it I thought to myself, great … with my luck I am going to channel a snake, I have channeled other animals directly before, but not a snake.

Later that evening I was sitting on the couch with my wife when I noticed the spirit of an animal in our living room. It was very low to the ground and at first I thought that it might be a lizard or something similar as it appeared to have these tiny arms and legs. I could see the ethereal form of the spirit and it was about four feet in front of me, all of a sudden it ran straight towards me and entered my chest.

I slumped forward for a second as I transfered the controls to the snakes spirit and within seconds I noticed a change. I felt as though I had a snakes body, I still felt as though I had arms

Rattlesnake

Rattlesnake

and legs, but now they were at my sides and if I flexed one arm or the other I would move side to side. I also noticed that my movements were different … I wasn’t walking around, but simply turning my head felt different. The biggest change though was my vision, I could see both regular images as well as infrared images. When looking at my wife it was a bit odd to see her heat signature and when I looked at my rabbit, he began to look pretty tasty. Then I felt the weirdest/coolest sensation and that was opening my mouth and feeling as if fangs that had been folded up were dropping down and into place. I am not sure what type of snake he was, probably a rattlesnake, I never did remember to ask him. According to my wife I did the tongue flickering thing, I don’t even remember that. The end result was that after a few minutes he left and I found a new respect and admiration for snakes. One of the things he left me with was the fact that they are far more frightened of us than we should be of them and I had to agree with him. In addition I had to respect their their role in the circle of life and in controlling rodent populations.

Hopefully I did not freak any of you out to badly with the snake story … it really is incredible what is possible if we simply look past what we think we know and accept that there may be more to life than that which we are aware of on the surface.

In summary, animals communicate in a vast number of ways on a telepathic level and the wealth of information that can be received is incredible. A good animal communicator (pet psychic) should be able to communicate with all species, should not require a photograph or a description and should be able to provide accurate and detailed information such as ages, dates, physical descriptions, descriptions of surroundings, favorite activities, locations and much more.

Next time I will write more in depth on the subject and a little bit about how you too can communicate with your animals telepathically. To learn more about myself and what I do, visit www.charlespeden.com.

Today while chatting with a potential client for a guided sea glass hunting and beach combing excursion, my “new” (four years now) line of work came up. She immediately said … “you should know who you are chatting with … as a psychic.” and I said, oh … you mean Satan? She said “Yes!” and I told her that she was way off. I told her that I speak with live animals and that I bring understanding, peace and closure to people. She once again said that Satan was the one I was chatting with. As I had a reading coming up for an individual missing a cat in Saudi Arabia, I was forced to cut our spirited conversation short. Here is what followed:

To: charles@charlespeden.com
Sent: Mon, Mar 15, 2010 6:14 pm

sorry I made you so mad you had to hang up…I  am sure that nothing I could say could change your beliefs…just wanted to say that if I am wrong about what I believe…well then I am just wrong…but…if you’re wrong, you will have an eternity in Hell to think about it…be sure you’re right!

Truth be told, I didn’t hang up so much because I was mad, as I had a reading that I was scheduled to do and I was nearly out of time and exasperated. Right after getting off the phone with you I helped a woman in Saudi Arabia who needed to be connected with her missing cat. A wealth of details were brought through by the cat having the opportunity to communicate with me on a telepathic level. The cat informed me of the circumstances surrounding his disappearance as well as where his home had been. He told me where the vet was that he was last spotted at as well as describing the home that he now lives in, (he was taken in by another family.) Earlier this year I spent 11 days traveling through NC, FL and IL. I was flown to NC by the Humane Society, so that I could headline a fundraiser for them. I will be working with our local branch of the Humane Society this April for the third year in a row.

Everything I do brings peace, understanding, comfort and closure to people. Not once have I dealt with anything that wanted to hurt those who seek out my services. Having always been a very scientific minded person I have never fully embraced that which I did not have personal knowledge and independent verification of and frankly from where I stand, there is absolutely no way that the animals and the spirits that I am capable of communicating with, have proven to me in any way that they are the work of either demons or evil spirits. Oh sure, there are unhappy spirits out there, those who refuse to move on and stay behind as ghosts and they can be very scary to deal with … if you are not capable of seeing who they truly are. By and large what I deal with is live animal communication and communicating with the spirits of our loved ones.

In my personal experience, the universe is full of wonder and mystery we as a species and culture are constantly moving forward … what was once science fiction or heresy is now reality and fact. 500 years ago if I told you that the world was flat you would think that I was right, but if I said it was round, some might want to execute me. Televisions and cell phones are incredible in that information that is not visible to us, can be “grabbed out of thin air” and then turned into music, and moving images etc. … The more I look at things, the way that I (and I am far from being alone) see things, the “God” that is talked about in the Bible is one that I want nothing to do with, if indeed “Satan” is behind everything that I do and countless other animal communicators and psychics, do … the more and more it seems that the two had their names mixed up. The “God” in the Bible is full of vengeance and is one to be feared. What I do (through Satan (according to you)) is to bring peace, understanding, love and closure to people. (Please note this this is said tongue in cheek as I abhor all that is “evil” and supposedly supported and encourage by “Satan” (who I simply do not believe in.))

What I have are not beliefs, what I have is a deep understanding and peace and joy in all of creation through personal and independently verified experiences. When a recent friend passed, I did not mourn their death, rather I celebrated their life and enjoyed communicating with them on a regular basis since the day they passed. While helping a woman with the passing of her cat, I had the opportunity to actually see his soul leave his body and step onto my lap, (I saw the energy of his soul with my naked eye) where he picked up the conversation we had been having just prior to his passing, only moments before. Once he passed, he relayed a very moving story to me about how much he enjoyed a trip with his person where they had gone to Africa. The cat described the trip in great detail including the fact that he loved hunting the giant bugs in the yard at his persons parents house in South Africa. You simply cannot tell me that was “Satan.”

So … while you have a belief in Hell and that what I am doing is simply the “devils” work, I have peace in the knowledge that what I do is genuine and is for the greater good. I assist animals that have no other way of voicing their concerns, I have saved some animals lives with the information provided by them to me. While working as a psychic detective I have led the authorities to the bodies of the missing as well as located missing animals. The information I provide is not vague, typically it is very detailed and direct, such as street names, descriptions of the physical surroundings, information that only the family or authorities can confirm and much more such as dates, ages, descriptions of individuals involved and even names. I also would like to add that no two spirits or animals feel the same, they are all at slightly different frequencies, so that makes it harder to “buy” that it’s all the work of one entity or a group of similar entities, i.e. demons.
I have been wanting to address this very issue for awhile in my blog and so I will be posting this reply to your email.
To learn more about psychic medium and animal communicator Charles Peden, visit www.charlespeden.com.
One last thought … I do not threaten one with an eternity of burning in hell for not believing what I believe and know to be true … chew on that?
Why should “God” resort to fear … (to keep people in line) if one is a God of love?


Benicia/Vallejo Humane Society Fundraiser

Various groups such as charities, schools, sports teams, clubs, neighborhood groups, animal rescue and shelters have to hold fundraisers in order to bring in funds to cover operating expenses and so forth. There are several challenges that are presented in organizing a fundraiser. In economic times such as ours, many are more reluctant to part with their hard earned money … even if it is for a good cause. Even if people are “donating” they like to get something back in return. Many of the fundraising techniques that have been successful for years are no longer as effective as they once were. There seems to be at this time, more non-profits and other groups out there than at any other time and they all want people to donate to them too. Everyone is trying to spend less on their fundraisers while bringing in more money. What is needed is something that will get people talking, interested, excited and most importantly off the couch or office chair and into a participant at your next fundraiser.

Charles Peden Psychic Medium and Animal Communicator (Pet Psychic)

How do you hold the interest of a crowd of people? Bring forward a polarizing subject, telling a wild (yet true story) and then prove it to the crowd that the story you just told was true. How you ask? By bringing in a speaker who has the ability to speak with animals and the spirits of the departed. Place him in front of your group and over the course of the next several minutes he will entertain them with his story and then answer a few questions from the crowd before settling down and channeling the animals and spirits associated with those in the room. Very detailed information and descriptions as well as messages will be delivered. Those who were skeptical at the beginning may find their beliefs shaken as evidence is brought forth that the souls of our loved ones are still with us in spirit and that our animals can communicate with us telepathically.

As a psychic medium and animal communicator Charles Peden has headlined fundraisers for such organizations as The Humane Society and even a grand opening for Wag Hotels. Charles works as a great draw to bring people in the door for special events and fundraisers. Charles is capable of connecting with an animal via name only and with the animal being located anywhere in the world or even passed. Once he begins to connect … Charles will then begin to describe various features and details pertaining to your loved one. Details may include but are not limited to age, size, color, breed, food likes, manner of passing, unusual physical markings, favorite memories, names, locations, dates and more. Of course Charles can speak to the animals in person too, it simply is not required that a photograph or description be provided in order for him to connect. Charles can work one on one or with large groups, group readings may be done for as many as sixty people at a time over the course of two hours with the ideal size around twenty.

Presently a very well known medium is charging close to $350 a person for a group reading with fifty in attendance and with a duration of two hours. Imagine spending $700 as a couple and only five minutes of time will be allocatedRobeson County, NC Humane Society Fundraiser Banner to you two on average … if anything should come through for you, which there is no guarantee of. For far less Charles can provide a similar experience including the ability to connect with plants at the same level of detail as with spirits of our loved ones both human and animal as well as living animals.

With several upcoming media appearances and an ever growing list of clients, many bookings and or reservations are now handled several days, weeks and/or months in advance. Interested parties should contact bookings@charlespeden.com and provide a brief outline of their event and in what capacity they are looking to book Charles Peden for. Those who are not sure how best to utilize someone such as Charles at their next function may receive free event planning advice and suggestions during an initial consultation, free of charge of course.

Many claim to be able to do what Charles Peden does, few can do it with the accuracy, compassion and attention to detail that Charles is able to bring to his life’s work. Simply view his past events and read some of the testimonials on his website http://www.charlespeden.com/ to get a feel for who he is and what he does.

Florida was fun, busy … but enjoyable. The night before leaving Vero Beach I checked on my flight status and even though over 750 flights had been canceled earlier that day … it looked as though my flight was on schedule. I had arranged for a ride to the airport and was on my way by a little after 8:45 that morning. I had a bit of a delay in Orlando when going through airport security … apparently sand in a zip lock baggie raises eyebrows. After security checked to make sure that the sand was not from Columbia … I was allowed to pass through security.

Chicago Skyline

Orlando has a large airport and while there I checked out the shops. In one of the shops I purchased several t-shirts with Orlando themes for the girls back home. After boarding my flight to Chicago, the captain of the flight announced over the intercom that we were going to be expecting a rough flight and that due to a very active jet stream sweeping across the country, that we would be flying lower than normal. As it turned out our pilot was outstanding and the turbulence was kept to a minimum. During the flight we watched “The Invention of Lying” and after the movie was over I turned to the passenger sitting next to me and told him that I did what Ricky claimed to do in the movie … talk to people about the afterlife and communicate with the other side. The rest of the flight went by very quickly as we chatted about my abilities.

It had stopped snowing for several hours by the time we got in to Chicago and my flight landed on time and with no bumps or bruises. At the baggage claim I had to wait for quite some time before my bags began to arrive from my flight and after finally recovering my bags, I was met by a limo and my contact in Chicago. I am pretty sure that our limo driver had never heard a conversation quite like the one that my contact and I, on the ride to where I was staying, engaged in. After arriving at the home I would be staying at for the next several days, I “checked in” and then we went out for dinner.

Italian food is one of my weaknesses, I enjoy good ravioli, gnocchi and just about anything that comes out of an Italian kitchen (provided that it is vegetarian.) I have a few things to say when it comes to food. The first is that when busy I will simply eat anything fast and hopefully healthy … I drink protein drinks like Odowalla and eat things that are convenient. If I will be on camera or working with the public I am careful to avoid foods that get stuck in your teeth and or which might become part of your wardrobe. On the other hand I also love food and fine dining along with a quality glass of wine. Sometimes meals should be an event, not simply a refueling pit stop but rather a destination where the process of refueling is just as important as being recharged. I ordered the three cheese raviolis and a plate of gnocchi which we split as well as a salad. As I was enjoying my food and my glass of vino, I could not help but overhear the conversation taking place in the booth next to ours.

A family was eating next to us and the grandfather was telling his grandchildren how several rock stars had died via drugs … alcohol and through other means such as plane crashes. At one point I tapped the woman whose father was telling his grandkids about these musicians who had passed and I tapped her on the shoulder and quietly mentioned to her that should she ever want to contact the people her father was talking about … that I could do it. I passed my card to her and when she tried to give it back I simply let her keep it and then went back to my dinner. I also had fun with the waiters. I had been ribbing one about how I was from California and the day I fly into Chicago they had an early morning earthquake.

Old man from "UP"At one point, one of the waiters asked what I was doing, was I flying for business or pleasure. I told him that I was on business. He made the mistake of asking what type of business and then I told him that I spoke to the dead and to both living and deceased animals. He thought I was joking or that I worked with the coroners office. I offered my card and he seemed both taken aback and a bit frightened … perhaps he had something to hide.
The Farside Cartoon

One sight that will never leave me is the caricatures that were sitting not too far away from us. A few tables over there was an older woman who had her white hair up in a bun and had on a garish purple and red outfit with pearls, she had on granny glasses, was a bit overweight and hunched over a bit. She looked just like the lady in the “Far side” cartoons. Her husband was incredible … he looked just like the old man character in “Up.” I tried to snap a photo, but the lighting was poor and I did not want to violate their privacy. After dinner we returned to the home I was staying at and I settled in for my first night in Chicago.

The next morning I awoke to a brilliant sun beaming down on the fresh snow … a beautiful sight, one to enjoy briefly and then return to warmer climes. After a bowl of cereal and a cup of coffee, we headed out to my first appointment. It was an in person reading with three cats for one of my contacts clients. One of the questions was regarding the problem that one of the cats was having with his nerves. This poor cat was scared silly by just about anything. As I chatted with the cat, he told me how sensitive his hearing was. He told me that he missed his old home where it was quiet. The cat then showed me the sound of large dumpsters being emptied into a garbage truck and the huge boom of the dumpsters being dropped back on the ground after being emptied. As it turns out this is a thing that they deal with every morning and the cats food dishes are near the window that is right over the alley where the dumpsters are. We agreed to move the food dishes to a quieter location and to avoid moving too quickly through the home, the man of the house frightened the cat with his big strides and fast movements, the cat did not want to get crushed under foot.

After the reading was over we went on to the next in person private reading which was located at a home furnishings boutique. During the reading the owner asked to connect with one of her former employees. The woman came through and began talking to me about a crystal lamp. It was a Tiffany lamp that she owned and that the owner had put up for sale, the woman said that if the owner liked her so much, that she should keep the lamp and not sell it as it was her last physical connection with her. Several other spirits came through and afterwards I selected a sculpture that I liked to bring home for my wife, Heidi.

After the two readings in the morning we stopped in at Whole Foods and I made a discovery http://www.vosgeschocolate.com/ a chocolate bar with chilies and cinnamon infused into

Vosges Chocolate

it along with several other gourmet chocolate bars with rare and exotic flavors caught my attention and I picked them up. We returned home and after eating lunch I did several additional readings on the phone. After my readings on the phone were completed we went back out and I did another private in home reading. During the reading I was working with relationship issues and I kept telling the woman that she had to remember that she was not alone and that her ancestors were there for her. After the time ran out, I got up to go when the spirit of her grandmother came up to me and tapped me very hard on the shoulder. I then asked the spirit coming through as to how they knew the woman who I was with. The spirit told me that she was a female, older, and that she was on the woman’s father’s side and that she was her grandmother. The woman confirmed that it was her grandmother coming through. A few more details were added to remind her that she was with her and not to be distraught.

That evening we had a dinner party near downtown Chicago scheduled. It was at my hosts daughters place that she was sharing with several college flat-mates. I drove into the city and was treated to gridlock traffic on the way in, once arriving I found a nice parking spot in snow several inches deep on the side of the street. I did discover a love of heated seats in vehicles while in Chicago and I also found gloves to be indispensable. We went up stairs and found the place to be spacious and rather nice … if you were a college student. There were several house-mates and a few friends present and after we had opened up some wine we started to chat a bit. After a bit I was asked if I could chat with the animals that were present. There were two reptiles in the flat, a Bearded Dragon and a Rainbow Boa.

With no prior knowledge of the animals and having never studied either species I walked over to the tellurium that the Bearded Dragon was in I asked if she was male or female, and she said “female.” I then asked how old she was, she told me “five.” I turned and told the reptiles person that she was definitely a girl and that she was five years old. After everyone had retrieved their jaws from the floor, I continued to converse with the Bearded Dragon. After an in depth conversation, I moved on to the Rainbow Boa.

The next day I was scheduled to appear at a local bar and grill that also had live music and other acts, for private readings in the evening. I ended up sleeping in and getting some much needed rest after having had almost no down time since my journey had begun. Prior to getting ready for the evening I sat down to watch some music videos via Comcast On Demand. The video I was looking for was the Black Eyed Peas, “I Got a Feeling.” After watching it I was drawn to a Tupac video and was told that I should watch it. I then connected with Tupac and was not entirely sure why he had come by. I have met his spirit several times and this time he simply said that I would know why he came by … later.

After watching the music videos, I dressed for the evening. As I was going to be “entertaining” this evening, I got dressed up with a fedora, black wool coat, black dress pants and black leather gloves with a black vest, purple shirt and black tie. I also had a black and white scarf and black leather shoes. Feeling as sharp as a Chicago “Wiseguy” and ready to “entertain” we headed out for the evening’s activities. Just prior to leaving though I thought about lightening my wallet. I had five $100 bills on me and thought that if the unthinkable happened, and someone tried to mug me, that if I left my larger bills at the place I was staying, that it would be safer. I had no intention of spending them and had no reason to carry them. For some reason though … I left them in my wallet as I felt that I had to carry them with me.

After arriving at our location we parked and went in early to enjoy a bit of dinner prior to the evening getting underway. I saw the signup sheet and was surprised to see that the six or so individuals who had signed up in advance all had their names crossed off. We met the owner and he informed us that everyone who had signed up in advance, had canceled one by one over the course of the last few days. Since I did not “need” to “work” I figured I would sit down and simply enjoy the evening. As it turned out it was a few spirits who were associated with the owner of the place who had prompted the clearing of the sign up sheet. With all the cancelations I was able to spend the evening with the owners of the place and it was most enjoyable.

While enjoying a glass of wine and a plate of raviolis, I fielded their questions, shared stories and insights and channeled various loved ones. At one point the owners wife shared a story regarding her mother. Her friends mother had made a deal with her daughter that she would show her dimes after she passed. Upon hearing this, the woman decided that she would do a bit better with her mother and so prior to her mothers passing, she requested $100 dollar bills, since if dimes were possible, why not c-notes? She told me that while cleaning out her mothers dresser she found a one hundred dollar bill, another one arrived in the mail from a distant relative, who sends cash in the mail these days? and $100 dollar bills, not often. So she asks me, “Why doesn’t she send me more if those two were from her?” I replied that it was simply due to the law of “supply and demand.”

Before I could move on to another topic I was told to open up my wallet and pull out the $100 dollar bills in my pocket. Her mothers spirit asked me to toss them on the table in front of her daughter. I dropped them in front of her, I told her that she could look at them, but not have them. After she chuckled and told me that was “just like her mother” I scooped them back up and put them back in my wallet. A bit later a blues band came in and after enjoying them for a few minutes we retired for the evening.

More about my visit to Chicago in upcoming posts …