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Recently I was invited by Macy’s department stores to provide my services as a psychic medium at a special function of theirs. Macy’s was hosting an in-store after hours special spa event with makeovers, perfume and a little something extra for the mind, body and soul … a psychic reading. Customers who spent a certain minimum were offered the opportunity to get in line for a quick five to seven minute reading with me.

Many of those who came to see me had never been to a psychic before and had no idea what the procedure was. One of the most common questions I fielded was “what do you see around me?” Now, I could have tried to “simply see what is around them” but, that can take some time … and unless a particular spirit is jumping up and down to get my attention, they typically do not just simply have something around them. Trust me, if there is a message for you from spirit, I will do my best to relay it to you and they will do their best to get my attention.

When you come to see a psychic, usually (if the person has sought me out) they have a specific intent, mission … piece of information that they are attempting to connect with. There are many reasons for visiting a psychic such as:

  • A death in the family – looking for closure.
  • A desire to communicate with ones animals, past or present.
  • Seeking information concerning their life path and or career.
  • Looking for answers in respect to a relationship.
  • Seeking clarity and understanding associated with their own “psychic” experiences.
  • Looking for additional confirmation regarding events in your life.
  • A desire to review your past lives.
  • To remove or understand an unknown entity/ghost from your home or place of business.
  • An opportunity to connect with plant life and more …
  • Questions concerning an unsolved crime or missing person.
  • Locating a missing animal such as a dog or cat.
  • Garnering additional information so as to make a better informed decision regarding business.
  • Developing your own intuitive/psychic abilities.
  • Simply because it can be fun.
  • A desire to connect with ascended masters and or famous people from the past.
  • Locating missing objects such as a cellphone, keys, stolen car etc.
  • To gain a better understanding of matters related to health and well being.
  • For a better understanding of the universe and how we are all connected.
  • To reconnect with a long lost loved one, living or past.

Occasionally people will ask questions of psychics that if the psychic is ethical and any good at what they do – they will either ignore, redirect or avoid these types of questions:

  • What are the winning lottery numbers?
  • Any other type of gambling or betting related question, such as who will win the game?
  • Frequently when faced with major decisions such as purchasing/selling a home or stocks, the psychic may be only able to offer additional insights and not answer the question directly for you.
  • To seek out information concerning a person that they are not connected to such as a fan wishing to obtain information on a celebrity whom they are obsessed with … yes it’s happened.
  • Desiring to “make/force” someone to love you or do something else that is not in their nature and of their own free will.
  • Placing “spells or curses” on anyone or making and marketing “potions and or magic candles.” Nothing good can come from these things.
  • When will I or someone else die? Please don’t ask, trust me … you do not want to know, nor should you.

Questions that are difficult to work with, but do not fall into the above categories would be as follows:

  • What do you see around me?
  • When and will I meet the man/woman of my dreams?
  • Am I going to be a success?

As I am asked the above three questions with great frequency I will address each one individually.

The “What do you see around me?” question is simply not needed. If there is a spirit who wishes to relay a message to you, it will happen.

“When will I meet the man/woman of my dreams/” is one that is a bit trickier. If I were to tell you the time, date and location where you are going to meet them as well as what they look like etc., I would be shortchanging the natural process. Say you show up at the location on the date and time I mention and you spot the individual I have told you about, your expectations, nerves and such would most likely cause you to blow it. It is important that connecting with someone take place organically. When you are looking for a new relationship the first thing to ask yourself, is would you date yourself? Is there something about you that needs to be worked on such as your attitude, your expectations, or??? Potential mates are turned off by insecurity, depression, unhappiness, poor health and are attracted to confidence,  vitality, happiness and a zest for life. When looking to start a new relationship, ask yourself … are you happy with yourself? If not … work on your shortcomings so that you are happy with yourself and you will find that attracting a mate is much easier.

It is key that when thinking about the type of person that you wish to connect with that you use positive affirmations as opposed to negative ones. Do not ask the universe to send someone who does not physically abuse you as by emphasizing the abuse, you will drawn it towards you … like attracts like. When thinking of your ideal mate, say such things as they are compassionate, respectful, loving, tender and caring. Emphasize the qualities that you are attracted to and avoid mentioning the traits that you wish to avoid.

The “Am I going to be a success?” question is tricky too. I had an associate of mine who asked me if their business was going to be a success this year. Now I could tell them that “yes, it will do very well” to which they may respond to by not making an effort and expecting business to grow on it’s own. The converse is that if I tell you that the business will not do well, you will not make an effort since you believe that nothing that you do will make a difference. The correct way to ask this question is to say, “What can I do to ensure that this year is a successful one for my business. That is a question that I can work with.

Now, back to the whole thing about how asking a psychic a question is like searching for information via Google. When you do a Google search, your query is typically taken very literally and as the saying goes with computers, “garbage in garbage out.” meaning that your results are only as good as your query. If you seek information concerning specific areas of your life, it is easier if you gentle nudge me in that direction and then allow me to bring forward details confirming a connection with the information that you seek.

For example: If you wish to ask about your career, do not say “I work at company X and I want to know if I should take the transfer to city X?” By revealing the company you work at and the location that you may be transferring to, you have taken some of the tools out of my psychic tool chest. In order to answer your question and know that I am getting the right information it is helpful if I describe to you what it is that you do for a living and the location that the company is considering moving you to. So it works far better if you ask the question in this format: “I am curious as to if I should take the transfer that my job is offering me?” I will then describe your work to you as well as the location they are considering moving you to. By doing this, you know that I am tapping into the right information.

When asking to connect with animal or human loved ones in spirit, please remember that anyone you are connected to is fair game. Frequently the answers to your questions will come through when looking to connect with those you wish to query. For example: Recently while being interviewed for a news article the reporter asked me to connect with one of her animals that is still living with her. Instead I saw an animal that she was connected to, but had not asked about. As soon as I began to describe what I saw, she told me that it was not who she was looking to connect with. I then asked her if this was the first animal that she had as a child when she was between 6-7 and she immediately confirmed it. I then told her that all of her animals from childhood to present were going to connect with her before we would be able to connect with her current animal. Fifteen minutes later we had connected with five animals from her past to present. Once while being asked to connect with someone’s father in spirit, I made contact and began to describe who I saw, the features I described at first matched with their father, however the other details coming through did not. I then asked who the second person I was seeing was and the person I was doing the reading for said that it was their fathers brother. I then asked what their question for their father was and they said that they had wanted to ask if their father had met up with his brother on the other side. Obviously the answer was yes, as they were coming through simultaneously.

Bottom line is this:

  1. Psychics are not here to decide things for you, but to simply provide additional information and insights into your problems.
  2. We all have our own psychic abilities that we can tap into … frequently people visit a psychic to simply hear an additional confirmation of something that they already know.
  3. We are not here to make people do something that they normally would not do, such as “casting” love spells and the like.
  4. We are not all knowing and all seeing … we are people too, just like you.
  5. When we see a calamity or issue in the future … remember that you exercise free will and in many cases you have the ability to change the outcome.
  6. The future is not written in stone.
  7. It is possible that we may not be able to assist with some some of your concerns … after all when taking a test at school, do you get to use the teachers edition in order to steal the answers? Sometimes you simply have to “bite the bullet” and figure things out for yourself.
  8. There is no such thing as cursed money that needs to be cleansed … “magic” potions, get rich quick schemes, lottery numbers and gambling advice have no business mixing with a genuine and ethical psychic.
  9. If someone claims to talk to animals, they really do not need a photo to connect, as if they are communicating with an animal, that animal can describe what they look like to the psychic telepathically.
  10. Use common sense and good judgment. Beware of “free” readings where they tell you that you have an issue that is only going to be resolved through your bank account being utilized.
  11. Just like any other profession out there, there are frauds and con artist in the psychic profession, if something does not feel right, trust your instincts and avoid the person.

A general observation:

It seems to me that those who seek out “psychic abilities – powers” are not always in it for the right reasons. In my experience these abilities are not right for everyone, some may try and abuse them while others simply cannot handle the fact that once the abilities are developed that their own life is not always their own. Spirits can stop by unannounced, whenever they feel like it, both friendly ones and (if you have not protected yourself) not so friendly spirits. If you get into this type of work simply to make money and become famous, you are doing it for the wrong reasons and will eventually fail. Many of the best psychics out there came into their abilities later in life after they had already spent some time living a “normal” life. This seems to make them more grounded and respectful of their abilities as opposed to someone who desperately is trying to develop them for their own selfish reasons. Please note that I am not trying to dissuade people from developing their abilities and utilizing them, I am simply making a casual observation.

I was successful in life in many ways before reconnecting with my psychic abilities that I had suppressed as a child. As a family man with two wonderful daughters and a loving wife who had built our own business “By the Bay Treasures” (since sold off to another party) and having co-founded the “North American Sea Glass Association.” I was content and very happy with my life prior to reconnecting with my abilities. Frankly I would most likely still be running both the association and By the Bay Treasures were it not for my life suddenly changing in 2006 when the ghost of a young murder victim appeared to me and asked for help. Very soon after that I found that it was nearly impossible to run my business. I was conducting guided kayaking and beach combing tours and during these tours I would end up channeling loved ones and animals for my clients instead of focusing exclusively on sea glass. When I would answer the phone taking orders for drill bits and sea glass as well as booking tours, I would “see” things and occasionally would mention them to the potential customer. I recall the day that I decided that I had to sell my business and focus on my psychic abilities full time. A customer had called to order drill bits and during the call I saw a two year old girl that told me that she had been a still born and that she would come back to the women again and she would have another opportunity to give birth to her. As I described what I saw, the woman confirmed a female still born from two years prior and then the line went dead … I suppose that she was not ready to talk about it yet. This type of intrusion into my business became to common that I had no choice but to focus full time on my unique abilities as a psychic medium and animal communicator.

To learn more about Psychic Medium and Animal Communicator Charles Peden visit www.charlespeden.com or call 925-360-7469.

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My first full day in Florida was a busy one. I was fortunate enough to have a wonderful host who had opened up their home to me in Vero Beach. We were about eight houses away from the beach and prior to the sprinklers going off the night before … I had heard the faint sound of the surf crashing on the sand. My wife Heidi had traveled to Orlando prior to meeting me in Seattle where she and I met. On that trip over twelve years prior, she had collected a small amount of sand from a nearby beach. Several years later after we had gotten together, I made a huge mistake. You would have thought that I had just married a Protestant to a Catholic, I mixed her Florida sand with some “common” California sand … while using the sand as a background in a photo shoot of some of my sea glass jewelry. She made me promise to collect some sand for her.

As I was chatting with Heidi shortly after getting into Vero Beach, I told her about picking up a couple of pine cones for my pet rabbit Stewie. She reminded me about collecting some sand for her and I told her that it was everywhere. I could pick it up in the backyard or even off the side of the road … pretty much anywhere you looked you could find sand. She insisted that it come from the beach and with the clock ticking before my ride showed up and took me to my first engagement, I had no choice but to put the task of sand collecting aside and instead concentrate on doing what I had come to Florida to do … talk with the animals and the spirits of the departed.

My first appearance was a private gathering of like minded individuals. I shared my story and answered some questions before before I began channeling. After I had brought through several animals and a few spirits of loved ones on the other side, we broke for lunch. I was served a wonderful homemade soup, bread & butter, salad and assorted nuts and cookies. The coffee I sipped on after lunch was excellent and then I began doing private individual readings in the home office. Other than a couple rather challenging readings they went by in a blur and I felt slightly drained yet jubilant at the same time. I did not have much time before my next engagement and soon found myself sitting down to eat at a wonderful restaurant prior to returning to speaking about my abilities and how I use them as well as doing readings and channeling spirits and animals.

The food was good, I ordered a personal pizza made with mashed potatoes with leeks, rosemary and caramelized onions with assorted cheeses served on a thin and crispy crust. A glass of wine was added to the mix and dinner was most enjoyable. We then headed over to the Inspired Heart and after meeting the owner and my host for the evening, sat down and began to meditate as people filtered in. Earlier that day I was provided a piece of valuable feedback, in that people enjoyed backstory and the question and answer portion … but what they really wanted to see were the “fireworks” or my channeling their loved ones. As my story is working it’s way into book format and the answers to many people’s questions that they ask of me will be in there … it’s seems logical that I should concentrate on channeling when making public appearances, that and teaching others how to do it … (which of course is and will be in book format as well.)

This time I only spoke for about fifteen minutes, if that and when I asked if anyone had any questions I was pleasantly surprised when the reply was no. With no further ado I began channeling. For the first forty-five minutes I simply channeled the animals and spirits as they came him, on a first come first serve basis. At one point I channeled a former Blue Angels pilot who announced his presence by showing me his jet and then telling me that he was an air-show stunt pilot. A woman who was with his wife when she received the news about his fatal crash was present in the audience. After bringing through numerous spirits and animals I then switched up the format for the last hour. For the last hour I simply went around the room and asked each person (one at a time) who it was that they wished to connect with.

The first hour was given up to the spirits and animals who chose to come through first, without being asked to come through and during the second hour I took requests one by one around the room. I would request the name of the person or animal that they wished to connect with … within a few seconds I would then describe some feature or detail that was unique to the person or animal that they were looking to connect with. With this approach I was able to connect very rapidly with a great number of spirits and animals, describe them back to the person seeking to connect with them and then take their question/comment and relay it to the individual and then bring back their answer and or person message.

At one point during the latter half of the channeling session I had brought through two brothers of one of the gentleman present … suddenly my left hand and arm began to shake, I was doing the shimmy as if I had Parkinson’s the gentleman’s wife exclaimed … “Oh my father is coming through!” It was a wonderful evening and after the group session I did a few private readings. Only one item had come through that was unclaimed and after the prior evening it felt good to have brought through such a clean group reading. After leaving I found myself looking forward to returning the following day for more individual readings, of course not before I had followed through with two other engagements, one at a horse boarding facility and the other at the Vero Beach/Indian River County Humane Society.

After getting back in a bit late to the home that I was staying at, I turned in early so as to be ready for the following day. That night I checked the weather in Chicago and saw that the region was due to get hammered by a snowstorm just before I got there and that it was possible my flight may be delayed or canceled, I checked with my guides and they assured me that I would be in Chicago on schedule and that I was fortunate to be going after a snowstorm, after all who likes it to be gray? Snow is beautiful, but enough about Chicago, I was still in Vero Beach, Florida and had another full day here before flying out of Orlando and heading to the windy city.

More about my Florida trip in my next post … part three.

When I was first opening up to my psychic abilities I had a lot to learn. One major problem was dealing with unwanted visitors. We had a ghost who had taken up residence in our daughters bedroom and I was having great difficulty with moving him towards the light. For starters, he was argumentative, spoke poorly of my wife and made our daughter uncomfortable to the point that she moved into our bedroom for awhile.

We tried all of the “common” suggestions on how to get rid of such spirits, but to no avail. One technique for “clearing” the room involved smudging with sage, no effect. Another method involved placing a glass of water near the bed so that the negative energies may be drawn towards it and then in the morning, flushed away like a bad dream … no luck. We tried placing crystals around the room which had been “charged” with the suns energy and even some with moon energy, did not change a thing. Then we tried placing a trail of salt around the windows and the door to the room, still no effect.

What was worse is that as we tried each technique, the ghost would mock us and our feeble efforts to either cross him over or to remove him from our home. Feeling like were were running out of options we went to a local metaphysical store and the clerk there did a “reading” of the situation on the spot and suggested that we needed to bring in a tree and invite fairy energy in so that the ghost would be forced out, we purchased the tree, and said a few invocations, but nothing changed … though eventually the tree died due top lack of adequate light in the room. About four weeks or so into dealing with our unwanted house guest we mentioned some of the problems we were having to a friend on the east coast. They knew a psychic and contacted her, she then later called us and told us that our friend was concerned about us and was calling to see if she could help with the problem.

As we were chatting, one of the first things she asked me was “How are your dreams? I told her that it had been years since I had a dream that I could recall. She then told me to “program” my dreams as I would find the answers there. She also explained the reason none of the techniques were working to get rid of the ghost. She said that we were fighting metaphysical problems with physical solutions and that until we figured out how to work on a different level with our problems, that they would not go away.

The next evening as I was going to bed I thought about the problems we had with our unwanted guest, I then requested to be given some help in my dreams. That night I had the first dream in years that I was able to recollect upon awakening. In my dream I found myself dealing with a similar though different problem.

The setting was the outside of a restaurant in downtown San Francisco near the financial district. The street was paved with bricks and the buildings were brick as well. I was in front of a Mexican restaurant that was being remodeled and which was going to be transformed into another type of restaurant. The owner came out to greet me as I walked up to the front of the building. He told me about his plans for the restaurant and how he wanted to do upscale international food during lunch time at affordable prices for the business crowd and that during the evening he would run it even more upscale and with a bit of a club atmosphere. It all sounded very nice, but there was a catch, many that he had hired, had already quit and they had not even opened their doors to the public yet. Grand opening was two weeks away and he was worried.

I asked him what the problem was, he had a good concept, great location and seemed to be quite good at what he was doing … so where was the problem. He told me that it would be easier to show me then to tell me. Now, I knew it had something to do with the supernatural, otherwise I would not be there. I ran my own business helping people who had ghost issues etc., but a ghost causing people to quit, sounded serious. The owner led me around the side of the building towards the back loading dock. As we turned the corner and the rear of the restaurant came into full view, I was struck by an intense beam of energy. I immediately retreated to safety and using the corner of the brick building as a shield against the attack I had just dealt with, I briefed the owner on what was going to happen next and his options.

Much to the dismay of the resturants owner, I told him that the beauty of being self employeed was that I got to pick which cases to take on and which ones to pass on. I told him that he had a very nasty ghost who had taken up residence in the back of the resturant. The ghost was on the utility pole by the loading dock and he had sent a wave of anger, unhappiness and sorrow towards me when I had first glimpsed him. I really did not feel like dealing with such a malevolent entity and told the owner that there were others that he could connect to help him, I gave the owner a few numbers of others who worked with the supernatural and bid him farewell.

Time compressed within my dream and two weeks went by in the blink of an eye … I found myself standing in front of the restaurant during opening night. There was a long line of people waiting to get in and I was near the front of the line with about twenty people in front of me and another thirty or so in line behind me. All of a sudden a van pulled up to the valet parking area in front of the restaurant. As the doors opened my heart sank, I recognized the driver of the van as one of my “competitors”, he led a “ghostbusting” team that ran around in matching jumpsuits and liked to make a big stink. He almost always had someone filming and today was no exception. While I liked to handle things quietly and not make a scene, he was the master of making a scene and had earned himself a bad rap among fellow light workers.

As his team tumbled out of the van, he and his camera man began walking towards the front of the line of people waiting for the doors to open. Knowing that the last thing the owner wanted was a big scene on opening night, I left my place in line and ran up to intercept him. As I approached him an ear-piercing scream came from down the alley. Abruptly he changed direction and then began running down the alley with his camera man following close behind,. I followed him as well and upon arriving at the corner of the building and just out of line of sight with the restaurants loading dock, I saw what the commotion was all about. The sensitive on his ghostbusting team was curled up in the fetal position rocking back and forth and yelling that she could not take it anymore, “get it off of me!” and so forth. Knowing that I could no longer avoid dealing with this entity, I turned the corner of the building and yelled out to the ghost that he should fight someone his own size.

With the ghosts attention diverted the woman who had been under attack jumped up and ran down the alley towards the safety of the van she had arrived in. I then retreated to safety behind the corner of the building where we were just out of sight of the loading dock and the entity above it. Then I did it. I turned to corner of the building again in order to view the loading dock and with my arms lowered and at my sides with the fingers of my open hands pointing down, I slowly brought my hands out on either side of my body. As I moved my arms outward towards my sides, I kept the palms of my hands facing in front of my and began to absorb energy through them. I could see this little golden trickle of energy streaming off of everything around me. The energy was coming off of plants, rocks, dead leaves, bricks and everything else around me. As I drew the energy into my body through my hands, I felt if building up in a ball in my abdomen. At some point I decided that I had enough energy and then I took the ball of energy and with a flick of my wrists sent it flying straight towards the negative entity above the loading dock.

The blast of energy that I hit him with was strong enough to knock him off his perch. He then looked at me and began to open up about his life and why he felt the way he did. It was a long story, but it all made sense in some twisted sort of fashion. He then offered an apology for his behavior and crossed over. At that point I woke up and was able to recall everything I had dreamed.

That morning I decided to try out the moves I had learned in my dream. I went into our daughters room and called him out of his hiding space in the closet. The ghost began to give me some “static” and I began to mimic what I had done in my dream, though I could not see the energy I was drawing into my body, I could feel it. He stopped sending his negative energy towards me when met with the blast of energy that I just built up and unleashed on him. I then “grabbed” his hand and pulled him out into the living room with me where my wife and daughter we sitting on the couch. I asked my daughter if he was the one causing her all the problems and she said yes, that he liked to stare at her from the foot of the bed while she was trying to go to sleep, hence the reason she had moved into our bedroom. I then told him that he did not frighten us and that though unhappy with him, he could stay in a room other then our daughters until he was ready to cross over and that we would help him with that.

Some time later that month he came up to me after watching me cross over another ghost and he asked me to assist with his own crossing.   

Since that first dream lesson, I have had several since, each one to assist me in understanding and utilizing my abilities. We can do other things in our dreams too. The dream state allows our spirits to go off and play while our physical body is repaired and receives the rest that it requires to continue functioning. To most of us, our dreams for the most part seem very random and disjointed and then from time to time we may have a dream that stands out in our minds for various reasons. Some dreams are more then us at play, they are other spirits coming to visit us and have meaningful discussions with. Theses types of dreams are very vivid and feel like you were actually meeting with the person. Past animal companions and loved ones may appear in these dreams as well.

Follow the steps below in order to program your own dreams.

1.) Write down on an index card or sheet of paper, who it is that you wish to meet with. (Such as your dog who passed recently or a family member in spirit.)

2) Write down an agenda for the meeting, talking points, questions you may have and so forth.

3) Write at the bottom that of the note that upon awakening you will recall every detail of your dream and the communications that took place within it.

4) Tuck the note under your pillow as you drift off to sleep … read the note over and over in your mind.

5) Repeat as needed until you have the dream that you are requesting.

Some report success the very first time they try it, others may need to try the technique for a week or so in order to see results.

I was born in Rogue River, Oregon and after a relatively uneventful first two years, (not that I remember them) my brother was born. Life was good, I was the child of a couple of hippies and there was no public school and … no TV. When not attending to schoolwork or chores my brother and I, could be found hiking around the thousands of acres of forest land that we lived within.

I spent most of my childhood near or on the Oregon coast. Florence, Coosbay, Tillamook and the small towns in between was where I spent the early years of my life. Soon after being born my parents moved to a commune between the coast and Eugene. I then recall our family living in a farmhouse close to where the commune was. When I was about five we moved to a tiny whistle-stop of a town, so small it has since been erased off of the map. It was here that my first brush with my future would occur, a future I would only find out about twenty-seven years later.

Canary was a very small community near the coast south of Florence and here our post office and barber shop were one and the same. Around five years old I began experiencing intense flying dreams where I would find myself running from the top of the driveway all the way down towards the house, but I never would make it all the way down the driveway. At some point I ceased running and simply was flying over the house and the adjacent woods. Soon I found that in order to fly in my dreams that I simply need to rock back and forth very quickly, as if on a swing where I would swing back and forth faster and faster until I was airborne … no, more as if I was laying down on my back and rocking back and forth until I would simply float up, roll over and fly off.

The dreams were very vivid and I would often find myself doing some extensive exploring of the woods. One night I dreamt of a cabin in the woods with an apple tree in front and it was very detailed. The following day my brother and I went hiking. We ended up in an unfamiliar part of the woods and I soon began to make out landmarks from my dream. We came into a bit of a clearing and just as I had seen in my dream, there was this abandoned cabin with an apple tree in front. The place was in complete disrepair and seemed to have been there for well over twenty, thirty or more years.

We lived in a double wide mobile home and though it was no Taj Mahal, we called it home and loved it. We had over six acres of beautiful forest land within the mountainous coastal region of Oregon. The rivers and streams were teeming with wildlife. With the help of a backhoe, a caterpillar and a drilling rig, we turned that place into a homestead. Fruit trees were planted, gardens were seeded and grass was sown. Life was good, I had two great parents who though not exactly conventional, did the best they could.

My Father was raised Pentecostal while my Mother was raised Catholic. Dad went into seminary school while Mom attended Catholic School. After they both became disillusioned regarding their respective faiths, they broke with convention and struck out on their own. It was the late sixties and what a time to be angry at the establishment, they rebelled and ended up finding each other in a health food store and bookshop in Mount Shasta, California. Soon after they discovered the Eastern gurus.

They found one particular guru who they seemed to resonate with and for the next several years I would find myself singing songs in a language that I did not understand when attending the Thursday night meetings with fellow devotees. This was a confusing time in my life and not an easy one, not many of the other kids understood my parents faith, let alone myself, I just wanted to be “normal”.

As a child my parents owned a natural food candy bar company. They would print little sayings and inspirational quotes on the backs of their labels, so that the person eating it would not only have his body nourished, but perhaps his mind and his soul. Speaking of souls, When about six years old I recall seeing what I thought to be the ghost of a fur trapper. In our home.

We had a walk in closet that had been converted into a prayer room. We had a heavy piece of fabric that functioned as a door. It was located in the middle of the hallway which connected my Father’s office, our bedroom, a bathroom and prayer room with the living room.

One day while in our room, my brother and I thought we saw a shadowy figure walk from the bathroom into the prayer room. After a few more sightings, I asked Mom if she saw anything. She replied that she did not and then added that such things did not exist. I was a bit puzzled at her reply since I had sworn that I seen him, as did my brother. I don’t recall much else about it, though I do recollect his appearance in great detail. He had a coonskin hat on with buckskins, the kind with the fringe. He had a long rifle slung over his back and seemed to be carrying a Bowie knife in his right hand. He held his knife at the ready and was hunched over as if trying to sneak up on someone.

Around this time I suppressed my abilities, it was not a conscious decision, but rather a choice I made subconsciously. After being rebuked by my parents a few times when I had approached them regarding unexplained occurrences, I stopped mentioning them and they seemed to stop on their own accord. It was not until many years later that I would understand my childhood.

Prior to January 24th of 2006 I was what you would consider a strong skeptic of all things paranormal and psychic. Even though I had a few unusual experiences as a child, I dismissed them at an early age and never looked back. Fast forward from 1974 to the beginning of 2006 and here I was in California, married, two kids, my own business and everything looked sunny for the road ahead. I thought I had it “figured out”, I loved my work … and was considered a leader in the business. I had just founded the North American Sea Glass Association and we were getting set to hold our first festival in the fall of 2006, it was the night that I had launched their web site that things went topsy turvy in our home.

ghostAfter a busy day of working on taxes and doing web design work, my wife (Heidi) and I decided it was time to call it a day. After brushing my teeth, I exited the bathroom with Heidi still in there preparing for bed. I closed the door behind me and began to walk down the hallway towards the dining room. As I was walking I felt someone right behind me and turned around expecting to see my wife standing there. Instead I saw a woman who was about 18 years of age, olive skin, dark long straight hair and she was thinner then my wife and about 3 inches taller too. The most unusual feature about her was her dress, it looked like the ones you saw in old time photos from the late 1800s early 1900s.

At first not believing my eyes, I turned and did a double take. She was still there, only this time she was walking towards me and then she entered the small of my back and exited my chest. When she passed through me, it took my breath away. It was a cold tingly type of energy, similar to the wash of fresh water going through your wetsuit when you duck under a wave on your board while paddling out and the cold wash goes through your suit from a loose fitting neck or something to that effect.

As she walked through me, I felt more then just physical sensations. I felt her mental state. She was lonely, angry and confused. She kept repeating “Why did it have to end this way?”. As quickly as she appeared, she disappeared. My wife called out from the bathroom and asked if I was okay? She said “What’s wrong is it an earthquake? what … did you see a ghost?” She asked the second part jokingly and I replied that “yes” I had seen one and she had walked though me. Heidi then became quite upset with me and accused me of trying to scare her, she said that I was making it up. I then began to describe the woman to her and to my surprise she finished the description of her and then confessed to having seen her in the same hallway a year ago. She had not told me because she thought that I might think that she was crazy, which I would have thought so 10 minutes prior.

After that first evening, she showed up the following night at about the same time. This time she showed me what her house looked like and gave me her name as well as many other details. It was amazing … I could actually understand what she was saying to me, and the visions she showed me were so vivid I could sense the dew on the grass and what time of year it was etc. Soon I had a wealth of material to check against historical records. Since we lived in condos built in the 1980s we knew that she had to be connected to the land and not the building. We found a map of the original township and the plats that had been drawn up for the town we live in. Sure enough where we lived used to be a farm and it was even mentioned on the map as to what the owners name was. He had the same last name as our ghost. When we found a census report, we found her name and that of the family members whom she had mentioned as living with her. Then we found something that really fit … birth records for all of the family members, and death records for all of them with the exception of our ghost. She had a birth record and no death record, she had simply vanished.

To make a long story short, she lived with us for 3 months before I assisted in crossing her over to the other side. She taught me a lot and I will be forever grateful for her help in opening me up to my abilities. Her name was Isabel Silva and she will always have a place in our hearts. Not too long ago a person whom I had given a reading to, revealed that he knew of an old timer who would tell him tales about a young woman who had gone missing and they even had a suspect, but with no body back then, there was not much that could be done. The suspect was released and she was never found.

By May of 2006 I began providing readings to the general public and have continued to do so since. About a year after discovering my abilities as a medium, I discovered the ability to communicate with live animals. At the end of this month, I will once again be a guest of the Benicia/Vallejo Humane Societies annual fundraiser where I will be providing guests with connections to their animal companions both living and passed, – animals need not be present.

Recently I have begun speaking in other languages then English during readings. I do not speaking any other languages myself and so I am simply repeating the words as I hear them from the spirits who I am connected to during the readings. The first time I did it I spoke flawless Spanish and the person receiving the reading knew exactly what I was saying. Then I did another reading where I spoke Hebrew at length … and then another one where I was speaking Norwegian, just a few nights ago I found myself speaking Chinese. My wife wrote down what I said and then we were able to translate it and it too made perfect sense.