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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.

For more about my work as a psychic medium and animal communicator visit www.charlespeden.com

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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.

When I first began to really understand just how easy it is to connect with those who have passed, I thought to myself … unsolved crimes should be easy to solve if you can speak with the victims and the loved ones of the victims who are already on the other side. Now after having been involved in a few high profile missing persons cases and other cases where my abilities have been requested, I have this to say about it.

Solving crimes and missing person cases as well as missing pet cases can be benefited by the use of a psychic, but only if the conditions are right and the authorities, victims family and most importantly the psychic, understand the limitations and difficulties involved in diverting resources to follow down leads with no “hard” evidence. The first thing that must be done, is establishing some understanding of the process and having someone close to the case, either an investigator or a family member “test” the psychic.

Testing a psychic does not involve something like you asking them random off case questions or having them guess what object is in your left hand, naming your pets or anything else of that nature. Rather they should be asked to connect with the person who is missing or someone else close to the family in spirit such as a relative who has passed. In some cases this is where the psychics involvement with the case will end. If there is no connection with any verifiable information which would have been impossible to know in advance and if the psychic fails to connect with anyone, there is nothing that person can do to assist.

On the other hand if several details are brought through either about the victim or missing person and they are confirmed then it is important to ask the spirits coming through, if they have information that they would like to pass along to assist in bringing about closure. Many times at that point, unless there is some other grand plan in the works that is yet to be revealed to us, the psychic should begin receiving information which is of benefit to those working to solve the case.

Psychics, should in my opinion, refrain from soliciting cases in order to make a name for themselves or for the intent of collecting reward monies that may be offered. I do not believe that psychics should pressure or request payment for looking into a case at the request of a family member or by members of law enforcement, rather they should offer a free consultation and honestly it should not take hardly much effort or time on their part to be of assistance, provided that there is not some other plan at work. If the psychic can then donate a portion of their time to working the case free of charge that is wonderful. However, if the psychic is not getting anything and the family members or the authorities continue to make demands upon their time, the psychic should have every right to charge fair market rate for their services … provided they are willing to stay on the case – though most good ones would walk away at this point.

Working missing animal cases can be tricky but are no where near as sensitive as working crimes and missing persons cases. I had a reading that took place some time ago where a woman wanted to connect with her dog “Porkchop”. I asked the woman if he was fat and she said “no”, I was surprised because the dog I saw was on the heavy side of things. I was told that he had been rescued after he had gotten out. He gave me the name of the street he was on, the fact that he was at a horse farm with a lawn jockey out front and a high wooden fence around the yard he was kept in.

I saw him returning to the woman in a week, and I also saw that there was nothing that she could do to change that, she simply had to wait. Now, Porkchop was a small dog and it was well below freezing the day he went missing, so you can imagine her concerns. She went so far as to contact another “psychic” who told her that he was dead and that he loved her and had crossed over and was okay now. I was puzzled, when a day after she had obtained the reading from the other “psychic” and she told me what she had said. I reiterated my prior statements and told her that as far as I could tell he was still alive and the only difference was that now instead of a week to go, it was three days to go.

Three days later she called me up and joyfully exclaimed that Porkchop was back and not only that, but he was fat. The deal was that the street that he gave me extended into the next town over where an “ille” was added onto the end of the name of the street. When I first heard the name and repeated it, the woman mentioned the street that sounded just like the name I had heard, (well almost identical) and there were horse farms on that street with lawn jockey’s too, just not the right farm or the right town, right street, slightly different name.

In another case I kept seeing a specific rock formation and was picking up on a name. The problem was that it did not fit anything within the “official” search area, as such it was not picked up on until after the case had been solved. If the search area had included the next State over there is a good chance that the clue would have made a difference had it been followed up on. The area that I was drawn to on the map was the actual flight path taken by the missing party and were you to draw a line from their point of origin (last know coordinates) and had that line run though the area I was drawn to, and then if you had extended that line into the next State over and added a few hundred miles or so you would have ran smack into to the location they were later discovered at.

In the first case I worked I learned a very important lesson. It started with me reading a news article about the missing persons. Later that same day I was visited by the spirit of one of the missing individuals. They told me to contact their coworkers and to inform them that I was in communication with her and that she wanted them to have me help in locating her so that her family could have closure.

I called her office and spoke with the officer in charge, that’s right she worked alongside the men and woman in blue, she was in law enforcement. I was given a better reception then I had hoped for and they requested that I come down to the station and see if by meeting with her coworkers in person and sitting at her desk I could make a strong connection with her and show her that they were taking what she had to say through me, seriously. I drove a few towns over and met her coworkers. I then was led to her desk and sat there for a few minutes. Then I began to bring forward details.

I saw a vehicle in the water off of a boat launch, I saw two other individuals in the same body of water. Both had a connection to a nearby town which I named. I saw a body in the car off the boat launch it was that of an older woman. The police had no info about any of the bodies or locations I was describing. Then I had one last detail about a vehicle that had gone off the road and was hidden from view. One thing I noticed was no skid marks. I also picked up on MI72 and I told the detective who was working the case that I kept getting the 72 part repeatedly. I had been asking for a clue to their where abouts and MI72 was what I kept getting along with all the cars and bodies in the river.

Two days later or so I received a phone call from the detective who was in charge of the case. He asked if I had turned on the news that morning, I told him that since I was in another State I did not regularly watch the news where he was. he then told me that they had just pulled two bodies out of the river right in the area that I had indicated. That both had gone missing from the town that I mentioned a connection to, but that they were not they ones I had been looking for.

Another week went by and they finally found the missing party that I had tried to assist with. The detective told me that they had a Hwy 72 nearby and that they found the missing car and person on Hwy 72 mile post 72, there’s that repeated 72. To cap things off, not only had I identified the Hwy and the mile post marker that they were at, but I also described why they crashed, who the driver was, how quickly they had passed and the position of the vehicle.

Another few weeks went by and the same detective called me up to inform me that in 20 years of being on the force, he had never seen such a thing. That morning he had been called out to the river again, this time to the boat launch I had discussed with them previously. An angler had put his fishing boat in the water and while launching it he caught his motor on the roof of a car at the end of the ramp. In the car they found an elderly woman. The detective went on to joke about how the State police might want to talk to me since I was the only one who knew anything about her, she had not even been reported as missing.

At this point I realized just what had happened. As soon as the authorities decided to listen to me, the other missing person cases in the area came forward and tried to ride the coat trails of the investigation I was involved in. They did not reveal that they were unrelated in the hopes that their clues would be followed up on so that they too could be found, bringing closure and peace to their families and loved ones. Soon after the same detective asked me to look at another case, this one led me in circles and after the success (sort of) of my first case I was hoping it too would be fairly easy, (from my perspective). As it turned out, that person did not want to be found or I simply was not supposed to assist with bring closure to it.

I have learned that sometimes tragic events must play themselves out. Much growth on a spiritual level takes place when a tragic event unfolds. Those who are touched by it, question their own existence, communities come together and strangers reach out to help others. Sometimes karma is at play, and not just from this present existence but perhaps tied to past events. In the cases where a psychic can be of help it’s important to remember that you are not just dealing with the spirits of the missing and their family members, but also you may be interacting with others who may even try and feed you false leads. As we are in life, so are we in death … to a great extent. Our personality remains intact.

If a young woman goes missing and her family speaks out about how pure she was and how she never would put herself in harms way, it’s difficult for the young woman to step forward and tell a psychic (read – a stranger) just what happened to her and where her body is. If the body is located quickly full battery of tests can be performed to determine what if any drugs were in her system, if she had be sexually assaulted and so forth. If her body was defaced, the last thing she may want is for her parents or loved ones to see her in such a state. It is easier in their minds if the body is not discovered until such physical evidence is no longer remaining or not at all.

Working missing persons cases are by far the most sensitive as if you tell someone that their loved one is dead and then they walk in the door a week later, there will be some serious problems. It is usually best if the family contacts a psychic and checks to see if the psychic can connect with unpublished details of the case and or individuals involved in the investigation. If the psychic is able to connect, then they should be handed off to the authorities at the request of the family. This way the psychic has a layer of insulation between the information coming in and the family members who may not be ready to hear such details or perhaps the psychic has misunderstood a detail coming through and until checked out it is best to protect the family from such information. This is not always the case, sometimes family members are equipt to handle such information and if that is the case, the psychic will know as the parties involved on the other side will know as well.

The long and short of it is that psychics are another tool and not a magic bullet. They should not be expected to simply walk in and say “so and so is in the cellar and Johnny did it with a baseball bat. Sometimes it is that simple, other times it is “MI72, 72 repeatedly.” Had the detective not been so focused on looking at another area he may have said to me what about Hwy 72 to which I would have most likely responded, “wow! that’s it!” and the case would have been solved. Psychics can provide another set of eyes, take a fresh look at evidence and best of all, chat with those who know all the secrets, the dearly departed.

Prior to becoming aware of my own abilities I was a complete skeptic, I still am a skeptic of anything brought through during a reading until it is confirmed. It is not my ability to “hear voices in my head” or “see visions” that make me a believer, it is the confirmations brought forward during and after the readings by those involved that make me believe that there is far more to this life then we are yet able to fully comprehend. Just as the world was at one time considered to be flat, I expect that some day the abilities of true and ethical psychics will simply be taken as a given. If this were the case, and a criminal knew that his victim could talk to the authorities, dead or not, it might make them think twice before committing a crime.

One last thing to think about … many claim to be psychic, but are con artists. Just like a person masquerading as a doctor when they do not have the schooling required nor the expertise. Do we call them a doctor after their fraud is revealed, no. Then why is it that when a person claiming to be a psychic but who is really a con artist is apprehended, the media continues to refer to them as a psychic? A real psychic is a light worker in that they work to bring about peace and harmony and do everything they can for the greater good. A final note, names and details of examples of cases I have been involved in have been changed slightly as to protect the privacy of the family members and those involved.

Last night my wife Heidi and I had a wonderful evening at the Barkitecture six Gala and Auction put on by the Benicia/Vallejo Humane Society. It was a lot of fun, the wine was good and the food was enjoyable. Many thousands of dollars were raised to help support the animals cared for by the Benicia/Vallejo Humane Society and we had fun connecting with fellow animal lovers.

After returning from the event, we thanked our babysitter who had been watching our two children and were impressed by the fact that she had put them to bed and they were already sound asleep. Heidi went over to one of our neighbors and spent some time with her cat BiBi who was dying of lung cancer. Heidi came back an hour later and told me the vet was stopping by the following day and was scheduled to put BiBi down around 3:00 pm. Our neighbor wanted me to stop by around noon so that she could connect with him one last time.

Before I had a chance to go over and see BiBi, our neighbor stopped by with her cat. BiBi’s breathing had become very labored and she was concerned that he would not make it until 3:00 pm and so she wanted me to check in with him and see if a quick trip to the vet was required or if he would prefer to wait until 3:00 pm. I tried connecting with him and and BiBi seemed very out of it. He had a patch on the back of his leg that was releasing medication for pain into his body and it made him a bit woozy. He told me that he wanted to just stay where he was and so we sat down on the couch with him and I held him for about forty minutes. Then he tried to get up and our neighbor picked him up and held him.

Right before he passed, the spirits of two cats, (his mother and another cat he had lived with) came into the room. As he took his last breath, I could feel his spirit exit his body and come to rest on my lap. Our neighbor then turned to me and asked if he was still with her and I informed her that he had just passed. To be double certain, I checked his eyes and though wide open they had already faded, like someone turning the lights out. I checked for any last signs of a pulse or breathing and confirmed that he had indeed passed.

BiBi’s spirit then connected with me and he began to bring forward many details. He told his person how his favorite memory was his time spent in Africa where they had a huge yard and big bugs to go with it. He loved climbing trees back then and playing with one of the spirit cats who had come just prior to his passing. He told her that he loved her and then told me to tell her that he was okay with having his body cremated and his ashes being placed up on the mantle next to his other companion whom had gone before him.

It was odd, chatting with him right after he passed. I kept looking at his body as if he was still there, but I could feel him on my lap. Last week I had a reading where I spoke with a dog about two hours after he had passed. I have come to the conclusion that if you attempt to connect with the spirit of an animal who has just passed, you may have better luck then if you wait a day or two. Several days or weeks after the passing of an animal it is easy to connect with them. There is a small period of adjustment and exploration which takes place soon after death and lasts for anywhere from a few days to a week or so. So the trick is to try and connect with them either right away or a few weeks after their passing.

The passing of anyone who is close to us is difficult. Even with the knowledge that they haven’t gone anywhere and simply are in spirit form and not in the physical body does not seem to make their passing any easier. It is only natural to mourn the loss of a loved one, be it a pet cat, dog, bird or another animal. Do not deny yourself the opportunity to grieve, for if you bottle the grief and pain up inside, it will fester and simply last longer.

BiBi had been with her for 16 years and will forever be a part of her life. Our neighbor was fortunate that she was able to connect with him prior, during and after his passing. Not everyone is so fortunate, but everyone can take comfort in knowing this. Animals do not fear death, they fear pain. They worry about our ability to cope with their passing. They do not want us to remember them in a broken down state, rather they would like to be remembered as they were in their prime. Animals can see spirits and your other animals will know exactly what has happened. They too may find themselves in a period of mourning since they too are in the physical world at this moment. As time passes, so does the pain of the loss.

On Monday the 10th of December, 2007 I booked a reading for the coming Friday on the 14th scheduled to take place at 1pm. The week leading up to the reading I had several other readings and each of them went very well. Thanks to my connection with spirit, I was dropping names, getting dates, ages, descriptions and much more and was feeling very confident going into this particular reading.

About 10 minutes prior to the reading I prepared for the reading by playing a singing bowl and lighting a candle and

Tibetan Singing Bowl

Tibetan Singing Bowl

meditating. At 5 minutes prior to 1pm I called my appointment and began the reading. She asked about connecting with two individuals who had passed. I wrote down their names and then invited them to join us for a conversation. I then saw a boy who appeared to be about 10 years old and I saw a man who looked to be in his early 40s. He had a wiry dark brown nearly black beard that was pretty full and was wearing a jumpsuit or uniform, maybe overalls or something. The lady whom I was giving the reading to, indicated that I was not even close to describing anyone whom she knew.

Then I heard the name Virginia and asked her if it meant anything to her, she asked, “the place or the name?” I replied, “the place“ and once again she said that she had no idea of what I was talking about. Then I saw a lovely tree lined lane with very large trees, they were hardwoods of some type, maybe maples or something similar. I asked if a tree lined lane meant anything to her, once again the answer was no. Then I asked her about a gray cross. She said that she had crosses in her home, but none of them were gray and the one I saw was large enough to be a grave marker. Then I felt as though my left arm was being amputated and asked her about that, again she said that it meant nothing to her.

Tree Lined Lane

Tree Lined Lane

At this point I felt as though I was being blocked. I had gone all week, make that over two years at the time of this reading and not once had a reading gone that poorly for me. We were a half hour into the reading that had been scheduled for an hour in duration. I asked her if she had made anybody on the other side mad, again she said no. It was almost as if I had a shroud on my head when it came to attempting to connect with any information concerning her reading. I did have information come through, but I had no idea what it was connected to. 

I informed her that I would be willing to reschedule the reading and that there would be no fee for the aborted reading that had just transpired. We agreed to a new time and date and ended the call. Then I received an email the email contained no other information then the following.

Field Hospital - Savage Station

Field Hospital - Savage Station

I have a question. My house has paranormal activity. Sometimes it’s very disconcerting while other times I just accept it. It’s sometimes upsetting for my children. I feel the need to know what and who it is and why there are here. Are you able to help with this?

 

 

I wrote her back that I would be happy to assist her and then provided her my contact information. A few minutes passed and she called me and I proceeded to tell her how I had just crossed someone earlier that week and that this was an area that I was familiar with. Then all of a sudden I saw a battle raging right where she was living. I then told her that I saw her in the middle of a battlefield and she surprised me by replying that she already knew that. I then asked her where she lived and she said that she lived in Virginia! I then asked her about a tree lined lane and sure enough she lives on one, as I had described in my prior reading. I asked about a gray cross and it turns out that they live right next to an old cemetery and they also live next to where there used to be a field hospital during the civil war.

I then described the boy to her and she confirmed that she had a 10 year old son and he fit the description I had just provided, and not only that, but the man whom I had described in the prior reading fit the description of the ghost in the closet of the boys room. Just that week the boy had described the soldier in his room that would stare at him out of curiosity from time to time in such vivid detail that it had her convinced that she was not crazy since her son was seeing and feeling things as well.

I picked up on dozens of ghosts and spirits in the vicinity as many battles had been fought there. Thousands had fought and died there and many had stayed behind, a sentinel, a witness and a reminder of the atrocities that had taken place on that soil, not so many years before. And then I saw him, there was one soul among the others who was far darker and more enveloped in sorrow then any I had seen in some time. The lady with the home on the battlefield confirmed that both her and her son had felt his presence and though not frightening, it was unsettling.

Civil War Soldiers

Civil War Soldiers

As I spoke with him, he opened up and revealed what had made him so dark. He had been a field surgeon and he felt responsible for the lives that had been lost under his watch. He had performed dozens upon dozens of amputations if not hundreds of them and many of the soldiers died while under his knife. He was having trouble facing the families of those who had perished under his care. I helped him to understand that he was still loved and that his family was waiting for him on the other side. Several family members of soldiers whom had died under his knife came through and let him know that they felt no ill will towards him. After it became clear to him as to how it was time to move on, he quickly rejoined his family by crossing over.

Right after the crossing, I called back my reading from before and informed her of what had just transpired.

Not too long ago I had a person call me who had concerns about ghosts. This person said that she was seeing ghosts around her house and now her whole family was starting to see things. She was a little concerned about it and so while asking a friend what she should do, she was given my number.

She called me and while I was chatting with her I saw several individuals with her, but none of them stepped forward to chat. We set the appointment and that was that.

Transformers Movie Poster

Transformers Movie Poster

The night prior to my stopping by to see about her little ghost problem, my wife Heidi and I sat down to watch a movie and settle in for the evening. Almost as soon as we sat down we were joined by a ghost. He had a very cold presence and sat down on the couch between the two of us. The couch seemed to sag a little bit when he sat down. Right away I began to smell hydraulic fluid, grease and even jet fuel. The smell was overwhelming, it was like being in a mechanics shop, or a tarmac at military base. I got a sense of large equipment and that perhaps he was a mechanic, but not with cars.

We were watching Transformers and every time that a soldier would come on the screen I got

Navy Flight Deck

Navy Flight Deck

a blast of energy from him. He made it clear that he had at one time been in the military. Then one of the female leads in the movie announces that she grew up working on cars and once again I got the feeling that he was connected to the role of mechanic.

As soon as we felt his presence, I “saw” him. He was over six foot, white, brown hair that was receding, skinny and with an almost gaunt look. His stomach hurt real bad and I sensed he had died of stomach cancer. There was an issue with his foot and or leg as well.

I asked him what he was stopping by for and he indicated that he was connected to a reading I was doing tomorrow. I thanked him for dropping by and then he proceeded to watch the entire movie with us before departing himself.

The following day I went to the address of my walk-through and as I walked in the door I described the events of the prior evening. Immediately they knew who he was and after a long conversation with him, everything was resolved. It was the woman’s uncle and he was unhappy with the way things were handled after his passing. He had been a mechanic in the military and had died of stomach cancer. He fit the description to a “T”. There was more, but not that I can reveal here. Since that visit I have not heard from him nor her and one must assume that he has crossed on over to the other side.

Bond Certificate

Bond Certificate

Many times those with unfinished business will attempt to “right things” before they cross over and continue their journey. On several occasions I have assisted with bringing closure after a sudden death. In one case I had a gentleman ask if I might know where a number of stock and bond certificates had been stashed and now that his father had passed, he needed to know where they were before selling the house. His father gave me a name to pass along to his son, it turned out that this person was best friends with his father. Now the problem was that the person who I was doing the reading for had had an argument with this very gentleman quite recently. They were fighting over where to hold the wake.

 

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.

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