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Psychic Medium April Claxton and the Movement Within – The Big Seance Podcast #70

Interview with psychic medium, April Claxton on The Big Seance Podcast: My Paranormal World

 

April Claxton is not your typical psychic medium. Learn about her journey, her spirit posse, reaching people on Facebook, addiction, what we experience on the Other Side, and a message to all psychic mediums!

 

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Lily Dale: The Town That Talks to the Dead

In Lily Dale: The Town That Talks to the Dead, Christine Wicker packs her bags and takes a good honest look at the Spiritualist community of Lily Dale and the mediums that call the place home. She views every experience with an open and respectful, yet unapologetic and skeptical eye, which I appreciated… even if I felt a bit guilty for appreciating it. The reader gets to follow what ends up being a cast of fascinating characters, including guests, mediums, and other members of the community. She asks the questions many of us would probably want to ask, but wouldn’t, because we’d be afraid of being offensive. Christine covers the good, the bad, and the dysfunction of Lily Dale (even juicy gossip among mediums)! And even though she stubbornly refuses to have a spiritual experience, there’s evidence that she does, even if it’s just temporary. 

In the last five years or so, I’ve spent much of my time reading, experimenting, and researching all things “spirit communication”. After first reading about Lily Dale in a book about Spiritualism and the famous Fox Sisters, and after conversations with medium Lee Allen Howard and hearing about his trips to the famous Spiritualist camp, it has been a destination I’ve been very interested in learning about and possibly visiting. Also, six months ago I watched and reviewed No One Dies in Lily Dale, the HBO documentary. As I mentioned in the comments of a recent post about this book, I think I’m going to have to watch the documentary again after reading Christine’s take on it all. I’ll make it to Lily Dale one of these days, but in the meantime I feel like the experience of reading this book was the next best thing. 

Do you have any other recommendations on the topic of Lily Dale? Let me know in the comments below! 

(Speaking of taking my word for it, you may be interested in LeVar Burton’s Reading Rainbow Kickstarter project.) 

 


Mediums at the Turn of the Century…

This has definitely been one of the longest blog droughts for me, and so if you’ve been waiting for new content, I apologize and thank you for your patience. I’m recovering from one of the most stressful few weeks I’ve ever had in my real gig. For a music teacher, December and May are particularly challenging, and sometimes they are a nightmare. For four days I did not return from work until 8 or 9 in the evening, and even then I did work up until bedtime. I finished off the week with a bang, and fortunately not literally, because I went roller skating on a field trip with many of our kids on Friday. It had been years. I’m proud to say that though the skills didn’t come back to me as fast as they did seven or eight years ago, I managed to do okay… and I DIDN’T FALL! I had a blast, though if the muscles in my right ankle could talk, they’d say something very different.

 

So here’s a little something for you today.

I learned this in the book Lily Dale: The Town That Talks to the Dead by Christine Wicker, which I’m reading right now. Mediums at the turn of the century, real or hoaxers, were almost all women. Men were only okay with listening to these women mediums speak because it was men that were almost always being channeled through them. It was clear that these mediums were the real thing, because there is no way that a woman could come up with such great wisdom and answers on her own. 

 

This either made you laugh or really annoyed you. Either way, I thought it was an interesting look back, and a great example of how far we’ve come in a century… though many would argue we’ve got a long way to go yet.

 

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Best and Reputable Psychic Mediums: Leave a recommendation or testimonial

Have you been to a psychic or medium recently? Are you seeing validations left and right? Have you found someone with such a gift that you have little doubt in their ability? Does this person deserve some kudos or perhaps a testimonial?

Would anyone find it useful if we compiled a list of recommended and reputable psychics/mediums that you have had personal experience with?

My suggestion would be to leave the person’s name or business, the general geographic area, and a website (if available) in the comment section below. I’ve decided that for this post I will only accept positive comments and recommendations. Also, in order to protect the privacy of those individuals, I will not publish phone numbers or personal e-mails. Several of my readers are of the psychic variety, so shameless, self-promotion is welcome. 

Remember: 

  • Recommendations/Testimonials

  • General geographic area

  • Website (if available)

  • Positive Only

  • No personal phone numbers, or e-mail.

 

Let’s get this list started. Maybe we’ll create a great resource! I’ll go first! 

 

My recommendation: Marilyn Painter, Psychic Medium and Spiritual Counselor, Ahtah Sanctuary, St. Louis MO area.  Testimonial: I have learned so much in my readings and classes with Marilyn. My experiences with Ahtah Sanctuary have truly changed my life! I want to encourage anyone who feels they are ready to open themselves up for more love and light to make an appointment or sign up for a class today! Thank you, Marilyn!

My recommendation: Marilyn Painter, Psychic Medium and Spiritual Counselor, Ahtah Sanctuary, St. Louis, MO area.

Testimonial: I have learned so much in my readings and classes with Marilyn. My experiences with Ahtah Sanctuary have truly changed my life! I want to encourage anyone who feels they are ready to open themselves up for more love and light to make an appointment or sign up for a class today! Thank you, Marilyn!

 

 

 

 


In My Opinion: Because a Long Island medium said so!

 

Photo Attribution: John Stephen Dwyer, CC-BY-SA-3.0.

Photo Attribution: John Stephen Dwyer, CC-BY-SA-3.0.

Just a few days ago, I shared a post from one of my favorite blogs on Twitter. If you follow my tweets, you’ll know I share things frequently as I read articles that resonate with me. It will not be a surprise to know that the topic of the post I shared had to do with making yourself available for souls who want to communicate. Not long after my tweet, I received a series of incredibly negative responses that reprimanded me for the share, and assumed I was ignorant of any paranormal or psychic research. Because it continued to go downhill without a chance for me to fairly stand up for myself or explain, I ended up using the block feature for the very first time. Because of the block, I do not have access to those tweets, otherwise I would have quoted the whole conversation in this post. 

The Twitter user that I blocked seemed to be a psychic or medium of some kind… or at least wanted to be one really badly, and to my knowledge, I’ve never been in contact with her before that moment. Have you noticed there are about eleventy-thousand (on average) psychics on Twitter now? Don’t get me wrong. I love psychics. I love reading about and learning from psychics. But there are a ton of wannabe psychics that clearly have not earned the title, just deciding this week that they’re psychic after watching a few episodes of Long Island Medium (which she actually referenced in her argument). And I’m not dogging wannabe psychics. I’m not even insulting Theresa Caputo. I think she’s got a great show and seems to be the real deal. I’d love to be psychic and continue to read and learn about channeling and intuition. But in this paranormal craze, just like the zillions of ghost hunter teams that pop up every day, perhaps it is just a little too easy to start a Twitter profile and call yourself a psychic medium. 

Psychic lady tagged another supposed psychic to a few of her responses to me and requested help in educating me and setting me straight. Among several other things, I was told that I was irresponsibly sharing information that was dangerous, not recommended, etc. You know, the same old textbook responses. Ghosts are bad. Spirit communication is dangerous. You’ll pull something out you can’t put back in. You have no idea how to deal with a spirit. Only demons come through a Ouija board. Only a psychic can help. Have you heard of smudging? You need to do some research or read a book (one of my “favorite” comments.)

Most of this was before I even had a chance to respond. I felt like I was in the scene from Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (my favorite movie) where Romy tries to enlighten Heather Moony… who is a smoker.

Romy: Heather, um, has anyone ever told you that smoking can kill you?

Heather: No. No one. Thank you.

Clearly, know-it-all psychic lady has not followed my blog and doesn’t know much about me… and she doesn’t know that we share some of the same opinions… though she probably just isn’t interested. I’m exaggerating and paraphrasing, of course, but psychic lady continued on. If you “dabble” and play games with spirit for fun, it’ll getcha! Well Theresa Caputo says _______. You see, the thing that absolutely sends me over the edge is when someone tells me their opinion of something spiritual or metaphysical as if it is fact. Even if you think it is fact, don’t correct me. I could point to many different books by different psychics and gurus that give multiple and sometimes incredibly different answers to the same mystical question (which is something ELSE that drives me batty!) 

In just a few responses, I tried to explain that I was well aware of the usual concerns and dangers and was not an idiot, though I appreciated her concern (I lied.) I told her that I read many books, including many by psychic mediums. I shared my belief that just because some spirits may be trouble or negative, doesn’t mean that we should avoid all spirit contact. Her responses continued, including a promise to never follow me or take my advice.  This random person, whose profile summary simply reads “a psychic medium”, was missing some of the “love and light” that is so very common these days among people who share her title. She needed a little bit of that… and I may or may not have shared that concern with her. For her, it was more like “hate and dark”.     

What I didn’t get a chance to share with psychic lady is this: If only YOU are hearing or seeing it, if your guide passed along a message meant for you, or if a parapsychologist or scientist can’t prove it, then you are free to tell me your belief or your opinion based on your amazing experience, but do not talk down to me as if you know all of life’s secrets and have nothing better to do than tweet about it with the TV remote in your hand. Gosh I hope I’ve never come across that way in my own writing and blogging. You’d tell me, right? 

 

So this has clearly been me venting, but it is also a general concern that I’ve had recently. Too many people are saying “this is how it is”. Too many “experts” are going out of their way to correct others, saying things like “No. You’re wrong. That’s not how it works on the other side. It goes like this.” Really?  

 

Okay vent officially over. Thoughts on this? Talk about an almost Halloween DOWNER! 🙂 I’ll check in with everyone on November 1st to see if everyone is recuperating from sugar highs (or in our case, drying out from the 80% chance of rain we’re expecting for trick or treaters.) 

 

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Getting the Spiritual Story Straight…

If you’re like me, you think of yourself as a pretty spiritual person. Though I have many flaws, I am one who likes to work toward being as enlightened as possible. I’ve written many times about the “spiritual shift” that I went through around five years or so ago. Since then, along with the topics that you read about frequently on this blog, I’ve read about and tried my hand at things like channeling, meditation, astral travel, automatic writing, manifesting, etc. 

I mean no disrespect to some of the blogs I read or to spiritual leaders and authors out there, and I kind of feel funny posting this at all. But… let’s all be honest with ourselves. Do you get frustrated when you read material by psychics or spiritual leaders and realize that many of them have conflicting beliefs, stories, or statements? For example, one may say that I’ll see all of my former pets on the other side. Another says no. One says we can reincarnate as an animal. Another says no. One says when I die “the light” stays with me for a certain number of hours after my funeral. If I stay too long and miss my light then I’m doomed to be earthbound until I catch someone else’s. One says there’s a bridge in that light, but another says it’s a tunnel. And yet another says there is no light at all. When we pass, is there one big afterlife or are there different levels that we’ll be placed in according to how enlightened we are? Do we have 100% free will in this life or did we plan and script it all before we got here? And this next one drives me nuts. There is a popular book about auras and chakras out there. Well… the author no longer supports the information in the book, or even the idea that auras and chakras exist at all. 

And here is the inspiration for this post. Many wise and spiritually enlightened people refer to themselves or others as being “lightworkers”, “mystical travelers”, or “mission-life entities”. I’m not sure if these are just different names for the same thing, but there is a book that I’m reading now that tends to be aimed toward people who accept the mystical traveler role. I’m not feeling the call to accept these positions so I feel a bit guilty. Or maybe since I feel I could never live up to or fit the description of a “mystical traveler” I  just feel like I’m not a member of the club… and so why finish the book? Also, I’m confused. Do you accept these positions in life or on the other side before an incarnation? How does one know if they have been granted one of these titles? (Clearly, none of these belong to me or I wouldn’t be asking.) Is this something you choose to be? And if so, does one make this decision in life or before getting here?

Alright, I know there are too many question marks in this post, but bear with me for just a few more. There have been a few times in the last year or so where I’ve been in conversations with spiritual people, many who I respect and look up to. Sometimes I get corrected or told how something is or isn’t, even though there is clearly conflicting ideas out there. Is all of this spiritual wisdom coming from the same place and just interpreted differently? Or… is this wisdom just strong beliefs and opinions that are formed like anything else?

Even though it’s sad for me to think, my ego sometimes wonders if some of this information is just made up. 

Okay, rant over. I need to get rid of this nasty aura and meditate. 😉 

 

Peace!

 


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