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Carole J. Obley and Soul to Soul Connections – The Big Séance Podcast: My Paranormal World #27

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Psychic Carole J. Obley, The Big Séance Podcast

 

A conversation with spiritual medium, Carole J. Obley, on such topics as past lives, meditation, how she uses her gifts, the most memorable messages that she has received from spirit, and her book, Soul to Soul Connections: Comforting Messages from the Spirit World.

 

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Carole J. Obley, of Soulvisions, LLC – is a professional spiritual medium from Pittsburgh, PA, who has done thousands of readings for people seeking confirmation, guidance, and healing from the spirit world. She has been the subject of newspaper articles, spoken on both radio and TV and is the author of three books on mediumship and healing. She has also published articles on spiritual and metaphysical subjects and taught workshops at Lilydale, N.Y., the largest US center for Spiritualism. She has produced audio programs to help people with spiritual development and teaches three levels of classes in intuition and mediumship. You can find Carole’s website at SoulVisions.net

 

In this episode:

  • Intro and Carole’s Bio :37
  • What’s it like doing so many phone readings and connecting with people over the radio? 3:50
  • When did Carole first discover she had the ability to communicate with the spirit world? 6:30
  • What types of messages from the spirit world do spirits typically want to communicate with us? 9:33
  • Messages of forgiveness 11:30
  • Let’s dig into Carole’s book, Soul to Soul Connections: Comforting Messages from the Spirit World 13:19
    • Soul to Soul Connections: Comforting Messages from the Spirit World by Carole J. Obley, The Big Séance Podcast, BigSeance.com Carole gets details of past lives in her readings 13:19
    • Tips on mindful meditation/”timeless state” and my own “A-Ha” moment! 18:37
    • Eckhart Tolle 18:37 
    • Avoiding getting lost in the noise and details of our 21st century technology and busy-ness 22:50
    • Chaos/Negativity/the shift 27:10
    • Addiction and Recovery 29:02
      • 12-Step Recovery and Spiritual Growth 30:28
    • Carole’s most memorable readings and evidence 34:25
  • What is the spirit world like and what happens when we die? Also, the “life review” seems to be the ultimate Elf on the Shelf! 40:43
  • Carole also gets communication from pets and animals from the Other Side! 48:31
  • Carole’s courses on mediumship and spirituality 52:08

  

For More on Carole J. Obley:

Visit SoulVisions.net

Find Carole on Facebook

 

Thanks, Carole!

 

Also in this episode: 

Listener Feedback

  • Claire Broad (ClaireBroad.com) and her development circles in the UK. Thanks for the contacting me, Claire! 54:53 

A New Book!

 

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“Spiritual” and “Religious”…

Here are a few questions to ponder today. 

Are you “religious” or “spiritual”?

Do they have to be different? Are you both? Neither? 

Next question.

How did your upbringing or early life experience lead you to where you are now and how you classify yourself?

If you’re wondering what brought this on, bear with me and I’ll attempt to explain. Sometimes I get going on these things and I wonder if I’m even being coherent. In recent weeks I’ve gotten a few comments here, mostly polite,  from people who I would consider “religious”. For the most part, these comments have shared concerns that spirit communication is from the Devil or evil. I apparently need to find God… which is weird, because I feel like I have a pretty close relationship with him, actually. I have no intention of censoring these comments, providing they stay respectful. And just to be clear, I have comments set to be approved mainly due to the fact that I have students out there. They’re free to read, but they don’t need to comment. 🙂 

In one of the comments, the reader discussed how she was once into “the occult” (a term that is SO misunderstood and is often confused with “cult”), but now she’s Christian. It was suggested that I repent and “seek God, rather than demonic spirits.” 

Well… I realize it is dangerous to go here, but I’m going to. As soon as I read the comment discussed above, I couldn’t help but think about how my path has been the opposite of hers. And, I suppose, we both would see each others paths as backwards. I grew up and spent a LOT of time in a Southern Baptist Church. My sister and I were the third generation of our family to go to this church. By the time I was in high school, I was a staff musician and was getting some great experience. But it was also around this time that I learned some disappointing things that were going on in the congregation. Not only that, but nationally there was a lot of controversy going on with the Southern Baptist Convention spreading and teaching hate. Ellen Degeneres had come out of the closet and so of course they boycotted everything having to do with ABC and Disney (their parent company). Ring a bell? People can be so very hateful in the name of God… and they’ll follow anyone who refers to themselves as a “pastor” or “preacher”. So I think my family determined that there was more love and acceptance at home than in the church. But I decided to stay until I left for college, gritting my teeth the whole time… and I made that decision for one reason only… music.  In college I worked in two or three different churches as a staff musician and for a year was a director of music. I’ve been known to say that the only thing I got out of these church experiences was music, which has ended up being a huge part of my life, but that’s not exactly true. There were many people who helped raise and support me in my hometown church, people who I have lots of love and respect for. There were many nice people who I worked with in college. But… you can lose a lot of yourself in organized religion. And most definitely, not everything shouted from a church pulpit is good… or even true, for that matter. 

Around 5 years ago I began what I refer to as my “spiritual shift”. I am so much closer to God now than I ever was before then… and I don’t regret leaving organized religion. I don’t think anyone is ever truly enlightened… and I definitely have my flaws (oh boy, that’s another blog post), but I’ve certainly come a long way since then. It’s like my eyes are opened now. I can’t imagine going back to a time where I knew nothing about a spirit guide… or meditation… or energy, or the fact that we’re all loved, no matter what and no one is judged! And… I can’t believe there was a time when “ghosts” were just people wearing bedsheets on Halloween. Aren’t we doing our children an injustice by teaching them that there is a physical land up in the sky covered with clouds and angel wings where only some of us go? I remember praying a lot growing up… begging to not go to the fiery place where the red guy with horns would torture you. And if we’re teaching kids that to get them to behave (Jesus on the shelf?), then we have serious issues. To me, closing my mind and going back to a world where dogma is kept alive to keep leaders of churches and religious organizations in power would be a giant leap backwards. I know too much now. And spirit communication? I’ve yet to have a negative experience. Why wouldn’t we want to learn more?  (Side note. Check out MOSS’s two investigations [HERE and HERE] of a church that DID want to know more. Cool experience!)

So… I know everyone has their own path. I get that. I know very little about these readers other than their “religious” comments. They very well may be the nicest and sweetest  people one could meet. But… how does one respond? Do you smile and just move on? Do you write up a blog post about it? 😉 Am I even being coherent? Am I going to Hell? Care to start a discussion?

 

Related:

Christians and the Occult (kristinemcguire.com) 

 


Kristy Robinett: Messenger Between Worlds

Author and Psychic Medium, Kristy Robinett. Image from www.kristyrobinett.com

Author and Psychic Medium, Kristy Robinett. Image from kristyrobinett.com

Today I want to share some thoughts I had after listening to an episode of Jim Harold’s The Other Side podcast. Jim interviewed Kristy Robinett, a psychic medium. Now days everyone seems to be a medium or a psychic, and Jim has interviewed plenty of them, so as I started the podcast while driving to work yesterday morning I probably rolled my eyes. But as the interview went on, I realized how easy this woman was to listen to, and it almost seemed like she was in the car with me. She seemed so very honest and real, and she got emotional as she talked about some of her experiences with clients. It really was a great interview!

Kristy told Jim some personal stories from her childhood, a time that was apparently very challenging for her. She says she has been seeing and communicating with spirits since the age of three. She didn’t have a lot of support and it seems the adults in her life often just didn’t understand and didn’t know what to do with her. I can’t imagine how lonely it must have been growing up with people not believing you, not understanding you, or even thinking your gift was evil. Below is a portion of her bio from her website, kristyrobinett.com.  

I grew up in a religious household and attended parochial school from K-12. Seeing spirits from the tender age of 3 I had difficulty understanding what I was being taught at school and church compared to what I was seeing, feeling and hearing. For several years I fought with the rationale, my sanity and my religion. It wasnt until I was in my 20s that I decided to consult my minister.

​As I sat down across from the man, his eyes looked into mine with wonder. I was the good girl of the school and the church; a straight A student, active in youth groups, the choir, the band, drama, varsity sports – an All American Girl – so the reason why I was sitting across from him wringing my hands profusely confused him. Not necessarily knowing how to begin, I merely blurted out I see ghosts. I see angels. I see spirits. And they talk to me! My minister looked at me without expression and asked me to explain more in depth to the degree of communication. At that moment his son came through. A son I never knew he even had. A son nobody in the parish knew he had and who he had lost. Tears shone in his eyes and he hugged me, giving me his blessing to pursue the work he believed I was given by God. It sounds oh so simple, but a theology debate with me playing the devils advocate took place over a matter of a few hours. I continued to consult with him and he would counsel me and I would often counsel him. He told me that it wouldnt be easy, me being who I was, but that if it were easy everybody would do it. He also cautioned me on the types of people who would try to ridicule me, play theology Jeopardy with me and mock me.

Becoming comfortable with my gift has taken an awful long time and still when I speak with someone who doesn’t know “what” I am, I begin – “Now, I am perfectly sane, but….I see ghosts….” I am not different than you. Everybody has the ability to “see”, you just have to open yourself to it.

I think some of us probably have this idea that many psychics or mediums somehow chose this path, and maybe even for the purpose of gaining attention or fame. It made me stop to realize that for some of these people, they had no choice. It’s who they are.

 

I have pre-ordered Kristy’s latest book, Messenger Between Worlds: True Stories from a Psychic Medium, that is due out in July of this year. I can’t wait to read it.

 

 


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!

 


Edgar Cayce and Spirit Communication…

Edgar Cayce

Probably about a year ago I ordered two books on the psychic, Edgar Cayce. I must admit that even though I think he was a fascinating man, I only read one of them, and it was rough for me. His channeled knowledge is a little like reading out of the King James Bible. The second book (that I may never read from front to back) is a bit like a textbook, but is easily referenced by topic. 

Edgar Cayce was born in Kentucky in 1877. He is sometimes known as the “sleeping prophet”. This is because he often appeared to be sleeping when he was in trance. In fact, his first clairvoyant experience came after a nap while doing school work. He was also known as the “father of holistic medicine” because from the very beginning he was able to use his clairvoyance to help with medical advice and healing. Since then, most of his readings involved health and healing. Where did all of this knowledge and information come from? Cayce claims it almost never came from an outside source, but from his super conscious (sometimes known as higher consciousness, G0d consciousness, or sometimes just “source”).  Fortunately for us, almost every Cayce reading is documented and cataloged. 

This evening I decided to see what Mr. Cayce specifically had to say about spirit communication. As I said, sometimes this stuff is over my head, so I’d love to hear your thoughts or interpretation. 

Excerpts from Channeled Readings Regarding Spirit Communication

If there is a desire on the part of those in the spirit or fourth dimensional plane to be communicated with, and the same element of desire is attuned from another plane, stratum, sphere or condition, then such may be done; hence, it truly may be said that all factors have their influence, desire the ruling one; and the desire must be attuned to the same vibration of the one in another plane, as the radio.

Q-Does communication further or retard, or not affect, the spiritual progression of those in spirit life?
A-It does all!

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 A union of force makes for strength and power. Thus, the communion of saints means that all who have one purpose, whose thoughts and motivative forces are one, may communicate; whether those in the material plane, in the borderland, or those that may be upon the shores of the other side of life. 

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Q-Does he (deceased) know of my prayers?
A-Do you wish him to? Do you wish to call him back to those disturbing forces, or do you wish the self to be poured out for him that he may be happy? Which is it you disire, –to satisfy self that you are communicating, or that you are holding him in such a way as to retard?

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Q-What physical thing may an individual do to be able to communicate with those that have passed into the spirit plane?
A-Lay aside the carnal or sensuous mind and desire that those who would use that mentality, that soul, for its vehicle of expression, do so in the manner chosen by that soul; for some communicate in act, in sight, in movement, in voice, in writing, in drawing, in speaking, and in the various forces as are manifest–for force is one force.

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Q-What form do spirits have?
A-That within the mental capacities of the medium obtaining such vibration from an aura to create; or to give, such manifestations a form: it assuming then that form…
Not that we would belittle such manifestations, but let them be rather the silent voice from within communicating with the individuals themselves, rather than manifesting through other individuals who give them shape, form, and words of their individual development and of their individual environment.

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 Sources:

Mark Thursday, “The Essential Edgar Cayce.” Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 07/08/2004

B. Ernest Frejer, “The Edgar Cayce Companion: A Comprehensive Treatise of the Edgar Cayce Readings.” A.R.E. Press, 12/01/1995

http://www.edgarcayce.org/are/edgarcayce.aspx


Everyone’s Waiting… Breathe Me…

Today started out as one of those horrible, no good, very bad days (as Alexander says… have you read that book? Good book).  When you get so caught up in the moment… so upset that you think the whole world is out to get you… when you want to start cursing, blaming, road raging, eating Reese’s peanut butter eggs (No? That’s just me?), etc… what do you do to calm yourself down? No really, that is a question I’m asking my spiritual friends and readers. The whole morning I kept saying to myself… “In the grand scheme of things, this experience is so small and doesn’t even matter.” When that didn’t help, I thought “You’ve learned so much about spirituality recently… you’re better than this… don’t get upset… I know you’re driving a car right now, but meditate… breathe… DO SOMETHING!” I failed miserably. I was incredibly upset and I was miserable to be around I’m sure.

To make a long story that I haven’t even told you short, the day gradually got better. When I was finally able to sit down and breathe, the final scene of the series finale of Six Feet Under (titled “Everyone’s Waiting”) popped into my head. To this day it is my all-time favorite show. I miss it. There hasn’t been anything like it since. Some people thought it was morbid… but I was moved and inspired with every episode. I remember crying watching the final six minutes and rewinding it over and over again. So this afternoon I pulled it up on YouTube. The song playing in this final scene is Breathe Me by Sia. My day is so much better now.

Since I’m not a word person (I usually don’t even pay attention to words in music) I decided to check out the lyrics.

Breathe Me

Help, I have done it again
I have been here many times before
Hurt myself again today
And, the worst part is there’s no-one else to blame

Be my friend
Hold me, wrap me up
Unfold me
I am small
I’m needy
Warm me up
And breathe meOuch I have lost myself again
Lost myself and I am nowhere to be found,
Yeah I think that I might break
I’ve lost myself again and I feel unsafe

Be my friend
Hold me, wrap me up
Unfold me
I am small
I’m needy
Warm me up
And breathe me

Be my friend
Hold me, wrap me up
Unfold me
I am small
I’m needy
Warm me up
And breathe me

So what am I talking about? I have no clue. But I know this song and the scene popped into my head and I feel so much better. 

But seriously, what do you guys do when you have days like this?

Peace!


A Letter to the Other Side…

While I review audio from this afternoon’s EVP session, I thought I’d leave you with a piece that I found on a blog last night. I thought it was truly beautiful and reminds me so much of the We’re Listening video that I made several months ago for MOSS. I contacted Diane and got permission to share this with you. You can find her blog at http://paranormalogistically.wordpress.com/. Enjoy!

Dear family, friends and foes,

I write this letter to those of you who have passed on to another plane of existence. I wish to express my gratitude and respect on behalf of the thousands of paranormal investigators and ghost hunters around the world. After many years of research, we still don’t really know why we can see and hear you sometimes and not at others.

I ask that you forgive our errors in learning about your existence. Whether you are earthbound or have moved on to the great beyond, please remember the limitations of physical existence. There are many of us here truly trying to understand and communicate with you. We are letting others know what we are finding out so that they don’t have to be afraid of you.

I want everyone here on the earth plane to remember and understand that you are human beings, have been and always will be. Our perceptions are limited again by physical laws and when you seemingly pop out of nowhere, we are startled. But if we were not afraid of you when you were in body, why should we be afraid of you now? I suppose if you were violent in body, you are probably not someone I want hanging out in my basement, attic, bedroom, etc.

But I know you wouldn’t be making the effort to communicate with us if you didn’t want us to understand that our soul or consciousness lives on after physical death. You wouldn’t communicate unless you wanted us to know what happened to you and to maybe help you with our, still as yet, limited resources.

I wish to apologize for those who try to provoke you into making your presence known by insulting you and invading your personal belongings. It is just that they want to capture evidence of your existence and since we have to deal with time issues, angering or upsetting you seems to work at times. It is not a good excuse but it is the only one we have.

I want to express my sadness for those of you who seem to remain stuck here on the earthly plane, unwilling or unable to move on. There is greater spiritual development waiting for you and you need not remain here, stuck in the past. Go home now and find your family and friends who passed before and after you. Find peace.

In closing, I again want to extend the utmost respect to you from all the investigators who are serious about finding out how it all works. Although we may appear to be nuts, (stumbling around in the dark, talking to the walls, etc.) to others and maybe even to you, we persevere in our quest for greater understanding.

If there is anything we can do or should be doing to make the communications easier, please try to let us know in the best way you can. I, for one, will continue my research and will be watching and listening closely for any sign of your presence.

Sincerely,

Diane M. Goff

 

Missouri Spirit Seekers… We’re Listening…


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