As always, I hope this letter finds you happy, healthy, feeling loved...and enjoying life!
Well, July sure came and went like a blink. Filled with festivals, workshops, and lots of readings....it's been a busy (and rainy) month here! Pretty sure it rained nearly every day. SOMEbody, somewhere did a fancy rain dance! Hopefully, all of your vacations, and basements, survived the precipitation. Aside from a sump pump leak that we caught early, we fared pretty well. Thank you, Basement Angels! (I invited them to take up residence after our last flood and they're doing an amazing job.)
So, yea....it's been a wonderfully busy month and, as usual, I find myself feeling grateful that my Soul chose this path for this lifetime. Delivering healing messages and sharing loving guidance from Spirit is, hands down, the best job I've ever had. Whether it's connecting folks with their loved ones in Spirit, to their team of angels & guides, communicating with their pets, or teaching people how to do what I do.....I am humbled every day to be able to do this work, to be of service, and to make an honest living doing it.
There are so many people, like me, who are doing this work now and that is so profoundly beautiful to me. I really enjoy watching other mediums and light workers making a difference in people's lives. It's quite moving for me to witness. I have very dear friends who also connect with Spirit... many of whom work in the same town as me! We joke about Old Town Manassas becoming a spiritual mecca, much like the famed "Lily Dale" in NY. Who'd have guessed it? Weird, but very cool! Each practitioner brings his or her own personality and style to this work, giving people multiple options for finding someone they resonate with. As with the mediums on television, we are all different in the ways that we connect, receive information, and how we deliver messages. By the way, one of my new TV faves is Thomas John, whose show "Seatbelt Psychic" is now airing on Lifetime. (LOVE him - check him out!). He's not the Long Island Medium or Tyler Henry or Lisa Williams. But neither am I. We're all different and I love it.
What I have found, and I also love, is that Spirit works very hard to match us up. What I mean by that is ....your Spirit team and your loved ones are working behind the scenes to get you to the right person for you. You may have a friend who refers you or you pick up a magazine and see that readers face and feel drawn to him/her or any other number of signs or synchronistic events that ultimately lead you to me (or someone else!). Why do they do this? Because when you are looking for someone to connect for you, it's important that you resonate with your medium. No matter how accurate or 'gifted' a medium is, if you don't feel a connection or resonance...it is likely going to feel 'off'. But when your personalities are in sync and you feel comfortable with that person, it tends to be a much more productive and rewarding session - for both parties.
There is a lot that goes into a mediumship reading. To begin, typically a shift of consciousness takes place to 'tune in'. There are some mediums that are tuned in all of the time, but in my experience this is not the norm. If that were the case, we would be walking around sensing spiritual energy all of the time. It may work for some, but personally I would go nuts if I remained 'open' 24/7...it would be difficult to go about my daily life. And I would probably be an annoying dinner date. It's important for me to be able to go to the grocery store or to a party without feeling everyone's deceased ancestors and guides. But as I mentioned before, every medium is different. Spirit knows when I'm 'off duty' and usually honors my time off. Usually. Sometimes they catch me off guard in the shower. I know, right? This used to be disconcerting. Now I'm used to it. Thankfully, there is no judgement in the Spirit world.
My readings typically begin with my tuning in to your Spirit team of guides and angels for messages about things going on in your life. This comes in the form of guidance, advice, or support for you. They give me this information before we meet which is pretty cool. This is one reason why I prefer to know nothing up front about why you are coming to see me! This helps me (and you) to know that I have made a solid connection and that I'm not just reading your energy. After we discuss your messages, I adjust my energy again and invite loved ones to step forward. As an evidential medium, I go through a process of interviewing Spirit. I ask them to provide pieces of information (names, dates, occupation, memories, etc) that help us to know who we are talking to. Again, this helps us both to know, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I am communicating with Spirit (and to know who I'm talking to). Once I know that I have a good connection, we can begin to have a conversation and see what they have to say. These sessions are typically very healing and comforting and, often times... life changing.
Again, all psychics and mediums are different. So this may not look the same as what others do, or how they connect. And that's okay. There is no one right way to connect with Spirit or to do mediumship readings. There are many!
If you have never had a reading (or even if you have), here are some things to consider if you're thinking about having one... as well as some tips for preparing for a session....
First, let’s talk about the difference between a Psychic and a Medium…
A psychic has the ability to tune into your energy field and senses (or “picks up” ) information. A psychic reading is typically where someone taps into your auric field, or uses their intuitive ability, to read you to get information about you - past, present, and/or future. But a psychic may also act as a medium, or messenger, for Spirit. A medium uses their psychic ability to tune into different energetic "levels", or frequencies, to communicate with those in Spirit and to deliver their messages. A medium works with your Spirit team (angels & guides) to give you guidance, or with your deceased loved ones to deliver loving and healing messages. In a nutshell….all mediums are psychic but not all psychics are mediums.
You may have heard the phrase “We are all spiritual beings living a human experience”. Everyone has psychic and mediumship abilities. Some people simply have naturally stronger intuition, just as some people have naturally stronger athletic or artistic abilities. But anyone can learn to connect with Spirit.
Mediumship is not a religion nor does one need be religious to receive messages from Spirit. It is generally accepted by mediums that there is a higher source energy (the Creator, God, the Divine, etc) and that we are surrounded by spiritual energy at all times. Personally, I identify with God and am able to communicate with Angels and Spirit guides…as well as loved ones on the other side. I only work with Spirit that walk in God’s white light and have only loving and healing messages to deliver. There is nothing dark, evil, or scary in the work that I do.
So, how do you prepare for a mediumship readings? What can you expect? These tips will help you to understand how a reading generally goes.
Have a clear, open mind – The best thing you can do is to be open to receiving information and messages, and to be open to hearing from any spirit who may come through for you. All of them have valid and meaningful messages. And Spirit may have an important message for you to deliver to someone else. It is also imperative that you be alert, clear headed, and sober. It may sound silly, but it’s important not to mix spirits with Spirit!
Be thinking about what you would like to get out of your reading – Prior to your reading, be thinking about what you would like to know from your Spirit team. Feel free to ask your questions out loud or ask that Spirit bring something specific up during your session. Although I am not the boss of Spirit, they will typically work with us and do their best to deliver.
Be thinking about who you would like to hear from during your reading - Do you have someone you’d specifically like to speak with on the other side? If so, set the intention that they are welcome to join you at the reading. Although this person may or may not show up, the energy of your intention can make it easier for them to come through. Many times, Spirit shows up early and they are ready to get started!
Avoid “feeding” the medium! - An experienced medium will not want any information up front about your loved ones. When I work with Spirit, I ask that Spirit provide evidential information so that we can correctly identify him or her. These will be pieces of information that only you would know. Validation of this information is important… so a simple “yes” or “no” from you is perfect so that I know we’re on the right track. But please resist the urge to tell me all about that person until we have identified your loved one….we want to let Spirit do the work!
Spirit works with symbols and my frame of reference – I receive thoughts, images, feelings, and symbols from Spirit. Sometimes these make perfect sense and sometimes it is a bit like trying to solve a puzzle. It would be great if they were able to walk up to me, extend their hand, and say “Hello, my name is Imogene Parker. I’m here for my niece, Susan Jones, and I’m from Atlanta. My birthday is February 10th and I passed in my sleep. By the way, I liked to swing dance and tell jokes”. If only it were that easy! Instead, I might see her and be able to describe her appearance. Next she might show me an image of my aunt, a Georgia peach, a cartoon image of someone sleeping next to a gravestone, and a swing routine from “So You Think You Can Dance”. Then I might hear February and see the number 10. She may say something funny so that I understand she had a great sense of humor. This is how they communicate with me so that you know who it is. Then we can chat with them. Pretty cool, huh?
Be open to any spirit who may come through to communicate with you -. While I can create the optimal conditions for a spirit to come through, Spirit decides whether or not they are ready to take the step. Additionally, they decide when, for how long, with whom they visit! If you wanted to hear from your grandfather, but your father came instead, I highly suggest we listen to the message. If someone came from the other side to speak with you, their message is valuable. Spirits work very hard to contact you through me, often going to the trouble of assisting you in your decision to set up the appointment in the first place. Medium readings are a gift from our passed loved ones and spirit guides to confirm that they are with us always, and are assisting and guiding us from the other side. If you should have a reading, open your heart and mind to whatever it is they decide to communicate to you about.
What happens if you don’t hear from the person you wanted to hear from? - There are no guarantees, but I’m always happy to invite them to step forward at the end of the reading. Many times they will. However, it’s important that we trust that the messages we receive are the ones that we are supposed to receive and that they are for everyone’s highest good at that time. I am simply the messenger…..remember, Spirit is the boss!
Understand that we are working energetically with Spirit – What this means is that in order for me to connect with Spirit, I must work to raise my energy and Spirit must work to lower their energy so that we may meet somewhere in the middle. We can only hold this connection for so long so I try to get as much as I can while we are connected. During this time, it’s important for you and I to stay focused rather than engage in lengthy conversation. Also, sometimes Spirit will come through very strong and other times it is like shouting across a football field to one another! This is why some messages are clear as day and others take a lot more work to decipher.
Take notes or record your session – Receiving messages from your loved ones can be very emotional and overwhelming. It is hard to absorb all of the information being delivered during a reading. Being able to listen to your reading again will allow you to maximize your experience. Also, sometimes Spirit will bring up something that may not make sense right away. Having notes or a recording will allow you to go back and piece it together after your reading.
I'm not always sure why Spirit has me write about certain topics. This month is no exception (scratching head). Haha! But I trust I was guided to tap all this out for one reason or another. Hopefully, it was helpful in some way...or at the very least, mildly entertaining
Sending love out to all those who need/want it and prayers to those who may be hurting today. May you find peace in your heart and a smile on your face no matter what is happening in your world. And if you need a place to go to lift your spirits, I hope you'll stop by sometime
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Sending lots of healing energy and LOVE to you all...hope to see you soon!
In love & light,
Certified Reiki Master Teacher, Psychic Medium, & Animal Communicator