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I’ve been around psychics, astrologers and the metaphysical community my entire life. My parents actually met through the Association for Research and Enlightenment (A.R.E.) and have stayed very involved in the organization to this day.
Reincarnation, astrology, Edgar Cayce, Ray Stanford, Gurdjieff, and psychics were regular topics of conversation around the dinner table with these incredible mystics always held in high esteem.
I think growing up with those influences of Cayce and Stanford and the A.R.E. really shaped my ideas of what a psychic is and does.
When looking at what a psychic is and what a psychic does I always come back to what I saw as a kid – psychics can do anything and know anything. You ask the right questions and all the secrets of the Universe could open up. Stanford and Cayce didn’t just talk to ghosts, they talked to angels. Predictions about medical advances and discussions of the nature of electrons and gravity show up in readings and the information that came through helped change the way people, my father included, thought about the Universe.
When Cayce saw past lives and talked about soul mates it wasn’t to dwell on a flirtation or to prop up an ego – it was to help you find the direction of a soul’s path. It was to help people understand patterns going back thousands of years and to shed light of current struggles. Why do we make the choices we do and why do we make the same mistakes over and over? What are the patterns and lessons that need to be learned?
It seemed like these incredible talents, these amazing mystics, could do anything, and while my view of the scope of their talents has matured, the range of abilities is still amazing. All the knowledge of the Universe, just waiting for the right question and the right client. What would you like to know?
When I was in my early teens, around puberty, my own talents started to awaken. I began having past life memories, seeing auras, spirits, and was almost overwhelmed. At 15, I was fortunate enough to be trained as a psychic at the Natural Psychic School of Metaphysics. It was an amazing class that contained the schools’ youngest graduate, me at 15, and oldest graduate, Thelma Zuschlag at 86. A few weeks later I gave my first paid reading. Not a year has gone by since 1992, no matter what else has gone on in my life, that I haven’t given readings.
Learning how to be a psychic and how to turn off and on my abilities changed my life and taught me to cope with the information that was pouring into my head. I did readings on the side, here and there while I finished school and tried to figure out who I wanted to be when I grew up.
I studied Religion and Ethics at Youngstown State University, graduating in 1998, worked at the A.R.E. (Association for Research and Enlightenment) in both the Youth and Family Life Department and The Archives before moving to New York City to wear a tie and pretend to be a normal, non psychic, person. It wasn’t who I needed to be and in 2004 moved back to Ohio.
In 2008 I became a full time psychic and teacher. I suppose it isn’t surprising that with a background in yoga and Cayce I would talk a lot about health and medical information in my readings. I thought that was what all psychics did and it was natural to talk about chakras and energy patterns and auras and Earth changes. It has always just been part of the job.
Teaching has been a revelation and I love it. I get to explore the Universe with people who want to understand it and find healthy and balanced ways to be a psychic in this modern world. So many people have limited views of themselves and what limited ideas of what psychics can do. The not so secret Secret is, Everyone is psychic and psychics can do Anything.
All we have to do is figure it out.