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Crystal Energy Fields and Psychic Sensitivity

crystal-with-rainbow-background-roundI’ve been talking to a lot of people lately about what I do. It just seems to be that time of year where I’m getting approached a lot. Well, I guess one of the things that happened is that four friends of mine went to see John Edward in one of his San Francisco seminars. I went to one last year, and usually there are literally thousands of people in the auditorium; unfortunately, only a handful of people get read, so it’s more of a demonstration.

My friends were excited to see John, however, when they returned they made sure that I knew they felt I had similar, and at times, more detailed, skills than he. I’ve always felt a bit embarrassed about all of this: mediumship, psychic readings, etc. I’m so pragmatic, that it’s often been something diametrically opposed to my down-to-earth attitude and common sense – it’s always been a juggling act for me in that way. At any rate, they had all had readings from me, and were quite excited about comparing me to John. I’ll be the first to admit, though, that not all readings are spectacular. So, please don’t think that every reading I do is one for movies or books – they’re not. But I do have those that stay deeply imprinted on people’s minds, and that is something for which I am grateful – it is a comfort to them and a confirmation to me that mediumship works.

However, although many people are quite excited at having a reading with a “real” medium, they don’t seem to still understand that being this sensitive is not always easy.

I was having a conversation with someone at work this morning (one of a few people here who know what I do) and she is a bit amazed about the fact that I am a medium. I tried to explain that it’s not some “ommmmm” kind of experience where I feel so relaxed, and blissed out that I live in a constant state of enlightenment or relaxed yogic state. Quite the contrary. I am very high-strung. My natural body and mind state is very hyper – it has been both a bane and a blessing. A bane because it’s very uncomfortable and agitating to feel like that all the time, and a blessing because that very over-sensitivity that makes me feel uncomfortable is the very thing that seems to allow me to tap in. Sometimes my sensitivity is heightened and I don’t even know it.

I want to give an example of what I mean by that. About 10 years ago I traveled to the Caribbean for a long weekend with a friend. We stayed on St. Maarten/St. Martin’s, a Dutch/French island. It was a time when I needed some emotional healing. I wandered off into town at one point, and entered a small metaphysical shop attended by a woman from the states who had just moved there after her husband’s death.  This shop was located high on a hillside overlooking the ocean.  It was tranquil and peaceful – just what I needed!

She stood behind the counter and then left for the back of the shop. Now, the shop was empty except for myself. I quietly strolled through the little shop looking at jewelry and items in glass cases. Suddenly “WHACK!,” I felt this thrusting push against my back. I was annoyed. Who was this person who was knocking into me and didn’t even have the courtesy to say, “I’m sorry?” I swiftly turned around to confront the person, if nothing but to say, “Excuuusse me….” and …. there was no one there!! I just KNEW I had been knocked from behind. I looked all around – nothing. All was quiet in that store. It was THEN that I realized that perhaps it was ME, not anyone else.

I gazed around and then noticed right behind me a mannequin draped with all kinds of crystals: crystal necklaces of all shapes and sizes, crystal rings, crystal earrings, crystals bracelets, crystals draped on clothing, crystals all over the place!! Hundreds of crystals!! It was THEN that I realized it wasn’t someone who had bumped into me, but rather it was ME who had bumped into the crystal energy!! I had literally been almost knocked over by the force of those crystals. I can actually feel the energy off crystals. I have no idea what those energies are, but there’s something there.

So, you see, my overly-sensitive body had unknowingly picked up on those invisible rays emanating from there. At least, that’s all I could figure out.

But let this be a warning (teasing smile on my face), that if you happen to walk by me, or I walk by you, be careful of what vibes you’re putting out – I may be picking them up and you won’t know it! When it’s said that your moods are catching, it’s true! So, word to the wise: be happy!!!

Check out the interview with Sharon on the Hola Beauty Blog: http://www.holabeauty.com/blog/psychics-and-beauty-a-psychic-shows-you-how-to-use-your-intuition-for-fashion-beauty/

Under this Blog Title:  “Psychics and Beauty – a Psychic Shows you How to Use your Intuition for Fashion Beauty!”  You’ll see that being sensitive can apply to all aspects of your life — including fashion! :

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Freddie Mercury, Lead Singer of Queen, Rocks On

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FREDDIE MERCURY OF QUEEN — IN THE SPIRIT!

Because I’ve had a number of requests for the story about my spirit contact with Freddie Mercury, the lead singer of Queen, I decided to finally talk about it. I didn’t know if I was supposed to say anything or not, because I was phone tested by the people who tested John Edward in Arizona, and so I never revealed it except to my friend, Julie. However, Julie did let some other people know, and so……with persistent nudging, I am finally going to tell you about my mediumship communication with Freddie Mercury.

I had a correspondence with Dr. Gary Schwartz at the University of Arizona, Tucson, a couple of years ago. As a result, he had Laurie Campbell, his director of mediumship, call me to test me over the phone. I had never done a phone reading at that point, and I was very nervous!! When Laurie called me about 8:00 p.m. one evening, I was sweating. I had no idea if a phone reading was even possible for me!

Laurie was so sweet, kind and reassuring, that I felt much more relaxed. She told me to just relax and let myself go. (Easier said than done, I might add!) So, sitting outside in my front yard in the evening’s summer warmth, I began to focus. As some of what came through was personal, I won’t discuss it, as I don’t know if Laurie would want me to talk about it, so I am only going to relate the experience with Freddie.

At the time, I didn’t get names, so it was strange to try to describe all these people. However, Laurie seemed to know who I was talking about, and it helped me to continue. After about an hour, I really had to go to the bathroom (!), so I told Laurie I had to run into the house and would be right out. A few minutes later, I returned to the yard, and now it was much colder outside. I grabbed a blanket to put over my shivering knees. As I did, my lap suddenly became burning hot!! I couldn’t figure out why it was so hot!

As I sat there, I said to Laurie, “My lap is really burning up!” She told me, “That’s because someone is sitting on your lap!” I was like, “Whaaaat?” Laurie asked me to relax and to focus – to try to “see” who was there. As she directed me, I suddenly noticed a young man standing in front of me – and my lap no longer burned! I looked at him, and he seemed to be around 5’10” (I’m very short, so it’s hard for me to figure out heights – EVERYONE seems tall to me!). Anyway, I kept observing him and Laurie asked me to describe him. I did.

He was tall, with chin-length black hair. He would switch in my vision as having facial hair and then not. At one point he even had a mask on. The dark-haired man was so flamboyant – dancing for me, wearing long black leather boots with thick heels. He had leather on – and then not – his outfit would change before my eyes. Oh, the theatrical flair he had! Such life!! I began to hear from him about South America and Spain. I knew he was in theatre or music, only I had NO idea WHO he was!! You see, I had never seen Queen on video or in concert, nor did I actually know what music they sang. So, I was at a loss as to who this young flamboyantly theatrical man was.

I pleaded with Laurie, “Who IS he??!” She then explained it was Freddie Mercury of Queen. She said he had been coming to her for a few years. And, I guess, he also visited with other mediums when she was around. Then….she told me that a little known fact about Freddie was that he had recorded in South America and Spain shortly before his death. How I “heard” that, I don’t know.

Well, after the reading (which I “passed”) I was, obviously, very intrigued and went to the video store to rent a Queen video. I just had to see who Freddie was. For some reason, I thought he was a guitarist. Watching the video I focused on the guitarist. Gosh, he didn’t look anything like the man I had seen. The only person on the video who looked like who I saw was the lead singer. But I swore I thought he was the guitarist. I was very frustrated. I thought I must have been hallucinating. In exasperation, I did an internet search…..and lo and behold…..there was Freddie – the lead singer – full photo – on the page gazing back at me! I couldn’t believe it – it WAS him!!

So, you see, Freddie Mercury is still out there singing, dancing and teasing people – having a grand ol’ time! Freddie Mercury lives on…. let it be known….he will, he will rock you!!!

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Animal Spirits and Psychic Communication

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“Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.”

– Mark Twain

I’ve often been asked if pets appear in readings or as spirits. Yes to both. It’s only natural that we would want to know more about our beloved animals on the other side.

Although the loss of a pet brings great grief, just as with our beloved humans, we sometimes wonder if another species has the capability of either surviving death or having the ability to communicate. I have seen animal spirits come in with other friends and family members during a reading. It’s actually not uncommon to see them, and they actually can break through to this side.

Let me just relate an example here of this. First, those of you who know me, know that I am very down-to-earth. I’m not your typical New Age, believe everything a crystal tells you or only magic is the cure, everything has a psychic meaning, person. Quite frankly, I’m hard to convince – which is why I relate my own experiences because at least I know I personally experienced them and feel better about assessing them.

“If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.”

– Woodrow Wilson

So, when a woman named Barbara came to me wanting to connect with her beloved dog, honestly, I couldn’t just say “yes,” and do it. Now, this woman is married to a prominent political figure. She had heard about me via the “grapevine.” I agreed to read for her, but……I did put a qualification on it. I told her that I could not just read to try to reach her dog. I insisted, actually for my own validity, that I had to read her to see about “real” people who had passed first.

Honestly, I could have just told her anything about a dog and she probably would have believed me. Let’s face it, how many things does a dog do anyway? They eat, sleep, get their bellies scratched, bark, woof, woof; eat sleep, get their bellies scratched, bark, woof, woof; eat, sleep, get their bellies scratched, bark, woof, woof. Get the point?

“Man is a dog’s idea of what God should be.”

– Holbrook Jackson

To make sure that I actually was getting her dog, I truly felt that ethically I had to try to get in contact with other humans who had passed. I think Barbara was a little surprised that I insisted on this method of contacting her dog, but I felt it very important. Thus began our reading.

There were a number of people who came through during her reading. Once in awhile, I find myself going very deep – maybe it is some trance-type state, I don’t know – and when I do that, first, I’m not aware of it, and second, I don’t remember what I’ve said. It is pretty rare for me, but occasionally it does happen. Well, this time it happened, too.

As I sat there with her, knowing she was longing for her dog, I do remember talking about her mother’s sister, or her aunt. That’s the last I remember of what I said. Suddenly, I “came to” and there she was sitting there with her jaw dropped and exclaiming, “But no one knew about that – not even my husband!” (Her family lives in a different state.) I asked her what she was talking about – I just remembered her aunt. She excitedly said, “You said to me….’She killed herself, she shot herself.’ But no one knew – it’s been a family secret!!”

Well, admittedly, even I was surprised – and a little shook up – I don’t like falling into a state of consciousness (or unconsciousness, as it may be) and not remembering what I’m saying. But, the revelation of this family secret was also the most important validation she could have been given!

After that, I was comfortably able to bring through her dog which had been mercifully put to sleep and Barbara felt awful about. But the dog appeared, no longer limping, in pain or old, carrying a bone with a pink ribbon tied in a bow around it and dropped it at her feet. His way of saying, “You gave me the gift of graceful relief, and it was my time to go. I love you.”

Many of us have lost our loving pets – I’ve lost more than my share, as I am a great animal lover – and the pain we feel which can linger for many years, can at least be minimized, even for a few minutes, when our beloved pet returns in spirit to say “Hello.”

Love your pets, treat them with respect and care. They are God’s gift of unconditional love to us. And just know, that although we miss them, that they still love us and are there.

“Recollect that the Almighty, who gave the dog to be companion of our pleasures and our toils, hath invested him with a nature noble and incapable of deceit.”

– Sir Walter Scott

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Son Sends Messages To His Mother, Father and….a third unexpected person! Through THREE Different People!

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UPDATE:  This boy came through a THIRD time recently!!!!  I am inserting the THIRD time I encountered him within this post.  I will highlight the latest sighting of him.  Truly amazing!!!

I had a VERY serendipitous reading a couple of weeks ago. Again, regarding confidentiality, I will not reveal the actual names of the individuals who came for these readings.

To be honest, I think that I was just as surprised as both people who came for the readings, as they were.

Two women came to me, one I will call Alice, and the other I will call Karen. Neither, apparently, knew that the other was also seeing me – two days apart!

Interestingly, each woman had a bit of trepidation about finding a “psychic medium” off of a website. However, on my website, I do have a lot of notarized affidavits of accuracy to assure people that it is definitely possible to get clear, concise and accurate information about their loved ones.

The first day, Alice arrived. She seemed a bit unsettled, told me that friends had advised her against going to someone she found on a website, and I empathized with her because I am sure I would have felt the same way. I served some tea and we relaxed and chatted a bit before the reading.

As we got into the reading (I do fall into a trance state), people (spirits) began to come in to give messages. She received messages from several close relatives, including information that I could not have known before.

At the end of the reading (my readings often go on for much over an hour), Alice asked me if she could request one more person whom she had hoped to see. I did not see this individual, so I asked only for a first name: Matt. I closed my eyes and asked for Matt to show up. Suddenly, this teenager came through and was bouncing all over the place! He was so delighted to have gotten through! Alice had told me how he had died in a tragic accident, but Matt gave me more confirmation. He then said to “Tell my dad that I DID get a job! I am mentoring children over here.” Matt had been a skateboarder and now he was working with spirit children. He was very animated, very physically fit, very happy, and he was delightful to meet.

I asked Alice if she knew his parents, so that she could relay this information to them – she said she knew the mother. So, I please asked her to let her know the additional information he had given me, and to have her understand that he was ecstatic to be able to find a way to get a message to his mom. Afterwards, Alice told me that it was an on-going challenge to get Matt to obtain a job. When he said to tell his dad he had gotten a job, she recognized that immediately, and it was great confirmation.

Then Alice left, and she did receive other confirmation about other relatives and loved ones on The Other Side.

That was very interesting, however, something even more interesting happened. TWO days later, another woman I will call Karen came to me for a reading. Like Alice, she had also found me on my website. Again, a bit of trepidation at finding someone like this on a website (however, those who knew me before I retired had urged me to put up a site because they had experience with me and felt it would be a disservice to not offer my skill to others). So, Karen, came and she also received validation about relatives, and those on the other side. At the end of the reading she asked me if she could request one more spirit. Of course, I said she could. I asked her for just the first name (I rarely ask for any last name). She said, “Matt.”

Well, to say I was shocked is an understatement! Suddenly, in bounded Matt from two days before who had come in with Alice!! I immediately recognized him and was so stunned and shocked, that it actually took me out of my trance! I just could not believe that within two days Matt had shown up again! I gave details that had been given through Alice to Karen and Karen acknowledged that, indeed, it was the same Matt who had died the same way. Ironically, Matt also told this woman to tell his father that he had “gotten a job.” (Apparently, this was a big family issue with him finding a job.)

I was so taken aback that I asked Karen if she knew this woman, Alice. She said that she did, however they did not talk. Karen was a close friend of Matt’s father; Alice was a close friend of Matt’s mother.

UPDATED SIGHTING OF MATT FOR THE THIRD TIME!!!

On Halloween of October, 2014, I was asked to give a group reading at a wonderful person’s home.  It was a festive celebration with all kinds of goodies, food, decorations and a lovely ambiance.  There were about eight people who wanted readings. 

Before I started the group, I asked if I could sit for a few minutes in the bedroom to just relax (I tend to get nervous before doing a group).  As I sat there, I suddenly saw MATT again!  But this time I figured I was hallucinating because I was actually in Aptos, the town he was from.  So, I let it go.  I mean, what were the odds that he’d show up yet again??  (Apparently, pretty high odds!)

As I went around the room from person to person, I found myself in front of two people, one a man and one a woman.  I moved to the woman, but felt pulled back toward the man.  I saw Matt again.  I kept moving between them, and I finally said that I had a boy who was a skateboarder and who had died.  The man spoke up and said, “I think it’s for me.” 

I was shocked.  This man knew Matt.  So, I began to read for him, and, sure enough, it was Matt!  At the end of the reading, I asked why Matt would be coming to him, since he had already reached both his mother and father.  The man looked at me, and said:  “I am the step-father!”  WHOA!! 

Matt’s step-father pulled out a packet of photos of Matt.  And then, for the very first time I was able to see what Matt looked like — and he looked just as I had seen him in spirit!  My mind was blown.  There he was with his beloved skateboard.  I couldn’t believe it!  THREE times he had gotten through to those most important people to him and relayed his message of love. 

What was so amazing to me was that – and I do believe this – Matt had created these sessions on a spiritual level to influence both Alice and Karen to contact me — and now his step-father.  Both women “felt” the urge to contact me through my site. His step-father had serendipitously (serendipity is truly marvelous) joined this group reading.  Now, Matt must have known I was a genuine medium, otherwise I doubt if he would have directed me to all THREE of these people who were important to him.

Thus, although Matt’s parents were not together, he DID find a way through his parents’ friends to get a message through to both of them that he is doing just fine over there — AND also has a job!  And then, his step-father personally came and got Matt’s message!  WOW!  Even I was stunned!  But it was very cool to see what Matt looked like and that he was, indeed, whom I saw!

There have been times that I have seen the same spirit on other occasions. For some reason, I just did not expect this to be one of those times. As far as I knew neither woman knew each other, and I thought I was just doing a traditional reading. But when Matt shockingly bounded in through BOTH of their readings, with the same appearance and same message, I was stunned. THEN to top it off, he came through almost two years later to his step-father!

So, you see, it only takes a peripheral connection for a spirit to find a genuine medium and to deliver a message – whether it be through his own direct relatives, or someone who is not related to him, but can deliver his message to his loved ones.

Moral of the story is: even if you are not related to someone, if you have a peripheral connection to another spirit, and they want to get through, they somehow will find me and break through your own reading to let me know they are there. Sometimes it is the only opportunity that they will ever have to let their loved ones know that they are okay, but also that they ARE alive on the other side. Magical readings are alive and well!

Thank you, Matt, for being so persistent to get through to your parents and step-dad. You did a great job, and I hope your connection has provided comfort for  your mom, dad and step-dad.

Sometimes, you just never know what kind of surprise you will receive during a reading!

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Rosemary, Timothy Leary, Bob Dylan and the Muslin Cloth

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Someone was talking to me the other day about celebrities. I’m not much into celebrities, although my cousin through marriage IS Bob Dylan – really – my father’s sister, married his mother’s brother [Bob’s uncle]. And…one of my sisters won a Bronze Medal in Gymnastics in the 1977 World Games in Moscow, Russia – 3rd place in the WORLD! Which, is actually the reason I’m not overwhelmed by celebrity status. My sister, Denise, was a World Gymnast – yet, we shared the same BED!! She used to do flip-flops into the bed and make it shake so much, I couldn’t sleep!! We had our fights, and were like any other people, so it’s hard for me to get all starry-eyed about celebrities. I think they are lucky to have the publicity and connections to get to do what they want, and to get paid a lot for it – that’s what I admire most. I get more starry-eyed over personalities – no matter what the person’s background, celebrity or not. So..… talking about celebrities made me think of a reading I did for someone close to a celebrity (how’s that for a lead in??… 😀)

This was a group reading I did for a friend from work, who happened to be the roommate of Rosemary, the ex-wife of LSD guru, Timothy Leary. Ro, as she was called, was a beautiful woman – I mean, very physically beautiful, even in her 60s. She had the classic model face of cheekbones and jawline. Her chin-length hair smoothly framed her face. And sweet – she was so sweet and soft-spoken.

At any rate, there were about 8 people there, and I had no idea with whom I would connect on The Other Side. There were a couple of people I connected to very strongly. One was a friend of Rosemary’s – a woman who had died about a year or so before. She came through quite clearly, wearing a vest and hat. As I walked over to Rosemary, I could feel this woman stroke my cheek and I knew that this is what she would do for Rosemary. I told Ro that she would lay her head against her friend, and she would stroke her cheek to calm and comfort her. Rosemary’s eyes were filled with tears and she quietly affirmed. After the group reading, Rosemary came to me with a 4”x5” photograph of her and her friend – with Rosemary laying her head on her shoulder and her friend stroking her cheek! What immediate confirmation!!

The other person I remember quite clearly was a man (I’m sorry, I don’t remember the names, often) who was a friend of a married couple there, Valerie and Mike. I could feel that Mike had a lot of psychic energy coming from him, and I later found out that he was aware of the fact that he has this effect. I told him that I was “working off” his energy, and hoped he didn’t mind – but the plain fact was that I actually could read better standing nearer to him because I could literally feel his energy – sort of like an extra power surge.

As I stood there, I looked at Val and Mike and explained whom I was seeing. I remember the man quite clearly. He had a hat on, and he described the celebrations on the beach, and other various personal confirmations. But what struck me the most was what I FELT. I could literally feel this man placing a fabric over one shoulder on me. It felt like a serape, or some blanket. It felt like a heavy muslin. I was somewhat confused because it seemed to be draped over only my one shoulder. I explained what I was feeling – how he was literally placing this on me, how heavy the material was, seeing the hat he was wearing. I had no clue what it meant.

Valerie and Mike merely nodded and said nothing else. Afterwards, though, they came up and thanked me. Then I was handed a manila file folder. I opened it. And here, on an 8”x11” photograph was this man wearing a cowboy-type hat – with an orange heavy muslin blanket/serape draped over one shoulder!! I couldn’t believe it – exactly as I had described!! And to think that this spirit had somehow found a way to allow me to literally feel the fabric being draped on me!! It was very gratifying.

Unfortunately, several months later, Rosemary died of complications of heart disease. However, I was glad that she was able to have confirmation of her friend before she, herself, passed over. I feel it is a great gift to hear from someone already “over there,” before one dies. It gives comfort and knowledge that we are not alone – and will not be alone when we go, seemingly, alone over to the Other Side.

Although I sometimes don’t see what I do as a “gift,” I need to recognize it more as such. It’s just such a natural thing to me, that it’s like my blue eyes – they just are. Hearing confirmation from others, and having the physical sensations, or literally “hearing” spirits speak, is amazing. I appreciate so much any confirmation people give me, because it helps to reinforce that maybe this really is a gift – all wrapped up in this tiny body of mine.

So, a great big hug and thanks to all the spirits out there who so graciously allow me to connect with them – and equal thanks and gratitude to those who allow me to read for them. It is an honor. It is to you I owe my thanks for your gift of sharing. Thank you.

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ELLEN BURSTYN, Mystic Sufis and NOT the Ya Ya Sisterhood — My Weekend at her Home with the Mystical Lettuce Spinner

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The movie, The Ya Ya Sisterhood, made me remember my weekend stay at the home of actress, Ellen Burstyn, in the late 1970s. This experience also demonstrates how certain synchronistic events can lead to an interesting adventure.

At this stage in my life, I had become very interested in holistic health. I was working at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Buffalo, New York, and I was very discouraged and, often, upset with the way patients were treated. I had come to the conclusion that a holistic approach to health was more humane and afforded the patient more respect. Thus, I made the decision that I wanted to actually WORK in holistic health.

I did not know then that the Edgar Cayce foundation had a medical clinic (the one referred to in my previous diary entry called ‘The Edgar Cayce Reincarnation Group Karma Experience’). So, I began a search for someplace to be that would help me help others through holistic health.

I was in my Search for God (Edgar Cayce) study group which met weekly. There were only about 4 or 5 of us, however, it kept me connected with spiritual ideals which were of vital importance to me. We would meet in a different person’s home each week, read passages from the Search for God books that were derived from Edgar Cayce’s psychic readings. We’d then discuss their meaning, and find ways to apply the discussed ideals in our lives that week. I found it very fulfilling.

Thus, I was pretty tuned in at that time. I wasn’t married, didn’t have a child or major responsibilities, and had lots of free time after work to delve into spiritual matters. It was a good time.

My search for my place in holistic health began. One day I had picked up a magazine – I’m not even sure now which one, but probably something like “Whole Life.” I read some articles and then perused the ads. I’ve found ads to be very stimulating in generating ideas. (I never BUY the products, but I can get some great ideas from them!)

I ran across an ad for The World Symposium on Humanity to be held the summer of 1979, to be videotaped between London, Toronto, and Los Angeles. It mentioned the numerous famous people who would be speaking and they seemed to be of a New Age orientation. It didn’t specifically mention holistic health, however, it just had that “feel” to it. So, I wrote to the address in the ad, explaining that I was looking for a job in the holistic health field. And I waited.

About two weeks later, I received a call in Buffalo at about 1:00 a.m. – I was sound asleep. The call came from someone named Guru Raj Singh in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Guru Raj Singh said he read my letter and wondered if I was still interested in something in holistic health? “Yes, certainly,” I said. So, he said there might be an Administrative Assistant position with The World Symposium on Humanity. Because I was in Buffalo, he asked if I could go to New York City to meet him there for an interview? In fact, would I spend the entire weekend there, working with the Symposium coordinators – I could take notes, transcribe them, do whatever needed to be done of a clerical nature for them? I jumped at the chance. We agreed to meet the next weekend in Manhattan.

Fortunately, my friend, Paul Boroff, a pharmacist I knew from the University of Buffalo was now working at Sloan-Kettering (Cancer) Hospital in Manhattan. I called him and asked if I could spend a night there while I was waiting to meet this Guru Raj Singh. Paul is very conservative, and he agreed, but with trepidation.

I arrived in New York and went to Paul’s apartment. It was small, as are many New York apartments. He wanted to know just what I was doing there and who this Guru Raj Singh was. I explained about the World Symposium on Humanity and that Guru Raj Singh would meet me at Paul’s apartment the next morning.

The next morning came, and Guru Raj Singh appeared at the door. Paul opened it, and there was this man: in a totally white outfit, a white turban wrapped around his head, a dark beard and mustache, and a silver knife at his waist. I thought Paul would faint right on the spot! Paul turned to me, gave me a very pained and twisted look, and rapidly whispered: “Sharon, do you have ANY idea what you are getting yourself into??????!!!” Being (probably overly) trusting, I assured him it was okay, and followed Guru Raj Singh to a waiting cab.

I learned that Guru Raj Singh was a Sikh, someone who followed the teachings of Guru Ram Das. I asked him where we were going and he explained that the hostess of the World Symposium on Humanity was an actress living outside New York City. Her name was Ellen Burstyn.

Actually, I’m not very impressed by famous people only because one of my sisters was famous in gymnastics (she won 3rd place against the Russians in the 1977 World Games in Moscow), and I know that famous people aren’t any different (except they have more publicity, and some have more money). So, quite honestly, I didn’t even KNOW who Ellen Burstyn was.

The cab dropped us off at a huge stone home next to the Hudson River near Palisades, New York. Walking toward the door, it opened and there were two young men and a woman with greasy, reddish-blonde hair, about chin-length, with a long mu-mu, and bare feet. The woman introduced herself: “Hi, I’m Hadia, and we’re going to go to the store – make yourself at home.” Guru Raj Singh and I entered into the kitchen area, he took me to a small office, and I asked, “Where’s Ellen?” He quizzically looked at me, and said, “You just met her.” I said, “No I didn’t. I didn’t meet anyone named Ellen.” He kind of rolled his eyes and then said, “THAT was Ellen – Hadia is her SUFI name!” Hmmm, I guess I had a LOT more to learn!!

I discovered that this huge home was Ellen’s. However, she shared it with a couple of struggling actors who rented rooms there. On the wall hung photos of sufis dancing and spinning in mystic meditation. Being summer, it was lovely. There was a huge yard facing the river. A wooden, winding staircase led upstairs. I ended up having my own room, with a fireplace, adjoining Guru Raj Singh’s room. Then I went back to the office, where I was shown the desk and typewriter – in the room were posters of Ellen’s plays and shows she had been in, and a golden statue stood in there. In a way, I wish I had known about her beforehand, because I think all the things I was seeing would have had more meaning. But to me, she was just a kind hostess.

That weekend was a whirlwind of activity. I don’t even remember all the people who were there. Many names were a blur. I was pretty nervous and shy. There were lots of little focus groups meeting. I had a tape recorder and taped their conversations for later transcription (which ended up being nearly impossible).

We had a wonderful dinner one night. It was held in the glorious dining room. We had shrimp, salads, Vichyssoise (cold French potato soup) and other delicious foods. I remember Ellen helping in the kitchen, surrounded by mismatched silverware, cutting up vegetables when the phone rang. She sounded agitated at the phone call. She hung up exasperated and exclaimed “That Muhammad Ali, he wants to come over and I told him ‘No!’ – he just monopolizes conversations!” Well, that was interesting.

There were lots of pillows scattered in the living room, music, singing, and a dancer named Zuleikha. You know, I never got a lot done. It was actually a pretty disorganized group.

And what did I bring away from this weekend visit at Ellen Burstyn’s house? Was it like the Ya Ya Sisterhood?? No, it was the lettuce spinner. Huh? You may ask. What about the lettuce spinner? What can I say? There was something about it that just grabbed me. I came away from her home desperately wanting a lettuce spinner! Eventually, I DID get my very own lettuce spinner. It was very symbolic to me.

Now, you may ask, why wasn’t I focused on the rich and famous? A lettuce spinner?? Actually, though, I think it’s a fitting memory. You see, I think even the most mundane objects can elicit higher meanings – just like that simple ad resulted in this wonderful weekend. It’s a spiritual lettuce spinner. Remember Hadia and the Sufis? I think that lettuce spinner was a spiritual clue, a link to a higher realm, a symbolic thrust into a new world. After all, each time that lettuce spinner spins, I see the dancing mystical Sufis…..and Hadia……spinning, spinning, spinning……..

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Touched by a Spirit who Strokes My Hand to Give Message & the Portuguese Grampa

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This was an amazing reading to me. I had recently started working at a local County department in downtown Santa Cruz. I didn’t know any of the people with whom I was working, and was just getting to know them. One of them, Julie, was a delightful, funny, and vivacious woman. I heard her talking about calling a “psychic” while she was on her way to the mailroom. I was curious when I heard that and asked her about it – she told me that she did believe in psychics. So…..I said to her, “Would you like me to give you a reading?” Well, obviously, she was quite surprised to see that I said that – I’m sure I don’t give the appearance of someone who does this work, and especially in a law enforcement setting. But Julie agreed. As some of you know, I like to read for people soon after I meet them (if they’re interested, of course) because the less I know beforehand, the easier it is.

We found an empty office and sat down. I had no idea what to expect. As it ended up, I should have expected a lot – because that’s what we got!!

As I sat there, I suddenly “saw” this older man, who felt like a “grandfather,” standing behind Julie. He was tall, handsome, young, very entertaining, and had on a suit and an old-time hat. I looked at him and told Julie that I felt I had a grandfather here. With that, grampa held the front corner of his hat, took it off his head, and “tipped” it toward Julie. I told Julie, “He says that he ‘tips’ his hat to you.” I didn’t know what that meant, but I heard it clearly. It was later that Julie told me that her grandfather had died in his 30s in Portugal, was an entertainer, and that “tipping” the hat was a gentlemanly gesture of respect. Wow, I didn’t know about her Portuguese heritage.

Then a little boy appeared next to me. I recall it was on my right side – the “mother’s side” of Julie’s family. He was about 4 or 5 with these little summer shorts on. He kept trying to tell me something about the “pets” and I couldn’t quite get it, but I knew they were small and furry – I wasn’t sure what they were. It was rabbits. He told me that he “took them with him.” I didn’t know what that meant, but told Julie.

She later explained that her little brother had died after being struck by a car. Her parents were so distraught that they couldn’t go back to the house right away. Her brother had two rabbits as pets. When her father went back the next day to get the rabbits….they were dead!! He “took” them with him!

Then, next to her little brother appeared a taller man who indicated that he was “taking care of” her little brother. He appeared tall and strong, and after I described him, Julie said it was her uncle who had died of Multiple Sclerosis – he was now “whole” in the afterlife.

There was a big message about Julie maintaining her religious values and being spiritually vigilant. Behind her the spirits (I assume that’s who arranged this) tacked up onto the wall big crucifixes and crosses and pictures of Mary. I mean, the wall was filled top to bottom with them! As I saw each one go up and up and up, I finally said, “That’s enough already!!” I had to laugh at the way they were trying to get the message through.

And then the strangest thing happened. I was sitting there and suddenly – and I swear this happened – I felt a “spirit hand” literally TURN my OWN hand OVER with my palm up. I couldn’t actually see her, however, I could “feel” that it was a woman who had done this (probably from the touch of her hand). And as I sat there, she gently began stroking the inside of my palm. It was so gentle and soooooo relaxing! I don’t know how I knew it, but I told Julie, “This isn’t for you – this is for your mother.” This woman kept stroking my hand, and I felt so comfortable and calm. I almost didn’t want it to stop.

Finally, the reading was over as we were out of time. I think more could have come through had I had more time. However, it was time to end.

When I later walked by Julie’s closed office door, I could hear her chattering away quite excitedly in (what I later learned to be) Portuguese! About an hour after that, Julie came into my office and said that she had called her mother to tell her about the reading – she said that her mother wanted to know “Who is this person who knows all this?” It ends up that the woman who was stroking my hand was her mother’s oldest aunt, Tia Merquinhas,who had died a year and a half before! And all through their lives, Julie’s great aunt would stroke her mother’s hand to calm and relax her! Talk about confirmation – wow!

Needless to say, even I was amazed. I feel that the reason Julie had such a significant reading was because I do believe that she, also, has mediumistic abilities but doesn’t use them consciously. It was just too easy for me to get the information for her. Plus, she is also the person referred to in my Older Entries about “Grampa tugs on ear during group reading.” You can see that her whole family has this latent ability.

And, “Thank You” to Julie’s grampa, in particular, who was strong enough to not only break through, but to give a verbal message, a cultural reference, and literally came in and “touched by tugging her ear” his grandchild. And thank you also to Julie’s Aunt. What an amazing reading that was for me … and Julie.

As always, I must thank the spirits for allowing me to experience such wonderful validations – and the love and comfort they bring to those remaining here. So, “Thank you!”

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