My mother was always intrigued by mediumship and the ability to connect with souls who have passed on. I still remember sitting in her living room with my sister and listening to her say how she would love to hear from her mother and father again. But she never actually made an appointment to do it.
When she died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in 1999, my sister begged me to go with her to a medium because we both longed for closure since we didn’t get the chance to say goodbye. I’ll admit I was skeptical at first, but she convinced me to go. And once I sat down with medium George Anderson for a one-hour session in Long Island, N.Y., all that I believed to be true — my entire view of the world and of life — completely changed.
That is the gift of mediumship. It provides proof that life does indeed go on. Not only do our loved ones continue their life after leaving the physical body, but they remain involved in our lives. In many instances, they are actually meant to help us on our paths from “the other side,” and long to prove this to us just as much as we long to hear from them.
Since that first experience more than 11 years ago, my awareness and beliefs continue to expand. I’m always excited to share my experiences with others so they too can understand the freedom and peace that come from knowing life continues beyond this physical plane. Sharing what I learn with others is one of the reasons I began this magazine three years ago, and I’m honored to celebrate our third anniversary by featuring a cover story interview with best-selling author and psychic medium James Van Praagh — a man who knows firsthand what mediumship ability can offer those stuck in grief, guilt or pain.
“The most rewarding part of my work is seeing the light bulb go off over people’s heads when they get it,” he told me during our interview. “It’s the ‘Oh my God, I’m a spiritual being having a physical experience,’ and that there is life after death and there really is no death. When they get that, it’s the most gratifying reason for doing this work.”
In the cover story, Van Praagh explains how he learned to embrace his abilities, and what he has learned from communicating with spirits for more than 30 years. He also discusses his latest book, “Growing Up in Heaven,” written in order to provide comfort, peace and understanding to the parents of children who have died.
“The parents get so stuck in grief and guilt of ‘Why didn’t I do this?’ and ‘If only I did this, my child would still be alive. It’s my fault they died.’ It’s something that I see all the time,” Van Praagh explains in the cover story. “They get so stuck in that mindset of grief that the child wants them to know they are alive and O.K. They want their mother and father to know they are free, joyful and happy. That they are not dead, and there is no death.”
I know from personal experience how understanding that we are all souls experiencing life in a physical body, and that we will return to spirit form where our loved ones gone before us are waiting with open arms, can completely change the course of your life. In a brief moment, this realization can open the door to a whole new world — and I hope this issue and cover story help the door open for you.
Blessings and love to you all!
Publisher & Editorial Director