In search of answers and help- I started telling my spirit story to people that I trust. Everything on the internet seems so hocus pocus or what they call “Woo”-ish that it tends to be off putting. Why does everything that has to do with “the other side” also have to have crystals and tarot cards and candles and… weird shit? Still, the only people I have yet found to talk to (that say they are mediums) are, yes, weird. (But, helpful also, as it turns out!) I discovered a woman about an hour away that was giving a “medium” class in her home. Two days- i think it was $80- what could it hurt, right?
I show up and the teacher hands out, what else, CRYSTALS. Jiminy Christmas. They are purple and supposed to help with… something. There were two other people in my class- both in their early twenties and very normal looking (yay!). The teacher, though, is a bit older than me with dark orange hair and blunt bangs just above her eyebrows, kind of like a 50 year old “emo” woman. I had to talk myself into putting aside my preconceived notions of the weirdness and remember I was here to learn, so I hung the crystal around my neck.
The first day was filled with lots of information, mostly about how different mediums get their info (clairvoyance, clairsentience, etc.) and the different types of mediumship (trance, physical, etc.) The teacher told me she’d like me to get to a place where a spirit didn’t have to take over my body to get me to convey information. (Novel idea, huh?) That I could actually say “no” to a spirit that was giving me messages that way and ask to do it differently. It made sense, as the “Henry” experience had literally left me exhausted for two days. It was all interesting, but I still felt like maybe these experiences I’d had were flukes, that it wasn’t going to happen again, that I just didn’t have the right brain. I felt like I was no where nearer figuring out my next step.
Day two, however, It all became a little more clear for me. That next day’s lesson was hands on- we were going to try out our skills. Guess what the weird teacher pulls out? Tarot cards. UGH.
We were to take turns thinking of a question and having the other then try to read the answer from the card. I don’t even remember what my secret question was or how the other student read me, but a funny thing happened when I did a reading for him. He picks out five random cards (which are apparently not random at all. I say that slightly sarcastically but then again- not really- because who am I to say something is crazy at this point?) Anyway- he has thought of a question he wants some guidance on and I am supposed to look at the cards and answer him.
Ummm. I got nothing. I have no idea how the serendipity card mixed with the marriage card affects you, dude.
After staring at the tarot deck for 30 seconds (which is an eternity when everyone is staring back at me) I finally had a “f**k it” moment, and decided to do things my way. I grabbed my pad of paper and pen and closed my eyes. Immediately I got “Timothy” and “motorcycle accident,” and then saw a windy two lane road. (By the way- I’ll try to explain this more later, but when I hear something or see it, it’s not really different than my own thoughts, so sometimes its hard to discern. Especially in the very beginning- how did I know I wasn’t just making this up?)
“Alright,” I started, feeling somewhat overwhelmed, “I have no idea what this has to do with the tarot cards but i just saw a two lane road and heard motorcycle accident, and this may or may not have to do with a guy named Timothy.”
“Yeaaaaaaah… no. That wasn’t my question,” he told me. “I wanted to know whether I should go to my grandmothers house for Christmas or not.”
“Well, don’t drive a motorcycle there I guess,” I told him, rolling my eyes at my defeat. I felt like I was wasting my time here- again that maybe this channeling stuff was just a sporadic thing that will happen to me every decade or so. But then the guy says to the teacher, “Hey wait- remember my old coworker Timothy who died in the motorcycle accident?”
“Oh yeah,” the teacher commented, “he came through at your reading with me as well!”
I sat there eyes wide open. My heart and mind raced as I realize I have actually just channeled a spirit again, QUITE EASILY IN FACT! I’m about to burst out with “it worked!” when the teacher turned to me and said nonchalantly and dismissively “But that’s not what we’re working on. We want to get our information from the tarot cards today.”