What You See Is What You Get

It’s always hard to be sure where you are when you are on a spiritual journey. Sometimes you feel you are progressing nicely; sometimes you feel stuck. Sometimes the progress is amazing. Sometimes everything seems confusing, or painful, or out of control. Yet there are signposts and guides available if you choose to look, listen or ask for them.

One of the hardest parts of the spiritual journey can be to look inward. We are all bright, loving Spirits encased in a clay overcoat. But we forget that as we get on with living a material life. And our material life is driven by patterns, expectations and masks. We fit somewhere along an axis of ‘Holier than thou’ to ‘Humbler than thou’. By this I mean we fluctuate (through ego interaction) between being ‘better than’ and being ‘less than’. It can sometimes seem very challenging to be ‘What You See Is What You Get’. In counseling terms – to be ‘congruent’ with one’s self.

So when we open up to our Spirit and the Spirit World, or the Angelic or Elemental Realms, and to the Divine, as mediums, one of the difficulties is to balance the ‘ego’ vehicle with the Spirit driver. The ego vehicle has learned to think for itself on auto-pilot. It is familiar with being in control – taking the Spirit wherever the ego feels it is best to go. Yet when we awaken to our true Spirit nature and become self aware it is like the driver saying ‘I’ll take over now.’ The autopilot puts up a struggle – usually based around ‘You’re not competent/expert/ clever enough’ and we slow our own progress. If we overcome the tendency to doubt our ability then the ego often steps in again to tell us  ‘You’re the best/greatest/better than’ and we slow our own progress once again as we strive to compete to prove that point.

Only by being aware of these ego traps can we be guided to an inner balance. A place where we can accept our qualities without judging ourself or others; where we understand our true human nature; and, where we can accept our own shadow side. Helping us are the Spirits & beings of other Realms. They gently nudge us to act in our own highest interest. If we become WYSIWYG (wizzywig!) we are authentic and real for the people we hope to help. We are also authentic and real for the Spirits we represent.

So when progressing through your Spiritual journey listen very closely to yourself.

Do you act or react out of a pattern?

Does your ego present you with ‘Holier than/Humbler than’ information?

Are your thoughts on comparing or competition?

Do you know who you are ‘warts & all’?

How often do you offer yourself & others unconditional love & unconditional forgiveness?

Being human is not about perfection. Our imperfections are part of out lessons & lead to our spiritual growth. Acknowledging them and learning from them is at the heart of our spiritual journey. Are YOU at the heart of your clay overcoat?

What happens in a Spirit reading?

These are my notes for anyone attending a Spirit reading with me. I’m posting them as it’s not always easy to work out how to find a reliable Psychic or Medium. The best recommendation tends to be from a person you know who has had a reading from that particular Psychic or Medium. Or you might have had the chance to see the person do some work in public for example in a Spiritualist church, at a Mind, Body, Spirit fayre or in their own show.

If you want to have a reading with a particular Psychic or Medium you can ask if they have any guidelines or written explanation of what will happen in the reading. You can also ask if there is anyone they have had a reading with who you can speak to to get a recommendation. Also ask what they do if you feel your reading is not satisfactory. And finally, although this is not a guarantee, you can also ask if they belong to an appropriate association.  There are very many excellent Psychics & Mediums all over the world so do your homework. Then go along with an open mind & enjoy your reading.

“If you are thinking of having a sitting but feel too afraid don’t worry. Annie is excellent & understands you can be apprehensive, but makes you totally at ease.” Judith

Private Sittings are a way for a Medium like me to use Spirit Communication and bring forward the Spirits who take an interest in your life. You can see demonstrations of this type of communication at Spiritualist Churches or during Evenings of Clairvoyance. The only difference in what happens, when you come to see me personally, is that your Sitting will be held in private.

Please note that when contacting Spirit there can be no  guarantee of  who will come forward to work with a Medium. Spirit Communication is experimental – the Medium makes herself open to the Spirit World and has no say over who will be waiting to speak to you. Most people feel they have had a positive experience in attending a Sitting but if you feel you have not please say so.

“I had a private reading with Annie. I thought the experience was brilliant. People came through & gave messages. A lot were very relevant. I felt this was a very positive reading and quite emotional. I would recommend this to anyone.” Jo

Quite a few people think that a Sitting will be like having someone tell your fortune or your future. That is not possible! My job is to give you evidence that life continues beyond death. By doing that I can also pass on messages from the people who cared for you when they were alive. They will not pass on anything to worry or upset you but they do want you to know that they still care and want to be of assistance to you.

“It made me feel better knowing I could contact loved ones on the other side” Katie

So that you can be clear that the contact is from the Spirit World I prefer not to know anything about you before you come for a Sitting. Usually all I know is your name! The Spirits who bring their messages tell me what they wish me to pass on  – and only that. They will respect your privacy as they would have done in life. I don’t need to know details to  communicate what they would like you to know about the situations affecting your life. Also, working in this way, Mediums very rarely remember what has been discussed in a message. If you have any concerns about confidentiality please let me know.

“I really wanted my Dad to come through but now I understand why he can’t do just yet. Having my Grandma explain about how the Spirit World works & passing on his message was a special experience.” Louise

You can help your Sitting go well. Keep an open mind and send your thoughts out to all who know you in the Spirit World (and some of these may be people you only knew briefly or family members who actually passed before you were born!). Ask them to come to speak to you. Be honest if you can’t understand anything I say or describe. Spirit are only too happy to give more details.

Finally, it may seem strange that during the Sitting it helps me if you only tell me “Yes”, “No”, “Don’t Know” or “Maybe”. Since Spirit want to do the talking you need to leave the Sitting knowing that I have not given you back information you have just given to me.  Afterwards I will be only too happy to discuss any confirmation of what I’ve said on behalf of Spirit.

Psychics, Mediums & Clairvoyants: What do they do?

There are always a lot of questions about what psychics, mediums & clairvoyants do. Some people think that they can only get Spirit messages from clairvoyants, some that psychics can tune into Spirit and many who just get confused by all the names floating around. This is my explanation – you don’t have to accept it. We are ‘thinking beings’. I would be delighted if you use my explanation to think about what you understand or believe psychic & Spirit contact is.

Put at it’s simplest:

A Psychic has the ability to read the aura (or energy system) that we all have around us as a physical individual. Because we can’t see it or touch it most of us are unaware of it’s existence. But it is there. And someone who has opened up to the information coming to them through their psychic senses can ‘read’ the energy & tell you what is most probably going to happen. They can also tell you what has happened, what is happening at the moment & the things your energy is trying to draw in for you in the future. This is NOT fortune-telling.

An experienced Psychic can also link through you to the energy of all those who are connected to you or around you e.g. lovers, family, friends, workmates, neighbours. By ‘reading’ the energy of the people around you the Psychic can also see where their interests can be the same or different to yours and so how ‘probable’ your wishes & hopes are since your life choices are directly affected by the people who are around you.

Psychic readings pick up on YOUR agenda – what you would like to have happen in your life – checks this against the agendas of the other people around you and then gives you the best ‘probable’ outcome. We all have FREE WILL so we can choose what we do. That is why no-one can tell you your future. If you don’t like the sound of what you have been told you will do something completely different!

A Medium is someone who has opened up to the aura of the people physically present in this world and also to the aura of people who have died. People who have died are in the ‘Spirit World’ and can come into the aura of a Medium to communicate. Mediums get this communication by seeing (Clairvoyance), hearing (Clairaudience), sensing (Clairsentience), knowing (Claircognizance), tasting (Clairgustance) or smelling (Clairalience). So someone who is a Clairvoyant gets messages more strongly through seeing pictures/figures/words/symbols etc. But all forms of ‘Clair’ can be used by an experienced Medium at one time or another.

Spirit readings through a Medium pick up on SPIRIT’s agenda – what else may be happening in your life that you have ignored, failed to notice or have lost sight of. Spirit readings should always contain evidence that is personal to you about the Spirit who has come forward or about yourself. The Medium should be comfortable with you only giving Yes & No responses as Spirit should be able to explain in more detail anything you don’t understand. In my experience Spirit always want to give a message so that you can understand issues or aspects of your life better. They do not tell you to do anything in particular & they cannot make decisions for you. Remember, we have FREE WILL & will do exactly what we choose to do. That is why Spirit do not tell you your future. If you don’t like what you have been told you will do something completely different!

Before you have a reading please think about why you are going.

Do you want to be told what to do?
A reading will not do this.

Do you want to find out if your family & friends are in Spirit World?
A Spirit reading will do this.

Do you want your fortune told?
A reading will not do this.

Do you want some insight into the issues you feel you have in your life?
A Psychic reading will do this.

Do you want to test the reader by only getting a particular piece of information?
A reading will not do this – you may reject all of the good information you are given as the one item you want may not be given.

Do you want to get all of the support that is available to you so you can look at life as clearly as possible?
Both kinds of reading will do this

September Update

I’ve been such a busy bee that I have only just got round to posting about my activities this month! I hope school holiday time passed successfully for you (it was hectic here) & that you are now back in your regular routines. I was also able to fit in an angelic workshop recently with Darren Linton. His workshop was excellent. He brings a real sense of angelic presence & beauty & his guided mediations are very effective. I’m sure that the other participants enjoyed the weekend too.

Here are the events for this month:

Sunday 13th September. ‘Awakening to Psychic Ability’ Workshop. 74 Caldene Ave, Mytholmroyd. 10am- 4pm. This workshop allows you to open up more fully your psychic abilities using your insight about auras & chakras. I will demonstrate how to ground and protect your energies so that you can work safely. You will also have an opportunity to establish and experience psychic links for yourself. Cost£50. Please bring a packed lunch

Wednesday 16th September. Join me, Sioux Lowe, Jackie Fawcett & other guest mediums for an Evening With Spirit. This is a golden opportunity to join a medium at their table & receive messages & supportfrom your loved ones in Spirit. 5-6 people per table. Supper included. Cost £10.

Saturday 19th September. ‘Awakening to Crystal Children’ Workshop. Have you ever wondered why your child, grandchild, nephew, niece seems so different? Are you beining guided to work with these higher vibrational children? Join me to find out more about the Indigos & Crystals in your life & why thier vibrations are helping us to change our view of spirituality. Get practical help & support in how to help & support your chid(ren). 74 Caldene Ave, Mytholmroyd. 1pm – 5pm. Cost £25.

Sunday 20th September. ‘Awakeing to Mediumship’ Workshop. 74 Caldene Ave, Mytholmroyd. 10am – 4pm. This workshop will help you to connect to your Spirit Guides and Helpers and, with their assistance, provide you with evidence (that you have obtained for yourself) that life continues after physical death. I will also discuss what Ethical Mediumship means to me. Cost£50. Please bring a packed lunch.

Wednesday 23rd September. ‘2012 & All That’. Join me for an informal evening discussing what changes are occrring in 2012, guidence from Spirit on how we can prepare & a Spirit Vision of the future. &.30pm – 9pm. 74 Caldene Ave, Mytholmroyd. Cost £2.

Friday 25th September. ‘Awakening to Awareness’ Workshop. 74 Caldene Ave, Mytholmroyd. 10am – 4pm. My first workshop is suitable for anyone who has little or no knowledge of what psychic abilities are, auras or chakras. You will be introduced to your inner energy systems and personal vibrational level. I will also provide information and guidance about energizing your own aura and chakras so that you will be able to begin to reawaken your own psychic gifts. Cost£50. Please bring a packed lunch.

Sunday 27th September. Divine Service at Ashton Spiritualist Church. 3pm

Wednesday 30th September. Mediumship @ Milans at 8pm . An evening of messages from Spirit. Cost £6.00. A fabulous chance to see Medium & Psychic Surgeon Alan Cox bring forward messages from Spirit. There will also be a chance to buy crystals & gifts from Ann, his wife. Why not treat yourself & have a relaxing evening with us?

October Highlights: I’m doing private sittings at Colne Spiritualist Church on 3rd, a Psychic Supper at Idle Spiritualist Church on 20th & a trip to Northern Ireland for an Evening With Spirit & private readings. I will also be doing an Evening with Spirit in York & a day of readings.

Aura photos

auraI recently took the opportunity to have an aura photo (thanks to Eleanor & Les of Aspirit) and a reading from Eleanor. It was wonderful to see the colours in my picture. I feel they were certainly true of my aura just as I was opening up to do Spirit readings at Shaw Spiritualist Church’s Psychic Fair (thanks Sue, Susan & Stuart for the kind welcome). My colours are a reflection of my general personality & it was lovely to have Eleanor read for me. She offered me a new way of seeing some old, stuck issues based on what she interpreted from my aura & from Spirit. I really enjoyed this experience.

Many people dismiss the idea that we are a walking energy field that can be sensed & measured but this is what Spirit use to connect with us so messages & information can be passed on.  Our aura also contains the energy record of all of our experiences (good & bad) & information about our personality/abilities.  It can be really helpful to find out what colours are showing in your aura;  a reading can identify blocks in the energy flow & you might be guided to ways to clear these. You can also work with your aura yourself to help the energy flow as it should.

If you are looking for an aura reading check what is included & who will be giving you the information.  Also, what do you expect from your reading: a bit of fun; deeper insight; an interesting photo? Then enjoy the experience – it might just make you think!

Days like these

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I started to develop my psychic ability by reading cards & have a much loved set of ordinary playing cards thanks to a lovely lady called Margaret (now on Spirit side). She was one of the people I sometimes forget to acknowledge as helping me along when I was stuck on my spiritual journey. Another was Christine Keogh, an excellent clairvoyant who never worked in public at all. She helped me to see that contact with Spirit could be something entirely personal & direct, a way of having daily guidance on how to live spirituality. She used her ability to infuse her aura with the light of Spirit and carried that light into the world each & every day. The third person I owe a great debt to is Susan Ince, an Earth Angel who, though severely tried by life, has remained loving & giving. She showed me how to deal with adversity & with her example I know how to keep putting one foot in front of the other as each step is an achievement. There are others I could mention:  Jean Duncan Sioux LoweAnn Richmond Paul HuntColin PierceAunty KathJulie HodginsLouise HargreavesRos DellarFiona KilpatrickJulie Gesh. All of these, and many more, have helped me to find ways of dealing with the tests offered by Spirit so that I could learn what I needed to be a person & medium who makes better choices in life.

I do forget to tell everyone about these people  & Spirit have kindly arranged to remind me of this recently. They often explain to me that we are a community of Spirit, those of us above (in the Pink Perfect) & also those of us below (on the Earth Plane): we are all one.  Yet here below we seem to find it hard to give credit where it is due. Instead we prefer to see others as ‘competition’ & to be disrespected whenever possible. I have seen some examples of this on social network sites:  strong feelings can produce strong words but before going into print perhaps we should consider how we would feel if those words were being written about us? I’ve also experienced this on a personal level: giving freely of time & energy doesn’t always mean that the person receiving wants to give back. This can be disappointing if it happens at a time when you actually need to have some of that energy returned. It’s even more of a challenge when that person responds to your request for help by getting offended that you would like something in return. They can have forgotten that even an acknowledgment of help given in the past is a gracious & spiritual act.

There is a lovely story I recall reading long ago (in a sci-fi book, as I’m a bit of a fan). A stranger stopped at a village to stay the night. He wandered around looking at the village & trying to talk to people. He kept being met with the response ‘MYOB’ when he asked why people where doing things. He got very frustrated as he felt he was being told to ‘Mind Your Own Business’. When he was leaving the next morning he told his landlord how unhappy he was with the welcome he had got. The landlord explained that ‘MYOB’ actually meant ‘My Obligation’ – what people in the village felt about doing the work to keep the village & all it’s inhabitants as a viable community.The landlord asked that the stranger pass on ‘MYOB’ wherever he could as all the good done as a result would be for the whole not the one.

So the next time you are asked for help please think ‘MYOB’ & consider that the person asking is a part of your community. We all have the choice to ignore ‘MYOB’ but if we accept ‘MYOB’, you never know, we might just have forged a more spiritual & loving community.

A survey for all psychics & mediums

If you haven’t come across Rosemary Breen please check out this survey & her site. It’s nice to come across people researching psychic & mediumship issues for our profession. Please contribute to the survey if you can.

You might also want to check out The Spiritual Workers Association social site on Ning (& there are other good sites using Ning) where you can get information & find out more about working as a psychic or medium.

I’m doing the programmes at the moment for tonight’s Mediumship@Milans & the nicest thing is that Adele from Tower Admin Services is also here sorting out my filing system. She’s doing a brilliant job (at very reasonable rates). Tonight’s guest is Sioux Lowe, a fab International Medium, who is guaranteed to have us laughing with love & light from the Spirit contacts. It only costs £6 and starts at 8pm. So come along to Milans Hotel, Halifax.

Love & light

‘Awakening Workshops’

I love running workshops. It’s great to get questions & find myself giving explanations inspired by my Spirit Guides. It’s lovely to feel people blending their energy & making progress together towards spiritual development. It’s fun just finding out! I often realise I learn as much as anyone on the workshops because my questions get answered too.

In August I’m running my ‘Awakening to Past Lives’ workshop (a favourite of mine) and all three of the component workshops to enable anyone to open up & develop their mediumship. In September I’m also running a 10 week Development Circle so that people can carry on strengthening their link to Spirit. I love the Past Life work because it can really help to identify patterns of behaviour & emotion that are in this life but really belong to an earlier life. I believe that reincarnation is the way we make our journey towards being fully integrated with the Divine, One Central Sun, God/ess or what ever you choose to call the creative force. So helping people to access & work with the wisdom & challenges present by past lives is really exciting.

For those who find they need a deeper understanding of some of the lives affecting them I also offer Past Life Readings. My Spirit Guides are always on hand to access the Akashic Record & allow me to take a peek at the ‘books’ that people are still connected to in this life. Sometimes just understanding why certain events happened at a certain time in our life can really help us to put the puzzle pieces together & move forward more confidently.

Love & Light

Psychic News Article

I’ve just downloaded my copy of the latest issue of Psychic News & am delighted with the article they have put in about me. It follows on from the one by Diane Crabtree, Women’s Editor of the Halifax Courier (click here). It’s lovely coming after the frustration of the banner yesterday. Also, new banner in place. Tomorrow night at Todmorden Cricket Club will be good – messages from Spirit are already waiting to be delivered!

One of the new things I’m trying is a ‘Come Dine With a Medium’, tapas, talk & messages evening on 24th July at a very active, haunted location – Kershaw House Inn, Luddenden, Halifax. It’s ticket only (£15) & I’ll be visiting every table to give messages & answer questions about psychics & mediumship. I’ll also have my bag of crystals with me & will also give crystal readings too.

I’m also discussing another ‘ghost night’ at a venue in Halifax, West Yorkshire & the location appears to be nicely active. After that I’ll be planning for Halloween & a paranormal event at our regular, private location near Hebden Bridge. More details will be posted to the events page as they are confirmed.

Finally, I’m sorting out Autumn workshop dates for people developing psychic & mediumship abilities. Again, I’ll post as soon as they are confirmed.

love & light

Going to a Spiritualist Church

Not everyone is sure of what happens inside a Spiritualist church. So people sometimes miss a good opportunity to see mediums working. I’ve been to Oldham Spiritualist Church tonight & enjoyed a lovely service where Pauline Montgomery gave evidence of survival after death (that is, told people things she could not have known about them & their relatives) & passed on messages from Spirit. Mediums up & down the country do this week in, week out (me too) so that anyone who wants can come along & see if there is someone in Spirit who wants to give them a message.

Some churches have services just for messages where there might be a hymn or two. Most churches have Divine Service at least once a week & this has hymns, prayers & a talk (sort of sermon). Even if you are not a church goer the services are open to all & you don’t have to be a Spiritualist to go there. If you want to find out where churches are you can check at www.snu.org.uk or www.thespiritualist.org for the ones nearest to you. There are also independant churches so a google search is a good way to find them too.

Just a quick point: as the message is for the person getting it the medium who gives that message usually forgets it afterwards. Otherwise our heads might be crammed with too much info & burst (only joking). But carrying all those messages & remebering every single detail would be hard work. When you remind a medium that you got something in a message from them we can sometimes ‘pull’ the info back with the help of our Spirit friends but please don’t be offended if we look or sound a little bit blank at first.

Love & light