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Back In the Saddle Again

I think. I’m mostly better but things are still stiff and sore. I’m done with the throwing up and slept really well last night and that helped immeasurably. I read all of your comments and thank you so much for them. Let me just say that yesterday (and the night before) was about the longest day of my life. I didn’t watch tv. I didn’t go on the computer to read email or blogs. I didn’t knit. Did you hear that? I didn’t knit. I just alternated between the couch, the bathroom, and the bed. I sure hope I don’t get something like this again ever.

So, you want to know about the psychic medium thing, right? Her name is Maureen Hancock and I thought she was very good. It was my first time going to something like this so I had no expectations or ideas about what it would be like. She basically worked the room, seeing and hearing everyone’s dead relations. She explained that some came through louder than others – sometimes they had a special message to give or guilt to resolve – and that even though everyone might not actually “hear” from someone that everyone did actually have someone there.

As skeptical as it all sounds, it was very believable. The names she came up with, the facts that she knew, the messages she gave, I just don’t see how she could have done any of that by making it up. My sister-in-law did get a message (or Postcard from Heaven, as Maureen calls them) from her recently passed boyfriend. At that same time we heard from her mom, Ruthie, and my mom and dad. My mom wanted me to know that she knows how much I miss her and that she’s okay. The psychic also “knew” that my mom died of cancer, that she died at home, and that I was with her when she died. All of that is pretty generic but when I put that together with all of the other things I heard that night and the expressions on the faces of the people she had messages for, well, it comes together and I believe.

I cried a bit during the reading and then a bit more when I got home and told Dale about it but it was actually very comforting. I’m not sure what I think about the idea of heaven but I do believe that energy doesn’t go away. And now I guess I believe that the energy of others can be with us and around us. I’m still sorting a lot of that out but it’s interesting to ponder it.

Do you think I’m crazy? Do you have beliefs you want to share? Discuss, please.

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  1. I talk to my Nana J everyday. I always have— even through college, I called her every night. She’s been gone now 6 years in March. I believe she watches me and is proud of me.

    Psychic mediums- well, I don’t know.You certainly aren’t crazy and I have a cousin who appears “touched” (as Nana used to say) as she can feel things happen. She knows when people are pregnant before they do. She called me to ‘talk’ the night before I was laid off. She had had a dream about me and I was lost in a maze, searching for my direction.

    If you believe that your mom is watching and feeling all the things you want her to feel, then it’s comfort.

    I think we’d have to be awfully egotistical to believe that we know all there is to know about the universe and it’s inner workings, don’t you?

  2. It’s OK not to know about what’s out there. Let the mystery be. It’s also wonderful that you had a message from your mother. May it bring you peace.

  3. No, I don’t think you’re crazy. (Just a bit fiber-obsessed, like all of us.) I don’t believe in God, at least the Judeo-Christian one, but I do believe there’s such a thing as spiritual energy. Whether mine will just float free when I’m gone, like the air from a burst bubble, or if I will still exist in some form, I don’t know. Obviously the latter appeals to me a lot more.

    I know skeptics who say if you can’t touch, feel, or measure it, hello, it doesn’t exist. And then I read articles about dark matter and energy — supposedly something like 80 percent (or more, I forget) of the matter in our universe isn’t measurable by any tools we have, although sometimes we can infer its existence by measuring something else — and anything is possible.

  4. Your post made me well up with tears. I would really love the opportunity to give my grandma another hug. I keep her here with me being emulating her wonderful characteristics to the best of my ability.

  5. I don’t think you’re crazy. Every person has an energy, and when they move on, their energy has to go somewhere. And I believe that their experiences are imprinted on the people around them as well as the collective unconscious. And certain people have a talent for tapping into those things. It’s when they start charging for it that it makes me a bit skeptical of that person’s motives.

  6. Glad you’re feeling better! I don’t think you’re crazy – I think some of these people are quacks and take advantage of needy people, but I do believe there are really people that possess the ability to see/hear/connect with things most people can’t.

    I’ve always wanted to go to one of these things, and I’m glad you found it comforting. I have no doubt people’s loved ones would try to communicate with them if given the chance. I mean, wouldn’t you if (god forbid) it were you that had passed and Hannah met up with a medium who could help you say hello?

  7. You are definitely not crazy. My parents are both dead, and I have certain experiences that convince me that they are still around me somehow. One of them is a thing that happens every year at Christmastime. My dad was a major Christmas person. Every year, without warning, there will suddenly be a brief feeling that takes me back to the day I came home after school in second grade, and my dad, who was home recovering from surgery, was hanging up new Christmas stockings. Mine was green, with Santa going down the chimney, whereas my sisters were red with scenes I don’t remember. Anyway, it was such a special feeling, and it hits me at the most unexpected times every year during Christmastime.

    I like to think that it’s a “real” thing, and not just my subconscious trying to call it up …

    Glad you are feeling better – it’s terrible to be sick at this time of year especially!

  8. No craziness. A few years ago, I interviewed a pet psychic for an article I was writing. Hubby thought it would be fun to hire her and have her “read” our cat. So we did, over the phone (she was several states away). All I told her was that we had an elderly cat and were getting ready to move and wondered how the cat would do. From that, she said that the cat had lost weight (true) because she had sores on her upper right and lower left gums–and she specified that was the cat’s upper right and lower left, not mine as I looked at her. After the call, I looked, and sure enough, sores on the gums. We switched to tender vittles, the sores went away, and the cat gained weight. Then she psychic told me that I should be careful of the territory issues with our other cat. Thinking I was busting her, I pointed out that we don’t have another cat. She said, Really? Because I’m getting a sense of a battle between two cats, on a flowered rug, and the other cat has a big fluffly tail. Then I remembered: our front door had floor-to-ceiling windows around it, a floral rug in front of it–and the neighbor’s Maine Coon cat (huge fluffy tail) would often come sit on our porch, and the two cats would fight through the glass. How on earth could she have known that? There were other things too. Really amazing. And I was very skeptical going in.

  9. I have had some goosebumpily accurate readings (won’t bog comments with details) , including a group “angel” read such as the one you described. And you are definitely not crazy,at least not because of this. 🙂 Don’t be surprised if you start getting your own little postcards, no third party delivery required.

  10. No, you are not crazy and yes there is alot in this world that cannot be explained. I truly belive that when you die, your energy just changes form and people who have already “passed on” want to help those of us still here. Maybe they really are angels. What Lucia said makes alot of sense to me too. And I don’t think you have to be label “Psychic” to be able to communicate with dead loved ones. I think they are always there with you, ready to comfort and guide you. Anyway, that’s my story.

  11. Glad that you’re feeling better.

    My dad’s birthday just passed and Linds and I went to the cemetery to mark the day. While we were there we talked about what we believe in and agreed that we’re not so sure there’s a heaven but I do think that people don’t totally go away. Sometimes you can just feel them there. It’s comforting to think that those we moss are still with us somehow and not totally missing all the good stuff.

  12. I’m glad you’re feeling better! If what you had was anything like what my brother had for the past two 2.5 days… ugh.

    Re: the belief thing – I’m not sure! To quote Mulder: “I want to believe.”

  13. Glad you’re feeling better! We had a bug like that sweep through our house at right about this time last year… never so sick so fast so quick before in my life!

    Fascinated by the whole medium thing, though I’ve never been. Did have my palm read once…

  14. If you are searching for truth, you will find it in the Bible. It contains everything we need for life and godliness. If you ever want to study the Bible, I’d be happy to study with you through the Internet. Just let me know.

  15. I’m glad the bug was short, albeit sharp. Take it easy!

    It seems to me that spiritual wellness is not unlike physical wellness – sometimes drugs or surgery is indicated, sometimes acupuncture or biofeedback. Similarly, there’s no need to be overly skeptical about one’s solace of choice (or critical of another’s), as long as no harm is done. That includes the commercial aspect – psychiatrists have billable hours, churches have offerings, mediums have fees. What matters to me is comfort is a *good* thing and this is the season of comfort – and joy. (((hugs)))

  16. I definitely believe in the “energy” thing. I also believe that some people can communicate with people after they are gone and there are also people who fake that they can and take advantage of others.

    Glad you are feeling better!

  17. Oh, I so want to believe and hear from my Grandma someday. I keep waiting for it, but it’s been 25 years or so.

  18. First, I’m glad you’re feeling better. What a horrid illness!

    I do not think you are crazy. I get “visits” from my dad and my deceased brother, always in dreams, not generally connected to any particular thing going on in my life, although my brother “visited” a night or two before my dad passed away from colon cancer, and when I asked him (in the dream) what he was doing there, he said “I came to get Dad.”

    Eerie, but comforting, and sometimes frustrating, because I can never quite get all the answers I’m looking for.

  19. You had an experience that was meaningful to you. Whatever else is or isn’t doesn’t change that. I agree with Margene, let the mystery be, and accept the comfort that was offered.

  20. Definitely not crazy. Why can’t someone have a psychic talent? Some people have musical or other talents that some of the rest of us can’t imagine.

    I know my relatives visit from time to time, specifically on a couple of special occasions. I don’t believe they are tied to earth. They have better things to do. That’s my $.02 and it’s probably worth what you paid for it.

    I’m so glad you are feeling better!

  21. we go to a “seer” every year just after the lunar new year. it’s amazing how much he knows about us just by looking at our faces and knowing our birth date, birth time, and full name. it sounds like all sorts of crazy and i don’t know if i can get into it here without turning this into an essay, but i totally believe in an afterlife, and i believe that our loved ones that have left us are always with us in someway.

  22. I am so glad you are feeling better.

    You are not crazy. Not even a little bit. There is so much about humanity and the great beyond that we do not know. There is no harm in being curious and having an open mind. It’s only when our minds are closed to new things that we miss out on what is possible.

    And, yes, I am slightly biased on this topic. xo

  23. I’m old enough now to know that I don’t know everything and I don’t think anyone else does either. I’d love for there to be a heaven and angels. I hope there will be or something like it. No one knows for sure and I like it that way.

  24. I absolutely do not think you’re crazy. If you take comfort in the messages you received then that’s all that matters.

  25. Glad it was a fast moving bug. I am reiki certified & have seen some pretty amazing things – there is so much we don’t know. Be open and you’ll find comfort. My Grandma and now my Aunt are my guardian angels – I believe it & feel them with me often.

  26. I have had enough experiences to know that those who have departed this earth are still around us and protect and guide us. Part of my religious experience was attending a wonderful Methaphysical Church in Tampa and Rev. Donna Jean had services on Sunday day and evening and Wednesday evening. The evening services ended with messages from the other side – and I, too, became a believer when she knew things that there was no way for her to know unless I would have told her – and I hadn’t.

    My grandmother came many times to visit me after she departed…and both she and my father sent many messages through Rev. Donna Jean and others.

  27. I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better!

    I do not think you’re crazy. I am still trying to figure out exactly what I believe, but one thing I DO believe is that we do not cease to exist when our body dies.

  28. I think there are so many gifted people out there who are ligit(sp?). I recently went to see a “famous” psychic medium (Lisa Williams) who is originally from England, but now lives in L.A. She has had a couple of cable tv shows. She did a 3 hour show and I was one of her “readings”. She was RIGHT-ON with my reading. The person I went with is the one who purchased the tickets, so there is no way the woman could have looked-up any info on my son, Jarod (6 yrs.old) who passed away 5 yrs. ago tomorrow (12/19/03). She told me soooo much that was very detailed! I do believe people have that talent, just like some people have abilities to sing or paint. I’m glad she had messages for you, I hoped it helped you, I know it did for me!

  29. Hey, I believe in the energy. I see Barb blinking at us every time I’m at your house. “Hi, Barb!”

  30. i’m lucky enough to have made it this far and to have never lost someone i truly loved (i wasn’t close to my grandparents and other relatives) so although i tend to be a little skeptical because there are certainly a lot of charlatans out there, i also don’t think what you experienced is crazy. i get feelings that i’ve learned not to ignore. and in my case maybe they are coincidences, but they happen often enough to make me wonder.

  31. It’s hard to believe but my mother has been gone 17 years. She died at age 58 from cancer and so did my aunt. I remember my cousin had an experience where her mom came back and spoke to her. She looked great and told her she was happy to see her. Then it was like a dream and she awoke but she had such a feeling of peace afterwards. I never experienced anything like that but sure wish I did. I like to believe that my aunt and my mom are keeping each other company and that they are having a super time.

  32. Someday when we meet in person, we can talk about this. I have a rather interesting family…!

    So glad you’re feeling better.

  33. So glad to know that you are feeling better. that was one nasty flu.

    How fabulous that you “heard” from your Mom. And yes, I believe in this sort of thing – I’ve read so much about it. There are many good mediums who “speak” with those who have crossed, and even Elizabeth Kubler-Ross wrote about it in her books on grieving.
    Remind me someday to tell you the story about how my Grandmother (who had passed three days prior) saved my kid brother’s life. true story.
    many comfort hugs.

  34. Glad you’re better. That sounded awful!

    As for your experience, I’m glad it was a good one. I personally am not so sure about heaven and hell myself but I really hope this isn’t it! I would love to be able to talk to my grandparents who passed when I was pretty young, but I’m not sure how much I could believe one of these “mediums”. I guess I would have to experience it for myself. I’d definitely have a lot of questions…

    Stay safe and warm today. It’s miserable out there.

  35. Glad to hear you are better.

    Totally agree with you about energy. The thing I have trouble believing is that energy retains a self-aware stamp once it leaves the body.

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