A Medium’s Life is Never “Normal”

A Medium’s Life is Never “Normal”

People often find my life and my work in particular, fascinating. It is probably because I really love what I do and I am passionate about it. I have experiences which I cannot even share sometimes for fear of being called “weird” or to avoid being questioned on its authenticity because it is not part of their belief system or reality. Being a medium is very much about being open to experiences that the Spirit world want to share with us. We get to astral travel, connect with spirit in every shape or form, hear, see or even taste, as our senses are heightened. 

Growing up as a child in Malaysia, I used to grapple with the dark and sleeping alone. I had times where I would wet the bed because I was absolutely terrified of my experiences. I mean wouldn’t you be if you saw a being move up around the ceiling? Feel a tightening sensation  spread across your entire body? Now, what if I told you that I had just got into bed so was awake and my eyes was CLOSED but I could see through my eyelids? I could see every detail of the room. This was because my third eye had already developed when I was ten I could see through it sometimes. 

After my rigorous training and spiritual development, which led to working professionally as a Medium, I am never afraid of Spirit. I don’t feel the same way about “visitors” as when i was a child. I know that tightening sensation now was energy and the being I saw was probably a guide or from a different dimension. If only I knew what I know now then! 

On Friday I unintentionally stayed up awake. I had a workshop to run in the morning so I was keen on an early night. However earlier in the day, my mother called to remind me to try to stay awake for Mahashivatri – a night in tribute to Shiva which takes place before a new moon. The theme for this annual spiritual celebration is to overcome darkness and ignorance. This is a very important event for those who believe in the mind, body and spirit connection. Shiva is seen as the master that teaches, improves and oversees this aspect of humanity. People fast, eat vegetarian food, meditate, chant and spend the time on self reflection. Most temples are awash with lights, colour and people sitting with their legs crossed and spines straight throughout the night. There are 12 Shivaratri per year but the main one, usually falls in February or March. This year it was on February 24th.  This special day is huge for those on the spiritual path as Shiva, helps to awaken new spiritual awareness and gifts. 

With all of this in mind, I decided that I couldn’t stay awake so I went to bed armed with some guided sleep meditation music. After tossing and turning, I decided to sit up in bed and listen to some Shiva chants from my Youtube channel. I am hesitating as I write this as I know it will sounds completely crazy!

I felt my soul leave my body and there was a short moment of grief which was overtaken by excitement. I then saw below me, the road outside my house. I continued to travel up and then I felt myself, so light and weightless, travel further up into the sky.  After a moment, darkness surrounded me and I thought that was it. I then realised I was in a cave. It was a big one with a lot of space around me. I could’t see the top but the wall around me had what I initially thought was graffiti but on closer inspection, turned out to be pre-historic drawings. 

I could sense water running close by but my attention was taken over by the fresh air and light that I suddenly felt. I saw the opening and then heard the shriek of the flying prehistoric animal that flew past me. I saw it in the distance and then the massive landscape below me. It was a beautiful sight and simply indescribable. I have had out of body (OOB) experiences before but never so vivid and to a different time in history.

Once I felt I was back on the bed again, I saw my father standing near me and next to him, a guide and someone else. Before I could take that all in, waves of green, white and sparkly yellow light spilled into the room. The door was closed, the curtains drawn and my eyes were shut. 

The lights formed long continuous and intersected lines moved and danced around me. I felt so honoured and happy to be a witness to this special scene in front of me.  In the corner of my eye I saw several other lights but these were different. They were like the lights of stars we see in the sky. Bright, determined and powerful. These I knew were lights of Spirit and Angels. They sparkled and stayed passive while the green/white light made patterns around me. They reminded me of the Aurora Borealis lights. 

There were a few more other things that happened that night but thankfully I managed to fall asleep at 5.30am and had less than three hours of sleep before my event. I didn’t feel tired at all while I was teaching and I came home really energised. 

On Saturday night, I was filled with so much energy, and I knew one of my guides wanted to work with me. So I asked my husband to go off to bed while I picked up my paint brushes and set to work until 4am.

Original Acrylic on Canvas painting by Angela Mitchell

I just knew I had to paint a robin but I never paint animals or landscape. My art is from inspiration so I was a little apprehensive. I couldn’t believe how easily the robin appeared on the canvas. A very curious, inquisitive, and friendly fella who looks like he has had a rough time. Somehow he found this little haven away from the rain to rest. 

While robins are often referred to as spirit signs, they are in Shamanism, a sign of growth and renewal. If you look back at the New Moon & Solar Eclipse guide from Friday, there is a theme about renewal there. Scruffy brings with him a message about letting go of the past to be able to move forward in the present. When we work to release the past, then you can refresh and go on your new journey. He also helps with self expression and working hard but also resting. We must listen to our bodies and the signs, to know when to push ourselves and when to take time off.

Scruffy wants us to know that our spirit family and friends are working hard to send us healing, in every possible way. From a chance meeting with someone who makes you smile, to unexpected abundance to closure on a disagreement. Believe that change is coming to your life and things will work out.

 

Scruffy is currently on sale at the Craft Coop in Marlow High Street.

Are you being guided to move forward?

Are you being guided to move forward?

Today is a special day and in fact this whole week is going to be interesting as we head towards the full moon on the 16th. The universe has been conspiring to move us closer to our life purpose, stamp out limiting believes, addiction and even releasing us from relationships. A number of us have been left wondering “what next” or questioning what their life purpose is and what it is they are meant to be doing. Think about our life – from the very beginning to the end, as a large puzzle, and all the pieces scattered around a large moving and badly lit table. Here is the tricky bit…..you don’t know what the final picture is going to look like and many of the pieces are simply blank. Somehow you need to work your way through the pieces, find the right pieces to fit and figure out what the puzzle is supposed to look like. Now imagine this as you life. We have an idea of how everything fits in but don’t really know how its supposed to look like! This is where the universe comes in. It is divine assistance to push us in the right direction. From energy to spirit guides, you are shown little clues to prod you into the right direction. Some of us have strong intuition and total belief in our wisdom to trust in their decisions. Others will refuse any help or reminders from any other source that is not scientific. While others who feel the energy shifts will question everything and seek the truth. The energy of the full moon and planetary events contribute towards broadening our awareness towards our life purpose. 

Each and everyone of us have a purpose. You may think your life is boring and haven’t achieved much compared to say, Nelson Mandela who has contributed blood sweat and tears to his country. We all have different life purposes and it can range from being the person who changes a parent’s addiction to someone who  designs a product that makes a difference to our lives. Some people may leave our planet with absolutely no idea what their “life purpose” was. Does it matter?  In the scheme of things, no. But if we go back to the puzzle, wouldn’t  it be easier to put together if you knew what it looked like? So you could say that knowing your life purpose is like having a clearer picture of why you are here on earth.

A lot of people are buzzing forward with ideas, new opportunities and planning ahead this week. You may be getting downloads in the form of ideas, thoughts dropping into your head, names of people to contact (who could help you) and events appearing on your screens. You are possibly being encouraged to take a course that will enhance your knowledge of a particular subject which could lead to a job promotion in six months or a meditation class to tackle the stress that has been cropping up lately. Making that one decision can change the course of how your life is going now. So pay attention this week and if it feels right, go for it! 

Today’s date is 10/10/2016 which rounds up to 11 which is a master number which often reminds us of a change and a reminder from the Angels that you are manifesting both positive and negative energy. 11 is also 1+1 = 2. Two is about having courage, trust and to have patience. 

The universe is hinting that you must firstly be keeping a watch out for signs but also be patient and keep positive. Courage is going to be important as some of us are taking big leaps into the unknown. So if you are having a wobble then don’t worry it is going to be okay. You are being encouraged to take action and have faith.

Watch out for signals in the form of numbers as there are strong messages and reminders being sent. Comment below of you are seeing numbers and I will try to give some of you insight. 

 

How I struggled to hear myself until I was made to LISTEN

How I struggled to hear myself until I was made to LISTEN

In November’s issue of Fate & Fortune magazine, you will see a centre spread on someone you know…..ME! I was approached to speak about how I became a Medium or my journey rather. After a considerable amount of pondering as I didn’t want it to be sensationalist type of journalism as it wasn’t you usual story. It is not that I started suddenly seeing spirits. On the contrary, I was well aware of them as a toddler but realised they were in fact spirits at the tender age of 10. I struggled with this awareness for almost all of my life. I hated this gift but I also helped people along the way. I didn’t have anyone to help me understand it or mentor me so I was doing things properly. These days we have articles, workshops, teachers and information at the click of the “search” button. When I was growing up, spirits were always seen as scary, evil and negative while mediums were often manipulative and untrustworthy. I should know as I went to see almost every medium in Malaysia as my mother was alwayis searching for help and answers. But in turn I was sexually molested by one, made to drink chicken blood by another, cheated out of money and another one encouraged my parents to destroy all of my artwork and paintings in the 90’s as he claimed it was all “evil”.

The scariest experience I had was with a medium/holyman who decided I was indeed possessed and therefore arranged for a ceremony to rid me of the evil spirit. All I had done was accompany a work mate who was trying to get extra magic to get her food business she ran on the side with her husband, successful. As I sat there, I felt a weird presence in the room and next thing I know I fainted and I woke up to him saying I was possessed. I was held down and all sorts of weird things being said. As you can imagine, I was incredibly scared and concerned that this “spirit” was the cause of some bad luck in my life. I went home and told my family and they too were anxious and agreed to the ceremony. On the said day we walked into the room, terrified and felt we were at the mercy of this man and his assistants. They asked me to lie down I felt very weak and I felt a blackness come over me as the holyman continued to chant. I think I fell into a deep sleep or lost consciousness but I think I was also given something to drink beforehand. Next thing I know, as I started to regain consciousness, I couldn’t move. My hands, legs and even my head was being held down by loads of men. I could hear the man chanting away and giving instructions to not let me go as apparently the “devil will want to resist and get up”. I also felt someone pricking my feet with a sharp pencil and my toe was in agony. This is a very unnatural and terrifying moment. I wasn’t prepared for what happened next. 

Surrounded by strange men and unable to move, I begin to cry and tried to call for my family. Next thing I knew, water started pouring water on my face. I couldn’t breathe and as I had my mouth open, I started choking on the water. There must have been seven to eight men holding me down and I could see three standing above me with one litre bottles of water continuously pouring water on my face. I screamed as loudly as I could, gargling and choking sounds in between for my family. Each time I did, more water would be poured down to my face. I knew if I didn’t do something that I would drown and die within seconds. “Bobbbbby……save me….this is Angie”  I choked out. 

I heard the holyman say “its the devil hahhaha…..nice try, don’t listen to it. Its very clever trying to make us believe its her” and I screamed “Nooooo its me” and I heard my mother screaming to be let inside the room. I heard her say to my friend “She is going to die…..I thought you were her friend” and then I heard my father push in shouted at the man to stop. I cannot tell you how relieved I was as I was already starting to feel dizzy and had so much water in my nose, mouth and throat that I knew with certain that a second more I would could have died on that cold cemented floor.  

I never spoke to that friend again nor did I seek the help of a charlatan ever again. She did nothing to help me and in fact stopped my family from entering the room. She shrugged off the whole thing and didn’t seem to understand how scared I was. I shut myself out from spiritual matters and focused on went to temples or churches. My bad luck were merely challenges who made me who I am and they were certainly nothing to do with curses or spells.

So for many years I set aside my spirituality and hated it. This didn’t mean that they stopped appearing or speaking to me. In fact they became more obvious as the years went by. I would get prophetic dreams, messages, signs, see, hear and sense spirit wherever I went. I helped friends, cleared houses, read cards and would get strong feelings about people or situations. People were at times grateful, overwhelmed or scared off. No one really likes someone who “knows” things especially if they are insecure. I wasn’t trained so I went bumbling around life with this burden around my shoulders. 

In September 2013 my life changed, for the better. What I resisted for my whole life came right at me and I was smacked in the face literally to face up to who I was! Sometimes you have to be pushed to the edge to see the truth. I stopped fearing spirits and embraced my calling. Fate & Fortune Magazine

This is the driving force behind my psychic and mediumship workshops. You don’t have to walk through life feeling as though your gifts and abilities are a burden. You don’t have to be scared of spirits. I hope my story has inspired you. Please feel free if you want to ask any questions and if you want information about my next workshop.

Why Spirits appear to us even after rituals and ceremonies

Why Spirits appear to us even after rituals and ceremonies

I was chatting with a friend the other lady about religious/cultural rituals for the dead and spirits. She was under the impression that the Hindu rituals were to release the soul to the next life or place so they wouldn’t haunt or come back to our physical world. This was a very interesting topic for me as I have said before, my mom came from a very strict Hindu background while my dad was a Roman Catholic. We are closet Hindus though was my paternal grandmother and that side of the family did not like us “mixing religions”. I know my dad resonated more with Hinduism and the rituals probably because he spent a lot of time studying and travelling in India. He was also very spiritual and a great follower of yoga, meditation and self awareness. He had in his lifetime met some of the most important yogis and spiritual gurus and learned almost every meditation or yoga technique. This is before it all became trendy and hip. It was the time when yoga, meditation and spirituality was a holistic approach to life . Despite the peer pressure to not practice Hinduism, my mother always managed to sneak in a temple trip, a ritual here and a prayer there. 

As a result I was lucky enough to witness and take part lots of rituals, from new born baby ceremonies to sending off the dead and even coming of age rituals. Some of which I understand and accept but I still never understood why I had to down glasses of raw eggs with castor oil for a month when I first got my period. It was sheer torture and I still gag when I see raw eggs. Ewwww! Apparently the old wives tale was that the mixture helps to aid childbirth. Protein from the eggs for nutritional reasons, to give you strength and the castor oil supposedly helps baby’s journey into the world smoother. I could be wrong but how is force feeding a 14 year old help labour years later? Jury is out on this one for me. But you see there is such so many different rituals, ceremonies, myths and old wive tales to navigate through and this is not just for Indians or Hindus, its in almost every culture, religion or country around the world. 

The rituals for the dead in Hinduism is to be a great send off. It is such a beautiful and sacred time for the living to bond with the dead. I always found cremation as the most sensible and quietly satisfying way for the dead to leave us. I remember my dad feeling extremely guilty about not visiting his dad and years later, his mom’s grave. There was pressure to ensure the graves were maintained and squabbles within the family about who should take responsibility. It almost felt that “grandma or grandpa was there – just under neath the moss covered head stone. There was so much emphasis on the grave that we forget they are with us all the time and everywhere. In fact they are least likely to hover around their grave when they no longer have the connection to their physical form.

My father had a Christian funeral leading up to the crematorium. I still choke up when I hear Amazing Grace. Brings me back to the church where I sat like I had a huge stone in my stomach. The Hindu ceremony was a serene, peaceful and spiritual affair. We drove a long way on a narrow road to a different town with my dad’s ashes. I was a little apprehensive about having his ashes so close but remember, I was still resisting my spirituality in those days.  We had a car load of flowers, incense, fruits and a long list of things the priest had asked us to bring including his payment.  We arrived at a very humble shrine set precariously on the edge of a very fast moving river. My brother, as the son was asked to put on a “vaisti” and take his shirt off. The priest put on a thick thread around him and did some special prayers to “protect” him. Obviously now I do question why he needed protection as my dad was unlikely to want to hurt his beloved son and spirits vibrate on love not hate.

We watched as they both waded into the middle of the river which was tricky as the stones underneath were slippery and the undercurrents strong. They poured his ashes into a brass container and the priest chanted mantras as my dad was released to the river. As my brother poured him little by little into the water, the light grey cloud blended into the water, turning dark and then disappear as quickly as they appeared.

And suddenly dawn  broke and a ray of light hit my brother and the brass container he was holding so we were all dazzled with golden light for a minute. And then a flock of birds appeared out of no where and flew up in the sky and away. It was the most beautiful moment of my life and I cried but it was from happiness. I knew right then and there that my dad was free and in peace. I saw it as a send off, the best way to let him go on to whatever came next.  

The conversation I had with this lady was about rituals Hindus such as these. Proper Hindu rituals would have more to it than what we did for my dad but they have a similar purpose. I found a beautiful article on this which was an interesting read.

Back to the question about these rituals serving a purpose e.g so they won’t come back and why and how spirits communicate with Mediums, well the answer is simple. These rituals are simply man made ceremonies which were put into place as a way for the living to say goodbye and send off their loved ones who have passed.  In the stone age, I can only assume that when someone died, they would either leave them somewhere far away or bury them. But then people would have found it really difficult to cope with the loss – of their presence, their laughter and personality around them. Not being able to reach out and touch someone, knowing you will never be able to do so is a huge part of the grieving process. Eventually mankind realised they had to do something to mark the passing of another human being and every culture and religion have their own way of saying goodbye. 

Hindus have very specific rituals to follow when someone has passed and the first year anniversary for example is a big event. There is lots of things to buy, make, cook and prepare and people to invite. Food is cooked and a separate setting with food, drinks and lot of ceremonial items placed near the persons’ photo. After a long and very intensive prayer session, everyone sits down for a meal. Tears are shed, stories told and hearts full of memories.

The spirit world appreciates such gestures and look down on these days with fondness but they need nothing except our love and to be remembered.  They don’t come back to us to haunt us but only to say hello and to let you know they still love and care.

Why do they “come back” ? Wouldn’t you if you had a chance to speak through a medium or to visit the family to see how they are getting on? It always boils down to “what would you do if you had the chance?  They don’t actually come back but merely a moment occurs where they can see us and realise they are able to communicate. Its like a veil has lifted and a special flash second of love between the two worlds is possible.

Put what you have been told about the dead, death and the spirit world — just open your hearts to the possibilities. 

Build the rainbow bridge with love, don’t destroy it with fear – Angela Mitchell 

Spiritual Development Insights

My job gives me access to people’s lives and experiences. People open up about the “paranormal” things that happen or their own spiritual experiences without fear of judgement. Who am I to judge? I get judged all the time as someone who is offering a personal service to bridge the gap between us and the Spirit world. I do get funny looks, snide remarks and the occasional nasty message from the non believers. Sometimes it hurts because it can get very personal and but most of the time, I feel sorry for them, as they are so quick to dismiss something that could bring so much clarity and comfort. But it doesn’t matter as I know who I am and where I stand with the people who love me and the Spirit world who support me in my work. I have been taught by some of the best mediums in the UK and the US as well as those accredited by the Spiritualists’ National Union ( with whom I hope to continue my education in the near future) who are all very tough and rigorous in their teachings. 

So, never feel apprehensive or scared of contacting me to ask questions or spiritual guidance. All my workshops for example are  fantastic places for people struggling with their spirituality to come forward to learn but also to share their experiences, no matter how weird. Part of my mission is to help people feel comforted rather than to “fear” spirit. We have been forced fed myths about spirit and the spirit world for centuries. All based on FEAR and prejudice. The moment you are different and can see or know something others don’t, then you get labelled as witches or charlatans who were sometimes used by the higher powers and then prosecuted. Personally I think people in the olden days who were spiritually aware were extremely vulnerable, had no role models, didn’t know how to use their gifts and ended up being overbearing at times. They would have either been elevated to God like status instantly and once the “power” diminished possibly due to not taking care of themselves or just having self doubt which happens when we are under a huge amount of stress put on by people’s expectation, deemed a charlatan and prosecuted. So we have been conditioned to fear and to be skeptical. I think its a good thing to be skeptical. It may surprise you but I am pretty skeptical. I am not a very “airy fairy”  and like to keep it simple.Children seeing ghosts

As a natural born medium who has gone through training to refine my abilities, I am very much aware of the do’s and don’ts. Once I hear someone say they have been to a reading which was like a “counselling session” for example, I know that is what it was, a counselling session, not a reading! During training, we are taught to be careful not to impose our own opinions or thoughts into the reading. The clarity is given either by spirit themselves or through the person’s soul via the psychic link. It is important for the reader to know when they are working psychic and when their own thoughts are clouding their messages. I remember during a workshop I was teaching when a lady who was in fact a counselor, veered off from a reading into a counselling session. She was really surprised as she had no idea she was tapping into her own thoughts but instead thought she was working psychic with cards. I think being a tad skeptical in my industry is a good thing as it keeps me grounded and also helps me keep a level head. A friend of mine who does sound healing and I were discussing how easy it is to get certificates for things like tarot reading and sound healing. We even found some below £30 which you can do online and get a certificate in less than two weeks!  In all honesty, you can teach yourself tarot or Angel cards.

12671934_1672347756386406_388656568295542139_oThere are two ways to do it – read the books page to page and you can use a system to know what the card indicates – relationships, positive or negative, is  it  major or minor Arcana which gives you a clue about what is happening in their lives etc. There is no huge mystery with cards – its based on the Law of Attraction. Your soul helps to pick the cards for you using the energy infused into them during the shuffle. There is a system which if you master you can read a person’s circumstances to a tee. As I was taught to use it differently,as a psychic tool in my lessons, and because I am lazy, I never really took the time to read too much into the cards. I prefer to work with them psychically and to use Angel cards but put away the manual which comes with it. I say what drops into my minds eye, how I feel about the card, what I see in my third eye. This is a little harder because you really have to trust yourself here as it has to be pure. I am like a child who has been give a bag of candies when the sitter can relate to the messages. It does get interesting when talking to other psychics or medium and they interpret the cards completely different to how I do and vice versa. Also the same card can have different meanings or messages for different people. There is no right or wrong way to do it, as long as the sitter gets the messages they need. 

But the key is you need practice, be face to face with a teacher, spiritual abilities and understand the fundamentals of providing readings to the public. You will make mistakes and a teacher can help you refine your way of working, explain things to you and see where you need help. You don’t get that on an online course! 

Your words can break or shape someone’s life. You must take time to get acquainted with the cards, with your own personal spirituality and know how to use your abilities before you can even venture into making a living from this. This is why you do have people who are very skeptical about people in this industry. My friend was aghast at the very thought that you could be a qualified sound therapist online without the “teacher” even hearing how the student works with element or their energies!  

You MUST work on your own spiritual gifts first,understand what you have, what the difference are so you know what you are doing, get a feel of your spiritual path BEFORE you go off trying to get certified as a card reader, healer or anything which offers you a quick way to be a practitioner. I have seen a number of people who have been fed a lot of nonsense including one who went for a healing session and got convinced to learn Reiki and being rather vulnerable and overwhelmed agreed. She came to be in such a state and took me a while to calm her down and bring her back to normal. I was told by my guides (my guides are not very chatty but they intervened straight away) that the teacher was not very experienced and had opened up a channel in this lady who was clearly not ready for such an experience. It also appears she was undulated with too much “whoo hoo” stuff which she didn’t understand. There are huge repercussions when people are not careful. Lives can be affected and people can get overwhelmed. 

You can get very carried away with everything and lose your focus sometimes. I try to surround myself with people with the same ethos as myself which is wonderful. I instigated a retreat for this weekend with a friend but things came up so I couldn’t go but seeing how it all panned it out has been lovely. Hopefully I will be doing the next one. Lots of healing, workshops, meditation, creativity and bonding in a cottage somewhere beautiful. Let me know if you want to come along to the next one. It will be in the UK and won’t take too long to drive to.

I intended to blog about something else entirely but as usual one of my guides took over and this is about guidance about working spirituality and hopefully it will help someone. The message is to be careful, take your time and do things properly, not just because it is easy! 

Today is the last of the super new moons of the year.  I have shared some insights here: https://www.facebook.com/angelamitchellmedium

Have a lovely weekend!