WHEN WE DIE (PART 2: THE GREAT TRANSFORMATION)

In my last blog post, I wrote about the transitional phase following death.  (If you haven’t read it, you can do so here.)  During this transitional time, spirits adjust to life without a body, and are tasked with making peace with their life and their death.  When spirits are free of all spiritual baggage and fully at peace, they ascend.  The ascension process is a “moving on” and involves what I call The Great Transformation.

As spirits, we are pure energy.  Separated from our bodies, the transitional phase is marked by a cleaning of that energy.  I referred to the impurities with which we enter death as “spiritual baggage” in my last column, but really it is spiritual dirt and debris.  And ascension requires that we be “clean,” for two basic reasons.  One, the energy transformation that occurs during ascension is like a chemical reaction that only works with clean energy.  And two, ascension leads on to reincarnation, and our souls need one life to be all wrapped up before moving on to the next.  When we reincarnate into a new life, we inherit the wisdom gained in previous lives, but we don’t inherit any baggage.  It wouldn’t be fair.

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WHEN WE DIE (PART 1: THE GREAT TRANSITION)

Roy-Ocotber Run
October Run by Roy Shapley

Death brings us in touch with all the mysteries of the universe — both deeply personal and intimate, and cosmic.  Tackling the topic of what happens when we die in a pair of blog posts is daunting.  Death is a big deal — both big in its scope, and big in its importance — and beliefs abound on the subject of what happens when we die.  I am not an authority on the subject, and I mean no disrespect to anyone’s beliefs, but I have learned things through my work as a psychic medium, and I feel qualified to answer at least a few of the most common questions I get asked.

Is death the end?

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IT HAPPENED AGAIN…DON’T LET IT HAPPEN AGAIN

dark cloudsIt was in the news again, the report of three young boys killed by their mother, this time in Ohio, but really it could have been anywhere.   I read this latest story of children dying at the hands of a person who was supposed to love and care for them and thought, “Time to tell the story of Amy.”

Amy was just a little girl, maybe five or six, when she died, abused and killed by one or both of her parents.  I did not know her in life, and when I met her in death, she was confused, both by what had happened to her “before,” and by what was happening to her now “after.”  I have to admit that I was a little confused, too — every other ghost that I had encountered to that point (and there were A LOT) existed in human form.  Not Amy.  Amy was a formless cloud of energy.

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“WAS IT THEIR TIME?”

photo by Roy Shapley
photo by Roy Shapley

I get asked this question during almost every Reading that I do.  I think the question is a natural one, but more honestly stated as:  Did they HAVE to die?  Right THEN?

I don’t know if we are born with an expiration date.  Maybe.  Maybe not.

What I do know is that during a Reading, I ask the question and convey the answer that comes.  But more often than not, the answer back from the deceased loved one is:  Tell them about time.

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PSYCHIC ABILITIES

I considered including a glossary of terms on this website, but I have so many opinions about the use of different terminology related to my work that I don’t think I am capable of writing un-biased definitions.  That said, I think it is important for me to clarify what I mean when I use certain “psychic” words or phrases, and right now I’m thinking that starts with what I mean when I say “psychic.”  Psychic is a general term for a variety of abilities that certain humans possess that allow them to receive information through senses that are beyond the five basics — sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch.  Psychic abilities are considered paranormal, a term that is defined as: events or phenomena that are beyond the scope of normal scientific understanding.  Psychics come in many shapes and sizes, and psychic abilities take many forms.  I don’t know of any psychics — including me — who can “do it all,” so we specialize in one or two areas, according to our gifts.

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SETH THE GHOST

My in-laws were visiting us for a couple of weeks, earlier this year, just as I was beginning to create this website.  At the time, I had a rough draft of some of the content, and was beginning to find my voice.  I am blessed with a mother- and father-in-law who are just lovely people and supportive almost to a fault, so it was natural for me to talk about what I was working on, and have a show-and-tell over lunch one day.  They listened intently, read some of the things I had written, and then asked just one question:  But how does this work?

I assumed from our conversation that they meant: How do you do what you do?  Which is a big question.  I answered with a story.  The story of Seth.

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THE DOG WHISTLE PRINCIPLE

photo by Austin Shapley

I get challenged from time to time — mostly by my youngest son — to “prove it.”  That is, to prove that I am a psychic and that my ability to communicate with the spirits of the dead is real.

I can’t.

And so I live with the doubtful stares.  And I am mostly fine with that.  I know that my abilities are real, and the people I have been able to help know that they are real, and I don’t have a great need to convince the rest of the world that I am who I say I am and can do what I say I can do.

Having said that, there are times…….oh, there are times……when the challenge is heated and I feel I must say something, and this is what I say:  It’s like a dog whistle.

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MY STORY

Hello, my name is Carrie, and I am a psychic.  I am a Spiritual Medium and I have the ability to see, hear, and communicate with the un-ascended, Earth-bound spirits of the dead.

Whew.  That was hard to put out there.  The launch of this website is, in many respects, my coming out, and as the saying goes: I’ve been in this closet so long the hinges are rusty.

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