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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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