Friday, November 1, 2019

The Yoke of Keeping Everything the Same


My mother did the wash every Monday of her life. When she got really old, I volunteered to do it for her. With much coaxing, she agreed, until I told her I couldn’t do it on a Monday. That ended that.

We all like to do some of the same things, over and over. The problems arise when those habits become a yoke around our neck, like when we want to keep too much stuff and realize we are at the beginning stages of hoarding. We can’t let go because our things all have an intuitive connection to people and experiences.

To let go of what I call “the same the same” means letting go of fear. I see it at the music store where I’ve rented space for 34 years. It’s going out of business, and the workers and other teachers now walk around like zombies. My response was to rent a new spot. As I agonize over curtains, chairs, tables, supplies, and a move-in date, I try to roll with the change. 

This is a first for me and I like firsts. It’s my own brick and mortar business, Jan’s Music and Education Center in Lebanon PA, where I can teach voice and piano, and do psychic readings and tarot parties without censure. Where I don’t have to worry about the owner’s father coming into my room and spreading cough-making chemicals on the rug. A place I will always feel safe.

Letting go is sad and spooky, whether it’s a friendship, a death, or a job. My plan is to wear my Elvis costume on October 31, the last day at the music store. When I sing “Ain’t Nothin’ but a Hound Dog” and “Love Me Tender,” or ask strangers for a peanut butter and banana sandwich, I’ll ride along on a wave of optimism. I figure it’s the only way to go.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Random Connections with Strangers


Now that I’m in the last third of my life, I push myself to use public transportation. After an empty bus to NYC last Thursday, I met a philosophical taxi driver. His optimism as he swerved through traffic buoyed me.

During my twenty-block walk to my next bus on Friday morning, I had quick eye connect with the actress Scarlett Johansson. As I lugged my wheeled suitcase up a hill, I eavesdropped on a father with his beautiful young son. On the bus to Montauk, NY, I watched a woman my age as she flipped her grey, long hair and connected with the bus driver. Their words sounded trivial but I could hear warmth behind them.

The way back home proved even more fruitful. From sunny, serene Montauk, which I call a cross between Hawaii and Vermont, a dog and a baby boarded the bus. I had just spent the weekend with my fabulous, seven-week-old grandson, who charmed me deeply but also cried a lot. On the bus, this baby cried a lot. The air conditioning didn’t work, and none of us were happy. All of us, including the dog, panted with open mouths.

In NYC, I walked a new street to Port Authority for my final bus, but somehow got the time balled up and planted myself on the floor for an hour wait. A chatty young woman opened her heart to me with tales of all she had seen in three days in that glorious city. Then, on the bus, a blue eyed, blond woman sat next to me. That two-hour trip seemed like ten minutes, as we quizzed each other about our lives. I loved the story of her adoption of twin boys from Haiti, fifteen years prior, and I giggled at her reaction when she texted her daughter with a psychic prediction I had made and it turned out to be true.

It’s odd and delightful to connect with strangers. It’s a slice of love, and a bit like being a part of a couple, but only for a moment or an hour. I do know that love comes in all forms, so catch it where you can.



Saturday, August 31, 2019

Intuitive Children and What to Do


The Rhine Research Center, which studies parapsychology and was started at Duke University in the 1930s, states that psychic abilities in children run in families, and is more prevalent in extroverted children. Movies have their own take, with psychic children portrayed as otherworldly and odd. In real life, children are often not encouraged to show their true nature. Instead, their menu says to follow along and excel in expected ways. Intuitive children need more.  

People always ask me, what were you like as a child? Those closest to me would say, shy. I only talked when an adult asked me a direct question. Grownups seemed tall and foreboding, with agendas I couldn’t understand. That slowly changed as I became a performer and found my voice, but I do consider myself an introvert.

As a music teacher, I’ve found that the children who truly connect to music, not just the ones who play all the correct notes, are the ones who have intuitive traits.

So what do you do if you have an intuitive child? First, remember that children have fewer barriers, so they can be more intuitive than most adults. Second, let your child roam. That means with their mind, their imagination, and even their bodies. Expose them to new experiences and believe in their fantasies and words. Third, let them be who they are and don’t put them in a thought box. Uniqueness is a large part of paranormal ability.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Intuition and the Role of a Grandma


My daughter had a baby boy a few weeks ago. She pulled through like a trooper, doing what all mothers have to do. She endured brutal pain, super stamina, and boisterous joy. Since then, she and I talk about how a baby and a mother instinctively know what to do, and how marvelous that is. Intuition is present in its best form.

One big problem that I can’t figure out, is what am I supposed to do? I know my role is easy. I sleep through the night, I don’t have to pay for him, and the guilt I had with my two children is no longer present. I try to be supportive and not smothering. I want to be helpful and available, but I live 150 miles away. It’s silly to worry, since I received the greatest gift. My daughter, her husband, and her son are happy and healthy.

Like everything in life, my role will evolve and expand. Love is the start. Intuition comes next. Trust and care follow.

Now ask me how many moons I’ve jumped over in the last sixteen days? The answer? Well, I can’t count that high.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Astrological Signs: My Favorite Things


Aries- Sensitive. Unconditional love when they trust you. Ram against things until they succeed.
Taurus- Sweet. Bold when sure of themselves. Want their opinions heard by those who love them.
Gemini- They know they have two selves. When they hone in on a person, they connect fully.
Cancer- Watery. Flirty. Artistic. Takes ten years to make a decision.
Leo- A great go-to when you don’t want to be in charge. They sleep and then work hard.
Virgo- Easy going but can’t be pushed. Not concerned about other people’s perceptions. They have their own.
Libra- Helpful when looking at both sides of any issue. Not dependent on others.
Scorpio- A mystery that won’t be solved. Darkness is good.
Sagittarius­- Doesn’t like to be crowded. Easily wounded but you’d never know unless you’re close to them.
Capricorn- Don’t worry about this one borrowing money, they have their own. Fair. Solid. Aquarius-Trusts only a few. Efficient. Self-contained. Fun when you get to know them.
Pisces- Intuitive. Pliable with a mind of their own. Artsy.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

I Don't Believe in That Stuff


Way too often, people tell me they don’t believe in what I do. I’m never sure what part they mean. Is it they don’t believe I help solve murder cases, and if so, who’s lying about that, me or the police? Or do they mean they don’t believe in intuition? Or they don’t believe in anything paranormal?

When my piano students get to high school, they usually ask questions about me and what I do besides teach. This week when I told one young woman about my psychic work, she said she doesn’t believe. Puzzled, I later asked a devout Roman Catholic mother if people tell her they don’t believe in her religion. Not often, she said, but more so in the past. She agreed with me that with varied belief systems, respect is the key.

I never know if my psychic ability is classified as a belief. It’s just with me and has always been a part of me. My acceptance of this uncanny ability is complete.

We can’t and shouldn’t undo ways in which we help each other. Life is connection, sometimes unpleasant, but most of the time, lovely. Let’s just accept each other and be kind.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

When the Dead Are With You


Many people tell me they believe their dead loved ones are still with them. They draw comfort from their presence, and almost see their loved ones right there beside them.

Spirits, or ghosts, have been around for a very long time. In movies and stories, they’ve been perceived as something to be feared. I don’t believe that’s a good representation. I like the line from the song, Ghostbusters. I ain’t afraid of no ghost.

At the four piano and voice recitals I hosted this month, my grandfather, Homer, was in attendance at two of them. He’s been dead for forty years, so I’m not sure why he showed up. It could be that he thought I needed his support.

Spirits come to me as I work on murder cases, when their movements provide me with information. In my life outside of that work, I see ghosts now and then. When I do, they’re nebulous and wavy, and sometimes morph in and out of looking like a real, live person. More often than not, it isn’t someone I know. 

If you have an interest in feeling or seeing spirits, or if you want to hear from your dead loved ones, you have to open that door. When you do hear your loved one’s voice, it might feel like a memory, but it’s often accompanied by a message from the person who has passed. Maybe you’ll feel strange or eerie, but you can do this. You don’t need me to connect with your loved ones who have died. With energy and concentration, you can listen and hear, and maybe even see for yourself.