The About Me section on the website is short, the TLDR (too long, didn't read) version. That's quite enough for some people, and for others, it isn't nearly enough information to decide on booking a Reading with me. So here, I will offer a bit more information.
When I had my first reading with a Medium, it seemed like magic. I had no idea where or how she was getting the information about me. I didn't understand it at all. Fast forward a few years in my spiritual journey, and I realized that I had been doing what she did my whole life, but attributing it to other factors - a vivid imagination, that I was smart, that I paid attention to body language, etc.
The lightbulb for me was the idea that we are all One. We come from Source. Because of this, Mediumship is simply speaking to another portion of yourself.
When we are not in bodies, we have no boundaries. We are Spirit, energy, light. As cool as that sounds, it's one of the reasons Souls choose to enter an embodiment - to have personal space (a body), and privacy (thoughts and feelings). Sometimes you want to be able to think and feel and do whatever you want - well, a human body is excellent for that!
In spirit, all communication is telepathic and mostly thought-form, not language as we know it. So other Souls are not impacted, you have to control your thoughts, feelings, and energy consciously. I know this because I've had Out of Body Experiences and I "remember" what it is like to not have a body. That would be evident to those who know me personally - I'm a bit clumsy. One of my Soul lessons is to become a better body assimilator - I'm sloppy at integrating with my human bodies. Oh well, next time.
When I do a Reading, I see you, your loved ones, and your guides, as an extension of Source - as me. It may be a mind-bender, but I'm convinced this is why Mediumship is possible.
I also don't see my abilities as gifts. I think we all have them. Some Souls come into a life where they forget who they are and do not use their gifts because it meets their goals. Some never realize they have them, some know it and are frightened, some work hard to develop the skills because that was part of the plan. We all have them, but not all of us use them every life.
I'm also not big on proving it to anyone. I would love to be an Evidential Medium and give you data point after jaw-dropping data point, but that's not how I roll. My guides are much more interested in helping you with seeing problems and situations differently, empowering you with a whisper of insight, and reminding you of WHO YOU ARE. So my readings are much more about thinking and feeling than "prove it" information. I do make sure at least one of these "prove its" show up so that you know the rest of the information is for you and you alone.
For example, a recent Reading gave me a metaphor image for doing things the hard way - a young man in a wheelchair at the bottom of a flight of stairs. The Reading was for a woman, so I knew this wasn't her, but I wasn't sure if it was metaphor or actual until my guide turned my head enough to see the wheelchair ramp on the right. Then I knew it was a metaphor. The client got a lot out of my explanation and other information that came through. But "doing it the hard way" could apply to lots of people. So I asked my guide to give me a "prove it." I saw my dog - a black lab - morph into a small white dog with brown spots. The client used to have a large black dog and now had a small white dog with brown spots. Tah Dah! I don't think that applies to lots of people.
So while I don't get lots of "prove it" info, I do understand that it solidifies the reading and will endeavor to get at least one during your reading.
In my first post on this new site, I talked a little about how being a writer lead me to discover that I was a Medium.
I seem to get lots of clients who have successfully navigated the big goals of life - family, career, success in all its various forms, but who now search for a Purpose. I resonate with this searching because I did it not so long ago. And yet, I didn't put the path together until recently when friends and family started asking me how I found out about this Mediumship thing.
I knew I always had experiences - many of them frightening - so I "turned it off" for years. I knew that in 2013 I had to leave traditional medicine - I couldn't do it anymore. I knew that I loved writing and tried gallantly for six years to be a writer.
A moment of some clarity in 2016 led me to the realization that I had arrived at "average" after all those years of writing and that I wanted to be good at something, not just average.
So, I stopped writing and made space for something else. And I made space, and I held space (translation - didn't do anything this culture would call productive) for about a year.
But I knew that the thing I would be good at was out there - I just didn't know what it was. So I continued to hold space.
Even now, I don't remember what the push was - what the catalyst was that got me to see a Medium speak (Suzanne Giesemann) which in turn got me to go to a Mediumship Development group (Hillary Michaels).
As I look back, I realize that the last book I was working on was aided entirely by my connection to the two protagonists in my story. I was communicating with them. All the time. I even channeled them sometimes. It still took me over a year to identify with any conscious thought what I was doing.
And that is why I spent six years writing and learning to write - so that I could discover I was a Medium. Huh.
For those of you seeking purpose - you get to choose. Instead of looking at your search with the question, "What am I supposed to do?" ask instead, "What do I want to do?" I wanted to write, so I did. It lead me to the most stunning discovery of my life.
Spirit fascinates me. The most fascinating fascination is that Things That Are True are true whether you believe in them or not. God exists and doesn't need for you to believe that "he" exists. What you call this energy and how much you "believe" in it does not affect It, it affects you.
What many in the spiritual community are referring to when they say "your truth" is actually "your perception," which is, to you, true.
Every Medium works differently and will get different information because every Medium is human and has a different perception which governs their perspective of existence. We are telling you the truth from our perspective.
If you and I are standing face to face, and I say this oak tree is on my right, would you argue with me because clearly, the oak tree is on your left? No, because we understand how the world works and that my perception is influencing my description of the tree. We don't even process it consciously because it is an accepted concept.
HOWEVER - very few of us (myself included) understand how the Universe, how Existence works, specifically the spirit realm. So much of our communication about it is from our perception of it. That is the only way we can communicate something that is beyond our human senses.
If you are lost in the wild, how do you know where you are? Triangulation. You use three different points to orient yourself. I don't mean that you should go to three different Mediums to verify information, nor that you shouldn't trust what we tell you. BUT - know that if you don't understand or recognize the information, your reading is just one of the waypoints. Another waypoint may be your intuition or knowledge, and another could be your experience. Put the information in its proper role.
Probably everyone on earth has had a dream they can't describe, or an experience, or a feeling that defies language. Does this mean it didn't happen? Of course not. Communicating what we perceive is often limited by language and the other person's understanding.
What is proof of Truth? Experience. When a Medium gives you a piece of information that you feel is true, it doesn't matter if it's perfectly communicated, because you are becoming part of the experience. Most Mediums want you to be able to connect to spirit by yourself and should offer some teaching in how to do this, what to look for, where to learn more. It is the experience of connection that shows you Truth. Yes, it is truth from your perspective - at first.
Over time, these experiences translate into Universal Truths - that the soul is eternal, that Source is Love. It's not enough for someone, even your loved ones through a Medium, to tell you that you are loved and are eternal - you go through Perception to Truth when you experience it - which is where you started, isn't it?
I borrowed the title from Nike. I hope I don't have to pay royalties. I think I've used this phrase a lot in my life because I am of the innate design in which I plan, evaluate, plan, evaluate . . . You get the idea. Just do it. Well, what are you doing this time, Jo? I'm going professional! Professional what? Exactly.
What I do is going to evolve as I do it, but at some point, I have to put myself out there and DO IT.
When you find yourself up against something you are afraid of, my guides tell me to imagine the worst that could happen from just that thing going wrong - not the cascade of events your mind can make up, just a failure at that one thing.
Most of the time, it involves bumps and bruises emotionally, but in the big picture - you've learned something. That learning, almost in its entirety, is what we are here to do. Some call it growth, or expansion, or co-creation. I call it learning.
I'm learning a lot today. Ouch.
I am a Medium. That's hard for me to say out loud (or, on screen as I am now doing). Why? Why is this hard to admit and own when in reality ALL humans have the abilities I have? I'm normal, hardworking, full of doubt some days and confidence on others - just like you. We are all the same, and in fact, we are all ONE. I know, it's a hard concept to wrap your head around.
I started a blog, Characteristically Speaking, when I was learning to be a writer. I've thought about migrating all 114 posts here, but they don't all pertain to my work as a Medium. Surprisingly, many do. When I wrote fiction, frequently my stories were about the supernatural, spirits, scary things and how young people deal with having "gifts." Yes, I wrote what I knew.
Little did I know that I was compelled to write not to become a world-famous author with beloved characters that would outlast my current lifetime, but to discover my intuitive gifts. I started writing a story about a man from Belgium and a woman from San Francisco who fell in love through letters, were separated by WWII and impulsive actions, and never met, yet were connected across miles and centuries. These were real people, and my friend had their letters, all 400 of them, written over almost 50 years. Maurice and Mimi had a tragic love affair, true Soul Mates actually, and they started to communicate with me in a way that wasn't my imagination. I felt them. I heard them. I could smell Maurice's cigar. And I fell in love with them too.