I’m a spiritual medium; I communicate important messages and insights from the dead to the living, and the way I do this is by going inward. You see, spirits—or spiritual energy—cannot be seen, but only felt, and since feelings live in our hearts and not our heads, to do what I do for a living, I have to quiet my mind and listen and trust the insights that bubble up from deep within.
This isn’t always easy to do. Like most people, I can easily get caught up in my head and this clouds my vision. More accurately, it clouds the truth. Maybe you’ve had this experience, too, where your mind chatter—those pesky round-and-round thoughts—only serves to confuse a situation? In my new book, Awaken the Spirit Within: 10 Steps to Ignite Your Life and Fulfill Your Divine Purpose, I write about how in order to see outwardly—that is put the people, circumstances and events of our lives in true perspective—we need to turn inward for clarity and purposeful direction forward.
We’re all wired differently, so the act of “turning inward,” may look very different for you than it does for me. So the trick is to determine what practices and routines best assist you in becoming more sensitive to how you truly feel about the people, situations and experiences that pop up in your life. For me, sitting in simple meditation provides me great clarity, while my best girlfriend is a bigger fan of moving meditation; a good run or an intense yoga class is the best way for her to get in touch with how she’s truly feeling about a situation. I have clients who swear that a healthy diet clears the head. My brother, Rabbi Baruch HaLevi, practices random acts of kindness as a form of mindlessness. When he’s focused on helping others, he’s less focused on himself. Whoever you are, it doesn’t really matter what you do, so long as the act moves you out of your head and into your heart where true knowing resides.
When I do group readings, before I invite Spirit in to pass on messages to the living, I always take a few moments to go inward and feel the room. Recently, I had a strong sense that the woman sitting to my right was not well, while on the outside she appeared to be in perfect health. My mind told me: She’s fine, just look at her! But my feeling was that she was very ill and living in great fear. Sure enough, when I opened the door to the Spirit world, her deceased mother immediately made her presence known. She clairvoyantly showed me black spots all over her daughter’s body—my sign for cancer. When I passed on this information, she broke into tears and admitted that she’d just completed her first treatment for ovarian cancer. No one knew. She’d been hiding her illness from everyone in her life. Her mother in spirit then reassured me that her daughter would beat the disease; it was not yet her time to die.
Not sure you believe it? Well, you’ll know it when you feel it! Turning inward to understand your outer world is like going to therapy and having an ‘aha’ moment when you finally identify the feeling you’re having, where it’s coming from and are able to, at long last, make sense of it all!
In my experience, it’s only in this inward space that we’re able to explore our outer world and clearly see our lives. Helen Keller once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart.” And our heart is where the truth lies.