How to Tell If Owl Is Your Spirit Guide

Silent as the night, as her owl totem, as the moon, she worshipped from afar. Never too close, she gave them all space, so that when they called to her, she could fly, not on wings, but on fancy to a distant realm where dreams slept, awaiting her. So she waited, and she listened, quiet as the night, quiet as the moon, quiet as the owl calling her name.

365 Days of Paint + Story

This is year 2 of daily art-making. This year I'm adding a story to the mix. This painting is no. 24 from that project.

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Slow down and smell the spiritual theme

Kathy Crabbe, A spiritual theme painting, watercolor on paper It's time to slow down and smell the spiritual theme. Once again I turned to one of the four Sylvia Browne books I had grabbed from my birth mom's deathbed. These were books she had turned to in the last months of her life, and I asked the questions: "What is the truth? What truth is this Lefty painting sharing with me today?" Then I closed my eyes and opened up Sylvia's book Soul's Perfection and out popped the words "A spiritual theme." This helped me a lot at that very moment especially after reading this part:

A spiritual theme means that you will search for spirituality in everything you do...'even though it seems crazy, I'm going to use the silver and white lights. I'm going to use mirrors and encase myself in gold'...That's one of the hardest things to know: when it's time to move on.

My birth mom moved on in May of this year but we  still 'communicate' all the time. Blessed Be.

Guiding Your Creative Soul

Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, author and educator who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through online resources, inspirational art, Divine Feminine eClasses, eBooks, and Creative Soul Readings infused with a rich background in the arts.

Spirit Guide Reading for Sandi

How a Spirit Guide Reading works: Spirit Guides are wise teachers and guardians from another dimension that advise and protect us. They are dis-incarnate spirits (ie. animal totems, angels, nature spirits) that can act as spiritual counselors or protectors for us, during our time of need. I will also provide you with suggestions and techniques for connecting to your guides on your own.

My preferred mode of intuitive reading is via distance. This allows me to focus on you, your spirit and your guides in a focused way clear of distractions. Your reading involves preparations such as meditation and yoga and I will often pull healing stones, runes and cards from my four self-designed and painted oracle card decks, but unlike a tarot reading I will not actually look at them until after your reading is finished. The cards, runes and healing stones are tools that will help you absorb your reading in practical ways.

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Spirit Guide Reading for Sandi

(shared with kind permission from Sandi)

Yellow Calcite Point
Yellow Calcite Point

To begin your reading I surround us with a sphere of Yellow Calcite.

Then a fairy calls out; a practical fairy – the five senses are important to you.

Encelia Fairy by Kathy Crabbe
Encelia Fairy by Kathy Crabbe

Fairy Herbal Guidance: Encelia Fairy

Your energy state right now is Questing.

Encelia (also historically known as Copal Encelia) was commonly burned as incense in Northern Mexico. The act of burning Copal along with the accompanying holy language brings about two aspects of the Mayan world view; firstly the smoke creates connections with deities and ancestors and secondly it initiates a series of transformative processes that characterize the Mayan religious and cosmologic beliefs.  Copal is symbolically  perceived to be the same as blood, a sacred substance that is also considered to be an effective medicine for many illnesses. Copal is the ‘food of the gods’ since gods do not eat as mortals do, but instead gain sustenance from the smoke of the incense. In Mexico Copal is often added to love and purification incenses.

Guinevere appears next with long blonde locks…your energy is also attuned to ancient fairytales and Celtic lore.

We hold hands (on an energetic level) so I can read your energy.

I sense again your grounded-ness.

Brandberg Enhydro
Brandberg Enhydro

To call upon your Spirit Guides I get some help from a lovely crystal called a Rose Brandberg Enhydro Harlequin Dow.

Your Guides are a bit shy at first; it takes some time for them to show themselves.

One is Welsh and tiny requiring silence and patience to show up. This being has small moth wings and carries a glimmering Fairy Essence and loves you so dearly. She is dark haired and her name sounds like Estela.  She comes to your shoulder then hovers around you giving advice about food, relationships and subject matter you’re currently discussing…’aprons’!

She has a sense of humour, is playful and jokingly says, “Watch your back HAHA”. She even pokes you occasionally to alert you or wake you up to certain things.

Next, a giant appears (compared to Estela) with horns. He is a warrior god and a protector, but very gentle, not aggressive. “Just call me ‘Green Man’”.

And then a motherly figure appears in a white and yellow ruffled apron by the name of Martha. She helps to calm you and to keep you from jumping into anything too hastily.

You will not usually be aware of her because she stays in the background (possibly she is an ancestor).

“Have fun” she says and directs me to pull a Creative Soul Card for you.

Creative Soul Card Guidance: Gloria

Gloria by Kathy Crabbe
Gloria by Kathy Crabbe

Stick with it is the advice I get. Finances? It will work out.

Martha calls the Green Man ‘Jack’ and nods to him for more ‘challenging’ info to share with you so I pull a tarot card from my Greenwood deck.

Tarot Wisdom ~ Page of Stones ~ the Wren: New possibilities requiring money and security risks. Who is bringing you financial info? Affirmation: I trust in the information my body gives me and am learning to hear how it speaks to me.

Fairy Estela did not lie when she said ‘watch your back’.  it’s time to tie up loose ends. Don’t let anyone stop you from your task (your work) and your mission. “Like who”, I can hear you ask.  I see a friend; tall and dressed in pale yellow with long, straight blonde hair.  She can be a ‘downer’ and not helpful for your growth.

Estela says that you shine in these areas:

  • Healing
  • Working hands-on with clients
  • Attracting new clients

And she says quietly….pssssst…’Jack is a worrywart!’

I also hear you asking: “What can I do to improve?”

Is there a Kevin in your life?

He is a grounding influence.

How about ‘Star Baths?’

Your Guides are also aware of over-saturating you with too much information!

So, to get down to the essence, the moonlit elixir of clarity we meet your next Guide.

His name is ‘Michael’ and he is a professional type who appears in a brown suit.

Next, all of your Guides gather in a circle (btw, Jack doesn’t approve of Michael).

Martha sets down the bowl that she is drying in the center of the circle and it sings (a singing bowl).

You just relax and listen and float in the sound waves; a place you very much like to be; very healing.

Around you is a circle of support ~ in the real world ~ people in businesses like yours ~ also brick and mortar places of healing.

It will happen…(but when?)

Carla has heart by Kathy Crabbe
Carla has heart by Kathy Crabbe

Creative Soul Guidance: Carla has heart

Things will fall into place (almost effortlessly). Stand your ground and continue to facilitate positive action and thought and feel (envision) the fecundity of this, as if preparing to give birth. Journal this vision regularly ~ create it within. So Be It.

To end your reading Sandi, I surround you with peace, love and understanding.

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Sandi’s Comments: 

Thanks again for this reading. It's funny, I have read it over and over and each time I find something different popping out at me.

First, i want to say I love the way you put this together. I, to date, have not met my own guides/angels and so to read about them is super fun! If you have any creative advise on how I can connect with them, I am all ears. I have tried to meditate, but unfortunately, my mind is "ON" all the time. I am surprised I am able to fall asleep at night. I can quiet it down for short periods and lord knows I try daily.

Estella was right on the money with Healing, working hands on w/ clients and attracting new clients.

"Star Baths"? Not sure, although it could be this online class I am taking about Moon Phases and part of that is a bathing ritual. Could be, huh?

LOVE Sound Therapy healing!!! I have been to a few sessions with bowls. Beautiful!

Would love to know if you have any additional insight on these few things.

Thanks so much again for such a rewarding experience.

With Love & Light, Sandi Meegan (Portland, CT, Reiki Practitioner)

Guiding Your Creative Soul
Guiding Your Creative Soul

Kathy Crabbe is a Creative Soul Guide, artist, author and educator who has devoted her life to exploring spirituality and creativity with passion and integrity. Kathy empowers soul-seekers to live the life of their dreams through online resources, inspirational art, Divine Feminine eClasses, eBooks, and Creative Soul Readings infused with a rich background in the arts.

The Medium Next Door – Maureen Hancock, Adventures of a Real-Life Ghost Whisperer

The Medium Next Door by Maureen HancockI'd like to introduce you to ghost whisperer Maureen Hancock, author of the new book, The Medium Next Door.

An Interview with Maureen Hancock

1. How did you first realize you had the ability to communicate with the dearly departed?

As a child, I had lead paint poisoning and was in a coma. I spent three years in and out of Boston’s Children’s Hospital. When I came home from the hospital at the age of Five, I could see spirits roaming around my house. One of my sister's said they would take me back to the hospital if I kept talking about “The invisible people,” so I shut it off. Cut to 1992, I fell asleep at the wheel and broke several bones in my face, including a fractured skull. After the accident, I didn't need any surgery and I believe my recently deceased grandmother was watching over me. I then started to hear voices from beyond while volunteering with cancer patients.

2. You are truly, “The Medium Next Door.” You’re a wife, mother of two young boys—a soccer mom with a twist. How do you explain what you do to your children and how do you balance family life with the demands of your work?

My children are very open to spirit and the work I do. When they were younger, they couldn’t understand why I left the house with amplifiers and microphones to do shows. When my younger son was Six, his teacher asked each of the students what their mother did for a living. My son proudly exclaimed, “My mother’s a rock star.” Now, we talk openly about spirits and their guardian angel in heaven—their cousin, Sean.

It’s not easy balancing my work and being home for the kids. My top priority is being here for my children. I make sure I’m home four nights a week, helping with homework, cooking and eating at the table (like when I grew up). Family time is so important. I do most of my non-profit work during the day when they are in school and perform to sold-out crowds three nights a week.

3. You are co-founder of two charities. Tell us about them.

"Seeds of Hope” is a foundation that provides support for those suffering with debilitating and terminal illnesses. We provide holistic healing support such as massage, Reiki hands on healing, reflexology and meditation. I help clients with their fears of death and help them pass with less pain and fear. We also support parents who have lost children through support groups and private sessions. This work is all offered free of charge.

My other non-profit is, “Mission for the Missing.” It was co-founded with a private detective two years ago. We offer help to families of children and adults who are missing and/or murdered. The detective is a ground-search coordinator and together we facilitate large-scale searches incorporating the efforts of many volunteer teams such as cadaver dogs, divers, horses, atv’s, Fish and Game, State Police, ground searchers and more. We also offer training scholarships to dogs for continuing education, as well as equipment needed for searches. I use my intuitive skills to assist in search efforts and receive calls from all over the country for assistance.

4. You help authorities in various cases, including missing children and adults. Tell us about that.

I receive requests from various parts of the country now on missing persons and murder cases. Currently, I’m assisting a female homicide detective in North Carolina on a few cases. More and more law enforcement divisions are opening up to using mediums and psychics to assist on cases, especially when the case goes cold. I also belong to a few private investigative associations in New England, and assist on cold cases. I’ve also helped find missing dogs and worked on a missing horse case (who loses a horse?)

5. Tell us about your work with parents who have lost children. We understand you don't charge for these private sessions.

Other than my work with the sick and dying, helping parents who’ve lost children is a top priority for me. I receive at least 10 new requests per week from parents who have recently lost a child. Since my sister, Rosie’s son passed, we decided to work together to help other parents to go on after the devastation of losing a child. Rosie runs a support group that meets monthly at my office and I provide free sessions to connect families for closure and peace. It feels really good to say I never charge for my private medium sessions.

6. You grew up in a strict Irish Catholic household. How does religion come into play with your work? Are there people who say this is "devils work?"

It was very hard for me to find the right words to tell my mother, a devote Catholic and playfully called, “Head of the God Squad,” that I was communicating with spirits. It didn’t take long for my mother, who is my best friend, to come on board and be my biggest fan. I trust and believe in my heart that my ability is strengthened in faith. I have been witness to many miracles and profound healing. Over the past year, I’ve had 4-5 Catholic priests and nuns attend my demonstrations. I was even asked to speak at a Catholic Church. My visit was stopped by the efforts of one “Bully” Catholic who attacked me in her “spiritual, loving” blog. She called the Cardinal, Bishop and no-doubt, a deceased Pope or two. She wanted to give me an exorcism in the church parking lot. To watch the face of a parent who has buried their child, go from extreme grief to smiling with a knowing that child is happy and at peace, is anything but evil.

7. We understand your nieces also have this ability. Are they like the "Sorcerer’s Apprentices?"

My nieces, Anastassia and Candace, are both “Mediums in Training.” After Anastassia’s brother, Sean, passed, they both started communicating with him and began helping other people. I didn’t have anyone to help me understand and embrace my abilities, so I made it my mission to assist them in learning how to handle the stresses that come with the territory.

8. You've been a witness to many deaths. In your experience, what happens when someone dies?

Maureen Hancock

Well, I won’t exactly know until I get there, however, what I’m shown and told by numerous spirits is that the moment we pass, all of our relatives and friends who have passed before us are waiting for that ultimate reunion. I’ve been present when many physically leave their body, and often, they are reaching out and calling to a parent or spouse who is waiting to take their hand. I’ve seen people in comas or non-verbal; begin to talk and say, “Can’t you see them? They are standing right there.”

Spirit tells me that not long after the physical death, they are shown their, ‘Book of Life,” which acts as a life review manuscript, so to speak. We are shown our triumphs, challenges and failures. Depending on how we lived our life here, will determine the level we are on in heaven.

9. How are some ways our loved ones in spirit try to communicate with the living?

There are many ways our spirit loved ones try to communicate with us. The most popular is through dreams. Almost everyone, skeptic or not, can confirm they have had a dream of a deceased friend or family member. These dreams stay with us as lasting memories for years to come. Spirits also use things such as coins (pennies & dimes) to remind us they are with us. Sometimes they use familiar scents (clairoma) to make their presence known. Some other signs include songs on the radio, lights or anything mechanical going off, random phone calls and even texts from heaven! Birds, butterflies, dragonflies and hawks are also important reminders of spirit.

10. You are a former stand-up comedienne (sometimes referred to as the "Comedian Medium") how do you incorporate humor with such a heavy subject matter?

I think what differentiates me from many other spirit mediums is that I believe our loved ones in spirit enjoy coming through with a celebration of life and not reliving another wake. Being a former stand-up comic, I enjoyed making people smile and forget about their daily stress and heartache. When I bring through a spirit, often times the validations are so on point (names, dates, exact way of passing) the person loses it and starts to weep, sometimes uncontrollably. It is at this exact point of the reading that I jump in with humor and help the person left behind know that it’s okay to continue living, laughing and celebrating these great memories. After all, laughter is the best medicine.

Maureen Hancock, Medium, Ghost Whisperer

11. Is there a heaven and hell?

I believe we create our own heaven and hell, depending on our attitudes, actions and inactions. Being Catholic, I was always taught about heaven and hell. For me, I do believe there is a heaven…a place where there is unconditional love, non-judgment, and profound peace. I believe the “bad people” resonate at a lower level based on the free-will choices they made.

12. Are you constantly hearing voices? How do you shut it off?

When I first realized I had this ability (which I do believe we all have), I constantly heard voices. I couldn’t sleep for months and I hated what was happening to me. It took me a long time to figure out that I could control the voices, and use a “switch” to turn them on and off when I chose to. Now, other than the occasional “drifter” in the super market, I decide when I’m going to tune in and tune out.

13. Obviously many people are skeptical about what you do. How do you handle the skeptics?

I'm a former skeptic. I refused to go to psychics when my friends would try to get me to go to either do tarot cards or tea leave readings. It's not my job to convince anyone. I can deliver the info and let them process it and decide for themselves. I've turned many skeptics into believers by giving very detailed information. My job is to deliver detailed information and hopefully, plant the seed of hope.

14. Tell us about your television show? What do you hope to achieve by being on TV?

I'm so excited about the TV show. I have an outstanding team of producers, Sander & Moses who executive produced the Ghost Whisperer, as well as some great producers from ABC Medial Productions and Disney. I'm traveling around the country, stopping in small towns offering my assistance with a variety of "matters" such as assisting detectives on missing person cases, helping a family who has lost a child, helping people to understand death and using my humor to deliver impromptu readings all over town.

15. You have a new book out. What's the book about and where can viewers get the book?

My new book, "The Medium Next Door" is about the adventures of a real life ghost whisperer. It's basically part memoir about my life as a medium, yet I'm just like your next door neighbor…only I hear and see dead people. I write about my work with the sick and dying, helping people pass, assisting detectives to help find missing children and adults, and some profound readings that have changed families’ lives. Each chapter has a reflection or suggestions to apply to your own life for healing and knowledge.

Viewers can get the book at Amazon or from Maureen's website, www.maureenhancock.com

A Spirit Guide Reading for Holli

About Spirit Guide Readings:

Spirit Guides are wise teachers and guardians from another dimension that advise and protect us. They are dis-incarnate spirits (ie. animal totems, angels, nature spirits) that can act as spiritual counselors or protectors for us, during our time of need. I will also provide you with suggestions and techniques for connecting to your guides on your own. You can order a spirit guide reading here on my website.

A Spirit Guide Reading for Holli

*This reading is being shared with client permission.

This reading is in response to your wish for a connection with your spirit guides.

The first image I receive is of tigers!

The Tiger as your personal totem has this meaning: Tigers are considered to represent yang energy, and are also a solar animal which associates them with the sun, summer and fire symbolism.

Asian lore considers the tiger to be the protector of the dead, and tigers will often be seen in graves as a mark of protection, assuring peace for those who have passed.

I am also drawn towards working with banded gemstones for your reading such as Tiger’s Eye and Petrified Wood.

Petrified Wood allows us to access our roots or beginnings, which are stored on a cellular level, drawing strength and knowledge from our ancestors and our lineage. This allows us to “speak” to those who went before and gain wisdom from them. Honour where you have been, release the old, and allow yourself to move forward in a new direction.

At first your guides are very suspicious and protective of you – they want to make sure that my intentions are pure and honourable before I am able to connect with them!

An Exercise to Help You Connect with Your Guides

Next, they suggest an exercise that will help you to connect with them more easily. They suggest creating a circle of stones by surrounding yourself with yellow gemstones such as Calcite. This can be done literally or through visualization. To begin you are to get comfortable within this circle and to remain calm and centered.

Yellow Calcite promotes heightened awareness and truth. It encourages certainty and sureness, memory enhancement and quick thinking.

You are to realize that you are indeed protected here. You can also say some prayers as well as acknowledging the elements, earth, air, fire, water, your ancestors and The Great Spirit along with Grandmother Earth and Grandfather Sky. Nothing can harm you within this circle – you are safe.

Next, you are to ask to connect with your guides and to say: “Show yourself, send me a sign.” I am now seeing a long line of guides waiting to see you!

First I see a mother holding her baby. She is very warm, loving and nurturing. She is there for you – you are always a part of her and you like to watch her caring for her little one.

Next I see a Native American dancer wearing a wolf head (or it could be a coyote head). I also hear the name “Raymond”. He offers you protection as well.

The Wolf as Totem has this particular meaning: Deeply emotional, and wholly passionate, the Wolf is the lover of the zodiac in both the physical and philosophical sense of the word. The Wolf understands that all we need is love, and is fully capable of providing it. Juxtaposed with his/her fierce independence – this Native American animal symbol is a bit of a contradiction in terms. Needing his/her freedom, yet still being quite gentle and compassionate – we get the picture of the "lone wolf" with this sign. In a nurturing environment the Wolf is intensely passionate, generous, deeply affectionate, and gentle. Left to his/her own devices the Wolf can become impractical, recalcitrant, obsessive, and vindictive.

I also see someone in a cloud. I believe it’s an Angel – she is so glorious! I can only feel her energy (not really see her) and she is so bright (I catch glimpses of yellow) that it brings tears of joy to my eyes. She shines Grace upon you. And she says to you, “Listen to your heart (of course) and your guides. Then lie down beneath a blanket of stars and let the stars infiltrate your being so that you are one with them. Then you will fly and be free. There is much good for you to do in this world and although you may feel unsupported, we are here.”

I’m also given an image of a red hand-knit sweater that is quite small, as if it was meant for a child. This sweater is some sort of talisman for you. You are also a fierce protector yourself.

Next I pull a card for you from my Lefty Oracle Deck and it is called “Crazee Janice dancing as fast as she can”.

Because the Lefty cards were all drawn with my non-dominant left hand, the ‘intuitive’ hand (controlled by the right brain) they do not come with any kind of written interpretation. That part is up to you, so go with your intuition and trust whatever images, thoughts or feeling come up. It’s time to trust yourself and put your intuition to work – go!

I do believe that this card is indicating that you are in the middle of a whirlwind of events right now and you’re just doing your best to stay sane and catch up, but to know that this too will pass, so stay the course - ’steady as she goes’!

You will grow into your role and your uncertainty will turn to grace and strength and grounded-ness for you have touched the Divine and you know your place here on Earth - thus you are free.

I’m ending your reading by sending you a blessing and a prayer and surrounding you with light, love and quiet, fierce knowing.

Holli's Response: Yes I received the reading. Thank you :) It resonated with me strongly. My mother died when I was four so the first person coming through being a mother wasn't too much of a surprise. My name is actually Scottish not Indian, but I have begun to have more of a focus o nature/pagan spirituality so it was nice to see an Indian. I have also been focusing lately on how to communicate better with them. It seems that I have been asking for a sign, and just not getting it, so the message of how to communicate with them certainly was an answer to that question. I still am not seeing the signs from them, but I am going to keep trying :)

I just found it fascinating that you had an interest in the images as tarot-type cards - that thought had not even crossed my mind - so thanks for thinking of it!

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