Quelling Doubts, Learning Trance, and a Revelation

How I became a Psychic-Medium Part 2 concludes the story of how I experienced a single event that launched my Mediumship career.

If you read Part 1 of “How I became a Psychic-Medium,” you’ll know how my psychic journey began. Now read the rest of this remarkable account of how it all came together.

Importantly, learn how I overcame self-imposed obstacles. And more importantly, how I ultimately became the Psychic-Medium and Spiritual Teacher that I am today.

We Learned Spirit Communication via Trance

First off, continuing the intense training with my spiritual teacher, Dr. Alice Bowers, I began the last phase of my training. Significantly, this training focused on dropping into an altered state of consciousness to connect with spirits.

Going into Deep Trance Made Me Uneasy

When the class moved into trance training, I realized that going into an altered state frightened me. One of the primary reasons for this was that when I did attempt trance, I went under too deep.

Moreover, I couldn’t respond to questions and had a difficult time coming back to full wakefulness. I felt out of control and didn’t like the feeling one bit!

Luckily for me, Alice was an understanding teacher and I agreed to work on this issue. It took about four weeks, but with practice, I learned how to control achieving trance levels comfortably. To add to this, I also became adept at channeling spirit guides.

Reading Tarot was My First Real Love

The day came when I finally completed the two-year course and received my certification. Interestingly, being a Medium wasn’t my main interest. What I always wanted to do, was to perform readings using the Tarot.

I Started Questioning Everything!

Was Doing Psychic Work Morally or Spiritually Right?

About the time that I received my Psychic-Tarot and Mediumship Certification, I suddenly started questioning what I was doing. More specifically, I wondered if being a Psychic was the right direction for me after all. Above all, I questioned if the direction I was taking was even morally or spiritually right.

To complicate matters, I’d just recently divorced. And more importantly, I had to make a living. My settlement would eventually run out and I needed to find a job fast.

Setting myself up as the neighborhood psychic just wasn’t viable at the time. Moreover, in those days there wasn’t an Internet to advertise my services and print ads were expensive.

Clearly, the need to keep a roof over my head finally won out. I got a real job!

The Epiphany

I’m not sure when it happened, but one day I realized that spiritual work was my true path. It came to me that if I wasn’t supposed to do readings, then why had all the doors opened in that direction in the first place? Having the epiphany settled this troubling question for me once and for all.

In 1983, a local metaphysical bookstore asked me to do readings on Sunday afternoons. This opportunity was perfect, and it seemed that my professional psychic career was finally underway.

The Day Everything Changed

On one fateful Sunday, I had a young girl sitting across from me. In this case, she wanted a general reading and had no particular questions going into the reading.

Surprisingly, about halfway through the reading, I noticed the apparition of an older woman standing next to the girl. The woman seemed agitated and anxious to get my attention.

For me, seeing spirits is nothing new, but this had never happened during a psychic reading.

The older woman was distracting me from my reading by wringing her hands. At the same time, I kept getting a picture in my inner vision of a picnic basket packed with a red checkered tablecloth.

Should I Tell My Client?

For a few minutes, I debated whether I should tell my client that there was a female spirit standing next to her. Finally, the apparition prevailed and I told the girl about the older woman. To my surprise, she immediately burst into tears.

As I slid the tissue box across the table, the girl explained that her grandmother, who’d raised her, had suddenly died a few weeks prior. Just before she died, the girl had given her beloved Grandmother a picnic basket with a red checkered table cloth in it! With this revelation, the apparition was gone.

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As no more clients were waiting for me after the reading ended, I had time to reflect on what had just happened.

I came to the conclusion that I didn’t need to be in a trance state to establish communication with spirits. Getting validation from spirits and messages only required being open to the possibility. After all, it wasn’t about me. It was about getting important spirit messages to the living.

Most significant of all, it occurred to me that spirits had been waiting to send messages through me for some time. I just hadn’t paid attention to the signals.

Side note: This was just before Mediums, such as John Edwards, became popular which resulted in several television shows about mediums. The New Age of Mediums was the advent of Mental Mediumship. (Mental Mediums are usually not in a trance when bringing forth messages from spirits.) 

I Was More Open to Spirits Showing Up

And after that, I was more open to spirits coming in during readings. Furthermore, if  a spirit did happen to show up, I always asked the client if they were interested in making contact. Why? You’d be surprised how many people don’t want to communicate with a particular family spirit.

Finally acknowledging the fact, I knew that I had what it took to be a bonafied Medium. I took the steps to advertise myself as a Psychic-Medium rather than a Psychic Counselor. It seemed logical that this was all part of my spiritual journey.

Eventually, I began a Mediumship development circle and started teaching others what I had learned. As my weekly circles expanded, I nurtured my own skills along with my student’s.

I Realized that Every Medium Has their Own Unique Abilities

As the years progressed, I noted the different ways beginners and the more advanced students received spirits. Furthermore, I realized that anyone feeling the call to do Mediumship, is bound to have their own unique set of innate abilities. And although I’d learned as much in Alice’s classes, I was constantly reminded of this over the coming years as I watched novices grow into fine Mediums.

I Learned from My Students

One of the most important lessons I learned while facilitating development circles, was not to attempt changing the way individuals received spirit messages. If their method of doing so was different from what I taught, I had no problem with this. As long as the trainees adhered to the Mediumship Code of Ethics, and kept the sitters’ (the individual(s) receiving messages), welfare first and foremost, they were doing their job correctly.

Much later, after years of doing professional readings and teaching, I felt confident enough to launch Imagine Spirit on-line in 2001.

My most vital lesson of all? We never stop learning about the spiritual world and the spirits that surround us!


I hope you enjoyed my story. Most importantly, this post is an account of how I became a Psychic-Medium and how Imagine Spirit started. If you read Part 1, you’ll know that I had doubts about becoming a Medium right out the gate!

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by Carol Nicholson, Ph.D., and Certified Psychic-Medium

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