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Ghost Hunting 101

1421266_10202141173268566_1993157473_oAfter my first paranormal investigating experience, I came to realize the most important tool we can utilize is our own instinct and intellect.  With all of the expensive equipment out there available, I want to recommend simply three things.

First you need a flashlight. This may sound obvious but I cannot stress enough how important safety is when investigating. Whether you’re out at night or mid-day in dimly lit areas, a small flashlight is imperative.

Second, an audio recorder or digital camera or simply a smart phone which does both. You’re going to want to capture your experiences – evidence, if you will. You’re going to want to share with people. You’re going to want to remember this. My first experience I had an old digital recorder that I use for recording classes and my iPhone for the camera. I caught evidence on both.

Third and most important is you. Pay close attention to all five of your physical senses. What do you see, hear, smell, feel, and taste? Take note of any changes. See if others in the group validate what you’re experiencing. Whether they do or they don’t, don’t discount your experience. Check in on those sixth sense feelings, whether it’s instinct, gut, intuition or whatever you want to call it. Be aware of it. Acknowledge it.

Pulling these three tools together, you can begin your investigative process. If you find you want to make the investment and purchase additional tools, then go for it. But don’t forget to start off with the basics.

If you’re interested in joining us on an investigation sometime soon, join us at Into the Light Paranormal on our next adventure.

Kitty Janusz talks about her experience with helping people “into the light”

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You’re Beautiful! You’re Smart! Own It!

That's me on the mirror!By the time I was 10 years old there were things I knew about myself that were actually good. They were inherent truths I was aware of. And surprisingly, despite all the other damage I experienced in my childhood, my self-esteem remained pretty well in tact up until that age.

I was told in the first grade that my IQ was above genius level; I was reading and doing math at a high school and college level based on placement testing. I was moved into a gifted program. So I knew I was smart. With hazel-green eyes, fair skin, golden brown hair and decent bone structure, I was frequently complimented on my looks. So I knew I was pretty. I was raised with an understanding of socially appropriate behavior and was applauded on how well behaved I was. So I knew I was a good girl. I had a good number of friends who enjoyed spending time with me. So I knew I was well-liked.

But then I met the mean girls. And things I knew about myself became less tangible, less real. Less valid.

The mean girls caused me to doubt what I previously had known to be true.

I was in the fifth grade in a new school, and I had only been going there a few weeks so I was feeling vulnerable already. I was the new girl. One afternoon while having lunch, one of the mean girls approached me, sat next to me, smiled and asked, “You think you’re pretty don’t you?” I said yes. She was still smiling. But instead of agreeing, the mean girl began to mock me. She openly laughed at me and called me conceited and stuck up.

My self-esteem took a hit. As other girls joined in, one of the few places that had always been safe for me – school – was taken away from me that day. It became unsafe to be pretty – or at least to know I was. From that moment forward, and for many years, if someone complimented my beauty or my looks, I felt the need to disagree. And I meant it.

I got teased for going to the gifted program classes. I started saying I hated going. I stopped trying as hard to do well in class.

I got taunted for being a good girl – helping out in the classroom, doing the right thing for the sake of doing the right thing. I started acting out behaviorally.

I no longer wanted to stand out; I just wanted to fit in. I no longer wanted to be special. I wanted to be invisible.

It’s unfortunate that during a time when girls are becoming young ladies and they need each other most, most often they become quite cruel. We begin to set each other up for petty jealousies, competitive behavior and backbiting that can last a lifetime. I saw this for many years well into my stint in the corporate environment. I don’t believe my experience was all that unusual.

In so many ways, society, culture, even the mean girls cause young ladies to begin to try and hide their light. As if shining brightly and knowing their inherent beauty and majesty is an affront to the world. If somebody says we look pretty, we downplay it – “oh my goodness I’m having a horrible hair day!” If somebody compliments us on an outfit, we redirect – “I got this on sale at Macy’s!” If somebody commends our work – “oh it was nothing.” If somebody tries to recognize us or acknowledge us with a gift – “oh no, you shouldn’t have.”

I’m taking a stand here and saying it’s time to KNOCK THAT SHIT OFF!

Thank you is a whole and complete sentence. It may be uncomfortable as hell to start. But I promise you, you are a magnificent, gorgeous, brilliant, amazing creature and if someone’s trying to bring that to your attention, to recognize you for it, then it’s time for you to say THANK YOU! Begin to own it. You deserve it.

And maybe if enough of us adult women can hold that space, then our young ladies won’t have to face the mean girls. Because those mean girls had their self-esteem damaged somewhere in order to show up like that for us.

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Happy Halloween

Jack-o-lanternsFriday is Halloween, and ghosts (the cute and short kind) will walk among us. As I think back to my childhood I recall I never wanted to be the scary characters for Halloween – I wanted my costume to have a purpose and be pretty. I was a princess, a nurse, and Miss America (that one was my favorite). I never wanted to be scary or ugly or creepy.

I still don’t want to be scary. I want to serve a purpose, and a little mascara, lipstick and concealer go a long way to keep me from being ugly.

As for creepy, some people think what I do is creepy. To them I apologize. I am sorry for causing you discomfort. I cannot and will not change who I am or what I do, though. I am happy and fulfilled this way. Happier than I have ever been, more fulfilled than you can imagine. I help people. I help them with direction, I help them with grief, I help them validate where they are in their lives. I help. Whether it is getting a message from a loved one, identifying a better way, finding a lost object, or simply validating the other side, I help.

In the beginning, my husband, Rick, was not open to this work I do. We had very different ideas about mediumship and psychic work. He was concerned about me and my immortal soul. He has since participated in seances and readings, and he is my biggest supporter now. Why? Because I am happy, my clients are happy, the people around me are happy and thus he is happy. I bring peace, love and Light to everything I do now. I could not say that for the work I did before.

I wish you peace, love and Light on this day, on Halloween, and every day, but most of all, I hope you will Live-Joy-Fully!

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10 Ways to Change Your Money Mindset

Money StackedI’m often asked how to change people’s financial status. Love and money – those are the top two reasons people come to me for help.

Over the years I’ve compiled a list of basic tools you can start using now to change your money mindset. You either come from a poverty mindset or a wealth mindset. If you’re in a poverty mindset it’s time to make some changes. Just adapt one or two of these items to your life and see what kind of changes you make.

Here are 10 things you can do to change your money mindset:

  1. Understand time is more valuable than any other resource you have. I often say time is really the only currency we have, and when you begin to truly understand that you learn how to spend it differently. For example, early in my career I worked a part-time second job to afford “luxuries” like vacations and having housekeeper.
  2. Focus on wealth building rather than budgeting. Anytime I wanted something that didn’t fall within my immediate means, I figured out a way to earn more money. I didn’t choose to scrimp and save and sacrifice to make it happen.
  3. Spend your time engaging your brain, not mindlessly entertaining yourself. Most of my free time is spent researching and developing process improvement for my business and self-development personally. I cannot see sitting in front of the television for 3 to 4 hours a day losing that potential time for improvement.
  4. Invest in yourself. Whether education, coaching, or health you have to be comfortable with a financial outlay for you. If you fail to invest in yourself you tell the universe you are not worthy.
  5. Live within your means. Many many years ago credit card interest was in fact tax-deductible. If something is not within your means, DO NOT PUT IT ON A CREDIT CARD. Stop throwing away money.
  6. Think bigger. Stop living small. Your goals should make you uncomfortable, because if you’re comfortable you’re already doing it.
  7. Do what you love. I tell people all the time one of the smartest wealth-building strategies is to find a way to make a profit at what you would do for free.
  8. Stop looking at what could have been. Start looking at what could be. That means get your focus off of what happened in the past. I don’t care what your experience is or has been; if that’s what you’re focused on you’re never going to go anywhere.
  9. Put yourself first. If your life is spent meeting other people’s expectations and needs you have nothing left over to devote to you. If you focus appropriately on you, you have the ability for building unlimited resources to lavish on others.
  10. Surround yourself with successful people. You cannot be motivated, inspired, coached, mentored or educated to your fullest potential by people who are not living theirs.

Those are just 10 of my favorite tips. Pick one or two; adapt to new way of looking at things. It’s that new perspective that’s going to help you make changes. If you need help, find a coach, a mentor, or just read a good book; I suggest Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.

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Into the Light Paranormal Investigating

919470_763159313712483_737039326_oI work as a medium for a good portion of what I do for a living. That means I work with the other side; departed loved ones, spirit guides, angels and, yes, sometimes ghosts.

And the difference between a ghost and spirit is that a ghost has not crossed into the light – they’re sort of stuck on this side.

You can’t turn on the television these days without catching some sort of paranormal programming. One of the common factors that has always bothered me is the drive to find data, while leaving the moral and ethical dilemma of helping the dead unresolved.

I’ve used the example in the past that it would be the same as leaving a lost 5-year-old on a city street without attempting to reunite that child with its parent. When I’m unable to do that — just like being unable to find that child’s parents, the next best thing would be to locate someone who works in law enforcement and turn the child over to them — I will connect that individual with an angel (kind of like law enforcement on the other side).

So when a friend of mine approached me and asked if I wanted to partner with her in a paranormal investigations business, I was hesitant for two reasons. First I understand that a lot of groups really have no desire to assist the dead; their goal is to gather evidence, garner notoriety, and/or promote their own agenda. Secondly, ghosts scare me! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: they don’t listen and they have their own agenda.

Now I realize the second reason may make no sense to some of you since I work as a medium. But as I explained to my business partner, Kitty Janusz, people bring me their dead loved ones. I don’t go looking for discarnate spirits. The messages I get as a medium are mostly about love, healing, forgiveness and the understanding that there is no death. With ghosts, it’s a crapshoot.

After much conversation and planning, Kitty and I launched Into the Light Paranormal. Our goal is to teach not only the technical but the ethical aspects of working with the dead. Our intention is to have overnight events at least 6 times a year when you can come learn about the location, learn about the tools, do an investigation, and experience helping those who can’t help themselves.

Upcoming event: Into the Light Paranormal – Basics, Tools, Methods, Sept 11 in Whittier. Click here to sign up

Kitty Janusz talks about her experience with helping people “into the light”

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