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Death is an Emerging into the Light

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David Berman and Sarah Katznelenborgan had an arranged marriage. Unbeknownst to Sarah, David was several decades her senior. Together they would be blessed with five children; Bill, Louie, Max, Faye (my grandmother), and Ide. When Ide was born, David was in his seventies. Longevity seems to run in the family as my Aunt Ide died last Saturday at the age of 102 1/2.

Ide was a true pioneer. As my cousin Sandy so eloquently has said, “Ide, back in the late 1930’s and throughout the 1940’s 50’s and 60’s was what women are today!” She worked full-time and was an unusually independent thinker.

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For a woman who never was a mom, she sure had a lot of children. We are her nieces and nephews and we are four generations deep. Auntie Ide sipped wine and danced with us at family simchas (celebrations). She actually could out-dress and out-dance us all! She was famous for her chopped liver and her rum cake. She used real rum..and a lot of it!

Ide was the last remaining physical link we had to Bill, Louie, Max, & Faye. She was our family jewel and we all had our own special connection with her. During her last weeks, we sat by her side & held her hand as she struggled to breathe. She was always a fighter and death now was her adversary.

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A week before she died, I remember walking into her condo and sensing the presence of a full crowd of relatives-in-spirit. I had very recently been in conversation with my dad, who died years before, so I recognized his energy immediately. My beautiful Grandma Faye, and her brothers were also amongst the throng of deceased loved ones trying to coax Ide over to the other side. I sensed they were telling her about the people, her people joyously gathering, waiting for her to emerge into the light.

Later that night, though she hadn’t uttered a word all day, she became alert and said she needed to go shopping for a dress! Hours later she whispered..”How can they eat spaghetti in the dark?” I looked up in the direction she was pointing and saw a fuzzy scene of large oval-shaped tables covered in a lovely black tablecloth. Sitting elegantly in the center of each was a  gorgeous tall-silver-candelabra with pretty, unlit candles. Her party was right up her alley, fancy!

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The term labor of love truly took on new meaning in the weeks preceding my aunt’s death. As a medium, I’m trained in differentiating energy. Not only am I able to sense when someone from the other side visits, I can frequently distinguish who it is. Since I knew, or rather know so many of Ide’s relatives in-spirit I began to grasp, from a more personal perspective, how much work it can take to help a dying person relax into death.

We, her nieces, nephews and caregivers were doing our part on this end while those on the other side were doing theirs.

I often sat close to my aunt and whispered things in her ear about ‘heaven’ and promised she would never be alone, she was not imagining things..Her parents were in the room, along with my father, her brothers and sisters and more. She gestured with her hands, pointed in the air and nodded.

Every hour she visibly slipped further and further away from us. I felt like she was somehow visiting the other side in snippets and then falling back into her frail, thin body where she could hear us but no longer respond.

Dying is a process as is birth. For some it goes quickly and for others it goes on and on. Our job on this end is to love our friend or relative, and respect their process.

 

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As Ide moved deeper into the tunnel, memories of her standing in her bright yellow kitchen, watching me dance to the music of one of my records playing on her ancient stereo system slowly swooshed by.

My 15th year was horrendous. While most kids that age struggled to find the perfect hair-style, and themselves, I was searching for a place to live. My parents had just split up and my dad had rented an apartment here in town but traveled all week for work. He agreed to take me in when my mother divorced me too. Ide and her husband Sam lived down the hall from my dad so I spent a lot of time with them. Lost in grief, I had forgotten who I was and certainly who I would be. But my aunt had hope for me and she beamed it into me in every way she knew how.

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It was that lost girl who sat weeping by my Aunt’s bed. The combination of so much time spent in her condo and the metaphysical heat of the moment brought me back. Though all of me is grieving the loss of Ide, it is the 15-year-old me who weeps. She was more than an aunt to me. She played mother when my own stepped out.

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I trusted my gut even back then and it lead me here. Here.. to my warm and welcoming home with my sweet husband and three beautiful children.. and of course, my little white dog.

Here where we celebrate the life of one stunning, strong, funny, amazing woman who took her last breath and flew into the dazzling light.

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My mind often wanders to the baseball field. As a mom, I’ve spent much of my time on cold-metal-bleachers and would have it no other way. My children are pretty sports-driven and have participated in baseball, football, ballet, tap, basketball, track, soccer, gymnastics and karate. I have enrolled them in a number of things over the years including Miss & Mr. Manners for tots because I want them to turn out to be good citizens, and mensches. In Yiddish, mensch essentially means “a good person.”

So far we’ve learned that being a good sport is most important and that players, judges and umps are not always perfect. But..it’s more about the experience than the end-result

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Children have an amazing capacity for fun. They may be totally committed to winning but within an hour of the games end, they forget who won and who lost. They do not however, forget who was on their team and the joy of playing the game together.

I think it’s true that we learn more from our children than they do from us. Last night as I sat watching one of the last games of the season, I realized that I’m not always such a good sport. I have to remember that it’s just a game.

Being a good sport doesn’t always have to do with sports.

Every single one of us is here to learn.

Though the weight of recent national and local events has been heavy and not every politician seems to have  20/20  vision, I believe in people. I love my team. 

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other. Mother Teresa

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I’m Very Popular with Dead People

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Curious about mediums?

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Some mediums have a lot to say but often it is not us who is saying it!

Mediums speak for dead people. Mediums see, hear, feel, and/or sense when dead people are near.

I know this of course because I am a medium and I’m very popular with dead people.

Dead people (spirits) love to catch the attention of mediums. Even the attention of those who are mediums but don’t know it!

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Spirits  like mediums because they know we have the capacity to consciously sense and even see them, even when they are in no way related to us. They whisper our name in our ear, breathe smoke in our face, give us chills, lovingly hug our heart and find strange ways to sweetly ask us to connect with their loved ones who are on this side of the veil.

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I’m popular with dead people, as are most mediums because I acknowledge their presence and I relay the information they share with me to their loved ones.

Mediums are conduits between worlds. Trained mediums are are highly adept, accurate, and skilled interpreters of the information they perceive. 

As much as it is a privilege to do this work, a potential by-product is a sense of social isolation. A powerful remedy for feeling alone, however, is feeling understood. That is in part why I wrote The Happy Medium: Awakening To Your Natural Intuition (Llewellyn, 2009) and it is why I am writing this blog post.

Everyone needs balance.

We mediums tend to be in a receiving mode all the time. I describe it as being like a radio that lacks an “off ”switch; I have an “on” and a “pause” switch, rather than “on”and “off.” Learning to put myself on pause helps bring balance and it cuts down on overload and overreaction.

We can all learn to put everything on pause so we can have the space we need to shine.

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Exercising my boundaries, professionally and personally makes me less popular with dead people and even with some ‘live’ ones. Unless I’m working, I don’t read people, dead or alive. This helps me create a sense of equilibrium.

Growing ourselves spiritually helps add a sense of balance and dignity to our life.

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When we become more loving and accepting, we grow spiritually and naturally become more intuitively aware.

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Fall in love with yourself, intuition and all.

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Is there Facebook in Heaven?

 

There’s no Facebook in heaven. I’m pretty sure the same is true for twitter, Instagram and other forms of social media. But you might be surprised that some posts have the ability to reach heaven, A.K.A., the other side.

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As a medium, The Happy Medium, I have the ability, training and skill to connect with those on the other side. Mostly though, they connect with me. I don’t call or summon people who have died but I must admit, I write. Posts that is..ones that say, “Missing you Dad, I can still feel your light.” and…”Here’s to my sweet friend, though you are in ‘heaven’ there’s a place in my heart where I can always find you. Happy Birthday!”

The sharp edges of loss cut deep. I am so grateful that love survives death. Love survives everything. When I need to breath a little life into a part of me that still grieves I write, I pray, I cry and I post.

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The fact that love reaches through the veil also means it can reach people through a simple thought. No matter if the one we wish to reach is dead or alive, the love in our heart carries messages, no email address is necessary. Just think a thought and send it with love. So if you are feeling regret, remorse or sorrow over a decision made, or a word spoken, even years ago, you can send an emotional I’m sorry by simply thinking it.

When I do readings, my client’s deceased loved ones will frequently communicate through pictures, scents or sensations that denote their messages. On more than one occasion a spirit will show me exactly how my client tried (and succeeded in) reaching out to them. Though it is usually through a spoken word or deed such as a charitable donation, there have been times when a post on social media was the venue. So write your thoughts down, or just feel them in your heart and send them off with love.

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Write or pray, or simply think sweet thoughts. Live. Dance. Laugh.

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Trust your GUT not your GUILT!

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What is the difference between Gut and Guilt?

Remorse and guilt are part of the same family, they are word-related. Both are emotional reactions to our actions. Gut and guilt are not part of the same family. They don’t even like each other.

A gut reaction is an intuitive and or instinctual reaction. It’s that knowing feeling, that aha moment, and that conscious awareness of truth.

One positive aspect of remorse and guilt is that it provides us with an opportunity to take a deeper look and perhaps alter our choices and create a healthier outcome the next time around. A negative aspect is that guilt is frequently used as a tool for manipulation. When guilt is involved, nothing feels good, sweet or calm.

When gut is involved, a peaceful feeling permeates our senses. When gut is involved, that harmonious feeling remains with us in relation to that particular choice. It’s a positive sensation that is with us now and will remain later.

So a gut reaction is peaceful and a guilt reaction is prickly.

Here’s how to apply your intuition when making a decision. I call it the Now & Later decision maker. Stand up, gently shake your hands out toward the ground. Sit down with both feet flat on the floor. Take a seven slow deep breaths through your nose. Now quietly observe your choices and consider which decision will feel good to you now and later when you reflect upon it. The Now & Later will serve you well!

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When love is involved, or rather loving self…a decision that rests on guilt doesn’t stand a chance.

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Landing in that space of honestly feeling love of self is a process. It continues to unfold throughout life as we take a deeper look within.

 

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