Hi! For Spooky Week, I decided to bring you a conversation with an honest-to-God Medium, Tracy Timbro.
So Tracy, what’s it like being a medium? I don’t do the medium thing full-time. I’m just a regular lady with a regular job, but with this ability to sense spirits around my friends, family, and coworkers. I can also go into supposed “haunted” locations and sense spirits. I have met with people who recently lost loved ones and have made connections as well.
How do you sense spirits? I feel a buzzing sensation–very much like static electricity or a magnetic pull–it is absolutely undeniable when I get this feeling. I will either “hear” the voice of the spirit in my mind or get a mental image of the spirit the way they looked in life. I may see letters above them that relate to their name.
Why do you think the Spirits contact you? They show me images that don’t mean anything to me, but are meaningful to the person with which they are trying to communicate. I will sometimes feel an emotion connected to them, for example, humor, sadness, friendliness, and especially the love they still feel for the living person near me. Every spirit communicates differently according to their personality. I have found many times that spirits send you signs (feathers, coins, butterflies, etc.)
What does it take to be a medium? I believe that every single one of us can be a medium. Everyone has received spirit communication of some sort. The hardest part is allowing intuition to take over and quieting the rational side of the mind (which is very hard to do!) The spirit world is at a much higher frequency or vibrational level. For a spirit to communicate, they must lower their vibrational energy and the medium must elevate their vibrational level. They meet somewhere in the middle and that is where communication takes place. I know 100% that there is life after death and our loved ones who pass away still communicate with us and still love us.
Do you get freaked out when spirits contact you? I don’t find it scary at all. I have felt much love and thankfulness from spirits when I communicate. It may sound a bit weird, but I mentally thank them and bless them after communicating and they return the blessing with a pulsation of energy…yes, I know, it sounds weird. This is all very weird, I know. There has been only two times that I felt evil/dark spirits. The first time was at a New Age sort of gift shop that has since closed. I felt a choking sensation and felt as if I were going to pass out. I just walked out of the place, knowing it was not an “enlightened” place as most spiritual shops are. The second time was at Foxwoods Casino. My husband and I were driving up to the casino, passing the empty fields just before the casino. I heard drumming sounds and felt a hand grip my neck and squeeze. I felt I was being choked and couldn’t breathe. That scared me. I refused to go to that casino and will never go back. There is angry Native American energy there. (Mohegan is just fine, though!)
Is the barrier between the living and the dead really thinner on Halloween? Is there a time of the year when spirits seem to be more active than other times?I’m really not sure if the barrier is thinner on Halloween. I think maybe the awareness of the paranormal is heightened at this time. Being aware of the subtleties of the spirit world is the key to connecting with those who have passed. Anyone at any time can ask a loved one who has passed to give a sign–any sign–that they are still near to them. Then all that is needed is to be aware. I guarantee if you are patient, you will get a sign. It may be a song perfectly timed on the radio, a feather in your path, many sightings of coins, a bird unexpectantly close to you, butterflies, dreams that seem very real, or lights flickering. You will instinctively know the sign is for you. That is all it takes! The time of year when spirits seem to be more active is when people gather: weddings, holidays, and celebrations.
Is there anything people can do to disconnect with malevolent spirits who are bothering them? I’m not sure I’m qualified to answer this question. I have never encountered this problem myself. I can only offer my opinion. I do believe that some forms of malevolent energy may, in fact, be created by the living. For example, a very depressed, sad or angry person puts forth negative energy. All energy created is very real (positive or negative) and greatly effects people. When you walk into a room after people have argued, you can sense the heaviness in the room. Consequently, when a loving, positive energy is created, you feel at ease and peaceful. Some hauntings may be residual: a sort of rewinding and playing out of an event that happened in the past. The energy is imprinted into the surroundings. Sometimes this can be exacerbated by the layout of the environment: quartz or lime deposits in the ground or electromagnetic fields created by power lines/wiring. Other hauntings may be intelligent and caused by a soul that refuses or is unaware that it has “passed on.” I do believe you can take charge by making your demands known to a spirit haunting a location. Prayer and imaging white light around onself are also very powerful in protecting oneself against negativity–even in daily situations. In extreme situations of demonic and very dark presences, I would seek the help of a clergy member or paranormal expert.
Do you do spirit readings or anything like that for people? Can people contact you if they are interested? I have met with people on a casual basis and done “readings.” Most of my spirit contact has been incidental with people I work with, family, and friends. It is my dream to reach out to more people. I am amazed and truly fulfilled each time I make contact with a loved one in spirit! It’s best to reach me by email: email@example.com.
Is there anything that you’d want to people to know about the spirit world?Yes. The spirit world is our true home. Life on earth is a learning experience to further advance our souls in the direction of love. I like to compare life on earth to a student going off to college, and our loved ones in the spirit world are like our parents back home. Like the college student, we will work tremendously, get tired and exasperated pulling all-nighters, fall in and out of love several times, party gloriously sometimes, learn a million lessons (some lessons staying with us, and others forgotten), lose our faith a couple of times, and then get our faith back. All the while, our parents are back home, like our loved ones in spirit, worrying about us, praying for us, supporting us, trying hard to guide us in the right direction, and attempting to communicate with us with phone calls, packages, and emails! I think many people would find comfort in knowing this is not our “true” home and that a greater existence awaits us.