Earlier this week I visited my state capital and had the immense pleasure of attending an event with psychic-medium John Edward. I am very lucky that my mom is not only interested in the New Age and spiritual movement, but that she also has the inclination to buy tickets before asking me if I would like to go. The event sold out very quickly after it was first announced and I believe 600 people were in attendance Thursday night.
This type of event was what I believe is called a gallery reading, and was very similar to what I had seen on his show, Crossing Over. The stage provides a significant area for John to move around and scan the audience. He introduced himself and described how his process works. There were a few instances where he could have been a bit clearer – for example, after he finished his opening spiel, he said he would take 4 questions from the audience. Those four people who had questions wanted to ask about relatives, when he was only answering questions about the process. As he felt compelled, John went to various sections of the audience to begin reading. The first people he read for were two rows behind us, directly at the end of the aisle. I believe there were two women and one man. John started by referencing a young male who had passed with a J name (he thought it was ‘Jack’ but the boy’s name was actually Zach). Throughout the process of the reading, it was revealed that Zach had died in a house fire, with the man, his father, blaming the boy’s mother for his death. Several other family members ‘came through’, and John described how even though the people you came with may not be related, you do have a social network on the other side, which enables the spirits to all make an appearance.
Now here’s where I don’t think that John has any information pre-given. During the time he was attempting to convey information to this family, the woman at the end of the aisle kept editorializing. This means that he would say ‘do you have an aunt or sister or close friend who passed with an A name who is related to February?’ and she would pause and think and say ‘I kinda have this friend who was born and died in February’, so John would ask for her name (which was an A name) and she very slowly acknowledged it. I don’t remember exactly what she said or what the information was, but the point was, she didn’t know what he was talking about and it didn’t appear that she was very coherent. At one point, after she had tried explaining one thing or another, John changed his posture on the stage and asked, “let me ask you this – do you think the rest of the audience cares? This sounds mean but I know everyone else is sitting here, wishing you would hurry up so we can move on and I can read someone else.” She beat around the bush and repeatedly did not appear to have been paying attention to what he was giving her, nor did their entire group seem very convinced of what was going on.
I think part of this stems from being a little on the spot, and a bit from being the first group John worked with. It’s totally understandable to be caught off-guard and to stammer your words a bit, but the way she spoke so slowly and deliberately made me feel like she was waiting and expecting something very specific. Unfortunately, she wasn’t the only one that night who really dragged her feet. In fact, the event ran over by almost half an hour because John was trying to deliver a message to a woman who just wasn’t… I don’t even know how to describe her. John would say ‘it’s someone West of here – where are you from?’ and she replied with ‘the..city? I’m …from here’. He actively discourages people filling in the blanks with information. John does not want you to tell him anything about the sitter or the spirit besides ‘yes’ or ‘no’ unless he asks.
We had a fantastic time. I didn’t learn a lot (because this is my nerd hobby) but my mom and our cousin both learned a few things. John mentioned spirit guides, psychic protection, auric vision… he also talked to a few women about how they were fixers or healers, how they felt personally responsible for other people’s problems and wanted to fix them, and ultimately how this wasn’t very healthy. He also talked about the law of attraction with a woman who feared she has or is developing breast cancer. I have no words to express how grateful I was to be there, in the same room with him, as he gave readings… I have no words to convey how validating it was for me to hear the things he talked about and recognize that I already knew most of them, nor how validating it was to see that he and I conduct readings with a similar style. It was a priceless experience I won’t soon forget.