James Van Praagh straddles the realm between the here-and-now, and the Spirit world.
Considered a pioneer of the mediumship movement, and recognized as one of the most accurate spiritual mediums working today, James is also the best-selling author of numerous books including, Talking to Heaven, Reaching to Heaven, Healing Grief, Heaven and Earth Looking Beyond and Meditations and produces the television series Ghost Whisperer.
I had the unique opportunity to see James in person at Celebrate Your Life last fall, a truly motivating and inspiring four-day event, and he’ll be one of four Keynote Speakers at the upcoming Celebrate Your Life conference in Chicago in June 2010. This is the first of nine author interviews that will be appearing on Care2 as part of the Celebrate Your Life series.
James and I had a delightful conversation recently — he was very warm, open, and wonderfully down-to-earth.
Care2: James, could you explain to our readers what you do?
James Van Praagh: As a medium, I bring evidence of details, names, places and events from those in the Spirit world to prove there’s no death. That life goes on. And I’m meeting with someone who’s a conduit for those messages for the spirit people to come back to their loved ones on the earth, let them know they’re okay, that they survived death, that there is no such thing as ‘death’.
I’ve been doing this for 26 years. And I travel all over the world, doing workshops and lectures and teaching.
C2: What would you say to someone who says that what you do is hocus-pocus or show biz?
James: I would say that’s an easy out. Rather than taking the time to really understand it.
If you’e an open-minded skeptic you’re fine. If you’re a closed minded skeptic then you’re a cynic. And that means you’re closed to learning anything. Then your mind is already made up. But I think everybody should be an open-minded skeptic. I am. Anybody that makes claims like this, I’m the first one to say, prove it to me.