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James Van Praagh: Letting Go of Guilt and Addictions

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James Van Praagh: Letting Go of Guilt and Addictions

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.

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Robyn Hessinger

Robyn Hessinger was formerly Care2ís Editor-In-Chief. As a veggie-loving yogini and Reiki Master/Teacher, Robyn is passionate about holistic health and wellness, green living, and animal advocacy. She believes that everyone can make a difference.


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2:17PM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

Fascinating, thank you.

2:16PM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

Fascinating, thank you.

2:14PM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

Fascinating, thank you.

2:13PM PDT on Jul 24, 2013

Fascinating, thank you.

10:50PM PDT on Jul 16, 2010

wow. i have read the pro and cons comments about this article. It has shed some light to my thnking.Thanx to everyone for being honest about your feelings. Overall I learned some things from the article that will help me in my lifes journey, but are also some things that I dont agree with. I just take what works for me. Thanks.

5:40PM PDT on Apr 19, 2010

I enjoy and am comforted by James Van Praagh's advice, I think he speaks the truth. I am getting rid of my addictions and obsessions as well.The reasons he gives must be why it is also important to forgive people in your life,before you pass over.

2:57PM PDT on Apr 19, 2010

I love hearing what mediums say - it's comforting, and reminds us, in our busy lives, that there is a greater purpose behind our time in this world. Thank you.

12:57PM PDT on Mar 26, 2010

Thank you so much. I love your perspective on letting go of guilt. I think that so many people let their guilt of past decisions control their futures, and it really doesn't have to be this way. Great stuff!

5:14AM PDT on Mar 20, 2010

Had a few thoughts...didn't quite gel, so no comment for now.

4:16PM PDT on Mar 19, 2010

This is yet another article that this beautiful website has brought to me today, to help me with the grief from my mother's death.

My mother died unnecessarily in December at the hands of a psychopath working as a "doctor" in a 1-year old, beautiful new hospital in St. Louis County, MO. I have been blaming myself for her death, because I am the one who put her in that hospital. ( I have never in my life come across anyone in the medical field like that "doctor". He told me, "She's 90 years old; "she's lived long enough". Her life could have very easily been saved, but he refused to do so.) I had always taken my mother to a different hospital, but I chose to put her in St. Clare, where her new cardiologist was on staff. No physician at any other hospital would have treated her - or me - like this one did. And, if I had put my mother in any other hospital, she would still be alive.

The guilt from my decision to place her in that hospital has been almost eating me alive. I know that the doctor deliberately allowed her to die, but I can't forgive myself for putting her in that hospital in the first place, where she was placed in his care. Also, I realize I should have demanded that he be removed from her case long before I did. There are so many "what if's", and they haunt me every hour of the day. I have been feeling as though it I had a hand in killing my own mother. This thought has been unbearable for me.

I now realize that I must let go of that feeling.

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