"If you’ve ever wished you could directly connect with a loved one in spirit without having to use a medium, Michelle Skaletski-Boyd can teach you how to do it. Before testing Michelle for myself, I did not believe I had the ability to do this. But I directly connected with my father during my first session and learned how to do it on my own at any time thereafter. Although I’ve had an assortment of astounding sessions with other spiritual practitioners since 1999, the experience I had with Michelle is both a first of its kind and one of the most spiritually nourishing experiences of my life."
~ Bob Olson (BestPsychicDirectory.com, BestPsychicMediums.com & AfterlifeTV.com)
If you’re just getting to know my work, I’ve been testing psychics and mediums since 1999 and writing about my best experiences on BestPsychicMediums.com. On that site you’ll find my recommended list. It all started when my father passed and I began using my skills as a private investigator (my career at that time) to investigate the afterlife. From there I began researching mediums, then psychics, then all sorts of spiritual practitioners in order to find answers.
Today I share only my most remarkable experiences so that people like you can have life-changing sessions with these same people. However, my standards for what is extraordinary have risen a great deal, so I don’t write as many articles anymore. For this reason, when I do, you know that the session must have been something truly out of this world to get my attention and lead me to write about it. Consequently, this experience I’ve detailed for you below is exactly that.
If you’ve ever wished you could directly connect with a loved one in spirit without having to use a medium, I found a woman who can teach you how to do it. Her name is Michelle Skaletski-Boyd and she allows people to not have to solely rely upon mediums for their spirit communication.
Michelle is a fun combination of right-brained intuitive and left-brained intellect. She communicated with angels as a child, graduated Cum Laude in college, and then worked in a corporate job for years before changing careers to assist people with their conscious awakening. Few people are so balanced. She has a non-assuming, compassionate manner about her that made me feel at ease. Yet she structured my session with meticulous forethought and attentiveness to time. The entire session, it was obvious to me that I was dealing with grounded-yet-brilliant individual.
Before testing Michelle for myself, I did not believe I had the ability to do this. But I directly connected with my father during my first session with her and learned how to do it on my own at any time thereafter.
Having now had this experience for myself, I genuinely believe that once you learn Michelle’s fairly simple techniques, you will never again have to depend upon the mediumistically gifted to communicate with your deceased loved ones. That doesn’t mean you’ll never want a reading with a medium again. I’m sure that experienced mediums will always be better at spirit communication than I’ll ever be. It simply means that you’ll now have the ability to connect with your loved ones in spirit at any time without needing someone’s assistance to help you do it.
What’s interesting about Michelle is that she’s a medium herself, which is critical during these sessions because she uses her ability to facilitate our connection with spirit. But she shares my philosophy that it’s important for our spiritual growth that we learn to have spiritual experiences on our own—without needing other people to make it happen.
Spiritual growth, to me, gets a bit tainted when we must rely upon a third party for our spiritual experiences. For example, I prefer to “experience” spirituality rather than have a practitioner “tell me about it.” So I would much rather personally experience a past life during a hypnotic regression than have a psychic tell me about one of my past lives in a reading. One is a direct experience; the other is a vicarious experience. And direct, personal experiences are the only path to grow from belief (where we accept what someone else tells us is true) to knowing (where we know from personal experience that something is true).
Although I’ve had an assortment of astounding sessions with other spiritual practitioners since 1999, the experience I had with Michelle is both a first of its kind, for me, and one of the most spiritually nourishing experiences of my life. And I want you to be able to know this experience too.
PHASE I: MAKING CONTACT WITH MY FATHER
WITH MICHELLE SKALETSKI-BOYD
I first learned about Michelle Skaletski-Boyd because she had interviewed some of my colleagues in her Soul-Felt interview series. A couple years later, I was interviewed for that series myself, which led to my learning more about Michelle’s work and then opting to see what a session was like with her. Yet even on the day of my session, I had no inkling that it was going to be extraordinary. The truth is that I really wasn’t sure what to expect, so I wasn’t expecting anything much different than experiences I had known in the past.
This was also the first “experiential” session I’d ever had over the phone. Naturally, I’ve had hundreds of readings over the phone. But, before this session, I had never had an experiential session over the telephone, meaning a session where I experienced something for myself rather than being told about it by the practitioner. For example, all my previous past-life regressions, energy healings and guided meditations were done in person at the practitioner’s office.
At the time of my session with Michelle Skaletski-Boyd, I lay down on my bed with my phone to my ear. I had purchased a telephone headset just for the occasion, though I realized later that a normal phone would have sufficed. The session began with Michelle guiding me into a relaxed state of mind, typical of what you’d expect from any guided meditation or hypnotic induction. Within a few minutes, I was fully relaxed, in what some people refer to as an altered state of mind (the alpha or theta brainwave frequencies).
Michelle guided my imagination to a place where I felt comfortable and safe. I chose a location where there’s a field, a river, a big rock and a waterfall that I recalled from my youth. She then had me sit on the rock by the waterfall and soak in the sun from the top of that rock. I’ll admit that I was feeling quite peaceful during the visualization, partly because I had actually been to this place and sat on this rock under the sun many times in my teens and twenties.
Following Michelle’s instructions, I set the intention for a spirit guide or loved one in spirit to arrive. Relatively quickly, a spiritual being became present in my imaginary place, and I soon learned it was my father. He had passed in 1997 at the age of 64. I was 35 at the time. But it wasn’t Michelle who identified him to me; it was me who recognized my father and identified him to her. Of course, being a medium, she probably knew who it was; but this was the beginning of my training on how to connect with spirit on my own. And to my astonishment, I started off doing quite well.
There was no question in my mind that this being was my father. Since I’m primarily kinesthetic, meaning I feel things before being visual or auditory, I “felt” his presence beside me. Because I was imagining myself on this rock by the river, that was the place of our reunion. And it truly felt as if I was really sitting beside him because I could feel my father’s energy so intensely that tears instantly began pouring down my face. Even more, I could feel his penetrating love and adoration for me, in some ways stronger than I had ever felt while he was alive. It was as if his energy was embracing my whole being.
It took everything I could muster to be sure Michelle wasn’t aware of the intensity of my emotions, not for any macho reason, but because I was testing her and did not want to indicate how well things were going. I now know in hindsight that it wouldn’t have affected the session one way or another, but this was still early into the experience and I didn’t know where the session was going.
Besides feeling my father’s personal energy beside me, I then got a visual in my mind as to what he looked like. Surprisingly, he did not look the way I remembered him. Instead, he showed himself to me as being in his mid-thirties. I was only six years old when he was thirty-five and I just don’t have any memory of what he looked like back then, except for a few photos I’ve seen. When I questioned why he looked this way in my mind, I got a knowing deep within me that this was the age that he felt most vibrant in life. I have no doubt that it was my father who gave me this answer.
Because of my research in this field, I was aware that spirits often show themselves to mediums at the age they felt most vivacious and happy in life. But it caught me off guard when this was how my father showed himself to me. Given that I’m not a medium and that this whole experience began with my visualization of the field, river, rock and waterfall, I expected to see him in his sixties since that was how I usually pictured him in my memories. So I enjoyed this unexpected consequence because it further verified that I was really in direct contact with my father and not just imagining this whole experience. If it were my imagination, I would surely have imagined him in his sixties.
PHASE II: RECEIVING MESSAGES & GUIDANCE FROM MY FATHER
WITH MICHELLE SKALETSKI-BOYD
As the session continued, my father talked with Michelle, giving her some messages that I didn’t yet have the ability to receive. I was thrilled just to feel and see my father (in my mind’s eye) during this first session, but I needed more work to be able to carry on a conversation with him, which I’m sure would require more sessions. So, at this stage of the experience, he conveyed some messages for me through Michelle.
Michelle told me that my father was showing her an antique toy fire truck. Since my father bought and sold antique toys in the last years of his life—specifically cars, trucks and trains—I’d seen quite a few cast-iron fire trucks over the years. I assumed the visual was given to convey something Michelle couldn’t have known and something that had never come through in any other reading, so I was impressed by that alone. But then I learned that the fire truck was also related to some advice my father had for me.
Michelle said that my father recommended I stop spending so much time putting out other people’s fires. He said it was expending too much of my energy. And the message was entirely accurate.
In the previous few weeks, a lot of people had asked me to help them solve issues with which they were dealing. And it was beginning to take its toll on me. In fact, the very morning of this session, my wife, Melissa, said to me, “Bob, you really have to stop putting out other people’s fires. It’s too stressful and taking too much of your time. These people will find other ways to solve their own problems.” Now, during this session, I had my father expressing the exact same words through Michelle. It was pretty cool and I knew they were right.
As an interesting aside, on the day I had this session, an old college buddy of mine was visiting Melissa and I for a couple days. Coincidentally, he’s a full-time fireman. Whether my father used the fire truck symbol because of this or not, I’ll never know and didn’t ask. It doesn’t really matter, of course; but it is common for people in spirit to convey messages that are multilayered in this way, as they have a higher perspective of all that’s going on in our lives (and they seem to have a cleverness that shows up in just this sort of manner).
PHASE III: FEELING MY FATHER’S PRESENCE & TOUCH
WITH MICHELLE SKALETSKI-BOYD
Michelle’s mediumship regarding my need to stop putting out other people’s fires was just further validation that my father was aware of what is going on in my life. Furthermore, I would guess that he had attempted to deliver this “other people’s fires” message to me before, which I’m sure was frustrating to him when I wasn’t getting it. In fact, I have no doubt there are many messages he tries to get through to me that go unnoticed. Consequently, following his advice, my father wanted to train me how to feel his presence without being in a meditative state of mind.
Conceivably, if I were better able to recognize his presence when my father was around in spirit, he would have more success at guiding me in life. To accomplish this, he used Michelle to facilitate this training.
To begin, my father purposely left my energy field so I could feel his absence and then came back into my energy field so I could identify his location in reference to my body. He was in communication with Michelle during all this, so she told me when he was gone so I could feel what that felt like. Then she told me when he returned so I could also feel what that felt like and identify his location around me.
With Michelle directing the exercise, I had to say out loud if my father was in front of me, behind me, or to my left or right side each time he came back into my energy field. It took me a few tries to stop second-guessing myself, but I eventually did it.
Then my father increased the difficulty. Now he stayed in my energy field but touched different parts of my body, and I had to intuitively determine where he was touching me. Again, I got a few wrong before I began to get the hang of it and really know what it felt like to be touched by my father’s spirit. But once I got it, the practice became fairly easy and fun.
Now I could feel my father’s presence whenever he was around me. I had learned how to do this while in a meditative state, but these exercises were training me to do it in a normal state of mind too. Now that I knew what it felt like to have him nearby, it would be easier to identify his presence from day to day, as long as I wasn’t too much in my head and I had at least a little awareness about me.
PHASE IV: DIRECTLY COMMUNICATING WITH MY FATHER
WITH MICHELLE SKALETSKI-BOYD
In a final exercise, we set up a way for my father to answer my questions whenever I felt the need for guidance from him in my life. As with any person in spirit, all we need to do is think of them and they will be aware of our thoughts. Because of this, we can ask for guidance from our loved ones in spirit at any time. The tricky part, however, is knowing how to receive their answers. And so this was the purpose of the final lesson in my session with Michelle.
My father began by showing me a baseball cap, which was meaningful because he loved watching the Red Sox during his lifetime. This was a symbol that he chose to use, which I initially saw in my mind’s eye and Michelle verified. Michelle was very patient in allowing me to see this on my own rather than just tell it to me.
My father then explained to Michelle that, in response to my yes or no questions, I would feel the sensation of him placing the cap on my head or I wouldn’t. If I felt the sensation following my question, it indicated his answer was “yes.” If I didn’t feel the sensation following my question, it meant “no.” And if I really needed verification of a “no” answer, I could simply ask if his answer was “no” and he could respond by giving me the “yes” sensation of putting the cap on my head. It was a pretty good system.
We initially practiced my father placing the baseball cap on my head so I would get the feel for it, then we practiced him answering some questions once I had it down. I could undeniably feel the sensation on my scalp of a baseball cap being placed on my head as we experimented. It was rather remarkable. Once we were done, I now had a method for asking my father questions any time in my life when I needed extra guidance. It was a wonderful gift.
The session soon came to a close. We had accomplished a lot in less than an hour, and I was energetically spent. I said “Goodbye for now” to my father, and then Michelle brought me out of my meditative state.
We still had time to “process” what had occurred, which meant talking about what I experienced and getting her feedback on any questions I had. Michelle often likes to do this processing a week or two after the session with most people because they have so many more questions once they’ve had a few days to think about the experience, which I agree is a good idea.
COMMENTS & CONCLUSIONS ABOUT MY EXPERIENCE
WITH MICHELLE SKALETSKI-BOYD
I couldn’t be more enthusiastic about my experience with Michelle. The connection I experienced with my father was so real that it felt more physical than mental. My father’s energy—especially his love and adoration for me—made my entire body respond.
It reminded me of the time I found a cassette tape of an answering machine message my father had left before his passing. When I happened upon the recording years later, the sound of his voice affected me in a visceral manner that was totally unexpected, like I had found a piece of my soul that had been missing. As amazing as that was, this reunion with my father during my session with Michelle was much more compelling.
What I also love about Michelle’s work is that she empowers people to communicate with their loved ones in spirit without the interpretation of a medium. No one is going to interpret messages from your loved ones more accurately than yourself.
Think about it; even in terms of the living, when someone takes a phone message from someone you know really well, the messenger often interprets the message inaccurately. They might say, “Jane wants you to call her at Jim’s.” But knowing that neither you nor Jane know anyone named Jim, you’re likely to figure out that what Jane really said was to call her at the gym, because she works at a fitness center.
This happens just as easily—probably more easily—when a medium is taking the message from spirit. But if you’re getting the message directly, as Michelle teaches people to do in these sessions, there is less chance of misinterpretation because you know the person on the other end of the line (in this case, in spirit) better than the medium knows them.
Finally, the best aspect of Michelle’s work, in my opinion, is that you can learn how to communicate with your loved ones in spirit once and then always know how to connect with them no matter where you are. It’s that old adage about giving someone a fish or teaching them to fish. Michelle teaches people how to do this so that they are not solely reliant upon others for their spirit communication.
This is not going to eliminate the need for mediums, of course. There are still plenty of reasons for getting a reading with one. But this is an alternate way to connect with your deceased loved ones, and it has it’s own unique benefits and appeals. And as I mentioned at the beginning, it takes you to a new level in your spiritual growth, a level that can only be obtained by “experiential” sessions that lead to knowing. So I highly recommend it to anyone seeking this type of enjoyable and enlightening experience.
Michelle Skaletski-Boyd works with people all over the world by telephone. She offers the type of session I described above, but also helps people with their spiritual growth in other ways, as well. Because you get the opportunity to personally experience your sessions with Michelle, instead of referring to herself as a medium, she calls herself an Intuitive Transpersonal Hypnotherapist. After all, these sessions are more likened to hypnotherapy than mediumship, since Michelle only uses her clairaudient ability to facilitate your experience.
Be sure to visit her website for more information. And contact Michelle before she is booked up for months, since that tends to happen after I’ve written about someone. Just tell Michelle that you read about her in Bob Olson’s article and that you’d like to have a similar experience as mine.
Contact Michelle at: http://www.soul-felt.com/contact.php
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My very best wishes to you and your ongoing spiritual growth.
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