Mary-Anne is a professional Spiritual Medium connecting those here in the physical world with their loved ones in Spirit. With compelling accuracy, sh
e brings forward evidence - proof - that your loved ones still exist. Her connection and messages from heaven are rich with healing and love, and through her readings, she has transformed thousands of lives. She teaches that the combination of validation and messages serves as proof of the continuation of life after physical death, and demonstrates that we are never alone - that our connection of love still exists. Mary-Anne lives with her husband, Ryan, and their two children on a beautiful farm in Erin, Ontario. Visit www.maryannekennedy.ca
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I’m a top psychic medium in Canada, and I spend a lot of time in that role! I also have wonderful and fascinating Canadian TV show called “Ghosts of Dufferin County & Beyond.” What else about me? I’m a mom of two amazing kids, an avid equestrian, and wife to my best friend, Ryan.
How did this book come to be?
To say the process was guided would be an understatement. In my professional practice, I began noticing that my clients would ask the same questions of me, every day. They’d ask, “Is it possible for me to learn to do what you do…talk to spirit?” Or, “Would it help my own grief if I began connecting with the spirit world?” Over time, it occurred to me that there had to be a better, more efficient way to share the message that being a medium can be learned by anyone. And so it came to me one day, to start writing. And the rest is history.
For those unfamiliar with mediumship, your book exposes how much of a craft this is—something you have to nurture and develop. How or when did you yourself discover that this special connection you had was something that needed to be carefully cultivated?
Immediately - I am a very good student! When I take something on as a task to learn, I commit to it and dedicate whatever parts of myself are required to develop or forward the process. Mediumship really does take a certain level of commitment and dedication both to the learning process and also to cultivating a very open attitude about how our lives intersect with the spirit world. This attitude allows us to receive the nudges and pushes from the other side that so often aid us in our lives.
In this book, you are a kind of teacher for those looking for guidance in this field. Did you have any teachers who helped you step into the role you hold today? What did they offer you that you hope to offer others?
I did have some teachers myself, but over the years of teaching this work, I’ve learned what I most want to give to the students I work with is not simply the skills to make the verifiable contact, but the freedom to be who they are—to be mediums, without being afraid, without playing small. I have a tremendous passion for cultivating in others the power of self in this work.
You emphasize that your work is meant to be an act of service—that a good medium can help their client move forward in their grief over the loss of a loved one. What have been some of the positive outcomes of a successful reading?
Oh gosh, too many to count or ever remember. I think if I could summarize some of the most meaningful outcomes from readings, I’d say that when someone experiences the truth that their loved one still exists, that they are not ‘without’ them, it brings a level of solace and comfort that nothing else really can.
You write about how intense stress and fear around illness propelled you to seek help—to see an acupuncturist and eventually attend meditation classes. How might you encourage those who, too, are experiencing these kinds of immobilizing feelings?
In the last near decade, I’ve worked with so many students and clients and received emails from hundreds of people around the globe asking me the same question. One of the most important things to know when we’re stuck in a state of fear or anxiety, is that it’s temporary. It’s temporary if we can take some action in another direction. Understanding the impermanence of all things helps to empower us that this current situation we’re in can change too. And it will change. Especially if we take empowered action to change our own lives. That might seem simplified, but I can tell you that in my experiences with fear and anxiety, my attitude of ‘this is who I am,’ and resigning to the idea that ‘this is who I’ll always be,’ limited me in so many ways. Rather than looking for and focusing on strategies, approaches, techniques, treatments, etc. that would free me from the experiences, I spent a lot of time figuring out how to cope. But I was never focused on growth or personal change. When I gained the new perspective that the current doesn’t have to be forever, it liberated me in a magnificent way.
What are you working on next?
In terms of writing, I am working on book number two, planned for completion by the end of the year. Season 4 of “Ghosts of Dufferin County and Beyond” is planned to film in the fall, and a number of other wonderful appearances, workshops, and events are coming up as always.