About Me

About Shannon Walbran, a Spirit Guide Interpreter

As a psychic, I work with people who want:

  • answers, clarity, and detail
  • directions, instructions, and how-to’s
  • encouragement, love, and support

I believe that it’s totally possible to get your own answers, so I always teach that, too.

Because when you hear that your Guides and angels know who you are, you will:

  • walk forward with courage
  • repair and renew your relationships
  • use your God-given talents to live your purpose.

Book a session with me now!

A letter from me to you

Dear Seeker,

As you read every word of this About Page my hope is for you to feel enveloped by warm, loving energy so that you can start to have an understanding of exactly how you are guided by your angels, by your guides, and by God.

Right now you might be moving through life feeling:

  • Lost
  • Skeptical
  • Scared

You’re experiencing transitions in your career, uncertainty in relationships, and a desire to tap into your soul and uncover your true calling.

The only thing that’s holding you back from experiencing:

  • Joy more often than sorrow,
  • Clarity more often than fog,
  • And love more often than fear

….is lack.

Lack of spiritual and emotional support, lack of an understanding of how to integrate spiritual teachings into your everyday life, and lack of self-belief.

So how do you fill the void that this lack creates?

You learn to live in the HERE and now so that you can:

  • create lasting memories with your friends and family,
  • create or find a career where you’re appreciated and able to utilize your best talents, or
  • develop/strengthen your relationship with yourself while learning to receive divine guidance and messages from your angels.

Does that sound good to you? Yes?

Then you’re in the right place.

I’m Shannon Walbran, and I’m a world-renowned Spirit Guide interpreter, author, and speaker.

I work with executive and entrepreneurial women who are just like you.

You seem to “have it all.” You’re wearing the high heels, being the super mom, daughter, wife, friend, and employee, and perhaps you’re even driving a dream car.

But even with all that under your belt you still feel empty, soul-less, and like you’re carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders; why is that?

It’s because we forget the simplest, most ancient wisdom that lives inside us. It’s simply that #YouAreGuided and that we live with an eternal connection to the Divine and to our Angels.

So what do we do to heal your soul and get you on your path to living your best life, ever?

Well, my goal is to help you create a new version of your reality by working together either through 1:1 calls, or in my group mentorship, The Seeker Sister Circle.  

Curious if I’m the real deal? Well, here’s what one member had to say about our time working together in an intimate group setting with weekly 1:1 calls:

“My soul spirit has found a home and I feel guided by a higher force. I could not say this six months ago, I have learned to loosen the grip my rational being had over me and open myself up to the unknown more fearlessly. I have felt the magic dance around me, and experienced the power and surprise of synchronicity.

 

A channel to my guides has been cleared as I begin to hear their voices reach out to me directly. I have learned so much from the many networks and research and work experiences you have all shared on this page… I feel more compassionate to myself and others.

 

I am learning to forgive myself for my past mistakes and bad choices and reach out to the ones closest to me in ways that I could not before…. I feel ready to pick up on my marriage, and open myself to love. Whereas before I was paralysed by fear and clouded by negative expectations.

I know this is just the beginning of a new and fresh spiritual identity, that the journey continues and there will be moments of doubt and rejection – but I know too that this opportunity has put me back on the right road for now and forever, to the end.” PS

Want to know more about how I work with people? Well, I’ve spent every day since 2003 honing my craft as a spiritual guide, psychic, and coach. Aside from my degree in English and Foreign Languages I also have experience with:

  • Reiki
  • Manifestation and Reality Creation
  • Spirit Guide interpretation
  • Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

When you work with me you’ll walk away feeling

  • Guided by a higher force
  • More confident and less fearful about decision-making and building relationships
  • Better able to steer yourself through challenging situations or out of negative emotions

As a guide and psychic coach my philosophy is that you have all of the answers and a sense of KNOWING about the world and who you are inside you already. You’re just looking for a bit of help/guidance to get you where you need to be.

You’re ready to feel guided so that you can truly fulfill your soul’s purpose.
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I’m here to show you how!

Now, what are you waiting for, my friend? Look at the options below and decide how you’d like to continue your journey by working together!

Need a quick connection to your angels and immediate guidance? Book a personal 10-question landline session with me.

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Are you on a highly personal and soulful journey towards love, peace, and understanding of your soul’s path? Do you desire daily answers and daily access to me to support you on your journey?

If so, our Sister Seeker Circle is a private members only community that’s perfect for YOU!

Book a non-angel clarity call to see if this community is a fit for you!

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A brief biography

Spirit Guide interpreter Shannon Walbran brings messages from Spirit Guides to people around the world.

Shannon was born in 1969 in the United States and grew up in Minneapolis. After graduating from the University of Dallas with a degree in English and foreign languages, she lived and worked in Slovakia, Bolivia and Brazil, and is now based in both Johannesburg, South Africa, and Minnesota. Thanks to her careers in healing, journalism, documentary filmmaking, and the non-profit sector, she has traveled to 48 countries around the world.

Sensitive and spiritual since childhood, Shannon started to receive specific messages from Spirit Guides to help other people in 2003. She now shares these messages with people all over the world via individual readings, live events, radio and TV.

Her book “Guided!” is a spiritual autobiography plus help to connect you with your own Spirit Guides.  It is available via Audible for free if it’s your first Audible purchase!

She is fully committed to spreading the work The Guides have brought her. She helps others contact their own Guides and find their vocations. Her mission is to help all people attain health, happiness, and enlightenment.

We look forward to helping you find your answers!

Thanks,

The ShannonWalbran.com Team

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Sam Cowen’s reading with Shannon Walbran on 9th June 2015

Sam Cowen Interview

Article published in The Mercury (Durban) September 2015:

Reaching out to your angels

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Durban – When people decide they want to visit a psychic, they are usually at a crossroads in life and everything seems a mess, says amiable psychic Shannon Walbran.

Her advice for these people – and one of her golden rules when it comes to putting things in order before visiting a psychic – is to sort out “everything” well before you arrive for your appointment.

“Do this so that you can prioritise your problems and organise your answers,” says Walbran, who will be in Durban on September 5 to host one of her famous Saturday Seminars.

Based in Johannesburg and offering private sessions by telephone, public group sessions, and one-on-one VIP sessions, Walbran has hosted a successful series of seminars in Johannesburg, and brings this experience to Durban for the first time in 10 years.

During the seminar – to be held at the La Vita Conference Centre, 20 John McIntyre Road, Snell Parade – participants will ask a question and receive a specific, personal answer.

Also, everyone will learn a new technique to contact their angels on their own, explains Walbran.

She enjoys visiting Durban, having long held a regular guest spot on East Coast Radio, as well as SAfm and Lotus, giving callers advice.

“What I love about Durban is how people wear their hearts on their sleeves: people are so transparent about their religious and cultural heritage,” she adds.

“It is a joy to facilitate their spiritual development, since they are so far along the path already.”

Walbran has helped more than 20 000 clients directly since she began practising as a psychic in 2003.

She is the author of Guided! How to Communicate with Your Spirit Guides, available on Kindle and free on Audible.

She says people should always be prepared when planning to contact their angels.

“Prioritise your problems and organise your answers. Make a list of your top 10 most pressing problems,” she advises.

“A psychic may be able to better help you with some problems than others, depending on skills.

“So if you stop thinking it’s all about the love-life and add in topics such as career, health, parenting, spiritual development, finances and family relationships, you’re more likely to get better results.”

She adds that nothing in the future is written in stone, so the questions, “Will I get married?” or “Will I get a promotion?” are less empowering than, “How can I take my relationship with so-and-so to the next level?” and “What steps can I take to become a senior manager?”

Also, a yes/no response is much less interesting than a set of instructions, procedures and strategies which are actionable and can show you results, says Walbran.

What she’s getting at is that you will generate a better answer with a better question.

Another bit of advice from Walbran for those seeing a psychic is to let her do her job. “If you’re paying her to give you insights, hold back with your own analyses. You know what you think, so give her this hour and take notes.

“If you want straight counselling, go to a counsellor and talk your heart out, where venting can be helpful. A psychic session is different; it’s for you to learn and see a fresh perspective.”

Another piece of good advice is to listen for facts.

“‘You’re having a hard time’ applies to nearly everyone who walks in the door. On the other hand, ‘You’re competing with your sister for your mom’s attention’ is specific and can be a key to your emotional freedom.

“The best kind of psychic reading updates your reality. It homes in on your strengths and weaknesses, helping you to make a great leap forward.

“Check to see that the psychic’s facts, whether about the emotional or physical world, align basically with what you already know to be true about your life, and then listen for the best new configuration and how to move on. So acknowledge your sister’s academic brilliance, encourage her, and be grateful that you have a vibrant social life instead.”

Go once. Then act, watch and wait … that is another suggestion from Walbran.

“A week after you visit a psychic, it’s super-tempting to run back and ask for more information. ‘If she knew that much about me, she must know more!’

“Probably not. It’s likely that she connected with angels and guides who told you everything the psychic could access at that point.

“Beware of psychics who tell you they can ‘lift a curse’ or ‘change your luck’ with repeated, expensive visits.

“Instead, take action based on messages that made sense to you. Apply for the job, call the friend, sign up for music lessons. See how your life shifts.”

Also, look for signs in real life, advises Walbran.

“When you get a surprising message in a session (I recently told a successful businesswoman to ‘live like a monk’, and she was not excited), journal about it. Write down what you thought the message meant, and how you want or don’t want to take it on.

“Stay alert for clues in your environment – books that come to you, radio shows you “accidentally” hear – and other ways that life might be supporting and elaborating on the psychic’s message.”

Also good advice, says Walbran, is to learn how to do it yourself.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it. Designing your own life and making it happen with both magic (vision boards, affirmations) and practical (education, networking) measures is the absolute best.

“Learning the language of spiritual guidance can be done on your own rather than paying someone else to be your translator.

“Prayer, morning pages and muscle testing are great ways to get answers – and then you follow the same steps of asking empowered questions, listening for facts, taking action, and looking for signs with your own messages, too. You can become your own psychic.”

Of course, we all get stuck sometimes, and it can be a lightning bolt to consult, but lightning is not the same as solar power, which is available most days, says Walbran.

“If you find yourself addicted and going once a week to a psychic, or you can’t decide which jacket to wear without consulting – wean yourself off and learn the DIY way.”

What about all the nay-sayers? How does Walbran handle them?

“I let them be. People believe what they want to believe. I offer loads of community service on the radio, in which I answer one question at no cost to callers. If nay-sayers tune in, they will hear callers getting facts, advice and relevant info that changes their lives in a heartbeat.”

Walbran recalls she was a small child when she first discovered she was psychic.

“That was when my veil between this world and the invisible world was very thin.

“I had an extremely vivid imagination, and I was so sensitive that I would burst into tears at the very slightest provocation. My family taught me to toughen up, get good grades, and live in the ‘real world’. I am very grateful for that.”

How would people know if their angels are communicating with them?

There are fives signs to watch for, says Walbran, one being a feather or a coin on the ground in front of you.

“Also, when you’re alone and it’s ‘impossible’, you will get the scent of perfume or incense.

“Listen for a meaningful song on the radio at an unexpected time – such as in a store – and a vivid dream that answers a question (write it down). Another sign is a newspaper headline that speaks to you.”

* Tickets cost R250 for Walbran’s Durban session – 9am to 11am for women, 4pm to 6pm for men. More details are available at shannon.walbran@gmail.com.

Article published in The Citizen 10th June 2015.

Shannon the citizen

Excerpt from a Natal Witness newspaper article (2 April 2005) written by Janet van Eeden:

[Walbran] tells me that she will now be talking to me through my Guides which will address the questions which I have been told to bring along …

Will my film with UK producers be made in 2005? Her answer is immediate. It will happen, but perhaps later than the June date given to me by my producer. But I must make some changes with the person who is a go-between. I wonder what “my Guides” are talking about. I then think of my agent who annoys me as he never has time to talk to me. “My Guides” then say, before I say another word, that I need to have someone who keeps in constant contact with me about the developments of the film, someone who SMS-es me daily to say what is going on. Recognition sets in. My agent has to change his ways or go. I begin to feel less resistant to this encounter. I am told to relax about the film and let it go its own course. It will be made and as I can’t control the “when” of it, I must just enjoy the “how” of getting it there.

I ask about another project I have on the go and “the Guides” give me advice on the style of the project. The screenplay is too serious. I have to embrace my love of the absurd and give black humour free rein. I am given the name of two artists who are found on the internet who could inspire me and become role models. I am also told to embrace the work of Douglas Adams. Now how did “they” know that I really love “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”? Strange.

We continue. I am told to delegate the time spent fetching and carrying children from school, even if I pay someone to drive for me. My time is more valuable spent at the computer. Driving exhausts me and this is not necessary, I am told. Spot on, I think. Now who can I employ as a driver?

I ask whether I should confine my activities to only one outlet? Should I concentrate on journalism only, play writing only, or screenwriting only? The answer is immediate. I must continue with all my soul purposes. The plural of “purposes” is stressed. I am living my soul purposes, I am told. Well, that’s a relief then. I am told to meditate more, using music as often as possible, as I have a rich interior life. I just thought I had an overactive imagination! But it all makes deep sense. We go on, talking about deeper and more personal things and advice given echoes with my own deepest perceptions. There are moments when I am told specific details that no one else could possibly know and I have the occasional spooky shiver. The Guides seem to really know what I am talking about.

After the reading, at more peace with each other now, I ask Walbran about herself. She is a practising Catholic and sees nothing wrong with the Spirit Guide readings she is able to give to people…

“I believe that what I do is a calling. It is a service to people. St. Paul talks about prophets in Corinthians … so I have no qualms about being a Catholic and a Spirit Guide interpreter. I am not a spiritualist, though. I have been sensitive my whole life, having dreams and visions. But it was when I was on a retreat in Egypt and a number of us were meditating at a Bedouin camp that I had my first real taste of what I was to do. I heard a voice say to me that I needed to share [this work] with other people. I was told to go and speak to a man who was sitting opposite me. I was told that he was very ill.

“Feeling very odd about it all, I went up to him and said that I knew what he was going through. He burst into tears. He said that no other living soul knew that he was very ill. I was then told to go to a woman in the group and tell her I knew about the problems in her love life. She, too, burst into tears. She was deeply in love with a man who lived overseas and she desperately wanted to be with him. After that I had no doubt that I was meant to do this work.”

Now 35, Walbran was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and has spent many years traveling and studying around the world. She has also been a foreign language translator, worked with NGOs in foreign countries, and worked as a journalist. “I have always bridged gaps between people,” she says. “I see this work as a continuation of that work. I translate the messages from people’s Guides to them. Every person has his or her own Guides, usually five or six. These Guides … work only with that person. So I can only answer questions related to that person in particular.”

Walbran sees her work growing as it already is… “Word of mouth is obviously affirming that I am doing something right.” Judging by what she or my Spirit Guides told me through her, I can only agree.

Radio Interview Transcript

Shannon was interviewed by SAfm presenter John Richards for the radio program “Insights,” broadcast on Tuesday evening, June 29, 2004. Thanks to John Richards for his thoughtful interviewing and opening up his program to the topic of spirit guidance.

Transcripts

Entertaining Angels Unawares.

Broadcast Date: 2004-06-29

Programme: Insights

Presenter: John Richards

Producer: John Richards

Guests: Shannon Walbran.

JR:

Hello, I’m John Richards, and this is “Insights” on SAfm, South Africa’s news and information leader. She’s done many things in a short life so far and she hails from the United States of America. And she has a message based on wisdom and intuition which may provide guidance for us in this busy and fragmented life. She’s Shannon Walbran. I don’t know how South Africans come across to Americans, Shannon, politeness-wise, but I always feel we have some rough edges. What are your impressions?

SW:

Very friendly and warm. In fact, I’ve had people walk me to places when I’ve gotten lost. I’ve always felt very well taken care of here.

JR:

I know you come from Minneapolis. I don’t think I’ve met anyone from there before – or if I have it was quite unawares. I have a hazy idea of it being somewhere in the Midwest…

SW:

In the Great North, actually. Did you see the movie “Fargo”? It’s the land of sky-coloured water. That’s what “Minnesota” means. Minneapolis is in the state of Minnesota, on the border of Canada. People here think I’m Canadian.

JR:

But it’s really not so much the border as the region that gives you the accent.

SW:

The European heritage that came through there – the Norwegians and the Germans. Like Bob Dylan’s accent, for example. He came from that part of the country.

JR:

And “Shannon” would argue that there’s some Irish ancestry?

SW:

That’s right. Shannon was a goddess who became that river when she ate the magic salmon in the magic well at the bottom of the river.

JR:

Ah, well, that’s a new one for me.

SW:

Yes, my ancestors came over in the 1850s, during the famine.

JR:

Yes, Irish immigrants established themselves. But Shannon is here with me not to talk about her life – although we’re doing a bit of that – but really to talk about your experience in, well, I don’t know what word to use… Other than what you see before your eyes – the spiritual sector or the thought, the non-visible, the numenal, whatever.

SW:

It’s a calling.

JR:

Well, what are you called to do?

SW:

I’m called to tell people, first of all, that they’re loved and guided, and that they can get in touch with their intuition, and that’s where wisdom lies. You know how it is when you follow your intuition. How does it feel to you when you make a big life decision and whatever happens you’ve said, “Yes, I know this is right for me for right now, because I really feel it in my gut.”

JR:

People say, “It feels right to me” – then they go off and make a big mistake!

SW:

Well, it could be that they’re making a mistake, but when they look back they could say, “I gave it my all. I followed my dream. I made happen what I needed to make happen at that time”.

JR:

Yes. I hesitate to use the word “spirituality” because it’s an overworked word. It comes up a lot. But it seems to me that we’ve got this great dualism, and there’s a lot of lack of dialogue between the two parties. I don’t want to put you in one party and have another party around – you know what I mean?

SW:

That’s funny, because I call myself an interpreter, and I believe that I’m working with helping people interpret some messages that they’re getting, but it’s up to them to decide where those messages are exactly coming from.

JR:

It may be, taking strictly the phenomenologist’s (SIC) point of view, that what you see is what you get, and if you can examine it with a microscope and measure it, that’s what’s there. It could be coming from within your nervous system or from within all the complex mechanisms that go to make up the human body, and that there’s nothing more than that: that’s actually what does it. It’s still a great mystery, and it’s still an incredible mechanism, the most complex structure in the universe as far as we know, the human brain. But that’s what it is.

SW:

Even if you had just your five senses, do you think that you use all five of your senses to their greatest capacity?

JR:

No, I’m sure I don’t.

SW:

Not you personally, of course, but do you think humans do?

JR:

I somehow doubt it.

SW:

If we could imagine that there’s no more… Let’s say, from a purely rationalist level, a materialist level, that there’s more to at least our five senses then we can get more information from that, but one of the dualities that I’d like to discuss is the difference between information – that I think we’re overloaded with – and knowledge and wisdom. That’s what people are really hungry for. They want to know how to do things. They want to know how to make their life right. They want to do well. But they also want to do good. There’s a calling from within. I think of it kind of as a foundation of physical health and material comfort, and then the next storey of the house would be emotional well-being, and then the next one would be spiritual progress or maybe spiritual awareness at least.

JR:

Right, we’ll keep that in mind. We’re going to come back to it but back to the life story of Shannon again for now. How does an American girl from Minneapolis wind up in South Africa?

SW:

You know, I’ve had a really wonderful career path. I’m 35 now. I’ve been working with NGOs as a writer for quite a while, for about 7 years, and before that in education. So I think there’s an arc to that story that has to do with telling one world about another. The country that I lived in just before I came here was Brazil. I was working for an organisation that was finding social entrepreneurs and supporting them – marvellous people, changing the world.

JR:

This is “Ashoka”?

SW:

Right.

JR:

Yes, we talked to the South African director in a programme here some months ago. I know about Ashoka. Let’s just quickly define it for those listeners who don’t know about it.

SW:

Okay, here’s the one-minute summary of Ashoka. It’s an organisation based in the States but located now in more than 48 countries that identifies individuals who are reaching in and making a paradigm shift with an innovative idea, and helping people in education, human rights, the environment, economic development – as many areas as you can think of. So Ashoka rewards those people by supporting them with a grant for up to three years – individuals, that is.

JR:

Yes, we’ve talked to some of these Ashoka Fellows. The wonderful thing about it is they get the money with no strings attached. There are no conditions. They simply have earned it through their incredible entrepreneurship and social initiative, whatever you want to call it. They get that grant and they can really live their dream, do what they want with it.

SW:

So you’ve met some of those Fellows?

JR:

Yes.

SW:

And you were inspired by them?

JR:

I was certainly inspired, yes. So this was the kind of milieu you were working in, Shannon?

SW:

That was my job.

JR:

You’re not an Ashoka Fellow, though? You were working for the organisation…

SW:

No, I was finding them, identifying them, and then writing about them. Not only in Brazil. I got sent on a round-the-world trip where I was interviewing all these folks and I have to say it really changed my life.

JR:

And that brought you to South Africa.

SW:

It did. That’s why I came here, to do that work here as well. But when I got here I found myself called in a different direction.

JR:

So that’s Ashoka, the reason for you being here. And also exposed to these leaders of whatever kind.

SW:

Yes. In fact, I would interview them at length to determine whether they would meet Ashoka’s criteria. But over and over again they told me that they had each had a moment of change, or you might say getting hit by lightning, or some sort of epiphany.

JR:

The one we always think of is Saul and the road to Damascus. It’s now become a sort of cliché – a “Damascus experience” or “Damascus Road experience”. But that cropped up?

SW:

Yes. It never made it into the official books. It didn’t have to do with whether they were elected or not. But just meeting these people and asking them, “How did you get to where you are now?” Each of them did go through some sort of…

JR:

Yes, so that would argue some kind of experience of that nature.

SW:

Yes, what made someone change from being selfish or self-centred to being altruistic in such a deep way.

JR:

Did you always have this urge to move outwards, to leave the Northwest and get out of the great United States and see the world?

SW:

Yes, I’d always wanted to travel, since I was a kid.

JR:

Not a very American activity.

SW:

Well, they say a very small percentage of Americans actually hold passports, and so they don’t leave the country very much. But there’s so much more out there. And, as I said, that was kind of my idea of telling one world about the other. So I did end up telling a lot of Americans about what was going on in other countries.

JR:

So it’s almost as if it were planned. Here you are, and other things are happening. So if you remember the original thread it is the non-evident, the spiritual element, the intuitive that we’re talking about, and how you intuit this.

SW:

The actual process of how one intuits…

JR:

Do we need to?

SW:

Oh, well, people who feel stuck, people who are trying to make a decision, people who feel lost… Nowadays also people who feel depressed, people who feel anxious… Those people want to know which way to go. And they take advice from all different kinds of people – their relatives, their friends, their doctor, their psychologist – and it often works: it’s often very good advice. But there’s something inside them that knows when that advice is better or worse; there’s a certain kind of confirmation, a reaching out, a link between you and the person who’s giving you that advice. And without that mirroring or that “Yes” then how do you know what to do?

JR:

Seeking confirmation, talking to your shrink. If you’re a middle-class kind of person you go off to the shrink, don’t you?

SW:

Or if you’re of a different background you could go and see a sangoma and talk to your ancestors. Your ancestors are telling you the same things that your guardian angel might be, or your intuition. It’s how we frame it. It’s what we’re comfortable with as far as picturing it or imaging it is concerned.

JR:

Has this to do with mediums and dark rooms and séances, and rapping on tables?

SW:

Interesting that. There is quite a background to that, the mesmerising background of it, or nowadays there are the “Crossing Over” type television programmes.

JR:

Yes, very popular. Where do you stand?

SW:

I think that… Okay, well, I’d like to tell you about what I do.

JR:

Yes, maybe it will emerge that way, but before you do that please let’s have an identification at this point. This is a girl from Minneapolis by the name of Shannon Walbran. One always needs to name some sort of occupation. What is your occupation, Shannon? A channeler?

SW:

Interpreter.

JR:

All right.

SW:

I see clients and I also do workshops with groups. I also do business consultancies. Also I do publications and I have a website. And all the things I do are about bringing one world into contact with another. That makes it sound like I’m a medium but when people hear the advice what they say back to me is, “You know, that’s exactly what I was thinking of anyway”, so it’s not as if I didn’t make any difference but they feel confirmed and like they know which path to follow – but it’s as if it emerged from themselves.

JR:

Did you have any experiences to assist you in this journey? Is there anything specific that you feel you became aware of in your life?

SW:

I have a very strong religious background and I think my faith kept me going through times of turmoil in my own life, and I really always believed that I was being taken care of. I’ve done a lot of travelling, and I’ve been in some hectic situations, but I always felt as though I would make it. I knew I was going to get through it. Sometimes I would call on what I call my angels, and I would say, “Please help me out of this, please get me through this,” and I would make it.

JR:

Could we have an anecdote? What happened to you? What was the worst time?

SW:

In Bolivia the buses are notorious for careening down these ravines, and in every newspaper you open up there’s a story like “72 Plunge To Their Deaths”. Even the llamas look scared when the buses come toward them on the hills. There were times when I had to go from one place to another, from a high altitude down to the countryside, and I remember pulling in to the seat ahead of me and just praying with all my might. Now, did my prayer make a difference? I don’t know. But I survived. And that somehow confirmed my faith. How much of that is my own projection and how much is whether I had some sort of effect… When I’m in an airplane does my faith keep the airplane up? And if you’re asleep, seated across the aisle, does it make any difference?

JR:

I have great faith in the navigation systems and radar. But that’s all part of it. Just checking, that’s all! (A LAUGH FROM SHANNON) You didn’t see visions or anything like that? No. But an awareness is what comes?

SW:

Yes. And my real underlying mission is to say that people can do this for themselves. It’s a funny sort of Protestantism that I have that says everyone should be able to have direct contact and not depend on a psychic or a medium. Perhaps only if they get really stuck, or if they’re blocking their own messages. Because we all have blind spots – about relationships, or about problems that we don’t tend to solve right away.

JR:

In the industrialised Western world from which you originally came… Obviously you’ve gone a long way from that… But in the everyday urban struggle – the rat race – this spiritual dimension seems to be very small. It doesn’t seem to be acknowledged too much.

SW:

You know what? You’d be surprised. I don’t know. Maybe it’s just the kind of conversations that I have, from taxi drivers to business executives. When I ask, “Has anything magic ever happened in your life?” they’ll say, “Well, let me tell you that I had a dream, and then I woke up, and then on that day this happened…” It’s really surprising how much people really will admit when they’re in a comfortable and relaxed setting, and they don’t think they’re going to be judged or fired or looked down upon for it – how much they’ll see that there are other things happening in their lives.

JR:

You talked about the ancestors and sangomas. Obviously you’ve seen a lot of interesting stuff in Africa, and the African way of looking at the spiritual, at the non-material.

SW:

When I first started to hear voices, which was a specific incident that happened last year after I’d already come to Africa, I was wondering what was happening, and so I promised myself – and my friends – that I would go see a Western psychologist, like a Jungian psychologist, a medical doctor, a kinesiologist and a sangoma, just to cover all of my bases. And then I promised my sister I would see a priest.

JR:

Wow, yes, that is being careful!

SW:

And I went and had an appointment with each of them, and told them what was going on, and told them about this calling that I felt, that I was meant to share messages with people that were for their own good, and to help them out. And each one of them said, “Right on! Go for it! Yes, you’re on the right track. Your ancestors are confirming it. Your blood pressure is confirming it. It’s okay.”

JR:

They didn’t say you were on the verge of having a sort of schizophrenic experience?

SW:

A breakdown? No.

JR:

But there was some concern… I mean, these voices are very real, aren’t they?

SW:

Yes, it’s almost like that dream voice, or that memory voice. You know, like when someone in your family says, “Remember to let the dog out,” and just as you’re about to leave the house you say, “I must remember to let the dog out”.

It’s something urgent.

JR:

And that’s one way of getting in touch with this realm, or whatever you want to call it: through voice, through hearing.

SW:

Clairaudience, yes.

JR:

Right. Your influences in reading: Jung seems to be the great leader in this area.

SW:

I also have favourite saints. For example, my patron saint is Joan of Arc, who did hear voices, and that led her to save France.

JR:

How do we use these tools, this amazing equipment? How do we enrich our lives?

SW:

I think that’s an excellent question, and that’s the main question that people eventually get to after they ask, “Is my business going to be okay? Is my marriage going to be okay? Are my children going to be okay?” And then we sort all those things out. But the real answers to that question are that you must listen to your body, because your body is one of the main communicators with you. Why do we get sick? It’s not necessarily “What did we get sick from?” but it’s “What are we getting ill for?” You know, what does it tell you? For example, if you’ve recently had a cold, and had to stay home for a day, maybe you were working too hard and you really needed to take a break.

JR:

Yes, a lot of people say that. They say, “Oh, dear, my resistance is low. I really just needed to have a day in bed.”

SW:

It’s funny but actually it’s your body talking to you.

JR:

Yes, your body knows. So there’s that dimension.

SW:

That’s a very practical dimension. But let’s take an example one step further… Have you seen something beautiful recently – a sunset or a bird flying in the air – and felt a chill or a shiver? Have you ever felt that? It’s kind of an appreciation of the aesthetic that leads you almost to see other energies. I know I’m mixing things up here but there’s something about the way our senses react to great beauty that is beyond the real.

JR:

The aesthetic experience, yes. All is well with the world – harmony, great music. There are thousands of examples.

SW:

Exactly. Now, what if we were able to tune in to that? It happens more frequently than we notice. But if we were able to notice that every time: a bad taste in the back of our mouth, in the throat; a quick stomach cramp; a sense of unease. What if we followed through on those?

JR:

Alternative medicine obviously has highlighted many of these experiences and incorporated them, and I think anybody in rational scientific-type medicine today would acknowledge the importance of the subconscious and the unseen, and all these elements you’ve been talking about. Certainly that clicks with what you’ve said. But what about death? We’re all bound for the eternal situation, after all.

SW:

But is it really going so far away and being unreachable or is it just going through a door that most of us can’t see through or hear beyond? I think of death as just going into another room of the same house. And we’re just walking through room after room after room. Our guides – our spirit guides – are beings who no longer incarnate. That’s how they identify themselves – beings who want to take care of us and lead us on our path, mostly towards spiritual enlightenment. But our ancestors or our loved ones are also, once they get past a certain point, interested in helping us out and looking after us. I think we can have contact.

JR:

For the scientific mind it’s hard to get your head around it. However, one doesn’t want to be a militant atheist or a rationalist who says there’s nothing there, that if it can’t be proved scientifically it doesn’t exist. These are hard things to come to terms with. And there seems to be a lot of emphasis in the popular media about this. Does the cosmologist believe that the universe was created? Do we need to have a Creator? Do we need to have a personal God? That kind of thing.

SW:

Yes. First cause.

JR:

Do you get involved in these kinds of debates?

SW:

I do think about them often. I try to ask questions with different clients, and different wisdom comes through. I wanted to address those. Everyone knows the difference between a cat that’s asleep and a cat that’s dead. You can see the difference. There is something that animates. There is some energy there. Or food, for example: food that’s completely packaged like that popcorn that’s coloured pink. Or corn on the cob that you just picked and then roasted yourself. You can feel there is a difference. You know there’s a qualitative difference in that food. There’s more of what the Chinese would call “chi”. There’s more life energy. That life energy… We have a hard time measuring it. But just because we can’t measure it doesn’t mean it’s not there.

JR:

We know from people who can see or read auras… We know from electromagnetic, very subtle imaging things, that these energies exist. Sure.

SW:

It’s almost as if we keep learning it and keep forgetting it. Remember that book “The Secret Life of Plants”? It was published in 1971. Well, why are we forgetting that somebody already figured all of this stuff out? And what about the mystery schools of Egypt and…?

JR:

I don’t want to be boring here and push you into all these explanations but…

SW:

No, I think it’s wonderful! I don’t feel I’m having to justify it at all. I’m excited to share that I want us to remember these things, and I want us each to feel we do have access.

JR:

Time is flashing by, as it always does, and I really want to talk about this question of the busy life, the bits and pieces, the ten thousand things that distract us all the time, and about which so many philosophers and divines have said, “You’ve got to have a space for yourself.” Whatever you call it – prayer, meditation, a room of your own – it’s terribly, terribly important.

SW:

Well, the more we distract ourselves from the underlying fears and pain that we really do need to confront in this life, I think at the end we won’t have anything to hide behind any more. We won’t have any shell of authority or status or whatever we were clinging to. It’ll all peel away pretty quickly. So it would be much better if we could deal with these things now. And you know what? Let’s talk about the here and now. It’ll make our relationships so much more authentic.

JR:

Do you meditate? How do you meditate?

SW:

I do. I’ve taken a few silent courses. And I also meditate in a Catholic way, which is through prayer. And I attend Mass.

JR:

And how much of the daily round does that take?

SW:

It’s funny. Some people meditate for an hour in the morning and an hour at night but I tend to meditate between sessions. I tend to meditate… I’ll be writing for a while and then I’ll meditate, and then I’ll see a client and then I’ll meditate. Because for me it works better to weave it into my day rather than setting time aside. But it’s up to each individual as to how they want to do it.

JR:

And how do you feel at the end of a meditation?

SW:

Not necessarily blissful. I don’t think that’s the point. The point is to have had… The thoughts come up, and as much as I can let them go and not get caught up in them, get stuck with them, then the cleaner I feel and the more I’m able to deal with something like someone knocking on the door and saying that there’s been a car accident outside: then I react with the calmness and the ability to address problems, even if they’re very serious, even if they come right up into your face.

JR:

I’ve been thinking of that passage – I don’t know where it comes from, I think somewhere from The New Testament – about entertaining angels unawares.

SW:

Yes.

JR:

Do we do that?

SW:

Yes. Think about the people who drop into your life, and maybe you’ll only see them for five minutes. Maybe it was a taxi driver or maybe it was someone you just spoke to on the street. The wisdom that they can share with you is incredible. And also the generosity that you extend to them can change their lives, whether they are humans or whether they’re angels putting you through a little bit of a test. We never know. I think we have to make the best of every interaction.

JR:

Shannon, I hope you stay in South Africa a long time and that if you travel away you’ll come back again, and I hope you come and talk to us again.

SW:

John, it’s been an absolute pleasure. Thank you.

JR:

That was Shannon Walbran. And if you’d like to know more – it’s on the Internet – go to www.ShannonWalbran.com. You’ve been listening to “Insights” here on SAfm, South Africa’s news and information leader. I’m John Richards and I do hope you’ll join me at the same time next week for another “Insights” programme.

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These are from Soweto TV in about 2007!