By John Madden
People have mixed opinions on mediums, angel card readers and faith healers; asking if they’re the ‘real deal’ or are they faking their ‘gift;’ or maybe even asking if they’re fooling those who think they have a gift? Whatever your stance; the following story may be of interest to you.
Of the many psychics around the country, Heidi Messenger is one of the prominent few who seems to have that gift, in what appears to be a very sincere and true form. Many of our readers may have heard of her, and several may have even availed of her services over the past few years. Heidi was kind enough to invite us in for morning tea so that we could find out more about her life, her gift and her forthcoming book.
Tell us about your gift:
It came to me as a child but I thought everybody could do it. My parents first discovered my gift when I began speaking German before I could speak English; they knew something odd was going on because my teacher wasn’t speaking any additional languages and my father couldn’t understand where I was learning the language. It was only 15 years after the war had ended so the German language wasn’t exactly popular in England at the time. I was quite unusual in the respect that during the evenings my spirit grandmother (who was German) was visiting me, singing me lullabies and telling me stories in German, you learn from what you hear. I was about five years old when I realised that not everybody else saw what I saw and at kindergarten when my little friends weren’t responding to what I called “the see-through people,” which is actually the title of the book. At the time I didn’t know what an angel or a spirit was, they were just people, but they were more transparent. For me, they were as real as you are here sitting in front of me, so at kindergarten when the other children weren’t responding to the see-through people I thought they were being mean and I felt sorry for them. I kept thinking why aren’t the kids responding to them; I asked my teacher and she was so good; to this day I remember her saying “do you know what Heidi, I don’t think everybody sees them.” At five years old that was a good enough answer. Later on, with maturity I began to question it more, asking “why not?”
At what stage did you use your gift to help people?
I was nine or ten when I started doing readings; helping people. Some of whom were orphaned children, their parents had passed and I was just passing on messages; it really was that simple. I wasn’t conjuring them up, I was just open to it and when I saw the comfort and joy that it gave I realised that it was something that I should be doing.
It didn’t alarm me for the most part; those that ‘visited’ me were from my family or people that belonged to the residual energy in a building. The only time it startles me is if I wake from sleep and there’s a ‘visitor’ waiting, I don’t get them too often as I have trained myself to have ‘shut-down’ practices to protect myself from those events. Often when I realise it’s a spirit I become relieved as it’s not a burglar, whereas my husband would be jumping out of his skin because there’s a spirit in the room. In my book, you’ll read a lot more examples of things like that.
What brought you to Ireland?
We’d come to a wedding in Ennis and I fell in love with the place, it was so peaceful, people were so kind… It felt like coming home, that’s the only way I can describe it. I’m somebody that goes very much on their feelings. I felt that this was something that I wanted for my youngest child rather than continuing to grow up in London which just had no sense of community.
I was so busy in London; I’d become a victim of my own success. In England the people looking for spiritual help would just knock on your door, I had people coming and waiting outside my house. It was getting scary in some ways, I quite like being under the radar. Whereas in Ireland, people seemed a bit more respectful in that they make appointments and stick to them. Here in Roscommon, we’re pretty much living in a wide open field, peaceful countryside, lovely people; it welcomed me and we’ve loved it, and still do some 15 years later.
What advice would you give to people that think they may have a similar gift?
Believe in yourself, listen to your inner voice and don’t let insecurity hold you back because most of the time people don’t come forward about it because they are afraid of what other people will say, will they be laughed at? and people will judge because it’s outside the norm so you don’t have to be insensitive but you do need a thick skin and not let it put you off of you purposes because that is where so many things fail because you worry about things that aren’t really all that important. If it’s your truth, then honour it, and within that honour, that’s where people “get it”. I’d say there isn’t a one size fits all, whether you go to mass and find your peace, whether you pray at home, whether you use angel cards, or meditation circles, find out what works for you and that’s part of the fun, the discovery of the journey. There’s also Reiki healing, you might not be able to see and hear in the way that I do but you may be a fantastic healer, you could be a counsellor in the conventional sense, that’s still passing on love and light. Everyone has a purpose, a part to play in this huge chain, you just have to find out where your link is.
Do you ever get judgemental remarks made towards you?
I’m often asked “can you not be a Catholic and do this? It’s not the case at all. I think it enhances it because we learn about angels and the Holy Spirit, and about the good things around us, about love and charity and support of one another, about family and honour and all the good stuff, this is what it celebrates! It’s not about doing the Ouija board or the things you see on TV, it’s really about healing, first and foremost.
Tell us about your new book:
I don’t begin to claim to have the answers to life’s questions, I am just telling the story from my point of view. The first chapter is all about my grandmother and how I found out that there were people around us, and about me speaking German before I could speak English. All I wanted to do is share my journey with others, maybe give hope or encouragement, then that’s my job done. I’m just passing it on; I just didn’t want it to go with me.
Heidi’s book is available from www.bookhubpublishing.com which is an Irish company so if you order yours today, you will be reading much more about Heidi’s world and her spirituality a few days later. It has been on the shelves since being launched on December 6th, 2016. The book is retailing at €15, p&p extra if you are ordering online.