Oh, the fun ways spirit will work to align people meant to be in our lives! Who would have thought I would synchronistically meet Erin in 2020, despite living on opposite ends of North America. Her journey with spirit, especially her advocacy for awakened children, has been immensely rewarding to see unfold.
I immediately was drawn to Erin’s work because I used to see and talk with spirits when I was a young girl. Through my teenage years and into my 20s, spirits often communed with me. I could always envision the spirits that lived in my friend’s homes, and could very quickly sense the presence of spirit in my daily life. However, I always felt isolated and alone in these experiences, especially as a child.
As a nanny to dozens of families over the course of a decade, I often had children speaking to me about their imaginary friends they saw and had relationships with. The majority of parents shut down their children’s experience, deeming it imagination or simply made-up, but I always knew they were seeing spirit. This is why Erin’s mission means so much to me. Her work with spirit is something I truly believe is going to make a great impact in the world as people begin to acknowledge children’s awareness of the spirit world, which is often a natural part of childhood and deserves to be nurtured.
Erin’s journey is real, authentic, and empowering. I was thrilled she agreed to do an interview for Indie Mystic, as she’s currently busy writing her first book about her experiences. Additionally, she also assists with meditation classes and has her own ghost hunting group! But I won’t give too much away… Let’s dive in!
Can you tell us a bit about your background and what called you to work with spirit?
Of course! I live in Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada. My husband John and I are parents to two beautiful little girls. I was born in Toronto, and my family moved to Brantford when I was 12. I’ve had many experiences with spirit throughout my life, starting at age 3.
In my early 20’s, spiritual activity around myself and my family intensified, leading up to one specific experience that would be my spiritual awakening. It was when my daughters also started having spiritual encounters that I began searching for answers. I wanted to learn more about the spiritual world in order to help my daughters navigate their own lives with spirit. So, I guess my calling to work with spirit was for my girls. I wanted to help them and all of the other children and families out there who are in need of compassion and guidance.
How does spirit usually manifest itself for you?
I have seen spirit take form twice in my life. One was a little girl and the other a woman in her mid 50’s. These stories are in my book. Seeing them take form makes me uncomfortable, so I have asked spirit to show themselves to me with flickering of light in the air, or orbs. Spirit has also given me a physical sign on my body to show me when they are close. My right hand will go numb and start to tingle which is always my sign spirit is near.
Can you describe your spiritual awakening process, or perhaps events that lead you to developing your connection to spirits?
I’ve had many experiences over the years, but I would say my spiritual awakening happened when I was 8 months pregnant. We were at my cottage on Lake Simcoe and my uncle, husband, and I decided to take the boat out for a tour around Snake Island. Lake Simcoe is a huge lake, and it can turn dangerous quickly, which it did on this day. We were caught in a fast moving storm and it was a near death experience. When we were finally able to get back to shore safely, a very powerful spiritual moment occurred: my deceased Papa made himself known to my uncle and I in a very profound manner. It was after that experience that the spiritual world became very prevalent in my life.
Do you have any on-going relationships with spirits? Why do you think they are drawn to you and your family?
I do. I am very connected now to my main spirit guide. I see her often in meditation and feel her presence around me. My Papa is one of my guardian angels, and he is with me at all times. I also see him often in meditation. When you start practicing a spiritual life, spirit will begin to appear. My husband and I have always encouraged our girls to share their experiences with spirit and have never shut those conversations down.
Being sensitive to spirit runs in my family. I think when it’s in your lineage, it will eventually manifest itself, which it has for myself and my girls. My mom told me my great grandmother would speak to my great grandfather’s spirit each day in her room after he passed. I never met her, but knowing she was sensitive to spirit, I am not surprised my girls and I are as well.
We have two spirit children who are with us constantly. Their names are Charlie and Lila. They are my oldest daughter’s spirit guides and they know they are accepted in our household – with boundaries, of course.
What’s one of your favorite stories involving spirit?
My favorite story is about our spirit boy named Charlie. When my daughter was just over a year old, I opened up a new business. A client came in who I had heard was a medium in my small town. I knew by the way she was looking at me that she was going to share something with me. Sure enough, when she was leaving, she began to give me a reading. She knew a lot about my past, which was quite shocking to me at the time. She then began to ask me if I knew a Charlie or if there was a Charlie in our family. I said no, and thought to myself that she was completely off about that piece of information. She then proceeded to tell me that there would be a small boy who would be visiting my daughter and would be with her for some time and his name was Charlie.
I told my husband and my immediate family about my reading and about the little boy named Charlie. Life went on as normal. When my daughter was a year and a half old, she was at our family cottage with my husband, parents, and sister. My brother, brother-in-law, and I were unable to attend the cottage that weekend. When they came home from the cottage my husband said, “I have to tell you something.” He told me our daughter had said her first two words in a row. At first, I was upset, as I had missed that milestone. But when he told me that our daughter had walked around the cottage all weekend long saying “Goodbye Charlie,” it was a powerful moment. From that moment on, our little spirit boy Charlie has never left her side.
How did you feel when your children first started sharing their experiences of spirit?
It was a very confusing and lonely time in my life. There were many emotions. I felt afraid, anxious, and had a lot of questions I needed answers to. We kept it as a secret in our immediate family, and we did not discuss it with anyone else, as we were afraid of the judgement that is sometimes associated with believing in spirit.
When I finally accepted it was real and happening all around myself and my children, I finally felt free. But I also realized I would have to navigate this on my own, as there are no support groups or information for parents who have awakened children. There aren’t many books written on the subject either. So I basically had to figure it all out on my own, which I have done. I found out two years ago that the spiritual community is quite large in our small town, Carleton Place. More and more people are becoming awakened, especially during this pandemic, and it’s becoming more accepted to talk about spirit and share experiences and stories.
What’s the biggest challenge raising awakened children?
I would have to say that our biggest challenge will be making sure they are always protected and allowing them to share their experiences without judgement. My children’s generation are the most awakened, and it is my generation that holds on to judgement. If parents shut down those conversations with their children, it closes their children off from the spiritual world. It is so important to listen and learn from our children. Their generation will do unbelievable things in their lifetime.
Why do you think many parents shy away from acknowledging their children’s connection to spirit? How do you think the world would be different if instead, this was encouraged?
They are scared. Many people are terrified of what they cannot see. I also think it goes back to the feeling judged. If we could all be a little more open to spirit, great things would happen. Our loved ones are always with us, guiding us, and showing us the signs. The spiritual world gives people hope and peace. If we listened to our children and their experiences, many would benefit from what their children could teach them through spirit.
How was your family impacted by these events? Are you able to openly share your experiences?
My family has been impacted greatly by all the events which has ultimately led me to write my book. I love talking about spirit. I would talk about spirit all day long if I could. I love telling my family’s story and hope that it will help many other families and people around the world who are going through their own spiritual experiences. I wanted to share our story to provide compassion, hope, and guidance. I have been blessed with a group of people who are all very spiritually connected, and I’m able to talk to them about anything relating to spirit on a daily basis, which has been an amazing outlet for me.
Have you ever felt the need to protect yourself from “bad” spirits?
I don’t believe in bad spirits. I believe there are lower energy spirits but I have never referred to them as bad or negative spirits. I wear a black Tourmaline crystal stone necklace daily to keep any lower energy away from me, and I put a variety of crystals under my girls’ pillows to keep them safe. I sage my house often, saying the same prayer every time, and always follow a strict routine of saging, especially in my girl’s bedrooms. I also pray every night to God, the Universe, Ultimate Divine — whatever you want to call it. I pray to God and also Archangel Michael to always protect my family, especially during these trying times. I ask them in prayer to also protect my family through the process of writing my book and sharing our story with the world.
I know you work at the store Amethyst, how has finding your spiritual community enhanced your life?
Oh my! In so many ways. I work at the store part-time, as I also run the Carleton Place Denture clinic across the street. The store Amethyst came to be from a spiritual class I took. One day, I was looking out my front window of the clinic and saw an empty store space across the road, which I told my friend about. She opened the store last February. The whole story is in my book. I love my spiritual community and it’s extremely freeing to be around like-minded people.
Amethyst opened only last February and the store’s Facebook page already has over 850 likes, which is close to some of the established businesses in downtown Carleton Place! That shows you right there how many people are awakening. Most that enter the store are spiritual, and it’s beautiful to listen to their own stories and experiences with spirit. The store brings me a lot of peace. I love being there and taking my girls there to pick their special gems.
What types of activities do you do with your ghost hunting group?
Oh yes, my ghost hunting group! There are eight of us women, who would have thought right? Friday nights, the eight of us embark on spiritual investigations. We are a group that is made up of very different ages and personalities, but we all have one thing in common: Spirit. Each of us uses our gifts during our investigations to call spirit in. We have explored a few outdoor places, trying to obtain as much detailed footage on camera as we can to show people spirit is real. Due to all the current restrictions with COVID-19, we are not allowed to explore indoor spaces at the moment. We have many in mind and a few lined up, so we are hopeful we’ll be able to do these investigations again in the spring.
What are some of the biggest misconceptions about spirits?
I think the biggest misconception is that spirits are evil and scary. Ghosts or Spirit are just trying to get our attention. They try so hard to show us they are there. They want to show their loved ones they are always with them guiding them and providing unconditional love. The spiritual world is beautiful. There is nothing more empowering than knowing that when we die we are all reunited with our loved ones and that there is this beautiful place waiting for us all to go.
How do you suggest others learn how to connect with spirit in their own life?
Through meditation. I am asked this question a lot. Spirit will come through strong during meditation. The first time I meditated I was shocked at what I saw. That story is in the book. The first step is believing and letting go of the fear. We offer meditation/connecting to spirit classes at the store, and they are always full due to more and more awakening people wanting to learn to connect with spirit. We are all spiritual beings having a human experience, meaning we can all connect to the spiritual world if we learn the tools and practice.
Where can our readers learn more about your work and upcoming book?
I have a blog they can follow along called We Are Spiritual Beings Having a Human Experience. I am on Facebook We Are Spiritual Beings Having A Human Experience. I am also on Instagram and Pinterest @Awakeningbookserin.
Alanna Kali is an astrologer, numerologist, and pioneer spirit that loves to explore life through the lens of depth psychology. She has a passion for studying the humanities and social trends. Her academic work is centered upon reuniting body, mind, and spirit through eco-psychology. She loves reading, spending time in nature, and travel.