Does A Metaphysical Workshop Certification Really Prepare You?



Many people these days are very interested in being of assistance and working in healing fields. This could include Psychic or Medium Readers, Astrologists, Tarot Readers, Energy Healers, Coaches, Consultants, Spiritual Counselors, Ministers…the list goes on and on. It seems that with the shifting energies of the Universe, many are becoming aware, enlightened and knowing they are to be of service.

But let’s stop and think about this for a minute. Of course, being of service is a noble and important aspiration. But in doing so, you have to be aware of your limitation as far as assistance goes. You must be prepared. You must have experience.

You must be in the field, training under supervision for a certain period of time before you have the confidence to carry on by yourself.

I remember when I was ordained in the ministry of a spiritual church. I felt very inadequate…and I had been in training for well over 10 years, with on going classes in spirituality, meditation practices, metaphysics, work within the church, internship, countless hours of reading countless numbers of books. And all of a sudden, I had license to be a minister. To minister to people with problems, situations, challenges.

“Oh my God,” I said, literally. “Oh my God, am I really ready for this?” In one moment, while being ordained, I was finally aware of the responsibility involved with this opportunity! “What if someone comes to me for help with a really BIG PROBLEM?”

I had been working with people for years, assisting in spiritual counseling and mediumship. But I was awestruck. What if I told someone the wrong information? What if….what if…..what if…. I felt like I had been pushed out without any training.

But after I continued my work, serving my clients and following my ministry (my heart led passion), I realized I had been given plenty of training and experience over the years. If I ran into a problem I couldn’t work with properly, I had a battery of associates and colleagues to rely on. I realized I didn’t have to do it all. I didn’t have to do it by myself.

This sort of vocational trauma came after I had been sufficiently prepared. What happens when you have only attended one workshop, given a certification and turned out to do the work?

I’ll tell you what happens: You may feel so unprepared that you fall away from your chosen vocation and wander around not really knowing what to do, never really fulfilling your heart’s desire, your chosen path.

You may end up making severe mistakes. You may present yourself as capable of performing a service to your clients. But they don’t know you are without proper experience. Sooner or later, the faith and trust your clientele give you is lost.

Be sure to continue in your chosen field after your first certification. But go slowly. Take your time. Work with a mentor or someone you respect in the same field. You know they say, ‘Wine is not done before it’s time!” Wine actually has to ‘work’ for a period of time before it is ready to drink. Otherwise, you get a very bitter taste!
Be the glass of fine wine. Be the best you can be in whatever you choose to do!

Copyright 2017, Melissa Leath
This article was previously published in SelfGrowth.com

Charge for the Gifts of Spirit?


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Know Your Worth, and Be Worthy of Your Knowing
Taken from Psychic Integrity, The Respected Practice of Modern-Day Mystics, Chapter 8 The Bottom Line

Some students ask me: Is it right to charge for one’s services as a medium? After all, it’s a gift from God, isn’t it? It seems like you are cashing in on God’s goodness by taking money for it.

I love that question and I grappled with it myself for many years. When we were working within the Spiritualist Church, an associate medium got a small booth at area psychic fairs and charged for short readings. I was aghast! I felt she was disrespecting the spiritual gift by charging for her readings.

Several years later, I went to a psychic fair just to see what it was all about. There were readers and vendors, and several people giving lectures about various spiritual and metaphysical concepts. The attendees were hungry for information. Some were unfamiliar with the concept of spiritualism, but still were interested in finding out about spirit communication.

The short readings that attendees paid for introduced them to spirit communication and psychic abilities. I realized that there are other valid ways to present spiritual information as well as in church. Educating the public about spiritual concepts can be a respectable way to make a living.

Let me ask you this: Have you ever bought a beautiful painting because the artwork and colors were so special? Have you ever had your transmission rebuilt by an expert mechanic who had been recommended to you? Have you eaten at a five-star restaurant and tasted the exploding flavors of the chef’s specialty? Or bought an engaging musical recording by an aspiring singer/songwriter? All these people have God-given talents as well. Would you suggest these artists just give you what they do, without any kind of compensation? If you’ll notice, the artists and chefs and mechanics that are extremely talented and sought after receive the highest pay.

Being a medium, psychic or intuitive is no different. Many readers have been led to do this spiritual work full time. It is their ministry. Ministers from many religions receive a salary, and earn their living that way. Do not judge anyone who is asking for payment as an even exchange of energy.

When you go back to the thought and understanding that everything is energy, then money starts to make more sense. I believe that all service is worth a fair and even exchange of energy. Many times that means paying money for what services you receive. Other times, an exchange of materials or other services is appropriate. Many people embrace bartering as a means for this.

If you intend to make a living as a psychic or medium then you will want to address the idea of accepting money as a way of exchanging energy. Look around at other readers to get a good idea of what the market in your area is doing with charging for services. Be sure to stay within that market range. Many readers provide two different time frames for readings: one long session for full readings (usually an hour, depending on the type of reading you do), the other is a shorter session (to address specific areas or follow-up from another session).
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Be sure to let your client know what the time frames are for each session, and then adhere to it by setting a timer. Starting on time and ending on time is essential. You create the time standard by the way you deal with it. I usually set my timer five to ten minutes before the session is over. I tell the client (before the session starts) that the timer will go off in time for us to wrap up the reading. That way they will know ahead of time when the session is done. If you honor the time set for the session and tell your client when it is over, then they will honor your time also.

Melissa Leath Copyright 2011
This is an excerpt from my book Psychic Integrity, The Respected Practice of Modern-Day Mystics.

MOVIE REVIEW: Ghostbuster (2016)


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I have been waiting oh, so long for this next make of the classic Ghostbuster movies. After all the hoopla about second rate remakes, I have gone to the theatre and watched it in regular screen, not the 3-D version. I did not want the visual effects to overpower the way I saw it for the first time. Sometimes 3-D can be the spectacular thing and you forget the actual movie.

But before I tell you if I liked it or not, let me share with you some of the back story.

First off, this Ghostbuster 2016 is not a “proper sequel” that the Ghostbuster cult fans have been screaming for, like the two other movies from 1984 and 1989. It is a reboot. It is an entirely new version. And there is a reason for it.

The third film for Ghostbusters had been on the drawing board ever since the release of Ghostbusters II in 1989. There had been several steps of progress, only to be taken back to square one. There was no doubt that the fans wanted another one (me included). The problems came in many guises. Bill Murray, who was an original cast member for one reason or another refused to make a committed promise to the new project. Also, the death of fellow cast member Harold Ramis (1944-2014) who played the part of Egon Spengler obviously set back the development of the next movie. Different plots and themes were discussed (including one where Bill Murray’s character was transformed into a ghost, and another in which the Ghostbusters went to hell), but were always never finalized.

Check out this discussion from Melissa McCarthy about the reboot ideas: Click Here

So, Sony and Columbia Pictures decided to reboot the series. Many of the original cast members were cast in cameo roles (I love looking for cameo spots). And an all-female cast (Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Leslie Jones) was announced in 2015. This sparked more controversy.

So, come hell or high water, Ghostbusters 2016 was on its way. And I was totally stoked.

Just what is Ghostbusters? Or- Have you been living under a rock?

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Ghostbusters is a supernatural comedy. Filmmaker Paul Feig directed it and shared writing it with Katie Dippold. It was released in the United States on July 15, 2016, in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D. It’s about four women (from different live experiences) who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. It seems to follow similar lines in the plot from the original stories of bringing several people of expertise together in unusual manner (of course) to investigate paranormal occurrences, research supernatural science, and catch/contain ghostly apparitions with their untested equipment.

And, understanding as we should, that this story is purely for our comedic entertainment, we watch all manner of unusual events, wonkiness, misguided bureaucratic intervention, and pure unadulterated joy as the women of ethereal escapades ramble through our minds.

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Kate McKinnon plays part of Dr. Jillian Holtzmann, eccentric (too say the least) enegineer, who successfully tests the Holtzmann’s Proton Containment Laser. She is totally her own woman. So wacky and fully in control of her super-knowledge. She is my new-superhero.

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Melissa McCarthy plays the part of Abby Yates, co-author of a book which theorizes the existence of paranormal phenomenon such as ghosts. McCarthy must be my favorite contemporary actor of the 21Century. She could have totally souped-up this role, but kept her grounded and loving in nature. She could easily have been the character you wanted to hate, but instead was the catalyst that kept the women together. I believe this speaks to Melissa’s superb acting ability.

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Kristen Wiig playing Erin Gilbert, who also authored the same book on paranormal phenomenon. But she felt no one took her seriously and went the road of respectable teacher at Columbia University. When she witnessed a real ghost with the others, she was on-board with the investigations. The level-headed person of the team, who always got slimed (Yeah, there was a lot of that!)

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Comedian Leslie Jones as Patty Tolan, the un-paranormal addition to the team. Known because of her underground expertise in the rail system and historic knowledge of New York City, Leslie plays the role of “I’ll just tell you how it is” kind of person that helps ground the other roles. It would not have been a Ghostbuster Team without her! I consider this a break out role for Leslie Jones and you will see so much more of her. I think this just scratches the surface of her acting talents.

So what did I think?

Well, I went into this wanting it to be another great Ghostbuster film. And I knew that because it was an all-female cast, it could be problematic. But I had high hopes.

It did not disappoint me! I love it! Will go see it in 3-D now. And buy the DVD just as soon as it comes out!

Be well, my friends, Melissa Leath
Copyright 2016 http://www.melissaleath.com

Member’s Only Online Psychic Development


** Get your FREE Introductory Class, by signing up for the member’s only first month’s class! **
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Psychic Development Class Alternative

Can’t make it to local classes? Then this option is just for you! Self Study as You Want It!

For those of you who want to study with Melissa Leath, but live too far away to attend onsite classes, this is a wonderful way for you to participate in your own self-development, only in a closed, private group. Held once a month, with projects to keep you working at home. They are for unfoldment and development of psychic awareness and mediumship awakening. Both novice and seasoned students benefit from these classes. A warm and safe environment has come from these classes and all are welcome.

Class Format:

  • Monthly Online Psychic Development Class (Beginners or Experienced)
  • Video Package sent to you the first of each month, with follow up exercises.
  • Study the program when you have the time!
  • Guided Meditation Audio
  • Group interaction on a secret Facebook page the last Thursday of the month.
  • Many lessons taken from Melissa’s book “Psychic Integrity”.
  • **** You MUST have a Facebook account, and become a “Friend” to Melissa Leath on Facebook, in order to take part in the interactive discussion. (This is not required but included in the price. No price adjustments allowed.)

    Be sure Melissa has your proper email, since this is how the Video Package will be delivered. You can reach her at: monthlyonlineclass@gmail.com

    What they’re saying…

    This is just a note to tell you how much I have learned and enjoyed with your 4 week series on my spirit guides. I have been able to make a connection that I never sensed before now. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom, time, effort and good heart. I am grateful to you and my guides. – John Wead, class member of Doorway to Your Spirit Guides Workshop.

    Your sweet, kind nature has imbued my life with so much knowledge and kindness. You teach without trying – what a great example to follow. –Jackie Stearns Jenkins, Intuitive Medium Reader and Massage Therapist

    To find out more click here!
    YOU CAN START AT ANYTIME — VIDEO PACKETS ARE SENT OUT THE FIRST WEEK OF EACH MONTH.

    Who should attend? —
    Have you been getting psychic “hits” at different times of the day? Do you think you are psychic, but not sure? Are you interested in gaining control over this gift? Would you like to share with others of like-mind, in a safe environment? Then this is the class for you.

    Your Instructor:
    Melissa Leath uses her book Psychic Integrity, The Respected Practice of Modern Day Mystics as the basis for the class. It will be used for a foundation of her teachings. She has been co-teacher (with Sharon Smythe) for two ongoing development classes, since 2006, in the Ohio area.

    Melissa Leath, owner of Off the Beaten Path Intuitive Arts, facilitator of the Professional Psychic Medium Certification Program™, works with psychic/mediumistic kids and young adults in private mentoring programs. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Metaphysical Counseling, was certified as a spiritual medium in 1983, and ordained as a spiritualist minister in 1997. Life Visionary™ and author of a number of books including her newest: Does Your Child See Sparkles? Help for Parents Guiding Psychic Kids, her mission is to guide as many people as possible through her books, sessions, and programs. She teaches both online and in person, has taught meditation and parapsychology courses at Clark State Community College in Springfield, Ohio, and is one of only a handful of mediums offering classes for psychically gifted children. She has written for DreamWeaver Magazine, and is a regular featured radio guest. http://www.melissaleath.com

    Announcing! “Kids Growing Up Psychic” Series


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    Do you have questions on how to raise your psychic child? Is your empathic daughter overloading with emotions? Does your son have precognitive dreams? Do you wish you had a source to help you figure this all out?
    No worries!

    A well-known psychic, teacher, and friend, Shaheen Miro (http://www.shaheenmiroinsights.com) and I have a common interest in teaching psychic principles to kids (and their parents). We are introducing a Series of Blog Articles dealing with just this situation. It is called “Kids Growing Up Psychic” Series. (First Guest Post by Shaheen will be right here on Thursday, 9/25/14.)There will be one blog article published each month. And we will be addressing everything you want to know about raising psychic children. Some of the topics include:

    Experiencing Energy with the Psychic Senses
    Learn to Open and Close Your Psychic Door
    Fear of Psychic Abilities
    Psychic Protection with the White Light
    Awakening Intuition through Imagination
    Creative Meditation Tool: Making Your Own Mandala
    What do Sparkles (and Orbs, and Spirit Lights) Look Like?
    Befriending Spirit Guides (Imaginary Friends Aren’t Make-Believe)
    Creating Sacred Space: Meditation for Exploring Your Inner World
    Natural Foods to Ground Your Psychic Child
    Children Seeing into Other Realms
    Dream Surfing: Understanding Astral Projection

    Does this sound great? We think so. I am so excited to have Shaheen as a guest on my blog every other month to share his mystical information. And I will be guesting on his blog on the alternate months. So we have about a full year of information, with exercises, meditations, research, and techniques that will help you in understanding your child’s experiences, and help them explore and develop their abilities.

    Don’t forget! The first Guest Post by Shaheen Miro will right here on my blog! Thursday, September 25, 2014.

    Shaheen and I are happy to share our knowledge and research with you. And want to support our new generation as they grow up to assist our world as it expands. Be sure to sign up for the Email Subscription notices as we post our blogs (check the side bar). That way, you won’t miss a thing!

    Psychic Development Classes Online!


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    http://www.melissaleath.com/MonthlyOnlineClass.html

    Would you like to study in a development class, but can’t find one nearby? Do you receive psychic information randomly? Wish you could connect with your abilities whenever you want to?

    Why not join my monthly online class. You can work on your psychic abilities, mediumship, or intuitive healing. Study on your own, when you have time, under a structured class.

    We started the class earlier this year. And I had to change the way we got together (Skype was too wonky, conference calling had some quirks too). So I am now presenting the class in an entirely different way.

    You will be joining other members that are already in the class. I am opening it up to new participants. But I can only handle so many people. There is a limit to how many I can have to properly work the Facebook discussions (more on that below).

    At the beginning of each month, I send out via email a Video Packet. This packet includes a video lesson and a guided meditation audio. Then you watch the video and use the meditation when it is convenient for you.

    Then the last Thursday of the month, all participants gather in a Face Book Interactive Discussion. You can ask questions (pretty much pick my brain), share your experiences, and discuss with other people in the class.

    Next Class starts in September!

    Click Here to read about it and then you can register>> http://www.melissaleath.com/MonthlyOnlineClass.html

    Is There Really Life After Death?


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    There has been so much talk about life after death lately. I caught just a short blurb on CNN news this morning about a doctor  who shared his experiences in a near death experience. He said he had always been Christian in name only, but this experience helped him relate to a more spiritual understanding. (Many people these days are opening up to a broader understanding of life and death that is not limited to religion.) He witnessed a revelation of warmth and love that he felt could only be the Divine.

    The way I recognize the process of life after death at this time, as my spirit guides have given me, is that the White Light that one sees during a near death experience is similar to what everyone has when they are in the process of passing, which the physical body and brain understand. At this point, there may be a turn around response, and the spirit does not detach from the body. The person returns to the living.

    But when the body truly “gives up the ghost,” the spirit completely detaches from the body, and makes the full transition called death, then a full life review and clearing takes place. This completes the passing process.

    I thought it would be great to share a passage of my book Psychic Integrity, The Respected Practice of Modern Day Mystics. It is posted in the book’s blog called “Psychics, Mystics and Integrity”.

    Click here for the link to that post. I know you can relate to it. Please share any of your comments,  or stories of near death experience.

    Blessings until next time..M Psychic Integrity

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    You can receive a FREE downloadable copy of Outrageous Living, Tips & Secrets to Thriving in the 21st Century by Charles and Melissa Leath! Just go to Melissa’s Website–Here  and sign up for the monthly newsletter.

     

    Comment of the Day: “‘Who Ya Gonna Call?’” Paranormal Ethics, and the Irony of Same”


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    This is an interesting response to my post on Skeptic Alarms Blog a few months ago.

    Fellow blogger, Jack Marshall, ethicist and lawyer, had been discussing Ghostbusting and hauntings as being untrue, and I chimed in with my typical information about integrity, especially in regards to those who are ghostbusters and dealing with the earthbounds spirits.

     

    In his response to the original post, he was very happy to hear from me, and the other side of the coin, so to speak. He saw that not all psychic mediums appeared to be frauds, and it was refreshing to him.

     

    He actually stood back to survey his opinion of the matter, and I appreciated that.

     

    So he posted another blog article a few weeks later (that I did not know about at the time) addressing the fact that because I had shared my thoughts, it gave him pause to reconsider his skepticism.

     

    His article was refreshing to me to see that a skeptic would at least reconsider this thoughts. But some of the other responses from this readership were less polite about it. I guess there are hard core skepics just as in any field.

     

    One person even invited me to take James Randi’s Educational Foundations Million Dollar Challenge to prove I am a psychic. Wow… what do you think? Should I do it?

     

    Naw… I don’t have to prove anything to anyone. And I am not trying to persuade anyone about my “powers”. That had nothing to do with the post and article I am referencing. I know who I am. That’s all that is important to me.

     

    Check out his blog at   http://ethicsalarms.com/2012/02/13/comment-of-the-day-who-ya-gonna-call-paranormal-ethics-and-the-irony-of-same/ and see what you think. Add some comments if you are so inspired! I know Mr. Marshall will enjoy hearing from you.

     

    “Paranormal phenomena is nonsense, and thus ethical standards for it are an oxymoron. Unless, of course, I’m wrong.”

     

     

    Blessings until next time! …M

    http://www.MelissaLeath.com

     

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    Psychics are Certified as Professionals – One-year program is completed


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    Imagine this: Two women who are looking for a broader vision to their life’s work, and a one-year program that has never been offered before.

    Well these two things came together for the entire 2011 year. Tina Badurina of Columbus Ohio and Christine Rouch of Springfield Ohio participated and completed the requirements for full certification in Off the Beaten Path Intuitive Art’s Program for Professional Psychic/Mediums. The program was implemented and facilitated by Reverend Melissa Leath, and structured around her latest book, Psychic Integrity, The Respected Practice of Modern-Day Mystics (Balboa Press, division of Hay House Publishing).

    The Professional Psychic Certification Program premiered in April 2011 and successfully completed February 11, 2012. The preparation of the program was in the making for three years as Leath pulled over 30 years of experience into four levels of study: (1) Spiritual Awakening, covering grounding and foundational concepts, development meditation, and self-exploration; (2) Psychic Awareness, understanding earth vibrations, energy exercises, working with auras and energy fields; (3) Mental Mediumship, direct vibrational messages, public presentation and polishing, getting ready for responsibility and gallery demonstration; and, (4) Professional Psychic-Medium, understanding and incorporating your gift into service, creating your own reality, living your spiritual understanding, and preparing for professional work with the public.

    The program included not only four workshops throughout the year, but also had mandatory accumulation of student study points. This was in the form of volunteer outreach in the field of metaphysics, verifyable attendance in other classes and workshops with reports, research and essays, critiques of other practitioners and experiences, practice readings, and notes on meditations. The year was full of purposeful study, so it was a specific plan of work in the spiritual and metaphysical fields.

    Reverend Leath is a Life Visionary and Spiritual Educator. Her gifts in service include mediumship, spiritual counseling, licensed minister, author and lecturer. It is a life-long dream to be able to share her experiences and learned lessons in the metaphysical and spiritual areas with others. ( http://www.MelissaLeath.com )

    Tina Badurina comes from a corporate background with a high level of intuitive abilities and a strong desire to serve people in vibrational and emotional healing of all types. She is a second degree Reiki practitioner, has taken numerous classes and workshops on intuition and self-empowerment, and added strength to the program that kept integrity and love vibrating throughout.

    Christine Rouch also comes from a business background and has been gifted with psychic abilities since childhood. She is a Reiki Master Teacher, has been sharing her psychic abilities and teaching the public for some time. She brought an excitement and wonder to the program that allowed us to always be vibrant.

    “I am so proud of Tina and Christine in their ability to stay focused and driven in their program studies this past year. They are both gifted and talented in their own rights, and have helped create a special element that allows me to move ahead and start another program for 2012. They are now certified as professional psychics, will be of benefit to the metaphysical field and to the public as they serve.” ~~Melissa Leath

    2012 Professional Psychic Certification Program is now taking registration. The pre-requisite for the program is at least one year of knowledge and use of psychic or medium abilities. Level One will be Saturday, February 25, 2012. Three other level workshops will take place in May, August and November. To register for the program, or talk to Melissa about it, please call her home-office at 937-323-5346. More information can be see at http://www.MelissaLeath.com/certification.html