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Trance Medium: A unique occupation in Hilton Head

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For over 35 years, Dwanna Paul says she “has gone into an altered state of consciousness to access the world of spirit or other like dimensions.” But, with an otherworldly talent like hers, her résumé isn’t limited to the number of years she’s worked professionally. “As a child, I was very sensitive and saw spirits and thought everyone else did too,” Paul said. “Then as a teenager, I was the one people dared to go to the graveyard.”

Dwanna Paul in Hiton HeadAs an adult, the supernatural continues to fascinate Paul. “I find hauntings, clearings, and blessings so interesting—so much fun,” she said. Mediumship training for her was a gradual, exploratory process. In her 20s, she studied new age practices such as massage, holistic healing, Reiki and polarity. She also “took classes on how to focus her mind and was educated by spirit,” she said.

Now, Paul has a team of spirits to assist her and her clients. These guides have names, personalities and jobs to do, too. They include her Native American guide, Two Bear, and the joyful crossover entity she calls Joy. On the phone or in person, she channels them, and with their help, Paul finds “great happiness in seeing spiritual healing take place, especially when it is a parent who has lost a child.” Taking an introspective pause, Paul added, “I watched the emotional transformation of a mom who lost her son 14 years ago. His spirit described the landscape on the other side and how he watched and wanted to help his family members.” Paul was able to provide an invaluable service that day—closure for a grieving parent.

“The more I see, the more it fuels my passion. If you are not working with your passion, you are missing out on the joys of your life,” said Paul, who also believes we all have guides we should listen to. “We all get signals around us such as feelings or sensations, and we need to take note of them.”

[Originally published in Celebrate Hilton Head for August 2014]