Gathering Wisdom Center Director and resident Trance Medium Dwanna Paul visited Hilton Head WHHI Television’s “Talk of the Town” to discuss the Gathering Wisdom Center May 6. 2017, Grand Opening Celebration.
Beyond the Veil: Connecting to the Other Side
by Jane Kendall for Pink Magazine
Highly skilled mediums are a rare find. Until the popularity of the television show Medium, most people were unaware of them. A medium is a person who can access messages from departed loved ones in the spirit world. We are extremely fortunate to have one of the best in the United States reside part-time in the Lowcountry. A trance medium since childhood, Dwanna Paul has been channeling messages of hope and healing from those who have departed to their families and loved ones.
As far back as she can remember, Dwanna has been determined to investigate what this world is all about, beyond what can normally be perceived. She somehow always knew there was more than what was visible in the physical world around her. In the 1980s, Dwanna hosted a television talk show covering various metaphysical subjects. She later enrolled in formal training to further develop her talents at the Arthur Finley College of Spiritualism and Psychic Sciences near London, England and the Lily Dale Assembly in New York State. She also served as a resident guest medium at the spiritualist Camp Chesterfield in Indiana. By 1984, Dwanna was holding weekly circles in her home for people to gather and connect with their departed relatives. Her Circle of Lights gatherings call forth spirit entities from other dimensions and show themselves in the form of twinkling lights and orbs. These phenomena have actually been recorded with specialize infrared cameras. To experience such a gathering invites one to be open to the possibilities of other dimensions.
In December 2015, Dwanna’s spirit guides instructed her to create the Healing with the Angels gathering. The evening begins with a meditation to call in the angels. Participants sit in a chair at the front of the room one a time. Dwanna places her hands on their shoulders and forehead as they drift into a peaceful, blissful and relaxed state, which allows the healing energy to flow through them. Participants have reported various experiences, from visions and lights and scents of flowers to permanent relief of chronic physical and emotional pain.
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I once received a vision in which I was given direction from Spirit more than three years ago. That vision informed me of the necessity to begin leading a healing event in a space where a beautiful atmosphere could be created, one that was large enough to accommodate an audience. That event is called “Healing with the Angels” and takes place twice a month at Just Be Centre in Bluffton, S.C.
The vision that spirit revealed seemed a bit odd to me at the time because it involved “Laying on Hands” and not my usual way of conducting a healing.
Three or more years seemed to go by without more communication about the healing evening until December, 2015. The holiday season was in full swing when I heard Spirit say, “It’s time to schedule the healing event and to name it “Healing with the Angels.””
I didn’t delay. I called Nan at Just Be Centre and told her that I was ready for whatever Spirit had in store. The room was prepared with relaxing candles, soft music and an overall feeling of calm as Spirit imbued the room with the smell of roses.
30 people arrived that evening. Upon entering there were many comments about a serene atmosphere that seemed to pervade the room. The healing ceremony then began.
A brief meditation called in Angels. Audience members were invited to sit in a chair at the front of the room one a time. I then placed my hands on their shoulders and forehead. Upon my doing so they seemed to drift into a peaceful blissful and relaxed state.
They drifted slowly laying down or remaining seated for what seemed like a long time in that deep altered state. Five healing assistants dressed in all-white attended to the needs of each person who received a healing. Those who did not to come up to the designated healing chair but remained in audience received healing energy from where they were seated.
Five months have now passed since that first evening. I sense it has now evolved into a space where higher frequency healing energy is shared. People are reporting how they feel more relaxed; that knee and shoulder and back pain they had carried for years has eased. Some people are seeing white or purple lights, having visions and experiencing the scent of roses. Others claim no chest pains (after three years of unexplainable conditions) and the release of emotional pain when those experiencing grief attend.
As I mentioned before, a state of bliss can occur for the person receiving a healing. We like to leave them sitting in the healing chair or guide them to a cozy massage table where they can continue in their relaxed state of body and mind. Participants are carefully monitored during their journey by the healing assistants, Diane, Carol, Karen, Barbara and Jen. We also accept written prayer requests for healing of family and friends. Participants write these upon entry which are then placed in our lovely stone angel’s hands.
Be sure to check my Spring Calendar for the next “Healing with the Angels” in Bluffton, S.C. Come and find out what the excitement’s all about. I hope to see you there!
From CBS Television’s “Haunted Lives” Trance Medium Dwanna Paul shares tales from the road as this spiritual nomad and her group travel the South in search of adventure from beyond this world. Her new book “Circle of Lights” is scheduled for publication sometime next year.
The following preview is from “Circle of Lights,” the forthcoming new book from author Dwanna Paul:
In 1998 I closed the Dallas center to travel and indulge my spiritual nomad. In 2010 I purchased a motor home that was small but nimble. While travelling through Florida in the motorhome I was offered the opportunity to visit a medium hosting table tilting séances in Cassadaga.
It was during one of the many events that I attended at the well-known Florida Spiritualist center where six of my close friends and I met in a little house. A friendly chatty medium first greeted us then invited us to come in. After navigating the crowded parlor we sat to discuss that evening’s program and hear the community’s latest gossip before proceeding to the basement.
The environment downstairs was dark and welcoming to me. In the middle of the room was a very large round oak pedestal table. It may have weighed over 100 pounds. Chairs were placed all around and each of us took our seats. The medium addressed questions from each person seated at the table in clockwise order. My turn would come last. With our fingers placed lightly upon the top that table was tapping “Yes” or “No” to each inquiry.
When it came to my turn I posed the question, “Is my Spirit Guide Two Bear here?”
One form of physical phenomena known to the Spiritualist community is table tilting. Tilting provides a means to communicate with spirit. I have over 30 years of practice in this discipline. The accuracy of the spirit team working behind the scenes always amazes me.
When practicing this exercise, a group of people gather around a circular lightweight table upon which they place their hands lightly, saying aloud a positive affirmation to open the séance. The group then sings happy songs and the table begins to move. Rocking slowly at first the table eventually starts jumping up and down in a roundabout manner.
Table tilting offers a first step towards experiencing more profound displays of spirit energy for beginners who wish to work with physical phenomena. To practice at home I suggest gathering a group of four or five people and choosing an evening that agrees with everyone’s schedule. One tip for ensuring the success of these events is to make sure that everyone who joins the group has the same mission in mind.
Spirit can answer by tapping the legs of the table against the floor, chair or by knocking upon the tabletop. When first starting out, try to establish a set of conventions. For example, one tap can signify “Yes” with two meaning “No.”
When gathering the strength to bring spirit through the table groups can use an alphabet to communicate. One of the sitters states the letters of the alphabet aloud while others take notes of the words as they are spelled out. Spirit will pause between words. Patience leads to successful practice as good tilting requires time and dedication.
At the other end of the room was a curtained area used as a “cabinet” (a place where a medium sits for producing physical phenomena). The medium can remain in this curtained area while sitters support the cultivation of energy with songs and positive thoughts from elsewhere in the room. This night the cabinet was empty with the back of my chair faced towards it at a distance of seven feet behind me.
I looked up and saw a trumpet suspended over the table. The trumpet is a conical, lightweight, aluminum, communication device introduced to séance practice over 100 years ago. It’s used within the Spiritualist community as a medium for spirit to speak through. This one was suspended from a wire and covered with luminous paint. Our medium for the evening explained, “Placing the trumpet in this way will give spirit the idea to use it.”
Sometimes spirit guides and loved ones’ voices are amplified through various means in order to be heard by participants at a séance. This amplification is called “Direct Voice.” The voice of the spirit communicator can speak through one of these trumpets, for example. I have also heard my guides speak unaided directly into the séance room in barely audible whispers, uttering “We love you,” and “Can you hear us?”
I thought about the trumpets that were in my center 25 years earlier. All five of them would levitate in the dark, still visible to us as they were coated in luminous paint. Time and time again they floated and flew quickly up to the 12-foot tall ceiling. I understand that trumpets levitate when spirit builds energy rods to suspend them.
Sometimes spirit would speak through the trumpets at my center. On one occasion a trumpet levitated in front of me. Then a very gentle voice said my name to which I answered in surprise, “What? Oh my, they just spoke.”
The séance had already begun as the medium said an opening prayer and the table began to shudder. The room became very warm then the medium asked the first sitter to pose their question. As they did one by one it seemed that the table answered with a great pounding thump of its leg upon the floor until it came to me.
As soon as I had finished asking my question about Two Bear that enormous table rose up tilting in such a manner that the entire top was facing me. The medium yelled, “What’s happening? I’ve never seen it do this!” It then moved pressing tightly against me and slammed back to the floor. Very quickly it began to push me backwards in my chair towards the cabinet.
The others were following, screaming and laughing all at the same time as our medium exclaimed, “I don’t know. I’ve never seen it do this.” Here I must confess that I did not tell him beforehand how I had worked with table tilting so many times before.
The table pushed me into the cabinet then against the wall. With great pressure it held me tight, fixed to that location. I as well as the others in the group understood the message from this incident. It was telling me that I needed to sit for phenomena development again. At this point I had not sat consistently for the previous year.
Our medium made sure that I was okay and said that he was offering a class in table tilting that would start in a couple of weeks. I decided to take the class and as I arrived for the first lesson I was told, “This will be a small table. We will be sitting in the cabinet to be on the safe side and to save the trip across the room.”
Not all mediums are physical mediums. Some are mental mediums whose work is done through telepathy. As he held me against the cabinet wall the message from Two Bear was to sit for phenomena, something that I had been long overdue to work with again. At the time I was more focused on traveling and exploring my new lifestyle as a nomad in a little RV.
Dallas, Texas, and the surrounding communities were not places in the late 1980s and early 1990s where one would expect to find a medium and I rarely referred to myself by that term. I started my circle gatherings in my home in 1984 with a few sitters who were eager to sit with me in order to learn about spirit. On Wednesday nights our group would gather for these special events. As years passed attendance grew by leaps and bounds but there was always a “core” group who came along with many visitors.
The community surrounding my work was growing fast and my circle room was bursting at the seams.
At one circle there were 30 people in a 9×12 foot room (with no complaints). My neighbors were complaining about the weekly gatherings because there was limited parking. This led to my having to choose between cancelling the circles or finding a more suitable place where they could continue. Ten years before spirit had told me, “You find the place. We will bring the people.”
Thanks to my student and real estate agent friend I did find a new location. She found a great place close to my house in a little office park. Now there would be room for parking and plenty of seating. I moved into my small but cozy new center. Spirit kept that promise and 40 to 45 people would attend the circles.
We removed one wall to accommodate everyone. There was plenty of seating on the floor along with the comfy chairs. Everyone who visited seemed to be comfortable. I had an office and a beautiful entryway. We held classes, circles, energy healing events and private appointments with lots of space to work in. Spirit gave the name “Circles of Lights” and it was perfect for the center. Some of the students volunteered to help at the ever-growing facility and sat providing core energy for the circles.
At every opportunity I would also visit communities of Spiritualists in other states. I investigated and sat in at many physical phenomena séances. I wanted to practice for the sake of my clients who were grieving over the loss of their loved ones. A mother and father who drove from North Oklahoma for an appointment helped to make the purpose of my mission clear.
As they entered my office they were holding one sneaker with a sock inside. They set it on my desk asking, “Please, can you bring our son to talk with us?” As I watched them cry I knew it was possible that I could produce their only child saying, “Hello,” I could help them and others in grief to experience physical proof of spirit. It could even be possible for them to see him, if only for a split second, to give comfort to the surviving family members.
I believed these phenomena would be like the icing on the cake of my mediumship and became very determined to achieve them. I would sit with my trumpets placed in the middle of the circle, all five of them along with Native American drums and rattles. As I gave messages in the dark séance room sitters would comment on the tapping sounds they heard. With their coats of luminous paint the sitters would see these instruments move in the dark and eventually levitate.
The night of one circle that mother from Oklahoma was sitting with us as lights began to illuminate the room. This was a miracle for her as well as for all who were there. We knew then that her son had answered her prayers.
It’s an exciting time on this planet. Energies are changing quickly. I feel how the veil is thinning. We’re having more and more phenomena in the circles and in the phenomena experiments.
A group of us are experimenting with physical phenomena. This is a phase of Mediumship that’s quite unique and unusual. You’re getting physical, audible, visual phenomena that are either recorded or able to be seen through cameras. Using night vision cameras you’re able to see the actual lights and the intensity of them.
Our intention is to create this energy with spirit acting in a partnership. We’re building between the spirit world and the physical world. We’re inviting those “chemists” from the spirit world, the scientists from the spirit world to create visual or audible phenomena. This has been a very exciting to work with this once again.
When you’re working with physical phenomena you’re working with the energy of the earth. You’re working with your own energy. You’re working with the partnership from the spirit world and their energies.
They’re able to work in a particular way through the group energies, building on that over a period of time. It may be months or years. Then you begin to get little signs that these phenomena are coming through into the room. Some of those phenomena come in the form of bright lights and they’re recorded by the camera.
Some come in the form of raps. The “raps” are audible sounds and they’re made without anything visual that’s in the room. In other words, they’re just coming out of the clear air. They’re just happening. Maybe against a wooden surface or on the wall you can hear them.
We always ask each other “Did you do that, or did you do that? Did you make that sound?”
With all the “no’s” we say “Well, that’s got to be spirit because it’s none of us.”
We have crystals on a particular table and we notice some of these “raps” have been generated through the crystals. Maybe this adds to the increased energy that spirit’s able to use from those crystals.
I’m a scientist at heart. I guess you call it a “spirit scientist.” I like to see where these sounds are coming from and how they’re being made. I actually look at what other natural causes that this could be coming from. This is how I can know whether that’s spirit or natural, known cause around the room or in the room or coming from outdoors.
We always question “Was that a sound from, did somebody else make that sound?” I know the lights are definitely from spirit because the room is completely dark. It’s pitch black. That’s for a reason. We’re able to see the lights in the dark just like you’re able to see the stars in the night sky or the Sun in the daytime.
You have to have certain conditions for these lights to appear. If I were to be trying to see them in the daylight lit room, I wouldn’t be seeing them because they would be just like the daylight.
I want to scientifically work with this from my point of view and from the group’s point of view as scientists. “Is this due to a natural cause that can be explained away or is this something from the spirit?”
I know that this is communication from other dimensions. I know that it’s possible.
I do want to prove it. I have a passion, an enthusiasm to work with this just as long as it takes.
I started my search in the 70’s to 80’s saying that “I know that phenomena has to be real. Even if there’s something out there that may be counterfeit and someone exposes that, I know there had to be a real thing before there could be a counterfeit.”
I’m out there to show the real deal; the real spirit evidence that there are light dimensions that want to communicate with us from the spirit, from those light dimensions.
The way to do it is to setup a laboratory and put the experiment there and find the people who are as passionate and enthusiastic as I am to sit for long duration to actually achieve this (and with no immediate expectation). They need to be patient enough that they can wait. The scientists can manipulate that energy with your energy in a way that brings about these physical phenomena.
[Originally published in the Trance Report for March 19, 2012]
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.”
As 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]
Tom and Melissa Baker founded the Catfish Plantation in 1984 after tiring of the corporate world and wanting to settle down in a small quiet town. They had a dream and that dream came true when they stumbled across this vine-covered house at 814 Water St. There was something magical in this old dilapidated house.
The 1895 Victorian structure had been the home of three previous restaurants. Having been left vacant for several years, the location was the worst possible location for a business, but the Bakers were drawn to this house.
Shortly after opening for business, strange and unexplained events began happening. One morning Melissa found clean coffee cups stacked inside the large tea urn that had been mysteriously placed on the floor. Several weeks later a fresh pot of coffee was awaiting her arrival. She had the only key to the restaurant.
Employees and customers began having unexplained experiences. One of the fry cooks experienced baskets levitating over the deep fryer; another employee leaving one night saw a blue light glowing from the window. One night, one waitress’s husband came late to pick her up and on their way back to their car a young woman wearing what looked like a wedding dress appeared in the front window and then simply disappeared.
After having parapsychologist Dwanna Paul and her team of experts visit the restaurant, it was determined that the restaurant was indeed haunted by three possible spirits, Caroline, Will and Elizabeth. All had died in the house and had lived at the location at different times. They each carry their own characteristics. Caroline is known to throw things, especially in the kitchen area. She does not like anyone in her house as she still feels she is the woman of the house.
Will, who was a farmer, likes to flirt with the ladies by putting his hand on their knee, resulting in some ladies feeling cold spots on their knee. He has also been known to move salt and pepper shakers around on tables that have been set for customers. Elizabeth, who was murdered on her wedding day by a jealous ex-lover, will periodically appear in the front window in her wedding dress.
As a result of the many occurrences that have happened at the Catfish Plantation, many news media had contacted the Bakers to do stories on the restaurant. Some of the publicity has included local TV news affiliates, including ABC, NBC, CBS, and FOX.
The restaurant has been on national television shows; “A Current Affair,” “Ocurrio Asi” (a Spanish speaking international show aired in Mexico, South America and Spain), “Good Morning Texas,” and the 2003 fall season premier of “King of the Hill.” In 2006, Texas Highways magazine’s Peoples Choice Award voted Catfish Plantation one of the top ten favorite catfish restaurants in the state of Texas.
Visit the Catfish Plantation at 814 Water Street in Waxahachie, Texas (Tel: 972-937-9468) for the best in Cajun-spiced seafood and a haunted atmosphere you won’t soon forget.
A medium is a channel.
A medium stands between the unseen worlds of spirit and the physical world and becomes that conduit of energy. It’s sort of like a radio. We’re on that frequency of spirit where we attune to the spirit world and bring through evidential information that would identity a spirit loved one, or a spirit of light, or one that comes through, such as a healer from the spirit world. We call them spirit doctors who come into the circles and visit and offer their healing energy to the group.
In the classes that I have, the Sixth Sense Development Classes, they come into the class with curiosity first of all and it helps them to understand that there is something beyond the third dimensional level, (life after death, if you want to call it that). And it helps them to reason in their mind that death is a natural process and it’s just a step going beyond the physical into the other unseen dimensions of life. As they learn in the classes, they learn to connect and be that medium, or psychic, or they use it in their everyday life to guide them. They work with their spirit team, they have exercises that help them to identify and to validate what they’re receiving with one another. The classes are real high energy and students are really excited about learning.
Phenomena circles are considered to be sort of that area that some mediums don’t work with. In the phenomena circles, we’re attempting to create enough energy in the circle to bring about phenomena such as materialization of spirit, light orbs, apportation (which is gifts from spirit). We are using our energies as a conduit. With spirit’s energy mixed with that they’re able to create phenomena on the physical side of life, where it’s very visible, or you can feel it or sense it.
Apports have additional meaning beyond the physical qualities of the objects that appear. In the past we’ve had crystals that were apported with the dirt or the clay that they came from still on the crystals. We’ve had two coins that were sent through from spirit. They were Liberty Half Dollars. They were on two people’s birth years. It was very exciting to have a Liberty Half Dollar come into the circle. And we’ve had a couple of quarters. It seems to be that spirit can find coins anywhere because they don’t take the coins from anyone. They don’t hoist them out of any bank or anything like that. There’s a lot of lost coins so they’re able to apport that into the phenomena circles. When you hear of this, it’s usually pennies, quarters, nickels – it’s quite often not silver half dollars, so that was interesting.
They’re like “beyond the normal”, so they’re supernormal, they’re out of the ordinary. What we’re seeing is actually at a different vibratory rate. It’s all around us, the lines of energy, the masses of energy are all there and they’re unseen. It’s much like the electricity in the air. If you flip a switch on and you have electricity, the lights come on, or the TV comes on. If you see a thunderstorm and see the lightning, the lightning already exists but the because of the fact that it has a conduit, or something represent that electricity, you’re able to see it or feel it or hear it. Like a clap of thunder, it’s there. That’s the energy, the electricity that exists all around us. It’s just that our senses are not always aligned for that. By working through classes or if you have some natural ability to work with mediumship you open that sixth sense and beyond to interact with those unseen energies. It’s always helpful in your life. This is a way of actually reaching out to the spiritual self in a much deeper way.
[Originally published in the Trance Report for March 2, 2012]