Interviewed by Joelene Pynnonen and Belinda Hamilton
Sherry van’t Hag has read for thousands of people both privately and publicly and was one of the three psychics chosen to audition for Brynne Edelstens’s TV show My Bedazzled Life. Sherry is the recent winner of the award for‘Victorian Psychic of the year 2012’ voted by her peers in the Australian Psychics Association. With twenty two years of experience behind her, she is renowned for inspiring and extremely accurate guidance.
I’ve heard that nurses and doctors cannot sit down and watch episodes of ER without feeling like they’re bringing work home with them… Have you ever just sat down to watch shows like Medium, Ghost Whisperer or Long Island Medium for entertainment purposes?
Strangely enough, I have to admit that I have never sat down to watch an entire episode of any of these shows! Partly, yes, because it is for a lack of a better word, ‘work’, although most of the time my work does not feel like work to me, Never the less it is ironical that I have not taken up an interest in watching shows like this. I believe it is because sometimes the way in which it is portrayed can be quiet different to the way it actually is.
For example, being consistently woken during the night while trying to sleep, seeing spirits as if they are as clear as the living right next to us and hearing or having full conversations word for word with the deceased. Spirit communication although mind-blowing is not nearly as straight forward as it is shown in these shows, but if you’d like to know how it really works then you should read my book Eternal Light, I dedicate an entire chapter to educating people about all types of spirit communication. I speak about how we as mediums receive their messages, to the six stages of perception and how they (meaning spirit) try to get their messages across to us. Each medium is unique in their approach and it can be hard to define this and how it truly works in a television show.
Do you find electrical items tend to misbehave around you, more than they would around a non-psychically intuitive person?
Actually, I really have to think about this one. I will have to say no. And that’s the answer I prefer, as sometimes when lights are going on and off and electrical equipment is playing up it can be quiet annoying. Yes I have seen it and witnessed it but not really much around myself.
Sometimes this type of activity happens when a spirit is restless and cannot get their information through, so I find that it is not particularly a good thing. Although some spirits it can actually be their trademark, so to speak. Every time my friend’s Mother would visit the lights would flicker in a consistent manner and I know of someone’s father in law who liked to change the television to stations he frequented when he was alive. All in all, there is no harm that can be done as long as the computer saves the manuscript!
Did you find that writing your book ‘Eternal Light’ helped you to put into words, things you had previously found difficult to express to family and friends?
Most of my friends already know how deeply spiritual I am and quite a few are very spiritual themselves. Family, on the other hand, is an entirely different kettle of fish. I cannot actually name one family member who understands anything about my spirituality or even really comprehends what I actually do.
My mother, who is now supportive, had previously discouraged me to keep going with anything spiritual or psychic in nature. She always thought I would be better off with a normal job. After many years, she now realises that it is my life’s purpose and destiny to be a psychic medium. She is now also quite a fan of Psychic TV and is beginning to realise that I am not the only one on the planet who is into this type of thing. So this is quite a turnaround for her.
My daughter of nine has grown up with it around her, so it’s soaked through her DNA; she’s just like her mother. She actually gives me advice about my personal life and tells me how it is and her hands are holy as a saint, it is apparent to me when she lays her hands upon me or I hold her in my arms.
My son who is eighteen always gives me a hard time about my spirituality in a joking way but then he will praise me about my achievements and he is always encouraging when I do my work. So I know that deep down he knows there’s something to it! For other close family members who came to celebrate the launch of my book, they were there to support me not necessarily what I do, and I know that. I can only hope that if they read the book, it will ring true to them on some level. I wrote my book for humanity with the hopes and determination that we can raise our vibration and spiritual awareness on this planet and grasp the deeper meaning of life, not having to fear death or life or one another.
You have a lot of success with your prayers coming true. Does this work when you pray for yourself or when you pray for others? And is there usually someone specific that you pray to?
This is my favourite question to answer as my purpose is to make a difference in people’s lives and this is what I feel that I am doing when I pray! I do prayers for others that come true. By this I mean that I receive feedback that proves to me that my request from spirit for the person I am praying for has worked and changed their life for the better. As an example, of this I had a client whose husband had been very physical with her throughout their relationship. Of course, none of was acceptable and so I prayed that her husband see his wrong doing and his faults. I also prayed that he was to awaken to the fact that he really despised himself not her and realised that he needed to heal and immediately stop abusing his wife. I also said to my client that she would end the relationship with him and be much happier on her own. Weeks later she saw me and asked, “What did you do to my husband, he’s gone from beating me up to saying, hey I am sorry can we be friends?” She said that after my prayers he never lifted his hand to her again. About one year later she had another reading with me and she was on her own very happy.
I have had people tell me that on the night of my prayers all the noises that previously plagued them during the night had instantly stopped. There really are countless times I have prayed for people and all sorts of circumstances and things have changed. In my book, I write about what prayer is really is. Who do I pray to? I pray to the hierarchy in spirit and to the guides of the person I am working with. I do this is my own specific way.
Many years ago, while sitting in meditation I heard a voice say to me “You’re an Earth Angel”. A few days later I was about to do my first ever public speech and my friend handed me a tiny handbook by Doreen Virtue with a title that read, Earth Angels - what type are you? I had never heard the term Earth Angel until my loving guides mentioned it. And to prove I was hearing correctly they gave me a lovely sign to confirm any doubts I had in my mind about their message. It didn’t surprise me as back then in 2004. I had been working so diligently as a Lightworker through reading, healing and teaching that I knew I had a greater purpose here on Earth.
I was once told by a very good Psychic that I volunteered to come here upon this Earth at this time to help humanity with the quest for enlightenment and I believe that to be so. I have been informed that this is my last lifetime here on Earth. I believe that too. My path in life hasn’t always been easy, but to tell you the truth all I really wish for is a better more peaceful enlightened world where we can love one another and our dear planet and live in harmony. There really there is so much work to do and I cannot get enough of it. The more I do, the better I feel. You can never pray too much and you can never love too much. I wrote my book for many reasons but to help us understand our true nature and to help humanity understand death are two. My prayers come true because I command them to do so. My words are powerful and so are yours. Everyone can pray.
You’ve been doing psychic readings for 22 years now. What is the strangest case that you’ve had in that time?
It seems that there are so many that I find it hard to pinpoint just one incidence in particular but throughout my twenty seven year span of spiritual development I would have to say the strangest thing that has happened to me is when I entered a full conversation with my ex-partner John without opening my mouth once. In other words yes a real live true full length telepathic conversation! This took place over ten years ago when John and I were sitting down close to midnight at his mother’s house. This particular conversation is documented in my book Eternal Light as it is quiet an anomaly! I sat to speak to him concerned about our relationship when all of a sudden I started communicating with him from my third eye. It was quite incredible; I could tell he knew what was happening by the look upon his face. My mouth was closed but I was speaking loud and clear in a telepathic method, it was so unusually profound and both of us seemed to be in a trance like state as if something else besides us was taking over, but none of it was scary, actually it was quite the opposite. There was amazing sense of peace and serenity within me as I relayed information to him through my telepathic dialogue. I spoke first then he responded. I was the calm one while John was totally freaked out even as he was doing it. Never the less he was doing it somehow and when he had finished giving me his message our heads fell down as if to come out of the trance strangely enough his mothers clock struck midnight right at that second! His mother had passed away two years prior. I don’t know that I could do this again if I desperately tried and I am not sure what force of nature took over us that evening but all I feel is that there was such a deep connection with the two of us that it was able to take place.
You say that you occasionally use Angel cards, not Tarot cards. For us beginners, what is the difference?
I started with Tarot cards all those years ago and the only Tarot pack I have ever owned are the very first ones I brought. I still have them now! They are called The Enchanted Tarot Deck by Amy Zerner and Monte Farber published in 1991. Back then I am not even sure if there were Angel cards. Now with the emergence of our very wonderful Doreen Virtue, who really is the Angel lady, we have many types of Angel cards and decks to choose from and more people are becoming aware of the existence of Angels, Arch Angels and Ascended Masters and the love and guidance that come to us from them.
There are so many Angel Decks and other tools available to us thanks to her ability to channel much information directly from Angels. She of course not the only person who has published Angels cards or channels information directly from them however she would be the most well known. Within my Tarot deck there are seventy eight cards, twenty two being Major Arcana and the rest comprised of four suits of Minor Arcana that correspond to different aspects of our lives.
Tarot cards are like a visual story telling tool, and when laid out in a card spread for an individual they will tell a story about the past the present and the future. The exact date of the first use of tarot cards for divination (the art of foretelling the future) isn’t known but the oldest surviving decks date back as far as the fifteenth century. Since the ancient times it has been common to consult the oracles of various deities in temples and shrines to gain insight into the mysteries of life. I believe that the human spirit is eternally seeking to know and understand itself and its power. To explain the tarot in full we would have to go into great detail. Angel cards seem to be much easier and simpler to understand and read and I believe they are a relatively new concept. Either way both are a powerful tool to help mediums and psychic’s gain insight for guiding people in their lives. I use several decks of Angel cards and I pull them from the deck for people. They are always spot on. I usually use the cards at the end of the reading to confirm what I have already said.
In the past you have used things like psychometry and Tarot cards but you find you don’t need these any longer. Do you think this is because you’re stronger in your psychic abilities now or because you have a better idea of how to use your abilities?
In brief the answer to both those questions is yes. When I first began reading I was very unaware of how much it would develop or that one of my main strengths would be medium-ship The tarot cards in the beginning where very useful as I read straight from them, yet even then I would sometimes receive information about my client before they arrived at the front door. Because I was first starting out I would get nervous so I would ask my guides for insight before the reading had begun.
Nowadays, because I know it’s all going to come through accurately and very fast I prefer to tune in when the reading begins. Naturally, I have improved immensely overtime, in the fact that I am more confident and more trusting of the information channelled to me through all the psychic senses. I see (clairvoyance) hear (clair-audience) feel (Clair-sentience) smell (clair-alience) and know (clair-cognizance).
Psychics seem to refine themselves as instruments for messages and it does get easier to do this without any tools. This is how it is for me anyway. I don’t need or use jewellery like I used to and the cards I don’t actually need. So yes I do indeed after so many years trust my own ability more but mostly I trust spirit, and this gives me complete confidence in what I do! It’s just beautiful!