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James Van Praagh Shares His Process For Communicating With Spirits

JAMES VAN PRAAGH: “In this conversation with medium James Van Praagh, which is an extension of my last conversation with him (although on a completely new subject), James explains how he communicates with our deceased loved ones in spirit. This interview covers a lot of spiritual territory, as James Van Praagh and I talk about souls, spirit guides and how our loved ones in spirit try to communicate with us on their own. If you’re a bit skeptical about mediumship or you’ve wondered how mediums do what they do, James Van Praagh does a great job explaining his process for communicating with spirit.” ~ Bob Olson, Afterlife TV


James Van Praagh Explains His Process For Spirit Communication 

James Van Praagh has been working as a medium and teaching people about life after death for over 30 years. His first book, Talking To Heaven, reached #1 on the The New York Times Bestseller list. Then he went on to write Reaching To HeavenHealing GriefHeaven And EarthGhosts Among UsUnfinished BusinessLooking Beyond (for teens) and his latest book, Growing Up In Heaven. He has also written a book on meditation.

James Van Praagh had a daytime television talk show, Beyond With James Van Praagh, he produced a successful TV mini-series about his life on CBS entitled Living With The Dead starring Ted Danson (playing the role of James Van Praagh) and Mary Steenburgen, produced The Dead Will Tell on that network starring Anne Heche and Eva Longoria, and was Co-Executive Producer of the CBS primetime series Ghost Whisperer starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.

You can visit James Van Praagh’s website at where you can sign up for his online courses, purchase autographed books, view his calendar of events, and participate in his online chat rooms.

* The first part of this interview is about James Van Praagh’s work writing books and producing (and starring on) television shows. You can see that video below.

Afterlife TV is presented by Afterlife Investigator & Psychic Medium Researcher Bob Olson, who is the author of Answers about the Afterlife: A Private Investigator’s 15-Year Research Unlocks the Mysteries of Life after Death.

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  1. Patrice Gerrior says:

    Hi Bob: As always just LOVE how you are sharing so much information for everyone! Great interview with James. I saw him at the Omega institute many years ago (along with many other speakers) at an event out there. It was lovely because he actually read my friend who had just lost her husband not long before that. Was wondering if you might ask a question of a mega Medium such as himself :0)…Regarding Chakras, we spin them and open daily for health on a regular basis. When one is working as a psychic or medium or energy intuitive, after a reading we then close them off. (not totally) howerver……..when is it safe to open and spin them again? My understanding about the chakras is that it’s necessary to keep them spinning and open for good and balanced energetic health….so after a reading when they are closed off, what is the rule of thumb to open them up again.

    I remember at Johns seminar in Maine a few years ago, I had wanted to ask that question….. :0)
    thanks again for the plethera of info….you ROCK!

    • Bob Olson says:

      Hi Patrice. Thanks for your kind words. I’m happy to hear you like the interview. Weren’t you also at my event with John Holland last year? The simple answer to your question is that every psychic or medium is different, so there’s no one answer that fits all. The complicated answer is one that would need to be answered in a workshop rather than a comment section. Be sure to take it up at your next seminar. Thanks Patrice, Bob

    • Sylvie Lebel says:

      Hello Nice to have met you at one James Van Praagh’s chat events,,and was pleased to see was such person as yourself looking out for good of others as we the truth to any Medium or what someone claims they can,,and i too see first hand on how some can dupe the very real of persons life looking for help that is finding that’s not what this Medium has mind to do,,and was DC ,,one year and met such person she had a hammer with news paper in very room all decked out with figures of Jesus and Mary to throw person off,,i mean not all God abiding people to be aware of it just the extent of it was even bad feeling to it all,, and sure enough not even second or reading she was giving to me was of any real,,just babbling on on,,and then says now you ready give me 300$ fix all your problems,,i knew then she was total fake,,and how it doesn’t only hurt person getting reading but too gives very bad name for other that are truly at hear about it all,so it help to know there person as yourself looking out for such people all the way around make for better world and i enjoyed your lecture in chat was very informing TY.

      Also being big Fan of JamesVP,,,i have been blessed to have known in my life and has helped many ways,to Grateful for .and this video helps see how many are ,,as Medium,,and we all do it differently ,,well said James))))),,but i too am Medium,,and was wondering how can i become part of Medium on the list you provide for public?I have studied on my own,with help of many wonderful people as James as well as books i have studied to be such,,knowing i was such and have many references to say and have journal book i have had many sign to express the work i do and if any help at time of their readings,they have worded in journal,,i call guessed book.TY and great knowing good help out there for many this work how strange maybe to some very really all matter,, and many are being duped happened to them,,there is some help finding out,,i wish i had kept this psychic card to turn her in,,but can give street was on where she is,,if needed.
      Light & love

  2. owen hockey says:

    dear Bob,i have seen stage acts that can show the same results on stage just like mediums do could you please explain these acts or how they do this,they say there is no contact with spirits!!so who do i beleive the act or the medium?????yours faithfully Owen

  3. Gayle Kirk says:

    Wonderful interview, Bob. Thanks so much for doing it. Loved your questions and hearing James’ reponse. Would love to have more of the same with other well known, experienced mediums.

    All the best,

    Gayle Kirk

  4. Hi Bob, Thanks for this great and informative interview series with James Van Praagh. As a Medium, it was so nice to hear the details of how James works and to see and feel his compassion for his work and yours as well.
    I totally agreed with his description of the “Psychic Rods” during a demonstration, the pull toward someone, that a medium feels to go to a particular person to deliver a message. I can also relate that when the audience member moves, or walks between the medium and person receiving the message it is truly a physical “gut shot” so to speak, the connection is broken, it is physically uncomfortable and it is difficult to get the communication back at the same level.
    I have experienced this during a demonstration and wasn’t sure what happened at first, until i saw the movement in audience. In true Spiritualist tradition, there hasn’t been much emphasis on the physical effects of disruption in most “Mental Mediumship areas” in my training, unless there was someone in a deep trance.. I always thought that it really cannot be divided as mental only or physical only type mediumship.
    This was the first time I have heard another medium mention the importance of this unless it was a “physical mediumship” or seance type demonstration. So thank you for shining the light on this, and it should be more widely known, understood and the Medium’s work more respected. This video will certainly help teach many, Thank you Bob and James for all your hard work.

  5. Maria Pe says:

    Hi Bob,
    I really enjoyed your interview with James Van Praagh. I went to see him for the first time on November 9, 2011 in Laguna Beach for a small group. Mr. Van Praagh is so dynamic, funny and inspiring. It was great to hear more about his process on your website. As a medium who has been doing this type of work for so long, he truly educates and serves us, especially people like myself who have suffered the loss of loved ones. Five months ago I knew nothing of this type of work, but a life-changing event that devastated me has also opened my mind to the vastness of the Universe, and the generosity and kindness of gifted and talented people like Mr. Van Praagh. I came across your website from Mr. Van Praagh’s website, and the work you are doing is also extremely important and helpful to those of us who are looking for legitimate guidance on our spiritual journeys. Thank you!
    Best regards, Maria

    • Bob Olson says:

      Hi Maria,

      James Van Praagh really is dynamic, funny and inspiring, as you say. He’s like that on stage, and he’s also like that in person. He’s a bundle of energy and channels that energy through his work. He has a ton of passion, which makes him a great teacher. Thanks for your comment.


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