Local channeler helps people find the right path through spirit guides

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Even when you think you're alone, you're not.

Each of us has an entourage of spirit guides and guardian angels, who act as our cheering section throughout life, according to Mary Lightfoot.

The Waterdown native is a channeler, who has the unique ability to communicate with these spiritual bodies.

Lightfoot discovered the ability recently, after undergoing Reiki, a form of healing touch.

"I think the channel was always there, but that it was clogged. I think the Reiki unclogged it," she said.

She had begun meditation with her Reiki practitioner, who later became her Reiki instructor, Kerri Fargo.

"They always tell you when you meditate to go to your happy place," said Lightfoot. "When I got to my happy place, there were all these people there."

She compared the vision to looking up from a hole or grave, to a circle of people standing over her looking down.

"My instructor said, 'They know you can hear them now, so they're lining up to talk'," she said.

The spirits communicate through automatic writing; Lightfoot puts pen to paper, and the spirits take care of the rest. And they usually have a lot to say.

They give plenty of relationship advice, she said. "They're very big on relationships." They'll also give financial and career advice. And sometimes they won't say a thing.

"They want to make your life better, but not necessarily easier," she said. It's through pain and hardship that we learn and grow, so even our cheering section will let us suffer from time to time, but they never abandon us.

"But even if you're in a deep, deep depression, they're still here with you," she said.

The main goal of this cheering squad is to guide us down our chosen path.

"We have a destiny, or a job to do, while we're here," said Lightfoot.

Someone may come to her disgruntled with his dead-end factory job. "But his purpose in life may be to raise a family and provide for them," said Lightfoot. "Hearing that can make that factory job seem better. It becomes a means to an end."

Finding our true path in life is key, she said. And for most of us, our spirit guides are screaming it loud and clear, but we just can't, or won't, hear it.

"Most people are busy. They wander around with blinders on," she said. But with a little observation, anyone can get the message.

"Pay attention to coincidences," she said. Quirky things, which happen to fall into place, or happen not to, is our spirit guides' way of talking to us, she said.

"If you apply for a job, and maybe you don't think it's the greatest job, but it's green lights all the way, that should tell you something," she said. It works the same way with roadblocks, which can come as a string of obstacles or bad luck.

"When something weird happens, people tend to pretend it didn't happen, or not pay attention to it," she said. "Don't dismiss it."

It isn't just spirit guides and angels surrounding us. Often, a relative or friend who's passed to the other side can reach out in a channeling session, she said.

Sometimes, these spirits are even visible to Lightfoot. "It's not like seeing a physical person, but I can see them with my mind's eye." She recalled one day, she saw an elderly female spirit standing behind her neighbour, who was working in the front yard.

That wasn't the first strange, spiritual occurrence in Lightfoot's life. While out with a friend one day, she got a sudden vision, of her friend in a wedding dress, very pregnant.

"It was like someone dropped a slide in front of my eyes," she said. Three weeks later, her friend discovered she was pregnant, and got married with a bulging belly several months later.

In church one Sunday, her mind wandered to what she should do in an emergency; if something were to happen, she should stand up, and yell for someone to call 911. Sure enough, later that morning, a fellow parishioner collapsed, so she stood up and yelled for someone to call 911.

As a toddler, she constantly asked her sister who the little people all around her were. "That's what my sister says, but I was too young to remember that," she said.

Lightfoot's been careful not to take the gift for granted. She works hard to keep her channel open, though Reiki and yoga. And after discovering her ability, she felt compelled to go on a quest for knowledge. She voraciously devoured book after book, on all manner of spiritual thoughts and theories, starting with The Power of Now.

"I wished I had a straw to suck up the words. I couldn't read fast enough."

In the library, unsure what book to read next, one would drop from the shelves at her feet. "I thought, 'Well, I guess I'm reading that one next'," she said.

Lightfoot feels that period in her life was a nudge from her own spirit guides, leading her down this path.

"I really feel this is my path in life," she said. "I feel this is what I'm supposed to be doing; helping people."

Local channeler helps people find the right path through spirit guides

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Even when you think you're alone, you're not.

Each of us has an entourage of spirit guides and guardian angels, who act as our cheering section throughout life, according to Mary Lightfoot.

The Waterdown native is a channeler, who has the unique ability to communicate with these spiritual bodies.

Lightfoot discovered the ability recently, after undergoing Reiki, a form of healing touch.

"I think the channel was always there, but that it was clogged. I think the Reiki unclogged it," she said.

She had begun meditation with her Reiki practitioner, who later became her Reiki instructor, Kerri Fargo.

"They always tell you when you meditate to go to your happy place," said Lightfoot. "When I got to my happy place, there were all these people there."

She compared the vision to looking up from a hole or grave, to a circle of people standing over her looking down.

"My instructor said, 'They know you can hear them now, so they're lining up to talk'," she said.

The spirits communicate through automatic writing; Lightfoot puts pen to paper, and the spirits take care of the rest. And they usually have a lot to say.

They give plenty of relationship advice, she said. "They're very big on relationships." They'll also give financial and career advice. And sometimes they won't say a thing.

"They want to make your life better, but not necessarily easier," she said. It's through pain and hardship that we learn and grow, so even our cheering section will let us suffer from time to time, but they never abandon us.

"But even if you're in a deep, deep depression, they're still here with you," she said.

The main goal of this cheering squad is to guide us down our chosen path.

"We have a destiny, or a job to do, while we're here," said Lightfoot.

Someone may come to her disgruntled with his dead-end factory job. "But his purpose in life may be to raise a family and provide for them," said Lightfoot. "Hearing that can make that factory job seem better. It becomes a means to an end."

Finding our true path in life is key, she said. And for most of us, our spirit guides are screaming it loud and clear, but we just can't, or won't, hear it.

"Most people are busy. They wander around with blinders on," she said. But with a little observation, anyone can get the message.

"Pay attention to coincidences," she said. Quirky things, which happen to fall into place, or happen not to, is our spirit guides' way of talking to us, she said.

"If you apply for a job, and maybe you don't think it's the greatest job, but it's green lights all the way, that should tell you something," she said. It works the same way with roadblocks, which can come as a string of obstacles or bad luck.

"When something weird happens, people tend to pretend it didn't happen, or not pay attention to it," she said. "Don't dismiss it."

It isn't just spirit guides and angels surrounding us. Often, a relative or friend who's passed to the other side can reach out in a channeling session, she said.

Sometimes, these spirits are even visible to Lightfoot. "It's not like seeing a physical person, but I can see them with my mind's eye." She recalled one day, she saw an elderly female spirit standing behind her neighbour, who was working in the front yard.

That wasn't the first strange, spiritual occurrence in Lightfoot's life. While out with a friend one day, she got a sudden vision, of her friend in a wedding dress, very pregnant.

"It was like someone dropped a slide in front of my eyes," she said. Three weeks later, her friend discovered she was pregnant, and got married with a bulging belly several months later.

In church one Sunday, her mind wandered to what she should do in an emergency; if something were to happen, she should stand up, and yell for someone to call 911. Sure enough, later that morning, a fellow parishioner collapsed, so she stood up and yelled for someone to call 911.

As a toddler, she constantly asked her sister who the little people all around her were. "That's what my sister says, but I was too young to remember that," she said.

Lightfoot's been careful not to take the gift for granted. She works hard to keep her channel open, though Reiki and yoga. And after discovering her ability, she felt compelled to go on a quest for knowledge. She voraciously devoured book after book, on all manner of spiritual thoughts and theories, starting with The Power of Now.

"I wished I had a straw to suck up the words. I couldn't read fast enough."

In the library, unsure what book to read next, one would drop from the shelves at her feet. "I thought, 'Well, I guess I'm reading that one next'," she said.

Lightfoot feels that period in her life was a nudge from her own spirit guides, leading her down this path.

"I really feel this is my path in life," she said. "I feel this is what I'm supposed to be doing; helping people."

Local channeler helps people find the right path through spirit guides

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

Even when you think you're alone, you're not.

Each of us has an entourage of spirit guides and guardian angels, who act as our cheering section throughout life, according to Mary Lightfoot.

The Waterdown native is a channeler, who has the unique ability to communicate with these spiritual bodies.

Lightfoot discovered the ability recently, after undergoing Reiki, a form of healing touch.

"I think the channel was always there, but that it was clogged. I think the Reiki unclogged it," she said.

She had begun meditation with her Reiki practitioner, who later became her Reiki instructor, Kerri Fargo.

"They always tell you when you meditate to go to your happy place," said Lightfoot. "When I got to my happy place, there were all these people there."

She compared the vision to looking up from a hole or grave, to a circle of people standing over her looking down.

"My instructor said, 'They know you can hear them now, so they're lining up to talk'," she said.

The spirits communicate through automatic writing; Lightfoot puts pen to paper, and the spirits take care of the rest. And they usually have a lot to say.

They give plenty of relationship advice, she said. "They're very big on relationships." They'll also give financial and career advice. And sometimes they won't say a thing.

"They want to make your life better, but not necessarily easier," she said. It's through pain and hardship that we learn and grow, so even our cheering section will let us suffer from time to time, but they never abandon us.

"But even if you're in a deep, deep depression, they're still here with you," she said.

The main goal of this cheering squad is to guide us down our chosen path.

"We have a destiny, or a job to do, while we're here," said Lightfoot.

Someone may come to her disgruntled with his dead-end factory job. "But his purpose in life may be to raise a family and provide for them," said Lightfoot. "Hearing that can make that factory job seem better. It becomes a means to an end."

Finding our true path in life is key, she said. And for most of us, our spirit guides are screaming it loud and clear, but we just can't, or won't, hear it.

"Most people are busy. They wander around with blinders on," she said. But with a little observation, anyone can get the message.

"Pay attention to coincidences," she said. Quirky things, which happen to fall into place, or happen not to, is our spirit guides' way of talking to us, she said.

"If you apply for a job, and maybe you don't think it's the greatest job, but it's green lights all the way, that should tell you something," she said. It works the same way with roadblocks, which can come as a string of obstacles or bad luck.

"When something weird happens, people tend to pretend it didn't happen, or not pay attention to it," she said. "Don't dismiss it."

It isn't just spirit guides and angels surrounding us. Often, a relative or friend who's passed to the other side can reach out in a channeling session, she said.

Sometimes, these spirits are even visible to Lightfoot. "It's not like seeing a physical person, but I can see them with my mind's eye." She recalled one day, she saw an elderly female spirit standing behind her neighbour, who was working in the front yard.

That wasn't the first strange, spiritual occurrence in Lightfoot's life. While out with a friend one day, she got a sudden vision, of her friend in a wedding dress, very pregnant.

"It was like someone dropped a slide in front of my eyes," she said. Three weeks later, her friend discovered she was pregnant, and got married with a bulging belly several months later.

In church one Sunday, her mind wandered to what she should do in an emergency; if something were to happen, she should stand up, and yell for someone to call 911. Sure enough, later that morning, a fellow parishioner collapsed, so she stood up and yelled for someone to call 911.

As a toddler, she constantly asked her sister who the little people all around her were. "That's what my sister says, but I was too young to remember that," she said.

Lightfoot's been careful not to take the gift for granted. She works hard to keep her channel open, though Reiki and yoga. And after discovering her ability, she felt compelled to go on a quest for knowledge. She voraciously devoured book after book, on all manner of spiritual thoughts and theories, starting with The Power of Now.

"I wished I had a straw to suck up the words. I couldn't read fast enough."

In the library, unsure what book to read next, one would drop from the shelves at her feet. "I thought, 'Well, I guess I'm reading that one next'," she said.

Lightfoot feels that period in her life was a nudge from her own spirit guides, leading her down this path.

"I really feel this is my path in life," she said. "I feel this is what I'm supposed to be doing; helping people."