A Journey to Certainty

When we were in college, my friend Stephani and I were traveling late one night. I was driving. The dark streets were empty except for the man in ragged clothing standing on the street corner.  As we neared him, he stepped out onto the road directly in front of us.  I swerved my car.  Stephani yelled, “What’d you do that for?”  I said, “I didn’t want to hit that man.”  To which she responded, “What man?”

This was just one of a number of psychic experiences that had occurred to me throughout my life.  Only I rarely, if ever, told anyone.  I had seen spirit in the third dimension at numerous times, until, I begged the heavens to make it stop, for sanity’s sake.

By the time I was ready to move from the Midwest to the East Coast, I thought I was crazy when it came to seeing and hearing those on the other side.  I wrote John Hopkins University, asking if they ever studied people like me.  That was in 1986 and psychic work was not as prevalent in the United States.  Their recommendation was that I seek psychiatric care.  I did not.

Upon suggestion, I went to a minister whose faith had people experiencing visions and speaking in tongues as a component of their religion.  I told her about my interactions with spirit.  She told me the devil was trying to get me and I needed to be baptized into her faith.  Being highly psychic and seeing where she was headed with her take on my experience, I left her and her church.  Besides, I was already baptized, twice, as an infant.  I felt powerfully protected.  So, instead, I learned not to tell a soul.  As it happened, I had just moved to Martha’s Vineyard and dove into the worlds of retail and restaurants, never sharing my story, even with my closest companions.  I shut down my psychic abilities.  (My lost years, really.  Not fully alive.  Such a bummer.  But I was blissfully fine.)

Stephani went on to study in Scotland and England.  I went on to come to the truth of my nature.

Since then, we’ve traveled separate and together over the years, researching, working, studying, and speaking in the field of parapsychology, and Stephani in psychology, as well.  She, too, now sees and works with the dead and other figures of the unconscious.  She brings this awareness into her work as a doctor of Jungian psychology, thereby helping people unravel their own experiences.

For each of us, this work has always been about understanding the boundless complexities of the human mind and experience, and for me, especially as they relate to psychic impressions and mediumship.  Mediumship, at its best, is a scientific study of human interaction and discerning the nuances and needs in that exchange.

First and foremost, I am a teacher, so that we may all be more fully alive. But, when I make a psychic-mediumship link for others, I actually work for those in spirit.  Often, the living person (the sitter) comes with expectations and hopes for the session.  But spirit’s agenda for the conversation/connection is not necessarily the sitter’s agenda.  The “dead” want more than just to let you know they are still around, or fine, though some are not.  Fine, that is.

I think this is troubling to some people, realizing that just because we die, doesn’t mean we head off into a blissful state of self-awareness or nothingness.  What I have found over my years of work in this field is that this human life is part of a continuum.  And the dead are still feeling their way along, living in their own vibrational experience, until they go on into their next one.  And Stephani and I have found that our dead, different from other figures of the unconscious and psychic material that we may experience, sometimes need our help, and we need theirs – still.

Stephani is now Dr. Stephens and will be presenting on discoveries written about in her newly released book, C.G. Jung and the Dead: Visions, Active Imagination and the Unconscious Terrain.

Based on solid research and a strong awareness of the unconscious material, Dr. Stephens is a credit to psychological introspection. Her book is of value on the psychologist’s bookshelf as well as those interested in advancing their skills and knowledge on figures of the unconscious, and realms of spirit and human relationship. This book will be invaluable to those interested in these topics.

I hope you will join us as we come together to present on this fascinating subject.  Our talk will incorporate discerning material in the unconscious terrain and findings on loved ones who have passed, regardless of age or relationship.


“What Do the Ancestors Want from Us?”

October 8, 2019 at 4:30 pm


West Tisbury Free Public Library

1042 State Road

West Tisbury, MA, USA


C.G. Jung and the Dead: Visions, Active Imagination and the Unconscious Terrain

by Stephani L. Stephens is available through Routledge, Barnes & Noble, and other fine retailers. There will be no books for sale at the presentation. Consider purchasing yours in advance if you would like Dr. Stephens to sign it.

As always, Namasté!

Constance Messmer


Constance Messmer