by Sheila Julson
Seen by many as the “Rock Star of Psychics,” John Edward has gained an international following through his innovative television shows, Crossing Over with John Edward and John Edward Cross Country. He’s authored eight New York Times bestselling books on spirituality and continues to provide fresh, original insight on physical and mental well-being through his membershipbased interactive Web series, Evolve. Edward will host one of his live events in Austin at the Doubletree from noon to 2 p.m., June 3.
In today’s hectic and often negative society, how can people use the world of energy and messages from the afterlife to find a sense of calm?
The reality that there’s a recognition of something more pressures you to listen and realize there’s an accountability for what you’ve done, and experience and recognize that if you did good at something, you feel good, or if you did bad, you feel bad. I also think that if somebody is stuck or there are blockages in some way, embracing the world of energy can alleviate some of the pressure where those blockages are and give people a push forward.
I think we are living in a very negative world. The politics are probably the most divisive I’ve seen in my lifetime. Peoples’ ideology becomes something that they fight over, and not respect. I identify with this because I’ve been doing this work for over 30 years, and I’ve been on the receiving end of daily attacks for my belief system and for doing what I’m doing. It’s kind of like politics today where you have these different sides—and I’m not political, so I can’t say what those sides are—but instead of respecting what Team A is thinking, Team B has to put it down, attack it and kill it so it can’t breathe. I feel that that is not the place to come from.
One of the things I actually started was to unite the energy of my groups. I ask them, “Do you think we’re living in a united country or a divided country?” And then all the people say, “Divided.” Then I say, “Well, look at that—one question, and I united the entire room.” It is that simple. Understanding energy really does help that and shows that there is this other world that we all coexist in.
You are currently in the ninth season of your Web series, Evolve. How has the Evolve community grown?
When I first started doing Evolve, it was all about the readings and giving people access to me in a digital format. The surprise for me is that while people wanted the readings, they wanted the conversation even more. As psychic as I am, I don’t think I could have predicted that.
Evolve is content-based, not just reading-based. We have guest astrologers, numerologists, healing and nutrition experts, grief therapists, and we’ve had the occasional celebrity. But if a celebrity comes on, they have to have a really good message. One example is actress Nikki Blonsky, who talked about suicide and how it affected her family. That resonated with people in a huge way.
While we were taping season eight this past July, I had Dr. Deborah Serani on the show. She is a grief therapist and an expert in depression. The episode she appeared on was scheduled to air in fall, right around the election. In preparation of that, I asked her, “So, the election happened. Is there such a thing as election depression?” She acknowledged that there is, and I told her we should face it, because somebody’s candidate won, and somebody’s candidate lost. I feel that this year it was much more heightened, and there is an anger and depression and despair that people are feeling, so I dealt with that by having Dr. Serani come on, because there were people who were extremely excited by the election results, and there were people who were not excited. Stuff like that is what we do on Evolve. We tackle issues and concepts, in addition to the readings.
Has Evolve, as well as social media in general, helped you connect with a new generation?
I don’t know if it’s bringing in a new generation. I think I’m bringing my generation to social media. I think it is an accurate statement to say there is a new generation coming in because every time I do an event, I ask people to raise their hands if they’ve never been to one of my events, and 90 percent of the room is brand new. So it’s really rewarding, because I haven’t been on television in over a decade. People are finding me by word of mouth and reputation.
For those attending your Crossing Over Live event for the first time, what can they expect?
I start by talking about my process and how I get the information, and then using a list of people that sign up for the newsletter, I randomly pick five names, and they get a chance to kick off the question and answer segment. After that, I launch into readings for the rest of the event, and then I wrap up with a few questions.
Location: 6505 N. Interstate 35, Austin. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit JohnEdward.net.
Sheila Julson is a Milwaukee-based freelance writer and contributor to Natural Awakenings magazines throughout the country.