Earlier in February, Indigo’s events twitter account @indigogreenroom tweeted about a first in a (hopefully) ongoing series of events entitled Indigo At Dusk. This first one would be with the Manhattan Medium Thomas John, in town to promote his new book and to chat about being a medium.
— Indigo Events (@indigogreenroom) February 10, 2015
Needless to say, I was 100% intrigued. I am completely fascinated and interested in this stuff so I asked Ardo (my Casa Loma ghost hunting partner in crime) to join me. 🙂 I like to think of us as a bit of Mulder and Scully.. I’m definitely more of a believer, and Ardo’s a bit more of a skeptic. (She shares her take on this event here.) We had a lovely time mingling and chatting, bumping into Jaclyn at the event as well.
With a brief introduction to the intimate crowd, Thomas John spoke to us about being a medium, and talking about how he’s had this ability since childhood. What I found interesting was when he differentiated between a “skeptic” and a “cynic” – and, along with the believers, there certainly was a representation of all three of those types in the room. John addressed the title of his book, Never Argue with a Dead Person, and said he’s been asked if that’s true. He talked about how once people have passed on, they’re more enlightened in a way so that they would be able to guide us. After sharing a few stories, we got to ask him some questions and I wish I could remember his exact answer to mine, which was “How do the messages come through to him? What does he see/hear and how does he know if it’s his own thoughts or something that’s coming through?” There were many questions from the attendees, all of it thought provoking.
Once the Q&A was over, he was going to mingle with the group, sign our books and share with us any messages he might pick up around us. While he was signing my book, one of his first questions to me was whether I’m interested in this kind of stuff because he senses that I may have a bit of psychic energy in me. (COOL. More on that later.) Then when signing Jaclyn’s, she asked if he sensed anyone around her and he actually started describing her grandmother who she wasn’t that close with, and her grandfather, with incredible details. These two people were also not who she was hoping/expecting/asking about when she had posed the question to him. It was fascinating to watch happen right in front of me and definitely gave us goosebumps.
So, that bit about me possibly having some psychic energy… it’s odd that he mentioned that because not that long ago, just at the beginning of the year on the Sunday before we were heading back to work after the holidays, I had a very vivid dream that night. It was about one of my closest work friends from my former office telling me she was expecting. I thought it random because at this time, she wasn’t seeing anyone, but it stuck out in my mind. A day later, back at work, my closest work friend at my current office tells me she’s expecting. I shared this story with Ardo & Jaclyn, and thought it odd. Like I had got the incident right, just the wrong person – former work friend to current work friend – two people who share the same friendship and relationship to me in my life. That being said, the week following this event at Indigo I had vivid dreams every single night. I usually only sporadically remember my dreams, but for a solid week I did and I started writing them down. So strange.
Whether someone is a believer, skeptic or cynic – it is their own beliefs. This Indigo event was fascinating not for just the topic but to observe how those three types of people interacted with each other which I hadn’t ever considered before. I noticed in some conversations that the believers had to almost defend and prove to the skeptics or cynics why they believe, yet it wasn’t necessarily the other way around. The believers weren’t as aggressive in trying to get the cynics to justify themselves on why they didn’t believe. I’m sure there’s a psych study in this somewhere 😉 (Actually, I took a course at Ryerson called the “Psychology of Belief & Skepticism”.. fascinating semester!)
The first Indigo at Dusk event was such a unique experience and I’m so happy that I managed to snag a (free) ticket in time! Looking forward to many more of these in the future, and a big thank you to Cammy and the rest of the Indigo team for a wonderful event.