Into the Mystic

Into the Mystic
By Travis James Sanders


After nearly 10 years of working as a clairvoyant I can honestly say I’ve had my share of “mystical” experiences. It boggles my mind when I hear people talk as if they’ve never witnessed a miracle, or amazing synchronicity, or even are unable to tap into the voice of their intuition to guide them through life. To a person who is only aware of their five physical senses, and sometimes not even fully aware of those, our world can seem mundane, flat, and one- dimensional. The mystical experience is something that happens to someone else, mystics, seers, saints and prophets, but not the average Joe. I can assure you, however, we are all able to tap into and experience the Divine, and even the “mystical’’ in our everyday experiences.

The first step, we must redefine our definition of “mystical.” That which we see as mystical is not separate from that which we are. If we are truly One with The All That Is, and I assure you, we are, then the mystical and what is seemingly mundane, go hand in hand, are two sides to the same coin. You can experience them both separately, but even more so, they can be a part of your experience simultaneously if you choose to allow it.

Secondly, we must be aware! So much of the time the mystical and magical are taking place regardless, but because it’s not on our radar, we are not in vibrational or energetic alignment to it, it walks right under our nose unnoticed. It exists all around us, but on a different frequency or station. Just this morning on my drive to work I was thinking about my career, my frustrations, where I felt stuck, and I had a moment, a thought, a sense of “If I let it be what it is, instead of beating myself up for what I think it should look like, I would be much more empowered and things would flow more easily.” At that exact moment, soaring in the sky above me was a beautiful and majestic bald eagle. The Eagle represents Spirit, The Higher Self, mediumship, and divine assistance. If I wasn’t aware of my thoughts, or even just my basic surroundings, I would have never noticed to the eagle, or the correlation of its appearance to my stream of thought- which, because of my intention, was inspired by Spirit to confirm or validate the guidance I needed.


There are many ways we can cultivate awareness but the most easy and powerful way is through mindfulness and meditation. Now when I say meditation, I mean it in whatever way works for you. You don’t need to “Om” or twist into a pretzel to gain your higher awareness of the mystical or divine. The simplest form of meditation is just to breath and be present. It’s perfectly ok to have thoughts in your mind. Breathe, and release them. If the thoughts come back again just continue to acknowledge them and try to move through them with your breath. To me, meditation is not all about clearing your mind, which is nearly impossible a feat to accomplish, but becoming so aware of your own voice that when the divine or mystical voice nudges you to notice or witness a thought, synchronicity, event, or miracle, that you notice it as a separate stream of thought than your own analytical, internal dialogue.

I believe to notice the mystical we must also take moments from our day to acknowledge the magical and mystical that we are already aware of. For example think of that mighty tree in your front yard. That leafy giant, so strong, and standing tall, once came from a seed smaller than your fingernail. That giant oak was a tiny packet of potential, and before that, a tiny packet of potential energy. Think about how every seed and every tree that has been reproduced from that oak tree all come from that tiny spark of potential energy inside of a seed, popping in and out of existence. Now…Is that not a miracle? Is that not amazing and mystical when you stop to think about it? The wood that would build many homes, buildings and structures for countless future generations all stemmed at one time from a seed you could hold in the palm of your hand.


Lastly, we can begin to experience the mystical, magical and miraculous by inviting it into your life. How do we do this? It doesn’t have to be formal, we can simply ask. Ask the universe, your Higher Self, your spirit guides and divine teachers. Or, engage prayer. Prayer, regardless the nature of our prayer, lifts our vibration, and in turn, our awareness, helping connect us more deeply with the divine. When we pray we communicate with the Divine, we touch that Divine spark. When we touch the Divine, it touches us back.

Spiritualism in North Central Ohio

By Travis Sanders

Imagine being born a medium in a small catholic farming town in North Central Ohio on Lake Eerie only to find out many years later as an adult, and Spiritualist, that your area used to be a hotbed of Spiritualist activity? I just did, and my inner history nerd is so excited!

As a regular visitor and presenter at such places like Camp Chesterfield, and Lily Dale Assembly (I’m presenting here for the first time this summer), I am always fascinated by the history of these places. A few years ago I learned of a small but barely surviving Spiritualist camp in Ashley, Ohio as well as a small Spiritualist center in Sherwood, Ohio known as Crystal Fountain.

While the Internet has not shown much in the way of Ashley and Crystal Fountain (Camp Ashley seems to be active partially during the year, but their website is under construction, and to my understanding Crystal fountain Spiritualism is now de-funked but Crystal Fountain is still a public park) it did bring up some interesting search results from Google- mainly because one of the towns mentioned in an article where concerning Clyde Ohio, a mere minutes from my hometown of Bellevue, Ohio.

According to the January 1868 edition of the Banner of Light (Boston), Clyde, Ohio held “First Convention of the Ohio State Association of Spiritualists, November 8th, 9th and 10, 1867.”

Amongst mention of AB French as a participant and speaker is listed R. E. Betts, Thomas Davis, Mrs. S. Vandercook, Mrs. E. Whipple of Clyde Ohio. While I could find no information on Betts, Davis, or Vandercook, there is limited mentions of Mrs Whipple, some mentions referring to her as Prof. Whipple, and shows records of lectures given on natural law and mediumship. However much was found concerning Mr. AB French. (Almon Bruce French).


Coming to Clyde in 1859, he was a seemingly modest man, who started into nursery business, and then moved into law and politics.

While researching mentions of him in the history of Sandusky County, it is told that while studying at Western Reserve Seminary at the age of sixteen, he became interested in Spirit Rapping like those of the Fox Sisters. During the hay-day of Spiritualism AB, his mother, and other unmentioned family members developed both physical and mental power for mediumship, which he became known for amongst Spiritualist circles.
Once, French hosted a cabinet séance in his Clyde, Ohio home with medium Elsie Crindle. Someone however was watching through a window and thought that the medium was using masks and other trickery instead of producing genuine physical phenomena. The masks and other items used to fake the manifestations were found. As a result Crindle and her husband were arrested and taken to mayor Bush, where they were fined $5.00.

French is buried in the notable McPherson cemetery in Clyde, Ohio.

Several minutes from Clyde Ohio, is Berlin Heights next to Milan, Ohio, birthplace of Thomas Edison (who may not have been a Spiritualist but definitely researched the subject and even visited Lily Dale in his lifetime. Also it is said that members of his family were practicing Spiritualists).

I lived in Berlin Heights for several years and one of the things I loved about it was how quiet it was. Berlin Heights if known by people at all, is known for its Basket Festival, and possibly the lesser-known history of its controversial Free Love Community. However Berlin Heights was also home to a major contributor to the Spiritualist movement, Hudson Tuttle and his wife Emma.


Born in 1836, in Berlin Heights, Hudson grew up to be a fruit and horse farmer, the land on which his family lived is now known as Walnut Grove Farm in Berlin Heights, Ohio. However Hudson was so much more than a humble farmer. Tuttle found that while attending séances in his youth, he would fall into trance like states, and could produce automatic writing as well as Spirit raps. Through both spirit inspiration and information channeled via writing, both Hudson and his wife Emma (Rood) Tuttle, produced numerous books, lectures and teachings on mediumship, natural law, spirituality, and Spiritualism, even going so far to establish his own publishing company.

Along with his writings, Tuttle is also the inventor of the psychograph, a planchette-like object that has a dial on it, used to spell out messages, similar to a talking board.

Tuttle is buried in the West End Cemetery in Berlin Heights.


Jumpstarting Your Intuition

Intuition. We all have it. Its innate. And yet, most people, especially in todays society ignore that voice. But this is changing. Women have always been more keen to honor the still small voice within, as they are right brained by nature, but more and more each day I see people waking up and realizing the answers are not externally located but internally waiting for us to hear them. So, what are some steps we can take to make it a point to consciously honor the inner voice, intuition?

I see very often that when someone begins to honor and listen to their sixth sense, they often take the guidance or messages they feel to the person least likely to validate them, in hopes that if we can gained said persons approval, the messages must be true, and therefore we would be more likely to trust them. This is setting yourself up for failure. Part of of trust in intuition comes from faith, sometimes trusting that feeling even if there isn’t a reason for it backed by logic. You feel it so deeply, you have to know that its true. The more you do this and the more you see how your intuitions are serving you, helping you, and correct- the easier trust will flow!

Write it down! I always advise anyone hoping to more fully embrace their sixth sense to write down all your perceptions and “hits” you feel or sense about things- but dont look at them constantly. Write them down and forget about them…too often we become attached to the outcome, but the purpose of listening is to be in the moment…When you look back at your “psychic journal” you will be surprised at just how many of your hits were spot on.

Ask yourself why you want to develop your intuition? Is it because you want to entertain your friends with parlor tricks, mind reading or surprising details of their personal life? Is it because you want to feel empowered? Or- is it because you want to live in greater harmony with your own spirit, to help yourself and others? When you develop and hone your intuitive skills from the later, you are more likely to experience success in your endeavors, this is because the nature of intuition has its center in Love Which we eternally a part of.

The last part which may be tricky, is learning to intend that intuition and guidance show up without developing expectations of what that might look like. Your own intuition is often subtle and gently nudging. This is why we call it the still small voice within. You have to get quiet to hear it. Spend time alone in reflection and listen to not only the thoughts and feelings that come to you, but listen to the subtle feelings in your physical body as well. Your entire self is an instrument mean to be fine tuned and played! Be Light and Have fun with it!