You’d never guess Laura Lynne Jackson is a certified psychic medium if you ran into her at the grocery store or Herricks High School. Instead, you’d just see an average working-class woman.
However, she’s a psychic, and a very good one at that. That’s not her only job, though. Her day job is English Teacher, but she’s been giving psychic readings outside her regular job for several years now.
She helps her clients communicate with their loved ones who’ve passed on to the other side and offers them closure. In October, she released a book titled “The Light Between Us: Stories From Heaven, Lessons for the Living.”
It’s a great book and definitely worth checking out! It’s both an inspirational guide and a memoir. In light of her new book release, Newsday interviewed Jackson. They asked her about her philosophy, her predictions for the future, and her life story.
Below are some excerpts from the interview:
What Was Your First Psychic Experience Like?
“It wasn’t a positive one! I was 11. It was a hot August day and I was swimming in the pool with my siblings. My mom came out to say she was going to visit my grandparents and she would see us later and I had a moment of absolute panic.
I screamed to her to wait for me. I knew I had to go. When we got there, I spent a really magical day with my grandfather. Two or three days later he was diagnosed with leukemia, and he crossed within three weeks. I never got to see him again.”
“At the time, I felt cursed, complicit. I felt alone in the world and that there was something wrong with me. It took me years to understand what a gift it was to sense that someone I loved was about to go on this journey to the other side. To be able to spend more time with him before that happened.”
What’s Your Purpose During A Reading? What Are Your Clients Searching For? How Do You Help Them?
“It differs from person to person. I look at myself as a vehicle for messages to come through. The other side knows what to focus on, without me asking. What’s interesting is that readings are always a source of healing and clarity. I’ve never had a reading where anyone walked away scared and uncomfortable.”
Tell Us About The Readings You Do For Parents Who’ve Lost A Child And Your Volunteer Work
“The Forever Family Foundation holds retreats for bereaved parents. When I read for them, their children are so alive. These children will bring up things that are going on right now, to let their parents know they are present and to help them heal.
I remember one mother whose child was murdered, shot. His message to her was that he was supporting her in her work for gun legislation. He didn’t want this to happen to other children. He let us know that together they had already saved two children’s lives.”
Do You Believe Everyone Is Capable Of Developing Psychic Gifts?
“The other side can be highly creative. I tell people who want to begin a dialogue to pick a concrete sign for each loved one who has passed. It can be anything.
Someone I know chose the Eiffel Tower and a giraffe as signs. Suddenly those signs started cropping up in the most unbelievable ways, letting him know that the other side was present.”
You Kept Your Teaching Job Separate From Your Psychic Reading Career For Several Years, Why Is That?
“I was always worried that if word got out about my readings, it would be a distraction. I thought it would interfere with my teaching, and I might lose my job. However, I was appearing at an event and some teachers had gotten tickets.
So I told the principal. Everyone was a little bit curious and supportive. When the students found out later, it was interesting. They already knew me and trusted me, so they were very open to what I do. They were never disrespectful about it.”
So The Event Is What Caused You To Tell Them You’re A Psychic? How Was The News Received?
“Yes, after the show I knew I had to let them know. I began the conversation by telling my boss I had this whole other life outside of work that no one knows about. She thought I would tell her that I was a prostitute and was relieved when I told her that I did volunteer work as a psychic medium.
After a long pause, she asked me, ‘Laura, do you see anyone around me now?’ Immediately, the gates in my mind flew open, and the Other Side started flooding me with information. I didn’t want to ‘read’ Jane — but I was suddenly communicating with her mother, who’d died decades earlier.
When I told Jane that her mother’s name was Margaret, her mouth dropped open. She got up, walked around her desk, and closed her office door. ‘Your mother raised you very strictly,’ I went on. ‘She was a strict Catholic and she had all these rules for you.
She knows it was tough sometimes, but wants you to know that everything she did was for you and your future.’ Jane’s eyes filled with tears. ‘She says you were always asking the doctors questions about how much morphine she should be given.
She wants to say thank you for making the end of her life easier,’ I told her.”
It Sounds Like You Helped Your Boss Immensely!
“Yes. There was plenty more — about Jane’s children and a baby I saw on the Other Side who was waiting to come to her daughter. Before I knew it, 40 minutes had passed, and the class bell had rung.
Jane got up, came around her desk, and hugged me. ‘Your gift is beautiful,’ she said simply. It was not at all the conversation I’d expected. For years, I’d convinced myself that if my secret got out, I’d be shunned, ridiculed, fired — or all three.
Instead, I felt liberated, which made me want to use my abilities to help as many people as possible.”
Can You Read Us The Section In Your Book Where You Talk About Being Officially Certified As A Psychic?
“Sure! ‘This was it: the rigorous test that would show whether I genuinely had psychic abilities. There was no chance whatsoever of cheating — the scientists at a leading American research institute had seen to that.
For the first test, they asked me to contact a dead person who was in some way connected to a volunteer guinea pig whom I wouldn’t even get to meet, and I would have nothing to work from except the first name of their dead relative or friend.
Then, after being given the name, I’d be grilled for 15 minutes by a scientist, Dr. Julie Beischel, on what I’d learned from beyond the grave.
Based in Arizona, the Windbridge Institute For Applied Research In Human Potential is run by scientists dedicated to researching phenomena that traditional scientific disciplines can’t explain. As planned, Dr. Beischel, the director of research, gave me the name of a deceased person: Mary. That’s all.
Then she asked me about Mary’s personality, physical appearance, and interests, plus how she had died. As soon as I started talking, I felt a flood of information come through. The words and images came so fast that I felt as if I was dictating a novel.
As I told my mother afterward: ‘The way I see it, there are only two options: I’m delusional and made up an entire life story or it worked.’ To ensure it hadn’t been a one-off, I had to do the test again with a second dead person called Jennifer. Then my responses in both experiments were scored for accuracy.”
So, You Passed Their Tests With Flying Colors?
“Yes, In both cases, I passed. The next part of the test involved talking on the phone to two ‘sitters’ who had loved Mary and Jennifer. The sitters told me nothing about them; I simply had to connect with the deceased and channel more information to them while Dr. Beischel listened in.
I told the first sitter that her name was Lisa, and she was a nurse and was mourning her grandmother, Mary. Through Mary, I also learned that Lisa was single, had a little dog, had looked after her grandmother when she was ill, and was with her when she died.
At the end of the reading, Lisa thanked me, and she told me it was wonderful to connect with her grandmother again. The second reading seemed to go equally well, and once again, I passed: one sitter had scored 90 percent of my statements as accurate; the other 95 percent.
I asked Dr. Beischel what conclusions she could draw. ‘As a scientist, I cannot definitively declare that mediums communicate with the dead,’ she said. ‘But what I can say is the data … supports that communication with the consciousness of those who are dead is possible.’
I had officially become a certified research medium — one of just 19 in the U.S. But, for me, the certificate also meant something else. Never again would I question my abilities, and instead, I’d try to help as many people as possible.”
Lastly, Do You Have Any Advice To The Skeptics Out There?
“My parents, who were both teachers, raised me to be a critical thinker. A critical thinker doesn’t just accept things at face value—he or she questions, engages, explores and seeks truths.
What I hope for any skeptic is that, rather than dismissing, they question, explore and be open to whatever truths they may find out. The universe is far grander and more magnificent than we can imagine.”
Look for Psychic Medium Laura Lynne Jackson’s book at your favorite bookstore to learn more about this amazing psychic!