Journalist Katy Wheeler interviewed psychic Debra Chalmers to find out why she switched careers from nurse to psychic. Wheeler wanted to know why Chalmers chose to put people in touch with the spirit world over her flourishing career.
She worked for the NHS and had a salary of £50,000 per year. Chalmers couldn’t have made a more drastic career change. She moved from a career based on science and facts to one that deals in the paranormal world.
However, she knew that this was what she wanted to do. She left her job with the County Durham and Darlington as head of sexual health services and pursued her career as a psychic medium. 37-year-old Chalmers has been living with her unique gift since she was just a toddler.
She has since learned to live with visions coming to her and seeing spirits of deceased patients walking throughout the hospital where she worked. Chalmers is well aware that her new career choice deals with things the scientific community can’t prove.
Still, she made this decision after years of giving charity readings for free while also working a full-time job. After so many years of doing that, she finally realized that her passion is in devoting her time solely to her “gift.” That’s when she decided to leave her job.
Chalmers Couldn’t Have Gone In More Opposite Directions
She knows how diverse her two career paths are; “I had a master’s degree and career in science, yet I went into something that science can’t prove,” she says. “You do get a lot of criticism for being a medium, but life isn’t black and white,” she adds.
When asked about the first time she realized she had a unique gift, she replied: “When I was growing up, I didn’t realize that everyone couldn’t see my imaginary friend, then as a teenager, visions became stronger in the sense that I couldn’t turn them off.”
“I didn’t want the gift at all. I was training to be a nurse and dealt with death a lot. Then, when I was about 20/21, a doorway to the spirit world flung open, and I couldn’t close it.” She states that she didn’t know how to handle what she’d see and hear when she was younger.
For example, she would hear things like ‘she’s in debt’ or ‘he’s cheating on his wife’ when walking down the street. Chalmers used to see and hear spirits attempting to communicate with patients at the hospital where she worked, but she never helped them pass on the messages because of her code of conduct as a nurse.
From Annoyance To Gift
“As I got older, I realized it was a gift. I’d gotten to a point where I had an established career, but pushing pieces of paper around had left me disillusioned. I’d gone to see a psychic medium, and I might as well have burnt my money.
She was just making stuff up. It’s a field riddled with frauds, but I wanted to prove that not everyone was like that, so I began doing it for charity.” When Chalmers realized she could no longer manage both her job and the free readings, she quit her job at NHS and proceeded to do live shows.
She relayed messages from spirits to the audience at these shows. “Some of the messages can be generic to start with, like saying ‘does anyone know a John?’, everyone knows a John. But as you go through the evening, the messages become more specific.
I don’t like to make things fit, though, so sometimes messages go untaken,” she says. “I always try to be as honest as I can. In my opinion, the key is to be ethical. To pass messages on in a respectful manner, and to be transparent.”
“Some things sound random to me, but they make sense to the person they’re meant for. I’m just the messenger.” “I never pass on messages that are bad, always messages of love. Sometimes people just want proof,” she concludes.
Chalmers isn’t the first psychic who started out as a nurse! Read Hospital Nurse Kept Seeing Spirits On Ward So Decided To Quit And Answer Her Calling As A Psychic Medium for a similar story.