Norton, OH- Once again, Halloween is upon us, and with this comes the images of ghosts, ghouls, witches, spirits, and everything else that gives us goose bumps!
But rest assured, not everyone is out to scare us. Take Psychic Medium Helen Mayor for example; Mayor states that her goal is to help us, not bring fear into our lives. She feels that her gift comes from God.
“This is the time of year when I get people telling me I’m going to burn in hell,” she says, referring to Halloween time.
Mayor was never allowed to pursue or even talk about her special abilities as a child, due to the fact that her family raised her as a Methodist on a farm in Washington, Pa.
“I was 3 years old when I realized I saw people, and I would talk to them. When I was 5 years old, I realized I was different. This was the 50’s and 60’s. My family didn’t believe in ghosts and didn’t want to hear about it. For years I wondered why I couldn’t say anything, since I was taught to tell the truth,” Mayor said.
She also states that other psychics and mediums give her a hard time because of the fact that she helps people on her own free will and does not ask for any type of payment.
“God gave me this gift, I don’t know why. The first thing I do is pray, ‘Lord, it’s your will.’ So many people think mediums are out to scam others to get money. For me, it’s truly about helping people,” she says.
Even though the idea of ghosts creeps most of us out, Mayor believes that ghosts are simply made up of energy and stay in our world for varied reasons of their own.
“They have free will just like we do,” she says. “Some of them want to tell you something to help you. It may be a murder victim, looking for justice. Some have a message to impart but dies before they had a chance to tell you. Some come back because they want to.”
She continues, “What people don’t understand is life is like a river. Time is not what you think.”
However, Mayor does acknowledge that there evil is present in our world, and even reveals that she has encountered it in her years of working in this field.
“If you believe in heaven, you have to believe in evil and hell. I have seen it. I have battled it. People are not aware how much evil exists,” she says.
She admits that she has never had an official epiphany, but says that personally, she does feel that her relationship with Jesus is a very close one. “I’m trying to do what he tells me to do,” she shares.
Since Mayor doesn’t make a living using her psychic abilities, she works at the Canal Warehouse in Norton. She guides “ghost” tours in this building, which used to have a mortuary in it and that is owned by Ken and Margarita Roberts.
Both Ken Roberts and Mayor agree that several ghosts haunt the mortuary section of the house. Lester Finefrock, the man who owned the building originally, is the most well known of all of them.
Ken Roberts states that he and his wife, like Mayor, are devout Christians.
“If you don’t have Jesus and God in your life, you have nothing,” says Ken Roberts. “We always say God uses people like Helen. You don’t have to be a Billy Graham. There are a lot of ways to deliver the message.”
Even though Roberts believes that there are spirits in his building, he refuses to let anyone bring a Ouija board or hold a seance in it, due to the fact that he is a practicing Catholic.
Mayor says, “If people are looking for a fright, they need to go elsewhere. This is about a spiritual journey. Ghosts represent the ultimate question: What happens when we die? Six feet of ground is not the end. There is more,”
Unfortunately, a lot of Christians dismiss Mayor and do not believe that she helps people by serving God first. Many Christians believe that Psychic activity and the use of Psychics are specifically reprimanded against in the Bible. However, it is Ken Roberts’ opinion that this is all changing. He referenced a study, which showed that out of every seven Americans, at least one of them has used the service of a psychic before. This shows that he may be right about thoughts like those (that using psychics is against the bible) may be changing. According to a poll conducted by CBS, 48 percent of Americans believe that ghosts exist and 78 percent stated that they believe in some sort of afterlife- a majority of those same people asked also stated that they were Christians.
“What that tells us is that people have a hunger for a spiritual journey,” says Roberts.
Mayor’s husband, a theologian and son of two scientists, William, admits that he didn’t believe in psychics when he first met Mayor.
“But I’ve had so many experiences with her that, either [her ability] makes sense, or I have to accept the fact that I’m going crazy,” he says.
He believes that, like the Old Testament prophets, God is the single source behind the special ability that his wife has.
Roberts admires the fact that unlike a lot of mediums and psychics, Mayor does not take advantage of vulnerable people, nor does she try to convince these same people that they specifically need her services, therefore making money off of them. This is very important to him.
“I get really upset about that; it isn’t right,” says Mayor. “I don’t know how they sleep at night. I tell people what I see or hear. There have been times when I was wrong; I have an off day like everybody else. But I truly feel what I have is a gift. I try to help people in the way the Lord wants me to; to help people understand and grow closer to the Lord.”
Roberts says, “If a medium is a self-professed Christian who conducts their actions with Christian values and who firmly believes that their gift came from God in order to help others in that capacity, then they pass the test in 1 John 4:1. People with a true gift, put God first.”