Psychic Medium Pat Bussard Connects People To Spirits On The Other Side
Abingdon, VA. – The Star Museum in Abingdon was filled up with people gathered around in a circle last Saturday night for a supernatural event.
Amongts the crowd were photos of Hollywood icon Mae West. The photos showed West in the prime of her life, and with a smile that transcends time.
It is a known fact that in the 1920’s West dabbled in spiritualism in the hopes of contacting her friend Rudolph Valentino, who she had only known for about a month before he passed away. In that one short month West grew very fond of him and was deeply saddened when he died so abruptly. She was not embarrassed to let people know that she was a spiritualist, and she even became a medium and held séances up until her death in 1980.
“I use Mae West as a switchboard operator,” said the museum owner, Robert Weisfeld. He smiles ever so slightly and insists he is not joking about that.
Weisfeld claims that he has been a spiritualist himself since the 70’s. He used to be a newspaper editor and though he no longer does that, he is still a lively writer. On these evenings when the museum is full of chairs grouped in a circle, Weisfeld plays the host.
He is not the main energy of the show, nor is he the star of it however.
The person filling that role is be a woman named Pat Bussard.
Bussard is an Appalachian psychic. Both her mother and her grandmother were mediums, so this makes Bussard a third generation psychic.
“They call us psychics, or they call us mediums. In my case, I’m a psychic medium,” she says. “I can see what’s going on in someone’s life. If a spirit has a message for you, the spirit will give it to you. I’m lead by spirit. I am lead by what I consider an angel.”
On this dark Saturday night, Bussard is using her spiritual abilities to get in touch with those on the other side to deliver messages from them to their loved ones in the crowd.
Weisfeld wants to make it clear that these are not séances though.
It is not a séance because it is not completely dark, nor does the audience hold hands.
“I would call them psychic gallery readings,” says Weisfeld. “She’s trying to get in touch with people in spirit for people present.”
Aside from being a photographer, columnist, and graduate from Old Dominion University, Bussard also wrote a book titled “Thirty True Tales of the Weird, Unusual and Macabre”.
“I consider myself just somebody who has some additional senses,” she says.
The museum has been holding these events with Bussard for several months now, and those who wish to participate pay $40 per event to see Bussard. “Most people were interested in contacting relatives, especially mothers and grandmothers,” said Weisfeld.
Weisfeld talks about the time that they had a woman attended, whose daughter had passed away in a tragic car accident in hopes of contacting her daughter. “She had so much unresolved worry about her daughter,” Weisfeld said.
Bussard was successful in making contact with the daughter’s spirit and the woman left the event feeling overjoyed; in fact, she liked it so much that she came back the next night and brought a relative with her, according to Weisfeld.
It is Weisfeld’s belief that the people who come to the events are not specifically interested in activity of the paranormal kind, “A lot of the time it was more about having some kind of emotional need that was attached to someone who’s in spirit,” he says.
“A lot of these people are very, very sensitive, so they sense people with them,” said Bussard. They mostly just want to make sure that their deceased family and friends are “ok”.
There are rules you have to follow if you would like to attend these events; rules that Weisfeld has put forth. “No drinkers, text addicts, kooks, would-be thieves, or negative thinkers” are allowed. He also insists that participants wear comfortable clothes and he is strict on his rule about not allowing anyone in who shows up late, once the door is locked, it’s locked for the duration of the event.
The building currently known as the Star Museum was a saloon at one point, then an office for a newspaper company.
This is not the only location that Bussard makes appearances at though.
She travels a lot doing these types of events; currently she is going from Lynchburg, VA. to Kingsport, TN.
After that she will be headed to Cincinnati, Atlanta, and Pittsburgh.
She refers to her Abingdon appearances as “evenings of reconnection, laughter, and healing.”
She says that even though she has been giving individual readings for a number of years, her readings at the Star Museum are more refreshing and unique for her.
“I like to be a meaningful connection- if I’m able to connect them with someone, if there’s an unanswered question,” she says. “I’ve been compelled to do this.”
Bussard began giving spiritual readings since she was only 16, a few decades now.
“It takes a lot of energy for people to do this kind of work,” says Weisfeld. “It takes a lot of physical energy, because on some levels, you’re walking between dimensions.”
Weisfeld loves having Bussard make appearances at his museum because he feels that her take on all things supernatural are soothing and calming, and that she “brings an incredible sense of comfort to people seeking answers to important questions. It’s wonderful to witness the transformation which occurs in folks once they are assured a loved one in spirit remains a benevolent force in their lives.”
Bussard has a 23-year-old daughter named Stephanie Bussard who lives in Tannersville, VA and Weisfeld has a lot of admiration for her also. “Young Stephanie seems to have a good facility for spirits’ names and making contact with pets,” he says. Stephanie travels with her mother often for these types of events.
“I guess I’m the little sidekick,” says Stephanie. “I just try to connect with people as much as mom does and try to build up my ability.”
If you would like to attend one of these events at the Star Museum you can make reservations by calling 276-608-7452. The next events will be on 03/14/14 and 03/21/14 at 7:30pm. The address to the museum is 170 E. Main St. Abingdon, VA and Pat Bussard will host these shows.
For those who live in this area, do make reservations to check Bussard out at the Star Museum, she is amazing! But for those of you who do not live near the area, you can always make your own one-on-one connection with the spirit of a loved one through one of the highly recommended psychics on this site, be sure to check them out.
Read about Bussard’s interesting book on the darker side of world here.