Psychic medium Gordon Smith has written 13 books, made numerous television appearances, has been a loyal confidant of celebrities, and has provided thousands of grieving families with closure worldwide on his tours.
However, his life wasn’t always this charmed. His childhood was, in his words, “turbulent” and “difficult.” There are things he can never tell his fans or speak about publicly because it would hurt his mother, Lizzy.
He even had to omit some personal information in his best-selling memoir because of this. It wasn’t until his mother passed away that Smith could finally open up about his personal life as a child.
He wrote a book titled “Best Of Both Worlds” about a year after her death. In the book, he speaks in-depth about the abuse and poverty he experienced growing up in Glasgow in the ’70s.
The Gorbals in Glasgow was a terrible place in the ’70s, full of gangs, violence, and poverty everywhere you looked. Not the best recipe for a child to be psychic but the location where now 52-year-old Smith was raised regardless.
His Irish Irish mother and seven brothers and sisters did the best they could to protect him from the violence, but it didn’t work.
“I was six when a gang broke into our house in the middle of the night and broke every single window. I remember being pulled out of bed to terror and screaming,” says Smith
The Bad Times Didn’t End There
As if that wasn’t bad enough, Smith experienced sexual abuse by a man in his town during this same period. “I look back and think I was a child of seven, it wasn’t my fault. Still, I had to learn to get over it quietly.
At the time I blocked it out, it only surfaced when I practiced meditation years later. I believe these things arise when you’re ready to accept and handle them, so there’s the ongoing process of working through things and building on them. Now I always talk to people who have encountered abuse,” he says.
Gordon eventually discovered a coping mechanism. He learned he could get away from the situation when his traumatic childhood resurfaced. He realized he could leave his body and enter a new spiritual realm. His gift only took off from there.
“I started seeing dead people,” he says. “That doesn’t happen so much these days, but as a child, you’re aren’t tainted with preconceptions; you’re more receptive.”
Thankfully, because this was the only way of life he knew, the abuse and violence in his childhood never felt difficult.
“Only when I’d travel to London to stay with my aunt Sylvia and uncle Michael in their big house in the peaceful suburbs did I realize life could be different,” Smith says.
During these visits, he became really close friends with his cousin Stephen. Stephen was his aunt and uncles’ only child. “Stephen was a little boy who should have had everything,” Smith says.
“But one day out of nowhere when we were eight or nine, he had an accident and fell off a swing, and he hurt his stomach. While operating on him, doctors discovered he had cancer. It was the saddest thing I remember as a child, knowing that he was ill.
Smith’s Gift Reveals Itself To Him
Despite my age, I learned to read the atmosphere and knew he was dying even before he did.” Stephen passed away one day when he was 11 years old, and Smith’s aunt Sylvia asked him to stay in London with them.
“I saw him after he died. My aunt wanted to keep me with her, and quite often, I would feel Stephen’s presence in the room. I would close my eyes, and he was there, and I’d be playing with him.
It wasn’t until my aunt was dying many years later that she told me she used to stand outside the playroom and listen to me, and if she closed her eyes, Stephen was alive. That was a beautiful thing to her,” he said.
Gordon didn’t pay much attention to his gift growing up, though. When he was old enough, he became a barber and did that for a living. Then when he was 17 years old, he met a girl who lived in Glasgow near his grandmother named Kate.
Their relationship wasn’t always easy, but they found themselves highly drawn to each other. Kate got pregnant after about two years of knowing each other.
“We got married because that was the done thing, and we were in love,” Gordon says. For the next ten years, he lived a seemingly normal life. He had a wife, two kids, and a career as a hairdresser.
The Spirits Come Back To Him
Despite the calmness in his life, he eventually encountered another spirit. “It was my colleague Chrissie’s brother standing in my bedroom in a tartan shirt and tight blue jeans with his arms folded,” he said.
“Ten minutes later, the police knocked on my door. They had come to deliver the salon keys as Chrissie had been in a house fire. It was only the following day that I found out her brother had died.”
His colleague Chrissie asked Gordon to please go with her to visit a spirit medium to try to communicate with her deceased brother. Gordon obliged, but when they showed up, the medium had a message for Gordon instead.
“She told me, ‘You are a medium yourself. ‘You’ll be on the stage doing this within five years.’ And then she proceeded to tell me all about my grandmother who’d died at the age of 42.”
Realizing this created a ripple effect on his life. After being married to his wife for almost ten years, at 29-years-old, Gordon realized he was gay.
“It hadn’t really occurred to me, but when I delved back into my childhood, I realized I did have desires when I was about 13 or 14 that I must have brushed under the rug,” Gordon says. “But really, Kate and I fell out of love, and that was the catalyst,” he adds.
Despite this surprising self-discovery, he was able to keep a good relationship with both his children, and for that, he is thankful.